Big Tobacco Feeling the Steam of E-Cigs, We Are Vaping to Complete Filming

We Are Vapers to complete filming by end of April 2013

Tshirt2We Are Vapers: An Exploration into the World of Harm Reduction is a documentary chronicling the stories of e-cigarette users that have switched from tobacco use and its effect on their lives.

The film will cover the history of E-Cigarettes, personal stories, the concept of harm reduction, personalities and health implications. Filming is expecting to end in April 2013. You can expect to see the film at various film festival in the near future.

For more information, check out the We Are Vapers website.

Big Tobacco Feeling the Steam of E-Cigs

65343-down-graph[1]nacsonline.com – Big Tobacco is seeing a dent in their sales numbers and are expecting that electronic cigarettes are the reason. Analog cigarettes saw more than $80 billion is sales for 2013 but have noticed the recent interest by consumers of electronic cigarettes and are taking action. Lorillard captured Blu, an e-cig manufacturer with around 25 percent of the market share while Reynolds American has been testing Vuse, another e-cig. Electronic cigarettes are expected to have sales close to $1 billion by the end of 2013.

Indiana Votes on E-Cig Use by Minors

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nwitimes.com – The Indiana House decided in late January that electronic cigarettes should be treated the same as analog cigarettes and users younger than 18 should be prohibited from buying or possessing them. Lawmakers voted 96-0 to send the Senate House Bill 1225 making it a Class C infraction. It is an offense for a minor to have or use an electronic cigarette, e-liquid, or electronic cigarette accessories and is punishable by a $500 fine.

My Vapor Record 1.2

mvr_mac[1]joyetech.com – Joyetech released MVR 1.2, a software update for Windows and Mac.  Joyetech’s My Vapor Record is used to update the firmware and view the usage of the eVic variable wattage electronic cigarette. The update offers the ability to gather more usage information from the eVic. Also included in this software update is a firmware update for the eVic, which allows the user to customize this or her home screen by adding the ability to view the puff counter, time, voltage/wattage or ohm resistance on the screen.

eCigs HQ Publishes New Report: “The FDA’s War on E-cigarettes”

the-fdas-war-on-e-cigarettes[1]As an ever-increasing number of studies conclude that e-cigarettes are no more dangerous than their FDA-approved, big-pharma product counterparts, physicians are beginning to recognize that electronic cigarettes represent our best hope against the scourge of tobacco-related disease. Despite all this, the FDA has failed to alter its outdated and misguided stance against electronic smoking products, further jeopardizing the lives of millions of US smokers.

eCigs HQ (http://www.ecigshq.com) , a user-centric website featuring e-cigarette reviews, industry news, coupon codes, special offers and exclusive discounts, has published a new report on the FDA’s ongoing war on e-cigarettes.

The report reviews the most recent scientific findings related to the health effects of electronic cigarettes; the relative safety of these products when compared to tobacco cigarettes; their efficacy as a nicotine replacement therapy; their role in tobacco harm reduction efforts; as well as the differences between e-cigarettes and their tobacco counterparts.

“FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapies, such as the patch, inhalers and nicotine gum, have proven largely ineffective, as they fail to address the psychological and tactile aspects of the smoking habit,” said eCigs HQ editor, Laura Conzo Brady. “Electronic smoking products offer a far more convincing ‘smoking’ experience, making them our best hope against the myriad of the often-lethal diseases associated with tobacco use.”

The report goes on to question why the FDA has failed to embrace the technology as a way to save the lives of millions of addicted US smokers, while it continues to plead ignorance—relying on the same “we just don’t know enough about them” excuse.

It has been more than three years since the FDA’s produced a single study of two electronic cigarette brands. Limited in scope, the study raised as many questions as it answered. The nascent electronic smoking industry has changed much during the ensuing three years. As the lives of millions of Americans hang in the balance, the report concludes that it is time for the FDA took a long, hard second look at e-cigarettes.

To read the complete report, “The FDA’a War on E-cigarettes,” visit: http://www.ecigshq.com/the-fdas-war-on-e-cigarettes. Photo courtesy ecigshq.com

US Consumers Warned Off E-Cigarettes, Steered Toward Pharma Products

ecigs-large[1]Tobaccoreporter.com—The US Department of Health and Human Services has launched a website aimed at offering the ‘best and most up-to-date tobacco-related information from across its agencies.’

BeTobaccoFree.gov is said to provide information on tobacco, federal and state laws and policies, health statistics, and evidence-based methods on how to quit.

‘The site’s social media dashboard, “Say it—Share it,” provides real-time updates from HHS’ tobacco-related social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Infographics, podcasts, and Tumblr,’ the website’s announcement said.

One section of the website seems aimed at discouraging people from using e-cigarettes and promoting the use of nicotine gum, nicotine skin patches, nicotine lozenges, nicotine oral inhaled products, nicotine nasal spray, Zyban and Chantix.

New Best Electronic Cigarette Review Website Offers Electronic Cigarette CouponsgI_101485_rjrossecigreviews

PRWEB—There is a brand new best electronic cigarette review website that is offering readers electronic cigarette coupons to accompany their reviews. The website is RJ Ross Best Electronic Cigarette Review. RJ Ross is a former Connecticut computer parts salesman who decided he was bored of the computer parts biz and became an electronic cigarette reviewer instead. His most famous review is his V2 Cigs review, which he calls the best electronic cigarette in the industry. Readers will be able find reviews and deals out there for brands like V2 Cigs, Smokeless Image and SmokeStik. Visit his website at: http://rjross.com.

Smokers Utopia E-Cigarette Reviews Features Green Smoke Electronic Cigarettes

greenPRNewswire—The most brutal electronic cigarette review website in the industry is now featuring Green Smoke so that smokers can take a full disclosure look into the company, its products and the pros and cons that go along with choosing this company as your e-cigarette supplier.

Green smoke has been around since the beginning of the smokeless cigarette movement in the U.S. and has been a major player since the start and continues to reign in the top in sales volume of online sales.

Although the company has a great history there are still facts and practices that consumers need to be aware of before investing their hard earned money into their products and company.

“We just believe that people should have all of the information available before spending their money,” states Teresa Peach of Smokers Utopia. “We completed the Green Smoke Review so that smokers know what they are getting into before they make the switch, without sugar coated sales jargon that is the norm with most e-cig reviews sites.”

Unlike other review sites in the industry, Smokers Utopia is known for pointing out shortfalls of smokeless cigarette companies that could change minds on their buying decision with brutal facts that no others dare point out.

Smokers Utopia covers the top brands like their South Beach Smoke review, news and openly explains how they review products so that customers can make an informed decision.

For more information, visit http://www.smokersutopia.com.

E-cigarettes now commonplace

urbantulsa.com – You've seen them, and you've seen a couple of different versions of them. There's the electronic cigarette that looks like an actual cigarette, complete with a battery-powered orange glow coming from the end of it. Then there's the giant nicotine vaporizer that looks like it's actually a duck call, even more so when people wear them on lanyards around their necks.

"Those are modified electronic cigarettes," said Thomas Kiklas, director of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association (TVECA). "They have a bigger tank in them and hold a little more power. And they generate a little bit more vapor. But the average user uses the smaller one."

Whichever one people choose, there are all manner of choices for them when they use them, a process sometimes referred to as "vaping." There are flavors that people can use when they reload their units -- from run-of-the-mill things like menthol and regular old tobacco to Cuban cigar and more baffling choices like banana cream pie, peanut butter, and blueberry -- and it seems that as e-cigarettes grow in popularity, the more options are coming open to the consumer -- and prices are dropping, too.

That's not to say that there are no controversies surrounding e-cigarettes and their larger, more powerful counterparts.

 

NATO Show Launches Website

unnamedThomas Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), announced the launch of the 2016 NATO Show website, www.NATOShow.com.

“The NATO Show website has been updated with new navigation and backgrounds, making it easier for our members, exhibitors, and attendees to find information about the 2016 NATO Show, which will be held on April 19-21, 2016,” Briant said in a statement.

The site will be continuously updated with information as it becomes available.

“For instance,” Briant said, “while plans are in the works for the 2016 educational program, a vital part of the annual event, visitors to the website can view presentations from the 2015 Show. We look forward to constantly updating the site to make it a valuable part of the NATO Show experience.”

Currently, manufacturers and suppliers can use the site to apply for 2016 exhibit space. Registration for NATO Show 2016 and the networking events will be available on the site as well.

The NATO Show will be held April 19-21, 2016 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. The Show is owned by the National Association of Tobacco Outlets and produced by ConvExx, an independent show organizer. Information regarding exhibit space or attendee registration can be obtained by contacting NATO Show Management, info@natoshow.com or calling 877-764-3976.

Four E-Liquid Makers Fined in New York State

bottlesNew York State has a law that requires that all e-liquid be sold in childproof bottles. However, according to a recent story on Reuters.com, four companies have violated that law.

“New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement with four companies selling liquid nicotine products online and in brick and mortar stores in New York,” the Reuters story said.

The companies, Rocket Sheep, Henley Vaporium, ECig Distributors Inc. and Beyond Vape were said to be in noncompliance with the law. They settled with the state and must remove from New York stores all the “liquid nicotine” that was not childproof. Penalities totaled $95,000, and they now must prove that new packaging has proper poison protection.

The settlement requires the four companies to remove from New York stores all liquid nicotine with packaging that is not child-resistant. The companies must also pay penalties totaling $95,000 to the state and show proof of testing packaging for proper poison protection.

While three of the four companies could not be reached by Reuters for comment by the time this story went to press, Beyond Vape did post a website notice offering customers who purchased liquid nicotine in New York after Dec. 29, 2014 a free child-resistant container of liquid nicotine or a full refund.

 

 

Joy Flavor Hosts Tasting Event

unnamedPlease join Joy Flavor from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the new Vapor Delight store on 3rd St. in Los Angeles, Calif.
Enjoy tasty new e-flavors by Joy Flavor, nibble on delectable bites by Kitchen 24, and stay refreshed with beverages by Caffeinated Club!

 

White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes Hosts E-Cigs De ‘mist’ ified Webinar

1618420_481860965252826_1541537246_nWhite Cloud Electronic Cigarettes is an independently owned company that has been in business since 2008. Based in Tarpon Spring, Fla. the company notes that with deeming regulations coming down the line and the constant growth of e-cigarette technology, there is no shortage of things to discuss.

In an effort to keep e-cig users up-to-date with all the latest news, White Cloud is launching E-Cigs De ‘misti’ fied on Aug. 6. E-Cigs De ‘mist’ ified is a new webinar series that will discuss the latest developments in the world of e-cigarette regulation and science.

This webinar series is intended to be for educational purposes and is an attempt to inform and educate vapers of all varieties. The company is hopeful there will be something for everyone, from the serious mod hobbyist to the casual cigalike user to the brick and mortar vape shop owner.

Click the link for more information and to register:
http://webinar.whitecloudelectroniccigarettes.com/regulations/

Presenters scheduled to appear:

Jeff Stier
Senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research in Washington, D.C., where he heads its risk analysis division. Stier is a frequent guest on CNBC and has addressed health policy on CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC, as well as network newscasts.

Dimitris Agrafiotis, AKA the Vaping Greek
Executive director of the Tennessee Smoke Free Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting tobacco harm reduction. Writer of all things vaping at http://dimisphere.com and host of the #smokefreeradio podcast every Wednesday on the VP LIVENetwork (http://soundcloud.com/vplive ).

Timothy Donahue
Managing editor/reporter for Tobacco Reporter and Vapor Voice Magazine. Donahue’s focus is on the vapor industry and spends much of his time on the road attending conferences and interviewing industry representatives.

Robert Burton
Burton is director of regulatory affairs for White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes and has a deep understanding of the FDA and its processes.

Costa Mesa Shop Owners Win Small Battle Versus City Planning Board

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Photo by TownMapsUSA.com

The vape shops in the city of Costa Mesa, Calif. dodged a bullet Monday night as they showed up en masse to oppose a planning board hearing that would limit new vape shops. The planning committee wanted to group vape shops in with cigarette retailers, possibly requiring what is known as “special use permits,” and make virtually every shop fall under the category of a “lounge.”

The word lounge is a contentious one, and groups vape shops in with bars, nightclubs and sometimes tattoo parlors.

The agenda item also would have limited vaping in public, a trend that has taken over many cities large and small. Several attendees were able to voice their public comments including Vape Radio host Norm Bour, who has fought this city and many others before.

“This was a battle they did not want to fight,” he said. “They threw so many poorly worded items on the docket that if they passed it as is, they would have appraered less than effective to the city council. I went to the front and shared that under no circumstances should they consider a vape shop a tobacco retailer, nor should they be considered a ‘nuisance’ by their definition.”

The net result was that they tabled the subject and spoke about bringing it back next year. The war continues, but this small battle was a victory for the vaping community.

 

Forbes Writer Outlines Nicotine’s Scientific Qualities

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Nicotine is at the center of a great debate. Is it harmful? Is some of it actually in foods? Sally Satel, a contributor for Forbes.com, recently debated both sides of the nicotine argument.

What nicotine isn’t according to Satel’s story:

  • the stuff that can cause serious illness and death from cancer, lung, and heart disease. Those culprits are the tar and toxic gases that are released from burning tobacco when you smoke.
  • the villain. E-cigarettes contain nicotine and satisfy smokers’ cravings, but vaping doesn’t burn tobacco.
  • delivered at the same rate in e-cigarettes than cigarettes. It’s delivered less per vaping puff.

What nicotine is according to Satel’s story:

  • a chemical that is dangerous not because it causes cancer but because it can addict you to cigarettes.
  • cited as the primary addictive quality in cigarettes due to: (1) in the initial stages of use, more of it is required to produce the same effect in the smoker, a phenomenon called “tolerance”; (2) it is “reinforcing,” meaning that it is sufficiently rewarding to spur self-administration; and (3) abrupt cessation can lead to powerful craving and a recognizable withdrawal syndrome.
  • a mild stimulant
  • enhances the performance of tasks including those involving vigilance and rapid visual cue processing
  • it can also sharpen memory, concentration and attention in the short term.
  • its effect can vary according to one’s mood and level of arousal
  • a dopamine releaser
  • one of 6,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke

For the full story, visit http://www.forbes.com/sites/sallysatel/2015/06/19/nicotine-can-save-lives/.

Vaping Advocates Write Letter to Singapore Government, Urge Non-Ban

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Photo by IMRMedical.com

The Singapore government is considering banning products that are 20 times safer than analog cigarettes while letting cigarettes get their way, according to a story on CliveBates.com. The story reports that all low-risk nicotine products are up for banning consideration, while cigarettes are protected.

Clive Bates and Gerry Stimson, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, Imperial College London; Visiting Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, wrote a letter to the Singapore government challenging the impending ban with good old-fashioned science, ethics and public health arguments. Bates and Stimson ask that the Singapore government be “better than the European Union and United States FDA at regulating these products” by being a leader. The open letter in its entirety is below. For a source list, visit http://www.clivebates.com/?p=3133.

Open letter to the Government of Singapore

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Mr. Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health
Mrs. Tan Ching Yee, Permanent Secretary (Health)

Dear Mr Gan and Mrs Tan,

We write as advocates for best scientific and ethical practice in global tobacco control with a passionate commitment to reducing the global burden of death and disease caused by smoking. We have no industry ties and our focus is on public health.  We are writing to comment on the government’s announcement of bans on a range of tobacco and nicotine products, and to urge caution and a reconsideration of this policy. It is a good time for Singapore to lead in tobacco control, but not through prohibition, but world class regulation.

On 15th June, the Singapore Ministry of Health announced a significant extension to its tobacco control programme banning a range of tobacco and nicotine products from December this year [1]. Although Singapore has been a long-standing leader in tobacco control, it cannot be assumed that these new bans, and the existing ban on e-cigarettes, are in fact an enhancement.  We suggest that it is much more likely that these measures will reverse progress in Singapore, protect the cigarette trade and lead to more disease and premature death in Singapore.  We write to set out some of the arguments and to suggest that the government pauses to reassesses the evidence base and reconsiders the likely harmful unintended consequences of such bans.

We refer to the concept of ‘tobacco harm reduction’.  This concept recognises that smoking is primarily driven by seeking the legal mildly psychoactive drug nicotine and that there are many people who cannot or will not stop using nicotine. It has been known for 40 years that people “smoke for the nicotine and die from the tar” [2]. This creates the prospect that providing nicotine without the tar and toxic gases in tobacco smoke could have significantly positive health benefits. There is strong consensus among scientists that nicotine products that do not involve burning tobacco are far less risky than smoking. As the Royal College of Physicians of London explained in its landmark report, Harm reduction in nicotine addiction [3]:

This report makes the case for harm reduction strategies to protect smokers. It demonstrates that smokers smoke predominantly for nicotine, that nicotine itself is not especially hazardous, and that if nicotine could be provided in a form that is acceptable and effective as a cigarette substitute, millions of lives could be saved.

Thanks to technological innovation, there is now a growing range of products that can meet this need: e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS); nicotine inhalers; purified smokeless tobacco like snus; heated tobacco vaporisers; and an increasingly wide range of novel nicotine products  such as strips, gums and lozenges.  These products eliminate the tar because there is no smoke involved.  It is this basic fact of physics and chemistry that provides the opportunity to reduce smoking related disease.  The harm reduction strategy works because it does not require a smoker to give up both smoking and nicotine, or the behavioural or social rituals that go with it – only the harmful smoke itself.  Because it is easier for many smokers to switch than to quit completely, it therefore increases that likelihood of success in reducing disease.  Unfortunately, it is these products that are the focus of bans in Singapore and this harm reduction strategy is being closed down unnecessarily.  The alternative is not that more smokers will quit, but that more smokers will continue to smoke.

The number of nicotine users, primarily smokers, is not falling in Singapore – and may be rising [4]. The impact of these bans is to force those nicotine users to use only the most dangerous form of nicotine delivery, namely smoking.  The most troubling aspect of these bans is the protection they give to the cigarette trade. Why protect the most harmful products from competition from low-risk alternatives? Why deny smokers these better options, forcing them to use the most harmful?  To us this seems both unscientific and unethical – a “quit or die” ultimatum in which many will die unnecessarily.  Also, for a nation that is built on innovation, it is surprising that Singapore should use the law to protect a harmful 19th century product from innovative 21st century alternatives that might one day make the cigarette obsolete.

For this reason the World Health Organisation was careful in its 2014 briefing to avoid proposing bans on ENDS, instead stressing regulation rather than prohibition [5], and judging that:

ENDS, therefore, represent an evolving frontier, filled with promise and threat for tobacco control. Whether ENDS fulfil the promise or the threat depends on a complex and dynamic interplay among the industries marketing ENDS (independent makers and tobacco companies), consumers, regulators, policy-makers, practitioners, scientists, and advocates(1) 

The citation at the end of this specific statement by WHO refers to a commentary by Dr David Abrams, Executive Director of the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies and Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health writing in JAMA [6].  Abrams concludes:

The more appealing e-cigarette innovations become, the more likely they will be a disruptive technology. Although the science is insufficient to reach firm conclusions on some issues, e-cigarettes, with prudent tobacco control regulations, do have the potential to make the combusting of tobacco obsolete. Strong regulatory science research is needed to inform policy. If e-cigarettes represent the new frontier, tobacco control experts must be open to new strategies.  Statements based on ideology and insufficient evidence could prevent the use of this opportunity before it becomes established as part of harm reduction strategy.

It is clear that the leading edge in tobacco control is not in banning these products, but in working out how best to exploit the huge opportunities while minimising any residual threats.  In other words, tobacco control leadership means skilful design of regulation based on sound science, not ideology.  Fifty three experts in nicotine and tobacco science and policy wrote to Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of the WHO, to reinforce these points.  They urged her organisation and the world community to take a positive approach to ‘tobacco harm reduction’ and to work towards exploiting the opportunities [7] and to take a sceptical view of misleading scientific analysis [8].

The potential for tobacco harm reduction products to reduce the burden of smoking related disease is very large, and these products could be among the most significant health innovations of the 21st Century – perhaps saving hundreds of millions of lives. The urge to control and suppress them as tobacco products should be resisted and instead regulation that is fit for purpose and designed to realise the potential should be championed by WHO.

While this is the big picture, there are many details to address that go beyond the scope of this letter.  However, we thought it would be helpful to signal some of the available literature that may inform an evidence assessment.  We have drawn on a letter to the Straits Times (Adverse health effects of e-cigarettes June 16th) from Singapore Ministry of Health, which sets out some arguments about e-cigarettes. We provide a guide to some of the evidence on key points below:

  1. Toxicity. The concentrations of toxins or carcinogens in e-cigarette vapour are generally tens to thousands of times lower than in cigarette smoke.  Many toxins are simply not present at detectable levels or equivalent to the tolerances allowed in medical products [9].   This is the reason why experts believe e-cigarettes to be at least 95% lower risk than smoking [10][11]: “From analysis of the constituents of e-cigarette vapour, e-cigarette use from popular brands can be expected to be at least 20 times safer (and probably considerably more so) than smoking tobacco cigarettes in terms of long-term health risk”.
  2. Secondhand exposure. Exposure to second hand cigarette smoke is thought to create risks of disease in bystanders. However, the toxins and nicotine in exhaled vapour are at very much lower levels than the sidestream and mainstream emissions from cigarettes. In his detailed review of the toxicity evidence, Igor Burstyn concluded that risks to active users were well below thresholds used to set workplace exposure standards and concluded that: Exposures of bystanders are likely to be orders of magnitude less, and thus pose no apparent concern. [12]
  3. Particulates. Though particulates from diesel engines, power stations and cigarette smoke are harmful, it cannot be assumed that particles from ENDS vapour are harmful simply because they are the same size. The aerosol particles in e-cigarette vapour do not have the same aggressive surface chemistry and physics as smoke particles, which contains thousands of products of combustion.  The size of the particles is of little importance if they are not actually toxic [13].
  4. Vulnerable users. Any pregnant woman would be well advised to avoid using alcohol or nicotine, but for those who cannot or will not quit using nicotine, then an e-cigarette or smokeless tobacco product will be much less risky than continuing to smoke. Risk to the foetus is not an argument to ban low-risk products for all adults, while leaving the high risk product widely available.  The safety profile of nicotine has been well established through years of trials of nicotine replacement therapy, and there is no proposal to ban these products on account of nicotine-related risks [9]
  5. Smoking cessation. There are now millions of ex-smokers who use e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco. For example in Britain, there are 2.6 million e-cigarette users of which 1 million are ex-smokers [14]. They are not using e-cigarettes to as a smoking cessation treatment, but as a relatively low risk alternative to harmful smoking as way of consuming nicotine.  A Cochrane Review of e-cigarettetrials [15] suggests that, on the limited data available, vapour products are likely to be effective for smoking cessation. Most studies have been observational, rather than trials and have generally shown success with e-cigarettes. For example, one of the best designed [16] found: People attempting to quit smoking without professional help are approximately 60% more likely to report succeeding if they use e-cigarettes than if they use willpower alone or over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies.
  6. Gateway effect and renormalistion. There is no evidence anywhere in the world supporting a ‘gateway effect’ in which low risk products such as e-cigarettes cause people who would not have smoked to become smokers.  In generally we have seen declines in teenage smoking accompany any rise in e-cigarette use and e-cigarette use highly concentrated among smokers.  It is likely that e-cigarette use is an alternative to smoking in young people who would otherwise have started to smoke – and thus have a protective effect. Longer term data is needed but there is no basis to draw any conclusion that e-cigarettes increase smoking [17].
  7. Proof of concept: the Swedish experience. We have a strong proof of concept that alternative sources of nicotine can radically reduce smoking and related disease – and this is an opportunity that should not be wasted with badly designed legislation.  In Europe, Sweden stands out as having by far the lowest smoking rate, 11% in Sweden compared to the EU average of 26% [18].  The reason for this is the high use of smokeless tobacco instead of smoking.  This has led to very substantial reductions in disease in Sweden [19] that cannot be even partly replicated in the rest of the EU because snus has been banned in the EU other than Sweden.
  8. Professional practice. There is now recognition among professional tobacco control and public practitioners that e-cigarettes (ENDS) can be used constructively to reduce harm. For example in Britain, cautious evidence-based guidance for professionals has been developed by the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training and Public Health England, the government’s public health agency. It provides a clear and measured assessment of science and best practice that could be valuable to any country wishing to exploit the opportunities and minimise the risks [20]

The only thing really threatened by ENDS is the manufacture, import, sale and consumption of cigarettes. To maintain and extend bans on products that compete with cigarettes but have far lower risk to the user would be an unscientific, unethical and lethal error based on current evidence: on what ethical basis should a government prevent a smoker substantially reducing their risk by switching to these products? There is nothing ‘precautionary’ about banning safer products – being cautious about safety is no different to being complacent about harm. We would like to finish with the words of Derek Yach, the former WHO Director for tobacco policy who led the effort to bring the global Framework Convention on Tobacco Control into being [21]:

At the moment, it’s estimated that there will be a billion tobacco-related deaths before 2100. That is a dreadful prospect. E-cigs and other nicotine-delivery devices such as vaping pipes offer us the chance to reduce that total. All of us involved in tobacco control need to keep that prize in mind as we redouble efforts to make up for 50 years of ignoring the simple reality that smoking kills and nicotine does not.

We hope we have provided enough information and analysis to show that there is at least a deeper debate about the role of these products. We believe the Government of Singapore should insist on a more complete assessment of evidence, pause the introduction of any bans and move to reassess its policy approach.

We urge the Government of Singapore to heed this message and to adopt a world-leading progressive policy in this area – based on proportionate risk-based product regulation, protective marketing restrictions, a fair excise risk-based regime, accurate information and advice to consumers and a recognition that excessive regulation has harmful unintended consequences through the protection of the cigarette trade.

We hope that Singapore will become a world leader in the regulation of these innovative and disruptive products, improving on the emerging regulatory regimes of the European Union and US Food and Drug Administration.  If that happens, by 2040 we are confident that Singapore will have played a significant leadership role in rendering cigarettes obsolete and bringing forward the ‘endgame’ for tobacco related disease.

We would be pleased to assist in any further assessment, and we would welcome a response to the points made in this letter.

Yours faithfully,

Professor Gerry Stimson
Emeritus Professor, Imperial College London;
Visiting Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Clive Bates
Director Counterfactual Consulting and Advocacy
Former Director Action on Smoking and Health (1997-2003)
Founding member, Framework Convention Alliance for the FCTC

Both writers speak in a personal capacity and do not necessarily represent the views of previous employers.

Heartland Vapes Presents Extreme Vapor Expo

Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 9.57.01 AMExtreme Vapor Expo will be held in The Exchange Building at EXPO Square, Tulsa Fairgrounds, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Aug. 7-9.

Friday, August 7 – OPEN TO THE TRADE ONLY – 2 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 8 – OPEN TO TRADE – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. CONSUMERS: 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, August 9 – OPEN TO CONSUMERS and TRADE – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Extreme Vapor Expo is a business to business, as well as a business to consumer event. Professionals in the electronic cigarette (vapor) industry will have the opportunity to network and learn valuable new information from each other. Consumers will have the chance to find out about the newest and best products, sample flavors of e-liquid from around the country and get a great deal on a vaporizer!

Must be 18+ to attend. Saturday and Sunday are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Admission for consumers is simply one canned food item (will be donated to one of Tulsa’s soup kitchens). Trade professionals should sign up at www.extremevaporexpo.com in order to conduct B2B trade with Vendors.

Extreme Vapor Expo is waiving the registration fee for the press. Contact Jane at extremevaporexpo@cox.net to receive your entry badge.

Mighty Skins Releases Vape Store Owner Survey Results

unnamedThe Mighty Skins content team recently put together a survey that polled more than 100 vape store owners to get a better idea of the vaping industry. Where is it heading? Who is on board?
Mighty Skins asked them various questions about customers’ preferences, as well as trends that vape store owners are seeing. Check out the survey results here: http://blog.mightyskins.com/vaping-and-e-cigs/2015-vape-store-survey.

E-Cigarette Vapor Has No Toxic Effect on Lung Cells, Study Shows

Screen Shot 2015-07-23 at 5.17.09 PMBritish American Tobacco (BAT) is the latest organization to complete an e-cigarette study, and this one is a win for the vaping community. Using a “smoking robot,” the research team found that e-cigarette vapor has no toxic effect on human lung cells, according to a story on ejuiceologist.com. In fact, the publication said that inhaling nicotine vapor could be as safe as breathing air.

In conjunction with the MatTek Corporation, BAT used in vitro lab experiments with the smoking robot to expose lung cell replicas to tobacco smoke, two brands of e-cig vapor and air.

“After being exposed to old-fashioned smoke for six hours, the cells died. However, after subjecting the cells to an ‘aggressive and continuous’ dose of e-cig vapor, researchers claimed the damage to the airway tissue was ‘similar to that of air,’” according to the ejuiceologist.com report.

For the full story, visit http://ejuiceologist.com/new-study-shows-electronic-cigarettes-have-no-toxic-effect/.