Harry's Blog #95
Flavour bans are fruitless

TAnti-tobacco harm reduction campaigners backed by US Federal and state authorities, supportive media and large wodges of Bloomberg cash are about to deliver the worst possible news for millions of American smokers who wish to continue using nicotine while significantly reducing the risk of a premature and painful death...Read More

Resource highlights
Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction 2018
2018-12-31 , Submission deadline
IJERPH is now accepting submissions for a special issue on Tobacco Harm Reduction, on research that advances our understanding of the potential place of tobacco harm reduction strategies within a comprehensive approach to reducing the burden of smoking related disease, and that will assist policy makers to determine what level of regulation is most appropriate for potential reduced risk products.
2018-01-19 , vapetrotter.com
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Friday, November 15, 2019
Monday marked exactly two months since HHS Secretary Azar said the administration would act to remove flavored e-cigarettes from the market, including everything except tobacco flavor. But there are some signs that the administration may be softening its stance, allowing menthol to remain, and potentially excluding vape shops from the flavor ban. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Pfizer board member and former FDA commissioner, join "Squawk Box" to discuss.
Friday, November 15, 2019
The idea of our children getting addicted to any substance is a nightmare to most adults and parents. And unfortunately, nicotine has been hooking our children since tobacco products have been in use. This fact is why we understand the reactions to nicotine’s latest delivery method, vaping, and the fear that our children are being put in mortal danger for using these products. There is just one problem though – vaping has also helped countless adults quit a far more scientifically proven dangerous and deadly habit – combustible tobacco products such as cigarettes.
Friday, November 15, 2019
United States
Tobacco marketing researchers and anti-smoking advocates say regulators — namely the Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission — are ill equipped, relying on rules and standards that fail to understand modern marketing. Eschewing the glossy magazines and television ads favored by tobacco giants, brands like Juul, Logic and Myblu have leveraged sophisticated internet campaigns, relying heavily on Instagram, the photo-sharing platform used by about three-quarters of American teenagers. [...]
Friday, November 15, 2019
United States
The bill, which the state House passed yesterday, says police may seize vehicles in which they find untaxed vaping products. According to the Institute for Justice, Massachusetts has "the worst civil forfeiture laws in the country." It looks like state legislators are about to outdo themselves. The Massachusetts House of Representatives yesterday approved a bill that would ban flavored e-cigarettes, impose a 75 percent excise tax on "electronic nicotine delivery systems" (including e-liquids as well as devices), and authorize forfeiture of cars driven by vapers caught with "untaxed" products. [...]
Friday, November 15, 2019
VICTORIA — B.C. will hike taxes on vaping products and restrict the amount of nicotine in e-cigarettes but not ban flavoured vape juice, under new regulations revealed Thursday. Health Minister Adrian Dix said he will introduce legislation this month to increase the provincial sales tax from seven per cent to 20 per cent on vaping products, becoming the first province in Canada to specifically tax e-cigarettes.
Friday, November 15, 2019
United States
If the purpose of this legislation is to protect young people from the harmful effects of tobacco, then it is an utter failure. It makes it much easier for a youth in Massachusetts to get their hands on a Marlboro cigarette than a cherry vape. In addition, since proponents of the law argue that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking, there are now thousands of youth vapers in Massachusetts who would no longer be able to vape, so by the proponents' own reasoning, there is going to be a large increase in youth smoking in the state if this bill is enacted.
Thursday, November 14, 2019
United Kingdom
W hen people have severe allergic reactions to peanuts, we have every sympathy with their experience – and rightly so. But if the BBC responded by fabricating a health panic about the general population’s peanut consumption, we’d think Auntie had gone completely bonkers. This is exactly what’s happening with vaping. The case of Ewan Fisher – a 16-year-old boy suffering with severe lung inflammation after a presumed allergic reaction from using an e-cigarette – has dominated headlines in recent days.
Thursday, November 14, 2019
A bill seeking to regulate vaping products has been filed at the House of Representatives. [...] Garin, in a statement on Thursday, said that the proposed law primarily centered on mitigating public health risks that the ENDS or e-cigarettes may pose. The World Health Organization said that ENDS contain chemicals such propylene glycol and sometimes, nicotine considered as toxic substances. “The bill is anchored on the concept of harm reduction, which refers to policies, regulations, and actions focusing on reducing health risks, usually by providing safer norms of hazardous products,” Garin said.
Wednesday, 13 November

Anti-tobacco harm reduction campaigners backed by US Federal and state authorities, supportive media and large wodges of Bloomberg cash are about to deliver the worst possible news for millions of American smokers who wish to continue using nicotine while significantly reducing the risk of a premature and painful death.

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Wednesday, 14 March

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