E-cigs and advertising - it’s all changed

31st May 2016

Last week the Tobacco Products Directive came into force, and along with it a change to advertising rules for the e-cigarette industry. CAP, The Committees of Advertising Practice write and maintain the UK Advertising Codes, have put out a statement in regards to the new rules. It appears though that even they may not be finding them straightforward, as they write, “However it should be understood that the TRPRs paint a complex regulatory picture. They apply only to ads for, or which indirectly promote, unlicensed, nicotine-containing e-cigarettes and not those for non-nicotine products or medicines. Additionally, the restrictions apply only in particular…

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E-cigarettes Will Not be in The New Welsh Health Bill

27th May 2016

Earlier this year, the Welsh health bill that included regulations on e-cigarettes and tattoo parlours, fell at the last hurdle and was defeated by just one vote. Had it passed, it would have placed a ban on vaping in many public and enclosed public places, such as public transport, places of work and restaurants. The Bill fell at the last minute due to Plaid Cymru not supporting it after jibes were made by a Labour AM. Now, post elections, a new health bill will be introduced, but the First Minister Carwyn Jones has said plans to ban e-cigarettes in some public places…

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Vapers Support the Lords Fatal Motion

26th May 2016

The Daily Mirror has reported on how FURIOUS (their caps lock) vapers are, and are uniting behind a fatal motion, placed in the Lords, that could see the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) sent back to the House of Commons for review. Lord Callanan, previously MEP Martin Callanan, was involved with the TPD as it was being created in Brussels. He tabled the fatal motion after a debate in the House of Lords where it was very evident that the Peers present, found the TPD nonsense. Vapers have been writing to the Peers and to their MPs, urging them to support the motion…

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New study finds persistent benefits switching to e cigarettes for those with Asthma that smoke.

19th May 2016

Many smokers with Asthma continue to smoke, despite the harms to their lungs. A new research report by Dr Polosa and his team, published in Discovery Medicine finds that those that now vape instead of smoke, show that “Significant improvements in respiratory symptoms and lung function have been consistent” The study was a retrospective one, over 24 months, and was admittedly small, with only 16 participants in the final count, however the findings are promising. The Nicotine Science and Policy online journal write about the new research and state, “switching to daily use of electronic cigarettes may ameliorate clinical, functional and therapeutic outcomes for…

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American anti vaping crusader arrives in Europe.

16th May 2016

The American flag A prominent anti vaping and tobacco control advisor from the USA made a visit to Austria last month, and his presentation has caused quite a stir here in Britain. The advisor spoke at the Austrian Academy of Sciences Tobacco Control: Big Fast Benefits.   His presentation was almost diametrically opposed to the report from the Royal College of Physicians, with the advisor stating -  E-cigarettes, which are often presented as harm reduction alternatives to conventional cigarettes are reducing quitting, expanding the youth nicotine market, and likely prolonging the tobacco epidemic. Clive Bates, a former Director from ASH discusses the…

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E-cigarettes ban on flights to be challenged.

12th May 2016

In March of this year e-cigarettes were banned on flights in and out of the USA. The ban applies to all passengers on all U.S. and foreign airlines with flights within, into or out of the country.  The ban took effect from April. However, this ruling is now being challenged by two groups. The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association, (CASAA) that is a very successful consumer advocacy group for vaping. The two groups are challenging on the grounds that the ruling is illegal as e cigarettes do not emit smoke, and the Department for Transportation (DOT) do not…

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Human heart cells show stress response to tobacco smoke, but NOT to e-cig vapour

9th May 2016

Human heart Tobacco smokers may be able to reduce immediate tobacco related harm by switching to vaping. A press release last week from the University of Bristol, in England announced that: “New research has shown substantial differences in the way human heart cells respond to e-cigarette smoke and conventional cigarette smoke.” Researchers from the Universities Medical Research Council Integrative Epidemiology Unit, investigated how the same type of cells as those found in the arteries in the heart responded when exposed to both electronic cigarette vapour and conventional cigarette smoke. A member of the research team, Professor Marcus Munafò said “The past few years have seen…

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Press Statement: European Court Rules in Totally Wicked Legal Challenge to Article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive

4th May 2016

- Press Statement - European Court Rules in Totally Wicked Legal Challenge to Article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive Wednesday 4th May 2016 For Immediate Release United Kingdom – Today the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has given its judgment on the legal challenge to Article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive. The judgment can be read in full on the CJEU website: : Totally Wicked was the only independent electronic cigarette manufacturer to win the right to challenge this Directive which sought to bring e-cigarettes and e-liquid within its regulatory scope as "tobacco related products" – despite not containing tobacco…

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Press Statement: Royal College of Physicians Report - ‘Nicotine without smoke: tobacco harm reduction’

28th April 2016

Statement from Fraser Cropper, Managing Director of Totally Wicked, following the publication of the Royal College of Physicians latest report, ‘Nicotine without smoke: tobacco harm reduction’. The Royal College of Physicians has today stated it wants GP’s to understand the clear benefits and opportunities of vaping and want Doctors to urge smokers to switch to vaping.  They also question the validity of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) that will come into effect on the 20th May, regulating e-cigarettes at the EU level for the first time. This is the very same TPD that the Department of Health’s own impact assessment states will…

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New Study Finds Indoor Vaping Unlikely to be Harmful to Bystanders

25th April 2016

Only one publication has so far picked up this e-cig study story, and that’s the Huffington post. The information given is sparse, but describes a research collaboration between Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania, EMPA Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, ETH Zurich the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Fontem Ventures. The researchers found that second hand vapour is probably not harmful to bystanders. The team took a detailed look at the chemical particles that are exhaled from e-cigarettes, and charted exactly what was emitted. They studied closed-system e-cigarettes, (i.e. disposable e-cigarettes made by the tobacco industry in the main),…

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