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Public Vape Ban Called for by Leading Dr’s

23rd June 2016

The apparent risk of passive vaping is enough that Dr Iain Kennedy, a consultant in public health from Glasgow has called for a ban in public places such as bars and restaurants. He said, “There are new potential risks, and we don’t yet know the level of those risks. It is a precautionary principle – until we do the studies and have a better idea of what the risks may or may not be, we should restrict their use in public places” He went on to state that although electronic cigarettes were undoubtedly safer than cigarettes there is no evidence that they…

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Vaping is a Gateway to Smoking…or is it?

16th June 2016

Earlier this week a study looking at the link between electronic cigarettes and smoking was once again severely over stated in the press. Headlines shouted “Vaping is a gateway to smoking” and “Teens who vape six times more likely to smoke cigarettes”. Doctors and tobacco harm experts are today hitting out at these claims, “The authors seem to argue that trying one puff of an e-cigarette caused some young people to try tobacco smoking within the next 16 months,” said Ann McNeill, Professor of Tobacco Addiction at King’s College London. “If so, we would be seeing large increases in tobacco smoking, but instead…

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COP7 Conference to be Presented with WHO Report on E-cigs

13th June 2016

The World Health Organisation will present their latest findings regarding electronic cigarettes to tobacco control leaders at the COP7 conference in November. Under discussion will be the “control and prevention of globally emerging products” and following the WHO report, recommendations may be issued regarding e-cigarette regulation. Traditionally sceptical towards e-cigarettes it is understood that the recommendations put forward will include a restriction on vaping in public, a ban on advertising and even prohibition of e-cigarettes. Although these are guidelines and not binding to members, WHO have a strong influence on what policy is put in place. Their attitude towards vaping can only be…

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Cancer Researcher and Cancer Survivor Set-up E-cigarette Shop Together

6th June 2016

Two men from Burton have joined forces to open an e-cigarette shop, but their journey to do so is quite unusual. Graham Edkins is a cancer survivor, and Dr Robert Lees is a cancer specialist. Both smoked, and neither could move away from tobacco, despite their experiences and undoubted knowledge, and several attempts to do so. But then e-cigarettes came into their lives, they actually met in an e-cigarette shop, became friends and then last year took the decision to start their own shop because of the success that they have had with them. The Burton Mail, picking up on the story write,…

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More pressure being applied by Lords, MPs and MEPs regarding the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD)

2nd June 2016

Recently we have seen a ‘fatal motion’ proposed by Lord Callanan in the House of Lords, MP Anne Main has called for the House of Commons to annul the TPD, and now we see that the Conservative MEPs in Brussels are taking steps to re-open the debate on the TPD. This is heartening news for vapers, though it could be mentioned that this level of action would have been welcome 2 years ago, when the TPD was going through the EU system. Writing about this on the Conservatives in Europe blog, MEPs Julie Girling and Vicky Ford explain that they have written…

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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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