May 22nd, 2015

What is wrong with the Tobacco Products Directive for vapour products?

Provisions for vapour products were designed in a political process in haste, in secret, without consultation, with no impact assessment and in the face of opposing scientific advice – and it shows

The European Union directive governing e-cigarette regulation is a catalogue of poorly designed, disproportionate and discriminatory measures that will achieve nothing useful but do a great deal of harm. Let’s review the main issues: >> read the full post

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May 22nd, 2015

US public health establishment proposes to increase fiscal deaths

WHO World No Tobacco Day

If only it was that simple…

According to the great sage Benjamin Franklin in 1789:

… in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes

He probably didn’t envisage deliberately causing death by carelessly designing taxes. But to my surprise and dismay, that seems to be the idea of the public health establishment of United States.  I saw this story today:

Smoking Rates Continue to Drop in Many States: CDC – Doctors’ Lounge. What to make of this? >> read the full post

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April 20th, 2015

Louise Ross: why shouldn’t people with poor mental health have the same opportunities as everyone else?

No vaping allowed

Does this give people with poor mental health the same opportunities as everyone else?

A new guest blog from Louise Ross, Leicester Stop Smoking Service Manager, showing the way with humanity, empathy and humility (previous posts: Let there be light! and Who’s health are we talking about?).  Her new guest blog starts now:

>> read the full post

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March 31st, 2015

Alarmist survey on teenage vaping misses the point – reaction

The BBC, GuardianTelegraph and others report on a new study, Associations between e-cigarette access and smoking and drinking behaviours in teenagers,  that “showed one in five had tried or bought e-cigarettes“.  The researchers put out a forthright press release and concluded e-cigarettes were the “alcopops of the nicotine world” and need tougher controls. Nice soundbite, but have the researchers, journal editors, peer reviewers and journalists really interpreted this survey correctly?

I think this study is being widely misunderstood or spun …It may actually may be showing something that is a good news.  Let’s examine four things that must be considered when assessing the implications of this survey – then some expert reaction and consumer reaction: >> read the full post

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March 24th, 2015

Latvia consults on protecting the cigarette trade by crushing e-cigarettes with hyper-regulation

Latvia within European Union

Latvia: aiding bootleggers and big tobacco

 

More pernicious creeping back to medicines regulation within the EU.  Just as a parliamentary review in one country that applies it, Canada, recommends going the other way, Latvia consults on making it mandatory. This post has my response to Latvia’s consultation, which closes 24 March.  The relevant implementing law mostly follows the anti-scientific requirements of the Tobacco Products Directive, but throws in a near total ban on vaping in public places for good measure.  However, it also goes further than the TPD by making medicine regulation mandatory for e-cigarettes, an option the Commission has indicated it believes is open under the TPD – but cannot be compatible with free movement of goods in the EU internal market or a harmonising measure. The egregious text on medical regulation is here:  >> read the full post

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