Here is an interesting document, from the UK’s Official Parliament site; it’s a letter to Anna Soubry MP from Lord Boswell, Chairman of European Committee (.pdf HERE). I can’t give you a quote without re-typing it because the pdf is from scanned text, so I encourage you to read Page 3 (Guaranteed boob free).
The Statehouse File has a report entitled “INDIANAPOLIS – Minors will no longer be able to buy electronic cigarettes under a law that will take effect July 1.” Which says “House Bill 1225 – enacted by the General Assembly this spring – makes the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors a class C felony. It will also make the purchase of electronic cigarettes with the intention of giving them to minors a Class C felony.”
I would welcome banning the sale of ecigs to minors in the UK too; all responsible ecig vendors already have such a ban, self-imposed.
In an aricle in TopNews from New Zealand headlined “NCPs to be Regulated as Medicines Announces MHRA” they say that “Initially, it was considered that electronic cigarette is an option for people to give up smoking. But with passage of time, it has been found that people have been using the same as a lifestyle product. This has led a number of places to ban the same; among them are ScotRail and Abertay University.” This seems to confirm the view that ecigs face being regulated just because people like using them as a cigarette alternative and so they must be regulated even if said regulation reduces the chance that cigarette smokers might start to use them as a safer alternative.
In 'ECigs in the Media' I sometimes think that all I do is ‘right writers wrongs’, these is loads of misinformation printed and uploaded, often it is just the same rubbish over and over again, that was written elsewhere and has been badly rehashed. At the moment most of the reports are exclusively about the MHRA announcement which I am sure we all have our own opinion of.
Today I’d like to highlight “E-cigarettes: To Vape Or Not To Vape” by L’Oréal Blackett in Body Confidential. There are a couple of points that L’Oreal could have phrased differently and maybe there is more about ‘shisha pens’ than I really needed to know but overall it’s well written, balanced and interesting. Just as a taste: “Like many bad habits though, especially ones you’d really like to carry on with, the ‘lesser than two evils’ alternatives are often created to wean off the pretty ferociously hooked. Like fat-free ice cream and Diet Coke. In this case, tobacco companies have introduced smoking phenomenon, e-cigarettes.”.
It was very refreshing to read a well considered, clearly written opinion piece about the MHRA ecig proposals, I have not seen any of the author’s other work and this is the first time that I have become aware of the site however if this article is an indication of their standard reporting I will defiantly become a regular visitor. The site is called Politics.co.uk and the article is entitled “This puritanical attack on electronic cigarettes will cost lives” by Ian Dunt.
The MHRA press release has naturally gained significant interest within the media – mostly just reiterating the statement. There are a few web links worth following; ECigWizard’s own statement and the post from Clive Bates (The Counterfactual) which is widely quoted in the ECigWizard statement, the press release from ECITA (the trade body) and Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos comment piece.
VapourTrailsTV on YouTube with Ben Potter of ECig Wizard discuss the MHRA announcement.
USA Today’s coverage of the MHRA press release carries a picture of a cig-a-like held by the worst hands that I have seen in close-up. They appear to have the Nicotine stains of a three pack a day smoker and chewed nails.
The MHRA press release is now available CLICK HERE to read it for yourself. “UK moves towards safe and effective electronic cigarettes and other nicotine-containing products”
My initial thoughts are that given that “All nicotine-containing products (NCPs), such as electronic cigarettes, are to be regulated as medicines… “ then tobacco cigarettes should also require licensing as a medical product given that they contain nicotine.
The statement only refers to ‘Electronic Cigarettes’ and does not indicate whether it intends to attempt to enforce regulation of just the nicotine containing ejuice or the ejuice and the delivery devices. In reality only Nicotine containing ejuice and products containing it could be regulated, remember that recreational drugs are illegal but you can still buy the paraphernalia. If this is the case then mods, cartos and nico-free ejuice could still be sold but Nicotine (as an eliquid, base or juice additive) would have to be licensed (by 2016).
I predict that if licences for nicotine are too restrictive, expensive or difficult to obtain then we will see a flood of unlicensed product being sold in markets, under the counter and on street corners which would inevitably be a less regulated market than we currently have.
You have to laugh; if not you would cry, reading headlines like this one in ‘International Deign Times’ "E-Cigarettes A Hoax? No Nicotine, But Not Safer, Critics Say; Nevertheless Tobacco Companies Will Still Rake In $1 Billion On Battery-Powered Smokes [REPORT]"
In the ‘REPORT’ they again repeat the assertion the ecigs do not contain nicotine “Containing no nicotine, e-cigarettes seem heaven-sent for cancer-concerned consumers” as if Nicotine and cancer are somehow linked. All too often we see people confused between Tobacco and Nicotine yet these same people think themselves qualified to tell us what to think.
The article continues by discussing the roll of ‘Big Tobacco’ in ecig brands but ends by stating “But tobacco company marketers are ready with pre-packaged comebacks. "The most amazing thing about this cigarette?" NJOY's website asks, "It isn't one." When it comes to cancer, we'd rather not take any risks.”
All I can say is… why not just go away and design something instead of talking BULLOCKS.
The ‘NHS Choices’ website added a new article yesterday with the heading “Decision over e-cigarettes and 'vaping' imminent”, I understand that there is to be some sort of announcement today. Naturally I will post analysis of it and it’s implications in due course should it prove to be significant. This might be a good time to bookmark ECig’s in the Media :-)
Although the NHS is Government funded it is not in their remit to promote the Government’s policies, the article does not give any clue about the direction of thought regarding ecig regulation. It is however a well balanced and informative information piece that provides both pro-ecig “compared with regular cigarettes, they are certainly the lesser of two evils. First, e-cigarettes don’t contain any tobacco – only nicotine, which is highly addictive but much less dangerous. For this reason, smoking e-cigarettes (known as ‘vaping’) is generally regarded a safer alternative to smoking for those unable or unwilling to stop using nicotine. Also, while the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found the liquid and vapour to contain traces of toxins, including cancer-causing chemicals nitrosamines and formaldehyde, the level of these toxins is about one thousandth of that in cigarette smoke. We cannot be certain that these traces of toxins are harmless, but tests on animals and a small study of 40 smokers are reassuring, providing some evidence that e-cigarettes are well tolerated and only associated with mild adverse effects (slight mouth or throat irritation, a dry cough).” And anti-ecig views “Some health professionals do not recommend them because they believe the potential for harm is significant. It is worth bearing in mind that nicotine is not altogether harmless – for example, it has been linked to anxiety – and research suggests nicotine plays a direct role in the development of blood vessel disease. E-cigarettes are banned by other countries and by some UK schools concerned about their influence on adolescents”.
The-Ecigarette.co.uk has an article titled ‘Vaping Science’. I think that I understand the thrust of what it is trying to say… the mind set of the anti-smoking brigade is so fixed that they have decided against ecigs just because they resemble tobacco cigarettes.. It is a view that I heartily agree with.
Unfortunately the article starts with the line “The truth is: “Smoking an e-cigarette is a step towards quitting smoking.” and then fails to quote any scientific study to substantiate the assertion while simultaneously failing to state whom it is quoting, not to mention that the term “Smoking an e-cigarette” is itself a misnomer because ecigs are vaped, not smoked.
The last paragraph lost me entirely “In todays modern world lets use the science, not peoples word. For years we were openly told by the cigarette companies that smoking was actually good out health and those same people are now telling us vaping is bad for us, doesnt seem right somehow!!!!!”
It looks like the site is just a vehicle for advertising but I think that their heart is in the right place.
God bless the Internet. A new site opened yesterday, I quickly scanned over it and it looked good, it goes by the name of Ecigarette-Politics. and describes itself as “an online resource for materials related to e-cigarette politics, legal issues, regulatory issues and health-related topics.” This could develop into a very usefull site. :-)
Another site worthy of a gander is ‘Steve V’s Vaping World’ it is advert funded and I have to admit that it had not previously been on my RADAR but looking at the Ecigarette News area yesterday I was rather impressed.
The Business Standard’s headline “Italy may ban smoking e-cigarettes in public places” is a good demonstration of how misinformation spreads.
As we all know we don’t ‘Smoke’ ecigarettes, we are not burning anything when we vape, QED there is no smoke however they quote France's Health Minister Marisol Touraine as saying "Smoking an e-cigarette is smoking”, you have to wonder how anybody who is making decisions effecting so many French citizens can be so wrong, and why nobody challenged her counter-logical assertion.
Another paragraph reads “Although the devices are considered safer than smoking, doctors continue to debate the possible impact of some of the vapours' ingredients - including propylene glycol, which irritates airways, and formaldehyde, which is known to raise lung and nasal cancer risk.” Here we see again the regurgitation of earlier erroneous articles so I can simply counter that with a copy & paste from my response the first time I read it - I think that they maybe are relying on research that erroneously confused glycol with oil when they say “propylene glycol, which irritates airways” and the line “and formaldehyde, which is known to raise lung and nasal cancer risk.” Is misleading because although formaldehyde is a nasty chemical and can raise lung and nasal cancer risk it is NOT an ingredient of ejuice and most defiantly should not be in the vapour.
The article is in fact very short but it does contain another unchallenged view “opponents also claim there is evidence they encourage children who have tried them to "graduate" to smoking real cigarettes.” – Evidence, what evidence, the only research that I have seen indicates that children do not want to vape, it really is not seen by them as ‘cool’.
The article ends by adding “Several countries have already outlawed e-cigarettes including Turkey, Brazil, Argentina and Singapore.” All that I can say to that is ‘more fool them’ we certainly have nothing to gain by emulating their error.
It is a lovely sunny day outside so I will just let you ‘take it as read’ that there are loads of other stupid media reports that I could have highlighted today– I’m going to go and sit in the sun :-)
The BBC is famously impartial and fair, that is why I was pleased to hear an 18 min radio program called Business Daily on BBC Word Service Radio. You can (and should) listen to it HERE
The program is divided into four main sections (giving the balance that the BBC like), the first is a short report from Helen Fitzhenry at Wigan Market where she spoke to ecig traders and users, one of whom correctly said that most vendors will not sell to anyone under 18 years old and mentioned the roll of ECITA (Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association).
In the studio they then interviewed three people in turn, the first John Britton, Head of the Department for Epidemiology (the study of population level causes and effects of disease) and Public Health at Nottingham City University) had some very encouraging things to say about ecigs;
“for the great majority of people, electronic cigarettes are going to be a very good thing” .. as a alternative to tobacco cigarettes.
”People could use nicotine without significant damage to their health for the rest of their lives if they wanted to.”
”Overwhelmingly, that is an absolute no brainer. If you are a cigarette smoker, moving to electronic cigarettes would be an extremely positive move.”
“Cigarettes kill around half of all regular users…. On a scale of 1 to 100, I’d have electronic cigarettes under 5 when cigarettes are 100”
The second interviewee was the spokesman for health and consumer policy at the Europian Comission - Frederic Vincent. His position was that ecigs need to be regulated because the EU has an internal market but we have a patchwork of legislation - because goods move across boarders there should be the same national rules throughout the E.U.
Interviewee number three was Mike Ryan, Chairman of ECITA. He said “ecigs displaced the sale of 2.5 million cigarettes in Europe in the last year” and continued to give a good account of ecigs – clearly stating the policy positions of ECITA even under intense questioning.
It was really good to hear such a good report; it is a pity that it was not ‘picked up’ by the Radio 4 ‘Today Program’ as World Service reports sometimes are.
The Daily Mail has an article headlined “Cut down if you can't quit: Doctors concede that some smokers just can't stop - and that gum and patches are safe alternative” which refers to today’s guidance issued by NICE (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence).
Basically NICE have accepted the ‘Harm Reduction’ principle of tobacco control, which is a good thing. Unfortunately they do not directly offer advice on Electronic Cigarettes however according to the article Professor Mike Kelly, (Director of the NICE Centre for Public Health) did say that he will tell patients that using e-cigarettes is ‘better than smoking.'
The International Business Times has a shocking headline in it’s Business & Health section; “e-Cigarettes, Vaping: Worse than Smoking Due to Cancer-Causing Components Found in Brands” – having read that headline I immediately threw away my ecig and went back to smoking tobacco! Fortunately I took the trouble to read the text that accompanied the headline and found that it was absolute BULLOCKS!
The first thing to note is that nowhere in the article do they repeat the claim “Vaping: Worse than Smoking” found in the headline, in fact the first line of the article includes “..vaping is no less dangerous than actual smoking..” which is somewhat watered down from the headline but is still BULLOCKS!
A little bit further on you can read “The said electronic devices have been found with nicotine” – gosh, really?
And then it digs up a couple of old chestnuts that we have seen before: a “component called tobacco-specific nitrosamines were also found in all cartridges from one brand and two of the cartridges from the other brand. These tobacco-specific nitrosamines are known for causing cancer in the body.” – but it does not state that these were found only as trace components, actually about the same as NRT patch levels. Tobacco-specific nitrosamines can also be found in potatoes, carrots, tomatoes etc. According to an article in Medscape today “Tobacco-specific nitrosamines were reported in two studies, but at trace levels, which are similar to those found in a nicotine patch, and, most importantly, approximately 500–1400-fold lower than Tobacco-specific nitrosamines levels measured in regular cigarettes” – so not “Worse than Smoking” then.
The second chestnut came while quoting Mike Feinstein M.D., spokesman of the American Lung Association "People are inhaling some type of chemical vaporised compound into their lungs without really knowing what's in it” - but we DO know what is in ejuice, it’s Glycerol, Glycerin, Nicotine and flavours, I can’t understand why that is difficult for ecig opponents to understand?
Confusingly the report also includes the paragraph “The famous electronic replacement for tobacco allows user to replicate smoking in any places without the smell of tobacco and reduced risk of carcinogenic components found in regular cigarettes. E-Cigarettes have received support from certain groups such the American Association of Public Health Physicians for helping save lives against tobacco-related illnesses. "Because the possibility exists to save the lives of four million of the eight million current adult American smokers who will otherwise die of a tobacco-related illness over the next twenty years," according the association.” – Which shows that “Vaping: Worse than Smoking” is absolute BULLOCKS!
A piece in Nursing in Practice is interesting, it looks at a survey of GP’s in the UK & Sweden, it’s titled “Nicotine most harmful cigarette ingredient, GPs think” and explains that a “substantial proportion of GPs (40%) believe nicotine to be the first or second riskiest component of cigarettes, incorrectly identifying it as more harmful than smoke.” And that “..the views held by some GPs in both the UK and Sweden may influence their willingness to recommend the use of alternative nicotine products to help smokers quit outright or to cut down to quit.”
Intriguingly the study published in Drugs & Alcohol Today that is being reported on is sponsored by British American Tobacco. The interest that BAT are showing in ‘harm reduction’ may reflect their move into the electronic cigarette market.
The Star Phoenix, “Are nicotine e-cigarettes less harmful for smokers?” This article shares with us some quotes from Jordan Hamilton who is identified as “started using nicotine e-cigarettes "non-stop" in January” - I think that maybe Jordan Hamilton was trying his best to put forward the pro-vape viewpoint but either got confused, was misquoted or was taken out of context. Here is an example of what Jordan Hamilton is quoted saying “"I'm just taking what they say as fact. Because from what I understand all the fluids are made from the individual dealers and they put nicotine into their flavoured fuel liquid,".
The report goes on to further imply that ejuice manufacture is somewhat haphazard, saying of The Lung Association of Saskatchewan’s Jennifer Miller, (vice president of health promotion) “Miller would like to be able to recommend e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid, like the patch or a traditional inhaler, but said the lack of information ties the health community's hands. "Because they're not a regulated product, people are mixing the liquid in their basements and selling it online. Some of the reports we've seen are certainly that you don't really know what's in it. Ecstasy, nicotine, many different things, alcohol even." and “She urges the federal government to regulate and study e-cigarettes, like the U.K. is doing with its harm reduction plan.”
Gosh, where do I begin pulling that lot apart? Well remember that this is a Canadian report and nicotine ejuice can not be legally sold over there so I guess that might lead to some idiot putting Ecstasy into it as he would already be breaking the law adding nicotine.
It is sometimes fascinating to see how ecigs are seen in other countries, The New Indian Express has an article called “Ciggie substitutes still struggling to light up in city” in which they say that although ecigs “may seem a perfectly natural substitute” for tobacco cigarettes they then explain that “In reality, things are very different. Most Chennaiites who have admitted to having a smoking addiction choose counselling over cigarette replacement aids, according to specialists in the de-addiction field. “Every time we get someone who has a smoking related addiction issue (tobacco or marijuana), we always offer them the option of using e-cigarettes or nicotine patches. But for some reason they all refuse and ask for medicines instead,” said Nambi R, a clinical psychologist who has been working with addicts for a long time.”.
It seems that buying ecigs is also not very popular either, it quotes Raju Vinod, as saying “I kept seeing cheap Chinese makes in customs-notified shops and finally I saw it on a website,” and it explains that “After he ordered it he was taken aback when he found that refills cost twice as much as the device itself.” Maybe tobacco cigarettes are cheaper in India because it continued by saying “he said he returned to cigarettes to ‘save’ money.”
You might assume that I have to put a great deal of effort into finding, identifying and highlighting errors in media reports about electronic cigarettes, unfortunately it is not so. There is so much sloppy or biased ecig reporting in the media that it’s the easiest job in the world.
A report on WPTV has the headline “E-cigarettes: Some say vaping e-cigarettes is worse than smoking the real thing”, you can guess that they are going to give some stupid quote about ecigs!
… and here it is - Dr. Mike Feinstein, a spokesman for the American Lung Association said, “People are inhaling some type of chemical vaporized compound into their lungs without really knowing what's in it." - but we DO know what is in ejuice, it’s Glycerol, Glycerin, Nicotine and flavours, I can’t understand why that is difficult for ecig opponents to understand?
Gazzetta del Sud, reports that consumer group Codacons has formerly request that the ministry of health and to the department of economic development in Italy ban vaping in public. The report quotes Codacons as saying “…until it's clear what harmful substances might be contained and diffused by e-cigarettes, they should be banned in public..” , it’s Glycerol, Glycerin, Nicotine and flavours – I can’t understand why that is difficult for ecig opponents to understand?
At least the San Diego Entertainer Magazine has a clever headline “E-Cigarettes: the e-volution of smoking, or just another e-vil habit?” but that is where the fun ends, the final paragraph of the article says “(a German).. study suggests that what is exhaled from e-cigs is not only water vapor, but also contains measurable particles of nicotine and a compound used in theatrical fog-making devices, propylene glycol. There are some people who are allergic to propylene glycol.“
I guess we have to be thankful that at least they understand what ingredients are in ejuice, and it’s no real surprise that exhaled vapour would contain traces of these ingredients and it may be true that some people are allergic to propylene glycol, (after all there are some people who are allergic to bread or milk or almost anything else).
Obviously, if you are allergic to the ingredients of ejuice then don’t vape and also don’t lock yourself in a small box with anyone who is vaping, in normal use the amount of exhaled Propylene Glycol is unlikely to affect anyone passively inhaling it. It sounds to me as if they are grasping at straws.
The Guardian reports further on the controls proposed by the French government on Electronic Cigarettes and discusses the outcome of the report that the French government commissioned.
Generally the Guardian report is fair and measured however they go well off track two thirds of the way into the article by stating “Although e-cigarettes are considered safer than smoking, doctors continue to debate the possible impact of some of the vapours' ingredients – including propylene glycol, which irritates airways, and formaldehyde, which is known to raise lung and nasal cancer risk.”
I think that they maybe are relying on research that erroneously confused glycol with oil when they say “propylene glycol, which irritates airways” and the line “and formaldehyde, which is known to raise lung and nasal cancer risk.” Is misleading because although formaldehyde is a nasty chemical and can raise lung and nasal cancer risk it is NOT an ingredient of ejuice and most defiantly should not be in the vapour.
My favourite ecig expert Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos has produced an almost forensic analysis of the recent ‘Global Advisors on SmokeFree Policy (GASP)’ report on Electronic Cigarettes, page by page, clearly exposing it as just flim-flam. I highly recommend that you take a few moments to read it so as to inform yourself what GASP are claiming and in exactly which ways it is just junk. “An organized attack against electronic cigarettes”.
Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos conclusion is that “the document by Global Advisors on SmokeFree Policy (GASP) is a report consisting of misinterpreting data, mispresenting science and selectively ignoring facts that do not fit into their opinion that e-cigarettes, the most promising product in reducing smoking-related harm, should be banned from the market and thus deprive smokers from a very effective tool in their battle to improve their health."
I’m proud to say that Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos recently accepted me as a ‘facebook friend’ :)
Is France set to ban e-cigarettes in public? This frightening question headlines a report at ‘The Local’ which presents ‘France’s News in English’
In the piece they say “France’s Minister for Health, Marisol Touraine, could be ready to introduce a ban on the use of e-cigarettes in certain public places, once she receives an expert report on Tuesday into the health effects of the smokeless devices. Despite what is thought to be a largely positive report, commissioned in March and carried out by pulmonologist Professor Bertrand Dautzenberg, sources for French radio RTL claim that Touraine is planning a bill to outlaw e-cigarettes in public.” and go on to explain the ramifications for the growing ecig market in France.
Such a ban, if introduced, may have implications within the UK because if such legislation is accepted in one country it can easily spread.
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) are a campaigning charity who generally take a wise and pragmatic view of ecigs. Their survey titled “Use of e-cigarettes continues to rise among British adult smokers but use among young people is negligible” says that “The survey findings have been submitted as evidence to a committee of the European Parliament...” It shows that ecigs are just not cool with the kids, which should reassure some of those who are erroneously concerned that ecigs might lead children into smoking tobacco.
The article quotes ASH Chief Executive, Deborah Arnott, as saying “E-cigarettes offer a potentially safer option for smokers wishing to reduce their risk of ill-health from tobacco use.”
On the This is Money site there is interesting analysis of the possible gains to be made as an ecig advertiser and also the regulatory hurdles involved. They also state that “The e-cigarette market is worth £1.3 billion globally, with the US and Britain two of the fastest-growing countries”
New Canaan is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, the New Canaan News caries an article by Dr. Michael Schwartz which describes smoking cessation tactics and includes the use of ecigs as one of them. Ecigs are not a smoking cessation device but never-the-less it is interesting to read the doctor’s view.
Language is important, the terms that we use regarding vaping effects public perceptions. Vape News Magazine highlights the phenomena of being asked ‘What are you smoking?’ It’s a short and sweet article that makes its point well, I partilually like the quote “A vaper vapes vapour” which I think would make a good Tee Shirt slogan at the very least.
Here are some pearls of wisdom to catch while they fly from your screen. Dade Deckard’s Blog at Bostllno “E-Cigarettes Aren't Just for Quitting: Imagining the Future of Smoking” is a fascinating look at vaping, how it relates to smoking culture and what the future possibly holds.
Do yourselves a favour and click here to go and read it. I wish that I had written it myself :)
Over at the Mercury News they report that a new bill would mean that “California would treat electronic cigarettes like any other tobacco product by restricting where people can use them in public”.
I do wish that the media would not refer to ecigs as a ‘tobacco product’ along with products that burn tobacco, it really should be called a ‘nicotine delivery product’, this sort of woolly description contributes to exactly the sort of stupid decision that they are reporting on.
Still, it is worth a read (click here)… remember where America leads, we will probably follow.
They quote Sen. Ellen Corbett as saying “Amtrak has already banned their use on trains, and the Navy doesn't allow their use below decks in submarines. The U.S. Department of Transportation is also proposing to ban their use on airplanes because of the possible health risks”.
Mark Kleinman on Sky News (click here) reports that “British American Tobacco (BAT) is preparing to launch its biggest assault to date on the electronic cigarette market”. It should come to no surprise to us that ‘Big Tobacco’ wants a slice of the ecig market however just how big a part they want to play can be seen from the quote “Nicandro Durante, BAT chief executive, has previously forecast that tobacco alternatives could make up 40% of the company's revenue in 20 years' time, which would probably make them responsible for at least £10bn of annual sales based on current growth rates.”
We can assume that they will want to push something that looks like a traditional cigarette and is either disposable or uses proprietary nicotine cartridges because this would make sense from a marketing point of view however such associations and devices don’t help us to distance ourselves from cigarette smokers and carry an increased risk that ecigs will be taxed and regulated like cigarettes if they look too similar and have a similar distribution network.
The article goes on to say that “The push into a category dubbed 'safer cigarettes' has angered some campaigners who believe they are a public relations exercise whose real purpose is to encourage young consumers to become familiar with the habit of smoking.”, that is possible, it could also be a plot to flood the market with poor quality ecigs so that if a smoker does try them as an alternative to smoking then it would not be a good experience, however I believe that ‘Big Tobacco’ genuinely sees ecigs as a market opportunity that fits nicely into their existing distribution network that can offer them potentially huge profits.
I recently wrote about how poor quality research concerning ecigs can be a problem. If you have not read it yet then click here to do so.
I was alerted to another written piece which is talking about the same bit of research as I did, what is interesting is how far this sort of news can travel without being intelligently analysed; it seems to be posted onto the net without any thought added to it. The article (click here) is all the way from Africa.
SBWire consistantly get good Google rankings but seem to me to spend a lot of their time doing ‘puff pieces’ about expensive 510 starter kits and the like from American companies. Today’s article from them does sneak in the odd link (which I assume is sponsored) but is never-the–less an interesting appraisal of “A bill (that) has passed in South Carolina Wednesday that gives green signal to accelerate tax on electric cigarette products”
Spot the typo: “...it has been found that electronic cigarette industry has become a great treat to the tobacco industry”, I’m guessing that they mean ‘Threat’ not ‘Treat’ but really I’m the last one who should be pointing out errors in blogs :-/
Judge for yourself here
I’m not one for following celebrity culture myself but it does seem to be the mainstay of much of our traditional ‘Dead Tree’ media, maybe faced with the competition from instant online news this is the right strategy for them to adopt.
The Daily Mail today carries the headline “So little time! Katherine Heigl eats lunch on the go as she films new movie North Of Hell”. The report does contain the line “E-cigarettes can be used in public places such as bars, restaurants, and on public transport, where tobacco smoking is now illegal” this is strictly true but it may be a little misleading however the real reason for mentioning the article here is that it has a few photos of a pleasing looking woman holding a white ‘Mod’ ecig.
This is not an article about ecigs, just one that mentions them in passing, maybe we vapers are now on the road to public acceptance?
Read it online here.
The path of an EU Draft Directive appears obscure to us mere mortals, in short an idea is presented as a draft by the EU Commissioners to the appropriate EU committees and EU Parliament for consideration and amendment before being accepted or rejected by the EU Parliament, the procedure seems to rely as much on convention as constitution. At this stage in the process it is difficult to know what exactly the EU Tobacco Control Directive will contain when the EU Parliament vote on it however we do know that if it is voted for by the EU Parliament then our Government are obliged to implement it.
Over at the ECITA blog Tom Pruen and Katherine Devlin have written in depth about Linda McAvan, MEP (Rapporteur on the TPD for the ENVI Committee) proposed amendments to the EU Draft Tobacco Directive. The shorthand headline pushed elsewhere is that ENVI (who are one of the really important committees regarding this directive) have agreed to drop ecigs from the legislation except that flavours are to be forbidden. Naturally it is much more convoluted and nuanced than the headline and the ECITA blog explains it all. Click here.
Still you have to laugh, our vaping habit is in the hands of someone who clearly thinks that we all use cig-a-like ejuice cartridges from which flavour can be excluded.
I have to admit that I'm not a regular user of 'reddit', I guess it's just one of the many areas of the Internet that mainly pass by me while I hang out in familiar haunts using well worn apps, so if you are a 'reddit' regular please excuse me for highlighting something so pedestrian as a 'reddit" post.
Here is a short story from someone who found a Vaping friendly pub and landlord while visiting Yorkshire. It's great to have confirmation of a possible Nirvana in our vaping future and it also shows that enlightened landlords can benefit from welcoming us into their establishments.
It's refreshing to read positive media and the comments are good too, click here to jump to it.
Note to self: Nevada is a State in America, Nirvana is a state of mind, mixing these two up in a blog would cause confusion :)
The Manasquan-Belmar Patch website reports New Jersey's Smoke-free Air Act of 2006 makes it illegal to vape in restaurants and bars.
It quotes Assembly Woman Mary Pat Angelini as saying “Different manufacturers use different vapors. People think it’s not an issue because they’re not inhaling nicotine, but there might be something in there that’s worse for you than nicotine" and “Manufacturers use flavors to entice young people to smoke to try and get them to become addicted to smoking”
You may need to read that again, I missed it first time, the quote does contain “..because they’re not inhaling nicotine..”
Why does this matter to us? New Jersey is a long way away isn't it? Well yes, but the USA is proud to be the land of the free, if vaping freedom is curtailed in an American state it can happen anywhere. Furthermore allowing a platform to anyone (even an Assembly Woman) to spout ill-informed and counterfactual statements like these in the media is bad news for vaping public relations worldwide.
To be fair the website has also tried to represent the vaping proponent’s point of view but without a 'go to' place for the media to get intelligent, reasoned rebuttal their reporting is inevitably unbalanced.
You can read the article yourself here.
ECigs in the Media is a category within ECig Wizard's Blog in which we will highlight some of the funny, outrageous, incorrect and/or positive reporting of ecigs in the media including websites, blogs and YouTube.
The public perception of vaping is important to vapers because it effects what politicians will try to get away with when they consider how to tax or regulate us in the future. This category will be updated several times a week, to keep yourself informed go to the ECig's in the Media category, make a bookmark and come back regularly.
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