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Thursday, 20 August 2015

MY future with vaping.

On a personal level, I find it quite suspicious that the UK Health Department have suddenly come out "for" vaping. The conspiracy theory part of me, wonders whether there is an ulterior motive. When you look at the graph of the efficiency of various quit products put out by the UK Stop Smoking Services, vaping shows up as being the most successful method. This is without ANY support for vapers and vaping from them.

vaping cessation

The red line here, represents profit and success, whilst the demand for their gums and patches, Chantrix and inhalers - and services - is dwindling. But the profit and success is not for them. Consumers - that's US - have done this.  So the question is - why wouldn't they want a piece of the pie?

I don't care if they make little medically approved vapourisers that, by the time all the licences are granted, will be outdated, outmoded and obsolete, as long as they don't mess with the REAL stuff. MY stuff.

As members of the EU, we have to conform to their rulings don't we? When the EU Article 20 hits us next May 2016, I might not be able to get MY stuff. Where will I buy it? I might not be able to make MY movies. I already got one of my movies censored by Facebook on the grounds that "some people" would find it offensive. Offensive? Offensive? A little old lady promoting vaping? HA!

So I'm making my own plans. I make my own e liquid already. I can roll atties, but hate the faff. I have mechanical mods that take batteries not under control of Article 20.

I will buy on the black market which I'll actively seek out through my vaping connections. Article 20 will make the black market huge and efficient. I'm relying on that. Vapers will make sure the black market offers decent, safe stuff. We will take consumer control ourselves whilst operating deep underground.

I will continue to promote vaping to smokers with my illegal products on my movies on YouTube, even though such channels be banned. But in each movie I shall wear a hat. My movies will be categorised in "hats".  They will be called things like "My sub ohming hat" or "My hat for the xxx tank" or "My hat for switching from smoking to vaping".

I will review the outdated, outmoded and obsolete Stop Smoking Services products and call them outdated, outmoded and obsolete, if they are.

I fear that vaping will continue to be banned indoors and outdoors, so I will carry on with my support for smokers to have the smoking ban re-assessed. And point out that the harms caused by second hand smoke are untrue but were put about as a weapon to motivate the public to hate smokers. I will continue to point out that Anti-Tobacco has morphed into a huge, profitable industry that is wiley and devious.

Is this new vaper-friendly attitude by the Department of Public Health to do with vapers - or really just another weapon  to bludgeon smokers?  Is it preparation for the implementation of Article 20?

Why do YOU think there is this sudden turnaround supporting electronic cigarettes?

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The Vaping Future in England

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

In the United Kingdom, we might have a better vaping future than elsewhere. Today Clive Bates posted an uplifting piece which you can read in full HERE.

Public Health England says truthful realistic things about e-cigarettes

Today sees a new e-cigarettes assessment from England’s public health authority, Public Health England. It includes an excellent evidence review by Professors Ann McNeill and Peter Hajek and their colleagues. Great kudos must go to Kevin Fenton, Rosanna O’Connor, Martin Dockrell and their colleague at PHE who have been determined to get this issue right – to maximise the benefits and to take an evidence-based approach to managing the risks.
More ....

Safety and the perception of risks

It is important that the public be provided with balanced information on the risks of e-cigarettes, so that smokers understand the potential benefits of switching and so non-smokers understand the risks that taking up e-cigarettes might entail:
  • when used as intended, e-cigarettes pose no risk of nicotine poisoning to users, but e-liquids should be in ‘childproof’ packaging. The accuracy of nicotine content labelling currently raises no major concerns
  • the conclusion of Professor John Britton’s 2014 review for PHE, that while vaping may not be 100% safe, most of the chemicals causing smoking-related disease are absent and the chemicals present pose limited danger, remains valid. The current best estimate is that e-cigarette use is around 95% less harmful to health than smoking
  • e-cigarettes release negligible levels of nicotine into ambient air with no identified health risks to bystanders
  • over the last year, there has been an overall shift among adults and youth towards the inaccurate perception of e-cigarettes as at least as harmful as cigarettes
Clive Bates shows  an interesting graph...

 Support used and stop smoking service self-reported quit rates 

vaping cessation
Nothing could be clearer than that.

But vapers haven't won - yet - next year is the implementation of the TPD.

Clive Bates points out -
On the Tobacco Products Directive Article 20 – this is a truly dreadful piece of legislation, made in haste on the foundations of bad science, bad economics, bad ethics and bad process.  If this evidence review had been available during the negotiations we might have better legislation – but instead of taking care to get this right and save thousands of European lives, the European legislature just blundered on full of hubris and anti-scientific delusions.  The directive was based on junk science from WHO (hereand here) and negligence on the part of the European Parliament rapporteur (here), evidence free ideas of the European Commission (here) and the unrivalled pomposity and negligence of the European Council and its Irish presidency along with many other actors (here). I really do hope lessons are learned.
Vapers hope so too.