Electronic cigarette

Instead of plain packaging legislation, this solution would be much better

In stark contrast with the stupidity over plain-packaging there is actually some scientific evidence to support legalisation of vaping.

Thousands of New Zealand smokers? lives could be saved by legalising domestic sales of electronic cigarettes containing nicotine, a leading vendor says.

The claim by Cosmic, which is selling the devices despite the current legal ban, comes as submissions close today on a legalisation plan and has some backing from public health experts, both here and overseas.

Public Health England, which has helped to revolutionise official views on e-cigarettes in New Zealand, has said the nicotine delivery systems can help smokers quit, and they carry only a small fraction of the risk of smoking tobacco.

Auckland University?s Professor Chris Bullen, who led the world?s first high-quality trial to compare the quit-smoking rates of e-cigarettes and nicotine patches, said: ?I don?t think they are a magic bullet.

They?re not the sole thing that?s going to get us there [to the Smokefree 2025 goal], but I think they will help some population groups where we haven?t seen a breakthrough before.

?There could be some real potential for Maori smokers.? ? Read more »

Why are e-cigs containing nicotine illegal?

We all know and recognise that smoking is lethal, it is a tax on the stupid.

It is harmful because it burns material releasing all sorts of other toxins other than nicotine and many of those are carcinogenic.

However vaping, that is vaporising, either?plant material or liquids is nowhere near as harmful and is not the same as smoking.

People who are addicted to tobacco are not addicted to?the?tobacco itself, rather to?the?nicotine, and vaping allows them to remove the harmful products while solving the addiction problem.

There is a problem however in that selling vaping liquids that contain nicotine is currently illegal in NZ because of our wonky tobacco laws.

It is illegal in New Zealand to sell e-cigarette liquid containing nicotine; only Ministry of Health-approved nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum can be sold.

People smoke e-cigarettes by inhaling a liquid vapour produced by vapouriser – a practice backed by the government in the UK, which allows them to be sold everywhere, including in supermarkets and at corner shops.

Prof Blakely said the benefits of vapourisers included a 50 percent increase in quit rates when people vaped while trying give up cigarettes.

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The unintended consequences of anti-tobacco policy

In the US it has been found that teens are smoking cannabis more than cigarettes now.

Could this be an unintended consequence of a focus on combatting tobacco, while at the same time legalising cannabis?

For the first time, more high-school seniors smoke marijuana daily than smoke cigarettes daily, according to a new survey of teen drug use released Wednesday morning by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. An equal number of sophomores?3 percent?use marijuana daily as smoke cigarettes.

Though each year, fewer high-schoolers perceive regular marijuana use as risky, the number of 12th-grade, daily marijuana smokers has remained relatively stable, hovering near 6 percent since 2012. The reason marijuana use has overtaken cigarettes is because of the rapid decline in cigarette smoking among high schoolers over the past five years. Among 10th graders, for example, there has been a 55 percent drop in the daily smoking rate since 2010.

In an interview, the NIDA director Nora Volkow chalked up the reduction in smoking to ?prevention campaigns targeting adolescents specifically.?? Read more »

UK Health officials urge smokers to ditch the fags and start vaping instead

UK Health officials urge smokers to ditch the fags and start vaping instead, and on top of that they want e-cigs to be part of NHS funding.

E-cigarettes should be available on the NHS, public health officials have said despite conflicting evidence over their safety.

Britain?s eight million smokers have been urged to start ?vaping? after a government-backed report found that the electronic devices are 20 times less harmful than traditional cigarettes.

So far no electronic cigarette has been licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) or the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice).

But a new report launched today by Public Health England, Kings College London and Queen Mary London, found e-cigarettes carry just five per cent of the risk of tobacco and should be widely adopted by smokers.

If every smoker in Britain switched to vaping, around 75,000 lives a year could be saved, they estimate. The experts called for e-cigarettes to be prescribed on the NHS once regulated.

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Health nazis in UK stopping people adopting if they use e-cigs

So let’s get this straight…you can have your own kids, use drugs, smoke cigarettes and be bombed on booze and there is no problem.

But in the UK if you use an e-cigarette, with no harmful vapours at all and you are completely unsuitable for adopting children.

Social workers have barred a couple from adopting a child after the would-be father was seen smoking an e-cigarette.

The decision came after the pair had passed a long series of tests to qualify as parents, and had earlier paid for expensive fertility treatment, which failed.

They were told they could not adopt if either of them had used an e-cigarette in the past 12 months ? despite experts saying that ?vaping? poses little or no threat to children in the home.

Last night, the couple said: ?When there are so many children desperate for a family and a stable home, to put up such trivial barriers is ridiculous.?

The decision by Staffordshire County Council is unlikely to be a one-off.

At least 13 councils in England ban e-cigarette users from fostering or adopting young children, The Mail on Sunday has found ? and there could be more.

?Abigail? and ?Brian?, who do not want to give their real names, approached the council in December 2013 after several failed IVF attempts costing over ?20,000.

A social worker visited the following month, but made ?no mention? of restrictions on smokers or e-cigarette users adopting, they claim. At the time, Brian was a light smoker of normal cigarettes.

By last September, having undergone medicals and interviews, and having proved they were of sound character and financially capable of raising a child, the pair thought they were on track to adopt. But when a social worker saw Brian using an e-cigarette, everything changed.

Brian, 45, said: ?By then I?d stopped smoking completely and hadn?t had a real cigarette in months. I was using e-cigarettes as a cessation aid, to ease the nicotine cravings.?

The social worker warned them the council did not allow smokers to adopt young children, although she was unclear about its position with e-cigarette users.

The next day, she revealed that the council would not place a child with anyone who had used e-cigarettes in the previous 12 months either.

In October, she confirmed in an email: ?Should you both become non smokers/e-smokers over a 12-month period, then you could of course reapply.?

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One health campaigner gets it on e-cigs

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Most of the state funded troughers in the anti-smoking lobby are vehemently opposed to e-cigarettes…which almost everyone agrees are a healthier alternative to smoking tobacco.

One such health researcher however stands apart from the crowd of troughers opposing and wanting to ban everything.

Ordering nicotine-based e-cigarette products off the shelves is “ridiculous”, says a health official and respected anti-smoking campaigner.

Despite being illegal according to the Ministry of Health’s rules, e-cigarettes containing nicotine have been widely available over the counter in Auckland.

But in the past few weeks, the ministry has dispatched smoke-free enforcement officers to inform retailers such sales are prohibited.

The devices, which contain flavoured “e-liquid” with or without nicotine, emit a smoke-like vapour.

One of the major e-cigarette retailers, Shosha, said on Thursday it would get rid of its stock either this week or next week.

Public health specialist Dr Murray Laugesen, who has been researching e-cigarettes since 2007, labelled the ministry’s decision “ridiculous” and said it would drive people back to smoking tobacco. He said e-cigarettes were less harmful than traditional cigarettes, a view shared by the World Health Organisation.

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The Health wowsers want to ban them but e-cigarettes could save lives

The Health wowsers want to ban e-cigarettes.

Their reasoning is as wonky as the reasoning behind forcing plain packaging on people…in fact it could well be more wonky.

Encouraging cigarette smokers to switch to electronic versions could be a public health ‘revolution’ and save tens of thousands of lives a year in Britain, a coalition of experts has said.

The World Health Organisation is wrong to call for restrictions on e-cigarettes and instead should be promoting them as a way to quit smoking, it was argued.

A group of leading experts in tobacco controlled have critiqued a report by the WHO on e-cigarettes and said it contained errors and misrepresentations of the evidence.

It has been calculated that for every one million smokers who switch from cigarettes to electronic ones, which deliver nicotine but do not contain tobacco, then 6,000 premature deaths would be prevented every year.

It could mean more than 50,000 lives a year could be saved in England if every smoker switched.

The health wowsers would rather people died than remove most of the poisons from their habit by moving to e-cigarettes. They simply want to ban, ban, ban.

It never?enters their mind that people might like to choose. ? Read more »

Australian Politician Tells it How it is

Bureaucrats are the same the world over. They think they know best, and as they?re the ones advising Government Ministers, they think they have the authority over what?s right and what?s wrong.

Public health troughers are the same, particularly as they try and get the government to introduce plain packaging for tobacco and?lobby the government for fat and sugar taxes over soft drinks.

Occasionally a politician peers through the wool that is being pulled over their eyes by their officials and by troughers sucking on the taxpayers? tit.

Last week David Leyonhjelm, Australian Liberal Democrat senator for NSW did exactly that, and on an issue that is sure to get the health zealots all fired up, by writing a piece in the Australian Financial Review titled ?E-cigarettes at mercy of bureaucrats who ban by default?.

The honesty is refreshing and is an example politicians in NZ should look to for inspiration, instead of being captured by the health bureaucrats.

He talks about how the health bureaucrats have got the whole debate on e-cigs wrong in Australia, David Leyonhjelm had some cracker lines:

It seems everything is illegal in Australia unless a bureaucrat gives permission. What?s worse, you have to go to the trouble and expense of asking for permission, because if bureaucrats were proactive they would run the risk of serving the public.

A good example is the case of e-cigarettes. These inhalers deliver a warm puff of nicotine, without the carcinogenic tar and industrial solvents of cigarette smoke. Alternatively, they can deliver a puff of anything else you could wish for, such as the flavour of chocolate or whisky. ? Read more »

Plain packaging evidence shows sales increased in Australia despite opposite claims from troughers

The health busybodies will tell you that we need to implement plain packaging of cigarettes in order to reduce smoking.

They have no evidence to support this, other than their manufactured surveys.

Real world evidence however suggest the opposite occurs.

I am not a smoker nor do I hold any particular candle to the tobacco industry, but I am opposed to plain packaging on the basis that success here will embolden the busybodies to try similar tactics on other products and ingredients, like alcohol and sugar.

The evidence however is against plain packaging no matter how hard the health troughers say otherwise.

Tobacco companies have denied that plain-packaging laws contributed to a plunge in smoking.

Cigarette sales “actually increased” in the first year after plain packaging was introduced, a spokesman for Philip Morris said.

The National Drug Strategy Household Survey?recorded a decline in the smoking rate?that coincided with the introduction of plain packaging laws. Its report was released this week.

The smoking rate dropped from 15.1 per cent in 2010 to 12.8 per cent in 2013. Plain-packaging laws came into effect in December 2012.

Tobacco researchers say the figures are significant evidence that plain packaging works, and represent one of the great achievements in public health campaigning.

But Philip Morris Limited director of corporate affairs Chris Argent said any suggestion that plain packaging was responsible for the decline in smoking was “simply untrue”. ?? Read more »

Will she ban sugar products for her store next?

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An idiot dairy owner has decided to remove tobacco products from her store…because apparently tobacco and children don’t mix.

Of ?course it is illegal to sell cigarettes to people under the age of 18, the tobacco products aren’t advertised or even displayed int he open in stores anymore…but she has taken it upon herself to lecture her customers that tobacco and children don’t mix.

Nevermind that the children she is saving from having a fleeting glimpse of cigarette packets are exposed to tobacco at home in any case…no she has to go all publicity seeking.

An Auckland dairy owner has taken cigarettes off her shelves to make the shop more family-friendly.

Tam Macken says she and husband Jimmy never intended to sell cigarettes at the Devonport store when they bought it late last year.

Mrs Macken stopped stocking cigarettes when she took over the Cheltenham Dairy in December and rebranded it as a retro milk bar, offering coffee, gelato, milkshakes and smoothies instead.

The mother of two said she did not want children to be negatively influenced by having cigarettes for sale next to lollies.

“I never even contemplated putting cigarettes in there. It’s all about young families around here and I just didn’t think for a minute that cigarettes had any place in a dairy where you were going to be attracting lots of kids.”

The move had prompted plenty of positive feedback from “all the local mums”.

“When people notice there aren’t any cigarettes they’re all really pleased.”

She believed other dairies should consider the same move.

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