If you’ve read previous blogs you’ll see how tobacco lobbyists influence big pharma, politicians and even the CDC depriving smokers and way to avoid all the deadly issues related to smoking tobacco.
They use the argument about children using e-cigarettes/flavoured vapes is an epidemic when the truth is the opposite, in an attempt to get them banned, yet astonishingly the very same people make no attempt to ban tobacco related products. Children by nature experiment with lots of things including alcohol, cannabis and tobacco cigarettes.
So why are they pushing the negative narrative about vaping?
The US FDA recently published a false claim that vaping has increased in high school children, this is a lie!
Latest government reports in the UK have seen a decline in children using e-cigarettes and the same applies to the US but that doesn’t stop the CDC massaging the figures to suit their agenda.
The CDC finally confirms that EVALI is caused by Illegal THC not legal vapes!
Researchers had already pointed out that EVALI patients could be withholding the truth;
Luckily in the UK NHS Smoke-free recognise vaping as a smoking cessation tool with success rates almost double that of any other Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
We also have one of the strictest laws around vaping in the world and although you may not agree it but it is with good intentions.
What are Australian health organisations saying?
Several key Australian health organisations, such as the Australian Medical Association (AMA), Cancer Council Australia and the Australian Council on Smoking and Health (ACOSH) have published positions on e-cigarettes, sharing the following messages:
- There is insufficient evidence to promote the use of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation.
- There is increasing evidence of health harms.
- E-cigarettes may normalise the act of smoking and attract young people.
- E-cigarettes should be more properly regulated
Of course if you live in the UK you know these statements are false!
New Zealand Ministry of Health promotes vaping to quit
The New Zealand Ministry of Health, Manatū Hauora, issued a statement in 2017 that affirmed the potential of vaping in the country’s goal of becoming smoke free. They said that vaping could to help them hit their goal of freeing the people of New Zealand from the chains of smoking by 2025.
Last month they released their first advert that guides people towards vaping rather than smoking. It hails vaping as a legitimate quit smoking aid.
South Africa’s Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill, was first announced last May by Deputy Health Minister Joe Phaahla, and is currently being reviewed. The Bill proposes stricter e-cig regulations, and restrictions on the use, marketing, and sales of certain tobacco products in South Africa. Moreover, it would set in place a provision allowing the government to implement a “100% public cigarette ban”.
The detrimental aspect of the bill is that it fails to acknowledge the relative benefits of tobacco harm reduction products such as e-cigarettes, and would regulate them in the same way as regular cigarettes. Supporting this move, director of the Africa Centre for Tobacco Industry Monitoring and Policy Research at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Lekan Ayo-Yusuf, said that local research counters claims “made by the e-cigarette industry” indicating the relative safety of the products.
Europe must finally learn from its mistakes to curb smoking
Policies to reduce smoking-induced illnesses are needed but we need to start judging policies based on results say Michael Landl.
What about Asia?
Commentary: Trying to quit smoking? E-cigarettes may make things worse
Not only can e-cigarettes cause as much harm as normal cigarettes, research shows there is no conclusive or strong evidence for any beneficial outcome from e-cigarettes, say two academics.
Bloomberg’s War on Vaping expands to Latin America and beyond
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is a well-known public figure in the U.S. However, most Americans are unaware of the overwhelming influence of his philanthropy on public health policies (sugar, food and tobacco/nicotine) in Latin America and in LMICs elsewhere in the world. This influence is exerted through the political framework of the World Health Organization (WHO), either directly or indirectly via various Bloomberg-funded NGOs.
TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION NEWS
Clive Bates’ break down of the Bloomberg’s Philanthropy war on vaping. Heads-up Indiana, West Virginia and Alabama!
With so many mixed messages around vaping as a smoking cessation tool, it’s no wonder there is a lot of confusion around the subject.
Personally I trust the NHS, British Medical Journal, The British Lung Foundation and The British Heart Foundation.
These are some of the most trusted sources around the globe!