Vaping News Headlines: Calling Vaping Healthier Is ‘Absurd’ – New Zealand Vape Talks – American Cancer Society U-Turn – UK Vaping and Driving – Smokers Preferred Over Vapers on Tinder!
It Would Be ‘Absurd’ To Endorse Vaping
Just when you thought you’d seen it all in Asia’s anti-vaping stance along comes this ignorant piece of rhetoric.
Vapers and vaping advocacy groups in the Phillipines are fighting an almost impossible rearguard action to get the current tough stance on vaping relaxed.
Listen to the experts.
It’s time for the Department of Health to look into this report so they can recommend e-cigarettes and heated-tobacco products to smokers who want to quit.
Not so sure about the HNB products being safer but I understand his sentiments – however I am sure a couple of the country’s medical organizations are completely out of touch to put it mildly.
A Government think tank – HealthJustice and anti-tobacco group Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) joined force to condemn vaping!
A former health minister no less – Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan – who is now prominent inside the HealthJustice organization said:
It would be the height of absurdity for the Department of Health to endorse vaping.
As far as the national and international scientific and medical community is concerned, vaping or the use of electronic cigarettes is not completely safe because these still emit toxic chemicals.
Nothing is 100% Safe for goodness sake – but the international scientific and medical community is pretty clear – vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking!
And given your country currently has 17million smokers and around 87,000 deaths per year from tobacco related illnesses – maybe just maybe you’d stop your pompous head in the sand posturing and I dunno maybe help save a few lives?
Anyone would think there was an ‘agenda’ here…
Makes my bloody blood boil…
Meeting Of Minds Over E-Cigs In New Zealand – But Not in Australia
Health professionals in New Zealand have begun talks aimed at ironing out regulations around the use of e-cigarettes in the country.
Representatives from Ministry of Health (MoH) and Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ) have been meeting to discuss the best way to both educate and regulate vaping and both groups say they are pleased with the progress already made in these early stages.
ARFNZ chief executive Letitia O’Dwyer said both groups had common ground adding:
We are really pleased to be talking with the Ministry of Health in terms of looking to improve regulation and education to the public.
There is still little robust research around e-cigarettes and vaping and what the long-term effects are.
We are delighted to be making progress and have started this dialogue with the Ministry of Health who are committed to providing the safest advice to the public.
Are you watching Australia..?
Just this week New Zealand’s neighbors were considering banning vaping from so called smoke free zones.
New South Wales is the last state in the country to allow vaping in public places – however this could all change.
Vaping on nicotine infused e-liquids is already illegal down under and this new move is yet another attack on vapers.
The call has been made by the Australian Heart Foundation who have been joined by 22 other leading health organizations calling for the ban.
Heart Foundation CEO Kerry Doyle said:
E-cigarettes have been proven to be a potential gateway for young people to start smoking – and we already know that young people in NSW are taking up e-cigarettes more than any other age group.
Years of tobacco cigarette research have revealed that smoke-free areas are a critical strategy to reducing the attractiveness of smoking to children and young people.
We now need to apply what we know to e-cigarettes.
The divide between the neighbouring country’s attitude towards e-cigarettes is absolutely staggering.
Incidentally the British Heart Foundation recognizes e-cigarettes play a vital part in smoking cessation…
American Cancer Society In U-Turn Over Vaping
Finally a bit of good news for the vapers over the pond!
Whilst their new ‘position statement’ isn’t exactly a full endorsement of e-cigarettes – the health group recognizes they are playing an important role in smoking cessation.
There seems to be a growing consensus that more traditional stop smoking methods – such as patches and gums – are not as effective as vaping when it comes to quitting smoking.
Indeed here in the UK numbers attending NHS stop smoking clinics have dwindled.
So the main thrust of this new position is that e-cigs do have a vital part to play and ACS recommends clinicians encourage smokers finding it hard or impossible to quit to consider vaping:
The ACS recommends that clinicians support all attempts to quit the use of combustible tobacco and work with smokers to eventually stop using any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes.
However the wording does tend to lump e-cigarettes in with tobacco products – which is annoying – however this is a considerable green light for American smokers and vapers.
Lit tobacco products kill close to half a million people a year in America and over 7million worldwide.
Based on currently available evidence, using current generation e-cigarettes is less harmful than smoking cigarettes, but the health effects of long-term use are not known.
The more health organizations such as the American Cancer Society that back vaping as a healthier alternative the more lives will be saved – it’s that simple.
Read the full Policy Statement
No It Isn’t Illegal To Vape and Drive in the UK
The media made it look as they so often do that vaping whilst driving was illegal here in the UK.
As to where this media storm came from anyone can guess but I’ve written an article explaining my theory on the matter – it could be a precursor to a specific law somewhere down the road…
For now there is NO such law – despite the headlines suggesting there is.
The Independent British Vape Trade Association [IBVTA] was so alarmed by the reports they’ve issued a statement clarifying the situation:
This week has seen a number of sensational headlines, warning that vaping while driving could land you a £2,500 fine and a driving ban.
It could therefore be sensible to conclude that some new legislation has been passed banning vaping whilst driving, but this is not the case.
The reality is that no new laws have been passed.
They quote Sergeant Carl Knapp of the Sussex Roads Policing Unit who said:
There are no laws prohibiting vaping, however, you need to be in full and proper control of your vehicle at all times.
If you are going to vape, I advise that you open your windows and blow the vapour directly out, just ensure that you are in full control of your vehicle before doing so.
As I said in my article we vapers aren’t stupid [mostly lol] and would guess the vast majority of us never cloud out our cars making visibility difficult!
Another day and yet another vaping scare story with this one being the most fanciful yet…as I keep saying anyone would think there’s an agenda here…
Read the full IBVTA Statement.
…and finally…Hot Smokers Fancied More Than Cool Vapers
My son [and indeed our Jonny lol] has been banging on about me signing up to Tinder for months – not my scene I’m afraid sorry ladies lol.
Wait – is that the sound of the local single women sighing with relief I hear haha 😉
Look apart from being the most un-photogenic person on the planet I’m also a vaper and that according to Tinder means I’m more likely to be swiped left than right when compared to a smoker…
To be honest I’m still not sure which way round it is left or right to like someone?
Another reason I’d never sign up lol – but I digress.
According to a survey carried out by the Go Smoke Free team it was the smoking hot singletons who listed themselves as smokers who got the most liked swipes.
Vapers finished slightly above none smokers…which I guess is a slight positive…
The results showed the identical photo on the profile had:
- The smoking profile gained 340/1000 matches, or 40% of overall swipes.
- The vaping profile gained 217/1000 matches, or 25.5% of overall swipes.
- The profile with neither gained 293/1000 matches, or 34.5% of overall swipes.
So if you’re looking for love on Tinder it seems a smoking hot profile photo is just as important as a smoking profile – which in this day and age is a tragedy.
And yet another reason I can now add to the list of reasons I won’t be swiping left right up or down any time soon…