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New York Bans Flavours – Anti-Vape Presidential Candidate – Don’t Take Your Vape To the Philippines | UK Hospital Bans Smoking Allows Vaping and that BS Anti-Vape Study Goes Up In Smoke…Literally!
New York City Bans Flavours
The New York City flavour ban will go ahead.
With a vote of 42:2 NYC councilors have banned all flavoured e-liquid products apart from tobacco.
It now just takes Mayor Bill de Blasio to sign off on the ban order and he’s pretty likely to do just that.
After the vote a number of pro-vape protestors threw dollar bills at the councilors shouting:
Big Tobacco thanks you…
Pro-vaping advocates in the balcony have just thrown fake dollar bills on to the floor as the @NYCCouncil passed the vaping ban. “Big tobacco thanks you!” And now the balcony is being cleared. pic.twitter.com/REpjVZt4lS
— Gloria Pazmino (@GloriaPazmino) November 26, 2019
NYC is now the largest city in America to ban flavours and City Council Health Committee Chair Mark Levine, who had introduced the new bill was delighted:
New York City is finally addressing a public health crisis which has been mounting for years while state and local governments across the nation did next to nothing.
We are finally taking action to address the resurgence of youth nicotine addiction caused by e-cigarette usage.
With this vote, the City Council is moving to ban the fruity, minty, candy-like flavors of e-cigarettes which were clearly designed to appeal to young people in the first place.
What a load of bollocks to put it bluntly.
Matthew Myers, from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, was equally delighted, but said the flavoured e-liquid and pod ban wasn’t enough:
New York’s action provides a major boost for the growing national movement to end the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products.
Flavored products have long been a favorite tobacco industry strategy for targeting kids. In addition to e-cigarettes, more than half of youth smokers – including seven out of ten African-American youth smokers – smoke menthol cigarettes.
Kaelan Hollon from Reynolds American part of British American Tobacco [BAT] that makes the Vype range of e-liquids said:
Bans and prohibitions are not an effective strategy to address youth vaping issues.
We believe some flavors are important in helping adult smokers migrate away from cigarettes and removing all flavors will inhibit smokers who have and continue to look for potentially less harmful alternatives to cigarettes.
The ban order will of course be devastating to the city’s vapers who insiders fear will return to smoking lit tobacco.
Not only that, bricks and mortar vape shops within the city will now be under severe financial pressure with many being forced to close down or lay off staff.
Those found selling ‘illegal’ flavoured e-liquids or pods face up to $1,000 fines!
Meanwhile lit tobacco is still on sale…
Spike Babain owner of Vape New York said:
Every shop in New York City will close, which means millions and millions of people will go back to smoking overnight.
They’re asking us to go back to a non-flavored tobacco.
That’s like asking an alcoholic to drink beer-flavored water.
Sad and worrying times in the USA.
BTW if you’re concerned about the state of the vape in your state – CASAA – Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association – has a statewide interactive page showing you up to date info on any and all vape news and threats.
Got to the Find My State Info.
Anti Vape Billionaire Enters Presidential Race
The former Mayor of New York, and a seriously anti-vaping campaigner Mike Bloomberg, is the last president vapers would want.
A billionaire and media mogul, Bloomberg has spent $1 Billion on anti tobacco campaigns over the last 12 years and back in September turned his eye to vaping.
On hearing of the NYC flavour ban he tweeted:
I applaud the NYC Council for banning the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes.
While Donald Trump does the bidding of the tobacco industry, states and cities are taking strong action to end the youth e-cigarette epidemic.
We need more communities to act to protect our kids.
Like I said, not exactly a vape friendly politician…
As he left City Hall to take on Trump, he tweeted of the ‘successes’ he had achieved, including his fight against Big Tobacco and vaping:
Since leaving City Hall, I founded the largest gun safety group in history, & created a campaign to take on the biggest polluters and climate threats. And we continue to win battles against the tobacco industry & their sleazy attempts to hook young kids on e-cigarettes. pic.twitter.com/eA6E2yeTJz
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) November 24, 2019
He has set aside $160 million to ‘fight’ for the banning of not only all flavoured products in the USA – but vaping in general.
He’s now announced a run for the 2020 Presidential campaign which would obviously be a disaster if he should get the vote.
Earlier this month Bloomberg was quoted as saying:
If President Trump won’t take steps to protect our children, then we need someone in the office who will.
He obviously meant himself…
Remember: #WeVapeWeVote 😉
Don’t Take Your Vape To the Philippines!
Tourists and business travelers to the Philippines that vape are being warned to leave those vapes at home or face arrest.
As reported last week, President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a ban order and told cops to arrest vapers ‘on sight’.
So far 240 vape devices have been ‘confiscated’ in the country with those caught facing huge fines and for repeat ‘offenders’ jail time!
Now a leading travel security firm has warned of the risks.
Aditya Luthra, security director, security solutions – Asia Pacific at International SOS said:
Travelers possessing e-cigarettes at ports of departure face an increased risk of facing complications with the custom and immigration authorities, especially during security checks.
The president has specifically ordered the police to arrest anyone caught vaping in public.
Senior police officials have also recently said that existing laws provide enough legal backing to supports the enforcement of the president’s order.
Although the Philippines government has not yet issued any details on the scope and penalties of the ban, foreign travellers are advised to not carry e-cigarettes through customs, at least until more specific details regarding the scope of the ban is clarified.
Vapers are advised to contact the Philippines Embassy local to them or the airline they’re flying with for up to date information and advice.
UK Hospital Bans Smoking Allows Vaping
All hospitals in Lincolnshire have banned smoking within the grounds but vaping is allowed.
The ban will come into force in January next year and patients that smoke will be offered patches and inhalers to help them quit.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust spokesman Stephen Kelly said it was part of the Trust’s duty of care to staff, patients and visitors adding:
Many of the people who use our services are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.
We recognize that smoking is a personal choice and we do not discriminate against those who choose to do so, however, we are a health-promoting organisation.
We are committed to protecting and improving the health and well being of all employees, patients, and visitors.
Being completely smokefree reflects our commitment and responsibility for improving health and wellbeing.
and finally…BS Anti-Vape Study Shot Down In Flames…Literally!
It was described as ‘ground-breaking research’ and was thought to add yet another nail in vaping’s coffin showing vapers were inhaling high levels of carbon monoxide.
However, just one look under the hood of a new study from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania USA, has show a fatal flaw and caused a heated discussion on the uni’s Facebook page led by none other than Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos M.D!
Instead of instructing students how to find the mistakes in their research, Bucknell University presents a study full of fallacies as groundbreaking. Below their announcement and my response on their Facebook wall. A great disservice to their students… pic.twitter.com/rafCtVkcWs
— K. Farsalinos (@FarsalinosK) November 26, 2019
He is a world renowned cardiac surgeon and researcher and has become one of the world’s leading pro-vaping medical experts – this guy knows his stuff!
He took to Facebook to school the researchers after finding the experiment had used coils rated at 40-60w & 55-70w – unprimed at 200w!
Yes really lol.
The students described the coils burning and smoking with some bursting into flames.
Professors Dabrina Dutcher and Karen Castle, along with a group of students announced their findings as if they’ve found the Holy Grail with Dutcher saying:
We’re the first to show the relationship with carbon monoxide as a function of the power of the e-cigarette.
The study proves that we really don’t know what’s coming out of e-cigarettes, but we now know there are potentially harmful chemical reactions.
Oh dear…you almost feel sorry for them…almost 😉
The coil calamity was picked up by eagle eyed vaping expert and advocate Chris Hughes who wrote on the University’s FB wall:
Pictures of the coils Ive discovered were used for these experiments from the manufacturers own website.
Note the power ratings clearly stamped right on the side of the coil.
The higher power one is rated at a maximum of 70 watts.
Why exactly was *200 watts* applied to one of these?
How long was it applied for?
Was the clearly rated power for these coils exceeded by *3 1/2 times* because this *study* was really about smearing these products, rather than determining real world safety?
Was this a case where the researchers weren’t getting the damning evidence that was the whole reason they were doing the “study”, so they decided to just manufacture some?
Enter stage right Dr Farsalinos who schooled the professors and students thus:
This is unprecedented.
Instead of examining what went wrong in your experiments (obviously nasty dry puffs which have no clinical relevance), you present this as groundbreaking research.
You seem to ignore that ALL clinical studies measuring exhaled carbon monoxide in vapers have found levels identical to non-smokers.
In fact, exhaled carbon monoxide is used as a very reliable marker to identify e-cigarette users who have completely quit smoking.
You are not serving your students well…
Ouch…talk about anti-vaping research being shot down in flames lol.
You can find the Facebook thread below – well worth a look 🙂 click the comments icon below to go direct to the FB post – and feel free to add your own 😉
More vape news on Sunday!