Stages of trying to understand the opposition to e-cigarettes

Its not uncommon to have difficulty understanding why other people don’t hold the same positions you do about things. I will never quite comprehend the mindset of Stephen Harper or for that matter the conservative mindset. I guess we are who we are. But when it comes to health and the public good, I have […]

The desire for nicotine is more likely to lower smoker related disease than the desire to quit

Much like the phrase “mind control” tobacco control connotes persuasion, domination and unwilling conversion to an alien agenda. The recent issue of Tobacco Control returns to the idea of the endgame, the insistence that if there is the will, tobacco and nicotine use can be eliminated entirely. What is notable in these opinion pieces is […]

Health Canada pressuring credit services to stop online sales of e-cigarettes from Canadian sources

While Health Canada recommends that Canadians stop smoking it also recommends that Canadians stop vaping. In regards to the first is written: “To date, over 4,000 chemicals, comprising a combination of gases, liquids and breathable particles, have been identified in tobacco smoke. Of the 4000 chemicals, more than 70 chemicals are known to cause, initiate […]

Banning says more about the banners than the banned

The Wikipedia entry for Saudi Arabia contains the following sentences “Alcoholic beverages are prohibited, for example, and there is no theatre or public exhibition of films”. What has that to do with e-cigarettes? Nothing really but it might put the following couple of sentences from the Ilya Pozin article Electronic Cigarettes: Booming Industry or Health […]

Flavouring in vaping reduces likelihood of migrating to smoking

I’ve long supported flavouring as an inducement to moving to alternative nicotine products but Dave Dorn in this video (via UK Electronic Cigarette News) makes the beautiful point that flavouring creates a barrier against migrating to smoking. If you start with any of the flavourings and out of interest try a regular cigarette it will […]

When e-cigarette groups get it terribly wrong all vapers will suffer

I’m not saying that there isn’t room in the community for more than a couple of viewpoints but just today I ran across a couple of “with friends like these who needs enemies” articles. The first is a position paper put out by TVECA (the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association). A non-profit American association of […]

FDA and Health Canada – are we asking these trains to come off their tracks?

Yes, that is a bit of an unwieldly title. I was reading the FDA response to a citizen petition from Nirav Shah (NY State Commissioner of Health), Kathleen Hoke (Director of the Legal Resource Center for Tobacco Regulation etc.) and Matthew Myers (Tobacco-Free Kids) – see full letter below – on their request that the […]

Prue Talbot and e-cigarettes – an unfortunate combination

Just appearing in the online journal PLOS (Public Library of Science) ONE the article Metal and Silicate Particles Including Nanoparticles Are Present in Electronic Cigarette Cartomizer Fluid and Aerosol describes design flaws in a sample of e-cigarettes that might be worth thinking about. The assaying procedures lie well outside my expertise so I cannot comment […]