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 […]

More Chicken Little from Alberta Action on Smoking and Health

Today in the Edmonton Journal (Flavoured products a blatant ploy to target youth, Alberta anti-tobacco group declares) Keith Gerein wrote New survey results indicating large numbers of Alberta teenagers are hooked on flavoured tobacco products is evidence enough that the province should immediately ban the items, medical professionals and advocates said Tuesday. The supposed source […]

We should really be doing this more often…

Over at ep-ology is a posting of some new research re the candy-tobacco issue. It’s called Demonstrating that children believe that deadly tobacco products are harmless candy, an experimental study. Excerpt: There has recently been an explosion of organized concern about the risk of accidental poisoning of children who mistake dissolvable smokeless tobacco products for […]

Canada’s health experts don’t mind lying to the public

Two items this week once again make me think twice about self-identifying as Canadian. I suppose I can take solace in the fact that one’s country and one’s identity is something quite different from what occurs in the corridors of power, or whenever prohibitionism rears its mishapen head. The first item, brought to my attention […]

You were there! At the birth of a new anti-tobacco catchphrase!

Canadian NDP parliamentarian Megan Leslie probably had a few people in the corridors of various anti-smoking group offices hooping and hollering and giving the high fives when they read about what will surely be gleefully repeated whenever possible for the next while.. cancer shouldn’t come in candy flavours She uttered these fateful words while she […]

Iowa more worried about candy than cigarettes

While not the full out bans being pursued in Utah and Washington, Democrats in Iowa are working hard to have retail restrictions to be placed on dissolvable tobacco products. This is still a flavor motivated action as indicated on the Iowa Senate Democrats page. This is really quite the “wonderful” article; more misinformation per sentence […]

One ban deserves another….

When the FDA banned flavored cigarettes in 2009, an action that resulted in quite a bit of press and plaudits but affected a negligible portion of the tobacco market, one wonders given the lack of any real evidence supporting that action, if it was simply to leverage more substantial actions. Now we see the threat […]

Letting Africa take the hit

Recent WHO-FCTC declarations regarding restricting tobacco flavorings (and other additives) have raised considerable concern in the African burley growing countries (burley tobacco tends to be processed with additives). Their justification in their own words is One major cause for concern is flavourings and additives being widely used in cigarettes and other tobacco products to increase […]