Vapers should worry about any bans on flavoured tobacco products

Once again my local paper The Edmonton Journal showcases the prohibitionist Les Hagen and his fight against tobacco in all its forms and in particular what he calls “fruity spit tobacco”. As vapers we should be concerned about this for at least two reasons. 1. It is still uncertain how e-cigarettes will end up being […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Even professional harm reduction workers have issues with tobacco harm reduction

Ask any doctor what they would recommend if a patient of theirs who felt compelled to use a drug with proven health risks asked whether it would be better to take another drug which made them feel exactly the same but was a lot safer. Odds are the doctor would suggest switching. Now ask them […]

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 […]