Welcome to the Gamucci weekly round-up of e-cigarette stories.
Firstly I will start by wishing everyone a Happy New Year from everyone here at Gamucci and our very best wishes for 2016!
At Gamucci we are always trying our keep our customers informed about the latest going-on's in the world of electronic cigarettes. Supplementing our main stories - this compilation will give you a brief snapshot of all the e-cigarette news you may have missed over the past week.
#1 Scottish Government reiterates: "evidence does not suggest" harm from second-hand vaping
Public Health Minister Minister Maureen Watt has explained that the Scottish Government has rejected a call by the Law Society of Scotland to extend the ban on smoking in a vehicle with a child present to include e-cigarettes.
MSPs voted unanimously for fines of up to £100 for anyone who smokes in a car which has a passenger under the age of 18. It is hoped that the economic penalty will help to go some way to protecting children from being exposed to the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.
However, a recent call by Law Society of Scotland to extend the legislation to e-cigarettes has been rejected with Public Health Minister Maureen Watt saying that: “Smoking continues to be the biggest cause of preventable death in Scotland. The rationale for banning smoking in cars is based on the well-established evidence of the harms caused by second-hand smoke in enclosed spaces.
“As yet, the evidence does not suggest that there is significant harm from second-hand vapour in enclosed public spaces. Therefore, the Scottish Government has no current plans to legislate on the use of e-cigarettes in enclosed spaces, including cars. We will continue to monitor emerging evidence.”
We will keep you updated with any further devolpments with this story.
Full story HERE
#2 Professor Linda Bauld: "E-Cigarettes are a far better alternative"
Last week Professor Linda Bauld, Professor of Health Policy at the University of Stirling pulled apart a recent e-cigarette study that claimed e-liquid damaged cells over a prolonged period of time under laboratory conditions.
Writing in her regular column in The Guardian, Professor Bauld, who specialises in tobacco and harm-reduction policy, explained:
“In vitro studies like this are useful for examining how certain substances can affect cell growth and repair, but they can’t show what actually happens to cells in the human body under ‘real world’ conditions. For example, one of the main constituents in electronic cigarette liquid is propylene glycol, which has been shown in In vitro studies to have toxic effects and to damage cells. Yet propylene glycol is widely used in a range of products including those we consume such as cough syrup, asthma inhalers and the ‘fog’ (sometimes called ‘dry ice’) used in theatrical productions.”
Professor Bauld who undertook the first study of the UK’s national stop smoking services, and served as the UK government's scientific adviser on tobacco control from 2006 to 2010 presented:
“the key issue for this current study of e-cigarettes is not whether extensive and prolonged exposure to e-liquid vapour (of a duration and intensity that wouldn’t occur in human use) changes human cells, but rather what the e-liquid was compared to, and what this can tell us about the relative harm of tobacco smoking compared with e-cigarette use.”
She argued that what was not reported was actually more important than what was released, explaining:
“Not covered in the press release and not picked up by the media, do the authors mention that they also exposed some cells to tobacco smoke, using media from Marlboro Red filter cigarettes. Yet the authors could not directly compare the cigarette and e-cigarette treated cells, because the cigarette treated samples all died within 24 hours. Cigarette smoke was so toxic that the cells did not survive beyond this short period, whereas the e-cigarette cell lines were topped up with e-liquid every three days, and the testing continued for several weeks.”
Professor Bauld, chaired the NICE programme development group on tobacco harm reduction back in 2013; which according to her profile on the University of Sterling website led to her interest in research and policy on harm reduction and electronic cigarettes in the UK, Europe and further afield.
Utilising her expert insight she concluded by arguing that although ‘few things are risk free’, e-cigarettes in her opinion ‘as an alternative to a uniquely deadly product that kills one in two of its regular users’ a ‘far better alternative.’
Read the full story HERE
#3 Iowa Attorney General back E-Cigarettes
According to Iowa’s Attorney General Tom Miller, “13 million American smokers believe e-cigarettes are as equally harmful as tobacco cigarettes”, and in his opinion these people should made aware of the vast differences as they could help them “save their lives”.
Mr Miller, who is well known for his longstanding fight against tobacco companies as the chairman of the National Truth Commission, argues that enough is known about the science behind e-cigarettes for them to be acknowledged as a ‘good tool’ for supporting his anti-tobacco campaign.
Support from Tom Miller is widely acknowledged as a breakthrough for American ‘vapers’ as he is a well known and respected figure in the fight against keeping cigarettes out of the hands of young people.
Read the full story and watch the interview HERE