Welcome guest, is this your first visit? Click the "Create Account" button now to join.

Welcome to the Wackedout - Ecig Canada Forum Electronic Cigarette.

If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.

User Tag List

Page 1 of 5 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 45
  1. #1
    Staff Moderator katmandu's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Manitoba
    Posts
    1,605
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    35 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Top scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettes

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...0E82IX20140528

    (Reuters) - A group of 53 leading scientists has warned the World Health Organisation not to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, arguing that doing so would jeopardize a major opportunity to slash disease and deaths caused by smoking.

    The UN agency, which is currently assessing its position on the matter, has previously indicated it would favor applying similar restrictions to all nicotine-containing products.

    In an open letter to WHO Director General Margaret Chan, the scientists from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia argued that low-risk products like e-cigarettes were "part of the solution" in the fight against smoking, not part of the problem.

    "These products could be among the most significant health innovations of the 21st century perhaps saving hundreds of millions of lives. The urge to control and suppress them as tobacco products should be resisted," the experts wrote.

    Leaked documents from a meeting last November suggest the WHO views e-cigarettes as a "threat" and wants them classified the same way as regular tobacco products under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). (link.reuters.com/muq69v)

    That has set alarm bells ringing among a number of medical experts - and in the booming e-cigarette industry. A total of 178 countries are parties to the international convention and are obliged to implement its measures, with the United States the one notable non-signatory.

    A move to classify e-cigarettes alongside regular cigarettes would push countries into taking similar tough measures to restrict demand, including raising taxes, banning advertising, introducing health warnings and curbing use in public places.

    Uptake of electronic cigarettes, which use battery-powered cartridges to produce a nicotine-laced inhalable vapor, has rocketed in the last two years and analysts estimate the industry had worldwide sales of some $3 billion in 2013.

    But the devices are controversial. Because they are so new there is a lack of long-term scientific evidence to support their safety and some fear they could be "gateway" products to nicotine addiction and tobacco smoking - though the scientists said they were "unaware of any credible evidence that supports this conjecture".

    BIG TOBACCO BACKS SCIENTISTS

    For tobacco companies seeking to offset the decline in traditional smoking, investment in e-cigarettes was an obvious choice and all the major players now have a presence, prompting Big Tobacco to line up behind scientists on this occasion.

    Kingsley Wheaton, director of corporate and regulatory affairs at British American Tobacco, said classifying e-cigarettes as tobacco products would mean smokers find it harder to access a less risky alternative.

    The Geneva-based WHO said its position on e-cigarettes was still in flux ahead of a key meeting on the FCTC scheduled for October 13-18 in Moscow, where proposed regulations will be discussed.

    "At this point the only thing I can say is that we are elaborating these regulations and they will soon be available to you," Armando Peruga, programme manager for the WHO's Tobacco Free Initiative told reporters this week.

    Gerry Stimson, emeritus professor at Imperial College London and one of the organizers of the letter to Chan, told Reuters that the WHO's position was "bizarre" and its stance on e-cigarettes was harsher than that of regulators in Europe and the United States.

    "We want to make sufficient noise now before things get too set in stone," he said.
    Second hand vaping - the process of letting people know that it's much better than smoking normal cigarettes and in the process converting them over.

  2. #2
    Enthusiast VapesCanada's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    Kelowna, British Columbia
    Posts
    13
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks for the great post Katmandu it's a nice feeling to know that there is an influential group on our side - the part of the equation that is seeing increased health and quality of life from electronic cigarettes. I sometimes feel being Canadian that we don't get our say on some major issues and it would be nice to have some Canadian representation on this very important topic. I agree that this is one of the most significant health innovations of the 21st century and I hope politics and money don't get in the way of it's full potential.

  3. Likes VapeMate.com, Puff liked this post
  4. #3
    Guru Puff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    London,Ontario
    Posts
    1,746
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    43 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks Kat for posting that. Thank god some scientists are taking action, I hope they have an impact, I truly do.

  5. Likes VapeMate.com liked this post
  6. #4
    Staff Moderator Nubbie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Calgary
    Posts
    2,363
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    This is a huge WIN!

  7. Likes VapeMate.com liked this post
  8. #5
    Staff Moderator katmandu's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Manitoba
    Posts
    1,605
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    35 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A little more information than the article provided here: http://www.nicotinepolicy.net/n-s-p/...-of-a-solution

    We have a Canadian who will be there. Perhaps it's time that we start emailing Mr. Denis Choiniere, Director of Tobacco Regulatory Products at Health Canada about this. He is the Vice President of the Region of the Americas for the FCTC and will be a participant at the conference. denis.choiniere@hc-sc.gc.ca.

    He will be a part of the group who gets to help decide vaping's fate.
    Last edited by katmandu; 05-28-2014 at 05:22 PM.
    Second hand vaping - the process of letting people know that it's much better than smoking normal cigarettes and in the process converting them over.

  9. Thanks Puff thanked for this post
    Likes Pasha, CehNehDeh liked this post
  10. #6
    Guru Trainer Switcher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Dartmouth, NS
    Posts
    2,300
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    71 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by katmandu View Post
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...0E82IX20140528

    (Reuters) - A group of 53 leading scientists has warned the World Health Organisation not to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, arguing that doing so would jeopardize a major opportunity to slash disease and deaths caused by smoking.

    The UN agency, which is currently assessing its position on the matter, has previously indicated it would favor applying similar restrictions to all nicotine-containing products.

    In an open letter to WHO Director General Margaret Chan, the scientists from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia argued that low-risk products like e-cigarettes were "part of the solution" in the fight against smoking, not part of the problem.

    "These products could be among the most significant health innovations of the 21st century – perhaps saving hundreds of millions of lives. The urge to control and suppress them as tobacco products should be resisted," the experts wrote.

    Leaked documents from a meeting last November suggest the WHO views e-cigarettes as a "threat" and wants them classified the same way as regular tobacco products under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). (link.reuters.com/muq69v)

    That has set alarm bells ringing among a number of medical experts - and in the booming e-cigarette industry. A total of 178 countries are parties to the international convention and are obliged to implement its measures, with the United States the one notable non-signatory.

    A move to classify e-cigarettes alongside regular cigarettes would push countries into taking similar tough measures to restrict demand, including raising taxes, banning advertising, introducing health warnings and curbing use in public places.

    Uptake of electronic cigarettes, which use battery-powered cartridges to produce a nicotine-laced inhalable vapor, has rocketed in the last two years and analysts estimate the industry had worldwide sales of some $3 billion in 2013.

    But the devices are controversial. Because they are so new there is a lack of long-term scientific evidence to support their safety and some fear they could be "gateway" products to nicotine addiction and tobacco smoking - though the scientists said they were "unaware of any credible evidence that supports this conjecture".

    BIG TOBACCO BACKS SCIENTISTS

    For tobacco companies seeking to offset the decline in traditional smoking, investment in e-cigarettes was an obvious choice and all the major players now have a presence, prompting Big Tobacco to line up behind scientists on this occasion.

    Kingsley Wheaton, director of corporate and regulatory affairs at British American Tobacco, said classifying e-cigarettes as tobacco products would mean smokers find it harder to access a less risky alternative.

    The Geneva-based WHO said its position on e-cigarettes was still in flux ahead of a key meeting on the FCTC scheduled for October 13-18 in Moscow, where proposed regulations will be discussed.

    "At this point the only thing I can say is that we are elaborating these regulations and they will soon be available to you," Armando Peruga, programme manager for the WHO's Tobacco Free Initiative told reporters this week.

    Gerry Stimson, emeritus professor at Imperial College London and one of the organizers of the letter to Chan, told Reuters that the WHO's position was "bizarre" and its stance on e-cigarettes was harsher than that of regulators in Europe and the United States.

    "We want to make sufficient noise now before things get too set in stone," he said.
    I hope the Fers are listening!

  11. Likes VapeMate.com, Puff liked this post
  12. #7
    New Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Ontario
    Posts
    837
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks Katmandu!!! My letter is going in tonight! With some of the information you posted!!! Thanks for this, a bit of fresh air helps for a change!

    ANYONE reading this, please write Mr. Denis Choiniere, Director of Tobacco Regulatory Products at Health Canada --- We can all have a say. Let them know we are a force to be reckoned with, it can't hurt us!!

  13. Likes Tiki, Puff liked this post
  14. #8
    Advanced Mentor
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Posts
    511
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    11 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have to say I don't care that BT is on board here. Irrelevant.

  15. #9
    Advanced Mentor Anonymous's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    528
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    19 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I wonder what sparked the fear in the unknown these people seem to have in them.. I mean, you see tons of experimental pharmaceutical treatments out there. Every day you hear about horrid side effects on some of them. Particularly if you watch daytime US television and no one seems to be headhunting these products. Its like the commercials start off:

    Ask your doctor about Fukitol.

    Side effects may include: sneezingwhoopingcoughgonaherpasyphillitisaidsrobbe ryrandomanaldischargepsychosisfearofyarnchainsawju gglingrabiesandgout. Others may experience dizzynesslossoftesticularmassthirdeyeballblueballs breastreductionandexpansionfaxtransmissionsandhair loss.

    And they worry about vaping?

  16. Likes amoca, Tiki, VapeMate.com liked this post
  17. #10
    New Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Ontario
    Posts
    837
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

  18. Thanks Puff thanked for this post
 

 
Page 1 of 5 123 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Our Partners

Top scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettesTop scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettesTop scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettesTop scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettesTop scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettesTop scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettesTop scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettesTop scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettesTop scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettesTop scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettesTop scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettesTop scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettesTop scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettesTop scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettesTop scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettesTop scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettesTop scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettes