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UK Gov Approves Vaping for Prescription

Vaping received a huge boost of confidence after the UK Medicine and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA) approved e-cigarettes for sale via prescription.  In the UK, one of the most pro-vaping countries in the world, smoking rates have plummeted since the introduction of e-cigarettes. Youth smoking is at a record low, and there is clear evidence …

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GSTHR ‘Fighting the Last War’ Launch Event Round Up

On October 27th 2021, the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction (GSTHR) launched their latest report ‘Fighting the Last War: The WHO and International Tobacco Control’ at a conference at London’s Oval Cricket Ground – with both physical attendees and a further 100 (including us!) watching online.  What the report says With 1.1 billion smokers …

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Vape Master Settlement: A New Blow for Vaping?

In the USA, states have enjoyed decades of revenue from the sale of tobacco cigarettes.  The money was supposed to repair some of the damage smoking has done. In reality, it has been largely frittered away.  The source of the revenue is the Tobacco Master Settlement. While aimed at punishing tobacco companies, the settlement actually …

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Promote Vaping via Mass Media Campaigns Says Royal College of Physicians

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has released a major report calling for the UK government to promote electronic cigarettes via a mass media campaign.  This would form part of a campaign that returned funding for anti-smoking campaigns to at least 2008 levels.  The suggestion is just one of a number of recommendations the RCP …

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Guess WHO? Vaping, harm reduction & the World Health Organisation

The World Health Organisation can sound pretty negative on vaping at times.  So it might surprise you that harm reduction (such as switching from smoking to vaping) is embedded in its tobacco control charter.  It might surprise you even more to find that one of the biggest influences on WHO policy is from an individual …

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Vaping, Covid and the Precautionary Principle

Opposition to vaping is driven by a complex web of factors. These include money, anti-nicotine morality and a justified distrust of anything related to tobacco companies.  To get further into the web, it’s important to understand the precautionary principle. What is the precautionary principle? The precautionary principle applies across different fields of science.  It informs …

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