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Scottish People Are Pro-Vaping – New Poll – 2022


According to the Daily Record Newspaper Scottish people are pro-vaping and are in favour of government promoting vaping to those wanting to stop smoking.

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A poll for the Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) carried out by the Diffley Partnership asked more than 2,000 people for their views on smoking and vaping.

The poll was conducted in the wake of the Scottish Government proposals of banning displays and advertising of vaping goods.

So what did our chums in Scotland say…

Results

The poll showed these results…

  • Quitting smoking using vaping should be encouraged – apparently 45% agreed with this statement.
  • The majority think vaping is much safer than smoking.
  • E-cigarette users choose the products because they are cheaper, less harmful and help them quit smoking.
  • Most vapers purchase vapes from local stores rather than the internet, therefore any over regulation of vaping will impact small businesses too.
  • Only 1 in 6 people wanted to make accessing vapes more difficult. Over half of people wanted easier access.

Reaction

The SGF article quotes Dr John Lee, SGF’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs…

“Scots – both smokers and non-smokers alike – are giving the thumbs up to e-cigarettes. This is important evidence from the real world which backs up the view of NHS Scotland that vaping is much less harmful than smoking cigarettes.

“Vapers are telling us that they are turning to e-cigarettes because they are safer, cheaper and more likely to lead to them quitting for good.

“Our member convenience stores want to play their part in the massive effort needed to switch smokers to vaping and make Scotland smoke free by 2034.”

NHS Scotland Opinion

Although not related to this survey, NHS Scotland seem to be in favour of using vaping as a tool to reduce smoking rates. They have the aim of a SmokFree Scotland 2034.

Their Consensus Statement on e-cigarettes (2017) proposes the following…

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Conclusion

I am very confused on the Scottish Government stance towards vaping.

NHS Scotland are very pro-vaping and see it as a helpful tool in being able to meet the SmokeFree 2034 target. This is extremely positive.

However government proposals to regulate vaping seem quite heavy handed. They were announced in February 2022 and were discussing tightening rules on advertising and promotion of vaping. The proposals were met with a lot of backlash from retailers, the SGF and the public who felt this would limit access and information for those who want to quit smoking by vaping.

This poll shows that the public seem to really be in favour of the promotion of vaping and want to embrace it.

I suppose it is a case of “watch this space” to see what transpires in Scottish Harm Reduction policy.



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Smoke-Free Wales – Tobacco Control Strategy – What’s Vaping?


The Welsh Government unveiled their plans to achieve a Smoke-Free Wales by 2030 on July 26th 2022.

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This is as a result of a consultation which closed on 31st March 2022 – which I reported on here.

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Obviously this is quite a lengthy document so I will try to summarise the main points.

The ambition is to make smoking prevalence rates 5% or lower in adults over the next 8 years.

Lynne Neagle – the Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing is the minister concerned and I will cover some of the proposals below.

Proposals

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The main strategy breaks down into 3 key areas…

  • Reducing inequalities
  • Future generations
  • A whole-system approach for a Smoke-Free Wales.

To achieve these goals the government will collaborate with NHS Wales, Local Authorities, Public Health Wales and other organisations.

Reducing Inequalities

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  • Focus on the inequalities caused by smoking.
  • Work with smokers to better understand what is stopping them from quitting and what support they need to overcome their barriers, and support smokers to become Smoke-free.
  • Reduce the uptake of smoking in Wales for those at highest risk of taking up smoking.
  • Ensure appropriate smoking cessation support is available to all with targeted support available for those groups with higher smoking prevalence.

Future Generations

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  • Create an environment where smoke-free is the norm for all children and
    young people in Wales.
  • Increase the proportion of smoke-free pregnancies in Wales, and promote a
    smoke-free preconception period.
  • Promote a smoke-free childhood and aim to break generational smoking
    patterns to achieve a smoke-free generation.
  • Make smoke-free the norm to deter social smoking amongst children and
    young people.
  • Increase the proportion of teenagers and young people who remain smoke-free by reducing the uptake of smoking, whilst also discouraging the uptake
    of e-cigarettes or other nicotine products in teenagers and young people.
  • Identify the groups of children and young people who are at higher risk of
    taking up smoking, and work with them to identify ways to help them to
    remain smoke-free.
  • Identify priority groups of children and young people who have a higher
    prevalence of smoking, and work with them to understand their reasons for
    smoking, and provide evidence based targeted support to quit smoking.

A Whole-System Approach For A Smoke-Free Wales

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  • Embed tobacco control principles across all policy areas, and use all available systems, levers and mechanisms to create a smoke-free Wales.
  • Support collaboration by ensuring the actions of all partners are co-ordinated at a local, regional and national level, and together contribute towards a smoke-free Wales.
  • Ensure consistent application of evidence based tobacco control interventions across Wales with continuous service development and improvement.
  • Explore innovative approaches and use of technologies to reduce smoking uptake and promote smoking cessation.
  • Take further steps to protect people from the harms of second-hand smoke.
  • Review the tobacco control enforcement and sanctions systems in Wales, including for illegal tobacco.

Impact On Vapers

Well surprisingly Vaping is barely mentioned – honestly!

Despite many mentions of how other countries are tackling the issue of smoking, even the UK, vaping appears to be totally off the radar in this strategy?

“Increase the proportion of teenagers and young people who remain smoke-free by reducing the uptake of smoking, whilst also discouraging the uptake of e-cigarettes or other nicotine products in teenagers and young people.”

So it sounds like the only role Vaping plays in this is to make sure youngsters are discouraged from e-cigarette use.

ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) Wales – have published their response and they state…

“This workstream will also examine how e-cigarettes will fit within the modern health landscape of Wales. Currently, national surveys show e-cigarettes are the most popular stop smoking tools in Wales.

The current evidence indicates e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful than smoking tobacco, and can help people to quit smoking, when combined with behavioural support. Welsh Government has committed to exploring their role as possible tobacco quitting aid.”

Again this seems to emphasise that the Welsh Government are way behind the times when it comes to alternative nicotine sources?

Responses

Conclusion

Well it’s hard to pass judgement on what the Welsh Government thinks of vaping as it almost acts as if e-cigarettes do not exist?

It seems many years behind other countries, for instance England and Scotland both are formulating tobacco control policies.

Very strange indeed.

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New Review Looks Into The Risks And Benefits of Heated Tobacco Products


The new review followed standard Cochrane methods for screening and data extraction, and the primary outcome measures were abstinence from smoking at the longest follow‐up point available, adverse events, serious adverse events, and changes in smoking prevalence or cigarette sales.

The compiled data from most studies indicated lower exposure to harmful substances linked to cancers, heart disease and respiratory problems, meaning that switching from cigarettes to HTPs may minimize the odds of developing these diseases. However, added the research team, given that the studies were all of short duration, the data is not enough to be sure.

The researchers highlighted that while they didn’t find any studies looking at whether giving smokers HTPs helped them quit smoking, two Japanese studies reported drops in cigarettes sales after IQOS entered the market.

In fact, during a recent webinar vice director of the AOI Universal Hospital in Kawasaki, Kumamaru Hiroya, said that while nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs), such as nicotine patches, have not yielded the desired results, HTPs have. Hiroya, confirmed that since heated tobacco products were launched locally, smoking rates started dropping substantially.

“In conclusion, after nicotine replacement therapy direction has been tried, they were not really a big success. However, ever since 2014, three heated tobacco products have been launched officially nationwide in Japan and these have been penetrating 25 percent [of total smoking population] and this product has been successful to reduce cigarette smoking in Japan so far by 30 percent in three to four years,” said Hiroya during a recent webinar.

Aerosol particles from HTPs

In other news, a 2019 study conducted by researchers from Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania, analysed the levels of aerosol particles, carbonyls and nicotine concentrations in indoor air from HTPs, referred to as Tobacco Heating Systems (THS) in the study. They did this by comparing the indoor concentrations of substances such as formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, benzene, toluene, nicotine and particulate matter 2.5, from THS, with those from conventional cigarettes and other known air pollutants.

Pollution levels from THS are insignificant in comparison to cigarette smoke

The compiled data indicated that any adverse effects on indoor air quality from THS are insignificant in comparison to those from cigarettes smoke and other pollutants. “Use of THS resulted in a statistically significant increase of several analytes including nicotine, acetaldehyde, PM2.5, and PNC as compared to the background. The obtained levels were significantly lower (approximately 16, 8, 8 and 28 times for nicotine, acetaldehyde, PNC and PM2.5, respectively) compared to the levels resulting from conventional cigarette (CC) smoking under identical conditions,” read the study Abstract.

“In the controlled environment, the use of THS [as well as an electronic cigarette] resulted in the lowest concentrations of formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, PM2.5 among majority researched pollution sources [conventional cigarettes, waterpipe, incense, mosquito coils],” according to authors Violeta Kauneliene, Marija Meisutovic-Akhtarieva and Dainius Martuzevicius.

“Such data indicate that the levels of the main indoor air pollution markers in case of THS environmental aerosol may be too low to distinguish from the background, thus raising additional challenges for epidemiological studies aiming at the assessments of second-hand exposure in real-life environments,” they added.

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Vape News – July Roundup!


July 2022 brought us lots of vape news – a lot of it sadly quite negative!

Wales Tobacco Control Strategy

This was released on 26th July 2022 – and it seems that the Welsh Government have no idea that vaping exists!

smoke free wales strategy

Read all about this here – Smoke-Free Wales – Tobacco Control Strategy – What’s Vaping?

Scottish People Are Pro-Vaping – New Poll – 2022

A poll conducted by the Scottish Grocers Federation found that the majority of Scots were very pro-vaping – despite some heavy handed proposals from government.

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I tell you more on this in my article – Scottish People Are Pro-Vaping – New Poll – 2022.

Disposable Vape Bashing

It seems to be quite trendy for the UK media to be bashing disposable vapes, a heap of negative articles have been appearing lately.

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What has caused this panic?

Read more here – Disposable Vapes – Why the Panic?

Also there has been a lot of discussion about the waste disposable vapes create – I can get on board with that sentiment.

I discuss this further in my article – The Issue Of Disposable Vape Waste.

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Image courtesy of recycleyourelectricals.org.uk

Effect Of Vaping and Smoking On Lungs

A new study looked at the effect of vaping and smoking on lungs using fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and it showed the surprising result that vaping can actually increase blood flow to the lungs.

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Quite a positive outcome – fMRI Lung Scans Show Promising Results For Vaping.

Negative Media Opinions Of Vaping

As you may have seen I have been tracking the UK media for articles about vaping.

tracker july 2022

I have categorised them as either Negative, Positive or Neutral.

Sadly in July the majority of press has been negative. See how this affects the tracker –  UK Vape News Sentiment Tracker.

Ireland Needs To Embrace Harm Reduction

A recent survey by the Ireland Department of Health has shown an increase in smoking rates.Ireland with flag

It seems that the lack of functional tobacco harm reduction policy is impacting the amount of smokers who want to quit.

Ireland Needs To Embrace Tobacco Harm Reduction.

ASH Youth Vaping Survey Results 2022

The organisation ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) have published the results of the annual YouGov youth vaping survey for 2022.

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Have a read of my article to find out more – Ash Youth Vaping Survey Results 2022 – Anything To Be Concerned About?


So that’s it for July – let’s see how August pans out!

If you want to catch up on any news articles you may have missed you can access our News Archive here.



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Global Vape Groups Call on Australian Govt. to End Attack on Legal Vape Businesses


The letter highlighted that an alleged clause in the Tobacco Act prohibiting the sale of all vaping materials and vape juice, referred to by WA’s health inspectors, does not even exist.

In a letter released on Wednesday July 20th, vaping activists from around the world called on Australia’s Ministry of Health, urging it to cease the ongoing attacks against the local vape industry. This action came in response to a note received by vape shop owners across Western Australia from the WA health department, asking them to cease operations within 14 days.

Seventeen vaping consumer organisations worldwide signed the letter in support of the WA vapers, with director of the global vaping advocacy group World Vapers’ Alliance Michael Landl reiterating how such actions will result in a public health disaster.

“Vaping has been a lifeline for more than 80 million people who struggled to quit smoking. It’s the most successful smoking cessation tool so far and has been acknowledged so in the UK, France, and New Zealand, to name a few. Closing down vape shops will not only lead vapers to the black market in search of their preferred products but also prevent many smokers from quitting traditional cigarettes as they will struggle to find alternatives on the market. By restricting access to harm reduction tools while keeping traditional cigarettes on the market, the WA government is opening the doors to a public health disaster,” said Landl.

The lack of available products will increase illicit ones on the black market

While addressed to Hon Mark McGowan, Premier of Western Australia, the letter highlighted that an alleged clause in the Tobacco Act prohibiting the sale of all vaping materials and vape juice, referred to by the health inspectors, does not exist. It also explained that the lack of quality products available and increase of illicit ones on the black market as a certain result of the closures would spell disaster for public health.

“Vaping has helped millions of Aussies to quit smoking, but without access to reliable information and quality products on the market, many of the vapers who managed to quit smoking thanks to vaping will risk going to the black market or back to smoking altogether. The current vape shop crackdown policy risks the lives of millions of Western Australians and needs to be addressed immediately,” highlighted Brain Marlow, campaign director at Legalise Vaping Australia.

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Mesh Coils Are The Future! A Higher Level Vape Brand Proposition Launched by UPENDS


Press release

UPENDS, an e-cigarette brand that prioritises users’ experience and aims to become the favourite brand for vapers, has recently released a brand-new brand proposition of Mesh Coil Is The Future, and developed a series of products represented by UpBar RS and UpBar Air, together with the sequence of activities to demonstrate this proposition.

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Why does UPENDS advocate the view of Mesh Coil Is The Future?

Since the second half of 2019, disposable products have once again become the mainstream of major markets.

Ranging from open pod system to disposable vape, the mesh coil has been widely favoured by sellers in terms of taste and safety. A special user survey carried out by UPENDS shows that more than 90% of consumers have made a good impression on the taste and trustworthiness of mesh coil devices. It’s believed that mesh coil will be expected to dominate the vape industry.

UPENDS develops a comprehensive blueprint for mesh coil

UPENDS has developed an enhanced strategy plan on manufacturing mesh coil products with the capacity ranging from 2mL to 13mL to cater the preferences for more consumers.

UpBar RS and UpBar Air are the representatives. UpBar Air adopts mesh coil for their cores to achieve a natural and smooth taste with a double-shot molding appearance, just as described in the slogan of “The Pure Taste Like Air”.

With the football-style design and clear lines, UpBar RS aims to “Score the taste in your heart” to demonstrate the ultimate energy and taste. It is worth noting that production automation is also a blueprint for UPENDS.

Technological breakthrough makes the mesh coil of UPENDS more competitive

“UPENDS has carried out dozens of technological innovations on mesh coil, and planned to obtain more than 100 patents”, said Doctor WU, the Chief Product Officer of UPENDS, “structurally, we have carried out hundreds of thermal field experiments and simulations to match the best airflow design, so that the atomising core generates even heat perfectly to restore the original taste of e-liquids.

Regarding technological innovation, we creatively use a bionic sawtooth and snap-on design on the mesh coil, which solves the problem of burnt smell and faded taste, resulting in the product consistency more than 30% better than other similar ones.

Compared with traditional coil, UPENDS mesh coil achieves an increase by at least 50% in product safety and a more than 40% improvement in smoke volume.

It brings a purer taste and thicker smoke. We are on the way to becoming the king of mesh coil”.

The global storm of mesh coil is the future advocated by UPENDS is coming.

Based on UpBar RS, UPENDS will carry out a series of events around the world to implement its new industrial brand proposition, including Intertabac Dortmund 2022, Vaper Expo October 2022, etc. Meanwhile, it has prepared several Campaigns.

So please stay tuned.

About UPENDS

Founded in 2019, UPENDS is an e-cigarette brand dedicated to the field of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems. The good reputation of UPENDS as a leading e-cigarette brand in Europe attributes to its excellent manufacturing technology and quality, simple design, and cost-effective features. Currently, UPENDS is expanding its global development. UPENDS persistent pursuit is to prioritise users’ experience and to be Vaper’s favourite. For more information, please visit www.upends.com.

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UPENDS Launched A Higher Level Vape Brand Proposition “Mesh Coil Is The Future!”


Why does UPENDS advocate the view of Mesh Coil Is The Future?

Since the second half of 2019, disposable products have once again become the mainstream of major markets. Ranging from open pod system to disposable vape, the mesh coil has been widely favored by sellers in terms of taste and safety. A special user survey carried out by UPENDS shows that more than 90% of consumers have made a good impression on the taste and trustworthiness of mesh coil devices. It’s believed that mesh coil will be expected to dominate the vape industry.

UPENDS develops a comprehensive blueprint for mesh coil

UPENDS has developed an enhanced strategy plan on manufacturing mesh coil products with the capacity ranging from 2mL to 13mL to cater the preferences for more consumers. UpBar RS and UpBar Air are the representatives. UpBar Air adopts mesh coil for their cores to achieve a natural and smooth taste with a double-shot molding appearance, just as described in the slogan of “The Pure Taste Like Air”. With the football-style design and clear lines, UpBar RS aims to “Score the taste in your heart” to demonstrate the ultimate energy and taste. It is worth noting that production automation is also a blueprint for UPENDS.

Technological breakthrough makes the mesh coil of UPENDS more competitive

“UPENDS has carried out dozens of technological innovations on mesh coil, and planned to obtain more than 100 patents”, said Doctor WU, the Chief Product Officer of UPENDS, “structurally, we have carried out hundreds of thermal field experiments and simulations to match the best airflow design, so that the atomizing core generates even heat perfectly to restore the original taste of e-liquids. Regarding technological innovation, we creatively use a bionic sawtooth and snap-on design on the mesh coil, which solves the problem of burnt smell and faded taste, resulting in the product consistency more than 30% better than other similar ones. Compared with traditional coil, UPENDS mesh coil achieves an increase by at least 50% in product safety and a more than 40% improvement in smoke volume. It brings a purer taste and thicker smoke. We are on the way to becoming the king of mesh coil”.

The global storm of mesh coil is the future advocated by UPENDS is coming

Based on UpBar RS, UPENDS will carry out a series of events around the world to implement its new industrial brand proposition, including Intertabac Dortmund 2022, Vaper Expo October 2022, etc. Meanwhile, it has prepared several Campaigns. So please stay tuned.

About UPENDS

Founded in 2019, UPENDS is an e-cigarette brand dedicated to the field of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems. The good reputation of UPENDS as a leading e-cigarette brand in Europe attributes to its excellent manufacturing technology and quality, simple design, and cost-effective features. Currently, UPENDS is expanding its global development. UPENDS persistent pursuit is to prioritize users’ experience and to be Vaper’s favorite. For more information, please visit https://www.upends.com.





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New Tri-proof ARGUS Series? VOOPOO Announces the Official Launch!


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Recently, the world-renowned e-cigarette brand, VOOPOO, released a product preview picture on its official website.

The image clearly tells us that VOOPOO will unveil two products of ARGUS series on August 15th. It’s the third release of ARGUS products following the top-selling ARGUS GT 2, and ARGUS POD this year.
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VOOPOO, whose name hit the world because of DRAG, has now owned four product series, ARGUS, DRAG, VINCI, and V series. According to their official introduction, ARGUS is the high-end series.

In 2022, VOOPOO has released two widely praised ARGUS products, in which ARGUS GT 2, with advanced tri-proof functions and big cloud, has won industry recognised Best MOD awards many times.

Surprisingly, the leaked slogan of the two products, SOLID AS ARGUS, is same as that of ARGUS GT2. Meanwhile, with implications of inverted product outlines and snow mountain in the picture, it is not hard to guess that the two new products are also the MODS with tri-proof functions!

Retrospect the success of ARGUS GT 2, its IP68 tri-proof function is certainly the most significant factor. As VOOPOO first product with tri-proof function, ARGUS GT 2’s debut gained great attentions from professionals and countless reviews of top KOLs. Besides, it is honoured with best high wattage Mod 2022 by Vaping 360, the edging e-cigarette website. new-voopoo-argus-series

Additionally, belonging to the ARGUS series, the new products are believed to have connections with ARGUS GT 2, such as the tank, chip, wattage etc. We have every reason to believe that the two new products, just like VOOPOO ARGUS GT 2, will be recognised by the industry and be loved by worldwide users.

Let’s see VOOPOO ARGUS new products launch on August 15th!

About VOOPOO

Website: https://www.voopoo.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voopootech_official/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/voopooglobal
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/VOOPOO
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