UN and the World Health Organisation target harmless vaping

Stressed Kaikoura smokers helped by NZ Vapor

Kaikoura, as we all know, has been cut off from easy access to almost everything since the earthquakes and that includes tobacco for local smokers. Fortunately for them, NZ Vapor was able to help. They don’t stock or sell tobacco but they were able to get the smokers their nicotine fix by sending in 24kg of vaping stock.

NZ Vapor is not allowed to say that they are in public health despite their product helping smokers to quit and even though vaping doesn’t involve all the nasty chemicals inhaled by smokers when they smoke a cigarette. After their latest mercy dash though I think it is safe to say that they are in the business of Public help.

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Time for the government to change the rules for e-cigarettes


Many of our New Zealand laws have not kept up with technology so laws designed for one thing are clumsily applied to another. One glaring example of this problem is how the law applies to e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes and ordinary cigarettes are legal and tobacco is legal but the e-liquids that contain nicotine and that are needed for e-cigarettes cannot be sold legally. People can buy e-liquids online and import them for personal use but it is still illegal to sell them.

This will surprise many consumers who have purchased them in New Zealand from both physical and online shops. New Zealand remains in legal limbo with a Ministry of Health that is choosing to not prosecute retailers who flout the law and a government who as yet has not changed a law that clearly needs changing. If Tobacco is legal it makes no sense at all that liquid nicotine should be illegal.

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E-cigarettes can help people quit

Out of all the methods available to smokers to help them to quit, I am not surprised that ?e-cigarettes are popular. Nicotine patches, gum, and lozenges while very helpful, all lack one vital psychological ingredient. They don’t look like a cigarette, they don’t taste like a cigarette and they do not ?involve?inhaling and exhaling ?the nicotine. ?The beauty of an e-cigarette is that smokers? can reduce the amount of nicotine they are using while still enjoy the vaping experience. Once they have beaten their nicotine habit they can continue to vape with many nicotine free?flavours available to them.

Another benefit that cannot be ignored is the money they will save. According to NZ Vapor, the sponsor of Whaleoil General debate and Whaleoil backchat,?“vaping will save the smoker about 80% of smoking costs – you can vape full time for around $5-$7 a week (Based on 20 cigarettes a day)”

Paris (AFP) – E-cigarettes may have helped some 18,000 smokers in England kick the tobacco habit last year, according to research released Wednesday.

The survey-based study was not a clinical trial, which means the link between the use of nicotine delivery devices and the number of people who quit smoking is not iron clad.

Indeed, other research has challenged the idea that e-cigarettes are an effective substitute for tobacco, with some studies even suggesting they are a “gateway” to adolescent addiction.

But a team of scientists led by Emma Beard of University College London, along with experts not involved in the study, said the new evidence that “vaping” can help smokers stop was compelling.

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Why I support e-cigarettes and vaping



The good news is that it looks like the National government is moving to legalise e-cigarette’s. This move is way overdue. Vaping is a much safer alternative to traditional cigarette smoking. When you vape you do not inhale all the carcinogenic chemicals that are soaked into cigarette paper and added to tobacco.

The bad news is that the Ministry of health’s proposal is to tax them in the same way we tax tobacco.

To me the main benefit of legalising e-cigarettes is to provide a strong financial incentive for smokers to switch to vaping which is a lot less harmful. An added benefit of e-cigarettes is that you can tightly control the amount of nicotine that you inhale. This means that if you want to quit, you can do it gradually without having to use patches or nicotine gum. You can also keep your habit without the nicotine as it is possible to inhale flavoured vapour that tastes like tobacco or any other flavour you desire.

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TV3 completely confused by e-cigarettes

This morning I came across another startling headling on TV3, ?E-cigarettes linked to teen smoking ? study?.

Yet another case where the headline isn?t supported by the story.

When you read the article, it says:

??the findings in the?Journal of the American Medical Association?out on Tuesday (local time) stop short of showing that e-cigarettes cause teens to try other forms of tobacco, and scientists say more research is needed to explore any such link.?

So it doesn?t show e-cigarette use causes teens to move onto cigarette smoking. Of course there?s the chance to call for more research?troughing.

Then there?s the kicker from Peter Hajek, professor of clinical psychology at the University of London who said: Read more »

Health nazis in UK stopping people adopting if they use e-cigs

So let’s get this straight…you can have your own kids, use drugs, smoke cigarettes and be bombed on booze and there is no problem.

But in the UK if you use an e-cigarette, with no harmful vapours at all and you are completely unsuitable for adopting children.

Social workers have barred a couple from adopting a child after the would-be father was seen smoking an e-cigarette.

The decision came after the pair had passed a long series of tests to qualify as parents, and had earlier paid for expensive fertility treatment, which failed.

They were told they could not adopt if either of them had used an e-cigarette in the past 12 months ? despite experts saying that ?vaping? poses little or no threat to children in the home.

Last night, the couple said: ?When there are so many children desperate for a family and a stable home, to put up such trivial barriers is ridiculous.?

The decision by Staffordshire County Council is unlikely to be a one-off.

At least 13 councils in England ban e-cigarette users from fostering or adopting young children, The Mail on Sunday has found ? and there could be more.

?Abigail? and ?Brian?, who do not want to give their real names, approached the council in December 2013 after several failed IVF attempts costing over ?20,000.

A social worker visited the following month, but made ?no mention? of restrictions on smokers or e-cigarette users adopting, they claim. At the time, Brian was a light smoker of normal cigarettes.

By last September, having undergone medicals and interviews, and having proved they were of sound character and financially capable of raising a child, the pair thought they were on track to adopt. But when a social worker saw Brian using an e-cigarette, everything changed.

Brian, 45, said: ?By then I?d stopped smoking completely and hadn?t had a real cigarette in months. I was using e-cigarettes as a cessation aid, to ease the nicotine cravings.?

The social worker warned them the council did not allow smokers to adopt young children, although she was unclear about its position with e-cigarette users.

The next day, she revealed that the council would not place a child with anyone who had used e-cigarettes in the previous 12 months either.

In October, she confirmed in an email: ?Should you both become non smokers/e-smokers over a 12-month period, then you could of course reapply.?

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One health campaigner gets it on e-cigs

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Most of the state funded troughers in the anti-smoking lobby are vehemently opposed to e-cigarettes…which almost everyone agrees are a healthier alternative to smoking tobacco.

One such health researcher however stands apart from the crowd of troughers opposing and wanting to ban everything.

Ordering nicotine-based e-cigarette products off the shelves is “ridiculous”, says a health official and respected anti-smoking campaigner.

Despite being illegal according to the Ministry of Health’s rules, e-cigarettes containing nicotine have been widely available over the counter in Auckland.

But in the past few weeks, the ministry has dispatched smoke-free enforcement officers to inform retailers such sales are prohibited.

The devices, which contain flavoured “e-liquid” with or without nicotine, emit a smoke-like vapour.

One of the major e-cigarette retailers, Shosha, said on Thursday it would get rid of its stock either this week or next week.

Public health specialist Dr Murray Laugesen, who has been researching e-cigarettes since 2007, labelled the ministry’s decision “ridiculous” and said it would drive people back to smoking tobacco. He said e-cigarettes were less harmful than traditional cigarettes, a view shared by the World Health Organisation.

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Australian Politician Tells it How it is

Bureaucrats are the same the world over. They think they know best, and as they?re the ones advising Government Ministers, they think they have the authority over what?s right and what?s wrong.

Public health troughers are the same, particularly as they try and get the government to introduce plain packaging for tobacco and?lobby the government for fat and sugar taxes over soft drinks.

Occasionally a politician peers through the wool that is being pulled over their eyes by their officials and by troughers sucking on the taxpayers? tit.

Last week David Leyonhjelm, Australian Liberal Democrat senator for NSW did exactly that, and on an issue that is sure to get the health zealots all fired up, by writing a piece in the Australian Financial Review titled ?E-cigarettes at mercy of bureaucrats who ban by default?.

The honesty is refreshing and is an example politicians in NZ should look to for inspiration, instead of being captured by the health bureaucrats.

He talks about how the health bureaucrats have got the whole debate on e-cigs wrong in Australia, David Leyonhjelm had some cracker lines:

It seems everything is illegal in Australia unless a bureaucrat gives permission. What?s worse, you have to go to the trouble and expense of asking for permission, because if bureaucrats were proactive they would run the risk of serving the public.

A good example is the case of e-cigarettes. These inhalers deliver a warm puff of nicotine, without the carcinogenic tar and industrial solvents of cigarette smoke. Alternatively, they can deliver a puff of anything else you could wish for, such as the flavour of chocolate or whisky. ? Read more »

Not anti-smoking, anti-big tobacco

In an article about e-cigarettes you can see that the troughers and health busy-bodies involved in anti-smoking initiatives aren’t at all interested in health benefits, they are instead focussed on the big tobacco companies.

In New Zealand, scientists, doctors and public health workers are split on e-cigarettes. One half say we should steer clear of the latest addictive offering, lookalike cigarettes that keep smokers on a nicotine leash still held by Big Tobacco.

The other half say what the hell: if it helps people quit, why not go with it?? Read more »