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Anti vaping MEP Michele Rivasi heads “informal” TPD working group

In a letter sent on 27 October to European authorities, including Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Union, Michèle Rivasi calls for a “stricter supervision of e-cigarettes after the notice of harmfulness issued by the World Health Organization in July 2020”. It is unclear which WHO “notice” Rivasi is referring to, but it is clearly not WHO Europe’s brief from May, which is supportive of tobacco harm reduction. Rivasi claims that stricter measures could “worry the tobacco companies”. Any consideration of smokers or vapers is completely absent from the letter.

The letter was sent by Rivasi and colleagues who are, in her words“members of the informal parliamentary working group ‘to prepare the revision of the tobacco directive’”.

COPD Patients Who Switch From Smoking to Vaping See Long-Term Benefits

Researchers at the Center of Excellence for the Acceleration of Harm Reduction (CoEHAR*) in Catania, Italy have just published agroundbreaking study. It shows that smokers with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who switched to vaping reduced their yearly flare-ups by about 50 percent, significantly improved their cardio-respiratory health, and increased both their ability to exercise and their quality of life.

The study, led by CoEHAR founder Dr. Riccardo Polosa, is vitally important because COPD, to which emphysema and chronic bronchitis commonly contribute, is devastating. It makes breathing difficult and causes symptoms of wheezing, fatigue, shortness of breath, and a chronic cough.

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Claim that vaping lacks evidence for quitting is misleading and wrong

IN A SUBMISSION to the Senate Inquiry into Tobacco Harm Reduction, Professor Emily Banks claims that there is insufficient evidence that e-cigarettes are an effective aid for quitting smoking. ATHRA believes her claim is misleading and incorrect for two major reasons.

Professor Banks is a distinguished epidemiologist who leads Greg Hunt’s scientific inquiry into vaping at the Australian National University. ATHRA has previously critiqued the preliminary report in an earlier blog.

Professor Banks and her team examined all the randomised controlled trials (RCTs) comparing the effectiveness of vaping to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT, such as nicotine patches and gum). They then created a meta-analysis (pooling the results from what they regarded as the best studies) which can be found here.

Separate excise stamps for Electronically Heated Devices

Electonically heating tobacco products (EHTPs) and liquids for vaping are legally recognized as separate tobacco products, different from traditional cigarettes. Since January 1, 2021, excise stamps should be applied to EHTPs and e-cigarette liquids in Ukraine. And those excise stamps should be different from excise stamps on traditional cigarettes.

It is stated in the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine №1037 of October 29, 2020, which was officially published yesterday in Uryadovy Kurrier newspaper.

Excise stamps on EHTPs will be completely different in design and color from excise stamps on traditional cigarettes.

(sources: ETHRA, ATHRA, H.Redmond)

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