New Vape Advocacy Organisation • ATHRA! Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association May 05 2018, 0 Comments
One of Australia's most prolific advocates for vaping as a method of harm reduction, Dr. Colin Mendelsohn, has formed a new association, ATHRA, Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association.
The site is full of great resources regarding health benefits, how to get started, vaping devices, safety, and where to buy vape gear in Australia.
You can register to show your support, and to be updated with news about vape policies in Australia.
Hat's off to Dr. Mendelsohn and the board of directors!
- A/Prof Colin MendelsohnTobacco treatment specialist
- Dr Alex WodakDrug and alcohol
- Dr Joe KosterichGeneral Practice
- Dr Catherine SilsburyDrug and alcohol
- Mr Stephen ElsomConsumer representative
Health & Medical Organisations
Australian Health Professionals
- Professor Wayne Hall, Centre for Youth Substance Abuse, Uni Qld
- Professor Ric Day AM, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology
- Professor David Castle, Psychiatrist
- Prof Ian Webster AO, Public Health, Community Medicine, UNSW
- Professor Steve Robson, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
- Dr Ingrid van Beek AM, Addiction Medicine Specialist
- A/Professor Dan Siskind, Psychiatrist
- Prof Amanda Baker, School of Med & Public Health, Uni Newcastle
Doctors have ethical obligation to consider e-cigarette use for patients April 08 2018, 0 CommentsA brilliant article from Scimex with the Internal Medicine Journal and The University of New South Wales.
Growing evidence of the effectiveness of e-cigarettes as a quitting aid means doctors should consider recommending them as a less harmful alternative for patients who have repeatedly failed to stop smoking tobacco with approved treatments, a new study concludes.
The review of the latest scientific evidence on e-cigarettes, by UNSW Conjoint Associate Professor Colin Mendelsohn, is published in the Internal Medicine Journal of the Royal Australian College of Physicians.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat and vapourise a liquid to deliver nicotine to reduce the urge to smoke. Their use replicates the habits and rituals of smoking without the harmful tar, carbon monoxide and other toxic chemicals from burning tobacco.
Recent studies in populations in the US and UK, where e-cigarettes are legal and widely available, have found that their use, called vaping, is associated with higher success rates of quitting smoking than amongst non-users. The highest success rates occur with newer e-cigarette models and daily use of nicotine e-liquid, rather than intermittent use.
A 2016 report by the Royal College of Physicians in the UK concluded the health risk from long-term vaping was unlikely to exceed 5% of the harm from smoking tobacco.
Another study found that vaping results in a dramatic reduction in carcinogens and other toxicants measured in the blood and saliva of e-cigarette users, compared to tobacco smokers.
Other research cited in Mendelsohn’s review found that smokers who switch to vaping have significant health improvements, including improvements in asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, blood pressure, cardiovascular health, lung function and pneumonia risk.
“Medical practitioners have a duty of care to provide the best possible management at each encounter,” says Associate Professor Mendelsohn, of the UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine.
“With-holding a legitimate treatment option that could prevent a life-threatening illness is a breach of that obligation.
“For patients who have repeatedly failed to quit smoking with conventional strategies an e-cigarette is a legitimate, evidence-based option for reducing harm. Their use could lead to substantial improvements in public health in Australia,” he says.
Vaping is currently being legalised in Canada and New Zealand, but a federal parliamentary majority (five out of eight) report last week recommended that a ban on the sale of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes in Australia be retained.
However, a minority report concluded their use by smokers who have tried and failed other ways of quitting “could save many thousands of lives” and that they should be available “as a consumer good to Australians”.
Doctors can currently prescribe nicotine e-liquids for therapeutic purposes such as quitting smoking, with the patients importing three months’ supply of nicotine at a time from overseas, allowing the patient to use the product legally.
“In Australia between 2013 and 2016, the smoking rate has not declined significantly for the first time in decades, despite very high cigarette prices, plain packaging and strict tobacco control laws,” says Associate Professor Mendelsohn.
“However, in countries where which support vaping, smoking rates are continuing to fall, faster than ever, in some cases.”
After quitting smoking, it is preferable for people to aim to cease vaping, within three to six months if possible, but long-term use of e-cigarettes is safer than relapsing to smoking, he says.
Dr. Attila Danko: How Tobacco Control Saved Big Tobacco April 04 2018, 0 Comments
Hatred is never a good strategy.
From 2012 to 2014 vaping was taking off at an exponential rate worldwide. A community of underground hardware hacking pioneers had already been working for years to improve the early e-cigarettes. Using their distributed intelligence they connected through Internet forums freely just like open source software developers, but their work was creating open source, unpatented nicotine delivery systems.
They tinkered in their sheds to increase the power, capacity and e-liquid delivery. Almost every innovation in vaping can trace its origin to these unsung, unpaid public health heroes. Their inventions were adopted by new nimble Chinese e-cigarette companies who started mass producing the devices and millions of smokers began using them.
The products had become good enough, cheap enough, and easy enough to use. Vaping created communities of ex-smokers as this far safer, far cheaper way of enjoying nicotine went viral, spreading person to person. But then this disruption came to a screaming halt.
All the old established players were deeply threatened. Big Pharma’s sales of nicotine replacement therapy were threatened. Big Tobacco’s sale of cigarettes were threatened. And much of the tobacco control establishment was deeply threatened by this sudden market disruption that challenged every tenet of their beliefs. At the core, they could not cope with the truth that for large numbers of smokers, smoking is enjoyable despite its costs.
" Under this ideology, it’s better for people to smoke than to vape, because then righteous punishment in the form of death and disease will rain down upon the sinners. "
They had never dealt with a consumer insurgency before. Many of them couldn’t even see it, and still don’t. Working for years in a two-dimensional world of public health heroes and Big Tobacco villains they could not imagine anything outside this framework playing a role in the rapid decline of smoking. So like a child trying to fit a round peg into a square hole — because they had no round holes available — the tobacco controllers blamed it all on Big Tobacco.
Some tobacco companies had begun making weak versions of vapes, so the tobacco controllers latched onto these as a target. Advertising was accused of being reminiscent of the old days of tobacco marketing. E-cigarettes rely on flavours to substitute one pleasure for another to maximise the chance of adults switching, but they misinterpreted this as trying to hook kids as new customers.
They had fought so hard for so long to get rid of marketing, to get rid of candy cigarettes, to get rid of anything attractive about recreational nicotine, and then vaping showed up out of nowhere and made their work pointless.
Some people in public health listened to the consumers, especially in the U.K. where there was a tradition of compassion for smokers. But in Australia, led by people like Simon Chapman, the only correct response to smoking — or anything that looked like smoking — was punishment. So the fight against these devices started early and went hard. No one dared listen to vapers or smokers, because anyone defending vaping was assumed to be a paid shill of Big Tobacco. They framed the debate as a new front in the war on Big Tobacco.
" Not only did they hate Big Tobacco, they hated smokers themselves -- and they hated vapers even more, because we exposed their ideology as being morally and ethically bankrupt. "
Australia has been perceived as leading the world in tobacco control, and many of the key influencers in global tobacco control are Australians. Their ideology was based on hate — first hatred for tobacco companies, but eventually even hatred for smokers themselves.
In these early years of the mass adoption of vaping, many of us tried to engage with tobacco control people in Australia. We naively thought that they shared the same goal as us, the end of smoking. We had an inherent dislike of tobacco companies ourselves; not only were their e-cigs obsolete, insipid and useless, but many of us resented the huge sums of money we had paid them for so many years and the sickness and death that their products produced.
Many of us would have been only too happy to join with public health to work together to end smoking and finish the tobacco companies then and there, by making smoking obsolete. Big Tobacco fearfully faced a “Kodak moment.” Their systems and processes were like lumbering giants, way too slow to keep up with the fiercely hot pace of vaping innovation by consumer hackers and small, adaptable manufacturers.
There was a real opportunity then for this disruptive tech to be encouraged and assisted. The digital photography industry didn’t need any help to make the once gigantic Kodak photo company obsolete, defunct, and bankrupt. Together, vapers and public health, with Government support, could very likely have made Big Tobacco obsolete and bankrupt as well.
But hatred blinded them. Not only did they hate Big Tobacco, they hated smokers themselves — and they hated vapers even more, because we exposed their ideology as being morally and ethically bankrupt.
Much like religious conservatives who hate condoms because they allow people to enjoy “immoral” behaviour without consequences, tobacco control hated vaping because it allowed people to enjoy nicotine in a smoking-like behaviour without consequences. And they see nicotine use as a deeply immoral behaviour. Just as others dream of a utopia where no one has sex outside of marriage, they dream of a utopia where nicotine enjoyment is consigned to history.
Under this ideology, it’s better for people to smoke than to vape, because then righteous punishment in the form of death and disease will rain down upon the sinners. The headquarters of this ideology, Australia, has literally enforced this into law. Here smoking is fully legal and easily available as a consumer product, and vaping is essentially banned, with penalties that in many cases exceed the penalties for the use of heroin.
Australian law explicitly protects the cigarette industry from competition, by an exemption in the Poisons Act. Every effort to put vaping and smoking on a level playing field, where they can compete equally, has been fiercely opposed by Simon Chapman and his friends.
A massive anti-vaping campaign was launched, with more zeal and more money than we’d seen in the anti-smoking efforts that came before. Research dollars were available for studies that deliberately set out to find any possible harms of vaping, while researchers looking for the benefits of vaping scrounged for money, and even had to crowdfund their work. The media and political reach of the tobacco control establishment ensured a regular supply of scare stories about exploding e-cigarettes and dangerous chemical emissions.
The vaping insurgency slowed to a crawl. The exponential growth phase was over. And Big Tobacco sighed in relief.
They now had time. The tobacco control establishment had given them a few years of respite. The tobacco industry could now develop their own products at their own pace. They could create tech like heat-not-burn products that the small vaping companies could not replicate. They had been given protection of their main product, cigarettes, so that they could continue to be profitable and develop their own harm reduced alternatives.
Vaping cannot be stopped. Nicotine alternatives cannot be stopped. They will eventually take over the nicotine market from cigarettes, much like snus dominates cigarettes in Sweden, and now Norway too. But the pause and delay that Big Tobacco are so very grateful for means that now these companies will continue to be part of the long term future of the nicotine market.
Vapers have realised that in fact this sector of tobacco control is their real enemy, not tobacco companies. They influence the laws that make it easier to smoke than to vape, and stigmatise and penalise vaping far more than smoking.
Marita Hefler’s Tweet (above) exemplifies their hate. Philip Morris is sponsoring research outside of the usual tobacco control paradigm. It suggests that beyond a certain point, increasing taxes has diminishing returns and creates real suffering among poor people denied alternatives to cigarettes. But the tobacco control ideologues just couldn’t care less. For them, the battle against Big Tobacco is more important than the lives of smokers and their families.
Just like it would be insane for environmentalists to hate coal companies for switching to solar, even children could see that it is mad to hate Big Tobacco for switching to cleaner alternatives. The obviousness of this cannot be hidden away forever.
I just feel so sorry for these people who hitched their cart to the wrong horse and are destined to be ridiculous figures when the history of this moment is written. They were so consumed by hatred that they were blind and deaf to reason.
Not only did they keep more people smoking and dying, they actually saved Big Tobacco — the thing they claim to hate the most.
A brilliant article Written by Dr. Attila Danko for Vaping360
Dr. Danko heads up the "New Nicotine Alliance AU" Fighting to make nicotine more easily available in Australia, find them here :
Top Juices of 2018 so far!! February 11 2018, 0 Comments
One of the most asked question we get here at Victory Vape is, what is new or trending in our e-juice collection and what would we recommend ?
First on my list for a few really good reasons, it is great on your coils, they last longer and taste great the whole way through, this is a very clean juice!
It's a simple range that isn't too complicated in flavour making it a safe bet.
I haven't met anyone that doesn't like a dash of the Aussie brew!
Sitting comfortably in second place is Stachio, probably one of the nicest ice cream flavours on the market, with the popping pistachio nut component rounding off the sweetness of the ice cream it's a brilliantly balanced vaping experience. With an exceptionally smooth mouth feel and flavour complexities it's a perfect step into the world of premium juice and a flavour you can't put down.
Ever been chasing a juice that isn't sickly sweet? Something a little more enjoyable than a tobacco? Maybe something that goes with all your favourite beverages like Coffee, Whisky, beer, and wine?
Well the Holler range is for you with super subtle flavour and very little sweetened notes and the real stand out is the barrel ageing process of steeping the e-liquid in french oak barrels for a year to better blend the juice, remove any unwanted perfume note and leave a distinctive oak note.
This juice is easy on the coil and heavy on satisfaction while being an ultimate contender for the best All day vape on the market.
This juice is all class from your first drop till your last it will have your curiosity peaked the whole time, It really is something refreshingly different and quite special.
For a limited run it's 28$ per 40ml barrel only at Victory Vape!
Athena squonker, kicking sub ohm flavour! November 01 2017, 1 Comment
Geek Vape Athena Squonk Kit
Here at Victory Vape head quarters the childish nature surrounding new stock has struck again with the super tiny Athena, with the purist nature of a exceptionally well built mech paired with a very cleverly designed RDA with a raised build deck, but don't be put off buy the size. This RDA currently running a 0.17ohm build 22g 5wrap 4mm diameter. Huge coils that are really chugging along with the top down airflow keeping the heat away from your lips its reminiscent of a lager RDA.
This tiny little monster has really surprised us all with it capability and build quality
It's had 3 really low builds and 4 battery's put though it and it's been a total champ putting out consistent flavor and throwing clouds with the best of them without getting hot or spitting!
If you are looking for something compact (seriously tiny!) but aren't willing to sacrifice getting a bigger hit then this is for you, it will easily tuck away into a shirt pocket and it's tough enough to survive the apocalypse and with 6.5 ml capacity it should last a working day on the wastelands no problems! and being a squonker it will never leak! Not a drop. Ever.
My new favourite tank! The Uwell Valyrian! October 19 2017, 1 Comment
Obviously as owner of a vape shop, I get to try a lot different devices, and I thought the Uwell Crown 3 would be hard to beat for a subohm tank, but the great folks at Uwell have outdone themselves with the new Valyrian Tank! Every Game of Thrones fan knows the origin of the name, and this is certainly worthy of the moniker...Daenerys' dragons cannot even chuck clouds like this beast...great clear flavour from the Stainless Steel 0.15 ohm coils, and in an addition they have added 3 different innovative 510 pins that slightly change the airflow and flavour. The kit also includes a spare 5ml glass (an 8ml extension is coming soon) and an extra driptip and o-rings. The tank has a new flip-top design and large filling holes to accommodate any bottle drippers.Vaping on it right now with the "corkscrew" 510 insert at 92W on my SX Mini...
Yes, welcome to Steve's favourite new tank!
Get one now, you will not be sorry!
UQLD Researchers Seeking participants for the International Tobacco and Vaping Policy Survey October 16 2016, 1 Comment
Dr. Coral Gartner (Universiversity of Queensland) , Ron Borland and Hua Yong (Cancer Council Victoria) and other harm reduction advocates are seeking participants for the Australian component of 5 year International study of the effects of vaping as harm reduction and the effect of government policy on the accessibility and effectiveness of such harm reduction. The deadline for baseline participants is Oct 28, so please take the time to answer their survey found below. It is very comprehensive and takes a bit of time, but it is very important to get statistics on the number of folks benefitting from a better life after giving up smoking by using personal vaporisers or e-cigarettes!
Register your interest below:
The International Tobacco and Vaping Policy Survey
RECRUITMENT CLOSES: 28 OCTOBER 2016
If you would like to participate, please complete the registration survey at the following link: http://bit.ly/uqvape
Australians aged 18 and over who currently vape regularly (with or without nicotine) are invited to participate in the Australian arm of the International Tobacco and Vaping Policy Survey. At the end of the first survey, as a token of our appreciation for your assistance with the research, participants will be offered an entry in a lottery draw for a prize valued at $1,000 which will be drawn on 28th October, 2016. Participant information including terms and conditions of the prize draw for participants can be viewed here.
The research will explore the impact of policies on tobacco use and vaping in four countries: the U.S., Canada, Australia and England. There is vigorous debate in public health communities and governments throughout the world about whether e-cigarettes will prove to have a net positive or negative impact on population health. This research is very important because many governments are currently developing regulations and policies about vaping.
This research will examine how different policies are likely to influence the use of e-cigarettes and smoked tobacco products, with the goal of understanding the population health impact of different policies and regulations.
Tobacco harm reduction
It has been known for a long time that the nicotine in tobacco smoke is the main reason that people often become addicted to tobacco smoking, but it is not the main cause of the many tobacco-related diseases that smokers develop. These are caused by other toxins in the smoke.
Stopping smoking and nicotine use is the best way for smokers to reduce their health risk. However, switching from cigarettes to less harmful nicotine products can also provide large health benefits.
Researchers at the University of Queensland's School of Public Health are conducting research on tobacco harm reduction with the aim of better understanding how lower risk nicotine products could reduce the harm that is caused by tobacco smoking. The research also seeks to understand how health policy and regulation impacts both smoking and switching to a lower risk product.
Electronic cigarettes, or personal vaporisers, allow people to use nicotine with far fewer of the toxins that are in tobacco smoke. This makes them less harmful than traditional tobacco cigarettes. Some people also use these devices without nicotine as a replacement for cigarettes as they simulate some of the behavioural aspects of smoking, such as inhaling and exhaling a mist.
Vaping Research Consumer and Community Advisory Committee (VRCCAC)
We are currently recruiting people who vape for the VRCCAC. The purpose of the committee is to provide a way for vapers to contribute to the design, conduct and reporting of research findings. It acknowledges the central role of community members and consumers in research and translation of research findings and seeks to build a partnership between health researchers at the University of Queensland and the vaping community.
To find out about the VRCCAC, download the information sheet here.
Please complete the Expression of Interest form if you are interested in becoming a member of the VRCCAC.
Dr. Colin Mendelsohn - E-cigarettes will save lives and should not be illegal in Australia July 31 2016, 4 Comments
Read Dr. Colin Mendelsohn's compelling articles on e-cigarette use in Australia
"How should regulation be applied in Australia?
Prohibition is not working in Australia, and it is easy to purchase nicotine online or through a thriving black market. The federal government has commissioned a discussion paper to guide e-cigarette policy, prepared by the Public Health Unit at the University of Sydney and Cancer Council NSW, both of which have previously expressed negative views on e-cigarettes. Also of concern is that the process is shrouded in secrecy and is only taking advice by invitation.
Decisions on how to regulate e-cigarettes should be based on evidence, not on ideology, politics or other bias. Some organisations have been historically locked into a single-minded focus of destroying tobacco companies, cigarettes and nicotine. It can be difficult to see that using nicotine to reduce harm may now be part of the solution. Our priority should be to reduce the health risks for current smokers, of whom two out of three will die as a result of their habit.
Overseas research has found that many of the concerns raised about e-cigarettes are not grounded in evidence. E-cigarettes are much safer than smoking and have helped millions of smokers to quit. There is no evidence of a "gateway" (that e-cigarettes lead non-smokers to smoking) or that they "renormalise" smoking in the community – vaping is almost exclusively confined to smokers and recent ex-smokers.
E-cigarettes should be regulated, but in a proportionate way that reflects their real level of risk. It is irrational to apply severe restrictions to a much safer product while allowing widespread access to deadly cigarettes. Well-intended but inappropriate regulation could have harmful unintended consequences, such as reducing the appeal of e-cigarettes, slowing product innovation and raising costs. This could have the perverse effect of protecting the cigarette trade and leading to more smoking.
E-cigarettes should be regulated as consumer products, not as tobacco or medicines. Consumer law ensures that products are safe and fit for purpose, and will allow e-cigarettes to compete favourably in the marketplace with the much more dangerous tobacco products. Appropriate light-touch regulations include:
- Child resistant containers
- Accurate labelling
- No advertising or sale to people under 18 years
- Low or no taxes to maintain a competitive advantage over tobacco
- Good manufacturing practice, with safe, high-quality ingredients
- Appropriate marketing practices
The right balance of regulations could substantially improve public health and save hundreds of thousands of Australian lives. We cannot afford to get it wrong."
SBS Horizons • Dr. Michael Mosley on E-cigarettes • BBC Documentary July 27 2016, 0 Comments
A great in depth show on the comparison between smoking and vaping! An objective experimental study that shows vaping is less addictive, much less harmful to the user, and less harmful second hand. Trials showed the study group using e-cigarettes (and other forms of nicotine replacement therapy) were far more successful at quitting smoking than going cold turkey. Definitely worth a watch! As Dr. Michael Mosley states, results were "certainly compelling!"
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