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
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.
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
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."
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!"
Black Note Eliquids are manufactured using a cold maceration process with real tobacco, grown and cured by the company. Their e-liquids contain no additives, no artificial flavours, and no additional charcterising flavours!
Note: Ecigarettes have still not been approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration as a method to quit smoking, although the UK Royal Commission has stated that the are THE MOST EFFECTIVE METHOD!
The Evidence: Do E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit?
So what does the evidence say? Does vaping help smokers quit? On the whole, the answer is a definite yes.
The Cochrane review of the evidence on vaping for quitting smoking really sums up the issue quite well. After looking at all of the studies available (at the time the review was written, at least), the researchers concluded that e-cigarettes are effective for helping smokers quit, but more studies are needed to precisely quantify how much they help smokers and whether or not they’re more effective than patches and gums. However, the evidence covered in the review does suggest that vaping increases quit-rates in comparison to patches, and that vapers are more likely than patch users to cut down the amount they smoked.
There are some other recent studies that add to this evidence-base. One example found that daily users of e-cigs with tanks – i.e. second or third-generation models – were around 2.7 times more likely to have quit than non-vapers. Another recent finding from the UK shows that, among those going to a stop smoking service, users of “unlicensed nicotine containing products” (translation: e-cigs) had the highest quit-rates after a month in comparison to other approaches.
If you’re interesting in reading more, the evidence is well-summarized in pages 29 to 31 of the (UK) National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training’s e-cigarette briefing for stop-smoking services. In a nutshell, the evidence is fairly unanimous in suggesting that e-cigarettes help smokers quit.
But what about that meta-analysis that found that vaping actually reduces your odds of quitting? The short explanation is: junk in, junk out. Stanton Glantz’s analysis included many studies which didn’t even assess whether or not e-cigs were effective for smokers actually trying to quit by vaping, so the negative conclusion was pretty much guaranteed. It was heavily criticized by experts, and many great blog posts were written on it – by Clive Bates and Carl V. Phillips, for example – but the CliffsNotes version is that the analysis is highly misleading."
The vaping industry has seen rapid advances in technology, just in the last two years we have seen the rise of subohm tanks, temperature control, and an overall increase in the quality of vaping gear in general. The most groundbreaking advances in early 2106 would have to be the introduction of CERAMIC coils. Different styles of ceramic coils have appeared in the Vaporesso Target, Freemax Scylla (also fit Maganus, Freemax Starre and Freemax Starre Pro), the Horizon Krixus, Gigue Dolphin, Tug Tank by Flawless, etc. Word is that we will be seeing Ceramic coils for the Kanger Subtank/Toptank soon in SSOCC format, and I am sure companies such as Aspire, SMOK, and Innokin will follow suit. Why ceramic? Here at Victory Vape we have found that ceramic coils provide a more transparent flavour, and a cooler vape in general TIme will tell, but forecasts predict that the ceramic coils will last much longer, especially the rewickable ceramic coils found in the Krixus and Gigue products. Find out for yourself, try a ceramic coil device and see if it enhances your vaping experience! So many of us are vaping more for the flavour than anything else...let your favourite flavourshine!
"A Victorian doctor is calling for an end to confusing and contradictory laws restricting the use of electronic cigarettes, arguing that they have the potential to save the lives of smokers struggling to kick the habit.
Attila Danko, an emergency department doctor from Ballarat, has established the New Nicotine Alliance Australia, modelled on the similarly titled British lobby group, in a bid to counter a “misinformation campaign” about the risks of e-cigarettes.
The group has latched on to landmark research released last week by Public Health England, an independent arm of Britain’s Department of Health, which found e-cigarettes — battery-powered vaporisers that stimulate smoking, but without tobacco combustion — were about 95 per cent less harmful than cigarettes.
It also found most of the country’s 2.6 million e-cigarette users were ex-smokers trying to give up, with no evidence that young people were being drawn into the habit — a commonly cited fear.
“This compelling report confirms the weight of reliable scientific evidence that e-cigarettes save lives,” Dr Danko said.
“Its message is clear: e-cigarettes help people stop tobacco smoking and Australian smokers should legally have that option.”
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