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Government Puts Tobacco Interests Above A Billion Lives (Forbes, Oct. 2016)

Government Puts Tobacco Interests Above A Billion Lives (Forbes, Oct. 2016)
The new documentary A Billion Lives exposes the special interests behind the war on vaping.

This century, The World Health Organization estimates that one billion people will die early from smoking cigarettes. Despite governments spending billions of dollars on tobacco control, and decades of programs designed to help smokers quit, the number of cigarette smokers worldwide continues to increase.

But there is hope. Vapor technology found in e-cigarettes offers smokers their best chance to quit by using products that are at least 95 percent saferthan cigarettes. Vapor technology does not require burning tobacco, so it can deliver nicotine—the chemical that makes cigarettes addictive—without the tar or 40 other carcinogens found in cigarette smoke. When it comes to harm reduction, vaping is a clear positive step forward. As the saying goes, “ nicotine addicts, tar kills .”

Despite its health benefits, vaping faces strong opposition from the government and a variety of special interests. A Billion Lives, a new documentary that hits theaters worldwide on October 26th, is an in-depth response to Senator Ed Markey’s claim that “today’s electronic cigarettes are no better than the Joe Camels of the past.”

In what follows, the film’s director Aaron Biebert exposes the special interests that will stop at nothing to ban the best hope for smokers who want to quit their deadly habit.

Pa house committee votes to repeal vape shop 40% inventory tax (Fox43, September 2016)

Pa house committee votes to repeal vape shop 40% inventory tax (Fox43, September 2016)
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“Vape shops owners don’t deserve to be taxed out of business to enable Harrisburg’s out-of-control spending,” commented Bob Dick, senior policy analyst with the Commonwealth Foundation. “This tax unfairly targeted one industry to the point of near extinction. We’ve already seen approximately 50 vape shops close their doors because of this tax, and more will follow unless it is repealed.”

The 40-percent retroactive tax on vape shops, which lawmakers and Governor Wolf approved this summer, purportedly would have raised $13 million in revenue for the state, just 2 percent of the $650 million tax hike package the governor signed into law. With vape shops closing or selling off inventory as a result of the tax, however, tax revenue will fall far short of predictions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As popularity of e-cigarettes rises, more smokers are able to quit…(Los Angeles Times, Oct. 2016)

As popularity of e-cigarettes rises, more smokers are able to quit…(Los Angeles Times, Oct. 2016)

By: Karen Kaplan

“The researchers examined data on nearly 80,000 smokers who took part in England’sSmoking Toolkit Study from 2006 to 2015. In the last quarter of 2006, 10.6% of quit attempts succeeded. By the first quarter of 2015, the success rate had climbed to 18.6%, according to the study.

Meanwhile, the proportion of smokers who also vaped increased from virtually zero to 21.3% during the same period, the researchers found.

Vaping was even more popular among smokers who were trying to quit, with 35% of them using the electronic devices in 2015. That embrace of e-cigarettes coincided with a drop in use of more conventional nicotine replacement products…

If e-cigarette use really is helping smokers quit, that means 54,288 people in England who were able to stop smoking in 2015 can thank vaping for their success. Although roughly two-thirds of them can be expected to fall off the wagon, that still leaves about 18,000 “long term ex-smokers” as a result of e-cigarette use, the study authors wrote.”