The Week in Vaping – Issue 23

Hello and welcome to issue 23 of The Week in Vaping. We may have had a glorious week of weather (barring the odd thunderstorm), but that hasn’t stopped the news rolling in. This week we’ve got updates on Lord Callanan’s proposed fatal motion on the TPD along with news from across the pond in the U.S. and Canada.

TPD fatal motion dropped

Lord Callanan has made the decision to drop his proposed fatal motion to stop TPD this week after deciding that he wouldn’t get enough support from other parties for the motion to be passed. Instead, he has amended the motion to a highly critical ‘regret’ motion.

A regret motion, if passed, would register the objection of the House of Lords to TPD but leaves it intact, a step down from the initially proposed fatal motion which would have stopped implementation of the TPD in the UK.

Lord Callanan commented:

“It became apparent yesterday that, despite the valiant efforts of many in the vaping community, there was no chance of the Labour and/or Lib Dems supporting my motion. I therefore consulted some of my Parliamentary backers and they all agreed that there was no point in pursuing the debate next week when we are certain to lose, probably overwhelmingly.

"The next best option was to amend the motion in the hope that the opposition may be persuaded to support a highly critical ‘regret’ motion instead.”

The Lord then went on to say that he is hoping to debate vaping in prime time to ensure maximum coverage of the issue.

Academics call for U.S. vaping rethink

Academics at the University of Buffalo have called for a rethink in the way America is dealing with vaping. Lynn Kozlowski and David B. Abrams, professor in Community Health and Health Behaviour and executive director of the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at the Truth Initiative respectively have criticised tobacco control policies for being outdated.

The two said that “it’s time for tobacco control policies to be modernised” and spoke out strongly against the “all-or-nothing” approach currently employed by the tobacco control industry in the United States, saying:

“Not since the invention of the cigarette rolling machine in 1882 has the product landscape changed so dramatically. For the first time in over a century, there are products that could make the defective and deadly cigarette obsolete. The dramatic landscape change warrants a rethinking of past tobacco control strategy, from an all-or-nothing approach to a harm-reduction approach”.

Unfortunately, they may well be shouting into the wind, as policymakers look to have the exact opposite view to the academics and insist on maintaining the current status-quo.

Quebec cracks down on vaping

While Europe was focused on TPD last month Quebec was having its own crackdown on vaping party, implementing Law 44 on 26th May.

Law 44 sets down strict new rules on vaping in the province, where it is now illegal to use e-cigarettes on the commercial patios of bars and restaurants, in a car containing a child, in common areas shared by more than two residential buildings and campsites in the countryside.

Individuals in breach of these rules can expect a fine of anything from £130 to £400, with repeat offenders earning themselves a fine ranging from £265 to £800. Business owners will also be fined, with first offences being worth £265 to £6,500 and repeats costing between £530 and £13,000-plus. This means that if a first-time offender has quick vape outside a bar Quebec could collect up to £7,900 in fines.

Vapers in Ontario have been fighting with renewed vigour to stop similar laws being implemented in their own province. Although they have managed to delay them it unfortunately seems like only a matter of time for them as well.

That’s your lot for this week’s issue of The Week in Vaping. Have your say on the stories featured in the comments.

Thanks for reading!