It's been a busy year for NNA already - in addition to finally receiving charitable status after a year of trying we have been quite literally all over the place trying to spread the message about tobacco harm reduction and in particular vaping as a harm reduction strategy. Here is a brief round up of the year so far, and what we have coming up:
Here at NNA we we are very lucky to have an incredible group of associates who never cease to amaze us with the things they do in their own spheres to reduce the harms of smoking. This week a major talking point both here and in social media were the guidelines brought out last year by the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) and recently promoted, which in short, has recommended that smoking cessation services offer the following advice to people keen to try e-cigarettes, and also those who have tried other methods and failed:
We asked Dave Dorn, NNA associate, VTTV team member and vaper extraordinaire to give his views on vaping and consumer advocacy. As always we were very far from disappointed!
Following NNA's response to their recent consultation on 'Electronic Cigarettes and Strengthening Tobacco Control in Scotland ' we were asked by the Scottish Government research group to provide more information on the issue of bans on use in enclosed public spaces.
Following the publication in the New England Medical Journal (NEMJ) of the latest study on Formaldehyde in e-cigarettes there has been a slew of criticism of the methodology of the study, which calls into question the both the competency of the researchers and the ethics (or lack of) behind it's publication.
NNA is proud to support a new initiative from Spain, which aims to gain support from medical professionals for the use of e-cigarettes as a reduced harm alternative to smoking. Here, Carmen Escrig of EFVI Spain tells us more about the MOVE campaign and how it came about.
When I was a student, I joined an anarchist group. I enjoyed the beer-drinking, the producing, on an old Roneo printer, of smudgy political flyers, the screenprinting of posters that we’d go out and fly-post after dark (taking care not to get caught with wallpaper paste all over our hands). Part of me thought privately that if any of the group found a burglar had trashed their home, they wouldn’t hesitate to call the maligned police, but I did unswervingly believe one principal tenet: that the end justified the means.
Older and more respectable now, I manage a Stop Smoking Service for Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. In early 2013, we started to realise that the numbers of people using our service were falling sharply, despite years of success in delivering an excellent model for helping long-term smokers kick the habit. The phones stopped ringing, people did not turn up to appointments, and if they did start treatment, they would more often than not drop out of it early.
Let us start by getting any conflicts of interest out of the way.
I am Simon Thurlow. I am an Information Security Professional. That means I spend most of my working days travelling around the UK and Europe designing or proposing Information Security solutions for clients of the IT company that I work for. I am married with 3 grown-up children (23, 22 and 18). I smoked for over 30 years. A few years ago I had a Myocardial Infarction (that almost succeeded in killing me) and was told that my smoking habit was to blame. I discovered eCigarettes as a way of quitting smoking.
Changes to the rules on the advertising of e-cigarettes on TV meant a busy day for NNA's Lorien Jollye on Monday..
NNA Associate and Leicestershire Stop Smoking Services manager Louise Ross was asked to address pharmacists at the conference on Saturday on the subject of e-cigarettes. Louise was joined on the platform by vapers, who were able to share their personal experiences with delegates. Read on for Louise's account of the event, and for some wonderful news about the first quarter success rate of her ecig friendly service.
When Kent & Medway PCT asked for input from a vaper for their conference on smoking cessation within mental health facilities NNA trustee Sarah Jakes was only too happy to oblige. Here are Sarah's impressions of the day.
The World Health Organisation (WHO), in conjunction with the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO), held a symposium on ecigs. They only invited speakers who were hostile to harm reduction for smokers, as Sarah Jakes reports.
A leaked memo from the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently suggested that ecigarettes should be classified as Tobacco Products and would therefore be subject to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The suggestion, if adopted, would require Governments that have signed up to the FCTC to take active steps to reduce the use of ecigs, to ban advertising completely and to place restrictions on the ecig industry's access to legislators. In short, it would treat ecigs as part of the problem, rather than part of the solution to Smoking Harm.
We wrote to the Director General of the WHO, Dr Maragret Chan, to ask her to consider the potentially enormous public health benefits of actively encouraging smokers to switch to ecigarettes. Click "Read more" to see the full text.
Louise Ross (aka @grannylouisa on Twitter) is the manager of Leicester's Stop Smoking Service, which we believe is the first UK SSS to support the use of ecigarettes by its Service Users. She is also a passionate advocate of ecigs for harm-reduction and has worked with many vaping activists to spread the good word. Here, she shares her personal thoughts about working with vapers to influence decision-makers in public health and politics.
With so much debate and discussion about ecigarettes, its easy to forget that other harm-reduced options exist. We wanted to know more about smokeless tobacco use from a consumers perspective
and David Czekaj (@analoguebetter on Twitter) kindly wrote this guest blog for us.
Recent events attended by NNA have sparked considerable debate among the vaping community. Sarah Jakes (NNA Trustee) explains why "You've got to be in it, to win it".
NNA Trustee Sarah Jakes on the All-Party Parliamentary Group meeting on Ecigarettes, held on Tuesday 10th June 2014.
On Friday, the NNA submitted its response to the CAP consultation on ecig advertising. We support the proposed rules, in principle, but there are several potential issues arising from the use of vague, ambiguous terminology.