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Keeping up with the state of play on vaping

I was looking around the other day for something like this. The Competitive Enterprise Institute has started tallying up all the reported cases of 'vaping-related' illness in the US.THC-vaping, and especially illicit vape cartridges, feature prominently, but there are other cases where that's not yet pinned down. As Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, a cardiologist, recently wrote, a sudden outbreak in a short period of time and in a specific geographic region (so far this appears restricted to...

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Don’t get your vaping news from Radio New Zealand

There have been a lot of news reports out of the United States over the past month on people coming down suddenly with severe lung problems, with those news reports often linking the problems to vaping. Sometimes the story would note that the vaped substance wasn't the typical nicotine e-liquid, but rather a THC-based one. And even more rarely the story would note that the THC cartridge had been purchased from a strange street dealer, or was counterfeit.More stories started coming out...

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Of Cinderella, vaping, and decent regulatory frameworks

Over in my Dominion Post column, I take a Peter Huber twist on vaping regulation. One of the things I love about my column over there is that they keep all the out-links. So when I note work by Huber, I can link it.  Eighties glam-metal band Cinderella taught us we don't know what we've got until it's gone. But it can be harder to know what you could have had if you never had it at all.We can thus be thankful the regulatory framework for vaping and reduced-harm tobacco alternatives is...

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Morning Roundup

The closing of a big set of browser tabs brings a few gems.Rohan Pearce at Computerworld notes a warning from the Law Council of Australia that Oz's encryption law breaks a few international privacy standards, and could then come into conflict with GDPR.  Jacob Sullum at Reason goes through some shonky anti-vaping research that claims vaping causes heart attacks, but that ignores that the heart attacks happened before the smokers switched to vaping. Shoeshine over at the NBR warns that woke...

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Taxing tobacco in a world of vaping

If you're in Auckland, come catch me in a LEANZ panel discussion on tobacco tax, along with Marewa Glover and Peter Wilson.  Here's the blurb; register at the link above. Tobacco taxes are both an important source of revenue and an attempt to deter behaviour that can lead to social costs (e.g. healthcare costs from both active and passive smoking). Even in a world with just traditional tobacco products such taxes may not be as effective as their advocates would wish, leading to...

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Reducing harm or barking at cars?

Me at Newsroom: There’s an old joke about the neighbourhood dog that loved to chase cars down the road – what would it ever do if it caught one?The Government has been a bit like that with tobacco harm reduction. A very promising car has come around the corner and stopped. And the puzzled dog is standing there growling at it.For decades, government has wanted to reduce smoking rates. Why? Smoking causes cancer, myriad respiratory problems, and shortens lives.To reduce smoking, government...

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Correcting corrective taxes

Over at the NBR, I have a look at the Tax Working Group's advice around excise ($). The advice, and the documents in support of it, aren't bad. They do miss a trick when it comes to tobacco excise though: The main health risks of smoking are from combustion. Does it make sense to apply the excise levied on smoked tobacco to reduced harm products? Excise is slightly lower for tobacco products other than cigarettes but still seems excessive for reduced-harm products that do not involve...

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Morning roundup

The week's closing of the browser tabs brings some fun:Supermarkets find consumers nicking the shopping carts when they no longer can get plastic bags. Carrying bags around everywhere just in case you might realise you need to do some shopping might work for some people (and hooray for them!) but not for everyone. I wonder if anybody is tracking how many of the reusable bags are winding up in the tips because nobody needs the dozens of bags that easily accumulate - they're of little use as...

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SST on vaping

This weekend's Sunday Star-Times had a look at vaping. While overall it's pretty favorable to that folks should be able to switch from smoking to vaping, there's still an overlay of unease about the companies that might be providing vaping kit. Regulatory uncertainty here has kept larger companies out, like the larger tobacco companies' vaping products; smaller NZ and international players have supplied vapers here instead. With Big Tobacco-owned brands dominant in many markets, former...

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A picture of a conflict of laws

I'd noted there were likely to be fun conflict of laws issues when reduced harm tobacco products were simultaneously required to comply with tobacco plain-packaging warnings about the dangers of smoking, and forbidden from making misleading claims on the labeling under standard consumer law.Here's what it now looks like. Philip Morris's Iqos device heats tobacco without combustion. And this is how they are required to package the 'heets' tobacco sticks used by the device. Philip Morris's...

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