NZ’s Attorney-General is against the country’s blanket ban on e-cigarette advertisements
New Zealand recently introduced the long-awaited Vaping Amendment Bill, but the country’s Attorney-General, David Parker, has pushed back against the bill. According to Parket, the ban on advertisements in the bill would be “inconsistent with the right to freedom of expression’ under the Bill of Rights Act,” and prohibiting advertisements for safer alternatives to smoking simply does not make sense.
David Parket did admit that some of the restrictions on advertising were likely justifiable, but a blanket prohibition is not a proportionate response, especially since vaping has yet to be proven to be more dangerous than smoking.
Storz & Bickel circumvents Apple’s vaping app ban
In late 2019, Apple announced that it would be banning all vaping related apps from the Apple Store. This ban has greatly affected many herbal vaporizer manufacturers, many of which use apps to control certain features on their devices.
However, Storz & Bickel has found a workaround to the Apple ban in the form of a web-based app. This web app allows iPhone users the ability to control their Storz & Bickel devices with their mobile devices. The app itself is incredibly straightforward to use, requiring just a few more steps than installing the traditional app. It should be noted that the web app does require the use of specific third-party browsers as Safari and Chrome lack proper critical functions.
In its current state, the Storz & Bickel web app features the same functionality as the Android app. That being said, Peter Popplewell, Canopy Growth’s CTO, announced that more functions are coming
A WHO rep for the Philippines admits that e-cigarettes are a safer alternative
Since the inception of vaping, the World Health Organization (WHO) has maintained a staunch stance that these products were more dangerous or at least the equivalent to traditional smoking. In fact, a recently leaked document from the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO) suggested that vaping products should be regulated in the same way to their combustible counterparts.
However, a recent statement made by WHO representative Dr. Ranti Fayokun, a scientist in the National Capacity-Tobacco Control Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, indicates that not all at the WHO feel the same way about vaping. During a recent hearing on vaping regulation, conducted by the House of Representatives in the Philippines, Dr. Fayokun acknowledged the relative safety of vaping products.