The Livery Newsletter and Gazette Issue 30 Spring 2019 - Page 21

Not understood Successes But this is still not widely understood - misguided regulation still surrounds vaping, snus and other safer nicotine products. The NNA has had considerable success so far. It advised the all-Party Parliamentary Group The lunch was deliciously catered by Mark Grove for E-cigarettes, whose recent report attacked and his team at Cook & Butler cracked “misinformation” about vaping and and we called on along at a goodly pace. Our guests were admirably the Government to ensure that the public health introduced Liveryman Morrison and our potential of by vaping is more Fran widely promoted. Principal Guest, Tim Wonnacott gave a generous and very humorous reply to which I responded initially by drenching poor Tim in a glass of water - he was very kind about it (sorry Tim!). I was very pleased to show off the newly found Livery Grant of Arms and Letters Patent which have been missing for many years - our Clerk tenaciously sought them out, and the new Immediate Past Master, Chris Allen, and his IPM, Mark Gower-Smith have funded a beautiful re- presentation and they are now resplendent in frames carved with tobacco leaves (or close to); Sandra also located a huge banner not seen since 1985 and Angus Menzies, Clerk to the Master Mariners and never shy of a challenge saw to it that it was displayed on the Quarterdeck. Martin says: “There is misunderstanding about reduced harm products in many countries, and even in the UK there’s still work to do. For example, the EU has banned sales of snus, and we campaign for the snus ban to be lifted. In the UK, while major national health bodies understand reduced risk products and are moving to a more enlightened approach, vaping is still caught by workplace and public smoking bans, bans in hospitals and pubs, and advertising bans designed for smoking products. And outside the UK, many countries simply ban e-cigarettes altogether.” NNA set-up The NNA is a registered charity and strongly independent; it is not linked to any political parties or e-cigarette, tobacco or pharma companies. It is funded by donations and consultancy work for health bodies that accept reduced harm products, and is run by its Trustees, supported by Associates. These include scientists, smoking and tobacco researchers, public health and policy analysts, and ‘laymen’ who support reduced harm tobacco products and have contributed to advocating for them. Martin himself is a long-time campaigner for individual freedom, and for several years has been an active blogger against excessive ‘nanny state’ interference in our lifestyle choices. NNA Associates include Clive Bates, a former scourge of tobacco companies when running the anti-smoking group ASH, who is now an influential advocate of reduced harm nicotine products. The NNA speaks at health conferences, briefs media, parliamentarians and members of tobacco control organisations, makes submissions to public consultations, engages with members of medical Royal Colleges, advises NHS bodies, health organisations and owners of public venues, and puts its messages and videos out on its website and social media such as Twitter, Facebook and blogs. And it’s expanding - there are now NNAs in Sweden, Australia and Estonia, one of the EU’s most restrictive member states towards vaping. Whilst all this was going on, apparently biblical- style downpours were being had all over London - oblivious to all that drama we ended our lunch and trooped back to the quarterdeck where Coffee, Cigars, and Cognac awaited us (I did mention that our Livery enjoyed dining on the High C’s..) and which seemed to hit the mark – Liveryman Jemma Freeman had kindly provided the torpedo cigars and had had them placed in souvenir tubes with our Crest emblazoned on it. Several of us also sported a limited edition Livery Smoking hat - originally conceived as a advised sort of shooting hat, it serves its The NNA also the influential Parliamentary purpose and so well as a “team” hat, that of the twenty Science Technology Committee, whose 2018 ordered, one remained by the of products the day! report on but e-cigarettes and ‘heat not close burn’ Thank on you the to Government the Master Mariners for allowing the called to consider lifting the us EU use of venue, Tim for for “a being perfect ban on the snus, and to asked wider a shift to a Principal more Guest, and for everyone attending and giving my risk-proportionate regulatory environment; where year such a special start. rules and tax/duties reflect regulations, advertising the evidence on the relative harms of the various e-cigarette and tobacco products available”. The Master The Committee also criticised the fact many businesses, public transport providers and owners of public places ban e-cigarettes along with conventional smoking. It said: “There is no public health rationale for treating use of the two products the same…there is now a need for a wider debate on vaping welcome Designed by Daniel Pidcock on behalf of New Nicotine Alliance (UK), Registered Charity Number 1160481 21 3