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Vape News In Brief: April 21st, 2018 Edition

Vape News In Brief: April 21st, 2018 Edition

*VNIB* is a semi-regular column in which we take a look around the globe, searching for news, science, and the occasional pop culture reference related to vaping and the life of vapers. Today, let's talk about…


vape survey

…an important survey. You may be aware that the FDA is considering regulating flavoring in e-cigarettes – this could result in a ban on e-liquids that aren't tobacco-flavored. The organization is currently accepting comments from interested parties on why this would be a good or bad move. Please, reach out direct or spend a few minutes taking this survey to allow scientific researchers to understand the role flavoring plays in your vaping life so they can develop commentary on your behalf. The more people that participate, the better the research will be – do it now!

This guy, a Canadian brick and mortar employee who reportedly punched a would-be robber threatening a customer, sending the failed thief running. Police caught up to the unnamed 37-year-old suspect a short while later.


fake vape news

Every week there are dozens of new media reports delivering the same news: with the rise of cigalikes, teenagers have begun vaping instead of smoking. It was only a matter of time until someone decided to label the situation as an epidemic.

Solution in search of a problem? New York legislators are moving to close a loophole in current laws that prevent the sale of e-cigarettes to minors but apparently don't ban retailers from giving the products to children for free. Making this practice illegal is certainly a good idea, but if it were actually happening we're guessing we'd have heard about it by now.


juul quit smoking

Here's an excellent read that offers some theories about the root cause of JUUL hysteria while arguing effectively that taking steps that would prevent adults from quitting smoking is probably a bad idea. If you only click through on one piece this week, this is the one.

vape advertising

This is a tough read, but it's not without merit. The central argument is that vape-related advertising may need greater regulation to avoid appealing to minors – the knee-jerk response from a vapor industry pro is "We don't do that!" But looking through some of the supporting evidence, even if the connection to combustible tobacco products is a bit ginned up and some of the background facts are wrong or misrepresented, examples of ads for "back to school" sales or that highlight images of candy with the actual vapor product as background may offer a cause to rethink things.

Interesting: a new study finds that while some e-liquid flavors can increase the presence of free radicals (unstable molecules that can cause cell damage) found in the body, others actually reduce their presence. The key takeaway is that, with further research, scientists may be able to pinpoint e-liquid flavorings and additives that will make vaping in the future even safer.


australian doctor encourages vaping

Here's another great read from an Australian doctor arguing the case for e-cig legalization (liquids that contain nicotine are still banned in his country). In a world where cigarettes already exist, he posits, the question should not be "Is vaping harmless?" but rather "Is vaping less harmful than smoking?"

Here's an odd one: farmworkers' advocates are encouraging a boycott of Vuse e-cigarettes and their parent company, tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds, until workers there are allowed to unionize.

Uh oh – in more R.J. Reynolds news, the company has recalled 2.6 million of its Vuse Vibe chargers due to the fact they could pose a fire risk. Info on how to determine if you need a new charger, and how to obtain a refund, can be found here.

We'll leave you with this  new stack of capsules for now, but check back next week to find out what was fresh last week – happy vapor trails…