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Vape News In Brief: April 4th, 2018 Edition

Vape News In Brief: April 4th, 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…


Progressive attitudes overseas – an Italian anti-smoking coalition is touting good news from a European Union parliamentary panel at which experts presented the latest research on vaping and "it became clear that public health is increasingly moving on from an approach that solely advocates ‘quit-or-die’ to a harm reduction strategy." If only the same experts could get a hearing over here...



A Singaporean newspaper recently published an article reporting on a study conducted by the US-based Dartmouth College asserting that for every smoker vaping helped quit, 80 non-smokers were convinced to begin smoking because of exposure to vapor products. Their readers aren't buying it.


Cincinatti-area schools are finally developing disciplinary policies to address vaping on campus. Kudos – this seems like a much more constructive step than the repeated vilification of a certain brand of cigalike despite that brand's transparent efforts to block underage sales.

Hong Kong Smoking Rate Decline

Not only is the number of Hong Kong residents who smoke on the decline, those who continue using nicotine are increasingly switching to vapor and heat-not-burn cigarettes and away from the combustible version. Sounds like a good thing, right? Not so fast, says this group, which both commissioned the study showing smoking rates decreasing and says it's proof that e-cigarettes should be banned within the territory.


Professor Stanton Glantz On Vaping

University of California, San Francisco researcher Stanton Glantz, infamous in the vapor community for conducting studies using questionable methodology and then loudly broadcasting the results, is back in the news. From his latest study, we learn that of 13,000 people who either smoked or had quit smoking, 2500 had used a vapor device at least once during their lifetime. Despite not questioning the vapers or vape-experimenters about their use habits or whether they'd ever intended to attempt to quit smoking, the population of people who'd at least experimented with a vape were 68 percent less likely to have quit than the group as a whole, including an undisclosed population who'd already quit before vaping became popular. Is this number statistically significant? Who knows, but if you're trying to say something negative, yet unfounded, about vaping, it makes for a hell of a headline.

Unusual: an op-ed directly from a newspaper editor that speaks out directly in favor of vapers' rights. It's also offering support for a measure withdrawn by the local city council that would have banned vaping in public spaces outdoors.


Sensible: in another hyper-local news nugget, Flathead County, Montana has decided to let local businesses decide whether they'd like to ban the use of vapor products on their premises, rather than issuing a blanket ban as many other municipalities within the state and nationwide have chosen to do.



Another little benefit of dropping the smokes in favor of a vapor device: it won't stain your teeth.


Vincent Del Giudice

Despite laws forbidding the use of vapor devices in New York courts (which carry a $2000 fine for anyone caught doing it), Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice</a> seems to have had no problem sneaking a few stealth puffs from the bench while presiding over a murder trial last week.


FDA Scott Gottlieb On Vaping

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is floating the idea of regulating vapor products like over-the-counter drugs. We have no idea what that would look like in practice, but it seems at first glance to be a nod toward recognizing that e-cigarettes may be medically useful in the sense that they're often used by smokers trying to quit.

We'll leave you with that for now, but rest assured we'll be back soon with more. Much more!