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Vape News In Brief: August 13th, 2018 Edition

Vape News In Brief: August 13th, 2018 Edition

 

Vape News In Brief: August 13th, 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…

 

…more hot water for cigalike megabrand Juul. The manufacturer is now facing a probe from Massachusetts regulators to determine whether the company may have violated state policy by "failing to prevent minors from buying their products." The linked story also mentions two online retailers and convenience stores including 7-Eleven; we're all about taking steps to ensure tight controls on vapor products with regard to age restrictions, but this investigation seems to want to punish a manufacturer for actions taken by a retailer after the products have left the manufacturer's control. We'll be watching this one to see how it pans out.

 

This piece carries a bit more of a negative tone in the intro than it probably needs to, but nonetheless it makes some points about mistakes new vapers often make. Heed that etiquette warning too, folks.

 

Dennis Quaid Vaping During Flight

Many people are interested in celebrity gossip. Many more people are not interested in celebrity gossip. Still, we occasionally share a celebrity gossip story, like this one, in which celebrity Dennis Quaid (popularly known as Mr. Krabs' grandfather in the SpongeBob SquarePants children's animated series and an extra in the 1981 film Stripes) is allegedly being sued for vaping on a plane. We've said this before, people – you can't do that.

 

bots used to petition for vape flavor ban

Yikes – the Washington Examiner is reporting that at least a quarter million, and maybe as many as 450,000 fake bot-generated comments were submitted to the FDA, allegedly representing individuals pushing in favor of a ban on flavored e-liquids. A watchdog group identified the biggest batch of bogus submissions based upon a lot of repetitive phrasing, including "electronic cigarettes have quickly skyrocketed in popularity among teens." Attempting to game the system and getting caught: not a good look for the anti-vapor crowd. But we'll also add a note here – when CASAA or your favorite pro-vapor organization reaches out to you to provide public comments, make sure you're writing your own story and not just copy/pasting the sample letter they'll often provide as an example.

 

Misleading vape news publications

File to: misleading headlines. This piece out of the Manila Bulletin starts off with a statement from the Department of Health in the Philippines declaring vaping three times more dangerous than smoking. Read on, though, and you'll learn that this proclamation is based on an outdated 2008 opinion from the World Health Organization that has since been revised and the fact that some e-liquids contain nicotine – it's unclear why this is three times as bad in vapor as when discussing smoke containing nicotine. But read further, and the article seems to do pretty well in debunking its premise on its own, interviewing a handful of vape experts who explain that the potentially harmful substances in vapor are all present in smoke – at much higher concentrations, no less.

 

vaping helped me quit smoking testimonial

Here's another testimonial from someone who's used vaping to quit smoking. Our writer here is in Hong Kong, which is considering an outright ban on vapor products.

 

 

We know, it's easy to suffer from Juul overload, but when the company controls roughly 71% of the convenience store market (where most new vapers access products), they're bound to get people talking. Like in this piece from Bloomberg examining the company's future plans, including a proposed Bluetooth lock that the company hopes will limit underage use.


It's here: the first bill to federally regulate flavors in e-liquid. We'll be covering this topic with considerable depth soon, so stay tuned…


Let's call that a wrap on this week, we'll (probably) see you all again soon! Come back now, you hear?

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