Vape News In Brief – August 1st, 2017 Edition
Vape News In Brief – August 1st, 2017 Edition
Welcome back, once again, to our weekly check-in on what's happening in and around the world of vapor! Jumping in…
Let's start with the big news: earlier this week the FDA pushed back the deadline for vapor products on the market prior to August 2016. While this doesn't offer protection for new products introduced after the deadline, it's a huge step in the right direction. This one is worth clicking through to the link above for a more detailed explanation.
Ill-informed editorials like this one continue to rear their ugly heads. In this case, the author equates Big Tobacco donations to the Trump campaign as being tied to their vaping ambitions (while they're the biggest players in the vape game, tobacco companies still have a small overall market share), says that since children experiment with flavored tobacco that flavored e-liquid should be banned (it's an indisputable fact that adults also enjoy the flavor of foods, and many vapers say flavor offerings were instrumental in inspiring them to quit smoking), that because some e-liquids contain nicotine they encourage addiction (not true for vapers who are former smokers), and argues that the presence of formaldehyde (in much lower quantities than actual cigarettes) in some (highly contested) vapor studies is further proof of their danger. As the president might sum things up: "Sad!"
Here's an interesting place where vaping is being promoted - <a href="http://startups.co.uk/should-start-up-businesses-be-stamping-out-smoke-breaks/">business start-ups</a>. The author of this piece argues that by encouraging employees who smoke to switch to vaping, time lost on smoke breaks could be better put to productive use. Makes sense to us.
Again, false statements are the order of the day. This piece is celebrating a ban of vaping on airplanes as a victory for "nonsmoking passengers who will not have to breathe the nicotine and many cancerous substances emitted by e-cigarettes." The only problem is that's not true – the California Department of Health recently went looking for evidence of secondhand vapor harms, going so far as to set up air testing equipment in a vape shop where employees and customers kept the room visibly clouded up. They couldn't find any evidence of these alleged "many cancerous substances" – perhaps a better reason not to vape on a plane would be to avoid offending non-vapers. But using scaremongering and junk science equates to a shot below the belt.
As is often the case, once we leave the country the news is better. This one is a look at vaping views in New Zealand, where editorials tend to favor vaping as a means of quitting smoking. And they rightly note that secondhand vapor, while more visible than cigarette smoke, doesn't contain significant amounts of any of the nasty chemicals found in smoke.
This is what we've been saying all along: studies that find a link between youth vaping and youth smoking are looking at the wrong data. Rather than looking only at e-cigarette users who also use tobacco and concluding that there's a link, researchers should look at other factors that examine how likely a teen is to pick up either a vape or a cigarette. Many teens, it turns out, are at risk of experimenting with nicotine and other substances. And they'd do so regardless of whether the source was a tobacco or vapor product.
Absent the FDA blockbuster we led off with, this might have been the big news of the week – a new study from the University of California, San Diego finds that e-cigarettes may be driving a dramatic uptick in successful attempts to quit smoking. In 2014 and 2015, the national smoking cessation rate rose from 4.5 percent where it's hovered for years, to 5.6 percent. This is also the time period during which vaping made its biggest mainstream push – coincidence? Researchers think not. Shu-Hong Zhu, a PhD at UCSD's School of Medicine, says not only are smokers who try vaping more likely to try quitting, they're also likelier to succeed. "The cessation rate among those who did not use e-cigarettes remained the same compared to previous years," says Zhu. "These data suggest that e-cigarettes play the role of a cessation tool."
Another refreshing take, especially in the face of the constant barrage of "exploding e-cigarette" (which should read "exploding mishandled lithium battery") headlines - vaping reduces fire risks. Improperly handling batteries can indeed lead to fires, but the truth is carelessly handled cigarettes cause far more.
File under "we told you so" – after the repeal of insanely written vape laws signed into law by then-governor, now vice president Mike Pence that crippled industry in the state of Indiana, vape businesses are thriving in the state once again.
We'll leave you on that note. Stay tuned, there'll be more news breaking next week, and as always we'll be here to fix it.