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Vape News In Brief: December 27th, 2017 Edition

Vape News In Brief: December 27th, 2017 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…

this guy, who tried and horrifically failed at making his own home-brew e-liquid. DIY liquid is indeed a thing, and it can be done successfully, but it requires much more research and caution, along with a healthy willingness to put in a lot of trial and error. Do not try this at home, at least without spending much more time studying DIY forums than our aforementioned intrepid reporter.

News reports across the world have had quite a bit to say about teenage vapor product use, particularly with the rise in popularity of compact and ultra-high-nicotine cigalikes. This study shows that vaping has now passed smoking as a means of substance experimentation among high schoolers, with 35.8% of high school seniors having ever tried a vapor product in their lives, compared to only 26.6% who've taken a puff off a cigarette. This is being spun as a bad thing, with e-cigs representing the next treacherous frontier for nicotine addiction. It's worth noting, however, that more than 65% of high school seniors in 1997 experimented with smoking at least once – even if you figure there's zero overlap between the tobacco and vape groups (very highly unlikely), smoking and vaping rates combined are lower than the smoking rate alone was 20 years ago.

Cigalikes: as new-generation high-nicotine pod mods like the Juul make major inroads, older offerings from Big Tobacco like Vuse, the offering from R.J. Reynolds continue to fall behind.

The future is now: not only is this scientist predicting that tobacco will be completely replaced by e-cigarettes within the next decade, he's also calling for the replacement of alcohol with a low-calorie, low-health-risk substance called "alcosynth." That's a new one by us.

Woman, 67, tries to stab Fontana vape shop clerk who won’t let her return items, police say - the headline pretty much says it all.

Celebrity vape watch: Dave Chapelle reportedly spends his next Netflix comedy special, which drops in a few days, roaming the stage while puffing on an unidentified cigalike. If you care about this sort of thing, that is.

We've seen "exploding e-cigarette" stories come and go for years. It's a little surprising, then, that such a phenomenon could be called out as a "new danger. Remember – don't put your vape in your pocket unlocked, don't keep any metal items in the same pocket, and never, ever store batteries of ANY kind unless they're secured in a proper plastic case.

Circling back to Big Tobacco's entries into the vapor market, there's speculation that if Philip Morris is able to gain FDA approval to its "heat-not-burn" technology for vaporizing PG-soaked tobacco cigarettes, the big boys may be able to fire back against strictly vapor-related companies like Juul that have been cutting into their cigalike market share.

International takes: vaping is still banned in Egypt, but plenty of shops still stock vapor products in the face of lax regulatory enforcement. And vapers in the country are starting to question the conventional wisdom and embrace vapor products as a safer, cheaper alternative to tobacco.

Let's call that a wrap for this week, folks. Be sure to check back soon for more!