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Vape News In Brief: February 6th, 2018 Edition

Vape News In Brief: February 6th, 2018 Edition


Vaping News In Brief

*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…

…the first charges we've heard about for vaping and driving. Technically, our Rapid City, South Dakota antihero was cited for "failing to yield to a pedestrian" after striking an individual in a crosswalk, but police determined a large vapor cloud the driver recently exhaled was blocking his vision and largely responsible for the crash. Rapid City police are wisely advising that if you're going to vape and drive, crack your windows.

Worrisome science: a new study out of the University of Rochester Medical Centre suggests that flavor extracts, particularly cinnamon, butter, and vanilla, can be harmful to the lungs and white blood cells when inhaled. If true, this is troubling indeed – but there are reasons to doubt the initial takeaways. First, the specific flavors used in testing, as well as the testing methods, were not disclosed. These factors are critically important, in that past tests damning e-cigarettes have either intentionally or incompetently designed to burn vaping equipment rather than vaporize e-liquids – any contaminants from these methods would invalidate the findings. Similar, if flavorings that contain acetoin, diacetyl, or other additives particularly popular in buttery, creamy flavors were included, they would skew results – the vaping community has long known of the dangers inherent in these flavors, and many popular e-liquid manufacturers have responded to concern by moving away from mixing with these compounds. That said, we've got an open mind and will be watching for more information on this study…

Fighting back against some of the recent "vaping might cause cancer" headlines that have been making the rounds, the nonprofit Cancer Research UK is fighting to correct the record. One of the biggest flaws, opponents of the findings argue, is common to the study we just covered – researchers are comparing vapers to non-smokers and looking for harm, rather than comparing vapers to non-smokers and comparing the level of harm. We'll reiterate here that vaping is a "harm reduction" tool, not a "risk-free" hobby. Look for more on this later in the week…

Studies show e-cigs may help cigarette smokers quit, while non-smokers should stay away - continuing our theme from the last two points, this is an excellent headline. The article that follows you can really take or leave…

And now for something completely different: Here are some Bay Area hipsters singing about their love of 2013-era eGo style vaporizers.

Hopefully (unlikely) putting to rest a recent story about military members being killed by vaping (CBD oils, which are markedly different from e-liquids), military health officials are reporting that no such deaths have, in fact, occurred.

No sympathy for this idiot: a Wisconsin man defended feeding "a few drops" of e-liquid to his infant son by telling police he'd "done it before" and "it was fine." Don't be this moron, 'Murica.

We've reported that in the wake of increasing regulation stymieing East Asian vapers, Malaysian businesses have faced nationwide raids and seizures from police. They're not taking things well.

This piece is about as well-written, thoughtful, and motivational an introduction to vaping for the uninitiated as we could hope to find – and it's all wrapped in a human-interest profile of a brick-and-mortar shop in Sydney, Australia. Kudos to this author!


Sad (kind of): British American Tobacco is pulling the plug on the only vaping device to date to gain official approval in the UK as a medical device that doctors could prescribe to help smokers with their quit attempt. British American says the device, approved back in 2015, has become outdated as vapor technology has advanced dramatically in recent years. They also cite production problems in bringing the device to market. Britain's National Health Service, very much in counterpoint to the US Food and Drug Administration, is actually expressing disappointment and clamoring for another product that can meet medical guidelines in order to distribute it to smokers through doctors' offices – remember the NHS is behind the finding that vaping is "95% safer" than continuing to smoke.

We'll leave you with a bizarre one - did you know that mourners at funerals slipping electronic or other flammable devices like mobile phones, e-cigarettes, and bottles of liquor into the pockets of the deceased as a parting gift is responsible for an uptick in explosions at crematoriums? Now you do.

That's what we've got for this week, but rest assured that as vape news keeps breaking, we'll be on hand to fix it!