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Vape News In Brief: January 16th, 2018 Edition

Vape News In Brief: January 16th, 2018 Edition

 

Vape News In Brief: January 16th, 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…


..how it seems e-cigarette use among local teens appears to be on the rise pretty much everywhere, simultaneously. We get a lot of these "local vaping scare" stories pretty much every week, but this week there really seems to be a bumper crop.


Here's another feel-good story about a vaping evangelist who's started a brick-and-mortar shop to encourage more smokers to quit. The quirk here: the owner of a Canadian chain that's recently expanded stateside is founded by a heart surgeon. There's also bonus info on a new and promising research study out of India.


Attacks on some of the new EU vapor product legislation that took effect last year are beginning, with experts questioning the efficacy of rules limiting tank sizes to 2.0 ml and nicotine levels to 20 mg/ml – these arbitrary limits simply force vapers to fill their tanks more often, and for recent smoking converts to vape more in order to replace the nicotine they're not getting from combustible cigarettes. We expect these pushes for change to have a greater effect in the UK as that country moves to sever its ties with mainland Europe.

 

Another new study, this one from New York University, calls into question the current practice in the US of demonizing vaping as opposed to embracing a harm reduction perspective. Particularly, researchers find vapor products occupy a "sweet spot" of providing high user satisfaction (like cigarettes) but a low health risk – while it's not quite as low as other nicotine products like gum or patches, the much higher appeal means they're more effective in getting smokers to quit.

 

One cigarette can create a lifetime addiction in some

This one has been making the rounds quite a bit in recent days – research suggests smoking a single cigarette can be enough to trigger a lifetime addiction in some individuals. The takeaway: more needs to be done to stop youth from trying out smoking in the first place, which would lead to less addictive behavior to address through cessation programs later on. Unfortunately, most of the articles on this subject we're seeing are taking an opportunity to lump vapor products in with tobacco despite a failure to date to establish a causal relationship between experimentation with vapor devices and eventual regular combustible cigarette consumption.


It seems the minimum age to purchase tobacco is on its way to 21 across the country – San Antonio is now the first city in Texas to ban the sale of tobacco (and non-tobacco vapor) products to the 18-20 set.


New Zealand: interesting developments in what may be the friendliest country for vapers, but where vaping with nicotine still remains technically illegal despite its widespread acceptance - local supermarkets are responding to another 10 percent tobacco tax hike by beginning to stock beginner e-cigarette kits. Legislators are pushing for full vaping legalization, including even potential subsidies for the vapor industry in a push to make the entire nation smoke free in the coming years, so we've been watching developments over there with interest…


Speculative, but interesting: as American cancer rates fall to new all-time lows, some are suggesting that vaping may be playing a role by wooing nicotine users away from much more dangerous combustible cigarettes. Cancer rates across the US are down 26 percent between 1991 and 2015, though vaping has only been a significant activity since about 2012, so it may be a little early to connect the dots here though the stats in the linked article about the increased prevalence of quitting smoking shows promise.


We'll leave it with that for now, but check back soon for more – same vape time (probably not), same vape channel (yes, here in the Breazy blogs)!

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