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Vape News In Brief: January 30th, 2018 Edition

Vape News In Brief: January 30th, 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…

this study, that suggests that while teens who experiment with e-cigarettes are more likely to experiment with real tobacco products, they're still effective in helping adults quit. Key sign of a turning tide: the linked article admits that it's not known whether youth "experimenting" with tobacco products go on to use them on a regular basis – anecdotal evidence suggests this doesn't happen. Honorable mention: "potpourri" flavored vapes, which we're pretty sure are not a thing…

Vaping probably isn't good for you, but at least it's better than smoking - probably the most accurate headline on what's described as an "exhaustive review of the research" published to date. Responsible vapor advocates would never suggest breathing anything that isn't pure air is better than just breathing air, but the argument that vaping is far less dangerous than smoking seems to finally be gaining traction.

It's not happening in the federal House of Representatives, but we've got a new vaping congressman story. Colorado Senator Daniel Kagan says he'll limit his vaping in session in the future, though it's notedly not illegal and he's received express permission from his colleagues to stealth vape on the job.

As this editorial wisely recognizes, despite the growing onslaught of scientific evidence piling up in the pro-vaping corner we shouldn't expect anti-vapor advocates to back down any time soon.

Philip Morris is continuing its push to legitimize vaping (or, more likely, its heat-not-burn cigarettes) – this time the comments come from a company president in Brazil, where e-cigs are still illegal. Advocates are hoping health agencies will revisit the ban sometime in the coming months, though they remain skeptical any concrete action is forthcoming.

Not good for heat-not-burn proponents: in an initial hearing last week, an FDA advisory panel voted eight-to-one against allowing Philip Morris' IQOS cigarettes to claim their product is safer than smoking. If approved, the new device that heats PG-soaked cigarettes would have been the first device to legally be able to market itself as safer than smoking – traditional vapor products have been shown in numerous studies to share this attribute, but companies are not allowed to use these findings in marketing materials. All is not lost for Big Tobacco's vaping push, however – the FDA is not required to comply with the recommendation of its advisory panel, and several conservative think tanks are gearing up to influence FDA chief Scott Gottlieb's final decision.

Surprising: despite a new law banning students from vaping at Rhode Island high schools, some students are saying others continue to vape on campus. Vapor products are already illegal to sell to anyone under the age of 18, so it turns out that these lawbreaking teens are, in fact, already breaking the law.

Here's a well-written editorial out of Scotland arguing in favor of the US relaxing vaping laws and embracing the proven potential for vapor devices to help smokers quit using tobacco.

Singapore, already one of the most vape-unfriendly nations in the world, is doubling down on restrictions that already make it illegal to import or sell vapor products. Starting next month, even possessing vape gear is a crime that carries a fine of up to $2000. Harsh.

Smokin' in the Boys' Room: apparently things have gotten so bad with schools failing to control youth vaping that at least one high school in Connecticut is severely limiting students' restroom access, closing all but one set of the school's student restrooms.

That's what we've got for you this time, but check back soon – you know there's more coming!