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Vape News In Brief: January 9th, 2017 Edition

Vape News In Brief: January 9th, 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 thing, which has to be the most bizarre vape-related product we've seen in some time. Allegedly, the device "uses a combination of temperature and digital currents to manipulate user’s taste buds" to allow at-home e-liquid sampling without any e-liquid having been sampled. Cool if it works, but count us skeptical.

Perhaps taking things a bit far: Hillsborough, New Jersey schools will henceforth consider the possession of vapor products to constitute valid "suspicion of being under the influence of drugs." Whenever possible, the district intends to also file criminal complaints against its noncompliant students.

Check out this piece detailing the evidence that continues to mount in support of the notion that vapor products are a highly preferred alternative to smoking. The problem, says Linda Bauld, Professor of Health Policy at the University of Stirling and Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, is that too much misinformation is still being spread through shoddy reporting that discourages even more potential tobacco quitters from giving up their habits.

Speaking of that evidence, here's another study released just before year-end by the Univeristy of South Carolina that finds smokers who try e-cigarettes are likely to smoke less and make more (and more sustained) efforts to quit using tobacco products.

Signs of the end times: Philip Morris is taking out full-page newspaper ads in England promoting "an ambition to stop selling cigarettes in the UK." In addition to owning several brands of cigalike-style e-cigarettes, the company is pushing hard for Western market approval of its "heat-not-burn" cigarette technology that's already gaining popularity across Asia.

While dubious grammatically, the headline here nonetheless gets its point across: New York Democrat, David Carlucci, Calls for Tax on Vaping Despite Heated Juice Contains No Tobacco. Despite heated juice contains no tobacco! While New York has some of the most onerous tobacco taxes in the nation, Carlucci laments that e-liquids are not subject to special taxes and is calling for a 25-cents-per-mililiter excise. Tax proponents envision an extra $10 million annually in state coffers, detractors say the fee would simply be a way to punish people attempting to quit smoking.

Back to that Philip Morris thing about quitting cigarettes: detractors are crying foul (unsurprisingly), arguing that the ads are perhaps really targeting smokers who'd been planning to quit cold turkey (and would have assumedly done so successfully) and convincing them instead to try a harm-reduction product like an e-cigarette or IQOS device.

More heat-not-burn: South Korea is fuming after a whopping 80 percent tax hike on cigarettes nonetheless is resulting in lower government revenue as smokers across the nation abandon combustible cigarettes in favor of the new smoke/vape hybrids sweeping the peninsula.

That's a wrap on this week, but as always just because we're gone doesn't mean we won't be back again soon…