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Vape News In Brief: July 24th, 2018 Edition

Vape News In Brief: July 24th, 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…

 

…the fight for your right to vape, which is still ongoing in India despite governmental moves to impose a blanket ban while still allowing tobacco use to continue without significant regulation. The ban looks like it's close to a done deal, but vapers' advocacy groups are still lobbying.

 

Here's some good news: in a dispatch from San Diego, we're reminded that the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is set to ban smoking in all public housing units, effective at the end of this month. In a move to "promote healthier lifestyles," vapor devices will be exempted from the ban that otherwise prohibits residents from setting tobacco on fire within a public home, public courtyard, or within 25 feet of a subsidized building.

 

Take a look at this piece for a look at how the Trump administration's recently launched trade war with China might affect the price and availability of vape hardware in the coming months. Hint: things aren't looking good, particularly for high-growth cigalike brands like Juul.

 

 

Next up, let's take a look at one of the most comprehensive summaries of the state of vaping in Asian and East Pacific nations. If you're into international affairs, that is.

 

File to: latest health scare. This research suggests that sweet flavoring additives, particularly in high concentrations, may cause cell damage. We'll be looking closely for follow-up research, as we always do, but unfortunately for those of us genuinely interested in harm reduction most of these pieces to date have been short on details and lacking broader context. We'd love to report more, so stay tuned…regardless of whether the results are good or bad, the hope is that they can move us all toward a safer future.


Did you know that tobacco stocks, once a reliable earner in many conservative investors' portfolios, have taken an across-the-board hit of nearly 20% so far this year? The decline is here, and while Big Tobacco is struggling to pivot to vapor, industry analysts are wondering whether they're doing enough, fast enough.

 

A small town in Texas is considering whether a ban on smoking and/or vaping in a car in which a child is present constitutes a violation of smokers' civil rights. This issue causes a bit of a rift in our perception – the right to vape is certainly one we support, but that right shouldn't ever extend to forcing others, particularly children, to be exposed to vapor against their will. Of course, the town of Nolanville just recently banned texting while driving – a practice that's been a ticketable offense in your blog editor's California hometown for years now.


As we've previously posited, it appears Juul's decision to offer lower-nicotine alternatives to its highly-concentrated liquid pods may indeed be tied to a move into Europe, where nicotine content restrictions make the product in its current form illegal. Juul is reportedly moving into new office space in London as of last week. They're reportedly eyeing a move into Asia next.



We'll leave you with that for this week, but there's always going to be more news to report, and we'll probably get to it pretty soon…

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