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Vape News In Brief: July 3rd, 2018 Edition

Vape News In Brief: July 3rd, 2018 Edition

 

Vape News In Brief: July 3rd, 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…

 

new research that indicates vaping is an effective quit aid, even for people who didn't intend to quit smoking when they started vaping. The study numbers are small, counting just 40 people, but the results are encouraging nonetheless – we'll have more on this later.

 

 

Despite considerable evidence that vaping is considerably less harmful than smoking, the Indian government has moved to ban all vapor products while continuing to allow the sale of combustible tobacco cigarettes.  The move isn't surprising to vapor advocates in the country, but it's disheartening regardless.

 

Pennsylvania vape shops are getting a partial reprieve from the crushing 40 percent vapor tax that's shuttered hundreds of small businesses in the state. A court recently ruled that shops don't owe taxes on products that were purchased as inventory before the law was passed. Again, we'll have more on this issue soon.

 

This won't surprise any regular readers, but in a survey of 36 vapor advocacy groups, Thailand was voted as the world's worst country in which to be a vaper. Not only are all vapor products forbidden while smoking is allowed unchecked, simply owning a vapor device could net you hefty fines and even prison time. Australia and India ranked second and third-worst, though the new total ban in India could have that state moving up in the rankings. Unsurprisingly, the United Kingdom, where vaping is embraced by both academia and government, falls at the opposite end of the rankings as the world's best vapor-friendly locale.

 

Yet another group< has published a report warning that discouraging people from converting from smoking to vaping is costing literally millions of years of human life. Women in particular, they say, are being left out of the transition to vapor, as female smoking rates decline more slowly than for males, though males are more likely to smoke in the first place.

 

The shine appears to be fading from "heat not burn," Big Tobacco's push to keep selling cigarettes while marketing them as vapor products. Sales of Philip Morris' iQOS are slowing in Japan, as young smokers willing to consider the devices have already switched and older smokers reject the idea of change. Further, fears are coming to light that the PG-soaked cigarettes, which pair with a heating device to vaporize the tobacco but stop short of burning it, won't catch on in other markets – Japan effectively bans the sale of liquid-based e-cigarettes, so heat-not-burn is the only option there for smokers seeking a reduced-harm alternative.

 


 

That's what we've got for now, check back next week for more news from last week…

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