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Vape News In Brief: July 8th, 2018 Edition

Vape News In Brief: July 8th, 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 latest vapers' travel guide. Someone or another publishes one of these every few months, but if you're planning on traveling abroad it's always worth looking into the ever-shifting landscape to make sure you're not risking a fine or even jail time if you vape gear travels with you.

 

Gizmodo is reporting that workers at "an e-cigarette plant" in Salem, Massachusetts were evacuated after several fell ill due to alleged chlorine poisoning. But there are a few problems with the story – investigators found no sign of chlorine contamination upon inspection, only one worker was hospitalized for a seizure that may or may not have been related to the incident, and a fire department spokesperson said glues from an ongoing carpet installation may have caused the foul odor that caused workers to flee. Oh, and the cited company, Thermal Circuits, doesn't even make e-cigarette products. Most vapor hardware, excepting the extremely high-end, is still manufactured in and imported from the Shenzhen region in China.

 

Here's a correct take: smoking rates in America are at the lowest levels ever recorded, and e-cigarette use is contributing to the decline, not causing an increase in the use of combustible tobacco.

 

The Indian state of Tamil Nadu is poised to ban vapor products in a move that will not affect the legality of combustible tobacco. Young adults, who've been most likely to give up smoking in favor of vaping, are not taking it well. A man cited as a leading doctor in the state says that chewing gum is the best way to kick a nicotine addiction. Yikes.

 

Controversial cigalike giant Juul is raising $1.2 billion to finance an overseas expansion. The investment prospectus values the company at $15 billion, which is impressive given the entire vapor industry was valued as low as $3.7 billion as recently as 2015.


Here's an interesting read laying out a pretty solid scientific argument in favor of vaping. Particularly well-constructed are the parts addressing teen vaping.


More on Juul's money: in addition to the funds they're seeking to raise to expand their empire abroad, the company just scored a $600 million investment here at home. They've got to be doing something right...

 

We just can't quit Juul today – in a new survey of 19,000 of the company's online customers, Juul reports that the number of smokers switching to vaping is drastically higher than the number doing the reverse. To quantify, 87% of new vapers were smokers when they bought their first e-cigarette. Of them, 64% said they no longer smoked, three-quarters saying that was because they'd fully transitioned to vaping. Meanwhile, only 2% of Juul buyers abandoned vaping and resumed smoking; another 2% started Juuling and eventually tried cigarettes, though just 0.3% had become everyday smokers after having never smoked before vaping. Those numbers speak volumes.


In another win for the rule of common sense, another Pennsylvania legal decision finds that individual components of vapor gear, such as batteries or glass tanks or cotton wicks, cannot be considered tobacco for the purpose of taxation. Click through to the article, there's a lot more to this one…

 

Big small numbers: Britain's 70,000 federal prisoners (roughly 0.1% of Britain's population) are buying 65,000 e-liquid cartridges a week. That's almost a cartridge per inmate, which is unsurprising given 80% of the prison population smokes (or would, if it were allowed). We don't have a direct comparison, but it's unlikely the US's 2.2 million prisoners are getting the opportunity to vape at nearly as high a rate.

 

 

We'll close with just the lede to this last piece: "A shirtless man wearing boxer shorts shut down the southbound lanes of the 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles for two hours Wednesday morning after he scaled an exit sign, unfurled political banners and began vaping, dancing and shouting from a bullhorn."


That's all for this week, folks – we'll see you again soon!

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