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Vape News In Brief: June 14th, 2018 Edition

Vape News In Brief: June 14th, 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 apocalypse, now. San Francisco voters have voted to ban the sales of flavored e-liquids within the city's boundaries. For now that means a pretty much immediate death blow for vape shops in the city, and a longer trip for supplies for brick-and-mortar dependent vapers for supplies. It's also going to cost convenience stores with a vape section a lot of money, while being a boon for neighboring Bay Area cities. The underlying danger, though, is that policies like this one could begin to creep into other municipalities across the country. We'll have a lot more on this very soon.


Here's yet another exploding battery story. This one is particularly troublesome because it appears the victim had been experiencing problems with her mod, went to a brick-and-mortar vape shop for help, and wound up with some terrible advice from purported experts. We're guessing here that the problem was with her coil rather than her battery, but that was overlooked in the quest to make a sale. Sad!


There's nothing groundbreaking in this letter to the editor, just some solid advice and a testimonial from one of the millions of Americans who've quit using tobacco thanks to the "stuff of science fiction" brought to life that is vaping.


More bad news for JUUL – we reported a couple weeks ago that the company had successfully launched in Israel, despite being shut out of the European Union due to the ultra-high levels of nicotine in its e-liquid pods. Now, Israeli officials are pulling the plug on JUULs, at least until some regulatory framework of some sort or other is established.


Silver linings: remember that exploding battery story you read about literally 30 seconds ago? It's prompting other local vape shop workers to talk to the community about how to stay safe. Better late than never, we suppose. Also, now is as good a time as any to examine all of your batteries and re-wrap or toss any with damaged insulators. Safety first, or at least safety before fire…

 

These Canadian vapers are worried that restrictive new legislation Ontario is considering will drive people who might otherwise quit back to cigarettes. That's never good.


More on repeating news we've already covered: JUUL is threatening a courtroom war in Israel over that country's decision to clamp down on its products within Israeli borders.

 

altria abandoning cigarettes in favor of vaping

You've heard plenty in recent months about Altria's (parent company of the Philip Morris and Marlboro brands, among others) shift away from tobacco and toward vaping – here's a new analysis on how the company is cranking up prices on its remaining base of smokers and shifting investment funds toward developing more vapor and heat-not-burn tobacco alternatives to cigarettes.

 

Australia has some of the highest cigarette prices in the world. Still, a staunch anti-vapor policy within the country's borders seems to be discouraging smokers from quitting. “Australia is no longer the world leader in tobacco control it once was,” leaders lament, while refusing to acknowledge vaping as a viable alternative to tobacco.


We'll cut it here for now, but regular readers know there's always more (much more!) coming, sooner than later…

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