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Vape News In Brief June 26th 2017 Edition

Vape News In Brief June 26th 2017 Edition

 

 

Welcome back once again – let's take another look around the wide world of vaping news, seen through the eyes of the mainstream press…

 

 

Retailers are once again optimistic about the future of vapor product sales. Following a decline in 2016, sales so far at convenience stores are up in 2017, though sales growth is even stronger with vape-specific retailers.

 

Here's a good piece on the power of harm reduction and the benefit of making better choices when it comes to tobacco and vaping and the simple truth that, absent vaping, many tobacco quitters would continue to smoke even though they're aware it's a harmful practice.

 

New(ish) statistics in Dundee, Scotland show a sharp drop in the number of smokers across nearly all age groups – many of the newly tobacco-free attribute their successful quit efforts to vaping.

 

The percentage of high school e-cigarette users fell by a third last year. While age-restriction laws keeping vapor products out of the hands of kids get some credit, smear campaigns that make often-dubious claims about the content and safety of vapor products are also being lauded by anti-tobacco/anti-vape advocates. Meanwhile, the number of youth using actual tobacco products reached a new all-time low last year.

 

Meanwhile in the UK, vaping continues to gain in popularity while smoking rates continue to decline. The sharpest dropoff in tobacco use is among the 18-24 crowd, a contingent also among the most likely to be open to trying vaping as an alternative to smoking. Remember, in Britain medical professionals cite scientific evidence in promoting vaping as a less-harmful and much preferable alternative to continued tobacco use.

 

As New Jersey ponders following on the heels of local legislators in San Francisco in seeking to ban all flavoring in the production of e-liquid, detractors warn that as many as 300 vape shops across the state could be forced out of business. In industry surveys of individuals who've successfully used vaping to quit smoking, more than 70 percent of adults have indicated that the availability of a variety of flavors was either helpful or critical in their quit effort.

 

Speaking of that San Fransisco ban, here's more on the issue from the *Sacramento Bee*. This is promising – in the UK, localities are undertaking educational campaigns aimed not at drawing parallels between smoking and vaping, but educating the public about how much better a choice vaping is.

 

More good news (from our perspective) – global losses to tobacco companies as a result of consumers switching to vaping is expected to hit $7.7 billion by 2021. These projections are among other concerns leading investment advisors to cast sour looks at Big Tobacco stalwarts like Altria (Philip Morris).

 

A study claiming vaping is just as dangerous as smoking has been making the rounds in recent weeks – we've touched on it, but urged caution before putting too much faith into a single finding that goes against most rigorous, ethical research to date. Now, it seems there may be big holes in the findings. The worst is one of the longest-standing examples of intentionally flawed "research," first pioneered by UC San Francisco's Stanton Glantz. The linked article suggests that, like Glantz, researchers either intentionally or unwittingly heated a coil faster than the wicking material could absorb liquid, causing "dry hits." Any human user would immediately recognize a dry hit, as it doesn't contain vapor at all but instead burnt wicking material that's been converted into smoke. Logic follows that inhaling burning cotton can't be any better than inhaling burning tobacco, but when one refers to burning cotton smoke as "vapor," all integrity is out the window. We're open to genuine research about the potential harms of vaping, as we're well aware that some exist – but if these allegations are true, any further research from the University of Connecticut must be considered highly suspect.

 

That's what we have for this week, see you next time!

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