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Vape News In Brief: March 12th, 2018 Edition

Vape News In Brief: March 12th, 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…

 

Adding to studies performed in California last year, new evidence confirms that secondhand vapor poses effectively no danger, a situation that is very much not the case when it comes to secondhand cigarette smoke. Look for a deeper dive on this topic soon.

 

Media tycoon and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he plans to funnel another $20 million into creating a watchdog group to "create a global monitoring system for tracking the [tobacco] industry's tactics," particularly taking aim at vapor devices by taking the opinion that they're designed primarily by Big Tobacco firms in order to lure kids into picking up tobacco cigarettes. Truth and objectivity be damned, it seems.

 

 

Concerning: scientists are out with another new study, and the preliminary results here aren't looking good for high-wattage vaping. Researchers asked study participants to take 25 drags off a vaporizer set to 60 watts and filled with a 50/50 PG/VG blend liquid. For an hour afterward, tests showed signs of skin tissue hypoxia, a condition caused by reduced blood flow. This study does get some things right, like using human test subjects instead of vaping robots. But there are still some concerns – how rapidly were the 25 puffs taken? Was there nicotine in the liquid (the stimulant that's already associated with constricted blood vessels)? Why was a 50//50 blend chosen when most high-wattage e-liquids tend to be in the 20/80 range? Ultimately there are questions left unanswered, but if proof develops that higher-wattage vaping causes more harm than using a less powerful device, this is actually valuable information that's useful to product developers working to deliver the safest possible product.

 

 

This article in a publication aimed at physicians suggests doctors need more education in order to be able to talk confidently with their patients about e-cigarettes. That sounds good, but what's being called for isn't actually education, or anything like it – the publication essentially says that doctors need to learn more about how to demonize vaping and scare their patients, even the ones who smoke cigarettes, out of trying it.


Apparently we missed it, but a widespread hoax last week claimed that someone had contracted lung cancer because of their JUUL device. Obviously this would be unprecedented, as tobacco doesn't even ravage its users that quickly – though the reference could have been to a longtime smoker who'd recently quit. It wasn't, the story was completely fabricated, and yet the author of the above-linked post still treats vaping as if it actually was proven to cause lung cancer. It seems clear the piece is targeting young vapers who've never smoked (and probably shouldn't be vaping, either), but we never support lies or scare tactics to force compliance.


Praise for the American Cancer Society's about-face on vaping is still circulating, which means more people are becoming aware of the fact that one of the United States' leading tobacco foes is acknowledging vapor products for what they are – an effective harm reduction tool for former smokers. Good.


Interesting: did you know that in Alaska minors were previously allowed to vape, as long as they were using nicotine-free liquid? That doesn't seem like a good idea, and legislators agree – all vapor products are now banned for use by the under-19 set.


Scotland is falling behind in a quest to make the country effectively smoke-free by 2034. New estimates indicate that unless another 260,000 current smokers can be convinced to quit or switch to vaping (the UK does not consider full-time vapers to still be tobacco users), the country may be delayed by as much as 10 years in reaching its end goal of a tobacco use rate under five percent. Hey, at least they're encouraging vaping…


We'll leave you with that for this week, but check back soon, there's always something going on in the wonderful world of vape news…

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