Vape News In Brief: March 21st, 2018 Edition
Vape News In Brief: March 21st, 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…
…Idiots on a Plane! This guy, apparently reeking of gasoline and/or kerosene, pulled out a vapor device while a Sacramento-bound flight was taxiing in Chicago and, while inserting a battery, warned his female rowmate that "We're all gonna die." Keep your vapes out of commission until the plane has landed and you're outside the airport terminal, folks – this moron is why the rest of us can't have nice things.
Australia, which has been more resistant than most Western countries to the spread of vaping, recently saw its tobacco consumption rise for the first time in years. Perhaps this will spur leaders to reconsider their hardline stance against vaping, given the dramatic reductions in tobacco use demonstrated in countries where the practice is embraced.
Here's yet another example of small communities across the nation waking up to the devastating effect the FDA's deeming regulations may impose upon independent businesses and consumers seeking smoke-free options across the land…
Good look for this guy, a brick-and-mortar shop owner in Oregon who literally chased a masked knife-wielding man right out of his store following a botched robbery attempt. Employees at the Pizza Guys next door could do nothing but stand by and watch.
How about a national holiday to celebrate vaping? At least one person thinks that's a pretty good idea. We'll vape to that.
Alternate takes: the London Fire Brigade has come out as an unexpected fan of vaping due to their decreased fire risk. Sure, you've seen the sensationalized stories that pop up when people abuse their mod batteries and make them explode occasionally, but apparently that's nothing compared to the nearly 6000 fires in London alone linked to smoking over the last five years.
Finally! An exploding battery story that actually addresses safety! In this case our battery abuser is a Baltimore woman (who's luckily okay) who was carrying unprotected batteries loose in her purse. They weren't in her mod when they exploded (as they rarely are), but instead the battery was activated by coming into contact with loose change, keys, or some other metal object the victim chose to expose the battery to. The only miss with this article – 18650 cells aren't "vape batteries," they're the building block behind high-powered devices from cordless power tools to laptop computers to hybrid cars, and they also happen to be used in most common vapor devices. Story moral: keep your batteries in a case whenever they're not in use!
Here's a well-reasoned take in response to a college newspaper article assembling and defeating the straw man argument that vaping is "harmless." Well done, former student Joe.
This piece may come from a thinly-veiled partisan think tank, but it strikes the right balance when it comes to e-cigarettes, arguing effectively that while not ideal and not a good habit for non-smokers to pick up, vaping offers an effective way to reduce harm amongst the current-smoker population. Plus, it seems they have the ear of some influential politicians.
The latest from Cancer Research UK suggests that studies linking youth vaping to eventual cigarette addiction may be taking the wrong path. We tend to agree – look for more on this topic soon.
The dangers of misinformation: another new study finds that many youth don't understand that vaping is not the same as smoking a hookah in that one is smoking and the other is not. But false assumptions are coming from both sides here, as researchers tell teens who've vaped but don't believe vapor is the same thing as "smoke" that they're wrong. This is the kind of mess that comes from policy that fails to distinguish the factual difference between smoke and vapor, and it's an ugly one.
Again, bad advice can be deadly. This time, let's hear the same refrain from Public Health England, which worries that too many smokers, having received bad information about nicotine replacement therapies (vaping is considered one such replacement option across the pond), attempt and fail to quit cold turkey when they might have had better success vaping. Sad!
We'll leave you with these tasty nuggets for now, but as the VNIB is playing catch-up expect more coming your way sooner than you might think!