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Vape News in Brief – March 27, 2017 Edition

Vape News in Brief – March 27, 2017 Edition

 

Let's take another look at some of the vape-related news headlines that have been making the rounds…

 


  • The University of Nottingham has, after reviewing data from University College London analyzing the bodily fluids of current vapers who've quit smoking long-term, determined that vaping is "a relatively safe alternative to tobacco cigarettes."

Researchers tested levels of 26 harmful chemicals ingested by smokers and found lower levels in every one of them for vapers who'd quit using tobacco for six months or more. One compound, linked to lung cancer in humans, was 97 percent lower in vapers than in a smokers' control group. Still, the college warns that vaping part-time isn't an excuse to not quit smoking, as dual users who kept consuming cigarettes, even at reduced levels, saw little to no health benefit from vaping.

 

  • UL, the former non-profit long known as Underwriters' Laboratories (think of the safety labels on just about every electrical product you've ever encountered), has announced that the firm will begin accepting applications for e-cigarette evaluation

While the group won't evaluate e-liquids or the actual vaporization process, it will test the safety and construction of the electrical, heating, battery, and charging systems for any manufacturers who apply for certification. While the cost for submission and evaluation of new devices was not disclosed, as long as it doesn't constitute an unreasonable burden that would prevent new products from being brought to market this could be a boon for the vaping industry, which has been plagued for years by electrical safety concerns (well-founded or, in most cases, not). We doubt it will convince people to stop using coils that demand more power than their batteries can safely supply, or to keep their batteries properly secured while in transit – in some instances Darwin's Law will continue to apply.

 

  • Another day, another tax – in the statehouse of Nevada, legislators are considering a tax of five cents per milliliter at the point of sale for e-liquids sold in the state. While downright reasonable compared to other states like Pennsylvania's industry-decimating 40 percent tax, the proposal still puts the squeeze to brick-and-mortar shops who already struggle to compete on pricing with online shops, and at least one seller claims it would drive his company into bankruptcy.

 

  • Did you know that the conservative news/opinion website *The Daily Caller* has a vape products blog? Neither did we, and while it seems focused at the moment on reviewing other peoples' (not always accurate) YouTube reviews, we'll take any positive exposure we can get in the non-vape press…

 

  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention notes that while e-cigarette sales have exploded in recent years, cigarette sales haven't slowed as quickly as they'd like. The study doesn’t even consider vape-specific retailers, so they're likely missing the popularity of vaping by a pretty wide margin.

Another complaint is that cigarette sales still continue to be stronger overall than vape sales. If harm reduction is the real goal of government health agencies, might this be a reason to promote, rather than demonize vaping?

 

  • Nearly 57 percent of British smokers plan to quit smoking in 2017, a new survey finds. According to the data, another British subject abandons cigarettes for vaping every four minutes.

  • For an in-depth look at what the FDA's deeming regulations will mean to thousands of employers nationwide if they're allowed to go into effect without change, look no further than the story of this Iraq and Afghanistan combat vet who now employs more than 300 people in Texas…



That's what we've got for now. Check back for the latest and greatest next week!