$-
Please check box to confirm your age.
By checking this box I confirm that I am at least 21 years old or older and of legal age to buy tobacco products in my jurisdiction. CA customers understand that they are responsible for paying the Prop 56 excise tax directly to their state. All orders are age verified through our third party system at checkout, as is required by law.
Please check box to confirm.
By checking this box I confirm that I use these products at my own risk.
Due to state legislation we are not currently shipping any products to the following states: RI, MA, IN, AR, UT, NV, VT, and ME, and no longer shipping flavored e liquid products to NJ, and no longer shipping any e liquid to NY.
Go to Cart
Free Shipping on Qualifying $50+ USA Orders.

Vape News In Brief – May 16th, 2017 Edition

Vape News In Brief – May 16th, 2017 Edition

 

 

It's time once again to catch up on what the news media has to say about vaping in the last few days…

According to a new UK study, more than half of Britain's vapers are ex-smokers who've successfully quit using tobacco with the aid of vapor products. Among those who vape and still smoke, the number one motivation cited for vaping was an effort to reduce tobacco consumption. And, after years of meteoric increases in vaping, it seems vape use in the UK has peaked, with about as many people quitting nicotine altogether as there are taking up vaping for the first time. While it's not necessarily a great sign for newcomers to the vape marketplace hoping to turn a quick buck, it's a powerful testament that vaping, for many, can be a means to an end.

 

It may not be important news, but this guy has some pretty incredible vapor-trick skills…

 

Getting back to that UK study for a minute, here's a report on it written stateside that juxtaposes the harm-reduction methods championed by the British to the ever-increasing restrictions intended to "de-normalize" vapers in the US.

 

Hate speech is never cool, as the owner of a mobile "vape van" in New Jersey is learning. Following the Hoboken man's racially-tinged tirade that was caught on film last week, city officials are looking at revoking his license.

In another argument in favor of harm reduction, *Raw Story* takes on an unsavory fact of life – Big Tobacco didn't invent vaping, but it has spent a ton of money developing its own vapor products and buying up vape companies to try to jump on the bandwagon, seeing the writing on the wall for its actual tobacco products. Is it ethically acceptable to allow the same industry that's harmed or killed hundreds of millions of people worldwide to share in the profits derived from offering a less-harmful alternative? We tend to agree with the author here – it's unpalatable, but anything that makes people healthier and safer is something that we as a society should be doing.

 

We've talked before about the vaping paradise that New Zealand is primed to become – some government officials want to go so far as offering public subsidies to vape businesses in order to push toward the country's goal of being entirely tobacco-free by 2020. Now, the island nation may become a key in helping its neighbors in Australia seeking to quit smoking. While nicotine-containing e-liquids are illegal in Australia, some merchants are suggesting that local vapers might be able to ship in plain nic-liquid from New Zealand and add their own flavorings before vaping.

It's always nice to see something like this pop up in the most mainstream of places – the *New York Times* this week ran a lengthy, well-researched article not only firmly clarifying that vaping is indeed much safer than smoking, but a powerful driver of small businesses which are under threat of closure by the FDA. It's worth a click to check the whole thing out. Conspiracy theorists have long speculated that part of the government's war on vaping can be attributed to a desire to protect revenues from Big Tobacco, which signed a multibillion-dollar settlement agreement in the late 1990s after years of misleading the public about the true dangers of tobacco use. More fuel for that fire - West Virginia revenues from the settlement are up last year an outcome partially attributed to slowing growth of vaping due to increasingly tight restrictions that aim to treat vapor as if it's smoke.

 

That's it for this time, but there's always more to come…

acuity