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Vape News In Brief: May 30th, 2018 Edition

Vape News In Brief: May 30th, 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…

 

Germany, a country that's usually fairly conservative when it comes to product regulation but also has some of the most liberal views on vaping in the EU. Analysts say that's a healthy position to take.

 

Sign of the times – overseas Big Tobacco giant British American Tobacco is investing heavily in a Chinese venture capital firm. The move is one British American hopes will allow it to jump on the next generation of vapor technology ahead of competitors as tobacco firms continue to distance themselves from combustible products.

 

Here's the answer to a question we've never heard anybody ask: can you overdose on vaping? The short answer is no, but e-liquids can be quite dangerous if a child finds and drinks them. Remember, keep your liquid in child-safe bottles whenever possible, and always locked and out of reach of children. Note in this article that while five out of six experts agree on vaping's toxicity, even if they still have negative things to say about vapers, only one Stanton Glantz, perhaps the nation's largest purveyor of misinformation about vapor products, can imagine a situation in which vaping results in a user suffering from an OD.

 

vape battery safety

A quick reminder, because some people still need it: NEVER carry loose batteries in your pocket or purse. This goes for regular household cells as well as high-powered lithium ion ones that power your vape, but due to the high discharge rate of li-ions they're even more dangerous…

 

(Potentially misleading) Bad News: researchers at Portland State University have found that by turning vapor devices to maximum power settings and having a robot "vape" them, considerable amounts of formaldehyde were detected. This story runs with that as the lede, but later acknowledges flaws in the original study ignoring the fact that vapers wouldn't intentionally burn their wicks and inhale the smoke resulting from too high a setting, then goes on to say formaldehyde "at levels above OSHA workplace limits" could be found in actual vapor. Unfortunately there's no comparison here to the amount found in cigarette smoke, though the devices that were purposefully misused produced "formaldehyde at levels five to 15 times higher than the formaldehyde in regular cigarettes." For the record, "above OSHA limits" could still refer to a level three times lower than that found in cigarette smoke.


Here's an excellent read from the folks over at FiveThirtyEight, who use actual science to determine the net cost/benefit of vaping. Surprise – they make a lot of the arguments you've heard here at Breazy for years now, and ultimately come down (with a bit of hedging) on the pro-vapor side.


Did you know YouTube is targeting vape-friendly channels for elimination, even if they don't discuss illegal products or attempt to market to underage users? Now you do.


In other news, stories about people misusing batteries and hurting themselves and tales of a single girl who got sick in Pennsylvania over an issue that may or may not have been related to vaping are not driving vapers back to cigarettes en masse. While this is reported as a bad thing, we're not so sure...

 

"I got drunk and I did something stupid." That's all an Ohio man had to say about his decision to rob a vape shop where he was known as a regular customer while wearing the same knit cap he dons in online profile photos. We'd have to agree with his assessment.


As always, we're running behind here and have to wrap up, but check back soon for more of yesterday's vaping news, tomorrow (probably not tomorrow)…

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