Vape News in Brief: November 24th 2017 Edition
Vape News in Brief: November 24th 2017 Edition
It's that time again – we scour the dregs of the interweb in search of news related to vaping, vape law, and vapers' health, separating the chaff and leaving you with only the finest grains of knowledge. This week, let's talk about…
…how, despite attacks on vaping continuing unabated at the city and county level in the United States, over in New Zealand the government is ramping up support for the vape industry as part of a push to make the country 100% smoke free by 2025.
Science: a new paper finds that both cigarette smoke and e-cigarette aerosol can both increase blood pressure and decrease heartbeat in mice. Other studies have tied this same effect more specifically to nicotine than smoke or vapor in general, and it raises some concern that significant levels of formaldehyde and other aldehydes are being found in the study's "vapor" – in the past this presence indicates that researchers were either inadvertently or intentionally burning wicking material, creating smoke and mistaking it for vapor. Still, the takeaway here is that nicotine, no matter how you consume it, can create stress for your heart and circulatory system that could lead to health problems.
While the above post makes clear that vaping isn't a way to remove 100% of the risk from a nicotine habit, it's effective enough at harm reduction that lung cancer specialist nurses are taking to the streets in England, promoting the use of e-cigs as a "great way" to escape traditional tobacco products.
Odd pairings: staying in the UK, a brick-and-mortar vape shop wants to use part of its shop space as a showroom retailing sports cars. Not sure how that's going to work, but we like cars. And we like vaping. Brilliant.
Here's a nice, well-researched and thoroughly-backlinked piece pressing the US for a modern day anti-smoking champion at the federal level who'll push to get the facts about vaping's harm reduction capabilities out to the masses, many of whom mistakenly believe due to governmental waffling that e-cigs are as dangerous or even more so than actual tobacco products.
These are some interesting insights on the habits of vapers back in 2013-2014, otherwise known as the Stone Age of Vaping. Big takeaways: availability of a wide variety of flavors was (and still is) immensely important for smokers looking to quit, and people who've never smoked are much less likely to use nicotine than those attempting to quit using vaping. Still, 69% (not nice) of never-smokers vape liquids containing nicotine – please be aware that while much research places nicotine somewhere around caffeine on the level of harmful drugs (addictive properties and delivery method notwithstanding), the health risks of using any drug are always greater than zero.
We're not quite sure how to take this one – a professor at Cal State Long Beach has for the last few years been conducting surveys of students, quizzing them about their smoking and vaping habits. From her research, she's convinced the trend of youth vaping is in steep decline, while tobacco use continues its years-long drop in popularity (CSULB is an entirely smoke-and-vape-free campus, in policy anyway). That's all well and good, but assistant professor of human development Isabella Lanza goes further, predicting the entire vape industry is in its death throes. We're not sure we're there yet, but getting people away from tobacco is always a good thing, as is Lanza's opinion that colleges and universities should be much more concerned with students' alcohol use than their vaping habits.
More split-decision science upcoming, and it's another take from that old 2013-2014 data set. This time (remember, vaping was in its infancy then), the numbers being touted were as such: 68% of vapers were also currently smoking, while 24% were former smokers (including 10% who'd maintained their quit for more than a year at a time when vaping had hardly been in the mainstream for that long), and 8% had never smoked. Using these figures (including the fact that nearly a quarter of vapers had successfully quit smoking), Rana M. Jaber, a PhD from Baptist Health South Florida in Miami, reaches the natural conclusion – using e-cigarettes won't help you quit smoking.
Continuing a trend, even the *Boston Globe* has picked up on what they're calling "the most widespread phenomenon you've never heard of," or the popularity of Juul's high-strength nicotine pods amongst youth. This may be the one market segment where teenage use is a continuing problem, though longtime readers will remember that earlier in the year, the time-honored practice of "dripping" was the latest scourge of the vaping community. If past flare-ups are an indicator, we've got another month or two of hype to go on this one…
Troll job? This guy claims tobacco is the best e-liquid flavor ever, largely leaning on the "it's made from natural ingredients" argument. While naturally-extracted tobacco (NET) juices are indeed a thing, and often helpful to smokers who don't initially take to vaping, most tobacco liquid is not NET liquid. If you love tobacco blends, great – we've got more than 150 of them right here! While tobacco certainly has a place in the rotation for some of us, there's a reason the category makes up less than 5% of the 4000+ flavors on our roster.
To hear the kids tell it, vaping a Juul isn't even the same thing as using a mod – they classify the choice of device as a separate activity. You're either vaping or Juuling, but not doing both. Huh.
We'll leave it at that for now, but the world keeps turning and the news media will inevitably keep breaking news – we'll be here again in a few days to fix it.