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Vape News In Brief – October 12th Edition

Vape News In Brief – October 12th Edition

 

Yes, yes – it's been a while, we know. How about a hearty, back-slapping "Welcome back!" for everybody's/some people's/somebody's/this author's favorite vape news roundup column? Diving in…


The British Psychological Society is joining other health agencies in the UK in calling for the promotion of e-cigarettes as a means of helping smokers kick their habits. The nation is in the midst of a month-long quit campaign. We'll take a deeper dive into this soon…

 

 

Shifting to South Korea, a report shows imports of vape gear have more than doubled since a 2015 tobacco tax nearly doubled the price of a pack of cigarettes – which can still be had for about 4500 won, or about $3.60 US.

 

Beware of legislative creep – long a target of anti-vapor activists, flavor bans have hit San Francisco, are under consideration in New Jersey, and are now a potential reality in New York. "I don’t know many adults who would like to inhale bubble gum or strawberry vapor," claims Manhattan state senator Linda Rosenthal, who obviously doesn't know many adults who vape, period. We've seen this before, as laws to equate vaping with smoking have spread across city halls and statehouses nationwide – if you care about your right to escape from tobacco (and tobacco flavorings), now's the time to speak up.

 

More on flavorings – the Yale School of Public Health has some theories on how things might shake out if flavored e-liquid were to be banned nationwide. For starters, about 10% fewer people would vape (other research says flavor is important to a much larger group, though) – many of those people are current smokers who would just never attempt to quit. If menthol flavoring (the only one currently legal in cigarettes, though many flavors of cigar are produced) were banned in tobacco cigarettes, though, nearly 5% of smokers would quit. Most of them would switch to vaping. Given the real-life effect of a flavor ban (which doesn't project to affect underage vaping or smoking nearly as much as effective age restriction enforcement), the answer seems clear from a public health perspective: keep flavors in vaping, ban them in smoking.

 

Here's a nice example of balanced reporting, which seems ever more rare these days. Penn State officials, given a rise in vaping on campus, are mulling options including a complete ban on vapor and tobacco products. But local vapers and supervisors of campus-owned housing, who get their fair share of copy, are arguing for a more modest and commonsense approach to regulation that preserves individual freedom while still protecting those who may be offended by secondhand smoke or vapor (the latter isn't really a thing, but it's perceived as such by many).

 

For every good story, though, there's an absolutely terrible one lurking in the shadows. In this *Albuquerque Journal* piece, written by someone purporting to be a doctor dispensing health advice, readers are told "exhaled vapor may be even more dangerous than cigarette smoke," (this one's been thoroughly debunked by the very people who set out to prove it), that "less than half a teaspoon of liquid nicotine can be fatal to a toddler," (less than half a teaspoon of actual liquid nicotine, containing 1000 mg of the drug per milliliter of liquid, could be fatal to a horse – but liquids used by consumers are usually less than 1% as potent), that "there have been reports of ENDS devices exploding," (these are almost always attributed to unsafe battery handling, and there have also been reports of mobile phones exploding), that vape mods "can also be used to smoke or vape marijuana, oils, waxes, and herbs," (cars can also be used to run over pedestrians, hunting rifles can also be fired at people, a common kitchen stove can be used to heat illicit drugs – the connection is pretty fleeting), and that "there is little evidence to support that they help users stop smoking cigarettes," (there are mountains of peer-reviewed scientific papers that support this assertion). All of this said, I'm only cherry-picking and left at least another half-dozen bogus claims unrefuted. If this person is your doctor, it's time to file a change request.


Speaking of all those studies pointing to vaping as a less-harmful alternative to smoking, hey! Here's yet another one


We'll leave it at that for now, but check back soon, there's always more on the horizon…

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