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Vape News In Brief – October 18th, 2017 Edition

Vape News In Brief – October 18th, 2017 Edition

 

 

New week, old format, new stories – we're going to take a look around the world of vape news, sharing whatever we find of interest. Jumping in:

 

 

Let's start off with an interesting look inside a Chinese vaping convention – the lion's share of vaping hardware is manufactured in Shenzhen, China, so this is ground zero for the future of vapor.

 

 

It's a nice headline - Is the government finally starting to see sense on e-cigarettes? Alas, it's tied to an article originating in Britain. Interesting takeaway: there, 97 percent of vapers are former smokers. Put that it in your e-pipe (those things were cool, I wish they were still a thing) and vape it!

 

 

It's been picked up by Yahoo (which probably would have meant a whole lot more if this were 1999) - switching to vaping could save the lives of literally millions of US smokers.

 

Say goodbye to a legend – Johnson Creek Smoke Juice, one of the earliest American e-liquid manufacturers (the company's product offerings date back to 2008) abruptly closed their doors last week. Johnson Creek, which employed as many as 80 people in the small village of Hartland, Wisconsin, made the liquid that went into Blu cigalikes, which were many vapers' first exposure to tobacco alternatives. The company and town had recently been involved in legal challenges to the FDA's deeming regulations, since delayed but not revoked, that would burden liquid mixers with millions of dollars in application fees in order to remain in business.

 

 

Here's an interesting tidbit – in California, often pictured alongside New York as being at the forefront of restrictive smoking and vaping laws, Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a measure that would have banned smoking and vaping at state parks and beaches. "If people can’t even smoke on a deserted beach, where can they?" the governor wondered in his written dissent letter. Who knows where things go from here, but it's certainly an interesting development.

 

On slow news days we'll sometimes feature mindless videos of guys showing off their vape trickery. Ever wonder how the science behind what they're doing works? This week, we've got you covered.

 

 

We've been watching the whole "heat, not burn" development for months – since this is an actual tobacco product (PG-soaked cigarettes that are placed in an herb vaporizer for heating), they're not yet legal in the US. Demand is soaring in Japan, though, and a new study out of San Diego State University suggests that if and when they make it stateside, they may put an even bigger dent in smoked tobacco products than vaping. While we've obviously got a dog in this fight, the simple truth is that anything that convinces people to stop inhaling smoldering sticks of smoke has to be a good thing, right?

 

We've looked before at concerns over the propensity of mental health patients to be the heaviest smokers. Now, psychiatrists are reporting that quit attempts among this at-risk group are at an all-time high. That's always good news.

 

Another new study is out, this one dealing with the effect of vapor on ocular surfaces (read: your eyes). If the results were presented as credible, there might be some cause for alarm – alas, the optometrist reporting on the results here chooses to ignore the wealth of data on the benefits of full conversion to vaping and instead points to a single Swiss study that shows little harm reduction (the study includes dual-users of vapor and tobacco products, and even a little tobacco exposure is still incredibly harmful). As far as the eyes go, "[Disability Adjusted Life Years lost] for the various vape device and voltage combinations were lower than or comparable to those estimated for exposures to secondhand and third hand tobacco smoke." Third hand smoke, if you're not familiar, is being exposed to an indoor area where someone has smoked in the past but where no smoking is currently taking place. We'll look for more on this topic going forward, but unfortunately what promised to be a useful new angle of investigation quickly devolves here into a diatribe about youth vaping, third hand smoking, and a conclusion of "We need more research, but I'm nonetheless convinced vaping is an evil practice."

 

Back to Great Britain's "Stoptober" monthlong campaign to end smoking – with the promotion of government health services touting vaping as a viable and much less harmful alternative to smoking, sales of vape starter kits are up 37 percent in the UK.

 

That's our take for now – we're playing catch-up though, so expect more news, faster, stronger, better, and online right here at Breazy…

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