Vape News In Brief: October 24th, 2017 Edition
Vape News In Brief: October 24th, 2017 Edition
Here we go again – time to take a look around the web and bring you a quick rundown on what's been going down in the world of vape…
Here's a growing problem in the vape world, presented in a "But the children!!!" format – schools in New Mexico are having trouble determining whether the vaporizers they're confiscating from students are used for vaping nicotine or marijuana concentrates. We'll just note here that both substances are illegal for youth to possess nationwide…
We've touched on how harsh vaping laws in some other countries can be – in Singapore, for example, attempting to import vape gear can result in jail sentences and steep fines of as much as $10,000. Still, that's not stopping some people from trying to quit using tobacco, as the country has prosecuted more than 15,000 cases involving vapers over the last three years. Tobacco products, confoundingly, remain perfectly legal within the nation's borders.
Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the FDA to reverse a decision granting a temporary reprieve to vapor product manufacturers that threatens to run most out of business. He says he's doing so because of a rise in the popularity of vaping among teens. The only problem with his reasoning is that youth vaping is actually on the decline, thanks in part to tougher age restriction laws.
Despite heavy fines and possible imprisonment just for having vape gear in one's possession, vaping is still on the rise in Singapore. Since the country's strict laws ban all forms of vape gear despite having no such qualms about unfettered tobacco use, that means smuggling cases involving vapor products are on the rise.
Every once in a while, we still see one of those "feel good" vape stories about a new entrepreneur looking to bring brick-and-mortar vape shops to the masses – since most large, medium-sized (and really even small) cities have at least some experience with vaping, the well is starting to dry up in this regard. Still, here's some positive coverage from Hot Springs, South Dakota – population 3564.
Have you ever worried that using a technologically advanced vape mod makes you a nerd? Have no fear, because this company has a "striking, new" product – an old cigalike that resembles the first ones ever to hit the mass market. This one does have one interesting feature, if it works. When you put the cigalike back in its charger case (designed to look like a pack of smokes, much like old school charger cases), it'll reload the device with just enough liquid for a couple puffs, and likewise only charge the battery to last for approximately the length of a typical smoke break before it has to be put away. If you've ever worried that vaping affords you too much freedom when it comes to when and how much you vape, this might be a product to look into!
Another new study contends that restrictive local vaping laws are stopping smokers from quitting. The report was actually prepared for use as a politically motivated hit piece rather than from a scientific perspective, but some of the gathered viewpoints are still worth a read.
This next study is actual science, though its results may be flawed. According to a research team at the UNC School of Medicine, vaping has little effect on sufferers or potential sufferers of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, more commonly known as COPD. COPD encompasses a number of diseases that affect the lungs and breathing, and the study in question dealt with smokers or former smokers between the ages of 45 and 80. Key findings: there's little evidence vaping helps COPD patients, and that dual-using (vaping while continuing to smoke) actually makes their condition worse. Why this is probably true: dual-use, while it's sometimes helpful as part of an active quit attempt, if used long-term tends to result in increased nicotine consumption, with people who aren't attempting to quit smoking just as much as before. This trend is particularly pronounced amongst older smokers, while younger ones are statistically more likely to switch completely. Further, vapor particles when inhaled are larger than smoke particles – while more benign due to the absence of tar and thousands of other nasty things, it's plausible the larger particles could be more irritating to already-damaged lung tissue. Why the research may be flawed: again, the fact only older people were involved in the study, which did not include many full-time vapers. Also, the dual-use thing is huge – we've long known that dual-use as a long-term plan doesn't really provide much (if any) benefit from vaping. Conclusion: we're not doctors, but COPD patients may want to take pause and do their own research before beginning a vapor regimen.
Here's an interesting rundown on the latest scientific knowledge with regards to vaping, both the good and the (verifiable) bad. We may visit this one in greater depth later in the week.
For now, though, this will have to do. Happy vapor trails until we meet again!