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Vape News In Brief: October 31st, 2017 Edition

Vape News In Brief: October 31st, 2017 Edition

 

It's been about a week – time to check back in for the latest developments in the wide world of news pertaining to vaping, in the fashion of short blurbs! Diving in…


New research suggests teens vaping high-nicotine devices are more likely to smoke after six months' use of the devices. While teen smoking is never good news, the data here does invite some skepticism as it relates to smokers who fail to quit and doesn't have any evidence to support the idea that vaping encourages non-smokers to start, an idea that's been pushed by the anti-vape crowd for years despite an ongoing lack of ability to demonstrate such claims.

 

Here's a refreshing take – this Montana vape shop owner is cited calling for common-sense regulations that protect access to vaping and make the practice safer at the same time. A novel suggestion that may deserve consideration: mandating brick-and-mortar shops that sell mechanical mods explain to their customers how they work. Virtually all "exploding e-cigarette" stories that don't involve bare batteries (and no e-cig at all) are tied to mechanical mods being carelessly handled – explaining to customers they're essentially carrying a powerful, unregulated electrical circuit around might encourage greater care or selecting a more appropriate beginner device with safety features built in.


In a sign of just how far the UK is pushing the vaping envelope, the government is considering giving free e-cigarettes to pregnant women struggling to quit smoking. Nicotine, which can cause problems with developing fetuses, is likely to be present in these proposed devices – the assumption here is that the elimination of many other toxins is worth the risk for the hardest of cases involving mothers who can't or won't quit entirely.


The Health Ministry of New Zealand, which had come out in opposition to vaping last year as political calls for its encouragement were heating up, has changed its tune. "The evidence is still coming in and piling up that this is safer than smoking tobacco and we'd much rather people do this than keep smoking," says Massey University associate professor of public health Marewa Glover in response to the health body's policy shift.

 

British American Tobacco, the powerhouse behind cigarette brands such as Camel and Pall Mall, says it expects to double its smokeless business, which includes both vapor devices and "heat not burn" devices, to $1.3 billion by the end of next year. Admitting that traditional cigarettes are dying, the company hopes to shift $6.6 billion of its revenue streams to smokeless products by 2022.


This is really a thing – earlier this year, a cycling website celebrated the launch of a new Camelbak-style hydration pack (a backpack with a water bottle and straw) that included a separate nozzle for vaping a mod built into the backpack. It was intended as an April Fool's prank, but apparently someone is actually selling them.

 

The American E-Liquid Manufacturing Standards Association (AEMSA), an industry group that to date has focused on advocating for safety standards and verifiable manufacturing processes when it comes to e-juice, is opening its membership to broader swaths of the vape industry. Any attempts like this one to self-regulate are helpful not only in boosting consumer confidence, but in providing useful real-life framework for reference when lawmakers are developing official regulations.


That's what we've got for today, but there's always more right around the corner…

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