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Vape News In Brief: October 5th, 2018 Edition

Vape News In Brief: October 5th, 2018 Edition


VNIB is a semi-regular column in which Breazy takes a look around the globe, searching for news, science, and the occasional tasty pop culture tidbit related to vaping and the life of vapers. Today, let's talk about…



…the value of harm reduction. US FDA chief Scott Gottlieb has said in recent weeks that the danger of youth picking up smoking as a result of trying vaping outweighs the benefit of adults using vapor products to quit smoking. In this piece, University of Georgia economics professor Jeffrey Dorfman does an empirical cost-benefit analysis of the trade-off. What did he find? First, about 1.5 million American adults quit smoking each year who wouldn't have done so without access to vaping. Meanwhile, the number of teens who experiment with smoking after trying vaping is around 500,000. Using this metric, tightening vapor regulation means the government is OK with three adults failing in their quit attempts if it means one minor is discouraged from starting smoking. The cost of more adults smoking in order to prevent teen tobacco use climbs even higher when you plug in numbers suggesting three-fourths of teens who try cigarettes don't end up becoming regular smokers. It all adds up. But you should really click through to the article to check the math for yourself.


Finally starting to get it: researchers at Northwestern University have published a report imploring policymakers to stop treating vaping and smoking as if they're the same thing. "'Cigarette' might appear in the term 'e-cigarette' but that is as far as their similarities extend," the report says. "Comparing cigarettes to e-cigarettes can give us a false sense of what dangers exist because it misses the gap in understanding how people use them and how they can make people dependent," writes author Matthew Olonoff, a Ph.D. student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "Before we start making policy changes, such as controlling nicotine or flavor options in e-cigarettes, we need to better understand what role these unique characteristics have." The paper evenhandedly goes on to suggest that in addition to vaping’s benefits, it is also likely to present unique problems, such as its appeal to teens, but that by lumping vapor research into the sphere of tobacco knowledge it becomes difficult to address each one's specific risk factors.


e-liquid science research

Doth the bell toll for the e-liquid industry? Recent findings out of Yale University suggest that, given the choice between zero nicotine flavored vapes and unflavored vaporizers that contain nicotine, youth are more likely to prefer flavor to nicotine. Another study cited in the link above finds that 75 percent of underaged vapers say they'd quit if flavored e-liquids were banned. As stories like this one pile up at an avalanche pace, the FDA continues to threaten adult vapers' ability to choose flavored products, and Congress considers a bipartisan bill that would ban flavored e-liquid. If you're of the prepper mindset, we'll note here that liquids kept in a cool, dark storage site have a shelf life of up to a year, double that if buried at the bottom of a chest freezer…


Harvard E-Liquid Research

A new study reinforces the notion that teens who are open to experimenting with vapor products are also more likely to use combustible tobacco cigarettes. The Rand Corporation followed 2000 California teens for three years, from age 17 to 19. They found that while eight percent of the 17-year-olds vaped and only six percent smoked, by age 19 vaping rates increased to just nine percent but smoking incidence doubled to 12 percent. While the study finds a correlation between smoking and vaping (heroin users are more likely to have tried marijuana than people who don't use heroin, for example), it stops short of establishing a causal relationship (e.g. marijuana causes people to use heroin). Still, the findings are troubling, even though one would logically expect overall smoking rates to be on the rise instead of the decline if vaping (which is inarguably exponentially more popular now than several years ago) caused people to smoke.


We'll take a break from the doom and gloom for a minute to note that, while most of the major press outlets are focused on the coming day of reckoning the industry seems poised to face over JUUL's alleged misdeeds, there are some rays of sunshine peeking out intermittently between the clouds. Read these stories from smaller outlets about vapers young and old who thank vaping for delivering them from the clutches of tobacco.


India and the US share a similar trajectory when it comes to vaping: both are moving toward more stringent restrictions. India wants to ban the practice outright, while the less Draconian proposals stateside to ban flavored liquids and online sales could have a similar de facto effect. But according to this (poorly translated, we'll admit) dispatch from the University of Ottawa, bans could be a grave mistake. Japan, which restricts traditional vaping but allows heat-not-burn tobacco products, has seen a 25 percent reduction in cigarette use over the last two-and-a-half years. In Iceland, vaping is credited with a 40 percent drop in smoking in just a three-year timespan. Granted, the large populations and skeptical governments in both the US and India are both hindrances to such exceptional success stories, but we're encouraged by progress wherever we find it.


This op-ed from our northerly neighbor is also worth a look. The opinion piece wisely advises against throwing "Aunt Gladys the smoker out with the teenager in the bathwater." Here’s a quote from the piece that sums up the gist of it: “With all the focus on the ‘dramatic’ youth usage, we are losing sight on what vaping is. Vaping is harm reduction for smokers who cannot, or will not, quit the use of recreational nicotine.” Word.


Ireland has set its sights on becoming a "smoke-free nation" by 2025 and by that the country means reducing the overall smoking rate to less than five percent. But recent findings suggest that they'll be about 27 years late hitting that target given their current pace. More than 18 percent of Irish are currently smokers, and anti-tobacco advocates are pressing health officials to lean into vaping as a means of getting the country on track to hit the ambitious mark in time.

Brilliant! Seriously, check out this story from a British smoker who picked up a JUUL to kick the stinkies and follow his quit experience for a stepped-back look at how we're currently assessing the company's malaise. It's a refreshing read worth your while, particularly if you're fond of Breazy’s irreverent tone.


Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood wants to tax and regulate vaping. He just has a few problems: how to determine the nicotine equivalency of a pack of cigarettes given the varying level of nicotine in e-liquids, how to square the goal of reducing nicotine intake with fact that the closed-system devices he's advocating taxing have much more nicotine than refillable products, and whether combustible cigarettes that have been proven beyond a doubt to kill users should be more accessible to teens than vapor products. Good luck with that, Jimmy. Let us know how you make out.

We'll leave you with that for now, but news never sleeps so we are going to sneak off for a quick nap.