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Vape News In Brief: September 11th, 2017 Edition

Vape News In Brief: September 11th, 2017 Edition



Brief summary: We read all the news in the world (or pretty much all of it) as relates to vaping and vapor products. The stuff worth knowing, we share below.


Gregory Conley, a research fellow at the conservative Heartland Institute and president of the American Vaping Association, is stumping for Big Tobacco's "heat not burn" vaping technology – essentially PG-soaked cigarettes that are heated in a sort of dry herb vaporizer. You can read his pitch here.



Several states in India have implemented complete bans on e-cigarettes, despite allowing their much deadlier combustible counterparts to continue widespread distribution. Scientists and other advocates, however, are fighting back.



More on that "heat not burn" tech that isn't quite smoking, but isn't quite vaping – this is actually an excellent long read on how that stuff works, and how it might reach a niche of smokers who want to quit but haven't been able to using vaping. Also noteworthy – the distinction between vaping tobacco (heat not burn) and vaping NOT tobacco (just vaping).


Lagging: Northern Ireland is just now getting around to banning sales of e-cigs to children.


Last June San Francisco (which is both a city and a county – the two share the same borders) passed a ban on flavored "tobacco" products (including both actual tobacco and e-liquids). Now, a massive signature-gathering campaign is forcing the county board of supervisors to either repeal the ban or place the question before voters in a public ballot. While the law is essentially devastating for the vaping industry in San Francisco, big money is rolling in from plenty of other fronts, including manufacturers of flavored chewing tobacco and cigarillos (little cigars). For her part, ban sponsor Malia Cohen believes flavored products included e-liquids are intended primarily to serve as "a gateway drug marketed to African Americans, Latinos, the LGBTQ community and children."


In our first visit to the topic of youth vaping this week, the state of Indiana has included vapor devices on a list of "gateway drugs" posing a threat to local youth.


A longer look at Pennsylvania's massive 40 percent wholesale tax on vapor products is coming as the measure passes its first year of implementation, but according to this piece more than 100 brick and mortar vape shops, or roughly one in every four that once existed in the state, have closed their doors.


Experienced readers will recall that there's considerable vape-related debate ongoing in Australia, where vaping devices are legal but liquids containing nicotine currently are not. In the latest bit of news, researchers at Dundee University are looking for volunteers to test the widespread (and elsewhere-confirmed) belief that e-cigarettes can be both less harmful than tobacco products and helpful for tobacco users who want to quit. The study's timeline is only four weeks, so it'll be interesting to see if results are released before the Australian government takes an official stance on fully legalizing vaping.


Despite positive feedback from residents and local officials, a local vape shop owner in Ohio has been ordered to remove this mural that he commissioned for the front of his yet-to-open storefront.


This article suggests that parents may want to begin randomly drug testing their children. Vapor products play a large role in the story, though the popular (and extremely high-nicotine) Juul cigalike is referenced and misspelled, and no mention is made to cotinine testing, which measures nicotine levels in a test subject.


Here's a well-argued editorial supporting the notion that, instead of excessive hand-wringing about the potential of vapor products to encourage youth to smoke (the research has been done, the link isn't there), focus of the vape debate would be better placed on considering how many fewer adult smokers might quit if access to vaping is severely restricted. This complementary piece makes much the same argument, while also pointing out the teen vaping "epidemic" is both overblown and subsiding.


That's what we have for this week, but you can be sure we'll be back soon with more…