Wednesday’s News at a glance:
FDA delays ingredient listing deadline – with 10 hours to go ~ FDA Shift On Vaping Is Bringing Optimism Back To The Industry ~ Farsalinos replicates e-cigarette Aldehyde Emissions studies ~ Study: Vaping Is ‘5,700 Times Less Dangerous Than Smoking’ ~ UK MP urges caution over suggesting e-cigs as safer alternatives ~ MPs question whether total ban on e-cigarettes is necessary ~ Fake News | Do Mixed Messages On Vaping Put Lives At Risk? ~ Advisory: Vaping Stupidity Within ~ Harry’s Blog: Another Brick in the Wall ~ Docs Link Higher Nic with Smoking Risk ~ Negative Spit Study ~ Gene Vape Studies ~ More Vape Crime
Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
The FDA has once again delayed an important deadline for vaping manufacturers. The agency announced Tuesday that the requirement for large-scale manufacturers to submit ingredient listings would be delayed six months, until May 8, 2018. The deadline was today, Nov. 8. The FDA announced the delay less than 10 hours before the listings were due.
Steve Birr, The Daily Caller
Optimism is returning to the long beleaguered U.S. vaping industry now that federal health regulators have softened their stance towards alternative smoking technologies. In a massive break with past policy, the Food and Drug Administration acknowledged July 28 the benefits alternative technologies like e-cigarettes offer smokers trying to quit the habit. The move appears to have quelled widespread fears among business owners regarding the financial sustainability of the vapor industry.
Diane Caruana, Vaping Post
“Bad quality studies accompanied by impressive press statements are becoming increasingly frequent … I think we will see some interesting developments in this aspect soon,” said Farsalinos back in 2016, when asked about his predictions for 2017. The anti-smoking expert is a research fellow at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens and at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Patras in Greece. and has been conducting laboratory and clinical research on e-cigarettes since 2011.
Andy Beal, Health Thoroughfare
Anyone wondering if they should ditch smoking, head to a vape shop, and take up vaping instead can gain a lot of insight from a new study. It says e-cigarettes are many thousands of times healthier for people than smoking tobacco. The study, which will be published in the Journal of Aerosol Science in January, examined the lung cancer risk for people who are active vapers and those in their immediate vicinity. It looked at the particles in vapor given off by e-cig devices to determine how they compared to smoke from burning tobacco and found greatly reduced amounts of harmful substances.
Diane Caruana, Vaping Post
Despite the number of studies indicating that e-cigarettes have great potential as smoking cessation tools, speaking in Westminster MP Gregory Lloyd Campbell said that it would be wrong of governments to promote the devices as such.
Brent Stafford, Regualtor Watch
Reality is stark and often quite difficult to acknowledge. But, ignoring the appalling state of public opinion towards the potential health benefits of vaping should not be an option. According to Action on Smoking and Health UK the number of adults that believe vaping is as harmful or even more harmful than smoking has quadrupled from 7% in 2013 to 26% in 2017.
Shannon, The Secret World Of Sparkles
We all know Twitter is a toxic wasteland of radioactive shit re: vaping. As I’m sure you’re well aware, much of my time is spent on Twitter. And I stumble across a lot of the shit. Although sometimes I really wish I didn’t.
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Harry Shapiro, Nicotine In The News
My friend Ethan Nadelmann once told of a conversation he had with an officer from the US Drug Enforcement Administration. Ethan asked him if there was anything they could agree upon, any common ground across which a bridge could be built. The officer replied that the wall between their views was just too high for him to want to climb over and engage in meaningful dialogue. On the strength of the latest example hot from the desk of the WHO, I fear that is where we are with this agency too. It almost seems pointless to continue berating the WHO over its intransigent opposition to safer nicotine products (SNP).
Four From Mawsley, Planet Of The Vapes
Mawsley, Planet Of The Vapes
Researchers from, and this will not surprise anybody, California have claimed that teens who vape higher concentrations of nicotine eliquids have an increased probability of long-term ecig use and are more likely to progress onto smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes.
A research team from the University of North Carolina looked at mucus coughed up by smokers, vapers and non-smoker/vapers. They believe their “findings challenge the concept that switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes is a healthier alternative.”
A study published in Molecular Psychiatry is the largest one of its kind ever conducted looking at the nature of nicotine dependence. In Physiological Reports, researchers from Quebec have investigated whether exposure to electronic cigarette vapours affects pulmonary and systemic expression of circadian molecular clock genes.
As vaping boomed it became inevitable that the types of people vaping would diverge. Now it seems that no crime story is complete unless it is linked in some way to electronic cigarette use. This week’s tales include prisoners starting a fire, a biker who should win awards for stupidity, and a tip for responding to a complaint.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
I am writing this blog in response to a plea for help/tips for new users. I hope it will offer some useful advice that can be imparted to new switchers. It is far from exhaustive but I think it contains the essentials.
First let me give you my story. I am 60 years old and smoked since 9. I quit many times and failed just as often. 3½ years ago I was persuaded by my daughter to try ecigs. I have not looked back since. For me it was an instant success and I have not touched a cigarette since or even wanted to. Calling it a minor miracle is an understatement. If you don’t want to quit smoking then ignore this. I don’t want to demonise you in any way. If you do want to stop smoking then please read on.
Jim McDonald, Vaping360
Is vaping dangerous? Every day we see the stories, in newspapers and on television, about vaping health risks. Usually they’re centered on the study du jour. Maybe it’s a chemical today. Yesterday it was exploding batteries. Last week it was the increase in teenage vaping. Next month some new vaping danger will grab the headlines. But what is the reality? Do the risks of vaping outweigh the rewards?
The first thing to know is that for most users vaping is an alternative to using the deadliest consumer product ever made: cigarettes. The vast majority of regular users of vapor products are ex-smokers or current smokers. Nothing compares to the health risks of setting plant material on fire and inhaling the smoke. Half of lifelong smokers die prematurely from smoking-related disease.