Vapers Digest 10th March

Friday’s News at a glance:

India electronic-cigarette survey – Surprisingly bold claims – Israel’s Strategy for E-cigarettes – Kansas e-cigarette tax – 30 cent per milliliter tax on eliquids – Trump Could Be Good News for the E-Cig Community – Vaping could save lives — if government gets out of the way – I’m a Vaper and I Need Your Help – Citric acid – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest – Friday, 10 March 2017

Calling Vapers in India

Dr Farsalinos needs YOU!

Researchers led by Prof. Rajesh N. Sharan, Ph. D. and Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, M.D. have designed a study titled: “Understanding the profile of electronic-cigarette (e-cigarette) users, pattern of e-cigarette usage and its impact assessment in India: An online survey”

The goal of this research project is to understand the patterns of e-cigarette usage and its impact on the consumers in India.

Surprisingly bold claims

Given the lack of real world applicability
Tom Pruen in reply to “Benzene formation in electronic cigarettes”

I am somewhat dismayed by the claims made, given the circumstances that are required to generate alarming results.
On the one hand, a sealed product contains high levels of benzoic acid, but does not generate any measurable levels of benzene. User fillable devices contain only much lower levels.
Having identified a maximum level of 2mg/ml in the user fillable devices, rather than attempting to generate some data using this level, which might have some real world value, the authors use 9mg/ml.


Israel’s Strategy for E-cigarettes: 

Sell First, Worry About Health Later – Ronny Linder-Ganz

The upshot of the deceptively laconic announcement last week by the Health Ministry is that Health Minister Yaakov Litzman is shirking his duty to protect Israelis’ health. According to Litzman, pending a ruling by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, no restrictions will be placed on IQOS, Philip Morris’ new e-cigarette now being sold in Israel.

Kansas e-cigarette tax 

Among highest in nation 

Antonio Saverino and his mother own The Vape Bar with locations in Manhattan and Junction City. They say the state’s e-cigarette tax is hurting their business.

“We averaged about 1200 sales a month at this store previous to this tax. Last month, we had about 900 sales since the tax has been enacted,” Saverino said.

30 cent per milliliter tax on eliquids

Susan Du

The Minnesota legislature wants to impose a 30 cent per milliliter tax on eliquids for electronic cigarettes. Considering bottles of eliquid are typically sold in 30ml or 60ml sizes, that tax could add up to $9 or $18 per bottle – doubling prices and shuttering small vape shops across the state.

President Trump Could Be Good News

For the E-Cig Community – Joe Simonson

Starting in 2010, the e-cig business began to take off, growing an average 114 percent annually for the next five years. Here in Manhattan, many bodegas transformed from small shops offering ten different kinds of Doritos to full-blown vaporizer boutiques offering 30 flavors of vape juice and a variety of vaping accesories.


Vaping could save lives

If government gets out of the way – Marni Soupcoff

The use of e-cigarettes, otherwise known as vaping, must be regulated to protect people — particularly young people — from the dangers of inhaling a vapour that contains chemicals, and in some cases nicotine, and that serves as a gateway to smoking the cancer sticks we call regular combustible cigarettes, which themselves can lead to smoking God knows what. Real lives will be lost if there isn’t a crackdown on vaping.

I’m a Vaper and I Need Your Help

Smoke-free living through vaping is in danger, learn why vaping needs your help

New York Defective Products Lawyer

Discusses FDA Takes Action On Exploding E-Cigarettes

New York City defective products lawyer, Jonathan C. Reiter, explains, “Although it’s unclear what, if anything, the FDA will do to reduce or eliminate the risk of injury associated with e-cigarettes and e-cigarette batteries, this is not the first time a battery has caused serious injuries. For example, lithium ion batteries in cell phones and other devices have caused burns and other injuries in consumers. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, the FAA actually banned the devices from U.S. commercial flights due to the high risk of the battery inside the phone melting or exploding

Should we encourage smokers 

With severe mental illness to switch to electronic cigarettes?
Ratika Sharma, Coral E Gartner, David J Castle, Colin P Mendelsohn

Although smoking rates in Australia have declined significantly in recent years, the very high smoking prevalence in patients with severe mental illness (SMI) has remained unchanged (Cooper et al., 2012). In all, 70% of patients with schizophrenia and 61% of patients with bipolar disorder smoke, compared to 16% of those without mental illness (Cooper et al., 2012). People with SMI have substantially poorer physical health and a reduced life expectancy by 15–20 years compared to the general population.

Citric acid

Has the potential to produce respiratory sensitisers in e-cigarette vapor

Citric acid occurs naturally in the body, is ‘generally recognised as safe’ in the USA, and is used in pharmaceutical inhalation products. However, thermal degradation of citric acid can occur at the operating temperatures of some vaping devices. Starting at around 175-203°C, citric acid can degrade to form citraconic anhydride and its isomer itaconic anhydride.

On this Day…2016

A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…

A Day In The Strife Of Wales

Dick Puddlecote

There were three interesting articles yesterday about e-cigs in Wales which give a great insight into the disconnect between the public, on one hand, and the repulsive parasites who plague us on the other.

“….If there is a hell, that’s exactly where Welsh AMs and ASH Wales are headed, vile, socially-destructive, lying, self-enriching, fascist cretins that they are….”

When horror pictures top-trump evidence:

A lose-lose situation – Louise Ross

Louise Ross, head of the Leicester Stop Smoking Services, took part in a debate on e-cigarette in front of an audience of respiratory nurses.  It didn’t go well.

In this guest blog, Louise describes her experience debating e-cigarettes and tobacco harm reduction with a consultant in respiratory medicine apparently prepared to say anything to rubbish e-cigarettes….

Applying the Precautionary Principle

Paul Barnes – Facts Do Matter

We all know the arguments. Applying restrictions to avoid “potential harms”. Well we’ve seen how ludicrous that is in Wales recently where vaping is to be banned (yes Duckford, it is a ban. You might not think it is you daft old duffer, but it is) everywhere where smoking is currently banned. Ban in workplaces to protect the health of non-smokers & colleagues, ban in public places to, erm protect the health of workers and non-smokers. Ban in playgrounds, erm for the Cheeldren™.

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