Vaping Digest November 27th

Wednesday’s News at a glance:

Twitter Q&A: debunking tobacco harm reduction misconceptions ~ Black Market set to reap rich harvest from new B.C. vape laws ~ PNP apprehends 243 for vaping in public ~ Confused about vaping? Scientists give their verdicts ~ Help UCL Research ~ Researchers Say FDA Has Fallen Down on E-Cigarette Testing ~ More Evidence that Vitamin E Acetate Oil, Not E-Cigarettes, Is the Cause of the Respiratory Disease Outbreak ~ More clues point to chemical compound in US vaping illnesses ~ How the British Approach to Vaping Puts the US to Shame ~ End The Lies ~ JUUL Delivers A Nicotine Kick ~ CPSC Will Go After Vape Shops That Violate Bottle Rules ~ NYC Ban on Flavored Vaping Products Will Create New Black Markets & Keep Smokers Smoking ~ NYC Flavor Ban Passes as Vapers Throw Money at the Council ~ Don’t destroy the nicotine vaping industry ~ The Coordinated Threat ~ ATHRA supports the establishment of new vape shop organisation ~ BAT says U.S vaping slowdown will curb growth of e-cig business ~The Complex Realm Of Cloud Chasers, Coil Builders And Other Vape Modders

Twitter Q&A: debunking tobacco harm reduction misconceptions


Confused about vaping? Scientists give their verdicts

Ash Wales

Two of the UK’s  leading experts on vaping, Professor Peter Hajek and Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, answer your questions about whether e-cigarettes really are a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes.

Peter Hajek is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Health and Lifestyle Research Unit at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine at Queen Mary University of London.

Jamie  Hartmann-Boyce is lead author of the Cochrane review on electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation and Senior Researcher at the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.

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Help UCL Research

Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes

Researchers at University College London (UCL) are looking for people to help with a new project involving nicotine, e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. Sceptics can be assured that the research will place emphasis on scientific rigour as the principal investigator is Dr Lion Shahab.

Researchers Say FDA Has Fallen Down on E-Cigarette Testing

Thomas M. Burton, The Wall Street Journal

The Food and Drug Administration has come under fire for not moving quickly to address the health risks of e-cigarettes, but outside the public spotlight it is also under attack for not prioritizing study of whether those vaping products may well be an important way to reduce deaths from traditional smoking.


More Evidence that Vitamin E Acetate Oil, Not E-Cigarettes, Is the Cause of the Respiratory Disease Outbreak

Michael Siegel, The Rest of the Story

A new study published today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the weekly MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) bolsters the evidence that vitamin E acetate oil, rather than e-cigarettes, is causing the “vaping-associated” respiratory illness.

The study reports the results of laboratory testing conducted in the state of Minnesota, where 96 confirmed cases occurred through October 31.

More clues point to chemical compound in US vaping illnesses

Mike Stobbe, AP News

End The Lies

Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes

The American Heart Association (AHA) has announced it is funding a new campaign to the tune of $20 million. It promises to combat lies in research, but the true purpose is immediately apparent from the full title: The “End the Lies Youth Vaping and Nicotine Research Initiative”.

JUUL Delivers A Nicotine Kick

Brad Rodu, Tobacco Truth

In an an academic first, researchers from Penn State University have published an informative, straightforward and unexaggerated study about JUUL e-cigarettes.  Their work appears in JAMA Network Open.

Jessica Yingst and colleagues evaluated the blood nicotine absorption profile of six JUUL users.  The volunteers abstained from nicotine use for 14 hours prior to testing.

Related: Why E-Cigarette Flavor Bans are Misguided: The Flavor’s Not the Problem, It’s the Nicotine Salts


CPSC Will Go After Vape Shops That Violate Bottle Rules

Jim McDonald, Vaping 360

FDA issued guidance today that answered a long-standing complaint by vaping industry. The agency will allow changes to pre-Aug. 8, 2016 products to meet UL battery standards and new e-liquid bottle requirements imposed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The FDA will not enforce Deeming Rule restrictions that prevent new products from being introduced to the market or existing ones from being altered for those two purposes. Neither change is mandated by the FDA, but the CPSC already requires bottles to meet its new standards.


NYC Ban on Flavored Vaping Products Will Create New Black Markets & Keep Smokers Smoking

American Vaping Association

Just now, the New York City Council voted to approve a citywide ban on the sale of flavored vaping products, otherwise known as e-cigarettes, except in tobacco flavors. Mint and menthol vaping products are included in the ban, although menthol cigarettes will remain available for purchase across New York City.

NYC Flavor Ban Passes as Vapers Throw Money at the Council

Jim McDonald, Vaping 360

As expected, the New York City Council approved a ban on flavored vaping products this afternoon, by a vote of 42-2. The law will take effect in about six months.

Vaping advocates threw cash from the balcony at City Hall after the vote was taken. One person shouted, “Big tobacco thanks you!” as bills rained down on the politicians.

The city will now become the largest political entity in the United States to ban flavors.

Related: New York City: Where You Can Get Cigarettes at Every Corner Store But There’s Not an E-Cigarette to Be Found

Don’t destroy the nicotine vaping industry

Gregory Conley, USA Today

The vaping community is in crisis for all the wrong reasons.

There has been a torrent of bad news over the past few months regarding illnesses and deaths caused by illegal vaping products. It has caused the government to do what the government does: respond to hysterical media coverage with a “ban first, ask questions later” mentality.


The Coordinated Threat

Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes

Over the last week, several articles have appeared in print that contain quotes from (usually Martin McKee) anti-vaping activists. No note is given to the minority role they play in the UK’s understanding of vaping. Now The Guardian has printed a letter in its entirety from 16 paediatric healthcare “professionals”.

ATHRA supports the establishment of new vape shop organisation

Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association

ATHRA welcomes the launch today of the Australian Retail Vaping Industry Association (ARVIA) which will support Australia’s vape shops. Vape shops are the modern-day smoking clinics which provide a valuable public health service at no cost to the government.


BAT says U.S vaping slowdown will curb growth of e-cig business

The Complex Realm Of Cloud Chasers, Coil Builders And Other Vape Modders

, Kaiser Health News

A Juul pod is not an e-cigarette is not a vape pen is not a mod.

Ask any serious vaper, but then, what kind of vaper to ask? There are the nicotine casuals and those drawn to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. There are the hobbyists with all their sub-genres: do-it-yourselfers, cloud chasers, sub-ohmers, coil builders and other device modifiers, called modders, not to mention vape lifestyle models and social media influencers.


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