The war on vaping products is still raging and vapers and industry supporters are still doing their best to fight back. A new e-cig study revealed that vaping does not attract non-smokers as previously claimed. Take a look at the results of the study.
E-cig study in EU finds little use by non-smokers
An e-cig study that took a look at the use of electronic cigarettes and vaporizers in the European Union revealed that non-smokers rarely use them and that 67 percent of smokers who do use them either quit or smoked fewer traditional cigarettes. The study was led by researcher Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos of the University of Patras in Greece. The study involved 27,460 EU residents at least 16 years of age. The participants were representatives from all 28 member states. The e-cig study was published in the journal Addiction, which has a focus on the potential harm-reduction elements of e-cigs and vaporizers.
E-cigarette use in the European Union appears to be largely confined to current or former smokers, while current use and nicotine use by people who have never smoked is rare.
The researchers said in their conclusion.
The number of non-smokers who said that they vaped was 2.3 percent of the study participants.The study found that 35.1 percent of current e-cigarette users had stopped smoking regular cigarettes because of the devices, while another 32.2 percent reported smoking less.
Check out more details on Winston-Salem Journal.
The FDA’s Deeming Rule On Vapor Products Must Be Challenged
There’s an increase in the number of lawsuits against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final deeming rule on vapor products. The lawsuits are focusing on various aspects of the regulations such as violations of the Regulatory Flexibility Act and Administrative Procedure Act, infringement of freedom of speech under the First Amendment and encroachment of the Fifth Amendment’s due process clause.
A number of associations in support of vaping and vape products have come out in support of the lawsuits. The Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) supports the Right to Be Smoke-Free Coalition (RSF) who have filed a suit of their own challenging the FDA’s industry-crushing rule. One of the fundamental objections to the deeming rule is that the FDA lacks the authority to regulate vapor products in the absence of therapeutic claims. Many legal experts agree that the Tobacco Control Act was never intended to apply to vapor products.
Read more on this issue on Forbes.
As the FDA sets its claws on the vaping industry by requiring e-liquid manufacturers to list all ingredients on packaging labels, a study has just revealed that most smokers have no idea what ingredients are in traditional cigarettes. Don’t you think this is something the FDA should focus on? Read on to find out more on the study.
What Are You Smoking? Study Suggests You Have No Clue
According to a new study in BMC Public Health, apart from nicotine and tobacco, most smokers have no idea what’s in the traditional cigarettes that they smoke. Traditional cigarettes smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals and at least 400 of these are toxic and 43 of them are known to cause cancer. Besides nicotine and the tar, cigarette smoke also contains carbon monoxide and formaldehyde, as well as cyanide and arsenic.
The telephone survey of 5,014 U.S. smokers revealed that most of them had no idea what was in their cigarettes. Nearly one third of the participants had spent some time trying to find this information, but couldn’t because the information was not easily available on the package or online.
The majority of the U.S. public wants easy access to information about chemicals in traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products. Young adults and smokers were more likely to say that they had previously looked for this information.
Said co-author Marcella Boynton of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, in a press statement.
See the rest of the story on Vocativ.
Public ban on e-cigs could stop smokers quitting, say experts
Health officials are afraid that banning e-cigarettes in public spaces could be damaging. Public Health England (PHE) expressed this fear after a medic at the British Medical Association’s annual meeting in Belfast called for restrictions on places where e-cigarettes could be used in public. If such a policy was in place, it may put off smokers from using e-cigarettes to help them quit, the PHE said.
Vaping is not the same as smoking. Second-hand smoke is harmful, but there is no evidence that e-cigarette vapour carries the same harms. In fact, a ban on using e-cigarettes in public places could be damaging as it may put off smokers from using e-cigarettes to help them quit.
Rosanna O’Connor, director of drugs, alcohol and tobacco at PHE said.
Get more details on the Belfast Telegraph.
As expected FDA harsh e-cig regulations have raised tempers and vapers in America are not taking this lying down. Vapers and vape entrepreneurs are now turning to activism to voice their concerns about these draconian e-cig regulations. Let’s take a look at this and other news that made headlines this week
Harsh Regulations Have Turned Vapers into Activists
As the ongoing vape debate continues vape activists have come up to protest the deeming e-cig regulations. Vapers and vape businesses alike have now turned to activism as a way to voice their concerns and lobby for better vape legislation. An article published this week by Motherboard features one such activist.
Cheryl Richter, managed to quit smoking after smoking a pack of traditional cigarettes a day for 30 years after she started vaping. She then took her love for vaping and turned it into a business. She now co-owns a retail shop in Port Chester, New York, called Vape Den, as well as runs a wholesale online business with her friend and business partner Chris Mikovits.
After the new FDA vape regulations, Richter said that every e-liquid she makes and sells, every flavor, size, and nicotine level in her shop would need to be approved for sale. This means approving 75 flavors at six different milligram levels, with cost estimates ranging from hundreds of thousands to over $1 million per application. She doubts her business will survive the costly proposed measures. Richter has turned to advocacy and she and other members of the vaping community, meet at her shop, to discuss a way forward.
We feel vulnerable almost, we feel that we’re in a fight, so that kind of bonds the community as well.
Read the rest of her story on Motherboard.
Vaping Lawsuits Against The FDA Piling Up
Vaping lawsuits against the FDA are piling up and many more companies and groups are expected to join existing lawsuits or launch more of their own lawsuits. Nicopure was the first company to file a suit against the FDA new e-cig regulations. Nicopure is the maker of the famous Halo eCig vape juice and eVo e-liquid lines. The lawsuit asserts that the the FDA is failing in how they are defining tobacco products. The company also claims that the new law has arbitrary elements and do not properly account for the burdens of businesses imposed by the pre-market approval process required.
The second company to file suit John Middleton Co. who want to use the word “mild” in describing their products. The FDA claims that the word mild implies a modified risk while the company claims that mild is more of an indicator of flavor. There many other companies with suits in court. Read about them on Electronic Cigarette Consumer Reviews.
Hello vapers! As vaping bans keep getting effected all over the world, hospitals in Nottingham have decided to take an opposite turn and instead have decided to lift an existing vaping ban. In other news, smoking rates in the US experience the highest drop in 20 years. Check out our updates for details on this exciting news.
Nottingham hospitals become first in England to lift vaping ban
Hospital bosses in Nottingham gave vaping the green light after lifting a blanket vaping ban. Nottingham University Hospitals NHS trust, which runs the Queen Medical Centre and City Hospital in Nottingham, became the first NHS Hospital Trust in England to allow vaping outside its buildings. This came after a Public Health England Evidence Review concluded that e-cigarettes were 95% safer than traditional cigarettes.
Until now, there was a vaping ban preventing the use of e-cigarettes on hospital grounds just as all forms of tobacco are prohibited. Patients will now be allowed to use e-cigarettes outside hospitals but not in buildings after the vaping ban was lifted. The new smoking policy, approved last month, also commits the Trust to promote stop smoking services for patients and staff.
We have a duty to help our patients and staff make healthy life choices, and can’t ignore the potential benefits of electronic cigarettes as a nicotine replacement therapy. We’re now allowing e-cigarettes on our grounds to give our patients, staff and visitors more choice in how they quit smoking.
Dr Stephen Fowlie, medical director at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust said.
Read more on Nottingham Post.
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US smoking rates see biggest decline in more than 20 years
Smoking rates among adults in the U.S. fell to 15 percent last year making it the biggest one-year decline in more than 20 years. According to a new government report, the rate fell 2 percentage points from 2014, when about 17 percent of adults in a large national survey said they had recently smoked. The smoking rate has been falling for decades, but it usually drops only 1 point or less in a year, last year however saw a 2 points drop.
The closest big decline was between 1992 to 1993, when the smoking rate fell 1.5 percentage points. Smoking is the nation’s leading cause of preventable illness, causing more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States, the CDC estimates.
More details on CNBC.
With summer basically here, it’s time to review some storage best practices for vape juice and e-cigarettes. Summer is a great time to travel, but temperatures can quickly rise inside a car, putting both your e-liquid and batteries at risk. Here’s what you need to know.
Vape Juice Storage Tips
Although it takes relatively high temperatures (200-300+ degrees Fahrenheit) to evaporate e-liquids, they can start to break down at temperatures as low as 105 F. Because of this, it’s not recommended to leave vape juice bottles anywhere in your car or let them sit in the mailbox during the day.
On a relatively cool day (76 F), the temperature inside these enclosed spaces can quickly reach 116 F, which can cause the vape juice ingredients to separate, become cloudy, and change the smell/flavor. It’s also a bad idea to leave your vape juice bottles in direct sunlight, as they can get even hotter.
Instead, store vape juice bottles in a cool, dry place when not in use. When bringing them along on a road trip, keep them in an insulated container like a cooler or thermos. This will ensure the flavor, consistency, and viscosity isn’t degraded, which can ruin your vaping experience and possibly even the equipment.
E-Cigarette Battery Storage
Most e-cigarettes are powered by a lithium ion battery. From 70 F to 104 F, the self-discharge rate of a lithium ion battery nearly doubles from 8% to 15%. In addition, at higher temperatures, these batteries can overheat, short circuit, and catch fire.
Like vape juice, it’s not recommended to store e-cigarettes in your car (even the glove box or under your seat) or expose them to direct sunlight for extended periods.
When traveling, store e-cigarettes with your e-juice in an insulated container and bring them with you when you leave your car to avoid any hazards or performance degradation.
Vaping is a popular alternative to smoking because of the decreased risks of inhaling carcinogens, but safety is still required. Be mindful of where you leave your e-juice and e-cigarette to avoid ruining the products and possibly causing a fire.