Some journalists are starting to take a look at the patent wars that burble beneath the surface of the vaping supplies industry. An article by Margaret Sampson and Jeff Gritton in the online version of Corporate Counsel addresses the issue of "Intellectual Property and the E-Cigarette Boom".
The Daily Beast has reproduced Amanda Woerner's article from health website The Daily Burn, in which she concludes, "perhaps we should think of smoking e-cigarettes the same way we think about eating cheeseburgers. Yes, they can be enjoyable. And sure, they aren’t linked as strongly to an increased risk of death as other tobacco products. But they’re linked to some potentially dangerous health problems that could affect you down the road."
Long a leading supplier of e-cigs, the NJOY brand has refashioned itself for the move toward vapor-tank systems. Although the Scottsdale, Arizona company continues to produce disposable and rechargeable electronic cigarettes, they have brought out a flashy new website to introduce their "vape pens" to the public, which they will be offering in convenience stores, and presumably in vape shops as well, in addition to their online sales.
If you tell your insurance broker you vape, will your rates go up? Some think so, for the time being anyway. Or at least they won't go down in proportion to the actual reduction in risk your behavior represents.
An argument about e-cigarettes on Twitter got out of hand, costing a senior UK government advisor on health his job.
The Food and Drug Administration has announced an information-gathering workshop, to be held December 10-11 in their facilities in Washington DC. The agenda remains to be set, and the agency has invited prospective panelists to submit their credentials by November 4. Those wishing to speak in the open comment session should apply by November 25.