Monthly Archives: February 2020
Millions of smokers have used e-cigarettes to ditch tobacco. And landmark studies have shown that vaping only carries a fraction of the risk of smoking cigarettes.
But the world of vaping can be confusing for beginners. Just look at some of the terminology involved.
Sure, you can always ask for advice from your friend who has vaped for years. But an experienced vaper’s set-up probably isn’t suitable for someone who is just starting out.
One of the first distinctions a new vaper needs to know about is the difference between Mouth to Lung and Direct Lung vaping.
First and foremost, this is a difference in vaping styles. But it also affects what hardware and vape juice a vaper buys, because some products are optimized for Mouth to Lung vaping and some for Direct Lung
Everyone seems to have opinions about vaping these days. One person could say vaping changed their life, while another could believe using an e-cigarette is just as bad as smoking.
Then there are people who believe scaremongering stories about vaping - vape pens will explode in your pocket, e-liquid makes you fat, you’re filling your lungs with water every time you inhale….but how many of these statements are true?
Here are 9 of the most popular vaping myths - debunked.
“Vaping dessert e-liquid will make me fat”
Some people may look at strawberry shortcake and cherry pie vape juice, then get into a panic. “I’m basically inhaling dessert, I’m going to gain weight”.
Believe it or not, dessert-flavoured e-liquids aren’t made by putting food in a blender then shoving it in a bottle. When you vape, you’re taking in a mixture of nicotine, vegetable glycerine and propylene glycol. More
Posted: February 14, 2020Categories: Science & Policy
Cigarette branding is powerful stuff. Tobacco companies’ own research shows that half of smokers can’t distinguish one brand of cigarette from another in blind taste tests.
“For smokers and especially for the decisive group of new, younger smokers, the consumer’s choice is dictated more by psychological image factors than by relatively minor differences in smoking characteristics.”
That’s according to internal documents drawn up by British American Tobacco.
Several countries have adopted plain packaging as a way of tackling the appeal of cigarettes. It is still early doors, but studies show that the policy works, especially with young impressionable smokers.
So as lawmakers introduce strict new regulations to tackle youth vaping, we ask why America has ignored plain cigarette packaging.
Marlboro Man and ‘Light’ Cigarettes
Marlboro made millions with their hyper-masculine mascot Marlboro Man. Other companies have tried to play down
YOUTH smoking has fallen three times faster since the emergence of vaping, a new study has confirmed.
The long-term decline in youth and young adults having a deadly cigarette habit has accelerated in the US since e-cigarettes became popular in 2014, according to research published in the Tobacco Control journal.
Entitled “Examining the relationship of vaping to smoking initiation among US youth and young adults: a reality check”, the study was led by public health experts Professors David Levy, Ken Warner and Australian Ron Borland.
The research, which used publicly available data to study the trends, revealed: “There was a substantial increase in youth vaping prevalence beginning in about 2014. Time trend analyses showed that the decline in past 30-day smoking prevalence accelerated
SMOKERS who live in public housing could face a smoking ban in their own homes and urged to vape instead, under new plans being considered in the UK.
Following a recent report which revealed smoking is twice as common and “highly concentrated” in council-owned properties and estates, tenants of new housing blocks may be forced to stop smoking cigarettes under new proposals, it has been revealed.
Politicians have suggested smokers be handed vaping kits by housing associations if the idea comes into force to help ease tenant's withdrawal symptoms and manage their nicotine addiction .
Two All Party Parliamentary Groups and anti-smoking charity Ash believe the new measures could save lives and have asked housing associations to look at bringing in the ban to any new housing properties that become available.
Ash’s Hazel Cheeseman said: “We are not saying all new developments should be [smoke-free] but it’s something that housing
Posted: February 14, 2020
AMERICA’S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to ban sales of most flavoured e-cigarettes in stores and gas stations nationwide under a plan to stop underage vaping, it has been revealed.
The FDA is expected to announce details of the new measures next week, according to a senior agency official as reported in America’s Washington Post.
New measures will also include setting up age-verification measures for online sales to stop minors buying flavoured pods.
The sales ban in grocery stores and gas stations is not expected to include menthol and tobacco flavours, reportedly because there are concerns that adult vapers could switch to their cigarette equivalents if they are not easily available.
The news comes just several weeks after FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told America’s CNBC that he was considering confining flavoured e-cigarette sales to vape
SWITCHING to vaping is successful in helping heavy smokers quit their habit, another new study has shown.
New research presented at the nicotine and tobacco research conference, SRNT in Munich, showed – yet again - that e-cigarettes are helping those who are addicted to smoking tobacco.
Senior Lecturer Alexis Bailey presented preliminary results to industry experts from his observational study, “SmokeFreeBrain”, which looked at the effect that switching from smoking to vaping for 28 days, had on heavy smokers.
The team measured several parameters including psychometric, cardiovascular, quality of life, brain activity and bio-markers of toxicity.
Findings from the 31 subjects who completed the study showed subtle but significant changes in psychometric parameters and a considerable reduction in bio-markers of toxicity.
Switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes also reduced the craving to smoke and affected brain regions associated with addiction. Exposure
HONG Kong plans to impose a total ban on e-cigarettes, it has been announced – because they are too tempting to young people.
Chief executive Carrie Lam said in a policy address on Wednesday (October 11) that all alternative smoking devices, from e-cigarettes to heat-not-burn tobacco products, will be made illegal, including their sale, manufacture and import.
Cigarettes and conventional tobacco products, however, will remain available.
Hong Kong had ruled out a ban earlier this year and outlined in legislative proposal in June how it intended to regulate e-cigarettes by prohibiting advertising and restricting its sale to minors, as it does with traditional tobacco products.
But in a dramatic U-turn, Lan announced that due to its attractiveness to young people and that there was “a lack of sufficient evidence to prove the products can help quit smoking” the government favoured an outright ban instead.
Lam said at a briefing after her address: "Without
Posted: February 14, 2020
A COLLECTION of health groups who is suing the FDA for delaying e-cigarette regulations in a bid to get them banned, has come under fire.
AMERICA’S new restrictions on the sale of e-cigarette flavours have come under fire by both anti and pro vapers.
The U.S. government's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that while it won’t implement a ban on flavoured vape juice and pods from stores and gas stations, as originally expected in its drive to restrict underage vaping, all shops must now “police” themselves.
Stores will be expected to implement closed-off, over-18 areas instead, which would be inaccessible to teenagers, where fruit and candy flavours will be sold. Under the new laws, tobacco, menthol and mint flavours will remain unrestricted and can be sold anywhere.
In a move that pro vapers and ex smokers say could result in stores cutting back on selling juices and pods all together, a separate cashier would be needed for the new
The American Cancer Society (ACS) has admitted the American public has been misinformed about the dangers of vaping - and is now going to promote it as an alternative to smoking.
The leading health organization has set out in a public statement that it is tobacco, not nicotine, which contains the cancer-causing chemicals and carcinogens and states there's an "urgent need" for consumer education about the risks posed by different tobacco products
While the ACS had already confirmed vaping was a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes in a report earlier this year, its tougher stance on eradicating the current smoking epidemic through actively promoting e-cigarettes and other cessation tools, is being seen as a positive step by vaping advocacy groups and public health experts.
It said in the statement: “Although many Electronic Nicotine Device Systems [such as e-cigarettes] deliver nicotine, flavour additives, and other chemicals, they do not
Smoking kills. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention claims that smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, accounting for one in every five deaths.
The deadly habit has prompted dozens of state and city-wide smoking bans indoors in workplaces, bars, restaurants and other public places over the last two-and-a-half decades.
As well as making smoking a less attractive proposition, these bans also protect non-smoking bystanders.
Just as drink-drive laws protect innocent road users from dangerous dunk drivers, smoking bans protect other people in the vicinity of a smoker from inhaling their harmful fumes.
After all, the person sat across from a smoker in a bar or restaurant hasn’t personally assumed any risks - so why should they be exposed to risk by another person?
As vaping has grown in popularity, some
You’ll probably be aware that there have been a number of recent injuries associated with vaping reported in the media.
Naturally, we’ve been following this story closely and we want to reassure our customers that these injuries are completely unrelated to the products we sell.
All products on vaping.com are standard nicotine-containing vapour products and, since their availability in 2004, they have not been associated with any known outbreak of injuries.
We are prevented from making specific claims about the safety of our products by FDA regulations, but we do believe we are legally entitled to reassure you that these injuries have been caused by THC products and not nicotine products.
What do we know?
As multiple outlets
Last Friday, the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority announced on Facebook a new billboard they had erected that claims vaping is equally dangerous as smoking. The posting was met with fury by vapers, and has caused long-term damage to the DWMHA’s organisational reputation.
The billboard features a close-up image of a man vaping, and features the text: “E-qually dangerous” as well as a freephone telephone helpline number and the DWMHA logo. It’s unclear at present where the billboard is located.
Greg Conley of the AVA shared the posting , commenting: “Even the prohibitionist groups you obviously adore like the Cancer Society and Lung Association will generally admit that vaping is significantly less hazardous than smoking. Shame on you.”
Within hours, DWMHA’s Facebook was inundated with comments and “1-star” business reviews. At the time of writing DWHMA
A study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that e-cigarettes are almost twice as effective as NRT in helping smokers remain abstinent from cigarettes.
The study team, from Queen Mary University of London, saw that 18% of participants who were given vaping products and a four-week behavioural course remained smoke-free after a year, compared with 10% of those given medical nicotine such as patches or gum. Participants were given a vaping starter-kit and advised to make their own future purchasing decisions.
Previous e-cigarette studies using the “gold standard” randomised-controlled methodology were conducted years ago and based on a single (and no longer available) model of e-cigarette, which was poor at delivering nicotine. Even still, those studies showed a modest level of efficacy, approximately equal to that of patches and gums. The lack of a clear advantage,