Is vaping sticky enough? And how can we tell?

Oliver Kershaw Comment 37 Comments

An essay by Oliver Kershaw & Amelia Howard There is a disconnect between the tobacco research community and the vaping user-community. Both groups have almost totally divergent knowledge-base of the technology; the former based on its existing tobacco research agenda, the latter based on practical experience with the technology and through peer-learning and marketing. We contend that vape is not …

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E-Cigarette Summit USA. Where was vape?

Oliver Kershaw Comment 28 Comments

The inaugural US E-Cigarette Summit took place in Washington DC on Monday. Encouragingly, there does now finally appear to be a consensus amongst the tobacco control community: Smokers should be encouraged to use vaping products if they’ve been unable to quit using FDA approved stuff. To many in the vaping industry, this will appear to be missing the wood for …

Cole Bishop just failed. What now?

Oliver Kershaw Science & Policy 21 Comments

The much-vaunted Cole-Bishop Amendment was voted down on Sunday. The Cole Bishop amendment would have grandfathered all vaping products that were on the market on 8/8 last year, and exempted them from PMTAs. As things stand, then, we’re back on the FDA’s regulatory countdown; although the countdown was (perhaps not coincidentally) pushed back by 3 months on Monday. This is …

Ask congress to save vaping

Save vaping. Last chance. 

Oliver Kershaw Campaigning, News & Media 9 Comments

Please contact your representative and senators today:  “Cole-Bishop” needs a push. If you’re new to vaping, or even a relatively experienced vaper you might be unaware of just how many times vape has nearly been prohibited over the last 10 years, both in the US and internationally. Vape survives today only because of the actions of thousands of people like …

New Zealand un-bans vaping, says it’s good for public health

Peter Beckett News & Media 27 Comments

The government of the islands of New Zealand – a country of 5 million people off the coast of Australia, has reversed its ban on nicotine-containing vape juice. In a bold move, the New Zealand government also decided to exempt nicotine containing liquids from the strong tobacco control laws in New Zealand – a country where cigarettes are sold in plain …

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SMOK Giveaway Winners!

Neil Mclaren Giveaways 17 Comments

And we’re done! We had an overwhelming response to the giveaway, thanks everyone for taking part. The SMOK Alien Baby and the TFV12 are definitely some of the best prizes we’ve had the pleasure of giving away, but now it’s time to name names! Surnames obscured for obvious reasons. The winners will be contacted by email tomorrow, 22 March 2017, and …

Draft law to save vaping gathers steam in Congress

Neil Mclaren News & Media 79 Comments

A new bill has been introduced in Congress which, if passed, will prevent the FDA from banning 99.9% vapor products next year.  The cross-party draft law – known as the FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2017  – was tabled Thursday by Tom Cole (R-OK) and Sandford Bishop (D-GA) and is now gaining traction in Washington. If the bill passes …

iQOS hands on: What’s better, iQOS or Vape?

Oliver Kershaw Comment 45 Comments

So, what’s iQOS really like? Just prior to Christmas I spent an interesting week with an iQOS. I acquired one shortly after the London launch and decided to give it a fair try. I packed away my usual assortment of vape and snus and went pure HEETS (the tobacco-vape-sticks) for the duration. In the intervening weeks, it’s become clear the full …