Is vaping sticky enough? And how can we tell?

Oliver Kershaw Comment 54 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 …

Matt Myers CTFK

E-Cigarette Summit USA. Where was vape?

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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 …

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

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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 …

Mech mods exploding: history repeating, with no end in sight

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In February 2012 a Florida man, Tom Holloway, suffered extensive injuries after his vape device exploded, gaining the unfortunate distinction of being the first person to be injured by vape mod. By today’s standards, this device was primitive: it was a closed tube with a button on the side and a screw thread on the top to connect the atomizing unit. …

Ally of former NJOY investor poised to take over at FDA

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In what could be a pivotal appointment for the vaping industry, an associate of Peter Thiel, who invested in vape product pioneers NJOY and is a close confidante of President-elect Donald Trump, is poised to take over from Robert Califf as head of the US Food and Drug Association, according to multiple sources. Jim O’Neill, the Thiel associate, hasn’t been …

What will a Trump Administration mean for vaping?

Peter Beckett Comment, News & Media 14 Comments

We don’t really know what Trump thinks about vaping, it wasn’t a major Presidential campaign issue. But we do know that he hates Government regulation: during the campaign he said that around 70% of Federal regulations could go under his Presidency. We also know that Tump allies in Congress like Duncan Hunter – the second Congressman to endorse Trump for …

iQOS and HeatSticks – the full picture

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[this article was edited post-publication to correct two points relating to Swedish Match’s MRTP application and PMI’s PMTA] The last couple of weeks has seen some significant buzz concerning iQOS, the new Heat-Not-Burn tobacco system from Phillip Morris. From what’s publicly available it appears PMI will sell iQOS in the US from early 2017. But what does it mean? Who is …

UCSF smoking cessation study does not determine link between quitting smoking and vaping.

7 Reasons why smoking is better than vaping

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1. Smoking is everywhere Run out of your favorite smokes? Chances are a re-up is only 5 minutes away. Heck, even pharmacies sell cigarettes – you try picking up your favorite vape from Walgreens. I’m right, aren’t I? It’s an easy life being a smoker. Until it kills you. 2. Smoking is easy What’s to know? You put it in …

Diacetyl now officially banned in eliquids in the UK

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On Monday this week the MHRA (the UK medicines body that has responsibility for regulating e-cigarettes) issued its draft guidance on eliquids. Amongst other stipulations, it listed the ingredients that manufacturers may not use in eliquid: So, it’s official: companies will not be able to notify e-liquids which contain DA/AP, and these liquids will have to come off the UK market by …