We saw a public health body in the UK come in support of vaping and urged employers to give e-cigarette smokers more vaping breaks as well as a separate area where they can enjoy their vapes. At the same time, it’s a sad week for Alaska vapers as smoking and vaping are now banned in downtown’s Town Square Park. Check out details in this week’s vaping news roundup.
E-CIGARETTE SMOKERS NEED MORE BREAKS AT WORK AND SEPARATE ‘VAPING’ ROOMS, HEALTH WATCHDOG SAYS
Public Health England (PHE) is urging employers across the UK to designate vaping areas for e-cigarette smokers t avoid mixing with traditional tobacco smokers. PHE said that forcing vapers to vape outdoors undermine their ability to quit smoking. The government health body has also asked employers to give employees who vape extra breaks.
According to a PHE report from August 2015, e-cigarettes are 95 percent less harmful than normal cigarettes, which contain higher nicotine levels, tar and other dangerous chemicals.
Vaping provides a generally lower blood nicotine level and takes longer to reach a desired level, requiring frequent interim top-ups. This difference should be taken into account, particularly when developing policies for workplaces.
PHE said in the guidelines for employers.
Check out further details on Newsweek.
Gabor Kovacs of ‘smoke no smoke’ smokes an e-cigarette that his shop sells at Camden in London June 9, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Smoking, vaping banned in Anchorage’s Town Square Park
The Anchorage Assembly this week approved the banning of smoking and vaping in downtown’s Town Square Park. This new law reversed vote held in June rejecting the ban. This came after Assembly members Tim Steele and Bill Starr changed their votes, leading to a 7-4 vote in favor of the ban.
Anyone found smoking tobacco or using e-cigarettes in the plaza will now get a $100 fine. Fortunately, the ban doesn’t extend to the Alaska Center Performing Arts property just to the west. The sponsor of the measure, Assembly member Dick Traini, said it was aimed at stopping people from smoking Spice and marijuana in the plaza, though Spice is a banned substance and it’s already illegal to smoke pot in public.
Some Assembly members including Patrick Flynn, who represents downtown, criticized the smoking ban. Flynn had earlier noted that smoking in the park did not necessarily indicate illegal activity.
People misbehaving in Town Square Park — yes, we need to take steps to eradicate that behavior. But I don’t think banning smoking is the way to do it.
Read more on Alaska Dispatch News.
As the war against vaping rages on, it’s great to hear reports in support of e-cigarettes. A statistical analysis published this week revealed that e-cigs could cut smoking deaths by 20%! Continue reading for details.
E-cigs “could cut smoking deaths by 20%”, statistical model suggests
A statistical analysis of how people vape and smoke was published in a scientific paper this week. From the model, analysts found that that e-cigarettes could cut smoking-related deaths in the U.S. by more than 20%. The paper analysed how “vaporized nicotine products” or VNPs impact public health “in terms of how it alters smoking patterns among those who would have otherwise smoked cigarettes and among those who would not have otherwise smoked cigarettes in the absence of VNPs.
The paper projects a reduction of 21% in smoking-related deaths and of 20% in life years lost as a result of VNP use by the 1997 US birth cohort compared to a scenario without VNPs. This projection is based on current use patterns and conservative assumptions,
The model incorporates transitions from trial to established VNP use, transitions to exclusive VNP and dual use, and the effects of cessation at later ages.
Read more on the statistics on ECig Intelligence.
Source: ECig Intelligence
Arkansas Lawmakers Prepare To Defund State’s Smoking Hotline
Lawmakers in Little Rock have elected to defund the Arkansas smoking hotline, which provides advisers to tobacco users looking to quit. The legislators proposed that the $1.8 million operations fee used to run the hotline be used elsewhere in the budget.
$1.8 million is a lot of money, when you see social workers in foster care are short workers, and we are short the ability to pay them what they need to be paid.
Bart Hester, State Senator from Cave Springs, one of the supporters of the defunding said.
The proposal was heavily supported in Little Rock but, those who work directly with tobacco users said the move would be a bad one for the state. The Northwest Arkansas Tobacco & Drug Free Coalition said the funding was incredibly useful.
Workers ask questions, they do an interview to see where callers are at, and what kind of cigarettes they are smoking.
Sandy Montero, Project Coordinator for the coalition said.
Check out the rest of the story on 5 News.
Counterfeit Vaping Gear ruins the industry
Clone versus counterfeit vaping gear has become a trending topic in vaping circles as the proliferation and diversity of vape gear intensifies. These days, it seems, the release of a mod or some other equipment heralds a barrage of upcoming wannabe gadgets that are either very good imitations or supremely bogus gadgets.
Whatever it is, counterfeiting is a scourge that is alarmingly entrenching itself into the electronic cigarette industry, and to a good chunk, cause for worry.
The way we see it, different markets exist that satisfy the demand for these products:
- There are some who contend with the counterfeits for personal reasons (availability, price and what-not) – the frugal market.
- There are the hybrids who never give a hoot and would fancy authentic but don’t mind the counterfeits either – the purists.
- Then there are those who call a fake fork what they think it plainly is: a fake fork – the elitist market.
Which vaper are you?
Clones vs. Counterfeit Vaping Gear
Wait, aren’t clones the same as counterfeits? Many would tend to believe so, but the lines of distinction are as clear as day.
Clones are products that look similar to the real deal. However, there will be some differences if you care to look closely.
Counterfeits, on the other hand, are products or marketing campaigns that try to sell the same as the real thing while in the real sense, they are not. In other words, counterfeits try to pose as the originals, and little is done to convince you otherwise: they could use similar packaging, include certain markings associated with the genuine thing and so on.
Counterfeit Vaping Gear can be hard to spot, and this comes at a price for both company and consumer. Thanks to you guessed who – China.
Cost to the Industry
What comes to mind first thing when thinking about cost of counterfeits to the industry is profit margins. Counterfeits have eaten into the bottomline of many a business, and vaping is no different. Genuine products come at a cost, and not everyone is comfortable forking out the kind of money and will settle for a replica when it comes out. This is what’s happening and you can imagine the industry isn’t cracking a smile.
As a consequence of the above, innovation by the brands we know and trust has been stifled simply because not enough revenue is coming in, and thus no point in committing more resources to R&D.
As much as companies can’t regulate what’s going on sale in terms of counterfeit gear replicating their products, some of those counterfeits are very low quality and make for a negative lasting impression when consumers are left with the view that the supposed company is behind what substandard product they had purchased.
Cost to the Consumer
One of the biggest downsides of counterfeits to consumers is access to low quality products and gear. For those looking to quit smoking for vaping, these bad first experiences can mean make or break. You probably heard someone say they had a negative experience with e cigarettes when they tried them. That’s because they went for low quality e-liquid (ass juice) most likely made in China.
Health is another cost to the consumer and you can look at it in either of two ways: there are the health problems that come with prolonged smoking when the would-be vaper refuses to give up smoking for a bad vaping experience due to poor gear and low quality juice. And there are the potential negative health impacts that could arise from use of poor quality e liquids you have no idea what went into their manufacture.
Much as you hate them, counterfeits will always be there. But what do you, the vaper, think of counterfeit vaping gear? We would love to know!
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.