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Smoking Rate Drops Below 15%…Thanks to Vaping?

Smoking Rate Drops Below 15%…Thanks to Vaping?

Since 2009, when vaping started to gain popularity, the smoking rate has dropped 31.6 percent.

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The adult U.S. smoking rate dropped below 15 percent for the first time for the first three quarters of 2017. The news came in a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Among adults age 18 or over, the smoking rate was just 14.1 percent for the months January to September — a 10.8 percent drop over the previous full year. The smoking rate was 15.8 percent in 2016.

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Vaporesso Switcher Review | Performance and Customization

The Switcher is a customizable dual-18650 mod by Vaporesso

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The Vaporesso Switcher is the newest offering from Vaporesso. A follow-up to the excellent Revenger X the mod was originally named the “Kosupure”, which is Japanese for cosplay (the act of dressing up like a character). The company later changed the name to the “Transformer”, and finally to the Switcher.

 

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Is Teen Vaping Really An Epidemic?

2015 was the peak of the “teen vaping epidemic.” But was it really an epidemic?

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The issue of teen vaping is being used by vape opponents as a wedge to discourage public acceptance of e-cigarettes as an adult product.

The reason for that is pretty simple: vaping is much safer than smoking and any adult who switches will improve their health. Vaping helps smokers; that much is basically undeniable. So if you understand that, how can you argue that vaping is a bad thing?

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FDA is About to Crack Down on Non-Compliant Vapes

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The FDA looks ready to begin enforcing the most restrictive of the existing regulations written into its Deeming Rule: the ban on innovation of products after the grandfather date.

Most vapers know the date by heart: Aug. 8, 2016.

That’s the date after which no new vapor product can come to market without first successfully going through one of the three pathways the agency offers: substantial equivalence (SE), premarket tobacco application (PMTA), or modified risk tobacco product (MRTP). Getting approval to market new products through those routes is probably impossible for the vast majority of independent vaping companies.

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An Exciting New Study on An Important CBD Benefit

An Exciting New Study on An Important CBD Benefit

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A new study in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows that cannabidiol (or CBD) reduces psychotic symptoms in patients with psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia.

CBD is a compound known as a cannabinoid that’s found in the cannabis (or marijuana) plant. It is known to have many therapeutic benefits, including anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, and anti-seizure properties. Considerable current research is focused on CBD.

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Are Vapers At Risk From Hazardous Metals?

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A group of researchers from Johns Hopkins and other universities are getting a lot of attention with a study that claims to show dangerous levels of various metals in e-cigarette vapor.

The press release was in newsrooms before the study had even been published, and the researchers were on the phone with reporters before the ink on the press release was dry. And the story is still spreading. Unfortunately, most reporters simply repeat the authors’ version of what the results mean, and don’t bother seeking out experts who might challenge the paper’s conclusions. And they definitely need challenging.

“Toxic metals linked with brain damage are ‘leaking from e-cigarettes into vapour’, experts have found,” said The Mirror. “Oh good, e-cigarette vapor contains toxic metals, too,” shouted the sarcastic Mashable banner. And those weren’t even the worst headlines.

Do the headlines match the study’s findings? And, for that matter, do the researchers’ own conclusions even describe the findings of the research? Continue reading

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Americans Mistakenly Believe Nicotine Causes Cancer

Americans Mistakenly Believe Nicotine Causes Cancer

 

Nicotine doesn’t cause cancer, but a majority of Americans believes it does. The idea that nicotine itself is harmful probably leads the public to fear and avoid low-risk nicotine products like e-cigarettes.otin

A new study offers alarming evidence that Americans misunderstand the relative safety of nicotine. More than half of adults (52.9 percent) think nicotine causes most of the cancer from smoking, and another 21.2 percent weren’t sure.

Almost as many cigarette smokers — 52.5 percent — think nicotine is a carcinogen. That means they may be unlikely to use vaping products, or even nicotine replacement therapy products like gum and patches, since they may believe those products aren’t any safer than smoking.

The study reflects that concern too. Only 31.6 percent of the surveyed smokers agreed that e-cigarettes are less harmful than smoking cigarettes. And a miniscule 3.4 percent believe vapes are much less harmful. Even vapers are misinformed, although less so as a group than smokers and non-smokers. The study found that 14.6 percent of vapers believe that nicotine causes cancer.

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Can Cole-Bishop Still Save the Vaping Industry?

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Can Cole-Bishop Still Save the Vaping Industry?

Once again, Congress is negotiating the final appropriations bills that will fund the government for fiscal year 2018. And once again, the Cole-Bishop Amendment is in the mix.

The Cole-Bishop is a version of the bill introduced last year by Reps. Tom Cole of Oklahoma and Sanford Bishop of Georgia. It’s a bipartisan effort that has plenty for both Republicans and Democrats to support. And it’s backed by all the major vaping advocacy groups, including CASAA, SFATA, VTA, and the American Vaping Association.

The most important part of the amendment is that it changes to predicate date in the FDA Deeming Rule from Feb.15, 2007 to Aug. 8, 2016. That means that if the Cole-Bishop Amendment passes, all vaping products that are already on the market can continue to be sold without being forced into the FDA’s brutally expensive and difficult premarket tobacco application (PMTA) process.

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Did the American Cancer Society Just Endorse Vaping?

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Did the American Cancer Society Just Endorse Vaping?

Some vapers have gotten very excited this week about the American Cancer Society’s “new position” on vaping. Many are billing it as a major step forward in acceptance of e-cigarettes by a mainstream public health organization.

But is it really a major shift?

“Some smokers, despite firm clinician advice, will not attempt to quit smoking cigarettes and will not use FDA approved cessation mediations,” says the position statement. “These individuals should be encouraged to switch to the least harmful form of tobacco product possible; switching to the exclusive use of e-cigarettes is preferable to continuing to smoke combustible products.”

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JUUL Responds to Online Cancer Rumors

Vape manufacturer JUUL Labs was forced to issue a public statement (shown below) in response to a wave of internet rumors about the company’s flagship JUUL product causing lung cancer.
The stories seem to have begun on college campuses, although it’s impossible to pin down the exact sources. According to The Tab, the stories have circulated at New York University, Iowa, and the University of Southern California.
They follow a typical format of viral rumors, referring to a victim who is “a friend,” and filling in detail haphazardly. Like chain letters, the stories morphed as they spread. Most were screenshots of plain text that were attached to social media posts.
One story circulating on social media looked like this:
“announcement: one of chris’ friends friends from college has never smoked weed or cigs but for the past year he has been an addictive juuler like constantly which is basically like all of us and he was just diagnosed with lung cancer and his lungs are completely black and he’s 19 and he’s probably going to die. scotty and a few of my guy friends have thrown their juul away but just wanted to say because if that happened to any of y’all i’d probably off myself”

Lung cancer can occur after many years of exposure to a carcinogenic substance, like the tar in cigarette smoke. It doesn’t happen after a year. In any case, vaping has not been shown to cause cancer. Continue reading

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