Smoking Rate Drops Below 15%…Thanks to Vaping?
Since 2009, when vaping started to gain popularity, the smoking rate has dropped 31.6 percent.
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.
The Switcher is a customizable dual-18650 mod by Vaporesso
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.
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
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.”
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