Vaping outdoors and in open indoor settings doesn’t leave behind much residue, but vaping indoors and especially in cars can leave a sticky film on the inside of your windows. Here’s what you can do about that. Continue reading “Vaping and Keeping Your Windows Clean”
It’s been standard for decades: Smokers pay a higher rate for health insurance and life insurance because on average they incur more health expenses and have a higher mortality rate. And in many cases, insurance companies are treating vapers as smokers. Continue reading “Vaping, Life Insurance, and Health Insurance”
You may not know the phrase, but “bathtub e-juice” refers to e-liquid that could be mixed just anywhere using ingredients of unknown quality and with unknown production standards. The frustrating thing is, you probably don’t know where your e-juice comes from or under what conditions it was mixed. Continue reading “Beware ‘Bathtub E-juice’”
The American Cancer Society (ACS) approved a position statement on e-cigarettes that puts vaping in a far more positive light than the FDA and World Health Organization – with some caveats. Continue reading “American Cancer Society Takes a Stand on Vaping”
The tobacco industry has a major impact on the environment, ranging from cigarette butts as litter to the tune of approximately 1.7 billion tons per year to the 400,000 tons of tobacco grown on 10,000 tobacco farms with a total of 350,000 acres devoted to tobacco. Worldwide those cigarette butts account for 38% of all litter, and they are very toxic. Cigarette butts thrown into lakes have been shown to kill fish. Continue reading “Vaping and the Environment”
In this crazy world that we live in where 13-year-olds are still taking up smoking – as they have for generations – some people are very concerned about banning e-juice with “kid-friendly” flavors. And some jurisdictions avoid that whole issue by making flavored e-liquid illegal. Continue reading “Flavor Bans Are Sweeping the Country”
Formerly known as the Winston Man, Dave Goerlitz has become an anti-tobacco activist. Once featured in a series of “Search and Rescue” ads for Winston (he actually preferred to smoke Marlboro), Goerlitz participated in the Great American Smoke Out in November 1988 and has been an outspoken critic of the tobacco industry ever since. Continue reading “Dave Goerlitz: Former ‘Winston Man’ Speaks Out on Smoking, Anti-Smoking, and Vaping”
There are a number of nations that have banned vaping, in part due to the World Health Organization (WHO), which believes that the process of heating e-juice “may contribute to the formation of toxicants in the emissions” and produced an influential report in 2014.
WHO is also very concerned about nicotine, which although generally addictive, has not been shown to be a health threat when inhaled from an e-cigarette.1
In fact, if you read what this “health organization” says about nicotine, it’s full of vague claims using phrases such as “it may” and “seems involved”. At the same time, WHO admits that the presence of “carcinogenic compounds and other toxicants” related to vaping are 1-2 orders of magnitude lower than in tobacco smoke. In plain English, that means it has 90% to 99% less health-endangering chemicals than smoking. Further, “ENDS [electronic nicotine delivery systems] generate lower levels of particles than cigarettes.”
WHO does point out that the primary health risk from e-cigs is nicotine exposure through the skin or ingestion. That’s one huge reason for keeping your e-cigs and especially your e-liquid out of reach of children. But the interesting thing is that WHO admits that vaping is not as risky as handling e-juice.
Here’s a standout statement from WHO:
“The 2014 Surgeon General’s Report concluded that non-combustible products such as ENDS are much more likely to provide public health benefits only in an environment where the appeal, accessibility, promotion, and use of cigarettes and other combusted tobacco products are being rapidly reduced.”
That pretty much fits with what Public Health England and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in the US have been saying. There is a net health benefit of switching from tobacco to e-cigs.
One odd complaint from WHO is that the presence of ENDS sends a mixed message when compared to the simple message that smoking is bad, so everyone should quit smoking. The vaping world understands that vaping can be a helpful tool in quitting (or at least reducing) tobacco use because most e-liquid contains nicotine. That sounds like a pretty simple message to me.
WHO is officially dedicated to the end of tobacco use and nicotine addiction, whether related to tobacco or not. This makes it a biased organization that seeks to bolster its positions on tobacco and nicotine use. WHO supports the medical use of nicotine, as in patches and gum, but not its recreational use.
Here’s the official WHO statement on regulating e-cigarettes (point 39 in its report):
“In order to achieve the general regulatory objectives mentioned above, Parties that have not banned the sale of ENDS could consider the following non-exhaustive list of regulatory options, on the understanding
that the advisability and feasibility at country level of each of these options will depend on a complex set of country-specific factors, including the existing regulatory frameworks and the legal exigencies of the regulatory process.”
In other words, if your nation hasn’t already banned it, make it difficult to obtain with regulations. Don’t let the industry make any health claims or even say that it can help smokers quit tobacco. (WHO must be unhappy with Public Health England over this one!) Don’t let vapers use e-cigarettes in public places, and don’t let them vape indoors either. Regulate advertising of ENDS as they are already doing with tobacco products.
WHO even wants to ban the use of the words electronic cigarette and e-cigarette because they could cause confusion with tobacco cigarettes. (Philip Morris could be adding to the confusion with its new heated tobacco products.) And they don’t want people to vape anywhere that smoking is banned. On top of that, they want to take away fruity flavors, candy flavors, and flavors based on alcoholic drinks “until empirical evidence shows that they are not attractive to minors”. That raises two questions: What would WHO consider empirical evidence? And what have they got against flavors that kids and adults like?
WHO proposes that e-cigarettes and e-liquid have warning labels “commensurate with proven health risks” – which I don’t think anyone in the vaping community would disagree with. What we do disagree with is the unproven health risks in the WHO report and other reports that are filled with speculation, innuendo, and false association with tobacco products.
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- Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (PDF), WHO, Sept. 1, 2014
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There are a number of nations that have banned vaping. Period. Made it illegal. And in some cases, you can end up in jail for using an e-cigarette. Continue reading “Where Vaping Is Illegal”
Singapore, already known for banning chewing gum (unless prescribed by a doctor), made vaping illegal as of February 1, 2018. It is now illegal to possess, purchase, or use e-cigarettes in Singapore. Continue reading “Vaping Now Illegal in Singapore”
There are two important considerations when you vape and travel: What laws govern vaping in your destination? And what can you take with you if you fly? Continue reading “Travel Advice for Vapers”
Depending on how often you vape and the flavor(s) you chose, the coil in your device may last anywhere from a couple days to a few weeks. Fortunately, the coil is a component designed to be replaced in quality vaping hardware. Continue reading “How Long Should My Coils Last?”
The first vaping systems were designed to look similar to cigarettes, which makes sense since they were designed to help users quit smoking – or at least cut back. But it didn’t take long until people began modifying their systems and creating new designs with bigger batteries, larger juice tanks, and new shapes. Continue reading “Benefits of Pod Systems”
You might not know it, but rechargeable batteries can be dangerous. No, we’re not talking about flaming smartphones, due in no small part to making batteries thinner and thinner with fewer ways for the heat to escape. We’re talking about the risk involved with a shorted battery. Continue reading “Battery Safety for Vapers”
There’s more to brewing and cooking than simply combining ingredients. Whether it’s a cup of tea, a hearty stew, a bottle of wine, or a pot of soup, it takes time for the finished product to be ready. In vaping, that process is known as steeping. Continue reading “Steeping E-juice: Give It Time”
It’s a long time since smokers could smoke in the workplace, and in general that rule has been applied to vaping as well – more by association than because of any research showing second-hand vapor may be hazardous to anyone’s health. Because they do not contain or burn tobacco, vaping cannot technically be considered smoking, which doesn’t mean that it isn’t frequently treated as if it were smoking. Continue reading “Vaping at Work”
Earlier this month, the FDA released its plan for the year ahead in a document entitled Healthy Innovation, Safer Families: FDA’s 2018 Strategic Policy Roadmap (link). It specifically addresses vaping and already has some in the industry running scared.
Let’s look at what it actually says. Continue reading “How the FDA’s 2018 Roadmap May Impact Vaping”
Washington state is perhaps the most vape-hostile place in the nation. In addition to the usual business licenses, vapor retailers and distributors must obtain a special license from the state Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB). Continue reading “Washington State Vaping Tax: A Call to Action”
The FDA asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to review the evidence regarding the health impact of vaping, and the committee of experts concluded: “There is conclusive evidence that completely substituting e-cigarettes for combustible tobacco cigarettes reduces users’ exposure to numerous toxicants and carcinogens present in combustible tobacco cigarettes.” Continue reading “Report: Vaping Creates a Net Public Health Benefit”
This list is subject to change and is up-to-date as of January 30, 2018. For the latest updates, check the Wikipedia page List of Vaping Bans in the United States (link below), which is much more comprehensive. This article only lists states with vaping bans. Continue reading “States That Restrict Vaping”