Vape News Headlines: Low Cancer Risk – Heat Not Burn Rise – Uni Vape Ban – Battery Safety – Nicopure Appeal – Best Vape Trick?
E-Cigs – Extremely Low Risk of Lung Cancer
A new study has found the Risk of lung cancer for those using e-cigs is tiny compared to smoking.
However the scientists say that ‘in some circumstances’ the risk can increase ‘significantly’.
The study was carried out by scientists from St Andrews University in Scotland and the team studied a wide range of ‘vaporized nicotine products’ or VPNs.
This included cigarettes, e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn, and medicinal nicotine inhalers and the results were measured in a so called inhalation unit risk.
From the findings the scientists were able to calculate the risks of developing lung cancer from each of the items.
E-cigs had cancer potencies of less than 1% compared to normal cigarettes however the higher the heat of the coils the risk grew.
Whilst heat not burn products had lower cancer potency than cigarettes there was a much higher risk than from Vaping.
Lead author of the study – Dr William E Stephens – concluded:
Optimal combinations of device settings, liquid formulation and vaping behaviour normally result in e-cigarette emissions with much less carcinogenic potency than tobacco smoke, notwithstanding there are circumstances in which the cancer risks of e-cigarette emissions can escalate, sometimes substantially. These circumstances are usually avoidable when the causes are known.
Source: Comparing the cancer potencies of emissions from vapourised nicotine products including e-cigarettes with those of tobacco smoke
Users of Heat Not Burn Products on the Rise
8,000 smokers a day are switching to heat not burn IQOS according to Big Tobacco giant Philip Morris Singapore Pte Ltd.
They say that means up to 3million former smokers now use the product that our own Mike Murphy described as ‘the closest thing I have found to the experience of actually smoking a cigarette.’
You can read his full review – IQOS Review – ‘Heat Not Burn’ Alternative to Cigarettes to see what all the fuss is about.
Lawrence Chew, General Manager of Philip Morris Singapore Pte Ltd said:
Our ambition is that all the people who would otherwise continue smoking switch to scientifically substantiated smoke-free alternatives as soon as possible. But we cannot achieve this mammoth task alone.
All stakeholders of the industry have a role to play. We are encouraged by the growing number of experts and governments that are taking steps to support the role that science and innovation can have for public health, and hope Singapore will too.
So how do you feel about Big Tobacco playing such a pivotal role in getting folks to quit smoking?
Let us know in the comments below.
Source: The Online Citizen
Irish University Vape Ban Challenged
Limerick University has been urged to re-thing its ban on vaping on the campus.
In a letter to the student union the Irish Vape Vendors Association has urged them to remove e-cigarettes and vaping from the strict smoke free zone.
In a post on their website a spokesman said:
If a smoker chooses to vape instead, they should be supported in doing so. Banning an adult smoker or vaper from using their vaping device send the message that the two categories of product pose the same risks. This is not the case.
The IVVA has also invited the student union to attend the Global Forum on Nicotine meeting to be held in Dublin in October.
The letter states:
The decision to include the use of e-cigarettes in the University of Limerick’s ban on smoking is not grounded in evidence and runs counter to the public health goals of reducing the harms of smoking.
Vaping is not comparable to smoking. E-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, nor do they produce smoke. There is no legal requirement to include vaping in bans on smoking, and neither is there a scientific basis. It is the by-products of combustion such as tar and carbon monoxide that make smoking so deadly, not the use of reduced-risk nicotine products.
You can read the full letter HERE
Euston Train Station Incident
The apparent explosion of an e-cigarette led to panic and fears of a terrorist attack at Euston station in London last week.
Whilst details are sketchy it’s a timely reminder to learn more about Battery Safety.
The Independent British Vape Trade Association has been quick off the mark following the incident and has released a list of safety tips.
Fraser Cropper, Chairman of IBVTA said:
Battery safety is an issue IBVTA and the wider independent vape industry takes very seriously. A failure to do so can have serious consequences for consumers and the industry. It is therefore vital that as an industry we are doing everything that we can to prevent these incidents from happening, and the important thing to remember is that they are preventable.
The impression created is that these events are a regular occurrence, thankfully they are not, in fact they are very rare. There are nearly three million regular vapers in the UK and virtually all of them will go through their vaping lives without any battery related fires. By contrast, combustible tobacco continues to be responsible for well over 1,000 fires a year.
Garry Dibley, IBVTA’s Membership and Advice Line Manager added:
As an association, we seek to provide our members with the best and most up-to-date advice and support available. Battery safety is an issue of primary importance and one that our members raise with IBVTA on a routine basis.
We hope that by providing our members with this guidance, they will be able to better serve their customers. At the same time, we will be able to raise awareness of battery safety amongst the wider vaping community and hopefully provide smokers, who may have been put off vaping because of some of the media coverage around “exploding e-cigarettes”, with the confidence to switch to a significantly less harmful alternative.
You can read the battery safety guidelines HERE and Laura-ann’s guide to vaping and batteries HERE
E-Liquid Company to Appeal FDA Ruling
Despite the FDA announcing recently it was postponing the draconian new US anti-vape laws – known as Deeming – Nicopure Labs is still taking them to court.
Back in May last year Nicopure – the company behind Halo and Purity e-liquids – challenged the FDAs plans to basically shut down the US vaping industry.
However the court ruled against them hence the fresh appeal announced this week.
The company is being joined in the fight for vaping rights by the R2B Smoke-Free Coalition and in a joint statement released this week Jeff Stamler, CEO and co-founder of Nicopure Labs said:
We believe in helping millions of adult smokers battle tobacco addiction through vaping products. We believe the FDA is doing a massive disservice to public health and we will keep fighting for the vaping industry to ensure these products will continue to help a growing number of people quit tobacco and start a new, smoke-free life.
You can read the full press release HERE
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