Have you ever vaped a certain e-liquid and found it to be harsher to your throat when compared to another e-fluid? Researchers at the Portland State University have discovered that the harshness that vapers experience can be attributed to the amount of free-base nicotine in that e-liquid. Those researchers tested a novel way to establish how much free-base nicotine different brands of e-liquid had and found that the brands with the lowest free-base nicotine were the least harsh when vaped. Read the entire article in order to learn how you can use their findings to select the best e-liquids for your vaping needs.
Researchers have been trying to find how more people can be encouraged to stop smoking combustible cigarettes and either switch to less harmful products, such as e-cigs, or stop consuming products with nicotine. A study used employees from 54 US-based companies to assess which combination of methods would achieve the highest cessation rates. It was discovered that combining the use of e-cigarettes with a monetary incentive (in case a research subject abstained from smoking for a specified duration) produced the highest quit rates when compared to the other combinations of aids to smoking cessation. Read the full study in order to learn how you can design a system to help your employees to quit smoking.
The FDA recently issued a press release in which it revealed that the agency had written letters to four additional e-cigarette manufacturers so that those manufacturers can avail it with information about their products.The information requested for is intended to help the agency to understand why those specific products may be appealing to youth. For example, the FDA wants information explaining how the designs of the products were arrived at given the fact that the products which tend to be most appealing to the youth are sleek and easy to conceal. The press statement goes into detail about the companies which were contacted to avail that information. The release also lists the different kinds of information that is required, and it states that any company which fails to comply may face enforcement action since it will be in breach of the law. Read the entire release and learn what the FDA is doing to protect kids from nicotine addiction.
The FDA has issued a press release in which it revealed that it had sent warning letters to at least 13 entities which were involved in manufacturing, distributing and retailing electronic cigarette products, such as e-liquids, which were packaged in a way that made them to resemble kid-friendly foods (candy and cookies, for example). Such products undermine efforts to keep kids off nicotine and erode the goodwill which e-cigs were enjoying as a result of being less harmful when compared to combustible cigarettes. The FDA press release goes on to say that the entities who received the warning letters have a deadline within which to respond regarding what action they plan to institute in order to address the concerns of the FDA. Get the details of the letters in the press release.
Electronic cigarettes are still stirring a lot of controversy more than a decade after they were introduced on the US market. One of the sticking points that has polarized stakeholders is the issue of advertising and taxes. Adverts help to provide vital information to smokers so that they can make an informed decision about switching to vaping. Taxes can raise the price of e-cigarettes and reduce the number of people using them instead of combustible cigarettes. Dhaval Dave and a team of fellow academics explore the issue of taxes and advertising restrictions in a detailed article which is a good read for anyone looking for the arguments on both sides of this matter.
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How Much Will It Cost You to Switch to Vaping?
Many people who are thinking about switching to vaping instead of (or in addition to) smoking traditional cigarettes wonder about the cost implications of that decision (never mind that health reasons should be the overriding motivator). Ivan Srsen writes a detailed article which explains that it isnât easy to give a rough estimate of what one will spend each year since the final cost will depend on several personal factors. For example, he explains how the grade of the e-juice which you decide to consume affects your costs. Premium e-juice is costlier than regular e-juice. This is similar to how driving a Ferrari can have a different ongoing cost as compared to driving an ordinary family car. Similarly, the quantity which you consume each day has a bearing on the total volume of e-liquid which you buy each year. As seasoned vapers may already know, the daily consumption can vary as widely as your mood varies from day to day. Read the entire article and learn the math behind each of the factors which will impact your vaping budget.
Should Vaping Be Taxed Like Tobacco Cigarettes?
The FDA calls electronic cigarettes âelectronic nicotine delivery systemsâ (ENDS). To them, e-cigs are a tobacco product. Why should what they think matter? The European Union is taking steps to tax e-cigarettes in the same way that they tax tobacco products. The EU recently completed the process of receiving comments from the public about this matter. Several questions come to mind on the subject of taxing electronic cigarettes in the same way as combustible cigarettes. For example, taxes on traditional cigarettes are deliberately high in order to dissuade as many people as possible from taking up smoking. Are e-cigarettes equally dangerous to the point of deserving such âpunitiveâ taxes? Whatever decision is taken in the EU is likely to have a bearing on what happens in the US and other jurisdictions. Read the full discussion on this debate and see whether the proposed taxes are justifiable or not.
Study Finds Some Flavors Can Reduce Free Radicals During Vaping
The scientific community agrees that electronic cigarettes are safer (95% less harmful) than tobacco cigarettes. The remaining 5% potential for harm is what has researchers and regulators divided on whether to promote vaping or ban it outright. Now new research has shown that something can be done to reduce some of the harm which can be caused by vaping. Researchers have discovered that some flavorings, such as vanilla, can reduce the volume of free radicles (reactive molecules which may damage normal cells) which are formed when e-liquid is aerosolized during the process of vaping. Such findings show that a lot of public health benefits can be achieved if concerted effort is directed towards helping the relatively young electronic cigarette industry to reach its full potential. Read the full article and discover what else the researchers found during the study.
Why Governments Should Give Vaping More Support
Public Health England (PHE) seems to be taking the lead when it comes to institutional and regulatory support for the use of electronic cigarettes as a way to reduce the harm that smokers face when they remain addicted to nicotine. The FDA doesnât appear to be looking at this harm reduction angle when it seeks to regulate e-cigs in the same way as it regulates traditional cigarettes. Dr. Joe Kosterich writes a compelling article which shows that the authorities, such as the Australian government, arenât being reasonable when they ban or severely restrict the use of e-cigarettes since they will, in effect, be telling smokers that it makes no sense to switch from one heavily restricted product (combustible cigarettes) to another heavily regulated product (e-cigs). Most studies on vaping agree e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than combustible cigarettes. Should the health of existing smokers be left on the line just because âthe long-term effects of vaping are unknownâ? Read the entire article and come up with your own answers to that and other questions about the mixed messages coming from regulators.
Why Vaping Should Be Studied As a Way to Stop Smoking
Manufacturers and distributors of e-cigarettes have refrained from stating that vaping can help one to stop smoking because such a claim would make the products to be regulated as a drug. However, evidence is emerging that vaping can indeed help individuals to quit smoking combustible cigarettes. Meanwhile, the medical community isnât yet sure whether it should recommend e-cigs as a tool to help people to quit smoking. Could the reluctance of the major players in the vape industry be denying communities a vital cessation tool just because of fears about regulation? Stanton A. Glantz, PhD has submitted a comment to a steering committee of the FDA calling on the agency to develop investigational new drug applications (IND) aimed at testing whether e-cigs can help one to quit smoking and how that can happen. Such guidelines would help to address all the roadblocks which currently exist regarding such research. For example, academics who can conduct unbiased research often lack the finances to undertake such studies. Read the entire comment sent to the committee and find out whether or not it would help to end some of the polarity on the matter of what e-cigs can or cannot do.
Why You Should Invest in Vape Stocks
Many people who invested in tobacco company stocks didnât want their investment to be known because of the ethical dilemma presented by profiting from a product which kills more than half of its consumers. In contrast, no one should shy away from investing in companies which make electronic cigarettes and their accessories. A recent article discusses several compelling reasons why one would be well advised to put their money in vape stocks. These reasons include the potentially life-saving impact of those products as well as the positive business outlook for the products whose market is growing rapidly. Read the entire article and find out whether vape stocks would be a good addition to your investment portfolio.