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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.