City Council Candidates Endorse Vape Ban. WTF?

There was no shortage of cringe-worthy moments at last night’s Candidate Survivor, the Stranger’s semi-annual beauty pageant in which candidates for political office humiliate themselves in front of an audience. This was my first time attending, so I’m not sure how it was compared to other years on the Oh Fuck This is Awkward Scale, but when District 7 candidate Jim Pugel—a former cop who was booed each time he walked on stage—announced he had to leave for a family emergency, my first thought was, “Lucky dude.”…. …The reason people who don’t work for tobacco companies want to ban vapes … Continue reading City Council Candidates Endorse Vape Ban. WTF?

Up in vapor? Small vape shops struggle to survive under growing weight of tax changes, tariffs and stigma

For Gary and Pam McBurney, smoking a pack or more of cigarettes a day for 30 years was taking a toll on their health and their wallets. “We hated ourselves,” Ms. McBurney said. Finally, something helped them quit within three weeks: vaping. “We wanted to become non-smokers. Vaping is the only thing that got us over that,” Ms. McBurney said. The couple decided to open up their own vape shop in 2016. “Our first mission was to help people overcome their smoking addiction,” Ms. McBurney said. But getting the word out has not been as easy as they hoped. Vaping and e-cigarette use … Continue reading Up in vapor? Small vape shops struggle to survive under growing weight of tax changes, tariffs and stigma

Juul and Philip Morris are sued under RICO act, accused of targeting kids

E-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc. and Philip Morris USA Inc. were hit with a lawsuit accusing them of illegally marketing nicotine-delivery devices to minors and deceiving consumers about the risks of vaping. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a 19-year-old, Christian Foss, who says he became addicted to nicotine and suffered worsening asthma symptoms after he began using Juul’s device at 16, and seeks to represent all Illinois minors who used it. It alleges that Juul and Philip Morris violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, adopting the tobacco industry’s past use of catchy ad campaigns aimed at … Continue reading Juul and Philip Morris are sued under RICO act, accused of targeting kids

More schoolchildren ‘rejecting cigarettes’

Secondary-school pupils in England appear to be rejecting cigarettes in greater numbers than ever before. The most recent survey in a series that began in the 1980s indicates just 16% of the pupils have ever smoked tobacco, down from 19% in 2016 and 49% in 1996. However, a quarter of the 13,000 pupils surveyed, from 193 schools across England, have tried drugs. This includes nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas, as well as cannabis. The 2018 survey also shows: 17% overall – and 38% of the 15-year-olds and 2% of the 11-year-olds – usually drink alcohol at least once a month … Continue reading More schoolchildren ‘rejecting cigarettes’

Vaping risk compared to smoking: challenging a false and dangerous claim by Professor Stanton Glantz

In this blog, I examine an extraordinary claim by Professor Stanton Glantz of the University of California at San Francisco. Professor Glantz claims that the US public is right to believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking and that science is now catching up with public opinion. This claim is profoundly and dangerously false, and it demands a challenge.  Professor Glantz makes his claim in a commentary in response to a substantive paper on perceptions of the relative risk of smoking and vaping. Both articles appeared in the American Medical Association’s JAMA Network Open.  This blog is a 13,000-word review … Continue reading Vaping risk compared to smoking: challenging a false and dangerous claim by Professor Stanton Glantz

San Francisco bans e-cigarettes: Is it legal? Is it safe?

San Francisco will become the first U.S. city to ban e-cigarette sales, after a unanimous vote by its board of supervisors on Tuesday. The mayor has indicated she plans to sign the measure. The city is legally able to pass the ban “unless and until it’s challenged,” according to CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman.  In California, Klieman explained, there are ballot initiatives – and “Juul is already prepared to get the signatures to get on the November ballot to absolutely get rid of this ordinance.” “Juul may carry the day,” she added, “because adults — particularly adults in places like … Continue reading San Francisco bans e-cigarettes: Is it legal? Is it safe?

Bethlehem OK’s moratorium on vape shops

Measure will give town time to consider new zoning rules. The Bethlehem Town Board voted Wednesday night to impose a six-month moratorium on permitting new vape shops while the town studies potential zoning laws that would dictate where they could be located. Jim Foster was the sole board member to vote against the moratorium, arguing that the measure was “political showmanship” that wouldn’t solve the problem of underage tobacco use. “It is political grandstanding at its worst,” Foster said. However, Town Supervisor David VanLuven and other board members said the temporary ban was merely designed to give the town planning … Continue reading Bethlehem OK’s moratorium on vape shops

Vaping: Controversial, but it has saved lives

Recently, there’s been a lot of discussion surrounding proposed legislation to ban flavored vaping products. I’ve seen and read many articles that cast vaping in a negative light. But, before you throw the baby out with the bathwater, I encourage you to consider the true impacts. Restricting access to flavored vapor products is restricting access to a product that has saved lives and helped smokers quit- including myself. I was a smoker who made many attempts to quit smoking cigarettes. I tried many different techniques—cold turkey, cutting back, reducing nicotine strengths—nothing worked. The uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms hurt my body and affected my personality, I would … Continue reading Vaping: Controversial, but it has saved lives

Peach Passion | Best Peach Vape Juice

Nothing makes life more peachy-keen than a bit of Peach Passion e-juice! And what goes better with pie than a dollop of thick vanilla ice cream… All I know is I need to be served some now! Gobble the cobbler using coupon code VapeNow. Premium e-Juice Flavors: Peach + Cobbler + Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Vape Awesometown e-Juice! Bottle Size: 60mL VG/PG: 80/20 The citizens of Awesometown have gone down south for a deliciously classic Peach Cobbler ejuice flavor! Taste the sweet, gooey notes of a freshly baked peach cobbler with a heavy helping of vanilla bean ice cream on top. … Continue reading Peach Passion | Best Peach Vape Juice