Vaping can help smokers kick cigarettes

Studies have shown that the availability of flavors is perhaps the single most important factor for those who successfully quit cigarettes by switching to vaping. But how do we protect our children from products that are not designed for them, while making sure adults who need those products continue to have access? That is the question surrounding the current debate around e-cigarettes and vapor products. And California’s legislators, in their rush to protect our kids, are missing the point of vapor products by banning flavors. There is no question that we should keep vapor products out of the hands of … Continue reading Vaping can help smokers kick cigarettes

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’

Vapor Technology Association Files Lawsuit Against FDA

So far, it seems the FDA Food and Drug AdministrationFederal agency of the United States of America. It belongs to he U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and aims at promoting and protecting public health through the regulation and the supervision of various products among which tobacco products since 2009. “>FDA strategy towards vaping in general has been to immediately reject it by harshly regulating it. Then, when it comes to collecting the required data on vape products (aka PMTA), the FDA has postponed dates, revised options, extended deadlines and now they are revoking commitments by rescinding previous announced PMTA extension plans — … Continue reading Vapor Technology Association Files Lawsuit Against FDA

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

Maura Healey calls for tax on e-cigs and banning vaping flavors

Attorney General Maura Healey called Wednesday for banning flavored vaping products and taxing e-cigarettes to crack down on unsafe teen smoking habits in a speech before the New England Council. “The reason I’m raising this is because this is a really big deal right now in schools and for parents around the state,” said Healey, as she joined local business leaders to talk about the work of her office. “I think it’s important that we update our law to address and try to curb this epidemic.” Healey, who is currently investigating the vaping company Juul Labs over youth-centric marketing practices, … Continue reading Maura Healey calls for tax on e-cigs and banning vaping flavors

Vaping business booming in New Zealand

With a surge in people wanting to quit smoking, the vaping business is booming in New Zealand. Advocates say it’s a healthier and cheaper option for those wanting to stub out the smokes. For Josh McNally, the fog has finally cleared. Having given up his 15-year smoking habit, he’s switched to vaping. “Walking up I was no longer breathless, that morning cough that you get, gone,” he told “And with the money I’m saving I’m putting it into going to the gym, getting back in shape and actually getting my health back on track.” There’s been a 30 percent increase … Continue reading Vaping business booming in New Zealand