Our neighbors to the north have passed the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act, and come out with an official statement: vaping is in fact safer than smoking, and can help you quit.
The first study of its kind has found that people who vape have the same mix of gut bacteria as non-smokers, whilst smokers have significant changes to their microbiome. Significant changes were found in the gut bacteria of the smokers, with an increase in the Prevotella bacteria which is linked to an increased risk of colon cancer and colitis. In contrast, the gut flora of those using e-cigarettes was the same as a non-smoker.
An excerpt from the American Cancer Society's new position paper on electronic cigarettes (emphasis mine):
Some smokers, despite firm clinician advice, will not attempt to quit smoking cigarettes and will not use FDA approved cessation mediations. These individuals should be encouraged to switch to the least harmful form of tobacco product possible; switching to the exclusive use of e-cigarettes is preferable to continuing to smoke combustible products.
Only 7 or 8 years late. How many smokers died while you twats toed the corrupt FDA line?
Monday, Feb 19th 2018 (12:00am)
Pretty much the only valid argument against vaping as smoking cessation (besides cloudchasers who like to crap up the pool by making a spectacle of themselves) is that there are no long-term studies to determine whether or not they are damaging in the long run. Well, the first long-term study is out, and of course, the news is good.
Friday, Feb 24th 2017 (12:00am)
It's hard to imagine, these days, selling a product by calling it synthetic. "A lot of people kind of give you the weird eye," says Edward Uy, vice president at SQN, the first vaping company to debut liquids with lab-made synthetic nicotine. Every other tobacco product in human history, including virtually every other vaping liquid, makes use of natural nicotine from tobacco plants. But tobacco also happens to be, if anything, the prime example that natural is not necessarily better.
Thursday, Jun 30th 2016 (12:03am)
So, last month, the chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs wrote a sternly-worded request of the FDA for numbers and methods to which they arrived at their recommended regulations for electronic cigarettes. The committee's concerns are not just about the impact to public health, but also the economic ramifications of forcing so many small players out of the market.
Naturally, the FDA did not respond. So, Senator Ron Johnson wrote to them again, this time including a hard deadline of the 20th of this month, and this ominous warning:
If the FDA does not provide an adequate response to these inquiries, the Committee may be forced to resort to other means to compel the production of this information.
Tuesday, Jun 7th 2016 (12:00am)
The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sent a strongly worded letter to the FDA demanding a full account of how they came to decide on the heavy-handed regulations recently presented, with specific focus to the economic impact of effectively shuttering a multi-billion dollar industry largely made up of small and cottage businesses, and the likelihood of unintended negative health effects by sending vapers back to tobacco. Popcorn after the jump.
Friday, May 20th 2016 (12:00am)
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Thrillist takes a look at the impact of the FDA's deeming regs that were brought down last week, and lays out what needs to change on both sides of the debate for this lifesaving tech to survive and thrive in our national culture.
This is the first edition of the Nanny State Index, a league table of the worst places in the European Union to eat, drink, smoke and vape. The Nanny State Index is an initiative from the European Policy Information Center (EPICENTER).
It's no secret that vaping has a bad rap - from ludicrous misinformation campaigns by industries out to lose a buck to cloud-chasing hipster twats that have never smoked a day in their lives, e-cigarette use comes with a stigma or three... The Daily Dot took a trip to a vape convention recently to see what was what and got schooled on what vaping really is and what it really means.
Thursday, Oct 1st 2015 (12:03am)
A former cabinet director for the World Health Organization writes for the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on the war on e-cigarettes and why it must end, also touching on how taxation representative of potential for harm can further the cause.
Monday, Aug 31st 2015 (12:00am)
Last week the UK's Department of Health signed off on vaping, calling it 95% less harmful than smoking - a governmental first on the planet. Time magazine just took notice and reports on the financial benefits as well.
Other governments are bound to follow suit. In a generation, when smoking tobacco is but a mere relic from a less-enlightened age, this will be considered a major turning point.
Monday, Aug 24th 2015 (12:03am)
In an unprecedented move, Public Health England, a government health organization has announced their full support in offering vapor devices to aid in smoking cessation. Marking the first time any government health agency, anywhere in the world, has publicly announced it is pro vaping.
...and I couldn't have done it without vaping. Not only that, I couldn't have done it with a cigalike (an e-cig that's the shape and size of a traditional cigarette), it took moving up to the predecessor of the modern tank systems. If you vape to quit tobacco, do it right.
Wednesday, Apr 22nd 2015 (12:00am)
In response to California's stance on electronic cigarettes, this site is now available to inform and advocate about this burgeoning cottage industry that can - and will, regardless of if it's legal or not - save millions of lives and put a dagger through the heart of the government-dependent tobacco industry.
Monday, Mar 30th 2015 (12:01am)
Derek Yach is arguably smoking's biggest, most powerful opponent - it was he who established and implemented the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and he remains to this day a staunch and busy advocate of all things anti-tobacco.
In this week's cover feature for The Spectator, Yach discusses why there is so much mistrust and fear around electronic cigarettes while endorsing their efficacy in helping people quit smoking and improving their health.
Friday, Feb 20th 2015 (12:02am)
For all the talk of big tobacco's e-cigarettes tasting like crap and not representing what consumers want, cigalikes have still made up the majority of the American electronic cigarette market. Until now.
Friday, Sep 26th 2014 (8:19am)
The rapid growth of electronic cigarette sales poses a rising but under-appreciated risk to holders of as much as $96 billion of bonds tied to payments tobacco companies make to U.S. states from a sweeping legal settlement in 1998.
Monday, Jun 30th 2014 (12:01am)
A group of 53 leading scientists has warned the World Health Organization not to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, arguing that doing so would jeopardize a major opportunity to slash disease and deaths caused by smoking.
...the first round of FDA regulation has begun. Proposed initial regs are pretty much common sense - manufacturing and labeling standards, age restrictions on purchase. What we're seeing here is the groundwork for future regulation, though, and where that goes... who knows.
Thursday, Apr 24th 2014 (12:58pm)
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