Vape lung is on the decline as CDC report fixes blame on oily additive
San Francisco takes the final steps toward becoming the first U.S. city to ban vaping product sales
According to foreign reports, Juul, an American head e-cigarettes brand, plans to open a new research site in the triangle Research Park in North Carolina.
A company spokesman said that the new Institute is expected to create 35 full-time jobs.
“We will continue to strive to win the trust of key stakeholders, including local officials, because we have increased the potential to reduce the harm of adult smokers while combating juvenile smoking,” Juul said in a statement
In June, Juul resolved a lawsuit filed by North Carolina attorney general Josh Stein, who accused the company of promoting its products to young people. Juul agreed to pay $40 million, but denied wrongdoing or responsibility.
North Carolina was the first state to take legal action against Juul.
At least 13 states, including California, Massachusetts, New York and the District of Columbia, have filed similar lawsuits. In each case, the most important thing is that Juul knows, or should know, that it uses smoke bombs containing high concentrations of nicotine to attract teenagers.
A lawsuit against Juul by the Wake County public school system in North Carolina is currently ongoing.
According to the U.S. Federal Drug Administration, in 2020, the use of e-cigarettes by high school students and junior middle school students decreased by 19.6% and 4.7% respectively. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention believes nicotine can damage teenagers’ brain development.
China’s vaping giant Relx gears up for US entry
On September 16, according to foreign reports, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began to make a ruling on the marketing and sales of e-cigarette products, health researchers are looking for more information, such as how the use of social media may affect e-cigarette users, especially college students’ e-cigarette users.
For the first time, Associate Professor Hong Xue, Professor Alison quiliar and professor Lawrence cheskin of the school of health and human services at George Mason University and their colleagues studied the relationship between the time spent on specific social media websites and the use of e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes.
Although most of the social media platforms reviewed in the study were not significantly associated with e-cigarettes, Xue and his colleagues did find that college age e-cigarette users who spent more time on snapchat (Note: a “destroy after reading” photo sharing app in the United States) did have higher lifetime e-cigarette usage and higher e-cigarette usage frequency in the past 30 days.
Research shows that college students who smoke e-cigarettes occasionally or often spend more than two hours on snapchat every day. On the other hand, non users spend less than an hour on applications every day. The study also found that for each additional hour of snapchat, the possibility of lifelong use of e-cigarettes increased by 4.61%.
“Our findings demonstrate the important role that social media can play in promoting young people’s participation in dangerous health behaviors, such as the use of e-cigarettes. There is an urgent need for scientific evidence to inform interventions and policies that can reverse this trend,” Xue said
Although the use of traditional tobacco by young people has decreased in recent years, the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey estimates that more than a quarter of high school students currently use e-cigarettes. These students are now in college and are loyal users of social media. A study by Pew Research Center in 2018 shows that 75% of young people have used instagram, 73% have used snapchat, and more than three-quarters of users aged 18 to 29 say they use these applications every day.
The study also examined whether social media would affect traditional cigarette use. The team found no association between smoking and major platforms such as Facebook, twitter, snapchat and instagram.
The research team used data from the Mason: health starts here cohort study for an observational study. The study included 298 freshmen from a large state university. In addition to Cuellar, cheskin and Xue, the research team also includes Shuo Yulin, Cheng Xiaolu, Matthew rossheim and Dustin gress.
World Vape Bus Tour Visiting the UK
The arrival of the world vape bus in London coincides with the release of a type of crypto currency to help towards battling the global vape ban plan.
Nope…I have absolutely no idea how crypto currency and the like works, but those in the know and who want to support the WVA should read on lol.
But first up, the World Vapers Alliance European vape advocacy bus tour hits the streets of London tomorrow – Monday September 20th – and will park up in Shoreditch between 10am and 6pm.
You’ll be able to chat with the organizers and sign up to join the global fight to save vaping – Back Vaping. Beat Smoking.
As an extra incentive there’s freebies to be had too 😉
And as for the non-fungible tokens [NFTs]..?
They can be bought either online on the official website, or I think from the vape bus.
I’ll leave Director of the World Vapers’ Alliance, Michael Landl to explain:
Innovation is the main driver to make our world better.
Blockchains can transform the way we do business as much as vaping improves people’s lives and public health. We support innovation and are happy to have found a way to combine enthusiasm for vaping and blockchains.
Both these technologies should be embraced instead of feared.
I can certainly see the synergy between vaping and NFTs – but like I said – clear as mud to me!
WVA explains it thus:
The concept of NFTs is similar to the concept of a digital coin, such as Bitcoin.
However, while Bitcoin was created to be a digital currency, NFTs are created as unique collectible assets.
This means that NFTs are not interchangeable because they are unique.
A collectible-based NFT has a unique identifier stored on a blockchain to provide the owner with a proof of ownership.
The World Vapers’ Alliances invites enthusiastic vapers and supporters to obtain one of the first ever vaping NFTs especially created for the Back Vaping. Beat Smoking campaign.
WVA say the NFTs can be found and bought here – WVA donate page – and as the campaign progresses, there will be more added.
BTW, if you’re going to see the world vape bus – do send me some photos 🙂
FDA PMTA Bans Hit Major Vape Players
Despite missing the deadline for all PMTAs the FDA has banned even more vape products including some the biggest names on the American vape scene.
It was late on Friday the FDA announced the latest round of Marketing Denial Orders [MDOs] bringing the total now to 295.
That figure might sound low, but take into account ALL of the vape products included, and you’re looking at more than 1 million items banned from sale in America at the stroke of a pen.
A whimsical stroke of a pen at that – there’s absolutely NO way all 6.5 million PMTA applications have been studied diligently…as I’ve said before, this is simply a back door flavour ban.
Earlier this month one of the largest vape companies in the USA – Bidi Stick – had 10 of it’s flavours, including menthol, effectively banned leaving only the tobacco variety with a chance of being deemed ‘legal’.
The cost of PMTAs to the company Bidi Vapor amounted to $3.5 million – a massive loss.
However in a press release the company remains hopeful:
Bidi Vapor remains committed to demonstrating that all 11 flavors of its BIDI® Stick are appropriate for the protection of the public health.
The company has continued to update and amend its PMTA submissions as data from its ongoing studies comes in, moving ahead with immediate plans to request the agency continue to permit the marketing of the flavored BIDI® Sticks while the FDA properly reviews its PMTAs, including all amendments.
Now that the deadline has passed, the company will continue to market its tobacco and menthol varieties and is exploring additional remedies it declined to elaborate on.
As I said, some of the biggest names in US vaping have also been hit by backdoor bans.
One of those is Turning Point Brands, a major player in vaping with links to, among others, VaporFi and DirectVapor.
Turning Point Brands, which had over $400 million in sales in 2020, received MDOs from @FDATobacco.$TPB spent real money on their PMTAs and they got the same result as if they’d just used automated software. They’re rightfully threatening litigation. https://t.co/otYyzqb2xp
— Gregory Conley (@GregTHR) September 17, 2021
A spokesman for the company said:
The PMTA denied by this MDO included an in-depth toxicological review, a clinical study, and studies on patterns and likelihood of use.
The data demonstrated that TPB products do not appeal to never users, youth, or former users and that a significant majority of users of TPB products had completely ceased use of combustible cigarettes.
As I said, despite jumping through expensive hoops – the FDA doesn’t seem to care.
For more background read my articles:
World Vape Shows Opens Today
Today is the first day of the World Vape Show with thousands expected to attend.
It’s being held in Dubai and has attracted all the big names in vaping with over 150 exhibitors showcasing the latest vape products.
There’s also a 3 day vaping conference with vape industry insiders and medical experts delivering speeches and the very latest scientific updates.
And of course there’s the vape tricks competition which sounds fun.
Sadly a trip to Dubai was way out of my price bracket – barely manage a wild camp in my local woods with my budget lol.
But of course, I hope the event is a great success and here’s hoping we get the UK Vaper Expo back in May next year.
and finally…We Fixed Your Dress AOC!
Not a lot to smile about in the world of vaping – at least for America.
However, the dress worn by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [AOC] at the glitzy Met Gala has now been fixed…
It originally said Tax the Rich…but this is better 😉
Ha! Love it 🙂
More vaping news on Wednesday!
PS…just a reminder:
Vaping additive blamed for outbreak produces ‘exceptionally toxic’ byproducts
According to foreign reports, an update released by kaival brands innovations group, bidi vapor’s exclusive distributor, shows that although bidi vapor has received a PMTA marketing rejection order (MDO) for the product, bidi vapor will continue to manufacture and sell its art (Menthol) bidi stick products in the United States.
As of September 10, the U.S. Food and drug administration has released MDO for about 992000 electronic nicotine delivery system products from 168 companies. Bidi vapor’s non tobacco flavor bidi sticks received MDO, including its artistic (Menthol) bidi stick.
However, the company insists that it is wrong for FDA to mistake artistic (Menthol) bidi stick for seasoning. Since bidi stick is menthol, bidi vapor believes that the product is not limited by MDO.
The company wrote in a press release: this position is consistent with the FDA’s public statement and press release that tobacco and menthol e-cigarettes are not regarded as flavoring products subject to MDO. Therefore, together with bid stick with classic tobacco flavor, bidi intends to continue to produce and sell menthol bidi stick and continue to distribute it.
The company has always derived almost all its revenue from the sales of seasoning bid stick and seems willing to accept law enforcement risks.
“If FDA disagrees with bidi vapor’s position, issues a warning letter, or takes other actions against bidi vapor, resulting in our inability to distribute menthol bidi stick in the United States, or consumers do not buy classic tobacco or menthol bidi stick, our income, and thus our financial performance and condition, will be materially and adversely affected.” The distribution company wrote in its press release.
In the three and nine months ended July 31, 2021, menthol bidi sticks accounted for about 15.2% and 18.5% of the company’s total sales of bidi sticks, respectively.
How companies are working around Apple’s ban on vaping apps
According to vapingpost, two major cities in California, Los Angeles and San Jose, are expected to ban flavored e-cigarettes and tobacco products in the coming weeks.
Proponents of the proposal claim that banning candy and fruit flavored e-cigarettes and tobacco products (all minors are not legally allowed to buy) will attract children to some extent and become addicted to nicotine.
Dr. John Ma, board member of the American Heart Association, said that flavored tobacco products need to be completely eliminated from the national market. “The tobacco industry continues to attract children to use scented products. Today’s young people are the next generation of smokers,” Ma said.
The San Jose parliament will consider ending the sale of all flavors of tobacco products in the city, including flavored juice and mint cigarettes. However, the city plans to exempt hookah from statewide tobacco regulations.
San Jose City Council member PAM Foley led the issue locally. Foley told the local media, “our city must do everything possible to ensure that our children are not addicted to electronic cigarette products, which are harmful to our children’s long-term health.”
Chappie Jones, vice mayor of San Jose, said that if the San Jose City Council takes action to ban the sale of flavored tobacco, the new regulations will take effect 30 to 60 days after the effective vote.
Interestingly, San Jose is one of the largest cities in the San Francisco Bay area. San Francisco City and county is the first major city in the United States to ban the sale of e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco products.
In Los Angeles, a similar proposal to ban flavored tobacco products is under debate. Los Angeles has taken major action against e-cigarettes. Now, members of a local community in the city are lobbying the City Council to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products within the city.
“Flavored tobacco is still available in pharmacies in Los Angeles. It’s easy to buy,” a student activist opposed to flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes said at a news conference. “Young people are tempted to try this method every day, which is very dangerous.”. Los Angeles is expected to take action on the proposal in the coming weeks.