We round out 2018’s blogs with two new studies that give vapers and vaping advocates hope for the future.
First, we tackle the claim that vaping is a gateway to smoking, not the other way around. An op-ed by Quartz outlined a new study that proves just the opposite, that vaping — especially amongst teens — over time has not led to smoking. In, fact, smoking’s numbers have shown to fall at the same rate as before e-cigarettes came around. Vaping, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, became popular around 2011 with U.S.-based teenagers under 18. Arguments since that time have ranged from the gateway effect to the vaping epidemic in our youth, etc. But, in November 2018, U.S., Canadian and Australian researchers published a new review in the journal Tobacco Control “showing that major surveys conducted between 2004 and 2017 do not indicate that vaping among U.S. teens does not lead to smoking,” Quartz reported. “If our primary concern is population-level trends in youth and young adult smoking, which we believe is appropriate, then vaping has not shown to be a serious cause for concern,” the authors wrote. “It is possible that vaping may be playing a contributing role to the recent steep declines in youth and young adult smoking.”
Researchers in this study took data from five surveys distributed among teenagers and adults under the age of 26, according to Quartz: the Monitoring the Future Survey, the National Youth Tobacco Survey, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, and the National Health Interview Survey. The general trend throughout showed that since 2014, when vaping really hit the market, analog smoking rates have declined at a fast rate, but there isn’t necessarily a correlation between the rise in vaping and a decrease in smoking.
The next study in our feel good end-of-year piece comes from researchers who posted at the end of November in the Drug and Alcohol Review. After conducting a survey of 40 people who quit smoking by vaping, researchers suggest that vaping may help smokers avoid relapsing back into analogs.
UPI reports that half of the respondents said they had “brief or regular tobacco smoking relapses, particularly in social situations.” However, they didn’t go into full relapses back into smoking. Lead Researcher Caitlin Notley of the University of East Anglia in England said in a news release that now “the difference is that for some vapers [in this study], the odd cigarette was thought of as being 'allowed.' For others, an unintentional cigarette made them even more determined to maintain abstinence in the future. Either way, it didn’t necessarily lead to a full relapse back into smoking.”
Researchers went even further to say that vaping “not only helps people quit smoking, but also can help prevent long-term smoking relapse.”
In a new win for harm reduction, a news study published in the journal JAMA Network Open provides an estimate of toxins in e-cigarettes versus analog cigarettes. Of course there is no science as to the long-term effects of e-cigarettes yet, but Maciej Goniewicz, one of the authors of the study, told CNN that estimates [...]
The vaping world is filled with news big and small — let’s be honest, mostly big — and this one that’s been unfolding over the past couple of months is no different. However, it’s bigger than most.We head back to the end of October, when USA Today reported that Altria, maker of Marlboro and parent [...]
Last month the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unleashed new laws that bans sales of flavored e-cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations. Now, these products will only be sold in speciality tobacco and vape stores with age restrictions. Oregon-based News-Review also reports that age verification requirements for online sales will increase, and the FDA [...]
Whether you believe the vaping age for purchase and/or possession should be 18, 21 or somewhere in between, 21 seems to be the magic number for lawmakers across the country. Ordinances are being passed faster than ever before, and we’re here to keep you posted on what’s passed and what’s pending.The entire state of Massachusetts [...]
Twenty-one unlucky vaping importers and sellers have been sent letters from the Food and Drug Administration asking for “evidence that some of their products were on the market” before the Aug. 8, 2016 deeming rule date, as reported on by Vaping360.As most of us know, the rule prohibits new products from entering into the market [...]
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb continues his crusade against the e-cigarette industry, and this time the threat is to convenience store and online sales. The FDA is looking into banning some e-cigarette sales in convenience stores, confining them to brick-and-mortar vape shops only. Vape shops in this sense are defined as stores whose [...]
For 22 seasons, South Park has taken on familiar and topical mainstream subjects, poking fun at them to an extreme that allows us to not take ourselves too seriously. Last week’s episode was no different, but this time vaping was the hot topic in a long-awaited episode titled, “Tegridy Farms.”In Tegridy Farms, Randy learns that [...]
Part of the definition of the term reduction — the action or fact of making a specified thing smaller or less in amount, degree or size — focuses on the word action. The vaping industry is one of action, and harm reduction is a very real and necessary action for all of us. We’re so [...]
Fall is already in full swing, and just like 2018, the bannings haven’t slowed down. We’ll jump right in with September’s report of bans that could be happening in your area from the summer into the fall timeframe.The New Jersey Senate and Assembly passed a bill making all public parks and beaches smoke- and vape-free. [...]