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  • Are E-Cig Users Ex-Smokers?

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    There has been some discussion as to whether the e-cig is now being used by people that have never smoked a cigarette.

    However, a new study shows that 48% of smokers said they have tried e-cigs and those who have recently stopped smoking, more than 55%, have done so by using e-cigs.

    There is a report from the American Vaping Association (AVA) showing that hardly any non-smokers use e-cigarettes and they are mainly being used by current and ex-smokers. There is some data that shows young non-smokers using e-cigs but the AVA believe that the data shows young non-smokers trying out the e-cigs but not becoming addicted so they try it out.

    The NPR – Truven Health Poll shows wide support from the public for regulation of e-cigs by the Food and Drug Administration.

    In the poll it showed the main reason for people trying e-cigs was to help them give up smoking, other reasons high on the poll was replacing a tobacco product, healthier alternative to tobacco, recommendation from friends and family, ability to use in smoke free areas and eliminate secondhand smoke from others.

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  • E-Cig Debate Continues to Rage but UK Gov Embraces

    This is quite surprising to read on a government website, but it is very welcome to the many people who have used an e-cig to help themselves give up smoking.

    UK - Gov states that Ecigs can be quit aids and at least 95% Safer

    They also seem to point out that the alarmist reports in the media have been counterproductive and created a misleading impression when they state;

    • nearly half the population (44.8%) don’t realise e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking

    They also pointed out that hardly anybody has taken up e-cigs who were never previous smokers, allaying the fear that e-cigs are a gateway drug.

    But it's not all good news, in spite of these expert-recommended reviews. Policy makers, particularly in Wales, are continuing to push strong restrictions on indoor e-cigarette use.




  • Royal Society Says Promote E-Cigs

    The Royal Society for Public Health has done what was the unthinkable amongst Public Health bodies and actually backed ecigarettes as an alternative to smoking, saying that public health professionals should embrace and promote this option. Yes, promote ecigs as an alternative.

    This is a momentous sea-change in the political landscape. Part of the recommendations they have made are that we need a campaign to separate out the concept of addiction to nicotine and the pollutants in cigarettes like tar and heavy metals, and to promote nicotine-only e-cigarettes as an alternative.

    This marks a great moment within our Health System, and it seems to stem from a gradual realisation that e-cigarettes are not only much safer, but also pretty effective quit-aids.

    In the article by The Guardian, one very interesting point was made that we have written on before - scientists are concluding that nicotine is actually not very addictive by itself, and this view is making its way up into senior, respected health policy institutions.

  • Ecigarettes Not a Gateway

    According to results on English Ecig users, Ecigarettes got a clean bill of health, at least in terms of the theory that they could encourage our youth into smoking conventional cigarettes. No evidence could be found in the sample of young users to suggest ecigarettes were leading to smoking. Very few who had experimented took it up as a habit, at around 3%. This figure is much lower than with cigarettes so we can conclude that ecigarettes are not very addictive. Additionally none were never smokers, which strongly suggests that those using ecigarettes are simply switching from cigarettes.

    See more here - Tobacco Analysis

    Meanwhile, in America, an interesting article on Forbes (Why Is The CDC Lying About E-Cigarettes?) highlights similar findings in the US. The rates of teenager use of cigarettes and ecigs has been moving in opposite directions. We have to scratch ones head hard to see how this finding can be consistent with an e-cig 'gateway' effect.

    The National Youth Tobacco Survey showed that smoking rates were falling amongst American High School students, whilst there has been a steep rise in middle school e-cigarette use. It appears then that more efforts are needed to discourage ecigarette use amongst the youth but at least it isn't leading to an increase in smoking, and appears to be replacing it.

    While a consensus has not yet been reached on this contentious issue, the ecig industry should obviously still be adult-orientated to ensure it does not appeal to the young.

  • Scottish Government Proposes Balance on E-Cigs

    Scottish Government Proposes Balance on E-Cigs.

    A new Bill being proposed in Scotland.It has been well received by anti-tobacco groups including ASH Scotland.

    The Bill seeks to restrict usage by under 18's. Also,  it aims to avoid restricting the devices to existing adult smokers.

    ASH Scotland have a progressive stand on the devices; “The urgent priority is to reduce the enormous harm caused by tobacco use. We believe that e-cigarettes will prove to be much less harmful than smoking – so for a smoker to switch from tobacco to electronic cigarettes will bring significant health benefits and we welcome the Scottish Government’s attempts not to over-regulate and stifle the e-cigarette market.

    “Yet e-cigarettes are not harmless. The best health outcomes will still come from being free of any addictive substance and the measures announced today to protect young people from the commercial interests who would sell them such devices are justified and proportionate.” said ASH Scotlands Chief Executive.

  • WHO Expert Supports Better Regulation Rather Than Bans

    Better Regulation Rather Than Bans.

    Professor Wayne Hall of the University of Queensland, who is an Adviser to the WHO, is a researcher in the field of substance abuse.

    Better Regulation Rather Than Bans

    He has condemned Australia's tough stance on e-cigarettes which sees them categorised like Heroin or Cocaine. He states they should not need approval to be classed as medical devices for existing users to get access to them.

    We believe he speaks a great deal of sense! See more here

  • Dr Derek Yach Backs E-Cigarettes

    Dr Derek Yach has been endorsing e-cigarettes, and believes discouraging people to NOT use them, is more dangerous than encouraging them to do so - see more here.

    Dr Derek Yach is Executive Director of the Vitality Institute in New York

  • Vaping numbers are Growing Fast in UK

    We've heard that e-cigarettes are in decline or that the number of users has plateaued following negative media alleging that vaping is as dangerous as smoking. The truth is that vaping numbers are still growing fast in the UK, largely made up of ex-smokers. An estimate from ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) has it that there was 2.1 million vapers in 2014, and in 2015 this figure has already increased by half a million to 2.6 million!

    Vaping numbers are Growing Fast in UK

    In spite of the evidence being increasingly clear that vaping is a great deal safer than smoking, the press has still managed to peddle alarmist stories based on the flimsiest of argument, and to no surprise, this has effected the general public's perception of e-cigarettes far more than that of vapers. As a result the percentage of non-vapers that perceive e-cigarettes to be as dangerous as smoking has increased. Chances are growing then, that you may encounter an angry response from a miss-informed person if you vape in public. I say then, leave people with no reason to hate your activity, by being as considerate as possible. Try to be polite to people by not blowing excessive show-off clouds of vapour or around children and maybe some friction can be avoided.


  • Latest on Dry Puff and Aldehydes

    Latest on Dry Puff and Aldehydes

    Today we have Latest news on Dry Puff and Aldehydes

    Firstly A new published study by Dr Farsilanos has been published in the journal Addiction. He clarifying the situation on 'aldehydes' being generated by e-cigarettes. He is reassuring for vapers using high powered types of e-cigarette especially - see here.

    Firstly, The main finding is that aldehydes are produced at much lower levels than in cigarettes, and only in significant levels when the coil 'runs dry'. This can be caused by a prolonged heating period, too little time between puffs, and primarily these conditions are most likely to occur when the power level is higher, around 10 watts. This is because vapor is generated faster and so the coil can run out of liquid to evaporate, becoming dry. It refills gradually from the wick. Once it is getting dry, it heats up a lot more and this generates the aldehydes.

    Finally, This situation is easily tasted and felt, and it is easily avoided!

  • New Vape Bar in London

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    The Telegraph reports on a trendy new vape 'bar' which caters to some of the Capitals many vapers.

    New Vape Bar in London

    The new vape bar is unusual in that it offers customers bespoke mixing services from a room in the basement. Vape-bars have been running in the US for a while and among customers, it's quite common to see vaping cloud competitions to see who can make the most impressive cloud of vapour.

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