A quick roundup about the latest vaping news.

Firstly, our very own CEO. Fraser Cropper, CEO of Totally Wicked, went on Sky News in the UK to discuss a recent study regarding Nicotine.  He was asked to appear as spurious headlines abounded inferring from a recent report that vaping is carcinogenic.

Spoiler alert: They didn’t find that.

You can read more about what he has to say here on Vaped, but watching the interview on Sky we see that yet again the classic TV “move” of “so you are saying that…” has been used. This is a journalistic tactic to dumb down any issue into a soundbite

When this tactic is used we all lose, as vital information is removed in order to create a ‘takeaway’ for the viewer that the news channel wants to get across, irrespective of whether that take away is true or false.

In this instance the interviewer was trying to pin something on Fraser that he clearly didn’t say.  She also wasn’t understanding that the nicotine in NRT is still nicotine, and that if there are issues with nicotine, then NRT will have the same problem.

Make sure to read this post, as it will clear up any misleading headlines regarding vaping causing cancer.

Next, the CDC Director has resigned

Why? Because she bought shares in Japan Tobacco. This has inevitably been seen as a clear conflict of interest as the CDC wants to prevent smoking, not invest in it. I guess having a top dog dabbling in the tobacco market is not a great look, as she has profited off the very substance they want to ban!

Quick reminder for anyone travelling to Singapore

Don’t take your e-cigarette to Singapore! They are illegal to import and as of February 1st 2018,  you will be fined $2000 if caught importing one. Ouch!

Chew on this….

Wrigley’s, the manufacturer of chewing gum and other candies, is suing an e-liquid manufacturer that has created e-juice names that are very similar to the products Wrigley’s makes. Using the argument that e-cigarettes are luring children to take up smoking, the company has stated that, “there was “growing concern” among U.S. regulators and politicians that the marketing of e-cigarette materials in candy flavors “harmfully targets” children. However “Defendants have refused to cease their misappropriation of Wrigley’s famous and federally registered Starburst and Skittles trademarks … in an intentional effort to trade off of the valuable goodwill that Wrigley has built up”.

E-cigarettes are used more frequently as a quitting aid, despite the CDC downplaying their significance in this role.

Writing in Journal.now.com, Richard Craver Winston states, “When it came to a potential smoking-cessation device, substituting some cigarettes with e-cigs (35.3 percent) was used by a greater percentage of smokers than the nicotine patch or gum (25.4 percent) or other cessation aids approved by the Food and Drug Administration.”

He continues that, “Switching completely from cigarettes to e-cigs was used by 24.7 percent. Other quit methods were: getting help from a doctor or health professional (15.2 percent), using smoking-cessation medications approved by the FDA (12.2 percent), help from a website (7.1 percent) or quit line (5.4 percent).

The CDC responded saying, “Given that our data show that e-cigarettes are more commonly used for quit attempts than FDA-approved medications, further research is warranted on the safety and effectiveness of using e-cigarettes to quit smoking”.

As long as people continue to use and find benefit from Vaping, eventually the CDC will have to concede that e-cigarettes have a fundamental role to play in moving millions away from smoking. Brad Rodu is quoted in the article as saying, “This study documents that vaping is American smokers’ most popular quit-smoking aid, despite a broad misinformation campaign labeling e-cigarettes as neither safe nor effective.”

Finally, an obvious moment

Smoking has been banned in UK prisons, leading to riots and prisoners smoking noxious substances soaked in nicotine that has been extracted from NRT patches. However, a trial of using e-cigarettes in a prison on the Isle of Mann has led to improved behavior by inmates and greater uptake of quit smoking services. It is also noted that “the trial showed the prison could save around £8,500 in the cost of nicotine replacement therapy annually.”

A win for both sides then?

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