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New Research Finds The CDC Made False Claims About ‘Vaping Epidemic’

UK based researchers have re-analyzed The CDC’s study about the teen ‘vaping epidemic’. Read here to learn what they found.

As headlines about the dangers of vaping continue to dominate the headlines, many people are working hard to bring the truth about vaping to the forefront. As a result,  of the UK’s top researchers have recently taken a second look at a study conducted by The CDC in 2018.

The study “found a 78% rise in vaping (at least one puff in the last 30 days) by US high schoolers (15-18 years old) between 2017 and 2018.” These alarming numbers sent the many parents — as well as the general public — into an uproar about vaping However, UK researchers have uncovered “a gaping chasm” between what the study shows and the truth.

In the re-analysis of the 2018 study, UK researchers differentiated between experimental and regular vapors. Regular vaping was defined as occurring more than 20 times a month.

According to The Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association, “The study found that in never-smokers, regular vaping was rare, nicotine addiction was minimal and the great majority of smokers used tobacco before trying vaping.” To be specific, the results indicated that only 8.4% of teens who had never smoked had vaped within the last 30 days. Of those teens, only 1% were regular vapers. These numbers indicate that a health crisis involving teen vape usage simply isn’t true.

In fact, teens in the United States are much more likely to partake in other risky behaviors such as drinking, texting while driving, and using cannabis. UK researchers also found that most teens smoke before vaping which means that cigarettes present a much bigger threat to teens than vaping.

Hopefully public opinion will shift as more studies continue to prove that there is no health crisis associated with vaping. In the meantime, researches and vaping organizations will continue to spread factual information about the realities of vaping.

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Former Smoker Testifies That Vaping Saved Her Life

Read here to learn how a former smoker’s testimony credits flavored e-cigarettes with saving her life by helping her quit cigarettes.

Did you know that more than 16 million people in the United States are fighting a smoking related disease? In addition, the average smoker will live 10 years less than a non-smoker. Even people who don’t smoke can be put at risk when coming in contact with cigarette smoke.

Needless to say, almost all of the statistics surrounding cigarettes are connected to serious health issues, and even death.

Although more than half of cigarette smoking adults have admitted that they’d like to quit, doing so is easier said than done. Until now at least.

With the rise of e-cigarettes, many smokers have seen this option as the ideal way to quit. Research has shown that not only are e-cigarettes far less harmful than traditional cigarettes, but they’re also more successful than other methods at getting people to quit smoking.

A study conducted by researchers in England shows that people who used e-cigarettes were about 60% more likely to quit smoking than people who didn’t. For many smokers, the option to vape different flavors is a huge factor in using e-cigarettes over traditional cigarettes. One woman, Vicky Porter, even believes that flavored e-cigarettes likely saved her life.

In a recent hearing regarding widespread reports of vape related lung damage, Porter testified that e-cigarettes were the only thing that helped her quit smoking. Porter, who discovered e-cigarettes after 23 years of smoking and several failed attempts at quitting, says that her health improved almost immediately after switching to e-cigarettes.

She specifically mentions that flavors are a huge factor in what makes vaping a great experience and cites a recent survey that found 92% of adult vapers preferred non-tobacco flavors.

Porter’s testimony comes on the heels of several cases of vape related lung damage — and even death — across the country. However, as she mentions, these incidents were not the result of vaping itself, but the result of teens attempting to vape illegal THC cartridges purchased from the black market.

Despite these facts, lawmakers in several states have decided to move forward with stricter regulations on vape products. Some states have even gone as far as to ban the sale of any flavored vape products.

Officials are claiming this flavor ban will put an end to the ‘health crisis’ caused by vaping, but Porter and many others disagree. Limiting access to e-cigarettes and other products could actually cause a health crisis of its own.

As organizations and officials make plans to overturn these bans, vapers everywhere hope words like Porter’s will be heard — and taken seriously.

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New Vaping Regulations Are Making Alleged ‘Crisis’ Worse

Are new bans on vape products really good for public health? Experts say no. Read here to learn how new vaping regulations could result in a major health crisis.

News of vape related lung damage — and even deaths — has been the topic of headlines across the country for several weeks. Recently, in addition to 12 deaths, the CDC reported “805 lung injury cases reported from 46 states and 1 U.S. territory.” Unfortunately, though, most of the coverage on these incidents has left out a very important detail: these teens were vaping illicit THC cartridges that were purchased from illegal sources.

However, despite proof that these deaths and injuries were related to illegal street vapes and not e-cigarettes, lawmakers across the United States are looking to put strict regulations on vape products. Many hope to ban “all non-tobacco flavors of e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol” and some states have already put these regulations into action. On the surface, this decision may seem like it was meant to keep people safe, but in reality, it will likely have the opposite result.

Not only will restricting access to e-cigarettes give traditional smokers one less option for quitting, but it’ll also make people more likely to explore black market options. According to Michelle Minton of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, “[T]he only reason these people turned to the black market was because they couldn’t acquire cannabis or e-cigarettes legally. Black markets only arise when products are unavailable or prohibitively expensive on the legal market, often as a result of well-meaning efforts to protect people from their own choices. But instead of keeping them away from substances that might increase their risks a little, restrictions push people into the illicit market where adulterated and defective products can kill them.”

Limiting access to regulated products will likely result in an increased number of health issues caused by unregulated items that contain harmful chemicals. Some traditional smokers in places that have enacted a flavor ban have said that they will likely go back to cigarettes. This is already an issue as cigarettes are responsible for over 8 million deaths per year.

Although it’s not uncommon for knee-jerk reactions to influence laws in the United States, many people feel that a widespread flavor ban could create a public health crisis worse than government officials could have imagined.

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Vapers in New York Plan to Go Back to Cigarettes Because of Flavor Ban

New York recently announced that the sale of flavored vape products will be banned throughout the state. Read here to learn about the health risk this poses to vapers.

New York has become one of the most recent states to join the ban on flavored vape products. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement on September 17th after inaccurate reports of vape related lung damage swept through the nation. Although the stories reported that several teens had experienced severe lung damage due to vaping, they failed to mention an important detail: the teens admitted to smoking illegal THC oils that were purchased from black market sellers.

The ban, which is set to begin on October 4th, came as a shock to vapers all over the state. For many former and current smokers, vaping has provided safer alternative to cigarettes and a more effective way to quit.

Government officials see the ban as a way to protect the public, but the real result will actually be the opposite. To get a true idea of how this ban will affect the public, Helen Redmond of Filter Mag sat down with several New York residents who vape. Lilly, one of the women who was interviewed by Redmond, says that she loves vaping because it does not negatively impact her boyfriend’s asthma unlike traditional cigarettes.

Others feel that vaping is being wrongfully attacked and decisions are being made without all of the facts. Afterall, several studies have shown that vaping is less harmful than smoking and that it is a very useful tool for helping smokers quit.

A New York vape shop owner, Spike Babian, says that several customers have told her they plan to start smoking now that flavored vape products are unavailable. Another shop owner who chose not to be named, also noted that black market sales will likely increase due to this ban.

Since smoking is responsible for nearly half a million deaths each year in the United States, it goes without saying that a decision that results in people choosing to smoke could create a health crisis.

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Public Health Professor Advises the Public

‘Don’t Let the CDC Fool You’

The Centers for Disease Control is one of the most highly regarded agencies in the United States. The CDC is responsible for collaborating “to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.” As a result, The CDC has gained the trust of countless people all across the country. But what if this organization doesn’t really have our best interests at heart?

According to former CDC employee and currently Boston University professor, Dr. Michael Siegel, that might be the case. Siegel, who has become very vocal against the CDC’s negative claims about vaping, believes the organization is spreading false information about the dangers of vaping and e-cigarette products.

Dr. Siegel became increasingly outraged when he noticed the way The CDC handled reported of vape related lung damage that left teens from several states hospitalized. Several media outlets reported that the teens had experienced serious lung damage after vaping, but few mentioned the fact that the products the teens were vaping were THC cartridges purchased from illegal (and unregulated) sources.

According to Dr. Siegel, “The CDC has continually downplayed the role of THC vape carts in the outbreak and even today, continues to blame it on electronic cigarettes generally. Most revealing is the fact that every time the CDC even mentions a potential role of THC, it immediately undermines it by emphasizing that ‘The investigation has not identified any specific e-cigarette or vaping product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) or substance that is linked to all cases.’”

“Don’t let the CDC fool you. What they’re not telling you is that in epidemiological outbreak investigations, we almost never identify a single exposure that ties together all of the cases. This is why we calculate odds ratios to estimate the strength of association between the exposure and the cases. If every single case was associated with a single exposure, then it wouldn’t take an epidemiological analysis to identify the source of the outbreak.”

Dr. Siegel, along with many others, believe The CDC failed to properly research and report the truth behind the events. In turn, he says the CDC is putting people at risk by spreading inaccuracies.

As more information continues to come to light regarding the truth behind vaping, the industry hopes it will eventually result in honest education about the products and their benefits.

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Mass Recall of Vuse Vibe

Mass recall of vape product

THE first ever recall of a mass-marketed vaping product has been actioned after a series of complaints.
The RJ Reynolds Vapor Company has recalled all 2.6 million Vuse Vibe power units after 10 customers reported malfunctioning batteries in their units.

The company warns the batteries – or “power units” – in the rechargeable section of the vape pen, may cause the device to overheat and create a fire risk.

There have been no reported injuries caused by the defective devices.

Industry insiders believe it is also a prudent move by RJ Reynolds to stay one step ahead of the Food and Drug Administration’s recalls. The Tobacco Act requires companies to notify FDA of any product failures -and faulty batteries would be in their line of site.

“We believe that the issue is confined to a small fraction of all Vuse Vibe products sold, and involve a battery manufactured in 2016 by a contract supplier,” the company said in a statement.

“Until we have concluded our investigation and identified the exact cause of the problem, we have voluntarily taken the action to recall all Vuse Vibe power units in the market, until further notice.”
Reynolds has also issued the following instructions for Vibe owners:

1 STOP using your Vuse Vibe
2 Unscrew the tank from the power unit
3 Do NOT charge your Vuse Vibe power unit
4 Call 1-800-369-8200 to get further instructions

Customers are advised that units are not being replaced by retailers but Reynolds will mail a pre-paid shipping envelope for recalled units. The recall only applies to the Vibe model. The Vuse Solo and Ciro devices use different batteries.

Customers are also being offered refunds and Reynolds has notified the FDA of the recall.

Link to original article on vaping.com: https://vaping.com/blog/news/mass-recall-of-vape-product

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Disappointing? Yes.

Done fighting? No way!

Today, we expect Congress will release the text of the FY2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill. Unfortunately, the bill will not include the critical Cole-Bishop language for which we all have been advocating. Although the Omnibus does not include language on any tobacco or vapor issues, we know you made your presence felt and voices heard. Disappointed? Yes. Done fighting? No way. VTA will never stop fighting to protect our industry and to protect the rights of thousands of small business innovators like you.

Responding to our call to action only, nearly 5,000 people made more than 15,000 contacts to Congress. The fact that Congress failed to seize this opportunity to strengthen regulations and protect our industry is not the fault of those who stood up and fought. Together, we waged a smart and cohesive battle.

But, we are not done. We will keep growing, keep fighting, and keep defending our vapor industry. In fact, VTA has been working on dual tracks – both legislative and administrative – all year and we will now re-focus our attention to the Trump Administration and the Food & Drug Administration.

To that end, in mid-January of this year, VTA was the first trade association in either the tobacco industry or vapor industry to meet with Commissioner Gottlieb. During the meeting we offered the Commissioner concrete proposals for achieving our shared goals of reducing, if not eliminating, smoking through new vapor product innovation.

Our diverse and professional group of companies was able to present a clear message and concrete proposals to FDA from the perspectives of each segment of our vapor industry, including that of flavoring manufacturers, small vape shop owners, e-liquid manufacturers, device manufacturers, and wholesalers and distributors.

Specifically, we described how the current barriers to innovation threaten consumer and product safety, how our industry’s most innovative products are going overseas, and how current regulations, unless drastically changed, will never permit rapid innovation to enhance product safety, public safety, and product efficacy in the U.S. We called on Commissioner Gottlieb to ensure protections for our industry and provide clarity to our members or risk never achieving the true benefits afforded by innovation of vapor products. In addition, we underscored the importance of flavors to adult smokers trying to quit and made it clear that marketing (not flavors) was the real issue.

Our organization is proud to represent small business owners, manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers, and innovators like you. We’re proud that so many of you answered the call to action and stood up for our industry. And, we are so proud to work with so many state vapor associations to secure state victories across the country over the past year. We will never stop fighting for our members and their priorities in Washington and State Capitals across the country.

And, with the newly announced ANPRM on flavors – we are just getting started! We will be coordinating an industry response, and we’ll be announcing an aggressive campaign regarding the FDA in the coming weeks.

Thank you from everyone at VTA!

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VTA Federal Legislative Campaign in Full Swing

VTA Federal Legislative Campaign in Full Swing

Immediately after VTA met with FDA last January (more on that in our next report), we turned our attention to the pending federal legislative fight in front of us. As you all know, our language to change the predicate date has already passed the House of Representatives as part of the House Agriculture Appropriations bill. Unlike past battles, there was no opposition this year in the House which places us in a stronger position.

Everyone knows that changing the predicate date will allow continued product accessibility in the market for adult smokers desperately trying to quit, and will empower manufacturers to focus on developing new and innovative products. What you probably don’t know is that, in addition to VTA’s significant presence on Capitol Hill through West Front Strategies and the meetings they have set up for our Board, our multi-faceted campaign to secure this important change included at least four other strategic components.

1. Flipping the Script! We were sick and tired of the constant attacks on our industry claiming that we are putting minors at risk. We know that you are working hard to keep vapor products out of the hands of minors and decided that our opponents were no longer going to control the narrative. Many in Congress have no idea that Cole-Bishop includes at multiple provisions that will help us keep the product away from minors and insulate minors from marketing.

So, we flipped the script by launching our industry’s first paid media campaign in Washington DC to drive home the point that, if Congress really wants to do something to keep vapor away from teens, then Congress must pass Section 753 of the House Agriculture Appropriations bill (Cole-Bishop) now. This targeted campaign has proven to be very effective, reaching more than 2.1 million users in less than 2 weeks. Here’s an example of the ads that were seen all over Capitol Hill on the web, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Everyone clicking on the ads would be taken directly to our message at www.SaveVapor.org explaining why passing Section 753 would protect youth by limiting marketing and access to vapor products.

2. In the Field: VTA has deployed professional field teams in10 target states. As we lead these professional teams, we have asked them to work hand-in-hand with each of the state vapor trade associations which are affiliated with VTA to spread the word throughout state news outlets about the importance of passing common-sense changes of Cole-Bishop. Our message is very simple: Congress needs to work as hard as you are to keep these products out of the hands of minors. Through letters to the editor an Op Eds placed in these target states, we hoped to clarify the importance of passing Cole-Bishop and make sure decision makers understand they have a real opportunity to act, and not just talk about protecting youth.

3. Grass Roots: Our team deployed a series of new graphics to boost utilization of our new Phone2Action Center which allows you to send emails, Tweets and Facebook messages to their Congressmen. In addition, we armed our state vapor associations with their own links to drive their members directly. The simultaneous pushes by our state vapor associations and our large manufacturers and wholesalers resulted in 4,500 new actors.

4. Save Vapor Saturday / Sunday: VTA was able to launch a last-minute weekend in-store campaign called Save Vapor Saturday / Sunday on March 10 and 11, to drive home the message to Congress just before their final decisions are made. Thanks to our remarkable network of state associations and vape shops! Your quick work lead to more than 3,500 messages being sent to your Members of Congress this weekend alone! Way to go vapor community!

It’s Decision Time / Do Your Part: We have been pushing hard for the month because the decision is being made, literally, today or tomorrow. We expect final language to be filed in the House on Wednesday so we should know by then whether we were successful. If you haven’t already, take a few minutes RIGHT NOW to act. We have no time to wait or waste. The decisions are being made as your read this. ACT NOW BY CLICKING HERE!

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Cancer Society, Health Groups Calling on Others

Cancer Society, Health Groups Calling on Others to Ditch Anti-Vaping Rhetoric in Light of “Avalanche of Research”

NEW YORK – Harm reduction experts encouraged by the American Cancer Society’s evolving position on electronic cigarettes are calling on others to ditch their anti-vaping rhetoric in favor of “science-based debate.”

Health groups in the U.S. largely remain adversarial towards alternative smoking technologies despite an avalanche of peer-reviewed research proving the devices drastically reduce the harmful health impacts of combustible cigarettes. A recent shift by the American Caner Society on vaping, however, is a “refreshing” step towards informed debate and away from the ideological crusade of many tobacco controllers against e-cigarettes, Dr. Carrie Wade, director of harm reduction policy for the R Street Institute, argues in a Friday editorial.

The American Cancer Society, which is historically critical of vaping, issued a position statement Feb. 15 on e-cigarettes that acknowledges their safety compared to combustible cigarettes and even argues medical providers should support smokers who are attempting to quit with a vaping device.

They argue other prominent organizations in the U.S. medical community need to follow the example of the American Cancer Society by changing with the scientific evidence. Ample research shows vaping significantly improves health outcomes for smokers, something that should be a priority for U.S. tobacco control groups.

In the U.K., government health services are even promoting vaping for smokers as a strategy for slashing the national smoking rate.

Scientists at the University of Catania in Italy recently conducted a three-year study investigating the effects of regular vaping on the body of the user, finding “no evidence of health concerns associated with long-term use of e-cigarettes” on blood pressure, heart rate, body weight, lung function, respiratory symptoms, exhaled breath nitric oxide and exhaled carbon monoxide.

Research published in the Journal of Aerosol Science in January shows that chemical levels in the vapor released from e-cigarettes are well below the safety limits suggested by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization. The study determines that vaping is statistically 5,700 times less harmful to users than combustible cigarettes, drastically reducing the risk of developing smoking related illnesses.

Wade notes that the American Cancer Society still prefers smokers quit cold turkey or use Food and Drug Administration-approved cessation tools, however, they argue ditching cigarettes to exclusively vape, “is preferable to continuing to smoke combustible products.” The group also remains worried about the presence of nicotine in vapor products, warning nicotine dependence could lead to the use of tobacco.

Still, Wade argues the group’s evolving position on vaping is, “encouraging news…for the overall notion that we can have informed, science-based debates over public-health issues.”

Millions of former smokers in the U.S. are already embracing the positive science on vaping and using the harm reduction tools to quit combustible cigarettes.

Link to original article on www.newsli.com: https://www.newsli.com/2018/03/10/american-cancer-society-health-groups-calling-on-others-to-ditch-anti-vaping-rhetoric-in-light-of-avalanche-of-research

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TAKE ACTION NOW!

Support Cole-Bishop Amendment​ to Protect America’s Youth.

Representatives Tom Cole (R-OK-04) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA-02) have introduced legislation that would fill the gaps left by the FDA’s rules on e-cigarettes and require common sense regulations that will restrict youth access to vapor products.

The Cole-Bishop Amendment would ban self-service displays in stores, would ban the sale of vapor products in vending machines and kiosks, would require warnings like “Keep out of Reach of Children” and “Underage Sale Prohibited” on all labels, and would restrict print advertising to publications only marketed to adults. In addition, the bill would strengthen FDA enforcement by mandating that all retailers register with the FDA.

The Cole-Bishop Amendment will not only protect children by restricting youth access and exposure to marketing, it will also provide strict standards for product safety in order to ensure the well-being of all adult consumers. Because the FDA continues to put consumers at risk from injury by battery explosion or fire by imposing unreasonably high hurdles that prevent any vapor products with enhanced safety features or modifications into the market, Cole-Bishop is the responsible way forward.

Encourage Congress to support the Cole-Bishop Amendment and protect our children!

 

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