Don’t Use Bootleg or Street Vaping Products, C.D.C. Warns

With more than 200 cases of respiratory illnesses possibly related to vaping, and no single culprit, public health experts are advising young people not to buy cannabis and other e-cigarette products off the street. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday warned people not to use vaping ingredients bought on the street, and to stop modifying either nicotine or cannabis e-cigarette devices, in an effort to curb the vaping-related lung sicknesses that have alarmed health officials in more than two dozen states this summer. Despite the lack of evidence pointing to a single flawed product or device common … Continue reading Don’t Use Bootleg or Street Vaping Products, C.D.C. Warns

Michigan will be the first state to ban the sale of flavored vaping products

(CNN)Michigan is set to become the first US state to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, according to an announcement Wednesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The ban gives sellers 30 days to comply and lasts six months — though the governor can decide to renew it. This includes sales in brick-and-mortar stores, as well as online sales… . . . Mark Anton, executive director of industry group Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association, previously told CNN that his group shares the goal of preventing kids from using vapes but doesn’t think flavors should be the target. In response to the San Francisco measure, Juul spokesman Ted … Continue reading Michigan will be the first state to ban the sale of flavored vaping products

After criticism, CDC gives clear vaping warning: Avoid THC, e-cigs bought ‘off the street’

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection warned Friday against the purchase of electronic cigarette cartridges containing THC or other cannabis or altered e-cigarette products that are sold “off the street.” So far, 215 possible cases of vaping-related lung illness have been reported in 25 states, CDC and the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement, “and additional reports of pulmonary illness are under investigation.” The Washington Post reported Thursday that state and federal investigators have 354 cases currently under review. . . “Anyone who uses e-cigarette products should not buy these products off the street (e.g., e-cigarette products with THC, other cannabinoids) and should not modify e-cigarette products … Continue reading After criticism, CDC gives clear vaping warning: Avoid THC, e-cigs bought ‘off the street’

CDC’s Bias Against E-Cigarettes Is Putting Kids’ Lives at Risk

The agency fails to single out the specific products that are causing harm. In the wake of a teen death from vaping, health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are taking an anti-vaping posture. So far, the CDC’s advice to the public has been incredibly vague: The agency has warned against vaping in general, without admonishing the public to avoid any particular type of vaping product. Unfortunately, this unnecessarily vague warning threatens to undermine public health The CDC has now reported 193 cases of severe, acute lung disease caused by “vaping” across 22 states — most among youth and … Continue reading CDC’s Bias Against E-Cigarettes Is Putting Kids’ Lives at Risk

Opinion: Ian Firth: Boulder restrictions on vape products misguided

The interesting thing about city council meetings is that no one is under oath. It’s not a court of law, it’s just a meeting, so anyone can say anything they please, true or false. Heartstrings are tugged on, and scripts are read as groups attempt to achieve their goal, regardless of how wrong that goal may be. Earlier this month, I watched in awe as Boulder residents, employees and paid advocates stood in front of the City Council and lied, for 2 minutes each. Their goal? Keep people smoking, and make money. An speaker from Advocates for Clean Teens stated: … Continue reading Opinion: Ian Firth: Boulder restrictions on vape products misguided

Following crackdown, e-cigarette shops point to illegal online, ‘pasar malam’ sales to minors

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 28 — Groups representing e-cigarette or “vape” traders said today that it wish for the government to set regulations to govern the industry, especially regarding online sales to minors. The Malaysian Vape Chamber of Commerce (MVCC), Malaysia E-Vaporisers and Tobacco Alternative Association (MEVTA.) as well as 16 other vape traders associations from each state said regulation is needed since the Ministry of Health (MOH) has undertaken strict enforcement, following complaints of sales to minors. “Following complaints on social media, especially Facebook, regarding traders selling nicotine-based vape liquids to minors, the MOH raided many premises and confiscated their … Continue reading Following crackdown, e-cigarette shops point to illegal online, ‘pasar malam’ sales to minors

Lung Disease Outbreak Caused by Black Market, not Vaping

During the past month, news stories around the world have reported on a sudden outbreak of lung illnesses supposedly linked to vaping. In the United States, federal and local authorities haven’t yet identified what is behind the illnesses, but the news media has already made its diagnosis. Headlines insinuate that vaping is to blame, fueling fears about the dangers of e-cigarettes. It’s fake news. Vaping is a delivery system (usually for nicotine), like food is a calorie-delivery system and drugs are a drug-delivery system. When there are outbreaks of E. coli, headlines rarely read, “E. coli outbreak linked to food,” because the … Continue reading Lung Disease Outbreak Caused by Black Market, not Vaping