Fight To Survive Campaign: Small Vapor Businesses and the FDA

The regulatory agencies in the United States have been setting unrealistic expectations for the open space vape industry and it has become immensely concerning for small business owners. Naturally, a new type of petition has emerged inviting vapor based businesses to join the cause by signing up, in the form of a well-written letter addressed to Mr. Mitch Zeller, Director of the FDA Center For Tobacco Products — dubbed as the Fight To Survive campaign. Basically, the letter is to help express their “concern for small businesses in the open vapor product industry in regard to the current PMTA guidance.” … Continue reading Fight To Survive Campaign: Small Vapor Businesses and the FDA

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

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

Fake Juul pods line store shelves, worrying users and posing another threat to the embattled company

KEY POINTS Counterfeit Juul pods line shelves after the company stopped selling its fruity flavors in stores. Juul limited sales of its sweeter flavors to its own online store last fall amid scrutiny from the FDA. Juul’s investigations into counterfeit products have all traced back to China.   They look like the e-cigarette Juul. They taste sort of like Juul. But they’re not Juul. The market-leading e-cigarette company stopped selling fruity flavors of nicotine pods in retail stores last fall amid pressure from the Food and Drug Administration to stem what it declared an “epidemic” of teen vaping. Yet mango, fruit and creme pods … Continue reading Fake Juul pods line store shelves, worrying users and posing another threat to the embattled company

Vaping can help smokers kick cigarettes

Studies have shown that the availability of flavors is perhaps the single most important factor for those who successfully quit cigarettes by switching to vaping. But how do we protect our children from products that are not designed for them, while making sure adults who need those products continue to have access? That is the question surrounding the current debate around e-cigarettes and vapor products. And California’s legislators, in their rush to protect our kids, are missing the point of vapor products by banning flavors. There is no question that we should keep vapor products out of the hands of … Continue reading Vaping can help smokers kick cigarettes

City Council Candidates Endorse Vape Ban. WTF?

There was no shortage of cringe-worthy moments at last night’s Candidate Survivor, the Stranger’s semi-annual beauty pageant in which candidates for political office humiliate themselves in front of an audience. This was my first time attending, so I’m not sure how it was compared to other years on the Oh Fuck This is Awkward Scale, but when District 7 candidate Jim Pugel—a former cop who was booed each time he walked on stage—announced he had to leave for a family emergency, my first thought was, “Lucky dude.”…. …The reason people who don’t work for tobacco companies want to ban vapes … Continue reading City Council Candidates Endorse Vape Ban. WTF?