Governor Uses EVALI Deaths To Push Vape Ban
The New York flavour ban has been blocked by a judge but Governor Andrew Cuomo is cynically using the tragic deaths of 4 people to bulldoze the ban through.
I reported on the court ruling last week, however following the deaths of 2 more people in the state – bringing the total to 4 – Cuomo has ignored the probable reasons behind the tragic deaths as contaminated THC cartridges and attacked vaping on nicotine products.
Now even the The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – the CDC – has changed its stance on vaping nicotine products as the root cause for the EVALI outbreak – more on that in a moment.
The State Department of Health has confirmed two more deaths in New York due to vaping-associated illness: an adult female in her twenties from New York City and an adult female in her fifties from Ontario County.
While State DOH is continuing its investigation, they have determined both deaths are vaping-related based on an extensive review, bringing the total number of vaping-related deaths in New York to four.
These deaths are tragic — and they are also preventable. We know smoking and nicotine are dangerous, and it’s becoming tragically clearer by the day that vaping is too.
State DOH and its Wadsworth Center Laboratory are doing groundbreaking work getting to the bottom of this unacceptable situation and we will continue using every tool at our disposal until these illnesses and deaths stop.
In the meantime our message on vaping remains unchanged: if you don’t know what you’re smoking, don’t smoke it.
To call that cynical is an understatement – he knows full well nicotine vape products have nothing to do with the spate of illnesses and deaths in the USA.
This week the CDC updated its findings on the disease linking it pretty much completely to those contaminated THC cartridges saying:
National and state data from patient reports and product sample testing suggest tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products, particularly from informal sources like friends, family, or in-person or online dealers, are linked to most EVALI cases and play a major role in the outbreak.
Vitamin E acetate is strongly linked to the EVALI outbreak.
Vitamin E acetate has been found in product samples tested by FDA and state laboratories and in patient lung fluid samples tested by CDC from geographically diverse states.
Vitamin E acetate has not been found in the lung fluid of people that do not have EVALI.
However, evidence is not sufficient to rule out the contribution of other chemicals of concern, including chemicals in either THC or non-THC products, in some of the reported EVALI cases.
Despite that final sentence it’s looking pretty clear that nicotine vape products are not to blame and Cuomo and other politicians trying to make the link are wrong.
It’s putting politics before lives and that is despicable.
Washington State Permanent Flavour Ban?
And sadly it’s the same in Washington State.
Governor Jay Inslee wants the current temporary ban – that runs out on February 6th 2020 – made permanent.
The new legislation has been filed and insiders are saying even if it doesn’t pass – which looks unlikely – Inslee will simply issue another executive order to ban flavoured products.
There are some politicians in the state that do not support the ban including Republican Senator Ann Rivers who said:
We had 480,000 cigarette-related deaths last year.
Seems like our priorities are a little askew at the moment.
They are indeed.
TRUMP: “I Should Never Have Done That F-cking Vaping Thing”
It’s seems the Donald has been rattled by the vapers of America and is now bitterly regretting ever getting involved!
Forget balancing the US budget or facing down North Korea and Iran – it’s vapers that has the most powerful man in the world licking his wounds!
The US media has been given leaked information from a couple of sources stating that during an Oval Office meeting, Trump spoke to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar over the current vape crisis.
It’s alleged Trump said:
I should never have done that fucking vaping thing
Advocates Ready To Fight Ireland Flavour Ban
I reported back in April last year there were rumblings of a Southern Ireland flavour ban and its reared its ugly head again.
Last month health minister Simon Harris said he wanted flavours such as fruit and bubblegum removed from sale to – yeah you guessed it – protect the children.
Harris made the comments after pledging to restrict vape advertising and bring the age limit up to 21 from 18.
The Irish Vape Vendors Association agreed with those two points, however it’s the threat to ban flavours they’re unhappy about and quite rightly too!
A spokesman said they would:
…oppose any widespread ban of e-liquid flavours, and if this must take the form of a legal challenge then we are willing to do this.
I suggest any vendors in the country sign up to the IVVA as soon as possible.
JUUL Pulls Flavours From Canada
The company did the exact same thing in the USA back in October last year and has since also removed mint pods from sale.
It was really quite spooky to see Trump and the FDA limit all flavoured pods to just tobacco and menthol – the only flavours JUUL sell in the USA and now Canada.
There’s been rumblings in Canada for quite some time now about a possible flavour ban and this pre-emptive strike by JUUL must be worrying for flavoured pod users / makers and sellers.
And in another move, JUUL is scaling back it’s planned expansion overseas.
Reports say they are now pulling out of South Korea and New Zealand.
Troubling times for JUUL?
Vaping On Melatonin?
Trouble sleeping and a vaper?
Now you can vape on melatonin based e-liquids that scientists claim will adjust your body clock.
Melatonin is a hormone found in the body and these new Zzzzz vapes boost the amount and so lead to a better night’s sleep – allegedly.
The hormone is now being added to both CBD and cananbis based e-liquids.
However one manufacturer Cloudy – skips those with a less ‘out there’ set of ingredients:
Our Personal Diffuser is an aromatherapy device that contains a blend of melatonin, lavender, and chamomile.
A few breaths of our all-natural essential oil mist will mellow you out, quiet the mind, and lull you to bed.
Sounds good given I rarely get a decent or indeed full night’s sleep.
and finally…Doctors Call For Tobacco Free Vaginas!
UK doctors are urging women NOT to put tobacco in their ‘lady gardens’ in a bid to enhance their mans pleasure…
This certainly puts a twist on the tobacco known as shag…ahem…
Ha! Oh my goodness where do we start on this one lol.
Apparently this West African practice known as the miracle recipe gives men a magical moment or two.
However it’s not without its risks to women.
Gynaecologist Professor Pascal Foumane said:
These products often create ulcers which, by scarring, shrink the vagina, make it hard and can go so far as to close it completely.
It can even make the normal flow of menstruation impossible.
Ladies you have been warned – especially if your lover brings a packet of baccy to the boudoir rather than massage oils…
As a vape writer I guess it’s my duty to also add that lubricating your vagina with tobacco flavoured e-liquid should be avoided too…probably 😉
More vaping news on Wednesday.