Headlines: Passive Vaping – US Vaping Reprieve – Gateway to Smoking De-Bunked [again] – Allergens – Vape Expo 2017 and the Vaping Pro Golfer
Passive Vaping Study Back Fires
A leaked scientific report shows once again there’s no ‘nasties’ in second hand vapour.
Scientists in California have been conducting a detailed ‘quality air’ study and had visited a number of vape shops.
Pro vaping professor – Dr. Michael Siegel – who once worked in Tobacco Control – managed to get his hands on a leaked copy of the final report and it blows away the myth that so called ‘passive vaping’ is dangerous.
On his blog Dr Siegel says one of the stores ‘targeted’ by the scientific snoopers was small – with no ventilation and staff and customers were chain vaping leaving ‘visible vapour hanging in the air for much or all of the visit.’
Based on that Dr Siegel says any levels of nasties in the vapour would be far more concentrated than found in normal day to day contact by vapers or none vapers in close proximity.
Here’s the full list of what the scientists found – umm that should read didn’t find 😉
- Nicotine: Not detected
- Glycidol: Not detected
- Formaldehyde: 7.2 ppb
- Diacetyl: Not detected using standard method
- 2,3-Pentanedione: Not detected using standard method
- Acetyl butyryl: Not detected using standard method
- Acetoin: Not detected using standard method
- Acetone: Not detected
- Ethyl benzene: Not detected
- m,p-Xylene: Not detected
- o-Xylene: Not detected
- Toluene: Not detected
- Acetaldehyde: Not detected
- Acetonitrile: Not detected
- alpha-pinene: Not detected
- Benzene: Not detected
- Chloroform: Not detected
- d-Limonene: Not detected
- Methylene chloride: Not detected
- Methyl methacrylate: Not detected
- n-Hexane: Not detected
- Styrene: Not detected
Dr Siegel says:
This study, although conducted under very high exposure conditions in a small, non-ventilated vape shop with many employees and customers vaping and clouds of vapor visible, did not document any dangerous levels of exposure to any hazardous chemical. Nicotine exposure was essentially non-existent. Formaldehyde exposure was no different than in many indoor and outdoor environments at baseline. Acetone, acetoin, other aldehydes, toluene, benzene, and xylene were not detected. Chemicals that have been associated with “popcorn lung” were also not detected by the standard method.
Dr Siegel believes it’s ridiculous to ban vaping in public spaces and he sums the whole ‘passive vaping’ debate quite succinctly:
Despite the claims of many anti-vaping organizations, the documented health risks of “secondhand vaping” appear to be minimal. And this is in an environment with relatively extreme conditions — there was a visible cloud of vapor at times.
Based on the current scientific evidence, I fail to see the justification for banning vaping in most public places. And remember, this is coming from a guy who has devoted virtually his entire career to banning smoking in bars, restaurants, casinos, and every other indoor workplace (and even outdoor seating areas of restaurants). So I’m certainly not one to minimize the health risks of preventable environmental exposures.
Scientist Says Vaping IS NOT a Gateway to Smoking
Another day and yet another study has been released that hammers yet another nail in the coffin of the anti vape brigade.
This time it’s that old chestnut that vaping leads children into smoking however recent studies in the US show that smoking levels amongst young people is at an all-time low.
Patricia Kovacevic – lawyer and chief compliance officer at Nicopure Labs LLC – says any such reports from Health watchdogs are ‘purely speculative’ and if anything vaping should be viewed as ‘extremely beneficial’ to the individual and their communities.
Speaking to an internet news-site Kovacevic said:
You can see an increase in experimentation like with any new product, but nobody, especially the government, have pinpointed or ever demonstrated a gateway or leap from vaping to smoking.
This purely speculative. When people talk about it they say ‘it might lead to smoking’ but there has been no evidence of that or scientific proof. In fact, underage smoking is at an all-time low.
She further claims than in order to make the anti vaping case many scientists were fudging their findings – or as I like to put it ‘massaging to the figures to fit’.
They are never quite able to quote any study that shows progression from vaping to smoking. There is no scientific proof that children will progress to smoking or would not be vaping if there was only tobacco flavored vapor. There is an inherent value in the flavors for helping adult smokers quit.
Allergens and Vaping
The national newspapers have been full of ‘vaping doesn’t cause cancer’ stories this week – something we covered a fortnight ago.
Great news you might think even though the source of the scientific findings was British American Tobacco [BAT] and the company scientists were talking about their own e-cig Vype brand.
However BAT just couldn’t help themselves and fed a rather darker ‘story’ to the press suggesting that allergens found in ‘some’ e-liquids could trigger allergic reactions or even result in DEATH!
The Sun in particularly gleefully pounced on the press release under the banner headline:
“E-CIG WARNING Could you be ALLERGIC to your e-cigarette? Vaping ‘could cause deadly reactions and chemical asthma’”
*Double face palm*
Ingredients used to flavour e-liquids could aggravate the body’s immune system…
And given most people only read a headline and the first paragraph that has obviously had the desired effect as I found out whilst in my local recently being tackled by a none smoker or vaper who told me in lurid detail how ‘I might die’ from ‘smoking’ my vaping machine.
The batty BAT scientists are talking about anaphylactic shock and yes of course some people are allergic to some ingredients inside e-liquids – in the same way people can react badly to bee stings.
BAT scientist Dr Sandra Costigan the tobacco company’s chief toxicologist deemed the quite alarming phrase ‘chemical asthma’ adding:
Although respiratory allergy is much less common than skin allergy, the potential adverse effects are much more severe.
No two people have the same immune response, which is why it is important to tell people about allergens in a product even if all your data says most people shouldn’t experience a problem.
In particular Dr Costigan and her team found that cocoa extract found in some e-liquids could trigger an allergic reaction in some users and advised about adding it to e-liquids.
Just wondering here if BAT and Vype products use that ingredient *rubs chin* 😉
The team concluded that any allergens should be shown on the labels which to my knowledge they already are.
Just wondering if anyone allergic to Propylene Glycol [PG] is aware that it’s found in among many other day to day items – asthma inhalers – the very thing I guess you’d turn to if you suffered a ‘chemical asthma attack’.
US Vapers Given 3 Month Reprieve
As we pointed out a couple of months ago the Trump administration now looks certain to overturn the FDA’s Deeming legislation.
Last week – and following on from the removal of the anti vape Surgeon General – the US Justice Department pushed back the May 10 deadline to implement the new laws for 3 months.
A leading vape advocate law professor David Sweanor welcomed the news:
It is consistent with other signs that the administration is re-examining the approach of regulatory burdens being inversely proportional to relative risks.Since the time of initial regulation of nicotine-replacement therapy products, there has been the seemingly absurd position that the least hazardous nicotine products are subject to the greatest regulatory constraints.
Vape Expo 2017
Vape Expo – The Big Weekend is just a few weeks away and looks to be one of the best yet.
Held at the NEC in Birmingham over the weekend of 26th – 28th – 18,000 vapers visited the event last October and record crowds are expected this year.
You can see our piece on my visit last year HERE.
Tickets are still available and start at £10 and available from the Vaper Expo website.
Once again I shall be there and if any exhibitors want to pre-arrange an interview please contact Jonny to arrange a convenient time – I should be there possibly Friday but definitely Saturday.
And finally…Pics of the Week
Vaping pro-golfer Kiradech Aphibarnrat blowing away the field recently…
Kiradech says he only plays golf so he can afford to buy expensive watches and fast cars – and vaping equipment by the looks of it 🙂