Vape News Headlines: Safety of Heat Not Burn Questioned – UK Smoking Ban Equals Happiness! – E-Cig Vapour Less Toxic – Irresponsible Using Vaping In Stoptober – Fighting the Thailand Vape Ban – Gwyneth Platrow Vapes Cannabis!
Jury Still Out On Safety of ‘Heat Not Burn’ Products
A panel of UK scientists say whilst heat not burn products may be safer than traditional cigarettes it appears they may release some compounds potentially carcinogenic and much more research is required.
The Committee of Toxicology [COT] is an independent panel of experts that advises the UK Government on all things science and are the first ‘official’ group to look at this type of product.
Heat Not Burn [HNB] products are devices very similar to cigarettes and as the name suggests the tobacco sticks are heated not burned with the manufacturers saying this cuts down on the cancer causing tar and other carcinogens.
The COT report sent to Public Health England says folks using the HNB are exposed to between 50 and 90 percent fewer harmful and potentially harmful chemicals compared to a typical cigarette.
However the team was unable to compare the risks against vaping precisely due to a lack of data in the area.
COT chair Alan Boobis said:
The evidence suggests that heat-not-burn products still pose a risk to users. There is likely to be a reduction in risk for cigarette smokers who switch to heat-not-burn products but quitting entirely would be more beneficial.
Rosanna O‘Connor the director of drugs, alcohol and tobacco at Public Health England said:
Heat-not-burn tobacco products are not the same as e-cigarettes.There is a large amount of evidence that shows vaping is much less harmful than smoking – at least 95 percent – and we encourage smokers to try e-cigarettes as a way of stopping smoking.
Rest assured we’ll be keeping a close eye on any studies carried out regarding HNB products.
UK Smoking Ban Makes Everyone Happy – Apparently
Boffins from Lancaster University say the UK ban on smoking in public spaces has made everyone happy!
I could say try telling that to smokers and vapers forced to stand outside pubs in freezing conditions – but I wont…oops!
Ok back to the news item…
The research was led by Dr Eugenio Zucchelli who checked through ‘psychological well-being assessments’ sent in by people prior to and after the UK indoor smoking ban.
After crunching the numbers the team found that married women with children were much happier after the ban – others with improved mental well-being were:
- Married men who quit smoking after the ban
- Both men and women who had never smoked regardless of whether their partner smoked or not
Dr Eugenio Zucchelli said:
We find that public smoking bans appear to have a statistically significant short-term positive impact on the well-being of married individuals, especially among women with dependent children.
Overall, our findings appear to suggest that the welfare impact of public smoking bans should not be limited solely to smokers but could also be extended to partners and family members of smokers.
Like I said everyone’s happy but certainly vapers who are made [in some places at least] to join the smokers outside despite the fact vaping is NOT illegal indoors.
Do checkout my article on the NNA’s Challenging Prohibition Campaign – which is aimed at tackling the bans on vaping in public spaces across the UK.
You can read the full ‘happiness study’ HERE
New Study Finds E-cig Vapor Far Less Toxic Than Tobacco Smoke
Scientists have found vapour from e-cigarettes has less of an affect on lungs than tobacco smoke.
This adds yet another nail in the coffin of claims that vaping is just as dangerous to lung health as tobacco smoke.
The experiments were carried out at Ohio university and concluded:
While both e-cigarette vapor and conventional cigarette smoke affect surfactant lateral structure, only cigarette smoke disrupts surfactant interfacial properties. The surfactant inhibitory compound in conventional cigarettes is tar, which is a product of burning and is thus absent in e-cigarette vapor.
The results of the study are extremely detailed and very technical.
You can read the complete findings and document HERE
It Was ‘Irresponsible’ To use E-cigs in Stoptober Campaign!
There’s always one!
Dr Stuart Flint a psychologist at Leeds Beckett University says Public Health England was not only wrong to use e-cigs in the recent highly successful Stoptober campaign – but also totally irresponsible!
In a damming letter to the prestigious medical publication the Lancet Dr Flint says:
We need to understand more about the potential health effects of e-cigarettes before they’re used as an alternative for stopping smoking.
There is, at best, very low low-quality evidence of e-cigarettes promoting smoking cessation or reduction, and insufficient data for confident estimation.
Offering e-cigarettes as an alternative to normal cigarettes, alongside evidence-based medicinal products, such as nicotine patches, is premature.
Preliminary evidence even suggests e-cigarette use may actually have a harmful effect in relevant patient groups.
There’s been no response as yet from PHE!
Calls To Remove Thailand’s Vaping Ban
A vaping group based in Thailand has gather a petition with over 17,000 signatures calling for the current archaic ban on the import – selling and use of e-cigarettes to be overturned.
The groups has been supported by the Bangkok Post who wrote a superb editorial piece this week – Time To Wake Up on E-Cigs – which is well worth a read – great job!
Regular readers will know we’ve covered the country’s ban many times before – but for the record vapers can face up to 10 years in jail and huge fines if caught vaping or in possession of e-cigs or e-liquids.
Just last week a famous Thai YouTube presenter Manussaya Yaowarat was forcibly arrested after e-cigarette paraphernalia was found in her friends car!
She has been released on bail but Police say they are considering bringing charges for ‘insulting’ officers during the arrest!
The petition was handed in to the National Legislative Assembly and Siripol Yodmuangcharoen, chairman of the NLA’s commerce subcommittee said they would certainly discuss the lifting of the ban.
We’ll keep you informed – and for up to date info on the Thailand vape ban do checkout the excellent Thailand Vapers Forum.
and finally…Gwyneth Paltrow and Her Cannabis Vape Pen
Yet another celebrity has outed themselves as a user of a dry herb vaporizer.
This time it’s Miss Goody Two Shoes herself actress Gwyneth Paltrow who caused a bit of a stir during the cover shoot at the launch of her new magazine Goop.
During the launch interview she was photographed using the pen:
SM: So, you’re starting a magazine, as we discussed. I love that the first picture from the cover shoot—what is this? My first thought was, “Is she vaping?”
GP: Yeah, it’s a vape pen. What’s really interesting to see, with all the legalization of marijuana happening, is how there’s evidence that it can be helpful in a medicinal sense for people. That it can really be an alternative pain management system, and, in some cases, helpful for depression.
I think there is a lot of pushback against [medical marijuana], because I don’t think we can monetize it with the same kind of margin you can with an anti-anxiety pill that you get from behind the counter. But it’s incredible to see people who can’t sleep, or people who have chronic pain, report really positive results, and it’s a natural substance.
SM: Right. But here you’re talking about people—“people do this”—which is true. But, I’m curious…
GP: [laughing] Oh, I’ve tried it, and yes, I inhaled!
SM: Marijuana has never been a drug that works for me. But lately I’ve gotten more interested—I sort of feel like, now that they can regulate it, maybe I can find something that won’t make me an insane food monster.
GP: That’s true. Especially that brand, hmbldt—apparently it’s very tailored in terms of its balance of THC and CBD. So, there’s one that’s for arousal, there’s one that’s for calm, there’s one that’s for pain relief, there’s one for sleep. And you don’t, like when you were a teenager, smoke pot and get blazed out of your mind.
Good for you Ms P – though when it comes to getting to sleep I’ve always found listening to Cold Play works every time – yawns…hehe… 😉
Photo and quotes via GOOP online.