The Week in Vaping – Issue 15

Hello and welcome to the latest issue of The Week in Vaping. Your weekly roundup of the big stories in the world of vaping over the past week. This week we’ve got updates on the plight of vapers in Canada and discussion on a newly-released study. So grab yourself a cup of tea and your favourite vape and settle down for a nice little read.

Canadian vaping association legal challenge

Canada has been strict on vaping right from the start, citing health concerns and the gateway effect for their caution. The latest bill has pushed things too far in the eyes of The Canadian Vaping Association, who are now mounting a legal challenge to fight it.

Designed to bring e-cigarettes in line with ‘other’ tobacco products, the bill contains a number of harsh restrictions on where people can vape, bans in-store display and forbids online sales of all vaping products.

Upon filing the legal challenge, Association president of The Canadian Vaping Association, Beju Lakhani, stated:

“By introducing these measures, the government of Quebec, we believe, has overstepped its legislative authority.”

The legislation, which also covers new rules regarding cigarettes, is being phased in and is scheduled to be in full-force by late 2017. Our Canadian vape friends might have a long, nervous year ahead of them.

Study claims e-cigarettes aren’t safe and instantly damage the lungs

Another round of scary looking headlines, this time courtesy of a study by Dr Andreas Lappas of the Hellenic Cancer Society, Athens.

Looking at a combined 54 smokers and vapers aged between 18 and 31, the researchers measured the lung function after smoking and vaping, whilst also testing whether the lungs had become inflamed though looking at how much nitric oxide was exhaled.

The study found that e-cigarettes triggered worse results on both tests than people who didn’t vape or smoke. This has been cited by the author as adding “to the growing body of research pointing to the dangers of e-cigarettes”.

What it really shows, of course, is that vaping is not as good for you as fresh air. Which is something we’re all aware of. Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of The British Lung Foundation said it best when she commented on the study, stating:

“We know that breathing in substances other than fresh air can irritate or damage airways, particularly in people living with lung conditions. However, we also know that vaping is far less harmful than smoking, and that thousands of people across the UK have successfully used e-cigarettes to help them quit regular cigarettes.”

The full findings of the study will be presented at the American College of Chest Physicians’ conference, CHEST World Congress in Shanghai, later this month. We wonder how many people will have the same balanced, logical response as Dr Woods.

Thanks to everyone for reading this issue of The Week in Vaping. Leave any thoughts you have on the stories mentioned in the comments below, and be sure to let us know if we’ve missed anything.

Have a great weekend!