The Week in Vaping – Issue 18

Hello and welcome to issue 18 of The Week in Vaping. The year really is flying by, isn’t it? This week has been a week of TPD discussion as we begin the countdown to 20th May in earnest. Over the last few months a legal challenge attempting to remove e-cigarettes from the directive has been ongoing, and the results of this has finally come in. We’ve also got news on the latest happenings in California and news of a study on vaping’s effect on the heart from Bristol University.

TPD news

The Tobacco Products Directive, or TPD, is an updated EU directive aimed at curbing smoking across member states. The directive has recently been updated and has controversially included vaping as part of it.

Due to come into place on the 20th May, TPD would strictly regulate vaping in a number of ways, including restrictions on: advertising, tank size, bottle size and nicotine strength. Since last year a legal challenge has been ongoing, arguing that e-cigarettes should not be subject to this directive and that the strict laws will damage businesses.

We’ve now had the news through that this challenge has been unsuccessful and the TPD will be put into place from 20th May as expected. If you’ve been keeping up-to-date with the news around TPD you’ll already be aware of how this could affect you. If you haven’t, we’ll have a blog up next week explaining the whole thing in detail.

Study: vaping’s effect on the heart compared to smoking

Now we’re off to the exotic climes of Bristol to have a look at Bristol University’s study comparing the effects of smoking and vaping on the heart.

The study was designed to provide more information on how vaping affects the heart compared to smoking in an effort to discover if making the switch to vaping could help to improve the health of your heart.

Researchers from the Medical Research Council Integrative Epidemiology Unit investigated how human coronary artery endothelial cells (HCAEC) reacted when exposed to cigarette smoke and e-cigarette vapour, with results being published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

The researchers passed e-cig vapour and cigarette smoke through of culture of HCAEC before analysing the gene expression patterns of the heart cells to see if the cells exhibited a stress response to either the smoke or vapour.

Results from the study showed that the cells exhibited a stress response when exposed to the cigarette smoke, but not when exposed to electronic cigarette vapour. Which is positive news for vapers everywhere.

Professor Marcus Munafo, who was part of the study team, said that the result “suggests tobacco smokers may be able to reduce immediate tobacco-related harm by switching from conventional cigarettes to e-cigarettes.”

So in these times of ever-increasing regulation we have yet more confirmation for vaping’s harm-reduction potential

Other News

California has put into a place a bill which will raise the legal vaping age to 21. During the announcement Sen. Mark Leno described vaping as “nothing more than a new delivery system for toxic and addictive nicotine”.

We’re guessing patches, gum and other similar Nicotine Replacement Therapies are next on his hit-list? Probably not…

Thanks for checking in on the latest issue of The Week in Vaping. Have any thoughts on the stories we’ve featured? Let us know in the comments.