The Week in Vaping – Issue 20

Hello and welcome to The Week in Vaping Issue 20 (quite a fitting number, really). Regulations have naturally been the talk of Vape Town this week as the TPD, complete with article 20, finally hits and FDA fallout continues. We’ve also got news on a study from Bristol University published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal and more soundbites from the home of the anti-vaping crowd – California.

TPD

The big news this week, of course, is the fact that the TPD is now active, placing large restrictions on the vaping industry. To find out how TPD will impact you, you can read our blog on it here: link.

Bristol University study

A study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol dependence by the University of Bristol has stated that vaping is better for the heart than smoking.

Scientists at the Medical Research Council Integrative Epidemiology Unit analysed how smoke and vapour impacted upon coronary artery endothelial cells by producing extracts from vapour and smoke before passing them through a culture of the cells. After passing the extracts through they analysed the cells looking at gene expression patterns for evidence of damage.

The researchers discovered significant differences in the reactions of the cells to vapour and smoke. The cells showed a stress response when exposed to smoke, but not when exposed to vapour. The researchers commented that this shows that switching to vaping is “likely to reduce immediate tobacco-related harm, at least with respect to cardiovascular harms.”

American news

Fallout over the FDAs announcement of new vaping regulations continues, with more and more vaping businesses coming out to state they would be shut down if they go through and academics saying the laws will have a negative impact on the health of the nation.

Sen Barbara Boxer of California has urged the Federal Trade Commission to expedite a study on e-cigarette marketing, citing fears that e-cig companies are using “false and deceptive advertising to target children”. California does like hysterics.

That’s all we’ve got for this week’s issue of The Week in Vaping. Come back next week for more of the latest news in the vaping world.