Top Vape-Related Articles from January 2021

February 01, 2021

Vaping in the News, graphic by Brandee Eubank

Another month, another great line-up of articles. Before you dive in though, we have a favour to ask. If you live in Canada, you may have heard that the Canadian government has proposed cutting the nicotine in e-liquids by 70%. Experts agree that this will impact heavy smokers and resistant quitters the most, along with people who rely on vapour products to remain cigarette-free. Please visit the Reduce the Harm website to read more about what’s been proposed. There is an easy to fill form that will allow you to make your own opinion known. This is important- your voice can make a difference. If you would prefer to contact the government directly, follow this link to be brought to the public consultation page. 


One State’s Flavored Tobacco & Vape Ban Is A Cautionary Tale for the Nation, Patrick Gleason, Forbes

There is no indication that smoking has been mitigated, but there is evidence that Massachusetts has lost millions in tax revenue to neighboring states, as consumers have taken their business to stores in New Hampshire and Rhode Island, where the flavored tobacco products demanded by many law-abiding adults are still available for sale.


Vaping is the gateway out of smoking, Maria Chaplia and Michael Landl, The Parliament Magazine

For example, smoking rates in the UK - where public health authorities encourage vaping as a gateway out of smoking - are at an all-time low and there is no sign of vaping causing more smoking. Moreover, countries that adopt harm reduction policies see better results in reducing smoking compared to more restrictive countries. 


UPS Will End Home Delivery of Vaping Products, Jim McDonald, Vaping 360

The new law, which was inserted into the federal Omnibus Spending Bill, mandates that the U.S. Postal Service create regulations within 120 days banning U.S. Mail delivery of vaping products—whether they contain nicotine or not. The bill was so broad that the wording includes all vaping products, including all cannabis, CBD, and flavor-only liquids and devices.


House endorses repeal of local vape products bans, Seaborn Larson, KPVI News

A bill to prohibit local governments from putting regulations on vaping and alternative nicotine products got the initial approval from the Montana House on Friday, a proposal carried by a lawmaker who co-owns three vape shops.


Judge upholds Nova Scotia’s vaping restrictions, denies injunction request of vape shop co-owner, Elizabeth McSheffrey, Global News

A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge has denied a resident’s application for an injunction against the provincial government’s tough-on-vaping rules.

Altria Tops Quarterly Revenues, Approves $2B Share Buyback Plan, Ben Mahaney, Yahoo Finance

Elliott believes U.S. regulatory developments over the past 18 months have halted the progress of the vaping industry and have extended the lifetime of established cigarette brands.


Policing the COPs, Christopher Snowdon, Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

In my view, the FCTC Secretariat and the COP meetings are not fit for purpose and have become a threat to global health. In their relentless opposition to vaping and other reduced risk products, they are failing to practise tobacco control by their own definition (Article 1(d) of the FCTC says ‘“tobacco control” means a range of supply, demand and harm reduction strategies that aim to improve the health of a population by eliminating or reducing their consumption of tobacco products and exposure to tobacco smoke’).  


Smoking’s Long Decline Is Over, Jennifer Maloney, Wall Street Journal

The decades long decline in U.S. cigarette sales halted last year as people in lockdown lit up more frequently and health concerns around e-cigarettes caused some vapers to switch back to cigarettes.


Targeted health messaging needed in era of vaping, researchers say, Mirage News

“Currently many countries require an addiction warning on electronic nicotine delivery system products, but our results suggest including a message to smokers about the reduced health risks of vaping could be more likely to encourage smokers to switch.”


I Switched from Vaping Back to Smoking, Thanks to India’s Government, Aruna Narayan, Filter

When rumors of a vape ban in India started to do the rounds, I happened to be in New York. I received frantic phone calls from friends who were also former smokers-turned-vapers, asking me to bring them various e-liquids and pods on my way back. 


Final PMTA Rule Offers No Help for Small Vape Industry, Jim McDonald, Vaping 360

Nothing in the final rule will provide any relief to the small e-liquid manufacturers that have been the pioneers and standard-bearers of the American vaping industry. The difficult and expensive PMTA process has not changed in the final rule, and the cost and complexity of the requirements will drive many independent manufacturers out of business.


California’s ban on flavored tobacco sales blocked as referendum qualifies for ballot, Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times

A California law banning the sale of flavored tobacco products was placed on hold Friday after state officials said a referendum by the tobacco industry qualified for the November 2022 ballot. 


The WHO more like a lifestyle NGO than potent global watchdog, David Christianson, Business Day

Since 2000 the WHO has launched campaigns against smoking and (later) vaping, alcohol, sugary drinks and talking on cellphones while driving. It campaigned for children to “work less and play more”, for regular exercise, and suggested that people who work from home or sit in aircraft “shouldn’t sit too long in the same position”. In 2018 it declared that video game addiction is a “disease” Among its tips for coping with the coronavirus quarantine is the idea that people shouldn’t “watch too much news”.


INNCO Submits Comments to World Health Organization Executive Board re Report of the Tenth Meeting of the WHO Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation, INNCO

Among the Study Group’s recommendations is a call for ban on open-system products, which would have a devastating impact on the tens of millions of consumers who rely on these products to remain smoke-free, would destroy a multibillion dollar independent vapor industry (which is in competition with the tobacco industry), and would solidify the tobacco industry’s hold on the global nicotine market. In addition to criticizing the Study Group’s failure to disclose and lack of transparency, INNCO also called the Study Group to task for labeling tobacco harm reduction as a “distraction” instead of acknowledging the incredible promise these strategies hold when used as a complement to traditional tobacco control measures.


Association of device type, flavours and vaping behaviour with tobacco product transitions among adult electronic cigarette users in the USA, AF Harlow, JL Fetterman, CS Ross, et al., BMJ Journals

Conclusions Non-tobacco flavours, daily vaping and modifiable e-cigarette devices may help some smokers abstain from cigarette smoking via transitioning to exclusive e-cigarette use, but are also associated with ongoing exclusive e-cigarette use.


The Failures of Flavored Tobacco Bans, Guy Bentley, Reason Foundation

The first state in the nation that passed a ban on marijuana, is learning the costs of prohibition all over again. Last June, Massachusetts’ ban on all flavored tobacco products was implemented with full force. As a result, menthol cigarettes, flavored vapes, and smokeless tobacco are no longer available for sale in the Bay State —legally that is. 


Urgent Calls to Action: Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Jim McDonald, Vaping 360

Three newly proposed anti-vaping laws need action by vapers and vaping businesses in Kansas, Maryland and North Dakota. It is much easier to stop a bill early in the process—by showing strong opposition while it is still being studied and heard in a committee—than waiting until it is voted on by the whole body of a legislature, when opinions are usually already formed.


L’industrie du vapotage craint une vague de fermetures, Diane Tremblay, Journal de Montreal

Près de 85 % des boutiques de vapotage fermeront leurs portes au Québec si le gouvernement provincial va de l’avant avec des mesures d’encadrement plus sévères comme il a l’intention de le faire. Jan 18


FDA Launches PMTA Enforcement with Warning Letters, Jim McDonald, Vaping 360

The FDA Center for Tobacco Products has begun enforcing against e-liquid manufacturers selling products without having first submitted Premarket Tobacco Applications (PMTAs). The agency sent 10 warning letters to small e-liquid manufacturers on Jan. 15, and issued a press release trumpeting the action.


Harry’s blog 109: The myth of the vaping controversy, Harry Shapiro, Nicotine Science and Policy

So, as those working in tobacco harm reduction have repeatedly stated, the claim that we don’t know enough about safer nicotine products to promote them in the fight against smoking is both scientifically and morally indefensible. All this billowing smoke and dazzle of mirrors deliberately confuses the media, health professionals, politicians and smokers into thinking that we know hardly more about safer nicotine products than we do about COVID-19, except that anybody supporting tobacco harm reduction must be shunned.


Concerns Over 18650 Batteries Aren’t News to Vapers, Jim McDonald, Vaping 360

A federal agency has warned vapers and other consumers to not buy or use individual 18650 lithium ion batteries, which they say pose unique safety hazards. While well-intentioned, the warning is overly broad, and draws some incorrect conclusions, at least for vapers.


Electronic cigarettes (regulation) Bill 2019-21, Dave Cross, Planet of the Vapes

The Electronic Cigarettes (Regulation) Bill 2019-21 is to be presented to the House for its second reading on Friday 15th January. The Bill was sponsored by Sir Christopher Chope and supported by Peter Bone MP and Philip Davies MP. It marks the first step of changing vape regulations following the United Kingdom leaving Europe.


Smokers face heightened risk of COVID-19, Nunavut’s Health Department warns, Melanie Ritchot, Nunatsiaq News

About 75 per cent of Nunavummiut use tobacco, which is four to five times higher than the rest of Canada, according to a 2016 survey done across Nunavut, posted on, a site run by the GN. 


Vape Business Collapse Predicted, Dave Cross, Planet of the Vapes

Dutch State Secretary for Health Paul Blokhuis has introduced measures that consumer group Esigbond says will herald death for many vape businesses. Grasping at debunked straws, Blokhuis justifies his flavour ban on the back of misplaced EVALI and child epidemic fears. The move signifies a direction of travel for the next iteration of the Tobacco Products Directive.


Tobacco Harm Reduction’s Prospects Under the Biden Administration, Michael McGrady, Filter

US tobacco harm reduction advocates have endured numerous legislative defeats during the Trump presidency—from the January 2020 imposition of nationwide partial vape flavor ban to several state-level prohibitions and further recent restrictions on online vape sales. Will things get better, or worse?


Dependence on nicotine in US high school students in the context of changing patterns of tobacco product use, Sarah E. Jackson, Jamie Brown, Martin J. Jarvis, Wiley Online Library

Conclusions: Among US high school students, increases in the prevalence of nicotine product use from 2012 to 2019 do not appear to have been accompanied by a similar increase in the population burden of nicotine dependence. This may be at least partly attributable to a shift in the most common product of choice from cigarettes (on which users are most dependent) to e‐cigarettes (on which users are least dependent).


Potential Suppressive Effect of Nicotine on the Inflammatory Response in Oral Epithelial Cells: An In Vitro Study, Na An, Jasmin Holl, et al., MDPI

Conclusions: HSC-2 cell viability was not impaired by nicotine at the concentrations usually observed in smokers; increased expressions of IL-8 and ICAM-1 induced by P. gingivalis LPS or TNF-α were diminished by nicotine treatment. Additionally, an inhibitory effect on β-defensin production was also demonstrated. Apart from being the usually alleged harmful substance, nicotine probably exerted a suppressive effect on inflammatory factors production in HSC-2 cells. 


Pandemic, Nova Scotia policies have perverse effect on tobacco use, Anne Kothwla and Mike Hammoud • Guest Opinion, The Chronicle Herald

In Nova Scotia, ACSA members experienced the unprecedented spike in cigarette sales firsthand, shortly after the new legislation and vapor flavor ban was introduced — with polling from Abacus Data suggesting that nearly 30 per cent of vapers are at risk of relapse.

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