The Week in E-Cig News

Each week, ecig.com will take a look at a few of the more notable electronic cigarette and vaping stories that took place in the previous week, and recap them for you here in a nice, tidy, round-up style post. Enjoy!

Happy February, everyone! This shortest month of the year (which is actually a bit longer this year since 2016 is a leap year) is home to some of the quirkier holidays on the calendar. We just recently had Groundhog Day, which has to be the weirdest of them all (and one we use the classic 1993 film with Bill Murray to get basically all of our knowledge about it). According to reports, we’re due for an early spring since Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow. Obviously, that makes perfect sense. February also is home to Valentine’s Day on the 14th every year. We’ll shelve our opinions about this “holiday” for the time being, but we’ll just say that vaping equipment and e-juice would make a great gift for your main squeeze. Anyway, let’s get on to the major news stories that took place in this first week of February 2016.

Illinois to Impose Fine to Vaping Minors

We covered this a bit over at our Google+ page recently, but here’s the full run down. It’s already illegal in The Prairie State for anyone under the age of 18 to purchase and/or use electronic cigarettes or any device that involves nicotine delivery. Now, after Governor Bruce Rauner signed a new piece of legislation into law last week, there will be a fine of $25 imposed on any minor found with an e-cig or e-juice on them (or the option of community service). Obviously the fine isn’t exceedingly large, but it’s still a noteworthy development in our nation’s fifth most populous state. Local ABC affiliate News Channel 20 covered the news, as well as interviewed a local vaping shop to get their take on the new law:

A new Illinois law is banning the distribution of vape products to those under the age of 18, but at least one Springfield business says it won’t be affected. The manager of Upper Limits Vapor and Glass Shop says they’ve been practicing the policy since its opening of business three years ago. The law is set to fine those under the age of 18 who are caught using and those who sell. Although the shop agrees with age limitations, the manager says parents should be more involved. “I just want to stress that parents need to be responsible for their children’s behavior and that they need to be involved in their children’s lives. They need to make sure their nicotine liquids and stuff like that are secured in a safe location,” said Mark Lovecamp, Operations Manager, Upper Limits.

We like that approach, and would definitely encourage all parents to take a more active stake in their children’s habits. The full read can be found here.

Canadians Study to Examine Efficacy of E-Cigs to Quit Smoking

Now more so than ever, it seems the debate over whether or not e-cigs can help users successfully quit tobacco and regular cigarettes is raging on. (And not coincidentally, we’ll be making this one of our very next discussion topics, so stay tuned to the Ecig.com blog over the next few days.) There have been several studies recently that focus solely on this question. You can find them using a quick Google Search, but the major one that debuted a few weeks ago was one conducted by The Lancet that found that e-cigs don’t in fact actually help users quit. We have talked to so many vapers who have successfully kicked their cigarette habit to the curb that would beg to differ, but again – we’ll dive more into this in a later article. Instead, we wanted to take a different approach and look at a cardiologist up in Canada, Dr. Mark Eisenberg, who noticed something. Obviously, as a cardiologist (or any medical doctor, for that matter), he was always trying to get his patients to quit smoking. And for those that wisely took his advice and successfully quit cigarettes or at the very least drastically cut back, he noticed one common theme – just about all of them couldn’t stop singing the praises of e-cigs. As such, he is heading up a massive five-year study (just getting started) to look at this very issue: “They say, ‘I smoked for decades and I’ve tried everything — nicotine gum, patches, Zyban, Champix — and I couldn’t stop. Then I picked up an e-cigarette and I never smoked again,’” recalls Eisenberg, who is also a professor in McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and director of the Joint MD/PhD program. “Anecdotally, we have many, many cases like this.” What doctors don’t have, however, is hard data to back it up. That’s why, this month Eisenberg will start a five-year clinical trial to look at how effective e-cigarettes are at aiding smoking cessation. It’s not just smokers and physicians who are interested in such clarity — so are lawmakers. Under Canada’s Food and Drug Act, e-cigarettes containing nicotine cannot be imported, advertised or sold without Health Canada’s approval; nicotine-free e-cigarettes are not restricted. Although Health Canada has yet to grant such approval, nicotine-loaded e-cigarettes are nevertheless widely and openly available in Canada. The study, which is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), will follow 486 outpatient smokers at 19 sites across Canada. The smokers will be randomized into three groups. One group will be given e-cigarettes that contain nicotine and counselling. The second group will receive e-cigarettes that do not contain nicotine, and counselling. The third group will only receive counselling. The researchers will supply the smokers with e-cigarettes for 12 weeks, and then follow up with them after six months and a year, observing whether they graduate to total non-smoking, continue with the e-cigarettes, or return to conventional cigarettes. Although some reformed smokers may fall off the wagon after a smoke-free year, Eisenberg clarifies that “statistically significant results at 12 months would still be important evidence” for the efficacy of e-cigarettes as a cessation aid. All 486 patients will not be enrolled simultaneously, with the study expected to roll out over the course of five years. It’s worth noting that Dr. Eisenburg, like us here at Ecig.com, have heard countless anecdotes of people successfully quitting the habit with the help of e-cigs, and that was a main driver behind the study itself. Will this study have different results from the ones The Lancet found? We’ll know in five years – in the meantime, the full article over at the McGill Reporter can be read here. That’s all folks! We’ll have more articles soon on the Ecig.com blog, and don’t forget the Ecig.com store for the best vaping deals on the web. By Jerry Whitehead III

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