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!
We’re not sure if it’s the weather being a bit bleak (the last few dregs of winter always seem to last the longest…kind of like the phrase, “It’s always darkest before the dawn”), or that maybe it’s just because we’re big sports fans and it’s a slow time of year sports-wise (although the NBA and NHL are heating up, especially with the Golden State Warriors current chase at history…and we’re VERY excited for the upcoming March Madness tournament)…but whatever it is, it just seems like kind of a slow, drawn out time of year.
But spring is just around the corner, things will soon be getting warmer and sunnier, and while it may be slow in some areas, the world of vaping and e-cigs is always full of news and events. Let’s get started with a few of the bigger stories from this most recent week.
The Washington Post: “Vaping is Less Harmful than Smoking Tobacco”
We put that headline in quotes as it’s a direct, verbatim pull from a recent Washington Post article that went through the known facts of vaping as they sit currently. While it may not seem like “breaking news” (especially to those of us who have known this for some time), it’s still worthy of inclusion here as it’s a major, national news organization claiming the obvious fact that vaping is better for you than smoking.
Fans of this blog and followers of our Google+, Facebook, and Twitter pages know that this in and of itself can be seen as a victory. Although the article with its fact roundup isn’t all positive, here are some of the better parts:
Overall, experts say more research is needed. But given what we know now, vaping is less harmful than smoking tobacco. “If a patient switches from smoking two packs a day to only using e-cigs, it’s not as good as quitting, but it’s undeniably better,” says Douglas Kamerow, a former assistant surgeon general and a professor of family medicine at Georgetown University.
…unlike conventional cigarettes, e-cigs don’t burn tobacco. So they don’t produce the tar that clogs the lungs, or carbon monoxide, which is linked to heart disease.
A good, albeit basic, look at the pros (as well as cons) of vaping – it’s worth checking out, which you can do here.
Doctor Weighs in with Her Opinion on E-Cigs
Although we wish there were more health officials like Dr. Michael Siegel, a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health with 25 years of experience in the field of tobacco control who is a noted proponent of the possible health benefits of electronic cigarettes, we’ll be realistic.
Instead, we’ll opt for a level-headed (if not quite fully informed) opinion from a medical professional, like this one from Dr. Carmen McIntyre, the Chief Medical Officer at Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority. She recently did a Q&A of sorts about vaping and e-cigs, and while it isn’t perfect, it’s a start:
“Are they safe? They do contain less nicotine than cigarettes, but the user controls how much vapor they inhale, and can mimic the nicotine intake of traditional cigarette smokers. So, are e-cigarettes “safe”? Probably not. Are they safer than traditional cigarettes? Probably.”
Again, walk into this one with measured expectations as Dr. McIntyre has a bad habit of mentioning negatives about electronic cigarettes when only a single small study is the basis, but she’s more fair-handed than some physicians we’ve seen on e-cigs. The full read at the Michigan Chronicle can be found here.
New York Judge Defines Vaping as Different than Smoking, Blows Deal to Anti-Vaping Crowd
We know it, and we know that you know it, but it’s an important legal distinction to declare that in the eyes of the law, vaping is different than smoking, and as such, can’t be treated the same. If you saw our recent piece about the vaping congressman, the amendment he was opposed to referred to vaping as the same exact thing as smoking for the purposes of the law.
And despite New York City being home to some strict vaping bans and rules, a judge thankfully used common sense when defining the differences between vaping and smoking:
“An electronic cigarette neither burns nor contains tobacco,” said the court. “Instead, the use of such a device, which is commonly referred to as ‘vaping,’ involves the inhalation of vaporized e-cigarette liquid consisting of water, nicotine, a base of propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin and occasionally, flavoring.”
The issue was brought to the court in the case of People v. Thomas, after vaper Shawn Thomas was issued a citation on the subway and subsequently challenged the citation in court. New York law defines smoking as “the burning of a lighted, cigarette, pipe or any other matter or substance which contains tobacco.”
The state claimed there was no need for a specific state-wide ban on vaping to justify the citation, since “the courts of New York have yet to make a determination as to whether electronic cigarettes are to be viewed any differently under these sections than tobacco cigarettes.”
The full story over at The Daily Caller can be read here.