Vaping Versus Other Harm Reduction Devices

By Vape Contributor
on July 05, 2019

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There has been a lot of debate lately as vaping should be categorized as a harm reduction device ie, a better alternative to traditional cigarettes. However, within the United States this has been the approach of choice for most legislatures from local to the federal government. Does that turn a blind eye to public health?

If we clarify vaping as something that can reduce harm it would be rooted within the arena of public health and human rights. It aims to improve the lives of people who are affected by drugs or drug policies through evidence-based programming. There are numerous drug-related harms that have health, social and economic impacts for individuals and communities. The United Kingdom and the European Union largely have accepted vaping as a harm reduction device.

Some examples of other harm reduction devices/methods include; needle distribution/recovery programs that distribute sterile needles and other harm reduction supplies, recover used needles and other supplies, and provide information and containers for their safe disposal. Additionally, laws requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets as well as bicyclists are also considered harm reduction methods. Even the very seatbelts that are mandated in countries states are considered harm reduction methods in moving vehicles.

Harm reduction works to meet those with substance use disorder “where they are,” accepting that drug use is their current reality, rather than forcing treatment or abstinence. Practitioners work with these individuals to take steps that reduce the harm caused by drug use.

It's widely established within the world that traditional cigarettes are bad and cause great harm to the individual and oftentimes those surrounded by constant smoke. Although, there are no conclusive studies to date that have proved for a long period of time, as vaping is a relatively new industry, scientists haven't been able to provide to case that vaping truly is a harm reduction method. Even though, many who were long time smokers have switched to vaping and enjoy the "perceived" benefits many legislators don't buy it within the United States. This is something they'll regret later? This isn't the first time the United States has gotten public health calls wrong (the public epidemic of childhood obesity, is one thing that comes to mind).

As legislatures move forward we'll continue to see many changes within the industry. We need to continue to engage our local representatives to have our voices heard as laws continue to limit choices to customers (including an all out vaping ban in San Francisco).

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Is vaping like riding a bicycle with a helmet?

By Vape Contributor
on May 08, 2019

Is vaping like riding a bicycle with a helmet?

The impact of smoking on health is huge, obviously. Half of all lifelong smokers die early because of the habit basically losing 3 months of life expectancy for every year they smoke after the age of 35. Also, most would agree the habit is both physically and psychologically addictive. Vaping has now come along and tries to help people quit smoking; however, the jury might still be out, but Public Health England claims that vaping may be contributing to at least 20,000 smokers quitting every year.

Vaping clearly has its critics (Google vaping news and you’ll 90% of the critics). Medical professionals seem reluctant to encourage smokers to make the switch to vaping despite research from the likes of Cardiff University who showed that vaping does not act as a gateway back to tobacco, nor does it normalize smoking among youth. Similarly, the Royal College of Physicians actually announced these findings back in 2016, and now, Embarrassing Bodies' Doctor Christian Jessen has put his name to a campaign calling on fellow doctors to heed this advice and support their patients to switch from smoking to vaping (what a great idea).

There is a growing list of evidence which shows vaping can reduce smoking related harm and yet despite that, more than half of hospitals across Europe ban vaping on their grounds and the majority US hospitals ban it completely. It’s time we were consistent and gave clear advice to smokers to help combat the misinformation they are all too often bombarded with, about vaping.

A study commissioned by the UK Vaping Industry Association, and the widest to date into the health, financial and social benefits of vaping, found that vapers make an average saving of £346 a year compared to when they were smoking, which could equate to an annual nationwide saving of almost £1.1bn. Plus, the long term impact of vaping might be unknown, but is "likely to be very small, and is substantially smaller than that the implications of smoking," according to the RCP. In fact, the available data suggest the risks are unlikely to exceed 5% compared to the risks of smoking cigarettes and the actual figure may even be lower.

Vaping has already proven itself as a great way for people to quit smoking and for that reason alone we should encourage the habit. We all recognize that this doesn’t help the addition to nicotine but let’s try to reduce the risks that come with traditional cigarettes. This is very similar to our love for riding bicycles that we’d never say is harmful to us but we’d always encourage riders to wear a bicycle helmet to reduce the risk of injury. In similar fashion, we’d encourage smokers to vape to reduce the risks of smoking traditional cigarettes.

Disney's Vaping Ban Begins Today

By Vape Contributor
on May 01, 2019

Disney's Vaping Ban Begins Today

If being able to smoke within Disney World or Disneyland was on your bucket list you could now cross it off. Starting today, all forms of smoking, including vaping, are banned from all their U.S. parks including ESPN Wide World of Sports.

Previously, park guests were able to smoke in designated areas inside Disney's parks. Now, smoking will be limited to designated areas outside of park entrances.

All Disney employees will be in charge of smoking enforcement, spokeswoman Erica Ettori said in March when the ban was first announced. She said Disney does not plan to punish visitors if they are caught breaking the rules. They'll be led to the designated areas outside the park and then granted re-entry.

If it feels like it was already rare that you saw smokers in the sea of Mickey Mouse ears, it’s because smoking at Disney was already extremely limited. Magic Kingdom, the world's busiest theme park, only had two designated smoking areas.

While the ban on smoking has grabbed the most attention, it’s not the only change going into effect Wednesday.

Also joining the list of things banned from Walt Disney World will be strollers larger than 31 inches wide and 52 inches long and bags or coolers of loose ice.

Why the bans?

"Walt Disney World Resort makes updates from time to time and the removal of smoking areas is intended to provide a more enjoyable experience for everyone who visits," the company said in the release. "The reduction of stroller sizes is intended to ease guest flow and reduce congestion, making the park experience more enjoyable for everyone who visits."

Disney says the ban on ice is to "streamline the bag-check and entry processes." They recommend guests use reusable ice packs.

Public Perception of Vaping as the FDA Investigates Seizures

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on April 13, 2019

Public Perception of Vaping as the FDA Investigates Seizures

Most vaping customers have recognized for awhile now that the media doesn’t necessarily spotlight the industry in a positive light. As if the press among new vaping laws hasn’t gotten the general public concerned of it’s benefits the most recent developments about seizures most certainly will. The US Food and Drug Administration is alerting the public to a potential new risk of having a seizure and asking the public to report any instances to the agency.

To date from 2010 to early 2019 the FDA has identified 35 cases of seizures, particularly among younger customers. The agency also mentioned that they have seen a slight increase of reported causes since the middle of last year. It’s always interesting to understand their foregone conclusion that there has been a slight increase when over the last 9 years there have only been 35 reported cases.

Furthermore, the FDA mentioned that it has not been able to determine a definitive link between vaping and seizures but are still asking the general public to bring forth additional information to help them investigate.

Seizures are known to be a possible side effect of nicotine poisoning, the FDA said. "We know that nicotine isn't a harmless substance, especially in the developing brains of our youth," FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb and Principal Deputy Commissioner Dr. Amy Abernethy said in the statement. "But we've also been clear that, even for adults, e-cigarettes are not risk free."

There is no clear pattern to the seizures: Some who had seizures were vaping for the first time, and some had been using these products for a while. The timing of seizures also ranged from after a few puffs on an e-cigarette to a full day later. Several people had previously received a seizure diagnosis, and a few had also been using other drugs, like marijuana or amphetamines, before the seizures occurred.

The FDA is looking into additional possible health risks when it comes to vaping, including whether they may cause cancer in the airways down the line, according to the statement.

The announcement comes as use of the products is skyrocketing among youth. The FDA revealed in November that vaping has increased nearly 80% among high schoolers and 50% among middle schoolers since the year before. Experts worry that e-cigarettes could put kids' developing brains at risk, get them hooked on nicotine early in life and be a gateway to smoking and other drugs.

The agency has made a number of other moves in recent months to counter vaping among kids, including warning and fining retailers for illegally selling e-cig products to kids. The agency has also expanded its investigation into e-cigarette companies in an effort to uncover whether they are marketing products illegally and outside the agency's compliance policy.

In January, the agency held a public hearing to consider the role of drug therapies to get kids to quit vapes and other nicotine products, with medical organizations and vaping groups weighing in on how to address rising levels of e-cigarette use among youth.

Even though most smokers will say vaping has been a blessing in their lives the media will continue to focus on its adverse effects. We’ll continue to hear more from the FDA within the United States as they provide additional guidance to manufacturers and retailers on the usage of e-cigarettes.

San Francisco Vaping Ban Takes a Political Stand

By Sponsored Post
on March 24, 2019

San Francisco Vaping Ban Takes a Political Stand

San Francisco, like many cities in America, has picked its enemies by it's own public policy. It's recent ban on smoking throughout the city has bypassed sales on cannabis, alcohol and many other "sin" drugs. Why you'd ask the city has targeted these particular products is anyways guess. One thing is sure, relationships and connections are probably at the center of the decisions that don't necessarily make practical sense.

One of the largest vaping companies in the world, Juul, is based in Silicon Valley. The city attorney and a member of the Board of Supervisors have proposed to bar e-cigarette firms from renting city property and, more sweepingly, block the sale of e-cigarettes in the city.

The stated rationale, of course, is a concern for public health. After all, vaping companies prey on a young audience with candy-flavored offerings and a hip, streamlined device. For other users, e-cigarettes are sold as a pathway from the chemical harms of tobacco, though the danger of nicotine addiction remains unknown.

E-cigs are no fad, with the big tobacco company Altria in December buying a 35 percent share of Juul, based on Pier 70, giving the company a value of $38 billion. This city, an ostensible temple of clean living, is home to the leading edge firm in the vaping game — and yet the proposed measures can’t chase it out of town as long as its lease runs.

That annoying reality no doubt is stoking the latest legislation. But the crusade needs a reality check. It’s not as if reasonable steps are not being taken to study vaping and restrict its appeal to youth. The city cracked down on flavored e-cigarettes through a ballot measure last year. The federal Food and Drug Administration is entering the picture with its own limitations aimed at curbing sales.

Vaping is a tempting public villain. Manufacturers should be treated with skepticism about claims that vaping is a benign habit. What vaping doesn’t deserve is a dose of shortsighted demonizing that does little to change the bigger picture of tobacco abuse and other health dangers the city is loath to confront.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera isn’t buying that version. “That’s all bull—,” he told us. He wants to suspend e-cigarette sales immediately. Young vapers can pull end runs around city rules, and assurances from e-cigarette firms about controlled access are worthless, he contends. Also, the FDA has let vaping firms market their products without testing and then given those companies a long deadline to conform. That’s why he’s demanding a sales suspension.

But he and Supervisor Shamann Walton, who is sponsoring the crackdown, are sidestepping the larger issue: smoking itself. Cigarette sales are still legal. Roll your own unfiltered joint, smoke a cigar, light a pipe or fire up a cigarette. You can do it all in San Francisco, now and in the future if the featured proposals are enacted. Vaping is only one corner of a vast, dirty habit.

There’s no love here for e-cigarettes. Inhaling potential toxins in any form is a clear health danger. But this crusade offers no cure beyond symbolism. Juul won’t be ousted from its perch on Pier 70. If it left, it could continue its work in another city. Tobacco and marijuana will remain on the shelves.

New Vaping Trend Going Up in Smoke

By Cali Steam Blogger
on February 23, 2019

New Vaping Trend Going Up in Smoke

With all the news in the media right now regarding vaping one would think nothing positive was going to come the direction of the industry. You've got infighting with companies and Juul, the biggest player in the vaping space now, over copyrights and market share. We've got companies continuing to market to young adults and much more that captures the headlines. However, the most recent trend is making waves, vaping in wedding photos.

This trend is sweeping the wedding world by storm and as you can imagine their are very passionate responses, both positive and negative, to this trend. And this trend isn't just the Gen-Z adults who are trying to fit in. Even though this is being talked about as a new trend you could have easily found many viral photos years ago with blooming clouds in wedding photos. However, it's catching on right now that even those that don't vape are including vape clouds in their wedding photography.

If you Google "wedding vaping" you'll get dozens of photos of brides and grooms romantically blowing vapor into each other's faces in their bride and groom attire. It's also starting to trend on Twitter with major bloggers posting, "Did you know vaping wedding photos were a real thing?" And a recent Facebook post added, "I just saw on Facebook that vaping wedding photos are a thing." So it's clearly moving from a "trend" to mainstream as the number of photos and tweets continue to increase.

But photos and tweets aren't the only facet of weddings that are being influenced by this vaping trend. There is a whole wedding subculture around vaping, including vaping wedding planners and etiquette guides. There are even ways to decorate your venue with vaping in mind. Wedding planners are helping vape clients incorporate black backdrops in their decor to "show off vapor clouds" in photos. Additionally, other planners are working with clients with their favorite vape flavor and building a theme around that into their wedding planning.

So if you are getting married soon and are a vapor you certainly need to consider some of these new wedding trends because the bar has been raised.

Smokers Who Switch to Vaping Are Less Likely to Return to Smoking Study Finds

By Vape Contributor
on February 07, 2019

New Vape Study That Shows Vaping Helps Smokers Quit For Good

The second most popular New Year’s Resolution, behind only losing weight, is to stop smoking. It’s a lofty and great goal since smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death worldwide.

As everyone knows, there are a multitude of ways to try and stop smoking. There is the most common method of going “cold turkey” or using medication prescribed by a medical doctor. In recent years more individuals have utilized e-cigarettes to curb their smoking habits.

There’s little doubt that e-cigarettes, more commonly known as “vapes”, are less harmful than conventional cigarettes. But discussions around exactly how harmful e-cigarettes could be to users and those within close proximity, are still ongoing.

Unlike research conducted into the effects of smoking tobacco, very little is understood about any long-term health effects relating to the use of e-cigarettes. This is mainly due to the fact they are a relatively new product and researchers struggle to study people who use e-cigarettes that have never smoked conventional cigarettes.

Public Health England reports that e-cigarettes are approximately 95% less harmful than conventional cigarettes. However, professor John Newton, Public Health England’s director of health improvement, says: “Our position on the figure is that it is the best available published estimate. It is a useful figure, but it is not a precise scientific estimate.”

Although e-cigarettes do not contain some of the more dangerous components of conventional cigarettes – such as tar or carbon monoxide – some potentially harmful products may be present, including certain heavy metals. The lack of regulation in the industry makes the work of researchers more difficult, as differences between brands can have an impact on any research findings.

Of a recent study, they have found that people who are randomly allocated to the e-cigarette groups are most likely not to take up smoking again and complete their stop smoking attempt, within the study course.

This supports previous work and anecdotal evidence in the field – but to make sure this is definitely the case, we are also dividing participants in each group between those who are successful and those who are not. We are assessing the reasons why the latter group didn’t complete their attempt.

It is hoped that in time, these findings will help to inform new guidelines around the use of e-cigarettes to quit smoking. Importantly, this work will also allow smokers to be given more options and be better informed, so that they can stop smoking for good.

Vaping in the American Armed Forces

By Vape Contributor
on February 06, 2019

Vaping in the American Armed Forces

Vaping has taken over traditional smoking within the military.

The rate of smoking among military service members has dropped dramatically in the last few years and appears to be at lower levels than the general population. This is according to results from a recent survey of troops regarding health related behaviours and habits.

Across all military service branches, 7.4% of service members smoked cigarettes daily in 2015, compared with 12.9% of adults in the general population, according to the results of the most recent Defense Department Health-Related Behaviors Survey of Active-Duty Service Members.

And the number of troops who are occasional smokers, those that smoked in the last month, dropped by nearly 50% since 2011 — down from 24% to 14%.

However, when you look at electronic cigarettes 11.1% of service members said they were daily e-cigarette users, and 12.4% had vaped within the last month. In the junior enlisted ranks, nearly 20% are current e-cigarette smokers. The results would show that traditional smokers within the military have migrated to vaping.

The Marine Corps has the highest percentage of those vaping among the service branches, at 16.1%, followed closely by the Navy with 14.5%. The rates within the Navy are even despite the high restrictions on e-cigarettes imposed by the Navy. About 11.2% of Army soldiers said they regularly use e-cigs, while 10.5% of airmen vape, followed by Coast Guardsmen at 9.3%.

The latest Pentagon survey shows how different troops are consuming nicotine, albeit these results is from data from 2015. However, a new survey is currently underway and set to conclude on February 28th that would highlight continued changes of these health related behaviours among the Armed Forces.

The rise of e-cigarette use among troops occurred suddenly and correlates with the rise of e-cigs among the general population.

Sales of traditional tobacco on military bases has fallen. In the Army and Air Force Exchange Service stores, sales decreased by nearly half from 2011 to 2017, from 68 million units to 37 million units. Marine Corps exchanges showed a similar decline, down from 5.5 million in 2011 to 2.5 million in 2017. Navy exchange stores are selling about one-third less tobacco products, down from 15 million in 2011 to 10 million in 2017.

The trends for e-cigarette sales vary among the military exchanges, which started selling the products in 2012 or 2013. Like the vaping trend cited in the 2015 health survey, sales of e-cigarettes at exchanges on Army, Air Force and Navy bases increased steadily through 2015 or 2016. But the sales have decreased since then.

The new health survey among the troops that will conclude shortly will shed light if e-cigarette use among soldiers was a temporary spike of if the upward trend has continued.

We here at Cali Steam support our Armed Forces around the globe and thank them for their service. We also support safe and effective methods for those addicted to nicotine to obtain our products and others safely.

Top 5 Picks to Watch in the Vaping Industry for 2019

By Cali Steam Blogger
on January 05, 2019

Top 5 Picks to Watch in the Vaping Industry for 2019

As we ring in the new year we look to the hottest topics that’ll shape 2019 in the world of vaping. Below are our top five categories of items we believe will impact the industry.

  1. Regulations & Taxes
  2. Technology
  3. Consolidation of the Industry
  4. Continued Growth in Users
  5. Product Diversification

Regulations and taxes will continue to be the focus around the globe as the FDA in the United States continues to fight “the epidemic of youth vaping” and local cities fight for various flavor bans. We’d also expect governments to continue to look for additional revenue streams from vapor products as they are an easy voter target for more government funding.

Technology again will be at the forefront of the industry with lightning fast innovations coming to closed pod systems, e liquid flavors and nicotine levels etc. We’ll see the focus of products on safety and reliability as those have been struggling points for the industry in the press for many years. Expect to see cross over products within the closed pod systems sector with interchangeable systems that’ll be adaptable to multiply systems.

We’re also expecting to see a ramp up of companies consolidating within the industry. This could mean vape companies themselves will begin to join forces or cross industry consolidation similar to the Juul and Altria partnership. As the industry matures the thousands of vape companies that sprung up over the years will look to consolidate to further grow and expand their offerings.

As with any new industry the vape industry will continue to grow. There will be a huge push into 2019 to convert additional traditional smokers to vaping. This will be a continued trend across the globe as additional research will point to the benefits of vaping over traditional cigarettes.

Lastly, rounding out our top five choices is product diversification. We are already starting to see traditional vaping companies pivot into industries like CBD and hemp. This will continue as vaping companies grow and look to increase their brand loyalty on other similar products. We expect to see some exciting ventures into new product offerings from vapes, CBD and cannabis in those areas where it’s legal.

Although there are many challenges and hurdles yet for the industry to endure we see a bright future for our customers and vapers alike. Welcome to 2019 and have a safe and Happy New Year from the Cali Steam Team.

Senators Introduce New Bipartisan Anti-Vaping Bill(s)

By Cali Steam Blogger
on December 10, 2018

Senators Introduce New Bipartisan Anti-Vaping Bill(s)

A bipartisan bill to help schools fight the supposed “epidemic” of teenage vaping was introduced in the Senate this week. The legislation was introduced as the “Smoke Free Schools Act,” ignoring the fact that vaping doesn’t involve smoke.

The Smoke Free Schools Act is suppose to help schools find ways to combat the scourge of vaping and nicotine addiction, which the bill’s mentions is a major issue of teens today. The act would address the following concerns

- Specifically bans vaping in schools and childcare facilities

- Amends Title IV of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to clarify that e-cigarette prevention is an allowable use of funds

- Instructs the FDA to partner with the CDC and the Department of Education to conduct studies of best practices for schools to discourage e-cigarette use

- Instructs the FDA to study gaps in knowledge of the harms of e-cigarettes among youth, including injuries and poisoning

- Seeks further information on the dose-response association between e-cigarettes and combustible tobacco, and the current efforts by schools to use federal funding to combat e-cigarette use

- Instructs the Federal Trade Commission to consider including e-cigarettes in any studies they do relating to the marketing effects of traditional tobacco

The bill doesn’t seem to accomplish much, except to clear the way for federal funds to be spent on “e-cigarette prevention.” That probably benefits the drug warriors, police, and treatment specialists that have already scored big by creating anti-juuling campaigns and educational presentations for parents and students.

The bill was introduced by New Mexico Democrat Tom Udall and Utah Republican Orrin Hatch. It’s supported by groups like the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, the National School Boards Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National PTA, and the Society for Public Health Education.

The Smoke Free Schools Act is the second bipartisan anti-vaping bill launched this year in the Senate. The first was Dick Durbin’s SAFE Kids Act, co-sponsored by the Illinois Democrat and Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski.

The Durbin-Murkowski legislation would require e-liquid manufacturers to prove that their non-tobacco flavors are proven smoking cessation products. That’s a standard no non-pharmaceutical product can meet. Such a law would spell the end of the independent vaping industry.

In related happenings, a letter demanding FDA action on e-liquid flavors was sent by 21 Democratic senators to Commissioner Scott Gottlieb the other day. The lawmakers want what they always want: full enforcement of all components of the Deeming Rule immediately, flavors off the market, and the wishes and needs of vapers and smokers ignored as usual.

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