Weekly vaping news roundup:

This week’s round up includes Chinese e-liquid that’s more than you bargained for, what Joe Public really thinks of vaping, the effects of vaping on your teeth, a raid that wasn’t a raid, and yes, vaping DOES increase your chances of stepping away from tobacco.

So, what have some Chinese tricksters been doing with e-liquid?

Only spiking it with erectile dysfunctional (ED) drugs. Someone in China obviously feels that American men need a boost in a certain area! Needless to say, the FDA are not impressed with this behaviour and quite rightly so. On the surface this is a funny story, but ED drugs can interfere with other medications, they can harm people, and this is yet another strike against the Vaping Industry. We already have enough of those and the last thing we need is this type of idiocy.

Joe Public’s thoughts regarding vaping.

One writer has described the American public’s understanding of vaping as ‘terrifyingly ignorant’. A new poll has shown exactly to what degree. 2000 adults were asked their views on vaping. 85% were worried about long term effects. 83% were worried about teen vaping. 41% felt they were ‘healthier’ than smoking, and 42% felt they were an excellent cessation tool. But a huge 43% felt e-cigarettes were more dangerous than smoking. So, home run for the spin/media industries for completely confusing and scaring an entire population when it comes to harm reduction. (If you are a non-vaper that happened to land on this article, FYI, e cigarettes are said to be 95% LESS harmful than tobacco cigarettes.)

Teeth

British American Tobacco have been studying a more aesthetic side to vaping, they’ve been looking at teeth. Smoking stains your teeth and it’s not easy to remove simply by regular toothbrushing. BAT decided to take some bovine (cow’s) teeth and see if vaping had a similar, nasty effect.

Tests were carried out on enamel blocks cut from bovine incisors. To mimic conditions in the mouth, the enamel blocks were first incubated with saliva to allow the formation of a pellicle layer, a protective protein film that normally forms on teeth. The enamel blocks were exposed to the particulate matter (isolated from the smoke/vapour) for 14 days and the whole smoke/vapour (equivalent to one pack of cigarettes per day) for 5 days. The enamel samples were assessed before, during and after treatment; colour readings were determined by an independent laboratory using an established method involving a commercially available spectrophotometer and trained scientists. Discoloration of enamel blocks exposed to cigarette smoke was apparent in as little as one day and continued to increase as the concentration of cigarette smoke increased. In contrast, exposure to vapour from the EC or THP resulted in little or no colour change that was comparable to the untreated controls.”

 JUUL

The JUUL hysteria continues unabated this week. A ‘raid’ on their premises turned out to be a not so sexy tobacco manufacturer inspection. Images of SWAT teams and the like made their way onto twitter as people discussed what went on, but there was no breaking down doors with weapons poised. The FDA allegedly made copies of paperwork – said to be 1000 pages – so let’s hope they at least  had enough ink in the printer.

And finally,

After all the bizarre and curious stories, something that we all know to be true, but the FDA are still struggling with.

E-cigarette Usage Is Associated with Increased Past-12-Month Quit Attempts and Successful Smoking Cessation in Two US Population–Based Surveys.

A recent study found that yes, e-cigarettes do help people get away from tobacco: “Current e-cigarette use was associated with higher quit attempts (adjusted odds ratio [aOR] = 2.29, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.87 to 2.81, p < .001) and greater smoking cessation (aOR = 1.64, 95% CI = 1.21 to 2.21, p = .001) in the NHIS. Multivariable logistic regression of the TUS-CPS data showed that current e-cigarette use was similarly significantly associated with increased past-12-month quit attempts and smoking cessation. Significant interactions were found for smoking frequency (everyday and some-day smoking) and current e-cigarette use for both outcomes (p < .0001) with the strongest positive effects seen in everyday smokers.”