So what's going on in the world of vaping? You've probably heard about the big FDA Pushback and that's probably all you will hear for a while. Unless you decide to stick around and read this article. Every couple weeks I'm going to try and put together some stories about vaping that you probably haven't heard. Anything from fact to fiction to funny, I'm an equal opportunity writer. Let's start with some vaping news from overseas.
Thailand: So you want to go to Thailand? I won't ask you why but I will tell you this, you might get 10 years in jail. That's right, 10 years. And it won't be for messing with the ladyboys. What I can tell you is you should probably leave your vape at home. The UK Telegraph took this from the Thailand Foreign Office website: "You cannot bring vaporizers or refills into Thailand. These items are likely to be confiscated and you could be fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted." Man picture that, 10 years in a Thailand prison for your vape. You could end up on that TV Show Locked Up Abroad for chucking some clouds. Crazy, just crazy.
India: India is considering banning e-cigarettes all together because they don't believe they are a form of harm reduction. Guess it doesn't matter how many tests and studies you wave in front of them, it's all just nonsense. The Indian government is on board with the "it attracts children" mentality and is milking that for all it's worth. They won't however ban cigarettes even though they admit that cigarettes are harmful and can kill you. And I thought the US government had it's head up it's ass. At least the FDA is willing to give vaping a chance, not so much in India apparently.
China: This is a good one. China seized 1.3 MILLION pounds of American e-liquid being smuggled into the country. Ya, you read that right. The US is smuggling US juice into China. I don't know about you but I can't stop laughing at this. In case you don't remember, China is a MAJOR manufacturer of e-liquids and was THE manufacturer of e-liquids for years. That's bad when you founded the industry and nobody wants your stuff. The details were pretty vague but the Chinese government said they have at least 20 people in custody. I'll keep you posted as I hear more.
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Canada: Canada is releasing a smoking cessation product called Cravv. The product contains a chemical called cytisine. Cytisine was tested back in 2014 and the results were pretty good. People who used cytisine had better than a 50% chance of quitting versus using nothing at all. Cytisine also had a 40% quit rate after 1 month versus a 30% quit rate for traditional nicotine replacement methods. Cravv will be available in 25 day supplies for $50. Might be worth checking out.
UK: Some great news out of the UK! Dr William Stephens from the University of St Andrews states that e-cigarette vapor has a less than 1% chance of causing cancer! How frickin awesome is that? Please feel free to take this info and shove it in those "you don't know what's in those" people's faces. I'm so tired of hearing how my vape is so much worse than their cigarettes. The only bad news that came from his study is for the drippers. Dr. Stephens study found that the cancer risk was slightly higher for those who drip. The high wattage devices burn the e-liquids at a higher rate and therefore create the higher percentage. It is still nowhere near that of cigarettes though!
Stay tuned in the weeks to come for more vape news from around the world!