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OWN #12 | 24-30 June 2019

The world vs vaping, that seems to be the current trend in the news. With the teen vaping "epidemic" taking centre stage and the powers that be scrambling to resolve it, what could go wrong? Let's have a look

San Francisco becomes first US city to ban vaping sales

Because America has various tiers of law, states, and apparently cities, can have their own laws that override (to some degree) federal law. This is exactly what the city of San Francisco (which is in the state of California) has done - they've made the sale, distribution, and manufacturing of e-cigarettes and e-liquids illegal.

That last one is of particular interest, as Juul Labs - the largest e-cigarette company (by quite some margin) in the US - is based on San Francisco. This move will make their operations illegal.

Juul claims the ordinance will "drive former adult smokers who successfully switched to vapor products back to deadly cigarettes." It will also "deny the opportunity to switch for current adult smokers, and create a thriving black market instead of addressing the actual causes of underage access and use," the company said in a statement to CBS MoneyWatch.

Now for the fun part. This only affects vaping products, not tobacco and cigarettes. That's right, you can buy cigarettes - proven to have a multitude of health risks - but not an e-cigarette, which may or may not have health risks. Better the devil you know, it seems.

Over in the UK the opposite is happening - they are actively promoting vaping as a means to quit smoking. Harm reduction is the order of the day and, from a logical standpoint, vaping is certainly less harmful than smoking.

San Francisco's ban on sales of e-cigarettes could set back the war on smoking, according to public health experts in the UK who are doing everything they can to promote vaping as a way to quit.

Martin Dockrell, the head of tobacco control at PHE (Public Health England), is concerned with the fact that SF has banned vaping but various other, more harmful, drugs remain legal.

"Alcohol, smoked tobacco, cannabis, smoking or vaping – all of them are legal but the least harmful is e-cigarettes and they’ve banned them. Not just sales to young people, which we’ve done in this country, but for adults too. That is particularly difficult to understand", says Dockrell.

As with so many regulations and laws around vaping - it's just so confusing how they'll ban that, but leave the "proven to be much more harmful" products on the market. Teens obviously don't drink, use cannabis, or smoke cigarettes - protect the youth, ban vaping now!

Read all about it below:

Vaping Emissions safer than Cigarette Smoke

This one is a bit of a no-brainer, but Juul has commissioned a study on vaping emissions (second hand vape) versus that from smoking cigarettes.

The results were as expected: vaping emissions are far less toxic than that of cigarette smoking.

The findings of the research conclude that the vaping emissions are far less toxic than the conventional cigarette smoking emission. The findings of the study stated that the air exhaled by e-cigarette users has 99 per cent less carbon monoxide and formaldehyde than the air exhaled by the old conventional cigarette smokers.

The study was conducted by a third-party lab, and hence the results should be mostly unbiased.

Not much else to say really, read the article below:

Brexit, a boon for Britain's vaping industry

Lawmakers in the UK are looking at Brexit to reduce smoking deaths. Looser British tobacco laws might allow more people to switch to vaping instead of smoking, they argue.

Tobacco laws appear likely to mark one of the U.K.'s first post-Brexit breaks with EU law.

Of course, not all UK policymakers are on board - some are advocating for tightening of rules on vaping ads and vaping in public.

"There are strict rules in place to prevent tobacco companies from promoting their products — including e-cigarettes," a spokesperson said in a statement. "We take the unlawful promotion of tobacco and other nicotine inhaling products very seriously and expect any organization found to be flouting the rules to be investigated."

The UK has long been one of the few countries embracing vaping as a means to stop smoking and, by extension, reduce harm. But being part of the EU means that they have to adhere to the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), which hampers this vision.

Packaging for e-cigarettes currently carries tobacco-like warnings and, in some cases, a large "hazard" symbol. Other EU restrictions include nicotine strength, bottle size and the dimensions of the tank in which the vapor is produced.

So the UK's exit from the EU would finally allow them to re-asses the vaping laws and adjust them as needed to promote this healthier lifestyle.

"Whatever restriction you place that will have the effect of reducing the attractiveness of vaping, and reducing sales and take-up, the inevitable consequence of this restriction is that a portion of smokers will not give up smoking," [Norman] Lamb said.

For the sake of all UK vapers, here's hoping that things change for the better in this regard. Read the full report below:

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