Indian authorities try to destroy vaping before they host the World Health Organisation's COP7 Conference

“E-cigarettes can help eliminate smoking in 30 years: Research”, says the headline at the top of the page on the website of The Indian Express. The research it cites is from the Reason Foundation - something I wrote about earlier this week. The article goes on to say: ‘In India, the authors estimated that “within a few years perhaps 10 per cent of smokers could switch to vaping. If that happened, close to 11 million people would experience a multitude of benefits, including a substantial reduction in the risk of death from tobacco-related diseases.”' I mention this article because the Indian Government is hostile towards vaping and vapers. A minority of Indian states ban import, distribution and sale of electronic nicotine delivery systems. E-cigarettes are regarded as unapproved drugs and the penalty of vaping is very severe. Take this case of a Punjab man who faces three years behind bars for vaping and allegedly selling vaping products. Vini Mahajan, Punjab’s principal health secretary of the state’s Family Welfare Department, said: Continue reading

How the Vaping Bottom-Up Innovation Is Saving Lives

An excellent new report has just been published by the Reason Foundation. Entitled "The Vapour Revolution: How Bottom-Up Innovation Is Saving Lives", it charts the innovation that has taken place since the first cigalikes were invented and marketed in China, to the devices that we have today. Amongst other things, it also looks at the effectiveness of e-cigarettes as a means of giving up smoking, concludes that "while some youths probably do take up smoking after experimenting with vaping, considerably more youths are vaping instead of smoking", and looks at the approach to regulation by governments and the role of the World Health Organisation (WHO). It really is a report well worth reading.  I want to highlight this paragraph, though - a message to WHO, one that it should take on board, however, I don't have any faith that it will: Continue reading

Could what is happening to vapers in Allegheny County happen here in the UK?

Allegheny County is in the US State of Pennsylvania. It has a population of over 1.2 million, and is the county seat of Pittsburgh. Last Monday, the Allegheny County Board of Health held a public hearing to help decide if there should be a ban on the indoor use of e-cigarettes. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, fifteen people testified, and what happened is a microcosm of the debate that is taking place in the United States and across other parts of the world - including the UK.  First to speak was Ryan Huntermark. The 21 year-old told the hearing that he started smoking at the age of 14. Mr Huntermark said he gave up smoking thanks to e-cigarettes, claims to be healthier than he was and has lost a 100 pounds in weight.  Continue reading

Thoughts from UK Vapefest 2016

I didn't have any preconceptions before I attended this year's UK Vapefest. I had never attended one before, and although I had read about them, reviews are always subjective - as indeed this one is.  Firstly, I had a great time. I am usually a gregarious character, so meeting new people is meat and drink to me. And there were plenty of new people to meet. Despite the best endeavour of Arriva Trains Wales to thwart me, I managed to arrive on Saturday in time for something to eat and drink before I spoke in the Vapers in Power marquee. Continue reading

California bans vaping in public places. Will the UK be next?

According to the Los Angeles Times, vaping is a craze. When I think of crazes, I think of things that are short lived. I'm sure we can all remember the Rubik's Cube. When I was growing up everyone seemed to have one. As kids we would see who could complete the puzzle the fastest. Most of us couldn't even complete it, but that was part of the fun. They didn't stay in vogue long - at least not for us kids at the time - and we soon moved on to other things to amuse us.  Vaping, though, does not fall into that category. For me, it is the only way I have been able to give up smoking cigarettes. I'm not criticising those who still smoke - far from it. That is their choice and I would never take it away from them. But for people like me (roughly 2.8 million in the UK alone) who have either given up smoking or have substantially reduced their consumption, they are an ideal way to satisfy our nicotine craving, and according to Public Health England, they are also 95 per cent safer than smoking cigarettes.  Continue reading