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Vape Juice Flavors | Essential for Harm Reduction

With the recent flavor ban in San Francisco, as well as the FDA looking to enact regulations forcing vape companies to get literally all old and new juices approved, it seems that there is a war on vape juice flavors. Looking at a new study, this could actually be incredibly detrimental to vapers, especially those who have used the devices to quit smoking. Vape juice flavors have been key for many former smokers, who actually prefer fruit and dessert flavors to tobacco and menthol.

In the peer-reviewed research set forth by the Harm Reduction Journal, Dr. Christopher Russell said, “The results show that non-tobacco flavours, especially fruit based flavours, are being increasingly preferred to tobacco flavours by adult vapers who have completely switched from combustible cigarettes to vapour products.”

Vape Juice Flavors, The Study

The Centre for Substance Use Research conducted this survey, which is the largest of its kind to focus on vape juice flavor’s role in  harm reduction. It polled 20,000 current vapers. Of over 20,000 vapers, 16,000 completely switched from smoking to vaping, where 5,000 were still doing both. Many started out vaping on tobacco flavors, but quickly transitioned to fruit or dessert flavors. 82.9% preferred fruit or fruit beverage flavors and 68.5% preferred dessert/pastry flavors. Tobacco and menthol were 5th and 6th on the list of preferred flavors. The study found that vapers who quit smoking are sustained by non-tobacco vape juice flavors. Taking those away, like in San Francisco, is a recipe for disaster and many would likely revert to the more harmful habit of analog cigarettes. Not only that, but those who are on the fence about switching or may switch in the future, may be dissuaded if these enticing options are not available. First time uses of vape juice flavors also saw a major increase in fruit/dessert and a major decrease in vapers starting out on tobacco or menthol flavors.

Since the FDA recently came out and finally admitted that vaping is not as harmful as combustible cigarettes, we should all be on the same team in terms of smokers switching over (and staying switched). Getting rid of vape juice flavors and reducing the ability of vape companies to produce a variety of good juices, decreases the likelihood that smokers will make the switch. If the CDC and FDA truly care about American’s health, then they will back the competition and innovation of the vape industry and their ability to produce a variety of enticing products and flavors. This is the only way to promote harm reduction, which has already saved countless lives.

You may also like our article on vaping regulations!

Teen Vaping Declining, According to CDC Study

Headlines that put vaping on blast and warn that the epidemic of e-cigarettes in High Schools and Middle Schools will lead to long term health consequences are incredibly prevalent nowadays. As I sift through the latest vaping articles, most are negative, repetitive, and the majority are about teen vaping. So it surprised me when I looked today and saw a CDC study was released which revealed that teen vaping stats have remained steady over the past year and have actually DECLINED in middle schools.

What?!?

Then what’s with the major hullabaloo over vaping and the push for major regulation of the industry? About two years ago, Teen vaping declined sharply from 16 percent to 11 percent of high schoolers having tried it. This was attributed to a couple factors including new regulations, new warnings, and fewer teens seeing vaping as novel. Some people are trying to discredit the new numbers from the study saying that high schoolers wouldn’t know that the survey was asking about JUUL e-cigs specifically, which is the most popular brand right now among young people. However, I am pretty sure teenagers are smart enough to know they are one in the same. I mean, come on, really?

Teen Vaping and the Push for Regulations

The war over vaping regulations comes down to this: what are the benefits and drawbacks of restricting the market? For opponents of stricter regulations (regulations which could put 98 percent of vape stores out of business), they say that these law could take out a very effective method of harm reduction out of the hands of traditional smokers. People who would quit cigarettes otherwise are now unable to because the vaping market is — in essence — destroyed. Advocates of the regulations say that the health of teenagers outweighs the health of these smokers. However, smoking rates in teenagers are at a historic low. And according to this study, so are teen vaping rates. 

So what’s the real motivation for the fear mongering? We’ll let you decide.

**The opinions set forth in this blog are those of the author and do not reflect Mt Baker Vapor**

You may also like our article on cigarettes being the most dangerous substance!

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American Cancer Society Says Vaping Much Better Than Smoking

The American Cancer Society has come out in favor of e-cigarettes — or vaping — over traditional combustible cigarettes. In February of this past year, they acknowledged in a statement that e-cigs (ENDS) play a role in helping some smokers quit. This most recent statement, made on June 11, goes even further stating that the American Cancer Society vows to find out the effects of ENDS and report these findings to groups like the FDA:

“The American Cancer Society (the ACS) recognizes our responsibility to closely monitor and synthesize scientific knowledge about the effects of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and any new products derived from tobacco.  As new evidence emerges, the ACS will promptly report these findings to policy makers, the public and clinicians.”

They say that physicians should encourage their patients to use e-cigs instead of combustible cigarettes if they refuse to use more traditional routes of quitting. The American Cancer Society also stressed the importance of battling misinformation and said that the public is very misinformed about the dangers of vaping, saying:

“current generation ENDS are markedly less harmful than combustible tobacco products,” but “[m]any adults believe, erroneously, that ENDS are as harmful as combustible tobacco products, and the level of public understanding has deteriorated overtime.”

American Cancer Society | Statement and the FDA

The statement then goes on to urge the FDA to consider the ramifications on public health of its regulations and policies put in place on the vape industry. The statement reads, “…FDA should assess whether e-cigarettes help to reduce tobacco-related morbidity and mortality, and the impact of marketing of e-cigarettes on consumer perceptions and behavior.” The statement advocates for overall regulation of the vape industry, but also seems to understand that vaping can help curb mortality cause by tobacco and wants the FDA to take that into consideration.

Essentially, this statement is a step in the right direction for the vape industry. The ACS is acknowledging that there is a vast knowledge gap between science and consumer knowledge, which is seriously affecting the health benefits offered by vaping as opposed to smoking combustible cigarettes. They admit that, according to numerous scientific studies, “ENDS are markedly less harmful.”

Vaping has science and some major health organizations on its side. Now we just need to get policy-makers to follow. Teenaged rates of smoking and vaping have drastically fallen since 2015 and, despite crusaders using this as the reason for strict regulations, the stats don’t seem to be rising. The public misconception of vaping is actually frightening and stems from a smear campaign. We all need to do our part by educating our friends and family on the truth and science behind vaping when we hear falsities being spread. Make sure to start by sharing this blog post or the original statement (linked at the start of this post).

You may also like our article on teen vaping declining!

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Vaping Causes Heart Attacks? | A Misleading Study

Maybe you’ve seen the headlines the past couple of days all claiming that vaping can “double your risk of heart attacks”. A new study from notorious anti-smoking advocate Stanton Glantz, says it has proof of this. But why does this study claim vaping causes heart attacks? And where is this data coming from?

Firstly, every time you see a study claiming something like vaping causes heart attacks, take it with a grain of salt and do some digging to get another perspective. We are living in a time when the vaping community is being vilified and made out to be in the same category as big tobacco, which is just ridiculous. In fact, we are fighting against big tobacco and trying to get people to QUIT SMOKING and improve their health.

The Details of The Study Claiming Vaping Causes Heart Attacks

This study is a result of data collected by Prof. Glantz and three students. Glantz is a career anti-smoking crusader (and anti-vaping). He is based at UCSF and runs the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. In other words, he is inherently biased. And if that isn’t enough to convince you of his bias, his center is funded by the FDA (surprise, surprise).

The study in question, is the result of surveying participants during the 2014 and 2016 National Health Interview Survey. They were asked if they used e-cigarettes and if they had a heart attack. However, saying that using e-cigarettes increases the risk of heart attacks is incredibly deceptive using this data. This is for a few reasons. Firstly, smokers who switch over to vaping still have the damage done to their body from smoking. No mention was made in the study of how long they smoked, how long they had been switched, if they were still doing both, or if they started smoking again. Not to mention, the question didn’t specify if the heart attack happened before or after they started vaping. Perhaps the heart attack was a catalyst for switching and it’s impossible to say vaping causes heart attacks.

These extremely deceptive studies, which aren’t the first done by Glantz, are extremely damaging and can actually end up killing people who need vaping to get healthy and off of cigarettes. It’s important as members of the vaping community, to dig up the truth and tell those who are misinformed the truth about the propaganda being spread from big pharma and the FDA.

**The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not reflect those of Mt Baker Vapor**

You may also like our article on a new CDC study proving there are no toxic chemicals in E Cig Vapor!

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E Cig Vapor Evaporates in Seconds, New Study Shows

In a new study conducted by  Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania, EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology), ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and Fontem Ventures, it was found that e cig vapor has very different properties from traditional cigarette smoke. The results of this study were published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research and suggest that e cig vapor does not affect indoor air quality because the particles dissipate within seconds, allowing air in rooms to return to normal almost instantaneously. This was the case in both ventilated and un-ventilated rooms.

E Cig Vapor vs. Traditional Cigarettes

Smoke from combustible cigarettes behaves very differently. It lingers in the air for 45 minutes to an hour. The air quality in a room affected by traditional cigarettes does not return to normal for about an hour after the last puff is taken. Dr. Grant O’Connell, Senior Author of the Study, had this to say about the results:

“No accumulation of particles was registered in the room following subjects’ vaping. This shows us how fundamentally different exhaled e-vapour particles are compared to those released when smoking conventional cigarettes, the latter of which linger in the air for longer periods of time.”

Indeed, e cig vapor is liquid droplets as opposed to smoke obtained from burning. This study also hints at the fact that this vapor would also behave VERY differently in the lungs, and likely be A LOT less harmful (and not accumulate in the tissue). Of course, this is just an assumption. The process used in the study consisted of vapers using open and closed systems in a closed room, followed by scientists measuring the particulate in the air at various intervals of time.

Despite there being a smear campaign against vaping, this study proves that there is little, to no, consequences of public vaping. Dr.  Grant O’Connell says:

“Exhaled e-vapour aerosol particles have a different chemical composition to cigarette smoke and here we show the physical properties are also significantly different. This data adds to the growing body of evidence that vaping indoors is unlikely to pose an air quality issue.”

In 2016, the UK Government urged workplaces to allow their employees to vape indoors. While some workplaces followed suit in the U.S., they are few and far between. It is important to note, that if public places, places of employment and schools were more lenient towards vaping, then the success rate of quitting using e cigs would be even higher than it is now.

This study goes a long way in helping the vape community prove their point that vaping is fundamentally different from traditional smoking.

You may also like our article on how essential vape juice flavors are!

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Switching to Vaping Helps Improve COPD, Suggests Study

We’ve been hearing a ton of negative press regarding vaping recently. These smear campaigns are tactics employed by Big Pharma and the FDA to paint vaping in a bad light. But if you dig a bit past the BS, you can see some of the positive news coming out of the vaping community — which we should be focusing on more. A recent study published in International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, suggests that vaping helps improve COPD and reduces the harm caused by tobacco smoke. This study shows that COPD can even be somewhat reversed by switching over to vaping. 

Switching to Vaping Helps Improve COPD

The study in question followed 44 COPD patients for over 3 years. Half of the patients stopped smoking and switched to vaping, whereas the other half continued their habits. The group that switched showed improved overall health, physical activity and very few participants went back to smoking (8.3%).

Dr. Caruso, the co-researcher of the study, had this to say: “the finding that COPD exacerbations were halved in patients who stopped or considerably reduced their smoking habit following switching to e-cigarettes was an important finding that confirms the potential for harm reversal of these products”.

The fact that switching to vaping helps improve COPD, makes a great case for harm reduction. Although vaping is not harmless, it is a better alternative to smoking. We, as a community, want to help smokers quit, not get kids hooked. It is WRONG to deny smokers the chance to be healthier with a better alternative to further selfish political goals. This study, showing that vaping helps improve COPD, is just more proof that vaping is much less harmful and needs to be embraced, rather than completely tossed aside and demonized.

Let’s come together and help smokers quit, rather than removing a completely viable and safer option of harm reduction.

**The opinions expressed in this blog are not those of MBV**

You may also like our blog about whether or not vaping causes heart attacks!

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According to a New CDC Study, E Cig Vapor Contains No Toxic Chemicals

Back in 2015, the New England Journal of Medicine published a report that wrongly concluded that vape smoke contained chemicals like formaldehyde. This set off a firestorm of rumors and false reports, often cited when trying to scaremonger or smear vaping. Now, a new CDC study finally has cleared vaping’s name and proves once and for all that e cig vapor has no more formaldehyde (or other toxic chemicals) than the average room in the US. The average room in America actually contains MORE formaldehyde than e cig vapor.

New CDC Study Details

A prominent doctor and researcher, Dr. Konstantnos Farsalinos, studied this topic over the last three years and came to the same conclusions as the new CDC study. In order to measure the levels of formaldehyde and other chemicals in e cig vapor, the new CDC study gathered air samples from a vape shop where customers and employees were heavily vaping. It was a small, non-ventilated area where almost all the employees and 13 customers were heavily vaping. The samples came back with no measurable concentrations of formaldehyde or other toxins.

The paper compiled by the new CDC study is called “Evaluation of Chemical Exposures at a Vape Shop”, and can be viewed here.

This study, and another one by the California Department of Public Health which had the same results, are not touted and are not being given enough attention. Despite the smear campaigns against the vape industry and all the negative press, any time something positive comes out, it gets swept under the rug. This is especially harmful because vaping is an amazing form of harm reduction which will, in fact, save countless lives and extend them by dozens of years. It’s important to spread this positive and affirming information about vaping, because of the fear mongering going on against the industry right now.

As vapers, we need to be our own advocates. We are working against the powers that be (Big Pharma, FDA, Big Tobacco), who are actively trying to see our industry fail for their own selfish reasons. The best way to do this is through information and education. Unfortunately, the studies coming out are skewed and the ones that do end up showing favorable results are often swept under the rug. Use common sense and research, and share positive news about vaping that you come across. Make sure to debunk myths you hear, because we need to advocate for ourselves first and foremost.

Vape on!

**The opinions expressed by the author of this post are not affiliated with Mt Baker Vapor**

You may also like our article on why people love to hate vaping!

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Vaping is Better for Gut Bacteria Than Smoking

Recently, gut bacteria, also known as microbiome, has made headlines as a very important aspect of our health. This bacteria plays roles in all sorts of bodily processes, from our immune system to our mood. Many people eat specialty yogurts, drink Kombucha, or eat probiotics in order to make their gut bacteria even better and stronger. So when a study at Newcastle University found that vaping is better for gut bacteria than smoking, many people took notice.

Vaping is Better for Gut Bacteria, Details

This study took bacterial samples from 30 different participants — 10 who vaped, 10 combustible cigarette smokers, and 10 non-smokers. Scientists genetically sequenced samples from fecal, saliva, and skin samples. It was found that smokers had a higher prevalence of Prevotella, which is a kind of bacteria known for increasing the risk of colon cancer and colitis. It also seemed that smokers were less likely to have Bacteroides, which is a species of beneficial probiotic. A lack of Bacteroides can cause higher rates of Crohn’s disease and obesity. These findings from the study made it clear that vaping is better for gut bacteria than smoking, which is yet another reason to make the switch.

Gut bacteria is essential in processes in the body. One major example of this is in managing fluctuating moods. The vagus nerve connects our digestive tract to our brain and when our gut bacteria is out of whack, our mood is negatively affected. It has also been suggested that athletes have a better make up of gut bacteria and you can alter your gut bacteria by exercising more. Not to mention that you can help yourself absorb more nutrients from food by increasing good bacteria in your digestive system.

Overall, this study is a very positive step in the right direction for the vaping industry. Because vaping is better for gut bacteria than smoking, it would make sense that switching over to e cigarettes is a smart move, as the author of the study suggests:

“More investigation is needed,” Stewart said. “But to find that vaping is less-damaging than smoking on our gut bacteria adds to the incentive to change to e-cigarettes and for people to use them as a tool to quit smoking completely.”

Stay tuned for more news on vaping and the industry.

If you liked this, you will also like our article on record numbers of smokers using vaping to quit.

The Positive Impact of Vaping on the Environment

1. Preventing cigarette butts being deposited into the environment. 

Despite what many people think, cigarette butts are essentially non-biodegradable. They typically take over 25 years to break down under ideal conditions. One of the worst consequences of smoking, is the litter caused by butts being deposited into landfills, rivers, lakes and oceans. On many beaches and parks around the world, cigarette remnants are the number one type of trash found. Also, 10% of forest fires are caused by discarded cigarettes. Using the averages from Arizona smokers, we found that the average smoker discards 7,300 butts per year. (20 x 365). For a smokers average lifetime (assuming they start smoking at 18 and live until 77), they discard around 430,700 butts. The impact of vaping would be immense. Imagine if all these smokers switched to vaping! 

 

2. The Impact of vaping prevents money from ending up in the hands of Big Tobacco. 

Big Tobacco is causing hundreds of thousands of deaths every year. Most people can agree that we do not want to give them any more money. MBV takes pride in the fact that former smokers make the switch using our products, pulling funds away from tobacco corporations. Let’s look at the numbers: the average annual spend per smoker is $1,789. Therefore, we prevented $35,933,854 from ending up in the hands of Big Tobacco so far this year. In terms of lifetime spend, the average smoker spends $105,551. Imagine if we kept this money out of the hands of big tobacco and gave it to small businesses? It is worth noting that some of this money will be spent on vape supplies, helping the economy, as opposed to huge, dangerous corporations. The impact of vaping is huge!

 

3.  Preventing trees from being cut down.

One of the worst things that Big Tobacco is guilty of is deforestation. For every 15 packs of cigarettes, one tree is cut down. The average smoker destroys 6 trees per year due to their habit and 352 trees over their lifetime. The impact of vaping would prevent whole forests from being cut down!

 

4.   Preventing CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.

Big Tobacco really contributes to climate change issues and the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere due to their manufacturing processes. Per year, the industry releases 22 millions tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. There are 5.5 trillion cigarettes produced annually. Therefore, .03066 tons of CO2 is released per cigarette which translates to 62 pounds per smoker, per year if you assume that each smoker smokes a pack a day. Making the switch would prevent this.

 

5. Preventing chemicals from being leaked into soil, oceans, lakes, and rivers. 

When butts are disposed of, over 600 chemicals are leaked into the environment per butt. Because 7,300 butts are disposed per smoker per year, 4,380,000 chemicals are leaked into the environment per year per smoker. Over a lifetime, this is 258,420,000 chemicals. Switching to vaping would prevent this from occurring!

You may also like our article on the Florida ban on indoor vaping!

 

 

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Mac Miller and Vaping: The Late, Great Rapper Had a Secret IG

As the world of hip hop still reels from the news of Mac Miller’s untimely death from drugs, many are realizing just how charming his personality really was. The perfect example to illustrate this comes in the form of perhaps an unlikely pair — Mac Miller and vaping. Following his death, sleuthing fans discovered Miller had a secret Instagram handle, @cloudywithachanceofawesome69. This account showcased tricks and was, in general, dedicated to a love of vaping.

Mac’s alter ego on the IG, Lars, showcased his tricks and in general used his account to “maximize the level of litness.” Lars was the perfect foil to Miller’s quirky personality and it delighted fans to discover this profile after Miller’s shocking death.

Mac Miller and Vaping, Do it For the Gram

Mac Miller (aka Lars), had some seriously funny posts, which can be viewed below (the full account can be seen by clicking on the posts). This account is a testament to how popular vaping has become, parodied or not.

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Mac Miller was a great hip hop artist, human being, and, apparently, secret member of the vaping community!

You may also like our article on beer pairing and vape juice!

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