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When the Potential Health Benefits Exceed the Risks

When you think of the sun, your first inclination may be to think of skin cancer. Then, you think of cell phones and technology. Many of us would opine that the two have led to society’s undoing. If you think of e-cigarettes and the act of vaping, the surrounding rhetoric will almost undoubtedly conclude that they are just as bad as cigarettes. But, don’t the benefits exceed the risks?

Just like the sun and cell phones; e-cigarettes are not as bad as you may have previously thought. In fact, a new study concludes that vaping does more good than harm.

According to a recent article published in Churnmag“one of the most prevalent question in the e-cigarette debate may finally have an answer.”

What question was answered?

Do e-cigarette health benefits outweigh the presumed risks?

A recent e-cigarette study says yes. Carried out by the University of Michigan, the e-cigarette study showed researchers that vaping does, in fact, provide a net benefit for society.

The e-cigarette study analysis

Doctors Kenneth Warner and David Mendez were the researchers behind the e-cigarette study, which looked at several different sets of variables to understand how each affected the other. After narrowing the data down to the most applicable criterion, the study showed that if the current e-cigarette landscape remained as is, in the next 50 years, vaping would have a substantially greater positive effect than negative on society.

The core data revealed if nothing changed and regulations/restrictions remained as is, by the year 2070— 260,000 life-years would be lost from traditional tobacco cigarette use. By comparison, 3.5 million life-years would be saved as a result of vaping. This study didn’t go into smoking-related illnesses, which is said to cost the United States more than $300 billion each year.

Both Dr. Warner and Dr. Mendez fully understand that vaping is a rather new phenomenon lacking much needed long-term information. But at the same time, they understand very well the ills of tobacco cigarettes and the threat they pose to its user. Bearing in mind the gravity of the tobacco epidemic, both researchers support vaping as an alternative to smoking.

“It could take years before we know the full health impact of vaping, if indeed we ever will. Meanwhile, we have a crisis on our hands. 500 people die each year as a result of smoking. One out of six Americans remain addicted. Though the results of the study show likely net benefits from e-cigarettes, those benefits represent a small fraction of the enormous harm caused by combustible tobacco,” says Dr. Mendez.

“I believe the case is strong; the benefits outweigh the risks,” says Dr. Warner.

Especially relevant: last Wednesday’s blog.


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VOOPOO TOO You, Too!

VOOPOO TOO you, too, with the awe-inspiring and versatile VOOPOO TOO 180W TC Starter Kit by VooPoo Vape. Try saying that sentence three times! Or better yet, just get your own uniquely designed, VOOPOO TOO 180W TC Starter Kit and call it a day.

What is the VOOPOO TOO 180W TC Starter Kit?

The VOOPOO TOO is a high-performance starter kit equipped with 180 watts of unadulterated power. Integrated with the celebrated GENE-Chip technology, the VOOPOO TOO allows its users to easily switch from a single 18650 battery, to a 18650 battery option with greater longevity.

What’s more, the VOOPOO TOO Starter Kit comes with the UFORCE Sub-Ohm Tank, which is as visually appealing as it is brilliantly functional. The UFORCE Sub-Ohm Tank boasts a 3.5mL juice capacity, a sliding top-fill feature, a triple bottom airflow and a shorter chimney segment. Last but surely not least, the VOOPOO TOO has a rapid-quick firing speed of approximately 10 milliseconds. Wow!

With two styles of power sources, the VOOPOO TOO 180W TC Starter Kit is intelligently and uniquely built just for you.

Who is VOOPOO?

VOOPOO was established in 2014 and may be one of the fastest growing e-cigarette companies in the industry. Before VOOPOO joined the e-cigarette industry, the company’s mission was to serve the medical and industrial fields. With such a firm foot in the tech industry, one can only assume that a marriage of VOOPOO and the e-cigarette industry was bound to happen. And it did. A few years after VOOPOO was established, the company acquired Woody Vapes and the rest is history.

Product Features:

  •  * Dual High-Amp 18650 Batteries (Not Included)
  •  * Optional Single 18650 Platform
  •  * Output Voltage Range: 5-8.5V
  •  * Min Atomizer Resistance: 0.05ohm
  •  * Temperature Range: 200-600F
  •  * Supports Ni200 Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel Heating Elements
  •  * Comprehensive TCR Adjustments
  •  * SOFT Mode
  •  * Highly Advanced US GENE Fun Chip
  •  * CNC Precision Milled
  •  * High-Quality Zinc Alloy Construction
  •  * Leather Embedded Exterior Battery Cover – Fully Interchangeable
  •  * Sharp Lines and Sleek Design
  •  * Intuitive 0.91 Inch OLED Display
  •  * Oversized Circular Firing Mechanism
  •  * Dual Adjustment Buttons
  •  * Short Circuit Protection
  •  * Over-Temperature Protection
  •  * Reverse Polarity Protection
  •  * Overtime Protection
  •  * Output Over-Current Protection
  •  * Overcharge Protection
  •  * Over-Discharge Protection
  •  * Low Battery Warning
  •  * MicroUSB Port – Firmware Upgrades
  •  * 510 Connection

Package includes:

  •  * VOOPOO TOO 180W Box Mod
  •  * VOOPOO UFORCE Tank
  •  * 2 0.4ohm U2 UForce Coils
  •  * Spare Parts & Glass
  •  * MicroUSB Cable
  •  * Gene Chip Card
  •  * Instructional Manual

Previously, we featured hardware on “Tech Thursday“. We have moved this series to “Tech Tuesday” going forward. Mark your calendars!

Catch us on Facebook Live!

A panel of Mt Baker Vapor employees will be going LIVE on Facebook Monday, April 23rd at 4pm PDT. We will be reviewing the VOOPOO TOO and giving one away for just $1 + shipping to the person with the best question asked during our feed! Make sure you stay tuned and are following our Facebook page.


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Daiquiri Wasn’t Always so Pleasant

What if I told you Daiquiri was the name of a small village in Cuba. Would you believe me? What if I told you it was possible to enjoy the deliciously smooth fusion of orange, pineapple, strawberry, and white rum of Daiquiri in an e-juice? Would you believe me then?

Imagine if there were a second Spanish-American War. Picture yourself as one of 16,000 American soldiers arriving in the small Spanish village of Daiquiri, having enjoyed the cocktail all your life. Imagine having to fight a bloody war in the same region. Think you’d ever enjoy the drink the same? Bets are, you wouldn’t.

It’s a good thing none of us alive fought in the Spanish-American War. If we did, we’d be some of the oldest human beings breathing. It’s also safe to say we’d have unpleasant feelings for what is a very pleasant cocktail.

Brief History of Daiquiri

As mentioned earlier, Daiquiri is a popular alcoholic cocktail enjoyed by many. It was supposedly named after a small village 14 miles east of Santiago de Cuba. The word Daiquiri is of Taino origin. Legend purports that the cocktail was invented by an American mining engineer shortly after the war ended. There is an iron mine near the village and, as several miners drank, they eventually ran out of gin while entertaining American guests. Naturally, due to the prevalence of lime, sugar, and Bacardi rum, the drink evolved into the cocktail it is today.

What is Daiquiri E-Juice?

Sherry P. says it’s PERFECT!

“This daiquiri Juice tasted real. I am so sorry that it’s a limited time only because I would order it regularly. It’s the next best thing to drinking a daiquiri. Thanks for an awesome flavor again at Mount Baker Vapor.”

KG says Daiquiri is AMAZING!

“I bought this one on a whim and I am freaking hooked! The first hit, I thought my coils were burning. They weren’t, I just wasn’t used to the flavor. Nice & smooth. Fantastic combo of fruity and sweet. I love that little tingly feeling that it creates on the tongue.” 

Krysti M. says Daiquiri is REFRESHING!

“Really nice and tasty.”

Daiquiri E-juice is a smooth fusion of orange, pineapple, strawberry, and white rum that will inspire visions of balmy breezes on the beach.

Pick up a bottle, or two, today!


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Her Majesty, The SMOK Majesty Box Mod

Impressive, stately, dignified, powerful, alluring— these are just some of the words that best describe the Smok Majesty Box Mod. What is the SMOK Majesty Box Mod you ask? Awesome, that’s what! The Majesty 225w TC is a powerful and radiant, dual 18650 battery box mod designed by SMOK. If you’re unfamiliar with SMOK, allow me to take a moment and brief you on the company.

Who is SMOK?

Founded in 2010, SMOK is an electronic cigarette company, which centers on e-cigarette technology research and development, brand building, sales channels, as well as innovation. Over 80 million consumers worldwide enjoy SMOK products, making the company a first-class international e-cigarette brand.

Back to her Majesty

Integrating the company’s most cutting-edge technology, SMOK has introduced a one of a kind, customizable, user-friendly box mod to the vaping world.

The SMOK Majesty comes in two styling options: a Carbon Fiber Edition and a Resin Edition.  Every inch of the Majesty is swathed in delicately crafted resin or carbon fiber materials, which spotlight the detailed and artistic touch of its creator. The Majesty comes equipped with a vibrant OLED screen, an intuitive temperature control suite, as well as expanded memory modes. Through the use of advanced chipset technology, the Majesty 225 is able to reach a maximum output of 225W. The Majesty utilizes the side squeeze firing mechanism, a feature that SMOK is well known for implementing into its designs.

The Majesty 225 TC Box Mod is a simple, intuitive mod that will surely turn heads and change hearts.

Her Majesty hit shelves several months back. Get yours before she departs!

Product Features:

  • Dimensions: 85.1mm by 46.1mm by 30.6mm
  • Dual High-Amp 18650 Battery – Sold Separately
  • Maximum Wattage Output: 225W
  • Min Atomizer Resistance: 0.06ohm
  • Temperature Range: 200-600F
  • Supports Ni200 Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel Heating Elements
  • Precision Memory Modes
  • Premium Zinc Alloy Construction
  • Colorful Accented Resin Patterns
  • Full-Colored OLED Display Matrix – Customizable Colors
  • Dual Battery Life Indicator
  • Puff Monitoring
  • Stealth Squeeze-to-Fire Mechanism
  • Ergonomically Placed Adjustment Buttons
  • MicroUSB Port – Firmware Upgrades
  • 510 Connection

Package includes:

  • Majesty 225W Resin Box Mod
  • MicroUSB Cable
  • Instruction Manual

Especially relevant: last week’s Tech Thursday.


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So what changed?

The attitude of former House Speaker John Boehner has changed. That’s right. The long-standing Republican Party member and notorious cigarette smoker said in his own words:

“I’m convinced de-scheduling the drug is needed so we can do research, help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities.”

What Drug?

The drug John Boehner is now advocating for de-scheduling is none other than marijuana, aka the devil’s lettuce.

Just as Paul Ryan announced that he would not be running for reelection in November, John Boehner went to Twitter announcing that he would be joining the board of Acreage Holdings. One of the nation’s largest cannabis companies. Wow.

According to a recent article published in New York Magazine, John Boehner was once an ardent opponent of legalizing marijuana while in Congress and went so far as to say:

“I unalterably oppose the legalization of marijuana or any other FDA Schedule I drug. I remain concerned that legalization will result in increased abuse of all varieties of drug, including alcohol.”

What changed your mind, Boehner?

“Over the last 10 or 15 years, the American people’s attitudes have changed dramatically. I find myself in that same position,” said Boehner in an interview with Bloomberg.

According to Medical Marijuana Inc., as of April 2017, 29 states have approved marijuana for medical use. Since California first passed a proposition legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, the industry has witnessed massive growth that many say was to be expected.

To date, more than 12 million Americans use marijuana for medicinal use. The current medical marijuana industry is valued at over $7 billion dollars. According to Forbes, by the year 2021, the industry will be worth over $31 billion. 89 percent of Americans support legalization of marijuana for medical use if prescribed by a doctor. That number is up 15 percent since 2011.

So, in actuality, can we assume that it is neither the opioid crisis, the ability to do research, or the concern for veterans, which changed Boehner’s mind, but rather the potential for huge monetary gains?

Analysts with the Global E-Cigarette and Vaporizer Market forecast that by the year 2025, the e-cigarette industry will be valued at $61.4 billion. Perhaps, Boehner’s next major announcement will be that he is publicly siding with vaping?

Hey, it could happen.

[This blog is not meant to be partisan in any way. The use of former House Speaker John Boehner is solely for the purpose of highlighting the persuasive power of cash crops and the power certain individuals wield. The content within this blog does not express the political views of Mt Baker Vapor or its affiliates.]

Especially relevant: last Wednesday’s blog.


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The Rigidity in our Thinking: an Epidemic?

As is so often the case, society’s governing bodies are painfully slow to change. Especially, when that change seeks to disrupt a long-standing tradition of cigarette smoking and massive quarterly earnings. The World Health Organization estimates that there are more than 7 million deaths from smoking and other tobacco use annually, worldwide. More than 6 million of those deaths are the direct result of tobacco use.

The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced. No product, no activity, has been more ingrained into the fabric of life than tobacco cigarettes and smoking. 20 percent of the world’s population smokes 5.7 trillion cigarettes a year.

And yet, in the face of this alarming data, it is the “e-cigarette” that has been categorized as “an epidemic.”

What qualifies as an epidemic?

Oxford defines an epidemic as a sudden, widespread occurrence of a particular undesirable phenomenon.

The World Health Organization defines a pandemic as:

“an epidemic occurring worldwide, or over a very wide area, crossing international boundaries and usually affecting a large number of people.”

A public health emergency is usually what follows a confirmed epidemic. And yet, it appears that there is more condemnation of “e-cigarettes” than advocacy.

Look around.

Have you ever dropped everything and surveyed the world around you? A lot has changed.

Thirty years ago, the cigarette was much more of a symbol than it is now. Smoking was permitted on domestic flights, in cars where minors were present, and even on TV. The very first regular prime-time television news program was said to have been sponsored by Camel cigarettes.

Now, in today’s society, you’d be hard pressed to find people smoking in public areas, stinking up the shared air. It is this way because of the scientific information concerning the very real dangers associated with cigarette use. But even though smokers are no longer permitted to spark up in many public areas, they are still smoking. Which is a problem.

Health organization say E-cigarettes are a better option.

A recent study published in the Journal of Tobacco Control estimates that 6.6 million smokers could avoid premature death if 10 percent of the smoking population quits each of the next ten years.

The American Cancer Society and Public Health England have released statements advocating e-cigarettes as a method to quitting smoking:

Individuals be encouraged to switch to the least harmful form of tobacco product possible; switching to the exclusive use of e-cigarettes is preferable to continuing to smoke combustible products.”

What are we talking about?

We are having the wrong conversation because we refuse to engage in the right one. Instead, lobbyist and other agenda-driven bodies continue to disproportionately question and then vilify a product as an “epidemic”, when in reality, it has the potential to end one.

As Dr. Sanjay Gupta said in a recent CNN exclusive, “Every time we have something that has potential harm, how do you make sure you’re emphasizing enough of the harm, without completely erasing the benefit.”

The answer is quite simple — you state the facts and state them lucidly.

Especially relevant: last week’s Truth Tuesday


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More Bavarian Cream Please

“More Bavarian Cream, please,” cried the royal Wittelsbach family during the 17th and 18th century. The history of the classic custard dessert is a bit thick and creamy. Long before Mt Baker Vapor concocted the delicious Bavarian Cream e-juice, French chefs were said to have worked at the House of Wittelsbach, a German family that ruled Bavaria for over a hundred years.

Bavarian Cream, French or German? Which one is it?

Bavarian Cream is a French dessert. Or is it a German dessert? Although we are unable to step foot inside the test kitchens of the past, researchers purport that Bavarian Cream was first a French dish called Bavarois. Some say French chefs mastered the dish while employed at the House of Wittelsbach. Others claim that Bavarian Cream was invented in Switzerland, or possibly Germany. Nevertheless, illustrious French chef Marie-Antoine Careme, having added the dessert to her repertoire back in the late 1800s, has since been credited with first creating the classic dessert.

What is Bavarian Cream?

Bavarian Cream is a rich, classic dessert consisting of milk thickened with eggs, gelatin, and whipped cream. The mixture is blended together and designed to be served cold.

What is Bavarian Cream E-Juice?

Bavarian Cream E-Juice is a classic German dessert made modern. Some say Bavarian Cream is the “BMW” of vape juices. Rich. Creamy. Lathered with vanilla. The ultimate sensation in your mouth? We sure think so.

What are vapers saying?

Angelia T. gives this juice 5-stars

“I love Bavarian Cream e juice!! It has a very nice sweet cream flavor. One of the best to mix with other flavors or just by itself. I ordered with one extra flavor shot. I would recommend this flavor to anyone looking for a slightly sweet vanilla creamy flavor. MVB is the best!”

VaporChaser gives this juice 5-stars

“Great Flavor, excellent Mixer. Another great flavor from MBV. One of the best mixing juices on the market IMO. With a week of steeping the flavors come alive and tastes great all by itself. Slightly sweet with a creamy exhale. Light throat hit. Ordering again – 20/80 PG VG. With 4 flavor shots it’s excellent straight from the mailbox!”

Dawn Hopkins gives this juice 5-stars

“Oh My Gawsh. It is very hard for me to taste flavors. I am doing everything I can, but I’m just “one of those people ” as my nephew said. This E-Liquid has been one that I can taste and it is delicious! Highly recommend and of course my ADV. Please restock 0mg!”

Especially relevant: last week’s FLAVOR FRIDAY


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VooPoo Drag 157W TC Box Mod

It’s uncommon, extraordinary even, for a product to live up to the level of hype the VooPoo Drag 157W TC Box Mod has received. But then again, the VooPoo Drag 157W TC is not your run-of-the-mill box mod. Here’s why:

Is the VooPoo Drag 157W TC Box Mod worth the cash?

There are many questions circulating amid the hype associated with the VooPoo Drag 157W TC Box Mod. Questions like, is it powerful? What’s the flavor production like? What’s this GENE Chip technology I keep hearing about? Is this thing even worth the cash?

All I can say is, if I didn’t work for an e-cigarette company where “free” product testing is a habitual activity, then I’d drop the necessary cash for one of these VooPoo Drag box mods.

What is the VooPoo Drag 157W TC Box Mod all about?

The VooPoo Drag is all about high-performance and design.

Inside the box (which standing alone is of high-quality), you will find the VooPoo Drag 157W TC box mod neatly fitted in a Styrofoam coffin. But don’t worry, the beautifully-designed device is not dead, but very much alive with carbon fiber inlays, premium aesthetics and the word “DRAG” emblazoned on the face. Many vapers say the VooPoo Drag just feels right in the hand when gripped. Weighing in at about 315 grams, the box mod is not overly heavy or bulky. Internally, the VooPoo ain’t nothing to mess with. Integrated within the VooPoo Drag is a highly advanced 32-bit GENE Chip. It is this chipset which enables firing up to 157W and an accurate control of temperature never seen before.

The onboard chipset is firmware upgradeable, which enables the user to keep his or her device current. What’s more, the VooPoo Drag 157W TC Box Mod fires almost instantly at 0.025 seconds.

Once you get your hands on one of these, good luck putting it down!

Product Features

  • * Dimensions: 90mm by 54mm by 24mm
  • * Dual High-Amp 18650 Batteries (Sold Separately)
  • * Wattage Output Range: 5-157W
  • * Min Atomizer Resistance: 0.05ohm
  • * Temperature Range: 200-600F
  • * Supports Ni200 Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel Heating Elements
  • * Comprehensive TCR Adjustments
  • * Highly Advanced 32-Bit GENE Chip
  • * Decorative Carbon Fiber Inlay
  • * Intuitive OLED Display
  • * Oversized Firing Button
  • * Magnetized Battery Door Cover.
  • * Short Circuit Protection
  • * Over-Temperature Protection
  • * Battery Reverse Protection
  • * Output Over-Current Protection
  • * Overcharge Protection
  • * Over Discharge Protection
  • * Low Battery Warning
  • * MicroUSB Port – Firmware Upgrades
  • * 510 Connection

Package Includes

  • * Drag 157W Box Mod
  • * Micro USB Cable
  • * Instruction Manual

Who is VooPoo?

VooPoo was established in 2014 and may be one of the fastest growing e-cigarette companies in the industry. Before VooPoo joined the e-cigarette industry, the company’s mission was to serve the medical and industrial fields. With such a firm foot in the tech industry, one can only assume that a marriage of VooPoo and the e-cigarette industry was bound to happen. And it did. A few years after VooPoo was established, the company acquired Woody Vapes and the rest is history.

Catch us MONDAY, APRIL 9TH at 4PM PDT on Facebook live! We will be showcasing and trying this device out for all of you to see. You won’t want to miss it!

Especially relevant: last week’s Tech Thursday


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“E-Cigarettes Save Lives”

E-cigarettes save lives… or at least, that’s what we’ve heard. Dr. Derek Yach, is a former professor of Global Health at Yale and one of the most dynamic anti-smoking advocates with a beating heart. A former World Health Organization staffer, Dr. Yach developed the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control— a model that is used around the world. While Dr. Yach has long since spotlighted the unethical practices of the tobacco industry, his latest statements on the ill-treatment applied to e-cigarettes are worthy of an ear.

What did the doctor say?

The truth is often kept under lock and key for fear of reprisal. It’s this understanding that most likely kept Dr. Yach, from speaking his mind until he disassociated himself from the WHO. At least, that is my assumption. In short, Dr. Yach put the regulatory bodies on notice. Chiefly, the WHO.

According to Dr. Yach, by the year 2100,

“one billion people will likely lose their lives from smoking-related illnesses. If this happens, the WHO will have to bear some responsibility.”

The “e-cigarette issues”, according to Dr. Yach, are with the laws and policies that are formed without taking into consideration the readily available data.

“Unsupported statements are accepted as truth by policymakers and are used as the basis for stringent regulation of e-cigs in many jurisdictions,” he affirms. “Their intransigence threatens the lives of millions. This kind of thinking is dangerous and we cannot allow our laws and policies to be based on fiction.

The Power of Persuasion

The verbiage that gets disseminated by the World Health Organization, whether fact or fiction, is often looked upon as scripture.

According to IEC, an online e-cigarette resource, Dr. Yach accuses the WHO of allowing the anti-vaping lobbyist to control their position on e-cigarettes.

“Governments have become addicted to tobacco excise tax and fear that, as e-cigarettes take off, they will lose a valuable source of revenue. Many leading NGOs (non-government organizations) and academic exert strong influence at WHO, within governments, in the media, and among the general public. In the past, they helped bring tobacco control out of the shadows and into the mainstream of health policy. Now alas, their intransigence threatens more profound progress.”

Fighting for the right to vape

While Dr. Yach has since broken away from many of his former colleagues, he has garnered support from many physicians and distinguished individuals in the medical profession.

Quoted in an earlier article written by Dr. Yach, titled E-cigarettes Save Lives, the Royal College of Physicians states:

“Switching completely from tobacco to e-cigarettes achieves much the same in health terms as does quitting smoking and all nicotine use completely. Furthermore, the risks associated with passive exposure to e-cigarette vapor are far less than those associated with passive exposure to tobacco smoke.”

E-cigarettes and insufficient evidence

Those who oppose deregulation and advocate for higher taxes on e-cigarette products say their position lies in the fact that there is a lack of information surrounding long-term use. And while their argument holds a semblance of weight, one area where e-cigarettes are much better than traditional molds is in second-hand smoke.

According to Dr. Neal Benowitz, a former member of the FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee:

“…based on what we know now, e-cigarettes are much less hazardous than regular cigarettes. E-cigarettes users exhale very little of what they breathe in. Not to mention the fact that e-cigarette devices emit no aerosol. Cigarettes, by contrast, pollute the atmosphere and other’s lungs at an astronomical rate. Seventy-five percent of the smoke generated by cigarettes is sidestream smoke, and that goes into the environment.”

Let’s be honest, if e-cigarettes did nothing more than reduce societal exposure to second-hand smoke, wouldn’t that be ample reason for at least a warm embrace?

Especially relevant: Last week’s Vaporpalooza Recap


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Fear-Mongering in Vogue?

During the final days of 2016, legendary Vogue editor Anna Wintour was overheard lambasting president-elect Donald Trump during a train ride. While the fashion mogul has since apologized for speaking at length against the president, the magazine has forever changed. Vogue now takes a more unashamedly political stance on certain controversial issues. Most noteworthy for this industry — issues like the “growing health concerns surrounding vaping”. Fear-mongering in Vogue?

Recently, Vogue magazine published an article titled, “Health Concerns About Vaping Are Growing – Here’s Why”. The piece was written beautifully by Julia Felsenthal, and detailed her recent visit to Vape Town, an e-cigarette supplier in Manhattan’s West Village.

An article of opinion and dodgy “facts”

From the get-go, it is easy to recognize how Felsenthal feels about the e-cigarette industry as a whole. With carefully chosen words are subtle jabs, describing the e-cigarette industry as a “culture in flux”. She cites a recent John Hopkins study, which supposedly found significant levels of lead and arsenic in the aerosol of a variety of refillable tanks. Felsenthal went on to add fuel to the issue of long-term-cigarette use and the lack of knowledge therein. Surprisingly, not once did the article mention Public Health England or the American Cancer Society’s recent clinical recommendation,

“…individuals be encouraged to switch to the least harmful form of tobacco product possible; switching to the exclusive use of e-cigarettes is preferable to continuing to smoke combustible products.”

Rather than paint an impartial picture of her experience, the writer made the e-cigarette world out to be some shadowy, dystopian sector of society. A place where illicit substances are readily available and consumed by easily impressionable underage people. Read the full article here.

Has vaping caused an epidemic of teen nicotine use?

Vaping is vaping — whether you’re doing it with or without nicotine. One of the most important and unique aspects of vaping is probably the vaper’s ability to control their own nicotine consumption.

Most noteworthy, data gathered in the annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey conducted by the University of Michigan for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), asked teens if they use nicotine when they vape.

The questionnaire found that only about 20 percent of 10th and 12th graders and just 13 percent of 8th graders who vaped used nicotine. The author of the study says the results suggest “the recent rise in adolescent vaporizer use does not necessarily indicate a nicotine epidemic.”

What about the all the toxic chemicals?

According to the Vogue article, Stanton Glantz, Ph.D., of the University of California, believes:

“…most people just think about the e-cigarette as kind of like a cigarette, except it doesn’t have as much bad stuff in it. But when you heat it up, you just get a whole different mixture of toxic chemicals.”

As a result of the aforementioned John Hopkins study, researchers and doctors have come forth with rebuttals refuting that study’s claim. Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos was one of the first to disprove the study saying:

“Significant amount’ of metals the authors reported they found were measured in ug/kg. In fact, they are so low that for some cases (chromium and lead) I calculated that you need to vape more than 100 ml per day in order to exceed the FDA limits for daily intake from inhalational medications.”

Dr. David Dawit, the Chief Scientific Officer at Eos Scientific, believes the “toxic metals” study is full of misleading, misrepresented information. He called it, “fraught with methodological flaws”, and agrees with Dr. Farsalinos’ stance. Reference safety limits cannot be applied to vaping as the method requires constant exposure.

Felsenthal concludes her piece by referencing a mother she overheard on the phone talking about her teenage son’s burgeoning vaping habit. The mother mentioned that she tried vaping and found it disgusting.

Vaping is a method of harm reduction

While vaping is not for everyone, when the “disgusting” activity is used in the replacement of traditional tobacco cigarettes over a 10-year period, approximately 6.6 million lives can be saved from premature deaths, with 86.7 million fewer life years lost in the most optimistic scenario, according to the authors of a BMJ Tobacco Control study.

Especially relevant: last week’s Truth Tuesday.


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