Vape News Roundup

Posted 31st January 2017 by Dave Cross
Bans continue to be rolled out in the name of protecting the public’s health – or thinking about the children. This is because vaping is incredibly dangerous (if you ignore all of the evidence and make up some of your own). Ecig companies market their products unscrupulously causing places like schools to be shut down. And by “shut down” we mean continued with classes as normal.

Shreya Garg writes for The Hindu and she thinks vaping should carry warnings, or be banned. The reasons are simple; ecigs explode like fireworks for one. Yes, they explode like cellphones, laptops and a whole host of other Li-ion powered devices where the cells have been damaged. We’ve not seen the article where she demands someone takes her mobile phone away but we’re convinced one exists. Hang on, we missed her other reason: “accidental consumption of the liquid inside the e-cigarette, which leads to death.” She doesn’t tell us where this death occurred, probably because there hasn’t been one.

Muddled thinking like Garg’s is what leads the Manhattan Appellate Division to rule against an appeal, and forces New York’s vapers to be treated exactly the same as smokers. Bars, bistros and beaches are now all off limits to e-cig users. A similar situation to that being experienced by Taiwan’s vaping community, where the law has been expanded to ban vaping from all bars, nightclubs and – get this stroke of genius – in cigar lounges! Depending on how far Sterling has slumped today, breaking the law will set a vaper back a cool £300ish.

Reasons given included all the same old shameful nonsense that springs from the World Health Organisation. No wonder the general public is jittery, especially in Mercer County where police swooped to deal with reports of a suspicious item. Yes, they found an ecig. Classes continued like nothing had happened, although one mother was apoplectic.

Journalist Evan Gorman reported from the scene of chaos: “Outside of Mercer County Senior High. Students were smiling and waving to us from a window before we were asked to leave school property.”

Why shouldn’t the parents be concerned? These people behind the lethal vape device have no moral compass; they are evil down to the bone. At least this is what academics at the University of Southern California (read ‘people Stanton Glantz has told where their funding comes from’) and their chums at the University of Pittsburgh think.

The gibbering fools write: “Recently, we witnessed a new marketing strategy in which vape shops and online e-cigarette retailers have harnessed the popularity of the interactive smartphone game Pokémon Go to promote vaping products. This approach combines the strengths of recent and traditional strategies thought to be effective in promoting tobacco use to adolescents and young adults: (1) cartoons; tobacco product placement in video games and (2) interactive promotional contests.”

We could point out all of the flaws in the ridiculous letter, but we won’t. Go read Freddie Dawson or Neil Robinson to find out who actually plays Pokémon Go and why it isn’t marketing to children.

Feel angry about that stupidity? Probably not as angry as the inmates who (as we reported recently) can’t get hold of their ecig entitlements. It’s being stated that the use of new psychoactive substances like Black Mamba and Spice has doubled since the ban on smoking was introduced. An independent body reports: “After a somewhat hesitant start, smoke-free seems to have benefitted many prisoners and staff. However the downside was a sharp ­increase in the usage of NPS and seemingly also its potency, resulting in near fatal casualties, frequent and costly hospitalisations, increased disturbance and some violent disorder on the wings.”

“Since the introduction of smoke-free there was almost a doubling of rulings against prisoners,” it continues, “in which they lose benefits, predominantly in NPS related offences, resulting in a large increase in the number of days added to sentences.”

 Dave Cross
Article by Dave Cross
Freelance writer, physicist, karateka, dog walker