World Vape News

Posted 2nd January 2018 by Dave Cross
Following on last week’s article detailing an impact assessment, this week there’s another Li-ion injury evaluation from Flint, Michigan. In Finland, kids no longer think smoking is cool, although they’re good with Snus. The Indian state of Maharashtra is seeking to totally ban vaping – which will put it at risk of emulating Mexico’s rising smoking rate. Finally, the long arm of the law has nabbed vape vendors in Thailand and a Worthing newsagent.

This month’s Journal of Burn Care & Research features a paper detailing the repercussions of eight cases of Li-ion batteries exploding in vape devices. The research team state: “Several types of injuries can occur, including chemical and thermal burns, inhalation injuries, and metal poisoning.”

Worryingly, they point out “There are currently no specific guidelines on the management of burns due to Lithium-ion battery exposure.” Addressing this, they detail a number of steps for emergency-care staff should the worst happen in future.

While exploding batteries are a hot topic, European teens in Finland know what’s cool – and it isn’t smoking. “Many think that other tobacco products like the smokeless tobacco product snus and e-cigarettes are safer,” according to researchers – and snus remains popular despite its ban in Finland.

Sulabha Parasuraman, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, wants to stamp out harm reduction products (which makes him distinctly not cool). “There is no huge consumption of e-cigarettes in surveyed population. But…” this will not stop the push by The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration to obtain an outright ban on vaping in the province.

The state aims to follow Punjab, the only one currently banning vape products, in a drive to eliminate smoking. It’s an odd approach, especially as this week sees news that Mexico’s smoking rate continues to rise.

Not only are more people smoking, but also those who already smoked are now smoking more than they’ve done before. They are smoking in schools, in bars and on public transport, causing public health officials to worry for the non-smoking population. Although vaping isn’t banned as such, enough barriers have been placed in its way that the industry has been chocked back – while the tobacco industry has been left to flourish.

Unfortunately for vendors, the Thai law enforcers aren’t as lax as they are in Mexico, but it has a similar impact on the vape community. Sivanut Poonpol and his girlfriend Natthanicha Duangthong arrested them for being in possession of 40 electronic cigarettes and 3,500 bottles of vaping liquid. The haul was valued at around two million baht in total (£23,000).

A Worthing newsagent has also been caught red-handed after a sting operation. Following an employee selling eLiquid to a 16-yr old, the newsagents problems were compounded as Trading Standards went on to discover a haul of illegal cigarettes. As a result, Worthing Borough Council’s licensing committee revoked the shop’s licence to sell alcohol.

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