Vaping world in December of 2015
There’s a lot going on in the vaping world in December of 2015
Here are some of the biggest news stories of the month
E-cigs have definitely made waves last year – and as 2015 draws to a close, we’re continuing to see news stories and press coverage about everything that’s going on in this booming, yet often controversial industry.
VIP E-cig company set to help the NHS with e-cig distribution
According to this article, published on prnewswire.com, ‘Thousands of smokers will receive free electronic cigarettes in time for New Year.’
During 2016, the NHS is going to be offering E-cigs on prescription as a way to help smokers quit. This was part of the new vaping regulations that were put into effect last year, and one of the most exciting and positive components to the new rules.
One amazing thing about this story is that VIP will be providing the 10,000 E-cigs to customers for free. Since the New Year is right around the corner, they don’t want to keep people waiting who might be willing to change their smoking lifestyle as part of their New Year’s resolution.
Marijuana vaping is becoming a concern for police
According to another article published this month, this one on wtop.com, police are worried about new trends in which vaporizers are being used to vape cannabis.
Since vaporizers are so efficient in creating cannabis-infused vapor, they’re much more potent than traditional marijuana ‘smoke’. They also make it more dangerous to use while driving, because the ‘high’ hits harder and faster – which can make it difficult to gauge how long you have before it ‘kicks in’.
Taxes on E-cigs might be getting a little bit confusing
According to an article published in the Albuquerque Journal back in November, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is going to start taxing E-cigs much like it taxes cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and cigars.
But there’s just one problem. Most tobacco products deliver a pretty uniform amount of nicotine into the body, while electronic cigarettes can come in a variety of different nicotine strengths. So, while the idea to tax the new devices is pretty set in stone, exactly how to apply it has yet to be determined. In the State of New Mexico (which is where this story comes from), legislators will actually be talking about that in the months to come – so we’ll see what they come up with.
But this isn’t the first case in which a smaller body of the government has had to make choices about E-cigs this year.
In another story, this one coming from Monterey County, California (see the article here), the city voted to ban E-cigs in all of the same places where smoking was prohibited. This includes restaurants, bars, and the city’s Wharf.
What does all of this have to do with the bigger picture for Electronic Cigarettes?
The main point behind these news stories is that E-cigs are becoming a big issue. There’s a lot more to the conversation than most people think, and it’s time to realize that decisions are being made about them – for better or for worse.
Hopefully, as time moves on, people will realize that E-cigs can be a huge benefit. If we use them the right way, keep them out of the hands of minors, and do a good job of educating the public about their benefits and risks, then they could provide a very positive alternative to traditional tobacco products.
Of course, it really all depends on the community and on the people in places of power. The community can do a lot to help raise awareness and to keep people informed about how helpful E-cigs can be – and the senators, city-council members, and lawmakers can do a lot of good by reviewing real evidence and making choices that will allow for fair treatment for people who wish to use electronic cigarettes instead of analog tobacco products.