If you were someone who wanted to eradicate the vaping industry for your own personal, financial, or political gain, how would you go about it?  Anyone with even a few active brain cells can tell from a distant glance that vaporizers are very different from conventional cigarettes. Yet public health officials from agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CFC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) often state that vaping is a gateway to future tobacco addiction.
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For several years now, U.S. public health officials like CDC Director Thomas Frieden and the FDA’s Mitch Zeller have tried to justify their illogical hatred of e-cigs and vaping devices.  They spend enormous amounts of tax dollars publishing fictionalized articles, press releases, and news stories suggesting that vaping is a gateway to traditional tobacco smoking, especially among America’s youth.
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As the world of medical and recreational marijuana continues to gain acceptance, both politically and socially, the methods of consuming the previously controversial cannabis are also changing.  Joints, bongs, and pipes are still quite popular, but many Millennials are turning to vaping and dabbing as an alternative form of consumption.  In an age where weed enthusiasts are also far more health conscious than in generations past, the marijuana community is become increasingly more aware of the vast health benefits of vaping and dabbing.
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Scientists from New Zealand and Stirling recently published a new study in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research indicating that vaping can help smokers trying to quit from gaining weight.  For anyone who has ever tried to quit smoking, the addiction is as much to the smoked tobacco “high” as it is to the oral gratification of placing the cigarettes to the lips.  When smokers try to quit smoking, they also tend to substitute food for the cigarettes which packs on the pounds.
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The vaping industry gets blamed for a lot of things, but a recent statement from a Minnesota Fire Marshal about a strong drop in fire-related deaths is a welcome change.  In a recent interview with MPR News, Fire Marshal Bruce West told reporters that the rise in popularity of vaping and e-cigs could be a possible contributing factor to the lowest number of annual fire deaths in the state’s recorded history.
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When Thomas Frieden, the Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), came out publicly to denounce e-cigs and vaping as a gateway to teen smoking some three years ago, one professor from the University of Michigan found these claims to be a bit exaggerated, to say the least.  As someone who spends the majority of his daily life conversing and interacting with American teens, Professor and Health Economist Kenneth Warner wanted to determine for himself if the CDC was accurate, misinformed, or perhaps even worse, outright lying.
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In a stunning Friday announcement, The British American Tobacco (BAT) Company made a $47 billion takeover bid to purchase controlling interest in Reynolds American Inc.  If the deal goes through, the result would be the largest tobacco company worldwide based on estimated revenues and market share.  The cash-plus-shares deal would see BAT jump back into the U.S. market after a 12-year absence and is also expected to produce a substantial surge in Big Tobacco’s role in the development of e-cigs and vaping technology.
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When the FDA deeming regulations were first announced in May of 2016, the vaping industry went into immediate panic mode over concerns of all the bad press.  Would vapers turn to Black Market retailers or return to conventional smoking altogether?  Luckily, according to at least one highly regarded Wall Street Analyst, the market isn’t just holding its own.  It’s booming.
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