Stronger NZ Nicotine Vaping Restrictions?

New Zealand is now under fire from the health department and has been urged to consider restricting the sales of nicotine e-vaporisers (electronic cigarettes) exclusively to pharmacies.

Both the CDC and the  health promotion agency have claimed that the number of adolescence vaping nicotine e liquid has almost tripled in the past two years and that they fear that electric  cigarettes are becoming a gateway to being addicted to nicotine or to smoking.

There are many options that the health department are suggesting such as banning the use of vaping in all areas that are cigarette free, even the need to require a doctors certificate to purchase any vaporiser with nicotine. However what the health department is not telling the public is that the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Study, as it is officially known, reveals that 13.4 percent of high school students reported using an e-cigarette at least once within the past month. That’s up from 4.5 percent the previous year, and at the same time, there was a historic drop in the smoking of traditional cigarettes: from 12.7 percent of high schoolers saying they had smoked in the last 30 days in 2013, to just 9.2 percent in 2014.

We at Soulblu do not support or encourage the use of e-cigarettes in individuals younger than 18 however, If the health department is truly concerned for the health of this generations youth then placing stronger restrictions will only worsen the situation.

For more information please visit the link below where The New Zealand

Check out this story from the NZ Herald iPhone App
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/evaporisersarticle

Are E-cigarettes a real fire hazard?

Once again the press in Australia has attacked the e-cig community. This time they have based their negative propaganda in a United Kingdom fire hazard report. Electronic devices in general are known to be a risk if not used, maintained and charged as per manufacturer’s recommendations. But as a responsible supplier Soulblu has taken a step further to increase its Electrical Safety having its electronic devices C-tick approved by Australian Government.

Once again the mainstream press has collected some data about electronic cigarettes and used it to write scary and shocking headlines that their readers will see as intimidating and will portray e-cig use in a bad light once more. Sadly the articles don’t reveal a comparison with the alarming amount of fires related to smoking tobacco cigarettes.

Main news headings about e cigarettes include:

“E-Cigarette Danger: Fire Officers Issue Safety Guidelines After Rise in Fires”,

“E-cig charging devices now start one fire each week”,

“Surely only a fool would mess with these potentially home-threatening devices”

“You’d have to be mental to be a vaper”

These are just some of the horrible headlines being displayed in the UK headlines.

According to The Daily Mail stated “Electronic cigarettes have been to more than 100 fires, new figures reveal”. This is a case for fire services in the UK with data showing that the fire department has attended 113 calls to incidents related to electronic cigarettes however this is over a two year period.

Given that the fire statistics were taken over a 12 month reporting period below are some figures which clearly suggest that vaping is a much safer alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes.

  • The total adult population of the UK was 52,085,000.
  • 20% of the adult population smokes cigarettes making the smoking population 10,417,000.
  • Fires related to traditional cigarettes were far less than those caused by Cigarettes.
  • 2,100,000 electronic cigarettes users in the UK.
  • Fires related to e-cigarettes in a single year was 57 with a total of 1 fatality.

This is proof that vaping is a much safer alternative to cigarettes in relation to house fires. This is one more reason to promote vaping, as switching to e-cigarettes will reduce the number of fatalities from house fires.

At Soulblu our batteries and chargers are Australian certified, the Australian government requires that all local or imported produced electrical and electronic equipment comply with electromagnetic compatibility emission requirements. A compliant product must bear the C-Tick logo.

We at Soulblu provide quality products which when used correctly and maintained will not cause fires so that you can feel safe and comfortable when using our products. For your peace of mind and to minimise your risk, always ask your supplier for the C-tick approval.

LOLLY FLAVOURED E-CIGARETTES CRISIS

Today 14th November 2014 The Age Newspaper published an article about flavoured e cigarettes being marketed  and sold over the counter to children in Victoria Australia. Reason why Control Policy Manager of Quit Victoria would  like to see the sale of Electronic Cigarettes banned outright.

Lolly flavoured e-cigarettes are appealing to any age group, not only to the under aged. In fact most lolly flavoured products are appealing to any age group. Vitamins and Flu Syrups for adults, even Water are available at Supermarkets and Chemist in different fruit and lolly flavours, not only to reach children population, but to suit adults preferences.

Are Vanilla flavoured Pregnancy Vitamins also considered a health issue for children? should they not be sold over the counter? 

If other more addictive, dangerous, high health concerning substances like alcohol, tobacco and sugar products have not been banned, why ban Electronic Cigarettes? A product which only contains, USP grade propylene glycol, USP vegetable glycerine and food grade ingredients. These are commonly found in products available in supermarkets, such as, cosmetics, drinks, sweets, toothpaste, breakfast spreads, just to name few.

Some Australian Government institutions including Quit Victoria and Health Department seem to be on a mission to undermining smokers rights and freedom to let people switch to a safer alternative. Instead of being negative about the safety of Electronic Cigarettes, they should based their statements on hundreds of researches and studies done in America, Europe and New Zealand, which have proved there are a lot of benefits when switching to Vaping e-cigs, instead of smoking.

No matter what age, we all enjoy sweets and treats, and these are all temptations, after all we’re only human. There is no point punishing adult enjoyments because it appeals to under 18′s. We agree on the regulation of prohibiting sale to under 18′s rather than banning a group of flavours.

STAND UP FOR YOUR VAPING RIGHTS

Through a ridiculous turn of events QLD is looking at becoming the first state in Australia to subject electronic cigarettes to the same laws as traditional tobaccos due to a report by the WHO which presented false dramatic claims about the adverse effects of harmless vapour from e-cigarette use on public health while there is no scientific evidence to support such a claim.

Queensland’s State government wants to amend tobacco laws so that electronic cigarettes can only be used in designated areas, cannot be sold to minors, and cannot be advertised or publicly displayed, like regular cigarettes, the Tobacco Act will not ban the devices outright but will subject them to strict restrictions.

The amendment follows the release of a World Health Organization report last month which claims that there was insufficient evidence that electronic cigarettes help people to quit smoking tobacco, even though there are thousands of ex smokers around the world who found hope on e cigarettes after trying other sort of FDA/TGA Approved Smoking Solutions without any luck.

The report implied e-cigarette use in youth is a major problem and could be acting as a gateway to smoking, they said, when in fact current use by non-smokers is extremely rare and youth smoking rates are declining.

The report supported that bystanders can inhale significant levels of toxins from the e cigs vapour, when the reality is that toxins in e cigarette vapour is the same as those present in normal human breath.

The report gave the impression that evidence suggests e-cigarettes make it more difficult for people to stop smoking, when the opposite is true, the experts said.

It was also claimed that exposure to nicotine had the potential to affect brain development, liquid nicotine which is used in some electronic cigarettes is already illegal in Queensland, however the claim had not stated whether they were referring to pure 100% nicotine or diluted (under 2%) nicotine e-liquid, which is harmless.

Lawrence Springborg, Queensland’s Health Minister has introduced the amendment bill into Parliament, with the suggested changes to laws to come into effect from January 1, 2015. “This early, preventative action addresses public health concerns about these products including their use in smoke-free places, the unknown health effects of use and exposure, and potential for a new market of smoking,” Mr. Springborg said in a statement.

Mr. Springborg said that “evidence regarding the short and long term health effects of direct or second hand inhalation of vapor from electronic cigarettes was still in development.”

To the vaping community of QLD these new laws are unfair and unjust. It is time for common sense and science to prevail over politics, bulling and intimidation tactics. There is a lot of scientific evidence, coming from health experts, health organizations and scientists which prove the vapour produced from Electronic Cigarettes is harmless, yet the Queensland government has no evidence to prove the opposite and still want to ban its use in public places.

How can you help? If you are a QLD resident and would like to see these new laws opposed as we do please sign the following petition by clicking the following link and signing your name.

http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petitions

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