The Vape Crises – Overlooked Ingredient or Coincidence?
The vape crises started in August of 2019. Research has and continues to be conducted to find the cause of this tragic happening. This is a tragedy that is costing lives and reaching an epidemic level. To understand this a timeline and global perspective cannot be overlooked.
The vape industry came of age in 2003 with the advent of the electronic cigarette. By the year 2006 vaping was gaining in popularity when introduced in the US. The popularity and rise of this industry from 2006 to 2019 was phenomenal. A Zero to 20 Billion Dollar Industry in the span of 13 years.
The United States makes up more than double the market share of vaping than the closest other country that being the UK. In 2018 the vape industry in the United States was estimated at a 3.6 Billion Dollar Business. For 12 years most of the e-liquid was comprised of PG, PEG and VG. (Propylene Glycol, Polyethylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin) There were no health outbreaks and vaping were viewed as a safer alternative than smoking.
There have been vape illness associated to Nicotine, THC and CBD vaping. The use of vitamin e and MCT in vape products has been a reason of concern. Vitamin E and MCT are newer liquids used in the vape industry and there is little to no real studies supporting there use in e-liquid. However these products were on the scene well before 2019 and had gained in popularity in 2017.
So what is new that could cause this? The current hot button is flavors. While the use of flavors may have an effect on getting people to start vaping the use of flavored vape juice is nothing new to the industry. It is obvious something has changed and it is based in the US as the global effect of this epidemic is not happening.
A 3.6 Billion Dollar industry is being rocked beyond comprehension and there is no evidence of a change in ingredients or equipment. An industry that had shown great stability and growth over a 13 year span has an epic safety collapse and the best medical firms in the United States can’ find it.
On April 30th of 2019 the IQOS was approved by the FDA. IQOS is an electronic device that heats tobacco-filled sticks wrapped in paper to generate a nicotine-containing aerosol. Under and exclusive licensing agreement with Philip Morris International (PMI), Altria’s Philip Morris USA (PM USA) is commercializing IQOS in the U.S. with Marlboro Heatsticks
IQOS was formally launched into the vaporization market on October 4 2019 five months after being approved by the FDA and at the height of the Vape epidemic. IQOS does not use a liquid but premade sticks that fit into a vaporizer. Yes, IQOS is a new Vape product that does not use liquid being introduced into a 3.6 Billion Dollar vape market during the height of a vape epidemic and a push to ban flavored vape liquid.
The most notable vape company is Juul. 35% of Juul Labs is %35 owned by Altria – Philip Morris. Juul is leading the way by removing all of it’s flavored e-cig vape liquid off the shelfs. Juul announced Wednesday that CEO Kevin Burns will be replaced by K.C. Crosthwaite, who had been chief growth officer at tobacco company Altria.
Coincidence or Ingredients?
One last note.. as we see statements from Philip Morris’ Vice President of Scientific and Public Communications Moira Gilchrist deemed to be “enlightening,” as she said that the industry was once again at a “crossroads.” Companies can either choose the familiar path to lower smoking rates, returning to “tobacco wars” of the 1990s which led to a “steady, but painfully slow decline in smokers.” Or they can be “more courageous” and embrace science and technology, with the FDA acting as a steward in this direction.
FDA being the steward that has now approved the Philip Morris IQOS tobacco vape system. Coincidence?
Everything you have read in this article is based on facts. I would welcome you to think this through, conduct your own research and see if your findings are similar to mine.