Every Friday, we bring you a round-up of the latest news stories from the vape industry. 

1. Should e-cigarettes be available on prescription in Australia? A recommendation to do just that has been made by Colin Mendelsohn, a tobacco treatment specialist and Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of NSW. Speaking to radio station 2GB about a paper he recently published the professor said, “If I’m a doctor and I’ve got a patient in front of me, my primary ethical obligation is what’s in the best interests of that patient. If a patient says to me, ‘I’ve tried everything to quit … my only choice is to keep smoking,’ then I have a duty of care to say to that patient there is another option … which is to switch to a much safer alternative.” Following the culmination of a year-long public health inquiry into e-cigarettes and e-liquids, the ban on vaping liquid nicotine remains in place Down Under for now.

2. Public Health England in partnership with the New Nicotine Alliance has produced a video dispelling the myths surrounding passive vaping. Second hand e-cigarette ‘smoke’ has been the subject of conflicting headlines of late. In response, the public health body released the informative cartoon to quash any negative connotations of being exposed to small quantities of nicotine, propyline glycol and e-liquid flavours. Click here to watch the video. 

3. The evidence linking e-cigarette use with future smoking is weak, according to the National Health Service. The NHS has addressed a Mail Online headline from earlier in the week which read, “Children who tried e-cigarettes are 12 times more likely to start smoking tobacco.” In response, the NHS has said the link is not as robust or clear-cut as this headline would have us believe. The article was based on a survey of more than 1,000 young people from across the UK who were asked about their use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes twice in six months. However the findings were based on just 21 people. In a statement, the NHS said: “While it’s true that those who had never smoked but had tried e-cigarettes were 12 times more likely to have tried smoking at follow-up, this finding was based on just 21 people. Therefore, the study doesn’t provide firm evidence that using e-cigarettes will lead to smoking. What it does show, as would be expected, is that it’s very rare for non-smokers to use e-cigarettes.”

4. ‘Big Fraze’ Frazer Clarke is through to the semi-finals in the Commonwealth Games 2018. The Burton-upon-Trent boxer is now guaranteed at least a bronze medal. The 26-year-old will next face New Zealand’s Patrick Mailata. As Clarke gears up for the semis, his sparring partner Anthony Joshua has publicly backed him to win gold. Vapouround is a proud sponsor of the amateur super-heavyweight.

5. Have you heard the Vapouround news yet? It’s the new weekly feature over on our YouTube channel which we’ll be posting every Friday and it’s a lively rendition of this round-up with a little more personality from presenters Ned and James. Enjoy!