Monthly Archives: "July 2016"

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A poorly conducted study published by The Journal of Pediatrics is creating controversy in the e-cigarette and vaping markets. Lindsey Stroud | July 5th, 2016 The study concludes, “Adolescents who reported e-cigarette use had more than six times the odds of initiating cigarette use as never e-cigarette users,” and “e-cigarette use may increase the risk of smoking during transition to adulthood.” The study is getting a lot of attention from e-cigarette and vaping experts, many of whom say the results are “questionable at best.” One of the criticisms of the studyRead More
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Posted On July 6, 2016By Frank ArditoIn Headline News, Legislation

Utah Bans Online Vaping Purchases

Utah has passed a law making online purchases illegal by residents after July 1. Jim McDonald | June 27th,2016 According to Aaron Frazier, executive director of the Utah Smoke-Free Association, the law prohibits citizens of Utah from buying any vaping related products, including e-liquid, from any business except in a face-to-face transaction. And since Utah has encouraged local zoning laws that make brick-and-mortar businesses nearly impossible to open in many areas, many of Utah’s estimated 35,000 vapers will have no access to lifesaving vape products at all. “We fear thatRead More
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The exploding cigar was a mainstay of slapstick humor back in the day. By James R. Hood | July 5th, 2016 But there’s nothing funny about an exploding e-cigarette, according to those who’ve had the experience. Dozens of lawsuits have been filed by consumers who say their e-cigs blew up, causing serious and expensive injuries. The Food and Drug Administration has found 134 reports of overheating, fires, and explosions of the devices in the U.S. between 2009 and January 2016, the Wall Street Journal reports. The FDA is phasing in rules coveringRead More
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Posted On July 5, 2016By Frank ArditoIn Headline News, Legislation

Chicago Enacts New Tobacco Legislation

The Chicago Tribune reported last weekend that the city passed yet another ordinance. By April Leachman | July 5th, 2016 This one makes it illegal for anyone under 21 to buy tobacco products.  In addition, smokeless products, such as vape pens, which contain nicotine, are subject to the surcharge.  Retailers who sell tobacco products will face additional taxes. I’m not a smoker; this does not affect me personally.  I don’t encourage smoking.  My first thought when I read this, though, was, “Really, another regulation?”  Within the last couple weeks orRead More
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Posted On July 1, 2016By Frank ArditoIn Headline News, The Buzz

Friends Who Vape Together, Stay Together

When Nicolai Spring was not looking, Cody Kite leaned over and blew a fat ring of vapor at his friends head. Peter Madsen | July 1st, 2016 Spring, the more accomplished “vaper” of the two, returned the volley by tapping his cheeks and lofting a series of “Cheerios,” or cereal-shaped ringlets, across the room. This was a typical afternoon spent among vapers, the common term for people who vaporize nicotine solutions the way smokers drag on cigarettes. More peculiar and specific names for vapers are “cloud bros,” “flavor chasers” andRead More
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A federal judge on Thursday upheld as constitutional a controversial state law that regulates the manufacturing of vaping “e-liquids.” Scott Olson | June 30th, 2016 The law, which is set to go into effect on Friday, withstood a challenge from a handful of vaping companies that had argued the statute is too restrictive and thus unconstitutional. In her decision, Judge Sarah Evans Barker of the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, sided with the state and denied the industry’s motions for summary judgment and preliminary injunction. “As repeatedly made clearRead More