Monthly Archives: "September 2016"

Posted On September 30, 2016By Frank ArditoIn Headline News, Legislation

Legislature Moves To Save Vape Shops

The General Assembly is in a rush before the legislative session ends in November- By John L. Kennedy | September 20th, 2016 to save shops that sell e-cigarettes (vape shops) from extinction over a tax enacted along with the state spending plan in July. The Senate Finance Committee approved legislation that would delay the 40 percent floor tax, scheduled to go into effect Oct. 1 for 90 days. “These are mostly mom-and-pop places and they can’t afford to pay that tax up front,” said Sen. Tom Killion, R-Delaware, sponsor ofRead More
Filling up a vaporizer is about to get a lot more expensive in Pennsylvania. By Brittany Boyer | September 28th, 2016 Starting this weekend, there will be a new 40 percent tax. It will impact all vaping products including electronic cigarettes sold at vape shops. Even though the new tax is a done deal, one lawmaker is trying to change things for the future. Rep. Jeff Wheeland is the sponsor of HB 2342.  The house bill would include a smaller tax of 5 cents per milliliter. At Vape Dragons in Wyoming,Read More
An unarmed black man fatally shot by police in El Cajon, Calif., Tuesday pointed a vape smoking device at them By Melanie Eversley | September 29th, 2016 police said in a statement Wednesday night. Police also positively identified the man as Alfred Okwera Olango, the name under which he has been identified by some media organizations. He was 38-years-old, based on information they received from the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office, and not 30, as was indicated by police initially. Police shot and killed Olango in this suburb ofRead More
London’s Vape Shop says it’s worried about the impact new federal health regulations could have on its customers. TalkRadio AM 640 | September 28th, 2016 Health Canada says the move will balance the need to protect young people from nicotine addiction while allowing adult smokers to legally buy vaping products and e-cigarettes to help quit smoking or as a potentially less harmful alternative to tobacco. However, few details have been released on what that balance will look like. Vape Shop manager Ben Kin told AM980 he’s worried the regulations couldRead More
Not many issues fill the Rotunda quite like education or gun issues- By Dave Marcheskie | September 26th, 2016 but the vaping industry gave everybody a run for their memory by packing the front end with supporters and signs. “If you’re within the sound of my voice, you need to stop and listen on how small businesses are being crushed and shut down by taxation,” John Dietz said. Supporters’ lungs were filled with passion to keep their lungs filled with vape. The rally was to protest a 40 percent wholesaleRead More

Posted On September 26, 2016By Frank ArditoIn Headline News, Health

Can Nicotine Protect The Aging Brain

Everyone knows that tobacco products are bad for your health, and even the new e-cigarettes may have harmful toxins. By | September 20th However, according to research at Texas A&M, it turns out the nicotine itself—when given independently from tobacco—could help protect the brain as it ages, and even ward off Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease. Ursula Winzer-Serhan, PhD, an associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine, and her collaborators found that nicotine’s ability to be neuroprotective may be partly due to its well-known ability to suppress the appetite.Read More

Posted On September 23, 2016By Frank ArditoIn Headline News, Health

Smoking Permanently Damages Your DNA, Study Finds

Smoking permanently scars DNA in clear patterns, researchers reported Tuesday. Maggie Fox | September 21st, 2016 Most of the damage fades over time, they found — but not all of it. Their study of 16,000 people found that while most of the disease-causing genetic footprints left by smoking fade after five years if people quit, some appear to stay there forever. A customer smokes a cigarette in a cafe in Prague, Czech Republic, May 25, 2016. DAVID W CERNY / Reuters, file The marks are made in a process called methylation,Read More

Posted On September 22, 2016By Frank ArditoIn Headline News, Legislation

FDA To Increase Vaping Regulations

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration began rolling out new regulations for electronic cigarettes- By Jason Bacherman | September 22nd, 2016 changing the ways they can be sold and advertised. These regulations intend “to protect youth by restricting their access to tobacco products,” according to an FDA release. Some, however, are concerned about the impacts these regulations could have on the industry.  As of now, vape shops can no longer claim that vaping is safer than other tobacco products, which has been a main selling point of e-cigaretteRead More

Posted On September 21, 2016By Frank ArditoIn Headline News, Health

Protecting Lungs From Smoke and Pollution

It is welcome news that last year vaping contributed to a record number of people in England becoming long-term ex-smokers. By Richard Hyslop & Caroline Russell | September 20th, 2016 If the government, working with the responsible vape industry, introduced a proportionate regulatory regime for the sector then vape products could help even more smokers switch to vaping. But regulations introduced in May of this year will restrict advertising of vape products; remove higher-strength nicotine e-liquid and larger tanks from the market; and force all products, including those not containingRead More

Posted On September 20, 2016By Frank ArditoIn Headline News, Legislation

Vape Tax Opponents Rally Around Repeal Effort

Opponents of Pennsylvania’s 40 percent tax on e-cigarettes are rallying around new legislation- By Wallace McKelvey | September 19th, 2016 that would repeal what vape store owners describe as the death knell of the industry. Lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf avoided another protracted budget impasse this year by relying on new revenues from an expansion of gambling, reforms to the liquor system and higher taxes on smokers and the businesses that cater to their nicotine habits. That includes a 40 percent tax on the wholesale price on vaping supplies as well asRead More