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A provision to protect mom-and-pop vape shops from an industry-destroying FDA regulation died in the current budget battle between President Donald Trump and the Democrats. By John Pacenti | May 2nd, 2017 The Democrats were intent on killing any of Trump’s “poison pills” in the current budget deal, and while most of the attention was on the president’s border wall — you know the one Mexico was going to pay for — the provision to protect the vape industry became collateral damage. The Cole-Bishop Amendment would have restricted the FoodRead More
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Posted On March 30, 2017By Frank ArditoIn Headline News, Legislation

Vape Shops Look To Congress For A Lifeline

There’s a big push to get the president and congress to pass a bill that could mean life or death for the entire vaping industry. By Mark Tenia | March 23rd, 2017 Some say it could be the difference between saving or eliminating hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country including right here in the Richmond area. “There are thousands of small businesses across the country that employ hundreds of thousands of people and these regulations are designed to kill those jobs,” said Jay Taylor, owner of Voltage Vapin in Chesterfield.Read More
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Lawmakers in Olympia will consider legislation this week that would tax e-cigarettes and vaping just like other tobacco products. By Amy Moreno | March 20th, 2017 The products are relatively inexpensive, and one state lawmaker says the industry hasn’t been paying its fair share. Representative Gerry Pollet says the e-cigarette and vape industry “grew under the radar” in recent years and they haven’t been paying the same taxes as other nicotine products. Pollet says he wants them to be considered “tobacco products” under the law and face the same taxesRead More
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Allegheny County Council on Tuesday decided to ban the use of electronic vapor devices in public indoor places. By Dan Majors | March 7th, 2017 The controversial ban, which was approved in an 8-5 vote, relegates the use of e-cigarettes and handheld vaporizers to the same status as tobacco products, forbidden in locations such as schools, government buildings, sports stadiums, restaurants and similar spaces. The measure, which was supported by the Allegheny County Board of Health and county Executive Rich Fitzgerald, will take effect once Mr. Fitzgerald signs it intoRead More
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A bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. House could serve as the legislative path- By Richard Craver Winston-Salem Journal | February 20th, 2017 for peeling back tightened regulations on electronic cigarettes and other innovative tobacco products. The U.S. House bill is named the “FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2017.” A co-sponsor, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., has pursued for several years a new grandfather date for marketplace introduction of those products. The other co-sponsor is Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga. The need for Food and Drug Administration authorization of ingredients andRead More
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A vape shop that serves as an employer of disabled individuals is being forced to cut hours and delay new staff hires due to a 40 percent tax on e-cigarettes in Pennsylvania. By Steve Birr | February 10th, 2017 Close to one-hundred e-cigarette shops have closed since the tax took effect Oct. 1. The tax applies retroactively to all vape businesses in the state, which is proving fatal for many. Tony Myers, owner of About It All Vapors, focuses part of his business on training and hiring adults with special needs. Myers’ shopsRead More
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A federal appeals court struck down part of Indiana’s controversial law regulating out-of-state production and sale of e-liquids used in vaping. By Tim Evans, Tony Cook & Mark Alesia | January 30th, 2017 In a decision issued today by a three-judge panel from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge David Hamilton wrote: “The Act is written so as to have an extraterritorial reach that is unprecedented, imposing detailed requirements of Indiana law on out-of-state manufacturing operations. The Act regulates the design and operation of out-of-state production facilities, including requirements forRead More
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The vaping industry is fighting off a crippling 40 percent tax on their shops that is responsible for eliminating one-third of electronic cigarette businesses in Pennsylvania. By Steve Birr | January 23rd, 2017 The Pennsylvania Vape Association organized an opposition rally Monday morning in the state capitol building in a demonstration against the onerous tax and to petition lawmakers to lower it to a more financially reasonable figure. Close to one hundred e-cigarette shops have closed since the tax took effect Oct. 1 after securing passage in the summer. TheRead More
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As tobacco and vaping companies focus on new smoking products that are potentially less harmful- By Jilian Mincer | January 18th, 2016 the industry sees an opening for rolling back rules on these products under the Trump administration. Donald Trump’s surprise election victory in November, and his pledges to reduce federal regulations on business, led tobacco lobby groups to draft a new plan of action, according to company executives, lobbyists and consultants interviewed by Reuters. The immediate goal is to delay implementation of new regulations on the latest generation of e-cigarettesRead More
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LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Strict state regulations for e-liquid manufacturers that took effect in July may be causing customers to look elsewhere for their product. By TribTown.com | January 17th, 2017th The Lafayette Journal and Courier (http://on.jconline.com/2jkMW7Q) reports that the Indiana law requires e-liquids sold by state vendors to be produced at facilities that meet more stern security guidelines. So far, only one company, Lafayette-based Mulhaupt’s Inc., meets those Indiana mandates. Vaping is a substitute to smoking in which users inhale vapor that’s generated from a battery-powered device. The vapor containsRead More