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A year after St. Louis and St. Louis County passed legislation to raise the age of purchasing tobacco products to 21, teenagers are still possessing these products at a high rate. By Chad Davis | January 2nd, 2018 A 2016 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shows that while the number of teenage tobacco users has declined, the number of teenagers who use electronic cigarettes is greater than those who use conventional cigarettes. In 2016, among current tobacco product users, 47.2%Read More
Lawmakers in New Jersey are moving to ban the sale of flavored vaping products, By Eric Boehm | February 28th, 2017 in an effort to stop children from being interested in a product that they are not allowed to buy in the first place. The state already has a ban on flavored tobacco products, with only clove, menthol, and tobacco flavors allowed, and a bill advancing through the state legislature would extend that ban to electronic cigarettes too. The bill advanced out of the the Assembly’s health committee on Monday.Read More
Remember when Prime Minister Stephen Harper was accused of muzzling scientists? By Derek James | February 26th, 2017 The CBC reported his government brought in “strict procedures around how its scientists are allowed to speak about their research to the media.” These scientists claimed to “live in a culture of fear,” and the popular narrative was that the government was suppressing important scientific information and silencing critics. Regardless of the accuracy of those stories, there is legitimate concern when a government appears to be impeding the public’s ability to accessRead More
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
An entire industry faces extinction at the hands of impending FDA rules- By Chris Rochester | January 5th, 2017 putting the crushing burden of the regulatory state on full display. Upwards of 99 percent of businesses in the decade-old e-vapor industry – also known as the vaping or e-cig industry – will likely be crushed under the weight of new FDA “deeming” regulations. However, swift action by Congress and the incoming Trump administration could save the industry and the jobs it supports. The raft of new rules could cost one smallRead More
Electronic cigarette vendors are coming to grips with fresh regulations- By Steve Birr | January 3rd, 2017 and an expensive licensing fee after new laws against vaping took effect Monday in California. In order to sell an e-cigarette or vaping device in the state, vendors must now pay an annual licensing fee of $265. The fee must be paid on each individual location established by a business. The legislation took effect Jan. 1 and stems from a bill passed in May designed to bring e-cigarette devices under the same regulatoryRead More
Lawmakers in a Pennsylvania county are gearing up for a vote to squash electronic cigarettes and treat the devices like traditional tobacco. By Steve Birr | January 2nd, 2017 The Allegheny County Council will vote as early as Tuesday on new regulations governing vaping. It would ban the devices in any school, workplace, sports stadium, government building, bus, cab or any other public indoor space. The new law will essentially relegate use of e-cigarettes to areas where traditional smoking is allowed, reports Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The measure already passed a unanimous sixRead More
A local business is losing thousands of dollars every month and being forced to turn customers away- By Bree Burkitt | December 20th, 2016 while they work to follow a recently approved city ordinance that places additional regulations on shops selling tobacco and vape products. Big Hit Vapors & MMA Apparel owners Walter and Cindy Cluett saw their customer base grow rapidly ever since they opened their door two years ago. The store initially received a mixed retail use permit, which requires that less than 35 percent of the total profitRead More
Following reports of e-cigarettes exploding, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) is calling on the federal government to look into why it is happening. By Avery Powell | December 20th, 2016 However, local vape store owners say the risk is still low. “The fact that there have been a series of explosions, it’s not just a one-off, means we have to do a lot more,” said Schumer. Schumer says the devices are “a ticking time bomb,” citing an Associated Press story saying the FDA identified about 66 explosions in 2015 andRead More

Posted On December 16, 2016By Frank ArditoIn Headline News, Legislation

Former Lawmaker Lands Job With Vaping Group

During his final weeks as an Indiana lawmaker, Sen. Brent Steele voted in favor of a controversial vaping bill- By Tony Cook | December 15th, 2016 that allowed only a handful of companies to make e-liquid sold in Indiana. Now, the recently retired lawmaker has taken a new job representing those companies. Steele has been hired as executive director of the Vapor Association of Indiana, which represents the few companies licensed to manufacture electronic smoking device liquid under Indiana’s stringent new law. The Bedford Republican is scheduled to start the job Jan.Read More