This is a guest blog post by Morandir. I’ve always been a bit torn on disposables. Reason behind that is of course the waste factor. I know too many people who buy them and throw them away like they’re regular trash afterwards. Disposable electronic cigarettes have a place though. If you haven’t vaped before and are looking to switch it’s a far cheaper alternative to getting a full starter kit, and with established vapers they make a great emergency back up (keep one in my car at all times for that very reason).
CVS has made the bold move to quit selling smokes. By October, their 7,600 stores will have phased out cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco. CVS says that tobacco just doesn’t belong in a pharmacy. They will lose $2 billion per year, but they think they’re making the right move.
UPDATE: The FDA is no longer accepting comments for this hearing, however you can still sign this White House petition until February 13, 2013.
If you haven’t yet heard, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced its intention to regulate e-cigarettes under the Tobacco Control Act. The FDA held a public hearing on Section 918 of the Tobacco Act on December 17, 2012. Many tobacco harm reduction (THR) advocates testified. The FDA has extended the comment period for the notice of public hearing. The FDA will use the testimony that was given at the hearing and written comments for a report to Congress required by the Tobacco Act.
We are hosting a free event complete with lunch, prizes, and e-cigarette product experts on hand to answer questions. Electronic cigarette starter kits will be available at a special price during the cookout.
CASAA stands for Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association. The non-profit group was formed in 2009 by consumers and industry professionals to work together to educate the public about alternatives to smoking. Their goal is to publicize research and support harm reduction technologies, as well as offer and support political and legal causes that preserve consumer freedom.
This is a guest post written by Keyzygirl from Key West, Florida. Laid back and vaping in paradise.
When I was out the other day I noticed someone watching me vape. He seemed to be amazed by it. He finally came over and asked what I was smoking. I went through the spiel of how I am not smoking and no smoke is involved. I explained about ecigs and vapor and how much better I feel since I started. He seemed interested so I gave him a V4L card. His friend doubted the whole thing. While she puffed her cigarette she suggested that ecigs could be dangerous.
In less than two weeks from now, the Springfield Illinois Legislature will make a decision on bill HB 4012. If passed, it would allow some businesses to apply for smoking licenses that would allow their patrons to smoke in their establishments. Eligible establishments include bars, casinos, adult entertainment night clubs, and any establishment hosting a convention or exposition for selling cigars, pipes, tobacco and related smoking devices and accessories.
In order to take part, businesses would be required to apply for and get a license through a local liquor control commission. It would require the establishment to let all employees know that smoking is allowed on the premises, install an air filtration system, and post a sign in a prominent place notifying the public that it has been designated as a smoking establishment.
The bill would be an amendment to the Smoke Free Illinois Act. Smoking in all indoor public places was banned in Illinois beginning January 1, 2008. State Representative Anthony DeLuca has proposed the bill after introducing a similar one last year. That one passed the committee but never made it to the floor for debate.
View the bill in its entirety here.
What do you think about this proposed legislation?
Have you considered giving a V4L starter kit to a friend or family member who smokes? It is a wonderful way to say “I care about you.” You just have to make sure to start them out with the right products so they have a better chance of making the switch.