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E-Cigarette Bans

The freedom of adults to choose their device and flavor of choice is under siege. Powerful lobbyists have spread misinformation and the mainstream media lacks the knowledge to accurately provide information on the vaping industry. We provide expert insights into e-cigarette bans and other threats to vaping. 

  1. Federal Judge Orders FDA to Speed Up Review of E-Cigs

    Federal Judge Orders FDA to Speed Up Review of E-Cigs

    Science and Law Don't Mix

    The inability of the legal system to keep garbage science out of the court rooms is well documented. This issue was best summarized by the American Bar Association: “Lawyers and judges often do not have the background to correctly assess data, scientific research or technology.” Paid expert witnesses can have a disproportionate impact on proceedings.

    This issue was brought into stark focus by District Judge Paul W. Grimm of the US District Court. The persuasiveness of an erroneous narrative painted by anti-vaping advocates, that fruit and dessert flavored ejuices were designed to hook kids, played a role in his ruling to void FDA’s decision to delay premarket tobacco applications until

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  2. Phillip Morris Suspends IQOS Influencer Campaign

    Phillip Morris Suspends IQOS Influencer Campaign

    Phillip Morris International has pulled the plug on their global social media campaign for the IQOS heat-not-burn device. A Reuters investigation revealed the use of youthful social media influencers. This is exactly what they didn't need to be accused of in the current political climate in the US.

    The influencer in question, Alina Taplina, almost certainly had a low impact on IQOS sales, but may prove to be a public relations nighmare because she is only 21 years old. The confluence of the teen vaping epidemic and the FDA approval of the IQOS have made this revelation a newsworthy item.

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  3. Washington E-Cig Tax Promotes Nicotine, Punishes Marginalized

    Washington E-Cig Tax Promotes Nicotine, Punishes Marginalized

    The state of Washington has passed a sales tax which will devastate the owners of vape shops in their state by imposing a stiff, and poorly constructed tax on their ejuice products.

    Interestingly, the law incentivizes a specific style of vaping. If you prefer nic salts vaped from a refillable pod, the tax will not hit you as hard as prefilled pod users and low nicotine, direct to lung vapers.

    Do Washington state politicians hate subohm vaping and box mods? Or did the authors of the bill lack the requisite knowledge to construct a fair and logical tax structure?

    This is a reasonable question because the law does not tax the nicotine content but the total volume of eliquid in the bottle. This is akin to the Chicago soda tax debacle. This ill-fated "sin tax" did not account for the ice in fountain drinks, and

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  4. Reynolds Tobacco Blames Juul for Teen Vaping

    Reynolds Tobacco Blames Juul for Teen Vaping

    Reynolds American, once known as R.J. Reynolds and the manufacturer of Camel cigarettes, thinks they have pinpointed the cause of the teen vaping epidemic, and it is not the fruity ejuice flavors preferred by adult vapers. As reported CNBC, Reynolds thinks the blame should be placed entirely on Juul, and wants to fight FDA restrictions that punish the vaping industry in general but to do address Juul's role and past marketing strategies.  

    “FDA has already identified the main driver of youth interest: Juul,” said a Reynolds spokesperson. The maker of Newport and Vuse vapes as pointed out, “As the agency’s public statements confirm, underage users disproportionately prefer Juul to all other products. Armed with such knowledg

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  5. IQOS Approved By FDA

    IQOS Approved By FDA

    FDA Approves IQOS

     

    The cigarette alternative marketing is heating up in the US. According to the New York Times, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the sale of IQOS, pronounced EYE-kose, from Phillip Morris. This would be the first “heat not burn” tobacco device available in the United States.

     

    The IQOS has proven to be very popular in Japan, where it faces no competition due to an e-cigarette ban, but it remains to be seen how it is able to compete in a competitive vaping market. If groundless concerns about the sweet flavors preferred by adult vapers, Juul mint is the top flavor among minors, then the IQOS will be in a strong strategic position. It will be har

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  6. Altria Stocks Tumble as Juul Sales Stagnate

    Altria Stocks Tumble as Juul Sales Stagnate

    Juul’s sales slide and loss of market share earlier this year was the first hint that new FDA ecig regulations, and proposed local restrictions were slowing the growth of the vaping industry. Additional insight into this trend was provided in Altria’s Q1 2019 earnings call.

     

    Marlboro-maker Altria purchased 35 percent of Juul at the end of last year, and closed their own e-cig subsidiaries in the process. Altria’s MarkTen and GreenSmoke only had a sliver of the market, and they decided to jump on the Juul train instead. In their eagerness to capitalize on Juul's momentum, Altria abandoned their loyal customers, although excellent GreenSmoke alternatives remain available on the m

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  7. Senator McConnell Wants to Ban Under 21 Smoking and Vaping

    Senator McConnell Wants to Ban Under 21 Smoking and Vaping

    Tobacco 21

    As reported by Politico, Senator McConnell (R-KY) considers raising the purchase age of tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21 to be his top legislative priority.

    Tobacco age restrictions are far from unprecedented. According to the American Journal of Public Health, a century ago, all but 2 states had a minimum age of legal access for tobacco (MLA) and 14 states had set the number at age 21. In case there is any question, McConnell’s primary concern is cigarettes but what has been framed as a teen vaping epidemic.

    Why Age 21?

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  8. The Strictest National E-Cig Law Yet Would Benefit Juul-Altria

    The Strictest National E-Cig Law Yet Would Benefit Juul-Altria

    Another day, another strict e-cig law that will punish marginalized groups and destroy small businesses. This one is a bit different. The Reversing Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act 2019 is the most punitive anti-vaping bill yet. It is a catch-all that includes the all of the industry killing regulations and laws that have been proposed in previous bills, such as the Safe Kids Act.

    Sponsored by Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Donna Shalala (D-FL), it would ban virtually all cigarette and ejuice flavors. It would outlaw e-cig marketing, raise the purchase age to 21 and ban online sales.

    Unlike the US

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  9. Illinois E-Cig Sin Tax Punishes Marginalized

    Illinois E-Cig Sin Tax Punishes Marginalized

    The state of Illinois is hoping to make up for declining cigarette tax revenues by hitting vaping products with a confiscatory wholesale tax on vape products. This is the first effort by the state to tax e-cigarettes but continues Illinois’s recent tradition of regressive taxes that harm marginalized populations.

    No tax is more regressive than a flat tax on a good or service that costs the same no matter your income level. If you are vaper, chances are your e-juice consumption is roughly the same no matter your income level. No matter what your view on taxation and the role of government, it is difficult to ignore how taxes like Illinois's proposed e-cig taxes place a greater burden on those with less disposable income.

    With e-cigarettes, the situation is far worse than your average "sin tax". Unlike a tax on liquor, gambling or cigarettes, you have a tax t

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  10. San Francisco Looks to Ban E-Cigs and Evict Juul from City

    San Francisco Looks to Ban E-Cigs and Evict Juul from City

    San Francisco Politicians Betray a Tradition of Harm Reduction

    San Francisco’s embrace of harm reduction does not extend to smokers. It is ironic that a city which hands out 4.5 million syringes annually, and has pushed to open safe injection sites where illicit drug users can shoot up and safely ride out their buzz under clinical supervision, is unwilling to consider the health consequences of banning e-cigarettes.

    If the City of San Francisco wanted to be uphold the ideals they claim to champion, they would permit vaping at defined public areas and supply e-cig mods to current smokers.

    Juul Not Welcome In San Francisco

    Embracing vaping as an alternative to cigarettes i

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