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  • Monday, February 03, 2020
  • Vaping legislation advances in New Mexico

  • New Mexico is one step closer to establishing a licensure process for e-cigarette and other tobacco product retailers and raising the age of purchase of all tobacco products to twenty-one. 

    Senate Bill 131, the Tobacco Products Act, sponsored by Sen. Linda Lopez cleared the Senate Public Affairs Committee on Friday Jan 31, with a unanimous do pass. 

    Though the bill moved easily through the Senate Public Affairs Committee, there are two possible amendments that don’t bode well for the bill: local preemption and banning flavors. 

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020
  • Cannabis legalization bill passes first committee on party lines

  • A cannabis legalization bill passed its first committee Tuesday.

    The Senate Public Affairs voted 4-3 along party lines to pass SB 115 after hours of public comment and debate between lawmakers.

    Even though a number of people spoke against legalization, they were largely outnumbered by those in favor of it.

    For the most part, those who spoke out in opposition said they were concerned about safety and health issues like driving while impaired and addiction.

    [...] Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, took the lead on selling the bill to the committee

  • Monday, January 27, 2020
  • New Mexico may ratchet up tobacco oversight

  • New Mexico legislators are considering a full ban on flavored tobacco and nicotine vaping products along with more robust oversight of retail sales to discourage use by minors and young adults.

    Backed by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, one initiative would raise the age limit for tobacco sales including vaping products to 21 [...]

    The bill, from Democratic Sens. Linda Lopez and Gabriel Ramos, also would establish mandatory licenses for tobacco manufacturers and vendors. The license could be revoked with repeated violations for sales to those under age 21.

  • Friday, April 03, 2020
  • VAPING, SARS-CoV-2 AND COVID-19 TECHNICAL INFORMATION FOR VAPERS Update 2 April 2020

  • As new data and studies are emerging on the SARS-CoV-2, we will be  constantly upgrading technical information. The present upgrade incorporates information on (1) more recent misinformation (Bloomberg News),  (2) new data on COVID-19 vs smoking and (3) more information on environmental vapor

  • Friday, April 03, 2020
  • Science In Crisis | Precipitous fall from Climate, to Vaping to COVID19 | RegWatch (Live)

  • Marc Morano is quite simply the world’s number one climate contrarian, a dogged opponent of hysterical science, and a denier of the prophecies of climate doom. In this episode of RegWatch, Morano joins to discuss the crisis in science that many have recognized with regard to vaping and are now becoming aware of due to the disastrous, catastrophic, overreaction to COVID19 by the scientific community and public health agencies the world over.

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020
  • VAPING AND SARS-CoV-2 AND COVID-19 TECHNICAL INFORMATION FOR VAPERS

  • A good reference reviewing the available evidence on the relation between smoking, vaping and COVID-
    19 is the article written by Farsalinos, Barbouni and Nyaura [10] (see also the professional blog entry of

    Farsalinos [11]). The authors conclude after reviewing the data from five studies on patients infected by
    SARS-CoV-2 that the relation between smoking cigarettes and the severity of COVID-19 in infected
    Chinese patients is uncertain and even protective (bearing in mind that 52.1% of Chinese men smoke
    whereas only 2.7% of women do).