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  • Monday, November 18, 2019
  • Donald Trump backs away from proposal to ban flavored e-cigarettes amid fears of a voter backlash after declaring he would outlaw them [...]

  • Donald Trump is reportedly backing away from a proposal to ban flavored e-cigarettes amid fears of a backlash from voters. 

    The president had considered outlawing the controversial products that have been linked to a series of deaths, with even the first lady 'feeling strongly' about the issue.

    But it is understood the POTUS is hesitant to press ahead with action on vaping as he fears suffering a backlash from voters, according to a report in The New York Times

  • Monday, November 18, 2019
  • Nicotine delivery different for different e-cigarettes finds study

  • A new study from Penn State College of Medicine researchers has shown that different electronic cigarettes or “electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS)” have different rates of nicotine delivery to the users. Most popular brand of e-cigarettes JUUL for example has been found to deliver more nicotine at a faster rate compared to other brands. [...] Jessica Yingst [...] explained that there have been studies that have revealed that electronic cigarettes with cartridges containing higher nicotine concentrations were also providing low nicotine to the users compared to traditional cigarettes.

  • Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Gottlieb: Juul can't keep their products out of the hands of kids

  • Monday marked exactly two months since HHS Secretary Azar said the administration would act to remove flavored e-cigarettes from the market, including everything except tobacco flavor. But there are some signs that the administration may be softening its stance, allowing menthol to remain, and potentially excluding vape shops from the flavor ban. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Pfizer board member and former FDA commissioner, join "Squawk Box" to discuss.

  • Friday, November 15, 2019
  • A regulatory haze: Vape marketers are online, creating new headaches for feds

  • Tobacco marketing researchers and anti-smoking advocates say regulators — namely the Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission — are ill equipped, relying on rules and standards that fail to understand modern marketing.

    Eschewing the glossy magazines and television ads favored by tobacco giants, brands like Juul, Logic and Myblu have leveraged sophisticated internet campaigns, relying heavily on Instagram, the photo-sharing platform used by about three-quarters of American teenagers. [...]

  • Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Pending Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes in Massachusetts Authorizes Forfeiture of Vapers' Cars

  • The bill, which the state House passed yesterday, says police may seize vehicles in which they find untaxed vaping products. According to the Institute for Justice, Massachusetts has "the worst civil forfeiture laws in the country." It looks like state legislators are about to outdo themselves.

    The Massachusetts House of Representatives yesterday approved a bill that would ban flavored e-cigarettes, impose a 75 percent excise tax on "electronic nicotine delivery systems" (including e-liquids as well as devices), and authorize forfeiture of cars driven by vapers caught with "untaxed" products. [...]

  • Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Massachusetts House Passes Bill that Promotes Marlboro Cigarettes; Why are They Doing This Huge Favor for Philip Morris?

  • If the purpose of this legislation is to protect young people from the harmful effects of tobacco, then it is an utter failure. It makes it much easier for a youth in Massachusetts to get their hands on a Marlboro cigarette than a cherry vape. In addition, since proponents of the law argue that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking, there are now thousands of youth vapers in Massachusetts who would no longer be able to vape, so by the proponents' own reasoning, there is going to be a large increase in youth smoking in the state if this bill is enacted.