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Chicago Passes Highest Tax Hike in Nation, Others Looming

Taxes seem to be a hot topic no matter what time of year, but this time of year especially is a good time to brush up on what’s happening across the nation in terms of vaping taxes that are on the table and ones that are going into effect this fall. We know you’re hearing [...]

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FDA Considering Convenience Stores, Online Sale Restrictions

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb continues his crusade against the e-cigarette industry, and this time the threat is to convenience store and online sales. The FDA is looking into banning some e-cigarette sales in convenience stores, confining them to brick-and-mortar vape shops only. Vape shops in this sense are defined as stores whose [...]

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October Banning Report

The ghosts, goblins and witches are out in full force, placing bans on various parts of the United States. Is your neck of the woods in our monthly list?Fox Illinois reports that Springfield’s aldermen are looking to ban vaping and chewing tobacco in all city buildings. Smoking is already banned.In another Springfield — Massachusetts that [...]

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​South Park's 'Tegridy Farms' Latest Vaping in Pop Culture Showing

For 22 seasons, South Park has taken on familiar and topical mainstream subjects, poking fun at them to an extreme that allows us to not take ourselves too seriously. Last week’s episode was no different, but this time vaping was the hot topic in a long-awaited episode titled, “Tegridy Farms.”In Tegridy Farms, Randy learns that [...]

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More Smokers Switching to Vaping, U.S. Sales Rise

Part of the definition of the term reduction — the action or fact of making a specified thing smaller or less in amount, degree or size — focuses on the word action. The vaping industry is one of action, and harm reduction is a very real and necessary action for all of us. We’re so [...]

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VCU Awarded $19.8 Million for Government Funded Study

It’s too early to tell the impact of the Food and Drug Administration’s warnings handed down in September, but researchers at the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products at Virginia Commonwealth University have been awarded a grant to study the effects on an outright ban of flavored e-cigarettes.VCU researchers were awarded $19.78 million over [...]

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September Banning Report

Fall is already in full swing, and just like 2018, the bannings haven’t slowed down. We’ll jump right in with September’s report of bans that could be happening in your area from the summer into the fall timeframe.The New Jersey Senate and Assembly passed a bill making all public parks and beaches smoke- and vape-free. [...]

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FDA Issues Further Warnings, Threatens Online Sales

If this blog looks like a repeat from earlier this month regarding the Food and Drug Administration’s 60-day deadline and warning letters to a multitude of companies, you’d be wrong. Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has thrown down an additional gauntlet further threatening our industry.Our earlier blog reported that companies had a two-month window to prove they [...]

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Vaping Deemed 'Human Rights Issue' In Developing Countries

While the vaping climate in America is more volatile than perhaps ever before (more on the latest news in a future blog), developing countries and world leader are clamoring for more affordable vaping products.Smoking and the death rate due to tobacco usage isn’t just an issue in the United States, in fact, Helen Redmond, an [...]

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Big Tobacco Benefitting from Latest FDA Pushback

As we reported earlier this month, the Food and Drug administration set a historical precedent with its warnings to five brands — Juul, Vuse, MarkTen, Blu E-cigs and Logic — to submit plans on how they are going to combat minors using their products. They have 60 days to do it, and this seems like [...]

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