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Smokers created vaping without any help from the tobacco industry or anti-smoking crusaders, and vapers have the right to keep innovating to help themselves. My goal is to provide clear, honest information about the challenges vaping faces from lawmakers, regulators, and brokers of disinformation. I recently joined the CASAA board, but my opinions aren’t necessarily CASAA’s, and vice versa. You can find me on Twitter @whycherrywhy
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Six tobacco control and medical groups have asked the FDA to “take immediate action” to protect young people from the rise in use of JUUL e-cigarettes. The groups, led by the Truth Initiative and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, have led a crusade for months to link JUUL to a supposed epidemic of teen vaping.
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Anti-smoking activist Stanton Glantz, a professor at the University of California-San Francisco, has been sued by a former subordinate for sexual harassment. This is the second harassment suit against Glantz in the last four months. Both lawsuits also charge academic misconduct by Glantz.
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Two researchers are conducting a major survey of the e-liquid flavor preferences of American vapers. Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos says the survey will provide evidence to the FDA about patterns of e-cigarettes use, and the role flavors play in helping vapers stay free of combustible cigarettes.
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A New York City judge presiding over a murder trial has been observed by New York Post reporters using an e-cigarette during the trial. The state’s Clean Indoor Air Act prohibits vaping in any public building, and violators can get up to a $2,000 fine.
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A coalition of anti-tobacco groups has filed a federal lawsuit intended to force the FDA Center for Tobacco Products to reinstate its original deadline date for vaping manufacturers to submit applications for premarket review for all existing products. The date was postponed last year from 2018 until Aug. 8, 2022.
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Internet discussion site Reddit has restricted sales, and the discussion of sales, of several age-restricted products, including vaping e-liquid. The policy change -- which also includes restrictions on gun sale threads -- follows the Parkland, Florida shootings, and recent attempts by Congress to hold internet sites responsible for users’ illegal activities.
What is Juuling_Man_vaping_on_the_juul
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A comprehensive look at the practice known as juuling. “Juuling” is a term used to describe vaping the small, stealthy e-cigarette called the JUUL. And increasingly, vaping and juuling seem to be used interchangeably. Why is juuling so popular? Who’s doing it, and is juuling safe?
war-on-flavors
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The FDA issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, asking for public comment on the role of flavored tobacco products (including e-cigarettes and vapor products) in youth initiation and helping adults quit combustible tobacco. The 90-day comment period begins on March 21, 2018.
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The adult smoking rate in the United States dropped below 15 percent for the first time in 2017, according to analysis of survey data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The 14.1 percent rate represents a drop of 31.6 percent since 2009, when the use of e-cigarettes became popular.
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The FDA is signalling its intention to look for products that were illegally introduced to the market after the Aug. 8, 2016 freeze on new products. The FDA is calling for bids to perform inspections of vaping manufacturers, which the agency gained regulatory control over through its 2016 Deeming Rule.