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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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Russia may soon encourage smokers to switch to vaping as a public health measure. Industry and trade minister Denis Manturov told business publication Vedomosti that Russia may implement a differential taxation scheme for vaping and tobacco products.
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The U.S. Army has banned use of the cannabis compound cannabidiol (usually called CBD), after a series of incidents in which soldiers were sickened by products that are often referred to as “synthetic cannabinoids” or “synthetic marijuana.” Even while implementing a ban on CBD though, the Army admits that actual CBD is not harmful.
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Nicopure Labs and the Right to be Smoke-Free Coalition have filed the opening brief in their appeal of the decision made by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last July. The vaping industry appeal challenges the FDA violated the First Amendment and the Administrative Procedures Act in creating its Deeming Rule.
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The American Cancer Society's new position statement on e-cigarettes concedes that smokers who can't or won't quit should switch to any non-combustible nicotine alternative. But the organization is still calling for vapes to be unappealing, and for the FDA to regulate them to the fullest possible extent.
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Researchers have discovered how the brain activity of people with a cell mutation associated with schizophrenia may be improved by the use of nicotine.
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Police in Murfreesboro, TN, and surrounding areas, raided and closed 23 stores for selling products containing the cannabis-derivative CBD. Authorities say 21 people were indicted.
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Vape manufacturer JUUL Labs issued a public statement disputing viral rumors that their e-cigarette the JUUL has caused lung cancer. The rumors spread online through social media posts. Vaping as not been proven to cause cancer of any kind.
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For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may approve a pharmaceutical product based on a compound found in cannabis plants. Cannabidiol (CBD)-based Epidiolex, made by GW Pharmaceuticals, has completed promising Phase 3 clinical trials for treatment of epileptic seizure disorders Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes.
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Public Health England is confirming its 2015 assessment that e-cigarettes are far safer than smoking. The government agency was the first respected public health organization to urge cigarette smokers to switch to vaping -- and to suggest that doctors recommend e-cigs to smoking patients. The new report assesses the evidence since the 2015 publication.
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As of Feb. 1, it became illegal to possess or use e-cigarettes and other vaping products in Singapore, with fines as high as 2,000 Singapore dollars. Fines for sales or importation can be five times that high, with six months in jail also possible. Repeat offenders can get double those penalties.