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.
A bill in the Vermont Senate would impose a business-killing 46 percent wholesale tax on e-cigarettes and vapor products. In Florida, a special commission is proposing a fall ballot measure that would ban vaping anywhere smoking is prohibited. CASAA is asking vapers to act on both proposed laws.
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.
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.
The VApril Challenge is an U.K.-wide vapingawareness and education campaign organized by the UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) and fronted by Dr. Christian Jessen, one of U.K.’s most recognizable doctors with a long-standing TV presence. The goal is to give the country’s 7.6 million smokers help quitting cigarettes.
Guest columnist Dr. Attila Danko explains how the tobacco control movement in Australia lost its way by transferring hate for the tobacco industry to smokers themselves and fighting a religious war on nicotine use that demanded smokers be punished for their “sin” with death and disease.
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.