In an election billed as a war between good and evil, San Francisco voters overwhelmingly passed a ban on flavored tobacco products, including vaping e-liquid.
A New York bill that would ban all flavored vaping e-liquid sales is being discussed in committee. In New Jersey, the governor has introduced a 75 percent wholesale tax on vapor products as part of his proposed budget.
Appealing the lawsuit challenging the FDA’s Deeming Rule is a costly venture so the vaping industry is turning to crowdfunding to raise the estimated $250,000 needed to finish the job. The campaign is called #FUNDtheSUIT, and it’s being promoted by YouTube reviewer GrimmGreen and Vape News Magazine.
San Francisco voters will decide on June 5 whether to ban menthol cigarettes, and other flavored tobacco products (including vaping e-liquid). Proposition E pits the city’s Board of Supervisors and a coalition of tobacco control groups against opponents from tobacco companies, local grocers and convenience stores, and vape shops and e-liquid manufacturers.
YouTube has recently penalized vaping channels without explanation, apparently focused on the popular product JUUL. The problems with vaping and YouTube go further though, with e-cigarette-related channels demonetized and suppressed on the video hosting site.
Tobacco stocks fell in April after a Citigroup analyst downgraded Marlboro-maker Altria, and Philip Morris International released a weak earnings report. CNBC analyst Jim Cramer summed it up in a Mad Money episode, saying the cigarette manufacturers were “bent, spindled and mutilated” by the threat posed by vaping rivals like JUUL.