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Flavor Bans Increase DIY Vapers

In the past two months, a sudden outbreak of vaping-related illnesses has placed e-cigarette use under a critical spotlight. Millions of American adults vape, and a subset gravitate to online communities to share their habit. They congregate on online message boards like Reddit and the comments section of popular YouTube “vape influencers,” discussing their favorite products and flavors.Inside this vaping community, there is a niche group of vapers who’ve adopted a do-it-yourself mentality when it comes to creating their own vape juice — a flavored nicotine mixture sometimes referred to as e-juice or e-liquid. It’s the modern equivalent of rolling...

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The US and UK See Vaping Differently. Here's Why.

The US and UK See Vaping Differently. Here's Why.

An outbreak of a vaping-related illness in the United States has sickened hundreds and may be linked to the deaths of seven people, and an epidemic of youth vaping there has been called a "public health crisis."President Donald Trump's administration moved to ban e-cigarette flavors and there are warnings to avoid vaping altogether. But in the UK, there doesn't appear to be an outbreak of vaping-related sickness. Neither has vaping popularity soared among young people who never smoked. Rather, e-cigarettes have been embraced mostly as a way for adults to quit combustible cigarettes. Indeed, health authorities in the UK stand...

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Vaping Prohibition is On the Table in Congress

While all eyes are on the White House this week, we are reminding vapers that several bills in Congress could do more harm to consumers and be enacted faster than FDA can take enforcement action against the vapor industry.In July, a US District Court judge, Paul Grimm, produced a remedy order that requires the FDA to enforce the premarket tobacco application (PMTA) requirement starting in May of 2020. This effectively moves up this particular compliance deadline by more than a year. While a small handful of companies might be in a position to attempt compliance with this new deadline, the...

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You Don't Know Nicotine

Aaron Biebert, the director behind the award-winning documentary A BILLION LIVES, is back with a new project, YOU DON’T KNOW NICOTINE. Biebert, who neither smokes nor vapes, is nonetheless a supporter of the public health movement to truthfully inform adult smokers of the truth about nicotine. With his new project, he is hoping to understand why misunderstandings about nicotine exist, and what can be done to promote a better understanding of nicotine in order to save lives. The project was already set for production, but in order to bring extra value to the film, Biebert took to Kickstarter for additional...

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Vape Shops Open in Two UK Hospitals

Vape Shops Open in Two UK Hospitals

Who's getting it right? The United States and the United Kingdom are taking very different approaches to the "vaping epidemic." In the US cities are banning the sale of all vapor products while cities in the UK are opening vape shops within hospitals to convert long term smokers to vaping.Why such different approaches to the same issue?Vape shops have opened in two NHS hospitals in the West Midlands as part of efforts to eradicate smoking in the UK. The outlets run by Ecigwizard are at Sandwell general hospital in West Bromwich and Birmingham city hospital, both of which are run...

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Vaping Influencers Called Out by US FDA

Vaping Influencers Called Out by US FDA

A week ago, on June 7, 2019 the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to several vaping companies for their marketing programs. They targeted primarily social influencers and their sponsored posts that did not contain mandatory warnings. The posts were on popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.The specific companies that received warnings included Solace Technologies LLC (doing business as Solace Vapor), Hype City Vapors LLC, Humble Juice Co. LLC and Artist Liquids Laboratories LLC (doing business as Artist Liquid Labs).The FDA moved to discipline vaping companies for inappropriately promoting their products to those...

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