Fight To Survive Campaign: Small Vapor Businesses and the FDA

The regulatory agencies in the United States have been setting unrealistic expectations for the open space vape industry and it has become immensely concerning for small business owners. Naturally, a new type of petition has emerged inviting vapor based businesses to join the cause by signing up, in the form of a well-written letter addressed to Mr. Mitch Zeller, Director of the FDA Center For Tobacco Products — dubbed as the Fight To Survive campaign. Basically, the letter is to help express their “concern for small businesses in the open vapor product industry in regard to the current PMTA guidance.” … Continue reading Fight To Survive Campaign: Small Vapor Businesses and the FDA

Michigan will be the first state to ban the sale of flavored vaping products

(CNN)Michigan is set to become the first US state to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, according to an announcement Wednesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The ban gives sellers 30 days to comply and lasts six months — though the governor can decide to renew it. This includes sales in brick-and-mortar stores, as well as online sales… . . . Mark Anton, executive director of industry group Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association, previously told CNN that his group shares the goal of preventing kids from using vapes but doesn’t think flavors should be the target. In response to the San Francisco measure, Juul spokesman Ted … Continue reading Michigan will be the first state to ban the sale of flavored vaping products

CDC’s Bias Against E-Cigarettes Is Putting Kids’ Lives at Risk

The agency fails to single out the specific products that are causing harm. In the wake of a teen death from vaping, health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are taking an anti-vaping posture. So far, the CDC’s advice to the public has been incredibly vague: The agency has warned against vaping in general, without admonishing the public to avoid any particular type of vaping product. Unfortunately, this unnecessarily vague warning threatens to undermine public health The CDC has now reported 193 cases of severe, acute lung disease caused by “vaping” across 22 states — most among youth and … Continue reading CDC’s Bias Against E-Cigarettes Is Putting Kids’ Lives at Risk

Opinion: Ian Firth: Boulder restrictions on vape products misguided

The interesting thing about city council meetings is that no one is under oath. It’s not a court of law, it’s just a meeting, so anyone can say anything they please, true or false. Heartstrings are tugged on, and scripts are read as groups attempt to achieve their goal, regardless of how wrong that goal may be. Earlier this month, I watched in awe as Boulder residents, employees and paid advocates stood in front of the City Council and lied, for 2 minutes each. Their goal? Keep people smoking, and make money. An speaker from Advocates for Clean Teens stated: … Continue reading Opinion: Ian Firth: Boulder restrictions on vape products misguided

Following crackdown, e-cigarette shops point to illegal online, ‘pasar malam’ sales to minors

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 28 — Groups representing e-cigarette or “vape” traders said today that it wish for the government to set regulations to govern the industry, especially regarding online sales to minors. The Malaysian Vape Chamber of Commerce (MVCC), Malaysia E-Vaporisers and Tobacco Alternative Association (MEVTA.) as well as 16 other vape traders associations from each state said regulation is needed since the Ministry of Health (MOH) has undertaken strict enforcement, following complaints of sales to minors. “Following complaints on social media, especially Facebook, regarding traders selling nicotine-based vape liquids to minors, the MOH raided many premises and confiscated their … Continue reading Following crackdown, e-cigarette shops point to illegal online, ‘pasar malam’ sales to minors

Fake Juul pods line store shelves, worrying users and posing another threat to the embattled company

KEY POINTS Counterfeit Juul pods line shelves after the company stopped selling its fruity flavors in stores. Juul limited sales of its sweeter flavors to its own online store last fall amid scrutiny from the FDA. Juul’s investigations into counterfeit products have all traced back to China.   They look like the e-cigarette Juul. They taste sort of like Juul. But they’re not Juul. The market-leading e-cigarette company stopped selling fruity flavors of nicotine pods in retail stores last fall amid pressure from the Food and Drug Administration to stem what it declared an “epidemic” of teen vaping. Yet mango, fruit and creme pods … Continue reading Fake Juul pods line store shelves, worrying users and posing another threat to the embattled company

Up in vapor? Small vape shops struggle to survive under growing weight of tax changes, tariffs and stigma

For Gary and Pam McBurney, smoking a pack or more of cigarettes a day for 30 years was taking a toll on their health and their wallets. “We hated ourselves,” Ms. McBurney said. Finally, something helped them quit within three weeks: vaping. “We wanted to become non-smokers. Vaping is the only thing that got us over that,” Ms. McBurney said. The couple decided to open up their own vape shop in 2016. “Our first mission was to help people overcome their smoking addiction,” Ms. McBurney said. But getting the word out has not been as easy as they hoped. Vaping and e-cigarette use … Continue reading Up in vapor? Small vape shops struggle to survive under growing weight of tax changes, tariffs and stigma