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

Huge tax increase on vaping juice is close to becoming a reality

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) -Members of the vaping industry are outraged at the tax amendment that was passed last week by the Ohio Senate and is just a couple of steps away from becoming a reality. The Senate budget bill, that included the new vape tax, will be negotiated with the Ohio House this week. If no changes are made, the House will vote on the budget and send it to Governor Mike DeWine to be signed. All of that work needs to be done quickly, before legislators recess for the summer on June 30. The original proposal was for a … Continue reading Huge tax increase on vaping juice is close to becoming a reality

Huge tax increase on vaping juice is close to becoming a reality

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) -Members of the vaping industry are outraged at the tax amendment that was passed last week by the Ohio Senate and is just a couple of steps away from becoming a reality. The Senate budget bill, that included the new vape tax, will be negotiated with the Ohio House this week. If no changes are made, the House will vote on the budget and send it to Governor Mike DeWine to be signed. All of that work needs to be done quickly, before legislators recess for the summer on June 30. The original proposal was for a … Continue reading Huge tax increase on vaping juice is close to becoming a reality

New Mexico preparing to impose new restrictions, tax on vaping

New Mexico is preparing to impose new restrictions on vaping indoors and levy a new tax on the liquid used in e-cigarettes. The laws come as the state faces an explosion in the number of young people puffing on electronic cigarettes and legislators debate how to regulate the growing industry. Starting June 14, the state will add vaping and e-cigarettes to its indoor smoking ban. Anywhere smoking is banned, vaping will be, too, including movie theaters, offices and restaurants. In July, a 12.5% tax on the liquid used in e-cigarettes will go into effect as part of broader changes to … Continue reading New Mexico preparing to impose new restrictions, tax on vaping

Gov’t to tax, regulate e-cigarettes

The government will come up with the tax scheme and regulations covering e-cigarettes and other nontraditional cigarette products in line with plans of tobacco firms to sell them in the country. “I got a letter from one of the companies saying that they are going to be introducing that product here. We are in conversation with the DOH [Department of Health] on how to handle it,” Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III told reporters late Friday. Dominguez noted that there were now various types of products and technologies being marketed as alternatives to cigarettes such as vape and “heat not … Continue reading Gov’t to tax, regulate e-cigarettes

The Washington Senate Passes Vape Tax

On the 23rd of April, the Senate voted 35 -13 in favor of bill SB 5986 which taxes vaping products. The advocates of the bill are claiming that taxing the devices is a good way to encourage people to engage in “healthy” choices. Meanwhile, the tax is projected to provide $40 million in revenue through 2025. “THE BILL IS FAILING TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE RESEARCH INDICATING THAT E-CIGS ARE EXCELLENT SMOKING CESSATION TOOLS.” On the other hand, in line with what many public health experts keep pointing out, legislators opposed to the bill are saying that it is failing to take … Continue reading The Washington Senate Passes Vape Tax

Pritzker lists accomplishments in first 100 days

From selecting a diverse cabinet, to passing a statewide minimum wage increase, signing laws regulating gun stores, and signing executive orders on equal pay and on immigration, and more, Gov. J.B. Pritzker is celebrating his first 100 days in office. This week marks Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s first 100 days in office. Last week, marked the first 100 days for the new Democratic supermajorities in Illinois’ General Assembly. Pritzker’s office released a list of accomplishments Tuesday. “Pritzker promised to think big for Illinois, and he’s living up to that commitment,” the statement said. Democrats have veto-proof supermajorities in both chambers, which … Continue reading Pritzker lists accomplishments in first 100 days

Nevada senator proposes 30 percent tax on vaping products

CARSON CITY – Vaping products would be taxed like tobacco, at 30 percent of their wholesale cost, under a bill heard in committee Thursday. Health advocates said they were trying to reverse a rise in teenage vaping while shop owners said the tax would kill their business. would also set licensing requirements and fees for dealers. Proceeds could fund public health improvement and tobacco use prevention and cessation efforts. The added tax and fees might raise as much as $8 million. But revenue is not the main goal of the bill, sponsor Sen. Julia Ratti, D-Sparks, told the Senate Revenue … Continue reading Nevada senator proposes 30 percent tax on vaping products