Dracut not just blowing smoke

DRACUT — Shelves in convenience stores and gas stations are empty now of vaping products and flavored cigars. The town’s ban on the sale of those products — except in smoke shops — took effect March 1. “Everything is going great,” said Health Agent David Ouellette, who has been managing Dracut’s ban on such nicotine sales. The Board of Health banned tobacco sales to anyone under the age of 21 in December to beat a state-mandated deadline of Jan. 1. Waiting until January would have grandfathered existing 18- to 20-year-old smokers by law. Ouellette was hired as the town’s Health … Continue reading Dracut not just blowing smoke

Is it illegal to vape in a vehicle carrying anyone under 18

Smoking has been banned in motors carrying -18s since October 1, 2015, but where does the law stand on vaping in these circumstances? Here’s all you need to know. So, is it illegal to vape in motors with -18s present? While this is the case for smoking tobacco-based products in most vehicles, it doesn’t actually apply to those who are using e-cigarettes – or vaping as it’s commonly known. The smoking in cars with anyone under 18 law does not apply to the following: e-cigarettes (vaping) a driver who is 17 years old if they are on their own in … Continue reading Is it illegal to vape in a vehicle carrying anyone under 18

City to ban all flavored tobacco, nicotine products in Aspen

Aspen’s elected officials took measures Tuesday to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco and nicotine products, fearing that they are contributing to abuse by teenagers. The ban includes menthol cigarettes, and flavored e-cigarettes, vape pens, snuff and chewing tobacco. “The focus should be on banning the flavored products, which I believe are marketed to children and they become lifelong customers,” said Dr. Kim Levin, medical officer for the Pitkin County Board of Health, who presented her case to Aspen City Council with Risa Turetsky from Pitkin County Public Health. “The political climate is ripe and we thought this was … Continue reading City to ban all flavored tobacco, nicotine products in Aspen

State lawmakers considering bill that would tax vape products

(KPTV) – State lawmakers are considering legislation that would have a broad impact on the vape industry. Two bills currently in the House Committee on Revenue would open the door to taxes on vape products, which are not currently taxed. House Bill 2123 expands the state’s definition of tobacco products to include nicotine inhalants, while House Bill 2159 would establish a 95% tax on the distribution of nicotine inhalants. “I think it would do great damage to the industry, and at least a small family-owned business like us, we can’t endure a huge tax,” said Lindsay Rehmann, who manages Digital … Continue reading State lawmakers considering bill that would tax vape products

Bill would raise e-cigarette taxes, tobacco age to 21

A bill filed Monday (Feb. 25) would enact e-cigarette and cigarette paper taxes to fund a National Cancer Institute-Designated cancer center in Arkansas. It also would dedicate to that fund all revenues derived from the sale of medical marijuana. And it would increase the minimum age for purchasing tobacco and e-cigarette products to age 21. House Bill 1565 by Rep. Andy Davis, R-Little Rock, would impose a tax of 10 cents per milliliter of e-liquid sold. It also would impose a tax of 50 cents per package of 32 sheets of cigarette paper used for hand-rolling cigarettes. Those revenues would … Continue reading Bill would raise e-cigarette taxes, tobacco age to 21

Nation’s first e-cigarette ban proposed in San Francisco

Two San Francisco officials introduced legislation Tuesday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes in the city until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration evaluates the effect of electronic cigarettes on public health. Supporters say if the measure is approved, it would be the first such prohibition in the country. Its chances aren’t clear. City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor Shamann Walton also proposed a bill at a Board of Supervisors meeting that would prohibit companies that make, sell and distribute tobacco products such as e-cigarettes from occupying city-owned property. The San Francisco Chronicle explains that tobacco companies are already … Continue reading Nation’s first e-cigarette ban proposed in San Francisco

CAN EASIER ACCESS TO E-CIGARETTES BOOST HEALTH?

Easier access to electronic cigarettes containing nicotine is highly likely to lead to health gains and cost savings in the health sector, researchers from Australia and New Zealand find. The research modeled what would happen if the number of people in New Zealand who vape increased due to greater access to nicotine-containing e-cigarettes compared to current patterns of use. Researchers say the results are applicable to Australia. The study, which appears in Epidemiology, finds that the most likely outcome is a health benefit equivalent to adding an extra 19 healthy days to the life of each living New Zealander, due to … Continue reading CAN EASIER ACCESS TO E-CIGARETTES BOOST HEALTH?