FDA moves to tighten e-cigarette sales

WASHINGTON – U.S. health regulators are moving ahead with a plan designed to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers by restricting sales of most flavored products in convenience stores and online. The new guidelines, first proposed in November, are the latest government effort to reverse what health officials call an epidemic of underage vaping. E-cigarettes typically heat a flavored nicotine solution into an inhalable vapor. Federal law bans their sale to those under 18, but 1 in 5 high school students report using e-cigarettes, according to the latest survey published last year. JUDGE DENIES REQUEST FOR UNVACCINATED CHILDREN TO RETURN TO NY SCHOOL AMIND MEASLES OUTBREAK … Continue reading FDA moves to tighten e-cigarette sales

Nicotine salts: A new way to quit smoking

Vapers are using a new kind of nicotine to make the switch away from smoking. It promises a higher nicotine concentrate without the uncomfortable throat hit. A short while ago we looked at how people use nicotine in their vape to help quit smoking. Since that time, another form of concentrated nicotine has hit the market, and many vapers are switching to it if they have not had success quitting smoking with regular nicotine. This new solution is known as nicotine salts. Regular liquid nicotine – otherwise known as freebase nicotine – is a volatile non-bonded solution that registers about an … Continue reading Nicotine salts: A new way to quit smoking

30 percent tax proposal on vaping products receiving push-back in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — A proposal to tax vape products is already getting push-back from the vaping industry. HB1787, filed by Rep. Lee Johnson, R-Greenwood, would impose a 30 percent tax on vaping products. This includes devices if purchased with e-liquids, the device by itself would not fall under this proposed tax. Arkansas Vape Advocacy Alliance members and vape shop owner, Scout Stubbs, told KATV businesses in this state cannot afford this new tax. “Most of the stores in Arkansas are small mom and pops so I think if our lawmakers would understand that most of us are small businesses, we … Continue reading 30 percent tax proposal on vaping products receiving push-back in Arkansas

E-cigarette use linked to heart trouble: study

People who use e-cigarettes are more likely to have heart problems than those who don’t, says a study released on Thursday in the US. The rate of heart attacks among those who vape was 34 percent higher than among those who don’t, once corrections were made for risk factors such as age, gender, body mass index, cholesterol level, blood pressure and tobacco use. E-cigarette users were 25 percent more likely to have coronary artery disease and 55 percent more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety, the study says. “Until now, little has been known about cardiovascular events relative to e-cigarette use,” said Mohinder Vindhyal, assistant professor … Continue reading E-cigarette use linked to heart trouble: study

The FDA shakeup could stall e-cigarette regulations

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s sudden resignation yesterday has public health experts worried that progress on e-cigarette regulations could stall, or even stop. The news comes just a few days after Gottlieb reportedly brought a proposal for e-cigarette flavoring restrictions to the White House, according to Axios. His resignation — just as his agency was stepping up regulations — is worrying for people closely tracking the future of tobacco control. “I don’t think that anyone knows for sure what this means,” says Desmond Jenson, an attorney with the Public Health Law Center at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, says in an email … Continue reading The FDA shakeup could stall e-cigarette regulations