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Forces was founded before the majority of households had personal computers. Now we have smart phones, ipads and high speed Internet service to the majority of people in the United States and Europe. We have 24/7 - news cycles, Facebook, Twitter and Google, we have truly entered the information age. Thus we have decided to de-emphasize our focus on serving as a news feed while still working to bring about a new age of peaceful coexistence of smokers and nonsmokers.
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FORCES will be concentrating our efforts on bringing true Free Choice to the second quarter of our 21st Century, a period where we'll likely see a full acceptance of ventilation, air filtration and tolerance largely taking the place of today's more unreasonable prohibitions. It's now 2017, and over the next eight years we will lay the groundwork for that new generation and help move the world to a place where the rights of all people, smokers, nonsmokers, vapers and nonvapers alike, are considered and respected.
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Latest From FDA
8th February 2020
The final policy, announced January 2, now includes a number of exceptions that the US Food and Drug Administration says are the result of new data about which products are commonly used among children. However, critics have called it a "hollowed-out" policy that ended up "watering down the flavor ban."
USA Vaping Ban
4th January 2020
The Trump administration is expected to announce this week that it will ban mint-, fruit- and dessert-flavored e-cigarette cartridges popular with teenagers, but allow menthol and tobacco flavors to remain on the market.
Flavored liquid nicotine used in open tank systems can continue to be sold, according to two administration officials who have been briefed on the plan. It is an important concession to vape shops that have thrived alongside the booming e-cigarette business in recent years.
President Trump acknowledged late Tuesday that the ban would be announced “very shortly.” But he indicated that it might be short-lived and he didn’t say which flavors were involved.
2nd December 2019
New Zealand first is invoking the 'agree to disagree' provision of its coalition agreement with Labour because it doesn't support the announced 11.46 percent increase in tobacco excise from January 1.
The increase will still go ahead because it has been passed by regulation. He said the policy of automatically increasing tobacco excise has "reached the limit of its effectiveness".
Trump's course correction on e-cigarettes
1st December 2019
Annie Karni, Maggie Haberman, and Sheila Kaplan of the New York Times describe U.S. president Donald Trump’s proposed ban on flavored e-cigarette products as “a swift and bold reaction to a growing public health crisis affecting teenagers” that Trump backed away from “under pressure from his political advisers and lobbyists to factor in the potential pushback from his supporters.” Maybe they’re right about Trump’s motivations, but they’re wrong about pretty much everything else. E-cigarettes are not a “public health crisis.” That supposed crisis is not “growing.” And to the extent that teenagers are negatively affected by e-cigarettes, the very “bold reactions” the three writers seem to favor are far more culpable than e-cigarettes themselves. E-cigarettes are, according to all credible evidence, safer than burning sticks of tobacco — sorry, Food and Drug Administration, you don’t get to tell me I can’t say so. A few cases of lung injury from black market “street vapes” have been reported, the cause (use of vitamin E in the “juice”) seems to have been identified, and that problem is already disappearing in the rear-view mirror. Who buys “street vapes?” People who can’t buy the e-cigarette products they want legally, either because of content (cannabis) or age (the teenagers the Times authors imply they care about so much). Banning flavored e-cigarette products wouldn’t stop teenagers, or anyone else, from getting flavored e-cigarette products. It would just send even more of them to the “street vape” market for those products. If Trump reconsidered his proposed ban due to political pressure and the desire to be re-elected, so what? A good decision is a good decision.
Trump changes position on E-Cigarettes
25th November 2019
Trump announced a ban on non-tobacco flavored vapes on Sept. 11 and expressed concern for the health of "kids" including his teenager Barron. But last week, he reportedly stalled plans to implement this policy on concern that it would alienate some voters ahead of the 2020 elections.
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Note: All opinions expressed below are those of the authors only, not necessarily those of Forces International.
Published on 2020-04-02 11:34:47. Website: Frank Davis
Death of the Experts
Published on 2020-04-01 19:17:55. Website: Frank Davis
To mute is human, to block is divine
Published on 2020-04-01 13:45:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Geoff Norcott hates being told what to do (and so do I)
Published on 2020-04-01 09:29:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
The Supremacy of Public Health
Published on 2020-03-31 16:57:13. Website: Frank Davis
'Public health' groups want you to die for their dogma
Published on 2020-03-31 10:28:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Let's Unleash More Public Sector Resources!
Published on 2020-03-30 21:33:00. Website: Dick Puddlecote
Measuring Body Temperature
Published on 2020-03-30 09:08:06. Website: Frank Davis
Published on 2020-03-29 13:36:40. Website: Frank Davis
Whatever happened to Public Health England?
Published on 2020-03-29 11:05:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Corona-vultures in the temperance movement
Published on 2020-03-27 12:51:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
The corona-vultures circle
Published on 2020-03-26 12:58:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Vaping, smoking and coronavirus - the facts
Published on 2020-03-25 10:04:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Avoid like the plague
Published on 2020-03-20 13:09:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Inhalieren statt infizieren
Published on 2020-03-16 18:09:39. Website: Netzwerk Rauchen e.V.
Are there any libertarians in a pandemic?
Published on 2020-03-13 09:30:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Scientists at work
Published on 2020-03-12 12:22:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Brexiting the nanny state
Published on 2020-03-11 14:09:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
'Public health' conference puts public health at risk
Published on 2020-03-09 13:19:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Published on 2020-03-06 10:12:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Banning menthol cigarettes doesn't work
Published on 2020-03-05 14:15:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
BBC regurgitates a press release from the temperance lobby again
Published on 2020-03-04 11:21:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Another minimum pricing prophecy fails
Published on 2020-03-03 14:07:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Last Orders with Andrew Doyle
Published on 2020-03-03 08:30:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Minimum pricing travels back in time (again)
Published on 2020-03-02 17:14:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Minimum pricing begins in Wales
Published on 2020-03-02 13:56:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Wine glass junk science
Published on 2020-02-28 13:56:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Trump promises to veto flavours ban
Published on 2020-02-28 12:27:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Drehwurm an der Steuerschraube
Published on 2020-02-25 23:00:00. Website: Netzwerk Rauchen e.V.
Philip Morris are right and the EU is wrong
Published on 2020-02-25 15:46:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Small Men on the Wrong Side of History: a review
Published on 2020-02-25 13:24:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
How to handle 'good news' in 'public health'
Published on 2020-02-24 09:40:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist