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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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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.
25th November 2019
Michael Bloomberg announced Sunday he is running for president, bringing a narrow following but boundless bank account to the crowded Democratic primary.
He’s already targeting Trump’s record: On Monday, Bloomberg laced into the president for delaying action on outlawing flavored e-cigarettes. The issue happens to be a winning one for Bloomberg, whose mayoral health initiatives like banning smoking in restaurants and bars were mimicked throughout the country and well received by fellow Democrats.
Bloomberg Philanthropies, which is doubling as the headquarters for his nascent campaign.
He has invested funds in combating flavored e-cigarettes from his charitable foundation, Look for Previous Top Stories »»
Anti-prohibition news from over the world
Collected live from our allies' blogs.
Note: All opinions expressed below are those of the authors only, not necessarily those of Forces International.
Prohibition - never again?
Published on 2020-01-17 15:47:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Childish Myths that We Know Perfectly Well
Published on 2020-01-17 14:21:59. Website: Frank Davis
WE GOT OUR AIRPORTS BACK
Published on 2020-01-16 10:40:01. Website: Frank Davis
The Nanny State Rich List
Published on 2020-01-15 11:38:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Pure Political Theatre
Published on 2020-01-15 10:57:12. Website: Frank Davis
R.I.P. Roger Scruton
Published on 2020-01-14 12:30:14. Website: Frank Davis
The problem gambling rate is still low
Published on 2020-01-14 08:46:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
The Keepers of the Big Stick
Published on 2020-01-13 12:12:16. Website: Frank Davis
Sweet success for sugar tax?
Published on 2020-01-13 10:24:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Jamie Oliver - the final humiliation
Published on 2020-01-10 10:51:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
The endless regulatory ratchet
Published on 2020-01-09 09:38:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Tobacco Researcher Claims that Smoking May Be Safer than E-Cigarettes
Published on 2020-01-09 00:51:00. Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary
The illogical war on energy drinks
Published on 2020-01-08 11:39:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Rauchen gegen Rechts?
Published on 2020-01-07 12:29:41. Website: Netzwerk Rauchen e.V.
Smoking rates have flatlined in Scotland
Published on 2020-01-07 11:12:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
David Nutt on alcohol - wrong in every possible way
Published on 2020-01-06 13:26:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Were 88% of Tory Facebook adverts lies?
Published on 2020-01-04 17:17:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Vape Shops Saved for Now: Dodged One Bullet, But Now Must Dodge Another One
Published on 2020-01-02 16:43:00. Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary
A good start to 2020
Published on 2020-01-01 20:03:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Review of the year
Published on 2019-12-28 12:11:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
A conversation about the Nanny State on Tour
Published on 2019-12-27 11:40:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Humanity Is No Longer A Priority For the NHS
Published on 2019-12-26 20:00:00. Website: Dick Puddlecote
American Academy of Family Physicians Bemoans Fact that Many People Correctly Link Respiratory Disease Outbreak to THC Vapes
Published on 2019-12-24 14:00:00. Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary
A decade of 'public health' achievements
Published on 2019-12-23 15:35:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Newest CDC Data Confirm that Respiratory Disease Outbreak was Caused by Vitamin E Acetate Oil in THC Vaping Cartridges
Published on 2019-12-22 16:08:00. Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary
Fill your ears
Published on 2019-12-21 12:35:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
The Incomparable Deceit Of The WHO
Published on 2019-12-19 21:35:00. Website: Dick Puddlecote
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Issues Emergency Order Banning the Sale of All Pets for Four Months
Published on 2019-12-19 14:22:00. Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary
Flavored E-Cigarette Bans are a Sure Way to Increase Youth Cigarette Consumption and Black Market THC Vaping
Published on 2019-12-17 16:16:00. Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary
Vapers Beware: New Study Does NOT Show that E-Cigarettes Cause Chronic Lung Disease
Published on 2019-12-17 15:37:00. Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary
Does vaping cause respiratory disease?
Published on 2019-12-17 14:11:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Sheffield's hired guns return to the scene of the crime
Published on 2019-12-16 15:29:00. Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist