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5th May 2021   Government Overreach
Mash the right buttons until your fingers bleed, the prohibitionists believe, and you can purge the country of almost any vice. They continue to follow this strategy to ban, prohibit and restrict even though after a century of button-mashing they’ve failed to dislodge either alcohol or marijuana from our culture.

5th May 2021   Banning Menthol Cigarettes
Health regulations pledged to ban mentol cigarettes.


5th May 2021   Vaping
In the omnibus bill of 2020 under Trump banned shipment of any vaping products.

The U.S. Postal Service is delaying a ban on sending vape products in the mail, saying the agency needs more time to review how to implement the changes ordered by Congress. UPS, FEDEX and DHL will also stop mailing any vaping materials.

There is a very small window now to order vaping materials from your favorite vendor.

8th February 2020   Latest From FDA
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."

4th January 2020   USA Vaping Ban
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
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".

1st December 2019   Trump's course correction on e-cigarettes
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.

25th November 2019   Trump changes position on E-Cigarettes
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   Bloomberg
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.

He has invested funds in combating flavored e-cigarettes from his charitable foundation,
Bloomberg Philanthropies, which is doubling as the headquarters for his nascent campaign.

5th November 2019   E-Cigarettes Not Linked To Teen Smoking
CNN)Vaping makes teens more likely to try cigarettes, but doesn't increase the odds that they'll become smokers, according to a new study that looked at more than 12,000 middle school and high school students in the United States.

The study calls into question earlier research that has linked electronic cigarettes to traditional smoking, but experts disputed the importance of the new findings. Many praised the study's methodology, for example, while also describing it as just one piece of evidence in a growing and conflicting field.

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