Romney brings e-cig bill to Senate
The finish of vaping in the USA loomed a small closer final week as Senators Mitt Romney (R, UT) and Jeff Merkley (D, OR) introduced a bill that would sweep most goods off the market place and slam what remained with punitive taxes. Promoted as a response to the “vaping crisis” that will “prevent a new generation from addiction”, the reality is that the bill is a blunt instrument that will push millions back to smoking.
The heart of the bill is a ban on all non-tobacco e-liquid flavours. According to Merkley, “Vaping organizations have hooked millions of our youngsters on nicotine employing e-cigarette flavors like ‘gummy bear,’ ‘scooby snacks,’ and ‘strawberries and cream.’” Like most opponents of vaping he’s ignoring the reality that repeated research have shown these flavours are common amongst adult vapers, and play an essential part in transitioning former smokers away from tobacco.
There’s lots far more poor news hidden in the bill, although. 1 measure is a requirement for vaping devices to be “tamper proof” (not possible to modify) and a ban on “refillable cartridges” (tanks). Amongst them, these two clauses do away with all vapour goods except closed systems and prefilled cartridges for them. Thinking about that clinical trials regularly come across open technique devices far more efficient at assisting smokers quit, this is a crushing blow for harm reduction.
Ultimately, the bill would hammer what ever goods remained with the similar excise taxes that are applied to actual cigarettes. This is most likely the genuine objective behind the law – to raise income. Romney desires that income to be made use of on a “public awareness” campaign about the “dangers” of vaping.
Federal prosecutors go just after JUUL
The US Attorney’s Workplace for the northern district of – exactly where else? – California has launched a criminal investigation of JUUL Labs, whose common pod technique e-cigarette has develop into the chief demon in the USA’s existing moral panic more than vaping. The workplace hasn’t released information of the probe but, but it is most likely focused on the persistent allegations that JUUL Labs has targeted its promoting at youngsters and teenagers.
These allegations have generally been puzzling – JUUL Labs has never ever manufactured the dreaded “candy flavours” that legislators like to demonise, and has infuriated the rest of the market with its help of larger age limits and highly-priced verification – but they hold coming up.
JUUL Labs has currently been singled out for specific interest by the FDA, and the current outbreak of lung illness linked to black market place cannabis goods has brought even far more unwelcome interest on the firm. The Federal Trade Commission is also investigating their promoting practices, specifically social media.
Flavour ban threat currently causing stockpiling
Faced with state-level flavour bans in New York and Michigan, and the threat of a federal 1 imposed by the Romney/Merkley bill, American vapers have currently begun stockpiling flavoured liquids just before they’re taken off the market place.
Rising numbers of US customers are appearing on social media to show off the liquids they’ve purchased in anticipation of a crackdown.
When stockpiles of professionally manufactured liquids must be secure to use for years, the threat is that a ban will force vapers who do not stockpile to either make their personal flavoured liquid or get from the substantial black market place that will inevitably seem. There’s a degree of threat involved in generating DIY liquid, unless flavourings particularly intended for vaping are made use of – a lot of meals flavourings have an oil base and are harmful when inhaled. As for black market place goods, with nine dead so far thanks to contaminated THC cartridges the threat is apparent.
USA hit by epidemic of e-cig bans
As vaping panic continues to spread across the USA, fuelled by irresponsible reporting and ruthlessly exploited by anti-harm reduction activists, enterprises and lawmakers are banning sales of e-cigarettes in a kneejerk reaction.
The highest profile ban is Massachusetts, exactly where Governor Charlie Baker declared a public overall health emergency on Tuesday and banned all sales of vapour goods inside the state. So far 61 prospective instances of lung illness have been reported in Massachusetts and Baker is employing that to justify a ban.
Walmart has announced that it will pull all vapour goods from its Walmart and Sam’s Club shops till additional notice. AAFES, which runs the Post Exchange (PX) shops on US Army and Air Force bases, and Navy Exchanges are also removing all vapour goods from sale (despite the fact that the US Marine Corps Exchange hasn’t produced a choice but).