The UN Is Coming for Your E-cigs

From: American Thinker

Ever the advocate of the government solution to any problem, the United Nations has trained its sights upon e-cigarettes in recent months. The World Health Organization (WHO)’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which is the UN tentacle dedicated to policing tobacco sales and consumption around the globe, is making inroads into the vaping market, ultimately hoping to regulate e-cigarettes just as traditional cigarettes, cigars, and the like.

Editor’s Note: Cross-posted from the Counterfeit Cigarette Enforcement Forum. For more information about the $5 Man and the unintended fueling of the contraband tobacco marketplace, see Weaponizing Poverty.

From: Vape Magzine

By Norm Bour

He’s called the $5 Man and he is not an urban legend, but is very real. Those in the tobacco industry have heard of him and are fearful since he steals money. Their money. State politicians don’t like him either since he takes money from their coffers, too.

Excessive Taxation Creates Illegal Responses

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NJOY files for bankruptcy, blaming poor sales and compliance costs

From: ECigIntelligence

Written by Barnaby Page

NJOY, one of the best-known and longest-established U.S. e-cigarette makers, has filed for bankruptcy.

The firm cites the market failure of its upgraded King disposable product in 2013-2014, followed by expenditure on relaunching the NJOY brand itself.

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New Cochrane Review On E-Cigarettes

From: Science 2.0

A new Cochrane Review paper provided an independent, rigorous assessment of the best available evidence to date about electronic cigarettes for quitting smoking and found that electronic cigarettes may help smokers stop their smoking, and there are no serious side effects associated with their use for up to two years.

Vape industry goes on attack against FDA over e-cigarettes

From: Washington Examiner

By Paul Bedard

Facing potential bankruptcy, the nation’s 15,000 vaping and e-cigarette outlets are mounting a massive political campaign to win a congressional reversal of new and costly Food and Drug Administration rules that just went into effect.

The “Right to Vape” campaign plans to barnstorm through 15 battleground and politically influential states to pressure lawmakers up for re-election to promise to use the upcoming November lame-duck session to make changes to the regulations.

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Unintended consequences of the FDA’s e-cigarette regulations

From: The Hill

By Christopher Russell, contributor

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a rule that extended the agency’s authority to regulate electronic cigarettes and related vapor products as tobacco products. However, these products do not actually contain tobacco.

In so doing, FDA started the clock ticking toward August 8, 2018, the date on which e-cigarettes, e-liquids and other related newly deemed tobacco products that do not have FDA approval to remain on the market can no longer be legally sold.

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FDA claims authority to regulate nicotine-free e-cig products

From: Winston-Salem Journal

By Richard Craver Winston-Salem Journal

The Food and Drug Administration’s response to a legal challenge on its electronic cigarette regulations is that all such products “present significant risks to the public health,” even when nicotine-free liquids are consumed.

Nicopure Labs LLC of Tampa, Fla., became on May 10 the first liquid nicotine manufacturer to file a federal lawsuit against the FDA for the controversial smokeless tobacco rules that went into effect Aug. 8.

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FDA E-Cigarette Regulations Give Smoking a Boost

From: Reason.com

The new rules will discourage smokers from switching to vaping, a much less dangerous alternative.

FDA’s Deeming Rule Goes Into Effect

From: Convenience Store News

Industry still objects to 2007 grandfather date.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The 90-day countdown has ticked down and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) deeming rule and its regulations for electronic cigarettes and cigars are now effective.

The agency released the final deeming rule on May 5 and published it in the Federal Register on May 10, starting the countdown. The rule also extends the FDA’s regulatory authority to hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, as CSNews Online previously reported.

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New FDA tobacco regulations stir help, harm debate

By Richard Craver

The Food and Drug Administration is forging ahead with implementing a controversial set of new regulations on tobacco and nicotine products.

The rules, made official May 5, are set to go into effect Aug. 8 for electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, cigars, hookahs (water pipes), pipe tobacco, nicotine gels and certain dissolvables. The agency’s intent is clarifying the products’ potential for causing or reducing public harm.

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