Do We Know How Risky E-Cigarettes Are?

From: The Regulatory Review | A Publication of the Penn Program on Regulation

E-cigarettes are less dangerous than is generally believed, posing a unique information challenge for regulators.

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are lithium-ion powered devices that do not burn tobacco, but instead generate a nicotine vapor by vaporizing a fluid. Because conventional cigarettes have much higher levels of carcinogenic and toxic chemicals than e-cigarettes, conventional cigarettes pose health hazards—such as cancer—that are many orders of magnitude greater than those linked to these “vaping” devices. However, as a nicotine delivery mechanism, e-cigarettes, like conventional cigarettes, do create the possibility of addiction.

FDA Nominee Pipes Up on E-Cigarettes

From: CSP Daily News

Gottlieb won’t commit to flavor ban

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chimed in on the electronic-cigarette debate, but held off judgement on one of the product’s most disputed elements: flavor bans.

In his confirmation hearing, Dr. Scott Gottlieb declined to commit to a ban on flavored cigarettes even when confronted with the potential that flavors could lure adolescents into experimentation, according to The Hill.

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Tackling Tobacco: March 2017 Legislative & Regulatory Roundup

From: Convenience Store News

NATIONAL REPORT — Tobacco legislation and regulation is constantly under review at the local, state and federal levels. In this monthly roundup, Convenience Store News highlights the latest proposals and approved changes happening across the United States.

ARKANSAS

Little Rock — Arkansas State Rep. Fred Allen (D-33rd District) introduced legislation to prohibit the sale of tobacco products in the state to consumers under 21 years old. The measure, HB 1711, covers all tobacco products, vapor products, alternative nicotine products, e-liquid products, and cigarette papers.

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As the vaper revolution gathers steam, American smokers are being left behind

From: Washington Examiner

By Guy Bentley, contributor

The United States is a world leader in innovation. But when it comes to ensuring smokers have the maximum possible access to new devices and products that will help them quit and save their lives the U.S. is found tragically wanting.

New Zealand announced Wednesday that it will be legalizing the sale of e-cigarettes recognizing that they are dramatically less harmful than regular cigarettes and can help smokers quit.

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The government has to change its tune on how to reduce harm from tobacco

From: R Street

by . Washington Examiner

A recent report from the Core Team on Tobacco Control drew 120 eminent signatories from the tobacco control community to endorse the proposition that it is possible to end adult cigarette use within a generation. But to achieve that commendable goal, federal public-health agencies and lawmakers will need to change their tune on tobacco harm reduction.