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Surprise! The CDC Randomly Inspected 59 Vape Shops. Here are Their Findings.

The CDC released its findings after conducting surprise inspections of 59 vape shops in late 2016. Inspections looked at retail and manufacturing practices and whether businesses knew of and followed FDA regulations. Only one business was a standalone manufacturer; 31 other businesses inspected were retailers and 27 had some mix of retail and in-house product

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Israel Set to Ban Juul Products: Here’s How Juul Responded

Earlier this month, Juul Labs announced a new model of their flagship pod vape device, complete with bluetooth connectivity and electronic security measures. Due to restrictive new FDA oversight on ENDS being introduced to the US market, Juul initially opted to test the device in more lax European Markets, and in Israel. A Sudden Change

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Vape Companies Are Pulling ‘Kid-Friendly’ Flavors Off the Market

Last week, FDA Director Scott Gottlieb announced seventeen different vape juice companies will stop selling flavors the agency was worried were ‘kid-friendly.’ The decision comes after warning letters the FDA issued to businesses earlier this year. The director acknowledged the agency’s support of vaping for adult users, saying instead their goal is to “limit youth

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Denver Gets a BYOC Pot Lounge

A new cannabis-oriented business is coming to Denver, Colorado this fall, local news outlets report. Taylor Rosean and Megan Lumpkins recently announced their business, Vape and Play, was approved for a social consumption license. The vape lounge anticipates opening in November, having rented and renovated an old auto parts store in an industrial district. What

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This Reason is Why the UK May End Ban on Vaping in Public

A UK science and technology committee recently advised Parliament to lessen vaping restrictions, The Times first reported today. Currently, The UK restricts vaping in various public or common spaces. Like smoking, vaping is off limits in places like buses, trains, and mental health facilities. The committee warns that legislating vapes (and heat-not-burn products, they also

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Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Busts ‘Fake Weed’ Vape Juice Dealers

Mississippi authorities recently arrested a number of smoke shop employees for selling illegal vape products, Clarion Ledger reports. Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN) Director, John Dowdy, confirmed seizure of over 24,000 units of products commonly referred to as “spice.” Unlike the crumbling plant matter in airtight pouches, however, MBN reported confiscating liquid spice in vials.

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Nicotine Warning Label Law Takes Effect August 10

Vape juice contains nicotine, typically. Most of us are well aware, since we mostly use vapes to quit or augment a cigarette habit. Research continues to suggest vaping is less harmful than smoking combustible cigarettes, so we vape. We also get the benefit in vaping various flavored liquids, since the flavor of tobacco is disgusting.

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Florida’s Medicinal Marijuana Laws Keep Vapes Front and Center

In 2017, Florida became the first state in the south to pass medicinal marijuana legislation of its kind. While states such as Alabama had passed strict CBD legislation for those with certain conditions, no southern state had legalized marijuana itself in any form. The nation, of course, was shocked. The south has been slow to

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Tucson Considers Legal Smoking Age Hike

Tucson, Arizona may be the next US city to introduce legislation to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21, local news outlets recently reported. Currently, the legal age to purchase and use tobacco products is 18. According to the FDA, vapes are classified as “noncombustible tobacco products” and are beholden to tobacco legislation.

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South African Officials Disapprove of Big Tobacco Buying Local Vape Chain

British American Tobacco has sought purchase of the South African vape company, Twisp. While the transaction initiated in January, the merger has still not been approved by the South African Competition Tribunal. On July 26th, a South African Competition Commission issued a statement disapproving of the merger. The Commission cited third-party and public interest concerns

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Comments Period Ends for FDA Flavored E-Juice Ban

Tomorrow, the FDA ends its comments period in the potential federal flavored e-juice bans for vapes. Originally intending to have ended the comments period last month, the FDA reconsidered and kept the option open for an extra 30 days after the passing of Proposition E in San Francisco in June. “Tobacco Product Standard for Nicotine

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SRNT Rebuffs US Classification of Vapes as Tobacco Products

Vaping has sustained economic growth and increased public endorsement over the last few years. Given the similarly increased scrutiny of leaf tobacco and combustible cigarettes, more folks than ever are looking to a nicotine alternative to help curb their former habit. Research efforts are ongoing to determine the efficacy of e-cigarettes as a viable smoking

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As Vaping Trend Soars, Tobacco Faces More Scrutiny

Vaping is a continued trend on the rise around the world. It has become one of the most popular smoking alternatives, has earned celebrity endorsements, and has even become hugely popular among teens thanks to companies like Juul (read our review here). Yet, vaping is far from the only smoking alternative to get that nicotine fix.

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The Dangers of ‘Counterfeit’ Vapes

Remember street vendors in major cities claiming to have genuine Ray Ban sunglasses, Louis Vuitton and Coach handbags, or Rolex watches? If not in real life, you have almost certainly at least seen them in film and television. Art imitating life. Counterfeiting is far from a new practice in free market capitalism; the con artist

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June Public Vote Decides Vape Fate for San Francisco

Last year, city supervisors in San Francisco attempted a full ban of flavored vaping liquids and menthol cigarettes. In fact, the official ordinance states that all “flavored tobacco products” are prohibited from sale in the city. The ban ultimately includes any tobacco product marketed with particular verbiage to claim the product has any inspired or

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Study May Suggest Vaping Not a Gateway to Cigarettes

A new study, published in March 2017, analyzes correlation and causation between youth who vape and youth who smoke cigarettes, but not in the way you might think. Lynn T. Kozlowski and Kenneth E. Warner’s publication in the peer-reviewed journal, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, reflects on prior studies and datasets of correlations between the aforementioned

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FDA May Approve Cannabis-Based Drug to Treat Rare Forms of Epilepsy

Any time the media circus has been abuzz about cannabis as medicine, the stories have been rife with controversy, speculation, and criticism. Cannabis catches a mostly-bad rap in the traditional media sphere, especially when it comes to the field of medicine. The stigma of “weed” as a “drug,” in lay terms – as well as

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Support the Fight for the Right to Vape

Have you heard of Larry W. Faircloth? If you vape, love someone who vapes, are considering vaping or have any other interest in seeing vaping continue in the United States, you may want to be familiar with him. Mr. Faircloth is kind of a one-man-show in the battle to keep vaping legal and available to

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VAPING SAVED: FDA Scraps E-Cig Regulations

According a new press release, the FDA has decided to do away with their plans to regulate e-cigarettes for at least another five years. From the press release: Under expected revised timelines, applications for newly-regulated combustible products, such as cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco, would be submitted by Aug. 8, 2021, and applications for

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Finally, Someone Speaks the Truth About Vaping

Hallelujah! Someone in a position to do something has seen the light! Someone in a leadership role has recognized the health benefits of vaping over cigarettes and is telling the world about it! Of course you are asking, who is this person? Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, that’s who! Miller, along with a “group of

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House Panel Makes Last Ditch Effort to Save the Vape Industry from Annihilation

A panel from the Republican-controlled House just passed legislation that would prevent the FDA from requiring e-cigarette manufacturers to undergo retroactive safety reviews for products that are already on the market. The legislation, voted on by the House Appropriations Committee, would still require that new products introduced in the future undergo the (extremely expensive) safety

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This is Why Raising the Legal Vaping Age is a Stupid Idea

Have you heard of Tobacco 21? It’s a national organization that is pushing to change the tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21, all across the country. Part of the organization’s tag line is that “clever marketing by the tobacco industry, pushing small cigars, hookahs, e-cigarettes, and flavored vaping products, has put millions of young

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Rep. Duncan Hunter Vapes During a Congressional Hearing… Again

Rep. Duncan Hunter has made a name for himself as “America’s Vaping Congressman” due to his relentless support of vaping rights over the past couple years. He was one of the few who would publicly support the right to vape even during the dark days of the previous administration when it seemed like his colleagues

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Slow Down San Francisco, Don’t Ban Everything!

Whoa there San Francisco! Just hold on a minute! Banning the sale of all flavored nicotine products? Whoa… You read that right, the San Francisco City Supervisors approved an ordinance on June 20 to ban the sale of all flavored nicotine products. All. A final vote is expected on the ordinance this week. If approved,

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Does E-Juice Packaging REALLY Make Kids Want to Vape?

There’s a big discussion in the vaping world about product packaging. Specifically relating to packaging that mirrors that of candy and other yummy goodies. The discussion stems from politicians claiming that such packaging is merely marketing vaping items toward minors. This perceived marketing strategy has been the battle cry for legislation and regulation that is

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