Dear FDA Center for Tobacco Products

18th August 2016

We asked you to tell us your vaping stories, here is an excellent one which we are publishing 100% unedited. Please continue to let us know how vaping has been a force for good in your life. Dear FDA Center for Tobacco Products, My name is Robert Jacobson and I am a 37-year-old male, a born American citizen, the Executive Director of a statewide California public health nonprofit organization, a college graduate with a degree in business, a 15-year veteran of the casino industry, a former smoker and current ‘vaper’. As is the case with many children of smokers, I began smoking as…

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The FDA was asked a simple question and this is how they responded…

26th July 2016

Dr. Michael Siegel shared this on the Tobaccoanalysis blog spot. Here is the question, “Are e-cigs that do not contain nicotine (or any other tobacco extracts) also covered by the FDA deeming regulations? If so, will they also require pre-market approval like products that do not contain nicotine?” Pretty simple question don’t you think? It should have been answered with a simple “yes” or “no”. As Dr. Siegel points out, “if e-cigarettes do not contain nicotine then there is no basis for the FDA to assert jurisdiction over them as tobacco products. Therefore, these nicotine-free e-liquids would not be subject to the…

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New clinical study shows exclusive e-cigarette use reduces exposure to harmful chemicals similar to complete smoking cessation

12th July 2016

We are reporting this in its entirety with thanks to Fontem Ventures. New peer-reviewed research just published shows that smokers who completely substitute conventional cigarettes with commercial e-cigarettes experience dramatic reductions in exposure to harmful chemicals that are thought to contribute to tobacco-related diseases, not that dissimilar to complete smoking cessation. The clinical findings, reported in the Journal of Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods, measured the changes in fifteen biomarkers of exposure to harmful and potentially harmful constituents (HPHCs) - reported by FDA to be significant contributors to smoking-associated disease risks, including carbon monoxide, aldehydes, and tobacco-specific nitrosamines - in the urine,…

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Indiana Vaping Law Update

11th July 2016

As a follow-up to our original article published back in March, we wanted to update you on HB1432 and its continuing affect on the Indiana vaping industry. As of July 1st - the house bill was adopted into state law, despite multiple legal challenges to its constitutionality. On June 30th - federal judge Judge Sarah Evans Barker of the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division -  upheld the new law as constitutional making it the 2nd failed attempt to thwart the bill in less than a month. The first decision was handed down on June 2 by Marion Superior Court Judge Cynthia…

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Legal Challenges to the FDA E-cig Regulations Gain Momentum

30th June 2016

This week Tobaccoanalysis Blogspot published an excellent guide to the lawsuits which have been filed against the FDA Deeming Regulations on e-cigarettes thus far. Currently there are five with the belief that more are to follow. Last month Nicopure Labs was the first to file a lawsuit against the FDA challenging its deeming regulations, claiming that they are in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) and the First Amendment. Hot on their heels were Lost Art Liquids LLC, who filed a challenge to the regulations under the APA, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, the First Amendment, and the Fifth Amendment. Lost Arts COO…

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Leading Dr’s say vaping should be banned in bars and restaurants

23rd June 2016

The apparent risk of passive vaping is enough that Dr Iain Kennedy, a consultant in public health from Glasgow has called for a ban in public places such as bars and restaurants. He said, “There are new potential risks, and we don’t yet know the level of those risks. It is a precautionary principle – until we do the studies and have a better idea of what the risks may or may not be, we should restrict their use in public places” He went on to state that although electronic cigarettes were undoubtedly safer than cigarettes there is no evidence that they…

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What Prompts a Smoker to Switch to Vaping?

16th June 2016

The Roanoke Times reported on a Virginia Tech Carilion researcher sharing in a $15 million National Cancer Institute grant, a proportion of which will fund a behavioral study on e-cigs. The grant was awarded to ten academic institutions and Warren Bickel, a behavioral health researcher, who researches why and how people make choices, will receive a $2.6 million share of the grant to test four factors influencing people’s decision to choose an electronic cigarette over a traditional combustible tobacco cigarette. The four factors are; nicotine dose, extra costs, smoke-free environments and flavors. “If a person gets enough nicotine, doesn’t have to pay extra…

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COP7 Conference to be Presented with WHO Report on E-cigs

13th June 2016

The World Health Organization will present their latest findings regarding electronic cigarettes to tobacco control leaders at the COP7 conference in November. Under discussion will be the “control and prevention of globally emerging products” and following the WHO report, recommendations may be issued regarding e-cigarette regulation. Traditionally sceptical towards e-cigarettes it is understood that the recommendations put forward will include a restriction on vaping in public, a ban on advertising and even prohibition of e-cigarettes. Although these are guidelines and not binding to members, WHO have a strong influence on what policy is put in place. Their attitude towards vaping can only be…

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WHO Celebrates No Smoking Day and Ignores E-cigarettes?

6th June 2016

Mark Pawsey MP, and Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on e-cigarettes has written a scathing article in the New European newspaper, asking just why is the WHO ignoring e-cigarettes? He writes, “It’s no wonder that 2.8 million adults in the UK are now using e-cigarettes, 1.4 million of whom have completely quit tobacco. So why, then, on this special day, marked to advance the UN’s decades-long “fight against the global tobacco epidemic”, is the World Health Organisation threatening to derail all this progress by proposing to ban e-cigarettes completely, and, by doing so, destroy the gratitude, and hopes, of…

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FDA Scrap Regulations Relating to E-liquid Flavors

2nd June 2016

According to Reuters news agency, the FDA scrapped plans to restrict e-liquid flavors in their new regulations. The FDA rules regarding e-cigarettes were announced on the 5th of May, and many believe they are going to pretty much decimate the USA vaping industry, unless a reprieve can be granted on the grandfathering in date. Yet news recently released states that a White House official deleted legislation that would have removed flavors entirely, until they had received FDA authorization. Initially the period of grace for e-liquid flavors was going to be 90 days after the regulations came into force, and then they would have…

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