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Are The Republican Leaders Trying to Support Smokeless Cigarettes?

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Over the years many congressional Democrats have fought hard to put strict regulations on the smokeless cigarette industry.  Being it a multibillion dollar industry, it is no surprise that the government is interested in every facet of e-cigs.  Recently, since the November landslide election of Republicans, many have been trying to help the e-cig industry when it comes to upcoming possible FDA bans.

Many Republicans including House Speaker John Boehner have written a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell requesting a change on upcoming impending regulations that include a premarket approval from e-cig manufacturers on any devices produced after 2007.

The Republicans are trying to get the date changed from 2007 because they argue that many of the newer products also would have to go through the rigorous  approval process which is believed would cost a significant amount of time and money for the e-cig companies and could force some out of business.

Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association industry group, believes that if the 2007 date is not changed, then all e-cig companies would be burdened with each device needing its own application and each e-liquid flavor option would have to go through the approval process one by one.  The FDA, Conley believes, would use its’ authority to ban certain devices and flavor options.  He believes the 2007 date is vital and needs to change.

Conley also believes if the date is not changed it will be difficult to introduce new e-liquids and products. However, if the date is moved forward, all existing e-liquids would be allowed.  Click here to read further and more detailed information regarding the Republicans push to help the smokeless cigarettes industry.

There is always new information regarding the ever changing policies and regulations for the smokeless cigarette industry.  Continue to read our blog and knowledge center for a variety of updated articles regarding any changes.

What is the Deal with Teens and Vaping?

Teen Use of E-CigsOne of the areas that concerns legislators and lawmakers most, on the subject of electronic cigarette products is that which regards usage by those who are underage, most often teens. The FDA recently ruled in favor of laws that prohibit minors from purchasing the alternative products, among the first e-cigarette regulations to come into effect nationally.

So what is the deal with e-cigarettes in the mainstream? Are teenagers even interested in them? Are they using them more voraciously than cigarettes? Do e-cigs really pose a problem that causes concern about teens becoming hooked on nicotine?

Teenagers have long been drawn to experimentation, and the majority of adult smokers picked up the habit during their teen years. Whether a result of rebellion or pleasurable escape, teens always have and always will be looking to test limits – be it their parents’, schoolteachers’, or those in place by society; cigarette usage among youth has always been a hot button topic. Even though tobacco companies marketed their products to impressionable young people in decades past, this practice has long been halted. Over the past 20 years, cigarette usage among minors has been on dramatic decline, especially when it is considered how unfashionable smoking has become. Less teens are looking at smoking as a cool way to rebel and create an image.

As recently reported by Forbes, the most recent statistics on high school students smoking, shows numbers that have fallen from 15.8% to 12.7%, which are the lowest numbers ever. While the usage of e-cigarette use by high schoolers has rose, from 1.5% to 4.5%, which includes those teens who have used a vapor cigarette at least once within a 30-day period, it is being looked at as less negative and rather encouraging. It is a suggestion that high school smokers are interested in alternatives, and are using electronic cigarettes instead of traditional cigarettes as a means to stop using tobacco.

If teen tobacco smoking is declining at great numbers, and teens in general are not interested in smoking, yet are turning to electronic cigarettes as alternatives, it is clear that vapor smoking is not serving as a gateway to traditional smoking for impressionable youth as anti-smoking groups claim.

To put it bluntly, the electronic cigarette industry aims to market and sell their products exclusively to adults over the age limit, and as teens will inevitably get their hands on things they have no business with (traditional and electronic cigarettes alike), vapor cigs are not luring teens into lifelong smoking habits.

Positive New E-Cig Regulation hits UK!

E-cigarettes regulationThe latest international electronic cigarette regulations to come out of Europe occurred last week from England. While the subject of e-cigarette regulations have been somewhat vague, with much of the same controversy occurring internationally as in the US, these newest regulations are in favor of fairness towards alternative cigarette products.

The new laws specifically address electronic cigarettes and television ads. Previously, while it was legal to run ads for electronic cigarettes, it was illegal for them to actually feature the devices in use. Ruled in favor by the UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice, this is a very positive direction for the electronic cigarette industry. The news laws that were enacted last week now allow companies to show the devices being used. This new regulation comes at a time when the industry is vying for laws and regulations that make sense. The new rules strictly state that tobacco is not permitted to be featured in a positive light in advertisements, and that is something both legislators as well as those involved in the e-cigarette industry can agree upon.

Some of the deeper details of the new UK e-cigarette regulations that have been enacted include:

  • Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers must not be “likely to appeal particularly to people under 18, especially by reflecting or being associated with youth culture.”

  • Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers must not encourage non-smokers to use e-cigarettes.They may not make claims that e-cigarettes have the ability to be “safer” or “healthier” than smoking tobacco.

  • Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers must not make any health claims without approval from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

The announcement of these newly instituted regulations has been a very positive step in the right direction for the international vaping community. They may be only the beginning of such regulations, however it is enabling electronic cigarettes and subsequent products to be viewed in a manner separate from traditional cigarettes. Big score for the UK, enjoy the adverts!

Major E-Cig Bans Hit Santa Monica

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image6620810Latest LA vaping news: e-cig regulations have reached a dismal climax, with electronic cigarettes being banned in Santa Monica. The city of Santa Monica has joined in with the city of Los Angeles, and it has become illegal to use e-cigarette devices in almost all public places.

Electronic cigarettes have come under intense scrutiny since they emerged as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. There have been talks and much vagueness surrounding the level of regulating and what sort of bans would be implicated, however until recently, it lay within most local jurisdictions to decide how they should be handled. In the bigger picture, just this year the FDA announced it would begin regulating the products in regards to limiting their purchase to those over the legal age limit, in the same manner as traditional cigarettes.

The vote on banning e-cigarettes throughout Santa Monica was unanimous in city council, and it went into full effect this week.

This latest news of electronic cigarette bans that cover entire city-wide areas, it is rather shocking that so many e-smokers who are consuming and producing vapor, not tobacco smoke in any manner, are now prohibited from smoking their e-cigarettes and advanced personal vaporizers in places such as bus stops, parks, the SoCal beaches, and within a distance of 20 feet of public buildings. All residential areas are off limits in the city of Santa Monica, as well as famous landmarks such as the Santa Monica Pier and the Third Street Promenade. Basically, everywhere that traditional cigarettes are banned, the electronic alternatives are now banned as well.

The Santa Monica e-cigarette ban will also affect vape shops, by forcing all new ones to be shut down entirely. Vaping is banned in all Santa Monica businesses, and any businesses that are looking to sell electronic cigarette devices will be required to obtain a license from the city to do so. The two vape lounges that are currently open, Vapor Delight and Fix Vapor, on a positive note, are exempt from these bans.

While e-cigarette bans are much milder in most other parts of the country, it is clear with this most recent news that Santa Monica is not the locale to be located in if you are a vaper!

What’s Going on with E-Cig Regulations

FDA-Regulation-Electronic-CigaretteRegulations on e-cigarettes have been a talked about topic in the vaping community for years now, with the FDA just beginning to address the matter. Legislators have been pushing  for all kinds of action, however one of the most important areas is that of e-cigarette usage by minors has. Simply put, e-cigarettes and all related products do not belong in the hands of minors. And with regulations beginning to take hold, it only makes sense that states institute laws preventing sales of the products to those underage.

41 states have acted upon the ability to disallow minors from purchasing e-cigarettes, just like they would not be able to purchase traditional tobacco cigarettes. But what is the deal with the remaining 9 states? Why are they still allowing minors to legally obtain alternative cigarettes?

The reasoning is actually quite foolish, and it has nothing to do with lawmakers thinking e-cigarettes are okay for minors to use!

Massachusetts, Maine, Texas, Pennsylvania, Montana, Oregon, and New Mexico currently do not have laws banning electronic cigarette sales to those under 18, and the fault lies on legislators who have been unable to look past the concept of alternative cigarettes, unsure of how to proceed. They do not know whether to categorize them as tobacco cigarettes knowing they are full-fledged alternatives, developed from technological advancements, or as tobacco products, and the laws remain at a standstill. So, as a result, no laws have been passed and no bans have been instituted to keep e-cigs out of the hands of minors.

As technology progresses, which is happening at such an accelerated pace, these legislators simply cannot keep up. The industry is moving ahead, while they fumble over terminology.

On the contrary, states such as Connecticut and Rhode Island have gotten the e-cigarette sales ban completely right. Not only did the states enact laws that ban the sales of e-cigs to minors, they’ve also added very accurate verbiage to describe them explicitly as “electronic nicotine delivery systems.”

E-cigarette businesses, both on the manufacturing side as well as the retail end, are in agreement with reasonable regulations, particularly in favor of banning their sales when it comes to minors. They do, after all, make sense! It is massively unfortunate that the industry is at the mercy of lawmakers and regulators who not only have no true understanding of the products, and cannot look past the concept of tobacco, however they are wasting time allowing underage persons to purchase electronic cigarettes, while they attempt to figure out what to call them.

Simply, e-cigarette regulations in regards to age, make complete sense! Regardless of what you call them, these product are not meant for use by minors!

Study: E-Cigarette Benefits Outweigh Negatives

e-cigarette-studies-woman-in-lab-coatAs the international debate continues regarding how electronic cigarettes should be regulated, and what types of restrictions should be considered towards them, a study partially funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and published in the journal Addiction on July 30 advocates for less restrictions and a more open look at the benefits these products offer.

This study that was recently done by the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, and published by U.S. News has concluded that based on their evidence, strict regulations of electronic cigarettes are not warranted.

In addition to their own research, and reviewing 81 studies done prior, the team of researchers has stated that electronic cigarettes, when compared to traditional cigarettes, have the possibility of reducing tobacco-related illnesses and death. As these products are alternatives to traditional cigarettes, and they do not contain any tobacco, the study has concluded that the benefits to smokers  outnumber the potential harm. While long term effects remain unknown, as electronic cigarettes have been in use just over a decade internationally, no studies thus far, nor evidence have shown that the vapor produced from e-cigarettes is harmful to either the user or bystanders.

“Current evidence suggests that there is a potential for smokers to reduce their health risks if electronic cigarettes are used in place of tobacco cigarettes,” said researcher Thomas Eissenberg, who is the co-director of the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products, which was responsible for this study.

While electronic cigarette regulations that require users and purchasers to be legally adults are obviously for the better, restrictions that group e-cigarettes into the same category as tobacco, and call for even tighter restrictions do not make sense. Smokers who turn to vapor smoking are doing so in an effort to find an alternative; not a new method of smoking tobacco.

Only time will tell where the fate of electronic cigarette restrictions end up, however in the meantime, it is most definitely a shift in the right direction that a vast majority of e-cigarette research is offering a positive view on this controversial topic. For more information regarding electronic cigarette studies and restrictions, have a look at the different articles on the subject in our learning center.

Where the E-Cig Industry is Headed

558750_475283232573762_170760175_nElectronic cigarettes are growing in use and popularity, and as the market begins to transition from a niche to a more mainstream sector, there are a variety of factors playing into where the industry is headed. As a whole, the success has been exceptional, with millions of smokers having tried the products, and many having switched outright to using them over traditional cigarettes. While we have a very good understanding of where the market is headed, these are the factors that are currently playing the largest role in the future of electronic cigarettes.

Vaping in Public: there are restrictions in some places regarding vaping in public. Many nonsmokers and many people in the general public are not aware of e-cigarettes, how they work, and the fact that they produce no odor or smoke. Many business owners are still on the fence on how to regard electronic cigarettes, so they (unfortunately) prefer to group them into the same category as traditional cigarettes, because even though they are alternatives, they would rather avoid confusion or confrontation. Where this goes in the future remains to be seen, however certain cities, such as New York, have banned e-cigarettes from public use, just like traditional cigarettes. Hopefully other major cities do not follow suit in such an unjust way.

Public Health: The subject of e-cigarettes and public health has garnered a lot of attention as of late. A group of international scientists recently wrote an open letter to the World Health Organization citing electronic cigarettes as a valid alternative to tobacco cigarettes, especially in regards to public health, and how they can potentially save lives, from a scientific viewpoint. The subject of health remains one of the most poignant issues surrounding e-cigarettes, and we can certainly expect regulations that approach this topic.

FDA Rulings: The FDA recently set forth e-cigarette regulations that will prohibit them from being sold to minors, a move most companies hoped for, giving further credibility to the industry, as well as keeping products intended for adults out of the hands of those who are underage. The FDA has also began regulating standards of production, which also benefits the industry in a positive way.

Industry Concerns: Before the recent FDA rulings, many feared that the products would be limited drastically, even banned, leaving customers unable to purchase them. Fortunately, it seems that this sort of action will not be taking place, as the FDA and the e-cigarette industry will be working together in a cooperative manner.

E-Cigarette Marketing: There are rules for everything, and the FDA does not take lightly to how e-cigarettes are marketed. Online and in the tangible world, marketing language for e-cigarettes is very specific. E-cigarettes are strictly intended for use as an alternative to other products, and companies are prohibited from calling them an aid to quit smoking. In order to be considered as such, a product needs strict regulation and guidelines from the FDA.

The road of success is rarely a simple or obstacle-free one, however despite these circumstances, we are confident the industry will continue to flourish. In the meantime for e-cigarette users, one of the most important factors to keep in mind for their own personal benefit is to stay up to date with current  e-cigarette laws, which will inherently affect them as the industry grows and evolves.

Why We Need to Celebrate E-Cigs, Not Classify Them as Cigarettes!

eversmoke-vapor-e-cigarettesHuffington Post ran an article on electronic cigarettes this week harking up the positives of vaping, asking the public to stop attempting to equate electronic smoking with traditional smoking.

The author, Tony Newman, who also happens to be the director of media relations at Drug Policy Alliance, discusses his own experience with e-cigarettes, as well as how they have enabled him, as a former smoker, to choose a more enjoyable path, without tobacco.

Newman raises many valid points in his article, ranging from the obvious: vaping is not smoking, to the serious: smoking bans are a negative force when they include electronic smoking because it removes options from those who are not using tobacco, to the positive: when he touches on the fact that many top international scientists are proponents of electronic cigarette usage, and recently wrote to the World Health Organization declaring the merits and lifesaving opportunities e-cigarettes possess. He also goes into detail on the politics of e-cigarettes, and how detrimental imposing restrictions can be when e-cigarette regulations do not take into account how much they actually help those who use them. As a vaper himself, he sees the many positives these products have benefitted him with, and contributes leaving a cigarette habit behind to his e-cigarette use.

There are a great many reasons using e-cigarettes is an entirely different thing than smoking tobacco cigarettes. They produce no smoke, only emitting clean water vapor. They contain no tobacco whatsoever. They burn no substances when used, and do not produce combustion. When a person vapes, they do not leave themselves susceptible to tar accumulation, as electronic cigarettes do not leave behind anything when used. No tar, no residue, nothing. In fact, you cannot even smell them during, or after they are used.

A huge part of publicly limiting electronic cigarettes is causing a social stigma to be developed, and it is rather unfair. The world is slowly coming to terms with electronic smoking, and e-cigarettes as alternatives to tobacco. They were created as an option, and the majority of users use them, and view them in that manner. They have helped and benefitted millions, the time has come to embrace e-cigarette usage, not fear it.

Top Scientists Urge WHO to not Classify E-Cigarettes as Tobacco Products

scientistsIn the ongoing international debate over electronic cigarette research, the most recent news on this front has come from the World Health Organization, aka WHO, and the international group of renowned scientists who are urging the UN agency to avoid classifying the tobacco alternatives as “tobacco products.”

In an open letter to Margaret Chan, the Director General of WHO, scientists from across the world including Asia, Australia, North America, and Europe, stated that electronic cigarettes are a part of the answer, and that they are not the problem, in the fight against smoking. They also stated that they are low-risk products, and have the potential to drastically reduce the number of fatalities and illnesses associated with smoking. Considering that these are experts in the field of science, hopefully WHO will take into consideration their stance on the usefulness of the electronic alternatives.

WHO has continuously held a checkered relationship with the products, and has even gone so far as to consider them as a threat. However, as more and more research comes out in the international scope, top scientists are pushing for e-cigarettes to be viewed as positive, even citing them as very promising in the long run in the fight against tobacco and tobacco-related illnesses. It is general knowledge that tobacco is related to millions of deaths worldwide, and is one of the contributing factors behind increased risk of heart disease, many types of cancer, and serious respiratory illnesses.

“These products could be among the most significant health innovations of the 21st century – perhaps saving hundreds of millions of lives. The urge to control and suppress them as tobacco products should be resisted,” wrote the scientists.

As electronic cigarettes are still in their infancy, and research is being performed throughout the world, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for this burgeoning industry, especially in terms of international e-cigarette regulations. In the meantime, it is certainly a positive that many of the world’s top scientists are willing to support the cause in favor of electronic cigarettes, seeing their many benefits, and voicing their beliefs to a major force such as the World Health Organization.

E-Cig Friendly Airports

EuropeAirportTraveling with e-cigarettes is great, and certainly better than trying to do so with traditional cigarettes. However things can get tricky if you think every location stands by the same rules and perspective on electronic cigarettes. Some airports are fine with electronic alternatives, and others have strict policies that regard them as no different than tobacco cigarettes.

State and local laws regarding e-cigarettes are one thing, and traveling with them is another. Currently, you cannot use them in the airplane during any commercial flight, but certain airports are more lenient.

If you aren’t aware before you go, you could be in for a surprise when you at the airport expecting to be able to vape as you please. Here is a look at the different airports that are e-cigarette friendly, and those that are not.

The following is a list of the American airports that currently ban e-cigarettes, and require all users to smoke them, along with traditional tobacco cigarettes, in areas designated for smoking:

• Boston Logan International Airport
• Chicago Midway International Airport
• Chicago O’Hare International Airport
• Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
• Denver International Airport
• Detroit Metropolitan Airport
• George Bush Intercontinental Airport
• Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
• Los Angeles International Airport
• Orlando International Airport
• Philadelphia International Airport
• San Francisco International Airport
• Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

And the following is a list of the airports that do allow e-cigarettes to be used in their terminals:

• Charlotte Douglas International Airport
• Dulles International Airport
• McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)
• Miami International Airport
• Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
• Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport
• Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
• Tampa International Airport

As you may have noticed, none of the airports that serve the New York City area have been included on either list. They are, in any case, banned from use in any NYC airport terminal, and just to further this notion, with the Clean Air Act recently signed, using electronic cigarettes indoors in any public building in New York city is not allowed.

While traveling with electronic cigarettes is definitely the better option, especially compared to tobacco cigarettes, it’s quite important to know what you’re facing before you go! As with any trip, it’s always best to be as prepared as possible before you embark.