New York flavour ban goes into effect

The New York flavour ban proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo is now in effect after state officials voted to carry out the executive action Vapers will only be able to buy tobacco and menthol flavours. However, officials will consider extending the ban to include menthol, health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said. The emergency legislation will last for 90 days and…

Gottlieb lands Big Pharma job

Former FDA commissioner Dr Scott Gottlieb is to join Chantix and Nicotrol-maker Pfizer’s board of directors. The staunch vape industry critic and frequent user of the phrase ‘youth vaping epidemic’ made the announcement on Twitter on Thursday afternoon. I’m honored to be joining the board of directors of #Pfizer and working together with more than 90,000 Pfizer colleagues to promote…

San Francisco set to ban vape sales

San Francisco officials have unanimously agreed to implement America’s first e-cigarette sales ban. The ban would also prohibit the manufacture of vape products, forcing pod manufacturer JUUL to relocate. Officials hope that the ban will prevent youth from getting hold of the devices. However, combustible cigarettes will remain on sale in many of the same locations where e-cigarettes are currently…

JUUL hit by teen vaping investigation

A congressional investigation into youth vaping has requested information from JUUL Labs, amid concerns that the vaping company has caused a ‘vaping epidemic.’ US Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi requested information from JUUL, including their marketing strategy, advertising campaigns and internal communications. The representative said that he believes JUUL Labs are a “primary cause” of the youth vaping ‘epidemic,’ according to Bloomberg…

JUUL challenges San Fran ban

US e-cigarette giants JUUL are leading the charge on encouraging anti-vaping lawmakers in San Francisco not to ban e-cigarettes entirely. San Francisco officials want the Californian city to become the first in the US to impose a total ban on e-cigarettes in a bid to help curb youth vaping. But JUUL have proposed restrictions and regulations of sales instead of…

News: E-cigarettes do not ‘re-normalise smoking’ for young people

The so-called ‘re-normalisation’ of smoking among impressionable young people has been used many times to attack vaping, with governments tightening e-cigarette regulations in response to such claims. However, a new Cardiff University study has rebuffed these fears. Researchers collected the data from the results of three national surveys taken between 1998 and 2015, using responses from some 248,324 13 and…