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It seems that a new troubling trend has been sweeping across statehouses around the country. Proposals in state legislatures from Illinois to Washington, to increase the legal purchasing age for tobacco to 21 from 18 sometimes have, whether inadvertently or not, burdened vape retailers and consumers with new taxes or regulations that hurt both parties. In Illinois, a proposal to raise the age limit classified e-liquids (the main ingredient of e-cigarettes) in the same category as “tobacco products,” which, if the new legislation passes, would make them off-limits to anyone under the age of 21. Now, a new bill [...]
The government of Taiwan, officially the Republic of China, has proposed an amendment to its Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that would effectively ban the manufacture and sale of all e-cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories like e-liquid. The sweeping proposal comes on the heels of new data released by the Taiwanese Ministry of Health and Welfare that show an uptick in the number of adolescent e-cigarette users from 2-2.1% in 2014 to 3.7-4.8%in 2016. This far-reaching proposal follows in the footsteps of several ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries enacting similar total or partial bans on electronic vaping devices. Countries [...]
Cannabis has been having a good couple of years. The one thing no one could envision - the complete legalization of recreational marijuana (in some states) - through the paranoia-soaked fog of the War on Drugs years is now as clear a reality as the sun rising over Puget Sound. With legalization has come a deluge of new companies that have turned cannabis, in all its varied forms, into just another consumer product, bought like you would buy a pack of cigarettes or a can of beer. And running just parallel to cannabis’ legislative successes is its growing acceptance [...]
Cigarette imports to South Korea have been increasing over the last two years, new government data shows. Ever since 2014, and despite new taxes levied against the sale of cigarettes to discourage the habit, South Korea has seen significant increases in the volume and value of tobacco products entering the country. In the first half of 2017 alone, over $200 million worth of cigarettes were brought into South Korea. This figure represents a 61% increase in value over the entirety of the previous year’s import total, $124 million, which was higher than that last year’s total as well. The [...]
Thomas Lauridsen/Shutterstock The stand-by argument of most vape detractors (not only detractors but cautious supporters as well) has always been that not enough is known about the “long-term” effects of vaping on the human body. But, a new study that followed a cohort of vapers and non-vapers over three years has shown that vaping poses little to no threat to the respiratory system. Vaping has been enjoying a series of successes as of late, and these new findings seem to only add to its winning streak. The study, conducted by Professor Riccardo Polosa of the University [...]