San Francisco Seeks To Ban Sale Of Menthol Cigarettes, Flavored Tobacco Products

KHN, 20 April 2017
Author: Elaine Korry
“San Francisco has unveiled a tough anti-tobacco proposal that would ban the retail sale of menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco or tobacco-related products that are often the first choice of minority group members and teenagers who smoke. The proposed ordinance is designed to address two major groups, youth and minorities, who have been targeted in successful, well-financed advertising campaigns that promote menthol cigarettes and flavored non-cigarette tobacco products. The products often attract African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Latinos, as well as teenagers.”
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FDA to Weigh Dangers of Exploding E-Cigarettes

WebMD, 3 January 2017
Source: HealthDay staff
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold a two-day workshop in April to weigh the dangers of exploding batteries in e-cigarettes. The agency announced last year that it would start to regulate the devices, which are powered by small, but powerful, lithium-ion batteries. The Associated Press reported last month that the FDA had identified 66 instances of e-cigarette explosions in 2015 and early 2016.”
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FDA protects kids from illegal sales of e-cigarettes, e-liquids and cigars

FDA, 15 September 2016
Source: FDA News Release
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today it has taken action against 55 tobacco retailers by issuing the first warning letters for selling newly regulated tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes, e-liquids and cigars, to minors. These actions come about a month after the FDA began enforcing new federal regulations making it illegal nationwide to sell e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco, and other newly regulated tobacco products to anyone under age 18 in person and online.”
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Nicotine for vaping should be legalised in Australia: 40 international and Australian experts

The Conversation, 7 September 2016
Author: Colin Mendelsohn
“Forty leading international and Australian academics and researchers including myself have written to the Therapeutics Goods Administration in support of an application to make low concentrations of nicotine available for use in electronic cigarettes (“vaping”).”
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Banning E-Cigarettes Will Be A Drag On Public Health

Huffington Post, 18 August 2016
Author: Colin Mendelsohn
“This week, the Victorian Legislative Council debates the draconian legislation to have electronic cigarettes regulated as tobacco products, under the Tobacco Amendment Bill 2016. Although well meaning, this legislation is misguided. If passed, the legislation will restrict the sale, supply, display and use of e-cigarettes as if they were tobacco products. It will be illegal to vape in designated smoke-free areas in Victoria. Even advertisements to encourage smokers to switch to vaping will not be allowed.”
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ACCC launches federal court action against e-cigarette companies over allegedly misleading ‘non-toxic’ claims

SMH, 20 June 2016
Author: Kate Aubusson
“Two major electronic cigarette retailers have been accused of false advertising and misleading conduct by claiming their products don’t contain potentially harmful toxic chemicals.”
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E-cigarette regulations recommended in SA despite ‘unclear’ health risks

ABC, 24 February 2016
Author: Tom Fedorowytsch
“Regulations banning the use of e-cigarettes in non-smoking areas and the sale of the devices to minors could be introduced in South Australia if recommendations from a parliamentary inquiry are met. A State Parliament select committee on e-cigarettes has handed down its findings into the devices, which are used by 1.2 per cent of the SA population. Committee chair said there was still little understanding of the devices.”
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Could FDA e-cigarette regulations help more people quit smoking?

The Conversation, 16 February 2016
Author: Michael P Eriksen
“Surprisingly, despite the size of the market and the millions of smokers (and some nonsmoking kids and former smokers) who have tried e-cigarettes, there are virtually no federal rules or regulations that govern any aspect of the industry.”
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Framing the Debate: E-cigarettes and Children

Huffington Post, 3 February 2016
Author: Janie Heath
“Federal e-cigarette safety-cap legislation that recently passed both the House and the Senate, which will help save the lives of many children, is continuing a national conversation about how this product is regulated. The president of the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association, suggested that e-cigarettes are only intended for adults. However we continue to see that the growth of e-cigarette use is happening predominantly among young people. Specifically, the CDC found the number of middle and high school students who use e-cigarettes has tripled in the U.S. since 2013 from 3.9 percent to 14 percent.”
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