US flavour ban on hold for now – but states and lobbyists maintain pushing


Trump wavers on flavour ban

President Trump seems to be getting second thoughts about his plans to ban all e-cigarette flavours except tobacco. An announcement on new restrictions was due final Monday, but was cancelled at the final moment. As an alternative, Trump mentioned he planned a lot more discussions with sector – and the indicators are that he’s preparing at least a partial climb-down.

When the federal government initially announced new restrictions in September, wellness secretary Alex Azar mentioned the strategy was to take all flavours except tobacco off the marketplace – such as mint and menthol liquids. That brought on a predictable backlash from shoppers and the sector – and with an election coming up subsequent year, Trump apparently does not want to alienate numerous million voters.

A senior government official told the Washington Post final week that Trump does not essentially know substantially about the challenge and was preparing to crack down on vaping due to the fact Melania and Ivanka wanted him to. Now, he’s been created conscious that a flavour ban is not a vote winner. It is not clear what occurs now for the flavour ban, but it is probably that at least mint and menthol will be spared – and if sufficient stress is applied there’s a opportunity of scrapping the thought altogether.

What appears to have changed Trump’s thoughts is the on the internet outrage sparked by the initially announcement of the ban, in particular the fast development of the #IvapeIvote hashtag. As a effectively-recognized Twitter user, the president in all probability saw this hashtag pretty a lot. On-line activism is worth undertaking.

Massachusetts anti-vaping law enables seizure of vapers’ vehicles

Numerous US states have jumped on the current outbreak of lung illness as an excuse to ban, restrict or tax vapour items, regardless of it now getting clear that the epidemic has practically nothing to do with standard, legal e-cigarettes. None of these new laws are fantastic – but Massachusetts is searching like a robust candidate for the worst.

Correct now the sale of all vapour items is banned in Massachusetts beneath emergency regulations. That lapses on 24 December, but will be replaced by a new law that is at present cruising via the state legislature. This law, which has currently passed the state Property and will go in front of the Senate this week, imposes sweeping restrictions and draconian punishments on vapers.

Beneath the new law all flavoured “tobacco products” will be permanently banned, except shisha tobacco. This will apply to any e-liquid apart from tobacco flavours. There will also be a 75% tax on all vapour items, such as hardware as effectively as any surviving liquids.

Possibly the worst aspect of the law is that if police catch a Massachusetts resident with vapour items, and the vaper can not prove that state tax was paid on them, they can seize each the item and the “receptacle” in which it was located. “Receptacle” is defined in the law as “including, but not restricted to, a motor car, boat or airplane in which the electronic nicotine delivery systems are contained or transported.”

What this suggests, in impact, is that if a passenger in your auto is caught with an untaxed e-cigarette the police can take your auto, sell it and give the proceeds to the state. This law – and the flavour ban – will not apply to flavoured marihuana items, which are essentially accountable for the lung illness outbreak.

AHA earmarks $20 million for anti-vaping propaganda

The American Heart Association is preparing to invest at least $20 million a year on anti-harm reduction propaganda, officially to combat the “youth vaping epidemic”. With the alarming title of the “End the Lies Youth Vaping and Nicotine Analysis Initiative”, the new campaign will concentrate on lobbying, marketing and so-known as “science” aimed at proving what the AHA desires it to prove.

According to the AHA some of the funds will be made use of to fund a group of scientists, with the aim getting to “address the reality that there is no expertise about the extended-term wellness effects in youth”. It is probably they’ll appear for any wellness effects they can publicise and, when they do not come across any, they’ll leverage this into a lot more “we do not know” propaganda.

Other activities planned for the campaign contain a nationwide “engagement and awareness” programme “designed to hold e-cigarette corporations publicly accountable for their lies”, and a lobbying campaign directed against federal, state and regional governments.

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