Vooping Not Pooping
September 8th, 2013
Follow Your State to Capitol Hill
Oklahoma County Mulls Vaping Restrictions
OregonLive.com reports that officials held a meeting last month for the pulic and county commissioners, debating vaping age restrictions, licensing requirements for shops and further rules regarding vaping in public places.
The community agree on regulated age restrictions on e-cigarettes, while most of the argument stems from whether the unregulated e-cig is indeed a way to quit smoking or is just another way of pulling children in to a habit. However, in Oklahoma, if a heavy fine is passed on to retailers who do sell e-cigs to minors, the fine on repeat offenders could result in losing sales tax licenses.
For the full story, visit http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/01/multnomah_county_electronic_ci.html.
Center for Tobacco Products Director Named SFATA Conference Headliner
As director of the Center for Tobacco Products, Zeller leads the FDA’s efforts to reduce the disease and death from tobacco use and bring previously unavailable information about its dangers to light. Zeller is dedicated to carrying out CTP’s charge to reduce the harm from all tobacco products across the entire population—with a focus on how and why people start, stop or start again after stopping.
The vapor industry is facing its most critical year yet. In 2015, vapor product face significant challenges from pending federal regulation, state taxation and legislation, as well as prohibitions and bans.
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8 a.m.-5 p.m. General Session
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2–6 p.m. SFATA Chapter Training
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Reserve Your Booth for ECC/VPX
The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls combines 116,000 square feet of versatile state-of-the-art indoor meeting and event space with vibrant outdoor activities. Its unique Western New York location, along the dynamic Old Falls Street, USA, offers a myriad of customized convention, meeting and banquet options including the ability to host private outdoor receptions, just footsteps from Niagara Falls State Park and the famed waterfalls themselves. The facility is also just a quick 20-minute drive from Buffalo, N.Y.
The Vaper’s Exhibit by ECC will be a 2-day event (Thurs, Fri) and will feature both B2B and B2C sessions. Reserve your booth today.
Official Lodging partner for VPX is Sheraton At the Falls. Discounted packages will be offered to all VPX exhibitors.
California Senator Mark Leno Says ‘Hundreds of Thousands of E-Cigarette Users Will Die’
Whether it’s e-cigarettes or analogs, nicotine is an addiction and it kills, according to California Senator Mark Leno (D-Calif.). Tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com reports that Leno recently spoke to Reuters, and was quoted as saying, “We’re going to see hundreds of thousands of family members and friends die from e-cigarette use just like we did from traditional tobacco use.”
Fresh on the heels of a potential public ban in California, Leno’s remarks were offset by the American Vaping Association’s Gregory Conley.
“California smokers deserve truthful information about smoke-free alternatives, not hype and conjecture designed to scare them away from attempting to quit with these innovative technology products,” Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, said in a press release.
With no solid evidence that e-cigarettes are indeed a public health threat, the tobaccoanalysis story is calling Leno’s remarks a “propaganda campaign.”
For the full story, visit http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/01/anti-smoking-groups-propaganda-campaign.html.
California Department of Public Health Releases Report, Denounces E-Cigs
Risks of the devices growing in popularity were outlined, including that they contain nicotine and “other harmful chemicals” and that they are not FDA approved as smoking cessation devices.
The state’s health officer, Dr. Ron Chapman, advised Californians to avoid usage altogether and to keep them away from children.
“The news comes as the California state legislature considers a ban on the devices in public places, as well as new measures against selling them to minors,” Time.com reported.
For the full story, visit http://time.com/3686557/california-ecigarettes-health-risk/. To read the full report, click here.
Vaper Expo UK Chooses NEC, Announces Diamond Sponsors
Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) has been chosen as the host of a brand new show—The Vaper Expo—dedicated to the fast growing e-cigarettes and vaping industry. The public exhibition will take place in the NEC’s Pavillion July 11 and 12.
The show will bring together members of the vaping community, including vendors and consumers, to showcase the most sought after products in the industry. It will benefit from the NEC’s unrivalled connectivity by road and rail and its location within a three hour drive time of 75 percent of the U.K. population to reach a national audience.
Lee Skelding, show director, said in a statement: “We believe we have secured the best possible and most suitable venue here in the UK to host our own much needed trade and public vaping exhibition. The NEC is one of the U.K.’s biggest exhibition venues and offers the space and amenities needed to bring together industry retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors. We have some fantastic exhibitors lined up for the show, including; our official sponsor, Cutwood; our platinum sponsor, Diamond Mist; and the U.K.’s biggest vendor, Totally Wicked.”
David Gallagher, the NEC’s new business development manager – exhibitions, said in a statement: “At the NEC, we aim to give our visitors the opportunity to learn about new industries and we are always looking for new markets to explore. The Vaper Expo UK is one of the first of its kind in the U.K. and caters for a relatively new market so it’s a perfect fit for the NEC.”
For an exclusive look at the Vaper Expo UK, make sure to pick up VAPE Magazine’s Europe issue, out in late March.
New Surgeon General Desperate for E-Cig Clarity
Maryland County’s Ban Efforts Receive Mixed Reviews
Bill discussions late last month in Montgomery County, Maryland to treat e-cigarettes like analogs is up for debate. The new bill, proposed by Councilwoman Nancy Floreen (D-At Large), also prevents the sale of vaping products to minors, according to a story on Gazette.net.
The public isn’t exactly on the vaping ban bandwagon, in a county that prohbits smoking in various public places. “Opponents of the bill included people who have used the products to stop smoking tobacco,” the Gazette story read. Opponents fear that banning vaping will hurt public health, since vaping is a healther alternative to cigarettes.
Those for the ban say that vapor is not pure, and is a public health nuisance, and that there is too much unknown. They do not want to wait for the FDA to make regulations, they want to self regulate at the county level.
FAA Says Don’t Check E-Cigs, Carry On
E-cigarettes in checked bags seem to be more hazardous, according to the FAA, after two incidents where e-cigs caused checked bags to catch fire. One was at Boston’s Logan Airport and the other at Los Angeles International Airport. The Boston incident caused the aircraft to be evacuated, the other happened in a luggage area in a bag that missed its flight.
The Post reports that U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) took the first step by asking the U.S. Department of Transportation whether e-cigarettes should be allowed on airplanes at all. He and other senators also had urged the USDOT to ban e-cigarette use on board airliners.
While this isn’t a hard and fast rule yet, the FAA wants airlines to publicize the potential problem on web sites and at airport check-in counters.
For the full story, visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dr-gridlock/wp/2015/01/26/the-faa-wants-you-to-carry-on-your-e-cigs/.