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Suspects Wanted In Nevada Vape Shop Robbery

The Butts Out Vapor Store located in Carson City, Nevada was broken into and robbed last Wednesday, and police are searching for two suspects claimed to be responsible for the theft and damages. The two burglars smashed display cabinets leaving behind bits of broken glass and made out with an undisclosed amount of vapor products,
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Cole-Bishop Amendment Fails To Pass, Alternate Version Could Be Adopted This Spring

Federal budget legislation passed last month did so without the inclusion of the Cole-Bishop Amendment, which would have eased the impending threat to the vapor product industry posed by the regulatory framework outlined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Cole-Bishop Amendment was originally included in the bill and had been sponsored by
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Canadian Province Follows Ontario’s Lead In Vaping Pushback

Regina joins other cities across Canada in viewing vapor products as being just as harmful as traditional cigarettes. The first city to treat vaping with the same vitriol as smoking was Ontario. Under the ‘Making Healthier Choices Act’, the use of vape devices was strictly prohibited in public places within the eastern Canadian province, according
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Law Threatening Pennsylvania Vape Shops Scheduled To Fully Take Effect Next Week

Pennsylvania’s Tobacco Products Act, which subjects products sold in vape shops to a 40 percent tax, threatens more than 300 vape shops operating throughout the state and is expected to take effect next Friday. The act defines vapor products as devices intended to be used for inhalation, and targets not only hardware, but the e-liquid
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Vape Device Vents During California Bus Ride

A bus ride in Fresno, California turned chaotic Wednesday when a man’s vape device exploded inside his pocket, stunning a female passenger sitting opposite him. Video footage shows the 53-year-old tucking his device inside the front pocket of his pants before flames and sparks were expelled abruptly, causing third degree burns to his right hand
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Victim Of E-Cig Explosion Recommends Education In Lieu Of Vapor Product Ban

Reactionary politics have seemingly taken center stage in the debate over vapor product safety, with Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announcing Sunday that a vapor product recall should be strongly considered for products that have been reported to inflict harm upon their users. Schumer has not been shy in expressing his opinion on vapor
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Vapor Products To Undergo New Product Classification In Belgium

Legislation transposing the European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) with a new classification for vapor products was originally drafted and suspended in late October, but will now become law in Belgium. Beginning January 17, 2017 vapor products in Belgium, which include vaping hardware and e-liquids containing nicotine, will be considered consumer products rather than medical devices
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Smoking And Vaping Ban Will Affect Most Outdoor Areas In California Coastal City

A smoking ban which goes into effect Tuesday in Oxnard, California will strictly prohibit the use of tobacco, vapor products and marijuana in most outdoor areas throughout the city. The ordinance passed with a unanimous vote in the City Council back in September, and next week areas that include places like farmer’s markets, festivals, and
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U.S. Senator Urges Federal Government To Consider Recalls On E-Cig Batteries And Devices

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) is calling for the federal government to consider recalling e-cigarette batteries and devices that have shown to cause harm to their users in certain cases where fires and explosions were reported. Schumer calls vapor products “ticking time bombs” and has cited a recent Associated Press (AP) story that says that the
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Vaping And Smoking Ban To Hit Select Washington State Parks In 2018

The Olympia City Council approved a proposal Dec. 6 that will effectively ban vaping and smoking at all public parks within the city beginning in 2018. The ban would be implemented in January of that year and would be treated as an education campaign, according to Jonathan Turlove, associate parks director. The parks department is
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Retired Indiana Lawmaker Becomes Executive Director Of Vaping Group

A retired Indiana senator who voted in favor of a contentious vaping bill while in office has been named the executive director of the Vapor Association of Indiana. In 2015, Senator Brent Steele voted in support of a bill that permitted a number of companies in Indiana to manufacture and sell e-liquid products. In his
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E-Cigarette Fire Prompts Emergency Landing Of American Airlines Plane

A plane departing from Dallas to Indianapolis was forced to make an emergency landing in Little Rock Thursday afternoon after a passenger’s e-cigarette caught fire. The plane landed in Little Rock about an hour after takeoff following a passenger’s attempt to use his vape device in the airplane’s bathroom, which caused a fire that was
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Annual Study Shows A Decline In Vapor Product Use Among Country’s Youth

Despite the U.S. Surgeon General’s battle cry last week that warned Americans of the public health disaster that could result from a widespread use of vapor products among the nation’s youth, a new study shows that teens are actually cutting back on their use of electronic cigarettes. The framework for the study relied on data
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Vapor Shark Becomes Exclusive Distributor of Gilla E-Liquid Products In Florida State, Partnership Recently Announced

By CHRIS MELLIDES As Vapor Shark Inc. positions itself to weather the storm expected to rain down on the e-cigarette industry given the Food and Drug Administration’s laid regulatory framework, the Florida based company has recently accepted a partnership with Gilla, a fast-growing designer, manufacturer and marketer of e-liquid. Vapor Shark will now be the
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Virginia Health Expert Rallies Against Teen Vaping Following Surgeon General’s E-cig Report

A Virginia health expert is heeding the call of U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, who issued a report Thursday calling for more research on vaping’s health effects, and like Murthy, he believes that there is a need for stronger education efforts to curb teen use of vapor products. Murthy has called vaping among the
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Burglar Steals Flatscreen TV From Texas Vape Shop

Surveillance cameras caught a break-in at the Vape Texas storefront in Harris County, Texas early Friday morning, where an unidentified man made off with the shop’s 75-inch flatscreen television. One of the store’s co-owners told an ABC news affiliate that the burglar ignored the shop’s vapor products, and cash register and instead had his eyes
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FDA Extends Product Listing Deadline, Vape Industry Given More Time To Comply

By CHRIS MELLIDES The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its revised guidance on Dec. 9 advising all tobacco manufacturers, including those makers of vapor products, that they will now have until June 30, 2017 to register their products. The initial revised guidance was issued in July and preceded the FDA’s Deeming Rule, which as
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Philip Morris Files For FDA Approval To Market Cigarette Alternative In The US

Philip Morris International Inc. has filed an application to market its new cigarette alternative in the U.S. and seeks approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before launch. The tobacco giant unveiled its iQOS rechargeable electronic device earlier this year and rolled it out in test markets that include countries like Italy, Japan and
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Vaping Deemed To Be A Public Health Concern By US Surgeon General

A report released Thursday by U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy states that more research is needed to fully understand the health effects of vapor products, and that their increased use among young people is “a major public health concern.” Murthy says that while more research is necessary, policymakers should act now and take steps
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Vape Forward Selects Preferred Partner To Fill And Seal Its CYNC Refill Pods

Vape Forward has partnered with Purilum LLC., a North Carolina-based e-liquid bottling company that was selected to fill and seal Vape Forward’s CYNC e-liquid pods. The long-term partnership was recently announced by Purilum, which will oversee production of the e-liquid pods designed to work with Vape Forward’s signature vaporizer. The CYNC is a closed system
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City Ordinance Altered In Kansas To Include Vapor Products In Public Smoking Ban

A 2008 ordinance that banned smoking in Manhattan, Kansas’s public places and places of employment was amended Nov. 15 to include vapor products and is now in effect. Public buildings and those spaces which are open to the public are included in the ban, where both smoking and vaping are now strictly prohibited, according to
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Indiana Vape Shop Robbed, 3 In Custody

A group of four individuals made off with $10 thousand in stolen products early Friday morning from a vape shop located in southern Indiana. Store surveillance cameras captured the scene that shows the break-in at Vapin Tonight last week, where four juveniles appeared to have made multiple trips inside, filling backpacks and pillowcases with whatever
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Alaska Teen Pleads Guilty To Killing Foster Father Over E-Cig Charger

An Anchorage man pleaded guilty to first degree murder Friday after admitting to police that he shot and killed his foster father because he took away his e-cigarette charger. Peter Henry, 18, shot 64-year-old Marvell Johnson multiple times in his east Anchorage home on Oct. 7, 2014, based on findings outlined in Johnson’s autopsy report,
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Vaping Banned Within Prestonsburg City Limits

An ordinance passed in 2013 that banned smoking in all public places and workplaces within Prestonsburg, Kentucky has drawn criticism recently after it was amended to include vapor products in the ban. Growing concerns over the safety of vapor products and encouraging words from Prestonsburg community members prompted the City Council to amend Ordinance No.
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Big Tobacco Companies Set Up Shop To Sell Cigarette Alternatives And Educate Customers

With dwindling cigarette sales and the growing popularity of smoking alternatives, Big Tobacco is shifting its resources and mimicking the practices of the vape industry to boost sales of its next-generation products. Taking a page out of the vape shop book, British American Tobacco PLC (BAT) has opened a storefront in Milan for the purpose
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St. Louis County Age Requirement For Tobacco Sales Officially Goes Into Effect

A countywide ordinance banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21 in St. Louis County went into effect Thursday, amid concerns from vapor product users who have also been affected. The St. Louis County Council approved the measure dubbed Tobacco 21 (T-21) on Sept. 6, citing nearly 2,000 people who had died due
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Wisconsin Senator Calls For Obama Administration To Stop Regulating

By CHRIS MELLIDES A leading Senate Republican chairman urged three top regulators in the outgoing Obama administration Tuesday to cease implementing new regulations, including those governing the vapor product industry, warning that the burdensome rules would likely be stripped away under a Trump presidency. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is the chairman of the Senate Homeland
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Vape Community Plans Fundraiser For Slain Man

Members of the Louisville community suffered a tragic loss Saturday when a well-respected vape shop employee was struck down and killed by an alleged drunk driver. Billy Dezern and his father were fixing a broken car along the I-65 in Bullitt County, when the two were hit by a truck driven by a man believed
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Anti-Tobacco Legislation To Negatively Impact Vaping In Nation’s Capital

Vaping will soon be made illegal where smoking is already prohibited in Washington D.C., as plans to enact more stringent limitations on vapor product use are being considered by the District’s mayor. D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, has recently signed legislation that prohibits the use of vapor products inside public spaces where smoking is already
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New Federal Legislation To Place Restrictions On Vaping In Canada

New federal legislation in Canada will regulate vapor products and place restrictions on manufacturing and advertising to enhance consumer safety and discourage vaping among young people. The legislation will place vapor products in a class separate from conventional cigarettes under Canada’s Tobacco Act, which will be renamed to accommodate this change to the federal government’s
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California Ad Campaign Condemns Vaping, Calls Vapers Stupid Sheep

A new public health campaign is creating controversy in California, where advertisements condemning vaping and labeling e-cigarette users as “stupid sheep” will appear on buses, bus shelters and on social media. The city of Pasadena recently unveiled the new ad campaign, which features imagery of vapers appearing as sheep-human hybrids with messaging that reads: Don’t
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First Vape Shop To Open In Illinois Town, Gets Mixed Response From Community

News of the first vape shop opening in Shelbyville, Illinois received mixed reactions from local residents, but for shop owner James Hood, opening for business could not have come sooner. Hood owns Twisted Mist LLC, and says that his ability to quit smoking was all due to the accessibility of vapor products, according to the
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Vape Device Catches Fire In Man’s Pants Pocket

An employee of Central Cellars Wines and Spirits in New York City was fraternizing with coworkers while behind the store counter, when an e-cigarette he carried in his pants pocket violently exploded. Security cameras captured the moment when Otis Gooding, 31, became startled and jumped about as sparks and gases were discharged from his device’s
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NJOY Seeks Approval To Sell Company To Highest Bidder

Following the ill-fated release of the Kings 2.0 personal vaporizer that led to a bankruptcy filing in September, NJOY is seeking approval to authorize the sale of the company to a consortium tied to the Homewood Capital investment firm. Touted as one of the largest e-cigarette companies in the country, NJOY took part in a
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Teenage Duo Charged In Kentucky Vape Shop Robberies

Two teenagers were charged in connection to two separate vape shop break-ins that occurred last week in Paducah, Kentucky. Police say that the two 16-year-old boys committed the burglaries that occurred during the early morning hours at the Chuckin’ Clouds and Kick-N-Ash storefronts on Nov. 14, with a combined $5,000 in stolen goods and property
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Vapor Products Could Threaten Oral Health, Researchers Say

A new study suggests that the chemical components present in e-liquid can cause damage to healthy gum tissue cells when vaporized, and that the damage is comparable to that caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. The study, which was published in the Oncotarget multidisciplinary medical journal, was led by Dr. Irfan Rahman, professor of environmental
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Italy’s Vaping Population Triples In Past Year, According To Market Research Report

In the past year Italy has witnessed a resurgence in the number of its citizens that have taken up vaping, following a sharp decline in the number of those that vaped during the country’s financial crisis, which worsened in 2014. The Italian vapor product market’s estimated worth in 2016 is €295 million, indicating a growth
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Smoking And Vaping Banned In Parks And Public Buildings In Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana

Residents and visitors of Calcasieu Parish, which is part of Lake Charles, Louisiana, will be prohibited from vaping and smoking in parish buildings and parks following a unanimous vote by the Calcasieu Parish Police jury. The ordinance was passed on Thursday and will not affect RV or campground sites, private residences, restaurants or bars, according
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St. Louis Passes Tobacco 21 Legislation, Sale Of All Tobacco Products Prohibited To Anyone Under 21

St. Louis city lawmakers voted on legislation banning the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under 21 years of age within the city limits. The Board of Aldermen overwhelmingly passed the legislation, dubbed Tobacco 21, on Friday, which would effectively target store employees who sell to minors with fines of $100, $250 and
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VaporBeast Bought Out By Zig-Zag Rolling Papers Parent Company

By CHRIS MELLIDES Turning Point Brands (TPB), owner of the Zig-Zag cigarette paper brand, announced Thursday that it would be purchasing online vapor product company VaporBeast for approximately $27 million. The deal was signed with both companies agreeing to an immediate acquisition with the big-ticket transaction expected to close before the end of the year.
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FDA Registration And Product Listing Deadline Looming, Vapor Product Manufacturers Must Comply By Dec 31

Under the Tobacco Control Act, every individual who owns or operates any “establishment” in the U.S. that is in the business of manufacturing, preparing or processing a “tobacco product” must register with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by Dec. 31 each year. The FDA’s Deeming Rule has been in effect since August and established
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Study Ranks US Cities On Grading System, Shows Most Vape-friendly Locations And Least

A detailed report focused on the regulatory environment for vaping was recently released and ranks 52 cities in the country on a grading system, separating those locations that are more welcoming of vaping from those that aren’t. The report was created by the R Street Institute, a Washington D.C.-based think tank conducting free market research.
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Vapers May Find A Champion In The President-elect

By CHRIS MELLIDES The dust finally settled last week following an arduous presidential race with Donald Trump celebrating his victory over democrat Hillary Clinton—a win further amplified in congress where republicans currently hold the majority in both the House and the Senate. While many of Trump’s policies are not yet concrete, it’s unclearer still exactly
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Global E-cigarette Market To Grow As Cigarette Sales Slip, Researchers Say

By CHRIS MELLIDES The desire to lead a healthier lifestyle rings true in today’s culture, and to that end, the age old habit of cigarette smoking has taken a backseat to the growing popularity of smoke-free alternatives. It is estimated that by the end of 2016, vapor product sales would have generated revenue of roughly
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Unlike Tobacco Smoke E-cig Vapor Does Not Cause DNA Mutations, Findings Show

Scientists at British American Tobacco (BAT) conducted lab-based tests observing the rate of mutation in DNA when exposed to smoke and vapor, and found that unlike smoke, vapor does not cause genetic mutations, which may be linked to cancer. BAT is a multinational company headquartered in London, England and is one of the world’s largest
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Prop 56 Passes With Higher Taxes On Vapor Products Expected In California

On Tuesday, California residents voted on Proposition 56, a controversial measure that would raise the tobacco tax on cigarettes from 87 cents per pack to $2.87. The tax on the state’s tobacco products has not been raised since 1999, and now, for the first time, vapor products will also be hit with a substantial tax
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British American Tobacco Takes Aim At Philip Morris With Upcoming Release Of Cigarette Alternative In Japan

British American Tobacco (BAT) announced Tuesday that it plans to test its new tobacco-based cigarette alternative in Japan, with plans for expansion world-wide based on data collected in the Japanese market. The BAT product is called “glo” and is scheduled to launch in Asia on Dec. 12. The glo would be directly competing with Philip
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British Doctor Likens Vaping Risks To Thalidomide Crisis, Comparison Met With Contempt

The chairman of the British Medical Association’s (BMA) Welsh council has called for proof that vapor products are safe and has expressed concern at the untold long-term health effects of their use, likening the potential risk to a drug that was documented to cause birth deformities in infants. The BMA chairman, Dr. Phil Banfield, said
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Pennsylvania Council Members Consider E-cigarette Ban In Allegheny County

A proposed ban on vaping in public places was considered by Allegheny County Council members Thursday, with three of the 15 representatives coming out in support of the proposal. If enacted the ban would prohibit the use of vapor products in enclosed workplaces, eateries, schools, health care-related properties, sports facilities, theaters, transit stations and mass
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British Newspaper Apologizes To Scientists, Claimed E-Cig Research Funded By Tobacco Industry

The Times recently published a full apology after having falsely claimed in a series of articles that five anti-smoking scientists received funding from tobacco companies while conducting their e-cigarette research. The leading British newspaper had already apologized to one of the scientists, but four others, including David Nutt a former UK government advisor all said
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Surveillance Footage Captures E-cig Explosion Outside French Club

A calm gathering among friends outside the Toulouse club in France was interrupted last week by a piercing sound and a flash of light when the e-cigarette tucked inside the club manager’s back pocket burst into flames. Surveillance footage caught the shocking incident showing manager Amine Britel twisting his body and leaping around in panic
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Vapor Product Ban In Public And Work Places Considered In Kansas

A proposed ordinance banning e-cigarette use in public spaces and in work places received a first reading in Manhattan, Kansas during a city commission meeting held Tuesday. Citing potential health risks in June, along with the possibility for there being an increased use of tobacco among the area’s youth, the Riley County Public Health Advisory
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Park Vaping and Smoking Ban Defeated 3-2 in Lane County, Oregon

A proposed ban on smoking and vaping in Lane County, Oregon came to a vote Tuesday amid an unusually charged public hearing, according to The Register-Guard. The ban that would prohibit smokers from lighting up and vapers from puffing away in the county’s 73 parks was voted down 3-2, but a measure was quickly put
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Meet the TPD: The End of Vaping in Europe?

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Indian Airlines To Change Travel Policy Regarding Vapor Products

Heeding the practices observed by other countries in international travel with regard to passengers who fly with Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) on their persons, India’s civil aviation regulator will push domestic airlines to change how they handle vapor products. These changes would include display warnings inside public restrooms, briefing cards for passengers, and would
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Negative Perception of Vapor Products On The Rise, Signals Need For Better Public Health Education

The segment of American adults who consider vapor products to be as harmful, or more harmful than traditional cigarettes has tripled in recent years, signaling a need for better public health education, according to a study conduced by tobacco researchers in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. Tobacco Products and Risk Perception
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Most Vapor Product Users Also Smoke Cigarettes, CDC Findings Show

The majority of adults surveyed in 2015 by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who were vapor products users were also found to be cigarette smokers. The CDC’s National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), which was released Thursday, found that nearly 60 percent of adult vapor product users were current smokers, and that roughly
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Famed Avid Lyfe Product Designer Leaves Company, Pursues Other Business Endeavor

Considered by many to be the face of world renowned Avid Lyfe Inc., product designer Erik Hutchinson announced on Facebook Tuesday that he would be dissolving his professional relationship with the popular California-based vaping hardware company following years of dedication. Reasons for his departure are not yet made clear, but plans are currently underway in
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Adolescents Perceive Vapor Products As Less Harmful Than Traditional Tobacco, Surveys Show

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) surveyed students in grades 6-12 with results suggesting that most middle and high school students in the country believe e-cigarettes are less harmful and far less addictive than traditional cigarettes. The surveys were conducted in 2012 and again in 2014, and also found that participants considered smokeless
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