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Cole-Bishop Amendment Considered For Inclusion In US Budget

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BY CHRIS MELLIDES

In a statement released by the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) the non-profit, pro-vaping organization informed its members to push their lawmakers to support the inclusion of the Cole-Bishop amendment in the FY2017 federal budget.

Cole-Bishop “is a bipartisan effort in support of what should be a bipartisan issue, the effort to modernize the predicate date for vapor products,” reads a CASAA update released Tuesday.

The inclusion of this amendment would offer relief to the anxiety currently gripping the vapor product industry, and would alter the grandfather date for any vape devices released after Aug. 8 2015. Ensuring their place in the market, without the need for manufacturers to undergo a costly, lengthy and doubly burdensome approval process for products already on the market.

CASSA states that the amendment “has been stripped out of the budget before,” and that vapers should be encouraged to attend town hall meetings hosted by their representatives during the two-week congressional break to express support for Cole-Bishop.

“Arguably, it may be our last chance to fix the date before many more vapor businesses close their doors forever.”

Chris Mellides is the Managing Editor of VAPE Magazine. A seasoned journalist, he has worked in all areas of the media industry since first getting his start in newspaper reporting. Contact him at chris@vapemz.com.

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San Mateo County Seeks To Ban Flavored Tobacco, To Include E-liquid

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On Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will propose a prohibition on the sale of flavored tobacco products within San Mateo County, California. Further, the ordinance will prohibit the sale of tobacco products of any kind by pharmacies, and will expand the definition of “tobacco product.” The ordinance, furthermore, will not be read to meeting attendees. However, you can read the ordinance by downloading it in .pdf form from this page.

The meeting will take place at:

Hall of Justice
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063

All those who are in a position to attend are encouraged to do so and if possible to contact Stefan Didak of NotBlowingSmoke.org.

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Youth Association Moves Fauquier School Board To Expand Its Tobacco-free Policy

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The Fauquier County School Board became the 34th school division in Virginia to amend its campus-wide smoking ban to include all tobacco-delivery devices, including vapor products and chewing tobacco.

The push for the expanded tobacco ban in school and during outdoor school events was led by students of Fauquier High School belonging to a youth teen volunteer group called “Y Street”, according to Fauquier Times.

The group is comprised of 50 student members and is sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. Y Street’s mission is to encourage smoke and vape free behavior for the good of students and the greater community as a whole, Fauquier Times also reports.

About 20 percent of Virginia teens use e-cigarettes, according to the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, and this statistic has driven school officials and students to address vaping in schools.

Any student caught violating the rule set out by the board could face disciplinary punishment while adults will be asked to abstain from using tobacco products during school-sponsored events.

To read more click here for the Fauquier Times article.

Chris Mellides is the Managing Editor of VAPE Magazine. A seasoned journalist, he has worked in all areas of the media industry since first getting his start in newspaper reporting. Contact him at chris@vapemz.com.

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Tennessee Now Pushing Tobacco 19 Legislation

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Vaping Post reports that Tennessee Democrats Jeff Yarbro and Darren Jernigan are pushing legislation to increase the legal age of tobacco purchasers from 18 to 19. Though they have yet to speak openly about this legislative push, Tennessee vaping businesses reportedly believe that this push is intended to negative impact Tennessee’s vapor industry.

Dimitris Agrafiotis of the Tennessee Smoke Free Association said, in part:

“The Tennessee Smoke Free Association representing vape shops and independent vape manufacturers opposes the bill. There is no scientific evidence or data that suggests raising the age of purchase would deter youth from initiating use. In fact the CDC and FDA both have stated that the average smoker starts at age 13. We will continue to support enforcement at the point of sale and fair, reasonable regulation.”

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