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Pennsylvania Bill Advances, Could Replace Burdensome Vape Tax Still In Effect

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BY CHRIS MELLIDES

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A bill that would replace a burdensome tax on vapor products advanced through the Pennsylvania Senate Finance Committee and could prevent small businesses throughout the state from closing.

Last year a 40 percent tax on vapor products and a 40 percent tax on existing inventory in the state’s vape shops spelled curtains for many of them that could not create a sustainable business model in the wake of the troublesome law.

Since the tax was enacted on October 1, the Pennsylvania Vaping Association told the local press that 120 vape shops have closed.

It is yet unclear as to whether the new bill will be considered by the full Senate.

For more on the story visit 69 news.

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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Wrigley Sues E-liquid Brand For Trademark Infringement

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As reported by World Intellectual Property Review, Wm. Wrigley, Jr. Company, the confectionary company behind brands including Skittles and Starburst, has filed a lawsuit against Get Wrecked Juices, LLC and Brian Edward Turner alleging infringement of their Skittles and Starburst trademarks. Wrigley’s complaint in full can be downloaded from the preceding link.

Get Wrecked Juices’ alleged infringements are captured in photographic form and presented within the complaint, showing two e-liquids, one named Skeetlez and and accompanied by an image of candy materially similar to Wrigley’s product, along with advertising copy which reads, “Experience the spectrum of visible light”, which references the “Taste the rainbow” slogan for Wrigley’s product. Additionally, the actual name for Get Wrecked Juices’ other liquid is “Pink Starburst” and is likewise accompanied by a photograph of a soft, square-ish pink candy which strongly resembles Wrigley’s product.

The opening of the complaint reads as follows:

“There is a growing concern, shared by the FDA, the Senate and others, that the marketing of e-cigarette materials in chocolate, fruit and/or candy flavors harmfully targets children under 18 years of age. This action is brought because Defendants have refused to cease their misappropriation of Wrigley’s famous and federally registered STARBURST and SKITTLES trademarks for use on Defendants’ e-liquid for electronic cigarettes, in an intentional effort to trade off of the valuable goodwill that Wrigley has built up in its marks. Defendants’ unauthorized and infringing use of Wrigley’s STARBURST and SKITTLES trademarks are likely to cause confusion, harm the public, and damage Wrigley’s valuable rights.”

 

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Tobacco 21 Measure Introduced In Illinois, Would Take Hold State-wide If Passed

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A lawmaker in Illinois has introduced a measure to raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco products, and if passed, the bill would hike up the current smoking age from 18 to 21 throughout the state.

Senate Bill 2332 would prohibit the purchase of all tobacco products, including alternative nicotine products like e-cigarettes to all underage persons state-wide. The bill covers any product that falls under the “electronic nicotine delivery system” (ENDS) category, according to Illinois Policy.

This proposed ordinance is rooted in a nation-wide effort to increase the purchase age for tobacco products to 21 and is dubbed Tobacco 21. Lake County has already implemented the measure, with Chicago adopting the policy city-wide in 2016, Illinois Policy also reports.

Tobacco 21 legislation has already passed in states like Hawaii, California, Maine, New Jersey and Oregon.

To read more click here for the Illinois Policy 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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Lafayette, Indiana Set To Ban Vaping In Public Venues

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According to a report from WLFI.com, the city of Lafayette, Indiana is pursuing an amendment that will see vaping banned in all public locations where smoking is already prohibited. Such locations include restaurants, bars, retail stores, and others.

Ron Campbell, who is a city councilman and President of the Skyline Ridge Home Owner’s Association, stated in part:

“She [Lafeyette’s City Attorney] obtained the information from a number of cities. Indianapolis has one, I guess. A lot of the cities our size already have the same ordinance.”

The amendment comes up for a vote on Monday, February 5th, 2018, and will have to pass two votes before it can take effect.

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