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Phillip Morris may stop selling tobacco cigarettes in favor of new e-cig line

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Phillip Morris may stop selling tobacco cigarettes in favor of new e-cig line

The Big Tobacco conglomerate of Phillip Morris has recently announced that the company might be ceasing production of all conventional cigarettes in favor of a new e-cig product called IQOS.  While the technology differs slightly from the more usual vaping devices already on the market, the tobacco giant claims that IQOS tastes just like tobacco but contains only about ten percent of the toxic tar and chemicals.  Phillip Morris manufactures many of the world’s top selling brands of tobacco cigarettes, including Marlboro, Merit, Virginia Slims, Parliament, Benson & Hedges, and the economically priced Basic, among several others.  The company claims...

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Ron Johnson to Obama Administration: Overturn FDA deeming regs before Trump repeals them

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Ron Johnson to Obama Administration: Overturn FDA deeming regs before Trump repeals them

On November 21, Sen. Ron Johnson sent letters to three high-ranking officials in the Obama Administration urging them to stop implementing certain regulatory requirement including the FDA deeming regulations because they will likely be overturned almost immediately after President-Elect Trump takes office.   The letters were sent to Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Tom Perez, Secretary for the Department of Labor, and Dr. Robert Califf, Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Sen. Johnson has been sending multiple letters to Commissioner Califf for several months now, specifically requesting a long list of answers and clarifications...

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Vaping community sponsors fundraiser for Louisville vaper killed while helping others

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Vaping community sponsors fundraiser for Louisville vaper killed while helping others

When 21-year old Billy Dezern was fatally struck by an oncoming truck allegedly driven by a drunk driver in the early morning hours of November 25, his passing sent shockwaves through the Louisville vaping community.  Billy and his father had pulled over to the side of the road to help a stranded motorist when the incident occurred.  Billy was pronounced dead at the scene while his father Kenny Sr. was taken to a local hospital and listed in critical condition.  Kenny is expected to survive. Young Billy was a regular customer of several local vape shops.  He also sold vaping...

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Primary school kids in UK caught with e-cigs; Is the vaping industry to blame?

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Primary school kids in UK caught with e-cigs; Is the vaping industry to blame?

The vaping industry is constantly under fire on multiple fronts, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and numerous anti-tobacco groups from around the globe.  But sometimes the vaping community can be its own worst enemy. Last week in the UK, news reports began surfacing of primary school kids being threatened with expulsion for bringing e-cigs to school.  One school official, Claire Holgate or Lowerhouse Junior School in Burnley, made headline after sending a letter home to all parents warning of an immediate crackdown on these...

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Big Pharma vs. Big Tobacco: Which is the bigger enemy in the War on Vaping?

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Big Pharma vs. Big Tobacco:  Which is the bigger enemy in the War on Vaping?

Vaping technology and electronic cigarettes give smokers that much-needed nicotine fix without the dirty ashtrays, stinky clothes, and thousands of toxic chemicals found in conventional cigarettes. They are a cheap and easy way to quit smoking.  So, most people would assume that Big Tobacco is a key player behind the surge in negative propaganda being spewed forth by government agencies like the FDA and the CDC. In reality, Big Pharma is a far more devious and formidable enemy. Big Tobacco companies like R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard, and Philip Morris have already jumped into the e-cigarette game several years ago.  While they...

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