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Vape News in Brief – April 12th 2017 Edition

Vape News in Brief – April 12th 2017 Edition

 

Welcome back to our semi-regular check in on what's going on around the world of vaping. In today's episode:

 

At least one vape shop is fighting back against Pennsylvania's onerous 40 percent tax on vaping products enacted last year. East Coast Vapor is specifically fighting against the "floor tax" portion of the law, which requires shops to pay tax on any unsold inventory on hand. If you've got your shop stocked with $100,000 worth of goods, that could mean a $40,000 tax payment due all at once – not an easy chunk of change to come up with for most small entrepreneurs. Still, the state is fighting the shop's right to sue, claiming that since they have yet to pursue the store for non-payment they haven't suffered any harm and thus have no right to challenge the law.

 

Speaking of bad tax laws, Kansas is backpedaling on a 20 cent e-liquid tax that was supposed to take effect at the beginning of the year. It turns out the law was so poorly written tax collectors couldn't figure out whether the tax was 20 cents per milliliter of liquid or 20 cents per milliliter of nicotine used to make the liquid. To alleviate confusion, the newly-approved Senate Bill 96 clarifies that the tax is indeed on e-liquid and not just nicotine, and also drops the excise to a more reasonable 5 cents per milliliter.

 

We had quite a bit to say about *yet another* state tax initiative against vaping last week, this one in New York. There's some more good news on this front – this week the state passed a budget stripped of new vaping provisions sought by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The fight isn't over though, for vapers in New York or elsewhere. The American Cancer Society has promised "lto deluge lawmakers with calls and emails" demanding that vaping be treated as if it were just as dangerous as smoking, regardless of what science suggests. If you're in New York and you vape, it would be foolhardy not to make a few calls and send a few emails of your own to provide some balance.

 

On the national scale, we learn that President Trump's nominee to head the FDA is reluctant to commit to banning flavors in e-liquids. Scott Gottlieb owns a stake in vape-store franchise Kure, which he has promised to sell off if he's appointed to the position, but just the fact that he has some working knowledge of how vaping works shows some hope – after all this man, barring some significant scandal coming to light, will lead the agency tasked with cutting the vape industry down from the knees.

 

 

Here's a refreshing take from an Ohio vape store owner that's getting a bit of play in the Cleveland media…

 

 

In the world of actual science, research suggests that restrictive vaping laws make it harder to quit smoking. "The benefits of ECs [electronic cigarettes] for smoking cessation may be limited to those who reside in an environment where there are few restrictions on the retail sale and marketing of ECs," Dr. Hua-Hie Yong, of the Cancer Council Victoria says in an article that finds quit attempts are much more successful in the UK, where doctors actually endorse vaping as a harm reduction tool, and in the US, where the most draconian laws have yet to take effect, than in Canada or Australia where vape laws have been harsh from the start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Meanwhile, this guy in Australia sounds like he wants to quit smoking but hasn't tried to vape because nicotine e-liquids are illegal in his homeland. Meanwhile, he's stuck getting blasted with a Super Soaker by an angry yoga studio owner because he really doesn't seem to understand how offensive his smoke is to many non-smokers. That's it for now, but we'll be back soon with more (much more)!

 

Here's another great testimony from Fidelma Cook, a Scottish columnist, longtime smoker, and committed vaper. She drives home the point that's true for many of us – while vaping makes us feel much healthier, many of us would nonetheless revert to smoking if our vapes were taken away or taxed into oblivion.