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Vape News in Brief – May 6th 2017 Edition

Vape News in Brief – May 6th 2017 Edition

Edition We're back once again with a look around the news world to check up on what's going on in the mainstream world as relates to vaping.This week:

 

It's a quick hit, to be sure, but it's nice to see local papers, this time the *Indianapolis Business Journal*, and local politicians Indiana state Senator Greg Taylor, teaming up to build support for the Cole-Bishop amendment that would change FDA's predicate date giving them authority over vapor products from February 2007 to August 2016 – this would ensure that the modern features we're used to in our vape devices (temperature control, variable wattage, even rebuildable coils and variable voltage!) would be allowed to remain in existence.

 

Here's a reminder from the right-leaning *Daily Caller* blog: vaping does not encourage teens to smoke cigarettes. We covered the results of the study mentioned and pointed out the hypocrisy in the way they were being disseminated back in January, but it's nice to see the issue still getting some play on a wider scale.

 

You may not be familiar with the Johnson Creek line of e-liquids, but they've been around pretty much forever, and were making some of the only vapeable juice in America back in the late 2000s. The company's hometown, Hartland, Wisconsin, is launching a novel attack on the FDA's deeming regulations. Local officials there say that in not coordinating with state and local governments to measure economic and other local impacts before implementing their measures, the agency may have violated due process rights guaranteed under the Constitution. If the deeming regulations go through, the tiny village of Hartland faces the loss of 50 jobs when Johnson Creek is forced to shut down.

 

This one might be a bit worrisome. According to the student newspaper of a Los Angeles area private prep school "JUULing," or using JUUL cigalikes, is a rising trend among students there, who are using the new-generation cigalikes to get high off nicotine. Wait, smokers reading that last line are saying – nicotine doesn't get you "high," if anything it makes you sick until you're used to it. Maybe so with smoking, but remember that the JUUL and other modern closed-system cigalikes use liquid with much higher nicotine doses than more traditional refillable systems. That's because they're intended for former smokers who'll take a puff or two here or there rather than vape in extended sessions – but perhaps rich preppy kids are why we can't have nice things.

 

Back to Cole-Bishop, with some bad news: the bill died during debate on Monday. That may leave the Duncan Hunter bill removing vaping from FDA's purview entirely as the next best option for vapers. There was some good news, though – the FDA, as expected by many has pushed back the deadline for vaping companies to register products by three months from its previous June date. Given the immense amount of work they've created for themselves, more delays may be coming.

 

This headline from the *Washington Examiner* pretty much says it all: "After extinguishing e-cigarettes with regulation, Democrats brag about keeping Big Tobacco the Marlboro Man in business." We'll be back this weekend, hopefully with something brighter to report.

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