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Brandon enjoys vaping fruity e-juices, eating burritos, and playing board games. Mostly burritos, though. Email Brandon at [email protected].

Vaping ‘Round the Globe: Stats and Laws to Keep in Mind

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The US faces significant upcoming changes to the otherwise under-regulated vape industry. Federal agencies, like the FDA, hope to crack down on concerns like underage sale and use of the smoking cessation tech. Major manufacturers, such as Juul Labs, began campaigns and funding to help combat the unintended consequences of …

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Hemp Bombs Beard Oil and Balm Review – Perfectly Relaxing

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Traditionally, CBD products like the ones from Hemp Bombs have taken forms like oils to vape or capsules to swallow. The effects are highly lauded, as products treat a wide range of ailments from anxiety to epilepsy. Yet, as the industry grows, manufacturers find more ways CBD benefits the body …

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Cigarettes Damage More Than Your Lungs, They Damage the World Around Us


Cigarettes are harmful for our health. Their impact on the human body has been well studied and well documented. These tiny terrors go from tobacco farms, through chemical treatments, and right into our lungs. Cigarettes bring with them lung and heart disease, cancer, and the deaths of half a million …

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Vape Juice or Unapproved Drug? Officials Respond to Claims of Erectile Dysfunction E-Liquid


On October 11th, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter to Chinese vape product manufacturer, HelloCig, about the contents of their products. HelloCig has 15 days to respond to the letter. If not, they face further action “such as seizure or injunction,” the agency claims. USA Today first …

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Open vs Closed Systems: Which Is Right For You?

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Vaping is a huge industry, projected to get much bigger over the next 5 years. There are enthusiasts and fanatics who do it all. They build their own coils, mods, mix e-juices, etc. They learn the ins and outs of devices and can answer highly technical questions about mods. Vape …

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Juul Battles Newest Chinese Copycat Vapes

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Juul has asked regulators to step in and stop 18 companies from selling products that allegedly infringe on Juul’s patents, CNBC reports. Last Wednesday, the e-cigarette giant filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC). Juul Labs claims Chinese copycats “blatantly emulated the distinctive design” of their pod vape …

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Washington State Just Banned These Cannabis Infused Treats

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This week, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) made a big decision for cannabis product manufacturers and retailers. The state board banned cannabis infused gummies, hard candies, and other brightly colored, sweet products. Retailers can sell their current inventory until gone, or must remove it from shelves in …

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FDA Made Surprise Visit to Juul HQ – What Did They Want?

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Last Friday, the FDA made a surprise visit to Juul Labs headquarters in California, multiple outlets report. The agency seized over one thousand documents. They were interested in examining the pen vape company’s marketing processes in the wake of ‘epidemic’ teen use. The FDA’s concern stems largely from what the …

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CBD Products: An In-Depth Buyer’s Guide


Cannabidiol, or CBD as it is more commonly known, is a derivative of hemp. CBD has recently exploded onto the US consumer market, following increased information about its potential health benefits. The supplement is seen as a dietary additive often used to reduce stress, anxiety, inflammation, and aches. The FDA …

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University Vape Study Funded By FDA – What Are They Looking to Prove?

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The University of Southern California announced receipt of a $17.8 million dollar federal grant to study tobacco marketing and addiction. The USC Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) researchers, part of USC’s Keck School of Medicine, will focus predominantly on how younger generations use and are affected by electronic nicotine …

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Vape Products Affected By New San Antonio City Rules

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Tobacco retailers in San Antonio, Texas prepare for a new city ordinance effective October 1st. Starting next week, the legal age to purchase tobacco products goes from 18 years up to 21, local press reports. The ordinance is appropriately called ‘Tobacco 21.’ Under FDA classification, e-cigarettes and pod vapes, available …

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New Alliances in Vape Industry Could Mean Global Regulation


The Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) announced in a press release that it will join the North American Vapor Alliance (NAVA). These organizations, as a joint venture, will help to build and vie for a comprehensive regulatory framework for vape products across North American borders and abroad. NAVA currently is …

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Is the IQOS Coming to US? Researchers Advise Against with New Evidence

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Philip Morris International’s (PMI) prominent Heat-Not-Burn device, the IQOS, may not reduce harm enough to be considered for MRTP status by the FDA, Reuters reports. PMI submitted their own research data to the FDA for review earlier this year. The tobacco company sought for their I-Quit-Ordinary-Smoking (IQOS) device to earn …

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How to Tell if Your Kid is Vaping: Everything You Need to Know About Teen “Juuling”

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The FDA has called teen vaping an “epidemic” Juul, which resembles a small flash drive, is the most popular e-cigarette amongst underage users Look for signs including increased thirst, irritability, nosebleeds, and restlessness If you find unfamiliar USB cables, batteries, or chargers; empty pods, or the actual vaping devices then …

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Video Games and Instagram: The FDA’s Newest – and Ironic – Anti-Vape Tools for Teens

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Tuesday, The FDA launched an anti-vaping campaign similar to the all-too-familiar anti-smoking campaigns of old. ‘The Real Cost’ is the long-standing tobacco awareness program by the federal agency. But, as of this week, their materials include targeted messages about the dangers of vapes as well. The agency uses a browser-based …

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Is Coca-Cola Making a CBD Drink?

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Coca-Cola may set its sights on CBD-infused drinks, BNN Bloomberg reported this week. “We no interest in marijuana or cannabis,” the company claimed in a statement on Monday. Then, they proceeded to undermine their own statement. Coca-Cola is allegedly ‘in talks’ with Canadian cannabis manufacturer, Aurora Cannabis, to consider a …

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Vaping Cannabis Comes to NJ

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The state of New Jersey recently changed medical cannabis legislation for the better, local reports announced. The state now allows dispensaries to carry THC vape cartridges previously outlawed. Dispensaries were previously only authorized to sell topical applications, cannabis flower, and oral lozenges. Since the waiver, two providers have already applied …

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Approved Cannabidiol Drug Could Mean Bad News for Supplement Market


Cannabidiol supplements have been on the market for a number of years now. The supplement has taken various forms: oils, tinctures, edibles, and even lotions and other topical applications. The CBD trend rises the more research suggests that this non-psychoactive cannabis component counters struggles like anxiety and depression. CBD is …

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US Border Patrol Will Issue Lifetime Bans to Canadian Cannabis Users

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Canada will legalize retail cannabis sale on October 17th this year. Our neighbor to the north is the first developed nation to have such lax cannabis laws. The industry is projected to boom over the coming years following their decision. As such, many have flocked to the already growing private …

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FDA Commissioner Threatens Vape Industry in Wake of ‘Epidemic’ Proportion of Teen Use

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On Wednesday, The FDA announced its most bold and stringent regulatory actions to date for the vape industry. The agency released an official statement on their website, much of which echoed sentiments made by commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, in a speech the same day. The speech is also available on the …

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It’s 2018 and Americans Still Think Vaping is as Bad as Smoking

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Recent survey data suggest a rise in the proportion of Americans who believe e-cigarettes are as or more dangerous than combustible cigarettes. Two separate surveys conducted show similar results in the US perception of e-cigarettes and nicotine in general. The perception among those surveyed is largely negative. Let’s Go to …

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New Research Shows Why Free Vapes Help Smokers Quit


A new, peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health documented quitting habits of 72 UK smokers, using vapes, over a 90 day period. At the end of the 3-month period, researchers reported that 37% of trial participants had given up smoking combustible cigarettes. The Numbers …

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A Year Later, No Progress in FDA Tobacco Plan

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The FDA is being criticized for its seemingly null progress on revised tobacco and nicotine regulations announced a year ago. In a scathing editorial by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Michelle Minton called out “the agency’s own cumbersome product approval process” as the biggest reason their regulatory efforts have failed. When …

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Just CBD Vape Juice and Signature CBD Cartridges Review: This Stuff Works

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I have very particular CBD habits. As a microdoser, typically, I don’t often experiment with full strength CBD products undiluted. I was excited to use the Just CBD juice and cartridges I recently received. Just CBD was established in 2017 and is a manufacturer and online retailer of their own …

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Juul Explains Bluetooth Feature at San Francisco Tech Conference

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TechCrunch reports e-cigarette market leader, Juul, officially announced new technologies their devices will feature in the US Market in 2019, pending FDA approval. Vapor Vanity has written on the future of Juul tech before, but this year’s Disrupt saw Chief Product Officer James Monsees offer more concrete details about what …

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US-Canadian Vape Associations Team Up to Tackle Regulation Issues

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This week, Business Wire reported that the American E-Liquid Manufacturing Standards Association (AEMSA) and the Canadian Vaping Association (CVA) announced a combined effort to revamp vape e-liquid regulatory standards and practices. They dubbed the joint venture the North American Vapor Alliance (NAVA). AEMSA President Scott Eley and CVA President Shaun …

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Juul Launches in Canada

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Juul plans to officially launch in Canada this month, according to a recent press release. The vape industry giant, recently reported by Neilsen and Wells Fargo as holding 72% market share, announced products will be available for sale in Canada in September. Convenience stores and vape shops across the country …

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Did Ohio Really Just Ban CBD?


CBD products are available in stores and online in most states across the US. CBD is offered in vape juices and edibles for sufferers of myriad problems, including anxiety, depression, and even epilepsy. This year, the FDA approved the first CBD medication for rare forms of epilepsy in children. Even …

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