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Chicago Increases Vape Tax By How Much?!

Chicago may hike the city’s already absurd vape tax, The Sun Times reports. Currently, Chicago’s tax is 80 cents per vaping device or container and 55 cents per milliliter of liquid nicotine. Combined with other tobacco product sales taxes in the city, county, and state, Chicago has the highest taxes on tobacco related products in

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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 comprised of the American E-Liquid

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eBay, FDA Combat Online Juul Sales. But Did it Work?

A research article in the journal Tobacco Control claims that almost all listings for Juul products on eBay are gone. The FDA demanded the listings removed as part of the agency’s new standards for ENDS sales. Back in April, the FDA announced it was cracking down on the sale of Juul e-cigarettes to minors. As

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

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 the Modified-Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP)

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

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 video game and Instagram ads

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Is Coca-Cola Making a CBD Drink?

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 drink featuring cannabidiol, which comes

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Vaping Cannabis Comes to NJ

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 to carry the cartridges. One

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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 even used to treat life-threatening,

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Holy Shit Jordan Peterson is a Cloud Chaser! Here’s the Video.

While the rest of the world has been freaking out about Elon Musk taking a hit off of a blunt with Joe Rogan, Jordan B. Peterson was busy blowing fat clouds. The internationally famous Canadian clinical psychologist and professor has exploded in popularity thanks to his YouTube channel and his bestselling book, 12 Rules for

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US Border Patrol Will Issue Lifetime Bans to Canadian Cannabis Users

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 cannabis sector in Canada in

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

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 the Polls The US Population

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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 Game A few participants dropped

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A Year Later, No Progress in FDA Tobacco Plan

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 the Problem Began The agency

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Juul Explains Bluetooth Feature at San Francisco Tech Conference

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 the US market can expect

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Watch: Elon Musk Smokes Weed Live on the Joe Rogan Experience

During a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Elon Musk decided to spark up a blunt and get high. The wide-ranging interview covered his ideas about artificial intelligence, the lifespan of the universe, the nature of reality and more. He also discussed his difficulties with running his companies Tesla and SpaceX. Financial outlets

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US-Canadian Vape Associations Team Up to Tackle Regulation Issues

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 Casey formed the ad-hoc alliance

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Juul Launches in Canada

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 will carry Juul devices and

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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 convenience stores and grocers in

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Surprise! The CDC Randomly Inspected 59 Vape Shops. Here are Their Findings.

The CDC released its findings after conducting surprise inspections of 59 vape shops in late 2016. Inspections looked at retail and manufacturing practices and whether businesses knew of and followed FDA regulations. Only one business was a standalone manufacturer; 31 other businesses inspected were retailers and 27 had some mix of retail and in-house product

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Big Tobacco is Paying Social Media Influencers to Promote Their Products: Here’s How They Got Caught

Major tobacco companies have undergone large scale changes over the last decade, having to shift their research and development focus to smoking alternatives over the traditional combustible cigarette. Philip Morris International (PMI) even launched an advertising campaign this year with the tagline “We want to give up smoking.“ PMI claimed the ads were to promote

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Israel Set to Ban Juul Products: Here’s How Juul Responded

Earlier this month, Juul Labs announced a new model of their flagship pod vape device, complete with bluetooth connectivity and electronic security measures. Due to restrictive new FDA oversight on ENDS being introduced to the US market, Juul initially opted to test the device in more lax European Markets, and in Israel. A Sudden Change

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Vape Companies Are Pulling ‘Kid-Friendly’ Flavors Off the Market

Last week, FDA Director Scott Gottlieb announced seventeen different vape juice companies will stop selling flavors the agency was worried were ‘kid-friendly.’ The decision comes after warning letters the FDA issued to businesses earlier this year. The director acknowledged the agency’s support of vaping for adult users, saying instead their goal is to “limit youth

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Denver Gets a BYOC Pot Lounge

A new cannabis-oriented business is coming to Denver, Colorado this fall, local news outlets report. Taylor Rosean and Megan Lumpkins recently announced their business, Vape and Play, was approved for a social consumption license. The vape lounge anticipates opening in November, having rented and renovated an old auto parts store in an industrial district. What

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Fire-Safe Vape Batteries Could Be In Our Future

Scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) discovered a new chemical recipe that could reduce the chance of lithium-ion batteries catching fire, Ars Technica reports. ORNL Physicist Gabriel Veith is concerned manufacturers may be unwilling to overhaul production to include non-flammable solid electrodes. In response, Veith said he and his team are researching how to

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Does Weight Gain from Quitting Outweigh Risk of Smoking?

When one quits smoking, the first concern is usually, “I know I’ll gain weight.” While this in itself is certainly no reason to postpone dropping a bad habit, the correlation with developing diabetes left many quitters hesitant. What do the studies say? However, a new study shows the risk of developing diabetes from “Quitter’s Weight

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