Wednesday’s News at a glance:
American e-liquid pioneer files for bankruptcy~ E-cigarette juice maker Johnson Creek Enterprises abruptly shuts down ~ IVVA comment on #Budget2018 ~ No ‘stop smoking’ cash for E-cigs from county council ~ Trends in tobacco and nicotine use in the United States ~ Pushback | Opposition Grows to Senate Bill S-5 ~ Talks on banning sale of E-cigs to under 18s ~ Imports of e-cigarettes rose sharply since conventional tobacco tax hike in 2015: data ~ World News
Jim McDonald. Vaping360
Johnson Creek Vapor Company is closing on Oct. 10, and filing for bankruptcy. The Hartland, WI-based company is the largest independent vape business to close since ProVape shut its doors in February.
In an email sent to customers Monday, chief operating officer Heidi Braun wrote, “Our hope is to come out of bankruptcy and continue to make and sell products, but this is yet to be determined and we have no timetable to determine this.”
Johnson Creek Enterprises, a Hartland company that was one of the country’s largest independent producers of juice for electronic cigarettes, has abruptly closed. In a Twitter post Monday, Chief Operating Officer Heidi Braun said, “Very sad to announce we’re going out of business. Effective tomorrow.”
IVVA, Irish Vape Vendors Association
The IVVA have consistently called for vape products not to be subjected to tobacco-like excises taxes. We therefore welcome the Government’s decision not to apply an excise tax on liquids in today’s Budget 2018 announcement. This will act as a further incentive to smokers who wish to switch to a safer alternative.
Lancashire Telegraph, Bill Jacobs
ELECTRONIC cigarettes should not be paid for as part of Lancashire County Council’s £2.3million-a-year stop smoking service, senior councillors have been told. Instead they should be used as a harm reduction tool, the authority’s director of public health Sakthi Karunanithi recommended.
Teenage vaping and smoking – what's going on in the United States in five charts. A two-page briefing…https://t.co/xJGgx3s74H
— Clive Bates (@Clive_Bates) October 11, 2017
The two charts that follow are annotated to show salient features of the most recent data on youth smoking in the United States.
Brent Stafford, Regulator Watch
It’s a mess. That’s how one longtime vaping advocate describes Senate Bill S-5, the Canadian government’s new federal vaping regulations. Despite years of public consultation, rounds of parliamentary hearings with expert testimony in support of vaping and the timely turn of opinion in both England and the United States, it appears Canada is on a one-way track to enshrine vaping as a health hazard. In this special edition of RegWatch learn about the growing opposition to Bill S-5 and hear from tobacco control expert David Sweanor on how the federal Liberal government is choosing to purposefully mislead Canadians about the risks and opportunities around vaping—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.
Carmel Robinson, Lurban Mail
Under 18s may be banned from using e-cigs, according to the latest proposals by the Department of Health. Local councils, including Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, have been consulted on possible changes to regulations on the sale of e-cigs to minors. According to the consultation paper, the use of nicotine inhaling devices, particularly e-cigarettes, has grown significantly in recent years.
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Yonhap, The Korean Herald
Imports of electronic cigarettes more than doubled after the government raised taxes on conventional tobacco in 2015 to discourage smoking, government data showed Tuesday. Industry sources attribute the sharp rise to smokers switching to e-cigarettes which are exempted from higher taxes. The government increased taxes on cigarettes by 2,000 won ($1.70) per pack from Jan. 1, 2015, raising the price to 4,500 won per pack, and compelled tobacco companies to place graphic images showing the harmful effects of smoking on the upper part of cigarette packs in 2016.
Mawsley, Planet Of The Vapes
Taipei health officials still believe there’s not enough evidence to show ecigs work as quit tools, The Pinoy vape ban comes one step closer, and ASH Thailand have declared vaping as “harmful to health”. In America, a farm workers union has added a vaping device to its boycott list and a ‘vape party’ got raided in Turkey. It’s all go for electronic cigarettes.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
Michael Siegel, TobaccoAnalysis
It appears that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to issue a rule that would prohibit e-cigarette companies from suggesting that their products may be useful for smoking cessation. The proposed rule, as reported by The Hill, would classify as a drug/device any e-cigarette or vaping product that makes any claims related to quitting smoking.
According to the article: “The White House is reviewing a final rule from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on tobacco products. The rule aims to clarify when the FDA can regulate a product like nicotine gum as a drug or device versus a tobacco product like electronic cigarettes. For the agency it all comes down to the product’s intended use. The FDA sent the rule, first proposed in September 2015, to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Monday. The proposed rule states that tobacco products intended for human consumption are regulated as a drug, device or combination product if intended for diagnosing or treating a disease. … “Given the availability of FDA approved drugs for smoking cessation, FDA believes that consumers are particularly susceptible to confusion where products made or derived from tobacco that otherwise appear to be products intended for recreational use make claims related to quitting smoking,” the rulemaking said.”
Fergus Mason, Blacknote
A couple of weeks ago Michael Grey looked at the difference in vaping laws between New Zealand and the USA. I thought that was pretty interesting, so to find out a bit more about how Kiwi vapers are doing I spoke to Associate Professor Marewa Glover about the law and what’s happening at the moment. Prof. Glover has been one of the leading pro-vaping voices in New Zealand for years, and she’s worked especially hard to improve access to vapor products for the Indigenous Māori peoples. Compared to the average professor from the northern hemisphere she has a refreshingly open approach, and talking to her was a real education. Here’s what she had to say.
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