Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Cigarette Companies Will Have Ads on TV, but They Won’t Help the Bottom Line ~ New Jersey’s New Smoking Age Kicks Off; Gets Applause, Eye Rolls ~ Queens Vape Shop Sues Rival for Sabotaging E-Cig Business ~ E-cigarette safety: the facts explained ~ MPs debate Vaping, Westminster Hall 01/11/17 ~ Vaping rivals, quitters cloud Japan Tobacco’s cigarette sales ~ Why is a Chicago suburb punishing teens that vape?
Rich Duprey, The Motley Fool
For more than 40 years, cigarette companies have been banned from advertising on TV. That’s about to change. In a bid to punish the companies for purportedly hiding the risks associated with smoking, they’ll soon have to run new ads that warn of the risks. The ads are part of a settlement to a lawsuit.
Unlike the anti-smoking ads we’ve seen from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Truth campaign by the American Legacy Foundation, the twist of the knife here is that the tobacco companies themselves will be producing and paying for them, and the message they’ll be delivering is a stark one: The cigarette giants were essentially trying to kill you all along.
Eric Keifer, Montclair Patch
New Jersey’s “21 and over” smoking age has officially begun. On Wednesday, the Garden State starts enforcing a new minimum age for buying tobacco products and electronic smoking devices: 21-years-old. The new smoking age, which was signed into law in July and took effect on Nov. 1, will help “protect New Jersey youth from the deadly effects of tobacco use,” according to state officials.
Jeanmarie Evelly, DNA Info
This rival vape shop is trying to make its competitor go up in smoke. The owner of an Astoria e-cig store is suing a competitor for waging “a continuous campaign to interfere” with his business by fraudulently racking up charges on his company credit card, trying to bribe vendors into divulging information about his operation, and even tearing down advertisements for his shop to replace them with ads for the rival store, a new lawsuit says.
E-cigarette safety: the facts explained
MPs debate Vaping, Westminster Hall 01/11/17
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Taiga Uranaka, Reuters
Japan Tobacco Inc said it expected a steeper decline in cigarette sales at home than previously estimated, after earlier reporting disappointing results, as more smokers quit or defect to “heat-not-burn” tobacco products.
Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
Laws vary, but most municipalities don’t punish kids who vape or smoke. Usually the most severe penalties go to the retailers who sell adult products to minors. Face it, you’d have to be a really bored cop in a really boring city to spend your day arresting teenage vapers and smokers.
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Testimony in OPPOSITION to the proposed tobacco ordinance to prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products
Carrie Wade, R Street Institute
In OPPOSITION to the proposed tobacco ordinance to prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products
The R Street Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public-policy research organization based in Washington DC. We strive to promote free markets and effective government policies in many areas, including tobacco harm reduction.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
Is the government wrong to regulate electronic cigarettes? That’s one of the ideas presented in the documentary film “A Billion Lives,” which puts forth the idea that vaping and e-cigarettes would help smokers quit, and it’s a mistake to limit access to those products. Aaron Biebert, the film’s director and executive producer, says he titled the documentary from a World Health Organization projection that a billion people will die from smoking-related causes. He asserts that the government made its decision using outdated studies.
Jim McDonald, Vaping360
Have you noticed in the last couple years that people are more skeptical about vaping than they used to be? Do you hear more comments about e-cigarettes being “just as bad” as smoking — or even worse?
You’re not imagining things. Public opinion about vaping has shifted, and not in a good or accurate way. A new study, titled “Changing Perceptions of Harm of E-Cigarettes Among U.S. Adults, 2012–2015,” offers concrete evidence that much of the American public believes the lies and half-truths it has been fed by tobacco control ideologues and public health leaders. The open-access study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
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