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Vape Merch To Become Illegal? – JUUL Fights San Fran Vape Ban – California Flavour Ban Stalled – Vype Under Fire Again – Philippine’s Total Vape Ban? – Argos Recall Vape Kits – 60% Of Vapers Want To Quit – Game Of Thrones Vaper!

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Vape Branded T-Shirts and Snapback Caps Should Become Illegal?!!?

New research says promotional vape items such as snapback caps and t-shirts should be made illegal…to protect the kids!

Yes really.

Boffins from the illustrious Stanford University no less studied 757 California adolescents for the snappily titled: Association of Alternative Tobacco Product Initiation With Ownership of Tobacco Promotional Materials Among Adolescents and Young Adults…and breathe…

They wanted to know if:

…ownership of alternative tobacco product (ATP) marketing materials (eg, samples, coupons, branded caps, t-shirts, or posters) associated with subsequent initiation of ATPs or cigarettes among adolescents and young adults?

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Joint study author Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, Ph.D., FSAHM, told the Medical Search website promotional vape products should be treated the same as those promoting lit tobacco:

Currently, marketing to minors and providing free samples of a product is illegal.

However, providing coupons and branded promotional items such as t-shirts and hats is only prohibited for smokeless tobacco.

Our findings clearly show that such promotional products need to be illegal for all tobacco products, in order to help prevent youth use.

Specifically, our study suggests that the current marketing restrictions for cigarettes such as restrictions on the distribution of all promotional materials for cigarettes should extend to e-cigarettes and other non-cigarette products.

Further, our findings show that FDA and other enforcement agencies need to enforce existing laws prohibiting the promotion of tobacco to youth.

Making vape merch illegal? Haha…must…not…laugh…

Don’t be surprised if some virtue signalling politicians pick up on this one and demand the criminalization of snapback caps lol.

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JUUL Fights To Overturn San Fran Vape Ban

Given vape giant JUUL has a rather large office in San Francisco the plan to ban ALL vape products for sale within the city is an obvious bone of contention.

The threatened ban – which would decimate the vape market in the city – was introduced by Supervisor Shamann Walton who has so far refused point blank to sit down with JUUL management.

This week JUUL teamed up with vape and grocery shops, as well as adult smokers, and have been collecting signatures to force a ballot on the ban.

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They say rather than a complete ban the city council should consider imposing strict restrictions at the point of sale.

JUUL carried out a poll of 800 people in the city that showed 51% were totally against the outright ban whilst 41% were in favour.

Walton called the poll a ‘smokescreen’ adding:

They say they are trying to cure people of nicotine addiction when they are just trading one form of addiction for another.

You can add him to the growing list of ignorant idiots over the pond…

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California “Struggling” To Impose Flavour Ban

The anti vape crowd wanting to make California the first state to impose an outright ban on flavoured e-liquids claim Big Tobacco funding is stopping the legislation going through.

The bill was delayed to exclude hookah products and others that date pre-2000.

Even now as the proposed legislation heads to the Senate, observers are doubtful it will be passed and this has infuriated opponents.

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Kati Phillips of ‘pressure group’ California Common Cause said:

What you are seeing there is the influence of big money.

When you can afford to have direct access to lawmakers, they tend to listen to you.

Democrat Adam Gray – chairman of the committee said:

…the authors of the various proposals and the committee are working together to develop a comprehensive proposal that addresses the issue from all sides.

We will develop a thoughtful package of reforms and move legislation forward this year.

Let’s hope common sense prevails – and not the pressure group Common Cause lol – and California keeps flavoured e-liquids on sale.

I do wish they’d stop referring to e-liquids as ‘flavoured tobacco’ though…

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Vape Adverts At Canadian Station

There’s a growing anti-vape crowd in Canada and the latest attack comes at adverts placed at a train station in Vancouver.

Opponents say the posters placed by UK based Vype are aimed at attracting young riders to the e-cig – despite it carrying the usual nicotine is an addictive warning.

TransLink spokesman Jill Drews said the advertising poster followed the law adding:

We’re a public body, so we’re unable to reject ads based on things like opinion or taste, and we have to follow the laws.

While the ad may be distasteful to some, we have no basis under the law to reject it.

Nicely put.

The law she’s referring to is the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act – legislation that Health Canada, in particular, isn’t happy about.

I’ve been keeping an eye on vaping in Canada and can see a slow creep all things anti-vape…

A definite case of another day and yet another anti-vaping story with what you might call a loco motive…ouch…

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Outright Vape Ban For the Philippines?

The Philippines could follow Singapore and ban e-cigarettes completely.

The government is currently mulling over how to legislate vaping and say an outright ban is certainly not off the table, neither is a huge tax.

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said he was concerned at conflicting health reports adding:

We have to talk to them [Department of Health] because there’s science involved here [and] there are many arguments.

Number one, maybe you should ban it altogether, other countries have done that like I think Singapore, they have a total ban. That’s one approach.

The other approach is you tax it. Why will you tax it? Because it still affects your health. [But] then, others are saying you tax it less because it affects your health less, not sure.

But you know there’s another problem here, it makes you an addict.

You know what you are really ingesting there is nicotine, which makes you an addict—that’s not a good thing to be addicted to.

The Philippines has a bit of a downer on smoking, to say the least. As I reported back in 2017 President Duterte has banned smoking in all public spaces with offenders facing up to 4 months in jail!

Based on that the outright banning of e-cigarettes isn’t such a jump…

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Argos Recalls Vape Kits

UK store Argos has issued an urgent recall notice for a number of vape kits.

They say the batteries MAY overheat…which is confusing given the kits they’re talking about do not have internal batteries…

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Products are:

Smok X Priv kit black and red – 7395615, Smok Mag kit 220 black prism – 8143639, Smok X Priv kit chrome – 8638151, Innokin Proton kit rainbow – 8647661, Smok Mag kit black and red – 8651592, Innokin Proton kit black – 8652175

I guess if you have one of those return them to the store asap for a full refund.

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60% Of Vapers Want To Quit Vaping…Apparently

Researchers say over half of vapers they’ve questioned want to pack up completely.

The study was done by scientists from Rutgers University in New Jersey who say unlike other smoking cessation tools, e-cigarettes tend to be used for longer.

The ‘pleasure factor’ maybe?

Published in the Oxford Academic Journal, the Interest in Quitting E-cigarettes Among Adults in the United States the researchers say those figures come from 2015.

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Interestingly enough one of the researchers from the university’s psychology department suggested vapers looking to quit vaping should try FDA approved smoking cessation tools [lol]:

The strategies that people reported using to quit e-cigarettes include many of the strategies we recommend for quitting traditional cigarettes such as FDA-approved nicotine replacement products or medications, counselling, and social support.

Wow…an academic paper suggesting vapers should stop vaping by using things such as Champix the suicide drug? Wow…just wow!

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and finally…Celebrity Vape Watch Part Three – Vaping Dragons

Having never watched a single episode of Game of Thrones the dragon pun was all I could come up with lol…

But once again the Daily Mail seems weirdly fascinated by ‘celebs’ that vape.

This week saw the end of GOT [I think that’s what fans call it] and it seems one of the stars has said goodbye to smoking.

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Actor Sophie Turner – who plays Sansa Stark in the hit show, which appears to have reached cult status, apparently had fans in a frenzy as a photo showed her puffing on an e-cig.

FRENZY??!! Hahah gotta love tabloid journalism lol…hand’s up if this pic has you in a frenzy!

Apparently, those in the know about all thing GOT suggested she was puffing on a lemon flavour as I assume it’s her favourite snack in the show..? *Tumbleweed Moment For Me*

Once again I’ll say it – let’s hope very many fans of Sansa or any celebrity quit smoking and take up vaping.

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*Shuffles Papers*

More vaping news on Sunday!

Neil Humber
I began vaping in 2012 and found it easy to give up a 40 per day roll-up habit! DTL: Lost Vape DNA75C BF - Dead Rabbit SQ - MTL: JacVapour Sandstorm DNA 75 + Augvape Merlin Nano RTA...Daily set-up Lost Vape DNA 250c and Geekvape Zeus X I'm a former journalist and now a writer and author.. I'm an Army veteran - adore dogs and never happier than with a good book on a beach.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Wow… just wow. So much craziness happening in the world of vaping, makes me very glad to be in the UK! Yeah we might moan about TPD tank limits, but it’s frankly nothing compared to the attacks that are going on elsewhere. Also, props to Sophie Turner for vaping and not smoking!

    • And things just keep getting crazier! Meanwhile, you rarely if ever see any concerted efforts to remove lit tobacco…things that make you go ummm…

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