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Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), who last month filed legislation to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act [...] asked the advocacy group's supporters to write their own members of Congress in support of his bill, the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act.

"America has a moral responsibility to pass my legislation to end the prohibition of marijuana and take on the oppression at the heart of the War on Drugs," Nadler wrote. "I’m proud to work with NORML to create a more just national marijuana policy."

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E-cigarettes are continuing to prove they’re one of the most valuable harm reduction and smoking cessation aids ever created. While piles of evidence indicate vaping is useful for public health, there’s a growing concern among parents about teenage usage.

Despite studies proving these concerns are massively exaggerated, it’s no less important to keep minors away from products they don’t fully understand, or need. Unfortunately, many legislators have chosen to combat this problem with misguided flavor bans, [...]

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Even though the last ten years of research has proven a distinct harm reduction and smoking cessation value of vaping, many politicians are still convinced these tools are causing much more harm than good. As such, many have worked to implement misguided regulations which often equate the dangers of vaping and smoking.

Connecticut just recently became the latest place to take such action, as state legislators are launching an investigation into the makers of the uber-popular Juul vapes. [...]

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We all live under the specter of imminent demise. But cruel is life when someone or something intervenes and pronounces an abrupt end, thus stealing away time so vital to life and business.

In this episode of RegWatch we present a practical guide to the FDA’s onerous Premarket Tobacco Application process which—thanks to a recent court ruling—is now due in less than 10-months. It seems that time, for the U.S. vaping industry, could be coming to an end.

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In a recent report on global tobacco control policy, the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to deny a growing body of evidence that suggests that electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), like e-cigarettes, are safer than products that burn tobacco leaves. But that doesn’t mean the WHO has always ignored such evidence; in fact, the UN agency has recognized the potential benefits of vaping in the past.

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Use of the e-liquid flavourings diacetyl and acetyl propionyl has raised concerns that they might cause respiratory diseases amongst vapers. Product surveys show that these compounds, plus a less toxic alternative, acetoin, are widely used in e-liquids.

We have investigated the chemistry of acetoin, acetyl propionyl and diacetyl in e-liquids. They are reactive, with concentrations falling substantially over time. Acetyl propionyl is the most reactive, diacetyl less so, and acetoin significantly more stable. [...]

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A recent study raised concerns about the possible toxicity of flavouring additives in e-liquids, identifying several chemical compounds which are considered respiratory irritants. [...] the analysed liquids did not comply with the current EU regulations on e-cigarettes (Tobacco Products Directive).

However, in response to the study renowned tobacco researcher Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos pointed out that although the flavouring chemicals were identified and quantified, the study did not calculate the potential toxicity of the chemicals in relation to their concentrations.

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At Grace’s school, it doesn’t matter if you’re the coolest girl in the class or the quietest, when you get up to go to the toilet, you take your Juul. It doesn’t matter if you’re 11 or 16, like Grace was when she first started smoking the sleek black electronic cigarette. Depending on your gender, you’ll tuck the USB-like device into your pocket or your bra, knowingly risking suspension for a hit of mango- flavoured nicotine. Last year, Grace’s school implemented a new policy: if two kids go to the toilet at the same time, they’re automatically assumed to be Juuling.

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Smokers around the world buy roughly 6.5 trillion cigarettes each year. That’s 18 billion every day. While most of a cigarette’s innards and paper wrapping disintegrate when smoked, not everything gets burned. Trillions of cigarette filters—also known as butts or ends—are left over, only an estimated third of which make it into the trash. The rest are casually flung into the street or out a window.

“There's something about flicking that cigarette butt,” says Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action. “It's so automatic.”