On November 21, Sen. Ron Johnson sent letters to three high-ranking officials in the Obama Administration urging them to stop implementing certain regulatory requirement including the FDA deeming regulations because they will likely be overturned almost immediately after President-Elect Trump takes office.   The letters were sent to Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Tom Perez, Secretary for the Department of Labor, and Dr. Robert Califf, Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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When 21-year old Billy Dezern was fatally struck by an oncoming truck allegedly driven by a drunk driver in the early morning hours of November 25, his passing sent shockwaves through the Louisville vaping community.  Billy and his father had pulled over to the side of the road to help a stranded motorist when the incident occurred.  Billy was pronounced dead at the scene while his father Kenny Sr. was taken to a local hospital and listed in critical condition.  Kenny is expected to survive.
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Vaping technology and electronic cigarettes give smokers that much-needed nicotine fix without the dirty ashtrays, stinky clothes, and thousands of toxic chemicals found in conventional cigarettes. They are a cheap and easy way to quit smoking.  So, most people would assume that Big Tobacco is a key player behind the surge in negative propaganda being spewed forth by government agencies like the FDA and the CDC.
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On November 8, California became the seventh state to implement a massive tax on e-cigs and vaping technology by passing Prop 56.  The new legislation will raise the costs of vaping products by approximately 60 percent and the price of a pack of cigarettes by another $2.  But is this growing trend a referendum on public health – namely, teen smoking as so many public officials suggest – or something far more devious – pure, old-fashioned American Greed.
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Just when we the American People were hoping for a break from the nasty political rhetoric of the 2016 election season, the Pasadena Health Department launches one of the most insulting anti-tobacco campaigns of all time.  During a Wednesday press conference, city health officials unveiled a series of the new print advertisements depicting people wearing sheep’s masks and black cloaks with a white cloud of what is assumed to be e-liquid vapor coming from their mouths.
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Mitch Zeller had a very successful career well before President Obama anointed him as the new Chief of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products.  Before Zeller took on the task of implementing crushing FDA deeming regulations that threaten to wipe out the entire vaping industry within two years, he worked for GlaxoSmithKline, one of the most politically powerful Big Pharma companies on the planet and manufacturer of Nicorette Gum.
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Dr. Rachael Tyndale and her team of fellow scientists from the University of Toronto think that they may have just discovered why some people can effectively quit smoking almost instantly while others struggle for years with only intermittent success.  The reason might be a strangely-named gene called CYP2A6 that helps determine the rate at which the human body processes nicotine.
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