The Trump administration unveiled a series of new regulations regarding Vaping products sold across the United States Thursday; announcing tightened rules on a product many believe targets teenagers.
The Food and Drug Administration will prohibit the sale of fruit, sweetened, or mint flavored vaping products from gas stations, retail outlets, and convenience stores in all 50 states. Tobacco and Menthol-flavors remain available.
Experts claim the sweetened varieties directly appeal to young Americans, many of whom view the product as a “healthier alternative” to traditional cigarettes.
“The decision comes after news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that another person died of what appears to be a vaping-related respiratory disease. CDC research has associated vaping products that contained THC — or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the active chemical in marijuana that causes a ‘high’ — with the cases of lung-related illnesses,” reports Fox News.
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VAPE NO MORE? American Medical Assoc. Calls for ‘Total Ban’ on All E-Cigarettes, Vaping Devices
The American Medical Association called for a complete and total ban on all e-cigarette and vaping devices Tuesday; saying the products have been targeting teenagers while hiding harmful physical effects.
“It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA’s president, said in a statement.
“The doctors’ group said a separate health issue also prompted its action — the recent U.S. outbreak of lung illnesses linked to vaping. Most of those sickened said they vaped THC, the high-inducing ingredient in marijuana, not nicotine. Officials believe a thickening agent used in black market THC vaping products may be a culprit,” reports the Associated Press.
To date, 33 fatalities have occurred across the United States for vaping related illnesses.
“I would be 100% with the AMA if they were seeking a ban on all tobacco products that are smoked, including e-cigarettes,” said Jonathan Foulds, a tobacco expert at Penn State University. “But right now, nicotine electronic cigarettes are competing with and replacing the most harmful legal product in this country.”
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KITCHEN NIGHTMARE? Bernie Reportedly Rude to Restaurant Staff in San Fran, Loses Votes, Wife Apologizes
John Konstin, owner of San Francisco’s 111-year-old John’s Grill, was initially excited to host attendees of the Democratic National Committee’s summer meetings. That is, until Bernie Sanders showed up.
“It was all very nice, except for cranky Bernie,” Konstin told Politico. “He didn’t want to shake hands, he didn’t want a picture.”
“The owner also alleged that Sanders ‘wasn’t nice to any of the staff,’ and called the independent Vermont senator ‘rude and cranky.’ He went on to say that Sanders lost his vote over the behavior,” according to the Washington Examiner.
According to Lee Housekeeper, media contact for John’s Grill, it’s not like Konstin to speak out about patron’s behavior.
“Bernie had to be in a terrible mood. Anyone in the public eye needs to understand when it’s time to order room service,” Housekeeper told SFGATE.
Sanders reportedly left a tip. His wife, Jane Sanders, apologized on the way out.
The self-described Democratic Socialist’s “cranky” meal comes just days after he released his $16 trillion plan to combat climate change.
“Atop our existing government spending, comprising some 40% of GDP, the Vermont Senator wouldn’t just nationalize one-fifth of the economy with a ‘Medicare For all’ bill eliminating private health insurance. Under his Green New Deal plan, he would also nationalize most of the energy sector,” reports the Washington Examiner.
“At a mere $16.3 trillion, the Sanders plan would go beyond simply spending measures to increase climate-focused research and development. It would literally centralize the means of domestic energy production,” adds the Examiner.
“What we need to do is have an aggressive federal government. You can’t nibble around the edges anymore. We need to transform our energy system, that means a massive increase in sustainable energy,” Sanders told MSNBC.
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“Climate change is a global emergency. The Amazon rainforest is burning, Greenland’s ice shelf is melting, and the Arctic is on fire. People across the country and the world are already experiencing the deadly consequences of our climate crisis, as extreme weather events like heat waves, wildfires, droughts, floods, and hurricanes upend entire communities, ecosystems, economies, and ways of life, as well as endanger millions of lives. Communities of color, working class people, and the global poor have borne and will bear this burden disproportionately,” writes Sanders.