Inside Sources: Lawmakers Want the FDA to Remove Vaping Products From the Market Again

House Democrats have asked acting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Janet Woodcock to remove all vaping products from the market during an ongoing product approval process, despite evidence showing millions of Americans have used these alternatives to stop smoking traditional cigarettes. However, multiple studies have found that long-term smokers who give up traditional combustible […]

Preemptions on E-Cigarettes Improve Consumer Health

This January, South Carolina became the most recent state to propose imposing preemptive legislation that would prohibit local municipalities from enforcing flavor bans and restricting the sale of electronic cigarettes. The proposal to introduce a preemption on electronic cigarettes products came after the Myrtle Beach city council banned the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes along […]

Real Clear Health: Policymakers –Stop Ignoring the Science on Vapes

When it comes to the use of e-cigarettes, the science is clear: they are not only safer, but they also help people quit. Instead of creating a regulatory environment that de-incentivizes their use, policymakers should follow the science and encourage smokers to use a product that not only improves long-term health outcomes, but also encourages […]

Illicit Tobacco Trade Networks Could Be Contributing To Ongoing Pandemic PPE Fraud

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a dramatic increase in counterfeit products and fraudulent retail transactions across the globe. In business-to-business markets, employers are getting scammed by fraudsters who successfully peddle counterfeit PPE equipment and face masks. Entire hospitals and medical facilities were duped into purchasing sub-par PPE, among other similar scenarios that impact consumers of […]

ACI on USPS’ Proposal to Restrict the Mailing of E-Cigarettes

Today, ACI filed comments with the United States Postal Service (USPS) in regard to a proposed prohibition on the mailing of vaping and e-cigarette products. In the filing, ACI pointed to the fact that, compared to tobacco products, the rule would deny consumers access to less harmful products — products that have been shown to […]

ACI Submits Testimony Regarding Maryland’s House Bill-134

Today, ACI filed testimony on a Maryland House bill that proposes severe restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes and vaping products. In our testimony, we find that HB-134, if enacted, would significantly harm consumer welfare and lead to avoidable negative health outcomes. The provisions in this legislation would be particularly harmful to Maryland’s consumers because […]

ACI Files Testimony With the Maryland Senate

In ACI’s filed testimony today, we cite medical studies showing that vaping is 95% safer than combustible products and effective in weening smokers away from harmful combustible tobacco products. Yet, two Senate proposals attempt to restrict its access, classify vaping and tobacco products the same, and ban flavors that have been shown to help smoker […]

Congress: Taking Aim at Vaping Will Not Solve the COVID Problem

On December 27, 2020, and after threatening a veto, President Donald Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) into law.  Despite the headline element of the bill being direct payments of $600, the spending package also contained a bill entitled the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act (POSEC). This bill, hidden on […]

The Economic Standard: Oregon to Significantly Raise Vapor Product Prices

Last election day, Oregon voters overwhelmingly approved a new tax measure on nicotine products in an attempt to reduce the rate of smoking and save its citizens money on healthcare costs. This proposal, also called the Tobacco and E-Cigarette Tax Increase for Health Programs Measure, took effect this year and increased the current excise tax […]

Banning Flavored Tobacco Products is Just Blowing Smoke

On September 20, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York announced that his state would be the first in the country to ban flavored electronic cigarettes. In a statement announcing the new rules, Governor Cuomo stated “It is undeniable that vaping companies are deliberately using flavors like bubblegum, Captain Crunch and cotton candy to get […]