Electronic cigarette firm joins fight against EU proposals
“E-cigarettes do not burn anything, and therefore it is absurd to claim that the current law covers these products.” Conley added that the association is exploring its legal options. Ilana Knopf, the Director for the Center for Public Health and Tobacco Policy at New England LawBoston, declined to comment on the language of the LIRR’s law, noting that the Center is barred from discussing specific laws or policies. She also declined to say whether future smoking bans that would successfully ban e-cigarettes should include the language of “burning.” But as a general matter, Knopf said the Center supports the idea of smoking bans extending to electronic cigarettes.
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Chafee vetoes electronic cigarette legislation
Electronic cigarette retailer ECigaretteDirect.co.uk says hundreds of jobs could be lost if the EU is successful in imposing tighter regulation on products containing nicotine. The Swansea based firm which itself employs 14 people at its distribution centre and high street stores, has joined a growing Europe wide lobby against a Brussels proposal to class e-cigs as medicines in the same way as nicotine gums and patches which help smokers quit. E-cigarettes contain nicotine but vaporise waste products and manufacturers claim they are an alternative to standard tobacco cigarettes which produce damaging tar and smoke as well as help smokers cut down or quit. Its estimated around 1.3 million people use them in the UK with the market expected to reach 250m per year in 2014.
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Chicagoans help on electronic cigarettes study
In his veto message on Wednesday, Chafee said children should not be allowed to buy electronic cigarettes. But he said the legislation would have defined them as “vapor products,” so they would not be subject to the regulation, enforcement, licensing and taxation laws that govern tobacco. The legislation was pushed by Democratic Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio (ruh-JEER’-ee-oh), who said when he introduced it that it was modeled on a bill introduced in Wyoming. He said at the time that getting kids hooked on nicotine through a so-called e-cigarette is no better than getting them started on regular cigarettes. Police in Bowling Green say someone emptied out four cash registers at a Macy’s in a crime with similarities to a theft at the same chain in Tennessee.
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Several other samples were found to contain carcinogens, including nitrosamines. 21 Century Smoking imports the majority of its liquid nicotine from China and lists the ingredients on the companys web site. As the safety debate drags on, researchers here in Chicago have been charged with a different task. Robin Mermelstein, UIC health behavior researcher: We know very little about e cigarettes. They are increasingly popular.
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