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NJOY Becomes First Major U.S. E-Cigarette Company to Declare Bankruptcy

Scottsdale-based electronic cigarette company NJOY has recently filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11, citing $32 million in debt and a serious liquidity crisis. Last month, NJOY announced that it had a deficit of more than $234 million and had begun operating under a cash preservation strategy that included delaying payments to vendors. In 2012, NJOY was considered the biggest player in the...

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Italy’s Over-Taxation of E-Liquid, or How to Vaporize 160 Million Euros in Tax Revenue

In 2013, when the Italian Parliament voted to raise the price of e-liquid by a whopping 150%, by introducing steep taxes, authorities estimated an increase of 85 million euros per year in tax revenue. They were wrong. According to Ignazio Abrignani, an Italian deputy and member of the parliamentary intergroup "electronic cigarettes", of the originally predicted 85 million euros, only 5 million in e-liquid taxes entered state coffers, in 2015, and the same is expected to...

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Big Media Falsely Claims That Vaping Is Just as Bad as Smoking, Again

Some of the largest publications in the United Kingdom are using a comment made at the world's largest cardiology conference as justification for claiming that electronic cigarettes are just as bad for your heart as tobacco cigarettes. While speaking at the European Society of Cardiology conference in Rome (August 27 - August 31), Professor Peter Weissberg, Medical Director of the British Heart Foundation, commented on a study that shows electronic cigarettes "have a...

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After Italy, Another Major European E-Cig Market Is About to Collapse

Poland, the sixth largest country in the European Union and one of the largest e-cigarette markets on the Old Continent, has chosen to implement the provisions of the Tobacco Products Directive more harshly than required by the EU, banning both online and cross-border sale of electronic cigarettes. As a member of the European Union, Poland had no choice but to adopt the requirements of the Read More...

Tobacco Giants Battle over Hon Lik’s E-Cigarette Patents

British tobacco company Imperial Tobacco is currently engaged in a patent war with the two largest cigarette makers in the United States - Altria and R.J. Reynolds. After acquiring  the e-cigarette unit of Dragonite International Ltd., including Hon Lik's original patents, Fontem Ventures, a subsidiary of Imperial, is now demanding royalties on the sale of e-cigs made by the two American tobacco giants. If you're a vaper, you probably already know the story of how the...

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Vaping Advocates Sue FDA over New E-Cigarette Regulations

The Right to be Smoke-Free Coalition, representing 11 e-cigarette advocacy groups and trade associations recently filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration, in an effort to have its new e-cigarette regulations declared unlawful and unconstitutional. In the lawsuit filed on June 20th, 2016, the plaintiffs claim that the FDA's final...

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Smoking Prevalence Among Teens Drops to All Time Low While E-Cigarette Use Increases

A new survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that smoking prevalence among teenagers has fallen by a staggering 31% between 2013 and 2015, while the use of electronic cigarettes in the same period has increased 24 times. So why are health groups still saying that e-cigs are a gateway to smoking? Fresh data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) reveals that current smoking prevalence among American high-school students has fallen from...

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Latest European E-Cigarette Use Survey Shows Media Misinformation is Working

Researchers from Imperial College London examined the use of electronic cigarettes across the European Union between 2012 and 2014 and found that, on average, the percentage of people who have tried vaping has increased from 7.2 percent to 11.6 percent. At the same time, the number of people who believe electronic cigarettes are hazardous and addictive has also risen significantly. The study, published in the Tobacco Control journal, used data from 53,000 adults aged 15...

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E-Cig Company Sues FDA over Deeming Regulations

In what many suspect is just the first in a long line of lawsuits, electronic cigarette company Nicopure Labs has recently challenged the FDA's deeming e-cig regulations in federal court on the grounds that the agency violated the Administrative Procedure Act in it rule-making process, and that its final ruling goes against the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Nicopure name, it is the parent company of popular...

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FDA Releases Deeming E-Cigarette Regulations and They Are as Bad as We Feared

The US Food and Drug Administration released its long-awaited e-cigarette regulations last week, and they are just as stringent as we had feared. The agency claims that this new set of rules will help protect public health, but many experts agree that it will only put 99% of e-cigarette companies out of business, send millions of vapers back to smoking and leave whatever is left of the vaping market in the hands of Big Tobacco. You know, the guys selling the deadliest...

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