Are they banning delta 8 hemp moon rocks in Texas?

Have you been hearing the term moon rocks going around lately? If not, then you’re about to. Moon rocks are a relatively newer product in the world of Cannabis. If you’ve ever come across one, then it is self-explanatory as to how it got its name. The recent years saw speculation about banning delta-8 THC due to its similarity to delta-9. But, these words may only sound similar, but they have a lot of differences between them. Let’s get into detail about delta 8 hemp moon rocks and why it has been around so much buzz.

 

What are delta 8 moonrocks?  

Delta-8 Moonrocks are hemp flower buds sprinkled with Delta-8 distillate and rolled in CBD or CBG kief. In simple language, hemp and marijuana plants are processed into making delta-8 which contains cannabinoids such as CBD, CBG, etc. The combination of delta-8, CBD and CBG, makes consuming it a one-of-a-kind experience.

 

Difference between delta-8 and delta-9

The similarity between these two cannabinoids lies in their chemical structure and their name. But the primary difference is that delta-9 gets you to experience psychotic effects and the ‘high’ associated with marijuana, while delta-8 doesn’t.

 

The extraction process for delta-9 is pretty cheap. That is because that cannabinoid can be found in the cannabis plant in abundance. So, the process is relatively simple. On the other hand, extracting delta-8 is a great deal of effort. It is synthesized entirely from CBD with the help of solvents because there are very few neutral delta-8 present in the Cannabis plant. This process is although expensive but has made the process easier. As a result, delta-8 is derived from hemp instead of marijuana.

 

Talking about its effects, delta-9 is considerably more potent than delta-8. It is also believed to be twice as strong. However, users have also said they experience ‘high’ but not as strong enough to lose motor functioning. The user may experience many side effects such as paranoid delusions, memory loss, and impaired motor functioning skills. On the other hand, delta-8 is said to provide a much soothing experience. People feel very calm and relaxed after consuming it. They feel less stressed and more flexible.

 

Legality in Texas

The current legality of delta-8 THC products was called into question when Stephen Paul from the Department of State Health Services testified during the hemp hearing. He testified that DSHS considers delta-8 THC illegal under current state law.

 

Owing to the 2018 Farm Bill, the consumption of THC, CBD, and delta-8 was legalized by federal law. However, we recommend delta8, it is still something that experts and lawmakers do not universally prefer. The federal and state laws are strictly against recreational and even medical use of high-THC concentrated delta-9. It is illegal to use it for any purpose. But these rules vary from state to state.

 

Delta-8 and other THC products were to be made illegal with the passage of Texas House Bill 2593. Last month, the provision that would make them illegal was stricken from the voted-on legislation. According to the Texas House Bill 1325, an individual can use products with less than 0.3 percent of THC.

 

With the endless efforts from delta-8 vendors and the Texas Hemp Federation, it revoked the bill to make consumption of delta-8 illegal. Hometown Hero, a veteran-owned business, teamed up with various advocacy groups and sellers of the product to prevent it from passing. After there could not be an agreement between the House and the Senate, the bill died.

 

Currently, the Texas Legislature is coming to the end of their 2021 and still working through several bills aiming to do things like the expansion of research into the medicinal properties of the psychedelics, also expand the THC level allowed in recreational use of medical Cannabis, and also decriminalize the possession of marijuana. Each of these bills remains in different stages with the deadline coming closer, but at least one looks at an added agreement during the debate to add laws in the state concerning the levels of delta-8 THC allowed in products and delta-9.

 

The general public considers regulation as a far better approach to move ahead with laws concerning delta-8. At present, the delta-8 market is relatively unchecked and unregulated. Many people demand the institution of reasonable regulation and not simply prohibit the product. It’s a collective effort from people favoring legalization who make sure that people are well-educated about driving under its influence, which would remain illegal, and age requirements to protect children. Similar regulations are in place for alcohol consumption and should be imposed for THC as well.

Benefits

Many people have stated that delta-8 brings them to a state of overall well-being because the cannabinoid receptors are directly involved with homeostasis, which is the body’s natural resting state. Other benefits include people feeling energized, well-rested and clear-headed. They even mentioned getting rid of nausea that was caused by alcohol hangovers.

Are they banning delta 8 hemp moon rocks in Texas?
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According to recent research, delta-8 THC helps produce an element in our body called Acetylcholine, a neurological function responsible for cognition, memory, and arousal.

Moonrocks are very convenient for people who want to get instant relief from their medical problems. It helps you treat issues such as anxiety, depression, chronic pain, etc. People who have been suffering from low libido also tend to look towards delta-8. It may also help to treat menstrual pain and cramping relief.

 

Conclusion 

As a beginner in the Cannabis industry, moonrocks may not be the ideal choice for you, as it is super potent. There are benefits and the presence of multiple cannabinoids in one product. As moonrocks are smoked and vaporized, they enter our lungs within minutes. So, if you are someone who is comfortable with something much stronger than a traditional plant, then moonrocks might be a good option for you. Before consuming any Cannabis product, be it CBD or delta-8, always make sure to consult your doctor to avoid any potential adverse reaction that might happen due to any previous medications.

400+ Vape Businesses Urge FedEx to Change Shipping Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the American Vaping Association, a pro-vaping advocacy organization, sent a letter to FedEx signed by 428 small business owners urging the carrier to reconsider its recent policy change that prohibits them from shipping or receiving vaping products, otherwise known as e-cigarettes. The letter warns that the refusal of FedEx to update their policy will have unintended consequences, including perpetuating smoking-related deaths, especially in marginalized communities.

Small businesses across the country rely on common carriers like FedEx, UPS and DHL to meet customer demands and to get lifesaving products in the hands of those who need them most. Unfortunately, in the wake of the decision by Congress in December 2020 to prohibit the United States Postal Service from delivering vaping products to consumers, these private carriers responded by prohibiting their customers from shipping vaping products to both businesses and consumers.

Now, small businesses across the country are feeling the brunt of these new policies, which make vaping products harder to ship than firearms. In the letter, the owners write:

“Without the option to order vaping products at wholesale or ship their products to consumers, vape stores have seen their shipping options skyrocket in cost or evaporate entirely. If consumers are not able to access or afford these reduced-risk alternatives to cigarettes, they will be forced to turn back to combustible tobacco, which is far more dangerous and will have life-long consequences on their health.”

The effects of this decision will be felt disproportionately among minority and low-income communities. The letter points out that these communities “smoke cigarettes at higher rates than white and more affluent populations,” and Black Americans are among the most likely demographic to use e-cigarettes as a tool to quit combustible tobacco.

President of American Vaping Association Gregory Conley implores these shipping companies to reconsider this decision and look at the harmful effects it will have on already disadvantaged communities:

“FedEx is doing a great disservice to American small businesses and consumers. They are playing right into the hands of Big Tobacco, which directly benefits from policies that make it more expensive for adult smokers to switch. Not only are vaping products legal and regulated by the Food & Drug Administrations, but they saving lives by keeping people off combustible cigarettes.”

That is why American Vaping Association stands with these businesses and is encouraging FedEx to revisit this disastrous policy.

To read the full letter, please visit: https://vaping.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/AVA-Coaltion-Letter-FedEx-7.12.21.pdf

Ban on flavored vaping may have led teens to cigarettes, study suggests

When San Francisco voters overwhelmingly approved a 2018 ballot measure banning the sale of flavored tobacco products — including menthol cigarettes and flavored vape liquids — public health advocates celebrated. After all, tobacco use poses a significant threat to public health and health equity, and flavors are particularly attractive to youth.

But according to a new study from the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH), that law may have had the opposite effect. Analyses found that, after the ban’s implementation, high school students’ odds of smoking conventional cigarettes doubled in San Francisco’s school district relative to trends in districts without the ban, even when adjusting for individual demographics and other tobacco policies.

The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics on May 24, is believed to be the first to assess how complete flavor bans affect youth smoking habits.

These findings suggest a need for caution,” said Abigail Friedman, the study’s author and an assistant professor of health policy at YSPH. “While neither smoking cigarettes nor vaping nicotine are safe per se, the bulk of current evidence indicates substantially greater harms from smoking, which is responsible for nearly one in five adult deaths annually. Even if it is well-intentioned, a law that increases youth smoking could pose a threat to public health.”

Friedman used data on high school students under 18 years of age from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System’s 2011-2019 school district surveys. Prior to the ban’s implementation, past-30-day smoking rates in San Francisco and the comparison school districts were similar and declining. Yet once the flavor ban was fully implemented in 2019, San Francisco’s smoking rates diverged from trends observed elsewhere, increasing as the comparison districts’ rates continued to fall.

To explain these results, Friedman noted that electronic nicotine delivery systems have been the most popular tobacco product among U.S. youth since at least 2014, with flavored options largely preferred.

Think about youth preferences: some kids who vape choose e-cigarettes over combustible tobacco products because of the flavors,” she said. “For these individuals as well as would-be vapers with similar preferences, banning flavors may remove their primary motivation for choosing vaping over smoking, pushing some of them back toward conventional cigarettes.”

These findings have implications for Connecticut, where the state legislature is currently considering two flavor bills: House Bill 6450 would ban sales of flavored electronic nicotine delivery systems, while Senate Bill 326 would ban sales of any flavored tobacco product. As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it will ban flavors in all combustible tobacco products within the next year, both bills could result in a Connecticut policy that is similar to the complete ban enacted in San Francisco.

The San Francisco study does have limitations. Because there has been only a short time since the ban was implemented, the trend may differ in coming years. San Francisco is also just one of several localities and states that have implemented restrictions on flavored tobacco sales, with extensive differences between these laws. Thus, effects may differ in other places, Friedman wrote.

Still, as similar restrictions continue to appear across the country, the findings suggest that policymakers should be careful not to indirectly push minors toward cigarettes in their quest to reduce vaping, she said.

What does she suggest as an alternative? “If Connecticut is determined to make a change before the FDA’s flavor ban for combustible products goes into effect, a good candidate might be restricting all tobacco product sales to adult-only — that is 21-plus — retailers,” she said. “This would substantively reduce children’s incidental exposure to tobacco products at convenience stores and gas stations, and adolescents’ access to them, without increasing incentives to choose more lethal combustible products over non-combustible options like e-cigarettes.”

This work was supported by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health and FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP). The content is solely the responsibility of the author and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health or the Food and Drug Administration.

World Vape Day: BAT’s review highlights 10 years of scientific evidence on vaping

  • Multiple scientific studies show switching completely to vaping with high-quality products has reduced health risks
  • compared to smoking, contrary to many consumer beliefs
  • Study data indicates that vaping products can provide an alternative for smokers who would not otherwise quit
  • Review supports the important role for vaping products in Tobacco Harm Reduction
  • Reinforces the importance of BAT’s unique consumer-centric model and how we are reducing the health impact of our business and building A Better Tomorrow™ through our multicategory approach

To mark World Vape Day, BAT has today published a comprehensive review of the scientific evidence for vaping products (e-cigarettes), their potential health effects and their role in Tobacco Harm Reduction.

This review shows that, over the past decade, the number of people who incorrectly believe vaping is as harmful or more harmful than smoking conventional cigarettes has risen in the UK, Europe, and the U.S. This is despite several scientific reviews , , published in the same period showing that vaping products manufactured in accordance with quality standards present less risk to health than cigarettes.*

According to population modelling studies cited in the review, a significant reduction in premature deaths could be achieved if current smokers switched exclusively to vaping rather than continuing to smoke. These modelling studies use population data and simulations to project the health-related outcomes associated with the long-term risks of smoking versus vapour use over time.

Dr. David O’Reilly, Director of Scientific Research at BAT, commented: “This paper is a comprehensive summary of more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers and other evidence published by an estimated 50 institutions over the past decade.

“The scientific evidence is clear – but consumer misperceptions remain. In England and the United States, only one in three adults is aware that there is scientific evidence available, including from leading public health authorities, that supports the conclusion that vaping is less harmful than smoking.

“The reality is that many leading public health authorities have reported that vaping is less harmful than smoking, and that this harm reduction potential can be maximised if those smokers who would otherwise continue to smoke switch exclusively to using vapour products.

“We hope this paper will be used as a resource by public health authorities, and support adult smokers seeking to understand the breadth of scientific evidence that exists to inform their choices.”

“Reducing the health impact of our business is at the heart of our purpose – to create A Better Tomorrow by offering the widest range of reduced-risk alternatives to cigarettes*,” David O’Reilly continued. “This is why we aim to have 50 million consumers of our New Category products, which include our vapour product range, Vuse, by 2030.”

This review highlights that vaping products can effectively compete with combustible cigarettes by providing nicotine and the sensorial enjoyment sought by smokers. Therefore, access to high-quality, extensively tested and well-regulated vapour products is crucial. However, vaping will only be considered a compelling alternative to smoking if public health institutions unambiguously and accurately inform smokers that switching completely to vaping can reduce their health risks.

The paper also reviews current vapour product regulations, and notes that these regulations largely relate only to labelling, ingredients and taxation – but not manufacturing standards. This has resulted in highly variable product quality standards globally.

The review stresses the need for consistent product manufacturing regulations and the universal adoption of robust product stewardship standards by manufacturers with the aim of increasing public confidence in vaping.

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Scientific Review Summary

* Full Review paper: Camacho, Oscar M., Ebajemito, James K., Coburn, Steven, Prasad, Krishna, Costigan, Sandra and Murphy, James J.. “Evidence From the Scientific Assessment of Electronic Cigarettes and Their Role in Tobacco Harm Reduction” Contributions to Tobacco & Nicotine Research, vol.30, no.2, 2021, pp.63-108. https://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/cttr-2021-0007

Notes to Editors

The White Paper reviewed more than a decade of scientific data and peer-reviewed studies from multiple sources worldwide to understand and evaluate different aspects of e-cigarettes and their role in Tobacco Harm Reduction, including the importance of design, testing, and adherence to high manufacturing standards.

Our review assesses published studies of how sensorial aspects of vapour products, including flavours and vapour aerosol visibility, play an important role in such product acceptability for former smokers looking for reduced risk

  • alternatives to cigarettes and for current adult vapers who want to avoid returning to smoking. The data indicate that adult vapers prefer e-cigarettes offering a variety of flavours, and that this variety makes vapour products a more viable alternative to continued smoking.About BAT

    BAT is a leading, multi-category consumer goods business with a purpose to build A Better Tomorrow by reducing the health impact of its business through offering a greater choice of enjoyable and less risky products for adult consumers. The company continues to be clear that combustible cigarettes pose serious health risks, and the only way to avoid these risks is not to start or to quit. BAT encourages those who would otherwise continue to smoke to switch completely to scientifically-substantiated, reduced-risk alternatives

  • . In order to deliver this, BAT is transforming into a truly consumer-centric multi-category consumer products business. BAT employs over 53,000 people and operates in over 180 countries, with 11 million points of sale and 45 factories in 43 markets. The company’s Strategic Portfolio is made up of its global cigarette brands and a growing range of reduced-risk
  • New Category tobacco and nicotine products and traditional non-combustible tobacco products. These include vapour, tobacco heating products, modern oral products including tobacco-free nicotine pouches, as well as traditional oral products such as snus and moist snuff. In 2020, we had 13.5 million consumers of our non-combustible products, a rise of 3 million on the year before. The BAT Group generated revenue of £25.8 billion in 2020 and profit from operations of £9.9 billion. 
  • Based on the weight of evidence and assuming a complete switch from cigarette smoking. These products are not risk free and are addictive. Our products as sold in the US, including Vuse, Velo, Grizzly, Kodiak, and Camel Snus, are subject to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation and no reduced-risk claims will be made as to these products without FDA clearance.Forward Looking Statements

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Are Vapes Illegal in DC?

Vaping is the inhalation of substances such as nicotine, THC, CBD extracts, and other additives or flavorings by electronic devices. Vapes or e-cigarettes are run on batteries. They use kits that contain a liquid containing nicotine, flavorings, and chemicals. The substance is heated into a gas, which the user inhales.

The laws and regulations governing the use of e-cigarettes have been in continuous flux since the rapid increase in the popularity of vaping in the United States in recent years. On government-owned properties, some states and even some municipal councils have banned their use. Others have lumped vape along with smoking, making it illegal to use in marked non-smoking places like clubs, pubs, and movie theatres.

 

Are Vapes legal in DC?

 

Washington, D.C. is the latest US district to give some restrictions on Vaping. According to the law, the legal vaping age in Washington State is 21. A string of strict anti-tobacco legislation recently passed, including a ban on vape in any indoor public space where smoking is still prohibited. Some Weed Delivery DC deliver quality weeds, vapes, or E-cigarettes products.

Vaping will be prohibited in all clubs, bars, and offices under the current rules, which the government of DC has approved. Vapers in Washington, D.C. The current law’s stated goal is to reduce the number of teenagers who smoke weed. Another clause of the legislation raises the age of purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old. This is a rising problem in the United States, and it’s possible that in a few years, smoking will be on par with alcohol as a common pastime for young adults.

But it isn’t going to happen right away in Washington, D.C. Teenagers would almost certainly be willing to purchase cigarettes or vapes. Before the proposed age cap is accepted, the District must find a way to replace the sales tax that smokers aged 18 to 21 currently paying. There are some recommendations for DC residents:

 

  • Avoid using e-cigarettes or vaping devices, particularly those containing THC and nicotine.
  • Vape or e-cigarette cartridges, liquids, devices, and perhaps other items should not be purchased on the street or over the internet.
  • Vaping systems should not be modified, and vaping materials should not contain any added substances.
  • Tell your doctor whether you’ve ever used e-cigarettes or smoking devices during your appointments.
  • If you’re an adult who stopped smoking with e-cigarettes or vape devices, don’t start smoking again. Adults addicted to nicotine who use e-cigarettes should continue using FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapy after weighing all costs and benefits.

 

Benefits of Vaping

 

If you’re trying to stop smoking, you’ve already heard of vaping and wondered if it’s the right thing for you. Although vaping has grown in popularity in recent years, many people are unaware of what it is, how it functions, or the advantages of vaping instead of smoking regular tobacco cigarettes. Many people think that vape is a high-tech equivalent of a tobacco cigarette. But vapes or E-cigarettes produce smoke from the liquid inside, which may or may not contain nicotine.

 

Vaping is Better Than Smoking

 

One of the most significant and well-known advantages of vaping is that it is healthier than smoking. There have been several surveys, such as first accounts of individuals who feel good after switching from smoking to vaping. According to some Scientist article, “Many who quit smoking and switched to vaping saw their blood vessel capacity improve by about 1.5 percentage points in 4 weeks relative to those who kept smoking.” The same report says that any 1% increase in vascular health reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease by 13%. Furthermore, though you may have recently heard some derogatory views on vaping in the media, World Health Organization has stated that vaping is still 95 percent less dangerous than smoking. If your wellbeing is a priority for you, and you’re ready to stop smoking, vaping might be the most effective way to wean yourself gradually and your body away from conventional tobacco cigarettes.

 

Vaping is Socially Accepted

 

Vaping has become socially appropriate in most countries due to its growing success and the fact that there is no odor to irritate those around you. Most people won’t mind if you vape by them because they won’t be inhaling cigarette smoke, and any odor would be good based on the E-Liquid you’re using. Furthermore, you can not expose anyone around you to the health risks of secondhand smoke. Vaping emits far fewer toxins, meaning you’re not endangering the public around you by vaping.

Finally, as previously discussed, there are numerous advantages to vaping, especially when compared to smoking tobacco. Where it comes to fitness, social approval, and cost, vaping is the most suitable form of nicotine consumption. If you’re looking for CBD E-Liquid or quality marijuana, there is a service of Weed Delivery near me in DC where you’ll find the best choices.

Final Word

Since an e-cigarette contains less nicotine than a regular cigarette, it is presented as a “better” substitute that may aid in giving up smoking. Individuals must be 21 years old to buy and use smoking devices under the current Tobacco 21 regulations. A fine is imposed on someone who sells nicotine or smoking goods to minors.

The Biden administration considers reducing cigarette addiction

On April 19, Eastern Time, media reported that the Biden administration is considering a new policy requiring tobacco companies to reduce the nicotine content of all cigarettes sold in the United States to a level that no longer makes consumers addicted. In addition, the Biden administration is still considering whether to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes at the same time.

Menthol cigarettes are cigarettes with a menthol flavor formed by adding a small amount of menthol to cigarettes.

Many experts have pointed out that the menthol flavor helps reduce the pungent sensation of burning tobacco, making it easier for new smokers to develop the habit of smoking, and such products are more harmful among people of color. The public also called on the FDA to ban such cigarettes because they feared that such cigarettes would increase the harm to minority communities and would be more likely to induce the next generation to smoke. It is reported that the European Union and the United Kingdom banned the sale of menthol cigarettes last year, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must also publicly respond to the public’s petition to ban menthol cigarettes before April 29.

However, the White House and the FDA still declined to comment on the New Deal that the Biden administration intends to introduce, but the market reacted strongly.

On April 19, Marlboro’s parent company and tobacco giant Altria (OM) dived in midday. Within five minutes of the news, the stock price went from a slight increase to a decline of more than 7%. The largest daily decline exceeded 7.7%. It closed down 6.17%. In addition, another tobacco company, Philip Morris International, also turned down, closing more than 1%.

Some analysts also believe that if the New Deal is introduced, it will reduce the addictiveness of traditional cigarettes, but it may also push some smokers to switch to alternatives, such as nicotine gum and e-cigarettes. The next day, Fogcore Technology, the parent company of RELX vape, rose 1.98%.

US legislator considers lifting the ban on e-cigarette flavors

The ban on e-cigarette flavors that many states in the United States are considering has recently shown signs of reversal.

The consideration behind the e-cigarette flavor ban is to protect minors from being attracted. At present, only a handful of states have successively passed bills related to flavor bans and introduced enforcement measures. For example, the Governor of New York State announced in 2020 that from July 1, 2020, retailers in the state will ban the sale of e-cigarettes in flavors such as fruits and candies, and only sell tobacco and menthol flavors.

US Rhode Island State Assemblyman Julie Casimiro was also a proponent of the flavor ban at first. But after visiting regular e-cigarette stores on the spot and getting an in-depth understanding of adults’ use of flavored e-cigarettes, Julie changed her attitude towards e-cigarettes.

Not only did she publicly retract her previous remarks, she also published an article advocating a “reasonable e-cigarette policy” in a US newspaper. After that, she proposed a new e-cigarette bill and actively promoted the holding of related hearings.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is also an opponent of this ban. In an open letter, Ron mentioned that banning flavored e-cigarettes may lead to more people returning to traditional cigarettes. Julie once published an article in the US “Providence Daily” calling for the rational use of e-cigarettes. In the article, Zhu Li emphasized that the majority of consumers who use flavored e-cigarette products are adults. “These adults are not choosing flavored e-cigarettes because they like desserts, but are using these products to quit smoking.”

The latest research from the University of Melbourne shows that smokers who choose flavored e-cigarettes have an OR value (odds ratio) of 1.61 for smoking cessation, while the OR value of menthol used is 0.87, which is nearly twice as high. Another study from Yale University also found that using flavored e-cigarettes is 2.3 times more likely to quit smoking than using tobacco flavors.

The reason why the U.S. government ordered the ban on flavored e-cigarettes is because they are worried that such portable and rich-flavored e-cigarette products will attract more American teenagers to try.

In a bill, Julie once proposed that e-cigarette advertisements cannot contain leading words such as “candy”, cannot display certain images that deliberately attract minors, and cannot mention “known to attract minors” and elements of popular culture.

Why The USPS, Fed-Ex and DHL Won’t Ship Vaping Products?

Fed-Ex and UPS are following suit after the PACT Act was passed by Congress.

Late in December 2020, Congress gave the go-signal to an appropriations bill called the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act (PACT), which prohibits the US Postal Service (UPS) from shipping both tobacco and cannabis vapor products.

Of course, this is going to affect the vape market big time. The bill does so much more than just banning the shipment of vapes; it actually gives shipping businesses involved in sending out vaping and cannabis products no choice but to comply with the PACT, which has strict regulations for online merchants.

“Effective April 5, 2021, UPS will not transport vaping products to, from or within the United States due to the increased complexity to ship those products,” said UPS spokesperson Matthew O’Connor in a statement.

PACT was actually set in motion last 2010, and it was the same year that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) got control of tobacco products thanks to the Tobacco Control Act (TCA). Unfortunately in 2016, the FDA began regulating vape products such as vape pens, water pipes, pipes, e-cigarettes, and other similar goods. Since then, they all fell under the definition of “tobacco products.”

“Covered tobacco product means any tobacco product deemed to be subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, but excludes any component or part that is not made or derived from tobacco,” says the FDA.

In a nutshell, PACT doesn’t just ban the USPS from shipping smokable goods, but the merchants should also comply with the act requirements no matter how they distribute their goods. We won’t be surprised if this leads to the opposite – people actually reverting back to cigarettes because government policies such as these make it so much harder to purchase safer options, such as vapes.

USA customs seizes $1.5 million shipment of counterfeit ‘Rick and Morty’ vape pens at O’Hare

Customs agents at O’Hare Airport on Tuesday seized a large shipment of counterfeit vape pens worth more than a million dollars.

The shipment, on its way from China to a distribution company in Georgia, contained 258 boxes of vape pens depicting images of the popular cartoon “Rick and Morty,” according to a statement from the U.S. Customs and Border Protections.

The 77,400 pens could’ve been worth $1.55 million, the agency said.

Customs said it reached out to Warner Bros. Entertainment and confirmed the pens were infringing on the company’s copyright.

“Often CBP seizes vape pens because they violate FDA guidelines, but these parcels violate copyright laws which adds to the charges and complexity of the case,” said Shane Campbell, port director of CBP in Chicago.

Campbell said counterfeit products are often unsafe for consumers, damages the revenue and image of the companies and could cost American jobs.

Last week, customs agents at O’Hare seized a shipment of 65,000 counterfeit N-95 masks. The masks claimed to be made by the manufacturer 3M, but the products had spelling errors and were deemed fake. The shipment could’ve been worth over $400,000.

Half of young people in the United States quit e-cigarettes because of their health

According to a new study published in “Addictive Behaviors“, more than 50% of young e-cigarette users want to stop and quit e-cigarettes.

2,000 young people between the ages of 13 and 24 participated in this study. All of them participated in the newsletter cessation aid program in 2019 and wanted to quit e-cigarettes.

Research surveys have found that young people have a variety of motivations for trying to quit smoking, including health, saving money, personal freedom, social communication, and decline in academic, physical fitness and other areas:

*52% of people want to quit e-cigarettes because of their health. One notable answer is: “I want to restore my lungs.”
*21% of people think cost saving is a factor, such as “I don’t have enough money to continue buying electronic cigarettes.”
*16% of people feel that they have lost their freedom from smoking e-cigarettes and hope to get rid of addiction. One respondent said: “I hate e-cigarettes. It controls my life.”
*10% of people regard social communication as the main factor, such as “influencing my friendship”.
*8% of students want to quit e-cigarettes because of poor grades: “My performance at school was affected by e-cigarettes… I have difficulty concentrating and paying attention.”

Half of young people in the United States quit e-cigarettes because of their healthHalf of young people in the United States quit e-cigarettes because of their healthHalf of young people in the United States quit e-cigarettes because of their health

Half of young people in the United States quit e-cigarettes because of their health

The research results highlight that young smokers believe that e-cigarettes affect their quality of life, so they participate in programs that can help them quit smoking because their addiction prevents them from living the life they want, which in turn affects their friendship and family relationships, physical and mental health and financial status.