Sunday, July 21, 2024

US Mail Vape Ban Passes the Senate


If passed, S 1253: “Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act,” would ban shipments of vape products by the US Postal Service and would force other delivery services to check ID and get an adult signature at the point of delivery. Deliveries by FedEx, UPS or DHL are already much more expensive than mail delivery, so besides the extra hassle, the required signature at delivery will also add additional cost.

Deliveries by FedEx, UPS or DHL, which are already much more expensive than mail delivery, would incur extra charges of as much as $20.

If the bill goes into effect, the cost of an online vaping purchase could increase by as much as $20. Additionally, requiring an adult signature would present its own difficulties since most deliveries happen during business hours when most vapers are at work. Moreover, points out Gregory Conley the president of the American Vaping Association (AVA), the signature requirement would create unnecessary points of contact that are counterproductive to the current coronavirus distancing situation.

Of course all these factors could lead to some private carriers deciding to stop shipping vaping products, and these companies may even be directly or indirectly pressured by anti-vaping entities to stop delivering the products, once the USPS discontinues their deliveries.

Trump is not expected to oppose the bill and the House is expected to cast their vote on the bill by July 20th. This gives vapers two weeks to send their comments about the bill. The Consumer Advocates For Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA) is urging vapers to take action and speak up against the bill by sending this message.

US study: Dependence on e-cigs is significantly lower than dependence on cigarettes

Meanwhile, as the US keeps tightening e-cig regulations, another recent study analyzing data from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study from 2013-2016, found that e-cigarettes use was consistently associated with lower nicotine dependence than cigarette smoking.

The study titled, “Dependence on E-Cigarettes and Cigarettes in a Cross-Sectional Study of US Adults”, compared e-cig and cigarette dependence among current and former adult e-cigarette users. The answers of a population-based representative sample of 13,311 18+ US adults, who had been administered dependence assessments for cigarettes and/or e-cigarettes were analysed.

The researchers found that current vapers were still less dependent on e-cigarettes than on cigarettes. “Findings among current users, dependence on e-cigarettes was significantly lower than dependence on cigarettes, in within-subjects comparisons among dual users of both e-cigarettes and cigarettes (1.58 [SE = 0.05] vs. 2.76 [0.04]), P < 0.0001), and in separate groups of e-cigarette users and cigarette smokers (1.95 [0.05] vs. 2.52 [0.02], P < 0.0001), and among both daily and non-daily users of each product.”

These findings indicate once again that the US should be focusing on tightening regulations pertaining to combustible tobacco, not electronic cigarettes

Read Further: Vaping360

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