The future of vaping in Massachusetts

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The future of vaping in Massachusetts

At the federal level, the Trump administration has banned the sale of flavored pods, and just this week, state Attorney General Maura Healey sued e-cigarette maker JUUL Labs


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ANTHONY: VAPING HAS EVOLVED SINCE E-CIGS EMERGED, BUT WHAT CAUSE OF OUTBREAK THAT MADE THOUSANDS >> SICK? >> IT IS A GREAT QUESTION AS FOR WHEN THIS ACTUALLY STARTED AND WHY NOW. THE TRUE ANSWER IS WE DON’T KNOW. THE DISEASE IS EVOLVING. THERE HAVE BEEN STRONG ASSOCIATIONS WITH THE THICKENING PRODUCTS LIKE VITAMIN E ACETATE. ANTHONY: THAT AGENT IS USED IN SOME E-CIGARETTE PRODUCTS CONTAINING THC. ACCORDING TO THE CDC, IT HAS BEEN LINKED TO THE DISEASE OUTBREAK. * >> MOST OF THE CASES HAVE >> BEEN RELATED TO THC. IN MASSACHUSETTS AND THE CDC, THERE ARE CASES OF THE DISEASE WERE THE PERSON ONLY USED NICOTINE. — WHERE THE PERSON ONLY USED THEY CONTAIN TEAM. WHETHER THERE IS MORE THAN ONE INGREDIENT, WE NEED MORE RESEARCH. ANTHONY: THE STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS ARE TAKING ACTION TO TAKE MANY PRODUCTS OFF OF THE SHELVES. WILL THERE BE ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS? IN MASSACHUSETTS THAT IS NOT CLEAR. >> THE BEST IDEA OF WHERE WE LEARN MORE — THE CDC, WHO HAS MORE INFORMATION THAN ANY ONE STATE, IF THEY SAY WE HAVE NARROWED IT DOWN TO THIS AND THIS, THEN THAT BECOMES A MUCH MORE RELEVANT SET OF FACTS WE CAN INCORPORATE INTO THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT RULES AND REGULATIONS. ANTHONY: AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS BANNED THE SALE OF FLAVORED PODS, BUT IT ALLOWS THE SALE OF FLAVORED LIQUIDS FOR DEVICES THAT ARE AVAILABLE. THIS — REFILLABLE. MORE AND — THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SUED JUUL LABS. JUUL HAS STOPPED SELLING FLAVORED PRODUCTS BUT SHE SAID JUUL CREATED THE EPIDEMIC BY INTENTIONALLY MARKETING TO YOUNG PEOPLE. MEANWHILE A MAJOR AREA OF CONCERN FOR MASSACHUSETTS VAPE SHOPS IS A 75% EXCISE TAX THAT WILL BE IMPOSED ON PRODUCTS BEGINNING IN JUNE. >> WITH THE TAX COMING IN JUNE, WE ARE FAIRLY CERTAIN WE WILL NOT SURVIVE. >> WE HAVE GOT UNTIL JUNE TO EITHER EVOLVE OR AFFECT DECISIONS IN BOSTON. WE DON’T HAVE A CHANCE OTHERWISE. ANTHONY: JEFF ROSSEN, WHO SAID HE NEARLY DIED FROM VAPING, FIRST SPOKE UP IN AN OP-ED. HE HOPES SHARING HIS STORY, HE WILL OFFER A CAUTIONARY TALE. >> I WANT TO KEEP PEOPLE THINKING ABOUT THIS BECAUSE VAPING, ESPECIALLY THC, THIS IS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE FOR DECADES TO COME. ANTHONY: AND IN A STATEMENT RESPONDING TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S LAWSUIT, JUUL SAID IN PART, “WE REMAIN FOCUSED ON RESETTING THE VAPOR CATEGORY IN THE U.S. WE STOPPED THE SALE OF FLAVORED PODS OTHER THAN TOBACCO AND MENTHOL, HALTED OUR TELEVISION, PRINT AND DIGITAL PRODUCT ADVERTISING. OUR CUSTOMER BASE IS THE WORLD’S ONE BILLION ADULT SMOKERS, AND WE DO NOT INTEND TO ATTRACT UNDERAGE USERS.” SHAYNA: AND GOVERNOR BAKER SAYS THE STATE WILL CONTINUE TO COLLECT DATA ON VAPING AND ADJUSTMENTS WILL BE MADE IF NECESSARY. THAT’S “CHRONICLE” FOR TONIGHT. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. I AM SHAYNA SEYMOUR. ANTHONY: I AM ANTHONY EVERETT. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU TOMORROW NIGHT

The future of vaping in Massachusetts

At the federal level, the Trump administration has banned the sale of flavored pods, and just this week, state Attorney General Maura Healey sued e-cigarette maker JUUL Labs


Statement from Juul:“While we have not yet reviewed the complaint, we remain focused on resetting the vapor category in the U.S. and earning the trust of society by working cooperatively with attorneys general, regulators, public health officials, and other stakeholders to combat underage use and transition adult smokers from combustible cigarettes. As part of that process in the U.S., we are preparing comprehensive and scientifically rigorous Premarket Tobacco Product Applications, stopped the sale of flavored pods other than Tobacco and Menthol in November, halted our television, print and digital product advertising, implemented a $1 billion restructuring plan, refrained from lobbying the Administration on its draft flavor guidance and support the final policy. Our customer base is the world’s 1 billion adult smokers and we do not intend to attract underage users.”- Austin Finan, Spokesperson for JUUL Labs

Statement from Juul:

“While we have not yet reviewed the complaint, we remain focused on resetting the vapor category in the U.S. and earning the trust of society by working cooperatively with attorneys general, regulators, public health officials, and other stakeholders to combat underage use and transition adult smokers from combustible cigarettes. As part of that process in the U.S., we are preparing comprehensive and scientifically rigorous Premarket Tobacco Product Applications, stopped the sale of flavored pods other than Tobacco and Menthol in November, halted our television, print and digital product advertising, implemented a $1 billion restructuring plan, refrained from lobbying the Administration on its draft flavor guidance and support the final policy. Our customer base is the world’s 1 billion adult smokers and we do not intend to attract underage users.”

– Austin Finan, Spokesperson for JUUL Labs

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