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House Expected to Grill Executives of Nation’s Five Largest Vaping Companies

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By Personal Injury Attorney Jacob Kimball of Springs Law Group

Democrat Diana DeGette of California wants answers from the vaping industry. She says that no one knows how vaping affects the health of users and that, as a result, consumers are left in the dark. Meanwhile, vape companies rake in billions of dollars and have attracted a new generation of youths into a potentially lifelong addiction to nicotine.

This hearing is seen as one of Congress’ latest attempts in probing the growing vaping market. Congress’s prior examinations into the market include several vaping-related hearings last year as well as raising the federal minimum age for vaping to 21.

DeGette is the chairwoman of the House Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee. She has called to testify executives from five of the nation’s largest e-cigarette companies, which represent 97 percent of the country’s $19.3 billion vaping industry.  These five companies include Juul, Logic, NJOY, Fontem, and Reynolds American, many of which have been the subject of prior congressional investigations regarding their marketing and business practices potentially targeting young people.

Thousands of individuals – many of them children and young adults – suffered serious personal injuries last year during a rash of vape-related illnesses, which caused dozens of deaths. The subcommittee is seeking information about how the companies’ marketing efforts have played a role in the teen vaping epidemic, as well as what known health risks their products may pose to users.

In response to this crisis, the Trump Administration (administration) released a new policy that at least temporarily banned some of the most popular vape pod-based flavors – fruit and mint – but leaving both tobacco and menthol flavors unregulated. However, there is concern that mint simply may be relabeled as menthol in some cases.

Further, many vape products remain on the market: disposable vape pens, open tank devices, and e-liquids available in vape shops. In essence, says Matt Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the administration’s rule leaves a gaping hole through which vulnerable populations can still access vape products. As a result, there has been a growing concern that young people will resort to using other disposable and cartridge-based products as a way to find similar sweet flavors.

Meredith Berkman of Parents Against Vaping E-Cigarettes says that kids continue to use disposable vape products in sweet flavors that are thought to lure children into the market. She emphasizes the risk of personal injury to adolescents newly hooked on a nicotine product with poorly understood health impacts.

Federal data shows that middle and high school students are particularly at risk of becoming addicted to vaping and the nicotine it provides. Over the course of 30 days, more than five million of these young people admit to using vape products at least once.

Starting in May of 2020, the administration’s new rule requires companies to get approval from the federal Food and Drug Administration to sell their vape products and to prove that they provide a public health benefit. However, critics fear that the argument used to sell vaping in the first place, i.e., that it’s healthier than smoking cigarettes, may allow these products back on the market.

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Joe Biden Dominates Donald Trump in the 2020 US Presidential Election Race

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Democrat Joe Biden has an edge over Republican leader Donald Trump as he registers a win in major US states. The 2020 US Presidential election results made available by the Associated Press has hinted that Joe Biden has received more votes in his favor. His win in Michigan and Wisconsin has brought him close to forming a majority.

As expected, this is turning out to be a strong battle between both the US presidential candidates namely, Joe Biden and Donald Trump. After seeing the excessive vote count in Joe Biden’s favor, Donald Trump has responded with fury. He has even launched a legal onslaught over battleground-state votes.

According to Trump, his campaign is devoid of meaningful access to counting locations for observing the process for opening and tabulating ballots as stated under the state law. In its response, Joe Biden’s team has prepared itself to take the necessary steps to face Trump’s legal onslaught effectively.

When the vote-counting began, it seemed to a tough battle between Trump and Biden as the two had a little difference in the vote count. But as the time progressed, Joe Biden started to gain momentum in key US states and it has cleared the path for his win in the 2020 US Presidential election.

After Biden’s wins in the Great Lakes states, he reached 264 whereas Trump is at 214. Biden is just one battleground state away to cross the mark of 270 votes to become the US president this year. Joe Biden has received over 71 million votes and this year over 100 million Americans have cast their ballots before the Election day to ensure their safety from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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