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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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Importance of hiring Structural Engineers Miami when purchasing a house

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When you purchase a new house, you can be very excited about it. But, apart from being an adventurous and exciting experience, it is a tedious procedure. It is very important to be cautious when buying a home. If you don’t follow the proper steps, you may end up spending more than needed. Before buying a home, it is important to do a complete structural investigation of your home. It will help you understand its real worth. Also, if you are buying a house where someone was living before, it is important to check it properly. The investigation will help determine what amount of maintenance is needed in the house. Several people do not choose to hire structural engineers Miami to do a proper structural inspection of their house, thereby experiencing hefty losses.

Know the structural integrity of the property

When you buy a new home, your goal is to buy a property that doesn’t require too much work and maintenance. Hence, getting a structural inspection is of grave importance. It will help you know the integrity of the place. The structural engineers will inspect the property to assess its conditions and whether it needs serious repairs. Thus, after all the conditions are assessed, you can buy the house.

Professional judgment

Structural engineers Miami are professional, experienced, and well-trained in their field. They know how to do their work perfectly. They have been on the field for a long time and are aware of how the house should appear. When you talk about house inspections, you may find other cheap alternatives. But hiring a structural engineer for inspection will give you a professional judgment. They can help you make the best decision about your home purchase.

Purchase after acquiring efficient knowledge

You may get lured by a house that matches your preferences and needs. But, can you rely on it without checking the inside? No, hence it is a situation somewhat like this. It is important to hire a professional structural inspector to help you out. An investigation done by experts can help you know about all the drawbacks that are not visible at present but may occur in the future.

It is important to anticipate the near future when buying a house and structural engineers can help you do it by creating a zero-waste future. They follow a well-developed method to focus on the building’s ends.

For enhanced flexibility, the structural engineers will consider the functional execution of the building. It will be helpful to re-purpose too.

When purchasing a new home, it is important to do a complete structural inspection of the property. A random home inspector will help you acknowledge the flaws, but a structural engineer will help you with the detailed inspection. They will offer a better and more professional detail about the house. The report will help you make a good decision about the house. It will also save you from spending more money on purchasing a property.

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