Everyone is aware of the ongoing situation in America. Not only is the country under turmoil, but there are also undercurrents of protests aimed at ending racism, against the Trump administration. The situation escalated quickly when George Floyd, a black man, was killed by four white policemen.
Citizens are calling it an act of white male supremacy, and are demanding justice for George Floyd. The police officers were restraining Floyd for some reason, but video footage of the incident shows a police officer leaning on the neck of Floyd as he asks for mercy and gasps for breath.
The four policemen have since been suspended from duty, and the FBI is doing a Federal civil rights probe. There have been protests across the country, for the cause of Black Rights. George Floyd’s death has sparked riots across the country.
Recently, there was a protest in Minnesota that went out of hand. And President Trump did not lose the time to tweet about it. In the tweet, he called the protestors thugs. He also warned that, as soon as “the looting begins, the shooting begins.”
This tweet did not sit well with Twitter because it violated the terms and conditions of Twitter. It promoted the glorification of violence. That’s why the tweet was flagged, and a notice was placed on it.
Later, the White House Tweeter handle, reposted the tweet from Trump’s account. The war between Twitter and Trump seems to be growing tense. President Trump is calling out Twitter and wants to revoke the 230.
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects the authenticity of the platform. Trump and his supporters want to amend the section and revoke the 230. As the situation gets out of hand, it seems to be seen who will win the Twitter war.
House Expected to Grill Executives of Nation’s Five Largest Vaping Companies
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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