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US Announces to Designate Four More Chinese Media Organizations as Foreign Diplomatic Missions

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The US has decided to designate 4 more Chinese media organizations as foreign diplomatic missions. According to the Trump administration, four more Chinese media organizations are working under the control of the Chinese communist party.

Earlier this year, the US had also designated five other Chinese outlets as foreign missions and put a capping on all the Chinese journalists working in those organizations. Criticizing the act of the US, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that it would decrease their reporting abilities.

In addition to this, it has added that it is also the violation of freedom of speech and press. Zhao Ljjian, the spokesperson of the ministry has said that the US must not indulge in the cold war and it should nullify this action to avoid harmful situations for both sides.

David Stilwell, the State Department’s assistant secretary for East Asia and Pacific affairs said that China Central Television, People’s Daily, Global Times, and China News Service are supposed to report details about their US staffing and US real estate holdings to the State Department. He even called these Chinese media organizations as propaganda outlets.

With every passing day, the relations between China and the US are taking a negative turn. Especially, the issue of coronavirus pandemic has intensified the blame game between the two countries. China has also expelled journalists from many news agencies such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

When asked about China’s retaliatory action of expelling the US journalists, Stilwell ruled out its connection with the step of Trump administration. Things are becoming very messy between the two nations and they don’t seem to enter in a better position in the near future.

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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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