A sweeping statewide prohibition on vaping within indoor establishments takes effect January 1st in Illinois. Legislators recently expanded existing smoke-free air laws to finally encapsulate e-cigarette usage.

Chief bill sponsor, Senator Julie Morrison (D-Lake Forest) helped push the amendment’s approval through Springfield earlier this year. “We’ve made progress de-normalizing tobacco perceptions, and I’m proud e-cigarettes now join usage bans protecting public health,” she stated. Read more

With new vaping regulations set to take effect on December 21st, 2023 in New Zealand, millions of soon-to-be noncompliant disposable vape products face an uncertain fate. Retailers prepare to absorb significant losses either destroying stock or selling at steep discounts before the rules kick in. Read more

The World Health Organization urged countries on Thursday to ban all flavored vapes similarly to tobacco, threatening the cigarette industry’s pivots towards less harmful alternatives. The UN body alleges flavors and marketing target adolescents with nicotine addiction. Read more

The largest investigation to date shows no signs at the population level that vaping serves as a gateway into cigarette smoking. The comprehensive analysis led by Queen Mary University of London compared smoking rates and patterns in countries with contrasting e-cigarette regulations.

Researchers discovered that the decline in smoking has accelerated faster in the UK, where vaping is embraced, than in Australia which bans nicotine e-cigarettes. There are also early indications that switching to vaping is hastening the demise of combustible cigarettes. Read more

A leading UK vaping industry body launched a national petition urging the government to avoid banning flavored e-liquids and disposable e-cigarettes. The UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) believes prohibiting popular vaping products could prevent smokers from quitting.

The petition warns that excessive vaping legislation, like proposals under a youth access consultation, might hinder smoking cessation efforts. UKVIA research found one-third of adult vapers could relapse if unable to obtain preferred flavors.

UKVIA is directly engaging over 100,000 members across vaping communities to mobilize support. Social media promotions and real user stories showing vaping’s life-changing impact accompany the signature campaign. The trade body is targeting vapers through its own membership, vaping advocacy groups, and online forums with combined followers exceeding 100,000. Read more

Well-intentioned laws restricting flavored vape access aimed protecting youth. But emerging public health data suggests these prohibitions produce unintended consequences, actually pushing more adolescents towards traditional smoking. Let’s deeply explore the surprising evidence. Read more

As of January 1st, 2024, Australia will officially ban the importation of all disposable vaping products, including popular disposable vape brands like Elf Bar and Hyde. This decision comes amidst growing concern that vapes are hooking a new generation on nicotine addiction and acting as a gateway for young people to transition to smoking traditional cigarettes. Read more

Ignoring successful harm reduction approaches globally, Ireland recently revealed prohibitive vape laws likely to impede smoking cessation efforts by driving consumers toward dangerous black markets.

The legislation proposed by Health Minister Stephen Donnelly establishes an age limit of 18 for purchases, restricts vape advertising, and most controversially, bans both flavored e-liquids and disposable vape devices.

While aiming to limit youth access, public health groups argue these blanket constraints on adult consumers directly contradict research showing vaping’s efficacy as a smoking alternative. Read more

The French parliament has unanimously voted in favor of banning the sale of all disposable e-cigarettes amid mounting concerns over youth usage and environmental damage from the single-use devices.

The proposed legislation will outlaw the retail of disposable vaping products, commonly called “puffs” in France, by September 2024 if fully ratified into law following further approvals. Read more

The New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS), representing over 7,000 delis and bodegas statewide, has moved to end celebrity promotional partnerships with manufacturers of flavored nicotine vapes banned for retail since 2020.

In an aggressive push, the merchants‚Äô group sent ‚Äúcease and desist‚ÄĚ warnings to rapper Snoop Dogg, boxer Mike Tyson, and wrestler Hulk Hogan – stars whose name and likeness currently back sweet flavored disposable e-cigarettes illegal for sale yet still readily available, and hugely popular with, teens online. Read more