Tag: drugs-health

Get Ready for JUUL’s Grassroots Rebrand

JUUL Labs is still doing damage control. On Monday, the vape company revealed it would no longer be funding the Coalition for Reasonable Vaping Regulation, which has been aggressively—and expensively—pushing for a San Francisco ballot initiative that would reverse the city’s sales moratorium on e-cigarettes. “This decision does not change the fact that as a […]

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The U.S. Military Has Officially Turned on Vapes

Prohibition has come for America’s troops. On Tuesday, Stars and Stripes reported that electronic cigarettes and vape products would no longer be available to purchase at on-base stores—yet another fierce response to the spate of vape-linked deaths that have continued to crop up around the country. “Until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s work with […]

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Walmart Is Getting in on the War on Vapes, and It Could Backfire Badly

Walmart is getting good at this. After all, it was only weeks ago—long after the Columbine and Pulse and Parkland shootings, among so many others—that the biggest retailer in the country announced it would limit sales of some kinds of ammo, though guns would still be available. And it was only this past spring that […]

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The War on Drugs Is Coming for Vapes, and It’s Not Going to End Well

Donald Trump has decided to freak out about vaping. On Wednesday, White House officials announced they were asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to consider taking all flavored e-cigarettes off the market. The edict came just days after the agency informed JUUL Labs, which controls over two-thirds of America’s e-cig market, that it had […]

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JUUL Pitched Native American Tribes. It Did Not Go Well

In early February, representatives of e-cig giant JUUL Labs showed up at a council meeting of the Cheyenne River Sioux in South Dakota with some free vapes. They pitched local power-brokers on encouraging members of the tribe to ditch traditional cigarettes and trade them in for their electronic products as part of a so-called “switching […]

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An Unprecedented Drop in Overdose Deaths Is Sadly Not Reason to Celebrate

High Wire is Maia Szalavitz’s reported opinion column on drugs and drug policy. Overdose deaths fell by around five percent between 2017 and 2018, the first time mortality has dropped since 1990, according to preliminary statistics released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s important to note as well that the […]

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