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The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on February 27 on a nationwide bill restricting glass pi

  February 24, according to Vaping360, on Thursday, February 27, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a bill that will ban flavored  glass pipes for sale and online sales in all 50 states. House Bill HR 2339, "Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act," was introduced nearly a year ago by Democratic representatives Frank Palon of New Jersey and Donna shalala of Florida.

  The report said Vaping360 described HR 2339 in April last year as "a bill aimed at destroying the electronic cigarette industry". Although this will leave some steam products made by tobacco companies and JUUL on the shelves of convenience stores, few independent electronic cigarette companies will survive if the bill becomes law.

  The bill includes various provisions that will affect electronic cigarettes, including:

  Seasoning ban: glass pipes custom products containing "characteristic flavor" other than tobacco are prohibited unless they have received special FDA approval and are proven to significantly increase the possibility of quitting smoking;

  Online sales ban: ban all non-face-to-face sales;

  FDA User Fee Authorization: FDA's right to collect US$ 100 million in user fees from the electronic cigarette industry each year, which will indirectly increase the price of electronic cigarettes;

  Synthetic Nicotine Regulation: Orders FDA to Control Products Containing Synthetic Nicotine;

  Advertising restrictions: extend all FDA cigarette sales and marketing rules to electronic cigarette products, including advertising restrictions.

  The bill has 126 co-sponsors (members who have already expressed their support). To pass the House of Representatives, a bill needs 218 votes. Most observers expect HR 2339 to pass and move on to the Senate. This makes the bill a perfect test of the political strength of the electronic cigarette industry.

  It is reported that the bill can be stopped under the last-minute push. If every member of the House of Representatives receives thousands of e-mails from voters opposing the bill, the bill will be stopped. Can e-smokers quickly organize themselves to persuade 500,000 people to take part in the call for action within the next 4 days? If every e-cigarette user who takes the time to participate can persuade the other 10 people to send emails to their representatives, that could happen.

  The bill's sponsors believe that the ban will prevent teenagers from smoking, but Vaping360 believes that under the dogma of anti-tobacco activists, they ignore real-world evidence that the drug ban has never worked and that the ban will lead to a black market, which will lead to a proliferation of products of uncertain quality.

  In addition to banning the use of scented aerosols, HR 2339's ban on mint cigarettes will also lead to large-scale smuggling by organized criminal groups. Any elected official who supports drug policy reform and opposes drug war law enforcement should not support the bill. However, many co-sponsors claimed to be making progress in anti-drug policies.

  Members of Congress said last year: "Congress must take action to make it clear that selling glass pipes and bongs  products to children is illegal in order to reduce teenagers' dependence on nicotine. According to the law, my legislation also treats electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products like traditional cigarettes. "


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