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E-Cigarettes May Be Going Extinct

In a span of two years, smokers wishing to quit may have many less options than they do today, as brand new FDA regulations on e-cigarettes and related products are already causing harm to the vaping industry. This FDA censorship, which took effect August 8, will drastically reduce the size of the vaping market, limit consumers’ options, and generally discourage them from trying to find an alternative to smoking.

The first major action the FDA took against the vaping industry is requiring all manufacturers to obtain FDA approval for any product they wish to carry for longer than two years. In order to do this, manufacturers must submit a “premarket tobacco product application” (PMTA) for each product they wish to continue selling, the cost of which the FDA estimates to be from $12,000 – $2.6 million. Due to this harsh restriction, some larger manufacturers have already filed federal lawsuits against the FDA. One of these companies, Nicopure, has stated that it would have to submit thousands of PMTAs to keep all of its current products on the market, but will not be able to manage more than a dozen in the next two years. This demand in itself will diminish the number of e-cigarette manufacturers, and will reduce the amount of products available to the public.

Aside from these giant issues the larger “formal” manufacturers will have to face, there are the thousands of vape shops across the country that will likely diminish. Vape shops custom mix e-liquids for their customers, as well as assemble and fix e-cigarettes, but these actions will now cause shops to qualify as manufacturers under the FDA’s new rules. The shops will be unlikely to bear the monetary weight of FDA regulation as manufacturers, and then will be forced to no longer offer these customer services. Custom mixing e-liquids is the main draw and major selling point of vape shops, and with no longer being able to offer custom fluids, many shops will likely run out of business.

The FDA is giving the grace period of two years for manufacturers to seek its approval of products, however, it does not apply to variations introduced after the August 8 deadline, in effect banning product improvements. Even small changes in a current product’s size, flavor, ingredients, etc. after August 8 will constitute a brand new product that will require FDA approval. This means that any larger changes, such as improvements, to a current product are also banned without approval- improvements that could make e-cigarettes easier or cheaper to use, or could cause them to be more appealing to smokers wishing to quit.

In addition, the FDA has placed speech restrictions to prevent fraud. However, these restrictions prohibit statements and explanations that are true and accurate, and that would benefit consumers trying to decide between smoking and vaping. Since the FDA has placed tobacco-free e-cigarettes into the tobacco products category, manufacturers are not allowed to advertise their products as “smoke-free”, “ash-free”, “tar-free”, etc, as that would be promoting a “tobacco product”. Therefore, e-cigarette companies will not be able to promote the main goal and advantage of their products- being less harmful than tobacco cigarettes.

Up until now, manufacturers of e-cigarette products have gone largely unregulated. The harmful effects of vaping may not be fully known or scientifically proven, however, the fact that e-cigarettes contain only a fraction of the harmful chemicals as do conventional tobacco cigarettes, makes them a less-harmful option. Only time will tell, but the FDA has already caused the future to look bleak for this alternative to tobacco smoking.

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You May Be Putting Mercury On Your Face

It is very important to check the ingredient lists on your facial products, as you may by applying an incredibly toxic chemical to your face and hands.

Many anti-aging and anti-wrinkle cremes have been found to contain traces of mercury, and even occasionally soaps and lotions. As it is illegal for skin products to contain mercury in the US, these products still manage to find their way to US store shelves from other countries. Buyers should be wary when they see un-branded and unfamiliar brand products, as they may have been imported, and when buying skin products in another country. But even at home, the internet market is a hotspot for these items to be easily sold, so special caution should be taken when purchasing skin products online.

Mercury exposure is very dangerous and must be taken seriously. Mercury can effect the brain, heart, kidneys, and lungs of people of all ages. It is especially harmful to pregnant women and unborn babies, as it can harm their developing nervous systems, affecting ability to think and learn. Mercury can be passed to other people in a household by contact with the person who applied a mercury-containing product to their skin, or even with washcloths on which the product was applied. These products are even dangerous without direct contact to the skin, as they can release mercury in the form of vapor.

The ingredients on a skin product may not list “mercury” out-right, but if you have any product that lists the ingredients “mercurous chloride”, “mercuric”, “mercurio”, or “calomel”, use should be discontinued immediately. Before purchasing anti-aging or any type of face creme in the store, check the ingredient list for these key words. Products that do not list ingredients should be avoided. If throwing out any products at home, be sure to dispose of any mercury-containing product in a sealed plastic bag or container.

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Drug that killed Prince is taking more lives

Prince died due to an accidental overdose of prescription Fentanyl, one of the world’s strongest narcotic drugs – 50 times stronger than morphine.

It is still unclear whether Prince had a legal prescription for the drug, but what is certain is that the drug is becoming an increasing problem in the US.

As a whole, abuse of prescription drugs has grown out of control and Fentanyl is quickly gaining notoriety. From 2013 to 2014, Fentanyl overdoses skyrocketed from 92 to 514 in Ohio alone!

Much of this growth is attributed to illegal Fentanyl that was produced in a single lab in Mexico. The DEA states that there were more than 1,000 deaths associated with this lab from 2005 to 2007.

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Flint in Alabama? 12 water systems have carcinogens in water

High concentrations of the cancer causing chemicals, PFOS and PFOA (Teflon related), have been detected in 13 water systems nationwide.

The EPA has finally decided to issue health warnings on these chemicals after decades of ignoring all the related health effects. We reported on these overlooked poisons last year and are thrilled the EPA has finally taken action. Unfortunately, 8 water systems in Alabama have been cited for having high concentrations of PFOS and PFOA.

According to EWG, a non-profit, non-partisan health organization,  9 Alabama counties are affected by PFOS and PFOA:

Chilton, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marshall, and Morgan County.

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FDA: Nuts, Avocados, and Salmon must NOT be labeled healthy

Although federal dietary guidelines emphasize the importance of eating healthy foods (including Nuts, Avocados, and Salmon) the FDA has been preventing such food products from being labeled as “healthy”. This powerful federal agency has been operating under 20 year old nutrition science that believes that limiting certain nutrients leads to greater health – the same nutrition science that created diet soda as a “healthy” alternative.

The company currently taking the brunt of this regulatory craziness is KIND snacks. They produce fruit and nut snack bars and they had the audacity to label themselves as healthy. The FDA sent them a cease and desist letter and they replied with this thorough petition.

The FDA has agreed to revisit their definition of “healthy”. Hopefully it will reconsider foods that people normally think of as healthy, like margarine, diet sodas, and whole wheat.