For Sake of Public Health, FDA Should Not Ban E-cigarette Flavors – Competitive Enterprise Institute (blog)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gotlieb, a medical doctor and cancer survivor, has had a long-term interest in tackling tobacco-related diseases. But unfortunately he’s on a path that will, perversely, be a disaster for the very people he wants to help.

Specifically, he has his agency considering a proposal to ban all flavored tobacco, including flavors for less harmful e-cigarette devices (read CEI’s public comment on the issue here). While predictably sold as a means of protecting children from becoming attracted to these products, such a ban will do more harm than good for smoking cessation efforts.

Smoking is still one of the leading causes of preventable death around the world. In the U.S. alone, over 16 million Americans suffer from smoking-related diseases and half a million die each year as a result of health effects arising from their habit. But, instead of embracing all avenues that could reduce this health burden, many within the public health profession stubbornly cling to an “abstinence only” approach. 

At this point, no credible researcher can deny that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful than smoking, simply because of the fact that, unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes have no combustion. Yet anti-vaping advocates continue to push government to regulate these two different products the same way. They justify this based on the unproven hypothetical that e-cigarettes, especially candy- and fruit-flavored varieties, attract adolescents who would otherwise have never smoked. Their anxiety about this so-called “gateway effect” has no basis in reality or research.

Based on the U.S. government’s own evidence, tobacco use among adolescents has declined faster since e-cigarettes came to the market. Furthermore, despite claims that youth vaping is an epidemic, the government’s own data shows that e-cigarette use among teens has been declining since 2015. In fact, among high schoolers e-cigarette use has dropped

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Arkansas group says it raised $1.2M for pro-casino measure – Tampabay.com

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A group trying to put on the Arkansas ballot a proposal to legalize casinos in four counties says it raised more than $1.2 million last month.

Driving Arkansas Forward reported Monday that it has about $537,000 cash on hand to campaign for its proposed constitutional amendment. The group’s proposal would legalize gambling at a Hot Springs horse track and a West Memphis dog track, where video poker and other electronic games are already offered, as well as legalize casinos in Jefferson and Pope counties.

The secretary of state’s office is reviewing petitions the group submitted earlier this month for the proposal.

The group reported spending $715,711 last month, including $385,728 for advertising.

Most donations came from the Downstream Development Authority of the Quapaw Tribe and Cherokee Nation Businesses LLC.

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Le'Veon Bell agent: RB likely in final year with Steelers – NFL.com

Monday’s deadline for signing franchise-tagged players to an extension passed without any movement, signaling select individuals like Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell will play under the designation in 2018.

Bell, however, might not see another season in a Steelers uniform beyond the upcoming regular season, according to the running back’s agent Adisa Bakari.

“His intention was to retire as a Steeler,” Bakari said in a statement obtained by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. “But now that there’s no deal, the practical reality is, this now likely will be Le’Veon’s last season as a Steeler.”

Bell also issued a statement on Twitter:

to all my Steeler fans, my desire always has been to retire a Steeler…both sides worked extremely hard today to make that happen, but the NFL is a hard business at times…to the fans that had hope, I’m sorry we let youu down but trust me, 2018 will be my best season to date…

— Le’Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) July 16, 2018

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert echoed Bell on the two sides working together to find a solution before Monday’s deadline.

“Even though we could not reach a long-term contract agreement with Le’Veon Bell, we are excited he will be with the team in 2018,” Colbert said in a statement, via the Steelers’ official website. “We worked very hard to find common ground, but we were unable to accomplish that prior to today’s deadline. Le’Veon will play this season under the Exclusive Franchise Tag designation.

“After the 2018 season is completed, we again will attempt to work out a long-term contract with Le’Veon in the hope that he will continue his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

Regarded as one of the NFL’s elite offensive weapons, Bell has topped 1,000 yards rushing in two straight seasons, a span

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Marijuana Stocks: Hanging Out in Familiar Territory – Marijuana Stocks (press release) (blog)

We’ve brought attention back to a repeat winner that we’ve covered for the better part of the last 4 years.  Those of you who have been with us for a little while, you will surely remember OXIS International, now trading under the symbol (GTBP) we have once again begun to follow progress in the market. With past numerous examples of frequent breakouts, we once again see (GTBP) in appearing ready to break out.

Each time (GTBP) has pulled back to monthly lows, the market has responded positively and with recent news of the company’s CMO being promoted to CEO and Chairman of the Board, sentiment could continue to remain very positive.

As you can see, (GTBP) has once again begun to break out.  The last time it did this, (GTBP) managed to rally to highs of over $2.70!  Could this be in store once again? Well, as of today, we’ve not only seen (GTBP) rally 20% on an intra-day time frame but over the last 5 trading sessions, (GTBP) has moved up by as much as 53%!  In our strong opinion, this could once again be the first sign of a much longer-term bull run.

We saw it back in June, we saw a “mini-rally” back in May, and we saw a test of the $2.25 level when (GTBP) ran in April. Ultimately it comes down to the fundamentals and with the small-cap biotech segment of the market taking much of the spotlight this year, 2018’s second half could be primed for companies like this to capitalize on the overall market momentum.


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Roundup: DeMarcus Lawrence won't play on tag in '19 – NFL.com

The tag deadline arrived and passed without so much as a whimper.

The four players who received the franchise tag this offseason and hadn’t yet negotiated a long-term deal didn’t accomplish such a task by Monday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline. Those players: Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, Rams safety Lamarcus Joyner and most notably, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, will play the 2018 season under their respective tags.

Browns receiver Jarvis Landry was the lone player to receive the franchise tag and sign a long-term deal, though his situation was different: The Dolphins tagged Landry before trading him to Cleveland, where the wideout found a new home and a future beyond 2018.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert was quick to address the relative failure to secure Bell beyond 2018.

“Even though we could not reach a long-term contract agreement with Le’Veon Bell, we are excited he will be with the team in 2018,” Colbert said in a statement tweeted by the team. “We worked very hard to find common ground, but we were unable to accomplish that prior to today’s deadline. Le’Veon will play this season under the exclusive franchsie tag designation.

“After the 2018 season is completed, we again will attempt to work out a long-term contract with Le’Veon in the hope that he will continue his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

Bell attempted to explain his side of the prolonged financial standoff via Twitter:

to all my Steeler fans, my desire always has been to retire a Steeler…both sides worked extremely hard today to make that happen, but the NFL is a hard business at times…to the fans that had hope, I’m sorry we let youu down but trust me, 2018 will be my best season to date…

— Le’Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell)

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