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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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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Alcohol Industry's Fresh Pro Pot Rhetoric May Seed Product Convergence – TheStreet.com

A historic endorsement of pot legalization by a key wine and beer trade group marks the latest foray by alcohol producers into cannabis, with more moves expected, cannabis industry players told Real Money on Monday.

While alcohol makers have been seen as a potential opponent to a rival form of recreational imbibing, some major companies in the beer and wine space have already launched investments into the business prior to last week’s pro-pot statement from the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA).

Spirits giant Constellation Brands (STZ) for example, late last year invested $186 million for a 9.9% stake in Canopy Growth Corp (CGC) and Molson Coors (TAP) has reportedly been eying an investment in the space.

“As cannabis goes more mainstream, people will want to go to bars to consume it, but they’re not going to bring an edible and eat it there — they’ll want to buy a drink,” said Eric Baum, managing director and co-founder of Solidea Capital, an investor in the legal cannabis space. “Wine and beer companies are starting to see this as a huge opportunity.”

Marking the first and only major alcohol trade group to do so, the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) said on Thursday, July 12,  that  it supports state’s rights to run legal cannabis markets. It called on the federal government to respect the rights of states to legalize cannabis if they adopt cannabis market regulations that meet a framework similar to beverage alcohol.

“Eight decades ago, Americans acknowledged that the prohibition of alcohol was a failed policy,” WSWA acting executive vice president Dawson Hobbs said in a prepared statement. “The state-based system of regulation, adopted after Prohibition, created a U.S. beverage alcohol market that is the safest, most competitive and best regulated in the world.”

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Blake Shelton blames Pitbull, alcohol for onstage fall — so which was at fault? – The Mercury News

He was kidding. Everybody who’s seen his schtick with Adam Levine on “The Voice” knows jokester Blake Shelton was kidding. Well, maybe not quite everybody got the joke.

After taking an onstage spill Saturday night at the Pendleton Whisky Music Fest in Oregon, the country superstar took to Twitter requesting videos of his clumsy self.

“Ok Pendleton,” Shelton tweeted on Sunday, “I know somebody is bound to have video of me falling on stage last night!! Please!! I have to see it!!! Post that (expletive)! And yes I have been drinking. A lot..”

Some of his fans reminded Shelton that he had sworn off alcohol after he started dating his “The Voice” co-star Gwen Stefani. And one fan didn’t find funny the idea of Shelton performing while supposedly inebriated.

“So, that’s the type of quality show that you put on,…for people that spend their hard earned money to come see you, is for you to show up drunk? That’s some Justin Bieber on Hennessy, throwing up on stage, nonsense right!” the fan tweeted.

Shelton didn’t hesitate to hit back.

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“Oh I’m sorry ma’am… This account is meant for people who actually have a sense of humor.. We’re not accepting cry baby tweets today.. Maybe try again tomorrow!”

Oh I’m sorry ma’am… This account is meant for people who actually have a sense of humor.. We’re not accepting cry baby tweets today.. Maybe try again tomorrow! https://t.co/xMzHRiStNu

— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) July 16, 2018

Shelton’s original tweet requesting video of his slip got a number of responses, including one from up close.

There you go blake pic.twitter.com/UOgNR3tHrc

— Synthea Aldava (@SyntheaAldava) July 16, 2018

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