Over 600 independently owned vaping retailers and manufacturers came together to release a white paper today formally responding to CDC claims about the link of e-cigarettes and recent illnesses and deaths. The white paper also outlined specific solutions for policy makers to address the youth epidemic including the limitation of flavors to lower nicotine products sold through adult-only retail establishments. It also suggested implementing an examination of nicotine strength and risk profiles as well as encouraging manufacturers to build age verification tools into all hardware. “Although state health departments and the FDA have continued to link recent respiratory illnesses with illegal THC use, the CDC reports did not adequately differentiate between THC and nicotine vape even though they are completely different industries,” vaping retailer AMV Holdings’ president Sam Salaymeh stated in the news release. “The failure of the CDC to demand THC screening of patients who refuse to admit to such use is irresponsible and dangerous. This oversight has caused wide-spread panic among consumers and government policy makers and negatively impacted public health. We are now seeing people go back to traditional smoking and a significant reduction in the rate of smokers who adopt nicotine vaping for harm reduction. The entire nicotine vaping industry, which has helped millions transition away from combustible cigarettes over the past decade without resulting in severe respiratory illnesses, is suffering severe economic hardship. We have had to shut down many stores and lay off more than 15% of our workforce due to the actions of drug dealers selling contaminated THC cartridges. That should not happen in a country founded on freedom and justice.”
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