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Warning: e-cigarette patent litigation isn’t going away

Written by Freddie Dawson || 19th May 2014 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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A nasty surprise could await those who believe that Fontem’s patent litigation against an assortment of e-cigarette makers will be rendered irrelevant by the U.S. market moving to open-tank system designs, not covered by the patents...

Fontem patents could give Imperial an advantage at FDA

Written by Freddie Dawson || 19th May 2014 || Business briefing |

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E-cigarette patents held by Imperial Tobacco could give the company an advantage in the U.S. market, if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) goes ahead with plans to make obtaining regulatory approval easier for pre-2007...

To stock or not to stock? Pharmacists uncertain on e-cigs

Written by Barnaby Page || 16th May 2014 || Business briefing |

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British pharmacies have yet to fully exploit the retail opportunities presented by e-cigarettes, according to a prominent market researcher, although pharmacy professionals themselves disagree vehemently over how to approach e-cigs that aren’t medically...

Consumers “need information, guidance on e-cig choices”

Written by Barnaby Page || 16th May 2014 || Business briefing |

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Feeding consumers’ hunger for information on e-cigarettes is essential if the category is to flourish at retail, according to one of the biggest British brands in the...

Laying down the law: regulation to dominate industry confabs

Written by Barnaby Page || 14th May 2014 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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E-cigarettes are on the agenda for a host of trade and professional conferences over the coming weeks, reflecting the urgent need for understanding of new regulatory measures as well as the sector’s development and improving scientific knowledge about...

Illinois to make child-proofing mandatory for e-liquid bottles?

Written by Freddie Dawson || 13th May 2014 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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The U.S. state of Illinois is considering making child locks for bottles of e-liquid mandatory, a move which would give the state stricter rules than those planned by the federal Food and Drug Administration...

Ex-smokers more likely than dual users to favour mods

Written by Barnaby Page || 1st May 2014 || Business briefing |

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More research into the preferences of e-cigarette users has suggested a relationship between their tobacco smoking habits and choice of e-cig...

U.S. media on deeming regs: FDA tries hard, could do better

Written by Barnaby Page || 1st May 2014 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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The proposed new e-cigarette regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received a lukewarm welcome from the country’s mainstream media, with most editorialists backing the agency’s restrictions but suggesting it will have to go...

UK survey: e-cig users’ product preferences change over time

Written by Barnaby Page || 30th April 2014 || Business briefing |

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A new survey on e-cigarette usage in the UK from pressure group Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) highlights the extent of dual use with tobacco, and the differing product choices of current and former...

The U.S. deeming regulations: timeline of the next stages

Written by Barnaby Page || 25th April 2014 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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The new regulations for e-cigarettes and other tobacco products from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were published today in the Federal Register, beginning the process that will eventually lead to their approval and...

FDA’s product approval process is biggest worry for e-cig sector

Written by Freddie Dawson || 25th April 2014 || Business briefing |

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The deeming regulations on e-cigarettes issued yesterday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were largely expected by the industry and greeted without panic, although concerns were raised over the product approval process and the underlying philosophy...

Deeming regulations: FDA still unsure on many questions

Written by Barnaby Page || 25th April 2014 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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The proposed regulations for e-cigarettes released yesterday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are only proposals, and the FDA still appears uncertain about how to regulate many aspects of the new...

New FDA rules and Europe’s directive: how do they compare?

Written by Barnaby Page || 25th April 2014 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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The new regulations for e-cigarettes proposed yesterday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are the second major regulatory framework for the products to appear in two months, following the European Union’s release of its revised Tobacco...

D.C. reaction: age rules praised, tolerance of flavours criticised

Written by Jim Myers || 24th April 2014 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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Key Democratic members of Congress on Thursday eagerly welcomed the long-delayed proposal by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to extend the agency’s regulatory authority over the e-cigarette industry and other tobacco products, while Republican law-makers remained more...

Deeming regs: health warning must cover 30% of the pack

Written by Barnaby Page || 24th April 2014 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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The health warnings required on e-cigarette packaging by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be markedly less obtrusive than those mandated on packs of tobacco...

Deeming regs: states are free to act on vaping in public places

Written by Barnaby Page || 24th April 2014 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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The new U.S. e-cigarette regulations proposed today by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) leave much space for states to impose their own local rules, particularly in the areas of advertising, minimum purchase ages, and public place...

Victory acquires a second British e-cigarette supplier for $50m

Written by Barnaby Page || 22nd April 2014 || Business briefing |

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U.S. e-cig manufacturer Victory Electronic Cigarettes is further strengthening its position in the European market with the acquisition of British counterpart VIP, the second UK firm it has bought this...

Association fears FDA rules could hamper sector´s growth

Written by Barnaby Page || 22nd April 2014 || Business briefing |

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The intentions of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on e-cigarette regulation remain opaque today, after an industry association abandoned plans to publish the agency’s proposed rule on new smoking...

E-cig or iCig? Ad campaign proffers a high-tech image

Written by Barnaby Page || 16th April 2014 || Business briefing |

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British e-cig vendor JAC Vapour is taking an unusual approach for its first advertising campaign, presenting its products in a manner more typically employed for personal technology...

FDA nagged again by Congress
over inaction on e-cigarettes

Written by Barnaby Page || 14th April 2014 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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Further pressure is being brought to bear on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week, with the release of a report from 11 members of Congress arguing that regulation of e-cigarette companies is needed to stop...

WHO “considering treating
e-cigarettes as tobacco”

Written by Barnaby Page || 14th April 2014 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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The man who leads the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) at the World Health Organization (WHO) wants to see e-cigarettes brought into the international agreement, according to a news report...

Britain’s biggest tabloid says
e-cig may have started fire

Written by Barnaby Page || 14th April 2014 || Business briefing |

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E-cigarettes made the headlines today in Britain, and they weren’t good ones. The Sun, the nation’s biggest-selling daily newspaper, ran a story headlined “E-Cig Gran Blown Up In Hospital” on its front...

EU to establish standard testing regime for nicotine dosage

Written by Barnaby Page || 1st April 2014 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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The European Commission is expected to issue technical specifications on the measurement of nicotine intake from e-cigarettes, as member states’ law-makers and the industry prepare to comply with the testing requirements of the EU’s new Tobacco Products Directive...

Imperial Tobacco’s patent suit: killer blow, or vain hope?

Written by Freddie Dawson || 13th March 2014 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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Imperial Tobacco’s lawsuit in a California state court against alleged infringers of its patents on e-cigarette technology is a gamble without guaranteed success, but could still drag the sector into an intellectual-property war, according to...