Circulating report claims that America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a ban on liquid mixtures used in electronic cigarettes to take effect from July 2016.
The claims in the report are untrue. The FDA has not announced such a ban and there are no credible news stories that confirm claims in the report. The false report comes from a fake-news website called ‘Associated Media Coverage’. Nothing published on the site should be taken seriously.
Subject: FDA Announces Ban On Electronic-Cigarette ‘Juice’
According to a story that is circulating via social media, America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to ban the liquid mixture used in electronic cigarettes come July 2016. The report notes:
The FDA’s ban on electronic cigarette liquid otherwise known as ‘juice’ will require all manufactures of the liquid mixture containing propylene glycol, glycerin, flavorings, and most often nicotine to cease manufacturing of the product by July 12th 2016.
The ban will also require retailers that sell electronic cigarette ‘juice’ (brick and mortar smoke shops and on-line retailers) to pull all forms of electronic cigarette ‘juice’ from their shelves and on-line inventories by July 12th 2016.
However, vaping fans will be pleased to hear that the claims in the story are untrue. The FDA has not announced the introduction of such a ban. And there are no credible news reports about the supposed ban.
It should be noted that the FDA will be finalizing regulations that place restrictions on the vaping industry. However, there is no outright ban on vapour ‘juice’ as claimed in this fake-news story.
In fact, the story comes from a fake-news website called ‘Associated Media Coverage’. The site is the new kid on the block when it comes to the fake-news industry, having only been established in February, 2016. Nevertheless, the site has already published several fictional stories disguised as news, including one that claims that several American states are set to place a curfew on motorbike riders and another that claims that a Maryland woman found a stack of cash buried in her flower bed.
Unlike some other fake-news sites, Associated Media Coverage has no disclaimer to alert readers that its material is fictional. Thus many readers may think the stories it publishes are real news and share them in good faith.
More and more of these supposedly satirical fake-news sites have appeared in recent years. It is wise to verify any ‘news’ reports that come your way before you share them.
Last updated: March 16, 2016
First published: March 16, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen