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Juul And Other E-Cig Manufacturers May Be Pulled From The Market

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…If they don’t keep their products away from minors

Products made by Juul and other e-cigarette manufacturers may be pulled from the market, if they can’t prove that they can keep their products from teenagers.

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it was investigating Juul for potentially targeting teenagers with their marketing in order to “have them as customers for life.” Now, the FDA is looking at the e-cigarette industry as a whole. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says that “youth use of electronic cigarettes has reached an epidemic proportion,” and that the administration is taking action against sales of e-cigarettes to minors. He says that over 2 million middle and high schoolers were e-cigarette users in 2017, citing an FDA study.

Both the makers and sellers of e-cigarettes are being targeted by the FDA with this action. According to a report from the New York TimesJuul Labs and four other manufacturers will have their flavored products taken off the market if they do not stop sales to minors, and have been given 60 days to prove that they could stop this practice. Warning letters were also issued to 1,100 retailers, such as 7-Eleven, Walgreens, and Circle K, and another 131 fines ranging from $279 to $11,182 were issued for selling to minors.

While e-cigarettes are heralded by some as an aid to help cigarette smokers quit smoking, Gottlieb says that this positive aspect comes at the “expense of kids.” “Inevitably, what we are going to have to contemplate are actions that may narrow the off-ramp for adults who see e-cigarettes as a viable alternative to combustible tobacco in order to close the on ramp for kids,” he says. “It’s an unfortunate trade-off.”

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I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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