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North Carolina files lawsuit against 8 e-cigarette firms for allegedly marketing youth vaping

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North Carolina files lawsuit against 8 e-cigarette firms for allegedly marketing youth vaping
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North Carolina has sued 8 e-cigarette firms for allegedly selling products to the kids, amid an increasing no. of US teenagers getting addicted to vaping.

On Tuesday, John Stein, the attorney general of North Carolina announced about his office lodging separate lawsuits against the firms Direct eLiquid, Beard Vape, Electric Tobacconist, Electric Lotus, Juice Man, Eonsmoke, VapeCo, and Tinted Brew.

The lawsuits have accused these firms of targeting kids as customers, without proper age verification, and selling addictive and dangerous vaping products to them.

There’s a vaping plague among the middle and high school students across the US, said Stein. The filed lawsuits aim at shutting the operations of vaping firms that target the youth in the state, he added.

According to the state’s law, the sale of vaping products is prohibited to those who are younger than 18 years.

The new action follows a similar lawsuit filed by Stein against the famous e-cigarette firm Juul previously this year, alleging that the firm targeted young people and misconstrued the potential threats of nicotine in its vaping products.

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At the time, Stein’s office had asked a state court to stop the firm from selling vaping products to the minors in the state and to refrain it from selling any other flavors online apart from menthol or tobacco.

Several e-cigarette firms have said that their products help cigarette smokers quit smoking. However, there is also evidence which proves that several young people that never smoked previously are now hooked to vaping.

The US FDA has issued a warning that vaping among teenagers across the country has arrived at an epidemic magnitude. The federal body is, therefore, trying to lower the sales as well as the marketing of such devices to teenagers.

There are several e-cigarettes which contain nicotine, an addictive chemical which is found most commonly in cigarettes. Exposure to nicotine during young adulthood could lead to addiction and can also harm the brain, said the US Surgeon General.

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McDonald’s to work with Beyond Burger for new trials

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McDonald’s to work with Beyond Burger for new trials

McDonalds is all set to expand the trials for plant-based burgers in Canada with Beyond Burgers from January 14. According to the food giant, the expansion will lead to trials for the plant-based burgers in 52 restaurants more than earlier in Ontario.

The announcement further stated that the trial for Beyond Burger’s plant-based products will be for three months.

The news has come after Impossible Foods denied taking up the deal stating the sheer numbers of the order as the reason.

Pat Brown, the CEO of the company in his recent interview, said that the company can’t take up the deal due to its quantity of production. Furthermore, Brown stated that they need to scale their production higher rather than looking for clients.

Besides, Impossible Foods stated that they wished to increase production to better cater to the needs. Brown further stated that the company will henceforth increase its capacity twice the earlier capacity.

Brown expressed the firm’s interest to have McDonald’s as their customer for the project as well.

Till the time the company will scale up the production to twice, the clients should not be bothered.

The US has about 14,000 outlets of McDonald’s whereas the Impossible Foods cater to around 15,000 burger outlets all around. Amongst the clients of the Impossible Foods are outlets in Macau, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the US. Furthermore, speculations are that the US McDonalds will soon be introducing these plant-based burgers in its outlets.

By estimations of the Swiss bank, UBS, the outlets saw about 20 to 30 plant-based burgers sold per day. The estimation was done in the first twelve weeks of the trail and saw about 100 of the burgers sold in busy places.

Furthermore, the bank stated that McDonald’s will be able to sell nearly 250 million of the burgers with outlets all over the US.

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General Motors recalls about 814,000 vehicles over manufacturing errors

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General Motors recalls about 814,000 vehicles over manufacturing errors

Due to issues with the brake system as well as battery, General Motors has recalled about 814,000 vehicles on Friday. The recall has been initiated for pick-up trucks with software issues as well as the trucks with issues in the battery. Moreover, according to reports, the list of recalled vehicles includes few pick-up trucks having both the issues.

The 2019 models of GMC Sierra 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Cadillac CT6 have a software error. The error could cause the antilock brake system along with the electronic stability control to disable. Further, there are no warning signals to notify that the brake system is not functioning. Therefore, the stability control and the antilock brake system could be completely off without any indication before or after the disabling. 

The motor company discovered the issue last month with the help of the Electronic Control Unit, the device which regulates a car’s antilock brake system. However, according to the statement of the Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the software will be updated from 27th January at the dealerships.

Furthermore, over 35,000 Sierra 1500 and Silverado trucks are involved in the recall for the issues related to the battery. The cable that connects the alternator to the main battery may have extra glue on the positive terminal.

Moreover, this could lead to a fluctuating electrical connection that could further cause warning signals on the service battery panel. The connection may, therefore, lead to the build-up of heat and unthreading or detachment of the bolt that attaches the terminal. Besides, this could even lead to the initiation of fire due to the melting of parts.

The inspections around the excessive glue and fixing will begin late in January 2020.

These defects have led to many injuries and accidents. However, as the dates of the recalls associated with both the issues are overlapping, speculations are that many trucks might have both the errors.

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Best Buy Black Friday Sales 2019: Get Best Nintendo Game Deals, accessories, chargers 

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Here is good news for game lovers! Best Buy huge Black Friday 2019 sale starts with tons of savings for game lovers. It will have a long list of Nintendo Switch games and accessories and best Nintendo Switch Console deals. 

The Nintendo Switch bundle is seen in other Black Friday 2019 ads too even in 2018 ads as well. Nintendo is not a cheap console but Best Buy is a chance to get a perfect deal.

Best Buy 2019 will presents Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart 8 and a free screen protector for $299. With this, the sale will have various chargers, cases, docks, and other Nintendo Switch accessories on sale.

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Here are the other deals of Best Buy 2019 Sale:

In Nintendo Switch accessories, you can get the Nintendo Controllers for $14.99. A $20 savings is not bad on Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Controllers. Nintendo Poke Ball  Plus is available at $19.99 with $30 savings. Similarly, be ready to get Insignia Power Pack at $12.50 with $12.49 savings. 

Nintendo Switch Games with $20 saving. Isn’t it a good deal? You will get Nintendo Switch Games for $39.99. It includes all the best games like The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Super Mario Party, etc. The sale will make available the other Nintendo Switch Games for $24.99 with $15 saving. It includes games like Just Dance 2020, Crash Team Racing.

Nintendo games like Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, LEGO DC Super-Villain will be available for $19.99. It includes LEGO Harry Potter Collection, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King. 

Other Nintendo Switch Video Games provides deals like Spyro Reignited Trilogy at $24.99 with $15 savings, Starlink: Battle for Atlas at $9.99 with $50 savings. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Final Fantasy X/X2 HD Remaster. All these games are available at $24.99 with $25 savings.

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