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Automation May Be Safer, But Also Increases Risks to Vehicle Manufacturers

One of the benefits behind automated vehicles, also known as self-driving vehicles, is a reduction of risks to those in the vehicle. There is a race among the largest automobile and technology companies to have fully automated cars. For example, Tesla cars have an autopilot system, Uber unveiled self-driving cars in Pittsburgh just last month and Ford believes it will be mass-producing self-driving cars with no steering wheels, brakes, or gas pedals within five years. While there are safety benefits to automated vehicles, manufactures need…

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New FDA Regulations on E-Cigarettes Set to Take Effect

On May 3, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration expanded their reach to include the regulation of, among others, e-cigarettes and hookah tobacco.  The FDA regulates “tobacco products,” defined to be any product made or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, including any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product, including, among other products, cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco.  Until now, e-cigarettes were not considered a part of that definition. According to the FDA, it will be able…

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