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CBS will no longer run advertisements from any e-cigarette company as a matter of policy, a company spokesperson confirmed to Axios on Wednesday.

What's happening: CBS joins CNN and its parent company, WarnerMedia, in banning e-cigarette ads, as first reported by CNBC and The Daily Beast. Viacom, which is in the middle of a massive merger with CBS, also told CNBC on Wednesday the network will stop running e-cigarette ads.

  • New York and Michigan moved to ban flavored e-cigarettes this month, as the Trump administration says it is finalizing plans to pull all flavored e-cigarette cartridges from the market.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Sara Fischer: News companies have discretion over the types of ads they will or won't accept. In a tough news economy, they try to be as open to all viewpoints as possible, but in recent years, news organizations have drawn the line over products that could harm public safety — like guns or nicotine.

Where it stands: 7 people have died in the U.S. due to a lung-related illness linked to vaping. Several of those fatal cases "involved a middle-aged or older person," per the Washington Post. The number of 8th-, 10th- and 12th-graders using e-cigarettes has doubled in the past 2 years, according to new data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Go deeper: The global anti-vaping tipping point

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Pundits react to a chaotic debate: “What a dark event we just witnessed”

The first presidential debate between President Trump and Joe Biden in Cleveland on Tuesday night was a shouting match, punctuated by interruptions and hallmarked by name-calling.

Why it matters: If Trump aimed to make the debate as chaotic as possible with a torrent of disruptions, he succeeded. Pundits struggled to make sense of what they saw, and it's tough to imagine that the American people were able to either.

Trump to far-right Proud Boys: "Stand back and stand by"

Asked to condemn white supremacist violence at the first presidential debate on Tuesday, President Trump said the far-right Proud Boys group should "stand back and stand by," before immediately arguing that violence in the U.S. "is not a right-wing problem. This is a left-wing problem."

Why it matters: Trump has repeatedly been accused of failing to condemn white nationalism and right-wing violence, despite the FBI's assessment that it's the most significant domestic terrorism threat that the country faces. The president has frequently associated antifa and the left-wing violence that has afflicted some U.S. cities with Biden, despite his condemnation of violent protests.

Mike Allen, author of AM
2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

The first Trump v. Biden presidential debate was a hot mess

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This debate was like the country: Everybody’s talking. Nobody’s listening. Nothing is learned. It’s a mess.

  • We were told President Trump would be savage. Turned out, that was a gross understatement. Even the moderator, Fox News' Chris Wallace, got bulldozed.

Why it matters: Honestly, who the hell knows?