American Council on Science and Health lists vaping junk science. EU parliament endorses tobacco harm reduction. Calls to Action in Hawaii, Colorado and Maine. Commentary on Bloomberg worsening a health crisis. What’s happening with tobacco settlement money and more!
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CALL to ACTION // Hawai’i
SB 3118, which would ban the sale of flavored vapor products, had a hearing on
Tuesday, February 22. Please take a moment to register your opposition to this bill. You can keep your comments as simple as “I oppose this bill,” or upload larger comments.
TAKE ACTION: Hawai’i – Stop a Flavor Ban SB 3118!
CALL TO ACTION // Hawai’i #2
HB 1570, a third (but not final) bill that would ban sales of safer nicotine products in flavors other than tobacco had a hearing on Thursday, February 24. Please take a moment to register your opposition to this bill. You can keep your comments as simple as “I oppose this bill,” or upload larger comments.
TAKE ACTION: Stop a Flavor Ban HB 1570!
CALL TO ACTION // Colorado
HB 22-1064 (or just HB 1064 for short) would ban the sale of flavored nicotine and tobacco products in Colorado. This bill is scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 1:30 PM.
TAKE ACTION: Colorado – Stop a Flavor Ban!
CALL TO ACTION // Maine
LD 1693, a bill aspiring to advance health equity, also contains a ban on sales of any flavored tobacco and vapor products–many of which are helping adults quit smoking!
TAKE ACTION: Maine – Stop a Flavor Ban!
CALL TO ACTION // Brunswick, Maine
The City of Brunswick is moving forward with an ordinance to ban the sale of flavored vapor products. This is on the heels of Portland and Bangor adopting their own flavor bans under pressure from anti-smoking activists who are not only ignoring the benefits of switching to smoke-free products, but racing to build support for state legislation that will take safer nicotine products away from all Maine cities and towns.
TAKE ACTION: Brunswick, Maine – Fight a Flavor Ban!
TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION // EU Parliament
The EU Parliament has become the world’s first elected chamber to endorse THR, according to a statement from the Independent European Vape Association (IEVA), who also warned against the possible flavor ban mentioned in the report because “many vapers return to smoking as a result [of a ban].”
— Southernvaper (@Southernvaper1) February 20, 2022
TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION // Advocacy
The International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organisations (INNCO) is hosting a webinar on Advocacy Burnout on March 3rd, at 19:00 GMT. The webinar will discuss strategies to address burnout in the fields of tobacco harm reduction, drug harm reduction, and human rights advocacy!
COMMENTARY // Bloomberg Bloopers
Bloomberg isn’t just pushing the wrong policies, his messaging to the public perpetuates the falsehood that e-cigarettes are as harmful or perhaps more harmful as regular cigarettes.”
~ Steve Pociask
COMMENTARY // Nicotine Brain Damage
According to groups like Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, PAVe & Truth Initiative, these men were all “brain damaged” by nicotine use. Meanwhile, scientists are finding that nicotine therapy can help people with neurological diseases, brain damage and ulcerative colitis.
TOBACCO CONTROL // Australian Vaping Regulation ‘Model’
Australian officials make it difficult and expensive for adults who smoke to switch to nicotine vapor products by requiring a prescription (cigarettes can easily be purchased over the counter) then issue a $5,328 fine essentially for quitting smoking.
To be fair, the guy wasn't doing things by the book. But it sounds like a pretty wacky book, so I can't blame him. https://t.co/5hDVBo63gT
— Guppy (@Guppy_Gills) February 23, 2022
TOBACCO CONTROL // Facts About Smoke-free Tobacco
“Through With Chew” week promotions are ENDANGERING THE PUBLIC with misleading statements like “Smokeless tobacco is a significant health risk and is not a safe substitute for smoking cigarettes.” (Snus has no known health risks and smoke-free tobacco is MUCH SAFER than smoking on all counts – including oral cancers!)
TOBACCO CONTROL // Missing the Obvious
Survey finds college-age women are more likely to use low risk vapor products (3.2%) instead of smoking (1.9%). To celebrate this major public health win, Taiwanese health officials encourage banning vapor products (while leaving cigarettes for sale.)
Taipeitimes | HPA survey finds e-cigarette use in colleges doubles – https://t.co/7ywrhvM6l2
— NSP (@NicotineSP) February 25, 2022
TOBACCO CONTROL // Where’s the Money?
In 2020, NC received $455 million from tobacco settlement payments and taxes. The state allocated just $2.2 million on tobacco prevention efforts.
When the settlement was signed in 1998, states made promises about how this money would be used to reduce tobacco use and offset the costs of treating people for smoking-related illnesses. Only a few have actually done so. Most of the money goes into general funds, used for everything BUT tobacco prevention and medical costs.
North Carolina used 75% of its initial settlement funds for tobacco production. Some of the money went to private tobacco producers, covering tobacco-curing equipment, a tobacco auction hall, video production for a tobacco museum and plumbing for a tobacco processing plant.
In 2021, NC won $40 million from JUUL. Many of the other states who earlier misused the tobacco settlement payments jumped on the JUUL payout bandwagon, now claiming the funds would be used for vaping treatment/prevention.
Should North Carolina spend settlement money on efforts to prevent tobacco use? https://t.co/mo41pU7v2T
— Ann Staples (@AnnStaples) February 25, 2022
RESEARCH // Doubtful Diagnosis
Dr. Mendelsohn explains why a 71-year-old Australian man’s recent death–which his doctors are blaming on vaping–was much more likely to have been from advanced lung damage from decades of smoking.
.@abc730 tonight reported the death of a Queensland man which was attributed to #vaping
Having studied the case and the post mortem report, I disagree. It is much more likely that he died from advanced lung damage caused by 40 years of heavy smokinghttps://t.co/8jWMf1n5Yr
— Colin Mendelsohn (@ColinMendelsohn) February 21, 2022
READ MORE: Man’s death from heavy smoking, not EVALI
RESEARCH // JUNK SCIENCE
“The past year has seen the publication of many studies alleging that e-cigarette use (vaping) carries very serious health consequences, everything from depression to erectile dysfunction and higher stroke risk. Each paper generated widespread media coverage, usually one news outlet duplicating the uncritical coverage of the last, giving consumers the false impression that vaping poses a greater health threat than it actually does. When we examined these studies in more detail, we identified their serious flaws…”
— ACSH (@ACSHorg) February 24, 2022
CASAA IN ACTION // CASAA Live
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TAKE ACTION // CASAA State Facebook Groups
Have you joined your CASAA State Facebook group yet? Check it out now! Click the link below, click on your state on the map, then click the “Join Now” button to go to your state’s group page. It’s as easy as that to stay updated on local happenings, meet local advocates and never miss a Call to Action in your state!
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CASAA MEDIA // Podcast
Catch up on past tobacco harm reduction news with Alex and Logan on the CASAA podcasts on SoundCloud every Monday and now live on YouTube and Facebook every Saturday at 3:30 PM.