Black teen tased by Atlanta police for vaping outside. Acting Director named for FDA Center for Tobacco Products. Houston bans public vaping based on lies. Calls to Action in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Lawmakers push pointless policies on Netflix and more!
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CALL TO ACTION // Rhode Island
FOUR bills that would ban the sale of flavored vapor products had a public hearing on March 29th. Click the link below to find out how you can oppose these bills. Please TAKE ACTION NOW!
TAKE ACTION: Rhode Island – Fight More Flavor Ban Legislation
CALL TO ACTION // Connecticut Update
While the flavor ban passed committee on 3/23, it still has to pass in the Senate & House. Your steady contact with can make a difference prior to floor votes. Contact your lawmakers and urge them to reject SB 367!
TAKE ACTION: Connecticut – Stop a Flavor Ban
TOBACCO CONTROL // Social Justice Concerns Increasing
The most terrifying health risk from vaping is baseless, unscientific regulation.
I was scared, because you know, past events, of police officers and Black people, you expect him to be shot, but she didn’t,” said Brendon Aldridge.
“He was only vaping.”
READ MORE: He Was Only Vaping, Says Witness at Skate Park Where Teen was Tased by Police
AROUND THE WORLD // Australia’s Unsurprising Black Market
“Most brands don’t even use the word nicotine in an effort to get around regulations,” Dr. Morgan said.
Maybe this is a good time to review the regulations and figure out why there is consumer demand for illicit products instead of regulated products?
Yep, it's really hard to regulate those illegal products, isn't it?https://t.co/UoFr6UudPg
— eJuiceMonkeys (@eJuiceMonkeys) March 26, 2022
READ MORE: Illegal nicotine vapes are not what they say on the packet, says expert Dr Jody Morgan
TOBACCO CONTROL // WHO’s Being Irrational Now?
Yet another example of WHO letting ideology and Anti-Nicotine and Tobacco Zealotry (instead of science) dictate policies, potentially putting millions of lives unnecessarily at risk.
The World Health organization is rejecting vaccines based on the palatability of the funding source, and not science.
— Sheila Gunn Reid (@SheilaGunnReid) March 25, 2022
READ MORE: WHO Rejects Medicago COVID Vaccine Due to Tobacco Link
PUBLIC HEALTH // Anti-Vaping Programs Could Lead to Smoking
Discouraging teen substance use is laudable, but the CATCH program focuses on vilifying vaping without providing sufficient coping alternatives or covering relative risks. This may have the unintended consequence of high risk youth smoking instead of vaping.
Local agencies offering vape prevention training for teachers – Apparently, the curriculum will be fictional, ie:"e-cigarettes often contain nicotine and other cancer-causing chemicals" https://t.co/ugN3jwK3zK
— Victoria Vasconcello (@vickvapes) March 29, 2022
READ MORE: Local Agencies Offering Vape Prevention…
CASAA IN ACTION // Twitter Spaces with Dr. Brad Rodu
Don’t miss this week’s Space where we spoke in-depth with Dr. Brad Rodu about the latest data on youth vaping in the US!
If you missed the fantastic Twitter Spaces discussion on March 30th about the "teen vaping epidemic" myth with Dr. Brad Rodu, you can listen to the recording now! https://t.co/dcL71gg6L5
— CASAA (@CASAAmedia) March 31, 2022
UPDATE // Houston Public Vaping Ban
The Houston Health Department used the standard exaggeration, lies and junk science about vaping–“gateway to smoking,” “youth vaping epidemic,” “toxins” and “adolescent brain damage”–to convince lawmakers that “science” supports banning vaping in public.
— Phil (@phil_w888) April 1, 2022
READ MORE: Vaping is Now Banned in Public Spaces Across Houston
TOBACCO CONTROL // Lies and Hypocrisy
Thank goodness BJ McCollister of Flavor Hooks Kids Maine isn’t worried about a flavor ban creating a black market (apparently prohibition never creates illicit markets?) and he has sage advice for adults who depend on the products to not smoke: Just quit.
Good report by @WAGMnews and @BBouchardWagm about a Maine bill that bans adult products disguised as a plan to protect youth. It could focus on disposable vape, but instead it bans everything including products kids aren't using. https://t.co/XkyUuWO9nH
— NECSEMA (@necsema) March 31, 2022
READ MORE: Bill Proposes to Ban Flavored Nicotine Products
Obviously, we’re being extremely sarcastic. Here’s the Call to Action to tell your lawmakers to OPPOSE this ridiculous flavor ban bill:
TAKE ACTION: Maine – Stop a Flavor Ban
IN THE NEWS // FDA
FDA Center for Tobacco Products will name current CTP Deputy Director Michele Mital as acting director when Mitch Zeller retires in April. The agency is conducting a search for a permanent director, but Mital is thought most likely to keep the job.
“Now the FDA faces dozens of legal challenges from independent vaping manufacturers, and has been forced to rescind some MDOs, while others have been stayed by federal courts.” https://t.co/mCegoA42Oh
— Phillip Kirschberg (@RushmoreExt23) March 31, 2022
READ MORE: CTP Deputy Will Serve AS Acting Director When Zeller Retires
PUBLIC HEALTH // Ignoring the Real Problems
Teens use drugs and alcohol because they’re stressed, anxious, depressed, rebellious, neglected and/or abused, not because they see tobacco use or vaping on Netflix.
But rather than tackle those important issues, lawmakers fall back on “do something/anything” policies…which ultimately accomplish nothing.
I don’t think this strategy is going to work any better than it did for teen smoking and movie smoking https://t.co/gn50P8f5un pic.twitter.com/NgkbL403ot
— Brad Rodu (@BradRodu) April 1, 2022
READ MORE: Senators Push Netflix on Tobacco and Nicotine Imagery
CASAA IN ACTION // CASAA Live
If you missed the most recent CASAA Live show, check out the replay now! CASAA Live is on Saturdays at 4:30 PM ET/3:30 PM CT/2:30 PM MT/1:30 PM PT on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter!
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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FIND YOUR GROUP: CASAA State Locator
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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.