Kansas City, MO Call to Action. Dr. Rodu and a Forbes article expose anti-tobacco tactics. Guy Bentley warns Maine not to follow Massachusetts flavor ban. Report spins on teen vaping. UK study questions public use bans while government reviews tobacco snus ban. COVID increased smoking rates. SCOTUS ends FDA lawsuit.
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CALL TO ACTION UPDATE // Kansas City, Missouri
City Council has moved forward, again, with an ordinance banning sale of flavored vapor & other smoke-free products. CASAA makes it easy to submit a written comment–just click the link!
READ MORE: Kansas City, MO – Stop a Flavor Ban
DO MORE: If you live in Missouri, join the CASAA Missouri Facebook Group
ADVOCACY // Exposing Anti Tobacco Tactics
Dr. Brad Rodu reveals the tactic used for ending all nicotine use – “TIP TOE.” The idea that any “compromise” will get them to back off is naive. Each & every concession is just a small step towards accomplishing their “end game” goal.
The TIP-TOE war on tobacco flavors escalates — tobacco prohibitionists continue their long game, which I’ve dubbed “Tacit Incremental Prohibition – Tobacco Elimination” https://t.co/oOcUOtmjoe pic.twitter.com/4koSrK0F8E
— Brad Rodu (@BradRodu) June 10, 2021
THE MORE YOU KNOW // Exposing Media Anti-Vaping Bias
A headline by Forbes Magazine, which is usually harm reduction-friendly, states e-cigarettes “Are Likely As Harmful To The Brain As Regular Cigarettes,” yet the evidence presented in the article is no more than a lot of “may, could, might, we don’t know” claims. It’s also mainly based on studies about smoke and smoking, which has toxins that affect the brain not found in vapor products.
Ironically, Steve Forbes is adamantly opposed to the lies being told about vapor products.
From Mr. Forbes himself
The War Against E-Cigarettes Is Profoundly Wronghttps://t.co/JD4R01JOET
— Phil (@phil_w888) November 12, 2019
RESEARCH // Exposing Anti-Vaping Spin
Headlines focus on 1 in 5 teens vaping “at least one puff in past 30 days,” however the data also shows–but CDC report doesn’t highlight–that only 4.4% are “daily” vapers, an accepted marker for dependency. The “Tobacco End Game” goal is often stated as having a smoking rate under 5%.
Breakdown? 19.6 out of 100 students vaped in the past 30 days. Daily vapers were 22.5% of the 19.6, so 19.6 × 0.225 = 4.4/100. Daily use is seen as a dependency indicator. So just 4.4% of all surveyed students nicotine dependent—LOWER than smoking “end game” goal of 5%.
— Kristin Noll-Marsh (@Noll_Marsh) June 8, 2021
RESEARCH // Policy Consequences
UK study finds public vaping bans could not only deter around 85,000 people from quitting smoking, but would disproportionately affect the disadvantaged. Urge weighing “negligible risks to bystanders” against great risks of smoking.
Businesses are increasingly extending smoking bans to include vaping, despite this not being required by law.
Our new paper in @NTR_Journal explores how use of e-cigs where smoking is not permitted has changed over time.
— Sarah Jackson (@DrSarahEJackson) June 8, 2021
RESEARCH // Impact of COVID Pandemic on Smoking
Study finds fear of greater risks from COVID did little to decrease smoking. Unfortunately, we’ll never know if smoking would have declined had the State not banned appealing vapor flavors & made vaping much more expensive with a 75% tax. And if public health groups hadn’t warned people vaping carried the same risks as smoking, without any scientific evidence to support the claim!
— Insights @ VUMC (@VUMC_Insights) June 11, 2021
READ MORE: How the pandemic affected smokers
COMMENTARY // Anti-vaping Policy Analysis
“Maine has the chance to learn from—and avoid—the self-created problems that ill-advised flavored tobacco bans are causing in Massachusetts and San Francisco.”
~Guy Bentley, Reason
IN THE NEWS // FDA
The US Supreme Court declined to review a challenge to FDA’s authority under the Tobacco Control Act. Unfortunately, rejection by the high court means the lower court decisions stand and there is no further legal path for the lawsuit.
— Vaping360 (@Vaping360) June 11, 2021
READ MORE: Supreme Court Rejects Big Time Vapes Appeal
PUBLIC HEALTH // Bad Public Health
Fargo Cass Public Health Tobacco Prevention Educator Melissa Markegard recklessly, inaccurately and (arguably) unethically tells reporter (and anyone reading the article,) “Vapes are not safer than cigarettes.”
— Amelia Howard (@Amelia_RH) September 12, 2019
PUBLIC HEALTH // Good Public Health
The UK is finally reviewing the evidence (really–lack thereof) for the EU ban on smoke-free snus! Snus has been instrumental in Sweden reaching a smoking rate below the “end game” 5% and 30 years of research has found snus does NOT increase risk for any disease.
Excellent news! The British Government have announced a review into Swedish Snus. It has the ability to help Britain achieve Smoke Free 2030. #SnusSavesLives @AdamAfriyie @DavidJonesMP @SnusAssociation @Jochurchill4 @Eu4Snus Brexit Dividend pic.twitter.com/oz64VHTfPM
— Mark Oates (@MOates_) June 10, 2021
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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.