CASAA Live is back! CASAA joins support for Congressional THR caucus. The role of nicotine in harm reduction. Bangladesh will punish citizens for vaping. Anti-vaping research accidentally proves vaping is safer than smoking and more!
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ADVOCACY // CASAA Live Is Back!
Join CASAA CEO Alex Clark, Vice President Logan Evans and Member Coordinator Kristin Noll Marsh for the 2023 Summer Recap show tomorrow, September 9th at 4:30 PM EDT/3:30 PM CDT/1:30 PM PDT. Watch on YouTube, Facebook Live or Twitter!
ADVOCACY // Congressional Tobacco Harm Reduction Caucus
In a letter organized by The R Street Institute, a group of public policy and tobacco harm reduction organizations — including CASAA — congratulated them on the formation of the caucus and asked policy makers and influencers to “continue to invest in prevention and cessation, and get serious about exploring harm reduction” and “for a paradigm shift from well-intentioned but harmful prohibitionist policies.”
What Is the Congressional Tobacco Harm Reduction Caucus?
By Jim McDonaldhttps://t.co/dcDZb91qju
— Vaping360 (@Vaping360) May 31, 2023
FDA // Drowning In Its Own Minutiae
FDA “is drowning in its own minutiae to the point where scientists are largely unable to step back and look at the bigger picture inhabited by people—adults who don’t need scientists to tell them whether or not menthol provides them with a benefit.”
“The FDA is fiddling with menthol and nicotine while undermining some of the most powerful tools in the tobacco harm reduction armory and encouraging cigarettes to burn on.” Someone finally said the quiet part out loud. Via @tobaccoreporter: https://t.co/FG2V1YnJJf
— Phillip Kirschberg (@RushmoreExt23) September 5, 2023
READ MORE: The Bigger Picture
TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION // The Role of Nicotine
READ MORE: A Captivating Compound
TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION // Sweden Steps Up For Snus
Per EU4Snus on Twitter: “The Swedish government, with support of Sverigedemokraterna (Sweden Democrats,) propose a 20% decrease in snus tax starting in November 2024 and an increase of the cigarette tax with 9%. This is another example of Swedish intelligent harm reduction principles. Relative risk taxation!”
The Swedish government, with support of @sdriks , propose a 20% decrease in #snus tax starting from Nov 2024 and an increase of the cigarette tax with 9%. This is another example of #Swedish intelligent #harmreduction principles. Relative risk taxation! https://t.co/Rko26i7Znm
— EU4Snus (@Eu4Snus) September 6, 2023
WORLD NEWS // Extreme and Ill-Designed In South Africa
WORLD NEWS // France Plans to Ban Harm Reduction
To “combat smoking,” France plans to ban products that can REDUCE smoking, because they are “giving bad habits to young people.”
That makes as much sense as banning seat belts because they give young people the bad habit of driving more recklessly.🤦♂️
Are they copying the NY progressive in all the wrong ways liberals to get into office and start inflicting what u like "in the name of the people"https://t.co/Nh40aUXAKC
— Rosella Blanco (@Muninjahada) September 5, 2023
WORLD NEWS // Punishing Harm Reduction In Bangladesh
Under the proposed law, anyone caught vaping (even nicotine-free) will be subject to a fine of 5,000 taka–about $46. Extremely harsh, considering the average MONTHLY wage for the low-skilled workers who are most likely to smoke is about 5,210 taka.
— MarcGunther (@MarcGunther) September 2, 2023
RESEARCH // Accidentally Proving Vaping Is Safer
They studied RATS, not humans. However, it should be noted that the sperm count with cigarette smoke exposure was 9.6% lower than the control group, while vaping was just 3.5% lower. Smoking was also worse for testicle size. Researchers then misrepresent vaping as being promoted as “harmless” when it’s actually promoted as HARM REDUCTION, which their own study appears to support!
RESEARCH // Dual Use Means Still Smoking
“Despite no association with e-cigarette use alone for any outcome…”
The effects were found only with DUAL USE, which means those participants were STILL SMOKING. A more accurate headline? “Dual Use of Both Cigarettes and E-Cigarettes Has Higher Likelihood of Ocular Symptoms.”
The key finding being ignored here is that vaping alone didn’t increase ocular symptoms, which means this is another study accidentally proving that vaping is harm reduction.
"In our study, e-cigarette users were found to report less severe and frequent ocular symptoms than cigarette users."
That's the headline: "Vaping cuts eye damage linked to smoking, study finds."
— @camjenglish (@camjenglish) September 5, 2023
LOCAL LEGISLATION // Flavor Ban Backfire
After the California flavor ban, “illicit flavored tobacco product sales have increased while state revenues have decreased, products not covered by the ban have entered into the marketplace and the rate of cigarette smoking remains unchanged.”
A more positive approach is one that provides adult smokers with the opportunity to switch to reduced-risk nicotine products, incentivized to do so by having a wide spectrum of available flavors.
Why force blk mrkt or Death on kids? https://t.co/MS965rOPQS
— Southernvaper (@Southernvaper1) September 8, 2023
LOCAL LEGISLATION // Ban Hysteria
The citizens of Multnomah Co. will now have reduced access to life-saving products because of hysteria over an imaginary “youth vaping epidemic” that has so tragically caused . . . RECORD LOW smoking rates. Meanwhile, flavor bans have INCREASED smoking.
Multnomah County flavored-nicotine ban upheld in court https://t.co/kQnrfEa0wm
what a stupid law. The flavor is not harmful in any way. And lots of adults use the flavored vapes. It is not aimed at minors. One must be 18 to vape
— Steven M Frederick (@StevenMFrederi1) September 6, 2023
CASAA MEDIA // Spotify
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CASAA IN ACTION // Twitter Spaces
The week we recap the Reagan-Udall sessions with Amanda Wheeler, Tim Andrews and CASAA CEO Alex Clark, who all presented to the panel about FDA’s issues regulating reduced-harm products. What grade would you give FDA? Also available on CASAA’s Spotify channel (above.)
— CASAA (@CASAAmedia) October 26, 2022
CASAA IN ACTION // CASAA Live
On this episode of CASAA Live, join CASAA CEO Alex Clark and CASAA Member Coordinator Kristin Noll-Marsh as they reveal why they started vaping and discuss the importance of consumer testimonials!
If you missed the last CASAA Live episode you can catch up NOW before the show comes back on Saturday, September 9th!
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 STORE // Apparel and More
Show your support by shopping our store! Our president (and brilliant website/swag designer) Danielle has added some awesome new designs to CASAA’s apparel shop!
VISIT: CASAA Apparel and Swag Store
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.