‘Big Vape’ a surprising new Netflix series about vaping. Persistent popcorn lung lies. India bans e-cig possession. New studies debunk gateway claims and show flavor bans lead to smoking. AG money grab. Finland’s success tackling an illicit market and more!
Scroll to the bottom of this post for a link to the audio/video versions of this post!
IN THE MEDIA // ‘Big Vape’ Netflix Series About Vaping
“In each of the four episodes, people unapologetically confront those who told lies about vaping, including the infamous junk scientist Stanton Glantz. For tobacco harm reductionists who lived through the Juul panic, the docuseries is cause for cheer.”
— robert (@robert3424) October 6, 2023
IN THE MEDIA // Just Had to Say ‘Popcorn Lung’
This article was going fairly well until it said “One of the most common health risks is popcorn lung.” This is patently false. Vaping has NOT been shown to cause “popcorn lung,” a condition typically linked to inhaling “oils” that are NOT found in vapes.
IN THE MEDIA // At Least She Wasn’t Smoking
Just ignore the fact that she’d been SMOKING and was able to NOT SMOKE for 10 YEARS. If not for vaping, it’s very likely she’d have been smoking that whole time. Also ignore that her symptoms would’ve been just as bad (if not worse) when quitting smoking.
Here's one way to quit vaping.
"Knowing she was addicted to nicotine, she started adding more THC to her vape…. She planned to slowly start decreasing the amount of nicotine she vaped while increasing the THC levels in her juice."https://t.co/XYuZOEQUcG
— Lance Churchill (@LanceChurchill) October 6, 2023
AROUND THE WORLD // India’s Unconscionable Vape Ban
In a country that is the second largest producer of tobacco in the world and where approximately 100 MILLION people ages 15 and older SMOKE, it’s ILLEGAL to even POSSESS a product that is at least 95% safer than smoking.
Despite India's ban on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) in 2019, the black market for vaping products has thrived, making it clear that prohibition isn't the solution. #RemvoePECA @mansukhmandviya @OfficeOf_MM
— Yaser Jilani (@yaserjilani) September 19, 2023
RESEARCH // Vaping Gateway Finally Debunked?
Another study finds vaping isn’t leading to smoking. How many more will it take for this myth to finally be considered DEBUNKED?
“The emergence of e-cigarettes has coincided with THE MOST RAPID DECLINES IN CIGARETTE USE over the past thirty years.”
A robust study of youth smoking and #vaping in the US over the last 30 years, analyses 3 annual national surveys of high schoolers and finds
— Dr Colin Mendelsohn (@ColinMendelsohn) October 1, 2023
RESEARCH // Flavor Bans Increase Smoking
After reviewing the data, this new study finds that any public health benefits of reducing youth #vaping via flavor restrictions and/or bans may be “offset by public health costs from increased cigarette sales.”
Put simply, flavor bans increase smoking.
Reporting by CASAA director Jim McDonald for Vaping360.
The findings are what vaping and harm reduction advocates warned lawmakers about when these policies were debated. People like a variety of vape flavors, and if flavors are not available, they will continue (or start) smoking.https://t.co/gQrkHSM3JQ
— Vaping360 (@Vaping360) October 2, 2023
RESEARCH // Vaping vs Never-Smoking vs Everything Else
The good news is that this study will be one of the very few that actually compares the effects of vaping to smoking.
However, when it comes to comparing it to never-smoking, it would be disingenuous not to compare vaping to other risks that society deems “acceptable.” For example, how much more of a health risk is vaping compared to consuming coffee or alcohol, or activities such as cycling, rock climbing, parachuting, etc.?
Wondering how historical smoking will be taken into account
Vaping: New study launched into long-term impact on vascular health | UK News | Sky News https://t.co/9izUswKHbA
— Louise (@grannylouisa) October 2, 2023
TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION // Undoing Years of Public Health Progress
“The TRUTH is [vaping is] a promising harm reduction option for people who would smoke anyway….
Restrictions on e-cigarettes might undo years of public health progress.”
~ Peter Clark
"The drop (in smoking) aligns with a national trend of teens choosing e-cigarettes over conventional cigarettes. Restrictions on e-cigarettes might undo years of public health progress.
Of all the issues facing teens, vaping is the least of our worries."https://t.co/psu4bwqL5J
— Lance Churchill (@LanceChurchill) October 3, 2023
COMMENTARY // Do Respiratory Physicians Not Care About People Who Smoke?
“If it is only vaping, then why do we care about nicotine use, in itself a relatively low harm substance? Is it that, morally, we do not like the idea of dependence or is it that we struggle with harm perceptions that distort clinical reasoning?”
TOBACCO CONTROL // State Money Grab
It’s always been a money grab. The AGs knew the lawsuits had nothing to do with “saving children.” Youth vaping had dropped significantly BEFORE the lawsuits. There never was a “youth vaping epidemic” and the small number of youth still vaping now would otherwise be smoking.
'It was so devious': Kentucky lawsuits accuse Juul of targeting e-cigarettes to kids https://t.co/wtnLjWj9Py via @courierjournal HOW THE FRIG ARE THEY BLAMING ONE HUGE COMPANY WHEN THE KIDS ARE VAPING ABOUT 50,000 OTHER BRAND OF FLAVORS! STOP WITH THE CRAP ON JUUL!!!money grub!!
— Krista Lynn Rigney (@kristalynn5683) October 26, 2019
TOBACCO CONTROL // What Else Can We Ban?
“Industry observers…have been talking about the growing neo-prohibition movement for a while now. The new story is about making alcoholic beverages less socially acceptable, like with tobacco.”
Tobacco, now nicotine, next alcohol. When will it end?
#Prohibition may not be back-formally-but there is a movement and a study supporting total abstinence from beverage #alcohol. This doesn't portend well for the #drinks business. #liquor #beer #wine #restaurants #BYOB https://t.co/CgjChHdLVD
— David Gaier (@WineFlair) October 4, 2023
READ MORE: Is Alcohol the New Tobacco?
TOBACCO CONTROL // How To Tackle An Illicit Market
After Finland ceased classifying higher nicotine pouches as “medicines,” smuggling of (very low risk) snus has dramatically decreased. Australia, which created a huge illicit market by requiring a prescription for vapor products, could learn from this.
— Terho Tamminen (@bonusmaxi) October 5, 2023
TOBACCO CONTROL // Reaching Peak Dishonesty
“We seem to have reached peak dishonesty in parts of the health community. Instead of celebrating and sharing the good news that we have nicotine products that substitute for smoking and are likely to be at least 95 percent less risky, we have doctors declaring that it would be better to lie to the public, and pretend all these products are equally dangerous in the hope they won’t use them.”
~ Clive Bates
“It’s not because they think it’s safe that teenagers are experimenting with vaping,” @HazelCheeseman said in a statement released by ASH. “Harm perceptions are even more inaccurate among teens than the adult population.”
Interesting piece @KiranSidhu41 https://t.co/PjZ5Ocit4I
— Skip Murray (@imaracingmom) October 3, 2023
TOBACCO CONTROL // False Economics of Smoking
“The survey might as well have asked “Are you in favour of taking away other people’s freedom?” In a country where one in four people want nightclubs and casinos to be shut down forever, the answer to that question is increasingly ‘Yes’.”
~ Christopher Snowdon
READ MORE: The poverty of anti-smoking laws
CASAA IN ACTION // CASAA Live
This week’s guest is Corey Pegues, a retired NY Deputy Inspector, who joins Alex and Logan to discuss the FDA’s looming ban on menthol, illicit markets for tobacco/nicotine products, and if harm reduction can help solve issues between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
Catch the show LIVE tomorrow, Saturday September 23rd at 4:30PM ET/3:30PM CT!
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!
Don’t forget to also follow our official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CASAAmedia
FIND YOUR GROUP: CASAA State Locator
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 // Spotify
CASAA’s podcast is on Spotify! Please give us a follow here:
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 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.