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CONNECTICUT – Stop a Flavor Ban!
05/04/22 – Session adjourned, no vote on SB 367.
04/22/22 – Joint Favorable Substitute, filed with Legislative Commissioners’ Office.
04/19/22 – Referred to Senate Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee (Agendas)
03/23/22 – [Vote, PH] Joint Favorable, Filed with Legislative Commissioners’ Office
03/14/22 – Public Hearing, Joint Cmte. on Public Health [No Action taken]
03/08/22 – Introduced and referred to Joint Committee on Public Health
SB 367 would restrict sales of vapor products in flavors other than tobacco to adult-only establishments.
This bill was amended to remove the ban on flavored vapor products, but included a restriction that these safer nicotine products would only be allowed for sale in adult-only establishments. Fortunately for people who need to see vapor products in the same places where cigarettes are sold, SB 367 did not progress to a vote by the full Senate.
Thank you! to everyone who participated in this Call to Action.
For those new to vaping or just generally unfamiliar with federal regulations, the premarket tobacco application (or PMTA) deadline was September 9, 2020. This application is required to keep or bring new tobacco/nicotine products on the market. It is estimated that 95% to 98% of vapor manufacturers will not be able to afford this process and will not be capable of filing on time.
But 98% is not 100% (as the antis are fond of saying).
The FDA has already approved some new tobacco products that are being sold in flavors other than tobacco (specifically mint, menthol, and wintergreen). In the weeks prior to the September deadline, the FDA accepted for review several applications for bottled e-liquid in flavors ranging from tobacco to cereal to fruit. Despite the rhetoric from certain members of congress and the incessant pro-drug war drum beat of tobacco prohibitionists, FDA is still capable of authorizing flavored smoke-free nicotine products for market. Moreover, FDA may even allow manufactures of these products to market them as safer than cigarettes, if they apply for and receive a modified risk order.
SB 367 would undermine any decision by FDA to allow low-risk flavored tobacco products on the market after having met the “appropriate for the protection of public health” standard. Even without involving the FDA, flavor bans are being enacted without thorough consideration of the negative consequences. Sales data from Massachusetts and New York suggest that many people who were vaping prior to the flavor bans simply returned to smoking.
While a flavor ban may amount to an inconvenience for teens experimenting with substance use, it is actively harming parents and other adults who are trying to quit smoking.