CASAA CEO Alex Clark and president Danielle Jones both quoted on vaping flavor bans. Calls to Action in Columbus Ohio and Tempe, Arizona. CASAA Live Explains the California flavor ban. THR Term of the Week. Debunking junk dental study and more!
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CALL TO ACTION UPDATE // Columbus, Ohio
An ordinance that would ban the sale of flavored vapor products (and possibly other smoke-free nicotine products) had a second public hearing on December 1st. Lawmakers continue to negotiate the proposals specific’s, including when the ban would begin and what fines would be for violations.
TAKE ACTION: Columbus Ohio: Stop a Flavor Ban!
CALL TO ACTION UPDATE // Tempe, Arizona
There is a virtual Human Services and Community Safety Council Committee at noon on December 7th with Councilmembers Doreen Garlid & Joel Navarro. Hear a discussion on recommended changes to a proposed ordinance regulating the sale of tobacco products.
TAKE ACTION: Tempe, AZ: Stop a Flavor Ban!
CALL TO ACTION UPDATE // Multnomah, Oregon
The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that forbids retailers from selling tobacco and other nicotine products that have added flavors, including mint and fruit flavors. They’ll consider it a second and likely final time on Thursday, Dec. 15.
If passed, the ordinance would become effective in January 2024.
TAKE ACTION: Stop a Flavor Ban!
HEADS UP // SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE!
The first reading for a flavor ban is scheduled to take place in early December, with the goal of activating a ban in April 2023.
CASAA IN ACTION // Alex Clark on the Columbus, Ohio Flavor Ban
“Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) is completely against the ban, saying that many flavored tobacco products help smokers quit cigarettes. The CEO of CASAA, Alex Clark, said it’s not the city’s call to ban something regulated on the federal level and if a ban passes, there should be exemptions.
“I don’t think that the City Council is really in a position to override the diligence and thorough review that FDA is doing on these products,” said Clark. “So that exemption needs to be added at the very least to this legislation.”
— Skip Murray (@imaracingmom) November 23, 2022
TAKE ACTION: Stop the Columbus, OH flavor ban. Take action NOW!
CASAA IN ACTION // Danielle Jones on the California Flavor Ban
Danielle Jones, the board president of CASAA, a member-driven nonprofit that advocates for safer nicotine alternatives, emphasized to Filter that although THR proponents are obviously against prohibition, “the motivations and desired-outcome differences” between advocates and corporations “can be massive.”
“There are times where consumer and tobacco industry interests overlap, and given that tobacco companies have the financial resources to act on those interests in ways that most advocates and consumers do not, we sometimes find ourselves on the same side of the issue,” she told Filter. “Just because we’re on the same side of an issue doesn’t mean that we ‘support tobacco companies.’”
Tobacco harm reductionists hope the legal bid succeeds though they may not welcome the association, reports @Alex_Norcia.
— Filter | harm reduction journalism (@Filtermag_org) December 2, 2022
TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION // Terms of the Week
It’s very likely that the reason for any link between teen vaping and future smoking is that teens who start vaping are the same ones who are likely to try smoking, regardless of whether they had ever vaped.
“Current Tobacco Use”
CDC defines “current tobacco use” in national youth tobacco surveys as having used a tobacco, nicotine or vapor product EVEN ONE TIME in the past 30 days.
This is clearly an unrealistic measure of nicotine “addicted” youth.
Past 30-day/ever use (experimentation) is “not current use”.https://t.co/QMbDLz1Uu3
“E-cigarettes (vapes) don’t contain tobacco” – NHShttps://t.co/WaIDmt3yjk
One of the underlying problems in the US is the classification of e-cigs as a tobacco product.”https://t.co/Y4jalr9KBW pic.twitter.com/5OhA9MuohN
— James A (@GoBeepUK) December 2, 2022
READ MORE: Youth and Tobacco Use
CASAA MEDIA // CASAA Explains: California Flavor ban
What does California’s new law actually ban? What legal actions are being taken against it? CASAA’s CEO Alex Clark and president Danielle Jones answer these questions and more!
COMMENTARY // THR Experts on the Latest Cochrane Report
Cochrane confirms with great credibility that people using vaping products have better prospects of quitting.
That aligns with all the evidence from observational studies, population trends, economic studies and, above all, user testimony. The days when vaping opponents could say ‘we just don’t know’ are now long gone.”
~ Clive Bates, former director of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) UK
RESEARCH // Debunking Junk Science
CASAA recently debunked this article (that seems to contradict common sense and established science) about clearly vaping-naive researchers, who were studying the possible increased risk for cavities and tooth decay from vaping. Below are two significant quotes from the article and the breakdown of why they’re wrong and/or misinformation.
“Adding artificial sweeteners and flavorings to the sticky aerosol may create the perfect breeding ground for cavities. The sugar is what the bacteria feeds on.” — Dr. Karina Irusa
1) E-liquid typically has a Propylene Glycol/Vegetable Glycerin base that’s more slick than sticky. Most manufacturers would not create a liquid that is overly “sticky” for reasons well-known to vapers, including the damage to vapor devices.
2) Most artificial sweeteners aren’t known to cause tooth decay, because bacteria CAN’T feed on it. Which is why dentists recommend sugar-free gums.
3) Flavorings added to e-liquids are also typically PG or VG based, not bacteria-friendly sugars.
“The e-cigarette users had different kinds of oral bacteria that thrive on heated e-liquid ingredients, such as propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, which add nicotine and sweet flavors to vapes.”
4) Both PG and VG are widely known for having ANTIBACTERIAL properties. Even the antibacterial mouthwash Chlorhexidine, prescribed by dentists to treat gingivitis, contains glycerin.
5) Neither PG nor VG add nicotine or flavor to vapes!
Vaping sticky sweet flavors? Why you should brush your teeth. A lot. https://t.co/xHqy0AIZMi A great example of a study that proves nothing and then claiming the results MAY probe what the scientists sought to prove.
— Mark Weiss (@markhweiss) November 24, 2022
MEDIA WATCH // NPR Hit Piece
Shamefully one-sided NPR piece filled with untrue claims. Says teen vaping “hasn’t yet slowed” despite over 50% decline since 2019. Blames flavors/ads targeting teens despite neither being a reason why even Mr. Rose started vaping. False claim that vapor products are the “equivalent of 800 cigarettes,” and more. Of course, not one tobacco harm reduction expert or adult vaper was consulted about how these bans and regulation would affect adult smoking rates.
Teen vaping *has* slowed since then. You need to find better sources.https://t.co/JdyvjvBA38
— Phil (@phil_w888) November 29, 2022
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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
If you missed the most recent CASAA Live show, check out the replay now! CASAA Live is on alternating Saturdays at 4:30 PM ET/3:30 PM CT/2:30 PM MT/1:30 PM PT on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter!
If you missed the last CASAA Live episode you can catch up NOW before the next show!
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
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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.