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CASAA – Weekly Heads Up Round Up – 10.20.19

…support your local vape shop!

Welcome new members!

Given the circumstances (flavor bans, all-out bans, moral panic, etc.), it’s no surprise that lots of new people are joining CASAA. If you’re new, please take a moment to look around our site for advocacy resources (including our Testimonials Project) and information about your state. Also be sure to keep up with us on social media (links below) and join your state’s CASAA Group on Facebook. You can find more details here.

While the percentage of patients diagnosed with lung injuries who claim that they vaped nicotine products exclusively continues to decline (it’s now at 10%), state and federal officials remain vigilant in treating ALL vapor products as if they are unquestionably linked to the outbreak. At the same time, early data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) is being used to stoke fears about more and more young people experimenting with vaping. For the most part, the moral panic is focused on nicotine.

Much like the shifting goalposts of the anti-tobacco movement, anti-nicotine activists are throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks. These new arguments (and many of the old ones) were recently on full display during committee hearings on Capitol Hill. If you would like to familiarize yourself with what to expect at the state and local level in the coming months (and the 2020 legislative session), please take a moment to review the testimony from hand-picked witnesses and statements delivered in the form of questions from committee members.

While many are awaiting “final” guidance from the FDA regarding the sale of flavored vapor products, CASAA is reminding our members that local and state governments can move and ARE MOVING faster than the federal government. We expect to see a never ending supply of bad ideas pitched at city council meetings and, as is frequently the case, with little notice to stakeholders. Many of these proposals involve some sort of prohibition on sales of flavored products. The cosmic irony here is, of course, while we are having a national dialogue about the need to reform drug laws and regulate a legal marketplace in order to protect consumers (and stop throwing people in prison), we are also seeing a national panic about youth nicotine use opening up a new front of the failed, racist war on drugs. Feel free to point out that irony (and hypocrisy) to your nearest elected official. You can find all of your officials’ social media sites and even send them a message through CASAA’s Action Center, here 🙂


Stay safer,

Alex Clark, CEO



P.S., Are you coming to Washington, D.C. for the rally on November 9th? 

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  • National Save Vaping Day – (Update) CASAA received more than $10,000 in donations from consumers and businesses as a result of the NSVD campaign. We are still in the process of receiving and tallying up donations from participating businesses and will update as soon as the results are in. All in all, the 1st annual NSVD was a resounding success and we are truly grateful to everyone who participated!
  • If you missed the special day, don’t worry, our donate button is always live 🙂 Consider making a recurring monthly donation equal to the cost of a pack of cigarettes in your state.



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