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Contradictory Messaging About Vaping and More! Tobacco Harm Reduction News

Contradictory messaging about vaping endangers lives. New Zealand to repeal bad tobacco laws. The real reasons youth vape. Lindsey Stroud doesn’t hold back on CASAA Live. Anti-THR groups throw a hissy fit and more!

Scroll to the bottom of this post for a link to the audio/video versions of this post!

CALL TO ACTION // Stop A Federal Tax!

Comparing “oranges to oranges” (in this case milligrams of nicotine in vapes vs cigarettes,) if HR 5715 is enacted, vapes would be taxed at a rate approximately 5X higher than cigarettes! Vaping consumers will be paying up to 6¢/mg of nicotine compared to 1.1¢/mg in cigarettes.

The tax hike is just as bad, if not worse, for nicotine pouches, snus, and moist snuff — all reduced risk products compared to cigarettes!

TAKE ACTION: Fight a National Vapor Tax!

CALL TO ACTION // Pennsylvania: Stop a Flavor Ban!

HB 1161 would ban tobacco and nicotine products in any flavor other than tobacco.

TAKE ACTION: Pennsylvania: Fight a Flavor Ban!

TOBACCO CONTROL // Contradictory Messaging About Vaping

“Folks should refrain from using vapes as a smoking alternative….There may be multiple quit dates in your life, but every smoke-free day will benefit your health.”

Conflicting, irresponsible statements like the above endanger adults who smoke!

It’s undeniable that nicotine vaping is smoke-free and reduces health risks for people who smoke. Yet these “experts” are essentially advising people to keep smoking rather than use a vapor product in-between these (often rare) quit attempts. That is deadly advice!

READ MORE: Experts warn of nicotine addiction risks

TOBACCO CONTROL // Fighting Harm Reduction

Anti-THR groups are having a hissy fit because companies affected by FDA regulations get to make the argument for their reduced risk products before those groups got a chance to bully the FDA into disregarding science and banning life-saving products. 🤷‍♂️

READ MORE: Tanden, Becerra, Califf make time for a meeting with tobacco lobbyists on the menthol ban


Lindsey Stroud brings the receipts and doesn’t hold back on how she feels about anti-THR groups lying about vaping leading to smoking.

Don’t miss Part 2 with Lindsey TOMORROW, Dec. 2nd at 4:30 PM ET/3:30 PM CT!

WORLD NEWS // New Zealand To Repeal Bad Tobacco Laws

The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Bill was a pet project of outgoing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The new coalition government said last week it intends to repeal the most controversial elements of the tobacco bill before they can take effect, but it will require a parliamentary vote.

READ MORE: New Zealand Will Repeal Experimental Tobacco Laws

RESEARCH // Why Youth Start Vaping

And what is not in the Top 10 list from this study of the most important factors associated with nicotine vaping among adolescents who were previously tobacco-naive?

The availability of non-tobacco flavored products. Hmm…🤔

READ MORE: Family, Friends Identified as Major Influences of e-Cigarette Use Among Adolescents

FDA // Jumping Through the Harm Reduction Hoops

It’s completely antithetical to the protection of public health that low risk harm tobacco products face huge  obstacles and continuous scrutiny even after authorization, while deadly combustible products continue to be sold without needing authorization.

READ MORE: MRTP Renewal Filed for General Snus



Lindsey Stroud, author, Director of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance Consumer Center and Visiting Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, joins CASAA CEO Alex Clark and CASAA Member Coordinator Kristin Noll-Marsh to break down the recently released data from the 2023 National Youth Tobacco Survey and reveal how it debunks several anti-vaping claims.

Catch the next show LIVE Saturday, December 2nd 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!

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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 // 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 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.