New CASAA podcast, Calls to Action in Minnesota, Missouri and Washington. The negative consequences of vape taxes, vapor flavors and vaping public use bans. Lawmakers show their e-cigarette ignorance & more!
CASAA IN ACTION // Podcast Revived!
If you’re a fan of podcasts, take a listen to this post’s accompanying podcast hosted by Alex Clark and Logan Evans! CASAA will be releasing podcasts more regularly so stay tuned!
CALL TO ACTION // Washington
HB 1345, previously a flavor ban, is now a 2% nicotine cap and a whopping 45% retail tax. This will not only kill businesses but also harm consumers! Be proactive and contact your state lawmakers now!
TAKE ACTION: Washington – Fight a Vapor Tax!
DO MORE: If you live in Washington, join the CASAA Washington Facebook Group
CALL TO ACTION // Missouri
SB 124 imposes an additional 10% tax on vapor products, based on manufacturer’s invoice price before discounts or deals, and–without any evidence–treats vaping the same as smoking in public and privately-owned businesses.
TAKE ACTION: Missouri – Stop a Vape Tax and Public Vaping Ban!
DO MORE: If you live in Missouri, join the CASAA Missouri Facebook Group
CALL TO ACTION // Minnesota
Baseless and completely unscientific flavor ban bill has a hearing on Wed. Feb. 17th @ 10:30 AM. Take action NOW and urge the committee to reject HF 904.
TAKE ACTION: Minnesota – Stop a Flavor Ban (HF 904)!
DO MORE: If you live in Minnesota, join the CASAA Minnesota Facebook Group
RESEARCH // Public Vaping Bans
Review of data from the 2014‐2018 National Health Interview Survey finds adding vapor products to smoke-free laws does not reduce young adult vaping and counteracted by >50% the estimated impact smoke-free laws would have had on current smoking. Unfortunately, anti-vaping organizations and governments keep pushing for vaping to be added to smoke-free laws.
“Adding vaping restrictions to smoke-free worksite laws does not appear to be associated with a reduction in recent vaping among emerging adults & may attenuate the policy's impact on current smoking (..) though the latter result was not stat. signif.”
— Frank Baeyens (@FBaeyens) February 10, 2021
It is important to recognize the dangers vaping and e-cigarettes subject us to. With stronger regulations such as including e-cigarettes in smoke-free laws and removing flavors that make tobacco products more appealing to teens, we can put an end to this health crisis. (10/10) pic.twitter.com/ErelaADQ8q
— The Real Cost (@TheRealCost2) December 7, 2020
PUBLIC HEALTH // Exposing Anti-Vaping Lies
Stock experts reveal the truth that “Increasing the price of tobacco products is unlikely to make smokers reduce their consumption.” The same is true for taxing adult vapor and e-cigarette products to reduce use.
READ MORE: Motley Fool: Up with smoke
PUBLIC HEALTH // Flavor Bans
The vast majority of adults who smoke today didn’t start smoking with “flavors.” Cigarette flavors were banned in 2009, so they aren’t being sold as the article claims, nor does any big tobacco company sell “cotton candy,” “pop tart” or any other “kid-friendly” vapor or e-cigarette product. Government youth surveys show that “curiosity” is #1 reason youth try vaping, not flavors. Claiming “just 1 puff in the past 30 days” is the same as daily use is misleading and disingenuous. Youth are NOT being “hooked,” as surveys show very few are still vaping as young adults and smoking is at RECORD LOW for both youth and adults!
— Maine Chapter- AAP (@MaineAAP) February 11, 2021
Here we go Maine, you're next. More vomit spewed in here than I've seen in a while.
'Flavors Hook Kids' campaign launches in Maine to end sale of flavored tobacco products | https://t.co/UIJbsV4zWC
— Dstat_THR (@Dstat_THR) February 10, 2021
READ MORE: ‘Flavors Hook Kids’ campaign
PUBLIC HEALTH // Policy Consequences
Flavor ban bills (SB177 and HB134) “are unjust, unscientific and reactionary policies that would have negative public safety outcomes.”
~ Major Neill Franklin (Veteran of the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department, Former executive director of LEAP).
Just finished watching @gbentley1 of @ReasonFdn host fantastic webinar – The Cost of Tobacco Flavor Bans – featuring brilliant insights from @michelleminton of @ceidotorg, @lafaive of @MackinacCenter and Major Neill Franklin of @PoliceForReform – Watch. Share. And #follow
— B Fojtik (@PositiveEnerG) August 27, 2020
Major Neill Franklin from @PoliceForReform delivering an outstanding keynote @PAHarmReduction conference addressing the racist war on drugs and LEAD programs across the country. pic.twitter.com/XzjoAodZdn
— Sean Fogler (@sean_fogler) October 28, 2019
POLICY // Ignorance in Lawmaking
Michigan lawmakers show just how ignorant they are about the products they are attempting to regulate by banning use of an ingredient “in e-cigarettes” that is not used in nicotine vapor products, so highly unlikely to have caused EVALI.
— Press & Guide (@pressandguide) February 11, 2021
That one time in Sept 2019 when @PHE_uk had to re-affirm their stance on #ecigs because @CDCgov wouldn’t stop blaming #EVALI on #nicotine vapor products. Despite knowing the cause was from contaminated black market THC carts. Became a thread. pic.twitter.com/NHqGaVoBZ6
— GrimmGreen (@GrimmGreen) February 12, 2021