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CALL TO ACTION UPDATE // National Nicotine Tax
The House has passed the Build Back Better bill, which includes the outrageously high and dangerous nicotine tax. Our last chance to have it removed is now in the Senate. Please contact your senators ASAP and urge them to oppose this tax!
If you don’t speak up, who will? Even if you don’t smoke or vape, it’s likely that someone you know does and they need your support. Take action TODAY (it only takes a few minutes!) Please TAKE ACTION NOW even if you already did it before!
TAKE ACTION: Stop an Excessive Federal Tax on Safer Nicotine Products
CALL TO ACTION UPDATE // Portland, Maine Flavor Ban
A 3-0 vote by the committee has moved the proposal to consideration by the full council. The council likely will vote on it late next month or early next year. If it passes, it probably would go into effect in June. See link for more info and TAKE ACTION!
TAKE ACTION: Portland, Maine – Stop a Flavor Ban!
CALL TO ACTION UPDATE // Tempe, Arizona Flavor Ban
Tempe City Council is moving forward with a ban on flavored tobacco/nicotine products (including synthetic). Staff are being directed to research the proposal further, so it will likely come back up in early 2022. Stay alert!
TAKE ACTION: Tempe, AZ – Stop a Flavor Ban!
CALL TO ACTION UPDATE // Denver, Colorado Flavor Ban
The flavor ban ordinance has been added to the meeting on November 29th at 5:30 PM. It’s not clear if this will be added to the agenda or if public testimony will be accepted at this meeting. Check out the link for more info!
TAKE ACTION: Denver, CO Stop a Flavor Ban!
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE // Philadelphia, PA Flavor Ban
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld U.S. District Court Judge Gene E.K. Pratter’s order that prevented the city from enacting the flavored tobacco ban.
Court Grants Preliminary Injunction Against Philadelphia Flavor #Vapor Ban: Judge rules in favor of NATO, co-plaintiffshttps://t.co/1QYh8VU9hP pic.twitter.com/j72vmAMmrF
— CSP Magazine (@CSPmagazine) April 19, 2021
READ MORE: Philadelphia’s Flavored Tobacco Ban Loses In Court Again
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE // Addiction Treatment Smoking/Vaping Ban Ends
A horribly misguided smoking and vaping ban in Philadelphia’s city-funded drug treatment programs, including outdoor spaces, has finally been lifted.
“Dr. Casey Bohrman, a researcher at West Chester University, in partnership with the organization Angels in Motion, provided both qualitative and quantitative evidence that the smoking ban in Philadelphia was deterring people from seeking inpatient treatment. Moreover, her research found that patients left against medical advice because of the ban, or were kicked out for smoking….Bowen knew that there was a ban, and that it was having harmful impacts. Most tragically, people have died of overdose after refusing to go into treatment because they could not smoke cigarettes there.”
My Friend Died Because of Philly’s Addiction-Treatment Smoking Ban https://t.co/1URuorSKnt @Filtermag_orgより
— convict No‘798 (@kiriharaasahi) September 28, 2021
READ MORE: Philly’s Addiction-Treatment Smoking Ban Ends, Leaving Bitter Taste
RESEARCH // eCigIntelligence Consumer Survey
It’s that time of year again! CASAA works cooperatively with eCigIntelligence to develop consumer survey questions that aid us in our advocacy efforts and help take the pulse of the vaping community. Please click the link to take the survey!
TAKE THE SURVEY: USA Vape Consumer Survey 2021
RESEARCH // Vaping “Gateway” Not Found
In a scenario in which e-cigarettes would have never been made available, “what we see is that youth smoking rates would not have been declining as quickly” as they have with the introduction of e-cigarettes, Natasha Sokol, assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior and research scientist at The Miriam Hospital Center for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine said. “I don’t think it’s worth the concern over youth smoking initiation potentially mitigating the public health benefits of e-cigarettes as a cessation aid,” she added. This concern is “overblown.”
Teen vaping/ e-cigarette gateway effect: a concept totally contradicted in these 1991-2019 teen trends. https://t.co/wLZOUc7PXU
— Allison (@alli_vapes) December 3, 2020
In other words, the YOUTH who do vape are generally those who WOULD HAVE BEEN SMOKING were vapes unavailable. “The decline in youth smoking,” Sokol continued, “really accelerated after the availability of e-cigarettes.” https://t.co/lkhF1aA5Wz
— Edward Hubert (@EdwardHubert4) May 19, 2021
READ MORE: Study challenges concern of e-cigarette use in high school students
RESEARCH // No Evidence Non-Tobacco Flavors Lead to Youth Smoking
A systematic review–published by UK smoking and addiction experts in the journal Addiction–found “no evidence that using flavored e-liquids attracted young people to go on to take up tobacco smoking.”
“We found that flavored e-liquids are an important aspect of vaping that young people enjoy. This suggests that flavored products may encourage young people to switch away from harmful tobacco smoking towards less harmful vaping. Flavors may be an important motivator for e-cigarette uptake — but we found no evidence that using flavored e-liquids attracted young people to go on to take up tobacco smoking.”
A new systematic review has been published today, exploring patterns of use of e-liquid flavours and associations with continued #vaping, tobacco smoking uptake, or cessation. Led by Dr Caitlin Notley of @AddictionUea, you can read more here: https://t.co/e2UQmJ6g74 https://t.co/5R5l9RVq0p
— IBVTA (@TheIBVTA) November 17, 2021
READ MORE: Role of flavored e-cigarettes on cigarette smoking uptake, cessation unclear in youth
RESEARCH // Flavor Bans Are Bad for Public Health
Study findings “raise the possibility that banning some flavoured vaping products may dissuade some adult smokers from vaping, with the possibility that they would return to smoking cigarettes, which are clearly much more harmful than vaping…”
Earlier this year I warned that there may be a "de-facto" e-cigarette flavor ban. https://t.co/TGx9MJ4fvU Another study has been published warning that doing so comes with many risks, and not many benefits. https://t.co/wCaqs3nNqT
— Jeff Stier (@JeffaStier) November 16, 2021
Truth Imitiative's own study shows a 50% decline in teen vaping between 2019 and 2021. This red herring witchhunt is fueled by disinformation and propaganda that helps #BigTobacco. San Francisco's 2018 flavor/vape ban resulted in doubling teen smoking in SF -v- other CA cities. pic.twitter.com/hQ6FFsTgl6
— David P Forsyth (@DavidPForsyth) September 4, 2021
READ MORE: Bans on flavored e-cigarettes could see some vapers return to smoking cigarettes
RESEARCH // Tobacco 21 Fail
A study of the Tobacco 21 law in Minnesota, which promised “to reduce the likelihood that a high school student will be able to legally purchase tobacco products for other students,” inexplicably finds reduced tobacco use in 8th and 9th grades but not in the older students. Contrary to the headline, this is actually a notable failure, because the 11th and 12th grade students were already more likely to use tobacco and make the straw purchases for younger students. Meanwhile, other legal adults who smoke are discouraged by the law from purchasing low risk alternatives to smoking until they turn 21 years old.
Tobacco 21 study from minnesota shows promising but limited result, reduction in 13 to 15 age group but no reduction in 17 to 19 age group.https://t.co/1wbP5FJ4xm
— NNA Ireland (@IrelandNna) November 17, 2021
READ MORE: Other View: Minnesota research shows Tobacco 21 is working
RESEARCH // Nicotine vs. Smoking
Typical of anti-vaping research, this study focuses on the possible effects of nicotine alone, but authors ignore the fact that cigarettes also contain nicotine. Additionally, cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, deadly toxins and high levels of carcinogens that are not found in harm-reducing vapor products. Ignoring or downplaying the reduced and eliminated exposures in vapor products does a grave disservice to overall public health.
“This study provides longitudinal evidence that among adult smokers, misperceiving nicotine as a primary cause of smoking-related diseases may be associated with reduced cessation success and lower likelihood of using less harmful nicotine products.”https://t.co/ko8ZibHbng
— Jukka Kelovuori (@jkelovuori) November 27, 2021
READ MORE: Nicotine weakens immune system, USA researchers find
RESEARCH // Say It Again: “Correlation Does NOT Equal Causation”
Yet another misleading cross-sectional study to join those similarly misleading heart attack and stroke studies. These types of studies only result in the media reporting the correlation as though it proves causation. Did you break a bone in 2008 and then take a few puffs from a vapor product in 2018? That’s ridiculously considered a “correlation” in this study, which was then used to estimate risk and advise doctors to tell their patients not to vape because it increases bone fragility.
And if you actually read the study current vapors had no significant increase in breaks, only former vapors did. Shouldn’t the headline read “Quitting Vaping Could cause bone fractures?
we observed a non-significant association between current e-cigarette use and fragility fract
— Marshall Keith (@MarshallKeith2) November 24, 2021
READ MORE: E-cigarette use may be detrimental to bone health in adults
ADVOCACY // Women and Tobacco Harm Reduction
This structural sexism is why a group of women who work in THR as practitioners, researchers, writers and advocates are forming the coalition Women in Tobacco Harm Reduction. We urge greater prioritization and distribution of resources toward research on women and tobacco harm reduction, and elevating the needs and voices of women, especially in low-and middle-income countries. We support gender equality in THR-related policy, advocacy, journalism and research. We will not be silent.”
~ Helen Redmond
READ MORE: Women’s Voices Among Those Absent at the Global Tobacco Control COP
PUBLIC HEALTH // Exposing Anti-Vaping Lies
Steve Pociask, president and CEO of the American Consumer Institute, calls out the misinformation being spread by Tobacco Control about vaping:
“Kristen Goodrich, Portland’s Tobacco Prevention Coordinator, asserted that 85% of young people [vape nicotine] and that ‘flavor bans have been proven to be effective public health strategy.’ Ms. Goodrich’s facts are wrong.”
“According to a 2018 study, adults in the U.S. who have completely switched from smoking cigarettes to using e-cigarettes are increasingly likely to have initiated e-cigarette use with non-tobacco flavors. “Restricting access to…e-cigarette flavors may discourage smokers from attempting to switch to e-cigarettes,” the authors conclude.
In making its decision on whether to move forward with the flavors ban, the City Council should heed this evidence, which was ignored during the Safety Committee’s deliberations. Lives are at stake.”
Would a flavored tobacco ban in #PortlandME deliver the results advocates hope for?@consumerpal president Steve Pociask: "Tragically, a flavors ban would steer some Portlanders toward lethal combustible cigarettes." #mepoliticshttps://t.co/0RfWVHRK8A
— The Maine Wire (@TheMaineWire) November 22, 2021
READ MORE: Push to ban flavored tobacco products undermines public health
PUBLIC HEALTH // Exposing Anti-Vaping Lies
Dr. Michael Siegel calls out CTFK’s Matt Myers on his “nonsense” and “lies.”
“Matt, you’re just talking nonsense.”
“I’m not going to let you get out here and lie to people.”
“Matt, you’re talking like Big Tobacco.”
“You’re really misleading people by quoting all these groups. This is what Big Tobacco used to say, that “there’s no proof.” There are 3 million people out there [who quit] and that’s proof.”
I also would not allow PAVE to tell the public that e-cigarettes were causing EVALI (life-threatening lung failure) when the truth is that it's due to THC vapes made with vitamin E acetate. https://t.co/kHReP2dIsQ
— Michael Siegel (@mbsiegel) November 24, 2021
WATCH: The Doctors: Can E-Cigarettes Help People to Quit Smoking?
IN THE NEWS // Synthetic Nicotine
Synthetic nicotine has been on the radar of state-level and federal lawmakers in the past, but never with the mainstream traction it’s received in the past few weeks. Despite decreasing youth vaping rates, it has quickly morphed into the next target for policymakers….
Synthetic nicotine has stepped center-stage because science and tobacco policy—policy that should surely be dedicated to helping smokers switch successfully—have, for so long, been out of step.
READ MORE: Elizabeth Warren, CBS, North Carolina Ramp Up Focus on Synthetic Nicotine
IN THE NEWS // Ocean City: Stunning Arrest Started From Vaping
Trial begins for 19-year-old Taizier Griffin, whose June 6, 2021, encounter with the Ocean City Police Department was one of two Boardwalk incidents that went viral after video of the arrests was widely shared on social media.
Friends of a Black teenager whose on-camera tasing at the hands of Ocean City police in June sparked outrage across the state disputed officers’ accounts Monday, saying the officers gave little time for their friend to respond to their directions. https://t.co/oysWW6i2Z2
— Capital Gazette (@capgaznews) November 23, 2021
READ MORE: In Ocean City vaping arrest, trial begins with contradicting testimony
IN THE NEWS // Canadian School “Strip Searches” Children Suspected of Vaping
Anti-vaping hysteria has reached a new low when children are stripped of their clothing (apparently without parents present) in an attempt to catch them with vaping “paraphernalia.”
Prof Lisa Kelly of @queensulaw criticizes a shocking choice by Montreal school teachers to strip search students looking for vaping paraphernalia: "A lot of these practices have significant social consequences" and are "not in anyone's interest." https://t.co/JY6kHCnhS4
— Heidi Matthews (@Heidi__Matthews) November 19, 2021
READ MORE: ‘That is not acceptable’: Montreal mom furious son told to drop his pants at school during search for vaping products
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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FIND YOUR GROUP: CASAA State Locator
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.