FDA shockingly rejects JUUL PMTA. Senator Dick Durbin lies about youth vaping – again. Call to Action for synthetic nicotine (AVM Citizen’s Petition.) Snus study results announced at 2022 Global Forum on Nicotine. Sweden rejects vaping flavor ban and more!
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CALL TO ACTION // National – Synthetic Nicotine Citizen’s Petition
A Citizens’ Petition on behalf of the American Vapor Manufacturers Association (AVM) has been posted to Regulations.gov and is open NOW for comments/support!
The petition is asking FDA to do the following:
- Use its enforcement discretion to allow the continued marketing of open system products that use synthetic nicotine for which a premarket application (PMTA) has been submitted, through July 13, 2022, and until FDA completes its scientific review; and,
- Allow for these manufacturers to continue submitting additional data and amendments for their application.
CALL TO ACTION // National – Menthol Ban
Starting on May 4, 2022, the FDA is accepting comments on two proposed rules banning the use of flavors other than tobacco in combustible tobacco products.
Whether you’re supporting the rule or opposed, one thing we can all agree on is that people who smoke need safer alternatives to cigarettes — mentholated or not!
While the FDA is moving ahead with banning more tobacco products, it is failing to authorize a meaningful variety of e-liquids and devices that are responsible for recent accelerated declines in smoking.
In addition to sharing your views on banning menthol cigarettes and other flavored combustible products, take this opportunity to urge FDA to ensure that people have access to safer forms of nicotine delivery that are enjoyable and affordable–like vaping, nicotine pouches, and smokeless tobacco products.
TAKE ACTION: FDA Menthol Ban – Submit Your Comments
REGULATION // FDA Rejects JUUL PMTA
“The agency based its decision on the flimsiest of grounds…” then “went on to admit that the FDA has no real-world evidence to suggest an immediate hazard associated with the use of the JUUL…”
– CASAA’s Jim McDonald reporting for Vaping360
— Danielle Jones (@DanielleTHR) June 23, 2022
REGULATION // Politics Over Science?
FDA has already authorized another pod-style device. Is this the agency prioritizing politics over science?
“The agency has been under intense pressure from Democrats in Congress to reject Juul Labs’ applications and remove the products from the market.”
I'm glad I was able to quit smoking before the FDA could stop me. https://t.co/iJsKnTBefk
— Will Truman (@trumwill) June 22, 2022
READ MORE: FDA Will Reject JUUL PMTA, Insiders Say
IN THE NEWS // Senator Dick Durbin Lies (Again) About Youth Vaping
Senator Durbin states in Politico that “4% of adults in this country use vaping products & 14% of kids. That’s where the danger lies, & that’s where vaping products fall on their face when you try to defend them.”
This appears to be a disingenuous attempt to convince the public that more youth vape than adults.
The 2021 National Youth Tobacco Survey found 11.3% high school and 2.8% middle school students vaped, which Sen. Durbin seems to have just added together to come up with his 14%. According to the FDA report, it’s actually 7.6% or 2.06 million.
If only 4% of the 18+ US population vapes, that’s 10.3 million–5 times as many adults who vape than teens.
Note that Sen. Durbin’s statement also could easily mislead the public to believe that 14% of all of the nearly 73 million children under the age of 17 in the US (about 5.5 million) vape daily. In truth, it’s 7.6% (2.06 million) middle and high school students who vaped “even 1 puff in the past 30 days.”
More from @SenatorDurbin: “4% of adults in this country use vaping products & 14% of kids. That’s where the danger lies, & that’s where vaping products fall on their face when you try to defend them.” That misses so much, it's hard to know where to start. https://t.co/qSpLH0TBBA
— Cliff Douglas (@cdoug) June 24, 2022
READ 2021 NYTS REPORT: Results from the Annual National Youth Tobacco Survey
RESEARCH // Possible Bias?
Funded by the NIH and FDA, researchers are looking at the “impacts of flavors” in vapor products. There seems to be a presumption of harm here, but most revealing will be how FDA decides to treat those flavors NOT found to have any adverse effects.
What a waste of money. Looking for “harms that don’t exist studies” . Brought to by our government! 🤬
— cigarbabe (@cigarbabe2) June 15, 2022
RESEARCH // Snus As Harm Reduction
New research launched at this year’s Global Forum on Nicotine found that switching to smoke-free tobacco harm reduction products—in this case Swedish snus– is a more effective strategy to reduce harm than WHO’s prohibitionist tobacco control measures.
RESEARCH // Smoking and Mental Health
A new study claims to have proven smoking “causes” depression and schizophrenia, but per usual, many limitations and weasel words (ie. “could,” “may,” “suggest”) indicate the actual findings are far less concrete than the headlines make them out to be.
Association ≠ causation.
Nicotine helps symptoms of depression & schizophrenia increasing smoking rates in those suffering.
Priority: safer alternatives.
— James A (@GoBeepUK) June 21, 2022
REGULATION // Smoke-free Alternatives
Consumers are embracing alternative sources of safer nicotine, but city/state lawmakers have started rolling the products into flavor bans and higher taxes, too–despite the fact that underage use of tobacco “is at historic lows and continues to decline.”
TESTIMONIAL // Anecdote # 13,457
Ben smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day for 15 years, but quit smoking with French Vanilla-flavored liquid. One of the millions of “anecdotes” proving adults like flavors!
What’s YOUR real story? Submit your testimonial today!
SUBMIT YOUR STORY: CASAA Testimonial Project
COMMENTARY // Marc Gunther
“For many of you, I imagine that it must be hard to fight this uphill battle against powerful forces. I’ve been writing about this for less than two years and there are days when I wonder why I have to say the same things over and over, and why so few seem to listen.”
— MarcGunther (@MarcGunther) June 17, 2022
READ MORE: The unchecked power of philanthropy
TOBACCO CONTROL // Misleading the Public
What Dr. Henderson DOESN’T tell readers is that those “approximately half a million deaths per year” from “nicotine addiction” are from SMOKING. Instead, he focuses on relatively safe nicotine vaping, further confusing the public about the TRUE risks.
TOBACCO CONTROL // Debunking 3 more lies from the AHA
– Youth vaping is DECLINING, not rising.
– Nicotine effects on the cardiovascular system are known to be TEMPORARY, as with caffeine.
– Most vapers are ADULTS who cannot or will not quit nicotine, not never-smokers.
The @American_Heart continues its shameful attack on vaping & it starts with the big lie that youth vaping is increasing:
"The latest available scientific evidence suggests the use of these products has adverse health effects that may accrue over time." https://t.co/pdp9sb6Pps
— Lance Churchill (@LanceChurchill) June 21, 2022
THE WORLD // Dutch Flavor Ban Postponed (For Wrong Reason)
Even with rising vaping rates, Dutch smoking has declined from 26.10% in 2012 to 20.2% in 2020. But using outdated data and claiming (without evidence) vaping leads to smoking, flavors other than “tobacco” were banned–for people who have finally QUIT tobacco.
— Vaping360 (@Vaping360) April 21, 2022
AROUND THE WORLD // Swedish Parliament Gets It Right
“We want a harm reduction perspective embedded in our national tobacco policy. Limiting flavors in an alternative product, which can reduce the proportion of smokers, is not in line with this.”
~ Swedish parliament committee member
— Tobacco Reporter (@tobaccoreporter) June 22, 2022
LEGISLATION // Heads Up New York!
As if the state’s harmful anti-harm reduction laws (and record-low youth smoking rates) weren’t enough, Assemblyman Keith Brown thinks your state now needs an 1984-esque “Tobacco, Nicotine and Vaping Authority.”
— Cannabis Biz News (@CannabisBizNews) June 21, 2022
CASAA IN ACTION // Twitter Spaces with Amanda Wheeler
If you missed the excellent CASAA Twitter Space this week, catch the replay now! The panel speaks with @amandawheeler32 from AVM about their latest efforts to keep safer nicotine products available and the news leak about the FDA actions against JUUL.
CASAA IN ACTION // CASAA Live
NOTE: CASAA Live will be on hiatus for the summer and will be returning in September. In the meantime, replay audio from the CASAA Twitter Spaces will be broadcast on our YouTube channel in the same Saturday timeslot.
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!
This week the CASAA panel discussed the FDA proposal to mandate VLNC (Very Low Nicotine Cigarettes.) Will it really happen? Is it backed by science? Would it be “harm reduction?” The CASAA Live team will try to find out the answers to those questions!
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CASAA MEDIA // Podcast
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