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FDA Taxidermy Trash-talking Vaping and More! Tobacco Harm Reduction News

FDA ads feature taxidermy trash-talk vaping. Vermont Senate won’t override the flavor ban veto. Kentucky becomes the 6th state to pass a PMTA registry law. Ohio cities suing state lawmakers to ban harm reduction products and more!

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CALLS TO ACTION

Below are the new and updated Calls to Action for this past week. To view all of the current Calls to Action, scroll down to “More Calls to Action” below. To view the current hearing events schedule (Facebook,) click the box on the right.

VERMONT UPDATE

Vermont Senate President Phil Baruth said Thursday that they have no intention to try to override Governor Scott’s veto of the flavor ban. Lawmakers then voted to send the bill back to committee (so stay tuned —  this may come back again.)

READ MORE: Vt. Senate won’t try to override governor’s veto of flavored tobacco ban

 

KENTUCKY UPDATE

Governor Any Beshear signed House Bill 11 into law, making Kentucky the sixth state with a PMTA registry law. These laws will have dire consequences for adult consumers seeking safer alternatives to smoking! It will take effect Jan. 1, 2025.

CASAA director Jim McDonald reporting for Vaping360.

READ MORE:  Kentucky Governor Signs PMTA Registry Bill

 

VIRGINIA UPDATE

Governor Youngkin has returned HB 1069 to the House with proposed amendments to “remove the Attorney General’s authority to bring the court action or to concur with such an action by a Commonwealth’s Attorney or local government attorney.  The amendments also propose to allow the Commonwealth’s Attorney or local government attorney to recoup costs of investigation and attorney fees and would provide that civil penalties in an action brought in the name of a locality would be paid into the local general fund.” The amendment would also postpone enforcement of the PMTA registry until July 1, 2025.

The General Assembly will reconvene on April 17 to consider the amendment, which could be accepted as is (the bill would then become law), or the change could be overridden by a two-thirds vote (and the law passed with the original enforcement dates).

READ MORE: https://www.vaco.org/capitol-contact/governor-proposes-amendments-to-2024-legislation/

 

NEBRASKA UPDATE

LB 12041, a bill that bans remote (online) sales and requires manufacturers to apply for certification before selling their products in the state, has been “approved” by  Governor Pillen. 

READ MORE: https://legiscan.com/NE/bill/LB1204/2023

 

 

HEADS UP! ILLINOIS

State lawmakers are pushing a bill that “would prohibit e-cigarettes from being purchased remotely by anyone other than a distributor or seller.” This would mean adults could no longer purchase legal products online. It could especially impact adults in several Illinois municipalities with flavor bans, including Chicago, where 133,000 adults report using vapor products and a flavor ban has been in effect since 2020.

READ MORE: Illinois lawmakers consider measures aimed at blocking e-cigarettes from young people

 

MORE CALLS TO ACTION:  GET INVOLVED: Calls to Action By State


FDA

Taxidermy Trash-Talking Vaping

In its latest Real Cost ads, the FDA has resurrected the first anti-vaping research fad: formaldehyde. And the agency decided to let a group of ratty-looking taxidermied animals do the talking.

CASAA director Jim McDonald reporting for Vaping360.

READ MORE: New FDA Ads Feature Dead Animals, Scary Chemicals

 

Agencies Want More Funding to Fight Harm Reduction

The CDC and FDA are two of the worst agencies in the world when it comes to advancing the manufacturing of tobacco harm-reduction products. Even more appalling, they are the same agencies that, whether through inaction or campaigns, continue to drive misperceptions surrounding nicotine and the continuum of risk for various tobacco products, as well as driving forward prohibitionist policies that will lead to unintended consequences.

 

Neither agency should be rewarded with additional funding while they fail at both informing the public of reduced-risk tobacco products and properly regulating the marketplace for adult access.”

 

~ Lindsey Stroud

READ MORE: CDC, FDA Want Millions Of Taxpayer Dollars To Keep Fomenting Nicotine Misinformation Campaigns

 

TOBACCO CONTROL

Good News Is Bad For Tobacco Control Folks

They always ignore the good news — like what’s happened to deadly smoking in both groups! And how many of these teens and young adults would otherwise be smoking in the absence of vaping?

Also, if “almost half…started vaping before they turned 18,” that means over half started after they turned 18.

READ MORE: Young adults who started vaping as teens still can’t shake the habit

 

LEGAL ACTION

Lawsuit Against Harm Reduction

Several cities in Ohio are suing because state lawmakers chose to follow the science and data to prevent unjustified city vape bans, thereby protecting the health of adult residents from losing access to safer alternatives to deadly cigarettes.

READ MORE: https://spectrumnews1.com/oh/cleveland/news/2024/04/10/ohio-cities-lawsuit-tobacco-law


CASAA IN ACTION // CASAA Live

Some see disposable vapor products as important tools for harm reduction and saving lives, while others see them as a serious threat to the industry and advocacy. On this week’s episode, join us for a nuanced conversation about the pros and cons of these controversial products.

Catch the next show LIVE Saturday, April 20th 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!

Don’t forget to also follow our official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CASAAmedia

FIND YOUR GROUP: CASAA State Locator

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

CASAA’s podcast is on Spotify! Please give us a follow here:

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.

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