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Fixing WHO’s Vaping Myth Meme and More! Tobacco Harm Reduction News

Fixing WHO vaping myth meme. Device company answers FDA ban with court appeal. Study finds nicotine isn’t more addictive in vapes. CASAA CEO Alex Clark talks with GrimmGreen. CASAA Live 2023 year in review. Multiple new Calls to Action and more!

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


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!

 

MICHIGAN

STOP an onslaught of anti-vaping bills!

Lawmakers in Michigan are once again throwing everything and the kitchen sink into a raft of anti-vaping bills aiming to reduce everyone’s access to these life-saving products! These bills include everything from a flavor ban and tax hikes to repealing state preemption of local tobacco retailer laws.

TAKE ACTION: Michigan: Stop a Slew of Anti-Vaping Laws

 

FLORIDA

These so-called “PMTA Registry Bills” are currently making their way around the U.S. They make it far more difficult for companies awaiting PMTA to sell life-saving products and ban thousands of products popular with adults.

TAKE ACTION: Stop a Big Tobacco Protection Act!

 

OHIO

Over the past 18 months, at least 26 municipalities in Ohio have enacted or started considering ordinances that would prohibit safer nicotine products in non-tobacco flavors. See our Call to Action to see what Ohioan advocates can do!👇

TAKE ACTION: Stop a Flavor Ban!

 

VIRGINIA

If enacted, this law would effectively ban all vaping products not granted marketing orders through FDA’s “arbitrary and capricious” authorization process (over 99%) and “call for a fine of $1,000 a day for each product sold.”

TAKE ACTION: Virginia: Stop the Joe Camel Protection Act!

 

WASHINGTON

Bill SB 6118 (aka “PMTA Registry”) legislation has been introduced and referred to the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee. No hearing is scheduled at this time, but we expect this bill to move quickly!

TAKE ACTION: Washington: Stop a Big Tobacco Protection Act!

 

VERMONT

A flavor ban bill (S. 18) has already passed the Senate.

UPDATE! Hearings are already happening in the House and, disturbingly, are being hastily scheduled with little to no opportunity given for public comment!

TAKE ACTION: Vermont Update: Stop a Flavor Ban!

 

INDIANA

Yet another state is trying to pass a “Big Tobacco Protection” act!

Anti vaping bill SB 227 (aka “PMTA Registry legislation”) has been introduced and is scheduled for a hearing on TUESDAY, January 23, 2024!

TAKE ACTION: Indiana: Stop a Big Tobacco Protection Act!


TOBACCO CONTROL

Researcher Bias Endangers Public Health

By strongly encouraging “anyone who uses e-cigarettes or vapes to quit” without cautioning that smoking is significantly worse, Dr. Rezaee of the Cleveland Clinic is endangering public health by discouraging people who smoke from choosing safer alternatives.

READ MORE: Study Shows How Vaping can Damage your Airway

 

WHO Refuses to Acknowledge Continuum of Risk

The World Health Organization is disingenuously claiming that nicotine vaping is as harmful as smoking cigarettes because they contain (very low) levels of (some) toxins that are also found in cigarettes.

That’s like saying a 2024 car is as unsafe as a 1924 car because they both have wheels and engines, while ignoring the advanced framing, head lights, turn signals, mirrors, safety glass, head rests, traction control, seat belts and air bags in 2024 cars.

RESEARCH

Nicotine in e-Cigarettes Not “More Addictive” Than Cigarettes

This new study found that nicotine salt e-cigs delivered nicotine to the brain better than free-base e-cigs, but both are less efficient than cigarette smoking.

This contradicts previous baseless speculation that vaping is “more addictive” than smoking simply due to the nicotine content of a pod/cartridge.

READ MORE: Comparison of brain nicotine accumulation from traditional combustible cigarettes and electronic cigarettes with different formulations

CASAA IN ACTION

CASAA CEO Alex Clark joins Nick (Grimm) Green to discuss vaping legislation and advocacy in 2024!

 

FDA

FDA Denies PMTAs for 22 SMOK Devices, Pods and Coils

With anti-THR orgs screaming about “youth-friendly,” “litter-generating” disposables, the FDA has banned 6 refillable SMOK vaping devices that are not popular with youth, do not contain any tobacco or nicotine, and have less impact on the environment.

READ MORE: FDA Denies PMTAs for 22 SMOK Devices, Pods and Coils

 

SMOK Appeals FDA Denial in Fifth Circuit Court

A vaping product manufacturer and a Texas vape distributor have filed a petition in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for review of the FDA marketing denial orders (MDOs) issued earlier this week for 22 hardware products.

CASAA director Jim McDonald reporting for Vaping360.

READ MORE: SMOK Appeals FDA Denial in Fifth Circuit Court

ADVOCACY

Did you know there are currently 9 CASAA Calls to Action (CTAs) for anti-vaping bills? USA, Indiana, Washington, Virginia, Florida, California, Vermont, Ohio and Michigan.

Updates are on our CTA page or just join CASAA (it’s free) at CASAA.org and get email alerts for your state and national legislation!

CASAA.org Calls to Action

READ MORE:  CASAA Calls to Action

JOIN CASAA: Join CASAA


CASAA IN ACTION // CASAA Live

Join the CASAA Live team as they review what happened in the world of THR & vaping advocacy, legislation and science in 2023 — and what’s next in 2024!

Catch the next show LIVE Saturday, January 27, 2024 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 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.

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