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Good Teen Vaping Research, Maine Call to Action and more! – Tobacco Harm Reduction News

Research exposes truth about teen vaping. Maine Call to Action Update, Junk science out of University of Washington. Cliff Douglas stands up for consumer voices. WHO calls vapers “losers.” FDA releases PMTA list and more!

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CALL TO ACTION // Maine Update

LD1550, a FLAVOR BAN, has passed out of committee and is moving to the House. The vote could take place at any time, so click the link and contact your representative NOW!

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READ MORE: Maine – Fight a Flavor Ban!

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RESEARCH // Teen Vaping

Study findings suggest that not only do vapor products NOT act as a gateway to teen smoking, but those who do vape would have otherwise been smoking without access to vapor products. Vapor products “may be an important tool for population-level harm reduction.”

READ MORE: Teens Who Vape Would Be Smoking If Vapes Weren’t Invented, Study Suggests

STUDY LINK: High school seniors who used e-cigarettes may have otherwise been cigarette smokers: Evidence from Monitoring the Future (United States, 2009-2018)

RESEARCH // Exposing Anti-Vaping Research Bias

Bloomberg-funded site unsurprisingly provides a platform for UW’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation op-ed filled with misrepresentation of data, unscientific propaganda and misinformed speculation.

READ MORE: E-Cigarettes and the U.S. Menthol Ban: A Missed Opportunity to Protect Youth


The upcoming E-cigarette Summit (US), which discusses and analyses research and policies directly affecting vapor product consumers, once again lacks the voice of consumers at the table, but Cliff Douglas is kindly giving this message to them for us:

READ MORE: E-cigarette Summit USA 2021 Speaker Summary


The agency has released a list of vaping products allowed to remain on the market during the one-year grace period for products that on the market before Aug. 8, 2016 and for which a Premarket Tobacco Application (PMTA) was submitted.

READ MORE: FDA’s PMTA List Is Here, and It’s Really, Really Long

AROUND THE WORLD // Netherlands

The Dutch government has banned flavored vapor products, a decision made by ignoring real science, instead believing the unproven propaganda that youth vape “because of” flavors, vaping leads to smoking and risks outweigh the benefits.

READ MORE:  Ban on flavors such as pina colada in e-cigarettes will take effect from July 2022 (English translation available through Google)

COMMENTARY:  WHO Reasserts Anti-Vaping Stance Ahead of World No Tobacco Day by Alex Norcia, Filter Magazine

Tone-deaf WHO also implies nicotine consumers are “losers.”

In a press release that blends conspiracy theories, bad science, and wholly inadequate alternative measures, the WHO once again shows it is not fit for purpose.”

~Clive Bates

READ MORE: WHO Reasserts Anti-Vaping Stance Ahead of World No Tobacco Day

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