Good vaping research. Idaho Call to Action. Vaping junk science. Mail ban update. CASAA in action. Flavor ban, menthol ban, nicotine limits and more!
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CALL TO ACTION // Idaho
Bill H 363 would stop local governments from passing regulations on THR/vapor products that are worse than current state laws. We need your help to get it on the Senate State Affairs Committee calendar for a hearing! Support H 363!
DO MORE: If you live in Idaho, join the CASAA Idaho Facebook Group
UPDATE: Vape Mail Ban
USPS delayed issuing a final rule on mailing vapor products, resulting in a temporary delay on enforcement. Unfortunately. & contrary to false rumors, missing the deadline did not “void” the ban & PACT Act rules ARE still in force.
A recently enacted ban on shipping vaping products via mail will hurt struggling businesses, will not prevent sales of vapes to minors, and will drive many former smokers back to tobacco. CEI's @michelleminton explains https://t.co/G3vMqPkYJp
— Competitive Enterprise Institute (@ceidotorg) January 14, 2021
RESEARCH // Harm Reduction Science Done Right
New trial in UK will offer stop smoking advice and an e-cigarette ‘starter pack’ to patients attending hospital emergency departments for any reason, to try to encourage and support them to quit smoking.
E-cigarette starter packs for smoking cessation to be given in hospitals – https://t.co/jw1XDNgNww: A new trial from the University of East Anglia will see smokers attending hospital emergency departments given… https://t.co/mYMmo1Wo5N #malysia #guesposts #malysianews pic.twitter.com/KHIlYCnwlk
— @globalfirstnews (@globalfirstnews) April 30, 2021
RESEARCH // Vaping Junk Science
Researchers think teens saying they won’t buy a more expensive JUUL means they won’t vape, ignoring that there’s still a black market & surveys show that teens mostly get them from friends & family, so they don’t even need to buy them.
Raising e-cigarette taxes is an effective way to shift teen vapers to cigarettes and bootleg THC vaping, and to reduce adult smoking cessation rates. I recall, smoking kills people.
And bootleg THC vapes caused the 2019 lung injuries. Is this wise?#UnintendedConsequences
— Charles A. Gardner, PhD (@ChaunceyGardner) November 20, 2020
CASAA IN ACTION // Logan Evans
Watch CASAA’s newest director, Logan Evans @Logan_Exhales, discussing the latest news about vaping and THR on Wednesday night, including the vape mail ban and PMTA.
COMMENTARY // Veronique de Rugy
The FDA’s Slippery Slope Toward Mandating Raw Broccoli for Breakfast
While it may sound old-fashioned, I don’t believe that it’s the role of the government to tell fully consenting adults what they can and cannot do with their own bodies, even if their choice is something that most people disapprove of. And if you tell me that socialized medicine should give Uncle Sam the right to boss us around, I’ll tell you that two wrongs don’t make a right.
Besides, these measures are nonsensical. According to the Wall Street Journal, the idea behind the nicotine-reduction measure is that it “would lower the chemical in cigarettes to nonaddictive or minimally addictive levels, aiming to push millions of smokers to either quit or switch to less harmful alternatives such as nicotine gums, lozenges or e-cigarettes.” Note that this same FDA has waged a war on these same e-cigarettes by banning the most popular flavors to ensure that these new and less-harmful products were as unappealing as a plate of raw broccoli for breakfast.”
~ Veronique de Rugy, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center, George Mason University
READ MORE: The FDA’s War on Nicotine…
PUBLIC HEALTH // Bad for Public Health
(Bloomington, MN) City bans low risk alternatives (but just the flavors that are most appealing to adults) while leaving deadly cigarettes on shelves for what could feasibly be decades even with the new “sunset” on tobacco licenses.
Bloomington, already a leader on tobacco regulation in Minnesota, is looking to phase out the sale of tobacco products within city limits altogether. https://t.co/opqYU9CU8L
— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) April 29, 2021
Someone who works with children, who was supportive of previous smoking restrictions, does not believe any of those laws did anything, and were stupid, which is why it's time to introduce more laws, which this time definitely will work.
— Your Old Pal Donavon (@hellodonavon) April 27, 2021
PUBLIC HEALTH: Exposing Anti-Vaping Bias
Pediatrician gets it all wrong, including “nicotine damages brains,” “e-cigs caused EVALI,” & “Big Tobacco created flavors to hook kids.” Misses fact that even if teens prefer flavored vapes, banning them leaves only cigarettes.
EXPOSING ANTI-VAPING BIAS: Pediatrician gets it all wrong, including "nicotine damages brains," "e-cigs caused EVALI," & "Big Tobacco created flavors to hook kids." Misses fact that even IF teens prefer flavored vapes, banning them leaves only CIGARETTES.https://t.co/iQ7GEnRSBg
— CASAA (@CASAAmedia) April 29, 2021
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 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.