Tobacco harm reduction news for January 16, 2019. Bills in New York, Connecticut would deny adult smokers 18-20 access to safer alternatives, Appleton, WI, Decatur, AL and Colorado would prohibit private businesses from catering to vaping customers, Minnesota makes vaping less appealing then wonders why smoking isn’t declining as quickly…
NEEDHAM, MASSACHUSETTS: (UPDATE) Needham Board of Health unanimously approved the ban of flavored tobacco products beginning July City already banned “candy-flavored” vapes. New law will prohibit sale of all vape flavors with exception of regular tobacco. Needham bans flavored cigarettes, e-cigarettes
NEW YORK: (HEADS UP!) New York State could deny adult smokers 18-20 access to low risk #vaping products in Cuomo budget plan
Cuomo: Raise e-cigarette, tobacco age to 21
APPLETON, WISCONSIN: (HEADS UP!) Despite no evidence of risk to bystanders, city plans to prohibit private businesses from allowing vaping in their establishment, including bars and vape shops. BOH will take up issue Feb. 13 Fox Cities Notebook: Indoor vaping ban proposed in Appleton, expansion of I-41 sought
COLORADO: (HEADS UP!) Despite no evidence of risk to bystanders, state lawmaker plans to prohibit private businesses from allowing vaping in their establishment, including bars and vape shops.
DECATUR, ALABAMA: (UPDATE) City moving forward to prohibit private businesses owners from allowing vaping in their establishment, but change would exempt vape shops so long as (presumably vaping) customers & cashiers aren’t exposed. Marks: Vaping would be allowed in shops that specialize in e-cigarettes
THE MORE YOU KNOW: (MINNESOTA) State taxes vape products at 95%, numerous cities ban flavors, indoor use and 18-20 yr old purchase, then wonders why smoking hasn’t declined more. Smoking decline slows in Minnesota
MERIDEN, CONNECTICUT: (HEADS UP!) City considering denying adult smokers 18-20 access to low risk vaping products. Asking residents to complete survey at Meriden Tobacco 21 Ordinance Survey (until 1/25/19)through Jan 25.
CHESHIRE, CONNECTICUT: (HEADS UP!) Council considering denying adult smokrs 18-20 access to low risk #vaping products. Considering draft ordinance on Feb. 5th. Cheshire Town Council may raise minimum age to buy vaping devices