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Heads Up – News – Updates 1.29.2019

Tobacco harm reduction news for January 29, 2019. Anti-harm reduction law in Connecticut, new bill in Congress would devastate tobacco harm reduction efforts, Brian Darling and Jacob Grier call out FDA overreach and moral panic.

SOUTH WINDSOR, CONNECTICUT: (UPDATE) Without anyone to speak in opposition last week, Council will vote 2/4 to deny adult #smokers & #vapers access to far safer alternative #vaping products. It’s not too late for advocates to fight this anti-THR policy!

Raising age on tobacco products to 21 gets support

NATIONAL: (HEADS UP!) New bill (HR 293) introduced in Congress would ban sale of #vaping products and much lower risk #tobacco products across state lines (incl. online,) add excessive taxes and ban non-tobacco flavors (unless approved as NRT.)

OPINION: (Brian Darling) The FDA Is Overreaching With Its Attempt to Ban Vaping “Government regulators are supposed to protect, not hurt, the very people they are charged to help.”

The FDA Is Overreaching With Its Attempt to Ban Vaping

OPINION: Brilliant points made by @jacobgrier We Are Completely Overreacting to Vaping
“The moral panic against it is an irrational response fueled by anti-smoker bias.”