CASAA IN ACTION: Watch CASAA CEO Alex Clark’s interview last night discussing the ANTZ mentality, tobacco and the flavor ban situations in Massachusetts and New York, on Regulator Watch Canada with Brent Stafford.
TAKING ACTION: (COLORADO) After speaking w/vaping advocates, Senator Rhonda Fields now says she no longer intends to sponsor a flavor ban bill in the immediate future. Governor Jared Polis remains on the fence. Your voice matters–MEET with your lawmakers!
NEW YORK: (UPDATE) State extends flavor ban 90 days in case court rules in its favor. Advocates are hopeful ruling delay may be a sign that the court isn’t convinced by state’s claim that flavored vapor products are causing a “public health emergency.”
SCIENCE-FREE POLICIES: In what can only be called “ironic idiocy,” New York’s Governor Cuomo orders insurance companies to cover the cost of pharmaceutical products (that have been found to be 2X LESS effective than vaping to quit smoking) to help people quit vaping, when they could just step down the nicotine in their vapor products to 0 mg. This is something vape shops could help with if they weren’t constrained by FDA rules or put out of business by NY bans.
WAR ON NICOTINE: (Jacob Sullum, Reason)
“Thanks to unfounded warnings that e-cigarettes are hooking “a whole generation of young people,” members of Congress who want to eliminate the federal ban on marijuana, which was originally imposed in the name of protecting America’s youth, think that same goal justifies a new federal ban that would make it impossible for adults to legally obtain the nicotine products they demonstrably prefer. The paradox is all the more puzzling because those legislators recognize that the recent outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries, which are associated mainly with illegal cannabis extracts, is not a sound argument for pot prohibition. Since the real hazard seems to be dangerous additives or contaminants in black-market products of unknown provenance and composition, prohibition only increases the risks to consumers.”
IN THE NEWS: One of few MSM articles finally reporting on EVALI outbreak without implicating retail nicotine products, keeps focus solely on tainted THC carts–where it always should have been. But the CDC & the lawmakers banning e-cigs have yet to #QuitLying
THE MORE YOU KNOW: Note how “an abundance of caution” by @US_FDA for tainted salmon only results in a recall and a warning regarding the SPECIFIC product, not urging the public to “avoid ALL salmon” vs. how they warned “avoid ALL vaping” for EVALI.
SCIENCE-BASED POLICIES: Snus, banned in EU & vilified in US, has 30+ years research showing NO increased disease risk. Popular w/Swedish men, smoking rates are 8% vs EU 25% average. Safer alternatives smoking–yes, even tobacco–saves lives. #QuitLying
CALIFORNIA: (UPDATE) Menlo Park, Palo Alto joining the many other state municipalities in passing irrational and baseless e-cigarette bans.
ECONOMICS 101: If you ban 90% of an industry’s most popular products, double the cost w/taxes, severely restrict where they can be sold & prohibit sales to a great number of the adult market, it’s doubtful there will be $200 million in profits to collect.