NATIONAL: (UPDATE) Senate passed Tobacco/Vapor 21 & President is expected to sign. Industry supported the unproven measure (it hasn’t reduced teen vaping in Hawaii) as “compromise,” but (as we predicted) ANTZ are still demanding flavor bans & high taxes.
THE MORE YOU KNOW: CTFK’s complaint “only” $739 million of MSA funds & cigarette taxes goes to their cause, reveals a bigger problem w/vaping than any so-called “epidemic”–ANTZ funding will be even less than what they get now if people vape instead of smoke. (Look who ❤️ it at the top, too.)
PHILADELPHIA, PA: (UPDATE) City bans vaping OUTDOORS & adds vape sales restrictions that will mostly affect people in low income neighborhoods with higher adult & teen smoking rates, much lower vaping rates & little to no access to over-21 stores.
OPINION: CTFK’s Matt Meyers once said “If you had a product that addicted 45 million people and killed none of them, I would take that deal. Then you’d have coffee!”
Now he wants to ban those products and convince Americans they’re the same as smoking?
UTAH: (HEADS UP) Utah County BOH passes resolution urging state lawmakers to crack down on vapor products, with suggestions including–but not limited to–flavor bans, sales location and advertising restrictions, and excessive taxes.
RESEARCH: Although over 50% of teens try smoking before the age of 14, researchers laughably stumped why 28% are suddenly trying new vapor products at same age; ironically “blame” teens vaping instead of smoking on (correct) belief vaping is far safer.
RHODE ISLAND: (UPDATE) Over 2 months into flavor ban, officials “haven’t noticed a drop” in teen use. No increase, either, but was anyone really expecting a flavor ban to increase use? Is anyone going to check how cigarette sales are doing since the ban?
MONTANA: (UPDATE) Court rules for 120-day flavor ban, both online/in-store, that took effect 12/18. Judge apparently believes outbreak is linked to retail nicotine products & that the “gateway effect” is real. It’s already illegal to sell vapor products to minors, flavored or not.