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Vermont Lawmakers Claim to Protect Kids, Plus More – Tobacco Harm Reduction News

Call to Action in Rhode Island (Urgent!), Kansas and South Dakota. Heads up in Wyoming and Davis, California. CDC numbers don’t back up Vermont flavor ban. ANTZ nicotine focus preventing adults who smoke from vaping.

RHODE ISLAND: (URGENT CALL TO ACTION!) HB 7171, article 21 (part of Governor’s 2021 budget) contains a flavor ban, 80% tax and nicotine cap. Attend the HEARING scheduled TOMORROW (WED, FEB 12th) @ 4:45 PM and/or SEND A MESSAGE NOW!

KANSAS: (CALL TO ACTION!) HB 2563 would, among other things, ban the sale of flavored vapor products. Public hearing on THURS, FEB 13th. Lawmakers MUST hear from CONSUMERS! Send a message AND please attend this hearing even if you do not plan to speak!
KS – Stop a Flavor Ban (HB 2563)!
SOUTH DAKOTA: (CALL TO ACTION!) HB 1064/A would not only ban flavored #vaping products, but also make POSSESSION a 2nd degree misdemeanor, which carries a potential punishment of up to 30 days in jail and a maximum fine of $500! TAKE ACTION NOW!

SCIENCE-BASED POLICY: Vermont lawmakers claim #vaping flavor ban will “protect kids,” but the science says that flavors NOT a major factor for youth vaping. CDC data shows only 10% of VT youth users cited flavors as reason and only 8% use open systems.

Publications – Research & Commentary: Flavors Are Not Reason Vermont Youth Use E-Cigarettes | Heartland Institute
DAVIS, CA: (HEADS UP!) Council scheduled to vote TODAY at 5:30 PM on sales ban of flavored #vaping products. As with other cities, lawmakers use FALSE narrative (as shown by CDC data) that youth try vaping because of flavors intended for adults who smoke.

Davis city council to vote on ban of flavored tobacco sales
WYOMING: (HEADS UP!) SF 52 would completely outlaw the sale of tobacco or nicotine products online for shipping no matter the purchaser’s age. This will deny access to safer alternatives for many adult residents who smoke/vape in this largely rural state!

Wyoming Senate send nicotine bills, including one banning sales to people under 21, to committee – Casper, WY Oil City News
RESEARCH: Study shows ANTZ propaganda misleading public to believe ending nicotine use has equal or even greater importance than ending exposure to toxic smoke is main factor (60%) for adults who smoke rejecting much safer #vaping as “substituting one addiction for another.”

Cigarette Smokers Often Reject Electronic Cigarettes, Georgia State Study Shows