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Heads Up – News – Updates 3.15.2019

Tobacco harm reduction news for March 15, 2019. Anti tobacco harm reduction laws in Maine, Wisconsin, Utah, Oklahoma and Illinois. 

ILLINOIS: (UPDATE) Bill to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking passed in the Senate. Heading to new Governor’s desk and likely to be signed.

BARABOO, WISCONSIN: (UPDATE) Ordinance to ban use of #vaping products OUTSIDE, without any evidence of risk to bystanders or necessity of intervention, has passed after second reading, however #smokefree #tobacco products were removed from the ordinance.

UTAH: (UPDATE) Senate passes bill to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products, still needs Governor’s signature, 86% tax remains in Senate for vote.

SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE: (HEADS UP!) Flavored #vaping & #smokefree product ban targeting vape shops is being considered, excluding mint & menthol, while some on Council want to ban ALL #vapor products altogether. Next workshop March 26th!

OKLAHOMA: (UPDATE) Vaping Advocates of Oklahoma reports that HB2288, prohibiting ALL businesses to allow #vaping in their own business (and some OUTDOOR spaces), was pulled from the agenda and will not be heard. Stay alert, Oklahomans!

If you’re on Facebook, please be sure to join your CASAA state group to help prevent anti-harm reduction laws like these from spreading through your state! – The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association