Tobacco harm reduction news for April 16, 2019. Call to Action in Albany County, New York. Anti harm reduction laws in Arkansas, New York, Georgia, Massachusetts and California. Interim FDA chief apparently continuing war on vaping with White House’s blessing.
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ALBANY COUNTY, NEW YORK: (CALL TO ACTION!) PUBLIC HEARING AND RALLY to oppose Local Law “E”, that would BAN THE SALE OF ALL flavored vapor and tobacco products in Albany County! See link for when and where or send a message!Albany County, NY – Stop a Flavor Ban!
ARKANSAS: (UPDATE) With just 9 days left in session, AMENDED bill SB571 passed in House and sent back to Senate lowers tax to 30%, BUT now includes a FLOOR TAX that stores would have to pay on their existing inventory. Also includes odd “bundle tax.” http://bit.ly/2GrNQfP
ATLANTA, GEORGIA: (HEADS UP!) Rather than let businesses decide whether or not to allow vaping in their establishment, city considers ban on workplace vaping without any evidence of harm to bystanders. Council “work session” to be scheduled!
OYSTER BAY, NEW YORK: (HEADS UP!) PUBLIC HEARING MAY 7! With around 50 locations citywide selling combustible cigarettes, city instead focuses on restricting shops that provide very low risk smoking alternatives to adults who smoke or already quit.
MARION, MASSACHUSETTS: (HEADS UP!) PUBLIC HEARING MAY 7! Board of Health wants to essentially BAN flavors in #vaping products, which surveys indicate actually HELP ADULTS who smoke SUCCESSFULLY DISASSOCIATE from the taste of cigarette smoke. BOH Moves to Ban Sale of Flavored Nicotine, Tobacco
SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA: (HEADS UP!) Despite hearing mostly opposition, council is moving forward to ban flavored #vaping products, which surveys indicate actually HELP ADULTS who smoke SUCCESSFULLY DISASSOCIATE from the taste of cigarette smoke.
IN THE NEWS: (FDA) Acting commissioner Ned Sharpless says he’s not letting up on the agency’s (ridiculous and baseless) war on #vaping, and says White House is “impressed with the FDA’s efforts and would like to see this strong progress continue.”