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Heads Up – News – Updates 5.15.2019

-harm reduction laws pending and passed in Texas, Boston, Massachusetts, Oxford, Kentucky, North Carolina and Williamsburg, Kentucky. Nebraska sees record low adult smoking, but increased vaping rate not given any credit. Judge rules in FDA lawsuit.

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TEXAS: (HEADS UP!) Lawmakers close to denying adults 18-20 who smoke access to much safer alternatives, misleading public to believe vapor products are harmful and more likely to support increased regulation and higher taxes.Texas House votes to raise legal smoking age to 21

IN THE NEWS: Judge orders FDA to speed up review of e-cigarettes, calls for the health groups and the FDA to submit plans for moving forward with product reviews within 30 days.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: (HEADS UP!) In spite of existing statewide Vapor 21 law and city ordinance limiting sales of flavored products to adults-only stores, City Councilor calls for hearing to discuss possibly BANNING FLAVORS COMPLETELY.

Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley seeks more restrictions on e-cigarettes – Boston Herald

OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI: (UPDATE) Without any evidence of harm to bystanders, city misleads public to believe vaping should be regulated like smoking by banning use indoors and OUTDOORS. Businesses denied CHOICE to allow in their own establishment.

City snuffs use of vape pens and e-cigs where (real) smoking already banned – Magnolia State Live

NORTH CAROLINA: (HEADS UP!) State sues vapor company for “causing addiction,” demands ban of all company’s non-tobacco flavors (except menthol) in stores & online, and a tobacco-style marketing/advertising ban on company’s products in the state.

IN THE NEWS: Nebraska sees lowest adult smoking rate in 2017. ANTZ credit public use bans, campaigns & taxes, ignore adult #vaping rate in state rose to 4.9% in 2016 and 21.5% of those vapers had quit smoking completely (per CDC BRFSS survey data.)

Smoking rates decline in Nebraska

WILLIAMSBURG, KENTUCKY: (HEADS UP!) City considering regulating #vaping as smoking, somehow thinks putting vapers out on the sidewalk will lower teen experimentation. Without evidence, ANTZ claim vapor is harmful to bystanders. Next meeting June 17th!

Smoking ordinance expected to soon include e-cigs