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THE MORE YOU KNOW: Survey studies attempting to show that adult smoke-free consumers don’t want or need non-tobacco flavors are hopelessly flawed.
Most adults who smoke will TRY vaping to 1) reduce health risks, 2) reduce costs, 3) use indoors and 4) wean off nicotine completely. Ask what about vaping most helped AVOID RELAPSE (going back to smoking) and flavors will be a primary factor, along with the ability to customize devices and vary nicotine strength.
FLORIDA: (UPDATE) House reportedly WON’T pass law denying young adult smokers access to safer alternatives. Important to remember such laws also mislead public to believe vaping/smoking are same, which leads to agreement with other restrictions/taxes.
CONNECTICUT: (HEADS UP!) HB7200, which would deny some adults who smoke access to low risk products and mislead public to believe vaping/smoking have same risks, has now passed Finance Committee.
CONNECTICUT: (HEADS UP #2!) Finance committee amendment reportedly lowers governor’s 75% wholesale vapor tax in budget, but still a whopping 50% tax. Products that significantly decrease risk should be made MORE AFFORDABLE, not MORE EXPENSIVE!
THE MORE YOU KNOW: ANTZ step up chemophobia efforts w/ scary-sounding “third-hand smoke & vapor.” Mentions nicotine reaction with a “common environmental chemical” that turns out to be nitrous acid from dangerously unvented gas appliances, which is far more worrisome than trace nitrosamines! That’s a 100% fail on “the dose makes the poison” test!
IDAHO: (HEADS UP!) Be prepared to fight a slew of anti-vaping laws and cost increases via sin taxes if ANTZ successfully convince lawmakers that vaping is the same as smoking and young adults who smoke should be denied access to vape products.
BROOMFIELD, COLORADO: (HEADS UP!) City considering treating vaping like smoking, licenses for retailers to sell tobacco/vape products, raising the minimum sale age to 21, implementing price policies or restricting certain flavors.