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Heads Up – News – Updates 5.28.2019

Nevada anti-vaping bill reappears last minute, Industry-backed Tobacco 21 bill dies while another moving through legislature in Arizona, vape companies under gun to provide research to FDA finding scientists uncooperative, another Minnesota town passes Tobacco 21 while researcher drops fact bomb on Tobacco 21 laws in commentary.

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RESEARCH: Catch 22! Vaping companies must prove to FDA they’re not a health risk through science, but independent scientists are fearful to work with them. This leaves tobacco-funded science as a recourse, but public health says they’re not to be trusted.

Scientists Wanted: Recruited by Juul, Many Researchers Say No

COMMENTARY: Mike Males, senior researcher for the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, drops a fact bomb on the effectiveness of the Tobacco 21 law in California.

Commentary: We now have results for key laws advocates promised would ‘protect’ teenagers. They don’t.

LILYDALE, MINNESOTA: City votes to treat vaping the same as smoking, misleading public to believe they have same health risks and setting stage for more laws and taxes, denying adults 18-20 who smoke access to safer alternatives.

Lilydale joins growing list of cities to increase tobacco purchase age | Lillie Suburban Newspapers –

ARIZONA: (UPDATE) SB 1147, an industry-supported bill raising purchase age for vaping & tobacco products as compromise to more stringent laws, did not pass. HB 2357, treating vapor products same as tobacco without increasing the age, is still in play.

Bill that would raise age to smoke, vape dies in Legislature

NEVADA: (HEADS UP!) SB 263, a bill taxing all vaping products at the same rate (30%) as tobacco, add an age limit and prohibit public use, is making a late-session comeback. “Vapor products are harmful, period.” ~ Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition.

Lawmakers propose taxing e-cigarettes high enough to deter vaping