Call to Action update in Louisiana. Heads up Redondo Beach, CA. Anti-harm reduction laws in Boise, ID, Snowmass, CO and Columbia, SC. DC healthcare policy associate, Elise Amez-Droz, calls FDA on lying to public in opinion article.
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LOUISIANA: (CALL TO ACTION UPDATE!) HB 38, which would deny people who smoke between the ages of 18 – 21 access to safer alternatives, is moving toward a hearing in the House Appropriations Committee.Louisiana – Stop Tobacco AND Vaping 21!
SNOWMASS VILLAGE, COLORADO: (UPDATE) Council votes to treat #vaping and smoke-free products the same as combustible cigarettes, denying many people who smoke and vape access to far safer alternatives to smoking.
BOISE, IDAHO: (UPDATE) City treats low risk vaping like smoking, misleading public into believing they have the same health risks and laying groundwork for more restrictive laws, denying businesses CHOICE to allow vaping in their own establishment.
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA: (UPDATE) City misleads public to believe low risk, smoke-free vaping is same as smoking, bans use OUTDOORS and in bars without evidence of risk, $100 – $500 fines. Use bans often first step to justify more onerous laws later.
OPINION: (Elise Amez-Droz) “The agency must stop using fear to scare people away from life-saving technology. Yes, teenage vaping should be discouraged and any actual issues with seizures addressed. But that doesn’t excuse the FDA’s ridiculous exaggerations.”
REDONDO BEACH, CALIFORNIA: (HEADS UP!) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders, city close to banning #vaping in ANY public area, including OUTSIDE ON SIDEWALKS, and BAN FLAVORED products that help people who smoke switch to far safer alternatives.