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ADVOCACY: CASAA’s Alex Clark gets a chance to tell the FACTS to an NBC affiliate about recent illnesses being attributed to “vaping” that are actually linked to black market street drugs, not the retail vapor products that are helping people quit smoking.
HEMPSTEAD, NEW YORK: (HEADS UP!) Town leaders use recent illnesses due to vaping black market street drugs as ridiculous and irresponsible excuse to ban the non-tobacco flavors in legal nicotine vapor products that help adults who smoke avoid relapse.
MOUNDS VIEW, MINNESOTA: (HEADS UP!) City takes first steps in denying adults 18-20 who smoke access to products that are 2X more effective to help them quit and >95% safer. T21 laws are NOT evidence based and don’t prevent worse laws being passed later!
COMMENTARY: (Liam Sigaud) “So-called “sin” taxes typically serve two objectives. One is to generate government revenue. The other is to discourage unhealthy behavior.”
“Augusta’s [Maine] financial assault on vaping achieves neither goal.”
VAIL, COLORADO: (HEADS UP!) Town Council will consider a resolution at its 6PM Tuesday, Sept. 3 meeting, asking voters to consider a special tax of 40% on low risk vapor and smoke-free tobacco products during Vail’s regular general election in November.
IN THE NEWS: Despite attempts by ANTZ to blame recent reports of respiratory illnesses among vapers on legal e-cigarettes, FDA and CDC (finally!) warn against use of BLACK MARKET products.
PIMA COUNTY, ARIZONA: (HEADS UP!) County Board of Supervisors wants to hear from the public about a proposal to deny adults 18-20 who smoke access to the smoke-free products that are shown to be 2X more effective and >95% safer. Tell them “no!”