The Illusory Truth Effect of Vaping. Flavor ban in Columbus, OH. Vote “NO” on California Prop 31. More vape researchers jumping the shark. Vaping reduced CVD risk. Tobacco flavor nonsense and more!
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CALL TO ACTION UPDATE // Columbus, Ohio
“A public hearing is scheduled for Nov. 9, and more conversations with small businesses like Wednesday’s meeting are set for Nov. 16 and Nov. 30.”
Remind lawmakers that it’s ALREADY ILLEGAL to sell vapor products to anyone under 21, flavored or otherwise. Enforce existing laws before taking away life saving harm reduction products from adults!
TAKE ACTION: Columbus Ohio: Stop a Flavor Ban!
CALL TO ACTION UPDATE // Tempe, Arizona
A survey has been set up to gather community input on the FLAVOR BAN proposal. You can participate by following the link to the flavor ban survey in the Call to Action below. Take Action!
TAKE ACTION: Tempe, AZ: Stop a Flavor Ban!
CALL TO ACTION UPDATE // California Prop 31
Be sure to encourage all of your friends and family to also vote “NO” on Prop 31 on November 8th to stop the unscientific and harmful vapor product flavor ban!!
TAKE ACTION: Vote NO on Prop 31!
HEADS UP // SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE!
The first reading for a flavor ban is scheduled to take place in early December, with the goal of activating a ban in April 2023.
TOBACCO CONTROL // Illusory Truth Tactics
Illusory Truth Effect in action:
E-cigs cause EVALI.
There’s a teen vaping “epidemic.”
Vaping causes popcorn lung.
Flavors hook kids.
Nicotine causes brain damage.
Nicotine causes smoking-related diseases.
Teen vapers outnumber adult vapers.
There’s “little to no evidence….”
Everyone on social media should know about the Illusory Truth Effect
If you see something repeated enough times, it seems more true. Multiple studies show that it works on 85% of people. Worse, it still happens even if the information isn't plausible & even if you know better. pic.twitter.com/oX6Cl4uaRR
— Ethan Mollick (@emollick) October 30, 2022
RESEARCH // Study Authors Blowing Smoke
If temporary “increases in blood pressure, heart rate & blood vessel constriction” shows “similar cardiovascular injury among people who use e-cigarettes & those who smoke combustible cigarettes,” then couldn’t the same be said for caffeine products?
This is yet another example of holding vapor products to a much higher expectation of “safe” than other consumable products. With caffeine, the same stimulant effects are considered “generally regarded as safe” unless one has pre-existing risks.
(See expert response below.)
Simon, come on. You are citing a news report about a conference presentation that shows that nicotine causes an acute increase in heart rate and BP, and you are pretending that this is some new earth shattering finding. This was old news 50 years ago.
— Jonathan Foulds PhD (@JonathanFoulds) November 2, 2022
RESEARCH // UK Scientists Admonish US Nicotine Vape/Heart Study Authors
“The same effect is generated by watching a thriller or a football match or sitting an exam. Drinking a cup of coffee actually produces a larger response of much longer duration.
The key heart health risks of smoking are not caused by nicotine but by other chemicals in tobacco smoke that are not present in e-cigarette vapour. The slant put on the [US study] finding is irresponsible as it can put smokers off switching to a much safer alternative.”
Vaping “poses a small fraction of the health risks of smoking in the short to medium term.”
— Martin C (@NannyFreeState) November 2, 2022
CAFFEINE STUDY: Caffeine and cardiovascular health
RESEARCH // The Non-Science of Flavor
One has to ask what, exactly, is artificial “tobacco flavor” supposed to taste like according to anti-harm reduction folks?
SIDE NOTE: Vanillin, ethyl maltol, ethyl vanillin and corylone are food additives also found in “unflavored” TOBACCO cigarettes.
Maybe they should expand the study and examine what flavors are added to basic "unflavored" tobacco cigarettes. I think they would be shocked to see how many flavors are actually added.
— Lance Churchill (@LanceChurchill) November 4, 2022
RESEARCH // Vaping Reduces CVD Risk
“In this longitudinal study, approximately 32,000 American adults were followed for a period of 6 years (2013–2019) to assess the risk of cardiovascular diseases….”
“…the very strong and well-documented link between smoking and cardiovascular disease is simply not observed for vaping…”
These results are extremely important, because even though we already knew that e-cigarettes were safer than tobacco cigarettes, this is the first time that we have been able to quantify the reduction in risk associated with the transition from tobacco to exclusive vaping. It goes without saying that a one-third reduction in the risk of cardiovascular events has major implications in terms of public health and should prompt governments to encourage smokers to adopt vaping to reduce their risk of chronic diseases and premature mortality.
Replacing tobacco with e-cigarettes reduces the risk of cardiovascular events https://t.co/7IMCOE6bz2
— Dr Martin Juneau MD, MPs,FRCPC (@DocteurJuneau) November 4, 2022
TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION // Blatantly Biased Reporting
Salon’s Pamela Appea has apparent flashback to 2019 while reporting on teen vaping; portrays billionaire-funded anti-harm reduction orgs as underdogs fighting a righteous war against “Big Tobacco,” while ignoring harm reduction for 42 million adults.
More teens vape now than ever before?
Are we currently living in the year 2019 or could it simply be that you're spreading blatant lies?
I'm pretty sure it's not 2019 now, so… pic.twitter.com/JNjCbZMWrf
— Jukka Kelovuori (@jkelovuori) October 29, 2022
TOBACO CONTROL // Not Learning from Past Mistakes
This 1935 anti-marijuana flyer was too easily updated for 2022 anti-vaping propaganda. Now this kind of unscientific, moralistic hysteria is putting the lives of 42 million adults who smoke or vape at great risk. Have we learned nothing?
TOBACCO CONTROL // It’s Not About Saving Lives
An important reminder that tobacco control policies have never been about saving the lives of consumers or bystanders. It’s all about control and punishment. Why else would the anti-harm reduction organization Truth Initiative give employers loopholes to punish workers for tobacco/nicotine use AT HOME?
— Jim McDonald (@whycherrywhy) November 3, 2022
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CASAA IN ACTION // Twitter Spaces
The week we recap the Reagan-Udall sessions with Amanda Wheeler, Tim Andrews and CASAA CEO Alex Clark, who all presented to the panel about FDA’s issues regulating reduced-harm products. What grade would you give FDA? Also available on CASAA’s Spotify channel (above.)
— CASAA (@CASAAmedia) October 26, 2022
CASAA IN ACTION // CASAA Live
If you missed the most recent CASAA Live show, check out the replay now! CASAA Live is on alternating Saturdays at 4:30 PM ET/3:30 PM CT/2:30 PM MT/1:30 PM PT on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter!
This week, join Alex and Logan as they speak with tobacco harm reduction advocate Dr. Marewa Glover about the public health goal to make her country smoke-free by 2025 and how policy makers think they’re going to get there.
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CASAA MEDIA // Podcast
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