Three states moving towards banning flavored vaping and other low risk products. Politics of attacking people who smoke. CASAA President Danielle Jones in Filter Magazine. Research on anti-vaping policies. Take the 2022 Consumer Survey. FDA fail and more!
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HEADS UP! // NEW YORK
Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced that she wants to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in NY. Flavored vapor products are already banned in NY, so this would further reduce adult access to far less harmful smoking alternatives.
.@KevinThomasNY Senate Bill S516
2023-2024 Legislative Session
Prohibits the sale or provision of any quantity of electronic liquid used to refill an electronic cigarette or cartridge
Government overreach! @GovKathyHochul make NY a better place to live. Eliminate the flavor ban
— Donald Iocco (@DonaldIocco) January 7, 2023
HEADS UP! // INDIANA
A bill introduced by state Rep. Carolyn Jackson seeks to deprive adults over 21 of the flavored vapor products that help them keep from smoking and which could potentially help the 19.4% of adults in the state who still smoke to quit.
Flavor ban has been dropped in Indiana: https://t.co/zNVHY1mexI
— Lindsey Stroud (@lmstroud89) January 10, 2023
READ MORE: Read Text: House Bill 1133
HEADS UP! // MAINE
State Senator Jill Duson has filed a bill seeking to ban the sale of flavored tobacco/vapor products statewide. The State Legislature has already begun its session, but the bill has not yet been assigned to a committee.
READ MORE: https://halfwheel.com/maine-legislator-introduces-bill-to-ban-flavored-tobacco-sales-statewide/417481/
ADVOCACY // 2022 eCigIntelligence Consumer Survey
Please take the 2022 survey!
The data collected from this 10-15 minute, anonymous survey will help inform regulators, advocates, and commentators as we all work to build policies that benefit consumers!
SURVEY LINK: USA – Vape Consumer Survey 2022
TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION // Politics of Attacking People Who Smoke
No, smoking isn’t “back” on Capitol Hill, but it sure seems like some folks thought that was the perfect way to vilify their opposition. Nothing is worse than people who smoke, right? Kind of explains the anti-harm reduction attitude of “quit or die.”
FAKE NEWS ALERT: Indoor Smoking Is Still Banned in the Capitol (But It Shouldn't Be) https://t.co/mAODtDbQ3A
— @Ronnymalone (@Ronnymalone3) January 13, 2023
CASAA IN ACTION // CASAA President Danielle Jones in Filter Magazine
“Instead of trying to invent new terms to distance themselves from tobacco companies,” CASAA president Jones told Filter Magazine, the creators of the video “should focus on learning the language that exists from people who use the products.”
"When it comes to language and terminology, … people in public health get overly preoccupied with what incumbent tobacco companies are doing, when their actual focus should be on consumers and people who actually use these products”, via @Filtermag_org https://t.co/SIn8tmGHck
— Martin C (@NannyFreeState) January 13, 2023
TOBACCO CONTROL // Denying Safer Alternatives
Wisconsin cigarette sales have dropped 54% since 2001 and sales outlets report that adults are choosing far less harmful alternatives to smoking–such as vapor products and nicotine pouches–but PHMDC’s Morgan Finke falsely claims those could be “even more detrimental to health” because of the nicotine levels and “nicotine in any capacity is proven to damage the adolescent brain.”
TOBACCO CONTROL // Missed Opportunity
California lawmakers had an opportunity to encourage tobacco companies to transition to selling low risk nicotine products like vapor products, snus and nicotine pouches. Instead, they passed a law that encouraged this: Camel and Newport items are billed as newly “fresh” or “crisp” non-menthol versions.
This isn't good behavior by R.J. Reynolds, but it's a reminder than banning products that people want doesn't usually go well. Plus, CA's ban on flavored vapes is dumb. #smoking #vapinghttps://t.co/vEnqq2ZlM1
— MarcGunther (@MarcGunther) January 12, 2023
TOBACCO CONTROL // Prohibition Redeux
“Instead of addressing the core concern of youth e-cigarette use, this proposed rule only stands to pull the rug out from under more than 30 million adults, forcing them to essentially quit smoking cold turkey or — much like during Prohibition — get their fix through illicit markets. ”
— Jeff Stier (@JeffaStier) January 5, 2023
TOBACCO CONTROL // New York Health Department Tilting at Windmills
The New York State Department of Health is urging all New Yorkers who use electronic cigarette (e-cigarettes) and other vapor devices to make a New Year’s resolution to quit using these “highly addictive and dangerous products,” while 1.7 million adults in NY still smoke cigarettes and would benefit greatly from switching to much lower risk vaping.
TOBACCO CONTROL // Moving the Goalposts
What constitutes a “kid-friendly flavor”? As Clive Bates has pointed out, as of 2017, this label was attached to candy store or ice cream shop ENDS flavors, or silly ones like “Unicorn Puke.” Removing them from the market would still leave many options for adults who smoked. But today, by definition, all ENDS flavors—other than “tobacco,” and including menthol—attract kids. This is a classic case of moving the goalposts to achieve a win.”
~ Dr. Cheryl K. Olson
READ MORE: Science-based Regulation?
TOBACCO CONTROL // Consequences of Nannyism
How it started:
“There’s strong evidence that increasing taxes on things people want will make them not want it anymore.”
How it’s going:
“30% to 50% of tobacco sales in B.C. are contraband products.”
LEGISLATION // DeWine Supports Flavor Ban
After vetoing a bill that would have prevented municipalities from passing tobacco/nicotine laws stricter than state law, Gov. DeWine suggests lawmakers pursue a statewide ban on flavored tobacco (but the real target is usually low risk vapor products.)
FDA // No Strategy, No Plan, No Goals
The FDA “CTP has failed its mission at every juncture. Sometimes the center’s failures were caused by incompetence, and sometimes the regulators acted because of outside influence, but mostly the CTP’s actions have been deliberate…”
"the CTP has failed its mission at every juncture. Sometimes the center’s failures were caused by incompetence, and sometimes the regulators acted because of outside influence"https://t.co/HUUQRkx5sC
— eJuiceMonkeys (@eJuiceMonkeys) January 5, 2023
RESEARCH // Another Retracted Vape Study
Retracted study “features enough inconsistencies, writing errors, non sequiturs, and failures of reasoning to make you wonder whether peer reviewers and editors actually read it, let alone carefully evaluated its strengths and weaknesses.”
~Jacob Sullum, Reason Magazine
The obvious problems with a retracted study that linked vaping to cancer seem to reflect a peer review bias against e-cigarettes. https://t.co/UDJtGVP6vY
— Jacob Sullum (@jacobsullum) January 4, 2023
RESEARCH // An Analysis of Bad Vaping Science by Clive Bates
Major U.S. research funders are aiming for a “world free of tobacco use,” which also means free of nicotine use. Tobacco regulatory science funded by regulators will be inclined to find justifications for regulation and intervention, not liberalization.
Bad Science – Tobacco Reporter https://t.co/3cXUutF8UI
— Louise (@grannylouisa) January 4, 2023
READ MORE: Bad Science
RESEARCH // Policy Backfire
Newly published research by Sam Safford at MSU shows policies designed to reduce youth vaping–that prioritize reducing nicotine use over reducing smoking–may actually be “pushing teens back to significantly more harmful traditional tobacco cigarettes.”
#MSUSociology PhD student Sam Safford has published research that shows regulation of e-cigarettes may be pushing teens back to significantly more harmful traditional tobacco cigarettes.https://t.co/xkOeNgdXXV#MSUSocialScience pic.twitter.com/tvxVfVFPjP
— MSU Sociology (@MSU_Sociology) December 21, 2022
READ MORE: https://sociology.msu.edu/news/safford-ends.html
RESEARCH // The Harm of Misinformation
Put simply, what this Cornell study found is–due to rampant misinformation and wishy-washy statements from public health and CDC about the health benefits of switching from smoking to e-cigarettes–the public believes vaping is as risky as smoking.
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— CASAA (@CASAAmedia) October 26, 2022
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