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Utah and Arizona Calls to Action. Fact checking articles about teen vaping in Hawaii and Juul publishing research. Exposing anti-vaping bias. Public health policy in UK vs US. Juul settles lawsuit and more!

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CALL TO ACTION UPDATE // Utah Nicotine Cap

Lawmakers are contemplating an amendment to the Electronic Cigarette Substance Standards that would cap nicotine strengths to 3% in closed systems. Public comments will be accepted until 7/15/2021 and can be sent to tobaccorulescomments@utah.gov. Take action now!

 

READ MORE: Utah – Stop Arbitrary Limits on Nicotine Content!

DO MORE: If you live in Utah, join the CASAA Utah Facebook Group

CALL TO ACTION // Support Sensible Regulation in Arizona

HB 2682 would implement a reasonable licensing scheme for vapor businesses in Arizona. The new regulations would formalize annual inspections and compliance checks for vape shops and tobacco retailers and establish penalties for breaking the law. This bill would also make certain decisions about nicotine regulations, such as sales restrictions, taxation, and where products can be consumed a state-level matter.

READ MORE: Arizona – Support Sensible Licensing

DO MORE: If you live in Arizona, join the CASAA Arizona Facebook Group

FACT CHECK // JUUL  Lawsuit

Publication in the American Journal of Health Behavior (AJHB) or any other scientific journal has absolutely no influence on the Pre-Marketing Tobacco Application (PMTA) process. Companies are actually required to finance and submit their own research directly to the FDA–demonstrating benefit to public health–in order to receive marketing approval. Additionally, it is disingenuous to imply that the purchase of the journal issue is somehow “corrupt” when the industry funding and interests were fully disclosed. It’s also curious that the fact that Juul paid thousands of additional dollars to make the articles free to the public is hinted at as somehow “shady” when taxpayer-funded research is more often hidden behind expensive paywalls.

READ MORE: Juul: Taking Academic Corruption to a New Level

FACT CHECK // Teen Vaping in Hawaii

While girls in Hawaii were more likely to have tried vaping “even one puff” in the past 30 days, the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior survey data also showed a higher percentage of boys reported frequent/daily vaping than the girls. Boys were also more likely to report frequent/daily smoking. Even so, current smoking for both sexes combined declined from 8.1% in 2017 to 5.3% in 2019. Furthermore, daily vaping for girls and boys was also low–6.9% and 8.9% respectively–which hardly qualifies as a “vaping epidemic.”

READ MORE: Girls Are Leading Hawaii’s Teen Vaping Epidemic

IN THE NEWS // JUUL  Lawsuit

JUUL has settled a lawsuit with $40 million payout to the state of North Carolina (purportedly earmarked for e-cigarette cessation and prevention) and additional restrictions. The NC Attorney General now demands the FDA ban all non-tobacco flavors, impose nicotine caps and restrict advertising for all brands.

READ MORE: Juul to pay $40 million in North Carolina teen vaping suit settlement

COMMENTARY // Claims Against Vaping Don’t Stand Up to Scrutiny

 

Public health officials, scientists and even companies that manufacturer and sell e-cigarettes should do all they can to prevent teen vaping.

That said, there’s a point at which judicious public health advocacy devolves into ideological activism that actually does more harm than good.”

~Cameron English for ACSH.org

READ MORE: ‘What About The Children?’ We Can Discourage Teen Vaping And Accept The Benefits Of E-Cigarettes

PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY // United Kingdom vs United States

Researchers in the UK are studying whether giving away vapor products can help improve the health of homeless people. Meanwhile, lawmakers in Washington D.C, just voted for taking away from city residents access to thousands of popular vapor product flavors that are shown to help adults quit smoking.

 

READ MORE: Homeless people to be given free e-cigarettes as part of new trial

PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY // Exposing Anti-Vaping Bias

“Science-based policy” champion Senator Dianne Feinstein uses junk science to push her anti-vaping agenda. Mainly, a discredited study claiming youth vaping increases the risk of COVID-19 infection and the disproven claim that “flavors” are primary reason youth try vaping.

READ MORE: Sen. Feinstein: Congress Must Address The Youth Vaping Crisis

TAKE ACTION // CASAA State Facebook Groups

Have you joined your CASAA State Facebook group yet? Check it out now! Click the link below, click on your state on the map, then click the “Join Now” button to go to your state’s group page. It’s as easy as that to stay updated on local happenings, meet local advocates and never miss a Call to Action in your state!

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CASAA MEDIA // Podcast

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