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Public Health Misleads Public on Teen Vaping Stats and More! – Tobacco Harm Reduction News

CDC, FDA and anti-vaping orgs mislead public with teen vaping stats. Calls to Action in Michigan and Denver. Heads up in California and Minnesota. Commentary by Marc Gunther, Dr. Brad Rodu and Sonia Pruitt. Public Health policy missteps and more!

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CALL TO ACTION // National Nicotine Tax

A proposed federal tax on far safer alternatives to smoking will disproportionately impact the very communities who need more support not more stigma and financial burden. Harm Reduction should not be discouraged! Take Action!

TAKE ACTION: Stop an Excessive Federal Tax on Safer Nicotine Products

CALL TO ACTION // Michigan Flavor Ban

(UPDATED) Good news! The rule change banning flavored vapor products has been WITHDRAWN and will not require consideration by JCAR. However, we do expect this proposal to be taken up by the legislature, so join CASAA & follow us to keep updated!

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TAKE ACTION:  Michigan – Stop a Flavor Ban!

CALL TO ACTION // Denver Flavor Ban

The Denver City Council is moving forward with a proposal to ban the sale of flavored tobacco and vapor products. Following more than two hours of testimony and debate, Denver’s Safety Committee postponed a vote on the ordinance until Wednesday, October 27, 2021. If the committee votes in favor of the ordinance on the 27th, it will move on to consideration by the full council.

TAKE ACTION: Denver, CO – Stop a Flavor Ban!

HEADS UP! // St. Paul Minnesota

City Council member Nelsie Yang says she wants to “make it as difficult as possible” for people to use nicotine–even very low risk products. All the council members seem to agree with her, but the PUBLIC HEARING is October 20th!

READ MORE: St. Paul to introduce some of the strictest tobacco rules in the nation

HEADS UP! // Fresno, California

City Council is attempting to ban vaping in PRIVATE RESIDENCES, offering no scientific evidence–only citing secondhand (and questionable “thirdhand”) SMOKE as justification. The ordinance would also ban actual smoking.

READ MORE: Fresno, CA bans smoking/vaping inside multi-unit housing


Governor Gavin Newsom has signed an additional 12.5% tax on vapor products into law. Because sales are legal only to those over 21, it will just end up harming adults, having little (if any) impact on teen use–which is already declining.

READ MORE: California will impose new vaping tax to curb teen use, fund public health programs

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE // San Jose, California

The flavor ban passed after a unanimous city council vote Tuesday night. A recent study found the ban in San Francisco resulted in INCREASED SMOKING. The city is also considering banning vaping (and smoking) in PRIVATE RESIDENCES.

READ MORE: San Jose Prohibits Flavored Vape and Tobacco Products

PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY // Dispelling Anti-Vaping Myths

Dr. Brad Rodu dispels the myth that the so-called “teen vaping epidemic” was leading many teens into “a lifetime of addiction.” Those who were 18-24 years old in 2020 were 13-19 years old during the height of the moral panic, yet the vast majority clearly weren’t “addicted.”

READ MORE: CDC Releases 2020 Adult Smoking & Vaping Data

PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY // Anti-Vaping is Pro-Cigarette

Stocks advisor inadvertently predicts the public health disaster that will happen because of the proposed federal nicotine taxes, telling investors that the taxes “would make non-cigarette products less attractive than cigarettes.”

READ MORE: Altria: Relative Winner From U.S. Tobacco Tax Proposals

PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY // Exposing Anti-Vaping Tactics

Dr. Richard Feldman follows misleading anti-vaping script, including using irrelevant, outdated data: “Although there has been some recent decline in e-cigarette use among high school students, use increased 135% from 2017 to 2019.” This completely ignores that high school vaping is much lower now than it was between 2017 – 2019, which begs the question, “Why use that data if not to perpetuate the moral panic over vaping?”

READ MORE: Dr. Richard Feldman: Taxing e-cigarettes is the right move

IN THE NEWS // US Bans IQOS Imports

Importation of a tobacco harm reduction product–a product already deemed by FDA to be “appropriate for the protection of the public health” and credited for reducing smoking in Japan–has been banned, yet again leaving adults who smoke with fewer safer options.

READ MORE: Trade Agency Orders IQOS Off the U.S. Market

AROUND THE WORLD // Australia Vape Law

Australia’s new law requiring prescriptions to buy vape products (NOT required for deadly cigarettes) took effect Oct. 1st. Most of the country bans even POSSESSION without prescription, while the AMA urges doctors not to prescribe them!

READ MORE: Nicotine vapes are about to become illegal without a prescription.

COMMENTARY // Misrepresenting Statistics

Fewer teenagers appear to be using e-cigarettes, but the FDA and anti-nicotine crusaders see only reasons to regulate.

You wouldn’t know it by reading press releases from the FDA or CDC or by listening to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids or the Truth Initiative, but the US government released encouraging news last week about youth vaping.”
~Marc Gunther

READ MORE: Lies, damn lies and (vaping) statistics

COMMENTARY // Tobacco Tax Hikes & Social Justice

We know there are much better strategies to use, such as enforcing minimum age laws, educating adult smokers and helping smokers access alternatives.”
~ Sonia Pruitt (The Black Police Experience)

READ MORE: Raising cigarette tax will further stress relationship between police, vulnerable communities

RESEARCH // National Youth Vaping Survey

New data released from the CDC shows a continued decline in youth vaping, with use returning to “pre-epidemic” levels. Also notable is that casual/infrequent vaping is the most fluid. Prior research has shown the majority of daily users have a history of smoking.


READ MORE: CDC Says Youth Vaping Dropped More Than 40% in 2021

RESEARCH // Exposing Anti-Vaping Bias

While public health groups conveniently use COVID restrictions to dismiss surveys showing the dramatic drop in teen vaping, they clearly ignore that those restrictions did NOT cause a similar drop in teen cannabis/alcohol use.

READ MORE: Adolescent marijuana, alcohol use held steady during COVID-19 pandemic

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

Catch up on past tobacco harm reduction news with Alex and Logan on the CASAA podcasts on SoundCloud every Monday and now live on YouTube and Facebook every Saturday at 3:30 PM.