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Reasonable Vaping Bill, Good News from Florida and more! – Tobacco Harm Reduction News

Call to Action for reasonable vaping bill in Arizona. Good news in Florida. History of nicotine gum. Nicotine cap bill. Vaping junk science. Misleading EVALI article. Smoking dramatically down in Japan and more!

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CALL TO ACTION // Arizona

HB 2682 is a reasonable licensing scheme for vapor businesses! This bill would also make certain decisions about nicotine regulations a state-level matter. It’s now moving to a House vote & your voice is vital to supporting it! As you can see from the tweet below, the anti-vaping faction is actively opposing it, so vapers need to speak up in support!

 

READ MORE: Arizona – Support Sensible Licensing (HB 2682)

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

USA // Heads Up!

Rep. Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) reintroduced his END ENDS Act—a federal bill that would cap vaping nicotine at 20 mg/mL, with the baseless, unscientific claim that it will make them “less addictive” (but it will make them be less effective for adults.)

READ MORE: “END ENDS” Bill Would Cap Nicotine Levels in Vapes, Encourage Smoking

UPDATE // Florida

Good news! Governor DeSantis signed SB1080 into law, which makes Tobacco 21 a state law AND preempts local governments in Florida from passing tobacco/nicotine laws that contradict or are more strict than state laws.

READ MORE: Gov. Ron DeSantis signs law raising Florida age to purchase nicotine devices to 21

RESEARCH // Vaping Junk Science

Survey shows 3 out of 4 teens who vaped did NOT go on to smoke cigarettes, but focus on those who did to justify nicotine caps & high taxes. They also assume those teens wouldn’t have gone straight to smoking in the absence of vaping. Correlation does not prove causation!

READ MORE: A quarter of youth smokers started with vaping, P.E.I. survey finds

RESEARCH // Exposing Anti-Vaping Research Bias

Researchers find that many medical students correctly believe that nicotine vaping is lower risk than smoking and that it helps people quit smoking, so “awareness campaigns should be implemented” to convince them otherwise.

READ MORE: Knowledge and Attitudes Among Medical Students Toward the Clinical Usage of e-Cigarettes: A Cross-Sectional Study in a University Hospital in Saudi Arabia

TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION // Why Prohibitionists Ignore Japan’s Huge Drop in Smoking

“The iron rule of tobacco control mythology is that the tobacco industry and public health must always be in a fundamental and irreconcilable conflict.” ~Clive Bates

READ MORE: Why Japan’s Huge Drop in Smoking is a Story Prohibitionists Ignore

TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION // The More You Know

Nicotine gum was created as “a tobacco substitute for oral use” with “suitable doses of nicotine” to “prevent the user from being exposed to the many harmful constituents of tobacco smoke,” and one of the first flavors was chocolate/mocha. Sound familiar? Read on for an interesting and very relevant backstory of the invention of nicotine gum (as a smoking harm reduction product!)

READ MORE: Journal Interview-35: Conversation with Ove Fernö, Journal Addiction, 1994

COMMENTARY: Want Fewer Teen Smokers? Stop Banning Vapes.

Despite the rhetoric, it is apparent that the emergence of tobacco harm reduction products such as e-cigarettes has helped to reduce young adult smoking.”
~Lindsey Stroud

READ MORE: Want Fewer Teen Smokers? Stop Banning Vapes.

PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY // Exposing Anti-Vaping Lies

Alabama’s Barbara Drummond (D-Mobile) says it’s the “simple truth” that nicotine vapor products “are dangerous, highly addictive, and they are killing our young people.” Except her claims are really the opposite of “the simple truth.”

READ MORE: Alabama public health groups urge Ivey to veto vaping bill

IN THE NEWS // Exposing MEDIA ANTI-NICOTINE BIAS

EVALI article goes without one single mention of illicit THC vapes, instead focusing on nicotine products. Panagis Galiatsatos, director of the Johns Hopkins Tobacco Treatment Clinic, blames first “poorly regulated manufacturers and mom-and-pop shops” and now “bigger brands like JUUL,” despite the fact that neither the nicotine vapor products sold in mom-and-pop vape shops nor JUUL products have been linked to the outbreak.

READ MORE: Remember the vaping crisis? Well, it hasn’t gone anywhere

TAKING ACTION // Defeating Propaganda

“You might feel like David in a fight against Goliath because propaganda is a tool of those in power and on top. But remember – David won that fight.”

Don’t stop telling people that #VapingSavesLives & together our voices are stronger!

READ MORE: How to Defeat a Propaganda Campaign

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!

Don’t forget to also follow our official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CASAAmedia

FIND YOUR GROUP: CASAA State Locator

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.

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