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Researchers Getting Vaping Wrong and More! Tobacco Harm Reduction News

Researchers just keep getting vaping wrong. Heads Up Oregon flavor ban. FDA rejects menthol. Association fights Multnomah County flavor ban. Recent testimonials and more!

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HEADS UP // Oregano Flavor Ban!!

House Bill 3090 (1st reading on 1.24.23) is a FLAVOR BAN that “is the next step in reducing the number of people who vape.” An unbelievably short-sighted, unscientific and reckless goal that will inevitably lead to MORE SMOKING.

READ MORE: Oregon looks to ban the sale of flavored tobacco and vape products


Governor 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.

READ MORE: NY State of the State 2023: Hochul eyes cigarette tax hike


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.

READ MORE: Read Text: House Bill 1133


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:  Maine Legislator Introduces Bill to Ban Flavored Tobacco Sales Statewide 

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

FDA // Low Risk to Youth Outweighs Great Risk to Adults

This week the agency rejected Vuse menthol refills, stating that tobacco-flavored products don’t “have the same appeal to youth” so don’t “pose the same degree of risk.” However, tobacco flavor also doesn’t have the same appeal to ADULTS, which decreases the chances that they’ll quit SMOKING, which is  a far greater public health risk.

Reporting by CASAA director Jim McDonald for Vaping360.

READ MORE: FDA Rejects Menthol Refills for Vuse Vibe and Ciro

REGULATION // Fighting the Good Fight

“Association members have beaten an executive order from the governor, an attempted ban in Washington County, and we will beat the Multnomah County ban as well. We’re also engaged at the legislature and will aggressively fight against an appeal of our Washington County victory.”

READ MORE: New lawsuit challenges Multnomah County’s flavored tobacco, vaping ban

RESEARCH // Basically Wrong

“E-cigarettes” = Nicotine vapor products with PG/VG.

“E-cigarettes” ≠ Illicit THC products with vitamin E acetate.

If you can’t even get that basic fact correct, then you have no business moving forward with a study on the health effects of e-cigarettes.

READ MORE: The main e-cigarette component vegetable glycerin enhances neutrophil migration and fibrosis in endotoxin-induced lung injury via p38 MAPK activation

RESEARCH // Misinforming Dentists

Study finds RAKE anti-vaping program successfully misinforms dentists about e-cigarettes, which they will then pass on to patients. These dentists will essentially be implying to patients who can’t or won’t quit smoking that they may as well keep smoking.

READ MORE: Implementation of a youth and young adult e-cigarette cessation program within a dental clinic setting : A SToHN feasibility study

RESEARCH // Missing Details Impact Results

Researchers inexplicably say they found “greater pulmonary inflammation” from vaping than smoking. That alone makes this questionable, but [typical of vape studies] no info about smoking history, nicotine strength, flavors, device or power settings.

READ MORE: Molecular imaging of pulmonary inflammation in electronic and combustible cigarette users: a pilot study

RESEARCH // Failure to Compare for Harm Reduction

Generating misleading headlines like “Vaping causes lung damage just like smoking,” this MOUSE study really only found signs of inflammation. Researchers failed to make any comparison with SMOKING, even though the main point of vaping is HARM REDUCTION.

READ MORE: Chronic low-level JUUL aerosol exposure causes pulmonary immunologic, transcriptomic, and proteomic changes

TESTIMONIAL // Anecdote # 13,502

JP made an informed decision to NOT start smoking again to cope with his stress and ADHD. Instead, he chose to manage his well-being with very low risk alternatives.

What’s YOUR real story? Submit your testimonial today!

SUBMIT YOUR STORY: CASAA Testimonial Project

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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.)


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!

If you missed the last CASAA Live episode you can catch up NOW before the next show!

On this CASAA Explains episode, CASAA CEO Alex Clark and VP Logan Evans reveal the common misconceptions about who & what actually poses the biggest threat to vaping. The answer may surprise you!

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CASAA MEDIA // Podcast

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