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Journal opinion paper calls for vaping research change. IQOS returning to US shelves. Bloomberg-funded study claims vaping doesn’t help people quit. Calls to Action, Heads Up and Updates from around the US. Tobacco Control misinformation and more!

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CALL TO ACTION // Maine

LD 1693, a bill aspiring to advance health equity, also contains a ban on sales of any flavored tobacco and vapor products–many of which are helping adults quit smoking!

TAKE ACTION: Maine – Stop a Flavor Ban!

CALL TO ACTION // HAWAI’I

621 and SB 2278 would subject vapor products to a 70% wholesale tax on tobacco products (that aren’t cigarettes) and prohibit direct-to-consumer shipping.

TAKE ACTION: Hawai’i – Stop a Vapor Tax

CALL TO ACTION // Alaska
SB 45 would impose a 75% wholesale tax on vapor products (devices and liquids).
 
This bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.
 
HEADS UP // Iowa

HF 98 redefines nicotine vapor products as “tobacco,” most likely in order to levy a higher tax on the products. Harm reduction products that are helping adults quit smoking should be made more affordable, not more expensive!

READ MORE: Iowa House Bill 98

HEADS UP // Brunswick, Maine

Maine appears to be falling like dominoes when it comes to flavor bans. Only MANY CONSUMERS telling their stories to lawmakers at the hearings (first one is Feb. 22nd) will help change their minds. Industry can’t stop these.

READ MORE: Brunswick to consider ban on selling flavored tobacco products

UPDATE // Portland, Maine

Disappointingly, the Portland, Maine City Council voted unanimously Monday night to ban flavored tobacco and vapor products, effective June 2022. Out of just 42 people who showed up to speak on the topic, 26 said they were in favor of the ban.

READ MORE: Portland City Council votes unanimously to ban flavored tobacco products

UPDATE // Fort Wayne, Indiana

Nancy Cripe of Tobacco Free Allen County shows support for Fort Wayne treating vaping just like smoking (banning public use, which reduces incentive for people to switch,) by repeating debunked myths and blatant lies, plus the bonus of reefer madness-like “meth, opioids or fentanyl” scaremongering.

READ MORE: City puts safety first with vaping limits

Additionally, City of Fort Wayne Councilman Glynn Hines justified the public vaping ban with the false claim that “there’s a lot of dangerous particles, nicotine included, that’s in that vaping.” If he’s listening to Indiana Smoke Free, expect outdoor and multi-unit residence bans to follow.

READ MORE: https://www.wane.com/top-stories/fort-wayne-council-approves-vaping-ban-in-public-areas/

UPDATE // Monterey County, California

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors backpedals on Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) exemption from the proposed flavor ban after a Health Department supervisor lied to them, saying MRTP–which is an FDA designation only given to products scientifically proven to reduce health risks–is “mostly a marketing designation made by tobacco companies.”

READ MORE: Monterey County Board of Supervisors pushes back vote on flavored tobacco ban

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RESEARCH // Support for Harm Reduction

While we have yet to see nicotine vaping proven “undeniably harmful” to any non-smokers (esp. when most would likely have started smoking), it’s encouraging to see some researchers agree that propaganda used in a vain attempt to prevent non-smoker uptake is bad for public health.

The article is behind a paywall, but American Vapor Manufacturers did a nice Twitter thread with excerpts.

READ MORE: A targeted approach to using e-cigarettes for harm reduction in adults

RESEARCH // Third-Hand Smoke

Tobacco control zealots are laying groundwork to ban nicotine use EVERYWHERE, because kids “might” be exposed to “residue.” Outrageously, they claim so-called “third-hand smoke” is “very cancer-causing,” without any conclusive research showing causation.

READ MORE: 97% of kids have some level of nicotine on their hands, study shows

RESEARCH // Twisting The Data

Researchers use outdated 2017-19 surveys and a definition of “relapse” as “even one or two puffs” in the past year to disingenuously claim vaping doesn’t help people quit smoking. CASAA has a testimonial database with over 13,400 people who say otherwise! 

It’s also fair to point out that 1) anti-vaping propaganda played a huge part in convincing adults that smoking was safer than vaping and 2) most people who turn to vaping report that they had already tried alternative methods many times, so find quitting more difficult than those who quit more easily with gums, patches, etc.

An expert reaction written by Professor John Britton, Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology, University of Nottingham, calling the study “fundamentally flawed”.

READ MORE: E-cigarettes were less effective than gum and other nicotine replacement aids, study says

READ MORE: Expert Reaction to E-cigs for Quitting

RESEARCH // Flavor Ban Favoritism

Researchers looked only at retail sales data, but flavor bans closed down a great number of adult-only vape shops, which aren’t tracked. The closings forced many adult customers to buy flavored vapes in bordering states, illicitly, or back to smoking!

That this study was designed to support flavor bans doesn’t come as a surprise, because Bloomberg Philanthropies funded it. But the fact that the federal government accepted funds from a political org to produce “science” that supports the goal of that political org? Hmm….🤔

READ MORE: New CDC Foundation Study Found Statewide Bans On Flavored E-Cigarettes Reduced Total Sales

HARM REDUCTION // Heat Not Burn Product Will Again Be Available

Tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) will begin U.S. production of heated tobacco product IQOS in the United States, putting the product back on convenience store shelves by next year.

The more low risk, smoke-free alternatives that are available for adults who smoke, the better for public health!

READ MORE: The more low risk, smoke-free alternatives that are available for adults who smoke, the better for public health.

COMMENTARY // Vaping Isn’t Harm Reduction

So close to getting it right but…takes a hard left at vaping. It seems Ms. Iellamo has been misled by lies about “flavors targeting children” and EVALI. Plus, even if more non-smokers start vaping, the very low risks wouldn’t outweigh the benefit of millions quitting or never starting smoking.

READ MORE: Harm reduction or harm promotion? Prostitution, drugs and nicotine addiction

TOBACCO CONTROL // Misleading Healthcare Workers

Lindsay Fischer, a writer for Oncology Nursing News, and Tiffany Klein, RN, BSN, of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Atlanta, mislead nurses in order to “change the conversation” about vaping. They not only conflate illicit THC vape risks with nicotine e-cigarettes, they make wildly unsubstantiated claims about both.

READ MORE: Nurses Can Change The Conversation About E-Cigarettes

TOBACCO CONTROL // Prohibition

Australian tobacco control groups have insisted that excessive regulation of vapor products would not lead to a significant black market for vapor products, ignoring the ever-growing black market that already exists for over-regulated and highly taxed tobacco products. Now, even Uber drivers in the country are allegedly cashing in.

Additionally, police in Auburn, New York recently raided a smoke shop selling “marijuana, untaxed cigarettes, flavored vaping products and other items not intended for sale under the public health law.” It’s completely nonsensical that adults who want to buy the flavored products helping keep them from smoking cigarettes are forced into “criminal” behavior!

Prohibition (even “partial” prohibitions like flavor bans, excessive taxes and nicotine caps) don’t work!

READ MORE: Uber vapes: How ride-share drivers are brazenly cashing in on huge e-cigarette black market 

READ MORE: Police confiscate untaxed cigarettes, pot at Auburn smoke shop

TOBACCO CONTROL // Switching isn’t Quitting

This Kenyan Tobacco Control tweet claims “switching ≠ quitting.”

Wrong. If there’s no smoke, then you’re not smoking. Inhaling smoke is what causes nearly all of the health risks, not nicotine dependency. So if vaping ≠ smoking and addiction ≠ smoking, then Switching = Quitting Smoking!

 

CASAA IN ACTION // CASAA Live

If you missed the CASAA Live show this past weekend, check out the replay now! CASAA Live is on Saturdays at 4:30 PM ET/3:30 PM CT/2:30 PM MT/1:30 PM PT on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter!

 

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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 STORE // Apparel and More

Show your support by shopping our store! Our president (and brilliant website/swag designer) Danielle has added some awesome new designs to CASAA’s apparel shop, plus there are still Black Friday deals on all items!

VISIT: CASAA Apparel and Swag Store

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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