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Study Supports Vaping For Cessation and More! Tobacco Harm Reduction News

Study concludes vaping should be recommended for cessation. Claiming vaping outside is “unsafe.” Politics of vaping.  Quit Victoria tweets lies then blocks dozens of people. Public Health shows entitlement. Fentanyl a new scare tactic. Calls to Action and more!

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CALL TO ACTION // Nebraska Vapor Tax

LB 584, a 5c/mL tax on e-liquid scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, was pulled from the agenda, potentially for changes that may include a 20% wholesale tax which could mean a price increase from the original 5c/mL.

TAKE ACTION: Nebraska – Stop a Vapor Tax

CALL TO ACTION // Maryland Flavor Ban

SB 259 requires low risk, smoke-free alternatives–products used by millions of adults to quit/avoid smoking–to be flavored like tobacco, prohibiting even FDA-authorized flavors.

A hearing was held on Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 1 PM.

TAKE ACTION: Stop the Maryland Flavor Ban

CALL TO ACTION // Hawai’i Vape Tax

HB 537 would subject vapor products to the state’s 70% tobacco tax.

Hawai’ians are encouraged to TAKE ACTION NOW!

TAKE ACTION: Stop the Hawai’i Vape Tax

CALL TO ACTION UPDATE // Hawai’i Flavor Ban

HB 551 will dangerously take away all non-tobacco flavors (including 0 mg vapes) from legal adults–many who use flavored low risk products to avoid relapsing to smoking!

TAKE ACTION: Stop the Hawai’i Flavor Ban

CALL TO ACTION // Connecticut Flavor Ban

HB 6488 would force adults who have switched to pleasant-tasting, low risk alternatives to smoking to go back to products that taste like tobacco or menthol. This bill already had one hearing on February 1st, 2023.

TAKE ACTION: Stop the Connecticut Flavor Ban

CALL TO ACTION // New Mexico Flavor Ban

HB 94 had a hearing in the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee. If you live in New Mexico, please click the link below and TAKE ACTION NOW!

TAKE ACTION: Stop the New Mexico Flavor Ban

CALL TO ACTION // Oregon Flavor Ban

HB 3090 would ban the sale of nicotine and tobacco products in flavors other than fake “tobacco.” This prohibition would include everything from smoke-free nicotine pouches to vapor products and menthol cigarettes.

TAKE ACTION: Stop the Oregon Flavor Ban

HEADS UP! // Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Misleading rhetoric, baseless health risk claims and outdated teen use data is being used to justify this moratorium–possibly laying the groundwork for a flavor or sales ban!

READ MORE: Milwaukee lawmakers look to ban new vape shops for a limited time

TOBACCO LAWS // Misinformation to Justify Outdoor Use Ban

Prohibiting vaping inside might be justified to prevent a potential future nuisance, but there is no justification for prohibiting vaping outside. Worse, proponents falsely claim there are studies that demonstrate that e-cigs contain “unsafe levels of nicotine, chemicals and heavy metals.” This is extremely misleading, because the word “unsafe” is meaningless when it isn’t quantified. Nothing is 100% safe and nicotine products have a continuum of risk, with vapor product having very low risk and cigarettes having the greatest risk. It is extremely disingenuous to call the nicotine levels, “chemicals” and metals in e-cigarettes “unsafe” when nicotine isn’t what causes smoking-related diseases, and cigarettes contain over 60 known carcinogens, particulates, toxins and heavy metals at far, far greater levels.

 READ MORE: Waukesha County could ban e-cigarettes, vaping on county grounds

CASAA IN ACTION // The Politics of Vaping

Check out CASAA CEO Alex Clark, this week’s guest on the Coup Save America podcast with Sean St. Heart, in a discussion about “The Politics of Vaping.”

RESEARCH // Vaping Should Be Recommended For Cessation

Researchers looked at vaping in countries that promote it for smoking cessation vs countries that don’t promote vaping and found vaping should be recommended more as smoking cessation aids, because there’s “abundant evidence” they can help some individuals quit smoking.

READ MORE: UM study: E-cigarettes should be recommended more for smoking cessation

COMMENTARY // Time to Rethink the FCTC

Academic and industry researchers “need to engage in scientific debate. Yet opportunities to do so have diminished as journals and conferences have banned scientists funded directly or indirectly by industry. This is leading to a serious bias with implications for public policy. How can we expect to make fundamental change without involving those who hold such a major stake in potential changes? In no other sector—energy, food, pharma—is this tolerated.” ~ Derek Yach

READ MORE: Time to Rethink the FCTC

TOBACCO CONTROL // Mistrusting Big Tobacco Eclipses Everything Else

“If [tobacco companies] truly want to reduce harm, they have the unique power and savvy to do so. They can stop opposing proven tobacco control measures, set a date to stop marketing deadly combustible cigarettes, and support the pending FDA regulations.”

Except flavor bans and nearly nicotine-free cigarettes are not “proven” tobacco control measures. Such actions are more likely to create more social justice issues between law enforcement and poor communities, while simultaneously perpetuating harms from smoking by removing the most appealing alternatives to smoking from the market.

READ MORE: Tobacco companies pledge ‘harm reduction’ but are doing the opposite

TOBACCO CONTROL // Free Smoke-free Alternatives From EU Bans

“If deadly cigarettes are permitted throughout the internal market, then a lower risk equivalent like snus should be as well.”

The unscientific and harmful EU bans on products proven to be very low risk alternatives to smoking needs to end. Period.

READ MORE: EU Lawmaker Urges Snus Legalization

TOBACCO CONTROL // “Trusted” Organization Can’t Be Trusted

False claims are disproven with real world FACTS. Australian anti-smoking and vaping organization, Quit Victoria (which is funded in part by the government) first falsely claims that the Cochrane group is funded by a tobacco company, then tweets an “apology” with yet another blatant lie. They then proceed to block every person who corrected their mistake.

The fact is, people who are already at risk of smoking are now more likely to try vaping before trying smoking, which is where the “three times more likely to smoke” claim originates. Meaning, without the availability of vaping products, they’d likely have started smoking. Of course, they don’t want to acknowledge that vaping has also very likely prevented millions of people from ever trying deadly cigarettes.

TOBACCO CONTROL // Public Health Shows Entitlement

Hawai’i Public Health representatives absurdly complain that an article about the adverse consequences of a parity tax for e-cigs included pro-vaping voices, but didn’t also seek the opinion of their anti-vaping orgs. This is a ridiculous complaint when 99% of articles about vaping are already skewed in their anti-vaping favor and almost never seek input from the true stakeholders in vaping: adult vapers, vaping advocates and the vaping industry.

READ MORE: Reporting On E-Cigarettes Should Include Health And Policy Experts

FDA // Targeting Adult Products

Under pressure from the anti-vaping syndicate to take action against the imported disposable vapor products popular with the few teens who still vape, FDA finally sends out warning letters to…tiny US businesses making non-disposable, open-system products preferred by adults.

READ MORE: FDA Seeks $19,000 Penalties Against Four Small Vape Companies

COMMENTARY // Another Misguided Scare Tactic

As is typical of these communications, the message from the Plano, Texas, Independent School District (ISD) mixes sensible advice with alarmist rhetoric and misinformation. That is a risky combination, because skeptical students and parents who recognize the anti-drug nonsense may be inclined to dismiss all of the warnings, including those that have a basis in fact.” ~ Jacob Sullum

READ MORE: My Daughter’s School District Warns That Nicotine Vapers Could Be Unknowingly Inhaling Fentanyl

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

CASAA MEDIA // Spotify

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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 episode, CASAA vice president Logan Evans and Member Coordinator Kristin Noll-Marsh sit down with special guest, Gregory Conley, Director of Legislative & External Affairs for the American Vapor Manufacturers (AVM) and board president of the American Vaping Association. He and AVM are remarkable examples about how everyday consumers can become strong advocates not only for a life-saving product, but for the disruptive industry those consumers rely upon!

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


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!


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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