Dr. Brad Rodu debunks the teen vaping epidemic claims by Matt Myers of Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids. Citizen’s Synthetic Nicotine Petition. Updates and commentary on the JUUL controversy. Global Forum on Nicotine 2022 and more!
Scroll to the bottom of this post for a link to the audio/video versions of this post!
CALL TO ACTION // National – Synthetic Nicotine Citizen’s P etition
A Citizens’ Petition on behalf of the American Vapor Manufacturers Association (AVM) has been posted to Regulations.gov and is open NOW for comments/support!
The petition is asking FDA to do the following:
- Use its enforcement discretion to allow the continued marketing of open system products that use synthetic nicotine for which a premarket application (PMTA) has been submitted, through July 13, 2022, and until FDA completes its scientific review; and,
- Allow for these manufacturers to continue submitting additional data and amendments for their application.
CALL TO ACTION // National – Menthol Ban
Starting on May 4, 2022, the FDA is accepting comments on two proposed rules banning the use of flavors other than tobacco in combustible tobacco products.
Whether you’re supporting the rule or opposed, one thing we can all agree on is that people who smoke need safer alternatives to cigarettes — mentholated or not!
While the FDA is moving ahead with banning more tobacco products, it is failing to authorize a meaningful variety of e-liquids and devices that are responsible for recent accelerated declines in smoking.
In addition to sharing your views on banning menthol cigarettes and other flavored combustible products, take this opportunity to urge FDA to ensure that people have access to safer forms of nicotine delivery that are enjoyable and affordable–like vaping, nicotine pouches, and smokeless tobacco products.
TAKE ACTION: FDA Menthol Ban – Submit Your Comments
TOBACCO CONTROL // Dr. Rodu Debunks Teen Vaping “Epidemic” Claims
“The teen vaping “epidemic” was never real; it was a passing fad, blown out of proportion by anti-tobacco zealots (here, here and here)…The “epidemic” may have been fake, but the concocted crisis led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban the sale of millions of lifesaving e-cigarettes and vaping products, the latest being JUUL.
— Brad Rodu (@BradRodu) June 27, 2022
TOBACCO CONTROL // Politics Over Science?
Anti-Nicotine zealots are “deeply disappointed” that the FDA was rightly forced to base its regulatory actions on science–rather than being pressured into banning life-saving harm reduction products based on their anti-vaping hysterics, myths, personal beliefs, feelings and junk science.
The prohibitonists are deeply disappointed. pic.twitter.com/YgmhhKdeVv
— Gregory Conley (@GregTHR) July 8, 2022
COMMENTARY // Very Low Nicotine Cigarettes
Reducing the nicotine level in cigarettes sounds like a good idea, but what we know about nicotine so far argues that these theoretical low-nicotine cigarettes are not likely to be helpful to current smokers. Whether it might lessen the possibility that a new smoker continues is unknown. Putting the toothpaste back in the tube is difficult, and we should be wary of solutions that sound good but make uncertain assumptions.”
~ Chuck Dinerstein (MD, MBA) for American Council on Science and Health
READ MORE: Let’s Talk About Nicotine
TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION // Global Forum on Nicotine 2022
For THR proponents in many countries who find themselves on the defensive, combating stigma and misinformation, GFN was a welcome opportunity for solidarity and strategizing. ~ Alex Norcia for Filter Magazine
"Rather than defending the status quo or egos, everyone at GFN seemed truly interested in finding solutions to improve population health, protect human rights and restore dignity and autonomy to nicotine users around the world"https://t.co/o4Xw3fRmOE
— European Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (@europethra) June 28, 2022
CASAA IN ACTION // Regulator Watch
Don’t miss CASAA CEO Alex Clark’s (@Hello_Alex) appearance on RegWatch+ “for a deep dive into the impact of FDA’s Juul ban and to discuss how the War on Vaping harms consumers.”
REGULATION // Hawaii Flavor Ban Vetoed by Governor
Hawaii’s Governor Ige will veto the flavor ban bill. Unfortunately, it’s not because he recognizes the life-saving potential of vapor products, but because it wouldn’t have banned MORE products (incl. those authorized by FDA as beneficial to public health.)
Hawaii Governor plans to veto flavor ban, although for the wrong reason.
"Ige also plans to veto House Bill 1570 because there was a late amendment to the definition of ‘flavored tobacco product’ which exempted FDA approved tobacco products."https://t.co/IiUtu9mceM
— Lance Churchill (@LanceChurchill) June 28, 2022
FACT CHECK // EVALI Misinformation
Fact-checking fact checker Vanessa Ruffes (WCNC) who deemed the “claim” that tainted, illicit THC was the sole cause of EVALI is “FALSE” because:
— Some patients reported they didn’t use THC vapes
— CDC “could not absolve other vaping substances”
1) Outbreak quickly ended after vitamin E acetate was identified
2) EVALI mainly in states where THC is illegal–likely caused reluctance to admit use
3) EVALI absent in other countries
4) Millions using the same nicotine products as those who had EVALI without issue
5) THC was found in the blood of many patients claiming no THC use
6) Unlike THC vapes, no nicotine products were found to be contaminated with anything
6) “Still not safe” doesn’t mean “caused EVALI”
7) FDA reported vitamin E acetate “STRONGLY” linked to EVALI
Definitely reporting this tweet for misinformation. Shameful to be deliberately pushing this hogwash. @CDC says 👇 The “persistent small portion of EVALI cases not reporting THC use” was 3 people… out of over 2K. https://t.co/a8eZULDfVq pic.twitter.com/joYXQdQqmr
— GrimmGreen (@GrimmGreen) June 30, 2022
JUUL CONTROVERSY // The Attack on JUUL is a Scandal
“If the FDA’s so-called health standards include things like preventing lung cancer, why on earth are they targeting the devices widely known to be 95% safer (or more) than actual cigarettes?
…It’s only a matter of time before we see a good old-fashioned pack of Marlboros marketed by our trusted government as “a naturally-sourced, plant-based alternative to vaping.”
If the FDA’s so-called health standards include things like preventing lung cancer, why on earth are they targeting the devices widely known to be 95% safer (or more) than actual cigarettes? https://t.co/xczTGTNHWj#FDAHealthStandardsArentWhatTheyUsedToBe
— Jon Tveten (@jtveten) June 24, 2022
READ MORE: The Attack on JUUL is a Scandal
JUUL CONTROVERSY // Role of Vaping in a World of Tobacco
Lynn Kozlowski of the University at Buffalo has been studying nicotine and cigarette addiction for decades. He explains how the recent fight over Juul products fits into the larger discussion of e-cigarettes, tobacco use and public health among adults and teens.
“While products like Juul deserve study and regulation, it is important to keep in mind the proven deadliness and easy availability of cigarettes – both to adults today and to the many teens who start smoking every year and will become adult smokers.”
A very interesting and thoughtful piece from an expert. The hysteria about teen vaping in unwarranted and we could restrict the sale of these products to adult only venues rather than banning adults from access to harm reduction https://t.co/EM7TF5YVLi via @ConversationUS
— Fiona Patten MP (@FionaPattenMLC) July 2, 2022
JUUL CONTROVERSY // The FDA is waging an irrational war against nicotine, vaping
“There are millions of Americans who have quit smoking using vaping devices bought in stores. They have sought to improve their health and prolong their lives by practicing harm reduction. They should be commended rather than condemned. And the FDA should put its irrationality aside and let consumers choose a healthier future.”
What the bureaucratic labyrinth forced on every mom-and-pop vaping firm + tobacco company alike reveals is that the FDA has a persistent bias against consumer use of nicotine #vaping — and nicotine more broadly
— YO⚜️ (@YaelOss) June 29, 2022
JUUL CONTROVERSY // FDA Chaos: Agency Reverses Itself, Grants Juul a Stay
By CASAA’s Jim McDonald for Vaping360
“The FDA has backed down from its decision to order all Juul products off the market, issuing an administrative stay last night that puts the previous order on hold. The agency announced on Twitter it “has determined that there are scientific issues unique to the JUUL application that warrant additional review.”
— Vaping360 (@Vaping360) July 8, 2022
RESEARCH // Vaping and Prediabetes
Weak study (using unreliable cross-sectional and unverified self-reported data) claims “association” between vaping and prediabetes. Curiously, never-smoked vapers had a higher rate (OR 1.54) than those still smoking (OR 1.14). Studies have found smoking alone has a significantly increased incidence of diabetes (OR 2.66).
— UKVIA (@Vaping_Industry) April 11, 2022
REGULATION // FDA’s Inconsistent and Contradictory Actions
The mind-boggling contradictions of the FDA regarding tobacco and vaping regulation:
“FDA has rejected millions of applications for vaping products in nontobacco flavors, including menthol. Yet its cost-benefit analysis of the proposed ban on menthol cigarettes assumes the availability of e-cigarette alternatives.” ~ Jacob Sullum
"FDA has rejected millions of applications for vaping products in nontobacco flavors, including menthol. Yet its cost-benefit analysis of the proposed ban on menthol cigarettes assumes the availability of e-cigarette alternatives."https://t.co/G25I9bEWXh
— Allison (@alli_vapes) July 8, 2022
CASAA MEDIA // Spotify
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CASAA IN ACTION // Twitter Spaces with Azim Chowdhury
On this week’s Twitter Space we spoke with attorney Azim Chowdhury (@ECIGattorney) about vape regulations, FDA, and what’s been happening in the courts. Listen to the replay now!
— CASAA (@CASAAmedia) July 8, 2022
CASAA IN ACTION // CASAA Live
NOTE: CASAA Live will be on hiatus for the summer and will be returning in September. In the meantime, replay audio from the CASAA Twitter Spaces will be broadcast on our YouTube channel in the same Saturday timeslot.
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!
In this Twitter Spaces Audio episode the CASAA panel speaks with Ethan Nadelmann, described by Rolling Stone as “the point man” for drug policy reform efforts and the founder of the Drug Policy Alliance. You can also check out his new podcast, PSYCHOACTIVE, on iHeartRadio. He talks with CASAA about bridging the gaps between Drug Harm Reduction and Tobacco Harm Reduction.
TAKE ACTION // CASAA State Facebook Groups
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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.