TikTok Doc misunderstands vaper’s tongue. Dual use double standard. Tales of two vaping study retractions. Lawmakers worry about black market menthol. The problem with Chevron and more!
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CALL TO ACTION UPDATE // Maine Flavor Ban
The Legislature adjourned Wednesday without a decision on the bill, effectively tabling the proposal until the next legislative session that starts in January.
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MEDIA MISINFORMATION // TikTok Doc Misunderstands Vaper’s Tongue
Unable to find any other scary vaping stories, the Daily Mail scoured TikTok and found a dentist who wrongly thinks “vaper’s tongue” means losing the ability to taste food. The UK news rag breathlessly headlined their sensationalized story with: “E-cigarettes are causing new health condition dubbed ‘vape tongue’ that causes users to lose their taste and be constantly thirsty, doctors warn.” The New York Post also quickly jumped on the bandwagon.
Read more about what vaper’s tongue really is:
REGULATION // Bans Still Don’t Work
“While the primary threat from Mexican TCOs come from trafficking in illicit drugs, these organizations have diversified their activities in response to changing conditions. As it has become easier to sell marijuana products in the U.S., Mexican TCOs have prioritized trafficking fentanyl and other synthetic drugs that are cheaper to manufacture, easier to transport, and generate more profit.”
TL/DR: Drug bans clearly don’t work, so why does FDA believe tobacco product bans will be any different?
Sent a letter with @SenBillCassidy to @DrCaliff_FDA, FDA Commissioner, urging the agency to examine how the black market, Mexican Transnational Crime Organizations, and other criminal groups will benefit from their proposed rule to prohibit the sale of tobacco products. pic.twitter.com/z8mEQW6fgS
— Senator Marco Rubio (@SenMarcoRubio) July 24, 2023
RESEARCH // Dual Use Double Standard
Some people smoke and use a nicotine patch.
Some people smoke and use nicotine gum.
Some people smoke and use nicotine lozenges.
Some people smoke and use nicotine vapor products.
Why do they always act so shocked and concerned only about the last one?
Many more than that quit altogether, but we can't allow facts to get in the way of US Government propaganda. pic.twitter.com/22yyCgDVRJ
— Phil (@phil_w888) July 23, 2023
RESEARCH // Another Bad Vaping Study Retracted
Remember that study last year claiming to link vaping with liver disease? The one that based the conclusion on a survey that only asked one question about vaping: “Have you EVER used an e-cigarette?”
Add that one to the growing list of retracted studies.
— Ben Adlin (@badlin) July 22, 2023
RESEARCH // Dogma Isn’t Science
For an example of just how far tobacco control ‘science’ can sink, take a look at this contrived @BioMedCentral book-burner purge of high quality but politically inconvenient science. The paper challenges tired dogma about vaping. The critique is vacuous, the purge is pitiful. https://t.co/j9ISYFZoCG
— Clive Bates (@Clive_Bates) July 27, 2023
FDA // The Problem With Chevron
“Many of the companies denied marketing authorization by the FDA have taken the agency to court, challenging its authority to issue those “cookie-cutter MDOs.” But most of them have encountered judges unwilling to reverse the agency, often due to Chevron. The result: not a single non-tobacco-flavored vaping product has been authorized, even though the FDA has never created a rule prohibiting non-tobacco flavors.”
CASAA director Jim McDonald reporting for Vaping360.
This is big. Chevron Doctrine creates deference without accountability to agencies like FDA on scientific and analytical matters. Implicitly, it assumes FDA functions as a neutral technocratic organisation doing its best for the American people. No longer true (if it ever was). https://t.co/aA0kR1xlSB
— Clive Bates (@Clive_Bates) July 25, 2023
FDA // Cutting-Edge Regulation
“Despite the agency’s claim it uses cutting-edge enforcement tools, it appears the FDA is simply doing Google searches to find websites that offer the brands the FDA is most concerned with.”
CASAA director Jim McDonald reporting for Vaping360.
In its fifth recent action against sellers of popular disposable vapes, the FDA warned three vape product distributors—two of them primarily cannabis product sellers—to stop selling unauthorized Elf Bar, Esco Bar and Puff Bar products.https://t.co/O4tl6ij30H
— Vaping360 (@Vaping360) July 28, 2023
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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.)
— CASAA (@CASAAmedia) October 26, 2022
CASAA IN ACTION // CASAA Live
On this episode of CASAA Live, join CASAA CEO Alex Clark and CASAA Member Coordinator Kristin Noll-Marsh as they reveal why they started vaping and discuss the importance of consumer testimonials!
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