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Truth’s Sneaky Switcheroo About Vaping and More! Tobacco Harm Reduction News

Truth Initiative’s sneaky switcheroo about vaping and pregnancy. Two new studies show vaping is more effective than traditional methods. Professor wants public heath dogma protected. A perfect example of scientific bias. Proof kids don’t know facts. Multiple Calls to Action and much more!

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CALLS TO ACTION

STOP A FEDERAL TAX!

Comparing “oranges to oranges” (in this case milligrams of nicotine in vapes vs cigarettes,) if HR 5715 is enacted, vapes would be taxed at a rate approximately 5X higher than cigarettes! Vaping consumers will be paying up to 6¢/mg of nicotine compared to 1.1¢/mg in cigarettes.

The tax hike is just as bad, if not worse, for nicotine pouches, snus, and moist snuff — all reduced risk products compared to cigarettes!

TAKE ACTION: Fight a National Vapor Tax!

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

SB 116 would prevent tens – if not hundreds – of thousands of #vaping products from being sold and turn the South Dakota government into being an enforcement arm of FDA’s “arbitrary and capricious” shadow ban of 99.9% of vapes.

TAKE ACTION: South Dakota: Stop a Big Tobacco Protection Act!

 

MISSOURI

HB 2211, a “Big Tobacco Protection” bill, has been introduced & referred to the House Committee on Crime Prevention and Public Safety. This bill had a HEARING on, February 15, 2024 at 8:00 AM!

TAKE ACTION: Missouri: Stop a Big Tobacco Protection Act!

 

WYOMING

SF 107, aka a “PMTA Registry” or “Big Tobacco Protection” bill, has been introduced in the Senate. We are expecting a committee referral soon.

Please take a minute to email your WY lawmakers urging them to oppose SF 107:

TAKE ACTION: Wyoming: Stop a Big Tobacco Protection Act!

 

GEORGIA

HB 1260, aka “PMTA Registry” legislation, has been introduced and assigned to a committee. There is no hearing scheduled, but we expect that to change!

Please take a minute to email to your lawmakers urging them to oppose HB 1260!

TAKE ACTION: Georgia: Stop a Big Tobacco Protection Act!

 

KANSAS

HB 2801, a “Big Tobacco Protection” bill, has been introduced & referred to the Committee on Federal and State Affairs.

⚠️URGENT⚠️

This bill is scheduled for a HEARING NEXT TUESDAY, February 20, 2024 at 9:00 AM!

Contact your lawmakers now!

TAKE ACTION: Kansas: Stop a Big Tobacco Protection Act!

 

MARYLAND

HB1033, aka a “Big Tobacco Protection” bill, has been introduced in the Senate.

⚠️URGENT⚠️

This bill has a HEARING on Tuesday, February 20 at 1:00 PM!

Please take a minute to email your lawmakers urging them to oppose HB1033!

TAKE ACTION: Maryland: Stop a Big Tobacco Protection Act!

 

UTAH

SB 61 would prevent thousands of #vaping products from being sold and turn UT into an enforcement arm of FDA’s “arbitrary and capricious” shadow ban of 99.9% of vapes!

Please email to your lawmakers and urge them to oppose SB 61!

TAKE ACTION: Utah: Stop a Big Tobacco Protection Act!

 

ALABAMA

HB 65 would fund the state to shut down vape shops and enforce the FDA’s anti-vaping regulations!

⚠️URGENT⚠️

There is a HEARING scheduled for Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 1:30 PM.

Email your lawmakers to urge them to oppose HB 65!:

TAKE ACTION: Alabama: Stop a Big Tobacco Protection Act!

 

OKLAHOMA #2

HB 3971 adds excessive paperwork, high fees & penalties to the existing “Big Tobacco Protection” law, making it nearly impossible for smaller businesses to sell in the state!

⚠️URGENT⚠️

There is a HEARING on February 21st at 9:00 AM!

TAKE ACTION: Oklahoma: Stop a Big Tobacco Protection Act!

 

MORE CALLS TO ACTION

In addition to the new Calls to Action this week, there are twenty other Calls to Action we posted about in the past few weeks! Click the link below to see Calls to Action in your state!

TAKE ACTION: CASAA Call to Actions State Locator


CASAA IN ACTION

CASAA Rhode Island Call to Action Gets a Mention

Thank you for the plug, Mr. Castor and the States Newsroom. It’s great to see reporters using the resources available at casaa.org!

“At least one group has started to rally against the possible [80% Rhode Island] vape tax. On Jan. 22, 2024, [CASAA] posted a prewritten email in opposition to the proposed tax, which people then can send to their representatives.” 

CASAA’s Rhode Island Call to Action is linked below. The prewritten email mentioned in the article is 100% customizable, so be sure to add your own personal story about how THR/vaping products have helped YOU!

READ MORE: If Rhode Island raises the cigarette tax, will smokers quit? Not really.

TAKE ACTION: Rhode Island: Stop a Vape tax!

IN THE NEWS

Technically True But Very Misleading

The article says: “Teenagers are far more likely to vape or use e-cigarettes than their parents or teachers.”

This is a true but very misleading statement. Nearly 16 million adults vape vs. 1.56 million teens and 29 million adults still smoking far outnumbers teen vaping & smoking combined. The number of adults who still smoke clearly face far greater health risks than the number of teens vaping.

 

READ MORE: Teens far more likely to vape than parents

 

TOBACCO CONTROL

Well-Meaning Doc Is Misinformed

Pediatrician says he’s troubled by the “growing epidemic” of flavored “tobacco” [ie. tobacco-free e-cigarettes] use, because the “tobacco industry” is targeting kids with “bubble gum and cotton candy” flavors.

  1. There’s actually NO “growing epidemic.” Youth e-cigarette use peaked in 2019 and has dropped back to pre-2014 levels. It was clearly a temporary fad.
  2. Big Tobacco doesn’t sell vapes in “bubble gum and cotton candy” flavors. The claim that the “tobacco industry” sells these flavors is a blatant attempt by anti-tobacco/nicotine zealots to demonize the products. Independent vape companies developed these flavors years before BT ever sold vapes, because most vape companies were started by adults who quit smoking with vaping and their adult customers requested those flavors.
  3. Furthermore, while teens who vape do use flavors (as do adults,) increased flavor use among teens who vape has not led to increased vaping:

READ MORE: Letter: Flavored tobacco is disastrous for the young

 

Public Health Dogma Should Be Protected?

Professor Jim McCambridge said, “Public health needs to be protected from policy interference and associated interventions w/in science by the alcohol and tobacco industries, so that the integrity of science is preserved.”

Well, we say DITTO for ideological anti-nicotine orgs masquerading as “science-based public health.”

It’s no surprise that the author of the article linked below, Christopher Snowdon, reveals that the “standard template of a [Professor Jim] McCambridge study is to take a statement from an ideological opponent, find someone who disagrees with it, declare it to be a lie and then urge policy-makers not to listen to such people.”

READ MORE: Is public health a protected belief?

 

Proof Kids Don’t Know Facts

At a recent rally for a flavor ban in Maine, a Cony High School Sophomore said, “I believe that flavored tobacco products are among the most dangerous things we are facing as students in Maine.”

Except he’s very wrong. CDC data (see graph) shows that you are wrong. High School students more often use substances far more dangerous than flavored nicotine vapes and pouches.

Also at the same event, an adult flavor ban advocate unironically said, “Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined each year in Maine.”

Which is why we want people who can’t or won’t quit to switch to low risk, smoke-free alternatives (which have been shown to be more effective when they’re non-tobacco flavors.)

READ MORE: Supporters of Maine ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products rally at the State House

 

Exaggerating the Risks of Nicotine Pouches

“Chaffee says that ‘nicotine in and of itself has some risks’. He explains that it can elevate the heart rate, raise one’s blood pressure and be harmful to those with underlying heart conditions.”

According to UC Davis Health, the exact same can be said of caffeine.🤷‍♂️

(See: Q&A: What effect does caffeine have on your heart?)

READ MORE: What are nicotine pouches, and are they actually better for you than cigarettes?

 

The More You Know

Note the switcheroo tactic being used in this tweet by Truth Initiative.

First they lie by saying it’s a “myth” that e-cigarettes are less harmful than smoking during pregnancy. In truth, recent studies have found that vaping is less harmful than smoking during pregnancy.

Then they switch to talking about the safe amount of nicotine during pregnancy.

Very sneaky.

 

RESEARCH

What Scientific Bias Looks Like

The study authors state, “This study underscores the necessity of exploring other brain areas controlling the negative aspects of nicotine exposure.”

They can’t ever see any “necessity of exploring” the positive aspects of nicotine, which exposes their anti-nicotine bias.

READ MORE: New study reveals dynamic impact of nicotine on brain regions responsible for reward and aversion

 

Two New Studies Find E-cigarettes More Effective Than Traditional Methods

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine involving about 1,100 participants who smoked at least half a pack of cigarettes daily for the past 5 years found nicotine #vaping was more effective than nicotine gum and worked as well as varenicline (Chantix.)

READ MORE: E-Cigarettes May Be Better Than Nicotine Gum for Quitting Smoking

 

Additionally, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine of 1,246 participants who smoked at least 5 cigarettes per day found nicotine #vaping “was significantly better” for SMOKING cessation than receiving standard counseling and a voucher for any therapy.

Of course, there’s little to no coverage of these studies by the mainstream media.

READ MORE: Electronic Nicotine-Delivery Systems for Smoking Cessation

 

Can’t Really Call This ‘Research’ Scientific

The Tab, a tabloid-style youth news site, determined half of students are “addicted” by just asking “Would you say you’re addicted to vaping?” and in small print stating that “addiction” is “An inability to stop or control your usage.”

Like most college students wouldn’t also say that about caffeine? (Note to “news” outlets: self-reported assessments by young people of their “addiction” isn’t science.)

READ MORE: VAPE ALERT More than half of students are addicted to vaping, shocking study finds

 

INTERNATIONAL

The Most Important Question

The author of this article looks into the source of illicit vapor products flooding the UK market. He talks about vapes from China and shady retailers. Unfortunately, a very important question went unasked. That question is “Why is there even such a booming black market for vapes in a country that’s been extremely pro-vape?”

The answer is previous (and just arbitrary and unscientific) regulations such as nicotine strength and container size caps. Consumers clearly want higher nicotine strengths, more convenience with larger capacity for their pods and lower prices, and the illicit market is filling that demand. Banning disposables and flavors or tightening regulations will only row that market.

READ MORE: You Might be Smoking a Black Market Vape Without Even Knowing It

ADVOCACY

Adult Vaper Survey

Q. I don’t have a lot of time or money, but how can I still advocate for #vaping and tobacco harm reduction? 🤔

A. One QUICK and FREE way to advocate right now is to complete this survey! 👇👇👇

Click here: USA – Vape Consumer Survey 2023

 


CASAA IN ACTION // CASAA Live

This week on CASAA Live, join Alex and Logan as they explain the new controversy surrounding nicotine pouches; the political fall-out and the science behind these harm reduction products!

Catch the next show LIVE Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 4:30PM ET/3:30PM CT!

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!

VISIT: CASAA Apparel and Swag Store


CASAA MEDIA // Spotify

CASAA’s podcast is on Spotify! Please give us a follow here:

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.)

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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