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US Postal Service issues final rule on vape mail ban. Heads up for vaping in Wisconsin. Anti-vaping research gets debunked. News from around the world. Public Health behaving badly and more!

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CALL TO ACTION // National Nicotine Tax

A proposed federal tax on far safer alternatives to smoking will disproportionately impact the very communities who need more support not more stigma and financial burden. Harm Reduction should not be discouraged! Take Action!

 

TAKE ACTION: Stop an Excessive Federal Tax on Safer Nicotine Products

CALL TO ACTION // Washington County, Oregon Update

The Board of Commissioners is moving forward with a proposal to ban sales of flavored nicotine products (synthetic or tobacco derived). PUBLIC HEARING November 2nd!

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TAKE ACTION: Stop a Flavor Ban!

VAPE MAIL BAN // Call to Action Update

The United States Postal Service issued a final rule tomorrow that bans delivery of vaping products through the U.S. Mail. More details from CASAA director Jim McDonald (@whycherrywhy) reporting for Vaping360.

 

READ MORE: USPS Vape Mail Ban Is Now in Effect

HEADS UP! // Wisconsin

The American Cancer Society is pushing for harmful “sin” taxes; unnecessary law banning public vaping (businesses can already prohibit vaping and most do,) and flavor bans that almost exclusively impact ADULTS who vape or smoke.

READ MORE: Tackling the Leading Cancer Killer

RESEARCH // Vaping and Smoking Relapse Prevention

This study seems to find vaping doesn’t prevent smoking relapse better than no nicotine use. However, it’s important to first note that those who scored highest for dependency (and most likely to relapse) also were the most likely to try vaping. So, they will also have the most difficulty quitting smoking.

Additionally, vapers who relapsed were associated with a higher rate of “requitting” for 3 months or more after relapse. Meaning, those who vaped were more likely to keep trying after relapse than those who didn’t vape, so are more likely to become smoke-free AFTER the study.

Researchers also defined “relapse” as being “even one or two puffs” at the second follow up, which greatly skewed the results. There is considerable debate as to whether or not an occasional cigarette really counts as a “relapse.”

This cross-sectional, observational study can’t determine if those who vaped would have made any quit attempts if they hadn’t tried vaping. So-called “accidental quitters” often try vaping without the intent to quit smoking, so may “relapse” longer/more frequently than those who intended to quit smoking.

Obviously, a product or method can only be successful if it’s used. Many using vapor products had no intention of using other methods, so the fact that ANY of those vaping with no intention to fully switch remained smoke-free for the study duration is a VERY important finding!

READ MORE: Incidence of Cigarette Smoking Relapse Among Individuals Who Switched to e-Cigarettes or Other Tobacco Products

EXPERT OPINION: Expert reaction to study on vaping and staying off cigarettes

RESEARCH // “Useless” COPD Study

Another useless cross-sectional study can’t prove causation but claims it does anyway. Researchers studied vapers reporting COPD, but major limitations include not distinguishing between short vs long term use, not knowing frequency of use, and not accounting for previous smoking as likely the real cause of the COPD.

READ MORE: E-cigarette use increases odds of developing asthma, COPD

AROUND THE WORLD // Hong Kong

Just as US authorities begin authorizing the sale of tobacco harm reduction products, Hong Kong officials decide to ban all sales (but not cigarettes,) while “graciously” allowing adults who would otherwise be smoking to keep using them.

READ MORE: Hong Kong bans sale of e-cigarettes and other heated tobacco products but personal use still allowed

AROUND THE WORLD // Mexico

With seven votes in favor, the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) ruled that the absolute prohibition in Mexico of electronic cigarettes and vapers is a disproportionate and unconstitutional measure.

READ MORE: Prohibición de vapeadores y cigarros electrónicos es inconstitucional: Suprema Corte (English Translation Available)

PUBLIC HEALTH // Exposing Anti-Vaping Lies

Senator Dick Durbin doubles down on anti-vaping rhetoric, ignoring the fact that most vape brands aren’t made by “big tobacco” and the so-called “teen vaping epidemic”  was apparently just a fad, with teen vaping declining nearly 60 % in the past two years. He also falsely claims that the Vuse Solo is “more popular” with youth than Juul!

READ MORE: Op-Ed: Sen. Dick Durbin’s message to the FDA: Vaping targets kids

PUBLIC HEALTH // A Blatant Lie

Despite official CDC data and numerous news reports showing a roughly 40% decline in youth vaping, Mr. Josh Benson, South Central (WI) Alliance for Tobacco Prevention, uses his position of “trusted authority” as an anti-tobacco youth engagement coordinator to mislead the public, claiming “no slow down” of youth vaping during the pandemic.

READ MORE: LETTER: No slow down of youth e-cigarette use during pandemic

READ MORE: Teen vaping drops roughly 40% in 2021 amid COVID school closures

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 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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