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Vape Company Gets 2nd Chance and More! Tobacco Harm Reduction News

Vape company gets second chance against FDA in Fifth Court. Tempe flavor ban stalls with facts and common sense. Taiwan bans all vaping. THR advocate gets black listed. Experts call out bad vaping/COPD studies in review. CASAA Live is back and more!

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HEADS UP! // NEW YORK

Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced that she wants to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in NY. Flavored vapor products are already banned in NY, so this would further reduce adult access to far less harmful smoking alternatives.

READ MORE: NY State of the State 2023: Hochul eyes cigarette tax hike

HEADS UP! // INDIANA

A bill introduced by state Rep. Carolyn Jackson seeks to deprive adults over 21 of the flavored vapor products that help them keep from smoking and which could potentially help the 19.4% of adults in the state who still smoke to quit.

READ MORE: Read Text: House Bill 1133

HEADS UP! // MAINE

State Senator Jill Duson has filed a bill seeking to ban the sale of flavored tobacco/vapor products statewide. The State Legislature has already begun its session, but the bill has not yet been assigned to a committee.

READ MORE:  Maine Legislator Introduces Bill to Ban Flavored Tobacco Sales Statewide 

CALL TO ACTION UPDATE // Tempe, AZ Flavor Ban

The Tempe, AZ flavor ban proposal has run into serious problems: Facts and common sense.

This balanced article by Elias Weiss points out the huge decline in teen vaping/smoking and how the ban would impact adults who depend on the products to quit smoking.

READ MORE:  Tempe Delays Action on Proposed Flavored Nicotine Ban

CALL TO ACTION: Tempe, Arizona – Stop a Flavor ban!


ADVOCACY // 2022 eCigIntelligence Consumer Survey

Please take the 2022 survey!

The data collected from this 10-15 minute, anonymous survey will help inform regulators, advocates, and commentators as we all work to build policies that benefit consumers!

SURVEY LINK: USA – Vape Consumer Survey 2022

TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION // Advocates Face Censorship and Ostracization

“People protecting and hugely enriching the cigarette companies, and adding hugely to the toll of death and disease, not because they are being bought off but because they have never meaningfully intellectually engaged on the issue.” ~ David Sweanor

READ MORE: “Next Time It Could Be You”—The McCarthyism in Tobacco Con

FDA // Second Chance for Triton

“En banc” means ALL judges of the 5th Court will now hear the case, rather than just a smaller panel of judges from the court. Triton will now have the opportunity to introduce information for the court to assess that wasn’t available to the first panel. Reported by CASAA Director Jim McDonald for Vaping360.

READ MORE: Fifth Circuit Grants Triton a Rehearing of MDO Appeal

TOBACCO CONTROL // Follow the Money

“During fiscal year 2023, states will collect some $26.7 billion either through tobacco settlement funds or taxes on tobacco. But in all they’ll spend just 2.7%…on tobacco prevention and cessation programs.” (NOTE: States get ZERO MSA money from vape sales.)

READ MORE:  Spending on tobacco prevention, cessation found lacking

Legislation // Crime & Punishment

Think about “convicted of vaping.” They’re talking about nicotine, a legal substance that doesn’t cause intoxication. So safe it’s sold OTC as gum and lozenges in sweet flavors. With the same repercussions as smoking, alcohol and controlled substances.

READ MORE:  Smith County judge threatens to confiscate cellphones of minors convicted of vaping

AROUND THE WORLD // Taiwan Passes Excessive Vaping Ban

Taiwan has banned both the sale and PERSONAL USE of low risk vapor products, while they have a smoking rate between 16% – 19%. Nearly 7 billion cigarettes were sold in 2021. Ironically, Taiwan’s health minister tried to quit smoking in early 2022, but apparently didn’t succeed. Reported by CASAA Director Jim McDonald for Vaping360.

READ MORE: Taiwan Bans Vape Sales and Personal Use

RESEARCH // Review of Bad Studies of Vaping/COPD Link

Review of clinical studies & surveys claiming link between COPD & vaping uncovers “the poor quality of the existing scientific literature” that inexplicably ignores the “plethora of studies” with “evidence for the harm reduction potential” of vapor and Heat-Not-Burn products.

READ MORE: Health impact of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Current and emerging evidence


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 IN ACTION // CASAA Live

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 CASAA Explains episode, CASAA CEO Alex Clark and VP Logan Evans reveal the common misconceptions about who & what actually poses the biggest threat to vaping. The answer may surprise you!

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 // 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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