Vaping advocates hit the road on We Vape We Vote bus tour. Calls to Action in Ohio and Arizona. Heads up South Portland, Maine. Two new studies support vaping. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids rep blatantly lies. Vape advocated catch CDC researchers colluding with well-funded, fringe anti-vaping group and more!
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CALL TO ACTION // Columbus, Ohio
A bill that would ban the sale of flavored vapor products (and possibly other smoke-free nicotine products) is expected to be heard and discussed at a town hall meeting on Tuesday 10/25/22. Click the link for more info!
TAKE ACTION: Columbus Ohio: Stop a Flavor Ban!
CALL TO ACTION UPDATE // Tempe, Arizona
A survey has been set up to gather community input on the FLAVOR BAN proposal. You can participate by following the link to the flavor ban survey in the Call to Action below. Take Action!
TAKE ACTION: Tempe, AZ: Stop a Flavor Ban!
HEADS UP // SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE!
The first reading for a flavor ban is scheduled to take place in early December, with the goal of activating a ban in April 2023.
READ MORE: South Portland flavored tobacco ban likely to come next spring
ADVOCACY // We Vape We Vote Tour
The We Vape We Vote Tour started October 8th and runs through October 26th, traveling from Arizona, through the Midwest to the East Coast and ending in Florida. Register on the website below to join in a rally near you!
NEW: Senator @RonJohnsonWI is joining the #WeVapeWeVote rally in Eau Claire!!
We'll be at Iconic Vapers (2751 London Rd) from 3-5pm, Senator Johnson will be there until 3:45.
Come on by share your story with a Senator who WANTS to listen to vapers. #VapingSavesLives pic.twitter.com/bbbN2R9fxG
— We Vape We Vote '22 Tour (@SaveVape) October 14, 2022
REGISTER: Go to wevapewevote.org to sign up!
RESEARCH // Yes, Vaping Is Still Safer Than Smoking
The recent comprehensive report from England’s Office of Health Improvement and Disparities confirms once again that #vaping is 95% safer than smoking. This short video featuring THR expert and advocate, Dr. Colin Mendelsohn from ATHRA, explains why (3m 48s)
RESEARCH // More Evidence For ‘Accidental Quitting’
New study adds to earlier research suggesting the importance of acknowledging the potential benefits of vaping for “accidental quitting.” Even with NO intention of quitting smoking, those who vaped daily still had a MUCH higher quit rate than non-vapers.
READ MORE: Associations between nicotine vaping uptake and cigarette smoking cessation vary by smokers’ plans to quit: longitudinal findings from the International Tobacco Control Four Country Smoking and Vaping Surveys
TOBACCO CONTROL // Playing Fast and Loose with Facts
In 2019, 20% of teens vaped at least once in the past 30 days. This year it’s 9.4%. And cigarette smoking among teens is almost extinct–likely due to vaping. That’s not the story the Public Health organizations choose to tell though. CASAA director Jim McDonald reporting for Vaping360.
Via @Vaping360, "The overall decline in past-30 day vaping among 6th to 12th grade students since 2019 is 51 percent (19.6 to 9.4 percent)." https://t.co/B00U6XB1HG
— Martin C (@NannyFreeState) October 7, 2022
READ MORE: In 2022, Kids Are Back in School but Vaping Barely Ticked Up
TOBACCO CONTROL // CDC Collusion With Anti-Vaping Orgs
It’s not surprising THR advocates and adult vapers weren’t invited. What’s SHOCKING is the blatant collusion between CDC researchers/officials and anti-vaping groups to continue the youth vaping “epidemic” lie; disregarding the lives of the 43 million+ adults who smoke and vape. We highly recommend reading the Twitter thread below and watching the eye-opening Zoom meeting video in full.
TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION // Rare Media Support
Advocates will be pleasantly surprised to see the editorial board of a mainstream media outlet reporting the truth about adult flavor preferences, the consequences of bans and sensible responses to teen vaping. Kudos to the San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board for getting it right!
I had to double take seeing a verified news org reporting common sense regarding vaping. Love to see it!
— W/Ageslave (@Ageslave1) October 10, 2022
READ MORE: Endorsement: Vote no on Proposition 31. Enforce existing tobacco laws that make sales to minors illegal
FDA // Is Someone Lying?
FDA bragged that its Center for Tobacco Products had issued marketing denial orders to Hyde after “conducting its scientific review,” but the company claims it only received a Refuse to Accept letter, which are issued WITHOUT any scientific review. A few days later, the FDA responded that the agency issued BOTH.
Did FDA Lie About Issuing an MDO for Hyde Disposables? https://t.co/muizD4pWWr via @vaping360
— egp oscar (@shopify_king) October 11, 2022
READ MORE: FDA Says It Issued Both MDOs and RTA Letters for Hyde Vapes
TOBACCO CONTROL // CTFK Rep Lies to Media
Several media outlets using a CNN-sourced article reported that Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids representative Vince Willmore said,: “Kids aren’t just experimenting with e-cigarettes. They’re using them all the time.”
This is a blatant lie. Just 2.6% of teens vaped daily (fewer than 1/3 of the 2.55 million who had “at least 1 puff in the past 30 days,”) meaning most teens who vaped WERE “just experimenting.”
I used to blaze the shit out of cigarettes when I was like 14, now kids think cigs are disgusting and literally judge people who smoke. Times have changed so much since I was a kid. And for the better. I think vaping has a lot to do with this drop in kids smoking cigarettes.
— Tony martin (@Tmbusted) October 12, 2022
READ MORE: E-cigarette use among kids and teens is an ‘urgent’ problem, organization says
REGULATION // Consumer Group Doesn’t Seem To Recognize Consumers
It’s virtually impossible to “play by the rules” because the rules are purposely designed to clear the market of adult consumer favorites and shut down businesses.
Neither Senator Durbin nor FDA care about protecting actual consumers. They only want to prevent new vapers. It’s mindless handwringing that will only serve to keep people SMOKING and create new CIGARETTE consumers.
Your mission is to “promote consumer welfare by improving the understanding & impact that public policies & regulations have on American consumers.”
Do YOU not understand that “consumers” here is NOT <2.6 million experimenting teens? It’s 43 MILLION ADULTS who smoke or vape.
— Kristin Noll-Marsh (@Noll_Marsh) October 13, 2022
READ MORE: Senator Durbin is right to critique the FDA’s speed and enforcement of ENDS product reviews
CASAA MEDIA // Spotify
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CASAA IN ACTION // Twitter Spaces
On this week’s Twitter Space the panel chatted with Amanda Wheeler and Tim Andrews, who are on the road right now with the We Vape We Vote ’22 Tour! Also available on CASAA’s Spotify channel (above.)
Join us TODAY at 3:00 PM Eastern/2:00 PM Central as we chat with @amandawheeler32 and @Tim_Andrews, who are on the road with the @SaveVape tour!https://t.co/2dZJ96oAZB
— CASAA (@CASAAmedia) October 12, 2022
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!
This week, join Alex and Logan as they speak with tobacco harm reduction advocate Dr. Marewa Glover about the public health goal to make her country smoke-free by 2025 and how policy makers think they’re going to get there.
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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