Call to Action for another vaping bill in Washington state. Research funded by NIH, FDA provides evidence vaping helps people quit smoking. Heads up alerts in Connecticut, California and Illinois. Marc Gunther calls out CDC while Dr. Rodu calls out FDA and more!
Scroll to the bottom of this post for a link to the audio/video versions of this post!
CALL TO ACTION // Washington State
SB 5768 would grant Secretary of Health broad authority to ban flavors, establish a nicotine cap and much more. All without ensuring public debate about potentially harmful regulations. Public hearing Jan. 31 at 1:30 PM!
TAKE ACTION: Washington-Stop Unelected Health Officials From Banning Flavored Vapor Products
CALL TO ACTION // Portland, Maine
The Portland City Council is moving forward with a proposal to ban the sale of all flavored vapor and tobacco products. First Reading of this ordinance took place on Wednesday, January 19!
TAKE ACTION: Portland, Maine: Stop a Flavor Ban
CALL TO ACTION // Washington State
If enacted, HB 1676 would impose one of, if not the highest retail taxes on vapor products in the country. A 33% tax would be paid on hardware, tanks, coils, batteries, and e-liquid. Take action NOW!
TAKE ACTION: Washington State Stop a Tax Hike on Vapor Products
HEADS UP // Illinois
Illinois Senator Morrison has introduced SB3854, which would ban all vape flavors, including but not limited to “tobacco, menthol, mint, or wintergreen flavoring.” Sounds like only “unflavored” e-liquid could be sold. Join CASAA for upcoming Call to Action alerts!
Illinois Flavor Ban has been introduced. SB3854.
Senator Morrison again is leading the misguided charge to keep adults smoking cigarettes. Killing the parents of the children she claims she is protecting. T21 worked in Illinois. We have seen a dramatic drop in teen vaping.
— Reid Nuttall (@vapemayor) January 24, 2022
READ MORE: SB3854 Flavored Tobacco Ban
HEADS UP // California
A proposed bill is absurdly attempting to ban single-use, low risk alternatives to smoking (typically the only kind available next to cigarettes in convenience stores,) while allowing filterless cigarettes to still be sold.
California lawmakers introduce bill banning single-use tobacco products https://t.co/bOQfLgccDG
— FOX40 News (@FOX40) January 26, 2022
READ MORE: California lawmakers introduce bill banning single-use tobacco products
HEADS UP // Connecticut
Governor Lamont says he’s “ready to go” with a vape/tobacco flavor ban, saying he’d “like to work with the legislature to see if they’ll step up. I’ll sign it.”
Here we go AGAIN! The focus should be on the fact of a 13 yr old child dying from a Fentanyl Overdose & 40 Bags found in the School! How many have died from Vaping?! #VapingSavesLives
‘Ready to go.’ Flavored-vape Ban on Lamont’s agenda https://t.co/miGsPMpnwG via @insider_ct
— Melissa Marie Simmonds (@Melissa_316605) January 26, 2022
READ MORE: ‘Ready to go.’ Flavored-vape ban on Lamont’s agenda
RESEARCH // Abuse Liability
New study: "Vuse Solo has an [abuse liability] profile lower than that of combustible cigarettes but higher than that of nicotine gum and may have sufficient AL for product adoption by current adult smokers." This is important for potential substitution. https://t.co/eMzFcMer8K
— Cliff Douglas (@cdoug) January 25, 2022
READ MORE: Part One: Abuse Liability of Vuse Solo Relative To Combustible Cigarettes And Nicotine Gum
RESEARCH // E-cigarette use may lead some to quit traditional cigarettes
While not at all an endorsement for vaping by NIH, at least it acknowledged this study. Funded by “impeccable” sources (FDA and NIH), anti-vaping orgs will find it problematic when trying to claim there is “no evidence” vaping helps adults quit smoking!
E-cigarette use may lead some to quit traditional cigarettes https://t.co/Hgmle3qlNw Those who were using e-cigarettes daily at the end of the study were 8-fold more likely to quit cigarettes altogether.
— Mark Anton (@Vaporadvocate) January 26, 2022
READ MORE: E-cigarette use may lead some to quit traditional cigarettes
CASAA IN ACTION // CASAA LIVE
Did you miss the CASAA Live show this Saturday? Catch the replay now! Join us on Twitter, YouTube or Facebook Saturdays at 4:30 PM Eastern/3:30 PM Central/1:30 PM Pacific time!
COMMENTARY // Dr. Brad Rodu
Dr. Rodu had both a blog post and an article on The Well about how FDA is doing with the regulation of tobacco and nicotine products.
The relatively small risks of smoke-free tobacco products are well known, even by @FDATobacco, but it feigns ignorance as smoker deaths continue to mount. #tobacco #vaping #smoking #health https://t.co/qJ8MzLDo8R pic.twitter.com/QOLBNOzZJP
— Brad Rodu (@BradRodu) January 24, 2022
READ MORE: Facts About Safer Smoke-Free Products Are “Somewhere,” But Not at the FDA
The FDA’s decision to remove nicotine but keep the smoke is dead wrong.”
READ MORE: FDA Blunders by Favoring Combustible Cigarettes Over Vastly Safer Smoke-Free Products
COMMENTARY // Marc Gunther
Many former smokers who quit by taking up vaping would, I’m sure, love to meet with Michael Bloomberg. They may not be “data.” But they are men and women who believe their lives have been saved by vaping. Their worry is that Bloomberg and his allies want to deny that opportunity to others.”
READ MORE: Michael Bloomberg loves data. Except when he doesn’t.
COMMENTARY // Martin Cullip
The public trusts the CDC to provide sound science-based information, yet their misleading and often categorically false statements surrounding vapes and other reduced risk nicotine products borders on fake news.”
READ MORE: Op-Ed: The CDC is mimicking anti-vaxxer rhetoric in its messaging on nicotine
HARM REDUCTION // UK Smoking Cessation Efforts
Alex Norcia reports on how local governments in England managed to improve their smoking cessation services in 2021, despite significant funding issues, partly due to recommending vaping.
“Vaping is a consumer-driven market-based phenomenon, in which things like pleasure, branding, identity and fun play a role,” @Clive_Bates told Filter.
Another great article by @Alex_Norcia https://t.co/PgWnNUvxhl
— Allison (@alli_vapes) January 27, 2022
READ MORE: English Councils Improve Smoking Cessation Work Despite Funding Cuts
AROUND THE WORLD // Lithuania
About 28% of Lithuania’s adults smoke cigarettes—one of the highest smoking rates in the EU. So lawmakers decided the best way to reduce smoking is to ban the flavored vapor products helping adults quit smoking?
READ MORE: Lithuania’s Flavor Prohibition Takes Effect July 1st
IN THE NEWS // State of Tobacco Control Report
The American Lung Associations 20th “State of Tobacco Control” report illustrates the ridiculous state of Tobacco Control. They’ve shifted the goal from ending smoking deaths to ending nicotine use, regardless of risk. They also continue to exaggerate the extent of youth use & ignore how vaping has helped lower both youth and adult smoking rates!
Interestingly, the @LungAssociation has released their 2022 State of Tobacco Control Report.
Apparently, a flavored-vape ban ain't enough – you get a D!
Only Massachusetts' has an A in that category. pic.twitter.com/PRqt9KL3kV
— Lindsey Stroud (@lmstroud89) January 26, 2022
READ MORE: New Report: Flavored Tobacco Products and Youth Vaping Threaten 20 Years of Tobacco Control Progress
IN THE NEWS // Vape Shop Sues City
A vape shop in Moorhead, MN is suing the city over a flavor ban passed last year.
Mugler v Kansas alert! https://t.co/kI8cOVCE9P "The suit filed by Northland Vapor Co claims the ordinance violates the Minnesota Constitution because it is not rationally related to a legitimate government goal; it is too vague; and it constitutes an improper government "taking."
— Robert Thomas inversecondemnation.com (@invcondemnation) January 26, 2022
READ MORE: Lawsuit takes aim at Moorhead’s ban on flavored tobacco, vaping products
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!
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FIND YOUR GROUP: CASAA State Locator
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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.