Vaping, nicotine and coffee. Good news from 2022 NHIS survey. Bad economics are bad for health. More evidence bans don’t work. New York City anti-vaping lawsuit. Nicotine hysteria. Why we started vaping and more!
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HEADS UP! // Utah Nicotine Limits
The more choices that adults who smoke have, the more likely they are to make the switch. Support this change! The deadline to submit comments is Monday, July 17, the day of the Department of Health and Human Services public hearing!
RESEARCH // The Truth About Nicotine and Caffeine
Funny how both nicotine and caffeine are stimulants that inhibit certain receptors in the brain, increase the release of dopamine and can create a dependency with minor withdrawal symptoms, yet only nicotine dependency is stigmatized as an “addiction.”
Matt Myers, former leader of anti-vaping Tobacco Free Kids, even once told columnist Joe Nocera, “The challenge to me is not to eliminate smoking, but the death and disease from smoking. That should be the end goal. If you had a product that addicted 45 million people and killed none of them, I would take that deal. Then you’d have coffee!”
“When looking at harmfulness to health, you can see a big gap (in the public perception) of nicotine and caffeine”
— The Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum (GTNF) (@thegtnf) October 4, 2022
READ MORE: What to know about nicotine vs. caffeine
RESEARCH // Bad Economics
They “forgot” the part where people would SWITCH if given access to appealing, affordable and safer alternatives. Meaning, rather than “add” $42 billion in economic loss, it would REDUCE the economic loss from $420 billion to $42 billion – a $378 billion economic GAIN. (If there is even any economic loss at all, as no harm has yet been proven from vaping or other harm reduction products.)
FDA // Bans Don’t Work
“The real problem wasn’t the disposable exemption but the flavor ban itself…”
“CTP reported internally in March 2020 that 75 percent of adult users vape flavored products. Banning the myriad flavors these millions of people rely on guaranteed that a black market would sprout up to meet the demand.”
~ Alli Boughner
FDA // Smoke-Free or Nicotine-Free
The idea seems simple enough.
Preserve the rituals of smoking: Hand to mouth, inhale a puff of vapor then exhale. But remove all of the nasty smoke that can kill you.
Instead they want to keep the smoke & remove the one thing that DOESN’T kill you.🤦♂️
The FDA intentionally doesn't inform smokers that e-cigarettes are markedly less risky than cigarettes & that they have helped millions quit smoking (both of which it admits). Simultaneously, FDA approved VLN 'cigarettes' are spreading across the country.https://t.co/O3jmrqiHyZ
— Lance Churchill (@LanceChurchill) June 9, 2023
LEGAL BATTLES // New York City Lawsuit
New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced Monday that the city has filed a lawsuit charging four vape distributors and six company officers with violating federal, state and city laws. Magellan Technology/Demand Vape has responded to the lawsuit.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced Monday that the city has filed a lawsuit charging four vape distributors and six company officers with violating federal, state and city laws.
UPDATE: Magellan Technology/Demand Vape has responded to the lawsuit. https://t.co/4yXUAhbcay
— Vaping360 (@Vaping360) July 13, 2023
REGULATION // Where’s the Harm?
“The real purpose of this is to protect people, whether they’re adults or children…from secondhand smoke…”
Please show us the scientific evidence to back up the claim that anyone needs “protection” from SMOKE-FREE vapor when OUTSIDE.
REGULATION // Irrational Fear of Vaping
When you exaggerate and lie about the risks of vaping to the point that lawmakers are so irrationally afraid of it that they ban using them even OUTSIDE without any scientific basis, this will keep happening – over & over.
Is anyone really “protected” by these laws that seem more effective at creating conflict and resulting in injuries?
This is how Ocean City police handled a vaping violation on the boardwalk July 6, 2023! This is disgusting and terrifying! Don’t let it go unseen. #OceanCityMaryland #OceanCityPolice #OceanCityboardwalk #justice #PoliceBrutality pic.twitter.com/1pUP6wfSgm
— karsyn bennett (@karsynbennett4) July 7, 2023
MEDIA MISINFORMATION // Doctor Who?
Strangely, the “doctors” who supposedly stated the misinformation in this article aren’t named in the article.
There’s no evidence that higher concentrations of nicotine in vapes makes them “more addictive” than vapes with lower concentrations. Studies show that people self-titrate both with cigarettes and vapor products. Meaning, they smoke/vape more with lower nicotine levels and smoke/vape less with higher nicotine levels. Other studies show that people who have switched to vaping find they are less dependent on them than they were cigarettes, according to the Fagerström Test for Nicotine Dependence.
Additionally, even a pod containing 50 mg/mL is less nicotine than the 200-240 mg of nicotine typically found in a pack of cigarettes.
MEDIA MISINFORMATION // Nicotine Hysteria
It’s ridiculous to claim 4.7% nicotine (47 mg/mL) is “the equivalent of 500 cigarettes-worth of nicotine.” A cigarette contains 10-12 mg of nicotine (“yield” and “puffs” aren’t the same thing,) so 500 cigs would be over 5,000 mg in ONE vape pen. Just…no.
MEDIA MISINFORMATION // Close But No Cigar
Anti-vaping UK “news” outlet, The Guardian, is getting a bit closer to telling the truth when comparing cigarettes vs. vapes, but still ignores the fact that just because it “offers thousands of puffs and is the equivalent of hundreds of cigarettes” doesn’t mean that the consumer is going to use the entire contents in 1 day.
CASAA IN ACTION // Why We Started Vaping: Kristin Noll-Marsh
CASAA Member Coordinator Kristin Noll-Marsh, who was also a founding director of CASAA, explains how her husband’s struggles with vaping impacted her views on CASAA’s mission.
To hear more stories and learn about the CASAA Testimonial Project, watch the full episode here:
CASAA Live is now on summer hiatus, but we’ll be back in September!
COMMENTARY // NHIS 2022 Survey Data and More Good News
New National Health Interview Survey data from the CDC reveals we are close to seeing a young adult generation that is smoke-free and that will be smoke-disease free.”
“Imagine how fast sales and use of combustible cigarettes would disappear if public health leaders simply told smokers the tobacco truth – that vaping is 95% safer than smoking.”
~Dr. Brad Rodu
TOBACCO CONTROL // The Truth About the ‘Endgame’
If the problem is SMOKING, as this states, then why does the “Endgame” seek to eliminate SMOKE-FREE tobacco & nicotine use? And why must they LIE that vaping has “not accelerated adult quitting rates” when smoking declines accelerated across ALL ages since vaping became popular?
We were so close, then they shifted the goalposts.https://t.co/4fdCZNw4H2
— Tom Gleeson (@Rathmacan) July 14, 2023
TOBACCO CONTROL // Just Blame Vaping
A pediatric surgeon in the UK shockingly suggests that smoking is lower risk than vaping, falsely claiming it can result in “lung bleeding, lung collapse and air leak, the lungs filling up with fat.”
Then he inexplicably says he can’t “think of any other explanation” for a teenage girl suffering from what appears to have been a spontaneous pneumothorax? Spontaneous pneumothorax is a risk typically associated with tall and thin young people.🤦♂️
Misinformation like this leads to a public that believes this:
TOBACCO CONTROL // It’s Not For the Flavors…Seriously
“Both…come in flavors known to appeal to youth, including bubblegum and cotton candy.”
They persistently claim youth vape because of flavors, but the flavors are apparently NOT why they use bubblegum and cotton candy-flavored cannabis and alcohol? And if youth are sensitive to price increases, why would they buy vapes instead of much cheaper bubblegum and cotton candy? 🤔
I went to the liquor store to prep for sportball Sunday and said “there’s BALLS in this vodka!!!” so loud and so incredulously the cashier up front laughed
The thought of bubblegum vodka makes me gag a little tho pic.twitter.com/XnnfAkKs7i
— papa koko (@synthwavcryptid) February 10, 2023
READ MORE: Feds ban most popular vape among teens
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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 (@CASAAmedia) October 26, 2022
CASAA IN ACTION // CASAA Live
On this episode of CASAA Live, join CASAA CEO Alex Clark and CASAA Member Coordinator Kristin Noll-Marsh as they reveal why they started vaping and discuss the importance of consumer testimonials!
If you missed the last CASAA Live episode you can catch up NOW before the show comes back in September after the summer hiatus!
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CASAA MEDIA // Podcast
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