Multiple vaping studies are debunked. New CASAA graphs by CASAA President Danielle Jones. A few commentaries on the state of vaping regulation. Calls to Action in Oklahoma. Connecticut, Hawai’i, Alaska and Colorado. FDA authorizes another vapor product and more!
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CALL TO ACTION // Oklahoma
HB 3615 would DELAY the JULY 2022 ban of vape products without submitted PMTAs, so adult consumers would have access until 2023.
Call and send a message TODAY to your representative urging them to SUPPORT HB 3615!
TAKE ACTION: Oklahoma – Support HB 3615
CALL TO ACTION // Connecticut
No vote was taken on SB 367–a flavor ban in nicotine limit bill–Monday but we anticipate it will go through committee with little resistance, so contact your lawmakers in Connecticut NOW and urge them to reject SB 367!
TAKE ACTION: Connecticut – Stop a Flavor Ban!
CALL TO ACTION // Hawai’i Flavor Ban
HB 1570, yet another ill-advised FLAVOR BAN bill, had a hearing on March 18 at 1:31 PM. Click link to find out how to register or testify your opposition to this bill!
TAKE ACTION: Hawai’i – Stop a Flavor Ban!
CALL TO ACTION // Alaska Vape Tax
HB 110 would enact a 75% wholesale tax on e-liquids, vaping devices, and components. (HB 110 is the House version of SB 45)
This bill had a hearing on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. Click the link for more info!
TAKE ACTION: Alaska – Stop a Vapor Tax
CALL TO ACTION UPDATE // Colorado Flavor Ban
Some may think restricting sales of vapes to adult-only establishments “fixes” the bill, but if you 100% advocate for Tobacco Harm Reduction, you know far safer vape sales should NOT be restricted in any way when cigarette sales are not!
TAKE ACTION: Colorado — Stop a Flavor Ban
TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION // Iceland
Vaping has contributed to adult smoking dropping in Iceland from 14% in 2018 to 7% today. Youth smoking is under 2%. Yet lawmakers inexplicably claim vaping is somehow a threat to youth, and seek to make it less appealing and less effective for adults.
Iceland: "While the architects of the new law may have good intentions, they need a better grasp of these realities … As it stands, the legislation risks counteracting years of Icelandic progress.", via @Filtermag_org https://t.co/ys2GcBQ5TH
— Martin C (@NannyFreeState) March 21, 2022
READ MORE: Iceland the Latest Country to Plan Counterproductive Nicotine Law
RESEARCH // Gateway Theory Study
Did this study find that vaping is a “gateway” to cannabis use for youth with a particular mental health status? No, it did not. The data from a longitudinal survey cannot determine a causal effect and “common liability” can’t be ruled out.
Not being highlighted is how researchers were surprised their theory that youth with more severe IMH problems who vaped nicotine would be more likely to later use to cannabis, but they were actually LESS likely to use cannabis than those with low severity IMH. Is it possibly even preventative??
A new study led by @PHGSU researchers has found that mental health status significantly affects whether adolescents who use e-cigarettes will begin using cannabis: https://t.co/N1j4v0aGPB pic.twitter.com/lzEPDeq922
— Georgia State University (@GeorgiaStateU) March 22, 2022
READ MORE: Are E-Cigarettes a “Gateway” to Cannabis Use Among Adolescents? It Depends on Mental Health Status
COMMENTARY // Flavor Bans
As elsewhere, Connecticut legislators insist flavors are the root cause of the spike in teen vaping, even naming the campaign to prohibit their sale ‘Flavors Hook Kids.’ Research suggests otherwise….”
These bans may even worsen health outcomes…”
~ Sarah Wall
READ MORE: Opinion: Flavor ban is well-intentioned, ill-considered
CASAA IN ACTION // Latest Smoking & Vaping Data
Using the latest CDC NYTS & NHIS data, CASAA has created these graphs for advocates showing that not only is the claim there’s a “new generation being hooked on nicotine” patently false, but for every one teen who vapes regularly nearly FIVE adults quit smoking.
Don’t miss CASAA President Danielle Jones with Grimm Green, discussing the data, the new charts, how advocates can use them and more!
COMMENTARY // Dysfunctional FDA
Supporters of the measure hail it as necessary to close a “loophole” that e-cigarette companies can use to evade federal regulation because the FDA’s authority over e-cigarettes was previously limited to nicotine derived from tobacco. The reality, however, is that this measure would have been unnecessary, and this loophole never used, if the FDA had only provided the e-cigarette industry with a realistic way to earn FDA approval and bring products to market legally….
In response to this development, many anti-smoking advocates abandoned the goal of reducing the death and disease caused by smoking and instead began to focus on nicotine. Despite the fact that nicotine—divorced from combustion—poses an insignificant public health risk, they set their sights on ending all recreational nicotine use at any cost, even if it meant eliminating life-saving smoking alternatives, exacerbating the problem of over-policing, or even protecting once-scorned cigarette businesses.”
~ Michelle Minton
READ MORE: FDA’s Dysfunctional Regulation of E-cigs Created the Synthetic Nicotine Problem
RESEARCH // Expert Rebuttal to Anti-Vaping Study
This study–being misrepresented as showing vaping doesn’t help people quit smoking–not only does NOT support that claim, it doesn’t really tell us ANYTHING, and ignores record low teen smoking rates (ie. SUCCESSFUL quit attempts.)
“Unfortunately this study is seriously flawed and tells us very little. It does not provide any good evidence that e-cigarettes make quitting smoking harder…”
~Professor Lion Shahab
“This paper demonstrates that users of nicotine, an addictive drug, find it difficult to stop using it. However the relevance of the study to actually quitting either smoking or e-cigarette use is unclear…”
~ Professor John Britton
“This brief research letter does not add usefully to our understanding of the public health impact of adolescent nicotine vaping. It provides some information on quit attempts that failed but does not compare these with quit attempts that worked, so it’s not that clear what we learn from this…”
~Professor Martin Jarvis
READ MORE: Expert reaction to research letter about US adolescents attempting to quit smoking or vaping
COMMENTARY // Bloomberg & the “So-called Science”
The issue of vaping has become so intensely politicized that the so-called science swirling around it is nothing more than a pool of harmful disinformation….”
Like so many that went before it, the new Johns Hopkins study alleging a connection between vaping and diabetes bears the name of Michael Bloomberg. Vaping alarmism is unscientific and transparently political, and Bloomberg is the man behind a great deal of it.”
READ MORE: Anti-Vaping Study with Bloomberg’s Name On It
REGULATION // FDA PMTA Authorizations
FDA has authorized 3 more vapor products (2 cig-a-likes & a 1.5 mL sealed tank device in 🚬 flavors only.) While the company’s menthol products remain under review, FDA also issued marketing denial orders (likely banning the company’s non-tobacco flavors.)
"Most study subjects decreased the number of combusted cigarettes they smoked each day by greater than 80%… the products produce fewer or lower levels of some toxins… and the products’ abuse liability… was lower than combusted cigarettes."https://t.co/c1pzNwmvNo
— Danielle Jones (@DanielleTHR) March 24, 2022
READ MORE: FDA Issues Decisions on Additional E-Cigarette Products
RESEARCH // Debunking a Anti-Vaping Study
The lead author claims “Flavored tobacco products appeal to kids, lead to more adolescent tobacco use and addiction, and increase the odds of using other tobacco products like cigarettes.” Yet youth vaping/smoking in Oakland dropped from 2015 to 2017. Hmmm…
If flavors lead to a lifetime of smoking/nicotine addiction, how was youth current vaping in Oakland down from 11.2% (2017) to 8% (2019) and smoking down from 4.4% to 2.4%? Why didn’t the flavor ban stop daily vaping rising from 0.54% (2017) to the so-called “epidemic level” of 1.1%?
Additionally, current vaping was 16.16% in 2015 and dropped to 11.2% in 2017 BEFORE the flavor ban took effect in 2018, and current smoking dropped from 5.76% to 4.4%. The pre-ban drop in vaping was nearly 1.76 percentage points greater than the post ban decline.
Also the larger drop in current smoking from 4.4% to 2.4% (2017-19) coincided with an increase of daily vaping to 1.1% (2019), and daily smoking had a much larger drop from 0.93% to 0.39% (2015-17) compared to 0.39% to 0.3% in 2019 post flavor ban. Unsurprisingly, ALL of this is ignored by the study’s authors.
The so-called “weakness” of the San Francisco study is that the ban was “effective” in July 2018 (same as Oakland) but not “enforced” until January 2019. It’s a disingenuous argument that assumes most stores didn’t comply with the law until the city started issuing fines.
Finally, unlike San Francisco’s TOTAL ban, Oakland exempted adult-only stores–a “loophole” not closed until 2020. Put simply, this flavor ban study has a major weakness–the conclusions are based on data from a city that still legally allowed sales of flavored products.
READ MORE: Does youth tobacco use drop after cities ban flavored tobacco sales?
REASEARCH // And Yet Another Study Debunked
Clive Bates’ epic takedown of a recent study falsely claiming vaping “could be a third as harmful to health as smoking.”
Oh dear… our harsh but fair review of a paper erroneously claiming that vaping is one third as risky as smoking.
Solid case for retraction. Authors’ response will be welcome. https://t.co/x9daZHk7zP
— Clive Bates (@Clive_Bates) March 24, 2022
READ MORE: Review of: Improving on estimates of the potential relative harm to health from using modern ENDS (vaping) compared to tobacco smoking
CASAA IN ACTION // CASAA Live
If you missed the CASAA Live show this past weekend, check out the replay now! CASAA Live is on Saturdays at 4:30 PM ET/3:30 PM CT/2:30 PM MT/1:30 PM PT on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter!
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, plus there are still Black Friday deals on all items!
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.