Heads Up – News – Updates 5.24.2019


Call to Action against vape shop ban in Alpharetta, Georgia. California flavor ban bill withdrawn by author. Mississippi vape shop owner/advocate convinces city to exempt shops from indoor use ban.


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ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA: (CALL TO ACTION!) City wants to essentially ban stand-alone vape shops, while leaving cigarettes, cigars & cheap e-cigs for sale at numerous tobacco shops, gas stations, grocery and c-stores. Meeting 5/28 @ 6:30 PM. TAKE ACTION NOW!

GA – Alpharetta – Stop a Ban on Vape Shops!


CALIFORNIA: (UPDATE) SB 38, a bill that would have BANNED FLAVORS in vapor and smoke-free products, was PULLED BY THE AUTHOR after hookah advocates and cigar lobby gained exclusions in an amendment by Senate panel. Stay on alert for this to resurface!

Proposed California ban on flavored tobacco products shelved by lawmakers


BROOKHAVEN, MISSISSIPPI: (UPDATE) Shop owner and vaping advocate convinces aldermen to EXEMPT VAPE SHOPS from indoor use ban passed last month. Unfortunately, other businesses that want to cater to vapers aren’t exempt, leaving vapers out on the street.

Vape shops granted exemption by city – Daily Leader


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Heads Up – News – Updates 5.23.2019

LOUISIANA: (UPDATE) State House voted 24-55 AGAINST the proposed Tobacco/Vapor 21 bill featured in a recent Call to Action by CASAA. T21 laws have NOT been proven to effectively prevent youth use long term nor prevent bad regulation or sin taxes later.

Bid to raise Louisiana’s smoking age to 21 rejected by state House


CALIFORNIA: (CALL TO ACTION!) Today, May 23, 2019, the California Senate is expected to vote on SB 38, which would BAN the sale of vapor and smoke-free tobacco products in FLAVORS other than tobacco. TAKE ACTION NOW!

CA – Stop an all-out flavor ban!


ILLINOIS: (CALL TO ACTION!) Following a little parliamentary abracadabra, what was once a consumer protection and fraud prevention bill is now a FLAVOR BAN proposal that is close to crossing the finish line. TAKE ACTION NOW TO STOP THIS BAN!

IL – Stop a Flavor Ban!


RESEARCH: (UK) Study of 19,000 people who made quit attempts over 12 yrs finds vaping (95%) more successful than Chantix (82%) & far more than FDA-recommended gums/patches w/doctor’s help (34%). NRT over the counter was no more effective than cold turkey.

E-cigs can double success rates of quitting smoking, UK study finds – Reuters


ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA: (HEADS UP!) City of 57k residents, with 4 tobacco stores and multiple stores selling cigarettes, small cigars and cheap e-cigarettes, wants to irrationally ban dedicated vape shops as “a threat to public health, safety and welfare.”

Alpharetta advances measure banning vape shops

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Heads Up – News – Updates 5.22.2019


Call to Action in Atlanta, Georgia. Flavor bans, indoor/outdoor use restrictions, Tobacco/Vapor 21 laws in Beverly Hills, Benton County, Oregon and Harwich, Massachusetts. Middle school children pushing flavor bans for adults over 21 in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.


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ATLANTA, GEORGIA: (CALL TO ACTION!) Banning vaping w/smoking seems reasonable until they start including outdoors, sidewalks, cars, private homes and vape shops. Remember: public bans are ALWAYS just a foot in the door to more laws/taxes. TAKE ACTION NOW!

Atlanta – Stop an Indoor Vaping Ban


BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA: (UPDATE) City prohibiting all tobacco/vapor products sales…unless you’re a rich tourist staying in a swanky hotel or a wealthy member of an exclusive cigar club. Of course, ANTZ fight any type of exemption elsewhere…

Beverly Hills votes to ban tobacco sales, but exempts Schwarzenegger’s favorite cigar club


SCOTCH PLAINS, NEW JERSEY: (HEADS UP!) Petition started by middle school children is demanding the city ban flavored vapor products for adults over the age of 21 (as it’s already illegal to sell vapor products to anyone under the age of 21.)

Ban on Flavored Vapes Proposed by Scotch Plains Teens


BENTON COUNTY, OREGON: (HEADS UP!) County of over 85k people moving to deny the 10.6% of adults who smoke and vape access to the flavored, low risk vaping and smoke-free products that help prevent relapse & are already illegal to sell to persons under 21.

Benton may ban flavored tobacco


HARWICH, MASSACHUSETTS: (HEADS UP!) More evidence that indoor bans and Tobacco 21 as “compromise” won’t prevent worse laws. After adding vaping to new OUTDOOR smoking ban, city now considers banning flavored vapor/smoke-free products for ADULTS OVER 21.

Harwich Health Board Nixes Beach Smoking, Considers Flavored Tobacco Ban


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Heads Up – News – Updates 5.21.2019

MASSACHUSETTS: (CALL TO ACTION!) Debate in the senate over the state’s budget is underway and an amendment that would BAN flavored smoke-free products like vapor products and snus is on the table. Take Action – Send a Message!MA – Stop a flavor ban being proposed in the state’s budget!


TEXAS: (UPDATE) All that’s left to deny adults 18-20 who smoke access to much safer products is governor’s signature. And when that doesn’t work, the ANTZ will inevitably move on to sin taxes, flavors bans, online bans, public bans & finally, total bans.

Texas could soon raise legal age for buying tobacco, e-cigs to 21, if Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill | Texas Politics | Dallas News


IN THE NEWS: “Obviously the better a product tastes as it relates to flavor and experience, hopefully the easier it is for people to stick to their quit journey,” says Nicorette spokesman about their tasty new lozenge. (Note: It’s NOT “tobacco” flavor.)

Nicorette introduces new nicotine lozenges in bid to woo customers away from vaping


SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA: (UPDATE) Despite strong opposition, city bans flavored vapor/smoke-free products, but in an unusual twist, delays enacting for 18 months to see what state and feds will do. Of course, more popular cigarettes still sold everywhere.

San Rafael latest Bay Area city to ban the sale of flavored tobacco


ATLANTA, GEORGIA: (HEADS UP!) City mulls banning vaping where smoking banned. Seems reasonable until they start including outdoors, sidewalks, cars, private homes and vape shops. Remember: public bans are ALWAYS just a foot in the door to more laws/taxes.

Atlanta weighs crack down on e-cigarettes as part of smoking ban

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Heads Up – News – Updates 5.20.2019

CONNECTICUT: (UPDATE) House passes Tobacco/Vapor 21 bill, now moving to Senate. Such laws misinform public about relative risks and deny adults 18-20 who smoke access to far safer alternatives, without any evidence it reduces youth vaping or smoking.

House passes bill to ban sale of e-cigarettes to youths under 21


JEFFERSON COUNTY, WASHINGTON: BOH claims indoor & OUTDOOR #vaping ban will somehow reduce youth use. Director falsely claims “enough science to suggest aerosol is problematic.” WE have evidence use bans lead to worse laws/taxes. PUBLIC HEARING next month!

http://bit.ly/2Empxyj


HERMOSA BEACH, CALIFORNIA: (UPDATE) Although sales already restricted to over-21 stores, city completely bans the flavored #vaping and smoke-free products that help adults quit smoking. #1 cigarette used by minors (Marlboro) still available everywhere.

Calling nicotine addiction an ‘epidemic,’ Hermosa Beach bans sale of flavored tobacco – Daily Breeze


VERMONT: (UPDATE) Sad day for tobacco harm reduction in state. Governor signs bills denying adults 18-20 access to safer alternatives to smoking and makes it harder for rural adults to get products by banning online sales. A 92% tax is also on his desk.

Scott Signs Bill Hiking Legal Smoking Age to 21


ASPEN, COLORADO: (UPDATE) City amends flavored tobacco ban to APPLY ONLY TO #VAPING PRODUCTS. Essentially targeting only adult access to flavored, less harmful products, because already illegal to sell under 21. Regular cigarettes still sold everywhere.

Aspen’s electeds reconsider full flavored nicotine ban


POLL: 75% think raising age of purchase to 21 will curb “tobacco” use among young people. NOTE: Hawaii passed T21 (incl. vapor products) in 2016, now has 3rd highest youth vaping rate in country. Poll is still open!

Should purchase age for tobacco products be boosted to 21?


APPLETON, WISCONSIN: (UPDATE) Good news is city exempts existing vape shops from indoor ban. Bad news is only for 21+, making it easier for adults 18-20 to get combustible cigarettes than much safer vaping products & essentially blocking any new shops.

Appleton vape shop owners will face age restrictions in city’s workplace vaping ban 

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Heads Up – News – Updates 5.16.2019

RHODE ISLAND: (CALL TO ACTION UPDATE) State looking to squeeze vapers’ tax dollars to help fill a $200 million budget hole with a 40% tax. Increasing cost of harm reduction products only forces people back into harm’s way. TAKE ACTION!RI – Stop the Governor’s Vapor Tax!


UTAH: (HEADS UP!) With high school smoking in state at less than half the national average, gov’t is “studying” youth vaping. This will likely lead to more bans & higher taxes unless adult vaping constituents contact them and tell their story en masse.

Utah legislative leaders want to snuff growing youth e-cigarette use


IN THE NEWS: Congresswoman says she’ll be “saving lives” by turning Amtrak no-vaping policy into federal law, to prevent company from ever choosing to allow #vaping, even i̵f̵ when it’s finally proven to not be a significant health risk to bystanders.

Norton Introduces Bill to Ban E-Cigarette Smoking on Amtrak


THE MORE YOU KNOW: High school vaping actually declined dramatically after a certain pod device hit the market in 2015. After the 2016 Surgeon General warning, ANTZ started putting out campaigns on TV and social media about teen-friendly flavors & concealable devices and then…


LAFAYETTE, CALIFORNIA: (UPDATE) Yet another city in CA puts adult vapers and future vapers at risk of relapse by banning flavored products and limiting them to use tobacco flavors. City also called for neighboring cities to follow suit.

Lafayette to ban flavored tobacco products


EXPERT ANALYSIS: CASAA advisor and tobacco harm reduction expert, Dr. Brad Rodu, breaks down numbers for the youth vaping “epidemic.”

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Heads Up – News – Updates 5.15.2019

TEXAS: (HEADS UP!) Lawmakers close to denying adults 18-20 who smoke access to much safer alternatives, misleading public to believe vapor products are harmful and more likely to support increased regulation and higher taxes.Texas House votes to raise legal smoking age to 21


IN THE NEWS: Judge orders FDA to speed up review of e-cigarettes, calls for the health groups and the FDA to submit plans for moving forward with product reviews within 30 days.

https://wapo.st/2YAVU4f


BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: (HEADS UP!) In spite of existing statewide Vapor 21 law and city ordinance limiting sales of flavored products to adults-only stores, City Councilor calls for hearing to discuss possibly BANNING FLAVORS COMPLETELY.

Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley seeks more restrictions on e-cigarettes – Boston Herald


OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI: (UPDATE) Without any evidence of harm to bystanders, city misleads public to believe vaping should be regulated like smoking by banning use indoors and OUTDOORS. Businesses denied CHOICE to allow in their own establishment.

City snuffs use of vape pens and e-cigs where (real) smoking already banned – Magnolia State Live


NORTH CAROLINA: (HEADS UP!) State sues vapor company for “causing addiction,” demands ban of all company’s non-tobacco flavors (except menthol) in stores & online, and a tobacco-style marketing/advertising ban on company’s products in the state.

https://wapo.st/2W32Vx8


IN THE NEWS: Nebraska sees lowest adult smoking rate in 2017. ANTZ credit public use bans, campaigns & taxes, ignore adult #vaping rate in state rose to 4.9% in 2016 and 21.5% of those vapers had quit smoking completely (per CDC BRFSS survey data.)

Smoking rates decline in Nebraska


WILLIAMSBURG, KENTUCKY: (HEADS UP!) City considering regulating #vaping as smoking, somehow thinks putting vapers out on the sidewalk will lower teen experimentation. Without evidence, ANTZ claim vapor is harmful to bystanders. Next meeting June 17th!

Smoking ordinance expected to soon include e-cigs

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Heads Up – News – Updates 5.14.2019

MARYLAND: (UPDATE) Governor signs Tobacco/Vapor 21 bill into law, denying adults 18-20 who smoke access to far safer alternatives, misleading public to believe vapor products are harmful and more likely to support increased regulation and higher taxes.

Gov. Hogan Signs Into Law Legislation Raising Minimum Age to Purchase Tobacco


RHODE ISLAND: (HEADS UP!) Lawmakers seeking Tobacco/Vaping 21 law, which would deny adults 18-20 who smoke access to safer alternatives, mislead public to believe vapor products cause harm, the first step for supporting increased regulation & taxation.

Area Reps look to raise tobacco use age to 21


BARNSTABLE, MASSACHUSETTS: (HEADS UP!) City discussing FLAVOR BAN at a public workshop on vaping tomorrow (Wednesday, May 15) at 3 p.m. at Town Hall, in the second floor Hearing Room.

Barnstable Board of Health to discuss flavored tobacco ban tomorrow


MANKATO, MINNESOTA: (UPDATE) City passes Tobacco/Vapor 21, denying adults 18-20 who smoke access to safer alternatives, misleading public to believe vapor products are harmful and more likely to support increased regulation and higher taxes.

Mankato passes Tobacco 21

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Heads Up – News – Updates 5.10.2019


Call to Action in Arizona. Massachusetts facing deadly legislative barriers to harm reduction. Video: CASAA CEO Alex Clark speaking at 2019 E-cigarette Summit. Dr. Brad Rodu nails another commentary about anti-vaping lies.


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Heads Up – News – Updates 5.9.2019

LOUISIANA: (CALL TO ACTION UPDATE!) HB 38, which would deny people who smoke between the ages of 18 – 21 access to safer alternatives, is moving toward a hearing in the House Appropriations Committee.

Louisiana – Stop Tobacco AND Vaping 21!


SNOWMASS VILLAGE, COLORADO: (UPDATE) Council votes to treat #vaping and smoke-free products the same as combustible cigarettes, denying many people who smoke and vape access to far safer alternatives to smoking.

Council raises tobacco, e-cigarette purchasing age to 21 in Snowmass


BOISE, IDAHO: (UPDATE) City treats low risk vaping like smoking, misleading public into believing they have the same health risks and laying groundwork for more restrictive laws, denying businesses CHOICE to allow vaping in their own establishment.

You can’t vape where you can’t smoke in Boise, City Council rules


COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA: (UPDATE) City misleads public to believe low risk, smoke-free vaping is same as smoking, bans use OUTDOORS and in bars without evidence of risk, $100 – $500 fines. Use bans often first step to justify more onerous laws later.

Columbia bans vaping at bars, restaurants. Yes, that includes the patio


OPINION: (Elise Amez-Droz) “The agency must stop using fear to scare people away from life-saving technology. Yes, teenage vaping should be discouraged and any actual issues with seizures addressed. But that doesn’t excuse the FDA’s ridiculous exaggerations.”

Unfounded fear is driving the FDA’s war against vaping – Orange County Register


REDONDO BEACH, CALIFORNIA: (HEADS UP!) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders, city close to banning #vaping in ANY public area, including OUTSIDE ON SIDEWALKS, and BAN FLAVORED products that help people who smoke switch to far safer alternatives.

Redondo Beach closer to public smoking ban, including e-cigarettes and …….. – Daily Breeze

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