We are a united front!

Dear Members of the Vapor Community:

We write you today as a united front because the vapor industry is under attack and the future remains uncertain. We are all focused on the critical mission of making sure that Americans will continue to have access to the full range of vapor products that millions are using to quit smoking and improve our lives. We need your help to achieve this mission.

We all agree that there are short term and long term policy changes that must be made to ensure a robust vapor product industry in this country, but we are focused today on a near-term step — Changing the “Predicate Date” in Congress — which will allow all products on the market before 8/8/2016 to stay on the market and remain available to consumers.

The US House of Representatives has passed an appropriations bill which contains language that would modernize the 2007 predicate date for products newly deemed to be tobacco. But the Senate has not included similar language in its version of the bill. These two conflicting pieces of legislation will be negotiated in Congress in the near future, and we are going to need EVERYONE to weigh in!

In the coming days and weeks, we will be reaching out to our respective members with additional opportunities and guidance on how you can engage with your two Senators and your Representative and urge them to modernize the predicate date for vapor products. We hope that when we call on you, you will take a few minutes to ACT to save the vapor industry.

Thank you!


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  • Urge Congress to Support Cole-Bishop! (Click Here)
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NY – Onondaga Co. – Stop Tobacco (and Vapor) 21!

The Onondaga County Legislature is being pressured to consider and adopt a bill that would raise the age to purchase all vapor and tobacco products from 19 to 21-years-old.

Although no bill has been introduced, local anti-smoking activists recently organized to promote the policy. The policy is also being promoted by Onondaga County Health Commissioner, Indu Gupta.

Onondaga County already has a minimum tobacco purchase age of 19, which is higher than most of the rest of the state.

Please take this opportunity, before a bill is introduced, to reach out to county legislators and urge them to reject the Tobacco 21 proposal

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11.21.2017 – JBC: A harm reduction conversation with a Family Nurse Practitioner

Two weeks ago, I started a series of sit-downs with licensed health care providers on the topic of harm reduction, that either I currently work with, or in some cases have worked with. Since I started last week with the most difficult of the interviews, I will post this week about the easiest and most encouraging.

This person is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner that has been licensed for 9 years. In those 9 years, she has worked in Women’s Health and a non-profit specializing in care for people with HIV/AIDS. I asked the same questions of her about harm reduction in general, as well as how it could be applied to tobacco harm reduction that I did with the Physician that I interviewed the week before:

I started with the questions about harm reduction with HIV/AIDS and gave her the statistics(which I think she is more familiar with than I) about the huge reduction in the numbers of deaths and new cases currently as opposed to the numbers at the height of the epidemic. If you didn’t catch it last week, at the height of the epidemic in the 80’s and early 90’s, about 50,000 people a year died from HIV/AIDS-related illnesses. Currently, the number is about 12,000 per year. My first question was, “What thing or things do you think got us to the reduction in numbers?”. She answered, “Education, testing, prevention, better medications, harm reduction services like condoms and needle exchanges, and most importantly, normalizing the conversations and getting rid of the social stigma, particularly among healthcare providers.” (This is already so much easier than the doctor last week whose first answer was “abstinence”).

I asked her if it surprised her that the number of deaths in people who identify as LGBTQ alone from tobacco-related illnesses is currently at about 30,000 per year, more than double that of HIV/AIDS in all the population in the US. She said that she wasn’t surprised. That LGBTQ identifying people have huge and disproportionate rates of smoking and substance abuse. I asked in her opinion, why she thought might be. She answered, “Social stigma, family/social issues, perception of lack of care and resources, and often housing issues.”

Now the good stuff…First, I showed her the report from the Royal College of Physicians that concluded that vaping is at least 95% less harmful than combustible cigarettes. I asked her if she thought the same principles of harm reduction could be applied to smoking with less harmful alternatives such as vapor products, smokeless tobacco, SNUS, etc., and what that would mean for public health. This is her entire answer:

“I would have absolutely no problem talking to patients about switching to vaping if they want to quit smoking. I would like to be more educated about it, and what the barriers might be to someone looking to switch, for example, ease of use, cost, etc. When I was in school, the only options we had to give to people were patches, gum, and Wellbutrin. It is not my job, nor is it ethical to refuse people something based on my opinion or social ‘morals’. It is my job to help someone who asks to lead a healthier lifestyle if they choose. I have a feeling that the new generation of healthcare providers in schools right now may become better educated on the subject, just like every new generation becomes more educated on the topic of the time. Social change and change in medicine come gradually, with each new generation of providers. What I learned in school is radically different from what someone 20 years ago learned. I suspect it will always be evolving.”

Needless to say, I could not have been happier with the way the conversation went. I happen to work in healthcare, so these are easy conversations for me to have. But EVERYONE can talk to their neighbors, family, friends, etc. The more the opinions of society change, the more opinions in all areas, including healthcare will change. It takes time and patience, but it WILL happen. Change always does. Go have a conversation with a non-smoker.

Don’t ever give up.

Jennifer Berger-Coleman

CASAA Director of Community Outreach

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Author: Alex Clark

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MN – Plymouth, MN – Help stop a harmful tobacco 21 law!

The city of Plymouth is considering an ordinance that would limit adult access to low-risk tobacco and vapor products by raising the minimum legal purchase age from 18 to 21. A hearing will be held for this proposal on

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

7:00 PM

Council Chambers of City Hall

3400 Plymouth Boulevard

Plymouth, MN

In advance of the hearing, please take this opportunity to contact Plymouth city council members and urge them to reject this proposal.

Please make plans to attend this hearing. Even if you do not plan to speak, your presence is important as it demonstrates the large numbers of people affected by this issue. A group of advocates in Detroit Lakes organized a small but impressive attendance at a recent hearing in which a Tobacco 21 law was voted down. Making your presence known at a hearing has a remarkable impact.

Tobacco 21 laws are predicated on the notion that more prohibition is the solution. But we know from past and recent experiences with such policies that there are grave unintended consequences. Instead, the public would be better served through smoking prevention education and awareness about low-risk alternatives for those who choose to smoke.

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Originally posted in the CASAA Minnesota Action Center

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Author: Alex Clark

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11.10.17 – What we’re reading and watching this morning

(Illinois)

Elk Grove Village – Ordinance No. 3527, An ordinance amending section 3-6B-1 and Section 3-6B-4 of the village code by amending …

“WHEREAS, the Mayor and Village Board has determined that it will serve and advance the public’s health, safety and welfare and be in the best interest of the Village and its residents, to amend the Village Code of Elk Grove Village to increase the minimum age for the purchase and sale of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices to twenty-one (21) years of age.”

(Maryland)

Loyola University, The Greyhound, Jack Ebmeier – SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS INITIATIVE MISUNDERSTANDS PROBLEM

“First, it is important to draw a distinction between a “smoke-free campus” movement and a “smoke-free student body” movement. While the former would constitute a blanket ban of tobacco and nicotine products on campus, the latter would be a concentrated effort to help the student body wean off the addictive substance. While this seems like a meaningless distinction, it creates two vastly different futures for the Loyola community.”

(Massachusetts)

Middleboro, MA – The Enterprise, Eileen Reece – Middleboro board keeps tobacco-buying age at 18

“‘I am opposed to changing the age to make it up to 21. If the state thinks it’s a good idea, let the state issue the mandate. Cause I don’t believe I should create business for my surrounding towns by taking it away from my own town,’ said Selectmen Vice-Chairman Stephen McKinnon on Oct. 30.”

(Michigan)

Bridgemi.com, Michelle Minton – When Lansing writes laws based on emotion, rather than facts

“Laws that banned e-cigarette sales to minors, for example, seemed only to push teens into smoking traditional cigarettes at higher rates. Taxes on soda, meant to reduce the consumption of sugary beverages, only caused people to drink more beer. And keg registration laws only prompted underage drinkers to buy different forms of alcohol.”

(Oregon)

KTVZ.com news sources – Crook County tobacco sales ordinance takes effect on ‘Smokeout’ Day

“…November 16 also marks the day that Crook County Ordinance #300 goes into effect.  This ordinance requires all Crook County retailers who sell tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to post Oregon Tobacco Quitline contact information at the point of sale.”

(USA)

The Washington Times, Laura Kelly – E-Cigarette users save more money than smokers, poll shows

“Users who switched to e-cigarettes reported saving an average of $1,416.60, according to the online poll conducted by LendEDU, an online marketplace that helps students refinance their loans.”

(Canada)

National Post – Big Tobacco urges Canada to ensure legal nicotine competitive with black market

“Imperial isn’t lobbying for lower taxes for traditional cigarettes but is against future increases as well as the federal government’s plan to require plain and standardized packaging…”

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Author: Alex Clark

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IL – Elk Grove Village – Stop Tobacco 21!

The Elk Grove Village Board of Trustees will be considering an ordinance (Ordinance No. 3527) that would raise the age to purchase, possess, and sell all tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21-years-old.

The public will have an opportunity to comment during a Committee of the Whole meeting on

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

4:00 PM

901 Wellington Avenue, Room E

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Please make plans to attend this hearing. Even if you do not plan to speak, your presence is important as it demonstrates the large numbers of people affected by this issue.

In advance of the hearing, take a moment to send a message to the village board urging them to reject this harmful ordinance.

You can also send your comments via regular mail to:

  • Elk Grove Village Board of Trustees
  • 901 Wellington Ave., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Or call:

  • 847-439-4010

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Author: Alex Clark

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11.09.17 – What we’re reading and watching this morning

(Minnesota)

Mankato/N.Mankato – Mankato-N. Kato resolve to decide tobacco issue after Jan. 1

Mankato Free Press, Mark Fischenich

A divided Mankato-North Mankato Intergovernmental Committee couldn’t agree on a recommendation on the Tobacco 21 initiative Wednesday night.”

Robbinsdale, MN – City Council Meeting 11.07.17

Section 9, Old Business, Item A: First Reading: Amendment to Robbinsdale’s Tobacco License Regulations (click on the item under the video)

(Rhode Island)

Middletown, RI – New tobacco rules coming under scrutiny

The Newport Daily News, Matt Sheley

“Late last month, a complaint in Newport Superior Court from two local convenience stores said the town overreached by passing rules banning the sale of flavored tobacco and the aggressive marketing of those products and also didn’t properly advertise the changes before they were approved.”

(Wisconsin)

Juneau County, WI – Addiction expert warns about smoking at Mauston presentation

Juneau County Star-Times, Jake Ekdahl

“Macmaster emphasized that tobacco addiction should be approached and treated like other harmful substance addictions, such as alcohol or drugs.”

(Research)

Aldehyde levels in e-cigarette aerosol: Findings from a replication study and from use of a new-generation device

Science Direct, Konstantinos E. Farsalinos, Kurt A. Kistler, Alexander Pennington, Alketa Spyrou, Dimitris Kouretas, Gene Gillman

“A recent study identified high aldehyde emissions from e-cigarettes (ECs), that when converted to reasonable daily human EC liquid consumption, 5 g/day, gave formaldehyde exposure equivalent to 604–3257 tobacco cigarettes. We replicated this study and also tested a new-generation atomizer under verified realistic (no dry puff) conditions.”

Smokers Turn to e-Cigarettes in Attempt to Quit

Medscape, Maureen Salamon

“In the Tennessee-based study, current cigarette smokers were seven times more likely than nonsmokers to be e-cigarette users. Additionally, tobacco smokers who also smoked e-cigarettes were at least 3.5 times more likely than non-e-cigarette users to have quit smoking for a day or longer during the past 12 months for the sake of quitting.”

(Watch)

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Alexandria, MN – Take action to stop a vaping ban!

An ordinance that would ban vaping in the same places where smoking is prohibited is being considered by Alexandria’s city council. The city council will hold a public hearing and possibly take action on this ordinance on

Monday, October 23, 2017

7:00 PM

704 Broadway – Council Chambers

Alexandria, MN 56308

Please make plans to attend this hearing. Even if you do not plan to speak, your presence is important as it demonstrates the large numbers of people who are affected by this issue.

In advance of the hearing, please take a moment to contact city council members and urge them to oppose this regulation.

Health organizations in the UK have demonstrated bold leadership by recommending that governments NOT enact sweeping bans on where vapor products can be used. Instead, given the low risk these products pose to users and practically no risk to bystanders, private businesses should be in control of setting their own vaping policies.

(Letter to Alexandria tobacco retailers)

(Link to proposed ordinance)

(Link to October 23rd agenda)


Not a resident of Alexandria? Text CASAA MINN to 52886 to see Minnesota alerts in your area. Be sure to sign up to monitor activities in your town through the “Adopt a City/County” form here.

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Author: Alex Clark

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Lindenhurst, NY – Local Alert – Take action to stop a vape shop ban!

The Lindenhurst Village Board is considering a zoning ordinance that would ban vapor shops and hookah lounges. A public hearing will be held on

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

2:30 PM

Village Hall

430 S. Wellwood Ave.

Lindenhurst NY 11757

Please make plans to attend this hearing. Even if you do not plan to speak, your presence is important as it demonstrates the large numbers of people affected by this issue.

In advance of the hearing, please take a moment to send a message to Village Board members urging them to reject this proposal.

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Author: Alex Clark

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CASAA Submits Comment in Support of MRTP Application for IQOS

On September 14th, CASAA submitted a comment in support of PMI’s Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) application for their “heat not burn” product, IQOS.

“…there is no doubt that this technology will benefit the health of the population as a whole. IQOS clearly appeals to a significant segment of the smoking population, as illustrated by the fact that more than 3 million smokers worldwide thus far have switched to IQOS.”

The docket for this application will be open for comments from the public until December 12, 2017.

CASAA’s full comment is available here.

If approved, PMI would be allowed to market their IQOS products with the following, truthful claims:

  • IQOS system heats tobacco but does not burn it.
  • This significantly reduces the production of harmful and potentially harmful chemicals.
  • Scientific studies have shown that switching completely from cigarettes to the IQOS system can reduce the risks of tobacco-related diseases.
  • Switching completely to IQOS presents less risk of harm than continuing to smoke cigarettes.
  • Switching completely from cigarettes to the IQOS system significantly reduces your body’s exposure to harmful and potentially harmful chemicals.

Since being granted regulatory authority over tobacco products in 2009, the FDA has not approved a single MRTP application. In 2014, snus maker Swedish Match submitted a lengthy MRTP application asking to remove specific warning statements from ten of its snus products. In 2016, FDA responded by deferring its decision and is reportedly working with Swedish Match on a path forward. You can read CASAA’s comment here and our review of FDA’s decision here.

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Author: Alex Clark

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