Heads Up – News – Updates 1.11.2019

Tobacco harm reduction news for January 11, 2019. Bills in Nebraska, Maryland would deny adult smokers 18-20 access to safer alternatives, Erie County New York & Maryland would prohibit private businesses from catering to vaping customers and hypocrisy in tobacco control calling “success” in dismal results of cigarette tax while vaping isn’t good enough…


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Heads Up – News – Updates 1.10.2019

Tobacco harm reduction news for January 10, 2019. Cities in Illinois, Idaho and the state of New Mexico want to pass laws which increase health risks for smokers and vapers, Kentucky tobacco tax doesn’t have intended impact so proponents play up reduced smoking, Michael McGrady talks about vaping regulations between countries…

THE MORE YOU KNOW: (KENTUCKY) Just reducing smoking (not good enough when vaping) IS good when the result of taxes? ANTZ touting “50% changed behavior,” but reality is just 26% even ATTEMPTED to quit. On plus side, 25% of KY smokers have tried vaping. 

Half of Kentucky smokers say higher tax is making them quit – or at least try to quit


OPINION: (Michael McGrady) Regulating Vaping While Understanding Policy Comparisons: Comparing US, UK and Australia’s regulatory policies on #vaping. 

On its current course, “It’s possible the e-cigarette category all but disappears” in the US 2019.

https://bit.ly/2FkZl9I


TWIN FALLS, IDAHO: HEADS UP! Smoke Free Idaho public presentation at City Hall on Jan. 16, 4-6 PM, to prohibit private businesses from catering to #vaping clients. Their smoke-free model includes vaping despite lack of evidence of risk to bystanders. 

Public input session on proposed smoking ordinance is Wednesday


NEW MEXICO: HEADS UP! State lawmakers push to increase taxes on #vaping products, additional 5¢/ml of liquid would be added. That would cost vapers about an extra $3 on 60 ml. Sen. Sanchez openly admits it’s about revenue, not health.

 State lawmakers push to increase taxes on cigarettes, e-cigs


DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS: HEADS UP! Law prohibiting adult #smokers 18-20 years old from buying, using or possessing low risk #vaping products expected to return before the council for a final vote on Jan. 22!

Des Plaines aldermen propose raising age for tobacco sales, possession to 21


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Heads Up – News – Updates 1.9.2019

Tobacco harm reduction news for January 9, 2019. Tobacco harm reduction news for January 9, 2019. Cities in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Alabama and Arizona increase health risks for smokers and vapers, Wisconsin doctor suggests smoking safer than vaping, Connecticut lawmaker wants to ban flavors, tax vapor products, prohibit truthful ads….

WOODRIDGE, ILLINOIS: HEADS UP! Village considering denying adult #smokers 18-20 access to low risk #vaping products. PUBLIC MEETING at village hall on Jan. 17th at 6 PM or email comments to [email protected]

Lisa Marie Farver –  The Patch

Woodridge Considers Raising Age To Buy Tobacco, Vape Products


IN THE NEWS: (WISCONSIN) Dr. Tim Sanborn from @NorthShoreWeb outrageously suggests #smoking is safer than #vaping. “Lungs can heal from tobacco smoking, but (e-liquids) contain oils which cling to and destroy lung tissue,” he said.

Dangers in the vapor: Electronic cigarettes and vaping devices may pose health hazards


ROSS TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA: HEADS UP! City preparing to ban use of low risk #vaping products in OUTDOOR township spaces.

Ross considering measure to snuff out tobacco, vaping in township parks and buildings


IN THE NEWS: With youth #tobacco use dropping from 17.3% in 2014 to 13.6% in 2017, #vaping opponents must turn to cherry-picking use of flavored products to scare the public. The fact remains that actual TOBACCO use is declining regardless of flavors.

Flavored tobacco use rising in U.S. kids as vaping takes off | Reuters


IN THE NEWS: (USA) @Rosa_DeLauro announces federal “Youth Vaping Prevention Act” intended to reduce youth #vaping, but plan also threatens adult #smokers switching by increasing cost, eliminating preferred flavors and restricting truthful advertising.

Federal, state lawmakers take aim at vaping ‘epidemic’


OPINION: (FDA) Citizens Against Government Waste issues letter calling for FDA to embrace harm reduction, approve modified risk tobacco product application

CAGW: FDA Should Embrace Harm Reduction, Approve Modified Risk Tobacco Product Application


ARIZONA: HEADS UP! Sponsor of e-cigarette bill wants tobacco-free #vaping products classified as #tobacco

Sponsor of e-cigarette bill wants vaping products classified as tobacco


DECATUR, ALABAMA: HEADS UP! City Council seeks to prohibit businesses from catering to #vaping customers, city attny says vaping is “a distraction” and “possibly” a health issue, although there is no actual evidence vapor posses health risk to bystanders.

Council considering ban of e-cigarettes in public buildings


OPINION: (Raymond March, Independent Institute) “Teen Vaping Is Bad, but the Alternative Is Worse – trade-offs we face to reduce teen vaping rates will only make an already difficult situation worse.”

Teen Vaping Is Bad, but the Alternative Is Worse


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Heads Up – News – Updates 1.7.2019

Tobacco harm reduction news for January 7, 2019. Vape-friendly Wisconsin sees record low smoking, New Jersey bans vaping outside, New Hampshire Vapor 21, fruity vapes in prison, positive commentaries from non-vapers.

WISCONSIN: Historic low rates of 4.7% and 16% respectively for youth & adult #smoking contradicts claim that #vaping “epidemic” increases youth smoking risk or hampers adult cessation; justifies WI’s “light touch” approach to vaping regulation/taxation. 

https://bit.ly/2tXlYMa



NEW JERSEY: 
No slippery slope here? Scant evidence of risk was enough to pass public #smoking ban in 2006, but no evidence at all is needed to ban #vaping OUTDOORS. Next will be ALL public outdoor spaces, cars and multi-unit private residences….

New Jersey’s Tough New Outdoor Smoking Ban Is Just Days Away – NJ Spotlight



AROUND THE WORLD: (SCOTLAND) 
Even most tough & inveterate smokers, prison inmates, prefer sweet/fruity #vaping products over #tobacco flavors, disproves ANTZ false claim that “flavors target youth, not adult smokers.” Authorities say “money well-spent.”

Scots lags crave berry-flavoured vapes as prison smoking ban comes into force



THE MORE YOU KNOW: (CNBC COMMENTARY)
 “I bought my dad a Juul e-cigarette to see if he’d give up his Marlboros. Here’s what happened…”

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Heads Up – News – Updates 1.4.2019

Tobacco harm reduction news for January 4, 2019. Study finds smokers who can set their nicotine level most successful at quitting, tobacco sales to minors rise in Nebraska county as vaping sales drop, Kentucky looking at vaping tax, vaping seen as dangerous as smoking, commentary on flavor bans.

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Heads Up – News – Updates 1.3.2019

Tobacco harm reduction news for January 3, 2019. Anti vaping laws in New Mexico, New York South Carolina, Texas. Washington and Connecticut deny adult smokers access to safer products, Stanton Glantz tells vapers to smoke, more studies continue to support vaping and show it to be far safer than smoking.

THE MORE YOU KNOW: Professor Stanton Glantz says people would be better off #smoking than #vaping, but the study he cites says the exact opposite – especially clear when looking at TOTAL exposures found rather than cherry picking a few. Our graph is worth more than 1,000 words.

Stanton Glantz Says Vapers Should Smoke Cigarettes, Instead


CARLSBAD, NEW MEXICO: HEADS UP! Lawmaker @SenatorCisco wants to define #vapor as #tobacco, ban public use and #vaping flavors, removing imortant incentives for #smokers to switch to MUCH safer alternative.

Vaping is on the rise for Carlsbad teens. Legislation plans to target ‘epidemic’.


WASHINGTON: HEADS UP! @BobFergusonAG again seeks to deny adult #smokers 18-20 access to MUCH safer #vaping.

https://halfwheel.com/washington-state-attorney-general-to-seek-tobacco-purchase-age-increase/288694


IN THE NEWS: (TEXAS) Effort to raise age for buying #tobacco and #vaping products to 21 in San Antonio faces court challenge, State bill is expected be introduced in the upcoming sessions, which begins January 8th.

Effort to lift age for buying tobacco to 21 faces court challenge


IN THE NEWS: (NEW YORK) Erie County outlaws vaping in cars with anyone under 18 with $50 – $150 fines, prevents pharmacies and health care institutions in Erie County from selling low risk #vaping products.
Erie County outlaws smoking in cars with kids under 18


COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA: HEADS UP! Councilman @HowardDuvall wants to prohibit privately-owned businesses from allowing #vaping in their establishments.
Councilman Wants to Add E-Cigarettes to City’s Smoking Ban


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT: HEADS UP! Town Council considers denying adult #smokers 18-20 access to much safer #vaping products.
Wallingford Town Council considers raising age on e-cigarette purchases


THE MORE YOU KNOW: Study at Northwestern seeing some “promising signs” using #nicotine as a “natural plant product” to combat memory loss, also mentions other treatments studied.
Study at Northwestern looking at how nicotine can combat memory loss


AROUND THE WORLD: (UNITED KINGDOM) #Smokers who switch to #vaping could be less likely to use cigarettes again
Vaping: smokers who switch could be less likely to use cigarettes again

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Heads Up – News – Updates 12.21.2018

THE MORE YOU KNOW: (OPINION) “things that people like…should be at the forefront of the FDA’s new tobacco plan. This means having them available where smokers are most likely to buy them — the same places they used to buy their cigarettes.”

The harmful hysteria about vaping

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New Mexico is facing a full boat of anti-vaping laws in 2019

On November 1, 2018, the New Mexico Tobacco Settlement Revenue Oversight Committee met to discuss the status of revenue, appropriations, and several proposals for the 2019 legislative session. These proposals include:

  • Amending the Clean Indoor Air Act to include a ban on vaping (draft bill)
  • banning flavored vapor and tobacco products (draft bill),
  • raising the minimum sales age to 21 and implementing fines for underage purchase of tobacco and vapor products (draft bill), and;
  • raising the “Tobacco Products Tax” to 76% and include vapor products in the definition of “tobacco products” (draft bill).

Following the November meeting, Senator Cisco McSorley (D-16) is introducing the following bills:

  • SB60 –  (Tobacco 21) Raises the minimum age to purchase tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21 with an exception for active duty military members who are 18 years old on July 1, 2019. SB60 would also softens language regarding penalties for underage purchasers of tobacco and nicotine products and adds the option of up to 48 hours of community service as a punishment.
  • SB 61 – (Indoor Vaping Ban) Bans vaping in the same places where smoking is prohibited by adding the use of e-cigarettes to the Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act. Although New Mexico’s indoor clean air act provides for several exemptions where smoking and vaping would be allowed (including state gaming facilities, tobacco retail shops, and separate enclosed spaces in restaurants), this bill would erroneously redefine “secondhand smoke” to include “the aerosol or vapor emitted from inhaling or exhaling or any other use of an e-cigarette.”
  • SB 68 – (Flavor Ban) Bans the sale and purchase of tobacco or vapor products in flavors other than tobacco.
  • SB 72 – (Vapor Tax) Includes vapor products (devices and liquids) in the state’s “Tobacco Products Tax” and raises the rate to 76%. This tax is required to be paid by the “first purchaser” in the state.

At this time, CASAA is providing this as information to our New Mexico members. We urge everyone to make sure you are signed up for alerts from CASAA and encourage your friends and neighbors to Join CASAA. With a short legislative session, bills move quickly in New Mexico.

2019 New Mexico Session Dates:

December 17, 2018 – January 11, 2019 Legislation may be prefiled
January 15 Opening Day (12:00 PM)
February 14 Deadline for Introduction
March 16 Session Ends (12:00 PM)
April 5 Legislation not acted upon by governor is pocket vetoed.
June 14 Effective Date of legislation not on a general appropriation bill or a bill carrying an emergency clause or other specified date.

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Heads Up – News – Updates 12.17.2018

STEVENS POINT, WISCONSIN: (UPDATE) @Stevens_PointWI to charge minors $50 fine and possible court costs for possession of a vapor product, even if it doesn’t contain nicotine. (State law already prohibits selling any form of nicotine to a person under 18.)


MISSON, KANSAS: (HEADS UP!) Council members compromised by agreeing to have Tobacco/Vapor 21 ordinance work session late in first quarter of 2019. A date has not been set yet, so be vigilant! Advocacy tips at Kansas CASAA: https://bit.ly/2SSjqXl

SOLVANG, CALIFORNIA: (UPDATE) City bans vaping on sidewalks and other outdoor areas in commercial center. Those caught violating the new ordinance could face a citation and a $100 fine.

Solvang bans smoking in most public areas

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Heads Up – News – Updates 12.14.2018

DECEMBER 14, 2018
(via CASAA Twitter 
@CASAAMedia)

LAKEWOOD, OHIO: HEADS UP! @LakewoodOhio Councilman @LittenForLkwd wants to prohibit adult smokers 18-20 access to far safer alternatives to #smoking. Tips for advocacy at CASAA Ohio: Ohio – CASAA#THRsavesLives #vaping

Lakewood councilman proposing legislation to raise minimum smoke age to 21


YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO: HEADS UP! @CityofYOU again considering Tobacco 21 law. Local #Vaping advocates should follow carefully to ensure lawmakers don’t prohibit #smoking adults access to low risk alternatives. #THRsavesLives

Youngstown planning forum on raising tobacco sale age to 21


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