Heads Up – News – Updates 3.22.2019


Tobacco harm reduction news for March 22, 2019. Calls to Action for Colorado, Florida and California.

FLORIDA: (CALL TO ACTION!) MARCH 25th HEARING. SB1618 would deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking & require delivery signature. ACT NOW!

FL – Stop unnecessary barriers to safer alternatives to smoking!


COLORADO: (CALL TO ACTION!) HB19-1033 would authorize municipal/county govts. to include #vaping in their own versions of extra taxes on #vapor products, licensing for retailers & criminalizing possession by minors. Tell Governor Polis to VETO HB19-1033!

CO – Stop local governments from treating vaping like smoking!


CALIFORNIA: (CALL TO ACTION!) SB 38, which would BAN the sale of FLAVORED #vapor and #smokefree products is scheduled for a public hearing on March 27th! IF your rep is on the Committee on Health you can TAKE ACTION NOW!

CA – Stop an all-out flavor ban!


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Heads Up – News – Updates 3.21.2019


Tobacco harm reduction news for March 21, 2019. Anti tobacco harm reduction laws in California, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.

WISCONSIN: (UPDATE/HEADS UP!) APPLETON passes indoor vaping ban that excludes vape shops (but not bars…to send a message youth??), while GRAND CHUTE quietly passes complete indoor ban. The VILLAGE OF KIMBERLY is discussing a ban on APRIL 1 or APRIL 8.

Appleton passes public vaping ban


PISMO BEACH, CALIFORNIA: (UPDATE) City bans smoking and #vaping in OUTDOOR publicly-accessed city areas, incl outdoor restaurant patios & within 50 ft of patios, outdoor work sites, 25 ft from doors, windows or air vents and all outdoor public events.

Pismo Beach City Council approves smoking ban


OKLAHOMA: (UPDATE & HEADS UP!) Proving #vaping advocates can never rest easy, another bill rears its ugly head. HB1389, prohibiting business owners from allowing #vaping on their property, quickly & quietly passed the House yesterday & heads to Senate.

Bill to ban vaping in public passes Oklahoma House


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Heads Up – News – Updates 3.20.2019


Tobacco harm reduction news for March 20, 2019. Calls to Action for North Dakota and Isanti, Minnesota. Anti tobacco harm reduction laws in Delaware, Arkansas, California, Massachusetts and Illinois. San Francisco moves to ban vapor products,. Beware becoming the “boiling frog.”

NORTH DAKOTA: (CALL TO ACTION!) The minor “flavor ban” bill we mentioned yesterday has been amended into a TAX BILL, adding a 28% wholesale tax to #vaping products! Click the link for form to SEND A MESSAGE to fight this unreasonable taxation!
ND – Stop a Flavor Ban


ISANTI COUNTY, MINNESOTA: (CALL TO ACTION!) Public hearing TODAY at 10 AM regarding ordinance denying early ADULT #vapers and #smokers access to far safer #vaping and #smokefree products! Please attend hearing or click link to send a message NOW!

MN – Isanti County – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21!


IN THE NEWS: (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) After banning flavors, city leaders are now proposing an outright ban of ALL #vaping product SALES in and DELIVERY to the city, claiming they’re only “in the business of getting people addicted or keeping them addicted.”
Juul labs says it supports city’s efforts to curb youth access to e-cigarettes


DELAWARE: (UPDATE) Bill denying early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking has passed Senate, now moving to House. Watch for updated Call to Action!

Delaware lawmakers moves closer to ban sale of cigarettes to people under 21


ARKANSAS: (UPDATE) Outrageous “tax the poor to give the poor tax relief” bill SB571 (a 67% wholesale vapor tax) & denying early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to much safer alternative products, has passed Senate, now moving back to final vote in House.

Arkansas bill on smoking age, cancer center funding advances


THE MORE YOU KNOW:

Give them an inch…

(1979) “There’s no slippery slope! We just want non-smoking areas, not to ban smoking in people’s homes.”

(2019) All but one city in Sonoma County, CA now bans smoking/vaping in apartments (ie. people’s homes.)

Healdsburg moves to prohibit smoking in apartments, hotels

Remember this when they claim “We don’t want to ban vaping, we just want a sin tax/flavor ban/indoor ban/age raise…” Conceding to one “reasonable demand” won’t stop them from the next one and the next one and the next one. Classic “boiling frog” tactic. Don’t fall for it.


YARMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS: (UPDATE) City decides AGAINST total #vaping product ban. The Board of Health determined it “should go with an education program first….” The city has already banned flavors and passed Tobacco 21.

https://bit.ly/2CufiqJ


ILLINOIS: (UPDATE) SB 1124, which would increase the tax on #vaping products from 6.25% to 36% & SB 1864, prohibiting businesses from allowing vaping, moved out of committee. Contact your representatives!

Despite concerns, measure to tax vaping products the same as tobacco products moves forward


SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA: (UPDATE) City rejects retailers’ offer to scan IDs and take hefty fines for underage sales and will instead vote on risking adult lives with a BAN of all flavored #vaping and #tobacco products next Tuesday, March 26th.

Sacramento Council Rejects Tobacco Industry Plan, Will Vote On Flavored Tobacco Ban Next Week


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Heads Up – News – Updates 3.19.2019


Tobacco harm reduction news for March 19, 2019. Call to Action for Arkansas. Anti tobacco harm reduction law in Connecticut. North Dakota gets the flavor ban right while a Bloomberg commentary gets everything wrong.

ARKANSAS: (CALL TO ACTION!) Stop an outrageous 67% tax on vaping! Oppose any extra taxes on low-risk, smoke-free alternatives to combustible tobacco. Click the link to ACT NOW!

AR – Stop an outrageous tax on vaping!


NORTH DAKOTA: (UPDATE) Good news for ND vapers! It appears that HB 1477, a bill going before the Judiciary Committee today that would have banned flavored #vapor products to adults, HAS BEEN AMENDED to only ban sales of flavored products TO MINORS.

E-cigarette bill before ND Senate


MERIDEN, CONNECTICUT: (UPDATE) The resolution denying early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking will go to a public hearing next month.

Committee considers ordinance targeting teen vaping in Meriden


COMMENTARY: Editorial claims all flavored #vaping products should be immediately banned, nicotine levels reduced and regulated the same as cigarettes to protect “adults from known and suspected dangers.” You can leave a polite comment on the article here:

Bloomberg – Needed: A Real Crackdown on E-Cigarettes


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Heads Up – News – Updates 3.18.2019


Tobacco harm reduction news for March 18, 2019. Call to Action for Robbinsdale, MN. Anti tobacco harm reduction laws in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Colorado and Wisconsin. 


ROBBINSDALE, MINNESOTA: (CALL TO ACTION!!) Deadline is March 19th for Robbinsdale residents to submit comments re: ordinance that restricting sales of flavored #vaping & #smokefree products to adult-only establishments & raise the min. age to 21! ACT NOW!

https://bit.ly/2HtEj9Y


APPLETON, WI: (CALL TO ACTION) Just a reminder that the Appleton Council meeting to ban vaping everywhere, including vape shops and adults-only bars, is Wedneday, March 20th at 7 PM. It’s imperative that Appleton vape consumers show up and tell their story!

https://bit.ly/2XZAtKr


PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK: (UPDATE) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders or necessity of intervention, City bans use of #vaping products on ANY city property, including OUTDOOR SPACES like parks and sidewalks.

https://bit.ly/2JgLSm3


PENNSYLVANIA: (HEADS UP!) State Senator Mario Scavello plans to introduce a law that would likely also deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

https://bit.ly/2OdzeTx


OHIO: (HEADS UP!) Gov. Mike DeWine wants to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

https://bit.ly/2TW92SO


WISCONSIN: (HEADS UP!) Madison doctor, conflating vaping with “tobacco use,” calls for state lawmakers to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

https://bit.ly/2JkLiUf


“To me, there is no legitimate reason to sell any product with names such as cotton candy or tutti fruitti, unless you are trying to market it to children. If we’re going to address the root cause of this problem, we have to start by banning the sale of these enticing kid-friendly nicotine flavors.”

– Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette, on her bill banning ALL vaping flavors, including flavors like the mint, pineapple, orange, strawberry (“Fruit Chill”) and cherry offered by nicotine gum and lozenge companies.


ASPEN, COLORADO: (HEADS UP!) City looking to ban the #vaping flavors that appeal to ADULT #vapers and #smokers, which increases likelihood of switching 100% to the far safer products by moving them away from #tobacco taste triggers. PUBLIC HEARING TBA!

https://bit.ly/2HtqKqY


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Heads Up – News – Updates 3.15.2019


Tobacco harm reduction news for March 15, 2019. Anti tobacco harm reduction laws in Maine, Wisconsin, Utah, Oklahoma and Illinois. 


ILLINOIS: (UPDATE) Bill to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking passed in the Senate. Heading to new Governor’s desk and likely to be signed.

https://bit.ly/2Hki2LH


BARABOO, WISCONSIN: (UPDATE) Ordinance to ban use of #vaping products OUTSIDE, without any evidence of risk to bystanders or necessity of intervention, has passed after second reading, however #smokefree #tobacco products were removed from the ordinance.

https://bit.ly/2F48AID


UTAH: (UPDATE) Senate passes bill to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products, still needs Governor’s signature, 86% tax remains in Senate for vote.

https://bit.ly/2HAQosR


SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE: (HEADS UP!) Flavored #vaping & #smokefree product ban targeting vape shops is being considered, excluding mint & menthol, while some on Council want to ban ALL #vapor products altogether. Next workshop March 26th!

https://bit.ly/2VZjExu


OKLAHOMA: (UPDATE) Vaping Advocates of Oklahoma reports that HB2288, prohibiting ALL businesses to allow #vaping in their own business (and some OUTDOOR spaces), was pulled from the agenda and will not be heard. Stay alert, Oklahomans!

http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=HB2288&session=1900


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Heads Up – News – Updates 3.14.2019


Tobacco harm reduction news for March 14, 2019. Call to Action in Wisconsin. Anti tobacco harm reduction laws in Alaska, Kansas, South Carolina, Nevada, Massachusetts, Arkansas and Illinois. American Heart Association’s endgame is to end nicotine use, regardless of low risk.

APPLETON, WISCONSIN: (CALL TO ACTION!!) Proposed ordinance will prohibit businesses owners (incl. vape shops) from allowing vaping in their own business! URGENT for CONSUMERS to SHOW UP and tell their story at the Council meeting WED. 3-20 @ 7PM.

Appleton, Wisconsin – Stop an Indoor Vaping Ban!


ALASKA: (HEADS UP!) HB 94 (Rep. Sara Hannan, D-Juneau), a blatant money grab that the bill sponsor admits has nothing to do with health (seeing vapers as people no one will care about taxing) would apply the 75% #tobacco “sin tax” to #vaping products.

https://bit.ly/2W189FE


EMPORIA, KANSAS: (HEADS UP!) City officials being misled in effort to deny early ADULT #vapers access to SAFER alternatives to #smoking AND prohibit business owners from allowing #vaping on their own property, removing a big incentive to switch.

City discusses proposed vaping ordinance


CONWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA: (HEADS UP!) Councilman suggests putting #vape businesses only in areas where tattoo parlors and strip clubs, others suggest treating smoke-free #vaping like #smoking, prohibiting businesses from allowing it on their property.

City informally discusses future of vape shops in Conway


NEVADA: (HEADS UP!) Anti-nicotine zealots pushing lawmakers to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking. (Along with 30% added tax.)

Advocates meet with Nevada lawmakers to raise tobacco age


DEERFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS: (HEADS UP!) Tobacco “expert” manipulating city/county officials into passing ordinances restricting access to #vaping products.

Deerfield hears from tobacco expert


ARKANSAS: (UPDATE) Committee REJECTS #vapor tax to fund NCI funding, BUT lawmakers announce intent to pass tobacco/vapor 21 law & to TAX smokers and vapers (who are typically lower income individuals) to provide tax relief to…lower income individuals.

Senate panel advances bill to fund NCI center, raise tobacco age – Talk Business & Politics


LAKE IN THE HILLS, ILLINOIS: (HEADS UP!) Village to vote TONIGHT (3-14) at 7:30 PM @ Village Hall on ordinance denying early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

Lake in the Hills board to consider raising tobacco purchasing age to 21 | Northwest Herald


THE MORE YOU KNOW: AHA says “The ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO ELIMINATE ALL NICOTINE addiction, but first…ensure e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products do not addict a new generation of users.” (ie. to end USE even if product has little to no health risks.)

American Heart Association Forecasts Endgame for Tobacco and Nicotine Use – American Heart Association Forecasts Endgame for Tobacco and Nicotine Use Association Issues Policy Recommendations for Ending the Tobacco Crisis March 13 2019 Categories:…

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Indoor Vaping Bans – Talking Points

Suggested Talking Points – Place Ban

(Please choose a few of the points below — topics you are most comfortable discussing.)

  • You are a resident and you oppose banning e-cigarette use where smoking is prohibited. (If you are responding to a Call to Action or Local Alert for a city or state in which you are not a resident, please mention any connection you have to the area, for example, you travel there on vacation or have friends/family in the area.)
  • Other governments are taking exactly the opposite approach; Public Health England (the government public health agency) and The Royal College of Physicians (a 500 year old association of 32,000 medical professionals in the UK) recently explicitly endorsed a policy of encouraging smokers to switch to e-cigarettes and vapor products (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/e-cigarettes-an-evidence-update) (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/nicotine-without-smoke-tobacco-harm-reduction-0).
  • Tell your story about how switching to vaping has changed your life. (Avoid using slang terms such as “juice.”)
  • Clarify that:
    • Smoking bans are ostensibly enacted to protect the public from the harm of secondhand smoke, but e-cigarettes have not been found to pose a risk to bystanders. In fact, all evidence to date shows that the low health risks associated with e-cigarettes is comparable to other smoke-free nicotine products.
    • The low risks of e-cigarettes is supported by research done by Dr. Siegel of Boston University, Dr. Eissenberg of Virginia Commonwealth, Dr Maciej L Goniewicz of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Dr. Laugesen of Health New Zealand, Dr. Igor Burstyn of Drexel University, and by the fact that the FDA testing, in spite of its press statement, failed to find harmful levels of carcinogens or toxic levels of any chemical in the vapor.
    • A comprehensive review conducted by Dr. Igor Burstyn of Drexel University School of Public Health based on over 9,000 observations of e-cigarette liquid and vapor found “no apparent concern” for bystanders exposed to e-cigarette vapor, even under “worst case” assumptions about exposure.
    • Electronic cigarette use is easy to distinguish from actual smoking. Although some vapor products resemble real cigarettes, many do not. It is easy to tell when someone lights a cigarette from the smell of smoke. E-cigarette vapor is often practically odorless, and generally any detectable odor is not unpleasant and smells nothing like smoke. Additionally, e-cigarette users can decide whether to release any vapor (“discrete vaping”).  With so little evidence of use, enforcing use bans on electronic cigarettes would be nearly impossible.
    • The ability to vape in public spaces will actually improve public health by inspiring other people who smoke to switch and reduce their health risks by an estimated 99%.
    • In cases where ordinances would prohibit vaping in vapor shops, losing the ability to test e-liquids before purchasing will have a significant and negative impact on your ability to choose which e-liquids to buy.
    • Many people who smoke first try e-cigarettes because they can use them where they cannot smoke, however, they often become “accidental quitters.” This is a documented phenomenon unique to e-cigarettes. It may take a few months or only a few days, but they inevitably stop smoking conventional cigarettes. This is why including vaping in smoking bans could have serious unintended consequences!
    • By making people who vape go outdoors, the city will also be sending a strong message to people who smoke that e-cigarettes are no safer than smoking. This will actually maintain the number of smokers, rather than help reduce smoking. This is a far more realistic risk to public health than any unfounded concerns about possible youth or non-smoker use uptake. In fact, the most recent report by the CDC showed that the dramatic increase in e-cigarette use over that past 3 years has not led to an increase in youth smoking. Youth smoking of traditional cigarettes continues to decline to record low levels.
    • The children of parents who smoke are far more likely to initiate smoking than the children of non-smoking parents who see strangers smoking in public. Children with parents who quit smoking aren’t any more likely to smoke than those of non-smoking parents. Prohibiting vapor products in public does little to protect the children of non-smoking parents from becoming smokers, but significantly increases the likelihood that many smoking parents won’t switch to a smoke-free product. This only serves to keep the highest-risk children at risk.
    • Vaping does not promote combustible tobacco use, nor does it threaten the public health gains the past few decades. In fact, by normalizing vaping over traditional smoking, the efforts of tobacco control are being supported. If anything, vaping denormalizes conventional smoking by setting the example of people who smoke choosing a vastly safer alternative to combustible tobacco products. CDC surveys clearly show that there has been no “gateway effect” causing non-smokers to start smoking. As vaping has become more popular, evidence shows that more and more people who smoke are quitting traditional cigarettes, including young people who smoke.
    • Important Note: A typical and frequent lawmaker response to people who vape who object to public use bans is “We aren’t banning all use or sales, just use where smoking is also prohibited.” Don’t give them the opportunity to counter you in that way! Make it very clear that you understand that this is not a ban on e-cigarette sales or a ban on vaping where smoking is allowed. But what IS being proposed is still a step backward for public health policy, not a step forward.

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Heads Up – News – Updates 3.13.2019


Tobacco harm reduction news for March 13, 2019. Calls to Action in Minnesota. Anti tobacco harm reduction laws in Illinois, Colorado, Washington, New Hampshire, Nevada. FDA releases vapor flavoring guidelines and changed deadline.

MINNESOTA: (CALL TO ACTION!) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders, HF 349 prohibit businesses from allowing #vaping in their property, remove incentive for #smokers to switch. Vote Is Scheduled For TOMORROW, March 14. Click link to take action NOW!

MN – VOTE NO on HF 349, an Indoor Vaping Ban!


IN THE NEWS: (FDA) Agency releases draft guidance on #vaping flavors, moves up pre-market application deadline by a year (for flavors other than tobacco-, mint-, and menthol-flavored products) to 8-8-2021, gives 30 days comment period.

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on advancing new policies aimed at preventing youth access to, and appeal of, flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and cigars


ILLINOIS: (UPDATE) House Bill 345, denying early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking, passed by a vote of 82-31 Tuesday. It now moves to the Illinois Senate.

Illinois House passes Tobacco 21 bill


ASPEN, COLORADO: (HEADS UP) City plans to ban flavored #vaping & #smokefree #tobacco products, reducing product’s appeal to adult #smokers and #vapers and an important and incentive to switch to far safer alternative products.

City to ban all flavored tobacco, nicotine products in Aspen


SKAGIT COUNTY, WASHINGTON: (HEADS UP!) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders, County wants law to prohibit businesses from allowing #vaping in their property, “hope” #vapers outside will somehow dissuade youth use. PUBLIC HEARING April 9th @ 2PM.

County considers ban on public smoking, vaping


WINCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE: (UPDATE) Voters wisely REJECT proposed law that would have denied early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

Winchester voters snuff out proposal to raise tobacco age


NEVADA: (HEADS UP!) SB263 (Sen. Julia Ratti, D-Sparks) would sin tax #vaping products at same 30% rate, raising cost to #smokers, thereby removing savings incentive to switch to far safer alternatives to #smoking.

Vaping tax, bumpstock ban bills introduced in Nevada Legislature

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Heads Up – News – Updates 3.12.2019


Tobacco harm reduction news for March 12, 2019. Calls to Action in Rhode Island and Utah. Anti-harm reduction laws in California, Ohio, Iowa, Connecticut and Colorado. FDA names interim chief.

RHODE ISLAND: (CALL TO ACTION!) Gov. Raimondo’s budget once again has 40% tax on #vaping products! House Finance Committee will be hearing testimony regarding this tax on March 21. Click CTA link to take action NOW!

RI – Stop the Governor’s Vapor Tax!


UTAH: (CALL TO ACTION!!) Stop an 82% tax on vapor products! Click the link to take action NOW!

UT – Call the Senate President (Stop HB 252, Vapor Tax)


EDGEWATER, COLORADO: (UPDATE) City becomes 5th city in state to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

Edgewater Raises Age for Sale of Tobacco to 21 and Increases Smoke/Vapor-Free Protections – Edgewater Echo


LAFAYETTE, CALIFORNIA: (HEADS UP!) City Council late Monday voted unanimously to establish an ordinance banning flavored #tobacco and #vaping products. Next step is having city staff craft an ordinance to spell out the ban.

Lafayette Moves Closer to Ban on Flavored Tobacco


YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO: (HEADS UP!) PUBLIC MEETING WED. @ 5 PM at Covelli Centre community room re: ordinance to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

Public meeting on tobacco-purchase age is Wednesday


JOHNSON COUNTY, IOWA: (HEADS UP!) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders, County considering ordinance MARCH 20th/27th to prohibit businesses from allowing #vaping in their own establishments, think #vapers outside would somehow put them out of view.

Johnson County considers expansion of ordinance to ban e-cigarettes in some areas


SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT: (UPDATE) Groups get town leaders to pass anti-harm reduction law that denies early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

Southington votes to raise tobacco sale age to 21


IN THE NEWS: (FDA) Department of Health and Human Services confirms National Cancer Institute (NCI) Director Ned Sharpless will be the acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

Ned Sharpless named acting FDA commissioner

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