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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