IN THE NEWS: Former FDA director Dr. Scott Gottlieb (@ScottGottliebMD) has joined the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, the maker of Chantix. When Chantix was linked to significant health risks, FDA said “The benefits of quitting smoking outweigh those risks.” Meanwhile, vapor products must prove 100% safety – even for non-users?
INDIANA: (HEADS UP!) Bill to deny adults 18-20 who smoke access to far safer alternatives has passed out of committee. These laws are not proven effective, mislead public on the risks of vaping and inevitably lead to more restrictive bans and taxes!
IN Sen. Young hopes to increase legal smoking age soon
RESEARCH: Sanford Health researcher taking an in-depth look at alleged vaping “gateway” effect, finds evidence of little to no effect and concerned that regulations may backfire and drive people back to smoking.
Sanford researcher says vaping not a gateway to smoking
FEDERAL: Sen. Romney’s bill, which would deny adults 18-20 who smoke access to far safer products, has passed in committee. These laws are not proven effective, mislead public on the risks of vaping and inevitably lead to more restrictive bans and taxes!
Romney’s smoking and vaping bill passes committee
LONGMONT, COLORADO: (HEADS UP!) Including vaping in smoking bans may seem “reasonable” to some folks…until they inevitably start extending those smoking bans to OUTDOOR spaces and, in some cases, private residences in multi-unit buildings.
Longmont City Council Gives Initial Approval To Expanded Smoking Ban
IN THE NEWS: Vermont starts population-level experiment w/ public health, near-doubling cost of vapor products, banning online sales and denying adults 18-20 who smoke access to far safer products. Will be easier to get cigarettes in the state than vapes.
New e-cigarette rules expected to slam Vt. vape shops
THE MORE YOU KNOW: A new article going around tells readers the ACS, in its 2018 position statement, “not only endorse but promote vapor products as a safe and healthy way to quit smoking.” Unfortunately, this is NOT the case. In the year since releasing the statement the ACS has been part of suing the FDA to pull vapor products off market until proven safe, and lobbied for flavor bans, high taxes, indoor/outdoor use bans, online bans and T21. Far from a ringing endorsement of vaping.
Please see CASAA’s 2018 full response here: ACS to Clinicians: Vaping is an acceptable last resort… – CASAA
This article was originally published at CASAA