Heads Up – News – Updates 1.29.2019


Tobacco harm reduction news for January 29, 2019. Anti-harm reduction law in Connecticut, new bill in Congress would devastate tobacco harm reduction efforts, Brian Darling and Jacob Grier call out FDA overreach and moral panic.

SOUTH WINDSOR, CONNECTICUT: (UPDATE) Without anyone to speak in opposition last week, Council will vote 2/4 to deny adult #smokers & #vapers access to far safer alternative #vaping products. It’s not too late for advocates to fight this anti-THR policy!

Raising age on tobacco products to 21 gets support


NATIONAL: (HEADS UP!) New bill (HR 293) introduced in Congress would ban sale of #vaping products and much lower risk #tobacco products across state lines (incl. online,) add excessive taxes and ban non-tobacco flavors (unless approved as NRT.)

https://bit.ly/2RSY0xn


OPINION: (Brian Darling) The FDA Is Overreaching With Its Attempt to Ban Vaping “Government regulators are supposed to protect, not hurt, the very people they are charged to help.”

The FDA Is Overreaching With Its Attempt to Ban Vaping


OPINION: Brilliant points made by @jacobgrier We Are Completely Overreacting to Vaping
“The moral panic against it is an irrational response fueled by anti-smoker bias.”

https://bit.ly/2CUUqZl

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Heads Up – News – Updates 1.28.2019


Tobacco harm reduction news for January 28, 2019. Anti-harm reduction laws in Illinois, California, Iowa, New Mexico, New Hapshire, Minnesota and Oklahoma. 

IOWA: (HEADS UP!) Lawmakers appear to be helping #tobacco sales by denying adult #smokers and #vapers 18-20 access to much safer alternative #vaping products, while allowing sale and possession of combustible #cigarettes.

Photo Credit: Atlanta Jewish Times

Proposal would lift legal age to purchase e-cigarettes from 18 to 21


DOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE: (HEADS UP!) Lawmakers hearing argument to deny adult #smokers and #vapers 18-20 access to much safer alternative #vaping products. 

Dover Y2Y again asking Legislature to raise tobacco age to 21


NEW MEXICO: (HEADS UP!) HB 261 would tax #vaping products with a 76% excise tax, increasing the cost to remove an important incentive for #smokers to make the switch from #smoking to far safer #vapor products.

https://bit.ly/2DEt8YP


MINNESOTA: (HEADS UP!) Proposed bills would deny adult #smokers and #vapers 18-20 access to much safer alternative #vapor products and prohibit businesses from allowing #vaping in their own establishment. 

Local lawmakers working on Tobacco 21, Helmet to Hardhat legislation


SAN CARLOS, CALIFORNIA: (HEADS UP!) City Council wants to ban flavored #vaping products although it’s already illegal to sell to anyone under 21. Would deny adult #vapers access to products that are most successful in helping them quit #smoking.

City looks to ban flavored tobacco, menthol cigs, smoking in apartments – Palo Alto Daily Post


ILLINOIS: (HEADS UP!) Lawmakers again trying to deny adult #smokers and #vapers 18-20 access to much safer alternative #vaping products. 

Advocates again try to raise state’s tobacco-buying age to 21


DULUTH, MINNESOTA: (UPDATE) CIty Council voting TONIGHT tp deny adult #smokers and #vapers 18-20 access to much safer alternative #vaping products.

Duluth City Council to vote on Tobacco 21


OKLAHOMA: (HEADS UP!) Bill HB 1432 would deny adult #smokers and #vapers 18-20 access to much safer alternative #vaping products.

https://bit.ly/2Tl50zB

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Heads Up – News – Updates 1.25.2019


Tobacco harm reduction news for January 25, 2019. Anti-harm reduction laws in Illinois, Arizona, Vermont and North Dakota. Snus deserves modified risk classification. Washington Examiner questions FDA actions on vapor products…. 

IN THE NEWS: Congress authorized @FDATobacco to review modified risk claims, but proving far less harm isn’t enough. Must also prove impossible: knowing truth won’t attract new users. Snus has 30+ years of evidence but can’t legally tell public this truth.

https://bit.ly/2B4RQQt


MOUNT PROSPECT, ILLINOIS: (HEADS UP!) Village considering laws to deny adult #smokers 18-20 access to far safer alternative #vaping products and prohibit business owners from allowing #vaping in their own establishments.

Village Considers Raising Age To Purchase Tobacco | Journal & Topics Media Group


THE MORE YOU KNOW: If you’re on Facebook, please join your state’s CASAA group and help us continue to fight for tobacco harm reduction policies!

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ARIZONA: (HEADS UP!) Anti harm reduction groups pushing to pass Tobacco 21 law, which typically also denies adult #smokers 18-20 access to far safer alternative #vaping products. Join CASAA in fighting these laws!

Proposal would raise minimum age to buy tobacco to 21


VERMONT: (HEADS UP!) @GovPhilScott backing outrageous 92% wholesale tax on #vaping products, which would remove an important lower cost incentive for inveterate adult #smokers to switch to the far lower risk products.

Scott backs 92 percent e-cigarette tax to curb youth use


NORTH DAKOTA: (HEADS UP!) Bill HB 1477 would ban all #eliquid flavors other than tobacco and menthol, removing an important feature that helps #smokers stay off combustible #cigarettes.

ND – Stop a Flavor Ban


OPINION: (Washington Examiner) The FDA is on a mission to ‘protect’ you from harmless products.

The FDA is on a mission to ‘protect’ you from harmless products

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Heads Up – News – Updates 1.24.2019


Tobacco harm reduction news for January 24, 2019. Montana advocates get 50% tax tabled, Bills and ordinances in Minnesota, Texas, Illinois, Alabama, Florida, Ohio and Connecticut…

DECATUR, ALABAMA: (UPDATE) City Council votes 4-1 to add vaping products to #smoking ordinance, denying most businesses the right to allow #vaping in their establishment, limits vaping in vape shops.
Decatur council approves vaping ban


OHIO: (HEADS UP!) American Cancer Society lobbying for high #cigarette tax on #vaping products, pushing to deny #smoking adults 18-20 access to the far safer alternatives to #smoking.

Should vaping be taxed like cigarettes? Some Ohio advocates think so


ALACHUA COUNTY, FLORIDA: (UPDATE) County denies adult #smokers 18-20 access to much safer alternative #vaping products, treating them the same as #cigarettes. More unreasonable laws will surely follow unless Florida #vapers unite and stand against it! 

County raises tobacco buying age to 21


BELTRAMI COUNTY, MINNESOTA: (UPDATE) County denies adult #smokers 18-20 access to much safer alternative #vaping products. Latest in string of MN cities ignoring the science of tobacco harm reduction.

Photo Credit: Pixabay

Beltrami County raises age to buy tobacco, vaping products


CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS: (UPDATE & HEADS UP!) City Council chooses cautious approach on #vaping product age regulation, but still drafting ordinance that would prohibit businesses from allowing vaping in their own establishments.

Champaign council not yet ready to regulate e-cigarette market


ILLINOIS: (HEADS UP!) Numerous municipalities in state passing/considering laws denying adult #smokers 18-20 access to much safer alternative #vaping products.

Cook County ready to ban under-21 tobacco sales in unincorporated areas


BRIDGEPORT, CONNECTICUT: (UPDATE) City denies adult #smokers 18-20 access to much safer, smoke-free alternative #vaping products. Some laws are passing fast, without news reports. Please join CASAA to help us stay on top of/alert members in your area! 

Bridgeport raises the age of sale of tobacco to 21; law includes e-cigarettes


TYLER, TEXAS: (UPDATE) City prohibits business from allowing use of #vaping products in their establishment. Some laws are passing fast, without news reports. Please join CASAA to help us stay on top of/alert members in your area! 

Tyler approves ban on e-cigarettes in public places

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Heads Up – News – Updates 1.21.2019

Tobacco harm reduction news for January 21, 2019. Bills and ordinances in Vermont, Minnesota, Virginia, Texas and South Carolina seek to deny adult smokers access to vaping products, Rhode Island and Indiana would tax vapor products as cigarettes, pinion piece by Lindsey Stroud…


VERMONT: (HEADS UP!) State lawmakers introducing bills denying adult #smokers 18-20 access to low risk #vaping products, ban direct online sales to consumers and tax #vapor products like cigarettes.
New bill would ban online sales of e-cigarettes in Vermont


OPINION: (Lindsey Stroud) “States should reform how they spend tobacco funds — not restrict access to products”
States should reform how they spend tobacco funds — not restrict access to products


MANKATO, MINNESOTA: (HEADS UP!) City again looking to deny adult #smokers 18-20 access to low risk #vaping products. Could vote on Feb. 11 to set a hearing and vote for Feb. 28. Mankato to reconsider Tobacco 21 ordinance


DULUTH, MINNESOTA: (UPDATE) City moves closer to denying adult #smokers 18-20 access to low risk #vaping products.
https://halfwheel.com/duluth-minn-tobacco-age-increase-proposal-moves-forward/291079


VIRGINIA: (HEADS UP!) State lawmaker moves to deny adult #smokers 18-20 access to low risk #vaping products.
Virginia lawmakers want to raise age to buy tobacco, e-cigarettes to 21



RHODE ISLAND: (HEADS UP!) 
Governor Raimondo looking to add 40% tax to #vaping products, which would help level the playing field for #cigarettes and give state more revenue, while removing cost incentive for #smokers to switch to a far safer alternative.

Rhode Island’s Governor Repeats Proposal for Higher Tobacco Taxes


TEXAS: (HEADS UP!) Rep. Zerwas (R-Katy) introduced bill HB 749, which would deny adult #smokers 18-20 access to very low risk #vaping products.

Texas Joins States Considering Tobacco 21 Bills


SOUTH CAROLINA: (HEADS UP!) Rep. Rutherford (D-Richland) introduced HB 3451, which would deny adult #smokers 18-20 access to very low risk #vaping products.

South Carolina Joins States Considering Tobacco 21


INDIANA: (HEADS UP!) House Committee Chairman looking to add tax to #vaping products, which would help level the playing field for #cigarettes and give state more revenue, while removing cost incentive for #smokers to switch to a far safer alternative.

Indiana cigarette tax hike, legal ……… bids stalling

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Heads Up – News – Updates 1.16.2019

Tobacco harm reduction news for January 16, 2019. Bills in New York, Connecticut would deny adult smokers 18-20 access to safer alternatives, Appleton, WI, Decatur, AL and Colorado would prohibit private businesses from catering to vaping customers, Minnesota makes vaping less appealing then wonders why smoking isn’t declining as quickly…


NEEDHAM, MASSACHUSETTS: (UPDATE) Needham Board of Health unanimously approved the ban of flavored tobacco products beginning July City already banned “candy-flavored” vapes. New law will prohibit sale of all vape flavors with exception of regular tobacco. Needham bans flavored cigarettes, e-cigarettes


NEW YORK: (HEADS UP!) New York State could deny adult smokers 18-20 access to low risk #vaping products in Cuomo budget plan
Cuomo: Raise e-cigarette, tobacco age to 21


APPLETON, WISCONSIN: (HEADS UP!) Despite no evidence of risk to bystanders, city plans to prohibit private businesses from allowing vaping in their establishment, including bars and vape shops. BOH will take up issue Feb. 13 Fox Cities Notebook: Indoor vaping ban proposed in Appleton, expansion of I-41 sought


COLORADO: (HEADS UP!) Despite no evidence of risk to bystanders, state lawmaker plans to prohibit private businesses from allowing vaping in their establishment, including bars and vape shops.

Credit: CBS

Lawmakers Plan To Amend Clean Indoor Air Act To Include E-Cigarettes


DECATUR, ALABAMA: (UPDATE) City moving forward to prohibit private businesses owners from allowing vaping in their establishment, but change would exempt vape shops so long as (presumably vaping) customers & cashiers aren’t exposed. Marks: Vaping would be allowed in shops that specialize in e-cigarettes


THE MORE YOU KNOW: (MINNESOTA) State taxes vape products at 95%, numerous cities ban flavors, indoor use and 18-20 yr old purchase, then wonders why smoking hasn’t declined more. Smoking decline slows in Minnesota


MERIDEN, CONNECTICUT: (HEADS UP!) City considering denying adult smokers 18-20 access to low risk vaping products. Asking residents to complete survey at Meriden Tobacco 21 Ordinance Survey (until 1/25/19)through Jan 25.

Meriden councilors considering raising age for tobacco, vaping purchases


CHESHIRE, CONNECTICUT: (HEADS UP!) Council considering denying adult smokrs 18-20 access to low risk #vaping products. Considering draft ordinance on Feb. 5th. Cheshire Town Council may raise minimum age to buy vaping devices

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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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