Heads Up – News – Updates 5.10.2019


Call to Action in Arizona. Massachusetts facing deadly legislative barriers to harm reduction. Video: CASAA CEO Alex Clark speaking at 2019 E-cigarette Summit. Dr. Brad Rodu nails another commentary about anti-vaping lies.


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Heads Up – News – Updates 5.9.2019

LOUISIANA: (CALL TO ACTION UPDATE!) HB 38, which would deny people who smoke between the ages of 18 – 21 access to safer alternatives, is moving toward a hearing in the House Appropriations Committee.

Louisiana – Stop Tobacco AND Vaping 21!


SNOWMASS VILLAGE, COLORADO: (UPDATE) Council votes to treat #vaping and smoke-free products the same as combustible cigarettes, denying many people who smoke and vape access to far safer alternatives to smoking.

Council raises tobacco, e-cigarette purchasing age to 21 in Snowmass


BOISE, IDAHO: (UPDATE) City treats low risk vaping like smoking, misleading public into believing they have the same health risks and laying groundwork for more restrictive laws, denying businesses CHOICE to allow vaping in their own establishment.

You can’t vape where you can’t smoke in Boise, City Council rules


COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA: (UPDATE) City misleads public to believe low risk, smoke-free vaping is same as smoking, bans use OUTDOORS and in bars without evidence of risk, $100 – $500 fines. Use bans often first step to justify more onerous laws later.

Columbia bans vaping at bars, restaurants. Yes, that includes the patio


OPINION: (Elise Amez-Droz) “The agency must stop using fear to scare people away from life-saving technology. Yes, teenage vaping should be discouraged and any actual issues with seizures addressed. But that doesn’t excuse the FDA’s ridiculous exaggerations.”

Unfounded fear is driving the FDA’s war against vaping – Orange County Register


REDONDO BEACH, CALIFORNIA: (HEADS UP!) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders, city close to banning #vaping in ANY public area, including OUTSIDE ON SIDEWALKS, and BAN FLAVORED products that help people who smoke switch to far safer alternatives.

Redondo Beach closer to public smoking ban, including e-cigarettes and …….. – Daily Breeze

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Heads Up – News – Updates 5.8.2019

APPLETON, WISCONSIN: (CALL TO ACTION UPDATE!) This morning, the Board of Health declined to amend the indoor vaping ban to exclude vape shops. While CASAA opposes any type of indoor vape ban, due to the fact that it misleads the public into believing that vaping is the same as smoking and raises the possibility that the public will support even more laws and increased taxes, not allowing vaping in a vape shop makes it more difficult for people who smoke to switch to a far less harmful alternative. It is completely unacceptable to reduce the odds of people who smoke switching to vaping.The indoor ban will once again come before the full council for consideration on Wednesday, May 15th. We strongly urge all consumers who depend on Appleton vape shops to attend this meeting and tell your story. If you cannot attend the meeting, please use this Call to Action to call or email the council members. There will also be a written petition available for consumers to sign at local vape shops.

WI – Appleton – Stop a #vaping ban! (Updated 5.08.19)


IN THE NEWS: Now that Walmart has joined the Tobacco 21 frenzy w/ Walgreens, Rite Aid & CVS, non-tobacco flavored vapor products will only be sold beside cigarettes as safer alternatives at gas stations, kiosks, mom & pop corner stores & some tobacco shops.

Walmart raises tobacco purchase age to 21 and discontinues sweet flavored vaping products | Retail | Dallas News


WASHINGTON: (UPDATE) Late-night voting resulted in lawmakers passing a 27¢/mL sin tax on closed vapor products (less than $1 on a 4-pack of pods) and a 9¢/mL tax on open system vapor products ($5.40 on a 60 mL bottle.) Shops push for amendment or veto.

Vape Stores Face Closure After Washington Passes New Sin Tax on Vapor Products


ARIZONA: (HEADS UP!) The state Senate has passed a bill which would treat low risk vapor products that help adults who smoke quit the same as combustible cigarettes.

Senate votes 29-0 to put vaping devices under state’s tobacco rules


BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA: Lawmakers want to ban ALL tobacco sales in the city (including very low risk vapor & smoke-free products) to everyone except wealthy cigar smokers and rich hotel guests.

http://bit.ly/2Wx70q4


ARKANSAS: (UPDATE) Lawmakers pass law DENYING some ADULTS who smoke access to far SAFER smoke-free products, in spite of fact that such laws have reportedly failed to make an impact on teen vaping in other states.

http://bit.ly/2JqvePf

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Heads Up – News – Updates 5.7.2019

APPLETON, WISCONSIN: (CALL TO ACTION UPDATE!) MEETING TOMORROW! City plans to treat vaping the same as smoking, misleading public to think they have same risks and deserve more regs/taxes, denying business CHOICE whether to allow.

WI – Appleton – Stop a #vaping ban! (Updated 5.08.19)


NEW HAMPHIRE: (CALL TO ACTION!) A definition change in HB 2 would subject vaping to NH’s 65% wholesale tax on tobacco products other than cigarettes. Take Action and Make Contact with lawmakers TODAY!

NH – Get Vapor Taxes OUT of the Budget!


MINNESOTA: (CALL TO ACTION!) Bills would treat #vapor products same as smoking, misleading public into thinking products are hazardous and deserve more regs/tax, deny businesses CHOICE to allow vaping, plus add MORE TAXES on top of existing 95% tax.

http://bit.ly/2Vi8hVD


WISCONSIN: (HEADS UP!) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders, lawmaker wants to treat vaping the same as smoking, misleading public to think they have same health risks and deserve similar regs/taxes, denying businesses CHOICE to allow if they want.

Updating Our Clean Indoor Air Act


ASPEN, COLORADO: (UPDATE) City moving forward with complete BAN ON FLAVORS for low risk smoke-free products, which have been shown to help adult who smoke avoid relapse, even though city already prohibits sales to anyone under 21.

Aspen moving forward with ban on all flavored nicotine products


EXPERT OPINION: Great article on vaping and flavor bans written by tobacco harm reduction expert Dr. Brad Rodu.

The California Crusade Against Tobacco Flavors: From Foolish to Dangerous


NEW MEXICO: (UPDATE) Without evidence of risk to bystanders, lawmakers treat vapor products same as smoking, misleading public to believe products carry same risk, and add 12.5% “sin” tax, increasing cost for people who use products to avoid smoking.

http://bit.ly/2H3JWZC

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Heads Up – News – Updates 5.2.2019

COLORADO: (CALL TO ACTION!) Lawmakers relying on public ignorance of low risk alternatives to pass wildly ignorant 62% sin tax on vapor products. Anything that reduces youth “experimenting” will also reduce use by those who need it most: adults who smoke!

CO – Stop a Vapor Tax (to be decided by ballot initiative)!


THE MORE YOU KNOW: Survey studies attempting to show that adult smoke-free consumers don’t want or need non-tobacco flavors are hopelessly flawed.

Most adults who smoke will TRY vaping to 1) reduce health risks, 2) reduce costs, 3) use indoors and 4) wean off nicotine completely. Ask what about vaping most helped AVOID RELAPSE (going back to smoking) and flavors will be a primary factor, along with the ability to customize devices and vary nicotine strength.

“Reason(s) you vape” questions on surveys are generally stupid


FLORIDA: (UPDATE) House reportedly WON’T pass law denying young adult smokers access to safer alternatives. Important to remember such laws also mislead public to believe vaping/smoking are same, which leads to agreement with other restrictions/taxes.

‘T21’ proposal goes up in smoke


CONNECTICUT: (HEADS UP!) HB7200, which would deny some adults who smoke access to low risk products and mislead public to believe vaping/smoking have same risks, has now passed Finance Committee.

Rep. Frey, Finance Committee Vote to Raise Tobacco Use to Age to 21


CONNECTICUT: (HEADS UP #2!) Finance committee amendment reportedly lowers governor’s 75% wholesale vapor tax in budget, but still a whopping 50% tax. Products that significantly decrease risk should be made MORE AFFORDABLE, not MORE EXPENSIVE!

Democrats: tax on digital downloads; higher taxes on alcohol


THE MORE YOU KNOW: ANTZ step up chemophobia efforts w/ scary-sounding “third-hand smoke & vapor.” Mentions nicotine reaction with a “common environmental chemical” that turns out to be nitrous acid from dangerously unvented gas appliances, which is far more worrisome than trace nitrosamines! That’s a 100% fail on “the dose makes the poison” test!

SDSU Opens First-of-Its-Kind Thirdhand Smoke Resource Center


IDAHO: (HEADS UP!) Be prepared to fight a slew of anti-vaping laws and cost increases via sin taxes if ANTZ successfully convince lawmakers that vaping is the same as smoking and young adults who smoke should be denied access to vape products.

As student vaping rises, some in Idaho push to raise tobacco age limit to 21


BROOMFIELD, COLORADO: (HEADS UP!) City considering treating vaping like smoking, licenses for retailers to sell tobacco/vape products, raising the minimum sale age to 21, implementing price policies or restricting certain flavors.

Broomfield officials study teen vaping, discuss regulations – Broomfield Enterprise

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Heads Up – News – Updates 5.1.2019

IN THE NEWS: FDA approves sale of safer “heat-not-burn” product, acknowledging it as less toxic and “appropriate for the protection of the public health” but holds back MRTP approval (which would let company actually TELL consumers it’s less toxic.)This landmark decision likely to have a direct impact on approval of other safer alternatives.

FDA clears Philip Morris’ iQOS, Altria plans to start selling heated tobacco device in the US this summer


VERMONT: (UPDATE) State senate making access to safer alternatives to smoking much more difficult for adults who smoke living in rural areas and towns without stores that sell the products. Tobacco/Vapor 21 and a 92% tax are also on the table.

Vermont lawmakers ban online sale of e-cigarettes, to reduce teen access


NEBRASKA: (UPDATE) Advocates successfully convinced lawmakers to reject the proposed indoor vaping ban and Tobacco and Vapor 21, changing the age to 19 to (hopefully) prevent 18-year-old high school students from buying for younger classmates.

Nebraska lawmakers move to raise legal age to 19 for smoking and vaping


ADVOCACY: And if you cannot or will not quit, vapor products will not only reduce your risks to very nearly non-smoking levels, they will also save you money. That is, of course, if governments STOP adding sin taxes to very low risk products that are actually helping people avoid smoking.

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Heads Up – News – Updates 4.29.2019

NEBRASKA: (CALL TO ACTION!) Bills treat vaping the same as smoking (and reinforces public opinion that they ARE the same,) denying higher risk adults who smoke access and imposing tax that increases costs for people trying to quit w/safer alternatives.NE – Keep vaping affordable and accessible!


MINNESOTA: (CALL TO ACTION!) SF 2452 looks like it may treat vaping the same as smoking (misleading public into thinking it IS the same), denying most businesses personal choice to allow vaping & denying higher risk adults access to safer alternatives!

MN – Keep Vaping Visible and Accessible for People Who Smoke!


CASAA IN ACTION: CASAA’s CEO Alex Clark was presenting the consumer perspective today at the 2019 E-Cigarette Summit!

Photo Credit: Cynthia Cabrera

Read more about the summit here: https://www.e-cigarette-summit.us.com/


ADVOCACY: Our Testimonials Project is a large collection of compelling individual reports that will make it impossible for anyone to claim that substitution of low-risk alternatives isn’t a proven method for quitting smoking. Add your story today!

Testimonials – CASAA


BREAKING NEWS: As underage sex declines dramatically, EPIDEMIC of sexually active teens using flavored condoms, believing they reduce risk of unprotected sex, prompts govt to warn “not 100% effective,” add huge sin tax & regulate ALL condoms to reduce teen access.

(This is a satirical representation of how ridiculous anti-vaping logic sounds.)


IN THE NEWS: Snus, a product proven to be a reasonably safe alternative to smoking, is making gains in the market. Has a chance to become “Modified Risk Tobacco Product” and save millions of lives – if FDA doesn’t mess things up like it has with vaping.

http://bit.ly/2GGlRIa

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Heads Up – News – Updates 4.26.2019

MINNESOTA: (HEADS UP!) Law that treats vaping the same as smoking (and reinforces public opinion that they’re the same) has passed in House, Denies higher risk adults who smoke access to safer alternatives, indoor ban, etc. Heads to conference committee.

http://bit.ly/2Gw1WeM


IN THE NEWS: Very happy @MoCoSentinel looked up some facts on our website, but we wish they’d have actually spoken to us for a CONSUMER PERSPECTIVE before quoting a POINTLESS gem like “vapes have much higher levels of pure nicotine than traditional cigarettes.”

County work group formed to combat underage vaping – The Montgomery County Sentinel


SKAGIT COUNTY, WASHINGTON: (UPDATE) Ironically calling vape-free policies “one of the most effective tools for protecting the health of a community,” ANTZ convince County (and now the public) to treat smoke-free vaping the same as smoking.

Skagit County Bans Smoking and Vaping in Public Spaces


THE MORE YOU KNOW: Maybe next time they talk vaping, The Verge will ask CASAA, too? Because WE know smoking/nicotine are also “apples & oranges.” Even FDA says nicotine outside of smoking (NRT) has low “abuse liability and dependence potential” (ie. not particularly addicting): bit.ly/2IKZtRv

Why Big Tobacco and Big Vape love comparing nicotine to caffeine


IN THE NEWS: So much for “evidence-based policy.” With a slew of new Tobacco/Vapor 21 bills pending and passing around the country, Hawaii DOH realizes that their 2016 T21 law has essentially failed and EDUCATION is the key.

Can we say “We told you so?”

Number of Hawaii youth experimenting with e-cigarettes has increased


KENTUCKY: High School smoking has had a huge decline from 24.1% in 2011 to 14.3% in 2017 (CDC), but still much higher than national avg. 8.1%. So, of course, they’re most concerned about…a rise in smoke-free vaping. Oh…and adults don’t like flavors.

The number of Kentucky kids who vape has nearly doubled in the last 2 years


LICKING HEIGHTS, OHIO: So many lies in this one, our eyes are watering. “7 mil kids ADDICTED” (Not even close – fewer than 90k HS students vape >20 days a month and MS is even less.)

“6 tsp NICOTINE in bottles” (Nope. 6 tsp would equal an entire 30 ml bottle that’s NOT all nicotine.)

“nicotine & tobacco kills 1 out of 5 people” (Conflating nicotine with smoking!)

Heads up – they’re talking FLAVOR BAN!

‘It’s serious’ Expert estimates one in four high schoolers are vaping

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Heads Up – News – Updates 4.25.2019


Call to Action update in Oklahoma.  The truth about the fungus/bacteria study. TV show makes a great point. Compromise means admitting “guilt.” CASAA still needs members to join our Facebook state groups and moderators!


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OKLAHOMA: (CALL TO ACTION!) CASAA has learned that HB 1389, which would ban vaping in the same places where smoking is prohibited is likely to come up for a vote in the full senate TODAY. Every vaper and their friends in OK need to ACT NOW!OK – Stop a Vaping Place Ban!

INDIANA: (UPDATE!) A 20% sin tax on safer alternatives to smoking reportedly died without vote Wed. after dropping to 5%. Sponsors Tim Brown & Ed Charbonneau said they couldn’t muster support in their caucuses for even that amount.

Indiana e-cigarette tax dies on last day of legislature


THE MORE YOU KNOW: Ignore the headlines. Vape fungus/bacteria study authors admit levels found even “lower than in the occupational environment” (ie. workplace air.) NOTE: “Beta” glucans are also found in PLANTS (not just scary-sounding “fungus”) & have been used to TREAT diabetes, HIV/AIDS and even cancer. They have also been found to help with respiratory infections. “Glucans” are a lot more complex than what is being reported.

Study Finds Signs Of Bacteria And Fungi In Many Vaping Products


On a recent episode of the TV show Madame Secretary she said, “You’re conjuring hypothetical people in order to distract real people from a real issue.”The same could be said about conjuring hypothetical teens who “might” start smoking after vaping to distract from REAL issue of 34+ mil ADULTS who smoke LOSING access.



If you try to compromise with ANTZ on taxes, online bans, indoor bans, c-store bans, etc. because a youth vaping “epidemic” is “erasing progress,” you’re compromising on a LIE. You’ve just ADMITTED GUILT to something that doesn’t even exist and THEY WIN.

Vital Signs: Tobacco Product Use Among Middle …


We are still in desperate need of moderators (and members!) for Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and West Virginia!

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Heads Up – News – Updates 4.19.2019

VERMONT: (CALL TO ACTION UPDATE!) H.47, which would impose Vermont’s 92% OTP wholesale tax on vapor products (including e-liquid and devices) is expected to be scheduled for discussion and possibly a VOTE early in the week of APRIL 22. Take action NOW!

VT – Stop an outrageous tax on Vaping!


COLORADO: (HEADS UP!) Bill banning public vaping passes in House, moving to Senate. Indoor bans not only take away right of business to choose, they mislead public to believe vaping is harmful, which leads to support for high taxes, flavor bans, etc.

Bill banning e-cigarette use indoors passes Colorado House; heads to Senate


ADVOCACY: Hundreds of pending anti-vaping laws. 3 million+ consumers. Less than 10% have joined CASAA. Just 11,677 CASAA testimonials. CASAA State groups with fewer than 10 members.

CASAA’s strength is in the number of voices in its membership, and those members being informed and taking action.

Click the links below to join, testify, stay informed and take action!

Join CASAA: Join CASAA – CASAA

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Join Your State Group: CASAA.org – The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association


ASPEN, COLORADO: (UPDATE) FLAVOR BAN! City is “coordinating with tobacco retailers,” but likely not hearing from CONSUMERS LIKE YOU. Tweet or Facebook message @CityOfAspen, call, email or attend a work session to give your opinion!

Aspen Contact Info: http://bit.ly/2IOzffQ

http://bit.ly/2VcpvCU


BLAIRSVILLE, INDIANA: (HEADS UP!) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders, city plans to BAN #VAPING OUTDOORS. Misinformed Councilman claims “It’s out of control. With the high amount of nicotine, it’s almost guaranteed you’ll be addicted.” 

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