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“Epidemic?” A Perspective of Youth Vaping & Tobacco Use Trends

On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb announced enforcement actions to be taken in the wake of unpublished “preliminary data” showing an “epidemic rise” in vaping among young people. Although the new data are not publicly available, Dr. Gottlieb is referencing it as justification for drastic enforcement actions like banning flavors and pulling entire product lines off …

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NJ – Gov. Murphy is proposing a MASSIVE tax on vaping starting in FY 2019

(Update – 09.17.18) On Thursday, September 13, Assembly Member John Burzichelli (D-03) introduced A4391, which would repeal the floor tax and change the tax on nicotine-containing vapor products from 10c/ml to a 3.5% retail tax. The bill is assigned to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. Asm. Burzichelli is the chairman of this committee. Although CASAA considers any extra tax on …

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CA – Marin County – Stop a Flavor Ban!

On September 11, 2018, the Marin County Board of Supervisors will introduce an ordinance that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco and vapor products. This is just an introduction/first-read, so no action is expected to be taken. However, the timeline for adoption of this ordinance is accelerated and a vote could happen as early as September 18th. Introduction: Tuesday, …

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MO – St. Charles County rejects anti-vaping ballot initiative

On Monday, August 27, the Saint Charles County Council met to consider two bills that would amend the county’s public smoking laws. Bill 4631 passed by a vote of 4 to 3 and does not include any mention of vaping. Please take a moment to send a thank you message to County Council members who listened to the evidence and …

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Vaping Cancer, Heart Disease Risk Overstated By Recent Research

Two recent study findings that were released to the media this month are just wild speculation, and possibly intentional misrepresentation, according to analysis by The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA). In an as-yet-to-be-published (or peer reviewed) preliminary study, researchers looked at the saliva of just 5 vapers, testing for the presence of carcinogenic chemicals. Researchers found increased levels …

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CASAA Files Affidavit in American Academy of Pediatrics v. FDA Lawsuit

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The Right to Be Smoke-Free Coalition (RSF) recently submitted a brief to the federal district court of Maryland, opposing a motion for summary judgment filed by various public health groups in American Academy of Pediatrics v. FDA. The public health groups are challenging the pre-market application deadline extensions given by the FDA for tobacco and vapor products. RSF is not …

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Researchers Fall Short Examining Effects of Vapor Exposure in Lungs

In a recent study published online Aug. 13 in the BMJ journal Thorax, hoping to discover what happens when e-liquid evaporates and enters the lungs, researchers attempted to recreate vaping using common respiratory suction “traps” and collected the resulting condensation. Using unflavored eliquid both with and without nicotine to conduct the experiment. They used alveolar macrophage cells (protective cells that …

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CASAA Newsletter – August 2018

Dear CASAA Members, June and July saw us involved in a lot of activity with the FDA. In early June, CASAA and other advocacy groups filed a 90-day extension request for the comment period for the advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding a product standard for flavored vapor and tobacco products. The FDA only extended the period for 30 …

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MN – Otter Tail County – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21

The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners are moving forward with plans to enact new regulations on tobacco and vapor retailers. These regulations could, among other things, include raising the age to purchase tobacco and vapor products to 21 and restrictions on where flavored products can be sold. (Update, 08/07/18) A draft ordinance for raising the legal purchase age to …

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CA – Sacramento – Stop a Flavor Ban

The City of Sacramento is in the early stages of considering an ordinance that would restrict/ban the sale of flavored tobacco and vapor products. A public hearing on this proposal is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, August 28th, 5:00 PM. (This date is subject to change. Please make sure you are signed up with CASAA to receive alerts) NOW is the …

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CA – Beverly Hills – Stop a Flavor Ban! (ENDED)

ENDED: The Beverly Hills City Council approved a citywide ban on flavored tobacco products, including e-liquid with or without nicotine, including  at its Aug. 7 meeting. The Beverly Hills City Council is moving forward with a proposal that will ban the sale of flavored tobacco and vapor products. This is an all-out ban. There are no exemptions for specialty, adult-only shops. …

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CASAA’s Comment to FDA on Flavors

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM), Regulation of Flavors in Tobacco Products, to obtain information related to the role that flavors play in tobacco products. Specifically, FDA is seeking comments on, among other things, how flavors attract youth to initiate tobacco product use, and about whether and how certain flavors may help …

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AK – SB 63 Keep Vaping OUT of Smoking Laws! (ENDED)

ENDED: SB 63 was signed into law on 7/18/18. While this bill amended Alaska’s smoking law to include vaping in the definition of smoking, the bill also includes several exemptions. Notably, the prohibition on “smoking” does not apply to retail tobacco or “e-cigarette” stores that are freestanding or, if connected to a neighboring business, have a separate entrance (vape shops …

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CASAA Submits Comment to FDA Regarding Nicotine Limits

  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Tobacco Product Standard for Nicotine Level of Combusted Cigarettes, an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking public comment for consideration in developing a potential nicotine product standard for combustible tobacco products. The FDA claims that “lowering nicotine to a minimally or non-addictive level could potentially save millions of lives, …

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CASAA Tobacco 21 policy statement: “Including low-risk alternatives in T21 laws is unwise, misleading”

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Proposals to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products have been working their way through cities and municipalities for roughly ten years. In 2013, New York City– known for its aggressive tobacco control policies–was the first major US city to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco and vapor products to 21. In 2015, Hawaii became the first state …

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Batteries & Bottles: Traveling Safely This Summer

With the summer travel season here, many consumers are wondering about traveling on vacation with their vapor devices and liquids. Lithium batteries are often the most concerning aspect. Headlines appear almost every week of a cell phone, laptop, headphones, hoverboards and even vapor devices overheating or even exploding. The next most common concern is having liquids confiscated by the Transportation Security …

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