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For all media inquiries, please contact:

Alex Clark
CASAA Legislative Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-241-9117

Topics we are happy to comment on:

Indoor/Outdoor Vaping Restrictions

Otherwise known as “place bans” and commonly referred to as “vaping bans,” smoke-free laws that include vaping are a form of structural communication that sends the inaccurate message to the public that e-cigarettes are just as harmful as smoking. To date, there is no credible scientific evidence to support this claim.

Second Hand Exposure to E-Cigarette Aerosol

Ostensibly, smoking bans are enacted to protect the public from the harm of secondhand smoke. But, vapor products have not been found to pose a risk to bystanders. In fact, all evidence to date shows that the low health risks associated with e-cigarettes are comparable to other smokeless nicotine products.

Taxes on Vapor Products and Smokeless Tobacco

Taxing e-cigarettes in a manner similar to how cigarettes are taxed sends a confusing and inaccurate message to would-be adopters that these two very different products present similar risks. The result of this message is that more people, those that otherwise would have switched to a smoke-free product, will be encouraged to continue smoking.

Minimum Legal Purchase Age

CASAA is supportive of laws that prohibit the sale of vapor products to people under the age of 18. However, we do not believe that possession should be criminalized. We believe that harm reduction is a strategy that parents should be able to consider when confronting risky behaviours that their children might participate in. CASAA does not support raising the MLPA to 21.

FDA Regulation

The FDA deeming rule is, effectively, a prohibition of 99% of vapor products currently on the market. In that regard, it is difficult to describe the deeming rule as “regulation”. When even the FDA acknowledges that vapor products are vastly less harmful, it is beyond comprehension that they would be subjected to more stringent requirements than combustible tobacco, which remains on the market essentially unfettered.

“Do e-cigarettes really help people quit smoking?”

Yes. According to a 2015 CDC survey, there are approximately 2.5 million ex-smokers who now use e-cigarettes. Although it’s impossible to tell how many of these people became ex-smokers because of e-cigarettes, it’s reasonable to assume a great many of them used e-cigarettes for this purpose. In a 2015 survey of CASAA membership, involving nearly 20,000 people, 87% directly credit e-cigarettes with helping them become a non-smoker. Extrapolating these results to the wider U.S. population, this easily translates into hundreds of thousands of people becoming ex-smokers because of e-cigarettes.

E-Cigarette Studies

There are many studies on e-cigarettes with a range of conclusions being presented. CASAA notes that well-designed and well-executed studies have consistently found e-cigarettes to be significantly less harmful and at least as effective, if not more so, than current alternatives to smoking.

Tobacco Harm Reduction Science

Harm reduction as a public health policy has proven its success in many areas of our lives. However, where tobacco use is concerned, the acceptance of harm reduction has been obscured by abstinence only policies and research. This failure to follow a more cost effective and proven strategy concerns us deeply.