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  1. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    September 30, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)
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    WASHINGTON: (CALL TO ACTION!) @GovInslee announced Friday that he would be issuing an executive order directing the state Board of Health to ban all flavored vaping products, and says he's just getting started. Attend the BOH meeting Oct. 9th!

    WA - Emergency Alert! - Flavor Ban and Board of Health Hearing (10/09/2019)

    RESEARCH: Are all Brits aliens? Because, according to US "experts," vaping doesn't help humans IN THE US quit, addicts non-smokers and is a teen smoking "gateway." UK docs endorse vaping & see major success without those problems. So they MUST be aliens?

    'Majority of e-cigarette users are ex-smokers' - Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business

    OPINION: (Michelle Minton)

    "Never let a crisis go to waste....With the aid of sloppy news reporting and biased announcements from federal officials, anti-tobacco advocates have successfully deceived the public into thinking that “vaping” is to blame."

    http://bit.ly/2n9phNK

    SOUTH CAROLINA: (HEADS UP!) Sen. Darrell Jackson @dj1one is pressuring Gov. @henrymcmaster to declare 4-month ban on ALL retail vapor products due to completely unrelated lung illnesses strongly linked to street drugs. Call & tell the governor the facts!

    http://bit.ly/2n9WoB9

    DELAWARE: (HEADS UP!) Lawmakers in "early stages" of banning retail vaping flavors because of unrelated illnesses strongly linked to unregulated street drugs (that are technically already "banned.") Note: Legislature is in recess until January.

    Del. Lawmakers Take Aim at Vape Juice Ban to Protect Kids

    BREAKING NEWS: (MICHIGAN) Federal court judges deny requests for a temporary halt to Governor's emergency rules unfairly banning flavored retail vapor products. Both say they WOULD still consider the business' requests for preliminary injunctions.

    Judges deny requests for temporary halt to e-cigarette rules

    BOGUS LAWS: More Tobacco/Vapor 21 state laws took effect this week. Are they evidence-based? Hawaii passed T21 back in January of 2016 & still has the 2nd-highest high school vaping rate in US, w/officials expecting to see another spike this year. So what's the REAL agenda for passing these laws?

    http://bit.ly/2nYxep8

    THE MORE YOU KNOW: Connecticut Senator Tony Hwang inadvertently reveals the REAL reason his state needs to join the war on vaping.

    From a $306+ million Master Settlement Agreement windfall, "$277 million has been redirected to non-tobacco-related programs."

    How will they fund those programs without cigarette sales?

    Sen. Tony Hwang (opinion): A call to action on vaping
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  2. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    October 4, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)

    Industry get a temporary reprieve in New York. Judge allows trade organizations to intervene in Maryland case. LA and Oregon jump on the flavor ban crazy wagon. New Jersey vaping task force recommends "ban, ban, ban" as it lies, lies, lies. National Save Vaping Day Oct. 7th!
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    NEW YORK: (UPDATE)
    A New York court on Thursday temporarily halted a state ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, giving the embattled vaping industry a breather just a day before the state’s prohibition was due to take effect.

    New York court blocks state ban on flavored e-cigarettes

    ADVOCACY: (NATIONAL SAVE VAPING DAY IS OCT 7th!) Organizers are asking vape shops, online retailers, distributors, manufacturers, and other entities that want to see vaping survive to donate some, or even all, of their profits for the day to consumer advocacy organizations!



    MARYLAND: (BREAKING NEWS) Judge allows vapor organizations to intervene for purpose of appeal in Maryland vapor case

    Judge allows vapor organizations to intervene for purpose of appeal in Maryland vapor case

    NEW JERSEY: (UPDATE) Governor Murphy announces recommendations of his task force on vaping, which included a ban on both flavors and online sales. Murphy said he doesn’t have the authority to ban flavors products by executive order. Both the task force and the governor blamed flavored retail products for the lung illness outbreak that has been more strongly linked to unrelated products sold on the street. The press conference was a farce that included such doozies as "There is no scientific evidence to date that identifies e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation product." and "Fifty percent of people who use nicotine or tobacco products will die from it."

    It’s time to ban flavored vapes in N.J., task force demands. Murphy agrees.

    OREGON: (UPDATE) Governor Brown orders 180-day ban on flavored vaping products, following other governors in falsely blaming nicotine vapor products (sold to help adults quit smoking) for the recent outbreak of lung illnesses. While the products most often linked to the illnesses are also flavored, the reason people use them is because they contain THC, the chemical found in cannabis that creates the "high."

    Gov. Brown orders 180-day ban on flavored vaping products in Oregon

    LOS ANGELES: (UPDATE) Board of Supervisors unanimously passed ban of flavored tobacco and vapor products and is urging California Gov. Gavin Newsom to pass a statewide ban.

    LA County Bans Flavored Tobacco, Urges Newsom to Ban Vaping in CA
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  3. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    October 9, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)

    Calls to Action in El Cajon, San Diego and Montana. Heads up Los Angeles (again!), Sonoma County, CA and Tennessee. Gov. Cuomo caught in another lie. CASAA leadership quoted by news media. Jacob Sullum commentary calls out scaremongering by government officials.
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    IN THE NEWS:
    Washington Examiner article on vaping advocates fighting the coming Trump flavor ban quotes CASAA national policy director Julie Woessner.

    “We’re ignoring the needs and rights of adults to make more choices in their lives.”

    “People who voted for Trump felt he supported the free market, small businesses, consumer choice."

    "It’s pretty much betrayal."

    Vaping advocates gear up to fight Trump proposed ban on flavors

    EL CAJON, CALIFORNIA: (URGENT CALL TO ACTION!) City Council MEETING TUES. OCT. 8th at 3 PM! Under normal circumstances this new ordinance might take two months to work its way through the process, but elected officials are being pressured to issue EMERGENCY actions that are hastily banning flavored products NOT linked to the lung injuries, so we urge advocates to attend ALL meetings!

    CA - El Cajon - Stop a Flavor Ban!

    SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA: (CALL TO ACTION!) Board of Supervisors MEETING TUES., OCT. 15th 9AM, proposed VAPOR PRODUCT FLAVOR BAN and possible TOTAL BAN (until PMTA approval). City residents need to take a stand against these irrational & unreasonable laws!!

    CA - San Diego County - Stop a Flavor Ban!

    TENNESSEE: (HEADS UP!)
    CASAA is aware of the ANTZ call on Gov. Lee to ban flavors and we will continue to let the Tennessee Smoke-free Association take the lead, as they've been working hard both behind the scenes and in the media for many years. CASAA will definitely release a Call to Action, in cooperation with TSFA, if and when it's been determined the time is right.

    So, please do not start organizing rallies or calling the governor just yet! Of course, CASAA will continue to coordinate efforts with and support other state and national advocacy and trade organizations!

    Tennessee healthcare organizations call on lawmakers to ban flavored vaping products

    IN THE NEWS: (CNN) Advocates throw down the gauntlet, "We vape, we vote!"

    "Rather than just vote a party ticket, they may in fact change their vote for anybody who comes out and wants to have a critical conversation about vaping." ~CASAA CEO Alex Clark

    "Political groups are starting to notice that vaping is an identity, not just a hobby."

    "The seeds of a grassroots movement seem to be in place. The organizing and get-out-the-vote work is happening online and in vape shops..."

    'We Vape, We Vote': How vaping crackdowns are politicizing vapers - CNN

    COMMENTARY: (Jacob Sullum)

    "As evidence mounted that vaping-related lung diseases overwhelmingly involved black-market cannabis products...officials have been vaguely and unhelpfully warning us about the hazards of vaping and e-cigarettes."

    Black market pot — not vaping — most to blame for lung disease outbreak

    IN THE NEWS: (NEW YORK) @NYGovCuomo caught in another lie to justify his irresponsible and inexcusable war on e-cigs that protects cigarette taxes and MSA funds. Source says teen was vaping cannabis (not typically used for the "flavors" that Cuomo banned) and M.E. hasn't even confirmed cause of death.

    Cuomo Says Bronx Teen is New York's First Vaping-Related Death

    MONTANA: (CALL TO ACTION!) Call Governor Bullock at (406) 444-3111 and tell him banning retail flavored e-cigarette products, that adults use to quit smoking WITHOUT ever raising teen smoking, WON'T stop the lung illnesses being caused by the deadly vapor products used to get high. Tell him how vaping has HELPED you!

    MT - Call Gov. Bullock (406) 444-3111 - Rescind the Flavor Ban!

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: (UPDATE & HEADS UP!) City bans retail flavored e-cigarettes, despite strong evidence they AREN'T a gateway to teen smoking and lung illness is clearly NOT from products used by adults to quit smoking and has nothing to do with flavors. Calls for governor to issue a TOTAL ban on vaping!

    And after banning flavors, now City Councilman Paul Koretz yesterday proposed banning retail e-cigarettes from being sold in the city until they’re approved by the federal government and deemed safe.

    E-cigarette sales could be banned in LA if councilman gets his way – Daily News

    SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA: (HEADS UP!)
    County considering following other foolish govt officials in banning sale of products because of flavors that have NOTHING to do with the "rash of mysterious lung injuries" and have NOT raised teen smoking rates.

    Sonoma County to consider ban on vaping devices

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    If you’re on Facebook, please be sure to join your CASAA state group to help prevent anti-harm reduction laws like these from spreading through the state! Link: CASAA.org - The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association
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  4. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    October 10, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)

    Washington ban flavors apparently because of "epidemic" decline in teen smoking. Vice Magazine questions UK vaping vs US. Military vape ban may have caused soldiers lung injuries. Teen whose parents blamed his hospitalization on retail vapor products admits to using "other" vape pen.
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    WASHINGTON: (UPDATE) State bans e-cig flavors apparently to stop "epidemic" of record DECLINE in youth smoking? Grade 12 smoking rates were flat, dropping only 3.1 percentage points from 2002-10. As vaping rose from 2010-18, grade 12 smoking rates dropped a WHOPPING 11.6 percentage points! Young adult (18-24 yrs) smoking is also now at a RECORD LOW, so that contradicts the "gateway" theory of teens who vape moving on to smoking as young adults.

    How many other "epidemics" in history actually led to POSITIVE public health outcomes??

    Washington state bans the sale of flavored vaping products

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    Chart Source: https://www.doh.wa.gov/portals/1/Documents/Pubs/340-320-TobaccoEcigMarijuanaHealthyUseSurvey.pdf

    IN THE NEWS: Just days AFTER the Army, Navy, and Air Force announced their Exchanges no longer sell the regulated e-cigarette products intended for adults who smoke, first lung illnesses occur. Did a ban force those 2 soldiers to turn to the black market?

    2 US Army soldiers are reportedly being treated for vaping-related illnesses

    THE MORE YOU KNOW: After his parents raised the alarm over retail products that are intended for adults who smoke as cause of their son's illness, yet another teen admits to using the "other" kind of vape pens that have been linked to 76% of the lung illness cases. That outlying 13% who first claimed they "only used nicotine" is shrinking fast....

    Erie Teen Who Almost Lost His Life To Vaping Admits To Using THC Pen

    IN THE NEWS: (VICE MAGAZINE) Why People Are Dying from Vaping in the U.S. and Not the U.K. --

    "I think the difference between the U.K. and the U.S. are due to the American propensity to turn health issues into moral crusades," said Dr. Brad Rodu.

    Why People Are Dying from Vaping in the U.S. and Not the U.K.
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  5. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    October 15, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)

    Michigan shop owner get injunction against flavor ban. CASAA's Julie Woessner get a press quote. Missouri governor chooses education over ban. California governor vetos ironic bill. Indiana ANTZ doc wants to tax e-cigs for causing lung illnesses. Researchers nicotine study finds benefits. Awesome San Diego supervisor hits the nail on the head. TWO anti-vaping hearings in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 16th!
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    BREAKING NEWS: (MICHIGAN)
    Judge Stevens issued a preliminary injunction in shop owner Marc Slis' lawsuit, blocking Governor Whitmer's irresponsible and illogical flavor ban, allowing businesses in the state to resume selling flavored e-cig products until the court can weigh the merits of the case.

    Judge puts Michigan’s ban on flavored nicotine vaping on hold

    IN THE NEWS: (MISSOURI) CASAA's Director of National Policy Julie Woessner told the press "Our hope is that unlike some states where politicians are more interested in scoring political points than in addressing the actual source, of the problem—illicit THC cartridges—Governor Parson will see the distinction and will ensure that consumers still have choices and legal access to flavored vapor products that allow them to reduce their risk."

    Governor Mike Parson holds press conference on vaping illnesses and death in Missouri

    It seems the governor chose education over a ban! He has signed an executive order today requiring three state agencies to develop a public service campaign about the dangers of vaping among youth.

    Parson calls youth vaping figures an ‘epidemic’; orders campaign about youth vaping dangers - Missourinet

    CALIFORNIA: (UPDATE) Gov.Newsome vetoes SB 538 (which required all electronic cigarette manufacturers to submit pictures and descriptions of each product it sells to better inform parents of the products available) because the California Department of Public Health said it "may serve more as marketing for e-cigarettes and provide public health legitimacy to e-cigarettes." How ironic it is that it was the ANTZ (including the CA BOH) and not the companies who have told teens for past 3 years that e-cigs are tasty & easy to hide!?

    Governor Newsom Vetoes Bill Aimed At Informing Parents About Electronic Cigarette Products

    INDIANA: (HEADS UP!) Local ANTZ doctor pushing for pointless sin tax on e-cigarettes due to the lung illness outbreak that CDC, FDA and numerous harm reduction experts found likely has nothing to do with the retail products helping adults quit smoking.

    Indiana lawmakers pushed to adopt e-cigarette liquids tax

    THE MORE YOU KNOW: Contrary to ANTZ claims that nicotine has no benefits and causes "brain damage," researchers studying memory loss in elderly say it "stimulates a type of neurochemical system that is important for learning, memory, and attention."

    Researchers using nicotine patches to treat memory loss

    SAN DIEGO: (UPDATE) All lawmakers considering e-cigarette bans should be made to listen to San Diego Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, who stated that banning retail products that help adults quit smoking “misses the mark in favor of political grandstanding.”

    Her compelling speech also included other statements that hit the mark:

    "We must separate fact from fiction to understand any crisis. It's important. Far too often, government attempts to solve a crisis with well-intended, knee-jerk policies that end in absolute failure."

    "Strategies matter! And make no mistake, feel-good policy will not protect our kids - my kids."

    "We need to learn from [kids]. we need to listen to to them. We don't get to decide...how things are done, how things are purchased."

    "Snapchat. The internet. Instagram. It's a common thread. Snapchat. Snapchat users, not storefront owners, are marketing to our kids."

    "Selling products to these kids is illegal and it's wrong, but while the target of this item is clearly the kids, the actual target today is the law-abiding adults!"

    "I asked for the violations. I asked for the number of times these storefront owners have been cited for selling to minors and guess what? I have nothing in front of me. But yet, you're passing legislation today that goes after those storefront owners, telling them that they're 'bad actors' and you have ZERO in the way of evidence and that is wrong."

    Unfortunately, the measure still passed 3-2 (with Supervisor Jim Desmond also voting against.) Ironically, Supervisor Greg Cox said he agreed with Gaspar and Desmond's comments but supported the ban because the public health crisis "required action." Clearly, he wasn't really listening.



    Supervisor Jim Desmond released this statement after the meeting.

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    ANTZ WATCH: Two hearings will be occurring on Wednesday, October 16th!

    10:00 AM
    "E-cigarettes - An Emerging Threat to Public Health"
    House Appropriations Committee
    E-cigarettes: An Emerging Threat to Public Health

    10:30 AM
    "Legislation to Reverse the Youth Tobacco Epidemic"
    House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health
    Hearing on "Legislation to Reverse the Youth Tobacco Epidemic"
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  6. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    October 17, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)

    Call to Action for New York State. Heads up for Shasta County, California. Oregon gets a break from the flavor ban. Answer our survey about the DC rally on November 9th. How mainstream media botched the vape lung story. Have you submitted your story to CASAA's Testimonial Project yet??
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    ADVOCACY:
    Over 12,000 people have shared their testimonial to demonstrate our position that the availability of a wide VARIETY of effective and affordable smoke-free alternatives are essential in helping adults stop smoking. Help us make it 12 MILLION!

    About CASAA Testimonial Project - CASAA

    NEW YORK STATE: (CALL TO ACTION!) Stand up to the bans! Here are two things New Yorkers can do to stand up to Governor Cuomo and the Legislature’s hostile attitude toward vaping!

    NY - Stand Up To Vaping/Flavor Bans!

    ADVOCACY: Please be sure to answer our survey question at the bottom: "Are you coming to D.C. on November 9th?"

    On November 9, 2019
    12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    Vapers from all over the U.S. and the people who support them will gather at
    The Ellipse
    1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
    Washington, D.C.

    Are you coming to D.C. on November 9th?

    BREAKING NEWS: (OREGON) Vape shops won a temporary stay on the gov's flavor ban from a state appeals court, “pending the petitions having the opportunity to reply, and the court considering the parties’ filings and rendering a decision on the motions.”

    Oregon appeals court halts governor’s vaping ban on flavored tobacco products

    COMMENTARY: (David Bienenstock, Leafly) How mainstream media botched the vape lung story -

    “ - a false narrative Lee attributes to prohibitionists who are working “to spin the vaping tragedy to advance their own agenda.”

    Sound familiar?

    How mainstream media botched the vape lung story

    SHASTA COUNTY, CA: (HEADS UP!) At a recent meeting, county health officials presented their proposition to the Board of Supervisors to ban sales of all flavored vapor and tobacco products in the county, while leaving "unflavored" cigarettes available.

    Shasta County considering banning the sale of flavored tobacco products

    TAKING ACTION: Awesome job by local advocates, who organized vapers (including providing signs & t-shirts!) to make their voices heard at the President's rally in Dallas today, even getting the attention of TV news reporters for AVA's Greg Conley!

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    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    October 18, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)

    Heads up Florida! Still looking for your stories for the CASAA Testimonial Project. Montana shops take on state flavor ban. Vaping in UK helped 50,700 - 69,930 people quit smoking in 2017. Five myths about vaping debunked. VTA made a commercial.
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    ADVOCACY:
    Thank you to the 80 advocates who submitted their stories to CASAA's Testimonial Project since yesterday!

    Just 11,987,751 to go....

    Show the naysayers that you are 12+ million strong and the lawmakers that #WeVapeWeVote!

    About CASAA Testimonial Project - CASAA

    MONTANA: (UPDATE) Three shops & the MT trade association filed suit Thurs. to overturn Gov. Bullock’s emergency ban on flavored products. The suit argues to throw out the order because the "public-health emergency" hasn't been caused by the shops.

    MT vape shops sue to block Gov. Bullock’s ban on flavored products

    RESEARCH: (UK) Taking into consideration patients’ current e-cig use, their use during a quit attempt, quit success rate and average cigarette consumption, researchers estimate e-cigs helped 50,700 to 69,930 people quit smoking in 2017 alone.

    E-cigs help 50K-plus smokers in the UK quit nicotine each year

    COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY RESEARCHER: (DEBUNKING FIVE VAPING MYTHS)

    1) E-cigarettes ARE regulated.
    2) Vaping is NOT as harmful as smoking.
    3) Vaping does NOT cause 'popcorn lung.'
    4) E-cigarettes DO help people quit smoking.
    5) E-cigarettes are NOT a gateway to youth smoking.

    https://wapo.st/2VSNwNe

    FLORIDA: (HEADS UP!) Community meeting focused on reducing tobacco/nicotine consumption and exposure to tobacco/nicotine related smoke throughout Lee County including e-cigarettes and the representation of any tobacco product.

    October 28th
    2:30 - 3:30 PM

    Tobacco-Free Lee Coalition Meeting | Florida Department of Health in Lee

    TAKING ACTION: The Vapor Technology Association, a trade organization, has placed a commercial on a news network for a week, offering an opportunity for the President to back down gracefully from his proposed flavor ban - instead blaming Dept of Health & Human Services, which oversees the FDA.


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    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    October 21, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)

    Calls to Action for Cerritos, California; Westchester County, New York and Columbia, Missouri! Terrific opinion article by a harm reduction PhD. The more you know...about tobacco taxes.
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    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY: (CALL TO ACTION!)
    FLAVOR BAN hearing TONIGHT 10/21 @ 7 PM! If you can't speak, please at the very least SHOW UP to demonstrate how MANY people these irrational, knee-jerk laws affect! If you can't show up, CALL and/or EMAIL!

    NY - Westchester County - Stop a Flavor Ban!

    COLUMBIA, MO: (CALL TO ACTION!) Board of Health considering (among other things) FLAVOR or TOTAL BAN of e-cigarettes. No hearing yet scheduled, so take PREEMPTIVE ACTION and contact your city representatives BEFORE it starts!

    MO – Columbia – Stop a Vaping Ban Before it Starts! - CASAA

    CERRITOS, CA: (CALL TO ACTION!) With vape shop sales banned, city targets local stores where e-cigs are still available. While citing an outbreak most strongly linked to products not even sold in stores, the ordinance doesn't mention those or cigarettes!

    CA – Cerritos – Stop an All-out Vapor Product Ban! - CASAA

    OPINION: (Susan Collins Ph.D., Harm Reduction Research & Treatment Center at the University of Washington School of Medicine)

    "As a scientist, clinician and parent, my instinct and duty are to protect the public, especially children, from harm. But outright bans could worsen our current crisis and have unintended negative consequences for adults and children alike."

    Vaping response should be science-based, not prohibition

    THE MORE YOU KNOW: "State and city data show a steep drop in tobacco tax revenue in the last decade, as smoking rates declined and...people turned to electronic vapes that aren’t subject to a tobacco tax."

    "Now, health organizations are pushing back and demanding that e-cigs...face government oversight more in line with a traditional cigarette."

    As vaping rises, tobacco tax receipts plummet

    BREAKING NEWS: (MASSACHUSETTS) Judge lets e-cig ban stand - at least until next Monday. Gov. needs proper public hearing.
    "Input from affected industries and members of the public is a potent safeguard against executive abuse of discretion," he wrote.
    Judge Allows Mass. To Keep 4-Month Ban On Vaping Product Sales
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    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    October 23, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)

    FDA finally approves a Modified Risk Tobacco Product. Texas town decides against flavor ban. Utah shops sue state. CASAA still looking for testimonials. Business attorney exposes false "save the children" narrative. Creator of nicotine patch says "anti-vaping forces" taking advantage of unrelated outbreak. India e-cig ban backfires.
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    TAKING ACTION:
    Another 100 people added the strength of their voices to CASAA's Testimonial Project!

    Can we get another 100 or 1,000 or even 1,000,000?

    Prove to lawmakers that #WeAreNotBots and #VapersVote!

    About CASAA Testimonial Project - CASAA

    ADVOCACY: If you haven't yet registered to vote, go to THRvoter.org and we'll get you started! Then stop by the CASAA store at CASAA Store | Featuring custom t-shirts, prints, and more to get your #VapersVote #NotaBot or other CASAA gear!

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    BREAKING NEWS: History is made by FDA finally acknowledging Swedish #snus as a safer alternative to smoking! While this is great news from a THR view, unfortunately, it still took many years, REAMS of paperwork and $$$$ millions to accomplish this feat.

    FDA grants first-ever modified risk orders to eight smokeless tobacco products

    THE MORE YOU KNOW: Business attorney, Tori Levine at Wilson Elser, exposes the false "save the children" narrative behind Michigan Governor Whitmer's Executive Order flavor ban.

    "We all can agree that Michigan teens face risks − but not from vaping."

    A Ghoulish Time for Vaping Flavors | Product Liability Advocate

    IN THE NEWS: Creator of nicotine patch worries "anti-vaping forces" being given "cover" they need to ban vapor products.

    "It's really unfortunate that there is an anti-vaping hysteria movement that's sweeping across the US that really is without any rational foundation, but it's spreading like wildfire."

    "People have been vaping for many years, many years, millions of people vaping. All of a sudden there is this small outbreak of illness? It's almost certainly some sort of contamination that has not fully been identified."

    The creator of the nicotine patch says that 'anti-vaping forces' are trying to kill the life-saving e-cig industry

    BURKBURNETT, TX: (UPDATE) City votes NOT to ban flavors! Showing that, as more lawmakers have loved ones who safely quit by vaping, the less likely they'll believe ANTZ LIES that vaping is unsafe and ineffective! Help spread the word by joining CASAA and sharing your story with our Testimonial Project at !

    Burkburnett commissioners vote against banning flavored vape liquid

    TAKING ACTION: (UTAH) Vape shops filed suit Monday against the DOH over emergency rules that require warnings about THC products they don't sell and prohibits many from selling flavored e-cig products that haven't been linked to any illnesses or deaths.

    Utah vape shops sue health department over flavored e-cigarette ban

    THE MORE YOU KNOW: The total ban on e-cigarettes in India, a country with 37+ million adults who smoke cigarettes, is backfiring spectacularly. As in the US, people are taking back control of their future health from irrational government overreach.

    E-cigarettes still being sold month after ordinance
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  10. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    October 24, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)

    Calls to Action in New York and Illinois. Charlie Baker's vape ban in Massachusetts hits a snag. Industry sues Rhode Island to stop Gov. Raimondo's flavor ban. Sweden proves the benefits of tobacco harm reduction.
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    TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION:
    Snus has 30+ years of SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE showing no increased risks for any disease (yes, including oral cancer.) Yet, ANTZ have lied about it for years, just as they lie about vaping. The TRUTH counters their "end game" agenda.

    Snus Can Save People From Cigarettes. Just Ask Sweden.

    NASSAU COUNTY, NY: (CALL TO ACTION!) A proposed local law that would ban the sale of vapor products in flavors other than tobacco, mint, menthol, and “unflavored” is scheduled for a public hearing and likely vote on Monday, Oct 28th @ 1:00 PM!

    NY - Nassau County - Stop a Flavor Ban!

    ILLINOIS: (CALL TO ACTION!) Bill HB 3883, that would BAN the sale of vapor products in FLAVORS other than tobacco, menthol, or “unflavored,” is scheduled for a hearing on Monday, Oct 28th @ 2:30 PM. See instructions on filling out a hearing witness slip!

    IL - Stop a Flavor Ban (HB 3883) - Witness Slips

    BREAKING NEWS: (MASSACHUSETTS) Court REJECTS Gov. Baker's appeal of Judge Wilkins' previous ruling, which reverses the governor's flavor ban and allows sales to resume on Monday, at least until the governor goes through the proper steps, including holding a public hearing before December 24th.

    Judge rejects Gov. Charlie Baker's appeal over vape sales ban ruling | Boston.com

    IN THE NEWS: (RHODE ISLAND) The trade group, Vapor Technology Association, has filed a suit in superior court challenging Gov. Raimondo's IRRESPONSIBLE & REPREHENSIBLE BAN, which took away the non-tobacco flavors that most ADULTS who vape rely on to avoid relapsing to smoking.

    Vaping Organization Files Suit Challenging Flavored E-Cig Ban
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  11. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    November 1, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)

    Trump's flavor ban is looming. Wyoming's governor and Department of Health go with awareness over banning. New Jersey advocates overturn 10¢/mL tax. Dr. Siegel exposes terrible consequences of vape bans. Save the date - Illinois rally is in the works. Kids punished for acting like kids (and the war on drugs) could lead "vaping" illnesses to have worse outcomes. Get your CASAA gear!
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    IN THE NEWS: (WYOMING) Governor Gordon and the Department of Health wisely choose "promoting awareness" of actual products most strongly linked to recent lung injury outbreak instead of knee-jerk laws targeting unrelated retail products that are helping adults quit smoking.

    Governor urges Wyomingites not to vape THC products amid outbreak of lung disease

    NEW JERSEY: (UPDATE) Bills A5385/S3877 changed a devastating 10¢ per mL tax to a lower 10% point of sale tax that went into effect today! Congrats to all of the hardworking and dedicated advocates in New Jersey!

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    ADVOCACY: This photo from Twitter made our day! A CASAA member wearing our Texas state "I Vape - I Vote" t-shirt. We hope to see more photos of CASAA members in their CASAA gear! ❤️

    You can find your own CASAA gear at: CASAA Store | Featuring custom t-shirts, prints, and more

    #WeAreCASAA #ivapeivote

    Photo credit: Michael Barrick (@OhmlifeB)

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    ILLINOIS: (HEADS UP!) SAVE THE DATE! A rally is being organized for Tuesday, November 12th at the state capitol. The event info will be posted as soon as we have more information from the organizers!

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    Photo Credit: Dennisa Moore

    COMMENTARY: Dr. Siegel reveals the terrible consequences of the reckless bans on very low risk flavored vapor products.

    "Unless the state reverses course, the vaping products sales ban is going to result in a substantial increase in disease and death."

    http://bit.ly/2qeZTr2

    BREAKING NEWS: According to sources familiar with the plan to ban very low risk flavored vapor products, an announcement is expected next week. This makes turnout at organized vaper protests at Trump rallies, DC & state capitals all the more critical!

    Scoop: Trump ready to ban vape flavors except tobacco, menthol

    THE MORE YOU KNOW: Is punishing teens for breaking rules (that exist to PROTECT them BECAUSE they make bad choices) teaching them to avoid help? The same effect the war on drugs is now causing with misleading self-reporting of lung injuries from "vaping."

    Student expelled from school after getting sick from vaping
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  12. Letitia

    Letitia Citrus Junkie ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Apr 2, 2017
    West Frankfort, IL
    As soon as the student admitted to vaping on school property the school's hands were tied. They are obligated to enforce the rules with no exceptions.
     
  13. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    November 4, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)

    White House Call to Action updated! Clive Bates commentary on flavor bans in US. San Francisco voting on vape ban on Tuesday. Researchers find teen vaping isn't leading to smoking. Heads Up! San Mateo, CA! Georgia mom quits smoking with retail nicotine products, dies from tainted THC vapes.
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    NATIONAL FLAVOR BAN: (UPDATED CALL TO ACTION!)
    The White House needs to hear from adult vapers & anyone who loves a vaper! Flavor ban won’t protect our children, but will help kill their parents & increase risk their kids will smoke, too.

    #ivapeivote

    National Call to Action - Light up the White House Switchboard

    POLICY COMMENTARY: (Clive Bates, former director, ASH-UK)

    A must-read for the President & other lawmakers!

    "The question is, and always has been: does FDA have the faintest what it is doing and whether its interventions will do more harm than good?"

    The US vaping flavour ban: twenty things you should know

    IN THE NEWS: (SAN FRANCISCO) Voters will decide Tues if the city's ban of retail vapor products will remain or be overturned. ANTZ outrageously claim "Prop C" was written "to sell tobacco to minors" rather than the truth - to preserve access for tens of thousands of San Francisco adults who quit smoking with the products!

    Voters To Decide Fate Of Citywide E-Cigarette Sales Amid Vaping Concerns

    RESEARCH: (OXFORD PRESS)

    "Lifetime and current e-cigarette use did not significantly increase the risk of current conventional cigarette smoking...study concludes that e-cigarette use does not appear to be associated with current, continued smoking."

    https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-11-teen-vaping-doesnt.html

    SAN MATEO, CA: (HEADS UP!) Lawmakers want to ban sale of all retail vapor products in unincorporated areas of county on TUES. Call products "death in a pod" and lie that vaping is "Big Tobacco" attempting "to hook a new generation of nicotine addicts."

    County supervisors to consider ban on sales of e-cigarettes

    IN THE NEWS: (GEORGIA) After using retail nicotine products for several years & successfully quitting smoking, 52 year old mother sadly dies after vaping tainted black market THC products that her family didn't even know she was using until after she passed.

    “Mary Kerrie vaped [nicotine] products for several years I would say, successfully, and did quit smoking,” her husband Kevin, a medical doctor, said. “I think when she was exposed to legal THC in California and then got illicit THC in Georgia … I think that’s what killed her. Other people, if they’re being exposed to something that can kill them, I hope they stop. I hope her passing helps somebody else.”

    ‘I hope you don’t have that vaping disease:’ Georgia family seeks answers in mother’s death
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  14. Katya

    Katya ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Feb 23, 2010
    SoCal
  15. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    Sorry, for some reason I didn't get a notification. Of course, you probably already heard about Trump's comments today.

    Thanks for your support!
     
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  16. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    November 8, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)

    Calls to Action in Colorado and Oregon. Trump says something about vaping. Kellyanne Conway sounds confused. DC rally and #15sec4vape. Jacob Sullum editorial. The more you know about laws based on lies. Other happenings around the country in Wisconsin, California, Colorado, California and Florida.
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    BREAKING NEWS: (NATIONAL)
    President Trump told reporters today that his administration supports a national Tobacco/Vapor 21 law; will release its final plans for restricting e-cigarettes next week. Details on the proposed flavor ban have yet to appear.

    Trump to pursue higher sales age for e-cigarettes

    IN THE NEWS:
    "Alternative facts" or a government shockingly ignorant of the industry it's destroying? Donald Trump's senior counselor, Kellyanne Conway, wrongly claims FDA has no jurisdiction over "vape shops" & insists e-cigs aren't vaping, "they're cigarettes."

    Contrary to misleading headlines claiming "vape shops likely to be exempted," Conway says "nothing's changed" about the planned flavor ban, especially since the JAMA data that was released yesterday is "much more harrowing and concerning than we would have suspected." She told reporters that the HHS "will be making an announcement soon."

    User Clip: Trump's Vaping Ban - "Nothing's changed." | C-SPAN.org

    MULTNOMAH COUNTY, OR: (CALL TO ACTION UPDATE!) DOH presented county commissioners with options for restricting the sale of flavored vapor/tobacco products. Plan to attend HEARINGS on Nov 12th & Dec 10th & use this CTA to submit your objections NOW!

    OR - Multnomah Co. - Stop a Local Flavor Ban!

    WOODLAND, CA: (UPDATE) City bans flavored vapor products in mistaken belief flavors are why teens vape. Do they think bubble gum-flavored vapes are more appealing to teens than actual bubble gum? Apparently, no stand-alone vape shops in the city anyhow.

    Woodland council bans sales of flavored-tobacco products – Daily Democrat

    SUMMIT COUNTY, CO: (UPDATE) Voters approve a 40% tax on vapor products, illogically increasing the cost of products that have actually helped millions of adults quit smoking to raise funds to promote smoking cessation. Other counties to soon follow.

    Measure 1A: Summit voters take stand on nicotine and tobacco, pass new tax

    IN THE NEWS: (CALIFORNIA) Some communities are (wisely) deciding to nix bans on sales of e-cigarettes for the time being.

    “I don’t think government is the answer to the problem."
    --Kern County Supervisor Mick Gleason

    Proposals to ban e-cigarettes fizzle in Valley communities

    FLORIDA: Lawmakers panic as vaping displaces high school teen smoking, which dropped to record low 2.1% instead of increasing.

    Meanwhile, few FL adults who smoke have embraced the far lower risk alternative, so adult smoking rates are still at 16.1%.

    Florida sees a record decrease in smoking teens while vaping escalates

    WISCONSIN: Astounding how Tobacco 21 wasn't on anyone's to-do list until low risk vaping began displacing teen smoking, causing a so-called "crisis" of record low teen (& adult) smoking rates. Where were these calls for T21 when teen rates were 5X higher?

    Wisconsin considers raising tobacco, vaping products age to 21

    EDITORIAL: (JACOB SULLUM, REASON)

    Supporters of the FDA's ban on flavored e-cigarettes claim "a whole generation of young people" is "addicted to these products." The government's own survey data show that's not true.

    As the FDA Prepares to Ban E-Cigarette Flavors, the Government's Own Data Contradict Wild Claims About Adolescent Nicotine Addiction

    THE MORE YOU KNOW: Every time lawmakers pass a law or tax on vaping based on lies, it reinforces those lies in the minds of the general public. Then those same lies, now called "facts," will inevitably be used to pass more restrictive laws and higher taxes.

    This is why CASAA does not say "Well, at least it's better than a flavor ban or all-out ban," when lawmakers try to pass sin taxes, Tobacco/Vapor 21 or public use bans. Those are all based on lies, which will become accepted as "truth," that will eventually be used against us. It's already happened.

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    GOLDEN, CO: (CALL TO ACTION) Trump announcement or not, we must keep fighting! City Council is expected to set a public hearing date for Dec 5th for a proposed FLAVOR BAN and Tobacco/Vapor 21. Plan to attend & contact your mayor and city council TODAY!

    CO - Golden - Stop a Flavor Ban!

    ADVOCACY: Can't make the DC Rally? #15sec4vape testimonial videos are popping up everywhere on Facebook and Twitter! Share your #15sec4vape video today and tag @CASAAmedia so we can see it, too!
    Don't forget to share your story to the CASAA Testimonial Project, too: About CASAA Testimonial Project - CASAA

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  17. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    November 11, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)

    Call to Action and Rally in Illinois November 12th. Trump tweets he'll be meeting with vape "industry." CASAA CEO Alex Clark's D.C. Rally speech plus MSM articles about rally. Minnesota lawmakers want to ban flavors and more. West Virginia financial adviser suggests flavor bans will stop lost cigarette revenue. Editorial in The Federalist.
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    ILLINOIS: (UPDATED CALL TO ACTION!)
    HB 3883, which would BAN the sale of FLAVORED VAPOR PRODUCTS is scheduled for a hearing on

    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    3:00 PM
    Human Services Committee

    Prior to the hearing, please take a moment to fill out a “witness slip” for the hearing.

    IL - Stop a Flavor Ban! (Update)

    BREAKING NEWS: President Trump has announced on Twitter that his administration will be meeting with "industry." That should NOT just mean tobacco companies, but small businesses! And the MAIN STAKEHOLDERS in this issue are the millions of voting CONSUMERS who rely on these products. Consumer reps should be included in these meetings!

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    ADVOCACY: (ILLINOIS) RALLY against the FLAVOR BAN & meeting with lawmakers is TOMORROW, TUES 11/12, at the capitol building! Ride, t-shirts & signs provided. Show up not just for Illinois, but for vapers across the nation!


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    MINNESOTA: (HEADS UP!) Lawmakers intentionally confuse public using lung illness outbreak (which CDC evidence shows is unrelated to retail nicotine products) to ban flavored vapor products and deny adults 18-20 who smoke access to the safer alternatives.

    Legislature aims to raise state nicotine purchasing age, ban flavored vapes

    THE MORE YOU KNOW: Financial adviser tells West Virginia state tobacco panel cigarette sales fell 5.5%, likely because of vaping but, “The general sense is, if [flavor] bans go into effect in a significant way, it could actually benefit combustible cigarettes,” he said.

    Rising popularity of vaping blamed for drop in WV's tobacco settlement payment

    IN THE NEWS: (D.C. RALLY) Read articles about the rally in Rolling Stone and Vice!

    The Vaping Industry Is Furious at President Trump — Could it Cost Him the Election?

    'Mango Is Not a Crime': Trump-Supporting Vapers Stormed D.C.

    CONSUMER ADVOCACY: Watch CASAA CEO Alex Clark's speech at the D.C. #WeVapeWeVote Rally!



    EDITORIAL: (Tristan Justice, The Federalist) Will The Trump Administration’s Ban On E-Cigs Help Teens, Hurt Smokers, Or Both?

    Many fear that the administration crack-down on electronic cigarettes will have far greater consequences for public health than addicting teens.

    Will Trump Admin's Ban On E-Cigs Help Teens, Hurt Smokers, Or Both?
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