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  1. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

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

    2018 In Review: Thank You To Our Supporters!


    As 2019 came roaring in with the introduction of more than 175 bills in state legislatures, we’re reaching out to let our members know how grateful we are for your support of CASAA in 2018!

    2018 In Review: Thank You To Our Supporters! - CASAA

    IN THE NEWS: (MIDDLEBORO, MA) Morissa Vital, Program Manager for the Southeast Tobacco-Free Community Partnership, WRONGLY "dispelled myths that [vapor products] are any safer than actual cigarettes" and exaggerated health impact of "numerous chemicals and byproducts." Both Vital and Middleboro Health Officer Robert Buker recommended laws could inadvertently limit efficacy and adult access to products that may actually REDUCE cancer risk in a town with higher lung cancer rate.

    Middleboro Selectmen discuss restrictions on tobacco, vape products

    SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA: (HEADS UP!) Slippery slope of #smoking bans...city offering landlords class that apparently equates #vaping with .... and opioid use as "unhealthy for housing." Appears it will recommend prohibiting smoke-free vaping in rentals.

    Property owners to learn about smoke-free housing policies

    AROUND THE WORLD: (Commentary by Alice Wu) Hong Kong’s bizarre e-cigarettes ban will boost traditional tobacco products rather than reduce smoking: "Usually, the more that adults “ban” something, the greater the incentive to do what is not allowed."

    E-cigarette ban is clueless, elitist government at its worst

    CONNECTICUT: (HEADS UP!) Governor Ned Lamont apparently considers quitting #smoking and switching to far safer alternative #vaping products "sins of the 21st century" worthy of 75% tax. CT lawmakers already considering a 50% tax bill.

    Tax on sugary drinks tops Lamont’s list of new ‘sin taxes’

    AROUND THE WORLD: (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES) Sale of #Vaping products to finally be legal in UAE: "We issued the regulation to legalise it...the Authority is working hard through the development of technical standards and regulations." - Director of ESMA
    E-cigarettes to be legal in UAE from mid-April

    SAN ANSELMO, CALIFORNIA: (HEADS UP!) City considers ban of flavored #vaping & #smokefree #tobacco products, reducing appeal to adult #smokers and #vapers switching to far safer alternative products. Councilman says won't be "much of a burden" for shops.

    San Anselmo considers flavored tobacco ban – Marin Independent Journal

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: (HEADS UP!) County Public Health advocates restricting sales and a ban on flavored #vaping & #smokefree #tobacco products, which would lead to far fewer adult #smokers switching to and #vapers using very low risk alternatives.

    County Health Officials Propose Tobacco Retail Policy, Law Changes to Protect Youth

    AUSTIN, MINNESOTA: (HEADS UP!) City Council holding public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Council Chambers for ordinance denying adult #smokers and #vapers 18-20 access to much safer alternative #vaping and #smokefree products.

    https://bit.ly/2DTQCbn

    MAINE: (CALL TO ACTION!) Bill LD 551 would ban the sale of ALL nicotine-containing e-liquid. Scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 1:00 PM. Take action NOW!

    http://www.casaa.org/call-to-action/me-stop-ban-of-nicotine-e-liquids/
     
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  2. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    February 19, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)

    ARKANSAS: (URGENT CALL TO ACTION!) There is a HEARING TOMORROW (2.20.19) for SB 347, which would impose a 16% wholesale tax on vapor products. (HEADS UP!) Lobbying effort is also underway to raise the proposed tax to 7.5¢/mL!

    AR – Stop a tax on vapor products! - CASAA

    SOUTH DAKOTA: (CALL TO ACTION!) HB 1209, which would impose a 35% wholesale tax on vapor products (e-liquid and devices), is RACING TO A VOTE on the floor of the South Dakota House of Representatives. TAKE ACTION NOW!

    SD – Stop a 35% tax on vapor products! - CASAA

    PIMA COUNTY, ARIZONA: (CALL TO ACTION!) County is considering draft proposal to deny early adult #smokers & #vapers access to much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products AND implement a vaping public use ban.

    AZ – Pima County Call To Action! - CASAA

    MARYLAND: (HEADS UP!) Lawmakers looking to deny early adult #smokers & #vapers access to much safer alternative #vaping and #smokefree products.

    Maryland lawmakers consider raising the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21

    OREGON: (HEADS UP!) American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network @ACSCANOregon pushes lawmakers for $2 tax on #vaping & #smokefree products, irrationally RAISING COST of far safer #smoking alternatives that could actually REDUCE CANCER RISK for #smokers.

    Advocates push for $2 increase in tobacco tax in Oregon

    NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT: (HEADS UP!) Law to deny early adult #smokers & #vapers access to much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products will be moving to committee at tonight's Board of Alders meeting.

    New Haven Board of Alders to discuss raising tobacco sales age to 21

    ELDON, MISSOURI: (HEADS UP!) Despite fact that "18-20 year olds account for only 2% of tobacco sales," officials push to deny those adult #smokers access to much safer #vaping & #smokefree products to somehow prevent access ALREADY ILLEGAL to minors.

    https://bit.ly/2T4Jtyr

    KIRBY, TEXAS: (UPDATE) City would deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products if law makes it through a SECOND READING LATER THIS MONTH.

    https://t.co/bvsHLHdExE

    DELAWARE: (HEADS UP!) Advisory Board wants to ban use of #vaping & even #smokefree #tobacco products OUTDOORS in parks, although products have been shown to pose no risk to bystanders - and it would be impossible to enforce - mouth checks by police??

    https://bit.ly/2Neo3cM

    RESEARCH NEWS: #Vaping rises among cancer patients, yet #smoking remains steady. Author suspects lack of efficacy rather than ANTZ scare tactics that grossly exaggerate risks, downplay harm reduction benefits & convince smokers they may as well smoke.

    https://bit.ly/2EkbZ71
     
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  3. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    February 20, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)

    ARKANSAS: (HEADS UP!) Law would deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products w/unusual focus on punishing "minors" (who are ostensibly prohibited access due to lack of mature reasoning) for possession.

    Arkansas lawmakers want to raise age to buy tobacco, vaping products to 21

    MAINE: (UPDATE) LD 551 was voted to WORK SESSION. While cigarettes would remain legal, bill sponsor aims to "stop vaping in the state," FALSELY claims "when you use it exactly as is directed, we know it will kill people. We know it will harm people."

    NOTE: Proposed bills in Maine customarily go to 1 or more work sessions before committee issues a final report (recommendation to pass or not, financial impact, etc) back to the floor. Work sessions are open to the public. So, many more steps before this bill could become law!

    Public hearing held on bill aimed to stop vaping in Maine

    NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS: (UPDATE) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders or necessity of intervention, city prohibits businesses from allowing #vaping in their establishments. Final draft approval needed for it to take effect, so call them today!

    Nacogdoches city council approves change to smoking ordinance to include vaping, e-cigs

    ILLINOIS: (UPDATE) Bill to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products has passed in committee. Will move on to full House for vote.

    Tobacco 21 bill moves to Illinois House of Representatives

    ATLANTA, TEXAS: (UPDATE) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders or necessity of intervention, city prohibits smoke-free #vaping OUTSIDE in parks and within 25 feet of city buildings. Violation could face a fine of up to $500.

    New ordinance in Atlanta, Texas bans smoking in city parks and buildings

    WASHINGTON: (UPDATE) Bill that would deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products is heading to the House for consideration.

    Proposal to raise smoking, vaping age to 21 clears Washington House | FOX 28 Spokane
     
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    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

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

    NEW MEXICO: (URGENT CALL TO ACTION!) Three bills that would restrict access to and awareness of low-risk alternatives to #smoking are scheduled for a HEARING TOMORROW! #vaping #smokefree

    NM – URGENT Call to Action! - CASAA

    OPINION: (Marina Jaimes) "tax and tight regulation...would leave a community of people without healthy alternatives....There is no compassion in the truth of these realities, and they are contradictory to the reasons cited by advocates to the legislation."

    Jaimes: Proposed cigarette tax is an unsustainable solution

    ROLLING MEADOWS, ILLINOIS: (UPDATE) City denies early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.
    Rolling Meadows Raises Age To Buy Tobacco Products To 21 | Journal & Topics Media Group

    SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT: (HEADS UP!) Town council to vote on denying early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

    Southington panel recommends raising age for tobacco purchase to 21

    MOUNT PROSPECT, ILLINOIS: (UPDATE) City denies early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking. At least council wisely didn't include "possession" as an offense.

    Age Set At 21 To Purchase Tobacco In Mount Prospect | Journal & Topics Media Group

    CEDAR HILLS, UTAH: (UPDATE) City denies early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking. At least council wisely didn't include "possession" as an offense.

    https://bit.ly/2GCcr2J

    BOISE, IDAHO: (HEADS UP!) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders or the necessity of N intervention, city could reverse exemption and prohibit businesses from allowing #vaping in their own establishments.

    Proposed Expansion of Boise's Smokefree Air Act Would Ban Vaping, E-Cigarettes Where Smoking Is Prohibited
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    If you’re on Facebook, please be sure to join your CASAA state group: CASAA.org - The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association
     
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    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    NEW MEXICO: (URGENT CALL TO ACTION!) Three bills that would restrict access to and awareness of low-risk alternatives to #smoking are scheduled for a HEARING TOMORROW! #vaping #smokefree

    NM – URGENT Call to Action! - CASAA
     
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    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    February 22, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)

    WASHINGTON: (CALL TO ACTION!) HB 1873, a bill that would impose a crushing 95% sales tax on vapor products, is scheduled for a public hearing next week Tuesday. Click link for full information to take action!

    WA – Stop a 95% tax on vapor products! - CASAA

    VERMONT: (HEADS UP!) Bill to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking has gained co-sponsors.

    Tobacco 21

    ISANTI COUNTY, MINNESOTA: (HEADS UP!) May deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking. PUBLIC HEARING 3/20119 at 10 AM Isanti Co. Govmt. Center Board Room.

    Tobacco 21 in Isanti County

    VIRGINIA: (UPDATE) Governor signs law to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

    Virginia gov signs ban on people under 21 buying tobacco

    NEBRASKA: Dropping all pretense of health concerns, senator admits targeting (mostly lower income) #smokers and #vapers for their cash. "The intent of the bill is raise revenue," Briese said. Gov. Ricketts has said he will not support raising taxes.

    Cyclist Marshall 'Major' Taylor broke racial barriers, became world-famous champion

    INDIANA: (UPDATE) Bill to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products (that could actually eliminate #smoking) has reportedly been put "ON HOLD." CASAA will keep watching for updates.

    Indiana bill to raise smoking age to 21 put on hold

    CALVERT COUNTY, MARYLAND: (HEADS UP!) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders or necessity of intervention, officials seek to ban use of #vaping and #smokefree products OUTSIDE in parks.

    Smoking, vaping ban at county parks considered

    IN THE NEWS: Did Twitter Punish Criticism of Government Propaganda About Smokeless Tobacco?

    "Brad Rodu, a professor of medicine at the University of Louisville and a longtime advocate of smokeless tobacco as a harm-reducing alternative to cigarettes, has repeatedly tried to set the record straight on this talking point, and last Friday he tried again. "Your 50 claim is a complete fabrication by a staffer @theNCI," he tweeted back to the Defense Department's @ucanquit2 account. "Here is the explanation: Tobacco Truth: Winn’s Legacy: The Fifty Fabrication. Furthermore, a large federally-funded study documented that men who dip/chew had ZERO excess risk for mouth cancer. ZERO. Tobacco Truth: Federal Studies: ZERO Mouth Cancer Deaths Among Men Who Dip or Chew Tobacco.

    Did Twitter Punish Criticism of Government Propaganda About Smokeless Tobacco?
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    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    February 25, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)

    IN THE NEWS: FDA/CDC/SG blame #vaping for youth #tobacco use decline stall, call tobacco-free products "tobacco" & are "gateway to #smoking," but CDC data shows very different picture. Decline for years, leveling off BEFORE "pods" even marketed.
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    Read more: Did Vaping Stop the Downward Trend in Adolescent Smoking?

    SUMMIT COUNTY, OHIO: (HEADS UP!) City wants to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

    Stow may raise legal age to buy tobacco to 21

    CONNECTICUT: (HEADS UP!) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders or necessity of intervention, officials seek to ban use of smoke- & litter-free #vaping products OUTSIDE on beaches.

    Smoking, vaping ban at CT state parks gains momentum

    RICE COUNTY, MINNESOTA: (HEADS UP!) Lawmakers consider denying early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

    'Research to be done' on Rice County Tobacco 21 idea

    CASSELBERRY, FLORIDA: (HEADS UP!) "Students" ask lawmakers to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

    Students ask city commissioners for new e-cigarette laws

    WINCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE: (HEADS UP!) Voters will decide on Article 24 on March 12 whether or not to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

    Winchester voters can raise tobacco age, by Kate McNally
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    If you’re on Facebook, please be sure to join your CASAA state group: CASAA.org - The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association
     
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    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    February 26, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)

    CEDAR HILLS, UTAH: (UPDATE) City denies early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

    Then there were two: Cedar Hills raises tobacco, e-cigarette age to 21, following Lehi

    TENNESSEE: (HEADS UP!) Bill would deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking & $2.6 billion is health care costs.

    Bill would raise age to buy tobacco to 21

    BOONE COUNTY, ILLINOIS: (UPDATE) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders or necessity of intervention, officials ban #vaping where #smoking is prohibited, prohibiting business owners from allowing #vaping in own property.

    Boone County expands tobacco ordinance to include vaping, e-cigarettes

    SOUTH DAKOTA: (HEADS UP!) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders or necessity of intervention, officials want to ban #vaping where #smoking is prohibited, prohibiting business owners from allowing #vaping on their own property.

    Prime Sponsor Of Public Vaping Bill: "This Is An Issue That Needs Our Concern"

    MICHIGAN: (HEADS UP!) Rep. Hood proposing cigarette tax increase by $1.50 which would increase total tax to $3.50/pack. She also wants to TAX #VAPING AT THE SAME RATE, greatly increasing cost of far safer alternatives to #smoking helping #smokers quit.

    Bill proposed to increase cigarette taxes
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    If you’re on Facebook, please be sure to join your CASAA state group: CASAA.org - The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association
     
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    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    February 28, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)

    ARKANSAS: (CALL TO ACTION!) HB 1519, which would deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking, is moving on to the floor of the House for a vote!

    ARKANSAS – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21 Bill! - CASAA

    DELAWARE: (CALL TO ACTION!) SB 25 would raise sales age for tobacco AND #vaping products to 21-years-old, prohibit use of coupons/discounts for vapor products, & add vapor products to Delaware’s signature on delivery requirement for online sales.

    DELAWARE – Stop Attack on Vaping! - CASAA

    RACINE, WISCONSIN: (HEADS UP!) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders or necessity of intervention, officials want to ban #vaping where #smoking is prohibited, prohibiting business owners from allowing #vaping on their own property & removing incentive to switch.

    Perez proposes vaping ban for minors; may also add e-cigarettes to public smoking ban

    THE MORE YOU KNOW: With #smoking at all time low, all pretense of justification for indoor & outdoor bans with "known harm from smoke" dropped for "NICOTINE-FREE ORDINANCE" w/ NO EVIDENCE of health risk to bystanders from #vaping or #smokefree products.

    Committee seeks county's next nicotine-free ordinance

    TEXAS: (HEADS UP!) Bill would deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

    Should Texas Increase the Legal Smoking Age to 21?

    HARDIN COUNTY, KENTUCKY: (UPDATE) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders or necessity shown, officials ban #vaping where #smoking is prohibited, prohibiting business owners from allowing #vaping in own property & removing important incentive to switch.

    E-cigs added to law regulating smoking

    ROBBINSDALE, MINNESOTA: (HEADS UP!) City would deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking. FINAL VOTE MEETING MARCH 19th!

    Robbinsdale Moves to Raise Tobacco Sales Age to 21 - CCX Media

    LYNN HAVEN, FLORIDA: (HEADS UP!) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders or any other reasonable justification, officials move to BAN #VAPING OUTDOORS (but getting people drunk seems to now be acceptable.)

    Lynn Haven Looks to Change Alcohol Consumption, Smoking and Vaping Rules in City Parks

    ANCHORAGE, ALASKA: (HEADS UP!) Ordinance would deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

    Assembly takes on legal tobacco age, bike thefts, bus barn

    MINNESOTA: (UPDATE) bill to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking passed two committees in the Minnesota House and Senate.

    Bill proposing to raise the tobacco age to 21 passes 2 Minnesota House, Senate committees

    DELAWARE: (HEADS UP!) A bill introduced Wednesday would deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking. (At least this one doesn't criminalize youth possession.)

    Delaware lawmakers seek to raise age to buy tobacco products

    WEST VIRGINIA: (HEADS UP!) Senate has passed a bill that would deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

    WV Senate OKs bill to raise minimum tobacco use age to 21

    IN THE NEWS: Despite fact that 18-20 year-olds make up less than 2% of #tobacco sales, FDA head @SGottliebFDA (classifying #vaping products as "tobacco") says reducing 18 y/o vape dealers would help him fight alleged "youth epidemic."

    FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb backs raising the minimum age for tobacco to 21

    MARIETTA, GEORGIA: (HEADS UP!) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders (or any other sound justification,) officials move to ban #vaping & #smokefree use OUTDOORS in parks & on sidewalks (complain of "smoke rooms on our sidewalks" that THEIR indoor ban created.)

    Marietta considers new bans on vaping, smoking

    PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK: (HEADS UP!) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders or necessity of intervention, City proposes banning use AND POSSESSION of #vaping products on ANY public property, including OUTDOOR SPACES like parks and sidewalks.

    Ban on e-cigs up for comment

    IN THE NEWS: (NEW JERSEY) Despite of the fact that it's already illegal to sell #vaping products to anyone under 21, order to "protect youth," lawmaker proposes punishment for possession by turning them (and ADULTS 18-20 years old) into petty criminals.

    https://bit.ly/2T7qa8g

    JOHNSON COUNTY, IOWA: (HEADS UP!) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders (or any other sound justification,) officials move to prohibit business owners from allowing #vaping in their own property AND even use OUTDOORS on public property.
    Johnson County Board of Supervisors to discuss banning e-cigarettes county-wide

    COLORADO: (UPDATE) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders or necessity shown, bill to ban #vaping where #smoking is prohibited, prohibiting business owners from allowing #vaping in own property & removing important incentive to switch CLEARS COMMITTEE.

    Bill To Ban Vaping In Colorado Where Smoking Isn’t Allowed Clears First Hearing

    OREGON: (HEADS UP!) House Bill 2123 expands the state's definition of tobacco products to include #vaping products while House Bill 2159 would establish an outrageous 95% tax, discouraging use of products at least 95% safer than smoking. No hearings yet scheduled.

    State lawmakers considering bill that would tax vape products
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    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    March 1, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)
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    WISCONSIN: (HEADS UP!) @GovEvers wants to tax #vaping products at 71% of the LIST price, making a $10 bottle cost over $17! This would remove a significant cost incentive for (mostly lower income) adult #smokers to switch to the MUCH SAFER alternatives.

    Evers' budget includes gas tax, minimum wage hike, automatic voter registration

    IN THE NEWS: (FDA) Sen. Shaheen bill calls for FDA to collect fees from #vape manufacturers in 2020 of $150 million (2% of total aggregate manufacturer sales of #vaping products sold in the US the previous year) - likely increasing cost to consumers.

    Shaheen bill would slap fees on e-cigarette makers


    UTAH: (UPDATE) Bill to deny early ADULT #vapers & #smokers access to much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products narrowly advanced from the House committee.

    A proposal to boost Utah’s legal tobacco, e-cigarette age to 21 barely makes it out of a House committee

    VERMONT: (HEADS UP!) Senate bill denies early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking. If passes Senate vote Friday, it moves to House for consideration after Town Meeting Day.
    Vermont Senate Approves Raising Tobacco Purchase Age to 21

    KIRBY, TEXAS: (UPDATE) After second reading, city denies early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

    Kirby City Council votes to ban sale of tobacco products to those under 21

    STOW, OHIO: (UPDATE) City Council wisely voted 5-1 AGAINST denying early ADULT #vapers & #smokers access to much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products!

    Stow City Council rejects tighter tobacco controls despite community's support

    BARABOO, WISCONSIN: (HEADS UP!) Ordinance to ban use of #vaping & #smokefree products OUTSIDE, without any evidence of risk to bystanders or necessity of intervention, has passed & will return to the council for a second reading.

    Baraboo to ban tobacco in parks

    PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK: (UPDATE) Council removes "possession" clause, but still plans (without any evidence of risk to bystanders or necessity of intervention) to ban use of #vaping products OUTSIDE in parks & ON SIDEWALKS. Hearing 5 PM Thursday, March 14!
    Council makes changes to proposed ban on e-cigs

    INDIANA: (UPDATE) Lawmakers rejecting $2.995 #cigarette tax, while 4¢/mL tax on much safer #vaping products (ludicrously intended to reduce non-existent "youth vaping epidemic") is still on the table after narrowly passing the House, 53-40.

    Prospects for $2 per pack cigarette tax hike all but snuffed out at the Statehouse
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    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    March 4 - March 6, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)
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    VERMONT: (CALL TO ACTION!) HB 26 would ban direct-to-consumer online sales of vapor products. Expected to be called on floor of Vermont House for a vote on Tuesday, March 12! Click link to message to your representative urging them to oppose this bill!

    VT - Stop an Online Sales Ban!

    IN THE NEWS: (HEADS UP!) Federal bill to be introduced this week seeks to ban "flavored" #vaping products nationwide, unless manufacturers can prove flavors are instrumental" & don’t "make vapes more harmful." No mention of seeking opinion of #vapers.

    This bill could ban e-cigarette flavors nationwide - CNN

    SPRING HILL, TENNESSEE: (UPDATE) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders nor any explanation of HOW it could prevent teen experimentation, city bans #vaping OUTDOORS in parks.

    https://bit.ly/2IRXzPU

    OLMSTED COUNTY, MINNESOTA: (HEADS UP!) Officials would deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking. PUBLIC HEARING on proposed revision on APRIL 2!

    Olmsted County Public Health recommends raising the tobacco age to 21

    MILLER COUNTY, MISSOURI: (HEADS UP!) MEETING TUESDAY! County Admin asking Eldon & other cities in county to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.
    Eldon board supports raising tobacco purchase age in Miller County

    NEW MEXICO: (HEADS UP!) Even with a $1.1 billion surplus, House passes HB 6, which would add #vaping products to the list of "#tobacco products" that can be taxed. The bill now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

    https://bit.ly/2tTzz4h

    LOUISIANA: (HEADS UP!) Bill proposed by Rep. Frank Hoffman for legislative session starting April 8th would deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking!

    https://bit.ly/2TlQhsj

    INDIANA: (CALL TO ACTION!) Less than two years after vapor retailers reopened following Indiana's disastrous attempt to "regulate" the industry, HB 1444 would enact an additional 4¢/mL tax on e-liquid. Take action NOW by sending a message to IN Senators: https://bit.ly/2EOib7s

    THE MORE YOU KNOW: Rutgers study finds nearly half of surveyed smokers WRONGLY believe #smokefree #tobacco like #snus has same health risks as #smoking. (Unfortunately, that misinformation is disseminated to the public by government & health groups.)

    https://bit.ly/2HfBjwQ

    WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT: (HEADS UP!) Town Council subcommittee may vote to today deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking!

    https://bit.ly/2NKkWJG

    NEBRASKA: (HEADS UP!) Lawmaker seeks to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking!

    https://bit.ly/2ISOeas

    COMMENTARY: (ROSS MARCHAND) "FDA’s Bizarre Ban on E-Cigarettes Would Endanger Millions of Lives - agency can save countless lives, but only if it allows innovators to bring their revolutionary products to market."
    https://bit.ly/2IVSZjq

    KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: (UPDATE) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders nor any explanation of HOW it could prevent teen use, city quickly (and pretty quietly) adds #vaping to indoor #smoking ban. (At least this one has some significant exceptions.)

    https://bit.ly/2Ez9oF7

    SHAWNEE COUNTY, KANSAS: (HEADS UP!) County considering banning #smoking OUTDOORS in parks. No mention of #vaping or #smoking here, but these bans have lately been including one or both. Local advocates should be on the alert!

    https://bit.ly/2IPD3PI

    ILLINOIS: (HEADS UP!) Bill SB 1864 would prohibit businesses from allowing #vaping in their own establishments. Forcing #vapers outside would also eliminate important incentive for #smokers to switch to the far safer #SMOKEFREE products.

    https://bit.ly/2ETAYyp

    IN THE NEWS: FDA chief Scott Gottlieb unexpectedly resigns after meeting with White House, reportedly to unveil new FDA rules on #vaping flavors, leaving harm reduction advocates facing even more uncertainty.

    https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/432708-fda-chief-scott-gottlieb-resigns-reports

    MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND: (UPDATE) The slippery slope continues to slide. Without any evidence of risk to bystanders or necessity of intervention, officials prohibit bars & restaurants from allowing use of #vaping products OUTSIDE on patios.

    https://bit.ly/2TnwmcG

    TEXAS: (HEADS UP!) Bills SB 21 & HB 749 would deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products. HB 749 will be heard Wednesday in Public Affairs Committee!

    https://bit.ly/2TjXDMZ

    WEST VIRGINIA: (UPDATE) House panel wisely REJECTS bill that would have denied early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products!

    https://bit.ly/2HfIeWG

    PROVO, UTAH: (HEADS UP!) City Council supports HB 324 and states it is considering passing an ordinance that would deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products if the state bill doesn't pass.

    https://bit.ly/2ETFGMB

    NEW YORK: (UPDATE & HEADS UP!) Assembly voted overwhelmingly in support of denying early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products. Backed by governor, bill now heads to the state Senate.

    https://bit.ly/2SNxDVh

    PLAINFIELD, ILLINOIS: (UPDATE) City denies early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products.

    https://bit.ly/2IWjYeS

    LITCHFIELD, MINNESOTA: (HEADS UP!) Proposed ordinance would essentially ban ban vape shops, possibly #vaping where #smoking is prohibited & prohibit vape shops from opening within 2,000 ft of a tobacco stores & more.

    https://bit.ly/2NN6C38

    WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT: (HEADS UP!) Town Council is expected to vote on denying early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products on March 26.

    https://bit.ly/2NLMr5P

    NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE: (HEADS UP!) Officials decided to table ordinance that would deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products UNTIL APRIL in an effort to allow for more public input.

    https://bit.ly/2tUAMso

    MANKATO, MINNESOTA: (HEADS UP!) Residents are being asked to take an online survey regarding ordinance to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products. (Last year, Mankato rejected the measure by 4-3.)

    https://soundoffmankato.mankatomn.gov/tobacco-21

    THE MORE YOU KNOW: (HAWAII) Tobacco 21 appears to be useless policy against so-called "#vaping epidemic" as state now "has the third highest rate of vape use among high school students" in spite of passing T21 in 2016. Somehow, banning flavors will help?

    https://bit.ly/2UjX9CI

    IN THE NEWS: (OHIO) Proving the point that it's a losing battle trying to ban products because of teen experimentation - especially at the expense of adult health - officials now worried about "flavored nicotine toothpicks."

    https://bit.ly/2VIvZpx

    THE MORE YOU KNOW: Research is looking at the POSITIVE effects of #nicotine on the brain.

    https://www.postandcourier.com/health/could-nicotine-play-a-role-in-combating-early-memory-deterioration/article_352359fe-3e9e-11e9-85a7-dbb53cc006e2.html

    ALABAMA: (HEADS UP!) HB41 would regulate #vaping products, including "warning signs in their stores regarding the dangers of #nicotine use and potential risks associated with vaping,” in spite of lack of evidence for dangers/risks.

    https://bit.ly/2UpmNq6

    MARION, MASSACHUSETTS: (HEADS UP!) At the upcoming meeting, on March 12 at 4:30 pm at the Marion Town House, the Board of Health will consider banning flavored #vaping and #smokefree products in ALL stores.

    https://bit.ly/2UkwRjT
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  12. Rossum

    Rossum Surly Curmudgeon Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Dec 14, 2013
    Deer Camp
    This one deserves a stand-alone repeat.
     
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  13. Hoggy

    Hoggy Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 6, 2013
    WI, USA
    COMPLETELY! So how about a third (and fourth) repeat here with some contact info..

    "
    IN THE NEWS: (HEADS UP!) Federal bill to be introduced this week seeks to ban "flavored" #vaping products nationwide, unless manufacturers can prove flavors are instrumental" & don’t "make vapes more harmful." No mention of seeking opinion of #vapers.

    This bill could ban e-cigarette flavors nationwide - CNN
    "

    Contact Info: Contact
    Send an E-mail: Email Me

    Denver Office

    600 Grant Street, Suite 202
    Denver, CO 80203-3525
    Phone: (303) 844-4988
    Fax: (303) 844-4996

    Washington, D.C., Office
    2111 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, D.C. 20515-4329
    Phone: (202) 225-4431
    Fax: (202) 225-565
     
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  14. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    March 7, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)
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    CONNECTICUT: (CALL TO ACTION UPDATE!) HB6404, which would ban flavored #vaping and #smokefree products, was referred to the Committee on Children yesterday. Contact your lawmakers here:

    CT - Stop the attack on vaping

    NEW YORK: (CALL TO ACTION UPDATE!) Several bills that would ban flavors, enact and raise taxes, prohibit discounts, and raise the sales age to 21 for all tobacco and vapor products are on the move in the New York legislature. Take Action – Send a Message!

    NY – Don’t let State BAN FLAVORS or ENACT TAXES on Vaping! - CASAA

    SOUTH DAKOTA: (HEADS UP/UPDATE!) Bill passed in House and heading to full Senate would ban #vaping in public places, eliminating an important incentive for #smokers to switch to far safer alternatives.

    Bill banning vaping in public places heads to full Senate

    UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OHIO: (HEADS UP!) MEETING MARCH 18TH! City to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to much safer alternative #vaping products that could actually eliminate #smoking. Article is unclear if also includes #cigarettes or #tobacco.

    University Heights Council expected to raise age for buying nicotine products to 21

    ILLINOIS: (UPDATE) Bill (SB 21) denying early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking is "held back" (for now) due to "hesitation on the part of new members."

    'Tobacco 21’ bill stalls in Illinois Senate

    LAKEMORE, OHIO: (HEADS UP!) City would deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking. Next regular Council meeting March 18 at 7 PM in the Municipal Building.

    Akron Ohio News - Lakemore Council considers raising tobacco buying age

    RUSTON, LOUISIANA: (UPDATE) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders, City prohibits businesses from allowing #vaping in their own establishments and bans use OUTDOORS in parks/on sidewalks/multi-unit housing common areas, etc.

    Ruston becomes 21st municipality in Louisiana to go smoke free

    DEKALB, ILLINOIS: (HEADS UP!) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders, City considering baning #vaping OUTSIDE on all city property (except golf courses.)

    DeKalb Park District eyeing smoking, vaping ban on park property | Daily Chronicle
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  15. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    CASAA will have Calls to Actions for these federal bills (I believe there are currently 3 that are pending introduction!)


     
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  16. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    March 8, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)
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    UTAH: (UPDATE) HB324, which would would deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking, passed out of B & L Committee unanimously, will now go to Senate floor.

    Bill to raise tobacco age to 21 in Utah moves forward in the Senate

    NEW HAMPSHIRE: (UPDATE) Senate voted 18 - 6 to re-refer Tobacco & Vapor 21 bill (SB 248) back to committee. This means it will stay in committee for further review & won't be back before the full Senate until Jan 2020.

    New Hampshire Tobacco 21 Re-refered Back To Committee –

    SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE: (HEADS UP!) Ban of flavored #vaping products (article doesn't mention #tobacco products), which would reduce appeal to adult #smokers and #vapers switching to far safer alternative products, could be ready for Council vote in May.

    Ban on flavored vape inserts aired in South Portland

    IN THE NEWS: (FDA) White House Says No Dispute With FDA Chief Gottlieb Before Exit, No Letup Seen in Crackdown on Vaping by FDA, two potential contenders have emerged....

    Bloomberg - Are you a robot?
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  17. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    March 12, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)
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    RHODE ISLAND: (CALL TO ACTION!) Gov. Raimondo's budget once again has 40% tax on #vaping products! House Finance Committee will be hearing testimony regarding this tax on March 21. Click CTA link to take action NOW!

    RI - Stop the Governor's Vapor Tax!

    UTAH: (CALL TO ACTION!!) Stop an 82% tax on vapor products! Click the link to take action NOW!

    UT - Call the Senate President (Stop HB 252, Vapor Tax)

    EDGEWATER, COLORADO: (UPDATE) City becomes 5th city in state to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

    Edgewater Raises Age for Sale of Tobacco to 21 and Increases Smoke/Vapor-Free Protections – Edgewater Echo

    LAFAYETTE, CALIFORNIA: (HEADS UP!) City Council late Monday voted unanimously to establish an ordinance banning flavored #tobacco and #vaping products. Next step is having city staff craft an ordinance to spell out the ban.

    Lafayette Moves Closer to Ban on Flavored Tobacco

    YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO: (HEADS UP!) PUBLIC MEETING WED. @ 5 PM at Covelli Centre community room re: ordinance to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

    Public meeting on tobacco-purchase age is Wednesday

    JOHNSON COUNTY, IOWA: (HEADS UP!) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders, County considering ordinance MARCH 20th/27th to prohibit businesses from allowing #vaping in their own establishments, think #vapers outside would somehow put them out of view.

    Johnson County considers expansion of ordinance to ban e-cigarettes in some areas

    SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT: (UPDATE) Groups get town leaders to pass anti-harm reduction law that denies early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

    Southington votes to raise tobacco sale age to 21

    IN THE NEWS: (FDA) Department of Health and Human Services confirms National Cancer Institute (NCI) Director Ned Sharpless will be the acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

    Ned Sharpless named acting FDA commissioner
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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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  18. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    March 13, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)
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    MINNESOTA: (CALL TO ACTION!) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders, HF 349 prohibit businesses from allowing #vaping in their property, remove incentive for #smokers to switch. Vote Is Scheduled For TOMORROW, March 14. Click link to take action NOW!

    MN - VOTE NO on HF 349, an Indoor Vaping Ban!

    IN THE NEWS: (FDA) Agency releases draft guidance on #vaping flavors, moves up pre-market application deadline by a year (for flavors other than tobacco-, mint-, and menthol-flavored products) to 8-8-2021, gives 30 days comment period.

    Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on advancing new policies aimed at preventing youth access to, and appeal of, flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and cigars

    ILLINOIS: (UPDATE) House Bill 345, denying early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking, passed by a vote of 82-31 Tuesday. It now moves to the Illinois Senate.

    Illinois House passes Tobacco 21 bill

    ASPEN, COLORADO: (HEADS UP) City plans to ban flavored #vaping & #smokefree #tobacco products, reducing product's appeal to adult #smokers and #vapers and an important and incentive to switch to far safer alternative products.

    City to ban all flavored tobacco, nicotine products in Aspen

    SKAGIT COUNTY, WASHINGTON: (HEADS UP!) Without any evidence of risk to bystanders, County wants law to prohibit businesses from allowing #vaping in their property, "hope" #vapers outside will somehow dissuade youth use. PUBLIC HEARING April 9th @ 2PM.

    County considers ban on public smoking, vaping

    WINCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE: (UPDATE) Voters wisely REJECT proposed law that would have denied early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

    Winchester voters snuff out proposal to raise tobacco age

    NEVADA: (HEADS UP!) SB263 (Sen. Julia Ratti, D-Sparks) would sin tax #vaping products at same 30% rate, raising cost to #smokers, thereby removing savings incentive to switch to far safer alternatives to #smoking.

    Vaping tax, bumpstock ban bills introduced in Nevada Legislature
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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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  19. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    March 14, 2019
    (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia)
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    APPLETON, WISCONSIN: (CALL TO ACTION!!) Proposed ordinance will prohibit businesses owners (incl. vape shops) from allowing vaping in their own business! URGENT for CONSUMERS to SHOW UP and tell their story at the Council meeting WED. 3-20 @ 7PM.

    Appleton, Wisconsin - Stop an Indoor Vaping Ban!

    ALASKA: (HEADS UP!) HB 94 (Rep. Sara Hannan, D-Juneau), a blatant money grab that the bill sponsor admits has nothing to do with health (seeing vapers as people no one will care about taxing) would apply the 75% #tobacco "sin tax" to #vaping products.

    https://bit.ly/2W189FE

    EMPORIA, KANSAS: (HEADS UP!) City officials being misled in effort to deny early ADULT #vapers access to SAFER alternatives to #smoking AND prohibit business owners from allowing #vaping on their own property, removing a big incentive to switch.

    City discusses proposed vaping ordinance

    CONWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA: (HEADS UP!) Councilman suggests putting #vape businesses only in areas where tattoo parlors and strip clubs, others suggest treating smoke-free #vaping like #smoking, prohibiting businesses from allowing it on their property.

    City informally discusses future of vape shops in Conway

    NEVADA: (HEADS UP!) Anti-nicotine zealots pushing lawmakers to deny early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking. (Along with 30% added tax.)

    Advocates meet with Nevada lawmakers to raise tobacco age

    DEERFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS: (HEADS UP!) Tobacco "expert" manipulating city/county officials into passing ordinances restricting access to #vaping products.

    Deerfield hears from tobacco expert

    ARKANSAS: (UPDATE) Committee REJECTS #vapor tax to fund NCI funding, BUT lawmakers announce intent to pass tobacco/vapor 21 law & to TAX smokers and vapers (who are typically lower income individuals) to provide tax relief to...lower income individuals.

    Senate panel advances bill to fund NCI center, raise tobacco age - Talk Business & Politics

    LAKE IN THE HILLS, ILLINOIS: (HEADS UP!) Village to vote TONIGHT (3-14) at 7:30 PM @ Village Hall on ordinance denying early ADULT #smokers & #vapers access to the much safer alternative #vaping & #smokefree products that could actually eliminate #smoking.

    Lake in the Hills board to consider raising tobacco purchasing age to 21 | Northwest Herald

    THE MORE YOU KNOW: AHA says "The ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO ELIMINATE ALL NICOTINE addiction, but first...ensure e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products do not addict a new generation of users.” (ie. to end USE even if product has little to no health risks.)

    American Heart Association Forecasts Endgame for Tobacco and Nicotine Use - American Heart Association Forecasts Endgame for Tobacco and Nicotine Use Association Issues Policy Recommendations for Ending the Tobacco Crisis March 13 2019 Categories:...
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  20. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    If you're on Twitter, then you might know that FDA Commissioner Gottlieb's "twitter game" is on point--or at least his media team is good at what they do.

    This morning, Dr. Gottlieb fired off a few tweets in support of yesterday's announcement by FDA that will restrict everyone's access to life-saving vapor products. In particular, this tweet from 6:00 AM suggests that he sees "no redeeming public health value" in closed system/pod-based vapor products. Considering that many of us were first introduced to vaping by trying these simple devices instead of buying yet another pack of cigarettes, his opinion is clearly off base.

    If you're on Twitter (or want to join), jump in on the conversation and "ratio" this tweet:

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    "If teen e-cig use spikes again in 2019 FDA will revisit the continued marketability of pod based e-cigs as a category. Kids mostly abuse cartridge based systems. Against backdrop of rampant teen use closed systems may have no redeeming public health value. https://t.co/PLepQijbT1"
    — Scott Gottlieb, M.D. (@SGottliebFDA) March 14, 2019
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    Sharing your story, in 285 characters or less, is enough (and keep it clean). If using a closed system is what helped you or someone you love completely switch to vaping, be sure to mention that.

    It's time to take the narrative back!

    Thank you,
    @CASAAmedia Team

    Note: On the social media platform Twitter, a ratio, or getting ratioed, is when replies to a tweet vastly outnumber likes or retweets. This means people are objecting to the tweet and considering its content bad.
    What Does ratio Mean? | Pop Culture by Dictionary.com
    What Does ratio Mean? | Pop Culture by Dictionary.com
     
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