Tuesday, June 2, 2015

CASAA Podcast Update June 1, 2015

CASAA's Jan Johnson and Alex Clark discuss legislative- and advocacy-related matters of current interest to CASAA members and THR (tobacco harm reduction) advocates. 

0:30 – Kansas Call to Action updated. Senate is currently debating an amendment that would include a 20 cent per ml tax on e-liquid. Could be voted on tonight (Monday, June 1, 2015) and could move to the House as soon as June 2, 2015, so participation in the Call to Action is critical.

2: 20 – HB 2546 Oregon has been signed into law by governor. This includes vaping in state’s indoor clean air act, and there is currently no exemption for vape shops. Originally this was a simple ban on sales to minors and inclusion in indoor clean air act. The law now also includes a prohibition on the distribution or sale (or allowing the sale) of “an inhalant delivery system if the inhalant delivery system is packaged in a manner that is attractive to minors, as determined by the authority by rule.”

6:00 – SB 663 Oregon (licensing bill) was changed over the weekend. Fortunately, the licensing is separate from tobacco, but there are still proximity requirements in terms of where shops can be located.

9:05 – Because of the holiday last week, federal legislators were generally back in their home districts. Vapers should be using these opportunities to schedule meetings with their legislators.

10:20 – FDA Workshop – Carl Phillips, CASAA’s Chief Scientific Officer, is attending the third workshop and is serving on a panel tomorrow (Tuesday, June 2, 2015). He was live blogging the workshop in the We Are CASAA Facebook group. Click here to see the discussion of Day One and here for Day Two. (If you haven't already, please consider responding to CASAA's Calls to Action for the First FDA Workshop and Second FDA Workshop.)

11:30 - Advertising practices and plain packaging issues are coming to the forefront. There is an increasing push to call out vendors for what might be perceived as irresponsible advertising practices. This is a good conversation to have, but we need to be mindful that e-cigarette opponents consider flavors in and of themselves to be marketing to children.

14:30 - We are also seeing an unfortunate renewed interest in adopting all of the anti-smoking rhetoric and using that to support vaping. Some advocates see this strategy as distancing vaping from tobacco, but we’re actually just giving more ammunition to the anti-e-cigarette crowd by validating much of the misinformation.

16:00 – Yesterday (May 31, 2015) was World No Tobacco Day, an event sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO). World Tobacco Harm Reduction Day was launched in response. Click here for a link to the video. A good discussion, especially for those new to THR who may not understand why smokeless tobacco products are part of the THR arsenal and why it’s important to be inclusive and broaden our base to have an even stronger voice. The video also includes a discussion of Swedish Match's MRTP application and CASAA's comment to FDA in support of that application.

22:30 – Please respond to the Call to Action for HR 2058, which would change the grandfather date for vapor products. This change would allow for all vapor products currently on the market to remain on the market without being subject to the burdensome (read: prohibitive) pre-market FDA approval application process.

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