ARIZONA

 

TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION 101: ARIZONA

January 14, 2020

Key Points:

  • Arizona’s vaping industry provided more than $415 million in economic activity in 2018 while generating 2,905 direct vaping-related jobs. Sales of disposables and prefilled cartridges in Arizona exceeded $8 million in 2016.

  • ADHS has reported 21 cases of vaping-related lung illness, with most patients reporting having vaped THC, but provides no specific details. ADHS earns a D for its reporting on vaping-related lung illnesses.

  • In 2017, only 3.7 percent of Arizona high school students reported daily e-cigarette use. More data is needed.   

  • Only 4 percent of FDA retail compliance checks in Arizona resulted in sales of e-cigarettes to minors from January 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.

  • Arizona spends very little on tobacco prevention. In 2019, Arizona dedicated only $17.3 million on tobacco control, or 4 percent of what the state received in tobacco settlement payments and taxes.

ARIZONA PROPOSAL TO CLASSIFY E-CIGARETTES AS TOBACCO PRODUCTS IS DISSERVICE TO PUBLIC HEALTH

January 24, 2019
  • A new proposal introduced in the Grand Canyon State aims to regulate electronic cigarettes and vaping devices as tobacco products to address the increased number of young people using these products.

  • Since their introduction in 2007, e-cigarettes and vaping devices have been subject to numerous local, state, and federal regulations, taxes, and even bans.

  • The same public health groups that first identified the link between cancer and smoking cigarettes have found e-cigarettes to be substantially less harmful than combustible tobacco cigarettes.

    • In 2015, Public Health England found e-cigarette use to be “95% safer than smoking.”

    • The Royal College of Physicians came to the same conclusion in 2016, stating hazards from e-cigarettes were “unlikely to exceed 5% of the harm from smoking tobacco,” and these products have created “a massive opportunity for consumer – as well as healthcare – led revolution in the way nicotine is used in society.”

    • In 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report that found “substantial evidence that completely switching from regular use of combustible cigarettes to e-cigarettes results in reduced short-term adverse health outcomes in several organ systems.”

  • The use of vapor products could save Arizonans money. A 2015 analysis found Medicaid savings could have amounted to $48 billion in 2012 if e-cigarettes had been adopted in place of combustible tobacco cigarettes by all Medicaid recipients who currently smoke.

  • Arizona currently use little funding from existing tobacco settlements and taxes on education and tobacco control efforts.

  • Of the additional taxes that have been levied on tobacco products in 1994 and 2002, only 23 percent and 5 percent of additional tax revenue is dispersed into the Health Education Account, which “provides funding for education and prevention programs about tobacco use and chronic disease.”

  • The majority of the funding from the increased cigarette tax goes to the Medically Needy Account and the Proposition 204 Protection Account, which provides “funding for Medicaid services.”

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