CALIFORNIA

 

TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION 101: CALIFORNIA

January 8, 2020

Key Points: 

  • California’s vaping industry provided more than $2.9 billion in economic activity in 2018 while generating 2,905 vaping-related jobs. Sales of disposables and prefilled cartridges in California exceeded $9.9 million in 2016.

  • 2. As of December 23, CDPH has reported 187 cases of vaping-related lung illnesses and includes information on age, gender, and substances vaped. 82 percent of California patients reported vaping THC. CDPH earns an A-ranking for its reporting on vaping-related lung illnesses.

  • In 2018, 10.9 percent of high school students reported past 30-day use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices. In 2017, only 1.9 percent of high school students reported daily use of vapor products. More data is needed.

  • Only 2 percent of FDA retail compliance checks resulted in sales of e-cigarettes to minors between January 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019.

  • California spends very little on tobacco prevention. In 2019, California dedicated only $250.4 million on tobacco control, or 8 percent of what the state received in tobacco settlement payments and taxes.

FLAVOR BAN RESTRICTIONS WOULD VAPORIZE TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION IN CALIFORNIA

July 11, 2019
  • After a bill that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products was shelved by its sponsor, California lawmakers are once again trying to restrict the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes and vaping devices.

  • Assembly Bill 1639 would limit the sale of flavored e-cigarettes to specialty, age-restricted tobacco and vape shops, and online retailers that use age-verification technology.

  • Tobacco, mint, and menthol flavored e-cigarettes would be excluded from the ban.

  • Since their introduction to the U.S. market in 2007, electronic cigarettes and vaping devices have helped an estimated three million American adults quit smoking.

  • A 2019 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found the use of e-cigarettes to be “twice as effective” as nicotine replacement therapy in helping smokers quit.

  • A 2018 study of nearly 70,000 American adults found similar conclusions among adult vapers, with flavors providing a “vital role in the use of electronic cigarettes and vaping devices.” Moreover, 83.2 percent and 72.3 percent of survey respondents reported vaping fruit and dessert flavors, respectively, “at least some of the time.”

  • It is hypocritical for lawmakers to state they intend to curb youth e-cigarette use. California spends very little on tobacco education and prevention efforts. In 2018, the Golden State received approximately $2.582 billion in tobacco settlement payments and taxes, yet only spent $327.8 million, less than 1 percent, on prevention efforts.

January 3, 2019

PROPOSED FLAVOR BAN ON TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION PRODUCTS WOULD BE DISSERVICE TO PUBLIC HEALTH

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