ILLINOIS

 

TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION 101: ILLINOIS

January 9, 2020

Key Points: 

  • Illinois’s vaping industry provided more than $1.1 billion in economic activity in 2018 while generating 3,770 direct vaping-related jobs. Sales of disposables and prefilled cartridges in Illinois exceeded $30.8 million in 2016.

  • As of December 19, 2019, IDPH has reported 206 cases of vaping-related lung illness, including five deaths. Earlier reports of Illinois patients found a majority of patients citing THC products. IDPH recent reports do not offer details on substances vaped. IDPH earns a D for its reporting on vaping-related lung illnesses.

  • In 2018, only 4 percent of Illinois high school students reported daily use of vapor products. More data is needed.  

  • Only 8 percent of FDA retail compliance checks in Illinois resulted in sales of e-cigarettes to minors from January 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.

  • Illinois spends very little on tobacco prevention. In 2019, Illinois dedicated only $9.4 million on tobacco control, or less than 1 percent of what the state received in tobacco settlement payments and taxes.

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ILLINOIS FLAVOR BAN UNLIKELY TO REDUCE HOSPITALIZATIONS, YOUTH USE, DISREGARDS HARM REDUCTION

November 5, 2019
  • An amendment to Senate Bill 668 would create the “Flavored Tobacco Ban Act,” which would prohibit any “characterizing flavor” except tobacco flavor. Unlike other misguided flavor bans, the Illinois bill includes menthol and mint flavors.

  • Lawmakers are responding to recent vaping-related hospitalizations, yet health departments continue to link these to the use of vaping devices containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 

  • A September 2019 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found 77 percent of patients reported vaping products that contained THC. Further, an October 2019 CDC report linked 78 percent of cases to use of THC vaping devices.

  • Illegal THC vaping cartridges have been confiscated in Illinois.

    • A 25-year-old was arrested in the fall of 2019 after police found more than $103,000 worth of marijuana and more than $5,000 of LSD at her residence. Law enforcement seized “253 THC vape pen cartridges.”

    • More notably, law enforcement recently uncovered a massive  “THC vape manufacturing” operation that “produced 4,000 to 5,000 vape cartridges a day.” According to officials, the ring sold THC cartridges “in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.”

  • Flavor bans are not effective measures to reduce youth e-cigarette use

    • Santa Clara County, California, banned flavored tobacco products to age-restricted stores in 2014. Despite this, youth e-cigarette use increased. In 2015-16 , 7.5 percent of Santa Clara high school students reported current use of e-cigarettes. In 2017-18, this increased to 10.7 percent

  • A 2017 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research concluded banning flavors “would result in the increased choice of combustible cigarettes.” Indeed, the authors expect e-cigarette use to decrease by approximately 10 percent if flavors are banned.

  • Youth use of tobacco products is at an all-time low. 

    • In 1997, 42.7 percent of high school students reported using tobacco products, with 36.4 percent reporting use of combustible cigarettes. 

    • In 2018, only 27.1 percent of high school students reported using any tobacco product, with 20.8 percent reporting using e-cigarettes and vaping devices.

  • Illinois should divert more of existing tobacco moneys into tobacco control programs.

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ILLINOIS FLAVOR BAN WOULD VAPORIZE HARM REDUCTION

September 10, 2019
  • H.B. 3883, also known as the Flavored Tobacco Product Ban Act, would prohibit the sale and distribution “of any flavored tobacco product.”

  • Banned flavors include, but are not limited to, “tastes or aromas relating to any fruit, chocolate, vanilla, honey, candy, cocoa, dessert, alcoholic beverage, mint, wintergreen, herb, or spice.” Menthol and tobacco flavors are not included in the ban.

  • The Heartland Institute analyzed results from the 2017-18 California Youth Tobacco Survey (CYTS) and found that despite flavor restrictions in some localities, youth use of e-cigarettes in those areas had increased after the bans went into place.

  • A 2018 survey, conducted by researchers at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, Greece, and Centre for Substance Use Research, Scotland, UK, surveyed nearly 70,000 American adults and found that 83.2 percent and 72.3 percent of survey respondents reported vaping fruit and dessert flavors, respectively. 

  • A 2017 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research concluded banning flavors “would result in the increased choice of combustible cigarettes.”

  • E-cigarettes are at least 95 percent safer than combustible cigarettes, as first noted by Public Health England (PHE) in 2015. In 2018, PHE reiterated this claim, stating “vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking.”

  • Lawmakers should divert existing tobacco moneys on programs and prevention efforts. Of the $1.1 billion Illinois received in tobacco settlement payment and taxes in 2019, the state extended only $9.1 million, or 0.08 percent, to tobacco education and prevention programs.

ILLINOIS SHOULD NOT TAX E-CIGARETTES AND VAPING DEVICES

April 4, 2019
  • Senate Bill 1124 would amend the Tobacco Product Tax Act of 1995 to include e-cigarettes in the definition of tobacco products.

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