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CWA Statement on Trump Administration’s Vaping announcement

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We applaud President Trump for responding with common-sense actions to stem the tide of the youth vaping epidemic. Raising the tobacco age to 21 and instituting new enforcement policies against the manufacture, distribution and sale of flavored nicotine e-cigarette cartridges are essential steps.  With these actions, the Trump administration sends an unequivocal message against the dangers of teen drug use and addiction.   Unfortunately, this crisis has also exposed the aggressive tactics of a bigger enemy, the tobacco/marijuana industry that is now intertwined and deliberately deflecting the dangers of THC vaping and marijuana use.  Those promoting marijuana legalization while criticizing the President for not going far enough on e-cigarettes are part of the playbook.   If they cared about the effects of youth vaping in our culture, they would stand against efforts to legitimize and normalize marijuana use.  Sending mixed messages to our youth will only intensify the crisis.

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Penny Nance: White House Listening Session (Includes Video)

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Our CEO and President Penny Nance was invited to attend a listening session on Vaping at the White House with President Trump.

Watch as Penny Nance Introduces herself to the President and mentions our CWA Family:

Watch as our CEO and President Penny Nance makes her comments to President Trump about the Vaping Issue:

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Proposed Soft Ban on Flavored E-Cigarette, Vaping-Devices Prudent Move, Our Children Will Thank us for it One Day…

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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar earlier this month announced that the White House is revisiting and enhancing an Obama-era rule that, in an effort to protect consumers, would clamp down on flavored e-cigarettes and vaping devices readily available on the market.

“The Trump administration is making it clear that we intend to clear the market of flavored e-cigarettes to reverse the deeply concerning epidemic of youth e-cigarette use that is impacting children, families, schools and communities,” said Azar. “We will not stand idly by as these products become an on-ramp to combustible cigarettes or nicotine addiction for a generation of youth.”

As a mother, I commend Secretary Azar and the Trump administration for hitting the “Pause” button on the proliferation of potentially harmful flavored e-cigarette and vaping-device products. It’s alarming to me the number of young men coming down with lung-related illnesses from recreational e-cigarette and vaping-device use.

I’ve been haunted for weeks by images of a young man on a ventilator suffering from a mysterious vaping-related injury and applaud the administration for giving medical professionals the time they need to figure out why these products are hurting our young people, as officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they’ve received more than 800 reports of e-cigarette- and vaping-related lung injuries and that authorities still haven’t pinpointed what’s causing the epidemic.

“The specific chemical exposure(s) causing lung injuries associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping, remains unknown at this time,” reads a CDC statement. “More information is needed to know whether one or more e-cigarette or vaping products, substances, or brand is responsible for the outbreak.”

What does this mean? Moms are seeing  otherwise healthy teenagers and young-adult children suffering on ventilators because of e-cigarettes, Juul and other vaping-device brands. The CDC has recommended that, until a cause is found, people abstain from vaping. The FDA launched a criminal investigation into these businesses and the House held a hearing on Sept. 24 regarding this epidemic.

Thirty-seven people, meanwhile, have died as a result of e-cigarette- and vaping-related use. Those who’ve sustained e-cigarette- or vaping-related injuries are predominantly male and 79% are under 35 years of age. Forty percent are between 18 and 24 years old.

The federal minimum age required to even purchase e-cigarettes or vaping devices is 18 yet a whopping 16 percent of patients that have suffered e-cigarette and vaping-related illnesses are younger than 18 years old, according to the CDC. Clearly, the vaping epidemic is disproportionately affecting our young men and that needs to stop before more fall victim to these devices.

About 25 percent of states have taken the moral high ground and increased the minimum age at which someone can legally purchase tobacco and vaping-related devices to 21 years old. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in May introduced legislation proposing these same age increases apply nationwide. “Unfortunately, it’s reaching epidemic levels,” he told USA Today of the vaping-related horror stories he’s received from constituents.

His proposed legislation is a good start but, obviously, young men are still getting their hands on these harmful products. President Donald J. Trump and Secretary Azar are entirely justified in escalating this issue and choking access to these hazardous products by issuing newly enhanced recommendations for manufacturers.

After all, why give an at-risk demographic even easier access to the very products that could be killing them? This travesty is familiar. I was around in the ‘90s when tobacco giants testified before Congress that nicotine was not “addictive” when they knew the opposite. What are these companies and CEOs up to today? They’ve funneled into two addiction-for-profit industries: marijuana and vaping.

Altria, the parent company of Phillip Morris, invested $12.8 billion in Juul last December and invested $1.8 billion in the marijuana company Cronos Group. Phillip Morris International has created a “nonprofit,” the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, to promote the company’s e-cigarette products. Out of the tobacco industry, Altria contributed the most money to candidates and committees in the 2018 election cycle.

RJR Tobacco (Reynolds) produces the e-cigarette VUSE and has now been acquired by British American Tobacco (BAT) which produced its first electronic cigarette in 2013. The U.S. Tobacco Company is a subsidiary of Altria and is now known as the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company. In 2012, Lorillard Tobacco Company purchased “blu,” an e-cigarette brand and became the first tobacco company to invest in the e-cigarette market. It has since been acquired by Reynolds.

The bottom line is this: No one in the halls of government should be allowing easy access to the very chemical that could be injuring and killing our young men. Shame on any leader who caves to the demands of big business over the health and well-being of his or her constituents. Now it’s time to issue the guidance as soon as possible and give investigators and medical professionals the opportunity they need to discover what’s killing our young men

Coalition Supports Trump Administration’s Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes/Vaping

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This week the CDC announced that there are now 1,300 known cases of lung injury related to vaping and 26 confirmed deaths. The CDC also reported the youngest victim of the vaping epidemic, a 17-year-old male. Approximately 70% of the patients are male, and 80% of the patients are under 35 years old; 15% are under 18 years old. Many of the people who are ill have reported vaping THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee joined Smart Approaches to Marijuana, the Centennial Institute, Eagle Forum, and others and signed an open letter to the President supporting his initiative to find out what is causing e-cigarette or vaping-related illnesses. The letter addresses the importance of this initiative because although we do support the free market, e-cigarette manufacturers are knowingly putting people in danger. The letter states: “The free market requires that businesses abide by current law and educate consumers on the risks associated with the use of their products. Unfortunately, e-cigarette companies are both ignoring current laws and misinforming their consumers.”

There is no doubt nicotine is addictive and harmful to developing brains. However, marijuana and THC must also be part of the conversation. Although THC is a federally illegal substance, the FDA has the power to regulate it and remove it from the market completely. Contrary to many claims, the THC problem is not only a black market issue, but rather the result of allowing marijuana corporate giants to mass produce oils and vapes with no regard to the science that says high-potency products are dangerous especially for youth. Tobacco companies, e-cigarette companies, and the marijuana industry share many of the same investors. Every tobacco company whose executives testified before Congress in the 90s claiming nicotine is not addictive (when in fact they knew the opposite) are now investing in vaping and or marijuana.

Addiction-for-profit industries do not deserve protection; they require accountability. We are working to ensure Congress does not turn a blind eye to the real motivation of Big Marijuana. The current vaping crisis unmasks the imminent danger of unleashing an industry that exploits its consumers with no regard for the consequences. We’ve seen it with big tobacco and with big pharma’s opioid push. Nancy Reagan’s words still need heeding: “Just Say NO.”

Read the Entire Letter Here and See Coalition Members:

House Passes Disastrous Marijuana Banking Bill in Midst of Vaping Crisis

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On Tuesday, a House Oversight Committee held a subcommittee hearing on vaping, and on Wednesday a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee also held a hearing on vaping. The CDC’s Principal Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat in the House Oversight Subcommittee hearing said, “The epidemic is moving faster than our data gathering; we really are losing people in the meantime.” Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health announced the tenth U.S. death from a vaping-related illness.

We don’t know a lot about what these vaping-related illnesses have in common, but we do know that several of these cases are THC related, including an Oregon case where the THC was purchased from a state-legal, state-regulated, state-tested dispensary. Vaping is a growing mechanism for marijuana consumption. The DEA reports that 25% of high school students who used marijuana in 2017 vaped it.

In spite of this crisis and Congress’ acknowledgement that this is an issue, Wednesday the House passed H.R. 1595, the SAFE Banking Act of 2019 (SAFE Act). The SAFE Act would legitimize the marijuana industry financially and give marijuana businesses access to the federal banking system. It would also grant investors access to this billion-dollar industry without incorporating any regulations or guidance for this growing industry. If enacted, this bill will enable a massive flow of financial investment in this illegal industry that is currently under national scrutiny with absolutely ZERO regard for public health. The FDA is working hard to find a solution to the vaping crisis; the SAFE Act would exacerbate it.

Banks are prohibited from being involved in activities involving illegally obtained funds, also known as money laundering. Because of marijuana’s federally illegal status, even if states legalize marijuana, banks are still committing a federal crime by financially entangling themselves with marijuana businesses and are still liable to federal prosecution. If the SAFE Act is enacted, marijuana will still be illegal, but banks will now have the approval of the government to participate in money laundering. This would also be the first time the United States banking industry was opened to Schedule I drug operations and would set an alarming and dangerous precedent of granting banking access to criminal activity. This bill sidesteps common sense and merely gives banks permission to engage in marijuana-related activities. Put another way, the SAFE Act gives banks the green light to facilitate federal crime.

321 Representatives voted for this. Click here to find out if your representative voted to give the marijuana industry access to the U.S. financial system. If he/she did, tell your representative you are disappointed with his/her vote.

This bill now goes to the Senate, and although we don’t anticipate this exact bill coming to the floor for a vote, we do think there will be a vote giving the marijuana industry access to the U.S. financial system at some point. Please call your Senators and tell them to oppose the SAFE Banking Act and any other measure that would give the marijuana industry access to the financial system.