On August 23, 2019, the 1st death from vaping was reported in the U.S. Since then, the CDC and FDA have been working tirelessly through a new taskforce to determine the cause(s) of the now 26 deaths and over 1,299 reported cases of lung injury (as of October 10, 2019). It seems like a new jurisdiction announces a ban or restriction on e-cigarettes and/or flavorings each day now. But for some reason, cigarettes are notably absent from this national conversation.
Cigarettes kill 12 people a minute, which means they kill 18,720 people a day worldwide. We can’t overlook cigarettes and leave them on shelves while only addressing vaping.
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- ASH’s Deputy Director for Policy spoke with the LA Times about the current vaping outbreak in this article: Vaping bans are supposed to help. But could they become a ‘public health disaster’?
- ASH’s Chief Operating Officer moderated the DC Calls It Quits Week Facebook Live, covering local tobacco policy and what’s next
- ASH reported on United States tobacco policy to the UN Human Rights Council
- ASH’s September Statement at the U.N. Human Rights Council
- ASH’s Statement Regarding the Trump Administration’s Move to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes
- At the National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH), ASH promoted our work to phase out the sale of cigarettes
- Manhattan Beach, CA moves to ban the sale of all tobacco products
- Evanston, IL Health Advisory Council Chairman asked if it’s time for a total ban on the sale of tobacco products in the Chicago Tribune
- Schnucks grocery chain to end tobacco sales as of Jan. 1 (broken link removed April 2023)
- An argument for phasing out sales of cigarettes
- The FDA tried to ban flavors years before the vaping outbreak. Top Obama officials rejected the plan
- What The Political History Of Tobacco In The U.S. Means For E-Cigarettes
- Juul Labs’ new CEO is from Altria (Philip Morris USA)
- Smoking should be declared a public health emergency
This Fall, our programs have grown exponentially, with a lot of useful outreach at the National Conference on Tobacco or Health and at the UN Human Rights Council. We’ve been a part of the growing national conversation about vaping and are taking every chance to talk with reporters to also mention that cigarettes cannot be overlooked. Cigarettes kill when used exactly as intended. While the CDC and FDA work to figure out the cause(s) of the vaping death and illness outbreak, we know for a fact that cigarettes cause numerous diseases and painful deaths.
It’s time for more jurisdictions to follow Beverly Hills’ lead (and soon Manhattan Beach’s lead) and phase out the sale of cigarettes. We’ll continue to support any local awareness initiatives that lead to more Americans being protected from the predatory tobacco industry. Please consider supporting our life-saving work by making a donation today.