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NEW CDC REPORT SHOWS YOUTH VAPING DECLINE

NEW CDC REPORT SHOWS YOUTH VAPING DECLINE

TENNESSEE – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a new report that shows a decline of almost 2 million in teens who reported vaping in 2020. The report comes on the heels of other studies that confirmed teen smoking overall has shown a dramatic decline in recent years. The Tennessee Smoke Free Association, a trade organization with a focus on Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) through the use of personal vaporizers, today applauded the news of dropping e-cigarette use among teens.

“There has been a significant effort on the part of the Tennessee Smoke Free Association, and other organizations like ours around the world, to discourage those under 21 years of age from using e-cigarette and vapor products,” said Dimitris Agrafiotis, Executive Director of the TSFA. “As with the previous studies, we have also been very encouraged by the confirmation that using vapor products does not typically lead to smoking traditional tobacco products. Many of our association members–myself included–are former cigarette smokers who have kicked the habit completely by responsibly using vapor products.”

The CDC’s study comes as health organizations have raised the alarm about teen vaping, leading to regulations in some states that have nearly put those who sell vapor products out of business. Many of the retailers in Tennessee that sell the products are small business owners, who have been struggling during the pandemic and have had to deal with different lockdown orders across the state by adapting quickly–for example, offering curbside services.

“The Tennessee Smoke Free Association continues to support regulations that prohibit teens from smoking or vaping. We do not market to teens or initiate vape use to non-smokers. We fully support strong regulations like limiting tobacco sales to those 21 and up, and harsher punishments for anyone caught selling nicotine-containing or illegal vape products to minors,” said Agrafiotis. “But we will continue to fight for responsible adults who use vaping as a way to kick the harmful and deadly habit of smoking.”

The Tennessee Smoke Free Association is consumer advocacy group and trade organization with a focus on Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) through the use of personal vaporizers (electronic cigarettes) and other smokeless tobacco products shown to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with smoking. We focus on the prevention of tobacco harm and seek to cooperate with the Tennessee Health Agencies to function for the greater health of the Tennessee public as well as monitoring the legislation for or against our movement of tobacco harm reduction. The TSFA was formed in 2014 to provide support and education regarding alternative methods of THR after seeing many years of failed attempts by our public health agencies to reduce smoking rates in the region.

*The TSFA has local small business owners across the state available for interviews, including on camera. Please call/text 615-812-5272 for more information.

Contact: Dimitris Agrafiotis, dimi@tnsmokefree.org
Ph: 423-451-6150
http://tnsmokefree.org/
Or Kara Owen, kara@owenpublicstrategies.com
Ph: 615-812-5272

STUDIES: Teen smoking down dramatically, shows vaping does not lead to regular tobacco use

TENNESSEE – Two recent studies show positive trends in relation to teen smoking–the rate of
teenagers smoking cigarettes has fallen dramatically, and those who have tried tobacco vaping
products do not progress to smoking cigarettes. The Tennessee Smoke Free Association, a
trade organization with a focus on Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) through the use of personal
vaporizers, are today pointing to the studies to dispel the myths that surround vapor products,
and doing so one day before World Vape Day 2020. The studies dispute the popular belief
that vaping is a ‘gateway’ to smoking traditional tobacco products.

“The best news is that the smoking rate of 12th graders fell by an unprecedented 25 percent last
year,” said Dimitris Agrafiotis, Executive Director of the Tennessee Smoke Free
Association. “We are also very encouraged by the confirmation that using vapor products does
not typically lead to smoking traditional tobacco products. Many of our association members–
myself included–are former cigarette smokers who have kicked the habit completely by
responsibly using vapor products.”

In the first study 1 , researchers in the UK analyzed the results of the 2014-2017 US National
Youth Tobacco Survey, and concluded that less than 1% of US adolescents who use e-
cigarettes first became established cigarette smokers. Additionally, the annual Monitoring the
Future study 2 showed that teen smoking rates continue to fall–by 21 percent in 2018, and 25
percent in 2019.

1 https://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2020/02/19/tobaccocontrol-2019-055283
2 https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/monitoring-future

“The Tennessee Smoke Free Association continues to support regulations that prohibit teens
from smoking or vaping. We do not market to teens or initiate vape use to non-smokers. We
fully support strong regulations like limiting tobacco sales to those 21 and up, and harsher
punishments for anyone caught selling nicotine-containing or illegal vape products to minors,”
said Agrafiotis. “But we will continue to fight for responsible adults who use vaping as a way to
kick the harmful and deadly habit of smoking.”

The Tennessee Smoke Free Association is consumer advocacy.

TSFA 2019 Legislative Conference – November 13

 

The Tennessee Smoke Free Association is holding our 2019 annual pre-legislative conference on Wednesday, November 13th. This is the most critical time for the vapor industry. We invite all Tennessee vapor industry to participate and see what the TSFA has been doing and our future plans and strategy.

Agenda Includes:

  • PAC update
  • Vapor retailer state licensing
  • Budget Update
  • Legislature Education Training
  • PR Update and upcoming projects
  • 2020 Proposals & Lobby Strategy
  • Networking & Fellowship
  • Featured speakers Erika Vick (Bass, Berry, & Sims PLC) and Megan Crisp (Crisp Communications)
  • Guest speaker Lindsey Stroud with Heartland Institute

Lunch with be provided

Important: For security reasons, the Pinnacle Building will not allow anyone in that is not on the RSVP list.  Please be sure to RSVP, including the names of each person attending with you, via email to Lana James at LJames@bassberry.com

We look forward to seeing you there. For questions and information, you may contact 423-903-2023.

Facebook Event information can be found here.

Saturday, December 1st at 10:0o am
The Pinnacle at Symphony Place
Founders Room
150 Third Ave South, Suite 2800
Nashville, TN

Tennessee Smoke Free Association Calls on Public Health Officials to Find out all the Facts Related to E-Cig Incidents Industry-Standard Vape Products Are Intended to Help Adult Smokers Quit

Tennessee Smoke Free Association Calls on Public Health Officials to Find out all the Facts Related to E-Cig Incidents Industry-Standard Vape Products Are Intended to Help Adult Smokers Quit

 

The Tennessee Smoke Free Association (TSFA), whose small-business members provide industry-standard vape products that are helping adult smokers quit, is calling on public health officials to investigate recent reports of e-cigarette hospitalizations to find out all the facts related to the incidents.

From Dimitris Agrafiotis, Executive Director of Tennessee Smoke Free Association:

“First and foremost, vape products are for adult smokers looking to quit the deadly habit— not teenagers experimenting with unknown substances. Public health officials need to investigate all of the facts surrounding these incidents before assigning a blanket condemnation against industry-standard vape products.”

TSFA is a network of 100+ independent vape shops dedicated to helping adult smokers quit the deadly habit by switching to vaping, which has been found by major medical groups and governments to be 95% safer than combustible cigarettes.

Please see this additional statement, VTA Calls for End to Public Health Hysteria, issued by national partner, Vapor Technology Association, urging public health officials to identify the cause of these incidents before assigning blame and reminding the public never to alter a vapor device designed for vaping nicotine-containing products by attempting to vape anything other than an e-liquid designed to be used with that device.

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