Testimony today on HB 137, an effort to cancel ALL Montana communities' local ordinances on tobacco & vaping products. Setting the stage for our trend in youth vaping to continue. 30% of MT high schoolers currently vape.
I'm concerned about this. It seems to me like we should value our kids' health (and the long term health effects of tobacco use) over the health of this industry, and we're really not doing so in Montana.
A few facts on vaping. <5% of MT adults vape (versus 30% of kids). Many teens, per surveys, regard it as safe (it's not). Most cite the sweet flavors as a major factor in starting, and teens who vape are four times more likely to go on to smoke cigarettes too.
It's frustrating to know that these things are not safe, that they have long-term health effects, and that we're going to be seeing this bill come due in the form of long-term health problems later.
I'm hopeful for FDA action, but in the meantime, the least we can ask is for the legislature not to take away our ability to discuss & address this problem at the local level -- with our local elected officials, using fair and transparent discussion.

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It's Sunday, you're on Twitter. I'm pretty sure you have 5 minutes. Can you use those 5 min to speak up for our #transgender Montanans, who are targeted by 2 harmful and discriminatory bills, being heard Wednesday?
HB 113 would fine health care providers up to $50k for providing gender affirming care (seriously, following our national guidelines on this would be ILLEGAL). Medical care for transgender youth is evidence-based & has been shown to reduce their very high risk of suicide by 70%.
HB 112 would prohibit trans athletes from playing sports according to their gender identity. NCAA & others have rules & criteria allowing this, but MT wants a blanket ban to keep kids off teams for good. Trans kids are kids too, and deserve the health benefits of sports.
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