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City of Austin charging employees who smoke more for health insurance

  By Andra Lim - American-Statesman Staff City of Austin employees who smoke are now paying extra for health insurance after the city quietly instituted a new policy meant in part to encourage those workers to kick the habit. Employees who admitted using any of a range of products — cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff, pipes, snus (a smokeless tobacco), hookahs and electronic cigarettes — began paying a surcharge of $12.50 per two-week pay period at the...
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Interview with Dr. Michael Siegel, author of Wall Street Journal piece “The Misbegotten Crusade Against E-Cigarettes”

Listen to an exclusive TEVA interview with Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health by TEVA Executive Director Andrew Westerkom about his recent opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal titled "The Misbegotten Crusade Against E-Cigarettes"  Dr. Siegel has conducted tobacco research for 25 years and has been an advocate for anti-smoking policies.

During this conversation Dr. Siegel asserts that the FDA, CDC & California Dept. of Public Health have lied to the public about the health implications of e-cigarettes and calls upon them to, either defend their statements, or publicly recant them. Also, according to Dr. Siegel the lobbying efforts of the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and American Heart Association "may be doing harm to the public health."

TEVA in action on the Senate floor of Texas

Executive Director of TEVA, Andrew Westerkom, presented these talking points (click below)  to the Health & Human Services committee as well as fielded questions from the committee.

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Fast Facts on Vaping

The Texas E-cigarette and Vaping Association is concerned about the misleading information disseminated by organizations that opposed to electronic cigarettes.

Legislators, city officials, health policy professionals, the media and our citizens are entitled to factual information on the vapor products industry to make informed decisions.  The following facts help to alleviate some of the inflammatory claims:

  • Vapor products do not deliver tar, carbon monoxide or particulates because they use vaporization and not combustion....

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