Every week on “Big Tobacco Messed with the Wrong Moms”, hosts Meredith Berkman and Dorian Fuhrman, two of PAVe’s co-founders, will discuss the youth vaping epidemic, sharing important information about everything from serious health risks to quitting resources. Moderating important conversations with top public-health experts, these MOMvocates will speak directly to parents and other key stakeholders across the country, empowering them to join the fight to keep our kids from becoming an entire generation of nicotine addicts.
Episode 033: Sara’s Story: A PAVe pediatrician shares her struggle with her own child’s nicotine addiction
This week’s episode highlights Sara, a New York State pediatrician who has been fighting the tobacco industry’s targeting of teens on multiple fronts: as a doctor seeking to protect her patients; as a PAVe volunteer warning other parents; and, most importantly, as a mom desperate to help her college-age son quit vaping.
Episode 032: The Evil Genius behind menthol addiction
Decades ago, tobacco Industry research revealed that menthol amplifies nicotine addiction, especially in African Americans; the more melanin in a smoker’s skin, the greater menthol’s impact. Armed with this knowledge, Big Tobacco methodically marketed menthol combustible cigarettes to African Americans; the more melanin in a smoker’s skin, the greater menthol’s impact.
(In 2009, when the federal government banned flavored cigarettes, menthol was the blatant exemption.)
Last April, after years of inexplicable delay, a federal lawsuit brought by plaintiffs including the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council forced FDA to finally announce it would “begin the rule-making process” to end the sale of menthol cigarettes-but that could take years.
That’s why the Center for Black Health and Equity is fighting deadly menthol tobacco products in real time at community levels across the country. In this week’s episode we interview the Center’s Greg Bolden about the No Menthol Movement in Atlanta; local partner D’Jillisser Kelly of the H.E.A.R.T coalition will discuss on-the-ground efforts including the Great American Smokeout on November 18th.
Episode 031: Back to school, not back to J---L
This is the last chance for parents to make our voices heard before FDA rules on JUUL!
Between now and September 9th the agency must decide whether or not to approve Juul and any flavored e-cigarette. Over the last several weeks, over two thousand parents have signed our letter urging FDA to deny all applications for these dangerous products.
In this week's podcast episode, part of our “Back to school, not back to Juul” campaign, we interview Dr. Rachel Boykan, Clinical Professor, of Pediatrics at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University who explains why she believes FDA must act NOW against flavored e-cigarettes that have already caused enormous harm to millions of kids.
Episode 030: Writing “The Devil’s Playbook”: Author Lauren Etter on her behind-the-scenes look at JUUL
On today’s episode, Bloomberg News investigative reporter Lauren Etter discusses “The Devil’s Playbook: Big Tobacco, Juul, and the Addiction of a New Generation”. With FDA poised to rule on JUUL’s applications for its menthol and tobacco flavored products, Etter’s new book provides a deep dive into how the collision of Silicon Valley values and the industry’s predatory behavior created an adolescent public-health crisis that could impact our kids for years to come.
Says Etter, a mom of three young children, “If a (JUUL) representative had come into my kids’ school, I’d be pissed.”
FDA could formally approve a menthol JUUL at any moment. The time to make our voices heard is NOW.
Our message to FDA must be loud and clear: Don’t let JUUL get away with it.
Menthol is not only preferred by nearly 40% of youth who vape, but it also makes it easier to get addicted and harder to quit. If we're going to protect kids from flavored e-cigarettes, menthol is no exception.
Add your name to send letter: www.parentsagainstvaping.org/fda-menthol
Big Tobacco Episode 029: Paula’s story: Losing a child to vaping
In 2016, Paula’s son Walter had just started high school in Delaware when a friend offered him a cool-looking flavored e-cigarette that had just come on the market: a JUUL.
Walter, a twin, and one of Paula’s four children, was almost immediately addicted, often vaping multiple mango or menthol JUUL pods every day. Walter’s asthma, largely under control since childhood, returned with a vengeance: the more Walter vaped, the more severe his asthma attacks.
The final attack led to Walter’s death in September 2020, just a few days before his 20th birthday.
Tune in to this week’s episode to hear why Paula believes that publicly sharing her family’s tragedy will protect others--and is the most powerful way to fight back against an industry preying on teens.
Episode 028: Kathy’s Story: A Connecticut Mom’s Fight to Save her Son
On this week’s episode, we hear the story of a Connecticut mom struggling to save her son from his nicotine addiction as a result of flavored e-cigarette products.
Kathy from Connecticut’s story shows us that we are not alone and when we stand up and fight back against Big Tobacco, just how powerful we can all be.
Most accurate and important information!
As a Dental Health Care professional since 1978, tobacco products, vaping products, and cannabis are ALL NOT FOR KIDS!!!!
The flavoring agents of these products masks the rank taste to target ALL age people to use and subsequently get hooked on these products. Don’t put your head in the sand these harm ALL PEOPLE who use them.
Pop-corn lung is real, look it up!
A single JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes!!
The devastation to our kids health! It CAN happen to you and your family.
Keep shining the light on this issue!
Dental hygienists are on the front lines, we can start the conversation chair-side.
How misinformed can you be?
I’ve never heard a more biased, misinformed group of ladies.
Total paid propaganda, tobacco protection at its highest.