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Bill Godshall Update 2013-12-12

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - December 12th, 2013


Contents:
FDA / CDC, E-cig Research, New York City, Chicago, Other State/Local, E-cig Industry, E-cigs and Aviation, EU, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, WHO, Smokeless Tobacco, Taxation, Smokefree Homes, Plain Packaging, International Trade Agreements.

 

FDA / CDC

Action Alert: Urge Congress to prevent FDA from banning e-cigarettes again and to stop FDA from giving the e-cig industry to Big Tobacco:
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/legislation-news/479971-action-alert-urge-congress-prevent-fda-banning-e-cigarettes-again-stop-fda-giving-e-cig-industry-big-tobacco.html

E-cigarette, Fracking Rule Changes Seen in 2014 Surge:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-04/e-cigarettes-to-fracking-rules-seen-in-2014-surge.html

Brad Rodu - The CDC abuses the facts about e-cigarettes - Part 1:
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-cdc-abuses-facts-about-e-cigarettes.html

Brad Rodu - The CDC abuses the facts about e-cigarettes - Part II:
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-cdc-abuses-facts-about-e-cigarettes_11.html

Mike Siegel - CDC is exaggerating the problem of e-cig use among non-tobacco users:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/12/cdc-is-exaggerating-problem-of.html

Mike Siegel - Politicians are repeating CDC propaganda, word for word, in pushing vaping bans:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/12/politicians-are-repeating-cdc.html

Joel Nitzkin urges US Preventive Services Task Force to consider THR products in addition to FDA approved drugs and counseling for smoking cessation:
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/media-general-news/499462-joel-nitzkin-urges-us-preventive-services-task-force-consider-thr-products-addition-fda-approved-drugs-counseling.html

At FDA December 12 webinar, Mitch Zeller misrepresented scientific and empirical evidence on e-cigs, dismissed surveys of and testimonies by thousands of vapers, failed to disclose his conflict of interest by lobbying for GlaxoSmithKline against smokefree THR products and in support of GSK NRT products during past decade:
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/NewsEvents/ucm368823.htm?

CSPNet article on Mitch Zeller's webinar:
http://www.cspnet.com/category-management-news-data/tobacco-news-data/articles/fda-target-underage-tobacco-use

CSNews article on Mitch Zeller's webinar:
http://www.csnews.com/top-story-tobacco-c4-rapidly_evolving_tobacco_market_lures_mitch_zeller_back_to_fda_-64951.html

ACSH - The 'debate' over e-cigarettes is finally starting to tilt towards science and commonsense:
http://acsh.org/2013/12/debate-e-cigarettes-finally-starting-tilt-towards-science-commonsense/

E-cig Research

Characterization of chemicals released to the environment by electronic cigarettes use (ClearStream-AIR project): is passive vaping a reality?
http://clearstream.flavourart.it/site/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/CSA_ItaEng.pdf

Mike Siegel - First study to examine passive vaping under real-life conditions finds no chemicals of concern in room air:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/12/first-study-to-examine-passive-vaping.html

New York City

Action Alert: NYC vapers urged to contact City Council members in opposition to proposed e-cig usage ban, contact info posted (Council vote set for December 19th):
http://vapersclub.com

12/4/13 NYC Council Health Cmte hearing on proposed e-cig use ban (audio/video at):
http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/DepartmentDetail.aspx?ID=6908&GUID=18BA7ED9-E266-4CC0-83E8-11662647CF65

NYC eyes cigarette ban in public places; Councilman Gennaro makes false claims about e-cigs when lobbying for his bill:
http://www.cnbc.com/id/101247181

Joe Nocera - Two Cheers for E-Cigarettes:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/07/opinion/two-cheers-for-e-cigarettes.html?ref=joenocera&_r=1&

Amy Fairchild and James Colgrove: The case for tolerating e-cigarettes
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/09/opinion/the-case-for-tolerating-e-cigarettes.html?_r=0

ACSH scored big time points countering phony scares about e-cigarettes before the NYC Council
http://acsh.org/2013/12/acsh-scored-big-time-points-countering-phony-scares-e-cigarettes-nyc-council/

Jeff Stier: The Nanny state can get you killed
http://www.jeffstier.org/14112/the-nanny-state-can-get-you-killed
http://blog.heartland.org/2013/12/the-nanny-state-can-get-you-killed/

Jeff Stier testifies at NY City Council Health Cmte hearing on e-cigs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM9Hts_WAYo

TVECA informs NYC Council of its opposition to proposed e-cig usage ban, says Councilman Gennaro news media falsely claimed TVECA supported the bill (NY)
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/legislation-news/501367-tveca-informs-nyc-council-its-opposition-e-cig-usage-bans-misrepresented-news-media-councilman-gennaro.html#post11516460

NATO urges NYC body to hold off on e-cig amendment
http://www.cspnet.com/category-management-news-data/tobacco-news-data/articles/nato-urges-nyc-body-hold-e-cig-amendment

Bill to ban e-cigarettes in public gets a City Council hearing; Staten Island members dubious
http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/bill_to_ban_e-cigarettes_in_pu.html

Vapers and emotions rise at hearing on e-cigarettes (NYC)
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/05/nyregion/vapors-and-emotions-rise-at-hearing-on-e-cigarettes.html

Jacob Sullum: New York City may ban vaping because it looks like smoking
http://reason.com/blog/2013/11/28/new-york-city-may-ban-vaping-because-it
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobsullum/2013/11/28/new-york-city-may-ban-vaping-because-it-looks-like-smoking/

SFATA speaks out on NYC proposal to ban e-cigs in public places
http://www.csdecisions.com/2013/12/04/sfata-speaks-nyc-proposal-ban-e-cigs-public-places/

Meanwhile, in NYC . . . Denormalization has absolutely nothing to do with public health
http://www.redheadfullofsteam.com/meanwhile-in-nyc/

NY City considers banning e-cigarettes
http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2013/11/city-council-considers-banning-e-cigarettes

NYC's proposed e-cigarette ban: bad for the gay community, bad for everyone (NY)
http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/10/nycs-proposed-e-cigarette-ban-bad-for-the-gay-community-bad-for-everyone/

Mike Siegel: As NY Times article reveals, quality of scientific analysis at CTFK has deteriorated
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/12/as-new-york-times-article-reveals.html

NYC council considers electronic cigarette ban
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/nyc-council-considers-electronic-cigarette-ban-21101663

New York City Council wants to ban e-cigarettes in restaurants
http://ny.eater.com/archives/2013/12/ecigs.php

NYC Pulmonologist Mary O'Sullivan falsely claims “there's no evidence” that e-cigs are less hazardous than lethal cigarettes
http://www.everydayhealth.com/stop-smoking/e-cigarette-safety-still-clouded-in-smoke-6999.aspx

Mike Siegel: NYC Pulmonolgist tells smokers that their smoking may be no more hazardous than using tobacco-free e-cigarettes
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/12/new-york-city-pulmonologist-tells.html

Chicago

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing proposed Chicago e-cig usage ban (Updated and Still Pending)
http://blog.casaa.org/2013_12_01_archive.html

Despite inviting e-cig prohibitionists (but no supporters) to testify, Chicago City Council doesn't approve Mayor Rahm Emanuel's newly proposed bill to ban e-cig use in workplaces due to groundswell of opposition by vapers and other reasonable people. (IL) http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20131209/downtown/e-cigarette-restrictions-go-up-smoke-over-nicotine-conundrum

Emanuel's e-cigarete regulations getting watered down (IL)
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/24278866-418/emanuel-e-cigarette-regulations-getting-watered-down.html

Chicago e-cigarette regulations stall after facts are revealed to Aldermen (IL)
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-12-09/news/chi-chicago-ecigarette-regulations-stall-20131209_1_e-cigarette-menthols-chicago-schools

City Council snuffs out Rahm's e-cigarette ban (IL)
http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/City-Council-Snuffs-Out-Rahms-E-Cigarette-Ban-235168461.html

E-cigarette regulation hits a snag (IL)
http://wgntv.com/2013/12/10/e-cigarette-regulation-hits-a-snag/

Chicago Sun Times repeats lies about e-cigs, endorses e-cig usage ban (IL)
http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/24065452-474/keep-e-cigarettes-away-from-teens.html

Rahm Emanuel equates e-cig with deadly cigarettes, falsely claims his derailed e-cig usage ban is battle between Big Tobacco and protecting Chicago's children (IL)
http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/24294197-418/stalled-e-cigarette-ban-would-protect-kids-emanuel-says.html

Jacob Sullum: Chicago e-cigarette ban blocked by 'surprise opposition'
http://reason.com/blog/2013/12/10/chicago-e-cigarette-ban-blocked-by-surpr

Other State/Local

LA City Council moves to regulate e-cig sales and use of e-cigs based on lies by CDC and Big Pharma front groups
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-use-of-ecigarettes-20131204,0,4451895.story

Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust defends its bribing of cities to ban e-cig use (OK)
http://newsok.com/oklahoma-communities-ban-e-cigarettes-with-grant-money-in-mind/article/3912005

Few dare call it bribery: OK grants, e-cigs and another brick in the wall (OK)
http://watchdog.org/119734/bribery-grants-e-cigs-brick-in-the-wall/

OK state health grants dependent upon banning e-cig and tobacco use
http://www.ok.gov/tset/Programs/Healthy_Communities_Incentive_Grants/Application.html

Oklahoma State University Regents approve nonsensical and unenforceable e-cig usage ban on campus despite massive opposition (OK)
http://www.capitolbeatok.com/reports/oklahoma-state-university-regents-defend-on-campus-ban-of-e-cigarettes

Beaverton (OR) given $1.6 million CDC grant that required the city to ban tobacco use
http://www.kptv.com/story/23231589/beaverton-implementing-new-smoke-free-policy

PA Senate Judiciary Cmte approves bill (SB 1055) to ban e-cig sales to minors
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2013&sInd=0&body=S&type=B&bn=1055
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/health/Pa-Closer-to-Banning-E-Cigarette-Use-by-Kids-234288661.html
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2013-12-09/health-issues/pennsylvania-moves-closer-to-butting-out-e-cigs-for-minors/a36139-1#sthash.wB84IIrO.dpuf

Morton Grove (IL) enacts $.25 tax for each pack of cigarettes or e-cigarettes sold
http://www.mortongroveil.org/file.asp?F=B7D8D37BA76D48ADBCF7208B16A7AC72.pdf&N=BMAgenda20131209.pdf&C=events (pages 89-94)
http://niles.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/morton-grove-enacts-a-cigarette-tax

Ordinance introduced in Richmond (CA) City Council to ban e-cig use where smoking is banned despite health benefits for smokers who switch, no evidence of harm to nonusers
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/9600571-richmond-votes-in-tough-ban-on-e-cigarettes/

Urge Richmond (CA) City Council to reject proposed e-cig usage ban
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/legislation-news/499786-richmond-votes-tough-ban-e-cigarettes.html#post11473307

Alert: Urge Union City (CA) City Council to reject proposed e-cig usage ban
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/legislation-news/501562-sf-bay-area-request-action-union-city.html

Rochester (MN) Park Board approves unwarranted and unenforceable smoking and e-cig use ban in parks.
http://www.postbulletin.com/news/local/park-board-bans-smoking-e-cigs-in-all-park-property/article_60461c5e-35b2-5d4a-8c98-547746570573.html

Boston Globe editorial correctly says outdoor smoking bans hard to defend and enforce, but failed to oppose Boston law that banned smoking and e-cig use in parks (MA)
http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2013/12/11/boston-smoking-ban-parks-try-lighter-touch/dQ9Nt6x1zo63hkXwe6aWTJ/story.html

After hypocritical ACS/AHA/ALA lobbied to defeat bill to ban e-cig sales to minors earlier this year, legislators plan to introduce similar legislation next year (OK)
http://www.krmg.com/news/news/local/lawmakers-want-end-youth-access-e-cigarettes/ncHdH/
http://newsok.com/oklahoma-lawmakers-want-to-end-youth-access-to-e-cigarettes/article/3913189?custom_click=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#commentLink

After falsely accusing (since 2009) e-cig companies of target marketing to children, hypocritical drug industry funded ACS, AHA, ALA oppose Michigan bills (SB 667 & SB 668) that would ban e-cig sales to minors (MI)
http://www.vapingmeme.com/michigan-considers-restricting-electronic-cigarette-sales

CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA, ANR, RWJF upset most state legislatures have reduced funding for anti tobacco propaganda programs (and grants/contracts for CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA, ANR, RWJF) demonizing low risk e-cigs and other smokefree alternatives
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/what_we_do/state_local/tobacco_settlement/
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/10/us/states-found-to-shift-funds-from-antismoking-efforts.html

Biz Owner Challenges E-Cigarette Ban in Carlbad (CA)
http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Biz-Owner-Challenges-E-Cigarette-235250891.html#ixzz2nBANtqd0

Alachua County (FL) bans e-cig sales to minors, bans e-cig use in some locations
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20131210/ARTICLES/131219968/-1/com_jnews?Title=County-OKs-e-cigarette-ordinance

USA Today article urges states to tax e-cigarettes to discourage cigarette smokers from switching/quitting
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/09/stateline-e-cigarette-revenue/3918913/

Adirondack Tobacco Free Network activists waste state funds lobbying for unconstitutional bans on tobacco product displays in retail stores (NY)
http://adirondackdailyenterprise.com/page/content.detail/id/540372/Network-looks-to-reduce-tobacco-visibility-to-kids.html?nav=5008

Despite no evidence e-cigs have ever created daily dependence in any nonsmoker (adult or youth), Utah Health Department misrepresents its survey findings (just as CDC did) to falsely imply e-cigs are addicting teens, claim e-cig use by teen smokers is "alarming" and that preventing teen smokers from using e-cigs is a "public health priority", fails to acknowledge that most adult and teen e-cig use was/is by smokers and that its misleading definition of "current user" is anyone reporting use of an e-cig in past-30-days, makes false claims about e-cigs and companies, compares data from two different surveys to claim e-cig use by teens is greater than by adults. (UT)
http://health.utah.gov/opha/publications/hsu/1312_ECig.pdf

Stan Glantz and John Pierce misrepresent scientific and empirical evidence on e-cigs to confuse, scare, ban e-cig salse/use, and discourage smokers from quitting (CA)
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/dec/07/ecigs-electronic-cigarettes-smoking/

Scott Steinberg maligns e-cig consumer group as defender of "multi billion dollar industry", then falsely calls drug industry front group ALA a health organization (CA)
http://napavalleyregister.com/lifestyles/columnists/scott-steinberg/smoke-and-vapors/article_69388e92-5fe4-11e3-8fb6-001a4bcf887a.html

ASU's Dr. Myra Muramota denies existence of scientific evidence on e-cigs, falsely claims e-cigs don't help smokers quit and may be as harmful as smoking, Godshall and others correct Muramota's false fear mongering claims (AZ)
http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2013/12/lack-of-research-prompts-questions-regarding-health-effects-of-e-cigarettes-ua-smoking-policy

Stan Glantz now claims one minute of secondhand smoke exposure is harmful, yet Glantz has been lobbying to force e-cig users outdoors to inhale secondhand smoke
http://www.tobacco.ucsf.edu/one-minute-secondhand-smoke-impairs-functioning-arteries

Could smoking bans or vaping reduce help reduce smoke in casinos? (AL)
http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2013/12/could_smoking_bans_or_technolo.html

Anti tobacco alliance campaigns to protect cigarettes by targeting e-cigs (ID)
http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/12/10/2919110/idaho-groups-concentrate-on-e.html

ABC News Good Morning America repeats false scare claims about nicotine and e-cigs by abstinence-only prohibitionists, who ABC News inaccurately calls health experts. (IL)
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/cigarette-health-row-catches-fire/story?id=21153225

Rising popularity of e-cigarettes has prohibitionists concerned (UT)
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865592123/Cool-or-corrupting-Popularity-of-e-cigarettes-concerns-lawmakers-educators.html?pg=all

Huffington Post lobbies for state e-cig regulations, Ohio AG Mike DeWine endorses taxing e-cigs to discourage smokers from quitting smoking
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/09/e-cigarette-laws_n_4412374.html

Abstinence-only prohibitionist Bob Doyle makes more false claims about e-cigs to confuse, scare and discourage smokers from quitting smoking (CO)
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_24673588/pocket-hookahs-proliferate-young-marijuana-users-sources-say

Miami Herald article repeats CDC lies about e-cigs to confuse and scare public (FL)
http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/12/08/3802161/teens-use-of-e-cigarettes-is-growing.html

US Healthworks Donald Brucklin repeats CDC lies that e-cigs are addicting teens, Godshall corrects many of Brucklin's false claims and exposes their sources (CA)
http://www.presstelegram.com/opinion/20131206/are-e-cigarettes-creating-new-generation-of-smokers-guest-commentary

Rock County (WI) health educator Katie Schroeder makes false and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigs to scare and discourage smokers from quitting smoking
http://www.beloitdailynews.com/health/e-cigarettes-still-present-health-risks/article_b267c710-60f0-11e3-b142-0019bb2963f4.html

After e-cig prohibitionists falsely claimed e-cigs and nicotine are toxic and poisonous, and after e-cig sales more than doubled, number of calls to KY poison center about e-cigs predictably increases from 9 last year to 39 this year, but no confirmed illness or harm http://www.kyforward.com/2013/12/kosair-childrens-hospital-reports-a-large-increase-in-e-cigarette-calls-to-poison-control/

Drug industry product hawker Daniel Siedman makes more false claims about e-cigs, claims they should be treated like cigarettes, fails to disclose conflicts of interest (NY)
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/e-cigs-vapor-article-1.1540343

E-cig Industry

Fox Business: The rise of the e-cigarette
http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/2900366972001/the-rise-of-the-e-cigarette/

SFATA: Taking a look at the Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association
http://vapenewsmagazine.com/november-2013/taking-a-look-at-the-smoke-free-alternatives-trade-association

Victory E-Cigarettes CEO Brent Willis interviewed on e-cigs and regulation
http://www.bloomberg.com/video/how-to-regulate-the-e-cigarette-industry-1KwJy1TUQ9q_RT4zDbTr3Q.html

Blu eCigs relocating to South End building (NC)
http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/real_estate/2013/12/blu-ecigs-relocating-to-south-end.html?page=all

E-cigs and Aviation

Some airports give green lights to e-cigarettes
http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2013/12/04/airports-e-cigarettes-rules/3783347/

E-cigarettes and aviation: Into the vaping zone
http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2013/11/e-cigarettes-and-aviation

EU

Clive Bates - Info post: EU legislative proposals for nicotine containing products (e-cigarettes)
[Updated December 10, 2013 with excellent letter to EU negotiators]:
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1670

Drug company lobbying firm misrepresents Bullen et al study findings in letter urging EU Parliament to restrict nicotine in e-cigs to no more than 12mg/ml, a level so low that smokers and vapers won't buy or use them (which is precisely what Big Pharma desires). http://www.ecigarette-research.com/web/index.php/2013-04-07-09-50-07/142-scandalous-propaganda-from-a-pharmaceutical-company

Europe's 'Vapers' must unite against the EU's 'unelected and unaccountable' attempts to sabotage the use and availability of e-cigarettes, warns Gilbert Ross
http://www.theparliament.com/latest-news/article/newsarticle/pm-blog-gilbert-ross-ecigarettes/#.UqX-09JDvSn

Obstinate anti smoking lobby rejects science of safe alternatives (Ireland)
http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/columnists/terry-prone/obstinate-anti-smoking-lobby-rejects-science-of-safe-alternatives-252005.html

French court ruling gives e-cigarette industry to state tobacco industry monopoly
http://stream.wsj.com/story/latest-headlines/SS-2-63399/SS-2-401273/

E-cigarettes are tobacco products, rules French court
http://www.france24.com/en/20131210-e-cigarettes-fall-under-tobacco-laws-says-french-court

French shop banned from selling e-cigarettes after tobacconist complains
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/10507096/French-shop-banned-from-selling-e-cigarettes-after-tobacconist-complaint.html

French court deals blow to e-cigarette industry
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304744304579248352574414842

French court rules that e-cigs are tobacco products that can only be sold by licensed tobacconists, ruling could give e-cig industry to state-imposed tobacco monopoly.
http://www.thelocal.fr/20131209/french-court-bans-e-cig-store-in-landmark-ruling

French court ruling could deal blow to e-cigarette industry
http://www.cnbc.com/id/101260246?

E-cigarettes get some bad news from France
http://blogs.wsj.com/corporate-intelligence/2013/12/09/e-cigarettes-get-some-bad-news-from-france/

No smoke without ire, the e-cigarette revolution (UK)
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/no-smoke-without-ire-the-ecigarette-revolution-8994118.html

The Libertarian - Fire without smoke; Regulating e-cigarettes (UK)
http://the-libertarian.co.uk/regulating-e-cigarettes/?

ASA investigates sexual e-cigarette ad (UK)
http://www.express.co.uk/news/showbiz/446560/ASA-investigates-overly-sexual-ad-for-VIP-e-cigarettes-aired-during-I-m-a-Celebrity

Canada

Canadian Living: Are e-cigarettes safe?
(excellent article but stupid title):
http://www.canadianliving.com/health/prevention/are_electronic_cigarettes_safe.php

E-cigarette laws coming in Nova Scotia
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/e-cigarette-laws-coming-in-nova-scotia-1.2440285

New Zealand

NZ Medical Association president Mark Peterson equates e-cig use with cigarette smoking, while Quitline's Paula Snowden urges regulation of e-cig sales instead of ban.
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/24278866-418/emanuel-e-cigarette-regulations-getting-watered-down.html

Australia

Explainer: what are electronic cigarettes?
http://theconversation.com/explainer-what-are-electronic-cigarettes-20849

Not one Australian retailer cited for selling cigarettes to minors in a dozen years, probably because anti-tobacco extremists have instead lobbied to keep snus banned, to ban e-cigs, to ban outdoor smoking, and to require unwarranted plain packs for cigarettes.
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/20219307/child-smoke-sale-laws-useless/

WHO

Mike Siegel: WHO's medical advice to smokers who failed to quit using drugs: public health malpractice
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/12/world-health-organizations-medical.html

Smokeless Tobacco

Guam Senator upset smokers are switching to far less hazardous smokeless tobacco; cigarette consumption falls by one third as smokeless consumption increased 137%
http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=40252:rev-a-tax-cigarette-sales-drop-a-third-since-3-tax-but-smokeless-tobacco-sales-up-137&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156

Epidemiological evidence relating snus to health -- an updated review based on recent publications
http://www.harmreductionjournal.com/content/pdf/1477-7517-10-36.pdf

Taxation

Cheap cigarettes lure shoppers to New Hampshire (MA/NH)
http://www.eagletribune.com/latestnews/x601930404/Cheap-cigarettes-lure-shoppers-to-New-Hampshire

Smokefree Homes

Berkeley moves forward bill to ban smoking (but not e-cig use) in multiunit housing
http://www.dailycal.org/2013/12/04/berkeley-moves-forward-bill-ban-smoking-multiunit-housing/

Ottawa poised to ban smoking in social housing (Canada)
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/health/Ottawa%20poised%20smoking%20social%20housing/9265208/story.html

Plain Packaging

PJ O'Rourke: In a Plain Brown Package; Australia's doomed effort to kill tobacco sales
http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/plain-brown-package_769625.html?page=1#

International Trade Agreements

Anti-capitalist and anti-tobacco extremist group applauds failure of TPP trade agreement
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tpp-negotiations-safeguarding-public-health-from-tobacco-235307041.html