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Bill Godshall Update 2014-01-06

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - January 6th, 2014

 

Contents:
THR, Nicotine Benefits, Alcohol Harm Reduction, Marijuana Harm Reduction, THR Business, US FDA, NYC, Other US State / Local, Canada, EU, Cigarette Smoking Prevention, Indoor Smoking Bans, Smokefree Homes, Smokefree Cars, Outdoor Smoking Bans, Taxation / Contraband, Censorship.

 

Tobacco Harm Reduction

Financial Times Editorial - Science must win when setting rules (criticizes policy makers for e-cig bans/regs based on emotion and entrenched political views instead of evidence):
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/634bb7d4-6813-11e3-8ada-00144feabdc0.html (paywall)
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/legislation-news/509785-financial-times-editorial-criticizes-policy-makers-e-cig-bans-regs-based-emotion-entrenched-interets-instead-evidence.html#post11759233

Jeff Stier - In defense of e-cigarettes:
http://politix.topix.com/homepage/9618-in-defense-of-e-cigarettes

Healthy Cigarettes? E-cigarettes Poised to Reduce Tobacco Harm:
http://forwardtimesonline.com/2013/index.php/lifestyle/health-beauty/item/775-healthy-cigarettes?-e-cigarettes-poised-to-reduce-tobacco-harm

Internet survey of 4,616 vapers finds that 69% initially vaped with 'tobacco flavored' e-cigs, but that 69% of vapers who quit smoking (and 58% of vapers who still smoked) switched between different flavored e-cig products on a daily basis, and that 70% of vapers who quit smoking (and 56% of vapers who still smoked) would find vaping less enjoyable if flavorings were limited:
http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/10/12/7272

Brad Rodu - Do e-cigarettes cause passive vaping?
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2013/12/do-e-cigarettes-cause-passive-vaping.html

E-cigarette vapor contains trace levels of nicotine, not toxins:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/03/us-e-cigarette-idUSBREA020K820140103

The politics of innovation holding back Uber, Tesla and e-cigs:
http://diginomica.com/2013/12/29/politics-innovation-holding-uber-tesla-e-cigs/

Brad Rodu - NYU to e-cigarette users: Cigarettes are healthier:
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2014/01/nyu-to-e-cigarette-users-cigarettes-are.html

How I got hooked on e-cigs:
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-01-01/opinion/ct-ecigs-nicotine-hooket-smoking-perspec-0101-20140101_1_e-cigs-e-cigarette-nicotine

Carl Phillips - Anti THR liars of the year:
http://antithrlies.com/2013/12/31/anti-thr-liar-of-the-year-the-american-lung-association-and-runner-up-the-american-cancer-society/
http://antithrlies.com/2013/12/30/anti-thr-liar-of-the-year-3-the-world-health-organization-and-a-dishonorable-mention-for-the-continuumistas/
http://antithrlies.com/2013/12/29/anti-thr-liars-of-the-year-6-5-and-4-minnesota-nyc-and-the-eu/
http://antithrlies.com/2013/12/28/anti-thr-liar-of-the-year-7-cheryl-healton-and-the-paleo-tobacco-control-industry/
http://antithrlies.com/2013/12/27/anti-thr-liars-of-the-year-and-8-stanton-glantz-and-ucsf/

Carl Phillips - New York Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah lies about e-cigarettes:
http://antithrlies.com/2013/12/22/new-york-health-commissioner-nirav-r-shah-lies-about-e-cigarettes/

In article titled 'E-cigarettes: Separating fact from fiction', University of Pittsburgh's Hillary Tindle repeats CDC's intentionally misleading claims about surveys finding teen smokers were at least 20 times more likely than nonsmokers to report past use of e-cigs:
http://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/smoking-cessation-news-628/e-cigarettes-separating-fiction-from-fact-680566.html

Nicotine Benefits

Science's obsession - The search for a 'smart pill':
http://www.salon.com/2013/12/29/sciences_obsession_the_search_for_a_smart_pill/

Alcohol Harm Reduction

Cold Turkey Isn't the Only Route:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/02/opinion/cold-turkey-isnt-the-only-route.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

No more hangovers? New 'alcohol surrogate' comes with antidote that can make you sober again in minutes:
http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/12/30/no-more-hangovers-new-alcohol-surrogate-comes-with-antidote-that-can-make-you-sober-again-in-minutes/

Marijuana Harm Reduction

13 reasons why marijuana just had the best year ever
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/20/marijuana-2013_n_4467485.html

Uruguay's marijuana growers come out into the open
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/uruguays-marijuana-growers-come-out-into-open/2013/12/28/0e8f302c-6fde-11e3-a5d0-6f31cd74f760_story.html

Up early and in line for a marijuana milestone in Colorado
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/02/us/colorado-stores-throw-open-their-doors-to-pot-buyers.html

Colorado's recreational marijuana stores make history
http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/31/us/colorado-recreational-marijuana/index.html

THR Business

'Vapor' shops multiply as e-cigarette use grows
http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2014-01-04/business/bs-bz-vapor-shops-20131230_1_e-cigarette-use-smokers-u-s-food

Altria, Philip Morris International Join Forces In Commercializing Cigarette Alternatives
http://www.nasdaq.com/article/altria-philip-morris-international-join-forces-in-commercializing-cigarette-alternatives-cm314569
'The two companies also agreed to work together on regulatory engagement related to heated tobacco products with the FDA, and e-vapor products with international regulatory authorities.'

Altria and Philip Morris are working together to dominate the industry
http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/01/01/altria-and-philip-morris-are-working-together-to-d/

Altria and Philip Morris International are the Coca-Cola of cigarettes
http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/12/26/altria-group-and-philip-morris-international-are-t.aspx#.UscRBNJDvSl

PMI, Altria, Lorillard: E-cigs are the main source of growth for global tobacco players
http://www.nextiphonenews.com/2014/01/philip-morris-international-inc-pm-altria-group-inc-mo-lorillard-inc-lo-e-cigarettes-are-the-main-source-of-growth-for-global-tobacco-players/

Despite the threat of regulations, e-cigarettes are still the ticket to growth
http://seekingalpha.com/article/1924491-despite-the-threat-of-regulations-e-cigarettes-are-still-the-ticket-to-growth?source=feed

British American Tobacco plc is Driving Ahead While Its Peers Struggle (UK)
http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/british-american-tobacco-plc-driving-100120993.html

Holy smokes: E-cigarette ads debut on TV
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304753504579282752217648562

Return the favor: Friends don't let friends smoke (new NJOY ad)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAOYFpSjDBY

E-cig companies launch ad blitz before FDA move
http://www.newser.com/story/179776/e-cig-companies-launch-ad-blitz-before-fda-move.html

New e-cig spot comes very close to making health claims
http://adage.com/article/media/njoy-e-cig-tv-spot-insists-friends-friends-smoke/290886/

New ad says you should convince your friends to quit smoking - and pick up e-cigarettes instead
http://www.businessinsider.com/njoys-return-the-favor-campaign-2014-1#ixzz2pLtdDFHf

E-cigarettes are on the rise: Do you smoke or vape?
http://business.time.com/2013/12/27/e-cigarettes-are-on-the-rise-do-you-smoke-or-vape/

E-cigs are the main source of growth for global tobacco players
http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/12/31/e-cigarettes-are-the-main-source-of-growth-for-glo/

E-cigarettes: How to profit from their exploding growth
http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/12/29/e-cigarettes-how-to-profit-from-their-exploding-gr/

E-cigs: not so fast - Tobacco analyst Modi sees slower growth for industry's hottest segment (Part 1)
http://www.cspnet.com/category-management-news-data/tobacco-news-data/articles/e-cigs-not-so-fast

Rise of the e-cigarette (UK)
http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/business/2013/12/27/pkg-soares-uk-ecigarette-market.cnn.html

NJOY airs anti smoking New Year TV advertising campaign (UK)
http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/electronic-cigarette-brand-njoy-airs-anti-smoking-new-year-tv-advertising-campaign/

US FDA

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

Timothy Carney: Big Pharma Push to Ban E-cigarettes
http://mccarvillereport.com/archives/16868

CASAA urges White House OMB to reject most FDA deeming regulation provisions and additional e-cig regulations
http://blog.casaa.org/2014/01/casaa-testimony-to-omb-office-of.html
http://blog.casaa.org/2014/01/casaa-engages-with-us-government-to.html

E-cigarette regulation could set back small business
http://columbiadailyherald.com/news/business/e-cigarette-regulation-could-set-back-small-businesses

Senate Dems want e-cigarette investigation based upon false and misleading fear mongering claims by Obama's FDA & CDC and Big Pharma funded e-cig prohibitionists
http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/healthcare/193547-senate-dems-want-investigation-of-e-cigarette-industry

After falsely accusing RJ Reynolds of target marketing dissolvables to youth in 2009, OH Senator Sherrod Brown once again protects cigarette markets by falsely accusing e-cig industry of target marketing to youth
http://www.wtrf.com/story/24306140/ohio-senator-calling-for-probe-into-e-cigarette-marketing

CSPNet: 2013's Biggest Tobacco Stories
http://www.cspnet.com/category-management-news-data/tobacco-news-data/articles/2013s-biggest-tobacco-stories

Will menthol cigarettes be banned? Modi's viewpoint, and how to grow OTP (Part 2)
http://www.cspnet.com/category-management-news-data/tobacco-news-data/articles/will-menthol-cigarettes-be-banned

The regulation of e-cigarettes: Trying to fit a square peg into a round hole
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sara-zborovski/e-cigarette-regulation_b_4468667.html

CASAA nominates Carl Phillips to serve on FDA TPSAC
http://blog.casaa.org/2014/01/casaa-december-30-2013-nomination-of.html

NYC

In one of his last acts as mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg bans e-cigs in public
http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/30/politics/mayor-bloomberg-last-bills/
http://www.businessinsider.com/new-york-city-e-cigarette-ban-2013-12
http://mashable.com/2013/12/30/bloomberg-e-cigarette/
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bloomberg-bans-e-cigarettes-indoors-smokers-light-article-1.1562010#ixzz2p4QCd0hG

Bloomberg bans use of e-cigarettes in public; skeptics say ban may harm public health
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/12/30/bloomberg-signs-electronic-cigarette-smoking-ban

Jacob Sullum: Vaping gives politicians the vapors
http://reason.com/archives/2013/12/25/vaping-gives-politicians-the-vapors

Jake Tapper: Bloomberg signs e-cigarette ban
http://thelead.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/30/bloomberg-signs-e-cigarette-ban/

CTFK's Matt Myers keeps lying about e-cigs to prevent smokers from quitting and to receive even more Big Pharma funding under guise of protecting children and health
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2013_12_19_nyc

Carl Phillips: Cheryl Healton lies (a lot) to try to get NYC to restrict e-cigs
http://antithrlies.com/2013/12/18/cheryl-healton-lies/
http://nycsmokefreeblog.org/2013/12/18/e-cigarettes-the-jury-is-out-but-it-shouldnt-be-on-extending-the-nyc-smoke-free-air-act-to-their-use/

These NYC Politicians Are Our Friends
http://www.scribd.com/doc/194144492/These-NYC-Politicians-Are-Our-Friends

Crown Heights E-Cig Lounge to Offer Vape Haven
http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20131230/crown-heights/e-cig-lounge-offer-vape-haven-for-crown-heights-smokers

Fight over e-cigs is growing but Baltimore Sun editors scare readers with false headline
http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com/2013/12/the-fight-over-e-cigarettes-is-growing-but-evidence-of-potential-dangers-is-inconclusive/#1

Other State / Local

Tom Briant: A year-end review of tobacco legislation, regulations
http://www.cspnet.com/category-management-news-data/tobacco-news-data/articles/year-end-review-tobacco-legislation

Sales of e-cigarettes soar into million-dollar business in Greater New Haven (CT)
http://www.nhregister.com/business/20131229/sales-of-e-cigarettes-soar-into-million-dollar-business-in-greater-new-haven

UC Irvine to allow e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco despite UC ban (CA)
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/01/01/uc-irvine-to-allow-e-cigarettes-chewing-tobacco-despite-uc-ban/

Do you smoke? Or vape? E-cigarettes pick up steam in Vermont
http://digital.vpr.net/post/do-you-smoke-or-vape-e-cigarettes-pick-steam-vermont

Protesters at Capitol send 'smoke signal' to Governor Fallin (OK)
http://www.newson6.com/story/24343493/protesters-at-capitol-send-smoke-signal-to-governor-fallin

Newton's first e-cigarette store opens in Nonantum (MA)
http://newton.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/newtons-first-ecigarette-store-opens-in-nonantum

Florida Senate bill (SB 224) to ban sale of 'nicotine dispensing products' to minors to be considered by Senate Cmte on Criminal Justice on Jan 7; Unlike original SB 224, Committee Substitute bill bans sales of FDA approved nicotine inhalers to youth, but doesn't ban sales of dissolvables and other new tobacco/nicotine products to youth.
http://flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0224
http://flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0224/BillText/c1/HTML
(Committee Substitute SB 224)
http://flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0224/BillText/__/HTML
(SB 224 as Introduced)

E-cigarette store opening in Cumberland Hill (RI)
http://www.valleybreeze.com/2013-12-31/cumberland-lincoln-area/e-cigarette-store-opening-cumberland-hill#.UsWKqNJDtEI

Electronic cigarettes more popular than traditional cigarettes? (KY)
http://www.wdrb.com/story/24317147/electronic-cigarettes-more-popular-than-traditional-cigarettes

Corvallis (OR) protects cigarette markets by banning e-cig use in workplaces
http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/corvallis-limits-sales-use-of-electronic-cigarettes/article_31baae2e-71bd-11e3-99a7-001a4bcf887a.html

Bountiful (UT) gives e-cigarette stores grace period to comply with state law
http://kuer.org/post/bountiful-gives-e-cigarette-stores-grace-period-comply-state-law
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57322578-90/2012-bountiful-business-cigarette.html.csp

Still puffing, but with less peril (CO)
http://www.reporterherald.com/news/loveland-local-news/ci_24828962/still-puffing-but-less-peril

San Marcos (TX) deceives public to believe e-cig vapor as hazardous as cigarette smoke by banning both
http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/24339469/san-marcos-to-ban-smoking-e-cigarettes-in-2014

Are e-cigarettes a savior or just smoke and mirrors?  (KS)
http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/dec/24/are-e-cigarettes-savior-or-impending-public-health/

County leaders in SE Nebraska debate merits of e-cigarettes in jail
http://nebraskaradionetwork.com/2013/12/27/county-leaders-in-se-nebraska-debate-merits-of-e-cigarettes-in-jail/

E-cigs cause controversy at Gage County (IA) Jail; board member Dennis Byars falsely claims nicotine is a 'horrible, terrible thing' that's 'not good for anybody's health.'
http://www.kmaland.com/news/regional/e-cigarette-s-cause-controversy-at-gage-county-jail/article_a9795bf4-6ef2-11e3-9290-001a4bcf6878.html

Bill would allow e-cig use in nonsmoking areas (WI)
http://wsau.com/news/articles/2013/dec/27/bill-would-allow-e-cigarettes-in-non-smoking-areas/
http://wxpr.org/post/bill-would-make-e-cigarettes-legal-bars-restaurants

A Look Into E-cigarettes: What's Inside? (ID)
http://www.kmvt.com/news/latest/A-Look-Into-E-Cigarettes-Whats-Inside-238085311.html

Vaping helps some to quit cigarettes (ID)
http://www.idahopress.com/members/vaping-helps-some-to-quit-cigarettes/article_46f5c98a-7376-11e3-b6af-0019bb2963f4.html

To lobby for e-cig ban, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center's Brian Maliske absurdly claims its impossible to tell difference between a burning cigarette and a smokefree e-cig (SD)
http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/civic-center-wants-to-ban-e-cigarettes/article_2e755734-9d56-56d3-badb-cab2a231f6bf.html
http://rapidcityjournal.com/blog/city/hallways-e-cigarette-ban/article_0a10940e-8df7-5e4a-bfc1-ff7ac659ef3e.html

Despite no evidence any nonsmoker has become a daily e-cig user and despite no evidence any daily smoker began using e-cigs, US Healthworks' Donald Brucklin absurdly claims e-cigs' real purpose is to get teens to start smoking cigarettes (AZ)
http://azstarnet.com/news/opinion/donald-bucklin-e-cigarettes-real-purpose-is-to-create-a/article_d08ae97c-aef5-5af3-9730-882965c3bb76.html

DCH Health Systems deceives public to believe all tobacco is as hazardous as cigarettes by banning all tobacco use, while giving out tobacco derived nicotine patches (AL)
http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20131230/NEWS/131239980/1291/news07?Title=DCH-goes-smoke-free-Jan-1#gsc.tab=0

Article highlights but exaggerates e-cig fire risk, which is far lower than cigarette caused fires and comparable to risk from cell phones and other battery powered devices (AZ)
http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/phoenix-fire-department-officials-warn-electronic-cigarette-users-about-fire-danger

Canada

Montreal Gazette Editorial: Canada's ban on e-cigarettes makes no sense
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/Editorial+Canada+cigarettes+makes+sense/9334714/story.html

Letters to Montreal Gazette delineate lifesaving benefits of e-cigs
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/Letter+cigarettes+offer+hope+smoking/9342872/story.html
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/Letter+Banning+cigarettes+could+have+deadly+consequences/9342785/story.html

The e-cigarette debate: Will more Canadians switch to e-cigarettes in 2014?
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Health/ID/2427893212/

E-cigarettes divide health experts
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/e-cigarettes-divide-health-experts-142617501.html

Rise of e-cigs stirs debate
http://www.arbitragemagazine.com/news1/rise-of-e-cigarettes-stirs-debate-over-health-concerns/

EU

MEP Derek Clark: E-cigarettes should be encouraged not stopped
http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/E-cigarettes-encouraged-stopped/story-20379285-detail/story.html

Italy to protect cigarettes, threaten lives of vapers and smokers with 80% e-cig tax
http://www.bloomberg.com/video/the-latest-tax-battle-over-the-e-cigarette-craze-lqXBoIgQQkuCFqb~CoG2mw.html

Matt Ridley: Medicinal Regulation of Vaping Could Kill People (UK)
http://nicotinepolicy.net/all-authors/77-matt-ridley/579-medicinal-regulation-of-vaping-could-kill-people

MP Sarah Wollaston in e-cigs row with health team (UK)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-25573564

After huge increase in fear mongering about nicotine and e-cigs, calls to Swedish poison center increase, news headline and article falsely claim all calls were cases of poisoning
http://www.thelocal.se/20131230/sweden-child-nicotine-poison-ecigarettes-increase

Call for restrictions on sale of electronic cigarettes to children (UK)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-25544102

Cigarette Smoking Prevention

Nearly a dozen Massachusetts towns raise age for cigarettes
http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/2013/12/nearly_a_dozen_massachusetts_towns_raise_age_for_cigarette_s.html

Indoor Smoking Bans

China tells government officials and politicians to stop smoking in public places
http://www.ecns.cn/2014/01-01/95061.shtml
http://www.ecns.cn/2014/01-02/95121.shtml
http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/12/30/china-puts-pressure-on-government-officials-to-stop-smoking/
http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/30/china-orders-officials-to-stop-smoking-in-public/?_r=0
http://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/12/the-end-of-chinas-ashtray-diplomacy/282703/
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-12-30/china-bans-officials-from-lighting-up-in-public
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/30/us-china-smoking-idUSBRE9BT04320131230
http://www.stltoday.com/news/world/china-bans-officials-from-smoking-in-public/article_e232fe13-799c-57a0-aa78-deb89f1fa2c6.html

A Drag on the State: A new order says Chinese cadres should stop smoking in public - but they knew that already
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/12/31/chinese_cadres_stop_smoking_in_public?#sthash.mW5fo78k.dpbs

Smokefree Homes

Central Texas Housing Consortium bans smoking in housing, allows e-cig use (TX)
http://www.kcentv.com/story/24316567/e-cigarettes-allowed-inside-temple-housing

Lonsdale apartment goes smokefree (MN)
http://northfield.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/lonsdale-apartment-goes-smokefree

Apartments at Midtown Crossing join smoke-free movement (NE)
http://www.omaha.com/article/20140101/LIVEWELL01/140109943/1161

Smokefree Cars

Oregon law bans smoking in cars with children
http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/12/smokers_beware_smoking_in_a_ca.html

Outdoor Smoking Bans

Boston's unenforceable outdoor ban on smoking and e-cig use goes into effect
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/12/31/boston-parks-smoking-ban-takes-effect-immediately-penalty/Vam6hCPnkDDVJAp0BoPysI/story.html

Sacramento (CA) councilman proposes outdoor smoking ban at secret meeting
http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/where-theres-smoke-theres-controversy/content?oid=12402085

Albany Democrat-Herald Editorial: Smoking ban in state parks isn't necessary (OR)
http://democratherald.com/news/opinion/editorial/editorial-smoking-ban-in-state-parks-isn-t-necessary/article_0250964a-6f1e-11e3-ae96-001a4bcf887a.html?comment_form=true

Taxation / Contraband

Study finds 58.7% of discarded cigarette packs found in Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, Prividence and DC didn't contain appropriate tax stamps, and estimated that 30%-42% of discarded packs were contraband.
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2013/12/11/tobaccocontrol-2013-051244.abstract

Study estimates tripling cigarette taxes would save 200 million people, but downplays enormous problems created by smuggling
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMra1308383
http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/cancer-news/press-release/tripling-tobacco-taxes-to-prevent-200-million-premature-deaths

NYC sues FedEx over cigarette deliveries
http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/NYC-sues-FedEx-over-cigarette-deliveries-5102703.php
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-12-31/fedex-faces-legal-assault-over-cigarettes-sent-to-new-yorkers
http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/12/30/fedex-newyork-smoking-idINL2N0K919D20131230
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-12-30/fedex-accused-of-racketeering-in-untaxed-cigarettes-lawsuit-1

Should the US track cigarettes nationally?
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/12/26/us-cigarettes-idUKBRE9BP0I620131226

Oregon cigarette tax goes up 13 cents on Jan. 1
http://www.kgw.com/news/Oregon-cigarette-tax-goes-up-13-cents-on-Jan-1-237503771.html
http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20131227/NEWS/312270048/State-s-cigarette-tax-will-go-up-Jan-1?gcheck=1

Cigarette taxes jump another 10% in New Zealand
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9569478/Cigarette-taxes-jump-10-per-cent

Cigarette, alcohol prices up to welcome the New Year (Philippines)
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/focus/12/31/13/cigarette-alcohol-prices-welcome-new-year

Censorship

BAT's Chris Proctor criticizes BMJ's censorship of research by tobacco companies
http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f7489