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Bill Godshall Update 2014-01-23

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - January 23rd, 2014

 

Contents:
International, Research, Litigation, Taxation, Ecig bans / restrictions

 

International

After denying and misrepresenting the scientific and empirical evidence on e-cigs since 2008, after scaring and lobbying many nations and the EU to ban e-cigs, and after refusing to conduct ANY useful research on e-cigs, WHO falsely claims “The science around the safety of E-cigarettes has not been demonstrated”.
http://www.itv.com/news/update/2014-01-23/e-cigarette-toxins-not-adequately-researched/

Former WHO FCTC organizer Derek Yach urges WHO FCTC to support harm reduction policies, urges WHO to stop opposing e-cigs and to instead conduct useful research.
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)62155-8/fulltext?

Research

E-cig prohibitionist Legacy study of $20 million in advertising (over three months in 2012) for noncombustibles (i.e. e-cigs, dissolvables, snus and other smokeless tobacco) doesn’t find products are marketed to youth, as repeatedly alleged by Obama’s DHHS and Big Pharma funded CTFK, ACS, AHA, AAP, ADA, and repeated by many others.
http://legacyforhealth.org/newsroom/press-releases/on-your-tv-in-magazines-and-in-your-mailbox-new-study-examines-tobacco-industry-advertising-of-noncombustible-tobacco-products
http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/12/29/ntr.ntt200.abstract.html
http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/217598/tobacco-advertising-focuses-on-non-combustibles.html
http://www.nacsonline.com/News/Daily/Pages/ND0121145.aspx#.UuFO7dIo5kh

US / DHHS / Congress / NIH / 50th Anniversary of SG Report on Cigarette Smoking

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

Alan Blum – Blowing Smoke: The lost legacy of the Surgeon General’s Report
(history of exposing cigarette hazards and reducing smoking despite interference by greedy national medical and health groups to protect cigarettes many years before they began demonizing and lobbying to ban e-cigs with Big Pharma funding).https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1zk5_xqOH4&feature=youtu.be&noredirect=1

Fifty years of smoking in two charts (smoking rate and cigarette price)
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-01-17/50-years-of-smoking-in-two-charts

Obama’s DHHS hijacks 50th Anniversary of SG Cigarette Report to push its abstinence-only war against all tobacco use, users, products and companies (including lifesaving e-cigs), conflates all tobacco use with daily cigarette smoking, continues to falsely hawk Big Pharma’s ineffective but heavily subsidized tobacco-derived gums/lozenges/patches and less-than-safe Chantix and Buproprion as the most effective ways to quit smoking.
http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/exec-summary.pdf
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm382100.htm?
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6302a1.htm?s_cid=mm6302a1_w
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/17/us-usa-smoking-report-idUSBREA0G07C20140117
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-01-17/surgeon-general-sets-tobacco-end-game-as-smoking-decline-stalls#p1

After unlawfully banning e-cigs in 2009, misrepresenting the scientific evidence on e-cigs ever since, and preparing to ban the lifesaving products again via the “deeming” and other regs (without any public health, ethical or humane justification), DHHS Secretary Sebelius falsely claims “FDA takes science-based action in order to reduce the impact of tobacco products, and considers both users and nonusers.”
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm382100.htm?

ACSH: New federal report is, unfortunately, not so new after all
http://acsh.org/2014/01/new-federal-report-smoking-unfortunately-new/

Time: Surgeon Generals report on tobacco has a new target: e-cigarettes
http://healthland.time.com/2014/01/17/surgeon-generals-report-on-tobacco-has-a-new-target-e-cigarettes/#ixzz2qgA6IBJ8

Surgeon General report breaks new ground on e-cigarettes; Godshall posts comment
http://nhpr.org/post/surgeon-general-report-breaks-new-ground-e-cigarettes

Brent Budowsky: The e-cigarette denouncing, nanny, anti-smoking, crypto-fascist anti libertarians; Godshall details the Obama administration’s longtime opposition to e-cigs
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/195872-the-e-cigarette-denouncing-nanny-anti-smoking-crypto-fascist

Sens. Durbin and Blumenthal hijack 50th Anniversary of SG Report by lying about e-cigs and urging FDA to impose restrictions that would protect cigarettes and kill smokers.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sen-richard-blumenthal/fifty-years-after-first-s_b_4619156.html

Log Cabin Republicans CEO Gregory Angelo criticizes nanny-state Democrats for opposing e-cigs “the left's push against e-cigarettes is so wrong on so many levels, and so hypocritical on so many more, and so harmful on even more than that.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gregory-t-angelo/smoke-and-mirrors_1_b_4639160.html

Long time recipients of Big Pharma funding Fiore/Baker/Schroeder finally say some accurate and objective things about e-cigs and tobacco harm reduction in NEJM article
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1314942?query=TOC

ACSH - Targeting smoking rather than nicotine: a big change may be at hand for harm reduciton
http://acsh.org/2014/01/targeting-smoke-rather-nicotine-big-change-may-hand-harm-reduction/

E-cig opponents protect cigarettes by repeating false claims about e-cigs by Obama’s DHHS, urging FDA to regulate e-cigs (without analyzing their impact or acknowledging that Section 905(j) and Section 910 of the TCA would once again ban all e-cigs)
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_24970302/colorado-health-department-urges-fda-regulate-e-cigarettes
http://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/readers/local/2014/01/20/addictive-e-cigarettes-pose-dangers/4660779/
http://www.themonitor.com/opinion/the_monitor_view/article_81df8034-82f5-11e3-81b9-001a4bcf6878.html
http://charlottesville.legalexaminer.com/uncategorized/will-the-fda-regulate-e-cigarettes/

E-cig prohibitionist American Lung Association claims a commitment to “eliminate death and disease from tobacco”, but continues protecting its Big Pharma financiers (without disclosing that blatant conflict of interest) and cigarette markets by demonizing e-cigs and lobbying for local, state and federal policies to ban their sales and use.
http://www.lung.org/about-us/our-impact/top-stories/commit-to-eliminate-death-and-disease-from-tobacco.html

ALA protects cigarettes by lobby to ban e-cigs, lying about scientific and empirical evidence, failing to disclose its conflict of interest of receiving Big Pharma funding
http://www.tobaccofree-ri.org/2013_Public_E-Cigarette.pdf

Legacy urges FDA to “immediately” impose the “deeming” regulation on e-cigs, which would ban ALL e-cig products now on the market (via Section 905(j) and Section 910), misrepresents scientific and empirical evidence on e-cigs, makes fear mongering claims.
http://www.legacyforhealth.org/content/download/3962/56088/version/1/file/LEG-Policy_Statement-ECigarette-JAN2014.pdf
http://www.legacyforhealth.org/newsroom/statements/electronic-cigarettes-hold-both-promise-and-risk-require-fda-regulation

LA Times article creates e-cig research debate between two e-cig prohibitionists (Stan Glantz and David Abrams), calls them experts, fails to disclose their conflicts of interests. http://www.latimes.com/science/la-sci-e-cigarettes-science-20140117,0,7562029.story#axzz2r4mJdY3S

Right Oversight (discusses views on potential FDA e-cig regs, but fails the address impact of any Chapter IX provisions (e.g. e-cig ban in Section 905(j) and Section 910).
http://www.progressivegrocer.com/inprint/article/id6662/right-oversight/

Yale Daily News reporter George Saussy repeats false fear mongering claims about e-cigs and youth, Godshall posts corrections and clarifications.
http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2014/01/14/e-cigarette-use-spreading-among-youths/

You can have my e-cig when you pry it from my cold dead fingers
http://dailycaller.com/2014/01/20/you-can-have-my-e-cig-when-you-pry-it-from-my-cold-dead-fingers/#ixzz2r36OayOE

Mike Siegel: Ruth Etzel calls for ban on e-cig advertising, but not advertising for deadly cigarettes
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/01/anti-smoking-advocateprofessor-calls.html

FDA funded (and former OSH Director) Michael Eriksen misrepresents scientific and empirical evidence about e-cigs, repeats propaganda in interview on e-cig risks/benefits
http://www.atlantamagazine.com/agenda/2014/01/20/georgia-state-research-e-cigarettes

Big Pharma funded Partners in Prevention misrepresents CDC survey data on youth use of e-cigs
http://www.actiontoquit.org/news/e-cigarette-use-spreading-among-youths/

FDA unit pursues illegal web pharmacies; e-cig manufacturers and importers could face similar prosecutions if FDA imposes deeming regulation
http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm381534.htm?

Carl Phillips: NCI lies about the effectiveness of e-cigarettes, via deletion and explicitly
http://antithrlies.com/2014/01/19/nci-lies-about-the-effectiveness-of-e-cigarettes-via-deletion-and-explicitly/

Mike Siegel: New SG report hides studies on unaided smoking cessation and hides conflicts of interest of report authors
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/01/new-surgeon-generals-report-hides.html

Mike Siegel: Why did SG report violate well-accepted guidelines for disclosing conflicts of interest?
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/01/why-did-surgeon-generals-report-violate.html

NHIS finds US adult smoking rate (i.e. smoked everyday or some days) declined from 20.9% in 2005 to 18.1% in 2012, but CDC fails to report daily smoking rate (which is a far more important public health indicator)
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6302a2.htm?s_cid=mm6302a2_w

Mike Seigel: FDA to protect Americans from “defective” cigarettes, but not from “normal” deadly cigarettes
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/01/fda-to-protect-americans-from-defective.html

FDA creates “advisory committee membership portal” for applicants, but don’t expect FDA to allow objective researchers or consumers on its Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) that rubber stamps FDA’s abstinence-only policies.
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/FACTRSPortal/FACTRS/index.cfm

US Senate Democrats Durbin, Brown, Blumenthal and Markey protect cigarettes and threaten public health by lying about e-cigs, criticizing e-cig use at Golden Globe awards
http://www.durbin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=84d385e1-79c9-4c99-8fb0-6e1d163f283b
http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/sns-rt-us-goldenglobes-ecigarettes-20140114,0,981972.story
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/15/us-goldenglobes-ecigarettes-idUSBREA0E02920140115
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/14/22305171-senators-slam-golden-globes-for-glamorizing-e-cigarettes-during-show?lite
http://www.abc22now.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/wkef_vid_18174.shtml
http://www.thewrap.com/congressmen-rip-julia-louis-dreyfus-golden-globes-e-cigarette-letter-nbcus-steve-burke/

US Democrat Reps Henry Waxman and Frank Pallone criticize e-cig use at Golden Globe awards in letter to NBCU’s Steve Burke, want e-cig use banned from television
http://www.thewrap.com/congressmen-rip-julia-louis-dreyfus-golden-globes-e-cigarette-letter-nbcus-steve-burke/

Can we please have a rationale discussion about e-cigs?
http://pando.com/2014/01/17/can-we-please-have-a-rational-discussion-about-e-cigarettes/

Litigation

Mike Siegel: Rest of Story reaches consensus on corrective statement for CDC and other e-cig liars
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/01/rest-of-story-reaches-consensus-on.html

PA AG challenges MSA Arbitrator’s ruling in PA Court
https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/uploadedFiles/Press/Motion%20to%20Vacate%20Final%20Award.pdf

Pennsylvania stands to loss millions in settlement money
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-pennsylvania-tobacco-settlement-anniversary-20140111,0,2707579.story

Patriot News editorial: PA learns there’s no peace in war against Big Tobacco
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/01/tobacco_master_settlement_arbitration_pennsylvania_fights_payment_cut.html

Vermont AG Sorrell’s shakedown of Reynolds over Eclipse nets state $8.3 million
http://www.benningtonbanner.com/region/ci_24881721/vermont-nets-8-3m-penalties-from-r-j

Taxation

Governor Deval Patrick scraps planned tax on e-cigs (MA)
http://dailyfreepress.com/2014/01/15/mass-gov-deval-patrick-drops-e-cigarette-tax-proposal/
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/01/13/patrick-aides-explore-then-drop-idea-new-taxes-cigarettes/sfsyKUpHLztxYMGrRs0ZEP/story.html

Rhode Island Governor’s budget proposal (H 7133) would protect cigarettes by imposing an 80% e-cig tax, referred to House Finance Cmte
http://legiscan.com/RI/text/H7133/2014

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing proposed 80% tax on e-cigs in RI http://blog.casaa.org/2014/01/call-to-action-rhode-island-bill-sets.html

Kentucky bill (H 220) would tax e-cigs at 40%, increase cigarette tax from $.60 to $1.60, increase snuff tax from $.19 to $.51/unit, and increase OTP tax from 15% to 40%
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/14RS/HB220.htm

Oklahoma bill (HB 2989) would protect cigarettes by imposing a 30% tax on sales of all vapor products
http://legiscan.com/OK/bill/HB2989/2014

FL Rep. Waldman bill (HB 507) would add $1 pack surcharge to cigarettes
http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51632
http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?FileName=_h0507__.docx&DocumentType=Bill&BillNumber=0507&Session=2014
http://www.wtsp.com/news/article/353287/19/Waldman-bill-would-add-1-surcharge-to-cigarettes

WV legislation (HB 4191) would wisely increase cigarette tax from $.55 to $1.55 per pack, but unfairly increase smokeless tobacco tax from 7% of wholesale price to 50%. Assigned to House Health and Human Resources Cmte, then to House Finance Cmte.
http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=hb4191%20intr.htm&yr=2014&sesstype=RS&i=4191 

Missouri bill (H 1315) would increase cigarette tax by $.40/pack (from $.37 to $.77/pack) over four years, to be placed on statewide referendem
http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1315&year=2014&code=R
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills141/biltxt/intro/HB1315I.htm

E-cig sales bans/restrictions

Vermont legislation (H 632) would ban the sale and possession of e-cigarettes by adults (but not cigarettes).
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/Bills/Intro/H-632.pdf

CA Assemblyman Roger Dickinson introduces bill (AB 1500) to protect cigarettes and Big Tobacco by banning Internet sales and deliveries of e-cigs to adults, falsely accuses companies of marketing to youth.
http://www.asmdc.org/members/a07/press-releases/dickinson-introduces-legislation-to-ban-internet-tobacco-sales
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1451-1500/ab_1500_bill_20140113_introduced.html
http://www.ksbw.com/news/central-california/california-bill-would-ban-online-tobacco-sales/-/5737870/23916904/-/qcvovt/-/index.html
http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/01/13/california-considers-banning-online-tobacco-e-cigarette-sales/
http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-internet-tobacco-sales-20140113,0,1306210.story
http://www.cspnet.com/category-management-news-data/tobacco-news-data/articles/california-seeks-ban-online-tobacco-sales

Hayward (CA) City Council protects cigarettes with moratorium on new e-cig retailers
http://www.insidebayarea.com/news/ci_24919849/hayward-issues-moratorium-new-tobacco-e-cigarette-retailers
http://www.ebcitizen.com/2014/01/hayward-tries-to-kick-habit-with.html

Rhode Island bill (HB 7021) would redefine tobacco products to include e-cigs, ban sales to minors, require e-cig marketers to buy tobacco license, impose unwarranted and costly burdens for Internet e-cig vendors, referred to House Judiciary Cmte
http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText14/HouseText14/H7021.pdf

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing unwarranted burdens for online sales in RI
http://blog.casaa.org/2014/01/call-to-action-rhode-island-bill-sets.html

Missouri legislation (HB 1345) would ban sale of any “tobacco-derived product and vapor product” to a minor
http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1345&year=2014&code=R
http://www.house.mo.gov/billcentral.aspx?page=1&q=HB%201345
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills141/biltxt/intro/HB1345I.htm

Nebraska bill (LB 861) would ban sale of tobacco-derived products and vapor products to minors, and ban all self service displays of the products except at tobacco specialty stores that don’t allow minors.  Hearing set by General Affairs Cmte for 1:30 on Jan 27
http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/Current/PDF/Intro/LB861.pdf
http://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=21503
http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/Current/PDF/Journal/r2journal.pdf#page=278
http://www.starherald.com/news/regional_statewide/bill-would-set-age-limit-for-buying-e-cigarettes/article_09244828-2c61-5841-9ec6-fac2c16c300c.html

Oklahoma bill (SB 1892) would ban sale of tobacco-derived products and vapor products to minors, would tax tobacco-derived products at $.10/unit
http://legiscan.com/OK/bill/SB1892/2014

Oklahoma bill (SB 1780) would ban sale of vapor products to minors
http://legiscan.com/OK/bill/SB1780/2014

Oklahoma bill (HB 2988) would ban e-cig and e-liquid sales to minors
http://legiscan.com/OK/bill/HB2988
http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/2013-14bills/HB/HB2988_int.rtf

Oklahoma bill (HB 3451) would ban e-cig and e-liquid sales to minors
http://legiscan.com/OK/bill/HB3451/2014

Oklahoma bills (HB 2904 & SB 1835) would ban sales of e-cigs to minors, but would deceitfully call the smokefree products “electronic smoking devices” http://legiscan.com/OK/bill/HB2904/2014
http://legiscan.com/OK/bill/SB1835/2014

Jeff Stier testifies in support of e-cigs to Oklahoma legislative committee (OK)
http://www.nationalcenter.org/PR-E-Cigarettes_012214.html

Colorado legislation (SB 14-018) would ban sale of nicotine products to youth, but CO has long banned all tobacco sales to minors, and banned e-cig sales to minors in 2011
http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2014a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/4EE051D148A9A22387257C300006AE57?open&file=018_01.pdf
2011 CO bill/law banning e-cig sales to minors, and its history
http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2011a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/78CCDD6C6E59B37187257808008013AE?open&file=1016_enr.pdf
http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2011a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/78CCDD6C6E59B37187257808008013AE?open&file=1016_ren.pdf

VT bill (H 616) would raise minimum age for tobacco (and e-cig) sales to 21 years
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/database/status/summary.cfm?Bill=H%2E0616&Session=2014
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-616.pdf

AAP advocates minimum age 21 for all tobacco sales/use even though smokeless tobacco and e-cigs are 99% less hazardous than cigarettes
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1314626?query=featured_home

PHAI’s Mark Gottlieb calls for no tobacco sales to anyone under age 21
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1314626?query=featured_home
http://www.phaionline.org/2014/01/08/phais-gottlieb-calls-for-no-tobacco-sales-to-anyone-under-age-21-in-new-england-journal-of-medicine/
ASTHO and NACCHO host webinar on Jan 21 to urge state and local health officials to lobby for more e-cig usage bans, which protect cigarette markets and threaten the lives of smokers and vapers.
https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=2b3x5itog4cm

Chicago City Council ignores evidence and common sense by banning e-cig use in workplaces based upon Health Dept lies about products, no public hearing held.
http://www.csnews.com/top-story-legislative___regulatory_news-c52-chicago_follows_new_york_in_passing_e_cigarette_ban-65129.html
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-chicago-bans-indoor-electronic-cigarette-smoking-20140115,0,3192054.story
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/01/15/city-council-to-weigh-indoor-ban-on-e-cigarettes/
http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/24975060-418/city-council-passes-tougher-e-cigarette-regulations.html
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140115/downtown/e-cigarettes-banned-indoors-sales-minors-prohibited

E-cigarette debate going off the rails
by Charles D. Connor: Former American Lung Association president and CEOhttp://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-ecigs-restrictions-chicago-tobacco-smokers-pers-20140115,0,2772293.story
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/legislation-news/510930-city-ordinance-ban-looming-chicago-3.html#post11887639

Steve Forbes: E-cig bans should go up in smoke
http://www.forbes.com/sites/steveforbes/2014/01/22/e-cig-bans-should-go-up-in-smoke/

Clarence Page: Government going overboard in ban of e-cigarettes
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-01-19/news/ct-clarence-page-e-cigarettes-chicago-band-oped-01-20140119_1_e-cigarettes-nicotine-substitutes-25-states

ACSH: Chicago does a 180 away from sound science towards keeping smokers smoking
http://acsh.org/2014/01/chicago-180-away-sound-science-towards-keeping-smokers-smoking/

Jacob Sullum: Chicago bans vaping in public, Senators want it banned at award ceremonies --- for the children
http://reason.com/blog/2014/01/15/chicago-bans-vaping-in-public-senators-w
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobsullum/2014/01/15/chicago-bans-vaping-in-public-senators-want-it-banned-at-award-ceremonies-for-the-children/

ACSH’s Gil Ross: Big US cities foment baseless, superstitious fear of e-cigs
http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2014/01/23/big-u-s-cities-foment-baseless-superstitious-fear-of-electronic-cigarettes/

LOGIC’s Miguel Martin on Chicago e-cig usage ban
http://cltv.com/2014/01/16/chicagos-e-cigarette-ban-logic-president-miguel-martin/#axzz2qfVFrauB

Stan Glantz lies about e-cigs to advocate Chicago usage ban
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-ecigs-health-danger-vapors-tobacco-perspec-0115-20140115,0,4733552.story

Sleepy Eye (MN) City Council bill would ban e-cig use in workplaces, ALA’s Ann Christianson claims swallowing e-liquid can be fatal despite no evidence. http://www.nujournal.com/page/content.detail/id/548092/Sleepy-Eye-takes-action-on-e-cigarettes.html?

Wayward University of California campus finally bans e-cigs too (CA)
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/2014/01/university-california-irvine-tobacco-ban.html

FOX News: Should companies ban e-cigarettes in the workplace?
http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/01/16/should-companies-ban-e-cigarettes-workplace

Wall St. Journal online poll finds 65% support vaping in workplaces, 33% oppose
http://blogs.wsj.com/atwork/2014/01/16/e-cigarettes-workplace/

Proposed ordinance in Neptune Beach (FL) would ban e-cig use in workplaces
http://ci.neptune-beach.fl.us/2014Agenda/01_21_14/01-21-14ccw.pdf

Hawaii bills (SB 2079 and SB 2495) would ban e-cig use in all workplaces and require e-cig wholesalers, dealers and retailers to buy permits to sell e-cigs with revenue appropriated for further subsidization of ineffective NRT products
http://legiscan.com/HI/bill/HB2079/2014
http://legiscan.com/HI/bill/SB2495/2014

Hawaii bill (HB 2077) would ban e-cig use at government owned facilities
http://legiscan.com/HI/bill/HB2077/2014

Hawaii bills (SB 2498) would ban tobacco use and e-cig use on Univ of Hawaii property
http://legiscan.com/HI/bill/SB2498/2014

Hawaii bill (2499) would ban tobacco use and e-cig use at facilities operated by Hawaii health systems corporation
http://legiscan.com/HI/bill/SB2499/2014

Kentucky Rep. Susan Westrom reintroduces bill (HB 174) to ban e-cig use and smoking in all workplaces by falsely defining smoking as including the use of smokefree e-cigs, no mention of e-cig use ban in bill summary, referred to House Health & Welfare Cmte.
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/14RS/HB173.htm

KY Rep. Susan Westrom claims 65% of Kentuckians support banning smoking in workplaces, but respondents weren’t informed her bill (HB 174) also bans e-cig use.
http://www.wtvq.com/content/localnews/story/Westroms-Smoke-Free-Bill-Gaining-Support/bgXqCvhDh02NBTD2SHd6DA.cspx

Genessee County (MI) County Commissioner Archie Bailey asks Health Dept to draft ordinance to protect cigarettes by banning e-cig use in workplaces and public places.
http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2014/01/genesee_county_looks_at_expand.html

Westborough (MA) Board of Health holds hearing on proposed e-cig usage ban
http://westborough.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/ecigarette-use-ban-proposed

Sacramento Bee article repeats false fear mongering claims about e-cigs, denounces CASAA and vapers, advocates statewide e-cig usage ban in all workplaces (CA)
http://www.sacbee.com/2014/01/19/6075739/the-alarming-question-of-e-cigarettes.html

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel opposes banning e-cig use in workplaces (WI)
http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/e-cigarettes-can-learn-from-history-rather-than-repeat-it-b99183101z1-240021091.html

E-cigs: Savior or menace (criticizes anti e-cig zealots, opposes e-cig use bans) (MA)
http://www.wickedlocal.com/plymouth/topstories/x579269986/E-cigarettes-savior-or-menace#ixzz2qxxpOude

McKinney (TX) readers tell us if cities should regulate e-cigs
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/mckinney/headlines/20140119-sounding-off-mckinney-readers-tell-us-if-cities-should-regulate-e-cigarette-sales.ece

Smokefree Workplaces Policies

Bullitt County (KY) Fiscal Court bans smoking (and all tobacco use) on county property
http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20140116/ZONE10/301160037/Bullitt-County-votes-approve-smoking-ban

KY Gov. Beshear ironically calls Bullitt County’s tobacco usage ban on county property a “wolf in sheeps clothing”, urges support for Health Board’s previously approved e-cig usage and smoking ban (now in litigation) and Rep. Westrom’s state bill to ban e-cig use and smoking in all workplaces (despite e-cigs posing no harm to nonusers)..
http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20140114/OPINION01/301140016/Help-Kentucky-stop-smoking

Missouri bill (SB 572) would ban smoking (but not e-cig use) in nearly all workplaces, referred to Veterans’ Affairs and Health Cmte
http://www.senate.mo.gov/14info/pdf-bill/intro/SB572.pdf
http://www.senate.mo.gov/14info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=27723515

Alabama bill (SB168) would ban smoking (but not e-cig use) in nearly all workplaces
http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/acas/ViewBillsStatusACASLogin.asp?BillNumber=SB168

Smokefree Homes

Brooklyn’s tallest rental highrise outlaws smoking in its apartments (NY)
http://pix11.com/2014/01/16/brooklyns-tallest-apartment-highrise-outlaws-smoking/

E-cig Business and other State/Local

Why cigarette alternatives are the key to your investments in PM, Altria and Lorillard
http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/01/21/what-philip-morris-new-factory-says-about-the-futu/

E-cigs: What you need to know
http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/01/19/e-cigs-what-you-need-to-know/

Got a light? Three brands, three strategies for selling e-cigs
http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/216632/got-a-light-three-brands-three-strategies-for-se.html

Where’s the smoke? Electronic cigarettes give smokers an alternative (CA)
http://www.calaverasenterprise.com/health/article_abda629e-7f05-11e3-96e7-001a4bcf887a.html

Electronic Cigarette Industry Group (EGIC/FIN) opens DC office
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11509964.htm

Retail side of e-cigarettes; Investigating the consumer connection (CA)
http://www.independent.com/news/2014/jan/16/retail-side-e-cigarettes/?on

Bloog claims to market first e-liquid with pharmaceutical nicotine made in US http://bloogecigarettes.blogspot.com/2014/01/bloog-announces-first-e-liquid-produced.html

E-cig start up in Bayonne (NJ) hopes to help smokers quit
http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2014/01/post_230.html

Tapping in to e-cig craze: Vaping lounge in Mocksville offers place to socialize (NC)
http://www.journalnow.com/journal_west/news/article_0354cca2-830d-11e3-b2d8-001a4bcf6878.html

E-cigarettes are a smoking hot trend in Erie (PA)
http://www.goerie.com/e-cigarettes-are-smokin-trend-in-erie

What’s all the hype and hope for e-cigarettes (FL)
http://wlrn.org/post/whats-all-hype-and-hope-electronic-cigarettes

E-cigs: Good or bad they’re here to stay (FL)
http://www.news-press.com/article/20140121/HEALTH/301210010?

E-cigs continue to light up debate (NC)
http://www.hpe.com/news/x940007653/E-cigs-continue-to-light-up-debate

Statesman Journal (OR) article deceives, scares readers about lifesaving e-cigs
http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20140119/NEWS/301190017/?nclick_check=1

Statesman Journal Rapid Response: Readers sound off about e-cigarettes (OR)
http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20140118/UPDATE/301180023/Readers-sound-off-about-e-cigarettes?nclick_check=1

E-cigarettes should be allowed to cure addictions (OK)
http://www.ocolly.com/opinion/article_b85c6b34-8310-11e3-a00f-001a4bcf6878.html

E-cigarettes re-ignite smoking debate (NY)
http://www.dailygazette.net/standard/ShowStoryTemplate.asp?Path=SCH/2014/01/19&ID=Ar01101&Section=Local_News

Public scrutiny intensifies as e-cigarettes gain popularity, Montana Medical Officer Dr. Stephen Helgerson falsely claims e-cigs provide no health benefits for smokers (MT)
http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/public-scrutiny-intensifies-as-e-cigarettes-gain-popularity/article_df768f77-dcf2-5c69-97ef-09e6449044df.html

Dales Chronicle editorial: Smoke and vapor (OR)
http://www.thedalleschronicle.com/news/2014/jan/18/editorial-smoke-and-vapor/

Canada

E-cigarettes take social scene by storm
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/health/cigarettes+take+social+scene+storm/9375886/story.html

Nova Scotia Health Minister Leo Glavine protects cigarette by announcing e-cig usage ban where smoking is banned
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nova-scotia-cracking-down-on-e-cigarettes-1.2499616

E-cigarette seller will fight ‘tooth and nail’ against law (Nova Scotia)
http://news.ca.msn.com/local/novascotia/e-cigarette-seller-will-fight-tooth-and-nail%E2%80%99-against-law

EU

Clive Bates: EU tobacco directive and e-cigarettes: maladministration complaint to European Ombudsman
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1818

Lynne Dawkins puts the Commission straight (EU)
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1827

Clive Bates: Flawed Science, irregular procedure, unlawful measures (letter to EU Parliament’s ENVI Committee)
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1846

Scientific errors in proposed EU Tobacco Products Directive
http://nicotinepolicy.net/nsp/672-scientific-errors-in-proposed-eu-tobacco-products-directive

Clive Bates – Updated info post: TPC – provisions relating to e-cigarettes
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1747
Gerry Stimson & Paddy Costall: UK Public health doctors and e-cigarettes – Why this matters
http://nicotinepolicy.net/gerry-stimson/673-uk-public-health-doctors-and-e-cigarettes-why-this-matters

Clive Bates – Fiasco: e-liquid and e-cigarette flavour labeling to be banned
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1847

Carl Phillips:  As if to prove my point
http://antithrlies.com/2014/01/17/as-if-to-prove-my-point/

Clive Bates: Confused e-cigarette trade association supports e-cigarette regulation it opposes
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1872

Carl Phillips: TVECA letter ups the controversy for THR-vs-THR
http://antithrlies.com/2014/01/20/tveca-letter-ups-the-controversy-for-thr-vs-thr/

Gamucci duo are all fired up by electronic cigarettes (UK)
http://www.standard.co.uk/business/markets/smokin--gamucci-duo-are-all-fired-up-by-electronic-cigarettes-9072166.html

E-cigarette business is booming for dad and son partnership (UK)
http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/10950187.E_cigarette_business_is_booming_for_dad_and_son_partnership/

Vapor Trails interviews Dr. Konsantinos Farsalinos about e-cigs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYSnwgGYKKE

Finessing the EU snus ban: Thunder Snus vs Thunder Chew
http://www.snuscentral.org/snus-news/adam-skelland-a-british-perspective-on-snus/item/612-avoiding-the-eu-snus-ban-thunder-vs-thunder-to-chew-or-not-to-chew

E-cigs ban in hospitals (Scotland)
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/e-cigs-ban-in-hospitals-148829n.23199136

Is vaping safer than smoking? (you won’t find out reading this article) (Ireland)
http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/medical-matters-is-vaping-safer-than-smoking-1.1662132

Asia

“Vaping” a slow burner in China, world's maker of e-cigarettes
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/15/us-china-smoking-idUSBREA0E1JX20140115
 


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