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Bill Godshall Update 2014-04-10

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - April 10th, 2014


Contents:
Science and Public Health, FDA, CDC Steps Up Lobbying, E-Cig Marketing Restriction, Vapers, E-Cig Industry, Taxation, E-Cig Sales Bans to Adults, E-cig Sales Bans to Minors, E-Cig Retailer Restriction, Minimum Age, Vaping Bans, Smoking Bans, More Anti-Ecig Propaganda, Canada, UK.


Science and Public Health

Royal College of Physicians endorses e-cigs to help smokers quit http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/commentary/what-you-need-know-about-electronic-cigarettes

14 Electronic Cigarette studies that shame the critics
http://www.churnmag.com/features/14-electronic-cigarette-studies-that-shame-the-critics/


International expert panel convened by the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs finds smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, nasal sprays, gums, lozenges and patches are ALL exponentially less harmful than cigarettes
http://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/360220

Carl Phillips: Please don't cite the new Nutt et al. paper as evidence for tobacco harm reduction
http://antithrlies.com/2014/04/05/please-dont-cite-the-new-nutt-et-al-paper-as-evidence-for-thr/

Mike Siegel: New Study Shows that Electronic Cigarettes Decrease Nicotine Addiction
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/04/contrary-to-claims-of-many-anti-smoking.html


E-cigarettes can save lives
http://m.ottawasun.com/2014/04/05/e-cigarettes-can-save-lives


Mike Siegel: New data from England suggest that electronic cigarettes are helping to accelerate smoking cessation, not hinder it
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/04/new-data-from-england-suggest-that.html


Mentally ill people should have access to e-cigarettes
http://www.psmag.com/navigation/health-and-behavior/mentally-ill-people-shouldnt-get-e-cigarettes-77497/


Carl Phillips: Why using the term ENDS for e-cigarettes is unwise and unethical
http://antithrlies.com/2014/04/07/why-using-the-term-ends-is-unethical/

Brad Rodu: NEJM fails to correct data on children's e-cigarette use
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2014/04/nejm-fails-to-correct-data-on-childrens.html

Mike Siegel: Laboratory study shows no detectable carcinogens or metals in high- technology electronic cigarette brand
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/03/laboratory-study-shows-no-detectable.html

Brad Rodu: No stroke risk with snus
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2014/04/no-stroke-risk-with-snus.html


Nicotine: The wonder drug?
http://discovermagazine.com/2014/march/13-nicotine-fix

Tobacco could eventually lead to new cancer treatment
http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/05/tobacco-cancer-treatment/
http://www.latrobe.edu.au/news/articles/2014/release/tobacco-plant-has-key-to-fighting-cancer http://elife.elifesciences.org/content/3/e01808

E-cigarettes can help smokers quit (NJ)
http://www.app.com/article/20140408/NJLIFE/304080003/e-cigarette-help-quit-smoking-risks-e-cigarettes

FDA

House Subcommittee Examines Implementation of Tobacco Control Act http://www.nacsonline.com/News/Daily/Pages/ND0409142.aspx#.U0V3rqhdVdE

Mitch Zeller falsely claims FDA tobacco/nicotine regs are based on scientific evidence, as agency's unlawful 2009 e-cig ban wasn't based on evidence, nor is FDA's policy since 2011 to impose the 'deeming' regulation (which would once again ban all e-cigs).
http://cancerdiscovery.aacrjournals.org/content/4/1/10.full

Rather, those and many other FDA regulatory policies (like the preceding FSPTCA) were lobbied for by Big Pharma funded CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA, AAP, Pinney, Legacy, etc., congressional allies Waxman, Lautenberg, Durbin, Harkin, etc., and liberal news media.

In April 2009, FDA's Rita Chapelle revealed the agency's unscientific, unethical and inhumane policy to defend its unlawful e-cig import ban and to deceive Americans about e-cigs: 'We don't want the public to perceive them as a safer alternative to cigarettes.'
http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/features/ecigarettes-under-fire


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


Big Pharma funded pressure groups again urge Obama to endorse FDA 'deeming' regulation (which would ban all e-cig products), repeat false and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigs, fail to disclose longstanding financial conflicts of interest
http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/ahaecc-public/@wcm/@adv/documents/downloadable/ucm_462457.pdf

Regressive Senate Democrats urge FDA and FTC to protect lethal cigarettes from market competition by far less hazardous smokefree e-cigs
http://www.boxer.senate.gov/en/press/releases/040714a.cfm

FDA opens docket for public comment on draft guidance 'Enforcement policy for Certain (Provisional) Tobacco Products That the Food and Drug Administration Finds Not Substantially Equivalent'; comments due by April 28
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/ucm198169.htm
? http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FDA-2013-D-1600-0001

E-cigs top list of complaints and inquiries to FDA CTP Ombudsman
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofMedicalProductsandTobacco/AbouttheCenterforTobaccoProducts/UCM390888.pdf?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

FDA awards $5 million to Univ of Kentucky researcher to develop and produce 50 million 'high quality reference cigarettes', which does nothing to reduce smoking
http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofMedicalProductsandTobacco/AbouttheCenterforTobaccoProducts/ucm391336.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

After denying smokers legal access to harm reduction e-cigs (when at FDA in 2009), Josh Sharfstein co-authors paper 'Confronting the Stigma of Opioid Disorder and Its Treatment' that wisely advocates methadone for harm reduction for heroin addicts
http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1838170&utm_source=silverchair%20information%20systems&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=master%3ajamalatestissu

In July 2009, Obama appointee (and former Waxman staffer) FDA Deputy Cmsnr Josh Sharfstein held a press conference to defend the agency's e-cig ban, falsely accuse e-cig companies of target marketing to youth, and claim e-cigs are addicting children, may renormalize smoking, contain carcinogens and toxins, and don't help smokers quit.
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm173175.htm
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/NewsEvents/Newsroom/MediaTranscripts/UCM173405.pdf

FDA TPSAC Chair Jonathan Samet absurdly claims "There have been two reasons to handle e-cigs the same as combustible products. People would be exposed to the nicotine in the air, so the vapor could settle on people. It could contaminate the air that they breathe. It could contaminate a chair, and they could touch it and nicotine can go through the skin."
http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/health/20140326/e-cigarette-vapor-not-annoying-to-most-americans-national-study-finds

Mike Siegel: Touching a chair in a restaurant could be hazardous to your health if vaping is allowed, according to tobacco control researcher
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/04/touching-chair-in-restaurant-could-be.html

Mike Siegel: Policy makers respond to concerns about hazards of touching chairs in restaurants (parody)
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/04/policy-makers-respond-to-concerns-about.html

Christopher Snowdon: Stay away from the chairs!
http://velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.com/2014/03/stay-away-from-chairs.html

CDC steps up lobbying for FDA deeming regulation

CDC MMWR finds 2,405 e-cig exposures (among nearly 8 million exposures) reported to Poison Control Centers since 2010, increased number of calls/month for e-cig exposures (now .1% of all calls), no admissions to critical care or noncritical care units reported for e-cig exposure (compared to >500,000 admissions for other substances), finds 'The most common adverse health effects in e-cigarette exposure calls were vomiting, nausea, and eye irritation.'
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6313a4.htm?s_cid=mm6313a4_e
https://aapcc.s3.amazonaws.com/pdfs/annual_reports/2012_NPDS_Annual_Report.pdf
https://aapcc.s3.amazonaws.com/pdfs/annual_reports/2011_NPDS_Annual_Report_-_Final.pdf
https://aapcc.s3.amazonaws.com/pdfs/annual_reports/2010_NPDS_Annual_Report_1.pdf

CDC Director Tom Frieden grossly misrepresents Poison Control Center data to create public panic to lobby for FDA deeming regulation (that would ban all e-cigs)
http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USCDC/bulletins/aee691
Tom Frieden: "Use of these products is skyrocketing and these poisonings will continue.'"

Several news media do some fact checking about e-cig calls to Poison Control Centers
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57770988-78/cigarette-poisonings-calls-poison.html.csp
www.cnn.com/2014/04/03/health/ecigs-nicotine-poisoning/index.html?hpt=hp_t4
http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/e-cigarette-debate-smolders-over-health-claims/
http://www.examiner.com/article/electronic-cigarette-poisonings-not-a-problem-some-parts-of-the-country

Irresponsible news media repeat Tom Frieden's false fear-mongering claims about e-cig safety, without any fact checking
http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-79811515/
http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/e-cigarette-poisonings-skyrocket-mostly-kids-n70961
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/e-cigs-linked-to-spike-in-calls-to-poison-centers-040414.html
http://www.wach.com/news/story.aspx?id=1026088#.U0WwGlVdXSl
http://www.muskogeephoenix.com/opinion/x493453294/Ban-e-cig-use-in-public-spaces
http://www.sentinelsource.com/report-complaints-of-e-cigarette-poisonings-on-the-rise/article_d12c3c82-77af-570d-9d01-da3adb54a160.html

ACSH: 'The sky is falling', warns CDC about largely-imaginary nicotine 'poisonings'
http://acsh.org/2014/04/sky-falling-warns-cdc-largely-imaginary-nicotine-poisonings/

According to National Poison Data System, e-cigs account for just 0.1% of exposures reported to Poison Control Centers (about 200/194,500 calls/month)
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6313a4.htm?s_cid=mm6313a4_e
https://aapcc.s3.amazonaws.com/pdfs/annual_reports/2012_NPDS_Annual_Report.pdf

Amy Fairchild and Ronald Bayer: Liquid Death from E-Cigarettes? You've got a long way to go, baby
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-amy-fairchild/liquid-death-from-ecigare_b_5044145.html

Public health advocate Jeff Stier debates with e-cig denialist and propagandist John Pierce
http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/apr/07/should-e-cigarettes-be-treated-cigarettes/
(TV and Radio)

SFATA responds to CDC e-cig study
http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/04/04/sfata-responds-cdc-e-cig-study/#_

Are we really facing an e-cigarette epidemic?
http://theweek.com/article/index/259372/speedreads-are-we-really-facing-an-e-cigarette-epidemic

Regressive Senate Dems repeat CDC's hysterical claims about e-cigs during budget hearing to urge FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to impose deeming regulation, which would ban all e-cigs
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/03/fda-ecigarettes-idUSL1N0MV1CQ20140403
http://arkansasnews.com/news/arkansas/arkansas-nation-see-rise-children-poisoned-liquid-nicotine
http://guardianlv.com/2014/04/fda-pushing-for-rule-over-e-cigarettes/

CDC looking for exsmokers who were dual users of e-cigs, smokeless tobacco or cigars and were diagnosed with serious health condition (but not any exsmokers whose health improved after switching to e-cigs or smokeless) to participate in future CDC propaganda/lobbying campaign to demonize e-cigs, smokeless, cigars and dual use.
http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USCDC/bulletins/b02f33

E-cig Marketing Restriction

Regressive Congressional Dems repeat false accusations about e-cigs to lobby to ban virtually all advertising to adult smokers (under the false guise of protecting kids), which would protect cigarette markets and threaten the health of smokers.
http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Lawmakers-Push-to-Stop-Advertising-of-E-cigarettes-to-Children-254176041.html

Vapers

CASAA presents at FDA listening session in San Diego
http://blog.casaa.org/2014/04/casaa-presents-at-fda-listening-session.html

CASAA elects Julie Woessner president, message from outgoing president Elaine Keller
http://blog.casaa.org/2014/04/the-passing-of-torch-message-from-out.html

Vaping community gathers for bimonthly meeting in Madison (AL)
http://whnt.com/2014/03/30/vaping-community-gathers-for-bimonthly-meet-in-madison/

Growing popularity of e-cigs creates new culture of 'vapers' (NJ)
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/04/hot_topic_growing_popularity_of_e-cigs_creates_a_whole_new_culture_of_vapers.html

E-cig Industry

SFATA to host 'Technology Not Tobacco' conference in Chicago on May 5th
http://sfata.wildapricot.org/Events?eventId=870954&EventViewMode=EventDetails
http://gallery.mailchimp.com/e739583f3fc216a80b74c12c3/files/Spring2014AgendaTentative.pdf

Grocery Headquarters: Forging a vapor trail
http://www.groceryheadquarters.com/2014/04/forging-a-vapor-trail/

UK's Skycig becomes Blu following Lorillard acquisition
http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/28/uks-skycig-becomes-blu-following-lorillard-acquisition/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=uks-skycig-becomes-blu-following-lorillard-acquisition

Michael Clapper of Victory Electronic Cigarettes elected president of ECITA
http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140401-905448.html

Amato lures e-cig business (PA)
http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/amato-lures-e-cig-business-1.1661690

VA Beach jail will sell electronic cigarettes to inmates
http://hamptonroads.com/2014/03/va-beach-jail-start-selling-electronic-cigarettes

East Tenn. Jails say e-cigarettes help keep order
http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/25171441/east-tenn-jails-say-e-cigarettes-help-keep-order

Taxation

New York bills (A 8598 and S 6610) would impose 75% or 95% tax on e-cigs, raise tax rate on low risk smokeless tobacco products
http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/A8594
http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S6610-2013 CASAA issues Call to Action opposing NY bills (A 8598 and S 6610) to tax e-cigs
http://blog.casaa.org/2014/04/call-to-action-new-york-state-bills.html

Star Ledger editorial: NJ should not impose a sin tax on e-cigarettes
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/04/nj_should_not_impose_a_sin_tax_on_e-cigarettes_editorial.html

Christie's new budget socks it to the middle class
http://www.app.com/article/20140329/NJOPINION02/303290011/Christie-s-new-budget-socks-middle-class

CASAA Call to Action opposing NJ Gov. Christie's proposal to tax far less hazardous e-cigs same rate as lethal cigarettes
http://blog.casaa.org/2014/03/call-to-action-new-jerseys-governor.html

NJ Treasurer Andrew Sieamon-Eristoff makes false and misleading claims about e-cigs to defend Gov. Christie's proposed tax
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/04/christies_proposed_e-cigarette_tax_is_for_public_health_state_treasurer_says.html

Asbury Park Press editorial: Taxes on e-cigs have merit, if
http://www.app.com/article/20140407/NJOPINION01/304070018/EDITORIAL-Taxes-e-cigarettes-merit-

Ohio bill (H 472) would impose 49% tax on e-cigs, increase cigarette tax from $1.25 to $1.85/pack, increase OTP tax from 17% to 49%, recommended by House Rules and Reference Cmte, referred to House Ways and Means Cmte
http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=130_HB_472

CASAA Call to Action opposing Ohio Gov. Kasich's proposal (and H 472) to impose 49% tax on e-cigs
http://blog.casaa.org/2014/03/call-to-action-ohios-governor-kasich-is.html

Rhode Island bill (H 884) to tax e-cigs at 92% referred to Senate Finance Cmte
http://www2.leg.state.vt.us/legdir/committeeinfo.cfm?CommitteeID=202&Folder=House%20Ways%20and%20Means/Bills&Sort=Bill

CASAA Call to Action opposing Vermont bill (HB 884) to impose 92% e-cig tax
http://blog.casaa.org/2014/03/call-to-action-vermont-bill-would.html

Hawaii House passes bill (SB 2496) to increase tobacco tax rates in 2050
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2496&year=2014

E-cig Sales Bans to Adults

Illinois House deceived by poisonous lies, approves bill (HB 5689) to ban all e-liquid sales unless/until products comply with not yet developed 'special packaging' standards
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=5689&GAID=12&DocTypeID=HB&LegId=80886&SessionID=85&GA=98

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing Illinois bill (HB 5689) to ban sales of e-liquid that don't comply with 'special packaging' standards to be drafted by Health Department
http://blog.casaa.org/2014/04/call-to-action-illinois-bill-would-ban.html

NY Senator Kemp Hannon introduces legislation (S 6939) to ban sales of the most effective smoking cessation aid ever (e-liquid) after news media hypes hysterical claims
http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S6939-2013
http://www.longislandexchange.com/press-releases/hannon-introduces-legislation-to-ban-e-liquids-in-new-york-state/
http://www.bkmag.com/2014/04/07/theres-now-a-new-york-ban-proposed-for-those-e-cigarette-liquids/

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing NY bill (S 6939) to ban sale of e-liquid
http://blog.casaa.org/2014/04/call-to-action-new-york-state-bill.html

NY Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal introduces bill (A 9309) to ban the sale of the most effective smoking cessation aid ever (e-liquid) to adult smokers
http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/A9309-2013

Connecticut bill (H 5268) to mandate warning labels covering 60% of e-cig packaging dies in committee
http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=5286&which_year=2014&SUBMIT1.x=8&SUBMIT1.y=10&SUBMIT1=Normal

Fremont (CA) considers protecting cigarette markets and threatening lives of vapers by banning sales and use of far less hazardous e-cigs, seeks public input
http://fremont.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/electronic-cigarette-lounges-vapor-bars-retailers-in-fremont-city-wants-publics-opinion
http://www.fremont.gov/index.aspx?NID=1623&pd_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.peakdemocracy.com%2Fportals%2F118%2F1771

E-cig Sales Bans to Minors West Virginia Governor Tomblin signs bill (HB 4237) to ban 'vapor product' sales to minors
http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Text_HTML/2014_SESSIONS/RS/Bills/HB4237%20SUB.htm

Virginia Governor McAuliffe signs bill (H 218) to ban 'vapor product' and 'alternative nicotine product' sales to minors
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=141&typ=bil&val=HB218&submit=GO

South Dakota Governor Daugaard signs bill (SB 181) to ban sales of 'vapor products' to minors
http://legis.sd.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Session=2014&Bill=SB181

Nebraska Governor Heineman signs bill (L 863) to ban sale of 'vapor products' and 'alternative nicotine products' to minors
http://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=21697

Kentucky Senate passes bill (SB 109) banning sales of 'vapor products' and 'alternative nicotine products' to minors, sent to governor
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/14RS/SB109.htm

CO House/Senate approve bill (S 18) to extend tobacco and e-cig sales ban to minors to 'nicotine products', sent to governor
http://www.leg.state.co.us/Clics/CLICS2014A/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/4EE051D148A9A22387257C300006AE57?Open&file=018_ren.pdf

Missouri Senate Cmte substitutes and recommends passage of bill (SB 841) to ban the sale of 'vapor products' and 'alternative nicotine products' to minors
http://www.senate.mo.gov/14info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=29624824
http://www.senate.mo.gov/14info/pdf-bill/comm/SB841.pdf

Same Big Pharma funded groups that urged FDA to ban e-cigs in 2009 now oppose Florida bill (HB 169) to ban e-cig sales to minors (because it preempts local governments from banning e-cig sales to adults)
http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/07/4045386/anti-smoking-groups-work-to-kill.html#storylink=cpy
http://politics.heraldtribune.com/2014/04/07/opponents-protest-e-cig-measure/
http://miami.cbslocal.com/2014/04/07/health-groups-seek-to-snuff-out-e-cigarette-bill/

Connecticut Joint Committee on Judiciary approves bill (S 24) to ban sale of 'electronic nicotine delivery systems' to minors
http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=SB24&which_year=2014&SUBMIT1.x=0&SUBMIT1.y=0&SUBMIT1=Normal
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/TOB/S/2014SB-00024-R02-SB.htm

E-cig Retailer Restriction

Illinois House approves bill (HB 5868) to require all e-cig products to be located behind retailer counter, in locked case, or in store that doesn't permit minors access
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=5868&GAID=12&GA=98&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=81173&SessionID=85
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=&SessionId=85&GA=98&DocTypeId=HB&DocNum=5868&GAID=12&LegID=81173&SpecSess=&Session
http://fox2now.com/2014/04/02/electronic-cigarette-bill-advances-to-illinois-state-senate/

Minimum Age

New York Assembly Health Cmte amends bill (A 6393) to increase minimum age for tobacco sales from 18 to 19
http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A06393&term=&Summary=Y&Text=Y

Vaping Bans

Hawaii House approves bill (SB 2495) to ban vaping everywhere smoking is banned by falsely redefining 'smoking' to include the use of smokefree e-cigs, referred to Senate
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2495&year=2014
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2495_HD1_.htm

Group hopes to overturn e-cigarette ban (NYC)
http://www.nyunews.com/2014/03/31/smoker/

New York Assembly Health Cmte approves bill (A 8178) to ban vaping everywhere smoking is banned, reffered to Codes Committee
http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/A8178-2013

CASAA issues alert opposing NY bills (A 8178 and S 6562) to ban vaping in workplaces
http://blog.casaa.org/2014/04/call-to-action-new-york-state-bill_6.html

Alaska Senate Health Cmte considers bill (SB 209) to ban vaping in all workplaces
http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill.asp?session=28&bill=SB209

Alaska House Health Cmte considers bill (HB 360) to ban vaping in all workplaces
http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill.asp?session=28&bill=HB360

CASAA updates Call to Action opposing Alaska bills to ban vaping
http://blog.casaa.org/2014/03/call-to-action-alaska-hb-360-would.html

NJ bill (SB 1894) would ban outdoor vaping and smoking at all public and private universities
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillView.asp

Philly Mayor Nutter signs vaping ban bill that falsely defines smokefree e-cigs as 'smoking' devices.
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20140410_Mayor_Nutter_signs_law_that_bans__quot_vaping_quot__just_about_everywhere_in_Phila_.html
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/health/Philly-E-Cig-Ban-Public-Nutter.html

Socorro (TX) falsely redefines 'smoking' to include smokefree e-cigs to ban their use
http://www.elpasotimes.com/living/ci_25508723/e-cigarettes-are-smokings-newest-thing-potential-dangers

Georgetown (TX) City Council bans vaping in public places
http://kxan.com/2014/04/08/georgetown-city-council-bans-e-cigarettes-in-public-places/

Coconino Health Dept (AZ) makes false claims about e-cigs to lobby to ban usage
http://azdailysun.com/news/local/coconino-county-added-electronic-cigarettes-to-existing-smoking-ban/article_9ca88c06-bd5d-11e3-8303-0019bb2963f4.html

Daly City (CA) considers banning vaping due to false and misleading claims
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/daly-city-considers-regulations-on-electronic-cigarettes/Content?oid=2751139

E-cig users seek exemption from Hancock County (IN) smoking ban after Board of Health inaccurately says that 'smoking' includes the use of smokefree e-cigs
http://www.wthr.com/story/25198479/2014/04/08/e-cigarette-users-seek-exemption-from-smoking-ban

Austin (MN) City Council imposes one year moratorium on vaping in workplaces due to false fear mongering claims
http://www.kaaltv.com/article/stories/S3391472.shtml
http://www.austindailyherald.com/2014/04/with-city-approval-ban-on-e-cigarettes-in-public-places-could-start-next-week/

San Clemente (CA) City Council rejects proposal to ban e-cig use at parks and beaches
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/cigs-608009-city-smoking.html

Libertarian Girl: Regulators can't ban e-cigs fast enough
http://www.ronpaulchannel.com/video/regulators-cant-ban-e-cigarettes-fast-enough?utm_source=RPFBG&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=DailyUpdate

Smoking Bans

Hawaii House approves bill (SB 651) to ban smoking in all public housing projects
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=651&year=2014

Pennsylvania bill (HB 2149) would ban smoking at all licensed drinking establishments
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2013&sInd=0&body=H&type=B&bn=2149

Pennsylvania bill (HB 2153) would ban smoking on gaming floors of licensed casinos
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2013&sInd=0&body=H&type=B&bn=2153

More propaganda against e-cigs

Mike Seigel: Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights disseminating misleading and potentially defamatory statements about electronic cigarette groups
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/04/americans-for-nonsmokers-rights.html

Mike Siegel: Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights spreading false information about health effects of electronic cigarettes
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/04/americans-for-nonsmokers-rights_8.html

E-cig researcher advises vapers to quit using nicotine despite conclusive scientific evidence that long term use of smokefree nicotine products pose negligible if any harm
http://www.buffalonews.com/life-arts/refresh/assessing-health-effects-of-e-cigarettes-20140329

Loyola's Dr. Philip McAndrew repeats false and misleading claims demonizing e-cigs
http://www.mainstreet.com/article/family/family-health/are-e-cigs-not-bad-your-health

Florida cardiologist falsely claims 'nicotine, as you know, is the chief offending agent in any tobacco product', and that e-cigs 'pose a threat to your health.'
http://hernandotoday.com/he/life/health/dreaming-of-a-smoke-free-society-20140330/

Canada

E-cig retailers stand up to Health Canada
http://www.ottawasun.com/2014/04/06/e-cig-retailers-stand-up-to-health-canada

ACSH: Canadian Minister of Health (non)-responds to ACSH's call for more vaping up North
http://acsh.org/2014/04/canadian-minister-health-non-responds-acshs-call-vaping-north/

Toronto Board of Health to tackle e-cigarette issue
http://www.torontosun.com/2014/04/05/toronto-board-of-health-to-tackle-e-cigarette-issue

UK

The rise of the e-cigarette
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/technology-topics/10741828/The-rise-of-the-e-cigarette.html

Vaping not aping
http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/opinion/the-grocer-blog-daily-bread/vaping-not-aping/356131.blog

Christopher Snowdon: Banning e-cigarettes in '˜public' places
http://velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.com/2014/04/banning-e-cigarettes-in-public-places.html

Craziness of the e-cigarette health police: 'Nanny state' Welsh Assembly considers ban in public spaces
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2595670/Craziness-e-cigarette-health-police-Nanny-state-Welsh-Assembly-considers-ban-public-spaces.html

Nanny Welsh government set to ban e-cigarette indoors "because they normalize smoking" (even though e-cigs denormalize smoking)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2594926/Wales-moves-ban-people-smoking-e-cigarettes-indoors-Welsh-government-claim-normalise-smoking.html#ixzz2xpMk4dDa

The e-cigarettes phenomenon
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-26852649

The Great British Vape-off debate
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/10747395/The-Great-British-Vape-off-debate.html

First e-cigarette coffee shop opens in London
http://www.thedailymeal.com/first-e-cigarette-coffee-shop-opens-iin-london/4814

Christopher Snowdon: Plain packs edging closer
http://velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.com/2014/04/plain-packs-edging-closer.html


- Bill Godshall