Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - April 17th, 2014
Business, Science and Health, FDA, More Junk Science, Taxation, E-Cig Sales Bans, E-cig Sales Bans to Minors, Minimum Age, Tobacco Use Ban, Vaping Bans, Taxpayer Funded Propaganda, International, UK, Australia.
Are e-cigarettes losing ground in the vapor market?
(includes Bonnie Herzog's most recent estimates of US e-cig market segments)
Tobacco set to suffer as e-cigarette revolution takes hold
Is this tiny gadget the future of smoking? (Ploom)
Darth Vapor: e-cigarettes gaining speed
Susan Cameron elected President and CEO of Reynolds American
White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes voted best small business in Tampa Bay Times survey
E-cigarette store Vape Daddy's opens in Newton (MA)
Brad Rodu: UCSF redefines youth smoking; journal's peer review fails
Gerry Stimson: Public health leadership and electronic cigarette users
Study finds nicotine safe, helps in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's
NIC FIT: Puffing through the great 'vape' debate over electronic cigarettes
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
Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) conference on April 23/34 in DC, Bill Godshall to present 'An Update on Tobacco Deeming Regulation' (April 23 from 4-5PM)
Durbin/Waxman step up lobbying for FDA deeming reg (that would ban all e-cigs) by falsely accusing e-cig companies of target marketing to youth and falsely claiming e-cigs are addicting youth (as 99% of e-cigs have been consumed by adult smokers and vapers who switched, the vast majority of teen e-cig experimenters have been smokers, and there's no evidence e-cigs have created daily dependence in any nonsmoker)
Irresponsible news media repeat and sensationalize false accusations by prohibitionists Durbin/Waxman about e-cigs and youth without doing fact checking
SFATA responds to Durbin report on e-cigarettes
ACSH: Politicians pile on e-cigarettes again, to 'protect our children.' Baloney!
Mitch Zeller blogs about meeting cancer researchers, falsely claims FDA regulatory policies are based upon scientific evidence and reducing disease and death (as FDA's 2009 e-cig ban and FDA's policy to impose deeming reg/ban weren't based on evidence, but rather by aggressive lobbying by Big Pharma front groups and e-cig prohibitionists).
Instead of working to reduce cigarette smoking, FDA steps up lobbying for deeming regulation (that would protect cigarettes by banning far less hazardous e-cigs) with entire supplement of prohibitionist Tobacco Control that demonizes e-cigs, denies existence of health benefits for smokers who switched to vaping, grossly exaggerates negligible, theoretical and nonexistent e-cig risks.
Carl Phillips: FDA reveals its views on ecigs in publication
Washington Post editorial: E-cigarettes have risks but they also offer public health benefits (endorses FDA deeming regulation, that would ban all e-cigs)
FDA TPSAC meets April 16-18 to consider requiring even more unwarranted and expensive studies for MRTP and other tobacco product applicants
NCI funds Connolly and Albert to write historical revisionism of FSPTCA's 'light' and 'mild' cigarette brand descriptor ban to criticize companies for complying with the law
Mike Siegel: Researchers attack tobacco companies for complying with the law
Scientific American article on e-cigs misrepresents scientific evidence to confuse and scare
Psychiatric News article touts false claims by UCSF junk scientist and UM psychiatrist that e-cigs are addicting children and are gateways to cigarettes
NY Times publishes another article misrepresenting scientific evidence on e-cigs to scare readers and lobby for FDA reg/ban
Should e-cigarettes be taxed?
Gil Ross: NJ tax on e-cigs will keep smokers smoking
NJ Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd falsely claims e-cigs are addicting nonsmoking youth, and that imposing a huge tax on e-cigs will reduce cigarette smoking www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/04/14/legislators-question-benefits-of-raising-e-cigarette-tax/
NJ Breathes says it opposes Gov. Christie's e-cig tax proposal unless OTP tax is also sharply increased, and revenue is spent on more anti-tobacco/nicotine/e-cig propaganda.
CASAA Call to Action opposing NJ Gov. Christie's proposal to tax far less hazardous e-cigs same rate as lethal cigarettes
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
CASAA Call to Action opposing Ohio Gov. Kasich's proposal to tax e-cigs
CASAA Call to Action opposing NY bills (A 8598 and S 6610) to tax e-cigs
Brad Rodu: Swedish Tax Proposal Threatens Successful Tobacco Harm Reduction
(proposal would make can of snus more expensive than pack of lethal cigarettes)
Illinois lawmakers seek to ban sale of most e-cig products to adults at brick and mortar stores by mandating packaging requirements to purportedly 'protect the children' by grossly exaggerating extremely low safety risks to confuse and scare.
CASAA 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
Mike Siegel: New York State Senator wants to ban most electronic cigarettes, while keeping the toxic real ones
Kentucky Governor Beshear signs bill (SB 109) banning sales of 'vapor products' and 'alternative nicotine products' to minors
Colorado Governor Hickenlooper signs bill (SB 18) to also ban 'nicotine product' sales to minors (as CO already banned e-cig sales to minors)
Oklahoma House amends/approves, than Senate approves bill (SB 1602) to ban sale of 'vapor products' to minors
Missouri House approves bill (HB 1690) to ban the sale of 'vapor products' and 'alternative nicotine products' to minors
Missouri Senate substitutes and approves bill (SB 841) to ban the sale of 'vapor products' and 'alternative nicotine products' to minors
Louisiana House Judiciary Cmte amends/approves bill (HB 208) to ban the sale of 'vapor products' and 'alternative nicotine products' to minors
Louisiana bill (HB 1264) to ban the sale of 'vapor products' and 'alternative nicotine products' to minors introduced as substitute for HB 208
Delaware House approves bill (HB 241) to ban the sale of 'tobacco substitutes' to minors
E-cig/OTP prohibitionists oppose Florida bill (HB 169) to ban e-cig sales to minors because it preempts local governments from banning e-cig and tobacco sales to adults
States don't wait for feds on e-cigarette restrictions (but article fails to mention that ALL 6 state e-cig laws enacted in 2014 (OH, SD, VA, WV, NE, KY) banned sales to minors).
Suffolk County (NY) increases minimum legal age for tobacco (and e-cig) sales to 21
SMMC says tobacco ban shameful idea
Smokers rights group challenges NYC e-cigarette ban
Hawaii Senate refuses to concur on House approved bill (SB 2495) to ban vaping in workplaces, Senate conference committee reps appointed
Alaska Senate Health and Finance Cmtes recommend bill (SB 209) to ban vaping and smoking in all workplaces
CASAA Call to Action opposing Alaska bills (HB 360 and SB 209) to ban vaping
CASAA Call to Action opposing NY bills (A 8178 and S 6562) to ban vaping in workplaces
Two Minnesota legislators repeat false and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigs to scare public and to lobby for their proposed vaping ban, which would protect cigarette markets and threaten the lives of vapers, smokers and secondhand smokers
E-cigs the battle happening on tobacco's next front
At NATO show, large tobacco and e-cig company reps tell retailers to defend e-cigs from local bans (while doing little or nothing themselves), endorse federal e-cig regs (even though FDA deeming reg would ban all e-cigs), in hopes of obtaining FDA approval to market their e-cig brand and banning sales of competitive products/brands.
Mike Siegel: ANR apparently decides to keep defamatory statements on its web site
The New Yorker Video: Thank you for vaping (watch Freiden, Farley & Feinberg protect cigarettes and threaten lives of smokers and vapers by making false fear-mongering claims about e-cigs)
Hancock County (IN) Board of Health refuses to correct its deceitful ruling that using a smokefree e-cig violates ordinance that bans smoking, board members acknowledge their ignorance of e-cigs, combustion and the definition of smoking.
Scotts Valley (CA) City Council considers vaping ban based on fear mongering lies by prohibitionists
Bedford (TX) wisely bans e-cig sales to minors, but absurdly bans vaping due to lies
DeSoto County (MS) administrator wants e-cig use banned in all county buildings until FDA rules 'that e-cigarettes are safe', which is a scientific impossibility and would conflict with the FSPTCA.
Kansas City (MO) Health Depts' Rex Archer falsely claims e-cigs are 'lethal', repeats false claims by CDC Director Tom Frieden about e-cig safety to lobby for banning e-cig use on buses.
Prohibitionist DJ Wilson repeats false claims about e-cigs to BU News Service to confuse, scare and lobby for local vaping bans in MA, which protect cigarettes
Philly Mayor Nutter and Health Commissioner Schwarz lobby for FDA e-cig reg/ban at signing of city's counterproductive vaping ban
Orland (CA) City Council considers banning vaping in workplaces and many outdoor locations based on junk science and lies, Councilman Dennis Hoffman indicated its not about public health by saying "It's similarly disgusting" as cigarette smoking.
Reno County (KS) bans e-cig use in county buildings claiming they could be used for illegal drugs, but vast majority of e-cig products cannot be used for illegal drugs.
Berkeley County (WV) Board of Health proposes banning vaping and smoking by falsely redefining smoking to include use of smokefree e-cigs, comments considered till April 19
"'Smoking' also includes the use of a hookah or an E-cigarette device which creates a vapor, in any manner or in any form, or the use of any other oral smoking device for the purpose of circumventing the prohibition of smoking in this regulation.'
Desoto County (MS) Supervisors don't know difference between smoking and vaping, ask State AG to clarify.
San Diego (CA) County receives $1.3M grant to protect cigarettes by demonizing e-cigs
World Health Organization calls for tough e-cigarette regulation (that would protect cigarette markets)
Clive Bates: E-cigarette advertising code consultation
Electronic Cigarettes in England, latest trends
Ecigarettes full of puff as user numbers triple to 1.2m
E-cigarettes: No smoke without fear
Imperial Tobacco to close last cigarette factory in UK
Western Australian judge threatens lives of vapers and smokers, protects cigarettes by ruling e-cig sales are banned because products 'resemble' tobacco products (even though tobacco sales aren't banned)
- Bill Godshall