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Bill Godshall Update 2014-04-22

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - April 22nd, 2014



Contents:
Science and Health, FDA, Taxation, Insurance Discrimination, E-cig Sales Bans to Minors, Vaping Bans, Outdoor Smoking Bans, Business, Canada.

 

Science and Health

International survey of more than 19,000 e-cig vapers
http://www.ecigarette-research.com/web/index.php/research/2014/161-survey-ecig
http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/11/4/4356
Findings include:
- 81% completely quitting smoking by switching to vaping,
- 5.8% reported 'occasional smoking',
- 13% reported 'daily smoking', with cigarette consumption declining from a median of 20/day at onset of vaping to just 4/day at time of survey,
- participants vaped for a median of 10 months, with 97.1% reporting daily vaping,
- participants reduced levels of nicotine consumed by 33% from a median of 18mg/ml at onset of vaping to a median of 12 mg/ml at time of survey,
- 21.5% used vapor products containing more than 20mg/ml nicotine,
- 3.5% used vapor products containing NO nicotine,
- vast majority used second (eGo-type) and newer generation (Mods) vaporizers,
- just 3.7% used 'cigalike' e-cig products,
- 99.5% were cigarette smokers when at onset of vaping,
- none of the 0.5% who were nonsmokers at onset of vaping became a smoker afterward, and most of them used NO nicotine vapor products, and
- participants average age was 39, with 74.7% from Europe and 20.7% from America.

Philip Morris International reports 4.4% decline in cigarette volume for 1Q14
http://investors.pmi.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=146476&p=irol-news&nyo=0
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/External.File?item=UGFyZW50SUQ9MjI5NjU2fENoaWxkSUQ9LTF8VHlwZT0z&t=1

Study finds people with psychiatric diagnosis are 3.23 times more likely to smoke cigarettes, 25% less likely to quit smoking than those without diagnosis.
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2014/04/17/tobaccocontrol-2013-051466.short?g=w_tobaccocontrol_ahead_tab


Study finds smoking caused 53% of deaths among schizophrenics, 50% of deaths among depressed, 48% of deaths among bipolars in California
http://www.clinicalpsychiatrynews.com/index.php?id=2407&cHash=071010&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=248361

Whoopi vape pen love story column
http://www.thecannabist.co/2014/04/17/whoopi-vape-pen-love-story-column/9571/

Marijuana prohibitionists and NPR demonize tobacco and marijuana harm reduction, fail to acknowledge that vast majority of e-cig products cannot vaporize THC or pot, fail to reveal that vaping is far less hazardous than smoking either product.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/04/18/302992602/pot-smoke-and-mirrors-vaporizer-pens-hide-marijuana-use

Mens Fitness article correct on e-cig health benefits of smokers, but also repeats false and misleading fear mongering claims by Glantz and other e-cig prohibitionists
http://www.mensfitness.com/life/e-cigarettes-chance-kick-habit-or-health-crises-making

FDA

Jacob Sullum: E-cigarette Restrictions '˜For The Children'™ Could be Deadly For Adults
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobsullum/2014/04/17/e-cigarette-restrictions-for-the-children-could-be-deadly-for-adults/
http://reason.com/archives/2014/04/21/save-e-cigarettes-from-the-children

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)
http://www.fdli.org/conferences/conference-pages/2014-annual-conference/agenda

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/526134-action-alert-urge-congress-prevent-fda-banning-e-cigarettes-again-stop-fda-giving-e-cig-industry-big-tobacco.html

FDA's Mitch Zeller falsely claims e-cigs 'would have a net negative impact on public health' if/when vapers sharply reduce their cigarette consumption (but don't completely quit smoking) to lobby for FDA deeming reg/ban
http://www.oncologypractice.com/index.php?id=6031&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=247929&cHash=cec478c89be5ecd480b434ac45dff885

FDA Establishes Four Performance Measures to expedite tobacco application/review process after agency failed to act on vast majority of applications submitted since 2011.
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/NewsEvents/ucm393894.htm?

TVECA says it has copy of FDA deeming regulation, but retracts claim it would post them on TVECA website today.
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/legislation-news/553847-fda-says-tveca-claims-has-copy-fdas-e-cig-regulatory-proposal.html

Mike Siegel: Anti smoking groups and policy makers attack Big Pharma for targeting kids with flavored nicotine replacement products (parody)
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/04/anti-smoking-groups-and-policy-makers.html

USA Today runs yet another editorial advocating FDA deeming regs for e-cigs, repeats false claims about products, fails to admit deeming regulation would ban all e-cigs
http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/04/17/e-cigarette-vaping-fda-regulation-editorials-debates/7847669/

Reuters article says 50 complaints about e-cigs sent to FDA in 2013 (when more than a hundred million e-cig products were sold/consumed) on agency website set up in 2009 to solicit complaints, Logic'™s Miguel Martin blames competitors and endorses FDA deeming regulation (even though it would ban all e-cigs)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/17/us-usa-health-ecigarettes-idUSBREA3G06N20140417
http://www.techtimes.com/articles/5717/20140417/e-cigarettes-dangerous-or-not-even-the-fda-isnt-sure.htm

AP reporter Michael Felberbaum keeps promoting FDA e-cig regulation by repeating false and misleading claims by e-cig opponents 'There's not much scientific evidence showing e-cigarettes help smokers quit or smoke less, and it's unclear how safe they are.'
http://news.msn.com/us/e-cig-industry-awaits-looming-federal-regulation

Left wing Mother Jones demonizes e-cigs, lobbies for FDA deeming reg by searching for and highlighting all past news reports of e-cig battery fires despite occurrence in fewer than 1 in 10 million e-cigs sold.
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/e-cigarettes-explode-fda-timeline?

NBC Good Morning America sensationalizes fear mongering lies about e-liquid without doing any fact checking to confuse and scare public, lobby for FDA reg/ban.
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/gma-investigates-liquid-nicotine-23376032?

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney repeats false claims and moralizes against e-cigs, advocates laws and regs to destroy e-cig industry (to purportedly protect children)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dont-let-big-tobacco-hook-a-new-generation-on-nicotine-with-alluring-ads-for-e-cigarettes/2014/04/16/1acd08b2-c5a3-11e3-bf7a-be01a9b69cf1_story.html

BBC article cites fear mongering claims about e-cigs by those lobbying for FDA regs
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-27082910

NATO show panel discusses FDA's e-cig deeming rulemaking process
http://www.cspnet.com/category-management-news-data/tobacco-news-data/articles/under-pressure-manufacturers-weigh-e-cig

NATO's Tom Briant on state/local legislation and FDA e-cig regulation
http://www.cspnet.com/category-management-news-data/tobacco-news-data/articles/e-vaping-taxation

NJOY's Craig Weiss advocates FDA ban on flavored e-cigs not sold by NJOY, promotes 'balanced regulation' of e-cigs (i.e. regs that keep NJOY e-cigs legal)
http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/04/17/e-cigarette-njoy-smoking-editorials-debates/7847587/

Report says Big Tobacco just waiting to inhale emerging e-cigarette market (but fails to mention that FDA regs would give e-cig industry to large cigarette companies)
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/16/with-pot-and-e-cigarettes-big-tobacco-is-just-wait/#ixzz2z9LSjiuU

Taxation

Poll: Should New Jersey tax e-cigarettes the same as regular smokes? (95% say NO)
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/04/17/poll-should-new-jersey-tax-electronic-cigarettes-like-regular-smokes/

Push in NJ to tax electronic cigarette not met with open arms
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/04/18/push-in-nj-to-tax-electronic-cigarettes-not-met-with-open-arms/

Tulsa World advocates protecting cigarettes by taxing lifesaving e-cigs at same rate (OK)
http://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-ban-vaping-sales-to-children-equalize-taxes-and-regulations/article_8646bdb4-b76f-5822-90ae-f688229972cb.html

Insurance Discrimination

Canadian life insurers discriminate against vapers, charge policy holders same premiums as smokers even though smokefree alternatives are far less hazardous than cigarettes
http://ww2.nationalpost.com/m/wp/blog.html?b=news.nationalpost.com/2014/04/21/tobacco-free-e-cigarettes-are-a-healthier-choice-for-smokers-right-no-life-insurance-companies-say

E-cig sales bans to minors

Missouri to bar teenagers from buying e-cigarettes despite opposition from Big Pharma funded American Cancer Society, which has been lobbying FDA to ban e-cig sales to adults since 2009
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Missouri-to-bar-teenagers-from-buying-e-cigarettes-5410294.php

Connecticut Senate amends bill (S 24) to ban 'vapor product' sales to minors, referred to Joint Committee on Appropriations
http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=24&which_year=2014&SUBMIT1.x=11&SUBMIT1.y=10&SUBMIT1=Normal
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/TOB/S/2014SB-00024-R02-SB.htm
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/amd/S/2014SB-00024-R00SA-AMD.htm

Vaping bans

E-cig use increasingly being banned (due to fear mongering lies by prohibitionists), but still legal in vast majority of workplaces, public places, states and municipalities
http://guardianlv.com/2014/04/electronic-cigarette-increasingly-being-banned/

Los Angeles vaping ban takes effect
http://www.10news.com/news/los-angeles-e-cig-ban-takes-effect

Vaping lounges offer refuge from LA'™s new e-cigarette ban
http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/04/19/43626/vaping-lounges-e-cigarettes-los-angeles-ban/

Glen Cove (NY) mayor wants to ban vaping
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/long-island-now-1.1732330/call-to-amend-law-to-include-e-cigarettes-1.7776075

Outdoor smoking bans

NYC parks smoking ban barely enforced
http://gothamist.com/2014/04/21/nyc_parks_smoking_ban_oddlybarely_e.php

Business

Tobacco giants muscle in on e-cigarette market
http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/21/tobacco-giants-muscle-in-on-e-cigarette-market/

Big Tobacco ready to light e-cigarettes
http://www.reuters.com/video/2014/04/21/big-tobacco-ready-to-light-e-cigarettes?videoId=312661025&videoChannel=5

7-Eleven sues shopping center for allowing vape shop to open, claims e-cigs violate noncompete clause that prohibits other tenants from selling 'cigarette and tobacco'
http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/smokin-war-las-vegas-are-e-cigarettes-tobacco-product-or-not

Canada

Vaping: The battle for acceptance is rising
http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2014/04/20/vaping_the_battle_for_acceptance_is_rising.html

'Vaping' loyalists battle for e-cigarette acceptance
http://www.guelphmercury.com/news-story/4474598--vaping-loyalists-battle-for-e-cigarette-acceptance/


- Bill Godshall