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Bill Godshall Update 2014-07-31

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - July 31st, 2014


Contents
THR Research and Public Health, THR Business, FDA, Taxation, Vaping Bans, Tobacco Use Bans, Smoking Bans / Prohibition, Age Restrictions, Employment Discrimination, Flavorings, Fearmongering Propaganda.

 

THR Research and Public Health

Scientific review of e-cigs by Hajek, Etter, Benowitz, Eissenberg, McRobbie concludes: "Regulating EC as strictly as cigarettes, or even more strictly as some regulators propose, is not warranted on current evidence. Health professionals may consider advising smokers unable or unwilling to quit through other routes to switch to EC as a safer alternative to smoking and a possible pathway to complete cessation of nicotine use."
Electronic cigarettes: review of use, content, safety, effects on smokers and potential for harm and benefit
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.12659/abstract

E-cig benefits outweigh their harms, new research says
http://time.com/3060370/e-cig-benefits-are-greater-than-their-harms-new-research-says/

Healthcare professionals may recommend smokers use e-cigs instead of cigarettes
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2711407/E-cigarettes-harmful-ordinary-cigarettes-Healthcare-professionals-recommend-smokers-use-instead-cigarettes.html

E-cigarettes 'less harmful' than cigarettes (but prohibitionist McKee denies evidence)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28554456

Benefits of E-cigarettes outweigh harms, study finds (but Big Pharma shill Norm Edelman keeps demonizing them, fails to disclose ALA's financial conflicts of interest)
http://www.philly.com/philly/health/HealthDay690268_20140731_Benefits_of_E-Cigarettes_May_Outweigh_Harms__Study_Finds.html

Gregory Conley: E-cigarettes benefit by helping smokers quit
http://thegazette.com/subject/opinion/guest-columnists/e-cigarettes-benefit-by-helping-smokers-quit-20140725

Birmingham (UK) Director of Public Health's Dr. Adrian Phillips: Is it time to e-ase up on 'vaping'?
http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2014/07/is-it-time-to-e-ase-up-on-vaping/

DPA's Tony Newman - Tell young people the truth: e-cigarettes and vaping flavors help people quit smoking
http://www.insightnews.com/health/12431-city-may-restrict-flavored-tobacco-products

ConscienHealth: Pragmatic Revolutionaries Needed in Public Health
http://conscienhealth.org/2014/07/pragmatic-revolutionaries-needed-in-public-health/
Hank Cardello: "But the knee-jerk urge to demonize business, an all-or-nothing attitude toward how to address a problem, and the public-image, legal and regulatory warfare that inevitably follows accomplish nothing. We should all be fed up with that."

David Leyonhjelm: E-cigarettes at mercy of bureaucrats who ban by default (Australia)
http://www.afr.com/p/opinion/cigarettes_at_mercy_of_bureaucrats_eEi8fov0QbFpWgjd136uWJ

Guardian (UK) article cites sharp drop in teen smoking as more smokers switch to vaping
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jul/26/vaping-answer-to-smoking-or-hazard

David Ponce: The case for electronic cigarettes
http://www.ohgizmo.com/2014/07/26/case-electronic-cigarettes/

CDC NATS finds daily cigar smoking by just 3.3% of premium cigar smokers, 13.3% of cigarillo smokers, and 36% of little filtered cigar smokers, confirming that cigars are far less addictive and harmful than cigarettes (in contrast to recent claims by CDC and FDA)
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6330a2.htm?s_cid=mm6330a2_e

NY Times editors wisely advocate repealing marijuana ban for harm reduction, while hypocritically urging FDA to impose regulation to ban >99% of e-cig products, give e-cig industry to Big Tobacco, protect cigarettes and threaten lives of vapers and smokers
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/27/opinion/sunday/high-time-marijuana-legalization.html

THR Business

Reynolds American reports 5.5% decline in US cigarette industry shipments in 2Q14, 8.3% cigarette shipment decline for RJ Reynolds, 0.5% decline for American Snuff volume, and that its Vuse e-cigarette is now sold at 21,000 retail stores
http://www.reynoldsamerican.com/releases.cfm?ReleasesType=&Year=
http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/RAI/3345943209x0x771706/d581ea54-beb1-4997-ab94-d68abbd49348/2014-17_RAI_increases_2Q14_profitability.pdf

Lorillard reports 3.4% cigarette volume decline in 2Q14, $88 million in sales of blu eCigs in first half of 2014 (down from $114 million in first half of 2013), $7 million in sales of blu eCigs in UK in first half of 2014.
http://www.lorillard.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/LO_Q2-2014-Earnings-Release_FINAL.pdf

British American Tobacco reports 8.7% cigarette volume decline in Western Europe in first six months of 2014, 1.5% decline in the Americas, 4% increase in Asia-Pacific, 0.9% increase in Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, and a .4% overall decline.
http://www.bat.com/group/sites/UK__9D9KCY.nsf/vwPagesWebLive/DO72TJQU?opendocument&SKN=1
http://www.bat.com/group/sites/uk__9d9kcy.nsf/vwPagesWebLive/DO72TJQU/$FILE/medMD9MGMTB.pdf?openelement

Japan Tobacco reports 5.8% cigarette volume decline in 2Q14
http://www.jti.com/media/news-releases/jtis-results-quarter-ended-june-30-2014/
http://www.jti.com/files/3414/0670/1044/JTI__Business_results_second_quarter_2014.pdf

Philip Morris International reveals relying upon FDA, MHRA and other regulations to turn PMI's $2 Billion investment in new THR products (including hiring "300 world-class scientists and engineers") into profits (by eliminating >99% of e-cig companies that cannot afford to comply with the unwarranted regulatory burdens that PMI, Altria, Big Pharma front groups, anti tobacco extremists and their left wing political allies have been lobbying FDA, MHRA and other government agencies to impose). http://investors.pmi.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=146476&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1942860&highlight=
http://www.media-server.com/m/s/get6yg4o/lan/en
https://www.media-server.com/m/instances/8hjnb6wm/items/29n825fv/assets/75ngrwuk/0/file.pdf
"Regulation is the second pillar supporting our RRPs business model."
"PMI has been seeking RRPs regulation because we see several benefits to rigorous regulatory standards for this new product category. Regulation provides assurance to regulators that RRPs claims are supported by rigorous scientific substantiation. Regulation gives consumers confidence that product information is reliable, and regulation establishes clarity in the marketplace for the industry."

CEO's of BAT and PMI criticize e-cigs as cigarette sales continue to fall
http://blogs.wsj.com/corporate-intelligence/2014/07/30/e-cigs-are-the-future-not-so-fast-says-bats-boss/
https://www.media-server.com/m/instances/8hjnb6wm/items/29n825fv/assets/75ngrwuk/0/file.pdf

Blu eCigs launches new pro kit and e-liquid (UK)
http://www.talkingretail.com/products-news/non-food/blu-ecigs-launches-new-pro-kit-e-liquid/

E-cigarettes face risk and opportunity
http://www.newsday.com/business/e-cigarette-stores-face-extremes-of-risk-opportunity-1.8886968

Snuffing out traditional cigarettes (TX)
http://www.galvestondailynews.com/business/article_29803938-185f-11e4-b5c4-0017a43b2370.html

FDA

AVA's Gregory Conley: FDA should not regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products
http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/07/30/fda-should-not-classify-e-cigarettes-as-tobacco-products?

ECF's Oliver Kershaw: The final countdown to August 8 - your FDA comments needed
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/general-e-smoking-discussion/587804-final-countdown-august-8th-your-fda-comments-needed.html
http://vaping.com/campaigning/fda-comments-your-action-needed-by-8th-august

SFATA offers guidance for submitting comments to FDA's proposed deeming regulation
http://sfata.org/fdaguidance/

SFATA Briefs Senate Members on Vapor Products
http://www.csnews.com/product-categories/tobacco/sfata-briefs-senate-members-vapor-products

ACSH's Gil Ross speaks at US Senate staff briefing on e-cigs
http://acsh.org/2014/07/friday-medical-wrap-july-25-2014/

FDA issues draft guidance "Substantial Equivalence Reports: Manufacturer Requests for Extensions or To Change the Predicate Tobacco Product" to reject many SE reports (and ban many products now on market), requests comments by September 15, 2014 (please note correction as June 23 THRU stated that document was only available by snail mail)
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-D-0800-0001
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-D-0800-0002
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/ucm198169.htm

Taxation

North Carolina bill (SB 763) allowing Reynolds to obtain relief from vapor tax (that Reynolds recently railroaded through the NC legislature) swiftly approved by NC Senate and NC House Finance Cmte, referred to House Rules Cmte
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&BillID=SB+763&submitButton=Go
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2013/Bills/Senate/PDF/S763v4.pdf (pg 2)

7/29/14 US Senate Finance Cmte hearing - Tobacco: Taxes Owed, Avoided and Evaded
http://www.finance.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=ba5bf7a7-5056-a032-52e6-3d9d27bdbdc3

US Senate Finance Cmte Chair Ron Wyden's comments on tobacco taxation
http://www.finance.senate.gov/newsroom/chairman/release/?id=366cd107-1aec-4d39-9899-1bf66d8cca93

US Senate Finance Cmte Ranking Member Orrin Hatch's comments on tobacco taxation http://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Hatch%20Statement1.pdf

TTB's John Manfreda testimony on tobacco taxation
http://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/1.%20Manfreda%20Testimony1.pdf

GAO's David Gootnick testimony on tobacco tax disparities
http://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/2.%20Gootnick%20Testimony.pdf

Rocky Patel's testimony on cigar tax disparities
http://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/4.%20Patel%20Testimony.pdf

Liggett's Ron Bernstein testimony on RYO and pipe tobacco tax disparities
http://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/3.%20Bernstein%20Testimony.pdf

Oregon Health Dept's Michael Tynan testimony on tobacco tax disparities
http://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/5.%20Tynan%20Testimony%20Corrected.pdf

Tax Foundation's Scott Drenkard testimony on state cigarette tax disparities
http://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/6.%20Drenkard%20Testimony.pdf

NACS statement to US Senate Finance Cmte on tobacco taxation
http://www.nacsonline.com/News/Daily/Documents/2014/ND0729142_TobaccoTaxesLettertoUSSenateFinance.pdf
http://www.nacsonline.com/News/Daily/Pages/ND0729142.aspx

NBC article on US Senate Finance Cmte hearing on tobacco taxation
http://www.cnbc.com/id/101873016

Vaping bans

Massachusetts Joint Health Care Financing Cmte recommends bill (HB 3726) to ban vaping in all workplaces (by falsely redefining smoking as including use of smokefree e-cigs), redefine e-cigs as tobacco products, ban e-cig sales to minors; referred to MA House Ways and Means Cmte
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/188/House/H3726
https://malegislature.gov/Committees/House/H34

CASAA issues updated Call To Action urging opposition to HB 3726 clauses that would redefine e-cigs as "tobacco", and that would redefine "smoking" as including e-cig use
http://blog.casaa.org/2013/09/call-to-action-massachusetts-e.html

Urgent: Stop Massachusetts from banning e-cig use!
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eOjmL2Uy7sDsfe-XcuggChhFjYhbkDPatmVEBexMmBg/edit?pli=1#heading=h.pye2nagdru4w

French Health Minister Marisol Touraine says agency will ban vaping in workplaces, claims e-cigs should be regulated like cigarettes even though they are smokefree
http://worldobserveronline.com/2014/07/24/france-ban-electronic-cigarettes-public-places-subject-tight-rules-tobacco/

San Diego (CA) City Council approves unwarranted and unenforceable vaping ban, restricts e-cig advertising, requires permit to market e-cigs
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jul/28/electronic-cigarettes-vaping-san-diego-regulations/
http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/8ff6017bbf46453bb477773534c5e8e7/CA--Electronic-Cigarettes-San-Diego
http://www.sandiego6.com/news/local/San-Diego-to-268875801.html

Denver Post editorial wisely opposes vaping bans, but endorses FDA proposed regulation that would protect cigarettes, ban >99% of e-cigs and give e-cig industy to Big Tobacco
http://www.denverpost.com/editorials/ci_26217998/public-bans-e-cigarettes-are-premature

Abilene (TX) City Council wisely bans e-cig sales to minors, rejects proposed vaping ban
http://www.ktxs.com/news/abilene1-city-council-member-speaks-out-on-ecigarette-verdict/27147540

La Mesa (CA) City Council approves ban vaping due to false fear mongering claims http://scoopsandiego.com/la_mesa_courier/local_news/city-moves-to-restrict-e-cigs-in-parks-restaurants/article_e69fba8c-143d-11e4-a636-0017a43b2370.html

Tupelo (MS) City Council tables vote on proposed vaping ban to obtain more info, input
http://djournal.com/news/tupelo-officials-wait-e-cigarette-vote/

Tobacco use bans

UMKC bans all tobacco (and e-cig) use on campus, but (like many other universities that adopted similarly unwarranted and unenforceable policies) has no plans to enforce (MO)
http://fox4kc.com/2014/07/25/umkc-implements-new-campus-wide-smoking-ban/

Another campus falls to anti smoking zealotry - even e-cigs are banned (Arizona)
http://reason.com/blog/2014/07/24/another-campus-falls-to-anti-smoking-zea

Smoking Bans / Prohibition

Gallup poll finds 56% of Americans said "Yes" to "Should smoking in all public places be made totally illegal, or not?" (up from 55% in 2013); 19% said "Yes" to "Should smoking in this country be made totally illegal, or not?" (down from 22% in 2013).
http://www.gallup.com/poll/174203/americans-favor-ban-smoking-public-not-total-ban.aspx

Age restrictions

Honolulu (HI) City Council bill would ban tobacco (and e-cig) sales to anyone under 21 on Oahu
http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/20140724_Tobacco_ecigarette_ban_for_those_under_21_proposed_for_Oahu.html?id=268553292

Employment discrimination

Pima County (AZ) administrator confuses nicotine with cigarettes, wants to ban County from hiring nicotine users, wants to impose 30% insurance surcharge on nicotine users
http://www.jrn.com/kgun9/news/No-jobs-for-smokers--269311221.html

Flavorings

Minneapolis (MN) City Council members tells teen tobacco prohibitionists he'll introduce an ordinance to restrict or ban flavored tobacco products
http://www.insightnews.com/health/12431-city-may-restrict-flavored-tobacco-products

Fear-Mongering Propaganda

CDC's Brian King misrepresents CDC survey findings, scientific and empirical evidence on e-cigs to confuse, scare and lobby for FDA deeming regulation; CASAA's Julie Woesner tells truth about e-cigs and FDA's proposed deeming regulation (MO).
http://www.columbiatribune.com/business/saturday_business/as-e-cigarettes-gain-popularity-lawmakers-health-groups-debate-regulations/article_5137dc95-ddfc-5fac-8c4d-38169e706e5f.html

E-cig opponents post false and misleading fearmongering claims about e-cigs on wikipedia to misrepresent facts and evidence, deceive and scare readers
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/media-general-news/582530-im-battling-some-antz-cali-edits-wikipedia-page-e-cigs.html

US Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) falsely accuses e-cig companies of target marketing to youth (just as he did with dissolvables in 2009), falsely claims e-liquid is poisoning youth to push FDA regulation to ban >99% of e-cigs and give e-cig industry to Big Tobacco
http://wytv.com/2014/07/30/lawmaker-seeks-increased-e-cigarette-oversight/

Big Pharma funded AAP calls for even more unwarranted federal restrictions on e-cig marketing to adults (under the deceitful guise of protecting children), which would protect cigarette markets and threatens the lives of smokers and vapers.
http://aapnews.aappublications.org/content/35/8/1.2.full

Is your e-cigarette on drugs? (Article wrongly equates THC vaporizers with nicotine vaporizers, as they are distinctly different products that pose lower risks than smoking)
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/28/this-is-your-e-cigarette-on-drugs.html

Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency repeats false and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigs, urges smokers to use ineffective PHA cessation programs instead http://newrytimes.com/2014/07/25/pha-expresses-concerns-over-e-cigarettes/

Linn County (IA) Health Department officials (who lied about and tried to ban dissolvables several years ago) repeat many false and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigs and FDA's proposed regulation to protect cigarettes
http://thegazette.com/subject/opinion/guest-columnists/public-health-concerns-about-e-cigarettes-20140725

CBC article repeats false claims about e-cigs by prohibitionists (and cites the NY Times as reliable), but admits that e-cig sales keep increasing as more smokers switch (Canada)
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/e-cigarette-market-on-fire-while-scientists-wage-heated-debate-1.2717266

King Saud University (Saudi Arabia) professor falsely claims e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes and don't help smokers quit smoking, urges regulating e-cigs like cigarettes
http://www.arabnews.com/news/featured/607796

IFLScience article grossly misrepresents scientific evidence on e-cigs, calls exponentially less hazardous alternatives to cigarettes "not safe" to confuse and scare; hundreds of commenters criticize and correct author's fear mongering misrepresentations
http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/studies-reveal-health-risks-e-cigarettes

Metro (UK) headline falsely misrepresents unnamed study findings to claim e-cigs "may cause lung cancer like normal cigarettes" despite no evidence, article claims e-cigs "may cause disease" and "damage" lungs despite no evidence, touts exploding e-cigs to scare.
http://metro.co.uk/2014/07/29/e-cigarettes-and-vaping-may-cause-lung-cancer-like-normal-cigarettes-4813648/?ITO=news-sitemap

Miami Herald article repeats many false and misleading fear mongering claims about youth, e-cigs, hookah, cigars to confuse, scare and lobby for FDA regulations that would protect cigarettes, ban >99% of e-cigs, and give e-cig industry to Big Tobacco
http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/26/4256849/e-cigarettes-colorful-cherry-flavored.html?sp=/99/1444/1463/

Georgia anti tobacco extremist repeats false and misleading claims about e-cigs to confuse, scare and lobby for regulation that would protect cigarettes, ban >99% of e-cigs, and give e-cig industry to Big Tobacco.
http://beta.mirror.augusta.com/opinion/opinion-columns/2014-07-27/no-smoke-there-could-be-fire-e-cigarettes-might-not-be-answer

Nebraska doctor repeats more than a dozen false claims about e-cigs to confuse and scare, and to promote ineffective smoking cessation drugs and programs
http://metro.co.uk/2014/07/29/e-cigarettes-and-vaping-may-cause-lung-cancer-like-normal-cigarettes-4813648/?ITO=news-sitemap

Appleton Post-Crescent editorial equates e-cigs with cigarettes to push vaping ban (WI)
http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/opinion/editorial/appleton-post-crescent-ban-e-cigarettes-inside-workplaces/article_8171c3d7-a140-58a0-ae99-6853b5e3a073.html


- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2014-07-31