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Bill Godshall Update 2014-09-03

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - September 3rd, 2014


Contents:
E-cigarettes and Public Health, FDA / CDC, Other US Federal, WHO, Research, Taxation, E-cig Sales Bans To Minors.

 

E-cigarettes and Public Health

Electronic cigarettes: Fact and Faction
Robert West & Jamie Brown, British Journal of General Practice
http://bjgp.org/content/64/626/442.full

Royal Society for Public Health says e-cigs are "significantly less harmful than smoked tobacco, and despite some products being visually similar to cigarettes, they are essentially nicotine containing products, like patches and gum," urges renaming of e-cigs as "nicotine sticks."
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/29/e-cigarettes-nicotine-sticks-curb-appeal

FDA/CDC

Reynolds American urges FDA to impose deeming regulation on e-cigs, ban all e-liquid and open tank components (i.e. >99% of vapor products) to protect/promote sales of Reynolds' cigarettes and Vuse cigalike
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-N-0189-76048

Carl Phillips: FDA is complicit in CDC's lies; grossly inappropriate behavior for a regulator
http://antithrlies.com/2014/08/28/fda-is-complicit-in-cdcs-lies-grossly-inappropriate-behavior-for-a-regulator/

American Vaping Association takes issue with CDC's report on teen smoking
http://www.dailypress.com/health/health-notes-blog/dp-health-notes-american-vaping-association-takes-issue-with-cdcs-report-on-teen-smoking-20140902,0,1110859.story

Coauthor (Shanta Dube) of false and misleading CDC/FDA article on e-cigs repeats false fear mongering claims
http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/young-e-cig-users-crave-regular-cigarettes-more-114090100511_1.html

Wisconsin e-cig opponents repeat false and misleading claims about e-cigs, Godshall comments
http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-permalink-23925.html

Carl Phillips: FDA signals that nothing is ever "substantially equivalent"
http://antithrlies.com/2014/08/31/fda-signals-that-nothing-is-ever-substantially-equivalent/

Other US Federal

Reynolds and Lorillard receive second request from FTC for more info on acquisition
http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/RAI/3430018183x0x778990/40c5410b-4b44-4c4c-84f3-f6914cbbd35d/2014-20_RA_Lor_receive_requests_for_additional_info_from_FTC.pdf

DHHS Secretary Burwell applauds CVS for ending tobacco (and e-cig) sales, falsely claims CVS decision "will have an impact in bringing our country closer to achieving a tobacco-free generation" (as CVS consumers will simply go to other retailers), moralizes by advocating curtailing "tobacco use" instead of reducing "cigarette diseases".
http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2014pres/09/20140903a.html

WHO

UN Targets E-Cigarettes; On Canadian TV, Jeff Stier repudiates WHO's call for nanny state e-cig and vaping bans that threaten the lives of vapers and smokers
http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/3757025082001

Clive Bates: WHO on e-cigarettes "“ protecting cigarette sales and causing more disease and death
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=2350

WHO Tobacco Free Initiative's Armando Peruga commits public health malpractice, protects cigarettes, threatens lives of vapers and smokers by making false fear mongering claims about e-cig vapor to lobby for vaping bans
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04f85bf (segment begins 12 minutes into newscast)

Clive Bates: Appalling spin - a letter to a WHO spokesman
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=2355

Carl Phillips: WHO responds to criticism over e-cigarettes with attempted censorship
http://antithrlies.com/2014/08/28/who-responds-to-criticism-over-e-cigarettes-with-attempted-censorship/

Carl Phillips: WHO attempted censorship re e-cigarettes, follow-up
http://antithrlies.com/2014/09/02/who-attempted-censorship-re-e-cigarettes-follow-up/

Healthcare experts turn on WHO over calls to ban e-cigarettes
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/healthcare-experts-turn-on-who-over-calls-to-ban-e-cigarettes.25177099

Anonymous Indian e-cig opponents (appointed to a panel by the Ministry of Health) repeat lies about e-cigs, recommend protecting cigarettes and bidis by banning e-cigs
http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-08-30/news/53387710_1_e-cigarettes-drug-regulator-expert-panel

Carl Phillips: The biggest victims of WHO's anti-harm-reduction efforts are in India
http://antithrlies.com/2014/08/30/the-biggest-victims-of-whos-anti-harm-reduction-efforts-are-in-india/

Toronto Globe and Mail editors deceived by false claims about e-cigs by WHO and other e-cig opponents, which was the purpose of their deceitful claims
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/editorials/are-e-cigarettes-about-harm-reduction-or-greater-harm/article20284141/

Danish health authorities protect cigarettes, falsely claim e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes
http://cphpost.dk/news/danish-health-authorities-warn-against-the-use-of-e-cigarettes.10691.html

Research

CASAA press release criticizes NEJM press release and NEJM junk science article falsely claiming e-cigs are gateways to cocaine addiction
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1R_XsC0kOg5e1rXKztYt3ANbGPHC1pq6-xJSVB-EUgmg/edit?pli=1

Study finds diacetyl (DA) and acetyl propionyl (AP) in many sweet flavored e-liquid samples, with median daily exposure levels (3mls) 100 and 10 times lower than cigarette smoke respectively, and lower than NIOSH occupational limits. Nearly half of samples containing DA and AP exposed users to slightly higher levels than NIOSH limits; authors urge e-liquid manufacturers to eliminate DA and AP from sweet flavored e-liquids.
http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/08/30/ntr.ntu176.short?rss=1

Yet another study finds e-cig vapor contains exponentially fewer constituents than cigarette smoke, but authors misrepresent findings to scare public and promote FDA regulations that would ban >99.9% of e-cigs and give industry to Big Tobacco
http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2014/em/c4em00415a#!divAbstract
http://www.medicaldaily.com/e-cigarettes-emit-levels-nickel-and-chromium-4-times-higher-tobacco-smoke-300704
http://www.care2.com/causes/should-non-smokers-worry-about-secondhand-e-cigarette-smoke.html
http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1113224286/e-cigarette-smoke-contains-toxic-metals-090214/
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasperhamill/2014/08/31/the-health-claims-of-e-cigarettes-are-going-up-in-smoke/

Hajek and Connelly comment on new study finding very few constituents in e-cig vapor
http://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/smoking-cessation-news-628/e-cigarette-vapor-may-harbor-fewer-toxins-than-tobacco-smoke-study-691326.html

Taxation

Massachusetts Joint Cmte on Revenue reports bill (HB 2593) to increase smokeless tobacco tax from 90% to 110% (of wholesale price), increase cigar tax from 30% to 110% of wholesale price, increase smoking tobacco tax from 30% to 120%.
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/188/House/H2563

Massachusetts Joint Cmte on Revenue reports bill (HB 2570) to tax cigarette rolling papers at $5 per package.
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/188/House/H2570

E-cig sales bans to minors

Governor (Nixon) was reckless to veto bill regarding e-cigarettes (MO)
http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letters-to-the-editor/governor-was-reckless-to-veto-bill-regarding-e-cigarettes/article_ed92adbf-5ec1-55b8-85b2-c5b3a463526a.html


- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2014-09-03