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Bill Godshall Update 2014-09-26

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - September 26th, 2014

 

Contents:
Public Health Research, THR Business, FDA, CDC, US Congress, Litigation, Taxation, E-cig Sales Bans To Minors, Ecig Manufacturing and Marketing Restrictions, Vaping Bans, Smoking and Vaping Bans, Smoking Cessation, Employment Discrimination, Junk Science, Propaganda and Prohibition, Canada, UK, France - Plain Packaging.

 

Public Health Research

CDC survey confirms that virtually all e-cig use in US has been by smokers and ex-smokers (including many who quit with e-cigs), disproves false fear mongering claims by CDC, FDA and others that e-cigs are addicting nonsmokers, appeal to youth, are target marketed to youth, are gateways to smoking, and renormalize smoking.
Specifically, the CDC survey on e-cig use by US adults found:
- 'ever use' by current smokers increased from 9.8% in 2010 to 36.5% in 2013,
- 'ever use' by former smokers increased from 2.5% in 2010 to 9.6% in 2013,
- 'ever use' by never smokers decreased from 1.3% in 2010 to 1.2% in 2013,
- 'ever use' by 18-24 year olds did NOT increase from 2010 to 2013,
- 'past 30 day use' by current smokers increased from 4.9% in 2010/11 to 9.4% in 2012/13 (note that CDC only reported two year averages for 'past 30 day' e-cig use),
- 'past 30 day use' by former smokers increased from 1.0% in 2010/11 to 1.3% in 2012/13,
- 'past 30 day use' by never smokers decreased from .2% in 2010/11 to 'suppressed due to relative standard error >40%' in 2012/13,
- in 2013, current smokers were 54.7 times more likely than never smokers to have used and e-cig in 'past 30 days' (increasing from 25.8 times more likely in 2010), and
- in 2012/13, current smokers were 73.1 times more likely than never smokers to have reported 'ever use' of an e-cig (increasing from 10.5 times more likely in 2010/11).
http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/09/25/ntr.ntu191.abstract

CDC's Brian King says its 'a positive note' that more smokers aren't using e-cigs, AP article grossly misrepresents new CDC e-cig survey findings, reporter only interviewed e-cig prohibitionists and propagandists who misrepresented the survey's findings
http://news.yahoo.com/trend-trying-e-cigarettes-may-leveling-off-205630777.html

Mike Siegel: CDC rejoices that fewer smokers are trying to quit
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/09/cdc-rejoices-that-fewer-smokers-are.html

Brad Rodu: New England Journal of Medicine downplays its error in exaggerating youth e-cigarette data
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2014/09/new-england-journal-of-medicine.html

Carl Phillips - Dear Public Health: the public despises you, so you are probably doing it wrong
http://antithrlies.com/2014/09/21/dear-public-health-the-public-despises-you-so-you-are-probably-doing-it-wrong/

Carl Phillips: How the medicalized history of public health damaged its science too, particularly including understanding e-cigarettes
http://antithrlies.com/2014/09/23/how-the-medicalized-history-of-public-health-damaged-its-science-too-particularly-including-understanding-ecigs-fairly-wonkish/

Carl Phillips: Followup on how medics doomed public health - case studies
http://antithrlies.com/2014/09/22/follow-up-on-how-medics-doomed-public-health-case-studies/

Carl Phillips: Why clinical trials are a bad study method for tobacco harm reduction
http://antithrlies.com/2014/09/25/why-clinical-trials-are-a-bad-study-method-for-tobacco-harm-reduction/

Lynn Kozlowski to present on vaping and e-cigarettes on at Univ of Buffalo on Oct 9
http://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/current/2014/09/23/117720/2014-j.-warren-perry-lecture-to-address-vaping-and-e-cigarettes

Swedish study finds men aged 45-79 with five low risk lifestyle habits (i.e. no smoking, eating a healthy diet, no abdominal adiposity, moderate alcohol consumption, being physically active) had just 14% of heart attack risk compared to men with none of the five habits. Authors found risk reduction corresponded to 36% for no smoking, 18% for a healthy diet, 12% for having a low abdominal circumference, 11% for moderate alcohol consumption, and 3% for being physically active.
http://content.onlinejacc.org/article.aspx?articleid=1909605
http://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/MyocardialInfarction/47770

ACSH comments on Swedish study of male heart attack risk factors
http://acsh.org/2014/09/listen-lifestyle-nagging-easily-attainable-goals-gain-major-heart-benefits/

Brad Rodu: The Swedish snus experience isn't Finnished (highlights data showing that smoking rates dropped sharply in Sweden and Norway since EU snus ban [which doesn't apply to those countries], but not by much in Finland where EU snus ban was imposed)
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-swedish-snus-experience-isnt_24.html
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25214359

Brad Rodu: Oral cancer scaremongering by public health officials
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2014/09/oral-cancer-scaremongering-by-public.html

THR Business

Wells Fargo's Bonnie Herzog now estimates 2014 US sales of mods/e-liquids at $1.5 Billion and sales of cigalike e-cigs at $1 Billion (compared to Herzog's May estimate of mods/e-liquids at $1.1 Billion and cigalikes at $1.4 Billion), explains why Big Tobacco companies, NACS, and some large cigalike companies want FDA to impose deeming regulation that would ban sales of all mods and e-liquids (which are far more effective for quitting smoking and reducing cigarette consumption than cigalikes).
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/media-general-news/605582-herzog-now-estimates-mods-e-liquid-sales-up-1-5-billion-cigalike-sales-down-1-billion-us-year.html#post14184840

Wells Fargo reports 3.5% decline in cigarette volume/consumption at US convenience stores in second quarter of 2014
http://www.cspnet.com/category-data/tobacco-data/report/cigarette-sales-volume-drops-35-c-stores-q2-2014

A case for the vapers (exposes convenience store opposition to vape shops)
http://www.cspnet.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/editorial-case-vapers

Purilum opens e-liquid manufacturing facility in Greenville, NC
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/purilum-opens-state-of-the-art-e-liquid-development-and-fulfillment-facility-275794021.html

NJOY now selling mods and e-liquids (as sales of cigalikes decline)
https://www.njoy.com/vaping
http://www.njoy.com/vaping/e-liquids/vape-tanks/10-pack

FDA

Pfizer to ask FDA to remove suicide warning from Chantix
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/pfizer-will-ask-to-remove-suicide-warning-from-anti-smoking-meds-1.2022398
http://consumer.healthday.com/health-technology-information-18/press-medical-and-health-reporting-news-552/health-highlights-sept-23-2014-692045.html

As FDA approved prescription drug addictions and deaths skyrocket, agency keeps trying to protect drug and cigarette sales from market competition by vaporizers and e-liquid.
http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/former-dea-agent-prescription-drug-abuse-biggest-worry/article_2ed2cdac-3aeb-11e4-8b82-ef54ccba1779.html
http://consumer.healthday.com/health-technology-information-18/press-medical-and-health-reporting-news-552/health-highlights-sept-23-2014-692045.html

CDC

CDC announces $212 million in grants to all 50 states to purportedly reduce chronic diseases, but CDC press release claims funds will be used to reduce 'tobacco use' and falsely claims 'tobacco use' is 'leading preventable cause of death'. Thus, funds are likely to be spent protecting cigarettes by demonizing e-cigs and smokeless tobacco and by lobbying for e-cig and smokeless tobacco usage bans and marketing restrictions (just as state and local health departments unlawfully spent previous CDC grant funds).
http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2014pres/09/20140925a.html?
http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/2014-foa-awards.htm

CDC/NIOSH deceitfully conflate smokeless tobacco use with cigarette smoking, propose urging all employers to ban smokeless tobacco use (and perhaps vaping)
http://www.regulations.gov/#%21documentDetail;D=CDC-2014-0013-0002

Carl Phillips: CASAA comments on NIOSH proposed recommendations re workplace tobacco use
http://antithrlies.com/2014/09/16/casaa-comments-on-niosh-proposed-recommendations-re-workplace-tobacco-use/

US Congress

Four US Senate Democrats (Harkin IA, Rockefeller WV, Durbin IL, Blumenthal CT) and four US House Democrats (Waxman CA, Dingell MI, Pallone NJ, DeGette CO) deceitfully equate ads for lifesaving e-cigs with ads for lethal cigarettes, send letters to adult magazine companies criticizing them for marketing to youth.
http://democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Report-Tobacco-Magazine-Advertising-2014-9-24.pdf
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/218777-magazines-draw-heat-over-smoking-ads-cover-photos

Despite no evidence e-liquid has ever harmed anyone, and despite 41 states banning sales of e-cigs to minors, US Senate CST Committee approves bill (SB 2581) to require the CPSC to promulgate child safety regulations for liquid nicotine containers.
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:S.2581:
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:s.02581:

16 House Democrats Esty (CT), Kaptur (OH), Rush (NJ), Honda (CA), Mike Thompson (CA), DeLauro (CT), Hinojosa (TX), Wasserman-Schultz (FL), Shea-Porter (NH), Cicilline (RI), Clark (MA), Lowenthal (CA), Matsui (CA), Ellison (MN), Deutch (FL), Johnson (GA) introduce resolution (HR 5486) urging CPSC to promulgate child safety regulations for liquid nicotine containers, referred to House E&C Cmte.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/5486/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+5486%22%5D%7D
https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/5486/cosponsors?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+5486%22%5D%7D

35 House Democrats urge Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to ban youth from working on tobacco farms
http://www.courierpress.com/gleaner/business/ban-sought-on-children-working-on-tobacco-farms_97447163
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/wires/ap/article-2767066/Ban-sought-children-working-tobacco-farms.html

US Senator Rockefeller (D-WV) commits to session on Boxer's e-cig marketing bill
http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=65f23ed8-7657-470d-a9ff-5ea55f82610d

Litigation

Florida jury imposes $27 million verdict against Philip Morris USA
http://www.phaionline.org/2014/09/25/florida-jury-holds-philip-morris-usa-accountable-for-its-actions-in-federal-court/

Illinois Supreme Court to hear appeal over reinstatement of $10 Billion 'light cigarette' verdict against Philip Morris USA
http://www.litigationdaily.com/id=1202671284957/Illinois-High-Court-Takes-Up-10-Billion-Philip-Morris-Case?mcode=1202671284957&slreturn=20140826120318
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/24/us-altria-group-lights-appeal-idUSKCN0HJ27N20140924
http://madisonrecord.com/issues/332-class-action/266567-illinois-supreme-court-agrees-to-review-price-v-philip-morris

Taxation

PA legislature and Governor approve $2/pack cigarette tax (HB 1177) for Philadelphia
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2013&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billNbr=1177&pn=4092
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/09/corbett_signs_philadelphia_cig.html
http://thenotebook.org/blog/147706/2-pack-cigarette-tax-finally-approved

DC cigarette tax increases from $2.50 to $2.86/pack, OTP tax increases, no e-cig tax
http://www.tobaccolawblog.com/2014/09/dc-increases-tobacco-tax-but-exempts-e-cigarettes/

Updated CASAA Call to Action opposing Big Tobacco sponsored bill in Michigan (SB 1018 - to tax e-cigs, redefine e-cigs as smokeless tobacco, and impose tobacco licensure laws on e-cig companies) notes that bill was placed on, then removed from, the Senate Finance Committee's 9/24/14 calendar by Chairman (and SB 1018 sponsor) Richardville.
http://blog.casaa.org/2014/08/call-to-action-michigan-legislators-are.html
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/billintroduced/Senate/htm/2014-SIB-1018.htm

Ecig Sales Bans to Minors

Forty one states have now enacted laws banning the sale of e-cigs to minors. Legislation in Michigan (SB 668) now awaits Gov. Snyder's approval or veto, while eight other states (MA, ME, MT, NM, ND, OR, PA, TX) haven't banned e-cig sales to minors.

NCSL webpage on state e-cig laws
http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/alternative-nicotine-products-e-cigarettes.aspx

CASAA Call to Action urges Michigan vapers to urge Gov. Rick Snyder to sign legislation (SB 668) to ban sales of e-cigs to minors
http://blog.casaa.org/2014/06/call-to-action-we-need-michigan-vapers.html

Ecig Manufacturing and Marketing Restrictions

Weber-Morgan (UT) Health Board proposes protecting cigarettes by imposing unwarranted e-cig manufacturing and marking restrictions, Health Department director Brian Bennion grossly misrepresents evidence on e-cigs to scare public, fails to acknowledge that youth smoking rates keep declining (and are at record lows) as e-cig sales continue to increase.
http://www.standard.net/Government/2014/09/20/Weber-Morgan-Health-Board-to-consider-new-e-cigarette-regulation.html

Vaping Bans

French government plans to protect cigarettes by banning vaping
http://www.english.rfi.fr/visiting-france/20140925-france-introduce-plain-cigarette-packets-curb-smoking
http://news.yahoo.com/france-introduces-plain-packs-stub-high-smoking-rates-140006721.html

San Diego (CA) City Council protects cigarettes by banning vaping everywhere smoking is banned (including at parks and beaches), requiring police permit to sell e-cigs
http://www.10news.com/news/sd-city-council-set-to-confirm-e-cig-regulations

Aurora (Ontario, Canada) Council shoots down ban on e-cigarettes
http://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/4868816-aurora-council-shoots-down-ban-on-e-cigarettes/

Elgin County (Ontario, Canada) bans vaping in workplaces
http://www.stthomastimesjournal.com/2014/09/11/elgin-county-bans-e-cigarettes

Minneapolis (MN) Councilman to introduce bill to ban vaping in workplaces
http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/22/minneapolis-will-consider-ecig-ban-for-bars-restaurants

Smoking and Vaping Bans

NYC Council bill (484) introduced to ban smoking (and vaping) in common areas of apartment buildings and condos, referred to NYC Health Committee
http://nypost.com/2014/09/23/bid-to-ban-smoking-in-common-areas-of-buildings/
http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1912148&GUID=16691434-EEE7-49B6-A683-461B2DA8BC82&Options=ID%7cText%7c&Search=smoking
http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1912148&GUID=16691434-EEE7-49B6-A683-461B2DA8BC82&Options=ID|Text|&Search=smoking

Editorial: Don't ban smoking on the beach (OR)
http://www.bendbulletin.com/opinion/editorials/2395815-151/editorial-dont-ban-smoking-on-the-beach

Smoking Cessation

E-cig allows smoker of 40 years to kick the ability to breathe
http://www.kfbb.com/story/26621475/e-cig-allows-smoker-of-40-years-to-kick-the-habit

Mike Siegel: Rest of story announces a fund-raising campaign for research on effectiveness of electronic cigarettes
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/09/rest-of-story-announces-fund-raising.html

Employment Discrimination

Carroll (MD) Hospital Center CEO Leslie Simmons incompetently claims 'nicotine is the leading cause of death,' imposes discriminatory no-nicotine-use hiring policy (including for use of FDA approved NRT products), mandates nicotine testing of all job applicants, with those testing positive given a free 90 day supply of banned NRT products at a cost of $750 to the hospital, which is ultimately paid for by taxpayers, insurance policy holders and sick patients.
http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2014/09/21/nicotine-patch-gum-users-wont-be-hired-at-hospital-a-558129.html#.VCLch5RdXSm

Carl Phillips: Follow-up on how medics doomed public health - case studies
http://antithrlies.com/2014/09/22/follow-up-on-how-medics-doomed-public-health-case-studies/

Junk Science, Propaganda and Prohibition

Big Pharma funded ACS publishes and publicizes junk science study claiming e-cigs don't help cancer patients quit smoking (as study excluded those who had already quit smoking with e-cigs, and only included e-cigs users who didn't/couldn't quit smoking)
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/enhanced/doi/10.1002/cncr.28811/
http://consumer.healthday.com/mental-health-information-25/addiction-news-6/e-cigarettes-don-t-help-cancer-patients-quit-smoking-691869.html
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/health/article-2764778/E-cigarettes-DON-T-help-cancer-patients-stop-smoking-nicotine-dependent.html

Robert West and Peter Hajek criticize ACS published and touted study on e-cigs
http://newsmaine.net/20723-do-e-cigarettes-really-help-quit-smoking

Junk science study of e-cig use by smoking cancer patients fuels e-cigarette debate
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/22/us-health-ecigarettes-cancer-idUSKCN0HH0FI20140922

Mike Siegel: New study claims to have found that e-cigarettes are unhelpful in smoking cessation among cancer patients
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/09/new-study-claims-to-have-found-that-e.html

E-cig junk scientist, prohibitionist and propagandist Stan Glantz touts WHO policy recommendations for e-cigs (that Glantz lobbied for by misrepresenting evidence) to protect cigarette markets and threaten the lives of hundreds of millions of vapers, smokers and secondhand smokers
https://tobacco.ucsf.edu/who-report-e-cigarettes

Big Pharma funded e-cig prohibitionist ALA's Norman Edelman keeps protecting Big Pharma and Big Tobacco profits by lying about e-cigs and nicotine, fails to ethically disclose ALA's huge financial conflicts of interest
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/25/e-cigarettes-the-side-effects-nobody-talks-about.html

Despite no known cases of poisoning by e-cigs, e-cig opponents and news media continue claiming the exact opposite to scare the public, which generates more calls to poison control centers, which generates even more false fear mongering claims.
http://www.wave3.com/story/26620375/e-cigarettes-spark-increase-in-nicotine-poising-cases-in-children
http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/calls-about-e-cigarettes-up-600-washington-poison-center-66536/
http://www.myfox28columbus.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/growing-concern-over-kids-ingesting-liquid-nicotine-used-ecigarettes-35236.shtml#.VBs5LkucrBo

Fear mongering article repeats many false and misleading claims about e-cigs and youth
http://www.dentonrc.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20140924-e-cigarettes-draw-minors.ece

Canada

Health Canada commits public health malpractice advising Canadian cigarette smokers to NOT use e-cigs and by falsely claiming 'At the present time, there is not sufficient evidence that the potential benefits of electronic cigarettes in helping Canadians to quit smoking outweigh the potential risks,' insists that the sale of e-cigs containing nicotine are banned in Canada.
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/legislation-news/606655-my-communications-health-canada-over-several-months-ppiad-response-i-got.html#post14214751

UK

UK public health advocate Linda Bauld tells truth about e-cigs, as Pennie Teller repeats false and misleading claims about e-cigs (7 minutes on BBC Radio Scotland)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f1KGYGJ94c

UK prohibitionist and propagandist John Ashton tells many fear mongering lies about e-cigs, while Clive Bates tells the truth (11 minutes on BBC's Jeremy Vine Show).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU-50uQfNRQ

Lorien Jollye: Dear FPH - Just a quick word about John Ashton
http://theindefatigablefrog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/dear-fph-just-quick-word-about-john.html

More astonishing arrogance from Public Health
(on anti-e-cig and anti-vaper rants of John Aston and Martin McKee)
http://www.redheadfullofsteam.com/more-astonishing-arrogance-from-public-health/

Will somebody please think of the adults? (flavored e-liquid)
http://www.redheadfullofsteam.com/will-somebody-please-think-of-the-adults/

Flavors: Public health's win - win solution
http://www.redheadfullofsteam.com/flavors-public-healths-win-win-situation/

It's different when they do it.
(on John Ashton's lies about e-cigs and his arrogant and profane slurs about vapers)
http://www.redheadfullofsteam.com/its-different-when-they-do-it/

A picture can speak a thousand words
http://www.redheadfullofsteam.com/a-picture-can-speak-a-thousand-words/

Dick Puddlecote: You're daft because you're not like us
http://dickpuddlecote.blogspot.com/2014/09/youre-daft-because-youre-not-like-us.html

Public Health Wales funded Social Change UK denigrates smokers, vapers and women
http://www.social-change.co.uk/news/post.php?s=2014-08-01-new-anti-smoking-and-aspiration-campaign-launches

Never let it be said that public health campaigners attack smokers or vapers
http://taking-liberties.squarespace.com/blog/2014/9/23/never-let-it-be-said-that-public-health-campaigners-attack-s.html

France - Plain Packaging

Despite no evidence that plain packaging laws reduce cigarette consumption or smoking rates, France plans to impose plain packaging law
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-09-25/france-to-mandate-plain-packaging-of-cigarettes-joining-u-dot-k
http://news.yahoo.com/france-introduces-plain-packs-stub-high-smoking-rates-140006721.html
http://www.english.rfi.fr/visiting-france/20140925-france-introduce-plain-cigarette-packets-curb-smoking



- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2014-09-26