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Bill Godshall Update 2015-01-27

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - January 27th, 2015

 

Contents:
Scientific Research, Public Health Advocacy, Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies, CA Dept of Public Health Lies About Ecigs, More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies, US Federal, Litigation, Taxation, E-liquid Sales Bans, E-cig Packaging Regulations, Internet Sales Ban / Restriction, Vaping Bans, Smoking / Vaping Bans, Advertising Restrictions, Minimum Age Restrictions, Punishing Youth, Miscellaneous, Anti Discrimination, Plain Packaging.

 

Scientific Research

International case control study finds 3530 vapers who quit smoking were more likely than 3530 dual users of e-cigs and cigarettes (whose average cigarette consumption declined from 20 to 4 per day after onset of vaping) to perceive lower risk of vaping, and to use 3rd generation vapor products (while dual users were more likely to use 1st and 2nd generation e-cigs); levels of nicotine use declined after onset of vaping from a median of 18 and 17 mg/ml to 10 and 12 mg/ml for nonsmoking vapers and dual users respectively.
http://www.ijdp.org/article/S0955-3959(15)00009-2/abstract

2014 MN Dept of Health adult survey finds record low smoking rate (14.4%), e-cigs used far more than NRT or prescription drugs for smoking cessation (45% vs 22% vs 10%) by smokers who tried to quit and by former smokers who quit in past year, smokers 22 times more likely than never smokers (27.3% vs 1.2%) to use e-cigs; top reasons for e-cig use were to reduce harm (78%), reduce cigarette consumption (51%) and quit smoking (45%)
http://www.mntobacco.nonprofitoffice.com/vertical/Sites/%7B988CF811-1678-459A-A9CE-34BD4C0D8B40%7D/uploads/MATS_2014_Technical_Report_Final_2015-01-21.pdf

AVA: Vaping is Minnesota adults' most popular method for quitting smoking
http://vaping.info/news/2015/vaping-minnesota-adults-popular-method-quitting-smoking

Montreal Chest Institute review says vaping helps hardcore smokers get off and stay off; finds 43% (32/75) of smokers who tried quitting by switching to vaping had remained smokefree from 3 months to a year later.
http://www.cjad.com/cjad-news/2015/01/20/chest-institute-review-says-vaping-helps-hardcore-smokers-get-off-and-stay-off

New study finds e-cig users not as dependent on nicotine as cigarette smokers, finds long term e-cig users not as dependant on nicotine as long term nicotine gum users
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25561385

JF Etter - Electronic Cigarettes and Cannabis: An Exploratory Study
http://www.karger.com/DOI/10.1159/000369791

Nicotine and Tobacco Research ignores deadly cigarettes to devote entire issue to e-cigs, e-cig opponents author most articles to confuse, scare, lobby for e-cig reg/bans
http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/content/17/2?etoc

Correction: The Gallup Poll cited in last week's THR Update was conducted in July 2013 (finding that 5% of US ex-smokers quit smoking with nicotine patches, 3% with e-cigarettes, 2% with prescription drugs and 1% with nicotine gum)
http://www.gallup.com/poll/1717/tobacco-smoking.aspx

Public Health Advocacy

Dave Sweanor: Big Tobacco's Little Helpers (exposes how THR opponents have protected cigarettes and enriched cigarette companies for decades)
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=2755

Quebec Health Minister says vaping is a good way of kicking cigarette habit
http://montrealgazette.com/news/quebec/health-minister-says-vaping-is-a-good-way-of-kicking-cigarette-habit

Clive Bates: Keep calm it's only poison (reveals that e-cigs accounted for just .06% of calls to Poison Control centers in 2013, and just .15% in 2014)
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=2740

Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

NEJM junk e-cig study
NEJM publishes, touts junk e-cig study (funded by class action lawyers) to news media (with embargoed press release) that repeatedly overheated a PV, falsely assumed vapers do the same, falsely claimed some e-cigs may be more carcinogenic than cigarettes
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc1413069
https://twitter.com/NEJM/status/558026336259022848

Clive Bates: Spreading fear and confusion with misleading formaldehyde studies
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=2706

American Vaping Association / Smokefree Pennsylvania respond to NEJM embargoed letter/press release falsely claiming some e-cigs can be more carcinogenic that cigarettes.
New e-cig study hypes formaldehyde fears based on faulty experiments
http://vaping.info/news/2015/new-e-cig-study-hypes-formaldehyde-fears-based-faulty-experiments

Konstantinos Farsalinos - The deception of measuring formaldehyde in e-cigarette aerosol: difference between laboratory measurements and true exposure
http://www.ecigarette-research.com/web/index.php/2013-04-07-09-50-07/2015/191-form-nejm

Konstantinos Farsalinos – Verified: formaldehyde levels found in the NEJM study were associated with dry puff conditions. An update
http://www.ecigarette-research.com/web/index.php/2013-04-07-09-50-07/2015/192-form-ver

ACSH: Poorly-done e-cig vapor study gets big headlines but means nothing
http://acsh.org/2015/01/poorly-done-e-cig-vapor-study-gets-big-headlines-means-nothing/

Mike Siegel: New study reports high levels of formaldehyde in e-cigarette aerosols
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/01/new-study-reports-high-levels-of.html

Mike Siegel – Confirmed: Formaldehyde study conducted under implausible conditions; conclusions invalid
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/01/confirmed-formaldehyde-study-conducted.html

Fergus Mason: Formaldehye strikes again (investigative journalist reveals authors of NEJM study/letter received “philanthropy to support research” from Michael J. Dowd and Patrick J. Coughlin, who appear to be attorneys Michael J. Dowd and Patrick J. Coughlin from Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, a class action lawfirm involved in past lawsuits against cigarette companies.
http://fergusmason.com/?p=354
http://fergusmason.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/nejmc1413069_disclosures.pdf
http://www.rgrdlaw.com/
http://www.rgrdlaw.com/services-Environment-Public-Health.html
“Robbins Geller attorneys have led the fight against Big Tobacco since 1991. As an example, Robbins Geller attorneys filed the case that helped get rid of Joe Camel, representing various public and private plaintiffs, including the State of Arkansas, the general public in California, the cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles and Birmingham, 14 counties in California, and the working men and women of this country in the Union Pension and Welfare Fund cases that have been filed in 40 states. In 1992, Robbins Geller attorneys filed the first case in the country that alleged a conspiracy by the Big Tobacco companies.”

Jacques Le Houezec criticizes junk study on e-cigs in NEJM (in French)
http://jlhamzer.over-blog.com/2015/01/desinformation-la-difference-entre-une-etude-en-laboratoire-et-la-realite.html

Jacob Sullum: Does Formaldehyde make e-cigarettes worse than the real thing?
(exposes junk formaldehyde e-cig study published and touted by NEJM)
http://reason.com/blog/2015/01/22/does-formaldehyde-make-e-cigarettes-wors

Greg Gutfeld: New e-cigarette study goes up in smoke
http://video.foxnews.com/v/4007895304001/gutfeld-new-e-cig-study-goes-up-in-smoke/?#sp=show-clips

Joe Nocera: Is vaping worse than smoking? (in today's NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/27/opinion/joe-nocera-is-vaping-worse-than-smoking.html?

News media further hype NEJM junk e-cig study touted by misleading embargoed NEJM press release several days prior (whose goal was to generate fear mongering news)
http://readingeagle.com/ap/article/lab-tests-imply-formaldehyde-risk-in-some-e-cigarette-vapor
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/21/usa-health-ecigarettes-idUSL1N0UZ24620150121
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-electronic-cigarette-formaldehyde-20150121-story.html
http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/01/21/378663944/e-cigarettes-can-churn-out-high-levels-of-formaldehyde
http://www.nbcnews.com/health/cancer/you-vape-high-levels-formaldehyde-hidden-e-cigs-n290826
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/e-cigarette-vapor-filled-with-cancer-causing-chemicals/
http://www.wsj.com/articles/study-links-e-cigarettes-to-formaldehyde-cancer-risk-1421877617
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1689378/e-cigarettes-expose-smokers-more-formaldehyde-regular-tobacco
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2921321/Some-e-cigarettes-release-cancer-causing-chemicals-regular-tobacco-study-suggests.html
http://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/mis-cancer-news-102/more-formaldehyde-in-e-cigarettes-than-regular-smokes-study-695693.html
http://www.ishn.com/articles/100533-new-study-fires-up-e-cigarette-debate

David Peyton (coauthor of NEJM study) tells Oregon Public Radio he wanted to get the results out as soon as possible, and to as wide as audience as possible.
http://www.opb.org/radio/programs/thinkoutloud/segment/portland-state-university-professor-finds-formaldehyde-in-e-cigarettes/

David Peyton claims "Our research shows that when heated at higher temperatures, e-cigarette juices can vaporize and form large amounts of ‘hidden formaldehyde,' five to 15 times higher than the amount of formaldehyde in traditional cigarettes,” but then criticizes NEJM tweet stating “Authors project higher cancer risk than smoking”
http://www.pdx.edu/news/psu-researchers-uncover-high-levels-hidden-formaldehyde-e-cigarette-vapor
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/27/opinion/joe-nocera-is-vaping-worse-than-smoking.html?

Big Pharma and FDA funded American Heart Association policy statement author tries to inject more fear mongering claims about e-cigs and lobby for FDA deeming reg/ban into news coverage of bogus NEJM letter, fails to ethically disclose AHA's conflict of interest
http://www.newswise.com/articles/aha-policy-statement-author-echoes-concerns-over-e-cigarette-dangers

E-cig junk scientists and propagandists Pankow and Peyton to present at “The Science of E-cigarettes” in Portland, OR on 2/25/15
http://bestevents.us/portland-the-science-of-e-cigarettes/216276

CA Dept of Public Health lies about e-cigs

Gil Ross: California's Public Health lies about e-cigarettes will kill smokers
http://dailycaller.com/2015/01/19/californias-public-health-lies-will-kill-smokers/

Mike Siegel: California Dept of Health Services lies to the public about e-cigarettes
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/01/california-department-of-health.html

Michael Shaw – Scaring people about e-cigarettes: A public health disgrace
(criticizes false fear mongering claims about e-cigs by California DPH)
http://www.healthnewsdigest.com/news/contributing%20columnist0/Scaring-People-About-e-Cigarettes-A-Public-Health-Disgrace.shtml

More junk science, propaganda and lies

NY Times publishes letter by Big Pharma shills Frank Leone and American Thoracic Society that falsely claims there's no evidence e-cigs are less hazardous than cigarettes or that e-cigs can help smokers quit, falsely claims “evidence shows that e-cigarettes may serve as a gateway to . . . tobacco”, and that “allowing their use in locations where other smoking is prohibited . . . may actually prolong addiction to tobacco”, fails to ethically disclose irreconcilable financial conflicts of interest..
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/23/opinion/regulating-e-cigarettes.html?_r=0

Mike Siegel: American Thoracic Society physicians claim there is no evidence smoking is more hazardous than vaping
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/01/american-thoracic-society-physicians.html

NY Times publishes letter by Penn State's Joshua Muscat that falsely claims e-cigs aren't safer than lethal cigarettes and that e-cigs increase nicotine addict, absurdly claims FDA reg/ban would “likely” make e-cigs safer than cigarettes
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/26/opinion/unsafe-e-cigarettes.html

Mike Siegel: Yet another public health practitioner publicly claims that smoking is no more hazardous than vaping
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/01/yet-another-public-health-practitioner.html

Univ of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute director Nancy Davidson cluelessly or falsly claims “we don't have any idea” whether e-cigs are safer than cigarettes. Tribune-Review headline and article repeat false and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigs.
http://triblive.com/news/healthnews/7533363-74/cigarettes-calls-cancer#axzz3PUkcDF5b

Dr. Mercola repeats false and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigs
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/01/14/effects-smoking-cigarettes.aspx

Amy Fairchild and Ronald Bayer: Smoke and fire over e-cigarettes (article about War on E-cigs deceitfully portrays FDA's deeming reg/ban as a “balanced regulatory approach”, falsely claims “precautionary principle” was/is reason for decades of lies and campaigns to ban snus and e-cigs by Big Pharma shills and other THR opponents)
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/347/6220/375.summary?rss=1

Carl Phillips: In search of an honest tobacco harm reduction (THR) skeptic
http://antithrlies.com/2015/01/19/in-search-of-an-honest-tobacco-harm-reduction-thr-skeptic/

US Federal

FDA appoints Robert Califf as FDA Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco, has no tobacco policy or regulatory experience
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm431571.htm

Mike Seigel: New head of office of Medical Products and Tobacco at FDA has history of pharmaceutical consulting
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/01/new-head-of-office-of-medical-products.html

FAA warns airlines about miniscule fire risks of e-cig batteries (but not about far greater fire risks of cigarette lighters, matches, cell phone or laptop batteries), urges airlines to require e-cigs be carried only in aircraft cabin. Please note that US DOT has NOT banned e-cig use on airlines (after proposing an airline vaping ban back in 2011)
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/01/23/faa-electronic-cigarettes-icao/22234903/

US Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) reintroduces bill (S 142) to require child safety packaging for e-cigarettes, referred to CST Cmte
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c114:S.142:

Litigation

Philip Morris argues $10.1 billion Price case should never have been certified (IL)
https://madisonrecord.com/issues/332-class-action/268390-philip-morris-argues-10-1-billion-price-case-should-never-have-been-certified-byron-swept-under-the-rug-individual-issues

Taxation

E-cig vendors and makers testify against Gov. Inslee's proposed cigarette protecting 95% tax on vapor products at WA Senate Ways and Means Cmte hearing
http://www.tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2015010122#start=5205&stop=6045

WA bill (SB 5573) would impose 95% tax on vapor products, ban flavored vapor products, ban internet sales of vapor products by WA retailers, and much more.
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=5573&year=2015
http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5573.pdf

R Street's Ian Adams: Inslee's vaping tax bad for taxpayers, public health
http://www.rstreet.org/2015/01/22/inslees-vaping-tax-bad-for-taxpayers-public-health/

Indiana bill (HB 1235) would tax e-cigarettes at 24% of wholesale price, ban vaping by falsely redefining smoking as including vaping, ban tobacco sales at pharmacies
http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/house/1235
http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/house/1235#document-452a92b5

Hawaii bill (SB 299) would protect cigarettes by taxing all e-cig products at 30%, by appropriating tax revenue to Health Dept to lie about e-cigs, and by banning vaping everywhere smoking is banned; would also increase minimum age for tobacco and e-cig sales from 18 to 21.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=299&year=2015
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB299_.HTM

Hawaii bill (HB 349) would tax e-cigs same as cigarettes (i.e. $3.20/pack) by redefining “cigarette” to include an e-cig, ban vaping by redefining “smoking” as including vaping,
violate MSA by redefining “cigarette” to include an e-cig
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=349&year=2015
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB349_.HTM

New Jersey carryover bills from 2014 (A 1944 & S 1213) would tax moist snuff at $2.25/oz, increase OTP tax to 90%
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/A2000/1944_I1.HTM
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/S1500/1213_I1.HTM

E-liquid bans

Indiana Senate Commerce & Technology Cmte to hold 1/29/15 public hearing on bill (SB 539) that would ban sale of ALL or nearly all e-liquid by requiring state permits
https://iga.in.gov/documents/85381d73
http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/senate/539
http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/senate/539#document-aaa9aa99

Mississippi bill (SB 2587) would protect cigalike e-cigs made by Big Tobacco by banning most/all vape shops and most/all e-liquid sales, would require e-liquid manufacturers to obtain permit from MS Dept of Health, would require all e-liquid retailers in MS to obtain permit from MS Dept of Health, would allow Dept of Health to reject permit application for many different reasons, would require child-resistant packaging for e-liquid (but not for cigalike e-cigs)
https://legiscan.com/MS/text/SB2587/2015

E-cig packaging restrictions

WA bill (SB 5477) would require child-resistant packaging for all vapor products
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=5477&year=2015
http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5477.pdf

Wyoming bill (HB 174) would require child resistant packaging for e-liquid (but not for cigalike e-cigs), ban tobacco use on school property, require Health Dept to educate adult tobacco consumers about the continuum of risk of tobacco products, require child resistant packaging for e-liquid
http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2015/Titles/HB0174.htm
http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2015/Introduced/HB0174.pdf

Internet sales ban/restriction

California bill (SB 24) would require all e-cig retailers to obtain license and comply with most cigarette tax laws, would ban most Internet sales of e-cigs by CA vendors (but not by out-of-state vendors) by requiring valid photo ID of all Internet customers, which would prompt e-cig customers in CA to buy e-cig from out-of-state websites.
https://legiscan.com/CA/text/SB24/2015

Vaping bans

NY Gov. Cuomo proposes to protect cigarettes by banning vaping, banning sale of flavored e-cigs
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2015/01/ny_would_ban_e-cigarette_use_in_restaurants_offices_under_cuomo_proposal.html

California State Senator Mark Leno introduces bill (SB 140) to protect cigarettes by banning vaping, Big Pharma shills ACS, AHA, ALA to lobby for Leno's bill
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Citing-public-health-Leno-seeks-more-limits-on-6039472.php
http://www.kcra.com/news/california-bill-to-ban-ecigarettes-sparks-big-fight/30933574

Despite no evidence that e-cigs have ever caused any disease, CA State Senator Mark Leno absurdly claims "We're going to see hundreds of thousands of family members and friends die from e-cigarette use just like we did from traditional tobacco use.”
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/27/us-usa-california-ecigarettes-idUSKBN0L001L20150127

AVA: San Francisco Senator's unjustified vaping ban would harm smokers
http://vaping.info/news/2015/san-francisco-senators-unjustified-vaping-ban-harm-smokers

Connecticut bill (HB 6283) would redefine e-cigs as tobacco products, ban vaping everywhere smoking is banned, require package warning labels that falsely claim e-cigs cause diseases
http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&which_year=2015&bill_num=6283
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/TOB/H/2015HB-06283-R00-HB.htm

Indiana bill (HB 1235) would tax e-cigarettes at 24% of wholesale price, ban vaping by falsely redefining smoking as including vaping, ban tobacco sales at pharmacies
http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/house/1235
http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/house/1235#document-452a92b5

Hawaii bill (SB 299) would protect cigarettes by taxing all e-cig products at 30%, by appropriating tax revenue to Health Dept to lie about e-cigs, and by banning vaping everywhere smoking is banned; would also increase minimum age for tobacco and e-cig sales from 18 to 21.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=299&year=2015
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB299_.HTM

Hawaii bill (HB 349) would ban vaping by redefining “smoking” as including vaping,
tax e-cigs same as cigarettes ($3.20/pack) by redefining “cigarette” to include an e-cig, violate MSA by redefining “cigarette” to include an e-cig
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=349&year=2015
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB349_.HTM

Smoking and vaping bans

Hawaii bills (HB 34 & SB 802) would wisely allow condominiums and housing corporations to ban smoking, but would unjustifiably allow them to ban vaping as well.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=34&year=2015
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB34_.HTM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=802&year=2015
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB802_.HTM

Hawaii bill (HB 525) would ban all tobacco use and vaping at State Parks
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=525&year=2015
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB525_.HTM

Advertising restrictions

Connecticut bill (HB 6290) would require e-cigs to comply with cigarette advertising regulations
http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&which_year=2015&bill_num=6290
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/TOB/H/2015HB-06290-R00-HB.htm

Minimum Age Restrictions

WA AG Bob Ferguson wants to increase minimum age for all tobacco products and e-cig sales from 18 to 21 even though cigarettes cause >99% of tobacco attributable deaths.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/21/attorney-general-wants-to-raise-washington-smoking/
http://www.kentreporter.com/news/289359641.html

WA bill (HB 1458) would increase minimum age for all tobacco and e-cig sales to 21
http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/1458.pdf

Hawaii bills (HB 587 & SB 1030) would increase minimum age for all tobacco and e-cig sales to 21, define e-cigs as a “tobacco product”
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=587&year=2015
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB587_.HTM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1030&year=2015
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB1030_.HTM

Hawaii bill (HB 385) would increase minimum age for all tobacco and e-cig sales to 21
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=385&year=2015
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB385_.HTM

Punishing youth

Hawaii bill (SB 550) would ban possession of consumption of tobacco or e-cigs by anyone under 18.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=550&year=2015
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB550_.HTM

Miscellaneous

North Dakota bill (HB 1133) would clarify that OTP does not include e-cigs
http://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/64-2015/bill-index/bi1133.html
http://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/64-2015/documents/15-8063-02000.pdf?20150127165141

Anti discrimination

Hawaii bill (HB 244) would prohibit employers from job discrimination against people who use use tobacco products and vapor products
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=244&year=2015
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB244_.HTM

Plain Packaging

UK government proposes plain packaging cigarette law despite no evidence Australian law reduced cigarette consumption or smoking, Parliament to vote before May election
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-backs-standardised-packaging-of-tobacco
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/21/plain-cigarette-packs-general-election-tobacco
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/11361515/David-Cameron-orders-pre-election-vote-on-plain-cigarette-packs.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2920684/Vote-introducing-plain-cigarette-packaging-held-election-Government-reveals-smoking-cars-banned-start-October.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-30926973

ASH UK praises cigarette plain packaging despite no evidence law would reduce cigarette consumption or smoking, falsely claims “public health lobby delighted”
http://ash.org.uk/media-room/press-releases/:public-health-lobby-delighted-at-government-announcement-on-standard-cigarette-packs


- Bill Godshall

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