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Bill Godshall Update 2015-07-01

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - July 1st, 2015

 

Contents:
FDA, Harm Reduction Research, THR Education, Taxation, Sales Ban For Minors, Vaping Bans, Smoking Ban, Smokeless Tobacco Use Ban, Packaging Restriction, International Trade, Public Health Ethics (and lack thereof), Prohibition, Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies.

 

FDA

Reminder: July 2 (today) deadline for public comments regarding FDA's third so-called scientific workshop on e-cigarettes on June 1 & 2
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/ucm198169.htm
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-N-1936-0003
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/NewsEvents/ucm439029.htm

FDA issues Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) for packaging restrictions and warning labels on e-liquid bottles despite having no legal authority to regulate the products unless/until Final Rule is issued for FDA's Deeming Regulation, which would ban ALL bottles of nicotine e-liquid and nearly all other e-cigs. FDA's ANPRM touts CDC's false fear mongering claims about e-liquid and e-cig use to confuse, scare and lobby for agency's Deeming Regulation, but fails to acknowledge that Deeming Regulation would ban all bottles of e-liquid; sixty day public comment period.
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/ucm453227.htm
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/TobaccoProducts/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/UCM453226.pdf

American Vaping Association: FDA jumps the gun on e-cigarette regulations
(presents far more objective information on e-liquid than Obama's FDA or news media)
http://vaping.info/news/2015/fda-jumps-the-gun-on-e-cigarette-regulations

AP, Reuters, CNN, LA Times and Wall St Journal articles on FDA's new ANPRM for packaging standards and labels on e-liquid (which has saved the lives of several million smokers while posing very low risks) repeat false fear mongering claims by DHHS about e-liquid and e-cig use, promote FDA's Deeming Regulation (that would ban ALL e-liquid bottles) without noting FDA's contradictory regulatory proposals for e-liquid.
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/fda-weighs-restrictions-liquid-nicotine-packets-32128930
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/30/us-fda-ecigarettes-idUSKCN0PA2SD20150630
http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/01/health/fda-liquid-nicotine/index.html
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-cigarette-labeling-20150630-story.html
http://www.nasdaq.com/article/fda-proposes-warning-labels-on-liquid-nicotine-bottles-20150630-01204

NIH promotes 73 minute speech by FDA/NIH funded e-cig propagandist Stan Glantz demonizing e-cigs, touting junk science, lying about the scientific evidence to confuse, scare and lobby for cigarette protecting e-cig bans, regulations, taxes and lawsuits.
http://videocast.nih.gov/Summary.asp?File=19003&bhcp=1

Carl Phillips - Dear @FDATobacco: Stanton Glantz's junk science reflects upon you
http://antithrlies.com/2015/06/26/dear-fdatobacco-stanton-glantzs-junk-science-reflects-upon-you/

Op/ed on FDA deeming regulation repeats agency's false claims about e-cigs without fact checking, fails to admit it would ban >99.9% of nicotine e-cigs now on the market
http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/06/feds_look_to_snuff_out_some_e-.html

Harm Reduction Research

Tobacco Control has put a paywall for the new and important MN e-cig survey highlighted in last week's THR Update (finding daily vapers are vastly different from experimenters or occasional users, and delineating how surveys that rely upon 'past 30 day' use of e-cigs, including DHHS surveys, generate misleading results).
Full text of study is available at:
https://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/269795143?access_key=key-t11YhA93oAT0ogjo2Fey&allow_share=true&escape=false&show_recommendations=false&view_mode=scroll

Study: Use of vaporizers mitigates pulmonary risks associated with cannabis smoking
http://www.thedailychronic.net/2015/44609/study-use-of-vaporizers-mitigates-pulmonary-risks-associated-with-cannabis-smoking/

No smoke, no fire: What the initial literature suggests regarding vapourized cannabis and respiratory risk
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4456813/

2012/13 survey of US adults found just 11% correctly believed e-cigs are much less harmful than cigarettes, just 51% correctly believed e-cigs are less harmful than cigarettes, and just 9% correctly believed smokeless tobacco is less harmful than cigarettes. While documenting that DHHS and other THR opponents have deceived most Americans to believe very low risk smokefree alternatives are as harmful as cigarettes, the biased survey falsely informed participants that e-cigs were new types of cigarettes.
http://www.harmreductionjournal.com/content/12/1/21

THR Education

Matt Ridley exposes truth about vaping, refutes lies by British Medical Association
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=195&v=VOU0Gjiknzo

A Billion Lives - Documentary Film Announcement
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O11IyOp7vQ0

The REAL Truth About Vaping
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxL-bUnXJ9g

Taxation

WA budget agreement doesn't include Gov. Inslee's proposed vapor product tax or other anti vaping measures (but WA legislative session still isn't over)
http://q13fox.com/2015/06/30/gov-inslee-to-sign-two-year-state-budget-that-cuts-tuition-puts-money-into-k-12/

CASAA Call to Action urges Connecticut vapers to urge legislators to oppose taxing vapor products
http://blog.casaa.org/2015/06/connecticut-call-to-action-take-action.html

Sales ban to minors

CA Senate Health Cmte approves bill (AB 216) to ban sale of all vapor products to minors (note: current CA law bans sale of only nicotine e-cigs to minors), referred to Appropriations Cmte
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=ab_216&sess=1516&house=A
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/asm/ab_0201-0250/ab_216_bill_20150413_amended_asm_v98.html

Vaping Bans

CASAA Call to Action urges Snohomish County (WA) vapers to oppose proposed vaping ban
http://blog.casaa.org/2015/06/snohomish-county-wa-snohomish-county.html

Derek James From: City should butt out of controlling e-cigarettes (Calgary, Alberta)
http://calgaryherald.com/opinion/columnists/derek-james-from-city-should-butt-out-of-controlling-e-cigarettes

Trenton (NJ) City Council bill would ban vaping (and smoking) at city facilities, coity parks and recreation areas
http://www.trentonian.com/general-news/20150630/trenton-council-initially-approves-smoking-ban-in-parks

Smoking Ban

NYC Mayor Di Blasio to fund four groups to urge condo and apartment managers to implement smokefree housing policies (and maybe to ban vaping as well since former Health Commissioner Farley and the Health Dept. made false fear mongering claims to lobby for NYC workplace vaping ban)
http://nypost.com/2015/06/28/de-blasio-continues-crusade-against-smoking-at-home/

Smokeless tobacco usage ban

CA Senate Cmte approves bill (AB 768) to ban smokeless tobacco use in baseball stadiums, re-referred to Senate L & IR Cmte.
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=ab_768&sess=1516&house=A
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/asm/ab_0751-0800/ab_768_bill_20150603_amended_asm_v96.html

Packaging Restrictions

Maine Senate overrides veto of bill (LD 423) to require child-resistant packaging for e-liquid
http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?LD=423&snum=127
http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0290&item=2&snum=127

CA Assembly Cmte amends bill (SB 438) to require child-resistant packaging for e-liquid
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=sb_438&sess=1516&house=S
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/sen/sb_0401-0450/sb_438_bill_20150629_amended_asm_v96.html

International Trade

New York Times headline and article (on front page) falsely claims plain packaging laws reduce smoking, attacks US Chamber of Commerce for protecting IP rights of industry. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/business/international/us-chamber-works-globally-to-fight-antismoking-measures.html?_r=0
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/02/business/international/many-board-members-fight-smoking-even-as-chamber-opposes-tobacco-laws.html

Public Health Ethics (and lack thereof)

Mike Siegel: In my view: anti-tobacco advocates are OK with letting smokers die at the current rate (re: latest claims by Stan Glantz)
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/06/in-my-view-anti-tobacco-advocates-are.html

Mike Siegel: Why are so many anti-tobacco groups and advocates throwing vapers under the bus?
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/06/why-are-so-many-anti-tobacco-groups-and.html

Prohibition

Article from Singapore documents how e-cig prohibition creates black markets, increases prices, and (as such) protects cigarettes from market competition.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/its-impossible-catch-us-all-e-cigarettes-sellers

Junk science, propaganda and lies

News headline from Singapore falsely claims e-cigs don't help smokers quit, article falsely claims Big Pharma products are only effective way to quit smoking
http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/they-dont-help-you-quit


- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2015-07-01