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Bill Godshall Update 2015-11-13

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - November 13th, 2015

 

Contents:
THR Surveillance, FDA Deeming Reg / Ban, FDA Approves First PMTAs, HUD, NIDA, Vaping Education / Advocacy, Vaping Politics, Taxation, Litigation, OTP and Vapor Flavoring Ban, Vaping Bans, Packaging, Minimum Age Laws, Prohibition, Public Health England, More THR / Nicotine Surveillance / Research, Potential Vaping Risk, Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies.

 

THR Surveillance

CDC reports NHIS found US adult cigarette smoking rate dropped from 17.8% in 2013 to new record low 16.8% (i.e. 40.0 million smokers) in 2014, daily smoking rate declined to new record low 12.9% (i.e. 30.7 million), mean consumption by daily smokers declined to new record low 13.8 cigarettes/day. But CDC still won’t admit vaping has helped smokers quit, and instead credits intolerant and ineffective TC policies.
http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2015/p1112-smoking-rates.html
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6444a2.htm?s_cid=mm6444a2_w
http://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/smoking-cessation-news-628/u-s-adult-smoking-rate-falls-to-new-low-cdc-705189.html
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-adult-cigarette-smoking-new-low-20151112-story.html

Brad Rodu revealed same 2014 NHIS data for male and female smokers two weeks ago at
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2015/10/how-many-americans-smoke-2014.html

CDC reports that Medicaid recipients (29.1%) and uninsured (27.9%) are more than twice as likely to smoke cigarettes as privately insured (12.9%)
http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2015/p1112-smoking-rates.html
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6444a2.htm?s_cid=mm6444a2_w
http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2015/11/12/Adults-on-Medicaid-uninsured-twice-as-likely-to-smoke/2481447358643/

National Center for Health Statistics’ Charlotte Schoenborn misrepresents 2014 NHIS data at
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db217.htm
[finding smokers are 40 times more likely than never smokers to currently vape (15.9% vs 0.4%), and recent former smokers are 55 times more likely to do so (22.0% vs 0.4%)] by saying "I don't think we can say that current and recent former smokers as well as smokers who have tried to recently quit are using e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking”. Godshall comments
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/853366

FDA Deeming Reg/Ban

Carl Philllips: FDA regulation of e-cigarettes would not actually be regulation, Godshall comments
http://antithrlies.com/2015/11/04/fda-regulation-of-e-cigarettes-would-not-actually-be-regulation/

Mike Siegel – FDA is out of its mind: Deeming regulations should be called the “The cigarette protection act of 2015”; Regs are an embarrassment to public health and will decimate the vaping industry; Godshall comments
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/11/fda-is-out-of-its-mind-deeming.html

SFATA provides member guidance for requesting and attending OMB/OIRA meetings
http://sfata.org/sfata-provides-member-guidance-for-requesting-and-attending-omboira-meetings/

Jeff Stier webinar on FDA deeming regs and the OMB
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqba9hYBpx0

Dimitris Agrafiotis interviews Azim Chowdhury and Bill Godshall on FDA’s leaked Deeming Regulation, White House OMB/OIRA
https://soundcloud.com/vp-live/smokefreeradio-industry-call-to-action-the-omboira-process

Vape regulation is coming, and it might just kill the industry
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/vape-regulation-is-coming-and-it-just-might-kill-the-industry

Mike Siegel: In reality, FDA deeming regulations are thinly veiled prohibition
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/11/in-my-view-in-reality-fda-deeming.html

Baptists, Bootleggers & Electronic Cigarettes (49 page article in Yale Journal on
Regulation by Jonathan Adler, Roger Meiners, Andrew Morris, and Bruce Yandel)
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2683583

Jonathan Adler: E-cigarette regulations may increase teen smoking (and help Big Tobacco)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/11/08/e-cigarette-regulations-may-increase-teen-smoking-and-help-big-tobacco/

Free webinar November 18 at 8pm EST with Azim Chowdhury and VapeMentors:
How to Future-Proof Your Vape Shop or E-Liquid Company and Avoid FDA Shutdown
https://vapereneur.clickfunnels.com/webinar-registration7371081

'Leaked deeming regulations' raise questions, offer few answers, Godshall comments
http://ecigintelligence.com/leaked-deeming-regulations-raise-questions-offer-few-answers/

DHHS funded e-cig prohibitionist Stan Glantz now says Obama administration should release its leaked FDA deeming reg/ban to public (but fails to acknowledge that leaked draft guidance, which Glantz possesses, would ban >99.9% of e-cigs now on the market)
https://tobacco.ucsf.edu/ecig-industry-group-has-fda-deeming-rule-and-guidance-obama-administration-should-release-it-rest-us

FDA Approves First PMTAs

FDA approves PreMarket Tobacco Orders for 8 Swedish Match General Snus products, but only now reveals SM submitted PMTAs for the 8 snus products back in March (in connection with SM’s 120,000+ page MRTP application for the same products, which is still under consideration by FDA).
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm472026.htm
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/TobaccoProductReviewEvaluation/ucm472108.htm
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/TobaccoProductReviewEvaluation/ucm304506.htm
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/TobaccoProductReviewEvaluation/ucm339928.htm
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/TobaccoProductReviewEvaluation/ucm472108.htm
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/TobaccoProductReviewEvaluation/UCM472123.pdf
http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/Static/widgets/tobacco/SMNA_MRTPA_FDA-2014-N-1051.html

FDA press release says SM’s snus products “would likely provide less toxic options if current adult smokeless tobacco users used them exclusively” (despite negligible risk differences between snus and moist snuff, but exponential risk differences between smokeless tobacco and cigarettes): but FDA’s PMTA approval doesn’t allow SM to say snus might "provide less toxic options" for users of smokeless tobacco or cigarettes. FDA press release also claims FDA approved tobacco products are not "FDA approved".
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm472026.htm

FDA “decision summary” for approving SM PMTA delineates how/why >99% of e-cig manufacturers cannot afford to submit a PMTA that FDA would actually review.
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/TobaccoProductReviewEvaluation/UCM472123.pdf

Mike Siegel: First PMTA approvals by FDA demonstrate why treating e-cigarettes like tobacco products makes no sense and will decimate industry
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/11/first-pmta-approvals-by-fda-demonstrate.html

Larry Waters: Swedish Match gets PMTA (Not MRTP) approval from FDA for 8 General Snus products
http://www.snuscentral.org/snus-news/mr-unz-reports/item/976-swedish-match-gets-pmta-not-mrtpa-approval-from-fda-for-8-general-snus-products.html

Carl Phillips: FDAs snus PMTA approval – what it seems to mean
http://antithrlies.com/2015/11/11/fdas-snus-pmta-approval-what-it-seems-to-mean/

Brad Rodu: FDA authorizes eight new snus products
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2015/11/fda-authorizes-eight-new-snus-products.html

News stories about FDA’s approval of Swedish Match PMTAs for General Snus
http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0SZ2R420151110
http://www.newser.com/article/4039ee8fb2324daf8a26e3d962345ee0/new-tobacco-pouch-from-swedish-match-is-first-to-go-through-fda-review.html
http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/Smoking/54624

HUD

HUD proposes banning smoking in all public housing (and outdoors within 25 feet of buildings); proposal doesn’t ban vaping, but demonizes it, then requests comments on it, and says Final Rule may also ban vaping; 60 day public comment period
http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=smoke-freepublichousing.pdf

Public Housing ban on smoking may include e-cigarettes
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/11/12/e-cigarette-use-may-be-banned-alongside-smoking-in-public-housing

Megan McCardle: ‘Ban smoking’ means evict ‘defiant smokers’ (and perhaps vapers)
http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-11-12/-ban-smoking-means-evict-defiant-smokers-

Public housing nationwide may be subject to smoking ban (but NY Times article fails to mention vaping)
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/12/nyregion/public-housing-nationwide-may-be-subject-to-smoking-ban.html?_r=0

NY Times editorial endorses HUD public housing smoking ban, fails to mention vaping
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/13/opinion/theyre-coming-for-your-cigarettes-but-thats-ok.html

NIDA

NIDA Director Nora Volkow repeats false claims by Donney et al and JAMA that study (which found no change in daily cigarette consumption when smokers were paid to use low nicotine cigarettes) found low nicotine cigarettes provide health benefits for smokers.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nora-volkow/new-study-shows-benefits-of-reducing-nicotine-in-cigarettes_b_8493780.html

Vaping Education / Advocacy

Lois Ross: Scaremongering about e-cigarettes is not in the best interests of patients
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=3415
http://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/opinion/comment/scaremongering-about-e-cigarettes-is-not-in-the-best-interest-of-patients/20069511.article

Pharmacy Times article cites CDC 2014 NHIS data on adult use of vapor products
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/5-new-estimates-on-e-cigarette-use/P-1

BBC: Should we switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes? (excellent answers, data, graphics)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zyb7tyc

ACSH: Cigarette smoking continues down and harm reduction helps
http://acsh.org/2015/11/cigarette-smoking-continues-down-and-harm-reduction-helps/

Mike Siegel: New population-based study shows that adult e-cigarette use has an overall benefit for the public’s health
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/11/new-population-based-study-shows-that.html

Vaping Politics

Tod Robberson: The big issue that’ll swing the elections? Vaping, says Grover Norquist
http://dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com/2015/10/the-big-swing-issue-thatll-decide-the-elections-vaping-says-grover-norquist.html/

Grover Norquist: Anti vaping crusade will be an election loser
http://dailycaller.com/2015/10/30/grover-norquist-dems-anti-vaping-crusade-will-be-an-election-loser/

ATR’s Paul Blair: Vaping claimed first victim one year ago
http://www.atr.org/vaping-claimed-first-victim-one-year-ago

SFATA calls on candidates to promote e-cigs during debates
http://freebeacon.com/uncategorized/group-calls-on-candidates-to-promote-e-cigs-during-debates/

Taxation

CASAA Call to Action urges Cook County (IL) vapers to oppose amendment to double proposed budget’s e-liquid tax from $.20/ml to $.40/ml. Finance Cmte meeting today.
http://blog.casaa.org/2015/10/cook-co-il-oppose-e-cigarette-taxes-in.html

CASAA Call to Action urges PA vapers to urge legislators to reject taxing low risk vapor and smokeless tobacco products
http://blog.casaa.org/2015/03/pennsylvania-call-to-action-oppose.html

CTFK urges PA legislators to increase cigarette tax, and tax OTP and vapor products
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pennsylvania-tobacco-tax-increase-win-for-health-win-for-the-budget-300177749.html

The Grover Norquist Show: Leave vapers alone
http://www.atr.org/episode43

ATR – New CDC data: More than 9 million adults vape regularly in the United States
http://www.atr.org/new-cdc-data-more-9-million-adults-vape-regularly-united-states

New Mexico Senator Cisco McSorley (D-Albuquerque) wants to tax vapor products
http://www.abqjournal.com/670291/north/north-news/should-e-cigarettes-be-taxed-legislator-thinks-so.html

Litigation

Illinois Supreme Court vacates $10.1 Billion verdict against Philip Morris in Price/Miles lights class action lawsuit
http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/11/04/altria-group-lights-decision-idINL1N12Z2NA20151104

Class action against Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company claims consumers were mislead by deceptive marketing claims to believe cigarettes are “less unhealthy” than other brands
http://www.tobacco-on-trial.com/2015/11/04/rothman-v-santa-fe-natural-class-action-complaint-nov-3-2015-pdf/
http://nypost.com/2015/11/04/cigarette-company-must-change-deceptive-marketing-lawsuit/

OTP and Vapor Flavoring Ban

St. Paul (MN) ordinance would ban sales of flavored vapor and tobacco products
(except tobacco, menthol, mint and wintergreen flavors), even though menthol flavored cigarettes are exponentially more harmful than all flavored OTP and vapor products
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8-NPd9eNTL6d3c2TURrakJIX00/view?pli=1

CASAA Call to Action urges St. Paul (MN) vapers to oppose proposed ordinance to ban sales of flavored vapor and tobacco products; speak out at November 18 public hearing
http://blog.casaa.org/2015/11/saint-paul-mn-local-alert-take-action.html

Vaping Bans

CASAA Call to Action urges Laredo (TX) vaper to oppose proposed vaping ban; City Council meeting on November 16
http://blog.casaa.org/2015/11/laredo-tx-local-alert-take-action-to.html

Snohomish County (WA) Board of Health protects cigarettes by banning vaping in workplaces; product sampling only allowed in some strictly regulated vape shops
http://www.snohd.org/Portals/0/Snohd/LIving/files/Summary_Chapter14_VaporProductsCode_For2ndReading_02Nov2015.pdf
http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Snohomish-Co-bans-e-cigarettes-vaping-in-public-places-345324712.html

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies criticizes proposed vaping ban
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-34772817

City of Edmonton (Canada) officials ban vaping wherever smoking is banned
http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/city-smoking-ban-now-covers-e-cigarettes-1.2651719

Bellingham (WA) bans vaping and smoking at city parks, trails and open spaces
http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article44209959.html

Wheeling-Ohio County (WV) Board of Health protects cigarettes by banning vaping everywhere smoking is banned, but allowing smoking to continue inside casino
http://www.theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/646619/Ohio-County-Smoking-Ban-Will-Exp---.html

B.C. government’s intervention on e-cigs and vapourizers unnecessary and harmful, industry says
http://www.theprovince.com/health/government%20intervention%20cigs%20vapourizers%20unnecessary%20harmful/11499012/story.html

Packaging

Wisconsin bill (AB 502) would require child resistant packaging for e-liquid
http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/proposals/reg/asm/bill/ab502
http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/related/proposals/ab502.pdf

Minimum Age Laws

ACSH – Discuss: Should we raise the minimum age on smoking? Godshall comments
http://acsh.org/2015/10/discuss-should-we-raise-the-minimum-age-on-smoking/

Prohibition

WHO Director Margaret Chan (who urged all nations to ban lifesaving vapor products, which protects cigarettes and threatens billions of lives) criticizes intellectual property rights, patents, profits, corporations, and TPP (despite previously advocating a tobacco industry carve out that protects and promotes ineffective plain packaging cigarette laws).
http://who.int/dg/speeches/2015/sustainable-development-goals/en/
http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/11/12/who-director-questions-ip-rights-drug-prices-industry-influence/

Malaysian Health Ministry raids 50+ vape shops
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/11/07/Vape-players-regulation-wanted/

Malaysian Health Ministry protects cigarettes, claims e-cigs are banned, urges health workers to eradicate vaping
http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/11/e-cigarette-liquid-nicotine-falls-under-drugs-act-1952-health-ministry
http://www.theborneopost.com/2015/11/10/health-workers-asked-to-help-rid-state-of-vaping/

Malaysian Consumers Movement president lobbies to kill tobacco consumers by banning vapor products, falsely claims “Studies have shown one hour of vaping was equivalent to smoking 150 cigarettes,” and e-cigs contain “87 cancerous substances”,
https://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/318653#ixzz3rJct4sgg

Singapore’s cigarette protecting vapor product ban creates thriving black markets
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/banned-e-smoking-devices-sold-online

Public Health England

BMJ infographic smears Public Health England (and dozens of individuals and organizations that support THR and public health) for telling truth about vaping http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h5826/infographic

Clive Bates: Smears or science? The BMJ attack on Public Health England and its e-cigarettes evidence review
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=3429

Konstantinos Farsalinos: Why academic journal attacks on Public Health England e-cigarette report should be completely ignored
http://www.ecigarette-research.org/research/index.php/whats-new/whatsnew-2015/235-phe2

More THR / Nicotine Surveillance / Research

Oklahoma smoking rate declines to record low, plummets from 26% in 2011 to 21% in 2014, as vaping rate increased to 7.6%. But OK officials refuse to admit e-cigs helped reduce smoking, and instead credit ineffective TC policies that enrich Big Pharma.
http://newsok.com/article/5456090
http://www.normantranscript.com/news/oklahoma/smoking-rates-in-oklahoma-decline-to-an-all-time-low/article_01996097-281a-57e7-a7eb-e76efb9b8436.html

Study finds nicotine reduces aggressive episodes in children with autism
http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2015/11/03/nicotine-reduces-aggressive-episodes-in-mice-and-children-with-autism/

Rutgers study finds e-cigs might help cigarette smokers quit
http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/rutgers-study-finds-e-cigs-might-help-cigarette-smokers-quit/article_ba681de9-d149-508b-9102-90c01b8eea2b.html

BAT scientists propose new framework for assessing reduced risks products
http://www.tobaccoreporter.com/2015/11/bat-scientists-propose-new-framework-for-assessing-reduced-risk-products/

Potential Vaping Risk

Despite no evidence any vapor product has ever caused bronchiolitis obliterans (aka popcorn lung), Brad Rodu opines “it is unacceptable for any vape shop to sell liquids” containing any diacetyl or acetyl propionyl, urges vapers to only use liquids certified to be free of these agents (i.e. e-liquid products certified by AEMSA). http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2015/11/red-flag-for-vapors-avoid-some.html

Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Push poll by Harvard School of Public Health and Stat confuses and scares respondents about e-cigs before asking questions, then the pollsters claim most Americans believe e-cigs are as harmful as cigarettes, and should be regulated just like them.
https://cdn1.sph.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/94/2015/11/Stat-Harvard-Poll-Oct-2015-Americans-Perspectives-on-E-Cigarettes.pdf
http://www.statnews.com/2015/11/09/e-cigarettes-widely-seen-as-harmful-in-stat-harvard-poll/
http://www.cspnet.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/survey-adults-view-electronic-cigarettes-harmful

Poll: Shocking Ignorance on risks of e-cigs thanks to ‘dishonest’ and ‘unethical’ tactics
http://dailycaller.com/2015/11/10/poll-shocking-ignorance-on-risks-of-e-cigs-thanks-to-dishonest-and-unethical-tactics/

Intolerant ALA’s 10 Year State of Tobacco Control Road Map rejects THR to reduce cigarette smoking, diseases and deaths; touts many ineffective TC policies
http://www.stateoftobaccocontrol.org/roadmap/

AAP president Sandra Hassink repeats false fear mongering claims about e-cigs to lobby for FDA deeming reg (that would ban the sale of >99.9% of e-cig products to adults) under deceitful guise of protecting youth (as teen smoking rates have plummeted to record lows as many/most teen smokers have switched to vaping). Note that since 2009 AAP has repeated these false claims to lobby FDA to ban e-cigs, but not cigarettes.
http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/policy-dose/2015/10/26/its-time-congress-and-the-fda-protected-kids-from-e-cigarettes-and-tobacco

DHHS funded Goniewicz manipulates findings of Polish teen study to falsely insinuate that dual use of cigarettes and e-cigs (which all vapers experience when switching from cigarettes) is more harmful than exclusive cigarette smoking.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26521213

WHO affiliated German cancer researcher Martina Pötschke-Langer protects cigarettes, conflates e-cigs with cigarettes, repeats false fear mongering claims about vapor products
http://www.dw.com/en/e-cigarettes-must-be-treated-like-tobacco-cigarettes/a-18835691

Stanford School of Medicine hosts e-cig forum, but invited panelists were vaping opponents and David Abrams of Legacy, which has urged FDA to ban e-cigs since 2009.
http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2015/11/experts-debate-public-health-consequences-of-e-cigarettes.html

Legacy also lobbies for e-cigarette advertising regulations, cites Altria spending on ads for under performing MarkTen e-cigs, and young adults appearing in the ads
http://truthinitiative.org/research/rapid-increase-e-cigarette-ad-spending-2014
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2015/11/02/tobaccocontrol-2015-052532.extract?papetoc

Alaska news article misleads readers about youth survey data to demonize e-cigs
http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/e-cigarettes-increase-nicotine-use-among-alaska-teens/article_fb0d71ac-8850-11e5-9ff6-ef986a58ac90.html

Authors of e-cig cell study confuse and scare readers to believe e-cigs are toxic and may be carcinogenic
http://www.oraloncology.com/article/S1368-8375(15)00362-0/abstract

NBC Connecticut tries to create public panic about e-cig safety (while failing to mention that laptops, cell phones and other consumer electronic products have experienced far more battery fires and explosions than e-cigs)
http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/troubleshooters/Hidden-Danger-of-Electronic-Cigarettes-340571902.html

Mike Siegel: American Lung Association and CVS campaign downplays the importance of smoking in preventing lung cancer
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/11/american-lung-association-and-cvs.html



- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2015-11-13