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Bill Godshall Update 2015-12-03

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - December 3rd, 2015

 

Contents:
FDA Deeming Ban, Related FDA, Vaping Documentary, THR Surveillance, THR Business, Taxation, Vaping Bans, Flavoring Ban / Minimum Age, Minimum Age Laws, Minimum Age Laws, Prohibition, Advertising Bans, Plain Packaging, TPP, THR Research, Varenicline (Chantix / Champix), Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies.

 

FDA Deeming Ban

CASAA Call to Action asks vapers to urge Congress to prevent FDA from banning vapor products through the budget process
http://blog.casaa.org/2015/11/national-call-to-action-stop-fda-from.html
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzaeY6YSkAHpZUp1MDdKamhWQUk/view?pli=1

SFATA urges Senate Appropriations Cmte to include HR 2058 language in final spending bill
http://sfata.org/sfata-urges-senate-appropriations-committee-to-include-h-r-2058-language-in-final-spending-bill/

Godshall meets with White House OMB/OIRA once again urging rejection of FDA deeming ban on vapor products
https://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/threads/godshall-meets-with-white-house-omb-oira-again-urging-rejection-of-fda-deeming-ban-on-vapor-products.716026/

E-cigarette industry urges Senators to save vaping business from FDA prohibition
http://dailycaller.com/2015/11/30/ecigarette-grover-norquist-smoking-ban-vaping/

Vaping industry wants to push back FDA grandfather date
http://thehill.com/regulation/lobbying/261395-vaping-industry-wants-to-push-back-fda-grandfather-date

Legislative rider could save 99 percent of the e-cigarette industry from prohibition
http://dailycaller.com/2015/11/25/this-legislative-rider-could-save-99-percent-of-the-e-cigarette-industry-from-prohibition/

Grover Norquist urges Congress to change FDA rule that could wipe out e-cig industry
http://dailycaller.com/2015/11/24/grover-norquist-urges-congress-to-change-fda-rule-that-could-wipeout-e-cigarette-industry/

Siegel/Ballin op/ed: Smokers deserve lower-risk alternatives to deadly cigarettes;
opposes FDA deeming ban on vapor products and urges changing 2007 grandfather date, but inaccurately claims FDA has authority to establish vapor product standards without imposing deeming ban, and absurdly calls vapor prohibitionists “anti-smoking groups”.
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/261323-smokers-deserve-lower-risk-alternatives-to-the-deadly

Carl Phillips – FDA pseudo-regulation of e-cigarettes: what possible benefit?
http://antithrlies.com/2015/11/16/fda-pseudo-regulation-of-e-cigarettes-what-possible-benefit/

ACSH invited to White House to advise on tobacco harm reduction
http://acsh.org/2015/11/acsh-invited-to-white-house-for-tobacco-harm-reduction-conference/

Carl Phillips – FDA and e-cigarettes: the dangers of radical policy action
http://antithrlies.com/2015/11/18/fda-and-e-cigarettes-the-dangers-of-radical-policy-action/

Mike Siegel: Why are Altria and Reynolds American supporting increased competition against cigarettes?
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/11/why-are-altria-and-reynolds-american.html

NY Times editorial lobbies Congress to fund FDA’s cigarette protecting vapor sales ban, falsely credits the FDA, CDC, Obamacare and Big Pharma for huge recent decline in smoking caused by vaping; criticizes Republicans for trying to keep vapor products legal
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/22/opinion/sunday/dont-let-progress-on-tobacco-evaporate.html

NY Times runs another editorial lobbying Congress to fund FDA’s vapor sales ban, absurdly refers to vapers, vapor companies and public health as “narrow interests” and “specific campaign donors”, partisan headline calls measure to keep vapor products legal “The G.O.P.’s Worst Budget Riders”.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/02/opinion/the-gops-worst-budget-riders.html

Joel Nitzkin: Understanding the crusade against e-cigarettes
http://www.rstreet.org/2015/11/23/understanding-the-crusade-against-e-cigarettes/

FDA reopens public comment period (until December 30) for proposed regulation that would trample Judge Leon’s 2010 ruling in Sottero v FDA by redefining “therapeutic claim” to include any/all truthful e-cig marketing claim about product’s purpose (to replace cigarette smoking), take away 1st Amendment rights of vapor product companies, and to further deceive the public to believe vaping is as harmful as smoking cigarettes
http://www.regulations.gov/?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery#!documentDetail;D=FDA-2015-N-2002-0008

CASAA Call to Action urges vapers to comment against FDA’s proposal to deny vapers, smokers and the public access to truthful information about vapor products (by redefining any vapor marketing claim that compares vaping with cigarettes or smoking as a “therapeutic claim” in violation of the FDCA)
http://blog.casaa.org/2015/11/fda-call-to-action-submit-comments-on.html

Altria touts the TCA and many FDA tobacco regulations (that PM/Altria lobbied for since 2000 to protect its Marlboro cigarette empire from market competition by far less harmful smokefree alternatives) as beneficial for public health
http://www.altria.com/About-Altria/Federal-Regulation-of-Tobacco/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=federalregulation

Brad Rodu: FDA and CDC generate smokeless scaremongering
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2015/11/fda-and-cdc-generate-smokeless.html

Brad Rodu – Memo to the FDA: Please correct errors on your website
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db217.pdf

Related FDA

How Big Pharma gave America its heroin problem (with FDA approval)
http://www.psmag.com/health-and-behavior/how-big-pharma-gave-america-its-heroin-problem

Vaping Documentary

Regulator Watch: A Billion Lives – Exclusive Interview with Aaron Biebert
https://www.facebook.com/RegulatorWatch/videos/413031828891372/?fref=nf

Guy Bentley – The Great E-Cigarette Cover-Up: Why Big Pharma And Public Health Are Lying About The Dangers of Vaping
http://dailycaller.com/2015/11/20/the-great-e-cigarette-cover-up-why-big-pharma-and-public-health-are-lying-about-the-dangers-of-vaping/

THR Surveillance

2014 UK survey of 11-15 year olds finds just 1% reported regular (i.e. weekly) e-cig use (including 17% of regular cigarette smokers, 13% of occasional cigarette smokers and 0% of never smokers); finds no change in regular cigarette smoking (3%) since 2013, a 50% decrease in occasional cigarette smoking (from 4% to 2%), and an increase among never smokers (from 78% to 82%).
http://www.natcen.ac.uk/media/1006810/Smoking-drinking-drug-use-2014.pdf
http://www.natcen.ac.uk/our-research/research/survey-of-smoking,-drinking-and-drug-use-among-young-people-in-england/

Clive Bates: Smoking and vaping among young people in England – reassuring new report
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=3475

THR Business

Reynolds and BAT’s Nicoventures sign vapor technology sharing and licensing agreement
http://www.reynoldsamerican.com/About-Us/Press-Releases/Press-Release-Details-/2015/RJ-Reynolds-Tobacco-Company-signs-vapor-technology-agreement-with-Nicoventures-Holdings-Limited/default.aspx
http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/reynolds-bat-finalize-vapor-tech-sharing-agreement/article_16af9132-983d-11e5-8cbc-133fef0e0f30.html

Reynolds developing new vapor products
http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/reynolds-believes-vuse-innovations-will-spur-e-cig-sales/article_d20778c4-5d77-5e1f-abc0-3f166228d7be.html

SFATA announces newly elected board members
http://sfata.org/sfata-announces-newly-elected-board-members/

Taxation

California ballot initiative would tax lifesaving vapor products at same rate as deadly cigarettes to punish vapers who quit smoking, discourage smokers from switching, deceive the public to believe vapor is as harmful as cigarettes, and to further enrich government funded vaping prohibitionists and propagandists
https://www.oag.ca.gov/system/files/initiatives/pdfs/15-0081%20%28Tobacco%20Tax%20V3%29.pdf?

SFATA’s Cynthia Cabrera: Vaping isn’t the same as tobacco, and shouldn’t be treated as such (California)
http://www.contracostatimes.com/opinion/ci_29167215/guest-commentary-vaping-isnt-same-tobacco-and-shouldnt

California tobacco tax measures supporters, foes prepare for battle
http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_29180114/california-tobacco-tax-measures-supporters-foes-prepare-battle

Ballot initiative would triple cigarette tax; Godshall comments
http://capitolweekly.net/initiative-cigarette-increase-taxes-triple-tobacco/

Big Tobacco funded Mackinac Center for Public Policy continues to exaggerate interstate cigarette smuggling (as they estimated far more cigarettes are smuggled into majority of states than are smuggled out of other states) to lobby against cigarette tax hikes
https://www.mackinac.org/21924

Vaping bans

Quebec government protects cigarettes by banning vaping everywhere smoking is banned
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-new-law-tobacco-e-cigarettes-patio-1.3339479
http://www.cjad.com/cjad-news-human-interest/2015/11/26/new-antismoking-law-passes-unanimously-in-national-assembly

Petition drive challenges Kansas City vaping ban; bill sponsor deceitfully conflates vapor with tobacco smoke, falsely claims e-cigs addict youth
http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article46751965.html

UK Parliament wastes cash on ‘absurd’ outdoor vaping areas
MPs flout parliament ban and use e-cigs in offices and bars
http://www.sunnation.co.uk/parliament-wastes-cash-on-absurd-outdoor-vaping-areas/

Welsh lawmakers have not reached decision to ban vaping, as five Labor members support vaping ban, four oppostion AMs oppose vaping ban, and one AM suggesting less restriction on vaping than on smoking
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/politics/inquiry-fails-decide-whether-national-10527206
http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/14113887.Assembly_Members_still_unsure_whether_banning_smoking_e_cigarettes_is_a_good_or_bad_idea/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-34967200

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wayne flip flops on THC vaping, now wants all vaping banned (despite no evidence vaping poses any harm or risks to nonusers).
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/11/28/wynne-shares-concerns-about-medical-marijuana-vaping-rules.html
https://news.vice.com/article/ontario-tells-medical-marijuana-users-they-can-light-up-anywhere
https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r15337

Flavoring Ban, Minimum Age

CASAA Call to Action urges Boston vapers to oppose proposal to ban sales of low risk flavored vapor, smokeless and OTP (but not far more harmful menthol cigarettes) by vast majority of retailers, ban sales of vapor and tobacco products at pharmacies and healthcare institutions, raise minimum age for vapor and tobacco product sales to 21.
http://blog.casaa.org/2015/11/boston-ma-local-alert-board-of-health.html
http://www.bphc.org/boardofhealth/regulations/Documents/Tobacco%20Control%20Youth%20Access%20Proposed%20Amendments%2011%209%202015.pdf
http://www.bphc.org/boardofhealth/regulations/Documents/Tobacco%20Control%20Workplace%20Proposed%20Amendments%2011%209%2015.pdf

Minimum Age Laws

Compliance check study finds percentage of NYC retailers requesting ID from youthful cigarette consumers declined from 71% (when minimum sales age was 18 years) to 62% after minimum sales age was raised to 21 years for all tobacco and vapor products.
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2015/11/19/tobaccocontrol-2015-052547.abstract
http://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2015/11/20/new-study-shows-marked-decline-in-compliance-with-new-york-citys-tobacco-laws-after-increasing-age-to-purchase-tobacco-products-from-18-to-21.html
http://www.nyunews.com/2015/11/30/nyc-vendors-not-complying-to-21-and-up-cigarette-law-change/
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/fewer-new-york-shops-ask-for-id-when-selling-cigarettes-112315.html

MA Legislature’s Public Health Cmte considers raising minimum age for lifesaving vapor products, deadly cigarettes and OTP
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/29/us/massachusetts-like-boston-weighs-raising-legal-age-for-buying-cigarettes-to-21.html?_r=1

Bloomberg media op/ed advocates raising minimum age for cigarette sales to 21, but touts laws that raised legal age for sales of lifesaving vapor products and low risk OTP
http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-11-30/raise-the-smoking-age-to-21

EU TPD

EU Commission adopts common notification format for submitting info on e-cigs
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32015D2183

EU Commission adopts common notification format for submitting info on tobacco products
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:JOL_2015_312_R_0003

Prohibition

Malaysian vapor prohibitionists cite WHO policy to advocate vapor product ban
http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v8/ge/newsgeneral.php?id=1195233

Malaysian Health Minister says e-cigs will be regulated, not banned
http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/11/113830/regulate-not-ban

Sultan of Johor (Malaysia) protects cigarettes, threatens lives by banning vapor products
http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/johor-officially-bans-sale-e-cigarette-products

E-cig sales increase at vape shops in Malaysia despite government raids
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/despite-clampdown-more-flock-to-vape-stores-after-cigarette-price-hike

Phoney consumer group again urges Malaysia to protect cigarettes by banning e-cigs
http://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/letters/2015/12/02/government-should-ban-vaping-and-ecigarettes/

Advertising Bans

Vapor prohibitionist WHO calls for more tobacco ad bans after study finds poor countries haven’t enforced existing bans (that WHO lobbied to enact), falsely claims tobacco ad bans are necessary to prevent increase in smoking (as youth and adult smoking rates have plummeted to record lows in the US, largely due to vaping, despite no tobacco ad ban)
http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/93/12/15-155846-ab/en/
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-12/botw-pca112315.php

Plain Packaging

PMI funded study finds no evidence 2013 Australian Plain Packaging law reduced smoking prevalence or cigarette consumption
http://www.ipe-saarland.de/english/news/

JTI says Australian plain packaging law ineffective, says tobacco controllers falsely claiming plain packaging law reduced smoking rate
http://www.jti.com/media/news-releases/australian-government-struggles-hide-failure-tobacco-branding-ban/

French parliament votes to require plain packaging for cigarettes (despite no evidence it would reduce smoking or cigarette consumption), tobacco companies plan to sue
http://www.afp.com/en/news/french-give-nod-plain-cigarette-packaging
http://www.packagingnews.co.uk/news/markets/tobacco/france-passes-plain-pack-law-26-11-2015

TPP

Simon Lester – The TPP Tobacco Carveout: A Triumph of Politics Over Good Policy
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/simon-lester/the-tpp-tobacco-carveout_b_8683498.html

THR Research

Two new Altria studies found “that indoor vaping of MarkTen® prototype e-cigarette does not produce chemical constituents at quantifiable levels or background levels using standard industrial hygiene collection techniques and analytical methods.” http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15459624.2015.1116693

Mike Siegel: New study suggest very little risk associated with passive vaping, at least with MarkTen e-cigarettes
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/11/new-study-suggests-very-little-risk.html

Brad Rodu – Another Smokeless Tobacco Myth: The Dangerous White Patch
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2015/12/another-smokeless-tobacco-myth_2.html

Varenicline (Chantix / Champix)

Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration requires psychiatric warnings for Campix
http://www.9news.com.au/health/2015/12/02/12/13/safety-info-upgraded-for-anti-smoking-drug

Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Mike Siegel: World Lung Foundation disseminates conclusion that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking based on a bogus study
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/12/world-lung-foundation-disseminates.html

Mike Siegel: Physicians from Weill Cornell Medical College recommend that pediatricians lie to adolescents about electronic cigarettes
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/12/physicians-from-weill-cornell-medical.html

Legacy (which has lobbied FDA to ban e-cigs since 2009) demonizes vaping once again under guise of “research”, denounces e-cig ads because they might encourage smokers to switch to vaping, criticizes tobacco companies for market vapor products to smokers.
http://truthinitiative.org/sites/default/files/VAPORIZED%20-%20FINAL%20VERSION.pdf
http://truthinitiative.org/research/tobacco-product-displays-shape-teens-risk-future-cigarette-use
http://truthinitiative.org/research/rapid-increase-e-cigarette-ad-spending-2014
http://truthinitiative.org/research/vaporized-majority-youth-exposed-e-cigarette-advertising
http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/11/06/ntr.ntv235.abstract
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-11/oupu-nsa111915.php

DHHS funded RAND study advocates banning retailer tobacco displays (so adult customers won’t know what products are available, and retail clerks waste more time waiting on tobacco customers) by claiming teens are less susceptible to cigarette smoking if they cannot see tobacco displays in a mock retail convenience store
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2015/11/17/tobaccocontrol-2015-052529.abstract
http://www.rand.org/news/press/2015/11/23.html
http://consumer.healthday.com/kids-health-information-23/adolescents-and-teen-health-news-719/hiding-tobacco-walls-in-stores-might-lower-kids-smoking-rates-705491.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/24/us-health-teens-tobacco-idUSKBN0TD22U20151124

Guy Bentley: Stanford paper attacking e-cigarette advocates is riddled with factual errors
http://dailycaller.com/2015/11/30/stanford-paper-attaking-e-cigarette-advocates-is-riddled-with-factual-errors/

UCLA’s Tamika Gilreath tells news media e-cigs and hookah aren’t safer than cigarettes, and that e-cigs can renormalize cigarette smoking after her study found more California teens have used e-cigs and hookah than cigarettes in past month
http://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(15)00383-3/abstract
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/27/us-health-teens-hookah-idUSKBN0TG2CH20151127#S3GqZfUSAeh9KvY5.97

Penn State study finds levels of free radicals in cigarette smoke 100 to 1,000 times greater than levels in e-cig aerosol, but Penn State and study author grossly misrepresent findings to news media by claiming study found e-cigs emit dangerous chemicals
http://news.psu.edu/story/383055/2015/12/02/research/potentially-dangerous-molecules-detected-e-cigarette-aerosols

Study authors grossly exaggerate negligible risks of skin exposure to, absorption of nicotine to demonize e-liquid, but not FDA approved nicotine skin patches
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26619784#

Anti vaping activists find smokers and exsmokers accounted for most ‘past month” teen users of an e-cig in CA in 2013/14 (but survey never asked if nicotine was vaped), then ignored public health benefits found in study conclusion by claiming “E-cigarette use is very prevalent among California students who have never smoked tobacco.”
http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2015.302899

Journal of Adolescent Health publishes article that lies about and demonizes vaping, urges doctors to do the same to youth patients
http://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X%2815%2900304-3/pdf

Mike Siegel: Thanks to invalid NEJM formaldehyde study, public is being told that cancer risk from vaping is 15 times higher than from smoking
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/11/thanks-to-invalid-nejm-formaldehyde.html

Cochrane Library exaggerates negligible risks of smokeless tobacco (which are 99% less harmful than cigarettes), hawks Big Pharma products to smokeless tobacco users
http://www.cochrane.org/CD004306/TOBACCO_ways-help-people-stop-using-smokeless-tobacco-including-chewing-tobacco-snuff-and-snus

FDA and AACR propaganda about carcinogens and nicotine in low risk smokeless tobacco generates story repeating fearmongering claims about smokeless tobacco
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/20/us-health-tobacco-smokeless-idUSKCN0T92YE20151120#JT2gsKDoAGjddScg.97

Poe Center for Health Education’s Deborah Hendren repeats many lies about vapor products to confuse, scare and lobby for FDA ban (North Carolina)
http://www.wral.com/poe-center-unregulated-e-cigs-creating-next-generation-of-nicotine-addicts/15116360/

OneCape Health News’ Laurie Higgins repeats many false fear mongering claims about vaping without any fact checking
http://www.capecod.com/newscenter/do-e-cigarettes-help-you-quit-smoking/



- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2015-12-03