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Bill Godshall Update 2016-05-07

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - May 7th, 2016

 

Contents:
FDA Malpractice, Prohibitionists Support FDA Ban, US House Appropriations Cmte, More DHHS Funded Propaganda, DOT, California, Minimum Age Laws,
Vaping Ban, Smoking / Smoking / Vaping Ban, Canada, Australia, UK / EU TPD, Prohibition vs Public Health, Research, Conferences, THR Advocacy, RCP Report, Anti-THR Financing, FDA Chantix Lobbying, More Junk Science - Propaganda - Lies.


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FDA Malpractice

Obama’s FDA commits public health malpractice, protects cigarettes, threatens lives of vapers and smokers, unethically and inhumanely bans lifesaving nicotine vapor products

FDA press release headline falsely claims cigarette protecting Deeming Regulation (that bans the sale of >99.9% of lifesaving nicotine vapor products on May 5, 2018) protects Americans from “dangers of tobacco”, release falsely claims Deeming Regulation bans sales of e-cigarettes to minors (as it doesn’t ban sales of no-nicotine e-cigs, which are used by most teens who vape).
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/UCM499234.htm

FDA issues Final Rule for Vapor Deeming Ban (499 pages); to ban vape shops from mixing (i.e. manufacturing) e-liquid and perhaps other products August 8, 2016; to ban sales of all nicotine vapor products to adults on or before August 8, 2018.
https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2016-10685.pdf
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/05/10/2016-10685/deeming-tobacco-products-to-be-subject-to-the-federal-food-drug-and-cosmetic-act-as-amended-by-the?
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/RulesRegulationsGuidance/ucm394909.htm
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/RulesRegulationsGuidance/ucm388395.htm

White House calls FDA’s cigarette protecting e-cig ban a ‘common sense’ proposal
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-ecigarettes-whitehouse-idUSKCN0XW1WV

DHHS Sec. Sylvia Burwell commits public health malpractice, threatens lives of vapers and smokers, conflates lifesaving vapor products with lethal cigarettes, misrepresents scientific evidence, announces cigarette protecting vapor deeming ban.
http://www.hhs.gov/about/leadership/secretary/speeches/2016/tobacco-press-conference.html

Premarket Tobacco Product Applications for Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/RulesRegulationsGuidance/ucm499351.htm

Small Entity Compliance Guide: FDA Deems Certain Tobacco Products Subject to FDA Authority, Sales and Distribution Restrictions, and Health Warning Requirements for Packages and Advertisements
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/RulesRegulationsGuidance/ucm499353.htm

FDA offers Small Business Assistance (to tell companies their products are banned)
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/SmallBusiness/default.htm

FDA: Products, Ingredients and Components
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/ProductsIngredientsComponents/default.htm

FDA creates Deeming webpage “Extending Authorities to All Tobacco Products, Including E-Cigarettes, Cigars, and Hookah”
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/RulesRegulationsGuidance/ucm388395.htm

Keller and Heckman: Tobacco turmoil and the FDA’s regulatory authority
http://www.natlawreview.com/article/tobacco-turmoil-and-fda-s-regulatory-authority

CASAA: Royal College of Physicians promotes e-cigarettes while FDA rules effectively ban them
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/royal-college-of-physicians-promotes-e-cigarettes-while-fda-rules-effectively-ban-them-300264254.html

Mike Siegel: FDA E-Cigarette Deeming Regulations are a Disaster for Public Health
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/05/fda-e-cigarette-deeming-regulations-are.html

Mike Siegel op/ed in Wall St. Journal: The FDA’s vaporous thinking about e-cigs
http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-fdas-vaporous-thinking-about-e-cigs-1462487690?cb=logged0.7864068653208391

Jeff Stier: FDA went way too far on e-cigarettes
http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/05/05/e-cigarettes-fda-congress-smokers-editorials-debates/83983326/

VTA: FDA’s Deeming Regulation went from bad to worse for the vapor industry
https://www.docdroid.net/voE34fR/vta-guidance-initial-reactions-to-fdas-deeming-regulation.pdf.html

Konstantinos Farsalinos – FDA deeming regulation on e-cigarettes: An effective ban on most (and on most effective) products
http://www.ecigarette-research.org/research/index.php/whats-new/whatsnew-2016/240-fda

Charlie Minato: FDA chooses Option 1, will regulate premium cigars
http://halfwheel.com/fda-chooses-option-1-will-regulate-premium-cigars/113855

Charlie Minato: Takeaways from FDAs decision to regulate cigars
http://halfwheel.com/5-takeaways-from-fdas-decision-to-regulate-cigars/113899

Fears new rules could see US cigar factory go up in smoke
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3566713/Fears-new-rules-US-cigar-factory-smoke.html

Kyle Smith: Why is the government out to destroy vaping?
http://nypost.com/2016/05/01/why-is-the-government-out-to-destroy-vaping/

JD Tuccile: Government officials are determined to turn vapers into scofflaws
http://reason.com/archives/2016/05/03/government-officials-are-determined-to-t

Sarah Beller: Is the e-cigarette debate turning anti-smoking groups into a new Big Tobacco?
https://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/is-the-e-cigarette-debate-turning-anti-smoking-groups-into-a-new-big-tobacco/

ACSH’s Hank Campbell: FDA finalizes ruling on e-cigarettes
http://acsh.org/news/2016/05/05/fda-finalizes-ruling-on-e-cigarettes-rules/

Jeb Kinnison: FDA wants more lung cancer
https://jebkinnison.com/2016/05/05/fda-wants-more-lung-cancer/

Susan Adams: Can E-cigarettes Survive the War Against Vaping?
http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2016/05/05/can-e-cigarettes-survive-the-war-against-vaping/#f12070d69b2d
http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/#2c89c2e858ba

Reuters headline falsely claims FDA’s vapor/cigar/hookah sales ban to adults is a vapor/cigar/hookah sales ban to minors, but article acknowledges Big Tobacco benefits.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-ecigarettes-idUSKCN0XW1C9?utm
"The winners are the large tobacco manufacturers, primarily Altria (MO.N) and Reynolds (American) (RAI.N), which have the experience and financial wherewithal" to deal with FDA processes, said Adam Fleck, an equity analyst at Morningstar. "The net result is a very fragmented e-cigarette market is likely to be consolidated."

FDA Regulations won’t slow down Big Tobacco, analysts say
"We believe this will thwart new product innovation from many small companies and favor the large tobacco companies," Stifel analyst Chris Growe wrote.
http://wbt.com/new-fda-regulations-wont-slow-down-big-tobacco-analysts-say/
The FDA's rules will especially affect the businesses of smaller e-cigarette makers, which may not have the resources to comply with the agency's approval process, said Michael Lavery, an analyst with Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia (CLSA) Americas in New York. Lavery said that "could be a positive" for larger tobacco companies, such as Altria Group, Reynolds-American and Imperial Brand

Washington Post article deceptively touts FDA’s cigarette protecting life threatening vapor ban as needed to protect youth, portrays teen e-cig use worse than teen smoking
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the-federal-government-is-about-to-begin-regulating-the-booming-e-cigarette-market/2016/05/05/d22ddec0-130b-11e6-93ae-50921721165d_story.html

NY Times’ Sabrina Tavernise once again falsely portrays FDA’s cigarette protecting vapor deeming ban as beneficial for public health when announcing new rule
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/06/science/fda-rules-electronic-cigarettes.html

USA Today article hypes FDA vapor deeming ban
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/05/05/feds-expected-announce-final-e-cigarette-rule-could-nearly-ban-them/83951786/

Guardian article: The regulations “will cause a modern-day prohibition of products that are recognized worldwide as far less hazardous than cigarettes”, said Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association. “If the FDA’s rule is not changed by Congress or the courts, thousands of small businesses will close in two to three years.”
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/05/fda-ecigarette-brands-review-federal-oversight

CNN falsely touts FDA’s cigarette protecting deeming ban as benefiting public health
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/05/05/health/fda-e-cigarettes-regulation/
Ray Story, the founder and CEO of theTobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, called the ruling "a complete disaster."

Philadelphia Inquirer article on FDA deeming ban
“This is not regulation. This is prohibition that will kill jobs, cost lives, and further entrench America’s largest cigarette companies,” said Gregory Conley. “For the first time in American history, consumers will have to go to the black market to purchase a far less hazardous alternative to a completely legal product – deadly cigarettes,” he said.
http://www.philly.com/philly/health/20160506_New_e-cig_rules_will_be_first_for_Pa_.html
Bill Godshall, executive director of Smokefree Pennsylvania, and former three-pack-a- day smoker who once worked for the American Cancer Society also says e-cigs are “harm-reducing”. “I’m not saying [e-cigs] are safe, but they’re safer. They reduce risks. It’s about harm reduction; you’re not inhaling smoke. There is no carbon monoxide, and there is no tar. They’re not going to give you cancer.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article on FDA Deeming Ban “If the regulations are implemented, the cost to small-business owners would make the product too expensive. We’d have to hire teams of lawyers and scientists to analyze the liquid ingredients,” said Mr. Hughes, who owns Fat Cat Vapor Shop in Montoursville, Lycoming County.
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2016/05/05/FDA-brings-e-cigarettes-under-federal-authority-electronic-cigarettes-regulations/stories/201605050181
Bill Godshall, founder and executive director of SmokeFree Pennsylvania, said the FDA rules would drive smaller companies out of business, hand over the industry to big national and intenational tobacco companies, and would “be a disaster for public health” because e-cigarette users would return to tobacco.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article on FDA Deeming Ban
“This is a huge disaster for public health that is being disguised as a victory for public health,” said e-cigarette supporter Bill Godshall, executive director of Smokefree Pennsylvania. “Let's call it what it really is: the prohibition of e-cigarettes.”
http://triblive.com/news/healthnow/10422338-74/cigarettes-health-cigarette
“This will close down thousands of small businesses and put tens of thousands of people out of work,” Conley said. “This also will create a perverse result of people having to turn to the black market to get a less hazardous alternative to a legal deadly product — cigarettes.”

Buffalo News article on FDA’s cigarette protecting ban on lifesaving vapor products
http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/fda-taking-action-to-regulate-e-cigarettes-20160505

New FDA regulations will force local vape shop to stop manufacturing
http://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-palm-beach-county/west-palm-beach/new-fda-regulations-will-force-local-vape-shop-to-seize-manufacturing

A ‘slow death sentence’? New FDA regulations raise concern in OC’s vaping community
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/vaping-714917-tobacco-cigarettes.html

Seattle Times article reveals politicians clueless that FDA just protected cigarettes by banning sales of vapor products to adults
http://www.seattletimes.com/news/new-fda-e-cigarette-rules-leave-local-fans-foes-sharply-divided/

Prohibitionists Support FDA Ban

Prohibitionists praise and misrepresent FDA’s vapor product ban

NY Times editorial praises FDA’s cigarette protecting vapor product ban, calls for more FDA bans, denies scientific evidence, repeats fear mongering lies about vaping.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/07/opinion/keeping-e-cigarettes-away-from-the-kids.html

Vaping prohibitionist Michael Bloomberg delusionally calls e-cigs “a serious threat to the progress we have made reducing smoking rates,” criticizes FDA’s cigarette protecting vapor ban as not enough.
https://www.mikebloomberg.com/news/the-fdas-new-regulations-on-tobacco/?utm

Big Pharma (and Michael Bloomberg) financed CTFK’s Matt Myers deceitfully claims RCP report on e-cigarettes “shows exactly why we need” FDA’s Deeming Regulation that bans the sale of >99.9% of nicotine vapor products to adult vapers and smokers, falsely insinuates FDA Deeming Regulation bans sales of no-nicotine e-cigs (that are used by most teen vapers) to youth, falsely claims e-cigs don’t help smokers quit (after millions of vapers have quit smoking).
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2016_04_28_ecig

Clive Bates: Missing the Point (suggests FDA regulatory alternatives that would improve, instead of threaten, public health in response to Matt Myers’ editorial urging FDA to strictly enforce the FCA’s 2007 grandfather date by banning all new tobacco products) http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/25/3/243.full/reply#tobaccocontrol_el_13670

CTFK’s Matt Myers (who insisted FDA should never be allowed to ban cigarettes by lobbying for TCA) keeps protecting cigarettes and threatening public health by lying about lifesaving vapor products, praising FDA’s vapor product ban http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2016_05_05_ecig

Legacy lies initiative’s Robin Koval praises FDA’s cigarette protecting vapor ban, calls for even more cigarette protecting bans, lies about vaping.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fda-regulations-on-tobacco-products-welcomed-but-fda-still-has-critical-to-do-list-300263771.html

MD Anderson applauds FDA’s cigarette protecting vapor product ban, which also preserves MD Anderson’s future revenues treating thousands of sick and dying smokers.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-05/uotm-maa050516.php

March of Dimes praises FDA’s cigarette protecting vapor product ban
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/march-of-dimes-applauds-fda-deeming-rule-on-tobacco-products-300263676.html

Medscape headline falsely claims FDA’s nicotine e-cigarette sales ban to adults is a sales ban to youth.
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/862928

HealthDay reprints FDA’s deceitful PR spin on its vapor product sales ban to adults
https://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/smoking-cessation-news-628/fda-banning-e-cigarette-sales-to-minors-710720.html
https://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/misc-tobacco-health-news-666/health-tip-are-e-cigarettes-safe-710162.html

MedPage Today invites e-cig prohibitionists and propagandists to praise FDA’s cigarette protecting vapor deeming ban, and demand even more cigarette protecting bans on vapor
http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/Smoking/57746?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2016-05-06&eun=g220600d0r

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) applauds FDA’s cigarette protecting vapor deeming ban, and urges FDA to also ban e-liquid flavorings that have helped millions quit smoking
https://www.merkley.senate.gov/news/press-releases/merkley-applauds-finalization-of-fda-tobacco-rule-urges-swift-further-action-on-candy-and-fruit-flavored-e-cigarettes

US Sen. Barbara Boxer praises FDA’s cigarette protecting vapor ban, calls for federal vapor advertising ban
http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/sen-boxer-pushes-partial-e-cigarette-ad-ban/156265

USA Today editorial applauds FDA’s cigarette protecting ban of lifesaving vapor products, fails to acknowledge any of the disastrous ramifications.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/05/05/e-cigarettes-vaping-fda-teens-smoking-editorials-debates/83986508/

Sacramento Bee article absurdly claims FDA’s cigarette protecting vapor product ban, and CA’s new cigarette protective anti-vaping laws as benefiting public health
http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article75957972.html

Former public health advocate Lawrence Gostin absurdly claims FDA’s cigarette protecting vapor product ban doesn’t go far enough, urges more cigarette protections
http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2016-05-06/curbing-e-cigarettes-and-tobacco-use-would-be-obamas-real-moonshot

Hispanic health group makes many false claims about vaping and FDA’s vapor ban
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-alliance-for-hispanic-health-statement-on-fda-action-on-tobacco-will-save-lives-and-help-reverse-hispanic-tobacco-tipping-point-300263793.html

Vox headline falsely claims “The Wild West of e-cigarettes just ended”; as FDA’s vapor deeming ban is creating a truly Wild West of black markets and DIY homemade e-liquid http://www.vox.com/2016/5/5/11595784/fda-rule-e-cigarettes-tobacco

Journal Sentinel’s Raquel Rutledge repeats many false fear mongering claims about e-cigs (that she previously wrote) when praising FDA’s cigarette protecting vapor ban
http://www.jsonline.com/news/fda-crack-down-on-e-cigarettes-requires-disclosure-of-all-ingredients-b99720071z1-378343061.html

Everett Herald (WA) editorial falsely claims FDA vapor ban doesn’t ban sales to adults,
while calling for FDA to impose even more bans
http://www.heraldnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?aid=/20160506/OPINION01/160509351/FDA-can-go-further-with-its-vaping-rules-&template=MobileArt

Vogue editorial repeats many false claims about vaping to lobby for FDA vapor ban
http://www.vogue.com/13434334/e-cigarette-health-risks-carcinogen-secondhand-addiction-nicotine/

US House Appropriations Cmte

Keller and Heckman: The Cole-Bishop amendment to the Agricultural Appropriations bill amending the Grandfather Date for “Deemed” Products Passes House Committees – What Next?
https://www.khlaw.com/9094

Alan Viard/Sally Satel: House Appropriations Committee strikes blow for public heatlh
https://www.aei.org/publication/house-appropriations-committee-strikes-blow-for-public-health/

NY Times editorial admits FDA Deeming Regulation bans lifesaving e-cigarettes when criticizing House Republicans for trying “To prevent the agency from taking e-cigarettes off the market,” conflates lifesaving e-cigs with deadly cigarettes, claims keeping e-cigs legal “can and will do real damage”, but fails to admit that damage would occur to cigarette, drug and healthcare companies (that profit from cigarette smoking), fails to acknowledge RCP or PHE reports finding vaping is 95% less harmful than cigarette smoking and urging smokers to switch to vaping.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/02/opinion/appropriations-trickery-in-congress.html

Article on US House Appropriations Committee approval of exemptions from FDA’s deeming ban
http://www.sfexaminer.com/house-bill-curb-new-regulation-e-cigarettes-cigars/

Star Ledger (NJ) editorial claims protecting kids from e-cigs more important for FDA than reducing 480,000 annual deaths caused by cigarette smoking, fails to acknowledge the FDA Deeming Regulation would ban sales of nicotine e-cigs to adults, but would ban the no nicotine e-cigs (used by 80% of teen vapers) to teens.
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/05/fda_must_keep_e-cigarettes_from_kids_editorial.html

More DHHS Funded Propaganda

More DHHS funded junk science, propaganda, lies and lobbying

FDA launches abstinence-only anti-tobacco/vapor propaganda program for LGBT young adults to promote “tobacco free lives” (after LGBT community has been devastated by abstinence-only moralist policies and by harm reduction opponents)
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm498544.htm
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/PublicHealthEducation/PublicEducationCampaigns/ThisFreeLifeCampaign/default.htm
https://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/smoking-cessation-news-628/stop-smoking-campaign-targets-lgbt-young-adults-710578.html
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article75103722.html

FDA/NIH funded vapor prohibitionist Stan Glantz praises FDA’s cigarette protecting vapor ban by claiming “The best evidence that this rule represents a step (albeit small) forward is the fact that Mike Siegel has described it as “a disaster for public health.””
https://tobacco.ucsf.edu/fda-deeming-rule-step-forward-especially-if-fda-acts-quickly-advertising-rules-and-educational-campaign

FDA/NCI funded RTI issues press release praising FDA Deeming Regulation
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/interview-alert-top-e-cigarette-researchers-on-fda-regulations-300263877.html

Newsy Science repeats many false fear mongering claims by CDC about e-cigarettes
(propaganda video appears to be part of CDC PR and lobbying campaign)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CY5EIpN-YNw

Parenting magazine article repeats many false fear mongering claims by CDC about e-cigarettes (article appears to be part of CDC PR and lobbying campaign)
http://www.parentherald.com/articles/39659/20160502/e-cigarette-smoking-advertisements-youth.htm

Kaleigh Rogers: What is the CDC implying with this vaping PSA?
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/what-is-the-cdc-implying-with-this-vaping-psa-e-cigarettes-smoking-tobacco

DOT

Legacy lies initiative’s Ellen Vargyas deceitfully conflates e-cig aerosol with tobacco smoke when claiming lawsuit challenging US DOT’s airline vaping ban is “unfounded”
http://truthinitiative.org/news/suit-challenges-federal-ban-e-cigarettes-flights

California

California Gov. Jerry Brown signs legislation banning vaping in workplaces, increasing minimum of age for vapor and tobacco product sales to 21, regulating vapor as tobacco.
Vetoes bill that would have allowed municipalities to tax tobacco and vapor products.
http://halfwheel.com/californias-tobacco-purchase-age-increase-becomes-law/113805
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_XGR_CALIFORNIA_TOBACCO_LAWS_CAOL-?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-05-05-02-12-28
http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-jerry-brown-smoking-bills-20160504-story.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2016/0505/Will-voters-try-to-repeal-California-s-21-smoking-age-law-video
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-tobacco-idUSKCN0XW02C
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/998538a697c046838cf121e6f9e6a22d/clock-starts-voters-reject-new-california-tobacco-age-0

SFATA CA denounces cigarette protecting anti vaping bills in California
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sfata-california-denounces-signing-of-bill-redefining-vapor-products-as-tobacco-300263329.html

CA Health Dept to set up under 21 tobacco stings
http://www.kcra.com/news/ca-health-department-to-set-up-under-21-tobacco-stings/39405494

San Jose Mercury-News confuses smoking with vaping, tobacco industry with vapor industry in praising CA’s and FDA’s cigarette protecting vaping and vapor product bans
http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_29855426/mercury-news-editorial-californias-historic-anti-smoking-week

Minimum Age Laws

CASAA asks RI vapers to oppose bill (SB 7737) to increase minimum age for vapor product sales to 21.
http://blog.casaa.org/2016/05/ri-take-action-to-oppose-tobacco-and.html

Altria CEO wants Congress to preempt state minimum age laws so Altria can again legally market highly addictive and deadly cigarettes to all 18 year olds in high school to ensure that all high school students will again have easy access. (Godshall comments)
http://www.csnews.com/product-categories/tobacco/altria-ceo-weighs-tobacco-minimum-wage-debate

Cigarette industry funded Heartland Institute lobbies to keep cigarette sales to high school students legal, conflates lifesaving vapor products with deadly cigarettes
http://www.bostonherald.com/opinion/op_ed/2016/04/stroud_move_to_raise_legal_age_won_t_snuff_out_smoking

Vaping Ban

Allegheny County (PA) Board of Health protects cigarettes by directing its attorney to draft regulations to ban vaping in workplaces.
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2016/05/05/FDA-brings-e-cigarettes-under-federal-authority-electronic-cigarettes-regulations/stories/201605050181

Smoking / vaping ban

NJ Senate Health Cmte passes bill (S 1734) to ban smoking and vaping at all state, county and local parks, forests, beaches
http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/news/local/senate-committee-advances-smoking-ban-at-nj-beaches-parks/article_75c989a8-10b4-11e6-9bfd-9303c0cec090.html
http://brick.shorebeat.com/2016/05/n-j-beach-smoking-ban-passes-latest-hurdle/

Canada

Canadian government proposes banning the sale of menthol tobacco products to adults “in order to make them less appealing to youth” (see pages 1149-1151)
http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2016/2016-04-30/pdf/g1-15018.pdf

Liberals propose ban on menthol cigarettes (Canada)
http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/blog.html?b=news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/liberals-propose-ban-on-menthol-cigarettes-signal-aggressive-anti-smoking-stance

Ottawa moves to ban menthol cigarettes, citing appeal to young
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-moves-to-ban-menthol-cigarettes-citing-appeal-to-young-smokers/article29808294/

Canadian Cancer Society’s Rob Cunningham deceitfully claims banning cigarette sales to adults “is an essential and necessary measure to protect Canadian kids” to lobby for proposed menthol cigarette ban.
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2016/04/29/tobaccocontrol-2015-052881.abstract?papetoc

Health Canada (which purportedly banned the sale of nicotine e-cigs to adults in 2008) recruits youth to try buying e-cigs at 4,000 retail outlets (but didn’t say if the e-cigs contained nicotine or not), finds two-thirds of stores refused to sell to minors
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/convenience-stores-ecigarettes-minors-health-canada-1.3560130

Australia

Australian government to increase cigarette tax by 12.5% every year for next four years
http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/tobacco-tax-rise-comes-after-cigarette-prices-soar-343-per-cent-in-20-years-20160504-goltel.html
http://www.inquisitr.com/3058181/australia-to-charge-cigarette-smokers-45-per-pack-by-2020/

Australian budget includes massive cigarette tax hike, black market cigarettes thriving
http://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/australian-economy/illegal-tobacco-industry-flourishing-in-australia-as-government-hikes-taxes/news-story/c1d28c0a1919d0fbcc499579a2386b28

UK / EU TPD

EU’s highest court unsurprisingly upholds TPD
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-court-tobacco-idUSKCN0XV0MB
http://www.euronews.com/newswires/3188945-eus-highest-court-upholds-new-restrictive-law-on-cigarettes/

New Nicotine Alliance submits comments to UK DOH “Assessing and mitigating unintended consequences of policies for vapour technologies and other low risk alternatives to smoking”
http://nnalliance.org/activities/consultations/114-nna-submits-comments-to-doh-on-unintended-consequences-of-vaping-policy
http://www.clivebates.com/documents/NNA-DH2016.pdf

EU TPD to ban e-cigarette ads on TV this month unless victorious in court this week
http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/business/Retail_and_leisure/article1691279.ece

BAT buys Ten Motives e-cigarette company
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/industries/consumer/article4741784.ece

Prohibition vs Public Health

Clive Bates: Regulators and the compliance fallacy – buying 99% nicotine e-liquid from China
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=4017

Florida company gears up to supply the underground “vaping prohibition”
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/florida-company-gears-up-to-supply-the-underground-vaping-prohibition-300264120.html

Clive Bates: The prohibitionists have nicotine in their cross-hairs
http://www.tdpf.org.uk/blog/prohibitionists-have-nicotine-their-cross-hairs

Clive Bates: Fighting the Vape Militia Online and Off – a reply to the speakers
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=3996

Amy Fairchild on e-cigs in the NEJM, discusses historically different attitudes to harm reduction in UK vs US (but fails to admit that ASH UK demonized e-cigs to lobby for UK MHRA’s e-cig ban several years ago, which won’t go into effect due to the EU TPD)
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1601154?query=health-policy-and-reform
Audiointerview:
http://www.nejm.org/action/showMediaPlayer?doi=10.1056%2FNEJMp1601154&aid=NEJMp1601154_attach_1&area=&viewType=Popup&viewClass=Audio


When two tribes go to war (regarding US FDA vs UK PHE/RCP
http://www.clarityse.com/clarityse-blog/2016/5/6/when-two-tribes-go-to-war

E-cigarettes sold in Dubai despite UAE-wide ban of sale
http://www.thenational.ae/uae/e-cigarettes-sold-in-dubai-despite-uae-wide-ban-of-sale

Research

Study finds nonsmokers and smokers in US greatly overestimate the risks of vaping (due to anti vaping propaganda), inaccurately perceiving vaping as posing more than half of the risks of cigarette smoking for lung cancer and total mortality (despite evidence indicating vaping is 99% less harmful than smoking cigarettes), finds nonsmokers overestimate risks of vaping more than smokers.
http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/AJHE_a_00042#.VyzRdtQrLMo

Ernst & Young report finds number of e-cigarette vapers in Uk, Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Russia and South Korea increased from 2.8 million in 2013 to 5.1 million 2015, with UK (4%) and France (3.5%) having highest percentage of vapers.
http://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/E-cigarettes-an-emerging-category/$FILE/EY-E-Cigarette-report.pdf

Study finds cotinine levels of vapers similar to those of smokers
http://www.drugandalcoholdependence.com/article/S0376-8716(16)00010-7/abstract

Study finds medical errors kill 251,000 Americans annually (but number doesn’t include dead smokers who were discouraged from switching to vaping by Big Medicine et al
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/05/03/researchers-medical-errors-now-third-leading-cause-of-death-in-united-states/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_medical-errors-655pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

Conferences

SFATA to hold annual conference on October 20/21 in Hollywood, FL
http://sfata.org/2016ConferenceandExpo

SRNT to hold conference in Prague September 8-10, 2016; Deadline for abstracts May 15, 2016.
http://www.srnt-e2016.com/

THR Advocacy

Christopher Russell creates YouTube channel “Vapers helping smokers to quit” http://nicotinesurveys.org/vhs2q_youtube/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFJnOg5iEO7dWDsABskeAUw

RCP Report

Regulator Watch: It’s just the science – Royal College of Physicians’ John Britton talks e-cigarette benefits and regulation
https://regulatorwatch.com/brent/its-just-the-science-royal-college-of-physicians-john-britton-talks-e-cigarette-benefits-regulation-regwatch-exclusive/

NPR interviews RCP’s John Britton about new report urging smokers to switch to vaping
http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2016/04/29/research-e-cigarettes

Clive Bates: Anti-vaping zealots write flat-earth letter to The Times
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=3954

Colin Mendelsohn: Australia’s prohibition of e-cigarettes is out of step with the evidence
https://theconversation.com/australias-prohibition-of-e-cigarettes-is-out-of-step-with-the-evidence-58725

THR opponents respond to John Britton’s BMJ article summarizing RCP report with even more false fear mongering claims about vaping
http://www.bmj.com/content/353/bmj.i1745/rapid-responses

Anti-THR financing

Bloomberg Philanthropies boasts about financing abstinence-only anti-THR organizations and agencies (including CTFK, CDC, WHO) since 2007 to deceive public to believe all tobacco products are as harmful as cigarettes, lobby for anti-THR policies
http://www.bloomberg.org/program/public-health/tobacco-control/#overview


CVS to give ACS $3.6 million to lobby for, implement and attempt to enforce unenforceable tobacco / vapor bans at colleges and universities
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-cancer-society-and-cvs-health-launch-bold-initiative-to-help-colleges-go-tobacco-free-300262261.html

NC Legislator introduces bill (SB 759) to give NC Health Dept $250,000 to lie about lifesaving vapor products
http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/bill-restores-some-funding-for-youth-tobacco-prevention/article_ac101424-91ea-5ffe-bc55-eb1317daf8d7.html

FDA smoking cessation drug regulation

Former Pfizer executive hypes Pfizer funded study to lobby FDA to remove warnings on Chantix
http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnlamattina/2016/05/05/the-fda-needs-to-change-the-label-for-the-smoking-cessation-drug-chantix/

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Biased activists review research on vaping and smoking cessation, then falsely claim “the evidence remains inconclusive”
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27113014

Hajek, McRobbie and Bullen expose fatal flaws in Kalhahorn & Glantz’s fraudulent meta analysis on e-cigarettes and smoking cessation.
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanres/article/PIIS2213-2600(16)30024-8/fulltext

Kalkahorn & Glantz defend their fraudulent study claiming e-cigs discourage smokers from quitting smoking.
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanres/article/PIIS2213-2600(16)30025-X/fulltext

 

- Bill Godshall

Godshall THR update 2016-05-07