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Bill Godshall Update 2016-09-23

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update, September 23rd, 2016

Contents:
Public Health Surveillance, Vaping Research, THR Education and Advocacy, THR Business, FDA, Congress, Taxation, Litigation, Flavoring Bans, Usage Bans, Minimum Age, Legalizing Vapor Products, Banning Speech, Historic Revisionism, More Junk Science - Propaganda - Lies.


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Public Health Surveillance

Public Health England survey finds smoking rate falls to record low 16.9% in 2015
(as increasingly more smokers switch to vaping)
http://www.tobaccoprofiles.info/tobacco-control#page/0/gid/1938132885/pat/15/par/E92000001/ati/6/are/E12000007/iid/92443/age/168/sex/4

Smoking rates in England fall to lowest on record
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-37406105

Number of smokers in England drops to an all-time record low
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3797458/Smoking-rates-England-lowest-record-say-health-officials.html

Number of smokers in England falls to record low
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/number-of-smokers-in-england-falls-to-record-low-a7317551.html

Rise in e-cigarettes use as smoking falls in Scotland
http://www.scotsman.com/news/rise-in-e-cigarettes-use-as-smoking-falls-in-scotland-1-4235535

Research finds increase in number of Scots using e-cigarettes as smoking declines
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14753743.Research_finds_increase_in_number_of_people_using_e_cigarettes/

Sharp decline in number of Scots children exposed to second-hand smoke in their homes
http://www.thenational.scot/news/sharp-drop-in-number-of-scots-children-exposed-to-second-hand-smoke-in-their-homes.22651

Christopher Snowdon – The government’s great triumph on smoking: it left e-cigarettes alone (UK)
http://health.spectator.co.uk/the-governments-great-triumph-on-smoking-it-left-e-cigarettes-alone/

Vaping Research

ACSH: Benefits of smoking cessation or harm reduction by vaping
http://acsh.org/news/2016/09/19/benefits-smoking-cessation-or-harm-reduction-vaping-10181
http://www.clinsci.org/content/early/2016/08/19/CS20160268

Jacob Sullum: Two new studies discredit the CDC’s dire warnings about e-cigarettes and teenagers
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobsullum/2016/09/15/two-new-studies-discredit-the-cdcs-dire-warnings-about-e-cigarettes-and-teenagers/
http://reason.com/archives/2016/09/19/more-reasons-to-doubt-that-vaping-is-a-g

BAT study finds toxicant levels in Vype ePen aerosol 95% less than in cigarette smoke
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.chemrestox.6b00188
http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/toxicant-levels-average-95-lower-in-e-cigarette-vapour-versus-cigarette-smoke-new-study-by-british-american-tobacco-593905331.html
http://www.bat-science.com/groupms/sites/BAT_9GVJXS.nsf/vwPagesWebLive/DOADUHH9

CDC survey of adult vapers in 2014 found the most common reasons for vaping were cessation/health (84.5%), consideration of others (71.5%), and convenience (56.7%); But CDC authors (who have made many false fear mongering claims about vaping to promote FDA’s deeming ban) falsely insinuate that vapor flavorings cause nicotine addiction (in the same sentence stating consumers should be provided accurate information on the health effects of e-cigarettes).
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091743516302687

Study finds smokers who didn’t want to quit smoking reduced cigarette consumption from average of 16 to 7 cigarettes per day when given flavored vapor products
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2016/09/15/tobaccocontrol-2016-053223.abstract

THR Education and Advocacy

Reason Foundation’s Julian Morris – The WHO’s Opposition to Tobacco Harm Reduction: A Threat to Public Health?
http://reason.org/files/pb136_tobacco_harm_reduction.pdf
http://reason.org/news/show/who-opposition-to-harm-reduction

US Think tank says WHO tobacco treaty a threat to public health
http://medicalobserverph.com/news-us-think-tank-says-who-tobacco-treaty-a-threat-to-public-health/

Gerry Stimson – A tale of two epidemics: drugs harm reduction and tobacco harm reduction in the United Kingdom
https://www.scribd.com/document/324944823/Gerry-Stimson-A-tale-of-two-epidemics
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/DAT-03-2016-0007

SFATA Annual Conference October 19-21, Hollywood, FL
http://sfata.org/2016ConferenceandExpo
http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=e739583f3fc216a80b74c12c3&id=b1b092e404&e=f4f6b4e57b

Anders Milton and 16 THR experts send letter to Swedish Health Ministry urging agency to publicly acknowledge and support snus as a low risk alternative for cigarette smokers
https://www.scribd.com/document/324791060/Letter-Wikstrom-15-Sept-2016-09-04-Final
https://www.scribd.com/document/324791719/Brev-Till-Wikstrom

Brad Rodu: “ENDS” don’t justify the means with e-cigarettes
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2016/09/ends-dont-justify-means-with-e.html

THR Business

NJOY files for bankruptcy under Chapter 11
http://ecigintelligence.com/njoy-files-for-bankruptcy-blaming-poor-sales-and-compliance-costs/
http://upshotservices.s3.amazonaws.com/files/7b9f0cd7-5494-4863-8692-c9869b4d49ce/436f5f5f-b0f9-41cf-a534-a7cf8c0c6160.pdf
http://www.cspdailynews.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/5-reasons-njoy-s-bankruptcy#page=0
http://nypost.com/2016/09/19/e-cigarette-maker-files-for-bankruptcy/

Mike Siegel: FDA-induced crumbling of e-cigarette market begins: NJOY files for bankruptcy
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/09/fda-induced-crumbling-of-e-cigarette.html

Sales of cigalike e-cigs increase in US during past several months
http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/electronic-cigarette-sales-rebound-ahead-of-tighter-fda-regulations/article_32e593b3-7ac4-50d4-992d-13bf52c6bc1b.html

FDA

Charles Seife: How the FDA manipulates the media (delineates how FDA censored Deeming Ban opponents from news stories)
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-the-fda-manipulates-the-media/

Mike Siegel: FDA violated ethics rules to censor dissenting opinions about its e-cigarette regulations
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/09/fda-violated-ethics-rules-to-censor.html

Judge Amy Berman Jackson reschedules Motions Hearing in Nicopure Labs v FDA for October 11 at 10:15AM in Courtroom 3
http://www.tobacco-on-trial.com/2016/09/16/docket-for-nicopure-labs-v-fda-et-al-sep-14-16-2016/

FDA sends warning letters to retailers selling newly regulated products to youth
http://halfwheel.com/fda-issues-first-set-of-warning-letters-to-retailers-selling-newly-regulated-products/130167
http://thehill.com/regulation/overnights/296173-overnight-regulation-fda-cracks-down-on-e-cig-sales

Brad Rodu – Selling tobacco to kids: FDA inspection data from 2015 and 2016
(finds 88% and 89% retailer compliance, 2% fined by FDA for repeat violations)
http://www.rstreet.org/op-ed/selling-tobacco-to-kids-fda-inspection-data-from-2015-and-2016/

FDA seeks voting members of TPSAC (who will do whatever FDA instructs them to do)
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/12/2016-21819/request-for-nominations-for-voting-members-on-a-public-advisory-committee-tobacco-products

Mike Siegel: Deciding vote in FDA advisory committee recommendation to remove Black Box warning for Chantix is cast by pharmaceutical company president
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/09/deciding-vote-in-fda-advisory-committee.html

General Cigar raises prices from $.10 - $.80 per cigar to cover compliance costs of FDA Deeming Regulation
http://halfwheel.com/general-cigar-raising-prices-cites-fda/130396

FDA releases 2017 tobacco user fee costs totaling $635 million (none for vapor products) http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Manufacturing/ucm521052.htm
http://halfwheel.com/fda-releases-2017-user-fee-costs/130440

Congress

Former House Speaker John Boehner joins Square Patton Boggs lobbying firm
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/21/business/dealbook/former-house-speaker-john-boehner-joins-washington-law-firm.html

Taxation

PA State Rep. Jeff Wheeland introduces bill (HB 2342) with 47 cosponsors that would change vapor tax from 40% to $.05/ml of e-liquid
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2015&sInd=0&body=H&type=B&bn=2342
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2015&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billNbr=2342&pn=3860

PA State Rep. Joseph Petrarca to introduce bill to repeal 40% vapor tax
http://www.pahouse.com/Petrarca/InTheNews/NewsRelease/?id=79072
http://www.pahouse.com/petrarca

CASAA urges PA vapers to urge State Reps to oppose 40% vapor tax and to support
Bill (HB 2342) to tax e-liquid at $.05/ml
http://blog.casaa.org/2016/09/pa-take-action-to-change-40-tax-on.html

Tax could vaporize e-cigarette business (PA)
http://www.poconorecord.com/news/20160916/tax-could-vaporize-e-cigarette-businesses

American Cancer Society criticizes tobacco companies for deceptive anti Prop 56 ads,
but fails to ethically disclose ACS has received hundreds of millions of dollars from Big Pharma to deceitfully conflate lifesaving vapor and low risk smokeless tobacco products with deadly cigarettes to protect Big Pharma’s NRT and Chantix markets
http://www.yeson56.org/media/press-releases/big-tobacco-offers-smoke-lies-deceptive-advertising-campaign/

Proposed cigarette tax hike will stay on Missouri ballot
http://thegardenisland.com/news/national/proposed-tobacco-tax-hike-will-stay-on-missouri-ballot/article_87e5861a-6667-53eb-b901-940cced95861.html
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/missouri-supreme-court-rules-tobacco-tax-hike-proposal-should-remain/article_d73ee1ad-c0a1-54ba-af54-b0fd4f4f25ea.html
http://www.missourinet.com/2016/09/20/mo-supreme-court-rules-tobacco-tax-proposal-will-go-before-voters/

Oman doubles tobacco tax rate (from 20% to 40%)
http://www.albawaba.com/business/tobacco-tax-skyrockets-40-percent-oman-885030
http://menafn.com/1094954425/Oman-100-increase-in-tobacco-tax

Litigation

New York AG seeks $872 million in federal court from UPS for delivering 683,000 cartons (i.e. $1,277 per carton) of untaxed cigarettes to NY smokers
https://www.thestreet.com/story/13744670/1/will-ups-stock-be-hurt-by-872-million-cigarette-delivery-lawsuit.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/united-parcel-lawsuit-idUSL2N1BV1FW
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-19/ups-tells-judge-little-cigars-at-heart-of-untaxed-smoke-case

Philip Morris agrees to pay $45 million to Arkansas smokers
http://www.ky3.com/content/news/Tobacco-giant-Philip-Morris-to-pay-45-million-to-Arkansas-smokers-394057501.html

Flavoring Bans

Legacy lies initiative urges FDA to create black market for untaxed unregulated menthol cigarettes, deny federal and state governments tens of billions of tax and MSA dollars
http://truthinitiative.org/news/experts-gather-discuss-critical-public-health-issues-menthol-and-flavored-tobacco

NIH awards two grants to vapor prohibitionist Legacy lies initiative to demonize (and keep lobbying to ban) flavorings in tobacco, and to demonize tobacco and cannabis users
http://truthinitiative.org/news/two-new-grants-explore-tobacco-and-marijuana-use-and-appeal-flavored-tobacco

Prince Edward Island (CA) to ban sales of flavored tobacco products May 1, 2017
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-flavoured-tobacco-ban-1.3768898
http://www.gov.pe.ca/ordersincouncil/pdf/20160913_594-612.pdf

Usage Bans

NRPA calls for banning all tobacco use (and probably vaping) at all public parks and recreation centers, deceitfully conflates use of lifesaving low risk smokefree alternatives with cigarette smoking, falsely claims goal is to “protect visitors, especially children”.
http://www.nrpa.org/Press-Releases/NRPA-Issues-Position-Statement-on-Tobacco-Consumption-in-Parks/
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/nrpa-issues-position-statement-tobacco-195038457.html

Minimum Age

St Louis County (MO) executive signs bill increasing minimum age for tobacco and vapor product sales to 21
http://www.kmov.com/story/33126106/controversial-tobacco-bill-to-be-signed-into-law

Northampton (MA) BOH increases minimum age for tobacco and vapor sales to 21, restricts sales of flavored products, limits number of retailers
http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/09/northampton_raises_tobacco_age.html
http://halfwheel.com/northampton-mass-board-of-health-unanimously-approves-tobacco-purchase-age-increase/130225

DC bill to raise minimum age for tobacco and vapor sales to 21 estimated to cost DC $1.3 million in tax revenue next year, and $5 million over four years
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3800542/Raising-smoking-age-DC-cost-5-million.html

Legalizing Vapor Products

NZ Health Ministry cabinet paper from July misrepresented risks and benefits of e-cigs prior to public consultancy on proposal to legalize vapor products http://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/pages/cabinet-paper-ecig-policy-options-2016.pdf
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/313550/e-cigarettes-fail-to-get-health-ministry-support

Public Health Hypocrisy

Johns Hopkins hypocritically celebrates 100th year of its public health school with event featuring cigarette protecting vaping prohibitionists Michael Bloomberg, WHO’s Margaret Chan and CDC’s Tom Frieden (paid for by Bloomberg)
http://www.globalhealthnow.org/2016-09/luminaries-celebrate-100-years-saving-lives

Banning Speech

Vapor prohibitionists at WHO urge nations to ban tobacco companies from lobbying (despite no evidence that doing so will reduce cigarette smoking)
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/local-news/2016/09/16/who-warns-intensified-tobacco-industry-interference-498036

Vapor prohibitionist Robert Jackler et al falsely claim 22 of 23 e-cigarette brand advertisements were “cessation-themed”, urge FDA to ban truthful vapor ads
http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2016.303437

Stanford press release hypes bogus study by Jackler et al falsely claiming vapor ads make therapeutic claims
http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2016/09/15/e-cigarette-brands-make-unvalidated-claims-their-product-helps-people-quit-smoking/

AJPH press release urges news media to hype junk study by Jackler et al claiming most vapor ads unlawfully make smoking cessation claims
https://www.apha.org/news-and-media/news-releases/ajph-news-releases/2016/ajph-september-2016-highlights

Historic Revisionism

ACSH’s Hank Campbell: Fred Stare was not in cahoots with Big Sugar
(rebuts Stan Glantz’ false claims in JAMA that NY Times further embellished in a front page article, Godshall responds)
http://acsh.org/news/2016/09/22/fred-stare-was-not-cahoots-big-sugar-10161

Foodnavigator calls Glantz et al claims about sugar industry historic revisionism (Godshall responds)
http://www.foodnavigator-asia.com/Policy/Sugar-review-Rewriting-history-to-expose-a-non-existent-conspiracy?cxtnav=1474404766599

Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

FDA and CDC yet again conflate lifesaving vapor products, very low risk smokeless tobacco products, and low risk OTP with highly addictive and deadly cigarettes to confuse, scare and demonize vaping yet again
http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2016/16_0151.htm?
https://consumer.healthday.com/kids-health-information-23/adolescents-and-teen-health-news-719/smoking-may-be-losing-its-cool-715061.html

NIH junk study by Kelvin Choi of 2012 Florida teen survey data falsely concludes that “ever use” of an e-cigarette may cause cigarette smoking and asthma
http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(16)30063-0/abstract

NIH funded vaping opponents at Rosswell Park conduct inapplicable cell study, find vapor products “were significantly less toxic than tobacco cigarettes”, but press release deceitfully claims the study found strawberry and other flavored vapor products are toxic
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2016/09/15/tobaccocontrol-2016-053205.full
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-09-e-cigarette-flavorings-higher-voltage-toxicity.html
http://www.medpagetoday.com/pulmonology/smoking/60384
https://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/electronic-cigarettes-970/flavorings-boost-toxicity-of-e-cigarettes-in-lab-study-715093.html

Vapor junk scientists and prohibitionists Prue Talbot and James Pankow use inapplicable cell studies to once again falsely claim vapor products are toxic
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2016/09/15/tobaccocontrol-2016-053224.abstract

FDA/NIH funded UCSF press release hypes bogus study by Glantz et al claiming tobacco industry has been leading lobbying campaigns to oppose anti vapor laws.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160915090026.htm

DHHS funded vaping opponents demonize flavored vapor products, advocate advertising ban for flavored vapor products
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2016/09/15/tobaccocontrol-2016-053224.abstract

DHHS funded Jonathan Foulds et al advocate vaping bans by misrepresenting 2012-14 survey responses by vapers, falsely insinuate that most vapers don’t oppose vaping bans.
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2016/09/05/tobaccocontrol-2016-053074

Vaping prohibitionists’ study finds most vapers have vaped in smokefree areas (where vaping isn’t banned), then advocate vaping bans by making false fear mongering claims http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-ecigarettes-user-attitudes-idUSKCN11S296
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2016/09/08/tobaccocontrol-2016-053118.abstract

Canadian Cancer Society’s Donna Pasiechnik is upset many Saskatchewan teen smokers are switching to vaping, deceitfully conflates lifesaving vapor with deadly cigarettes,
calls for regulations to prevent adult smokers from switching to vaping
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/sask-teens-vaping-rate-1.3764932

Carl Phillips: Extraordinary claims
https://antithrlies.com/2016/09/15/extraordinary-claims/

Legacy lies initiative exaggerates negligible risks of smokeless tobacco (that has helped millions of smokers quit smoking) to further demonize the products, promote smokeless tobacco use bans, flavoring bans, and banning smokeless sales to anyone under 21
http://truthinitiative.org/news/truth-about-smokeless-tobacco
http://truthinitiative.org/news/where-we-stand-smokeless-tobacco
http://truthinitiative.org/sites/default/files/Smokeless-Tobacco-Fact-Sheet_0.pdf

Study finds workplace smoking bans did NOT result in short term reductions in hospital admissions for acute myocardial infarction (in sharp contrast to more than a decade of claims by FDA/NIH funded Stan Glantz, and hundreds of news stories that he generated).
http://mcr.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/09/12/1077558716668646
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-09-overestimated-effect-hospitalizations.html

Mike Siegel: Helena miracle: Not so much; New study casts doubt on conclusions of anti-smoking groups
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/09/helena-miracle-not-so-much-new-study.html

DHHS funded THR opponents tout benefits of low nicotine cigarettes after conducting unrealistic clinical study that gave free low nicotine cigarettes to smokers
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.13603/abstract

Texas A&M researchers find mice fed lots of nicotine reduced their food intake and body weight, but Texas A&M press release inappropriately told the news media the study found nicotine can prevent Alzheimers and Parkinsons in humans
http://juniperpublishers.com/oajt/pdf/OAJT.MS.ID.555552.pdf
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160920160635.htm
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20160921/Texas-AM-research-shows-nicotine-could-help-protect-brain-aging.aspx
http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/nicotine-sans-tobacco-may-ward-off-alzheimer-s-disease-study-116092100932_1.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3799977/How-NICOTINE-help-prevent-obesity-dementia-Drug-reduces-appetite-slows-brain-s-ageing.html

 

- Bill Godshall

Godshall THR update 2016-09-23