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Bill Godshall Update 2013-06-07


Tobacco Harm Reduction Update June 7th 2013

E-cigarettes

Reynolds introduces new vapor product Vuse, to begin selling in CO in July:
http://www.cnbc.com/id/100796458
http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20130606-709150.html
http://adage.com/article/media/r-j-reynolds-back-tv-digital-vapor-cigarette/241957/
http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/article_bb7b7a84-ceb2-11e2-b775-0019bb30f31a.html
http://www.timesdispatch.com/business/tobacco-industry/article_4d1753f3-5e36-5341-9bed-546c5f54ad20.html
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/smokes_no_joke_eMoafwVuIyWd0QN1M9b1kJ
http://www.bizjournals.com/triad/blog/2013/06/reynolds-begins-national-launch-of-e-cig.html

Fox Business: Could e-cigarettes sales surpass traditional cigarettes?
http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/2436977254001/could-e-cigarettes-sales-surpass-traditional-cigarettes/

First toxicology study on vapor proves electronic cigarettes are much better than tobacco:
http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/08958378.2013.793439

Starbucks wisely bans smoking, but absurdly bans e-cigarette use, outdoors on property within 25 feet of company owned stores:
http://www.businessinsider.com/starbucks-bans-smoking-by-stores-2013-5
http://i.imgur.com/ilZgzo8.jpg

VapeBash 2 survey of 58 attendees finds that 61% started vaping with a stick type e-cig, and that 91% have totally quit smoking:
http://www.ecigadvanced.com/blog/the-vapebash-2-survey-finally/

Mike Siegel: Authors of Electronic Cigarette/Quitline Article Fail to Disclose Significant Conflict of Interest:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/05/authors-of-electronic-cigarettequitline.html#disqus_thread

Stan Glantz misrepresents biased survey on e-cigarette users who didn't quit smoking;
Mike Siegel critiques Glantz' misrepresentations of biased e-cigarette survey:

http://tobacco.ucsf.edu/important-new-evidence-using-e-cigarettes-reduces-successful-quitting-cigarettes
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/05/anti-smoking-advocate-uses-bogus.html

THR

Drugs and Alcohol Today devotes special issue to Tobacco Harm Reduction:
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1745-9265&volume=13&issue=2

Tobacco Dependence Treatment Drugs

Reynolds subsidiary selling smoking-cessation gum:
http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/article_c17a52e8-cca0-11e2-8683-0019bb30f31a.html

Cochrane Library deceitfully touts tobacco dependence treatment drugs as highly effective by only comparing them to placebo, fails to reveal actual success/failure rates of drugs:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD009329.pub2/abstract

ACSH: Cessation products work better than nothing:
http://hsdispatch.com/2013/05/31/big-no-news-cessation-products-work-better-than-nothing/

Mike Siegel: New Cochrane Review of Smoking Cessation Drugs Hides the Truth from Readers:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/06/new-cochrane-review-of-smoking.html#

Mike Siegel: Alere Wellbeing is Still Making Misleading Advertising Claims About the Effectiveness of Its Quit for Life Smoking Cessation Program:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/05/alere-wellbeing-is-still-making.html

Medical Malpractice

Survey finds 40% of General Practitioners in Britain and Sweden (who get paid to treat and counsel smokers) inaccurately believe nicotine in cigarettes is more hazardous than the smoke, half inaccurately believe nicotine in tobacco increases cancer risks:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/261323.php
http://www.nursinginpractice.com/article/nicotine-most-harmful-cigarette-ingredient-gps-think
http://www.dnaindia.com/health/1842377/report-many-doctors-deem-nicotine-as-riskiest-component-of-cigarette

ACSH: What doctors don't know about nicotine can hurt . . .you!
http://hsdispatch.com/2013/06/03/what-doctors-dont-know-about-nicotine-can-hurt-you/

Smokefree Air

2009/10 CDC survey finds 81% of adults have smokefree homes, 74% have smokefree vehicles.  6% of nonsmokers reported tobacco smoke exposure at home, 9% in vehicles:
http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2013/12_0218.htm

Russia's ban on smoking in many/most workplaces goes into effect:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/31/us-france-cigarettes-idUSBRE94U0QJ20130531
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/473602/20130601/russia-smoking-ban-putin-public.htm
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/01/18656224-russian-smokers-bemoan-doomed-country-as-ban-kicks-in
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/russias-smokers-flout-new-tobacco-ban/story-fni0xqll-1226655228778

Oregon legislature enacts bill (S 444) to ban smoking in cars with youth present:
http://landru.leg.state.or.us/13reg/measures/sb0400.dir/sb0444.en.html
http://www.nwnewsnetwork.org/post/oregon-lawmakers-vote-ban-smoking-cars-children-present

DHHS / FDA

FDA encourages NRT and Chantix consumers to report problems they've had with drugs (including failure to quit smoking, and adverse side effects):
http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm354560.htm?source=govdelivery

FDA creates webpage 'Keeping Drug Advertising Honest and Balanced' as agency still lets drug companies and their funded front groups (e.g. CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA, Pinney, ATTUD, Legacy) deceptively advertise and promote NRT as the most effective way to quit smoking (despite NRT's 95% failure rate), and as DHHS still makes similarly deceptive claims hawking FDA approved drugs while refusing to inform smokers of NRT's dismal success rate or Chantix risks:
http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm355270.htm?source=govdelivery
http://smokefree.gov/qg-preparing-medicines.aspx
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK63952/
http://betobaccofree.hhs.gov/quit-now/index.html

Carl Phillips - Credit where due: FDA:
http://antithrlies.com/2013/05/22/credit-where-due-fda/

Carl Phillips Updates: FDA, ACS, and CASAA:
http://antithrlies.com/2013/05/25/updates-fda-acs-and-casaa/

Hufford & Ballin advocate e-cigarettes for smokers to reduce their risks, while urging the FDA to impose the 'deeming' regulation, which would once again ban e-cigarettes:
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/19/2899478/fda-will-rule-none-too-soon-on.html

FDA issues Final Guidance for Public Hearings at FDA Advisory Committee Meetings:
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/RegulatoryInformation/Guidances/UCM236144.pdf

NIH wastes $400,000 to develop smoke detecting underwear:
http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/15258/20130507/nih-smoke-detecting-underwear-junk-science-government-waste-smoking-epidemic-cancer-deaths.htm

US State Policies

Mike Siegel tells truth, Stan Glantz and CA Senator Ellen Corbett make many false claims, about e-cigarettes in debate over Corbett's unwarranted, intolerant, counterproductive and unenforceable proposed usage ban (SB 648) in CA workplaces:
http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201305310930

Delaware bill (HB 138) would increase OTP tax from 15% to 30% of wholesale price, tax e-cigarettes at 30%, require a tobacco retailers license to sell e-cigarettes, and criminalize the possession of more than 10 packages of untaxed e-cigarettes:
http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis147.nsf/vwLegislation/HB+138/$file/legis.html?open

CASAA issues Call To Action opposing HB 138 in Delaware:
http://blog.casaa.org/2013/05/call-to-action-delaware-bill-to-impose_20.html

Godshall/Smokefree Pennsylvania letter to Delaware House Revenue/Finance Cmte urging rejection of HB 138:
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/legislation-news/419677-delaware-hb-138-would-tax-e-cigarettes-smokeless-30-a-2.html#post9736484

Indiana enacts legislation (H 1225) banning e-cigarette sales to minors:
http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2013/HE/HE1225.1.html
http://www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwatch/billinfo?year=2013&session=1&request=getBill&docno=1225

North Carolina House Judiciary Committee recommends approval of Substitute to SB 530 that would ban sale of 'tobacco derived products' and 'vapor products' to minors, require Internet e-cig vendors in NC to use third party age verification service prior to each purchase attempt (which would increase costs, send most consumers to out-of-state websites to buy the same products, and destroy Internet e-cig businesses in NC):
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Applications/BillLookUp/LoadBillDocument.aspx?SessionCode=2013&DocNum=5618&SeqNum=0
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&BillID=SB530&submitButton=Go

PA House approves bill (HB 284) to ban pupils in K-12 schools from possessing or using certain 'nicotine products', including eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, cauliflower, green peppers, teas, herbs and spices:
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/billinfo.cfm?syear=2013&sind=0&body=H&type=B&BN=0284
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2013&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billNbr=0284&pn=0296
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199308053290619
http://www.riskworld.com/abstract/1995/SRAam95/ab5aa174.htm
http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/doc/2098.pdf

RJ Reynolds sponsored resolution (HR 57) in PA amended/reported by House Health Committee wisely endorses banning e-cigarette sales to minors, but also endorses Reynolds' policies to criminalize and scapegoat youth:
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2013&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=R&billNbr=0057&pn=1919

PA Rep. Mario Scavello falsely claims e-cigarettes kill users and nonusers, emit secondhand smoke, when touting new legislation (HB 1485) to ban e-cigarette use in all PA workplaces (and to ban smoking in remaining 1% of workplaces):
http://www.marioscavello.com/NewsItem.aspx?NewsID=17601#.UbDP1PnOLUg.facebook
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/06/indoor_smoking_ban_lawmaker_sa.html
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/billinfo.cfm?syear=2013&sind=0&body=H&type=B&BN=1485
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/CSM/2013/0/12722_3402.pdf

NY ACS's Blair Horner falsely claims cigars are as hazardous as cigarettes and that flavored tobacco is target marketed to youth, lobbies for flavored OTP sales ban (but not far more hazardous menthol cigarettes) to adults in stores that allow youth to enter:
http://www.timesonline.com/top_stories_ap/ny-cancer-society-says-sweet-smokes-aimed-at-kids/article_d7652fff-0e61-5d99-b23c-ecfce55e6176.html

Missouri ALA's Michelle Bernth falsely claims inhaling nicotine is as hazardous as smoking cigarettes and that e-cigarettes contain toxic chemicals, fails to disclose ALA's conflict of interest of being funded by drug companies:
http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/378118/3/Electronic-cigarette-health-risks-and-benefits

European Union

Clive Bates' letter to ENVI Committee MEPs: Amendments to achieve the maximum public health benefit from the Tobacco Products Directive:
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1181

US Senators inform EU that proposed TPD violates international trade rules and would harm trade relations with US:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324069104578529520957071866.html

Clive Bates: Some truth about e-cigarette regulation and the 'appalling' F-grade presentation of the WHO:
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1240#more-1240

ECITA's Tom Pruen: Why the WHO is not qualified to attempt to educate people about electronic cigarettes:
http://www.ecita.org.uk/blog/?p=516

Clive Bates: Are you being manipulated? The wisdom of the WHO examined...:
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1205

BBC interviews John Britton of the Royal College of Physicians on electronic cigarettes, a EU Health and Consumer Policy spokesman touting the EU Tobacco Product Directive (that would ban e-cigarettes, but keep cigarettes legal), and Mike Ryan of E-Lites:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p018zznc/Business_Daily_Doing_Business_with_Addicts/

BBC Radio Show Spotlights E-Cigs, Expert Argues For Pragmatism:
http://www.ecigadvanced.com/blog/bbc-radio-show-spotlights-e-cigs-expert-argues-for-pragmatism/

Clive Bates: The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and amendment 1250:
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1160

Cancer Research UK protects cigarettes by lobbying for e-cigarette ban (deceitfully called 'regulation') to prevent smokers from switching, force vapers back to cigarettes, and create unregulated black markets. Organization denies the many benefits e-cigs and Snus have already provided to millions of smokers, disregards human and civil rights of tobacco consumers, falsely claims ineffective drug industry products are only effective way to quit smoking, fails to disclose conflict of interest (i.e. drug industry funding):
http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/prod_consump/groups/cr_common/@nre/@pol/documents/generalcontent/tobacco-harm-reduction.pdf
http://blogs.bmj.com/tc/2013/05/29/tobacco-harm-reduction-and-e-cigarettes-setting-a-unified-research-agenda/?q=w_tc_blog_sidetab

UK

UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issues guidance on Tobacco Harm Reduction, but recommends smokers only use NRT products, which are far less effective for THR than moist snuff or e-cigarettes:
http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/live/14178/63996/63996.pdf
http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/index.jsp?action=byID&o=14178

NICE guidance on tobacco harm reduction - electronic cigarettes barely figure:
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/infozone/sjs-blog/nice-guidance-on-tobacco-harm-reduction-electronic-cigarettes-barely-figure.html

France

French Health Minister protects cigarette markets by banning e-cigarette use in public places even though e-cigarettes have helped many smokers quit and sharply reduce cigarette consumption, and despite no evidence that e-cigarettes have ever harmed any nonuser and no evidence they've ever addicted any nonsmoker:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/31/us-france-cigarettes-idUSBRE94U0QJ20130531
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57587127/france-to-ban-electronic-cigarettes-in-public-amid-health-risk-uncertainty/

Prof. Jean-Francois Etter with FACTS about e-cigs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=duVDY9oBb7Q#!

Is France trying to 'kill off' the e-cigarette?
http://www.france24.com/en/20130531-france-trying-kill-e-cigarette-marisol-touraine

Mike Siegel: French Health Ministry to ban electronic cigarette use in public places based on uncertainty and pure speculation:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/06/french-health-ministry-to-ban.html

Mike Siegel: French Government would rather that smokers continue to smoke instead of switching to electronic cigarettes:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/06/french-government-would-rather-that.html

Canada

Paul Bergen advocates for Canadian vapers:
http://canadianvapers.wordpress.com

National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (Canada) issues report on contraband cigarettes:
http://www.stopcontrabandtobacco.ca

India

Indian oncologists falsely claim chewing tobacco more hazardous than cigarette smoking:
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-05-29/kolkata/39600444_1_no-tobacco-day-bengal-oncology-global-adult-tobacco-survey

WHO World No Tobacco Day

WHO falsely claims tobacco advertising bans are "one of the most effective ways to reduce tobacco consumption", urges countries to ban all tobacco advertising, which protects cigarette markets and threatens public health by preventing smokers from finding out that far less hazardous smokefree alternatives are available:
http://www.who.int/en/

ACSH: World 'No Tobacco' Day: Avoiding the real problem:
http://hsdispatch.com/2013/05/31/world-no-tobacco-day-avoiding-the-real-problem/

Driving tobacco companies out of business won't end smoking (but would create black markets):
http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/Letter%20Driving%20tobacco%20companies%20business%20smoking/8455183/story.html
 

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Smokefree Pennsylvania
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