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Bill Godshall Update 2013-06-12


Tobacco Harm Reduction Update June 12th, 2013

E-Cigarettes

UK MHRA threatens lives of smokers and vapers, announces 2016 e-cigarette sales ban, would create huge black market for totally unregulated e-cigarette products by legally allowing only brands approved by MHRA as medicine, a process that could cost tens of millions of pounds per brand, with no assurance of approval since MHRA's Jeremy Mean deplorably urged smokers to NOT use far less hazardous e-cigarettes, and since MHRA announced UK government's support for proposed EU TPD policy to ban e-cigarettes.
http://www.mhra.gov.uk/Safetyinformation/Generalsafetyinformationandadvice/Product-specificinformationandadvice/Product-specificinformationandadvice%E2%80%93M%E2%80%93T/Nicotinecontainingproducts/CON288085
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22870301
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/uk/ecigarettes-set-to-be-regulated-29340002.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/12/us-tobacco-britain-idUSBRE95B0HL20130612
http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/fmcg/e-cigarettes-to-be-regulated-as-medicine-from-2016/344174.article

MHRA press release misrepresents purpose (i.e. to protect drug and cigarette companies from market competition by e-cigarettes) and ramifications of announced e-cigarette sales ban (e.g. they call it regulation).
http://www.mhra.gov.uk/NewsCentre/CON288102

Clive Bates: 10 reasons not to regulate e-cigarettes as medicines (MHRA)
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1252

ECITA denounces MHRA proposals condemning smokers to quit or die as bad news for public health
http://www.ecita.org.uk/blog/?p=595

Altria announces new 'MarkTen' e-cigarette to be marketed in Indiana in August
http://www.altria.com/en/cms/company_announcements/announcement.aspx?src=home&reqId=1828778
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/marlboro-maker-altria-group-to-sell-its-first-electronic-cigarette-under-markten-brand-in-ind/2013/06/11/3e260448-d293-11e2-b3a2-3bf5eb37b9d0_story.html
(with posted comment by Godshall)
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57588583/tobacco-companies-bet-on-electronic-cigarettes/
http://www.thestar.com/business/2013/06/11/marlboro_maker_altria_jumping_into_ecigarettes.html

The Electronic Edge
E-cigarettes are about to change the 'tobacco' market beyond recognition
http://speccomm.zendition.com/speccomm/tobaccoreporter/TRJune13/index.php?access_key=AllowAccess

E-cigarettes offer brave new world for smokers and cigarette makers
http://www.marketplace.org/topics/business/e-cigarettes-offer-brave-new-world-smokers-and-cigarette-makers

E-Cigarettes Fire Up Investors, Regulators
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324904004578535362153026902.html?mod=djemITP_h

Big Tobacco Is Spending on Ads Again... For E-Cigarettes
http://adage.com/article/media/big-tobacco-spending-ads-e-cigarettes/241993/

E-cigarettes want your attention now before the FDA steps in
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-06-10/e-cigarettes-want-your-attention-now-before-the-fda-steps-in

NJOY raises $75 million
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130610005768/en/NJOY-Raises-75-Million

E-cigarettes attract big money, as drug industry funded ALA continues to misrepresent evidence, campaign to ban the products, without disclosing its huge financial conflict of interest
http://money.msn.com/now/post.aspx?post=3e90f2d6-5473-4841-a4ea-d1687ab5329b

FIN runs new e-cigarette ads 'Rewrite the Rules'
http://www.adrants.com/2013/06/smokeless-tobacco-brand-aims-to-change.php?

Camels new e-cigarette joins the unregulated wild west
http://gothamist.com/2013/06/07/camels_new_e-cigarette.php

RJ Reynolds press release on Vuse
http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/RAI/2519445495x0x669077/d982a3d3-93e9-46f2-a0a6-79f0c56fed8a/2013-01_RJR_Vapor_Co_bringing_VUSE_digital_vapor_cig_to_CO.pdf

Fox Business interviews Reynolds CEO Daniel Delen about Vuse
http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/2451651189001/is-vuse-a-game-changing-e-cigarette/

CNNMoney interviews Reynolds CEO Daniel Delen about Vuse
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EzWaJ6q8YKY#!

VapinGreek critiques new Vuse
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uub3GSXkMK8&feature=youtu.be

Cigarettes could go up in smoke as American Technology arrives in Prague
http://praguemonitor.com/2013/06/11/cigarettes-could-go-smoke-american-technology-arrives-prague

E-cigarettes: health revolution or fresh pack of trouble?  (UK)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jun/04/e-cigarettes-health-revolution-smokers

Electronic cigarettes could be removed from Forney's smoking ban (TX)
http://inforney.com/home/local-news/item/1130-electronic-cigarettes-could-be-removed-from-forney%E2%80%99s-smoking-ban

Smokin' Vapor holding first Parachute for Parkinson's (FL)
http://www.newsherald.com/news/health/smokin-vapor-holding-first-parachute-for-parkinson-s-photo-gallery-1.143238

E-cigarette research

Mike Siegel: New study shows that electronic cigarette vapor is much less cytotoxic than cigarette smoke
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/06/new-study-shows-that-electronic.html

The Straight Dope: Are Electronic Cigarettes Noncarcinogenic?
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/3110/are-electronic-cigarettes-noncarcinogenic

Mike Siegel - The Problem with the Tobacco Control Movement: Ideology Has Overtaken Science
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-problem-with-tobacco-control.html

Alere rejects Stan Glantz' claims about its study of quitline callers who used e-cigarettes
http://blog.alerewellbeing.com/bid/288222/E-Cigs-Are-They-A-Problem-Or-A-Solution?

Mike Siegel: Researcher Continues to Use Bogus Data to Support Non-Efficacy of E-Cigarettes; Even Study Authors Admit Study Cannot Be Used to Evaluate E-Cig Efficacy
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/06/researcher-continues-to-use-bogus-data.html

Carl Phillips: Stanton Glantz: liar or innumerate?  New evidence says: both
http://antithrlies.com/2013/06/06/stanton-glantz-liar-or-innumerate-new-evidence-says-both/

German cancer research center corrects inaccurate statement about glycerine causing lipoid pneumonia, but . . .
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/06/german-cancer-research-center-corrects.html
http://www.dkfz.de/de/tabakkontrolle/download/Publikationen/RoteReihe/Band_19_e-cigarettes_an_overview.pdf

2009 survey found that 4.9% of NC college students had ever used an e-cigarette, and that 1.5% of students had used in past month
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0376871613001762

FDA

FDA to host 1-day workshop on 7/18/13 on potential electronic submission of tobacco product applications and other information
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FDA_FRDOC_0001-3973

State Policies

Vermont Supreme Court orders RJ Reynolds to pay $8.3 million for violating VT consumer protection law and MSA by correctly claiming on its website that its heated tobacco product Eclipse posed potentially lower risks than combustible cigarettes
http://www.atg.state.vt.us/assets/files/Eclipse%20remedies%20ruling%20and%20final%20judgment.pdf
http://www.atg.state.vt.us/assets/files/Eclipse%20RJR.jpg
VT AG Sorrell's press release
http://www.atg.state.vt.us/

Kentucky reduces tax rate on chewing tobacco (per HB 361)
http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130608/NEWS0101/306080103/Kentucky-tax-chewing-tobacco-drop?
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/13rs/hb361.htm

CASAA announces defeat of OTP tax hike bill in Delaware
http://blog.casaa.org/2013/05/call-to-action-delaware-bill-to-impose_20.html

NV governor signs legislation (SB 177) banning e-cigarette sales to minors
http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/77th2013/Reports/history.cfm?ID=420
http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/77th2013/Bills/SB/SB177_EN.pdf

NC House approves Reynolds sponsored legislation (SB 530) to ban sale of vapor products to minors, require Internet vapor product marketers in NC to conduct age verification on prospective consumers using third party service (which are consumer unfriendly, and could decimate Internet vendors in NC, just as RJ Reynolds desires).
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&BillID=SB530

Brookline (MA) increase legal minimum age for tobacco sales to 19 years
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2013/06/08/minimum-smoking-age-graduates/UmVuEwwHyYGNHUUfNUEJAJ/story.html

Amicus Curiae filed by Tobacco Control Legal Consortium claims Providence (RI) ban on tobacco price discounts will reduce youth tobacco use, but provides no evidence
http://publichealthlawcenter.org/sites/default/files/resources/tclc-amicus-providence-appeals-ct-2013.pdf

Cigarettes

Manufacturers increase price of cigarettes
http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/article_a94b15e4-cfcb-11e2-bc15-0019bb30f31a.html

Smoking Cessation Drugs

Brad Rodu - Medicines for Smoking Cessation: Failure and Conver-Up
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2013/06/medicines-for-smoking-cessation-failure.html

Smokeless Tobacco

German Snuff Championships: Where Shoving Tobacco Up Your Nose Is a Sport
http://hypervocal.com/news/2013/german-snuff-championships/

EU

US Sentors letter to EU expressing concerns about proposed TPD http://articles.law360.s3.amazonaws.com/0448000/448299/McConnell%20Tobacco%20Letter.pdf

WHO

NIH funded report promoting FCTC touts intolerant abstinence-only prohibitionists who dominate COP sessions as 'diverse and dynamic'.
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2013/06/09/tobaccocontrol-2012-050849.full