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Bill Godshall Update 2013-06-19

 

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update June 19th, 2013

 

E-cigarettes

Clive Bates: We need to talk about the children - the gateway effect examined:
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1262

Electronic cigarette: a possible substitute for cigarette dependence (Most comprehensive assessment of e-cigarette research published to date):
http://archest.fsm.it/pne/pdf/79/01/pne79-1-04-caponnetto-polosa.pdf

NBC News Today: Are e-cigs any healthier than real cigarettes?
Dr. Nancy Snyderman correctly states e-cigs far less hazardous alternatives for smokers:
http://www.today.com/video/today/52190587/

E-cigarette conspiracy theorists might just have it right (with comment by Godshall):
http://www.newstatesman.com/business/2013/06/e-cigarettes-conspiracy-theorists-might-just-have-it-right

E-cigarettes EU

The UK tackles e-cigs (political parody):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOqcYUugtHc&sns=em

Battle brewing in Europe over e-cigarettes:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323836504578553390887524794.html?mod=wsj_streaming_stream#articleTabs%3Darticle

Totally Wicked sends e-cigarette to each member of the European Parliament in fight against TPD:
http://world.einnews.com/pr_news/154005616/totally-wicked-sends-e-cigarette-to-each-member-of-the-european-parliament-in-fight-against-tpd

E-cigarette company SKYCIG creates http://www.skycig.co.uk/ecita for UK vapers to contact MEPs urging opposition to proposed EU TPD's e-cigarette ban:
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/electronic-cigarette-users-called-to-save-e-cigs-and-lives-along-with-them-211835391.html

David Smith - Up in Smoke - Distrust of E-cigarettes Cement Big Pharma's Monopoly:
http://www.economywatch.com/economy-business-and-finance-news/distrust-of-ecigs-and-big-tobacco.14-06.html

Simon Miller - Smoking Costs: Vaporing is in the government's sights, meaning it's important to look at the money trail:
http://www.thecommentator.com/article/3789/smoking_costs
(with comment by Godshall)

Dave Atherton - Big Pharma: More conflicts of interest:
http://www.thecommentator.com/article/3801/big_pharma_more_conflicts_of_interest

E-cigarettes, health and prohibition:
http://www.dnaindia.com/health/1849982/report-e-cigarettes-a-new-generation-of-addicts

Swedish government gives up on ending EU's cigarette protecting ban on snus:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/12/swedishmatch-idUSL5N0EO3QX20130612

Brad Rodu: British Government Promotes Cigarettes:
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2013/06/british-government-promotes-cigarettes.html

E-cigarette classification as medicines plan angers industry:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/jun/12/e-cigarette-classification-medicines-industry

Sales of E-lites increased 50% on day MHRA announced proposed ban:
http://www.marketingweek.co.uk/news/e-cigarette-brands-prepare-to-emphasise-quality-message/4007054.article

Telegraph article exposes the public health disaster of e-cigarette prohibition/regulation:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/10126690/A-new-generation-of-addicts.html

Electronic cigarettes to be regulated as medicines by UK, MHRA's Jeremy Mean falsely claims "It's not about banning products that some people find useful; it's about making sure that smokers have an effective alternative that they can rely on to meet their needs.":
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-06-12/electronic-cigarettes-to-be-regulated-as-medicines-by-u-dot-k-dot-mhra

Plan to classify e-cigs as medicines threatens 180 jobs in East Lancashire:
http://www.blackburncitizen.co.uk/news/10482262.Plan_to_classify_e_cigs_as_medicines_threatens_East_Lancashire_jobs/

Northwest MEPs to visit Blackburn e-cig firm:
http://www.blackburncitizen.co.uk/news/blackburn/10489654.North_West_MEPs_to_visit_Blackburn_e_cig_firm/

British trade union TUC endorse MHRA threat to workers who smoke and vape:
http://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace/tuc-22278-f0.cfm

Nicolites welcomes decision to classify e-cigarettes as medicine:
http://www.thedrum.com/news/2013/06/13/nicolites-welcomes-decision-classify-e-cigarettes-medicine-and-expects-no-change

E-cigarettes to go on prescription under move to class them as medicines:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/e-cigarettes-go-prescription-under-move-1949018

Chris Price: MHRA announces decision to regulate e-cigarettes:
http://www.ecigarette-politics.com/blog/mhra-announces-decision-to-regulate-e-cigarettes.html

ECF's SmokeyJoe critiques MHRA announcement:
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/infozone/MHRA-electronic-cigarette-medicine

Dr. Farsalinos on MHRA's proposed e-cigarette sales ban:
http://www.ecigarette-research.com/web/index.php/2013-04-07-09-50-07/mhra-has-decided-to-ban-e-cigarettes

CASAA critiques MHRA announcement:
http://blog.casaa.org/2013/06/mhra-decision-on-e-cigarettes-casaas.html

MHRA fear mongering about e-cigarettes prompts ScotRail to ban use of products:
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/electronic-cigarette-devices-banned-by-scotrail.21337486

MHRA: Potential impact of bringing NCPs into medicines regulation:
http://www.mhra.gov.uk/home/groups/comms-ic/documents/websiteresources/con288094.pdf

MHRA Impact Assessment - Unlicensed Nicotine Containing Products:
http://www.mhra.gov.uk/home/groups/comms-ic/documents/websiteresources/con288098.pdf

Irish Cancer Society endorse MHRA plan to deny UK smokers and vapers e-cigarettes, fails to disclose drug industry funded conflicts of interest:
http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/cancer-society-looks-for-regulation-of-e-cigarettes-234276.html

Riccardo Polosa responds to Italian plan to ban e-cigarettes:
http://www.ecigadvanced.com/blog/riccardo-polosa-responds-to-italian-plan-to-ban-e-cigs/

Call for Action: Sign LIAF Petition to Italian Health Ministry (to support e-cigarettes for smokers):
http://www.ecigadvanced.com/blog/call-for-action-sign-liaf-petition-to-italian-health-ministry/
http://www.liaf-onlus.org/petizione.php

The Economist explains: Who opposes e-cigarettes, and why?
http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2013/06/economist-explains-11

Should electronic cigarettes be as freely available as tobacco?  Yes (by JF Etter) - Public health advocate Etter corrects false claims made by e-cigarette prohibitionists:
http://www.bmj.com/highwire/filestream/649949/field_highwire_article_pdf/0/bmj.f3845.full.pdf

Should electronic cigarettes be as freely available as tobacco?  No (by Simon Chapman) - E-cigarette and snus prohibitionist Chapman once again threatens lives of smokers, protects cigarette markets from competition by far less hazardous smokefree alternatives:
http://www.bmj.com/highwire/filestream/649948/field_highwire_article_pdf/0/bmj.f3840

Mike Siegel: Anti tobacco advocate argues that cigarettes should remain more freely available to the public than fake electronic ones without any tobacco:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/06/anti-tobacco-advocate-argues-that.html

US Federal

NHIS finds US adult cigarette smoking rate (i.e. >100 cigarettes lifetime and >1 in past 30 days) drops to 18.0% in 2012, but CDC fails to disclose far more important daily cigarette smoking rate, credits its own ads for decline, ignores impact of e-cigarettes:
http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/16609/20130618/adult-smoking-rate-smoking-rate-decline-tobacco-ads-cdc-smoking-study-anti-smoking-campaigns.htm
(with comment by Godshall)
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/earlyrelease201306_08.pdf
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/released201306.htm#8
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/adult-smoking-rate-may-be-falling-again-down-to-18-percent-last-year-government-report-says/2013/06/17/8b319ac0-d795-11e2-b418-9dfa095e125d_story.html
(with comment by Godshall)

Can new FDA warning labels for cigarettes pass a first amendment legal challenge?
http://www.sciencecodex.com/can_new_fda_graphic_warning_labels_for_tobacco_pass_a_first_amendment_legal_challenge-114240

2015: FDA reports due raising legal age and public health knowledge:
http://www.cspnet.com/news/tobacco/articles/2015-fda-reports-due-raising-legal-age-and-public-health-knowledge

Federal Court ruling paves way for collection of taxes on Internet cigarette sales:
http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130613/CITYANDREGION/130619629/1010

US E-cigarettes

Mike Siegel - A changing world: all three major US tobacco companies have now entered the electronic cigarette market:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/06/a-changing-world-all-three-major-us.html

Factbox: Big Tobacco companies bet on e-cigarettes:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/13/us-ecigarettes-factbox-idUSBRE95C0FG20130613

ACSH: Big e-cigarette news, here and abroad:
http://hsdispatch.com/2013/06/12/big-e-cigarette-news-here-and-abroad/

E-cigarettes are in vogue and at a crossroads:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/13/business/e-cigarettes-are-in-vogue-and-at-a-crossroads.html

No smoke, plenty of fire fuels e-cigarettes:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/13/us-ecigarettes-insight-idUSBRE95C0F920130613

Scorning smokers: Tobacco crackdowns target e-cigarettes, despite their lack of secondhand dangers, raising questions about the basis of current bans:
http://www.sfbg.com/print/2013/06/12/scorning-smokers

Tobacco heating up in nontraditional areas:
http://www.cspnet.com/news/tobacco/articles/tobacco-heating-nontraditional-areas

US State/Local

Despite opposition by ACS/AHA/ALA, Arizona House wisely approves legislation (SB 1209) to ban sale of 'vapor products' to minors, sends to governor:
http://www.azleg.gov//FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/51leg/1r/bills/sb1209s.htm&Session_ID=110
http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=SB1209&Session_ID=110
http://www.scribd.com/doc/143002787/American-Cancer-Society-Letter-in-Opposition-to-E-Cigarette-Minor-Ban-SB-1209
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/legislation-news/431425-arizona-legislators-pass-sb-1209-banning-sales-e-cigarettes-minors.html

Smoke Free Florence (SC) used federal dollars for lobbying:
http://www.scnow.com/news/politics/article_6db26dd6-cfb0-11e2-a3d3-001a4bcf6878.html

Florence leaders claim no wrongdoing in Smoke Free lobbying case:
http://www.scnow.com/news/politics/article_2c6c96c8-d3a5-11e2-8001-0019bb30f31a.html

PostStar (NY) editorial - Increase smoking age now:
http://poststar.com/news/opinion/editorial/editorial-increase-smoking-age-now/article_8a9ebfa4-d7c0-11e2-afb8-001a4bcf887a.html

NY City fines retailer $8,000 for not posting tobacco sign:
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-officials-mete-crazy-sign-fines-tobacco-sellers-article-1.1375417?

NJ Assemblywomen push bill to ban all tobacco and e-cigarette use EVERYWHERE on campus at all NJ colleges and universities:
http://nj1015.com/nj-college-campuses-to-go-totally-tobacco-free-audio/

State tribes seek common ground on tobacco tax agreements (OK):
http://newsok.com/state-tribes-should-seek-common-ground-on-tobacco-tax-agreements/article/3851742

PA AG Kane files lawsuit against four for selling contraband cigarettes, not paying taxes:
http://www.whptv.com/news/local/story/Lawsuit-filed-against-four-for-selling-contraband/WiOgKYEqyk6wnG1SSq_zoA.cspx

PA legislation (HB 1485) to ban e-cigarette use in all workplaces, ban smoking in remaining 1% of workplaces, referred to Human Services Cmte.:
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2013&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billNbr=1485&pn=1973
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/bill_history.cfm?syear=2013&sind=0&body=H&type=B&bn=1485
http://pahomepage.com/fulltext?nxd_id=351562
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2013/06/smoking_ban_clean_indoor_air_act_pennsylvania.html
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_23411090/pa-smoking-ban-could-expand-all-public-places

E-cigarettes are smoking-hot business (TX):
http://www.kens5.com/news/health/211737701.html

Clawson (MI) nurse fires up e-cigarette business:
http://www.dailytribune.com/article/20130615/NEWS01/130619668/clawson-nurse-fires-up-e-cigarette-business#full_story

Electronic cigarettes are beginning to look less like a fad, and more like the wave of the future (ND):
http://www.wday.com/event/article/id/82145/

Dearborn (MI): City lifts smoking ban within 100 feet of hospitals (after neighbors complain):
http://www.pressandguide.com/articles/2013/06/12/news/doc51b8de24c7593341018217.txt?viewmode=fullstory

In letter to NY Times, abstinence-only prohibitionist CASA Columbia falsely claims e-cigarettes are target marketed to youth, despite no evidence that any nonsmoker (or child) anywhere in the world has ever become addicted to nicotine via e-cigarettes:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/18/opinion/e-cigarettes-and-children.html?

ACSH: Deceptive letter day at the New York Times:
http://hsdispatch.com/2013/06/18/deceptive-letter-day-at-the-new-york-times/

Mike Siegel: CASA Columbia makes false public accusation:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/06/casa-columbia-makes-false-public.html

Employment Discrimination

Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Micheal Roizen confuses tobacco/nicotine consumption with daily cigarette smoking, urges employers to stop hiring tobacco/nicotine users (as Cleveland Clinic does) even though nicotine use poses no morbidity or mortality risks, and banning smokers from working doesn't reduce smoking, while harming smokers economically:
http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/special_sections/health_beat/article_e571904c-d36e-11e2-8a52-0019bb2963f4.html

Smokefree Homes

A smoking ban in all Related Companies rentals:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/16/realestate/a-smoking-ban-in-all-related-companies-rentals.html

Smoking ban considered for city's social housing (Ottawa):
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/health/Smoking+considered+city+social+housing/8526736/story.html

Smoking Cessation

Mike Siegel: New article reveals massive deception about effectiveness of NRT:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/06/new-article-reveals-massive-deception.html

New Book: Advances in Smoking Cessation:
http://www.futuremedicine.com/doi/book/10.2217/9781780842257
http://www.futuremedicine.com/doi/full/10.2217/ebo.13.139

Other International

Sharp spike in smokers using banned electronic cigarettes (Singapore)
Article documents stupidity and futility of government bans on lifesaving e-cigarettes while keeping deadly cigarettes legal:
http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/sharp-spike-smokers-using-banned-electronic-cigarettes-20130617

Cigarette consumption declines 10% after Israel increases cigarette tax rate:
http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000853046&fid=1725

Price of cigarettes in Russia to jump 50% next year:
http://rt.com/business/russia-excise-tax-increase-927/

Norwegian Heart and Lung Patient Organization absurdly proposes creating unregulated and untaxed tobacco black markets (by banning all tobacco products, including snus, which has helped many Norwegian smokers quit):
http://www.tnp.no/norway/panorama/3791-lhl-wants-sales-and-importation-ban-on-tobacco-in-norway
(with comment by Godshall)

After banning e-cigarettes to deny smokers far less hazardous lifesaving alternatives, Australian government issues more lies about risks of nicotine and e-cigs to demonize and punish vapers, keep smokers smoking cigarettes, and protect drug industry profits:
http://www.tga.gov.au/consumers/ecigarettes.htm

Vaping takes off in Australian despite prohibition, demonization and lies:
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/video/33948227508/On-the-vapers-trail
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1779697/The-Feed-The-subculture-around-e-cigarettes

Canadians reconsider counterproductive e-cigarette ban:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2013/06/18/e-cigarettes-health.html

BC recycling group proposes $1/pack deposit for cigarettes and refunds for returned butts, Godshall and others comment on proposal's absurdity:
http://globalnews.ca/news/646960/cigarette-butt-return-program-sees-52000-butts-returned/

Police in Pakistan arrest 15 shisha users despite no evidence that arresting users reduces tobacco consumption or use:
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013%5C06%5C16%5Cstory_16-6-2013_pg11_5

India's battle to ban chewing tobacco:
http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2013/06/12/indias-battle-to-ban-chewing-tobacco/

After chewing tobacco ban, Indian youth perceive cigarette smoking as fashionable:
http://www.morungexpress.com/health/96862.html