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Bill Godshall Update 2013-06-25



Tobacco Harm Reduction Update June 25th, 2013

 

E-Cigarette Research

Clinical trial finds e-cigarettes more effective for smoking cessation and sharply reducing cigarette consumption among smokers who don't want to quit than NRT has been for smokers who want to quit.  After being given e-cigarettes for 12 weeks, study finds 11% and 13% cigarette abstinence rate among group given 7.2mg nicotine e-cigs after week-12 and week-52 respectively, and that 22.3% and 10.3% of participants who didn't quit smoking (including group given no nicotine e-cigs) reduced daily cigarette consumption by at least 50% after weeks 12 and 52 respectively:
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0066317
http://www.plosone.org/article/fetchObject.action?uri=info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0066317&representation=PDF

Today's news stories on study finding e-cigarettes effective for smoking cessation and sharply reducing cigarette consumption among smokers who don't want to quit smoking:
http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/06/24/study-e-cigarettes-may-give-hope-to-smokers-looking-to-quit/
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323998604578565974170166956.html
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/06/25/e-cigarette-study-hints-at-quit-aid-potential/

New study finds large differences in nicotine delivery/exposure between cigarettes, NRT and e-cigarettes, estimates that 20-24mg/ml (i.e. 2%-2.4%) nicotine e-cigarettes deliver similar levels as tobacco cigarettes, criticizes proposed EU TPD's limit of 4mg/ml nicotine in e-cigarettes as far too low for smokers and vapers:
http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/10/6/2500

Brad Rodu - Alternative Tobacco Products Aid in Smoking Cessation:
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2013/06/alternative-tobacco-products-aid-in.html

Lynn Kozlowski - 9 Things to Think About When Thinking About E-Cigarettes:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lynn-t-kozlowski-phd/e-cigarettes_b_3492528.html

Carl Phillips - Tobacco harm reduction, it's not just about harm reduction:
http://ep-ology.blogspot.com/2013/06/tobacco-harm-reduction-its-not-just.html

Brad Rodu - The electronic future of cigarettes:
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/06/the-electronic-future-of-cigarettes/277057/

Mike Siegel - Physician who opposes electronic cigarettes fabricates scientific information to deter their use:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/06/physician-who-opposes-electronic.html

Carl Phillips - CASAColumbia are liars:
http://antithrlies.com/2013/06/19/casacolumbia-are-liars/

Drug industry funded AAP opposes parents quitting smoking or reducing cigarette consumption by switching to far less hazardous e-cigarettes or smokefree tobacco:
http://aapnews.aappublications.org/content/34/7/9.1.full

Paul Bergen - Can't we just remove addiction from the debate?
http://canadianvapers.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/cant-we-just-remove-addiction-from-the-debate/

Auckland University (NZ) studying e-cigarettes:
http://tvnz.co.nz/technology-news/auckland-uni-conducts-world-s-first-e-cigarettes-study-5473754
http://nz.finance.yahoo.com/video/e-cigarettes-might-just-064828368.html
 

Varenicline/NRT Research

New paper evaluating Adverse Drug Reactions reported in the EU finds that "many serious ADRs were reported for varenicline" (Chantix/Champix):
http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/2050-6511-14-30.pdf

NIH touts varenicline (Chantix/Champix) for treating alcoholism, fails to disclose drug's heart attack, depression and suicide risks:
http://fortmyers.floridaweekly.com/news/2013-06-12/Healthy_Living/Antismoking_medication_shows_promise_for_treating_.html

Mike Siegel - Big Pharma Gets Its Money's Worth: Study by Pharma-Funded Researchers Reports Invalid Data to Show that NRT Works When the Correct Study Data Show No Effect:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/06/big-pharma-gets-its-moneys-worth-study.html
 

US FDA

FDA approves two Substantial Equivalent (SE) applications for cigarettes by Lorillard, rejects four SE applications, refuses acceptance of 20 SE applications, announces 136 SE application withdrawals, creates new webpage for SE actions:
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm358421.htm?source=govdelivery
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/MarketingandAdvertising/UCM358410.pdf
http://blogs.fda.gov/fdavoice/index.php/2013/06/fda-announces-first-decisions-on-new-tobacco-products/
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/MarketingandAdvertising/ucm339928.htm
 

US E-cigarettes

Vaper News links to hundreds of news stories posted on more than 50 e-cigarette blogs:
http://vapernews.com

NJOY CEO: We're taking on Big Tobacco:
http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/2487992294001/njoy-ceo-were-taking-on-big-tobacco

Playboy To Launch Premium Vapor Collection:
http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20130624-904763.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
http://playboyecigs.com./
 

US State/Local

MA legislation (HB 2593) would tax e-cigarettes at 90% of wholesale price by redefining 'smokeless tobacco' to include e-cigarettes, would require tobacco license to sell e-cigs:
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/188/House/H2593

CASAA issues Call To Action opposing HB 2593 in MA:
http://blog.casaa.org/2013/06/urgent-call-to-action-massachusetts.html

Godshall/Smokefree Pennsylvania letter urges MA Joint Committee on Revenue to reject HB 2593:
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/legislation-news/434051-massacusetts-bill-hb-2593-considered-6-25-2013-a.html#post9912341

CASAA issues Call To Action opposing California bill (SB 648) that would ban e-cigarette use in workplaces, bill assigned to Assembly Cmte on Government Operations:
http://blog.casaa.org/2013/03/call-to-action-california-e-cigarette.html

CASAA issues Call To Action opposing proposed ordinance in Pica Rivera (CA) to ban e-cigarette sales by falsely redefining products as drug paraphernalia:
http://blog.casaa.org/2013/06/urgent-call-to-action-pico-rivera-ca.html

Despite hypocritical opposition by ACS/AHA/ALA, Arizona Governor Brewer signs law banning sale of 'vapor products' to minors:
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

E-cigarettes are a growing business in Oklahoma:
http://newsok.com/electronic-cigarettes-are-a-growing-business-in-oklahoma/article/3855655

Electronic cigarettes gaining popularity due to Minnesota's impending tax hike:
http://www.sctimes.com/article/20130624/NEWS01/306240010/Electronic-cigarettes-gaining-popularity-due-Minnesota-s-impending-tax-hike

Vapor cigarette smoking hot trend (TX):
http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/2013/06/21/2444889/

E-cigarettes gain popularity with Oklahomans trying to quit smoking:
http://newsok.com/e-cigarettes-gain-popularity-with-oklahomans-trying-to-quit-smoking/article/3855654
 

Smoky Air

Casper (WY) City Council repeals smoking ban for bars:
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/light-up-casper-repeals-smoking-ban-for-bars/article_c761d2b4-d41d-54fc-ac8c-7a2cb40cfa7f.html

AC casino repeals smokefree policy, target markets to declining number of smokers:
http://www.nj.com/atlantic/index.ssf/2013/06/revel_changes_its_tune_welcomes_smokers_and_gambler.html#/0


EU

Clive Bates - Negligence in tobacco policy:
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1284

ECITA - Regulation by Press Release: Is this what Nanny is now reduced to?
http://www.ecita.org.uk/blog/index.php/regulation-by-press-release-is-this-what-nanny-is-now-reduced-to/

EU Health Ministers reach agreement on some tobacco regulations, but life-threatening bans on e-cigarettes and snus remain in proposed Tobacco Products Directive:
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/06/21/uk-eu-tobacco-idUKBRE95K0U220130621
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/22/business/global/eu-ministers-agree-to-stricter-tobacco-laws.html?
http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2013-06-21/news/health-ministers-reach-agreement-on-tobacco-directive-1881243648/

Clive Bates on E-cigarettes:
http://canadianvapers.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/clive-bates-on-e-cigarettes/

British Medical Journal online poll finds strong opposition to proposed EU TPD's e-cigarette regulation/ban, and to UK MHMR's announced regulation/ban:
http://www.bmj.com
THIS WEEK'S POLL (6/25/13)
Should electronic cigarettes be as freely available as tobacco cigarettes?
Yes  92.72%  (395 votes)
No  7.28%  (31 votes)
Total Votes: 426

ASH UK estimates 1.3 million vapers in UK, that 400,000 vapers have completely quit smoking, and that virtually all vapers are smokers or exsmokers who quit by vaping.  "Growing evidence suggests that e-cigarettes are becoming more reliable in their nicotine delivery and that they have a beneficial impact in reducing subjective cravings and, in turn, number of cigarettes smoked."
http://ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_715.pdf
So why did ASH UK endorse MHRA's announced plan to ban all (or virtually all) e-cigarette products, sharply increase costs of the few (if any) approved brands, and eliminate incentive for developing improved and more reliable e-cigarette products?

ECITA: MHRA Cost Analysis of Creating a Medicinal E-Cig - A Tour de Force of Ignorance:
http://www.ecita.org.uk/blog/index.php/mhra-cost-analysis-of-creating-a-medicinal-e-cig-a-tour-de-force-of-ignorance/

Chris Davies MEP Pledges to Continue his Fight Against New Controls to Restrict the Availability and Strength of e-Cigarettes:
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/chris-davies-mep-pledges-to-continue-his-fight-against-new-controls-to-restrict-the-availability-and-strength-of-e-cigarettes-212478451.html

Chris Price - Anti Luddites: the people versus the old machine
http://www.ecigarette-politics.com/blog/anti-luddites-the-people-versus-the-old-machine.html

Carl Phillips: My take on recent UK NICE Guidance on tobacco harm reduction:
http://ep-ology.blogspot.com/2013/06/my-take-on-recent-uk-nice-guidance-on.html


Other International

Philippine Court approves Temporary Restraining Order blocking Philippine FDA from banning e-cigarettes (while keeping far more hazardous cigarettes legal), Philippine Medical Association lobbies for e-cigarette ban (but not for cigarette ban):
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/breaking-news/2013/06/23/sale-e-cigarettes-not-cleared-government-288878

Phony consumer association urges Malaysian government to ban e-cigarettes, repeats false and misleading claims about products:
http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v7/ge/newsgeneral.php?id=958322
http://www.mmail.com.my/story/e-cigarettes-popularity-alarming-59017
http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/ban-sale-of-e-cigarettes-1.307078

Paul Bergen - E-cigarettes: So close to being accepted and yet so close to being banned:
http://canadianvapers.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/e-cigarettes-so-close-to-being-accepted-and-yet-so-close-to-being-banned/