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Bill Godshall Update 2013-07-02

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update July 2nd 2013

European Union

Clive Bates: Call to arms on e-cigarettes in the European Parliament
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1326

Clive Bates: Tobacco products directive, e-cigarettes & snus - an update
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1304

European vapers to protest proposed EU TPD e-cig ban in Brussels on July 10th
http://forum.vapourtrails.tv/showthread.php?tid=484

UK MEP Nikki Sinclaire opposes e-cigarette ban in proposed EU TPD:
http://worldtopecigs.blogspot.gr/2013/06/nikki-sinclaire-mep-says-no-to.html

Chris Snowdon: Taking the pleasure out of e-cigarettes
http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/13718

Ousted European health official John Dalli faces questions about plans to transfer money:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/02/world/europe/ousted-european-health-official-faces-questions-about-plans-to-transfer-money.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
http://dickpuddlecote.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/dalli-bahamas-and-millions-of.html
http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2013-07-01/news/dalli-transferred-millions-in-secret-bahamas-trip-1960804353/
http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20130702/local/dalli.476300
http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/en/newsdetails/news/national/Dalli-offers-power-of-attorney-for-MEPs-to-verify-Bahamas-denials-20130702

Two e-cig companies endorse proposed MHRA and EU TPD policies to ban products:
http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/topics/e-cigarette-brands-back-mhra-plans-for-medical-regulation/344696.article

ACSH: Tobacco harm reduction about to be exiled from Europe:
http://hsdispatch.com/2013/06/26/tobacco-harm-reduction-about-to-be-exiled-from-europe/

Italian officials plan to tax vapor products to protect cigarette markets and pay for government budget deficit:
http://www.thelocal.it/20130627/cost-of-e-cigarettes-set-to-rise-in-italy

Three wardens hired to stop smokers outside hospital quit in disgust over the levels of verbal abuse hurled at them:
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/three-wardens-hired-stop-smokers-2012190

Australia / Plain Packaging

Plain Cigarette Packaging - emerging unintended consequences from the Australian experiment:
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/infozone/plain-cigarette-packaging-unintended-consequences

ECLAT Electronic Cigarette Study

In Italy, E-Cigarettes Helped Smokers Quit Nicotine Entirely, Even When They Didn't Want To:
http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/16822/20130624/electronic-cigarettes-quit-smoking-nicotine-italy-study.htm

FOX25NEWS: First clinical trial shows device may help smokers quit:
http://www.myfoxboston.com/video?clipId=9034844&topVideoCatNo=238258&autoStart=true

Farsalinos: Efficacy of e-cigarette as a tobacco substitute - a randomized study:
http://www.ecigarette-research.com/web/index.php/research/efficacy-of-e-cigarette-as-a-tobacco-substitute-a-randomized-study

A plea to Tobacco Control – do not disregard this important research:
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/infozone/a-plea-to-tobacco-control

Mike Siegel predicts Stan Glantz will try to discredit ECLAT study:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/06/contest-what-is-this-anti-smoking.html

Stan Glantz attempts to discredit ECLAT study, but discredits himself:
http://www.plosone.org/annotation/listThread.action?root=67705
http://tobacco.ucsf.edu/italian-e-cig-study-does-not-support-conclusion-e-cigarettes-stimulate-smoking-cessation

Mike Siegel: Electronic cigarette opponent [Stan Glantz] grasps at straws to discredit new e-cigarette clinical trial:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/06/electronic-cigarette-opponent-grasps-at.html

Christopher Snowdon - Glantz attempts to debunk e-cigarette study:
http://velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/glantz-attempts-to-debunk-e-cigarette.html

ECLAT study has a control group, Yates correction would be completely inappropriate (Farsalinos responds to Glantz's criticism of ECLAT study):
http://www.plosone.org/annotation/listThread.action?root=67705
http://www.ecigarette-research.com/web/index.php/research/eclat-study-has-a-control-group-yates-correction-would-be-completely-inappropriate

Rory Morrison - Questions of significance (statistical or otherwise) for the Coponnetto et al electronic cigarette trial (debunks Stan Glantz' criticisms):
http://www.plosone.org/annotation/listThread.action?root=67943

CASAA's Elaine Keller corrects false claims by Stan Glantz, Mike Siegel concurs:
http://www.plosone.org/annotation/listThread.action?root=67757

PLOS One editor violates journal's 'Competing interests' reporting policy by failing to report Stan Glantz' activism to ban e-cigarette use and Legacy Foundation's activism to ban e-cigarettes, while claiming to enforce of 'Competing interests' policy:
http://www.plosone.org/static/policies.action#competing
http://www.plosone.org/annotation/listThread.action?root=67705
(see comments)

US Federal

FDA announces Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee meetings August 15/16:
http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/TobaccoProductsScientificAdvisoryCommittee/ucm346875.htm?source=govdelivery

FDA TPSAC/Risk Communication Committee meeting August 15 to discuss brand specific lists and communication (to the public) of so-called Hazardous and Potentially Hazardous Constituents (HPHC) in hazardous cigarette smoke and in low risk smokeless tobacco products (truthful risk communication vs deceptive fear mongering propaganda):
http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/Calendar/ucm358165.htm

FDA TPSAC meeting on August 16, 2013 to discuss MRTP application evaluation:
http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/Calendar/ucm358329.htm

Johnson & Johnson funds, CTFK conducts intentionally deceptive push poll:
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/content/press_office/2013/2013_06_survey/Annotated%20for%20Release.pdf

...then claims most Americans want FDA to regulate e-cigarettes and cigars:
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2013_06_27_survey
(but fails to disclose CTFK's receipt of >$100 million from Big Pharma)

NY Times editorial repeats false fear mongering claims of e-cigarette prohibitionists, urges FDA to regulate vapor products as tobacco, which would ban them once again:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/27/opinion/are-e-cigarettes-a-boon-a-menace-or-both.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

Godshall LTE corrects many false claims in NY Times editorial, but Time editors have not published (yet):
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/legislation-news/435560-ny-times-editorial-repeats-many-false-claims-about-e-cigarettes-urges-fda-ban-er-regulate-products.html#post9939057

Dick Puddlecote - A new low for tobacco control:
http://dickpuddlecote.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/a-new-low-for-tobacco-control.html

Jacob Grier - Who's killing the e-cigarette?
http://theumlaut.com/2013/06/25/whos-killing-the-electronic-cigarette/
http://www.jacobgrier.com/blog/archives/6129.html

AEMSA (American E-Liquid Manufacturing Standards Association) Presents on Self-Regulation at 2013 TMA Conference:
http://www.aemsa.org/aemsa-presents-on-self-regulation-at-tma-conference-2013-presentation/

Huffington Post article makes many false claims about tobacco, industry and e-cigarettes:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/01/tobacco-industry-e-cigarettes_n_3453821.html

Reuters article criticizes e-cig tweets, absurdly claims it will take years for FDA to determine if e-cigs are less hazardous than cigarettes:
http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2013/06/27/on-twitter-dubious-health-claims-from-e-cigarette-bots/

Is nicotine really any different than caffeine? - National Journal article promotes FDA's e-cigarette agenda, quotes drug industry funded e-cigarette prohibitionists while failing to disclose their financial conflicts of interest:
http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/is-nicotine-really-any-different-than-caffeine-20130620
http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/is-nicotine-really-any-different-than-caffeine-20130620#comments

Heartland Institute - Research and Commentary: The Emergence of E-Cigarettes:
http://heartland.org/policy-documents/research-commentary-emergence-e-cigarettes

US DOT again falsely claims agency banned e-cigarette use on airlines, then admits agency hasn't issued a final rule for its 2011 proposed regulation:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2013/07/01/some-unsure-if-smoking-bans-apply-to-e-cigarettes/2481267/

February 2011 article cites letter by then US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood to Sen. Lautenberg falsely claiming DOT had already banned e-cig use on airlines:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/11/electronic-cigarettes-ban_n_821828.html

US DOT proposes regulation on 9/15/11 to ban e-cig use in airlines:
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=DOT-OST-2011-0044-0003
http://www.regulations.gov/#!searchResults;rpp=10;po=0;s=DOT-OST-2011-0044

Godshall's 2011 submission to DOT docket stating proposed e-cig usage ban unlawful:
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/legislation-news/235094-need-comments-us-plane-ban-nov-14-a-6.html#post4563461

CASAA and Competitive Enterprise Institute's 2011 submission to DOT docket stating proposed e-cig usage ban on airlines unlawful:
http://cei.org/sites/default/files/Sam%20Kazman%20-%20E-Cigarette%20Ban%20Comments%20to%20DOT.pdf

News stories spin FDA approval of two SE applications for cigarettes, rejection of others:
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57590993/fda-allows-two-new-cigarettes-to-market-after-historic-review/
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/health/fda-begins-regulating-tobacco-products.html?partner=MYWAY&ei=5065&_r=0
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/experts-hope-regulations-fda-tough-tobacco/story?id=19497517&singlePage=true#.UdMg8TuOTQ0

ACSH: FDA's 'historic' baby steps towards tobacco regulation:
http://hsdispatch.com/2013/06/26/fdas-historic-baby-step-towards-tobacco-regulation/

NEJM op/eds on FDA Graphic Tobacco Warnings:
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1304513?
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1306205?query=TOC

US State/Local

CASAA issues Call To Action urging CA Assembly Committee on Government Organization to reject bill (S 648) that would ban e-cigarette use in CA workplaces, falsely define 'smoking' as including use of smokefree e-cigarettes:
http://blog.casaa.org/2013/03/call-to-action-california-e-cigarette.html

MA House and Senate approve transportation legislation (H 3535) to increase cigarette tax by $1/pack (from $2.51 to $3.51):
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/188/House/H3535/History
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2013/06/27/mass-gov-seek-change-transportation-bill/MIYkKQGkgvXDR9lb8usmWN/story.html

NC Governor McCrory signs bill (SB 530) banning vapor product sales to minors:
http://governor.nc.gov/newsroom/press-releases/20130619/governor-mccrory-takes-action-legislation
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&BillID=SB530

CASAA issues Call To Action urging RI House to approve bill (S622 Substitute A) to ban sales of 'vapor products' to minors:
http://blog.casaa.org/2013/03/call-to-action-rhode-island-proposes.html

RI Senate and House approve legislation (S622 Substitute A) banning vapor product sales to minors, goes to governor:
http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0622A.pdf

FL Gov. Scott signs law to ban smoking pipes, increase cigar sales (as more cigars will be used to smoke weed), increase DOH propaganda and lobbying to ban flavored cigars:
http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20130626/FSVIEW/130626013/Bill-bans-bongs-pipes-in-Florida

Bill to increase cigarette tax by $1/pack in Philly approved by PA Senate Finance Cmte.:
http://www.citypaper.net/blogs/nakedcity/Cigarette-tax-clears-hurdle-in-Harrisburg.html

Pico Rivera (CA) City Council considers, rejects proposed e-cig sales ban at 6/25/13 meeting after vapers inform council members of facts and evidence:
http://www.pico-rivera.org/depts/admin/pio/programming.asp

CASAA updates Call To Action opposing proposed e-cig sales ban in Pico Rivera (CA):
http://blog.casaa.org/2013/06/urgent-call-to-action-pico-rivera-ca.html

High school teacher who quit smoking by switching to e-cigarettes urges Pico Rivera City Council to reject proposed e-cig sales ban:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/696a55u4ijuv7hb/3_High_School_Teacher_against_ban.mp3

Father Jack Kearny urges Pico Rivera City Council to reject proposed e-cig sales ban:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/opauj6wge53tfu8/5_Father_Jack_Kearny.mp3

American Cancer Society falsely claims nicotine causes cancer at Pico Rivera City Council meeting, urges council to ban e-cig sales (while keeping lethal cigarettes legal):
https://www.dropbox.com/s/mhu024gqul3ofdn/6_Cancer_Society_Junk.mp3

Tom Z refutes false claim by ACS that nicotine cause cancer, urges Pico Rivera City Council to reject proposed e-cig sales ban:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4t44oz9gpm2bkfc/7_TomzGreat_Rebuttal_Of_Cancer_Guy.mp3

Sheriff tells Pico Rivera City Council that he's unaware of any cases of e-cigarettes used for consuming illegal drugs:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/6o7o4pmwsxv6n7n/9_Honest_Sheriff.mp3