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Bill Godshall Update 2013-07-09

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update July 9th 2013


European Union

Clive Bates - The case for regulating e-cigarettes as medicines (or not):

Former Advocate-General to the European Court of Justice Sir Francis Jacob describes the proposed ban on e-cigs as " unreasonable measure which is liable to be annulled as being contrary to the principle of proportionality and/or the principle of non-discrimination":

Clive Bates - Call to arms on e-cigarettes in the European Parliament (updated):

Electronic Cigarettes could hit BAT and Imperial harder than expected, say analysts: "We think electronic cigarettes will prove to be the most significant development in the history of the organised Tobacco industry, stretching back some 200 years":

Clive Bates: MEPs - 10 things to think about before you vote:

E-cigarettes: Is a smoking alternative being choked by regulation?

Open letter from electronic cigarette users from across the European Union:

French e-cigarette consumers group (Aiduce) issues "The future of vaping in the European Union" opposing proposed EU TPD and 'medicines' product regulation:

EP this week: tobacco, NSA inquiry, music copyright and regional policy:

Nicolites says its e-cigarettes have replaced 200 million tobacco cigarettes, including 140 million in 2012:

ACSH: Grassroots activism for public health - for a change:

Former German leader Helmut Schmidt buys 38,000 menthol cigarettes to avoid EU ban:


FDA now planning to propose 'deeming' regulation (that would ban all e-cigarettes not on the market before February 15, 2007) in October, 2013:

Tobacco regulators mull more oversight as e-cigarettes see increased popularity:

CATO Institute: E-cigarettes, Cigars and FDA's New Powers (Jacob Grier):

Mike Siegel: Anti smoking advocates call FDA action on slightly modified cigarettes 'historic'; they are correct, but only for historical stupidity:

E-cigarette News

CBS: CASAA's Greg Conley and Carl Phillips advocate smokefree e-cigarettes for smokers, American Lung Association's Deb Brown protects cigarette markets:

E-cigarettes light up economy:

Lou Maiellano - E-cigarettes and the Future:

Fr. Jack Kearney: There's No Such Thing as "Addiction" to Electronic Cigarettes!

ASU professor Peter Killeen - Nicotine does not cause cigarette addiction:

Boston Public Health Commission issues 61 permits since March to sell e-cigarettes as more adult smokers demand far less hazardous alternatives. E-cigarette prohibitionists Matt Myers and D.J. Wilson falsely insinuate products are target marketed to youth:

HI governor signs bill (HB 672) to ban sale of smokefree 'electronic smoking devices' to minors (a term drug industry funded e-cigarette opponents ACS/AHA/ALA are now calling e-cigs to deceive people to believe they emit hazardous tobacco smoke):

ND Rep. Blair Thoreson correct false claims about tobacco harm reduction resolution:

Green Smoke sponsoring study on US smokers who try using e-cigarettes:

Can electronic cigarettes help smokers kick the traditional habit?,0,7883805.story

Hookah manufacturer sues e-liquid manufacturer in federal court claiming trademark violations, and that e-liquid poses a 'clear and present danger' to consumers, the latter of which was rejected by Judge Michael Anello:

E-Cigarette Propaganda

WHO's Dr. Florante Trinidad commits public health malpractice by falsely claiming e-cigarettes are more hazardous than tobacco cigarettes since the latter contain filters:

Konstantinos Farsalinos exposes and properly criticizes WHO's false claim that tobacco cigarettes are less hazardous than e-cigarettes:

Mike Siegel: Another day, another e-cigarette opponent fabricates evidence to deter use; this time, it's the World Health Organization:

WHO's Dr. Susan Pineda-Mercado falsely claims e-cigarettes cause hypertension, heart attacks and strokes, falsely claims e-cigarette users switch to cigarette smoking, and falsely claims there's no evidence e-cigarettes can help some smokers quit:

WHO makes even more false fear mongering claims about e-cigarettes (today):

ECITA: Sorry - WHO??

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority falsely claims e-cigarettes are as dangerous as cigarettes, proposes to ban their use:

Palm Beach Cancer Institute's (OK) Dr. Robert Greene falsely claims e-cigarettes 'may actually be more harmful than traditional cigarettes', drug industry funded ALA repeats lies and fear mongering claims about life saving alternatives for smokers:

Mike Siegel: Another e-cigarette opponent fabricates the science to deter e-cigarette use:

E-cigarettes: No smoking, but lots of fuming.  Prohibitionist Stella Bialous (who lobbied for Brazil's e-cig ban) falsely claims products are 'untried, untested and unknown':,0,7364980.story

Smokeless Tobacco

Brad Rodu: Censorship by the Norwegian Health Directorate (removes invited and accurate commentary on snus by Lars Erik Rutqvist from website):


Florida DOH program continues to falsely accuse tobacco manufacturers and retailers of illegally marketing flavored products to youth as lobbying tactic to ban sales to adults:

Smokefree Policies

Banning Smoking in Parks and on Beaches: Science, Policy, and the Politics of Denormalization:

PBS Newshour - The Real Reason Behind Outdoor Public Smoking Bans:

Comment by Bill Godshall on PBS Newshour's segment on outdoor smoking bans:

Himachal Pradesh (India) Health Minister declares workplaces as smokefree:

Employment Discrimination

WI Governor Scott Walker vetoes his own proposal to charge state workers who use tobacco products $50/month: