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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):
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1351

Former Advocate-General to the European Court of Justice Sir Francis Jacob describes the proposed ban on e-cigs as "...an unreasonable measure which is liable to be annulled as being contrary to the principle of proportionality and/or the principle of non-discrimination":
http://www.ecita.org.uk/blog/index.php/counsel-opinion-confirms-no-justification-for-changes-to-e-cig-regulation/

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

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":
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/marketforceslive/2013/jul/09/electronic-cigarettes-british-american-imperial

Clive Bates: MEPs - 10 things to think about before you vote:
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1340

E-cigarettes: Is a smoking alternative being choked by regulation?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23196369

Open letter from electronic cigarette users from across the European Union:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/152389430/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:
http://www.aiduce.fr/AIDUCE_ENVI_EN.pdf

EP this week: tobacco, NSA inquiry, music copyright and regional policy:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/content/20130705STO16502/html/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:
http://www.midlandsbusinessnews.co.uk/2013/07/nicolites-smashes-e-cigs-milestone/

ACSH: Grassroots activism for public health - for a change:
http://hsdispatch.com/2013/07/03/grassroots-activism-for-public-health-for-a-change/

Former German leader Helmut Schmidt buys 38,000 menthol cigarettes to avoid EU ban:
http://www.thecommentator.com/article/3940/former_german_leader_helmut_schmidt_buys_38_000_menthol_cigarettes_to_avoid_eu_ban

FDA

FDA now planning to propose 'deeming' regulation (that would ban all e-cigarettes not on the market before February 15, 2007) in October, 2013:
http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201304&RIN=0910-AG38

Tobacco regulators mull more oversight as e-cigarettes see increased popularity:
http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2013/07/tobacco_regulators_mull_more_o.html

CATO Institute: E-cigarettes, Cigars and FDA's New Powers (Jacob Grier):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqiMq5NMd_A

Mike Siegel: Anti smoking advocates call FDA action on slightly modified cigarettes 'historic'; they are correct, but only for historical stupidity:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/07/anti-smoking-advocates-call-fda-action.html#

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:
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2013/07/02/health-tobacco-companies-introduce-their-first-electronic-cigarettes/

E-cigarettes light up economy:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/video/video-e-cigarettes-light-up-economy/article13060027/

Lou Maiellano - E-cigarettes and the Future:
http://www.csdecisions.com/2013/06/28/e-cigarettes-and-the-future/

Fr. Jack Kearney: There's No Such Thing as "Addiction" to Electronic Cigarettes!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-mmTGKMvpU

ASU professor Peter Killeen - Nicotine does not cause cigarette addiction:
http://www.statepress.com/archive/node/7194

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:
http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2013/07/07/rush-for-permits-sell-cigarettes-boston/Ub4CFrhkyuENsoi1X55dcK/story.html

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):
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=672&year=2013
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/Bills/HB672_CD1_.HTM

ND Rep. Blair Thoreson correct false claims about tobacco harm reduction resolution:
http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/405342/group/Opinion/

Green Smoke sponsoring study on US smokers who try using e-cigarettes:
https://www.smokingchannel.net/adstore/index/survey/

Can electronic cigarettes help smokers kick the traditional habit?
http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-ecigs-quitting-20130706,0,7883805.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:
http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/07/05/59131.htm

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:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgayDbRiCUM

Konstantinos Farsalinos exposes and properly criticizes WHO's false claim that tobacco cigarettes are less hazardous than e-cigarettes:
http://www.ecigarette-research.com/web/index.php/2013-04-07-09-50-07/who-ecig

Mike Siegel: Another day, another e-cigarette opponent fabricates evidence to deter use; this time, it's the World Health Organization:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/07/another-day-another-e-cigarette.html

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:
http://www.interaksyon.com/article/65441/e-cigarettes-wont-help-you-quit-can-also-cause-stroke-hypertension-heart-attack---who

WHO makes even more false fear mongering claims about e-cigarettes (today):
http://www.who.int/tobacco/communications/statements/eletronic_cigarettes/en/index.html

ECITA: Sorry - WHO??
http://www.ecita.org.uk/blog/index.php/sorry-who/

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority falsely claims e-cigarettes are as dangerous as cigarettes, proposes to ban their use:
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/437911/mmda-eyes-e-cigarettes-ban

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:
http://www.kjrh.com/dpp/news/health/Doctors-caution-users-of-e-cigarettes-say-vaping-is-worse-than-smoking-the-real-thing

Mike Siegel: Another e-cigarette opponent fabricates the science to deter e-cigarette use:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/07/another-electronic-cigarette-opponent.html

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':
http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-ecigs-20130706,0,7364980.story

Smokeless Tobacco

Brad Rodu: Censorship by the Norwegian Health Directorate (removes invited and accurate commentary on snus by Lars Erik Rutqvist from website):
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2013/07/censorship-by-norwegian-health.html

Cigars

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:
http://fortmyers.floridaweekly.com/news/2013-07-03/Top_News/Activists_work_to_curb_candyflavored_tobacco_use.html

Smokefree Policies

Banning Smoking in Parks and on Beaches: Science, Policy, and the Politics of Denormalization:
http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/32/7/1291.abstract#xref-corresp

PBS Newshour - The Real Reason Behind Outdoor Public Smoking Bans:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/07/the-real-reasons-behind-public-smoking-bans.html

Comment by Bill Godshall on PBS Newshour's segment on outdoor smoking bans:
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/media-general-news/440183-pbs-newshour-real-reason-behind-public-smoking-bans.html#post10049438

Himachal Pradesh (India) Health Minister declares workplaces as smokefree:
http://post.jagran.com/himachal-pradesh-declared-1372829531
http://health.india.com/news/minister-declares-himachal-pradesh-smoke-free/

Employment Discrimination

WI Governor Scott Walker vetoes his own proposal to charge state workers who use tobacco products $50/month:
http://www.channel3000.com/news/Wis-gov-vetoes-tobacco-surcharge/-/1648/20795488/-/lifqan/-/index.html