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Bill Godshall Update 2013-07-25


Tobacco Harm Reduction Update July 25th 2013

 

E-cigarette Research

After six month intervention with e-cigarettes, prospective study finds (after 24 months) that 12.5% of participants abstained from smoking, and that 27.5% of participants reduced cigarette consumption by >50%:
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11739-013-0977-z

2010-2012 survey finds 13% of smokers in Hawaii used e-cigarettes to quit, that many of these e-cig users had already unsuccessfully used FDA approved drugs to try quitting (i.e. 45% nicotine patch, 44% gum, 13% verenicline/Chantix, 12% bupropion), and that e-cig users were far more likely than other smokers to have previously tried quitting with nicotine gum (3.7 times), patch (2.5 times), Chantix (2.9 times), buproprion (2.3 times). But authors absurdly conclude (based upon no evidence presented in study) "this study confirms the importance of promptly developing appropriate e-cigarette regulations that address smokers' use of e-cigarettes as cessation products."
http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2013.301453
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/263500.php

New Czech study finds half of smokers have used an e-cigarette at least once. Among them, 18% reported regular use of e-cigs and 14% reported daily use of e-cigs:
http://journal.publications.chestnet.org/article.aspx?articleID=1714565

Brad Rodu - Clinical trial evidence: e-cigarettes aid smoking cessation/reduction:
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2013/07/clinical-trial-evidence-e-cigarettes.html

Mike Siegel - American Legacy Foundation Still Failing to Disclose Conflict of Interest in Commenting on Electronic Cigarettes:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/07/american-legacy-foundation-still.html#

Chicagoans help on electronic cigarette study:
http://wgntv.com/2013/07/18/chicagoans-help-on-electronic-cigarettes-study/

Tobacco Harm Reduction (US)

Lorillard reports 2% decline in cigarette shipment volume in first half of 2013, reports $57 million in blu e-Cigs sales in 2nd quarter and $114 million in first half of 2013 (compared to just $8 million in 2012):
http://www.lorillard.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Q2-2013-Earnings-Release-FINAL.pdf

RAI reports 7.3% decline in RJ Reynolds cigarette shipment volume in first half of 2013, 5.4% increase in American Snuff smokeless tobacco shipment volume:
http://www.reynoldsamerican.com/releases.cfm
http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/RAI/2602102388x0x678739/4289210f-d3e6-4993-927c-3b6ad0f2252e/2013-10_RAI_Strong_key_brands.pdf

Altria reports 6% decline in PM USA cigarette shipment volume in first half of 2013, 12.4% decline in Middleton cigar shipment volume, and 4% increase in smokeless tobacco shipment volume:
http://investor.altria.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=80855&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1839894&highlight

CBS This Morning interviews NJOY's Craig Weiss about e-cigs and says "Weiss told us he welcomes FDA regulation", FDA claims 'further research is needed' despite its failure to conduct or fund research, ALA's Erica Sward admits knowing nothing about e-cigs but since 2009 has urged FDA to ban them and made many false claims about them:
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57594842/booming-e-cigarette-industry-raises-questions-on-safety-regulation/

7/23/13 NBC Nightly News segment on e-cigarettes highlights lifesaving benefits for smokers, repeats misleading fear-mongering claims by FDA and other prohibitionists:
http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/52558842/#52558842

ABC 7 News (Chicago) - E-cigarettes helping smokers cut down:
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/health&id=9181944

Looking for e-cigarette products on market before February 15, 2007:
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/legislation-news/394477-looking-e-cigarettes-were-marketed-early-2007-before-2.html#post10131855
http://www.vapersforum.com/showthread.php?46226-Looking-for-e-cigarettes-marketed-before-February-15-2007&p=1150602#post1150602

ACSH - Debate on electronic cigarette regulation in Lancet easily won by science-based proponents:
http://acsh.org/2013/07/debate-on-electronic-cigarette-regulation-won-easily-by-science-based-proponents/

AEMSA E-liquid Manufacturing Standards:
http://www.aemsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/AEMSA-Standards_Version-1-7.pdf

NJOY: The e-cigarette that aims to snuff out smoking:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/marcbabej/2013/07/18/njoy-the-e-cigarette-that-aims-to-snuff-out-smoking/

Altria to begin marketing MarkTen e-cigs next month, to expand distribution of Verve:
http://www.csnews.com/top-story-tobacco-altria_expands_marlboro_nxt__preps_for_e_cigarette_entry-64124.html

FDA

The Regulatory Challenge of Electronic Cigarettes (JAMA); authors advocate FDA regulation of e-cigarettes, but fail to cite any evidence that doing so would benefit public health, fail to acknowledge the 'deeming' regulation would ban all e-cigs and otherwise threaten consumer and public health by decimating e-cig industry, fail to acknowledge FDA's unlawful 2009 e-cig ban or agency's false and misleading fear-mongering claims:
http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1713512

FDA invites public input on menthol in cigarettes:
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm361966.htm?source=govdelivery

Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) Menthol in Cigarettes:
http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2013-17805_PI.pdf

Preliminary Scientific Evaluation of the Possible Public Health Effects of Menthol Versus Nonmenthol Cigarettes:
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/TobaccoProducts/ResourcesforYou/UCM361953.pdf

FDA will do more research on menthol cigarettes:
http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_f5ff8906-f3a2-11e2-95b8-0019bb30f31a.html

FDA Closer to Decision About Menthol Cigarettes (or not):
http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_f5ff8906-f3a2-11e2-95b8-0019bb30f31a.html

ACSH - FDA's big menthol announcement: nothing yet, keep in touch:
http://acsh.org/2013/07/fdas-big-menthol-announcement-nothing-yet-keep-in-touch/

ACSH - The Mentholation of Cigarettes: An Update for 2013:
http://acsh.org/2013/03/the-mentholation-of-cigarettes-an-update-for-2013/

Mike Siegel - FDA tells us what we already know about menthol: no new implications for policy:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/07/fda-tells-us-what-we-already-knew-about.html

After trashing Sen. Mike Enzi and his amendment (to the FSPTCA) to ban menthol cigarettes in 2007, CTFK's Matt Myers misrepresents scientific evidence on menthol cigarettes in urging FDA to quickly ban menthol cigarettes:
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2013_07_23_fda

Prohibitionist Legacy criticizes FDA for not proposing ban on menthol cigarettes:
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fda-stalls-again-on-menthol-216598351.html
http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/07/24/205119182/menthol-great-in-aftershave-not-so-much-in-cigarettes

US State/Local

MA legislature enacts, then Governor Patrick vetoes, bill (H3535) to increase cigarette tax by $1/pack (from $2.51 to $3.51), increases smokeless tobacco tax by 120% (from 90% to 210%), increase cigar and smoking tobacco tax by 10% (from 30% to 40%):
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/188/House/H3535

RI Governor Chaffee urges children to use e-cigarettes by vetoing bill to ban vapor product sales to minors after deceitful lobbying by drug industry funded ACS, AHA, ALA (that since 2009 have falsely claimed e-cigs are target marketed to youth), cites bill's failure to license or tax products.  CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA are simultaneously urging FDA to regulate e-cig sales because some states don't ban sales to minors:
http://www.governor.ri.gov/documents/Vetoes/Veto%20Message%2013-S%200622%20A%20%20An%20Act%20Relating%20to%20Criminal%20Offenses%20-%20Children.pdf
http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20130718-r.i.-gov-chafee-vetoes-bill-banning-use-of-e-cigarettes-by-minors.ece

CTFK's Matt Myers applauds RI Governor Chafee for encouraging youth to use e-cigs, falsely claims bill to ban e-cig sales to minors exempted products from regulations:
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2013_07_18_ri

Hypocritical ACS, AHA, ALA oppose Ohio bill to ban e-cigarette sales to minors, want to tax the lifesaving products to prevent adult smokers from switching, admit that their drug industry funded national offices imposed new policy on state groups:
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/07/22/e-cigarette-bill-called-trojan-horse.html

Smokefree Pennsylvania's Bill Godshall exposes ACS, AHA, ALA lies and hypocrisy about state legislation to ban e-cigarette sales to minors:
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/legislation-news/445792-hypocritical-acs-aha-ala-oppose-ohio-bill-ban-e-cigarette-sales-minors-want-tax-lifesaving-products-instead.html#post10169379

Mike Siegel - Anti-smoking advocates admit the real reason they oppose ban on sale of electronic cigarettes to minors: they want them taxed like cigarettes:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/07/anti-smoking-advocates-admit-real.html

PA legislation (SB 1055) would ban sale of alternative nicotine products to minors:
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/billinfo.cfm?syear=2013&sind=0&body=S&type=B&BN=1055
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2013&sessInd=0&billBody=S&billTyp=B&billNbr=1055&pn=1337

Electronic cigarettes available to Putnam inmates (TN):
http://www.herald-citizen.com/view/full_story/23117642/article--White%3D-C-Electronic-cigarettes-available-to-Putnam-inmates?instance=latest_articles

RJ Reynolds to begin marketing VUSE e-cigarette to Colorado smokers:
http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/RAI/1999788364x0x669077/d982a3d3-93e9-46f2-a0a6-79f0c56fed8a/2013-01_RJR_Vapor_Co_bringing_VUSE_digital_vapor_cig_to_CO.pdf

After protesting the marketing of far less hazardous dissolvable tobacco products to smokers, CO Health Dept. now worries smokers might quit by switching to e-cigarettes:
http://gazette.com/health-officials-worry-about-electronic-cigarette-push-in-colorado/article/1503744

Electronic Cigarettes: The Way to Quit Smoking (AL):
http://www.wtvy.com/news/alabama/headlines/Electronic-Cigarettes-The-Way-to-Quit-Smoking-215319461.html

CTFK trains teens to demonize tobacco companies and products, repeat CTFK talking points, and promote unwarranted and counterproductive laws and regulations:
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/tobacco_unfiltered/post/2013_07_22_youth

Electronic cigarettes could rekindle battles over smoking in public (MN); e-cigarette prohibitionists repeat false and misleading claims to confuse and scare:
http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/215258211.html

Prohibitionist Stan Glantz now claims e-cigarette use should be banned (wherever smoking is banned) because e-cig companies comply with CA's absurd Prop 65 law and because e-cigs emit slightly higher (but non hazardous) trace levels of several compounds than an FDA approved nicotine inhaler:
http://www.tobacco.ucsf.edu/10-chemicals-identified-so-far-e-cig-vapor-are-california-prop-65-list-carcinogens-and-reproductive#comment-589

Mike Siegel - Researcher misleads public with invalid comparison of e-cigs and nicotine inhaler: correct analysis shows nicotine inhalers have higher amounts of six carcinogens:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/07/anti-smoking-researcher-misleads-public.html

Ellen Hahn (KY) correctly touts benefits of smokefree workplace laws, but fails to acknowledge that bills she advocates also would ban the use of smokefree e-cigarettes:
http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130724/OPINION02/307240036/Letter-Making-Kentucky-smoke-free-state

'Tobacco intervention specialist' demonizes e-cigarettes to protect her job promoting drug interventions, TV news editors falsely claim e-cigs skirt smoking bans:
http://www.digtriad.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=2542266283001&odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cfeatured

CASA Columbia's Jeffrey Lane makes many false claims about nicotine and e-cigs to scare readers, discourage smokers from switching, and advocate another FDA ban:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-b-lane/electronic-cigarettes-dangers_b_3612558.html

Newsday editor repeats many false claims by e-cigarette prohibitionist when endorsing LIRR's unwarranted e-cig usage ban on trains:
http://www.newsday.com/opinion/viewsday-1.3683911/crowley-lirr-makes-the-right-call-in-snuffing-out-e-cigarettes-1.5712857

Former UCLA researcher James Enstrom's lawsuit proceeds:
http://dailybruin.com/2013/04/02/former-ucla-researcher-james-enstroms-lawsuit-proceeds/

CA anti tobacco groups push $2/pack cigarette tax hike to fund anti tobacco programs:
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2013/07/24/2597688/capitol-alert-california-health.html
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/politics&id=9184027
http://www.camajorityreport.com/index.php?module=articles&func=display&aid=5047&ptid=9

EU

Clive Bates: A dog's breakfast (analysis of EU Tobacco Products Directive):
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1364

Philip Morris International reports 8% decline in cigarette shipment volume to EU in first half of 2013, and a 6% decline during the 2nd quarter:
http://www.trefis.com/stock/pm/articles/196812/philip-morris-earnings-suffer-from-lower-volumes-currency-headwinds/2013-07-19
http://www.pmi.com/eng/media_center/press_releases/pages/201307180700.aspx

Clive Bates: Reasonable people saying sensible things about low-risk alternatives to smoking (update):
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=853

American Business warns Taoiseach over Irish Health Minister's plain packaging plan:
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/american-business-warns-taoiseach-over-tobacco-proposals-1.1473559

Italy Scraps e-cigarette tax plans:
http://www.thelocal.it/20130724/italy-scraps-e-cigarette-tax-plans

Dutch public health institute RIVM says e-cigarettes not hazardous, Dutch Minister of Health has no plans to ban them:
http://www.rivm.nl/Documenten_en_publicaties/Algemeen_Actueel/Nieuwsberichten/2013/Droge_keel_en_hoesten_door_shisha_pen
http://www.rtlnieuws.nl/nieuws/politiek/shisha-pen-niet-verboden
http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2013/07/health_minister_wont_ban_harml.php

NJOY Hunts for PR Support to Boost E-cigarette:
http://www.holmesreport.com/news-info/13730/Njoy-Hunts-For-PR-Support-To-Boost-ECigarettes.aspx

Tobacco Control article expresses concerns that more smokers are hearing about and switching to far less hazardous smokefree e-cigarettes:
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2013/07/24/tobaccocontrol-2013-051043.abstract?papetoc

International

Philippine Medical Association repeats WHO lies about e-cigarettes in urging Aquino to protect cigarette markets by denying vapers and smokers legal access to e-cigarettes:
http://businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/en/news/nation/16381-aquino-urged-to-ban-e-cigarettes

Clive Bates urges Philippine FDA to support e-cigarettes to improve public health:
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/legislation-news/447242-clive-bates-urges-philippine-fda-support-e-cigarettes-improve-smokers-health-public-health.html#post10200727

FCTCA's Dr. Maricar Limpin makes false and misleading claims about scientific and empirical evidence on e-cigarettes to Philippine FDA:
http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Nation&title=Regulator-to-act-on-e-cigarettes&id=73908

Malaysian Health Minister considering regulations for e-cigarettes and shisha:
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/07/25/malaysian-govt-may-ban-e-cigarettes-shisha-based-report.html

WHO falsely claims 'Tobacco use' (instead of cigarette smoking) "is a major cause of many of the world's top killer diseases including cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive lung disease and lung cancer."
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en/index2.html

Chris Price: The Community Safety Factor:
http://www.ecigarette-politics.com/the-community-safety-factor.html

Chris Price: Why E-Cgarettes Cannot Be Stopped:
http://www.ecigarette-politics.com/why-e-cigarettes-cannot-be-stopped.html

Outdoor smoking bans

Arther Caplan: Antismoking Advocates Have Misused Science:
http://ideas.time.com/2013/07/22/viewpoint-anti-smoking-advocates-have-misused-science/

Geoffrey Kabat - The real motivation behind park and beach smoking bans:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/geoffreykabat/2013/07/22/the-real-motivation-behind-park-and-beach-smoking-bans/

Honolulu mayor signs bills banning smoking at Oahu beaches, parks and bus stops:
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/travel/Honolulu+mayor+signs+smoking+bills+Oahu+beaches+other+places/8696992/story.html

Colorado Springs (CO) City Council bans smoking at parks, trails and open spaces:
http://gazette.com/smoking-banned-in-colorado-springs-parks-watering-boosted-park-expansion-okd/article/1503899

French Health Minister wants tobacco-free parks, beaches:
http://www.france24.com/en/20130721-france-minister-wants-tobacco-banned-parks-beaches-smoking-marisol-touraine

Cigars

Lynn Kozlowski: Nine things to think about when thinking about cigars:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lynn-t-kozlowski-phd/cigar-smoking-risks_b_3599794.html