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Bill Godshall Update 2013-07-31


Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - July 31st, 2013

 

E-Cigarettes

Altria says it supports FDA regulation of e-cigarettes even though Section 905(j) and Section 910 of the FSPTCA would ban the sale of all e-cigs, other 'deeming regulations' would decimate the e-cigarette industry, and Altria still hasn't even sold its first e-cig:
http://www.cnbc.com/id/100890887

Obama Administration still hasn't responded to Petition to White House to "Prevent the FDA from regulating or banning the sale and use of electronic cigarettes, accessories and associated liquids", signed by "30,000 (primarily vapers) more than five months ago":

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/prevent-fda-regulating-or-banning-sale-and-use-electronic-cigarettes-accessories-and-associated/RQLBYRsd

E-cigs debate takes turn: Expert says they may pose less risk than cigarettes; but article fails to mention that FDA's 'deeming' regulation would ban all e-cigarettes:
http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/article_b921af9a-f61e-11e2-ac1f-001a4bcf6878.html

Wells Fargo's Bonnie Herzog claims e-cig sales grew 189.6% at US convenience stores in four week period ending July 6; e-cig sales in c-stores could hit $1bn in e-cigarette sales this year:
http://www.cspnet.com/news/tobacco/articles/c-store-cigarette-sales-momentum-driven-moderating-pricing
http://www.csnews.com/top-story-tobacco-c_stores_could_hit_$1b_in_e_cigarette_sales_this_year_-64164.html

Thank You for Not Vaping - The irrational hostility to electronic cigarettes:
http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/thank-you-not-vaping_741038.html

FDA spends millions of dollars studying impact of low nicotine cigarettes on smokers (which past research found to increase smoke inhalation and cigarette consumption among many smokers), but agency won't fund research on e-cigarette impact on smokers, and won't post or acknowledge comments submitted to FDA docket by >5,000 vapers:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/fda-tests-low-nicotine-cigarettes-as-it-weighs-new-regulatory-power/2013/07/30/122c0954-efbd-11e2-9008-61e94a7ea20d_story.html
http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01681875
http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FDA-2012-N-1148

Correction from 7/25/13 THRU - After six month intervention with e-cigarettes, prospective study finds (after 24 months) that 12.5% of participants (who smoked >15 cigarettes/day for past decade, and who didn't want to quit) totally 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

CASAA Call to Action - CA Assembly Committee on Government Oversight to hold public hearing on August 14 on bill (SB 648) to ban e-cigarette use in workplaces:
http://blog.casaa.org/2013/03/call-to-action-california-e-cigarette.html

News article on SB 648, introduced by CA Senator Ellen Corbett (who introduced legislation in 2009 to ban all e-cigarette sales that was vetoed by Gov. Schwarzenegger):
http://articles.coastlinepilot.com/2013-07-25/news/tn-cpt-me-0726-e-cigarettes-20130725_1_e-cigarettes-prue-talbot-aerosol

NIH gives grant to Prue Talbot's assistant to confuse and scare public about e-cigs:
http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/16653

Carl Phillips - Some basic economics of tobacco use:
http://healthpolicyscholars.org/sites/healthpolicyscholars.org/files/w50_phillips.pdf
http://antithrlies.com/2013/07/22/sunday-science-lesson-some-basic-economics-of-tobacco-use/

Vapor trail may lead to big sales for e-cig shops (OH); American Lung Association's Shelly Kiser correctly states "there's a lot we don't know about them" while denying e-cigs can help smokers quit and absurdly claiming they could urge teens to smoke:
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2013/07/26/vapor-trail-may-lead-to-big-sales.html

Military Times article says: "Since May, sales of e-cigs in the Army and Air Force exchanges alone topped 28,600":
http://blogs.militarytimes.com/pt365/2013/07/25/exchanges-now-sell-e-cigarettes-but-military-officials-havent-sorted-out-all-the-rules/

Getting the vapers? (lengthy article on vaping from South Carolina):
http://www.weeklysurge.com/2013/07/24/3603098/getting-the-vapers.html

Mike Siegel - Disappointed that many researchers seem not to care about the truth:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/07/disappointed-that-many-anti-smoking.html

Vape New York opens first e-cigarette shop in Manhattan (NY):
http://world.einnews.com/pr_news/160717685/manhattan-s-first-advanced-e-cigarette-store-opens-on-lower-east-side

Fox Business News interviews National Vapers Club President and VapeNY owner Spike Babaian on e-cigarettes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0l3dPLaeYOI

NY State Health Dept Executive Deputy Health Commissioner Sue Kelly and Dept funded Judy Rightmyer try scaring public by claiming e-cigs can encourage youth to begin smoking cigarettes (despite no evidence that any smoker first used e-cigs):
http://www.wamc.org/post/e-cigarettes-friend-or-foe

Carl Phillips - E-cigarettes are tobacco products, so please stop wasting time arguing otherwise:
http://antithrlies.com/2013/07/25/e-cigarettes-are-a-tobacco-product-so-please-stop-wasting-time-arguing-otherwise/

Consumer advisor Clark Howard interviews vaper who quit smoking, but repeats FDA's 2009 fear-mongering 'antifreeze' claim that was intended to justify FDA's unlawful ban:
http://www.wsbtv.com/videos/news/experts-say-to-be-wary-of-e-cigarettes/v7mX6/

Fox News editor Dr. Manny Alvarez falsely claims e-cigarettes are 'another gimmick by tobacco companies to keep people addicted', falsely claims many youth use the products, misrepresents other evidence on e-cigarettes while advocating government regulation:
http://video.foxnews.com/v/2565939234001/

Cities struggle to classify e-cigs as they grow in popularity (MN):
http://kstp.com/article/stories/s3110950.shtml

Drug industry funded American Cancer Society's Jessica Knutson falsely claims "There is no scientific evidence at this time that e-cigarettes are either safe or that they help people quit smoking", touts NRT products, fails to disclose ACS' conflicts of interest:
http://kstp.com/news/stories/s3111192.shtml

Carl Phillips - American Legacy Foundation "lying via hypothetical research methods":
http://antithrlies.com/2013/07/22/american-legacy-foundation-lying-via-hypothetical-research-methods/

Most inaccurate fear mongering nonsense yet about e-cigarettes posted on anti-business blog, falsely claims e-cigarettes emit secondhand smoke, cites Stan Glantz as source:
http://www.care2.com/causes/electronic-cigarettes-more-dangerous-than-the-industry-wants-you-to-think.html#ixzz2aHRqw4Qc

SFATA hosts e-cigarette product liability webinar:
http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/product-liability-webinar-readies-electronic-cigarette-business-leaders-for-future-challenges-293085.htm

Deseret News (UT) article repeats statements from other news stories about e-cigarettes, editors scare readers with nonsensical sensationalized headline (as nothing is 100% safe):
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865583668/E-cigarettes-grow-in-popularity-some-question-the-products-positive-claims.html?pg=all

News story falsely claims e-cigarettes can be used to smoke pot, reporter confuses e-cigarettes with so-called pot vaporizers (which are heat-not-burn devices, somewhat similar to hookah pipes):
http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/i-team-e-cigarettes-used-for-illegal-purposes

Marijuana promoter claims e-cigs can be used for hash and marijuana oil, but provides no evidence that technology, products or usage exist:
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2013/07/25/expert-sees-some-marijuana-users-turning-to-e-cigarettes-for-pot/

Huffington Post publishes another rant by e-cig prohibitionist Daniel Seidman, who criticizes 27.5% of ECLAT participants who reduced cigarette consumption by 83% (from a median of 24 cigs/day to just 4 cigs/day) as 'dual users' who 'were more likely to relapse', fails to compare ECLAT's remarkable findings to NRT's dismal 5% success rate while endorsing the latter products, fails to disclose his huge conflicts of interest:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-seidman/what-are-ecigarettes_b_3652925.html

Taxation

MA legislature soundly overrides Gov. Patrick's veto of bill (H3535) that would increase cigarette tax by $1/pack (from $2.51 to $3.51), increase 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
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2013/07/24/mass-lawmakers-consider-transportation-veto/Z2fxSY9MigOrVwHkNYFKmJ/story.html

MA prepares for tobacco tax hike (goes into effect July 31):
http://www.csdecisions.com/2013/07/29/massachusetts-prepares-for-tobacco-tax-hike/

CA legislation (SB 764) would increase cigarette tax by $2/pack (from $.87 to $2.87) and to increase OTP tax rates by 230%:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=sb_768&sess=CUR&house=B&author=de_le%F3n

CA Board of Equalization estimates impact of legislation (SB 764):
http://www.boe.ca.gov/legdiv/pdf/0768sb041713cw.pdf

CA Senate Appropriations Cmte Fiscal Summary of SB 764:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0751-0800/sb_768_cfa_20130520_095446_sen_comm.html

EU

ECITA: Full text of Sir Francis Jacobs QC's opinion on the legality of medicines regulation of electronic cigarettes in the revisions to the TPD (and elsewhere):
http://www.ecita.org.uk/blog/index.php/the-full-text-of-sir-francis-jacobs-qcs-opinion-on-the-legality-of-medicines-regulation-of-electronic-cigarettes-in-the-revisions-to-the-tpd-and-elsewhere/

Clive Bates: You're worth it - are there ideas from cosmetics regulation useful for e-cigs?
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1396

Minister Anna Soubry MP (UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health) and e-cigarettes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cknGCCG-XKU

Clive Bates: Interview with Linda McAvan MEP - why doctor doesn't always know best:
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1387

BAT is first tobacco company to enter UK e-cigarette market with Vype:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/british-american-tobacco-enters-electronic-cigarette-trade-in-britain-with-the-vype-8737286.html
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-29/bat-to-sell-first-e-cigarettes-online-in-u-k-tomorrow.html

World's cheapest nicotine vaporizer goes on sale in the UK:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2380669/Rise-e-cigarette-Worlds-cheapest-nicotine-vaporiser-goes-sale-UK--costs-just-1.html

BAT continues testing so-called 'reduced toxicant' cigarette:
http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/Smoking/40677?

International

At WHO FCTC meeting, people from 10 Asian countries absurdly call for ban on smokeless tobacco (but not cigarettes), which would cause many smokeless tobacco users to switch to far more hazardous cigarettes:
http://india.nydailynews.com/newsarticle/9f8449e829f333d00c78423e4ce21147/asian-countries-seek-ban-on-smokeless-forms-of-tobacco
http://www.ummid.com/news/2013/July/27.07.2013/asian-countries-on-smokeless-tobacco.html

WHO claims cigarettes will kill 40,000 Sri Lankans annually at same meeting where smokeless tobacco bans were advocated for Sri Lanka and other SE Asian countries:
http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=local/smoking-deaths-reach-40000-year-sl-who

Customs seize shocked smoker's e-cigarette, but lethal cigarettes are legal (Bermuda):
http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/thank-you-not-vaping_741038.html

Lancet editorial deceitfully equates smokefree tobacco with cigarettes and tobacco use with smoking, promotes many unwarranted extremist policies that don't improve health:
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2813%2961583-4/fulltext?elsca1=ETOC-LANCET&elsca2=email&elsca3=E24A35F

Carl Phillips - The Lancet does not know the first thing about economics:
http://antithrlies.com/2013/07/20/the-lancet-does-not-know-the-first-thing-about-economics/

Simon Chapman appropriately criticizes Australian government for censoring cigarette tax and consumption data, change made after plain packaging law went into effect:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-26/chapman-show-us-the-data-on-tobacco-sales/4845010

Smokeless Tobacco

UC Berkeley researchers now try scaring public about 2nd and 3rd hand smokeless tobacco, detect harmless trace levels of nicotine in homes of several homes of users:
http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/07/19/ntr.ntt096.abstract

NRT

State of Washington stops giving away taxpayer subsidized nicotine gums/lozenges that have a 95% failure rate for smoking cessation:
http://heraldnet.com/article/20130728/NEWS01/707289883

Varenicline (Chantix/Champix)

Class action suit against Pfizer over anti-smoking drug Champix will proceed in Ontario:
http://www.pharmalive.com/node/108000

Lung Cancer Screening

US Preventive Services Task Force finally endorses CT lung cancer scans for older heavy smokers:
http://www.medpagetoday.com/HematologyOncology/LungCancer/40733?
http://www.14news.com/story/22959630/panel-backs-lung-cancer-screening-for-some-smokers

FSPTCA

Public Citizen falsely claims clove cigarettes were target marketed to youth when describing impact of FSPTCA on Indonesia and the WTO; Smokefree Pennsylvania's Godshall corrects and clarifies the history and purpose of FSPTCA's clove cigarette ban:
http://citizen.typepad.com/eyesontrade/2013/07/will-us-face-trade-sanctions-for-anti-smoking-law.html

Mike Siegel criticizes Public Citizen's defense of the clove cigarette ban:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/07/us-thumbs-nose-at-world-public-citizen.html#disqus_thread

Indonesia to seek compensation from US in tobacco spat:
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/indonesia-to-seek-compensation-from-us-in-tobacco-spat/

Tobacco Coupons

Providence (RI) defends tobacco coupon ban before US Court of Appeals:
http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202612935284&City_Defends_Tobacco_Coupon_Ban_Before_First_Circuit&slreturn=20130630145129

Cigarettes

Study finds smokers take greater financial risks than nonsmokers when gambling, which may explain why casino industry target markets to smokers, and lobbies to keep smoking in casinos:
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0068064

NY Times prints op/ed claiming smokers smoke because they have 'poor self-control', misrepresents study finding smokers take greater financial risks when gambling:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/28/opinion/sunday/why-smokers-still-smoke.html

Smokefree Indoor Air

US poll finds 82% of adults support banning smoking in cars if child under 13 is present:
http://www.heritage.com/articles/2013/07/27/ann_arbor_journal/news/doc51effd1924324141243988.txt?viewmode=fullstory

Thirdhand Smoke

Study finds trace levels of nitrosamines in smoker's homes, authors claim future renters & buyers should be warned "to avoid unnecessary exposure of their families to a potent lung carcinogen", despite no evidence 3rd-hand smoke increases cancer risks:
http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/07/25/ntr.ntt110.abstract

Outdoor Tobacco Use Bans

Daytona State College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (FL) to implement unenforceable tobacco usage ban on campuses:
http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20130728/NEWS/307289984?Title=Local-colleges-going-smoke-free-this-week

Weirton (WV) Board of Parks and Recreation bans smoking at parks, falsely insinuates that outdoor secondhand smoke exposure at parks poses disease risks to public:
http://www.weirtondailytimes.com/page/content.detail/id/602439/Smoking-outlawed-in-Weirton-parks.html?nav=5006

Kentucky State Board of Regents approves unwarranted and unenforceable tobacco use ban on campus:
http://www.bgdailynews.com/news/state/kentucky-state-university-goes-smoke-free/article_c7f8dbaa-3561-5314-ba1a-a533ecfdf5aa.html

SA tavern owners claim smoking ban ten meters from building entrances is 'unrealistic':
http://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/anti-smoking-laws-unrealistic-1.1550683#.UfgDdNKOTQ1

More Tobacco Control Extremism

Gallup poll finds increased support (up to 22%) for 100% nationwide smoking ban, reduced support for banning smoking in public places (down to 55%) since 2011:
http://www.bgdailynews.com/news/state/kentucky-state-university-goes-smoke-free/article_c7f8dbaa-3561-5314-ba1a-a533ecfdf5aa.html

Contemporary Drug Problems - Towards a Critical Anthropology of Smoking: Exploring the Consequences of Tobacco Control:
http://www.federallegalpublications.com/contemporary-drug-problems/201304/cdp-2013-40-1-contemporary-drug-problems-vol-40-no1spring-2013

American Society of Clinical Oncology falsely claims "Tobacco use constitutes the largest preventable cause of death and disability" (it's cigarette smoking, not tobacco use), adopts new policy to 'eliminate' tobacco use (instead of reducing cancer mortality):
http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2013/07/29/JCO.2013.48.8932.full.pdf+html

THR denialist Stan Glantz now criticizes 2001 IOM committee report 'Clearing the Smoke: Assessing the Science Base for Tobacco Harm and Reduction', because the committee communicated with tobacco companies:
http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001450

Hyping Glantz' attack of 2001 IOM report, Canadian Medical Association Journal quotes co-author Thomas Kyriss "The report contributes to the fundamental misbelief that less harmful types of cigarettes could decrease tobacco-related disease in the population":
http://www.cmaj.ca/content/early/2013/07/29/cmaj.109-4547

Contraband

Op/Ed - Contraband Tobacco Sales Bad for Everyone (Canada):
http://www.nacsonline.com/News/Daily/Pages/ND0730134.aspx