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Bill Godshall Update 2013-08-14


Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - August 14th, 2013

 

New York City

Bloomberg is trying to snuff out your e-cigs:
http://gothamist.com/2013/08/09/e-cig_ban_nyc_illegal.php

CASAA: Call to Action! New York City Ordinances Would BAN Flavored E-Cigarettes And More -- Int 1020 & Int 1021 (UPDATED -- Action Needed!):
http://blog.casaa.org/2013/04/call-to-action-new-york-city-ordinances.html

New York City Council Ordinance to Ban E-Cigarette Flavors (text of legislation):
http://www.scribd.com/doc/158711129/Updated-New-York-City-Council-Ordinance-to-Ban-E-Cigarette-Flavors

New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley lies about e-cigarettes in proposed legislation at May 2 City Council hearing, deceives Council members and consumers:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/159186684/NYC-Ecig-Ban

Mike Siegel - Proposed NYC ordinance declares that electronic cigarettes are designed to deter smokers from quitting, then bans the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/08/proposed-new-york-city-ordinance.html

Carl Phillips - New York City lawmakers lie about e-cigarettes (in multiple ways):
http://antithrlies.com/2013/08/07/new-york-city-lawmakers-lie-about-e-cigarettes-in-multiple-ways/

FoxNews - Mayor Bloomberg sabotaging his dream of a smoke-free city:
http://video.foxnews.com/v/2598827350001/bloomberg-sabotaging-his-dream-of-a-smoke-free-nyc/?playlist_id=940325739001

Mayor Bloomberg sets his sights on e-cigarettes but new study says they are safe:
http://www.examiner.com/article/mayor-bloomberg-sets-his-sights-on-ecigarettes-but-new-study-says-they-are-safe

Brookline Magazine - Bloomberg's new e-cigarette ban is a terrible idea:
http://www.bkmag.com/TheMeasure/archives/2013/08/09/bloombergs-new-e-cigarette-ban-is-a-terrible-idea

Why is Bloomberg keeping New Yorkers smoking?
http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/08/13/why-is-bloomberg-keeping-new-yorkers-smoking/

C-Store, Tobacco Industries Slam NYC's E-Cigarette Plans:
http://www.csdecisions.com/2013/08/09/breaking-news-nycs-silent-war-on-e-cigarettes/

Hooked on Peach Schnapps E-Cigs? Enjoy It While It Lasts:
http://blogs.wsj.com/corporate-intelligence/2013/08/13/smoking-a-peach-schnapps-e-cigarette-enjoy-it-while-it-lasts/

Other articles on stealth legislation by Bloomberg/Farley to ban flavored e-cig sales:
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/08/09/does-nyc-mayor-bloomberg-want-to-ban-e-cigarettes-too/
http://www.wor710.com/articles/local-news-465659/is-bloomberg-drafting-a-bill-that-11559950/
http://www.medicaldaily.com/will-e-cigarettes-be-banned-new-york-city-mayor-bloomberg-watching-nycs-health-again-250153
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2388576/New-York-City-looking-ban-electronic-cigarettes-Mayor-Mike-Bloombergs-health-crusade-wages-on.html
http://theweek.com/article/index/248136/new-york-city-is-eyeing-a-ban-on-electronic-cigarettes
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/08/nyc-quietly-trying-to-ban-e-cigarettes.html
http://www.mainstreet.com/article/family/family-health/what-are-health-and-economic-risks-e-cigs-besides-looking-douche?puc=yahoo&cm_ven=YAHOO

Other State/Local

'Smoking Restriction Amendment Act of 2013' bill in DC (B20-0095) amended to ban all tobacco and e-cigarette use outdoors within 25 feet of bus stops, parks, trails, dog parks, playgrounds and other City owned recreational facilities:
http://dcclims1.dccouncil.us/images/00001/20130207160219.pdf (as introduced)
http://dcclims1.dccouncil.us/images/00001/20130801110251.pdf (B20-0095 current text)

Letter in Washington Post urges DC Council to ban outdoor smoking, but fails to acknowledge DC bill would also ban outdoor use of e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco; Godshall exposes facts about proposed DC legislation:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/alexandrias-smoking-ban-lights-the-way-for-dc/2013/08/12/f99c0bbc-0297-11e3-bfc5-406b928603b2_story.html

Smokefree DC fails to acknowledge that DC Council changed proposed outdoor smoking ban to also ban use of e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, urges Council to pass bill:
http://www.smokefreedc.org/2013/07/smokefree-parks-bus-shelters-dc-council-vote/

Bill introduced in Massachusetts would ban e-cigarette use in all workplaces, ban e-cig sales to minors:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/160031868/Massachusetts-Bill-to-Ban-E-Cigarette-Use-in-Public-Ban-Sales-to-Minors
http://www.patriotledger.com/news/x273448935/Bill-on-Beacon-Hill-targets-electronic-cigarettes
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2013/08/13/mass-bill-would-ban-cigarette-sales-minors/xIXpenGybJjTNhX7Ak9q2N/story.html

Laguna Beach (CA) City Council wisely rejects proposed e-cig usage ban in workplaces:
http://www.coastlinepilot.com/news/tn-cpt-me-0809-e-cigarettes-20130807,0,425353.story

Canton (MA) Board of Health raises minimum age for tobacco sales to 21, bans sale of very low risk snus and dissolvables (while hypocritically keeping exponentially more hazardous cigarettes on the market), rejects proposed ban on e-cigarette sales:
http://www.patriotledger.com/news/x273448480/Canton-raises-legal-age-to-buy-cigarettes

Canton (MA) Public Health Director John Ciccotelli defends proposal to ban e-cigarette sales to adults by citing need to protect kids despite no evidence e-cigs have ever addicted ANY nonsmoker to nicotine:
http://www.patriotledger.com/news/x273448052/Canton-board-may-ban-electronic-cigarettes

ACSH - The problem: smoking. One town's solution: ban e-cigarettes?
http://acsh.org/2013/08/the-problem-smoking-one-towns-solution-ban-e-cigarettes/

Mankato (MN) City Council protects cigarettes by banning e-cig use in workplaces (including e-cig stores), ordinance enacted after ALA lobbying and fear-mongering claims that e-cigs may be used for illegal drugs in the future:
http://mankatofreepress.com/local/x389853831/Mankato-limits-e-cigs
http://www.keyc.com/story/23119022/e-cigarettes-sampling-in-mankato-up-in-smoke

Davis County (UT) Health Dept director Lewis Garrett urges Board of Health to regulate e-cigarettes (it's already illegal in UT to sell them to anyone under 19, and to use them in workplaces) because he personally believes (despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary) that e-cigs encourage youth to smoke tobacco cigarettes, claims he wants to protect e-cigarette consumers while condemning the products:
http://www.standard.net/stories/2013/08/13/davis-county-researches-e-cigarettes-controls
http://fox13now.com/2013/08/13/davis-county-considering-e-cigarette-regulations/

Electronic cigarettes expected to hit $1 billion, as drug industry funded American Cancer Society denies existence of scientific evidence and fails to ethically disclose its conflicts of interest while lobbying to tax e-cigarettes and ban their use in workplaces (OH):
http://www.lancastereaglegazette.com/article/20130812/NEWS01/308120029/Without-regulation-electronic-cigarette-sales-expected-hit-1-billion?gcheck=1

Porter County (IN) Tobacco Education & Prevention Coalition coordinator Susan Gleason repeats many false and misleading fear-mongering claims about e-cigarettes:
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/research-hasn-t-proven-e-cigarettes-are-safe/article_d27b3ac4-a3c5-5f9a-94f1-3b273efa0497.html

Former PA state Rep. Jennifer Mann hired as consultant for tobacco company:
http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/allentown/index.ssf/2013/08/former_state_rep_jennifer_mann.html

CASAA - Public Service Announcement to Support Tobacco Harm Reduction Policies:
http://blog.casaa.org/2013/08/casaa-public-service-announcement-1.html

FDA and other US Government

Brad Rodu - Federal officials endorse impossibly high standard for e-cigarettes:
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2013/08/federal-officials-endorse-impossibly.html

Correction from 8/7/13 THRU: AEMSA returns to the FDA for a second session:
http://www.aemsa.org/aemsa-returns-to-the-fda-for-second-session/

Christian Science Monitor editorial falsely claims e-cigs are 'driven mostly by a tobacco industry in search of new addicts', absurdly urges FDA to ban the life saving products:
http://news.yahoo.com/fda-e-cigarettes-nicotine-addiction-must-not-norm-120438785.html

FDA TPSAC and RCAC to meet August 15 to discuss honestly and objectively communicating HPHC lists that were intended to confuse and scare the public:
http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/TobaccoProductsScientificAdvisoryCommittee/ucm346875.htm?source=govdelivery
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/TobaccoProductsScientificAdvisoryCommittee/UCM364430.pdf

FDA TPSAC to meet August 16 to again discuss evaluating MRTP application/approval process that was intended to prevent smokers from being truthfully informed that all smokefree tobacco/nicotine alternatives are exponentially less hazardous than cigarettes:
http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/TobaccoProductsScientificAdvisoryCommittee/ucm346875.htm?source=govdelivery
http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/Calendar/ucm358329.htm

FDA to fight tax evasion by online RYO tobacco sellers (that sell it as pipe tobacco):
http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/article_42c3718a-03ac-11e3-96ec-0019bb30f31a.html

Mike Siegel - Why is CDC taking research funding from a pharmaceutical company?
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/08/why-is-cdc-taking-research-funding-from.html

NIH gives $1.5 million to researcher to reduce female smoking in Brazil, but hasn't funded research on e-cigarette or smokeless tobacco impact on US cigarette smokers:
http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2013/08/u-s-pays-1-5-mil-to-help-brazilian-women-quit-smoking/
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/aug/12/feds-granted-15-million-help-women-quit-smoking-br/

UK / EU

EcigWizard: the cost of medicinal regulation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yxeq8OjMxAY

Clive Bates - Red Tape Challenge for disruptive businesses -- time to challenge e-cigarette regulation:
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1421

Clive Bates: Incoherent tobacco directive -- letter to European Scrutiny Committee:
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1448

Christopher Snowdon - Anna Soubry should be sacked:
http://velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.com/2013/08/anna-soubry-should-be-sacked.html

David Atherton - British Minister slammed for assisting EU directive without Parliamentary scrutiny:
http://www.trendingcentral.com/british-minister-slammed-for-assisting-eu-directive-without-parliamentary-scrutiny/

UK railroad companies ban e-cigarette use in trains and stations due to fear-mongering claims by BMA and other e-cig opponents, ASH UK describes ban as 'unhelpful':
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/10235317/Rail-companies-ban-e-cigarettes-from-trains-and-stations.html
http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/local_news/10604284.E_cigarettes_banned_from_Essex___s_trains/
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/08/12/electronic-cigarette-ban-train_n_3743408.html

How stars have boosted the sale of e-cigarettes:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2389237/Are-celebrities-making-smoking-cool-How-stars-boosted-sale-e-cigarettes.html?ICO=most_read_module

E-Cigarette Research

NJOY says soon-to-be-published study found that among 25 smokers not interested in quitting who were given NJOY Kings, 89% reduced cigarette consumption by an average of 39% after one week, 32% reduced consumption by 50% or more, 16% quit smoking:
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130812005267/en/Pilot-Study-Finds-NJOY-E-Cigarette-Leads-Short-Term

Peering through the mist: What does the chemistry of contaminants in electronic cigarettes tell us about the health risks?
http://publichealth.drexel.edu/SiteData/docs/ms08/f90349264250e603/ms08.pdf
(Please note this new study by Drexel School of Public Health's Igor Burstyn is by far the most expert and comprehensive review of the scientific and laboratory evidence on e-cigarette emissions, a must read for anyone interested in evidence instead of propaganda.)

CASAA - New study confirms that chemicals in electronic cigarettes pose minimal health risk:
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/casaa-new-study-confirms-that-chemicals-in-electronic-cigarettes-pose-minimal-health-risk-218843731.html
http://blog.casaa.org/2013/08/new-study-confirms-that-chemicals-in.html
http://antithrlies.com/2013/08/08/breaking-news-new-study-shows-no-risk-from-e-cigarette-contaminants/

Carl Phillips - A really good day for THR:
http://antithrlies.com/2013/08/09/a-really-good-day-for-thr-navel-gazing/

Mike Siegel - Review of laboratory studies on electronic cigarettes concludes that they pose few health risks and that secondhand vapor is unlikely to be hazardous:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/08/review-of-laboratory-studies-on.html

ACSH - New study finds no health concerns in e-cig vapor:
http://acsh.org/2013/08/new-study-finds-no-health-concerns-in-e-cig-vapor/

Study shows chemicals in e-cigarettes pose minimal health risk:
http://www.csdecisions.com/2013/08/12/study-shows-chemicals-in-e-cigarettes-pose-minimal-health-risk/

Stan Glantz tries to discredit yet another e-cig study, but continues to discredit himself:
http://www.tobacco.ucsf.edu/new-e-cig-risk-assessment-uses-wrong-standard

Carl Phillips - Glantz vs Burstyn -- hardly a fair fight:
http://antithrlies.com/2013/08/11/glantz-vs-burstyn-hardly-a-fair-fight/

Konstantinos Farsalinos - Anti-tobacco activists fail to realize the meaning of research and make some 'amazing' statements:
http://www.ecigarette-research.com/web/index.php/2013-04-07-09-50-07/123-anti-tobacco-activists

Health Effects - Evaluation of Theatrical Smoke, Haze and Pyrotechnics (note 2000 date):
http://www.actorsequity.org/docs/safesan/finalreport.pdf

E-cigarette opponent Kevin Choi grossly misrepresents findings of Caponnetto et al ECLAT study (smoking cessation and cigarette consumption impact of e-cigs) and of McCauley et al study (e-cigarette vapor) to advocate e-cig use ban in MN workplaces:
http://www.startribune.com/opinion/letters/219329381.html

Article on e-cig study by UTSA researchers repeats fear-mongering propaganda, cites researchers' working hypothesis (which all existing evidence contradicts) that e-cigs are extremely harmful for cigarette smokers:
http://www.bionews-tx.com/news/2013/08/13/utsa-and-unthsc-scholars-to-study-health-effects-of-electronic-cigarettes/

E-Cigarette Business

Why tobacco companies are turning to e-cigarettes:
http://www.bloomberg.com/video/why-tobacco-companies-are-turning-to-e-cigarettes-oyTM_0HRSi60q3DsgfTLhA.html

Electronic cigarette business is smoking (NY):
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20130812/BUSINESS/308120050/E-cig-business-is-smoking-now?nclick_check=1

E-cigs a booming business in Tulsa and across the nation (OK):
http://www.krmg.com/news/news/local/e-cigs-booming-business-tulsa-and-across-nation/nZGYY/

E-cigarettes a growing choice for White Plains, Harrison and Mamaroneck smokers (NY):
http://whiteplains.dailyvoice.com/news/e-cigarettes-growing-choice-white-plains-smokers
http://harrison.dailyvoice.com/news/e-cigarettes-growing-choice-harrison-smokers
http://mamaroneck.dailyvoice.com/news/e-cigarettes-growing-choice-mamaroneck-smokers

E-cigarettes now sold in Russell County (Alabama) Jail:
http://www.wrbl.com/story/23096851/only-on-3-e-cigarettes-now-sold-in-russell-co-jail
http://www.apr.org/post/alabama-jail-tries-e-cigarettes-inmates

Charlotte Observer article on e-cigarettes cites increasing use by smokers, but repeats false claims about scientific evidence on products (NC):
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/08/05/4214980/are-e-cigarettes-a-good-idea.html

E-Cigarettes (lifestyle/fashion)

NY Times reporter Steven Kurutz tries confusing readers to believe e-cigarettes are same as cigarettes by falsely referring to vaping as smoking more than twenty times, falsely claiming people cannot tell the difference between the easily differentiated products:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/08/fashion/smoking-is-back-without-the-stigma.html?

ACSH: Are 'vapers' bringing the sexy back to smoking? No.
http://acsh.org/2013/08/are-vapers-bringing-the-sexy-back-to-smoking-no/

The New York Times says all the cool people are smoking e-cigarettes:
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2013/08/new-york-times-says-all-cool-people-are-smoking-e-cigarettes/68112/

Smokeless Tobacco

Harvard THR denialists misrepresent use of far less hazardous smokeless tobacco by youth smokers as concurrent use of cigarettes by smokeless users, urge more propaganda programs to deceive public to believe smokeless tobacco is as hazardous as cigarettes:
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/07/31/peds.2013-0843
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/08/us-smokeless-tobacco-idUSBRE97715A20130808

Brad Rodu - Fabricating a Smoking Gateway:
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2013/08/fabricating-smoking-gateway.html

Pediatrician Claire McCarthy touts propaganda by Harvard extremists, repeats false and misleading fear-mongering claims about smokeless tobacco (which is 99% less hazardous than cigarettes), falsely claims e-cigarettes encourage youth to smoke tobacco cigarettes:
http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/mdmama/2013/08/theres_no_such_thing_as_safe_tobacco--even_the_fake_kind.html

Government approved drugs to treat 'tobacco dependence'

Class-action suit over Pfizer Canada's anti-smoking drug gets go-ahead:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/the-law-page/court-certifies-lawsuit-against-pfizer-canada-over-anti-smoking-drug/article13460541/

Hookah / Shisha

Pierce County (WA) Health Dept falsely claims one hour of hookah use is as hazardous as smoking 150 cigarettes on neon t-shirts it gave to boys that sexually say "Suck on this":
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/outdoors-smoke-ban-nets-no-fines/story-e6frgczx-1226696624920

Indoor Smoking Bans

Smoking bans coming to an apartment building near you (NC):
http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130714/ARTICLES/130719807

Outdoor Smoking

Cangzhou City (China) officials vow to reduce outdoor air pollution by quitting smoking, demonstrating the ramifications of fear-mongering claims by anti smoking extremists:
http://shanghaiist.com/2013/08/13/officials_in_hebei_vow_to_quit_smok.php

Smoking ban on Hawaii beaches to be enforced by lifeguards (who patrol just 1% of the state's beach areas), ban also applies to all parks and university campuses:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10240311/Smoking-ban-on-Hawaiis-beaches.html

Outdoors smoke ban nets no fines (Australia):
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/outdoors-smoke-ban-nets-no-fines/story-e6frgczx-1226696624920

As bans spread across nation, some experts question evidence of harm from outdoor smoking:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/as-bans-spread-across-nation-some-experts-question-evidence-of-harm-from-outdoor-smoking/2013/08/08/a633af44-0002-11e3-8294-0ee5075b840d_story.html

Ohio State bans all tobacco use on campus, but says it won't begin enforcing the policy until 2014, fails to disclose search, seizure, citation, prosecution or penalty plans to enforce unwarranted and unenforceable policy (particularly for smokeless tobacco use):
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/08/08/osu-tobacco-ban-wont-begin-in-earnest-until-2014.html

International Trade Agreements

Protests may snuff out Obama administration trade move:
http://www.salon.com/2013/08/13/tobacco_state_protest_may_snuff_out_obama_administration_trade_move_partner/singleton/

Contraband / Tax Avoidance

Cigarettes top list of fraudulent items seized by EU customs:
http://www.euractiv.com/general/cigarettes-top-list-fraudulent-i-news-529727

Tobacco arrests continue (Gibraltar):
http://www.chronicle.gi/headlines_details.php?id=30413

MA residents flock to New Hampshire for cheaper smokes after cigarette tax hike:
http://www.nacsonline.com/News/Daily/Pages/ND0812135.aspx