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Bill Godshall Update 2013-12-04

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - December 4th, 2013


Contents:
NYC Legislature, US FDA / CDC, Obamacare, New York City, US State / Local, Anti E-cigarette Propaganda, EU, Canada, Asia, Tobacco Usage Bans, Taxation, Contraband, Litigation, Plain Packaging.

NYC Legislature

Watch/listen to NY City Council public hearing on proposed e-cig usage ban (live):
http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/webcasts/

US FDA / CDC

Action Alert - Urge Congress to prevent FDA from banning e-cigarettes again and to stop FDA from giving the e-cig industry to Big Tobacco:
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/legislation-news/479971-action-alert-urge-congress-prevent-fda-banning-e-cigarettes-again-stop-fda-giving-e-cig-industry-big-tobacco.html

OMB issues Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) for FDA deeming and other regs for e-cigs, cigars, shisha, dissolvables; Proposed Rule set to be issued in December:
http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201310&RIN=0910-AG38
The Reg Map: Informal Rulemaking
http://www.reginfo.gov/public/reginfo/Regmap/regmap.pdf
Frequently Asked Questions about Rulemaking Process
http://www.reginfo.gov/public/jsp/Utilities/faq.jsp

Bill Godshall interviewed by VapersPlace Live, on CDC claims e-cigs addict youth and are gateways to cigarettes, ramifications of potential FDA e-cig regulation (Aired Nov. 24, 2013: interview begins at 59:29 into show):
http://vapersplace.com/show-schedule-and-replays
https://soundcloud.com/vp-live/bill-godshall-returns

Tobacco firms warn White House on FDA rule:
http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/pending-regs/191760-tobacco-firms-warn-white-house-on-fda-rule

Riccardo Polosa and Pasquale Caponnetto expose actual CDC findings on e-cig use among teens, expose CDC lies (repeated in a Lancet Oncology editorial) claiming e-cigs addict youth and are gateways to cigarette smoking:
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(13)70495-9/fulltext
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/media-general-news/497705-polosa-caponetta-expose-refute-lies-about-e-cigs-cdc-others-lancet-oncology.html#post11417196 (full text)

Mike Siegel - CDC and Glantz misinformation campaigns on e-cigs are working: Media disseminating false conclusions to public:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/12/cdc-and-glantz-misinformation-campaigns.html

Mike Siegel - According to CDC, the fact that some nonsmoking youth are using e-cigs suggests that these kids are going on to become lifelong smokers:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/12/according-to-cdc-fact-that-some.html

ASTHO urges FDA to regulate e-cigs, fails to acknowledge that regs would protect cigarette markets, decimate the e-cig industry, and threaten lives of vapers and smokers:
http://www.astho.org/Programs/Prevention/Tobacco/FDA-Electronic-Cigarette-Letter/

Consumer Reports repeats CDC lies about e-cigs in article on potential FDA regulation:
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2013/11/why-are-electronic-cigarette-regulations-taking-so-long/index.htm

Obamacare

Coming Sunday - Tobacco users to be penalized under new Obamacare rules:
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20131129/NEWS/131129006/Coming-Sunday-Tobacco-users-penalized-under-new-Obamacare-rules

New York City

Watch/listen to NYC Council public hearing on proposed e-cig usage ban (live):
http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/webcasts/

NY City Council bill would ban e-cig use wherever smoking is banned despite no harm to public; public hearing to be held Wednesday, December 4 at 10AM:
http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1526765&GUID=15D04C6D-C760-40EA-88A4-2E40C0374E43&Options=&Search=
http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=276366&GUID=427CC072-8DA0-4673-A68C-73D6CD85B266&Search=

Smokefree Pennsylvania urges NY City Council Health Committee to reject proposed e-cig usage ban because it threatens consumer and public health, protects cigarettes:
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/legislation-news/499165-smokefree-pennsylvania-urges-nyc-council-reject-proposed-e-cig-usage-ban.html

CASAA issues Call To Action to oppose propose e-cig usage ban in NY City, to testify at council hearing:
http://blog.casaa.org/2013/11/call-to-action-new-york-city-e.html

CASAA letter to NY City Council Health Committee details how banning e-cig use in workplaces would protect cigarettes, while harming vapers, smokers and public health:
http://blog.casaa.org/2013/12/new-york-city-dont-make-same-mistake.html

R Street warns NYC e-cigarette ban would be harmful to public health:
http://www.rstreet.org/news-release/r-street-warns-nyc-e-cigarette-ban-would-be-harmful-to-public-health/

Staten Island lawmakers turn thumbs-down on proposal to ban e-cigarettes in public spaces (NY):
http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/11/staten_island_lawmakers_turn_t.html

NY Times article on NYC Council bill repeats false and misleading claims about e-cigs:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/28/nyregion/bill-would-restrict-electronic-cigarettes-in-new-york.html

Political Foodie: E-cigarettes (NY):
http://www.thenycalliance.org/blog/political-foodie-e-cigarettes/

Cities seek to restrict e-cigarettes (NY/IL):
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/380984-cities-seek-to-restrict-e-cigarettes/

Blair Horner repeats false and misleading claims about e-cigs to lobby for NYC usage ban and FDA regs that would protect cigarettes, threaten the lives of vapers and smokers:
http://wamc.org/post/blair-horner-regulating-e-cigarettes

Matt Myers keeps lying about e-cigs, fails to ethically disclose CTFK's huge conflict of interest by receiving more than a hundred million dollars from Big Pharma:
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2013_11_27_nyc

US State/Local

Chicago Health Commissioner Bechara Choucair repeats many false and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigs to lobby for usage ban in workplaces and impose retailer restrictions that would protect cigarettes, threaten lives of vapers and smokers, and do nothing to protect children:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bechara-choucair-md/e-cigarettes_b_4352410.html

E-cigs & Vaping - Do our policy makers ask real questions before deciding?
Cherokee County (OK) GOP blog exposes OK Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust giving financial incentives for grant recipients to lobby for local e-cig usage bans, reveals e-cigs are far less hazardous alternative to cigarettes and pose no harm to public:
http://cherokeecountygop.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/e-cigs-vaping-do-our-policy-makers-ask-real-questions-before-deciding/

Richmond considers e-cigarette ban:
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Richmond-Considers-E-Cigarette-Ban-234235001.html

AZ AG stings e-cig retailers using undercover youth purchasers, 20 cited for violations
http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/local/report/112613_e_cigarettes_ban/officials-advocates-hope-state-ban-e-cigarettes-curbs-rising-use-among-kids/

Virginia legislation (HB 26) would  ban e-cig sales to minors
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+sum+HB26
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+HB26+pdf

Consumer class action lawsuit filed against Vapor Corp (a publicly traded company) and Global Vapor Partners in Cook County for scamming consumers (IL)
http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/11/27/63269.htm

Vector Group subsidiary to launch Zoom E-cig brand (US)
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20131202005344/en/Vector-Group-Subsidiary-Launch-ZOOM-Premium-E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes gathering steam in the workplace (TX)
http://www.kltv.com/story/24117141/e-cigarettes-gathering-steam-in-the-workplace

The smoker who came in from the cold (AR)
http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/95893/the-smoker-who-came-in-from-the-cold-craig-douglass-on-consumers

E-cigarette industry, and debate about it, is growing (MN)
http://www.twincities.com/washingtoncounty/ci_24620614/e-cig-industry-and-debate-about-it-is

E-cigarettes at the crossroads (MN)
http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/local/Electronic-Cigarettes-at-the-crossroads-233892471.html

E-cigarettes: A solution to addictive smoking? PA Medical Society's Bruce MacLeod admits his ignorance about e-cigs, but says they should be regulated like cigarettes (PA)
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-lehigh-valley-e-cigarettes-20131128,0,1868530,full.story

As feds ponder future of e-cigarettes, some colleges move against them
http://www.recorder.com/news/nation/world/9528572-95/considering-e-cigs

E-cigarettes banned in and around USCB campus buildings (SC)
http://www.islandpacket.com/2013/12/02/2826738/e-cigarettes-banned-in-and-around.html

E-cig recharger malfunction purportedly starts mattress fire, manufacturer says it never heard of previous problems but would pay damages if product malfunctioned (CO)
http://www.krdo.com/news/ecigarette-blamed-for-mattress-fire/-/417220/23206306/-/ptwgw4z/-/index.html

Anti E-cigarette Propaganda

Glantz et al 2011 survey of 75,643 Korean teens (grades 7 - 12) found current smokers were 66 times more likely than never smokers to report past 30 day e-cig use.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1054139X13007489

Stan Glantz misrepresents his own findings in Korean teen study to further confuse and scare the public and to lobby for e-cig sales/usage bans; irresponsible news media repeat Glantz' false claims as factual
http://www.tobacco.ucsf.edu/electronic-cigarettes-new-route-smoking-addiction-adolescents-kids-who-use-ecigs-less-likely-have-st
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-11-electronic-cigarettes-route-addiction-adolescents.html
http://guardianlv.com/2013/12/e-cigarette-can-decrease-likelihood-of-quitting-among-teenagers/

Konstantinos Farsilinos: E-cigarette use by South Korean children - a new study
http://ecigarette-research.com/web/index.php/2013-04-07-09-50-07/141-south-korean

Article in Tobacco Control misrepresents scientific and empirical evidence on e-cigs to confuse readers and impose unwarranted regulations on the lifesaving products
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2013/11/20/tobaccocontrol-2013-051122.full

EU

Clive Bates - Embarrassingly poor EU policy making - follow the rules and do a proper job on e-cigarettes
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1666

Clive Bates - Info Post: EU legislative proposals for nicotine containing products (e-cigs)
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1670

EU vapers petition EU Parliament to "Save our e-cigs"
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/The_European_Parliament_Save_electronic_cigarettes_from_excessive_EU_regulation

ACSH's Gilbert Ross: EU bureaucrats plan to protect cigarette and drug markets while killing smokers
http://www.eureporter.co/world/2013/12/04/opinion-eu-bureaucrats-plan-to-protect-cigarette-and-drug-markets-while-killing-smokers/

E-cigarettes could be outlawed by Brussels plan to treat them as tobacco products
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2515462/E-cigarettes-outlawed-Brussels-plan-treat-tobacco-products.html

EU seeks ban all currently available e-cigarettes because they remind prohibitionists of cigarettes
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/10481328/EU-seeks-ban-on-all-currently-available-e-cigarettes.html

NACS: EU to regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco
http://www.nacsonline.com/News/Daily/Pages/ND1203131.aspx#.Up5V49JDvSl

After Dutch courts overturned its unlawful e-cig ban last year, Ministry of Health makes false claims about e-cigs as it prepares to impose unwarranted and counterproductive regulations on the lifesaving products to prevent smokers from switching
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/28/us-netherlands-ecigarettes-health-idUSBRE9AR0FB20131128
http://med.news.am/eng/news/144/possible-risks-of-e-cigarettes.html

Logic announces continued e-cig expansion in Europe
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/logic-electronic-cigarettes-announces-continued-expansion-in-europe-234075031.html

CRUK report falsely claims e-cigs are marketed to children
http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/prod_consump/groups/cr_common/@nre/@pol/documents/generalcontent/cr_115991.pdf
http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f7124
http://www.healthcanal.com/public-health-safety/45308-charity-concerned-for-children-as-e-cigarette-market-flourishes.html

Canada

In apparent stealth attempt to ban e-cig use in workplaces, new Alberta law (Bill 33) also bans the holding or otherwise controlling of a heated "tobacco-like product", whose definition "composed in whole or in part of plants or plant products, or any extract of them" includes making or drinking hot coffee or tea, and cooking or eating heated grains, vegetables and fruits, which have also been redefined as "smoking".
http://www.assembly.ab.ca/ISYS/LADDAR_files/docs/bills/bill/legislature_28/session_1/20120523_bill-033.pdf

Alberta enacts laws banning smoking in cars with a child, banning flavorings in cigars and smokeless tobacco, banning use of e-cigs and many other "tobacco-like products" in all workplaces and public places, banning hookah bars.
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Alberta+legislature+passes+rules+smoking+cars+water+pipes/9225467/story.html

Jesse Kline: Don't believe the fear campaign - e-cigarettes can save millions of lives
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/10/24/jesse-kline-dont-believe-the-fear-campaign-e-cigarettes-can-save-millions-of-lives/

A smoker's revolution: on the vapor trail (Winnipeg, Canada)
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/on-the-vapor-trail-233904131.html
"The funny thing about an electronic cigarette is once you develop a taste for it, you can't smoke cigarettes."

Manitoba Health Officer Michael Routledge repeats false claims about e-cigs
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/e-cigarette-trend-worries-health-officials-233904601.html

Asia

Dr. Milton Lum repeats false and misleading claims to demonize e-cigs (Malaysia)
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/446083/Plain-packet-effect-goes-up-in-smoke-as-Australian-research-reveals-no-fall-in-smoking

Tobacco Usage Bans

Georgia Regents consider tobacco use ban at state colleges (but no mention if e-cigs might be included)
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/georgia-regents-consider-tobacco-ban/story-e6frgcjx-1226773645312

Taxation

Tobacco tax hike to hit disadvantaged hardest says doctors group, 12.5% tax hike to take effect in Australia
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tobacco-tax-hike-to-hit-disadvantaged-hardest-says-doctors-group-20131130-2yi4k.html
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/doctors-group-says-tobacco-tax-rise-exploits-smokers-20131130-2yiml.html

Contraband

NY Tribes defy US cigarette delivery law
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/379842-ny-tribes-defy-us-cigarette-delivery-law/?photo=1

Litigation

Joe Nocera: The asbestos scam
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/opinion/nocera-the-asbestos-scam.html?emc=edit_tnt_20131202&tntemail0=y

Plain Packaging

Australian plain packaging law hasn't reduced smoking rates or cigarette consumption as campaigners insisted would occur
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/446083/Plain-packet-effect-goes-up-in-smoke-as-Australian-research-reveals-no-fall-in-smoking

UK's David Cameron now supports unwarranted plain packaging law for cigarettes
http://news.sky.com/story/1174669/david-cameron-u-turn-over-cigarette-packaging
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-25126673
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25135324
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2515237/Imperial-Tobacco-BAT-pledge-fight-new-packaging-rules.html
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/28/cigarette-packets-props-horror-movie-cameron
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/editorials/never-mind-government-uturns-the-decision-on-plain-packaging-for-cigarettes-is-the-right-one-8970914.html
http://www.forbes.com/sites/eamonnfingleton/2013/11/28/a-question-for-big-tobaccos-merchants-of-death-have-you-no-shame/
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-2517221/Drop-cigarette-pack-ban-Tory-MPs-demand-Influential-group-say-removing-branding-hit-small-shops-causing-sales-fall.html
http://velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.com/2013/11/no-fall-in-smoking-since-plain-packaging.html
http://velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.com/2013/11/well-that-was-quick.html
http://velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.com/2013/11/polemic-on-politics-of-people-pushing.html