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Bill Godshall Update 2013-12-17

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - December 17th, 2013


Contents:
FDA, Testimony from Vapers, NYC, Chicago, Other State / Local, EU, Taxation / Contraband, E-cig / THR Research.

FDA

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

CASAA to FDA CTP - Nothing about us without us:
http://antithrlies.com/2013/12/10/dear-fda-ctp-nothing-about-us-without-us/

Regulating e-cigarettes could have unintended consequences (which aren't really unintended since many are goals e-cig prohibitionists have lobbied for since 2009):
http://nation.time.com/2013/12/16/regulating-e-cigarettes-could-have-unintended-consequences/

Is Big Tobacco on the verge of an e-cigarette takeover?
http://mashable.com/2013/12/11/french-e-cigarette-ruling/

Mad Money's Jim Cramer on e-cigs, interviews NJOY's Craig Weiss:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L25Ynr63RXg&feature=youtu.be

Fixture Upper: Back bar or front counter - finding a perfect home for e-cigs (reveals why regulations requiring e-cigs behind retail counter protects Big Tobacco and cigarettes, threatens health of smokers and future of e-cig industry):
http://www.cspnet.com/category-management-news-data/tobacco-news-data/articles/fixture-upper

E-cigarettes - A burning question for US regulators:
http://news.yahoo.com/e-cigarettes-burning-u-regulators-185507008--sector.html

After huge decline in teen smoking rates but little decline among adults in past 15 years, FDA plans to target youth with anti tobacco propaganda ads, while targeting adults with e-cig ban/regulations to prevent / discourage smokers from quitting smoking:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/fdas-anti-smoking-campaign-to-target-teens/2013/12/09/5b24030a-4d73-11e3-be6b-d3d28122e6d4_story.html

Lobbying for FDA regulations, CDC's Tom Frieden falsely claims flavored cigars are target marketed to kids, falsely claims large cigars are only "a small part of today's cigar industry", misleadingly equates past month cigar smoking to daily cigarette smoking:
http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/11/health/frieden-little-cigars/

CDC reveals another key reason (besides the lives of tens of millions of smokers) why CDC Director Tom Frieden and OSH Director Tim McAfee must correct, clarify, apologize for falsely claiming e-cigs are addicting teens and are gateways to smoking:
http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2013/p1216-eoy2013.html
"CDC's core public health values are saving lives and protecting people. This can't be done if the agency isn't trusted"

CDC's lies repeated, as Greenville Family Partnership's Carol Reeves falsely claims many youths who never smoked before are using e-cigarettes, while Greenville's Dr. Bill Schmidt falsely claims e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes (SC):
http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20131205/NEWS05/312050024?nclick_check=1

CASAA draft position statement on ecigs and children:
http://antithrlies.com/2013/12/11/casaa-draft-position-statement-on-ecigs-and-children/

Study finds picture warnings on cig packs in Canada reduced consumption and smoking, estimates FDA warnings would have prompted 5.3 - 8.6 million US smokers to quit:
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2013/11/11/tobaccocontrol-2013-051170.abstract

After threatening the lives of vapers and smokers by misrepresenting evidence on e-cigs, Stan Glantz finally posts an important public health message, about FDA cigarette pack warnings (which I convinced Sen. Mike Enzi to amend into the FSPTCA in 2007):
https://tobacco.ucsf.edu/fda-puts-economic-theory-over-empirical-evidence-its-cost-benefit-analysis-undermines-sensible-publi

Evidence From Vapers

(that FDA and other e-cig prohibitionists dismiss as irrelevant)

WHY WE VAPE:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxClPZkoawU

New option for cigarette smokers trying to quit - #IMPROOF movement launched by Vape Revolution:
http://investing.businessweek.com/research/markets/news/article.asp?docKey=600-201312100835PR_NEWS_USPRX____PH30514-1
http://www.vaperev.com/

#IMPROOF presents Karen Lee (on quitting smoking by vaping):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw4zJZbIg9Y
"I was going through two cartons a week, every week. . . I don't stink anymore. My car doesn't stink anymore. I feel really good. My blood oxygen level is up to 99%. . . I haven't had a sinus infection since I quit smoking. . . Look at me. I'm 73 years old and I smoked for 55 years and I did it. I will never smoke another cigarette."

Ban E-cigs Ban Vaping #IMPROOF think again !!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl2RjwpF0iY
"I used to smoke over 40 cigarettes a day for over 40 years. It was killing me. I discovered vaping. I haven't touched a cigarette since. . . Now the people like the FDA and the European Parliament want to get this banned. They're ill educated. The same to all you antismokers out there. Do you really want me to go back to cigarettes and polluting your atmosphere?"

GrimmGreen - Taking the next vaping step:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mOlR3INHzU

NYC

CASAA updates NYC Call to Action (contact Council ASAP, vote set for tomorrow)
http://blog.casaa.org/2013/11/call-to-action-new-york-city-e.html

Jeff Stier: Bloomberg trying to ban e-cigarettes is silly
http://nypost.com/2013/12/16/bloomberg-trying-to-ban-e-cigarettes-is-silly/
http://www.jeffstier.org/14147/bloomberg-trying-to-ban-e-cigarettes-is-silly
E-cigs "in the papers" (NYC)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxquu-u7pOA

E-cig sellers fight city to avoid going up in smoke (NYC)
http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20131215/SMALLBIZ/312159967

ACSH's Gilbert Ross: Michael Bloomberg's attack on e-cigarettes will drive ex-smokers back to the real thing
http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2013/12/17/michael-bloombergs-attack-on-e-cigarettes-will-drive-ex-smokers-back-to-the-real-thing/

CASAA submits testimony to NYC Council opposing proposed e-cig use ban
http://blog.casaa.org/2013/12/casaas-testimony-to-new-york-city.html

NYC Hospitality Alliance urges City Council to reject proposed e-cig use ban
http://www.thenycalliance.org/pdf/Memo_to_Council_on_E-cigarettes.pdf

NYSSA urges New Yorkers to oppose proposed e-cig usage ban
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nyssa-urges-all-new-yorkers-to-stand-up-against-councilman-gennaro-and-the-proposed-treatment-of-electronic-cigarettes-as-a-tobacco-cigarette-236035331.html

City Hall Pro: The Bloomberg-legacy blizzard (NY) highlights proposed e-cig usage ban
http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2013/12/8537425/city-hall-pro-bloomberg-legacy-blizzard-de-blasios-chancellor-choi

NY Times editors publish letters on e-cigs by three well funded e-cig opponents, one former smoker, but no vapers
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/14/opinion/are-e-cigarettes-a-path-to-quitting.html

Chicago

CASAA Call to Action asks vapers to urge Chicago Aldermen to reject e-cig usage ban (Updated and Still Pending)
http://blog.casaa.org/2013/12/urgent-cta-chicago-e-cigarette-usage.html

Chicago backs off e-cigarette ban (IL)
http://illinoispolicy.org/chicago-backs-off-e-cigarette-ban/

Despite no evidence or likelihood of reducing youth smoking, Chicago City Council bans sale of menthol cigarettes within 500 feet of schools.
http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/24315322-418/city-snuffs-out-sales-of-menthol-cigarettes-near-schools.html

Other State/Local

Electronic cigarettes are not a big hit with teens (PA) Bill Godshall: "There's no evidence these products are being marketed to kids," he said. "The reality is these products have helped millions of smokers quit." "If teens, like adult smokers, are switching to e-cigarettes," he said, "that's not a public health problem; that's a public health solution."
http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/5224159-74/cigarettes-cigs-electronic#axzz2nkY4olHX

Push to ban e-cig sales to minors grows (PA)
http://standardspeaker.com/news/push-to-ban-e-cig-sales-to-minors-grows-1.1601675

E-cig Rules to Play By (states)
http://www.cspnet.com/category-management-news-data/tobacco-news-data/articles/rules-play

Los Angeles Times editorial: Overreacting to e-cigarettes (CA)
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-1205-e-cigarettes-20131205,0,3165227.story#axzz2nTidsLtO

San Bernardino (CA) County Board of Supervisors bans e-cig use based on false claims
http://alpenhornnews.com/ecigarette-regulated-locally-p4576-1.htm

Anheuser-Busch heir makes jump to e-cigarettes
http://www.bloomberg.com/video/anheuser-busch-heir-makes-jump-to-e-cigarettes-iY5VbWIZSlqtgUEQ3pM2Og.html

Lawmakers bill to outlaw e-cigarette sales to minors; but news stories repeat false claims that e-cigs are addicting youth (OK)
http://www.kxii.com/news/headlines/Oklahoma-lawmaker-aims-to-prevent-youth-access-to-e-cigarettes-235684841.html
http://kfor.com/2013/12/12/lawmakers-bill-to-outlaw-e-cigarette-sales-to-minors/

Wisconsin bill (SB 440) introduced to specify that e-cig use is not "smoking" and is not banned where smoking is banned, referred to Committee on Judiciary and Labor (WI)
https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2013/proposals/sb440
http://host.madison.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/at-issue-electronic-cigarettes/article_3867f6ec-e5d6-5ae5-bc7f-1328101f4b61.html

Union City (CA) Council harasses vapers and discourages smokers from switching to e-cigs by banning their use everywhere smoking is banned despite no harm to nonusers, no evidence e-cigs addict youth and no evidence e-cigs are gateways to cigarette smoking
http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/new-e-cig-laws-will-treat-devices-real-cigarettes/ncJMY/

E-cigarettes banned in New Hanover (NC) County buildings, vehicles to harass vapers and discourage smokers from switching to the far less hazardous lifesaving alternatives
http://www.wwaytv3.com/2013/12/12/e-cigarettes-banned-new-hanover-county-buildings-vehicles

Dr. Natasha Bergurt: What a doctor learned from a visit to an e-cig store (great article)
http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2013/12/doctor-learned-visit-ecigarette-store.html

Vape Room on forefront of e-cigarette trend (MO)
http://www.southcountytimes.com/Articles-Business-Pages-i-2013-12-13-191095.114137-Vape-Room-On-Forefront-Of-ECigarette-Trend.html#axzz2nMtC4M5g

E-cigarettes and other 'vaping' methods grow in popularity, controversy (CA); State funded propagandists repeat false and misleading claims to confuse and scare public
http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/12/14/3668179/gains-popularity-in-fresno.html#storylink=cpy

Rick Holmes: E-cigarettes: Savior or Menace?
It may be time to let the nicotine addicts back inside (MA)
http://www.wickedlocal.com/sudbury/news/opinions/x915453088/Holmes-E-cigarettes-Savior-or-menace

Mount Prospect (IL) police want minors banned from having e-cigs despite new state law
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20131216/news/712169940/

News Observer (NC) reprints Miami Herald article that repeated CDC lies about e-cigs addicting youth
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/12/13/3456944/teens-use-of-e-cigarettes-is-growing.html#storylink=cpy

Vapers could face health concerns from e-cigs (MN)
http://www.startribune.com/video/235489221.html

EU

Clive Bates: When we've decided, we'll let you know; an update on nicotine regulations in Brussels
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1682

MEP Chris Davies: E-cig legislation - cutting through the confusion
http://createsend.com/t/j-F85AF8D7F8C5649A
http://www.chrisdaviesmep.org.uk/meps_win_victory_for_e_cigs#_=_

EU provisional deal reached, e-cigarette decision passed to member states
http://www.europeanvoice.com/article/2013/december/e-cigarette-decision-kicked-to-member-states/79100.aspx

E-cigarette row could block new EU tobacco rules: diplomats
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/16/us-eu-tobacco-law-idUSBRE9BF0Z620131216

Will e-cigs be treated as a drug? (Germany)
http://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/deutschland/eu-erzuernt-raucher-e-zigarette-soll-als-arznei-behandelt-werden/9224032.html

French stage smokeless revolution; electronic cigarettes are catching like wildfire
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/france/131212/french-stage-smokeless-revolution

Jon Spring: Electronic-Cigarettes - A perspective on regulation from the e-cigarette consumer association (ECCA UK)
http://nicotinepolicy.net/jon-spring/496-electronic-cigarettes-a-perspective-on-regulation-from-the-e-cigarette-consumer-association-ecca-uk

Hazel Mabe: Electronic cigarettes - a perspective on the German situation from IG-ED
http://nicotinepolicy.net/hazel-mabe/538-electronic-cigarettes-a-perspective-on-the-german-situation-from-ig-ed

BBC poll finds 62% oppose, 34% support e-cig usage ban in public places (UK)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25342539

Laurie Penney: It's not harming anyone, so why is Brussels trying to remove my robot cigarette?
http://www.newstatesman.com/2013/12/its-not-harming-anyone-so-why-brussels-trying-remove-my-robot-cigarette

Public Health Wales calls for e-cig usage ban in public places despite no evidence of harm, falsely claims e-cigs renormalize smoking. BMA's Eamon Jessop repeats CDC lies about e-cigs addicting youth, demonizes products and repeats call for usage ban. (UK)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25342539

Sense about Science asks BMA what's the evidence for banning e-eigs, and still waits for a reply (UK)
http://www.senseaboutscience.org/news.php/364/whats-the-evidence-for-banning-electronic-cigarettes

French Courts hand e-cigarettes to Big Tobacco, Is the US next?
http://www.electroniccigarettesreviews.net/blog/french-courts-hand-e-cigarettes-to-big-tobacco-is-the-us-next

Ruling could deal a blow to e-cigarette industry (France)
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/12/15/cnbc-ecigarette-ruling/3997641/

Taxation / Contraband

Study finds 58% of cigarette packs found in NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Providence and DC didn't pay local or state taxes, with an estimated 30%-42% smuggled.
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2013/12/11/tobaccocontrol-2013-051244.abstract.html

E-cig / THR Research

(and misrepresentations of research findings)

New study finds exhaled e-cig vapor contains nonhazardous trace levels of nicotine (averaging 2.5 µg/m3) and none of the many toxicants in 2nd hand smoke, but authors downplay study's important findings that refute false claims by e-cig prohibitionists.
http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/12/10/ntr.ntt203.abstract.html

Roswell Park press release misrepresents key findings and implications of its e-cig study finding no toxins and nonhazardous trace levels of nicotine in secondhand e-cig vapor, authors repeat unsubstantiated fear mongering claims by e-cig prohibitionists
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20131213/Study-Electronic-cigarettes-may-involuntarily-expose-non-users-to-nicotine.aspx
http://www.newswise.com/articles/study-documents-secondhand-exposure-to-nicotine-from-electronic-cigarettes
http://www.examiner.com/article/secondhand-exposure-to-electronic-cigarettes-can-be-dangerous

Mike Siegel: New study finds that vaping does not expose bystanders to CO or VOC
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/12/new-study-finds-that-vaping-does-not.html

E-cigarette study finds nicotine, but no toxins
http://www.ibtimes.com/e-cigarette-secondhand-smoke-study-finds-nicotine-few-toxins-1507608

Karl Fagerstrom: Dependence on Tobacco and Nicotine
http://nicotinepolicy.net/karl-fagerstrom/520-dependence-on-tobacco-and-nicotine

New study finds that in contrast to cigarette smoking, e-cig use not associated with elastic properties of ascending aorta
http://www.ecigarette-research.com/EUROECHO2013-ecigs.pdf

CNN headline/article falsely claim nicotine and e-cig use cause heart disease, misrepresent findings of lab study on tissue samples
http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/16/health/nicotine-e-cigarettes/
http://www.wtnh.com/news/health/nicotine-in-e-cigs-tobacco-linked-to-heart-disease

Carl Phillips: Chi-Ming Hai is a liar - nicotine does not cause measurable risk of CVD
http://antithrlies.com/2013/12/17/chi-ming-hai-is-a-liar-nicotine-does-not-cause-measurable-risk-of-cvd/

Study finds 83% of healthcare providers admit to knowing little or nothing about e-cigs, but most correctly regarded e-cigs as less hazardous than cigarettes; but author's press release demonizes e-cigs and repeats misleading claims by CDC about youth
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20131213/Study-shows-many-clinicians-are-unfamiliar-with-use-of-e-cigarettes-with-their-young-patients.aspx

Medicalxpress headline repeats CDC lies about e-cigs and youth, article highlights survey finding 83% of healthcare providers know little or nothing about e-cigs
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-doctors-unaware-teens-e-cigarettes.html

Mike Siegel: My (censored) response to Stan Glantz's contention that electronic cigarettes are causing youth to smoke more heavily
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/12/my-censored-response-to-stan-glantzs.html

Carl Phillips: Glantz (and Grana and Benowitz) cannot even get the simple facts straight; WHO hires Glantz, Grana, Benowitz to misrepresent scientific evidence on e-cigarettes
http://antithrlies.com/2013/12/12/glantz-and-grana-and-benowitz-cannot-even-get-the-simple-facts-straight/

Consumer Reports repeats false claims, misrepresents research findings on e-cigs
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2013/12/can-e-cigarettes-help-you-quit-smoking/index.htm

CASAA's Elaine Keller: Five thing Tom Bemis won't tell you about e-cigarettes
http://antithrlies.com/2013/11/27/five-things-tom-bemis-wont-tell-you-about-e-cigarettes/

Financial Times says BAT's David O'Reilly said nicotine is good for you (UK)
http://en.shafaqna.com/articles/general-articles/item/24365-nicotine-is-good-for-you-says-tobacco-firm-scientist.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2523949/Nicotine-GOOD-Scientist-employed-cigarette-manufacturers-claims-highly-addictive-drug-makes-brain-work-better.html

Univ. of Minnesota's Hatsukami studying e-cigs, but won't recommend them for smokers based upon her many criticisms of other very low risk smokefree alternatives
http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/235430591.html
http://kstp.com/article/stories/s3241658.shtml

Nigel Gray - Nicotine Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: A Global Review (endorses THR, but doesn't mention e-cigs or THR opponents who hijacked public health)
http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/11/03/ntr.ntt171.full.pdf?

NY University's Xin Li falsely claims "e-cig users may actually absorb higher concentrations of nicotine and other toxins than conventional tobacco smokers" just because most e-cig cartridges provides more puffs of vapor than a pack of cigarettes provides puffs of smoke. NYU's Deepak Saxena also misrepresents evidence on e-cigs.
http://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2013/12/11/nyu-dental-researchers-are-lifting-the-veil-on-the-hidden-health-impact-of-electronic-cigarettes.html

Mike Siegel: Anti-smoking researchers continue to just make it up; now claim vaping is more hazardous than smoking
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/12/anti-smoking-researchers-continue-to.html

Daily Mail (UK), University Herald & NY Post headlines/articles repeat false fear mongering claims by NYU's Xin Li & Deepak Saxena that e-cig vapers inhale more nicotine and toxins than cigarette smokers, fail to do any fact checking.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2523175/E-cigarette-smokers-inhale-MORE-nicotine-toxins-regular-smokers-Study-finds-users-unknowingly-inhaling-host-dangerous-chemicals.html
http://www.universityherald.com/articles/6213/20131214/ecigs-conventional-cigarettes-smokers-nicotine-toxins-new-york-university.htm
http://nypost.com/2013/12/14/e-cigs-may-deliver-more-toxins-than-smoke-researchers-say/

MedicalDaily headline/article grossly misrepresent findings of Roswell Park e-cig vapor study, repeat false claims by NYU idiots about e-cigs to confuse and scare
http://www.medicaldaily.com/e-cigarettes-could-pose-danger-second-hand-smoke-nicotine-emission-265072

Pulmonologist Richard Hollister falsely claims e-cigs may be as hazardous as cigarettes, tells his smoking patients (with lung diseases) to not switch to e-cigs (NH)
http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20131215-LIFE-312150310