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Bill Godshall Update 2014-03-20

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - March 20th, 2014


Contents:
FDA, Science, Health and Ethics, E-cig News, E-cig Business, E-cig Taxation, New Jersey, Proposed Sales Bans, Proposed Flavoring Ban, Litigation, Proposed Vaping Bans, Smoking Bans, E-cig Sales Bans to Minors, Minimum Age Laws, Canada, EU, More Junk Science and Fear Mongering.

 

FDA

FDA refuses to file (i.e. accept) four Premarket Tobacco Applications (thus keeping the products banned); same could happen to all applications for e-cigs if/when FDA imposes 'deeming' regulation, which would ban all e-cigs until FDA approves application
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/MarketingandAdvertising/UCM389515.pdf

FDA announces recent actions to protect cigarette cartel from market competition, bans 268 tobacco products and approves just 17 (mostly cigarettes), falsely portrays FDA approved cigarettes as safer than far less hazardous (but unapproved) smokeless tobacco products (and e-cigarettes if/when FDA imposes the 'deeming' regulation).
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/MarketingandAdvertising/ucm339928.htm?
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/TobaccoProductReviewEvaluation/NewTobaccoProductReviewandEvaluation/ucm304506.htm

FDA delineates how 'deeming' regulation would ban all e-cigs by redefining them as 'Premarket Tobacco Products', require millions of dollars to submit each Premarket Tobacco Application, and let FDA refuse to file (i.e. accept) any/all e-cig applications.
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/TobaccoProductReviewEvaluation/NewTobaccoProductReviewandEvaluation/ucm304506.htm
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/TobaccoProducts/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/UCM273425.pdf
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/MarketingandAdvertising/UCM389515.pdf
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/TobaccoProductReviewEvaluation/NewTobaccoProductReviewandEvaluation/default.htm

Azim Chowdhury - What to expect: FDA regulation of e-cigarettes (confirms that FDA 'deeming' regulation would ban all e-cigs)
http://www.khlaw.com/webfiles/What_To_Expect.pdf

Science, Health & Ethics

Clive Bates: Cease and Desist: making false claims about the gateway effect
(international public health expert exposes and shames Stan Glantz for lying about research findings on e-cigs and youth)
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=2053

Mike Siegel: Glantz press release is dishonest with public; authors appear to be intentionally lying to mislead the media and the public
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/03/glantz-press-release-is-dishonest-with.html

Carl Phillips: Stanton Glantz is such a liar that even the ACS balks: his latest ecig gateway 'study'
http://antithrlies.com/2014/03/07/stanton-glantz-is-such-a-liar-that-even-the-acs-balks/

Brad Rodu: UCSF study falsely links e-cigarettes to smoking
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2014/03/ucsf-study-falsely-links-e-cigarettes.html

Thousands turn out at Vape Blast in Lewisville (TX) as Obama's DHHS and other e-cig denialists keep falsely claiming there is 'no evidence' e-cigs can help smokers quit
http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/24990438/organizers-vape-p#ixzz2wEErstkw

Mike Siegel: E-cigs are a gateway to cigarette use and inhibit quitting? Then why is the decline in cigarette consumption accelerating?
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/03/e-cigarettes-are-gateway-to-cigarette.html

NJ doctor recommends e-cigs to smokers who didn't quit with FDA approved drugs or counseling
http://www.northjersey.com/news/dr-selwyn-levine-of-englewood-on-e-cigarettes-why-he-s-never-smoked-and-what-you-can-do-to-keep-your-lungs-healthy-take-is-important-to-n-j-pulmonologist-1.737101

Wisconsin Senate Cmte approves bill (SB 440) clarifying that vaping is NOT smoking
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/viewart/20140313/GPG0101/303130244/Legislators-consider-allowing-e-cigarettes-indoors

Deceitful e-cig opponents in Wisconsin oppose legislation (SB 440 and HB 762) to truthfully clarify that vaping is NOT smoking
http://journaltimes.com/news/local/smoking-ban-clarification-sought-regarding-e-cigarettes/article_cab4ef32-acbd-11e3-b239-0019bb2963f4.html

Tennessee bill (S 1698) to clarify that vaping is NOT smoking referred to General Subcommittee
http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB1698

Brad Rodu: Vapers, know your e-cig ingredients
(PG / aerosol examination)
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2014/03/vapers-know-your-e-cig-ingredients.html

Ben Stein - Up from Nicotine: Why the stigma against e-cigarettes?
http://spectator.org/articles/58356/nicotine

North Carolina gives environmental award to cigarette company, whose products cause hazardous air pollution, lung cancer and emphysema when used as intended
http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/RAI/1740772567x0x734441/4a4554c8-b969-4036-9f23-1acaac26ddb6/2014-01_SFNTC_achieves_highest_status_in_NC_environ_prog.pdf

E-cig News

Electronic cigarettes vaping latest news real time updates
http://newsblogged.com/electronic-cigarettes-vaping-latest-news-real-time-updates

E-cig Business

In response to unjustified vaping bans, e-cig company launches vapor-free e-liquid
http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/General-News/E-cigarette-brand-launches-new-product-to-counter-vapour-concerns

Republic Tobacco purchases 50% stake in Johnson Creek e-liquid manufacturer
http://www.jsonline.com/business/republic-tobacco-takes-50-stake-in-johnson-creek-enterprises-b99225307z1-250341621.html
http://www.cspnet.com/category-management-news-data/tobacco-news-data/articles/republic-tobacco-enters-vaping-category
http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/13/republic-tobacco-johnson-creek-announce-strategic-endeavor/

Southland e-cigarette shop owners hope to help users quit tobacco (CA)
http://www.sbsun.com/health/20140316/southland-e-cigarette-shop-owners-hope-to-help-users-quit-tobacco

E-cigarettes a growing trend in South Mississippi
http://www.sunherald.com/2014/03/15/5418659/e-cigarettes-a-growing-trend-in.html

E-cigarettes finding a North Jersey fan base in ex-tobacco users (NJ)
http://www.northjersey.com/news/health-news/e-cigarettes-finding-a-north-jersey-fan-base-in-ex-tobacco-users-1.743526

Vaping hangouts for e-cigarettes on the rise as more smokers switch (KS)
http://www.kansas.com/2014/03/16/3349293/vaping-hangouts-for-e-cigarettes.html

Smokers turn to e-cigs to cut costs, quit smoking (NH)
http://www.concordmonitor.com/news/11149566-95/smokers-turn-to-e-cigarettes-to-cut-costs-quit-smoking

Ex-smokers breathe easier: e-cigarettes rise in popularity (NH)
http://www.vnews.com/news/townbytown/strafford/11078801-95/ex-smokers-breathe-easier-e-cigarettes-rise-in-popularity-but-health-questions-unanswered

E-cigarette trend more than blowing smoke (LA)
http://www.wafb.com/story/24980932/e-cigarette-trend-more-than-blowing-smoke

E-cigs gain in popularity, but e-cig opponents keep making false claims (PA)
http://cumberlink.com/news/health/electronic-cigarettes-draw-criticism-as-devices-gain-in-popularity/article_2aeb1624-ae03-11e3-a8ec-001a4bcf887a.html

E-cig Taxation

Hawaii vapers and vendors convince Senators to eliminate tax from e-cig bill (SB 2495)
http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/residents-weigh-senate-s-electronic-cigarette-bill
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2495&year=2014
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2495_HD1_.htm

Washington vapers and vendors defeat proposed e-cig tax (as legislative session ends)
http://www.bainbridgereview.com/news/250469201.html
http://www.auburn-reporter.com/news/250467841.html

ATR: E-cigarette tax hike dies in Washington legislature
http://www.atr.org/e-cigarette-tax-hike-dies-washington-legislature

Is the government killing its citizens by banning, taxing e-cigarettes?
http://economiccollapsenews.com/2014/03/12/is-the-government-killing-its-citizens-by-banning-taxing-e-cigarettes/

E-cigarettes: Much safer than cigarettes, don't tax them (WA)
http://blogs.seattletimes.com/northwestvoices/2014/03/12/e-cigarettes-much-safer-than-cigarettes-dont-tax-them/

Oklahoma Senate substitutes/passes bill (S 1892) to NOT tax 'vapor products', referred to House Cmte on Appropriations and Budget
http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=SB1892

New Jersey

CASAA Call to Action: New Jersey's Governor Christie is proposing a tax on e-cigarettes at the same rate as combustible cigarettes
http://blog.casaa.org/2014/03/call-to-action-new-jerseys-governor.html

Greg Conley: Chris Christie's 'Sin Tax' on E-cigs Would Burn Quitters
http://blog.heartland.org/2014/03/chris-christies-sin-tax-on-e-cigs-would-burn-quitters/

Christie's NJ e-cigarette tax is hot topic at first budget hearing
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/03/christies_nj_e-cigarette_tax_is_hot_topic_at_first_budget_hearing.html

Democrats accuse Christie of trying to raise taxes
http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/15/3996844/democrats-accuse-christie-of-trying.html#storylink=cpy

Should electronic cigarettes be taxed? (96% of poll respondents say NO)
http://nj1015.com/should-electronic-cigarettes-be-taxed-poll/

Poll: should NJ raise tax on e-cigarettes? (82% of poll respondents say NO)
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/03/poll_should_nj_raise_taxes_on_e-cigarettes.html

Electronic cigarettes have sweet smell of success in quitting
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/03/letter_electronic_cigarettes_have_sweet_smell_of_success_in_quitting.html

If NJ boosts e-cigarette tax, it should tax patches and gum, and junk food too
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/03/letter_if_nj_lifts_electronic_cigarette_tax_it_should_tax_junk_food_too.html

NJ legislature considers e-cig tax, prohibitionist Blumenfeld keeps lying about e-cigs
http://newjersey.news12.com/news/state-legislature-considers-e-cigarette-tax-many-communities-banning-public-use-1.7398802

Proposed Sales Bans

Utah vapers and vendors defeat Rep. Paul Ray's deceitful efforts (HB 112) to ban e-cigs
http://www.ksl.com/?sid=29066337&nid=148&s_cid=rss-extlink

28 State/Territorial Attorneys General bully pharmacies to stop selling tobacco to adults despite no public health benefit (as consumers would just buy from competitor retailers)
http://www.ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-spearheads-national-effort-calling-major-pharmacies-stop-selling
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/17/business/states-urge-retail-giants-with-pharmacies-to-stop-selling-tobacco-products.html?hpw&rref=business&_r=0
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/17/pharmacy-tobacco_n_4978587.html

Proposed Flavoring Ban

Hawaii bill (SB 2222) to ban flavored tobacco products (but doesn't go into effect until 2050) referred to House Finance Cmte
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2222&year=2014
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2222_SD2_.HTM

Litigation

Russell Wishtart: I am suing New York City over the Bloomberg vaping ban with Audrey Silk from NYC CLASH
https://soundcloud.com/vp-live/i-am-suing-new-york-city?in=vp-live/sets/the-click-bang-archives

E-cig makers sued over patent allegations
http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/electronic-cigarette-makers-sued-over-allegations-of-patent-infringement/article_113caaac-a936-11e3-9af9-0017a43b2370.html

E-cigarette patent wars: A case of the vapers
http://www.economist.com/blogs/schumpeter/2014/03/e-cigarette-patent-wars

Proposed Vaping Bans

Maryland
Maryland House Committee on Economic Matters overwhelmingly rejects bill (HB 1291) to ban vaping in all MD workplaces and public places
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2014RS/votes_comm/hb1291_ecm.pdf

MD bill would have banned e-cigarette use in public places
http://cnsmaryland.org/2014/03/14/bill-would-ban-e-cigarette-use-in-public-places/

MD House approves bill (HB 1334) to ban smoking in parks after MD House Cmte on Economic Matters amended it to remove e-cigs
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?id=hb1334&stab=01&pid=billpage&tab=subject3&ys=2014RS

Philly
Philadelphia City Council Public Health Cmte rejects scientific and empirical evidence, honesty and concern for health of vapers & smokers, approves bill to ban e-cig use, two bills to falsely redefine smokefree e-cigs as 'smoking' devices; full City Council to consider bills
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/03/13/phila-lawmakers-move-toward-ban-of-e-cigarettes-in-public-places/
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20140314_Committee_approves_adding_e-cigs_to_public_ban_on_smoking.html#FPPA
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/cityhall/Committee-seeks-to-add-e-cigs-to-public-ban-on-smoking-.html#ALpPbh1YEtllZVD6.99
http://articles.philly.com/2014-03-14/news/48225943_1_e-cigarettes-e-cigarette-users-city-council-committee

CASAA Call to Action to oppose proposed e-cig usage ban in Philly
http://blog.casaa.org/2014/02/call-to-action-philadelphia-e-cigarette.html

Watch/listen to the Philadelphia City Council Public Health Cmte hearing on e-cigs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_eEKEOUgcA
(Part 1- Testimony by Smokefree Pennsylvania's Bill Godshall, Q&A, CASAA's Carl Phillips, ACSH's Gil Ross)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxwQfk46o-g
(Part 2 - Jeff Daman, Q&A)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lDBLsF82Ns
(Part 3 - Chris Pfieffer, Patrick Carroll, Chris Webber, Q&A)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8U8Z7vJDWI
(Part 4 - Ben Daines, Greg Conley, Q&A)

Smokefree Pennsylvania's testimony opposing Philly bills to ban vaping and deceitfully redefine smokefree vaporizers as 'smoking devices'
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/legislation-news/520345-philadelphia-city-council-proposes-adding-electronic-cigarettes-existing-indoor-smoking-ban-7.html#post12508082

CASAA testimony to Philadelphia City Council regarding proposed ordinance to ban e-cigarette use wherever smoking is prohibited
http://blog.casaa.org/2014/03/casaa-testimony-to-philadelphia-city.html

Dr. Robert Sklaroff's testimony opposing Philly anti vaping bills
http://www.scribd.com/doc/212166693/e-cigs?post_id=1448468906_10203439945106486#_=_

Phila Daily News: Stu Bykofsky - Smoke Signals
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140316_Smoke_signals.html

Dr. Robert Sklaroff opines against Philly vaping bills.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/212542188/Action-Items-LXIX-e-cigs

Jason Healy: E-cig truths lost in political smoke
http://articles.philly.com/2014-03-19/news/48370649_1_electronic-cigarettes-smoker-tobacco#

Drs. Frank Leone and Walter Tsou repeat false claims about e-cigs, urge vaping ban
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/inquirer/20140312_Regulate_e-cigarettes.html

Philly doctor Gary Emmett repeats false claims about e-cigs
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/healthy_kids/Why-e-cigarettes-should-be-banned-from-minors.html

Smoking gum makers Glaxo, J & J lobby against e-cig competitors
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq-phillydeals/Glaxo-JJ-fight-electronic-cigarette-comptetitors.html#xl42D9iCC5JwZQa0.99

WITF (in Philly) Smart Talk's Scott LaMar interviews Jonathan Foulds about e-cigs, who acknowledges e-cigs helped many smokers quit, but advocates public vaping bans despite no harm to nonusers, fails to disclose Big Pharma financial conflicts of interests
http://www.witf.org/smart-talk/2014/03/smart-talk-e-cigarettes-patient-portals.php

California
More city councils in CA ban vaping after being deceived by false fear mongering claims by local officials, Big Pharma front groups and other e-cig prohibitionists
http://www.sacbee.com/2014/03/10/6221686/e-cigarettes-face-restrictions.html

Long Beach bans vaping in e-cig stores, making it most anti-e-cig city in Southern California
http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2014/03/ecig_vape_ban_long_beach.php

Long Beach (CA) prepares to target enforcement against vape shops, demonstrating the vaping ban was never intended to protect kids or nonusers as supporters falsely claimed.
http://www.signaltribunenewspaper.com/?p=22983

San Francisco (CA) Board of Supervisors reject scientific and empirical evidence, ban use of lifesaving e-cigs based upon false fear mongering claims by prohibitionists
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-supes-vote-for-same-smoking-laws-for-5329328.php

Sarah Longwell: E-cigarettes safe; no need for SF to ban them
http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/E-cigarettes-safe-no-need-for-S-F-to-ban-them-5322970.php

Dr Rahul Jandial acknowledges e-cig vapor contains none of the thousands of hazardous constituents in tobacco smoke, but advocates e-cig usage bans anyhow
http://www.aol.com/video/what-you-need-to-know-about-ecigarettes/518153817/

Daly City (CA) Mayor David Canepa to urge City Council to protect declining cigarette market by banning or imposing moratorium on vape shops, banning vaping
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/03/14/daly-city-considers-banning-e-cigarettes-fears-boom-of-vape-shops/
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/peninsula&id=9467022

Mike Siegel: Daly City mayor wants to shut down shops that sell e-cigs, keep the ones that sell real cigarettes
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/03/daly-city-mayor-wants-to-shut-down.html

Santa Monica (CA) Council takes a look at e-cigs due to lies by intolerant prohibitionists
http://smdp.com/council-takes-a-look-at-e-cigs/133099#sthash.x7YVV9H8.dpuf

Other States
Minnesota Senate Health Cmte approves bill (SF 2027) to ban vaping, referred to Senate Cmte on Commerce, public hearing scheduled for March 24th at 12:30
http://www.piercecountyherald.com/content/minnesota-news-roundup-e-cig-bill-clears-senate-committee
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=SF2027&session=ls88&version=latest&session_number=0&session_year=2014

Urgent Alert: Stop Minnesota from banning e-cig use (SF 2027)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YQnkwPJKpb1d61l2aagxnM6e87mt-wlMf1JWdS_nAWw/edit?pli=1

Minnesota State Senator Kathy Sheran repeats many lies about e-cigs to scare public, lobby for her bill (SF 2027) to ban adult usage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-73Yefyr8lM
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=SF2027&session=ls88&version=latest&session_number=0&session_year=2014

Minnesota House Cmte approves bill (H 1931) to ban vaping in state government buildings and schools, allow local governments to license sales of e-cigs
http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?Billnumber=HF1931&Go.x=9&Go.y=13&Go=Search&ls_year=88&sessionvar=20130
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=HF1931&version=2&session=ls88&session_year=2014&session_number=0

MN Health Dept absurdly claims that touching an e-cig (or a tobacco product) is a 'toxic exposure', claims many toxic exposures to e-cigs reported even though none were toxic http://mnvapers.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/E-Cigarette-Poisoning-Updated-Fact-sheet-1.pdf

MN Vapers - Poison Control Calls - The Real Facts
http://mnvapers.com/2014/03/poison-control-calls-real-facts/

Austin (MN) debating e-cigarette moratorium (with inaccurate fear mongering claims outnumbering accurate statements)
http://www.kaaltv.com/article/stories/S3365017.shtml

Hawaii bill (S 2495) to ban use of smokefree e-cigs by deceitfully redefining them as 'smoking' devices recommitted to Hawaii House Health Cmte
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2495&year=2014
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2495_HD1_.htm

NJ bill (S 1629) would ban smoking and e-cig use outdoors at parks, beaches, forests, recreation areas
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/S2000/1629_I1.PDF

NJ bill (S 1772, same as A 1080) would ban smoking and e-cig use outdoors at parks, beaches, forests, recreation areas
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/S2000/1772_I1.PDF

Smoking Bans

Hawaii House Judiciary Cmte amends/recommends bill (S 651) to ban smoking in public housing projects
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=651&year=2014

PA Health Secretary urges landlords to go smokefree
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/250282941.html

E-cig Sales Bans to Minors

NACS announces nationwide policy to not sell e-cigs to minors
http://www.nacsonline.com/Issues/Other/Pages/E-Cigarettes.aspx

Greg Conley replies to ALA Shelly Kiser's criticism of OH e-cig sales ban to youth
http://blog.cleveland.com/letters/2014/03/ban_the_sale_of_electronic_cig.html

Florida Senate unanimously approves bill (S 224) to ban sales of 'nicotine dispensing devices' to minors
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0224
http://www.jrn.com/fox4now/news/Benacquisto-leads-ban-on-e-cigs-for-minors-250870261.html

Georgia Senate Health Cmte endorses bill (H 251) to ban the sale of 'vapor products' and 'alternative nicotine products' to minors
http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/HB/251

CT Joint Committee on Children approves substitute for bill (S 24) to ban sales of 'electronic nicotine delivery systems' to minors
http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=24&which_year=2014&SUBMIT1.x=11&SUBMIT1.y=10&SUBMIT1=Normal
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/TOB/S/2014SB-00024-R00-SB.htm

Rhode Island House Judiciary Cmte schedules March 26 hearing and/or consideration
of bill (7021) to ban e-cig sales to minors, impose punitive restrictions on online retailers
http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText14/HouseText14/H7021.pdf

Oklahoma Senate substitutes/passes bill (SB 1602) to ban sales of 'vapor products' and 'alternative nicotine products' to minors, referred to OK House Public Health Cmte
http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=SB1602

Louisiana House approves bill to ban sale of e-cigs to minors
http://www.ksla.com/story/25010991/ark-la-tex-reacts-to-bill-banning-underage-electronic-cigarette-purchases

Louisiana Senate Judiciary Cmte amends/approves bill (S 12) to ban sales of 'alternative nicotine products' to minors
http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=14RS&b=SB12&sbi=y
http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=883168&n=SB12%20Engrossed

Pennsylvania bill (SB 1055) to ban sale of 'alternative nicotine products' to minors referred to Senate Appropriations Cmte
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/billinfo.cfm?syear=2013&sind=0&body=S&type=B&BN=1055

Delaware House Judiciary Cmte favorably reports bill (H 241) to ban the sale of 'tobacco substitutes' to minors
http://www.legis.delaware.gov/LIS/LIS147.NSF/vwLegislation/HB+241?Opendocument

Michigan House Cmte on Regulatory Reform substitutes/approves bill (S 667) to ban the sale of 'vapor products' and 'alternative nicotine products' to minors
http://legislature.mi.gov/(S(2hvifl55yajhxqyyv2i5wuyh))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=2013-SB-0667
http://legislature.mi.gov/(S(jjbvpyfcipy4iqfnf31ze3bo))/documents/2013-2014/billcurrentversion/Senate/PDF/2013-SCVBH-0667-10275.PDF

Michigan House Cmte on Regulatory Reform substitutes/approves bill (S 668) to ban sale of 'vapor products' and 'alternative nicotine products' to minors
http://legislature.mi.gov/(S(2hvifl55yajhxqyyv2i5wuyh))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=2013-SB-0668
http://legislature.mi.gov/(S(jjbvpyfcipy4iqfnf31ze3bo))/documents/2013-2014/billcurrentversion/Senate/PDF/2013-SCVBH-0668-10276.PDF

Michigan House Cmte on Regulatory Reform substitutes/approves bill (H 4997) to ban sale of 'vapor products' and 'alternative nicotine products' to minors
http://legislature.mi.gov/(S(jjbvpyfcipy4iqfnf31ze3bo))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=2013-HB-4997
http://legislature.mi.gov/(S(jjbvpyfcipy4iqfnf31ze3bo))/documents/2013-2014/billcurrentversion/House/PDF/2013-HCVBH-4997-10274.PDF

Iowa Senate Human Resources Cmte amends/passes bill (H 2109) to ban sale of 'alternative nicotine products' and 'vapor products' to minors
http://coolice.legis.iowa.gov/Cool-ICE/default.asp?Category=billinfo&Service=Billbook&menu=false&ga=85&hbill=HF2109

Minimum Age Laws

Colorado House Finance Cmte rejects bill (HB 1263) to hike minimum age for tobacco to 21
http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/03/19/vote-looms-on-hiking-tobacco-age-to-21/
http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2014a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/161913B5E3C08F8987257C630000974F?open&file=1263_01.pdf

Maryland House Judiciary Cmte reports unfavorably on bill (HB 278) to increase minimum age for tobacco sale to 21 years
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?id=hb0278&stab=01&pid=billpage&tab=subject3&ys=2014RS

Maryland Senate Judiciary Cmte reports unfavorably on bill (SB 325) to increase minimum age for tobacco sale to 21 years, bill withdrawn
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?id=sb0325&stab=01&pid=billpage&tab=subject3&ys=2014RS

Utah Senate rejects bill (S 12) to raise minimum age for tobacco and e-cig sales to 21
http://le.utah.gov/search.jsp?Sess=2014GS&String=SB12&Submit=Find
http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/SB0012.html

Suffolk County (NY) Legislaure bans tobacco sales to anyone under 21
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/suffolk-lawmakers-raise-age-for-buying-tobacco-to-21-1.7430539

Canada

Health Canada spends $232,000 for AC Nielsen data on sales of lifesaving e-cigs during past two years (to study skyrocketing noncompliance with inhumane e-cig sales ban)
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/health/Health+Canada+moves+read+cigarette/9631913/story.html

EU

Achieving appropriate regulations for electronic cigarettes
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3926346/

UK Parliament's Matt Ridley: Medicinal regulation of vaping could kill people
http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/regulation-of-vaping-could-kill-people.aspx

Lars Ramstrom: Low mortality attributable to tobacco among men in Sweden compared with other European countries: an analysis of WHO data
http://nicotinepolicy.net/lars-ramstrom/929-mortality

More Junk Science and Fear Mongering

Big Pharma's tobacco cessation industry keeps demonizing, lying about more effective and consumer friendly e-cigs, fails to ethically disclose financial conflicts of interest
http://blog.ghs.org/2014/03/e-cigarettes-recommended-smoking-cessation/
http://www.wisconsinrapidstribune.com/article/20140315/WRT01/303150401?
http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news/article_c50af150-ad97-11e3-91f1-0017a43b2370.html

UC Riverside e-cig prohibitionist Prue Talbot continues to grossly misrepresent her research findings to deceive public to believe e-cigs are as harmful as cigarettes
http://www.highlandernews.org/12732/e-cigarettes-may-be-toxic-ucr-researchers-say/

Mike Siegel: UC researcher: Vaping may be more hazardous than smoking
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/03/uc-researcher-vaping-may-be-more.html

False and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigs repeated and sensationalized by irresponsible news media
http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2014/03/06/E-cigarettes-not-discouraging-use-of-conventional-cigarettes/UPI-75791394143332/
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-03-13/senate-bill-would-ban-e-cigarette-marketing-to-kids
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/03/electronic-cigarettes-encourage-teens-to-smoke-regular-cigarettes/index.htm
http://www.bloomberg.com/video/do-e-cigarettes-encourage-people-to-smoke-tobacco-0zYBWNuGT~6hpdhwZGOhSA.html
http://www.dallasweekly.com/health/article_db807c64-ab73-11e3-83ac-001a4bcf6878.html
http://www.northjersey.com/news/popularity-of-e-cigs-prompts-concerns-over-use-by-youths-1.743519
http://www.sacbee.com/2014/03/16/6238629/editorial-put-brakes-on-unregulated.html
http://guardianlv.com/2014/03/e-cigarettes-shifting-to-the-domain-of-big-tobacco/
http://www.toledoblade.com/Editorials/2014/03/14/Nicotine-con-job-1.html
http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/03/18/Nicotine-con-job/stories/201403130152
http://www.morningjournal.com/opinion/20140314/editorial-planned-regulations-on-e-cigarettes-are-overdue-by-fda
http://wtkr.com/2014/03/10/dont-waste-your-money-e-cigarettes-under-the-microscope/

Mike Siegel: Tobacco control science deteriorating to an all time low (thirdhand smoke)
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/03/tobacco-control-science-deteriorating.html


- Bill Godshall