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Bill Godshall Update 2014-03-31

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - March 31st, 2014

B Herzog PPT, E-cig Business, E-cig Social, E-cigs, Science and Health, FDA, Taxation, Healthcare Insurance, E-cig Advertising Restrictions, E-cig Shipping Ban / Restrictions, E-cig Packaging Restriction, E-cig Sales Bans to Minors, E-cig Retailer Restriction, Vaping Bans, Junk Science, Lies and Fear Mongering, NY Times, UCSF, Smokeless Tobacco, Youth Smoking, Canada, EU, Australian Cigarette Plain Packaging.


Bonnie Herzog of Wells Fargo: power point presentation documenting how skyrocketing e-cigarette consumption and increasing smokeless tobacco consumption have been and will continue reducing cigarette consumption.

E-cig Business

IRI 2013 US convenience store sales data shows declining cigarette volume, increasing smokeless tobacco volume, skyrocketing e-cig volume (as more smokers switch to far less hazardous smokefree alternatives).

E-cigarette sales set to surge in 2014

The E-Cig Market Grows Up

No longer blowing smoke? E-cigarettes could surpass traditional brands, experts say

E-cig Social

One thousand vapers attend DC VAPEFEST #14

Vapefest: Where e-cig camaraderie is in the air - along with haze

E-cigarette users want acceptance from non-smokers (NJ)

E-cigs, Science and Health

Safety evaluation and risk assessment of electronic cigarettes as tobacco cigarette substitutes: a systemic review

Carl Phillips: New French representative: 1% of the population has quit smoking thanks to e-cigs

Clinical Trial: E-cigarettes are satisfying cigarette substitutes


Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) conference on April 23/34 in DC, Bill Godshall to present 'An Update on Tobacco Deeming Regulation' (April 23 from 4-5PM)

CDC and Big Pharma funded ALA lobby to give even more federal and state funds to Big Pharma for ineffective nicotine gums/lozenges/patches/nasal sprays/inhalers (that have a 95% failure rate) and less than safe Chantix and Zyban


New Jersey Assembly budget chairman says no to tax on electronic cigarettes

Many vapers, vendors and health advocates testify against Gov. Christie's outrageous e-cig tax proposal at NJ Assembly Budget Committee hearings

Bill Godshall testifies against taxing e-cigs at NJ Assembly Budget Committee hearing

Press of Atlantic City editorial: Electronic cigarettes / Why tax quitting?

E-cig entrepreneurs say no to proposed sin taxes

NJ bill (S 1867) introduced to impose 75% tax on all e-cig products and components, referred to Senate Health Cmte

NJ bill (A 2980) introduced to impose a 25% tax on tobacco and e-cig advertising and marketing expenditures in state

NJ lawmaker seeks to legalize marijuana and tax it at 7%, as Gov. Christie wants to tax smokefree e-cigs at more than ten times that rate.

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing Ohio Gov. Kasich's proposal to tax e-cigs

Brad Rodu: Tax smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes at lower rates (OH)

Vermont bill (HB 884) to impose 92% tax on e-cigarettes, increase smokeless tobacco tax introduced/approved by House Ways and Means Cmte on same day.

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing Vermont bill (HB 884) to impose 92% e-cig tax

PA bill (SB 1292) would impose $.036 tax on each cigar and $.36/ounce tax on smokeless tobacco and OTP

Healthcare Insurance

CT Joint Cmte on Insurance and Real Estate substitutes and approves bill (S 478) to allow some healthcare plans to charge up to 50% higher policy rates on those who use any tobacco product more than four times per week.

E-cig Advertising Restrictions

Regressive US House Democrats introduce bill (H 4325) to ban most e-cig advertising to adult smokers and vapers (claiming its needed to protect children)

E-cig Shipping Ban/Restrictions

California bill (A 1500) to prohibit shipping of e-cig products to adults referred to Assembly Cmte on Governmental Organization

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing California bill (A 1500) to ban shipping of e-cigs

RI House Judiciary Cmte holds (for further study) bill (H 7021) to ban e-cig sales to minors, excessively restrict online sales and shipping to adults

E-cig Packaging Restriction

Illinois House amends bill (H 5689) to exempt prefilled and disposable cartridges, would ban (upon enactment) sales of ALL e-liquid products 'sold or marketed' in IL that aren't 'in special packaging' that complies with 'standards' that comply with 'rules' to be adopted by the IL Health Dept (that has been hostile to all e-cigs, and knows nothing about e-liquid), which could take years.

E-cig Sales Bans to Minors

South Dakota Governor signs bill (SB 181) banning sales of 'vapor products' to minors

Georgia Senate passes bill (HB 251) to ban sales of 'vapor products' and 'alternative nicotine products' to minors, sent to governor

Kentucky House approves bill (SB 109) to ban sales of 'vapor products' and 'alternative nicotine products' to minors, sent to Senate for concurrance

Louisiana Senate amends and passes bill (S 12) to ban the sale of 'vapor products' and 'alternative nicotine products' to minors

CO House/Senate approve bill (S 18) to extend tobacco and e-cig sales ban to minors to 'nicotine products'

MO House General Laws Cmte approves bill (HB 1690) to ban sales of 'vapor products' and 'alternative nicotine products' to minors

MI Governor Rick Snyder wants legislature to send him a bill to treat far less hazardous smokefree e-cigs same as lethal cigarettes

ALA and ACS oppose Florida bill (HB 169) to ban e-cig sales to minors because it would preempt local governments from banning e-cig sales to adults

E-cig Retailer Restriction

IL House Cmte on Consumer Protection recommends passage of bill (H 5868) to require e-cigs to be sold from behind the counter, in age restricted area, or in locked display case

Vaping Bans

Survey finds 63% of Americans don't mind being near harmless e-cig vapor

Minnesota Senate refers vaping ban bill (SF 2027) to committee after Gov. Mark Dayton voiced his opposition

E-cigarette activists sue New York City Council challenging Bloomberg's vaping ban

Philly Council rejects evidence, embraces fear mongering lies, approves vaping ban

Smokefree Pennsylvania letter urges Philadelphia City Council to reject vaping ban ordinance, and to reject falsely labeling smokefree e-cigs as 'smoking' devices

San Francisco, Santa Clara County Moves Forward With E-Cigarette Restrictions (CA)

Santa Cruz (CA) City Council rejects scientific evidence, concern for health of smokers and vapers, bans vaping everywhere smoking is banned

Israeli Ministry of Health protects cigarettes by banning e-cig manufacturing and sales

Rejected Maryland bill would have banned vaping in all workplaces.,0,2759173.story#ixzz2wyqpFrqr

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing Alaska bill (HB 360) to ban vaping and smoking in all workplaces

NJ Assembly approves Cmte amended bill (A 1080) to ban vaping and smoking at state, county and municipal forests, parks & beaches; referred to Senate Cmte on Health

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing proposed vaping ban in Ocala (FL)

Louisiana bill (SB 491) might ban vaping everywhere smoking is banned, referred to Senate Health Cmte

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing potential vaping ban in Louisiana bill (SB 491)

Hancock County (WV) Board of Health draft Clean Air Regulation would ban use of smokefree e-cigs in ALL workplaces, ban smoking in several dozen workplaces; Board of Health to hold special meeting on April 1 at 12:30PM to discuss.

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing draft vaping ban in Hancock County (WV)

Washington Township (NJ) proposes banning smokefree vaping and smoking at parks and other outdoor locations

University System of Georgia Regents ban use of smokefree e-cigs everywhere on campuses, ban smoking outdoors under guise of protecting people from 2nd hand smoke

Junk Science, Lies and Fear Mongering

Science Left Behind: Feel-Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left
By Alex B. Berezow and Hank Campbell, 2012
(An excellent book describing the growing bias against science and scientific evidence by Progressive Democrats, includes a page about Obama's FDA banning e-cigs in 2009.)

Christopher Snowdon: The classic thought experiment (astutely identifies the now divided anti smoking movement as comprised of real health advocates, those who hate industry and old-fashioned puritans, but omits the fourth component: Big Pharma money)

E-cig opponents oppose TN bill that would truthfully clarify that vaping isn't smoking

NY Times

Despite no evidence that nicotine ingestion has ever killed any human, New York Times deceitfully claims (on front page) nicotine e-liquid is poison to shock readers and lobby FDA to impose deeming regulation that would ban e-cigs, protect cigarettes, threaten lives of vapers and smokers

Carl Phillips: New York Times goes 'more at 11:00' with story on e-cigs and poisoning

ACSH: Tons of toxic nicotine out there - care in handling is required. Meanwhile, keep on vaping

Jacob Sullum: NY Times warns that drinking e-cigarette fluid could become a fatal fad among toddlers

Amy Fairchild and Ronald Bayer: Liquid Death from E-Cigarettes? You've got a long way to go, baby

E-cig industry being unfairly targeted?

E-cig overdose: How much liquid nicotine would it take to kill you?

Clive Bates on toxic claims about e-cigs

ACSH: MN poison control exaggerates dangers to toddlers from e-cigarettes

Minnesota Poison Control System says 60% of reported 'toxic exposures' were for drugs, most others for common household items:
Drug - 1. Analgesics; 2. Sedatives; 3. Antidepressants; 4. Cardiovascular drugs; 5. Antihistamines
Non-Drug - 1. Cosmetics, personal care items; 2. Household cleaners; 3. Foreign bodies, toys, silica gel packets; 4. Alcohols; 5. Pesticides

Claiming to debunk myths about e-cigs, NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman repeats false and misleading propaganda about e-cigs

Irresponsible news headlines, articles and editorials repeat false claims by NY Times that e-cigs are poisoning lots of children, ignore data finding e-cig poisoned no children, ignore data finding millions of children have been poisoned by drugs and hundreds of other household products (most of which aren't regulated by FDA)

Dick Durbin and other regressive Senate Democrats repeat false claims by NY Times that e-cigs poisoned many children in urging (for the nth time) FDA Commissioner Hamburg to impose deeming regulation, which would ban all e-cigs, protect cigarette markets, and threaten lives of vapers and smokers


UCSF prohibitionists conduct, JAMA publishes, gullible and regressive news outlets tout more junk science falsely claiming e-cigs don't help people quit smoking.

Mike Siegel: New study on electronic cigarettes by UCSF researchers is not only bogus science, but is also dishonest

Clive Bates: Rogue research group opens the slurry gusher again

ACSH: JAMA headlines blare, and gullible press swallows the hype against e-cigs, again

Carl Phillips: More anti-THR junk science from UCSF, the new Karolinska

Responsible news media expose, repudiate UCSF junk science on e-cigs & quitting smoking

Smokeless Tobacco

Colorado Health Dept and writer greatly exaggerate very low risks of smokeless tobacco

Youth Smoking

Legacy absurdly claims smoking in movies caused 44% of teen smokers to start smoking

Mike Siegel: Exactly 44% of kids who smoke do so because of smoking in movies


Brad Rodu - Smoking cessation expert to Health Canada: Stop killing smokers


Attendance drops 30% at ineffective smoking cessation services, service providers blame e-cigs and urge smokers to use cessation services instead of e-cigs to quit smoking (UK)

Australian Cigarette Plain Packaging

Study finds Australian plain package law did not reduce youth smoking (in contrast to claims by Australian officials and anti tobacco extremists when campaigning for law)

PMI reports increase of 59 million cigarettes sold / consumed year after Australia implemented plain packaging law (in contrast to claims by Australian officials and anti tobacco extremists when campaigning for law)

Australian data proves plain packages don't work


- Bill Godshall