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Bill Godshall Update 2014-05-20

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - May 20th, 2014


Bill Godshall Tobacco Harm Reduction Update 2014-05-20, featuring: Scientific Research and Review, FDA / CDC, Taxation, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, E-cig Sales Bans To Adults, Jails, E-cig Sales Bans To Minors, Minimum Age, Proposed Vaping Bans, More Anti E-cig/Nicotine Propaganda, Outdoor smoking bans, UK.


Scientific Research and Review

Brad Rodu: Mouse, Rat and Cell Studies Don't Make E-Cigarettes Carcinogenic

New study finds smokers 60% more likely to quit using e-cigs than gums, patches

Finish survey finds teens who smoke daily were 120 times more likely than never smokers to report ever using an e-cig, fails to disclose critically important differences for those who reported using e-cigs >20 times (presumably because all were daily smokers), finds 17.4% of teens reported ever use of an e-cig, but 12.6% reported e-cig use only once or twice, while just 2% reported using >20 times; authors demonize e-cigs despite their study's findings.

New study finds asthmatic smokers who switched to e-cigs (including exclusive vapers and dual use vapers who reduced cigarette consumption) had significant improvements in spirometry data, asthma control and airway hyper-responsiveness (AHR).

Konstantinos Farsalinos: First study to demonstrate improvements in smoking asthma patients after switching to e-cigarette use

Mike Siegel: New study shows improvement in asthma among smokers who switch to electronic cigarettes, including dual users

Konstantinos Farsalinos - Formaldehyde release in e-cigarette vapor: The New York Times story explained in detail

NCI funded study finds vapers (like cigarette smokers) are more like to suffer mental health disorders than non vapers, which is consistent with evidence that virtually all vapers were/are are cigarette smokers: but obtuse authors deny e-cigs help smokers quit.

2012/13 survey finds only 51% of US adults correctly believe that far less hazardous smokefree vapor products are safer than cigarettes, which is largely due to unethical and inhumane e-cig propaganda and prohibition campaign (since 2009) by Obama's DHHS, Big Pharma front groups and left wing Democrats and news media.

Electronic cigarettes: time for an accurate and evidence based debate

Carl Phillips: Hitchman, McNeill, Brose (2014) Addiction paper on e-cigs


To lobby for FDA deeming reg/ban, CDC unethically recruits and offers to pay e-cigarette users who were diagnosed with a "serious health condition" (even though their disease wasn't caused by e-cigarette use) to appear in CDC television advertisements to mislead and scare public about e-cigs

Mike Siegel: CDC and FDA are Undermining Anti-Smoking Messages and Protecting the Cigarette Industry

Watch March 15 Senate HELP Committee hearing where Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), CDC's Tim McAfee, and FDA's Mitch Zeller misrepresented much of the evidence on e-cigarettes to demonize the products and lobby for FDA's proposed deeming regulation, and where Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Richard Burr (R-NC) advocated less hazardous smokefree alternatives for cigarette smokers, objective analysis of scientific and empirical evidence, and extending the FDA's 75 day public comment period.

Senate HELP Cmte Chair Tom Harkin makes many false claims about e-cigs

Jacob Sullum: CDC official condemns e-cigarettes as an "egregious experiment on our children"

The FDA says e-cigarettes are less hazardous than smoking, but touts proposed deeming regulation that would ban >99% of e-cigs, give e-cig industry to Big Tobacco, and threaten the lives of all vapers and smokers

ACSH: U.S. Senate hearing on e-cigs - but "hearing" from only one side

Mike Siegel: In Senate Testimony, CDC Lies in Order to Obscure the Issues Surrounding Electronic Cigarettes

Action Alerts prompt several thousand calls and letters by vapers to Senate HELP Cmte before May 15th hearing on e-cigarettes

CASAA submission to to US Senate HELP Committee regarding 5/15/14 hearing on e-cigarettes

ACSH: A committee of the US Senate will discuss e-cigarettes - another one sided affair

Senate Democrats to hold hearing against e-cigarettes

Tom Harkin and other Senate Democrats send letter to FDA Commissioner Hamburg misrepresenting the evidence on, demonizing e-cigs

CASAA issues First Call to Action for FDA Proposed Deeming Regulation - Consumer Request for an Extension of Comment Period

Overview of CASAA's Action Plan Regarding Proposed FDA Regulations

CASAA's Basic Background for Understanding FDA Regulation of e-cigarettes

Carl Phillips: Scientific claims in the FDA deeming regulation (part 2 of ???)

Carl Phillips: Scientific claims in the FDA deeming regulation (part 3 of ???)

The Daily Beast: Will the nanny state target cigars next? (criticizes FDA's failure to implement TCA mandates, zeal to extend unwarranted regulations on OTP)

FDA's CTP issues report praising itself for implementing provisions of TCA that banned tobacco sales to minors (despite similar laws in all 50 states), that protected cigarettes and Big Pharma drugs from market competition by very low risk smokeless tobacco products, and that have had negligible if any impact on reducing cigarette consumption or smoking.
FDA reports 9,786 tobacco sales to minors violations in 221,774 inspections (a very low 4.4% violation rate)

FDA Commissioner Hamburg's letter to NY Times touts agency's unscientific deeming reg (that would ban >99% of e-cig products, give e-cig industry to Big Tobacco, and threaten the lives of ALL vapers and smokers), falsely claims "The F.D.A. is committed to the science-based regulation of these products to better protect public health."

Carl Phillips: Hamburg letter helps clarify FDA's naivety regarding e-cigarettes

Gil Ross - New FDA E-cigarette Regulations: Killing an Industry, Killing Smokers

FDA Commissioner Hamburg falsely claims "We are a science-based, data-driven public-health agency" in describing proposed deeming reg (that FDA has advocated since 2011 despite no scientific or public health justification) that would ban >99% of e-cigs, give e-cig industry to Big Tobacco, and threaten the lives of ALL vapers and smokers

Carl Phillips - Clueless prohibitionists: the West was not wild (but is now, due to prohibitionists)

Mike Siegel: CDC Director Apparently Fabricating More "Scientific Evidence" to Demonize Electronic Cigarettes

Detriot News editorial wisely rejects FDA's proposed deeming regulation for e-cigs, says no evidence products are health hazards and shouldn't be regulated like cigarettes

Doctors differ on risk vs reward of e-cigarettes (NC)
Jed Rose: "My greatest concern is that it will be stamped out by excessive fears about fantastic scenarios that 'might happen'. On the other hand, we do have the known 480,000 deaths per year from cigarette smoking. So, I think that we need innovative and bold new approaches to get cigarette smokers to quit."

Colorado Health Dept Director Larry Wolk urges FDA to protect cigarettes by banning smokefree e-cigs, which he claims threaten public health "We need to close the loopholes that let the tobacco industry market products that threaten the health of Coloradans."


Vermont Revenue Conference Committee removes unwarranted and punitive 92% e-cig tax from bill (HB 884) after activism by VT vapers and vendors Petition: Stop H.884 (92% tax on electronic cigarettes) from passing in the Vermont Senate

Minnesota e-cig tax and regulations pushing e-cigarette shops to South Dakota

North Carolina

RJ Reynolds sponsors, Lorillard endorses newly introduced North Carolina bills (HB 1010 & SB 763) to tax consumable e-liquid at $.05/ml, impose additional unwarranted costs/burdens on vape shops and marketers of e-liquid, mods and other e-cig products (that compete against Lorillard's blu eCigs and Reynolds' not yet marketed Vuse). (pages 51-55) (see pages 51-55)

Current North Carolina tobacco tax statute

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing proposed NC bill to tax e-liquid

Action Alert for e-cig vendors in North Carolina to oppose HB 1050

Bill Godshall's analysis of Reynolds' sponsored NC e-cig tax bills (HB 1050 & SB 763)

New Jersey

NJ Senate Health Cmte protects cigarettes, punishes NJ vapers, vendors and smokeless tobacco users by approving bill (S 1867) to impose 75% tax on e-cigs and increase smokeless tobacco tax from 30% to 68%; Chair Joseph Vitale falsely claims purpose of e-cig tax is to protect children despite no evidence any nonsmoker has become a daily vaper, and despite a 2010 NJ law banning e-cig sales to, and use by minors under 19.
Bill referred to NJ Senate Budget and Appropriations Cmte

Small retailers opposed to Christie's proposed e-cigarette tax form association

NJ coalition calls for NO tax on e-cigarettes (audio)

NJ bill (S 2073) introduced (same as A 2980) to impose a 25% fee/tax on all advertising/marketing expenditures in state by tobacco and e-cig manufacturers

NJ Senate Cmte approves bill banning vaping and smoking at parks and beaches

New York

Gil Ross: The rush to regulate e-cigarettes will mean death for many smokers (NY)

ACSH: NY Senate committee hears one side of e-cigs "debate." Who will win, d'ya think?

NY Senate Health Cmte Chair Kemp Hannon refuses to let vaping advocates testify (but invites Big Pharma front groups) to testify at so-called public hearing against e-cig sales/usage ban bills sponsored by Hannon; NY State Health Dept's Harlan Juster falsely claims e-cigs don't help smokers quit.

NY State Health Dept's Harlan Juster makes false claims about federal TCA and e-cigs at NY Senate Health Cmte hearing "Federal law recognizes that the purpose of these flavorings is to addict children to nicotine and create a new generation of tobacco users"

Local business could be hurt under e-cigarette legislation (NY)

Gil Ross: E-cigarette restraints can kill (NY)

New York bill (A 9649) introduced (same as S 7139) to require e-cig vendors to register with Dept of Taxation and Finance, and Health Dept

E-cig sales bans to adults

CASAA Call to Action opposing California bill (AB 1500) to ban Internet and mail order sales and deliveries to adults, Assembly Appropriations Cmte to consider bill May 21

Vapour shops defy Ottawa's warning letters over e-cigarettes (Canada)


E-cigs giving assist in jails (AL)

E-cig sales bans to minors

Delaware Senate approves bill (H 241) to ban sale of "tobacco substitutes", including e-cigarettes, to minors; eligible for governor's desk$file/legis.html?open

Louisiana House, Senate approve bill (S 12) to ban sale of "vapor products" and "alternative nicotine products" to minors, goes to governor

Missouri House passes Senate approved bill (SB 841) to ban sales of "vapor products" and "alternative nicotine products" to minors, goes to governor

CASAA issues Call to Action for Missouri vapers to urge Gov. Nixon to sign bill (SB 841) to ban sales of "vapor products" and "alternative nicotine products" to minors

Michigan House approves bill (HB 4997) by 94-15 vote to ban the sale of "vapor products" and "alternative nicotine products" to minors (opponents wanted HB 5393)
- House debate on HB 4997 three fourths down journal

New York Assembly Health Cmte approves bill (A 9299) to ban sale of e-liquid to minors, referred to Assembly Codes Cmte (as Linda Rosenthal's 2010 bill/law banning e-cig sales to minors didn't include e-liquid)

Minimum Age

New York City law increasing minimum tobacco sales age to 21 goes into effect

Proposed Vaping Bans

Due to activism by Minnesota vapers and vendors, Conference Committee removes statewide workplace vaping ban, than passes bill (HF 2402) to ban vaping in state government buildings and require "child resistant packaging" for e-cigs consistent with CFR, title 16, section 1700.15(b)(1); legislation sent to Gov Dayton

Big Pharma funded e-cig prohibitionist groups in Minnesota disappointed legislature didn't further protect Big Pharma and cigarette markets by banning vaping in workplaces

Berkely County (WV) bans smoking and vaping in workplaces

Baltimore ordinance proposed to ban vaping, falsely redefine smokefree vapor products as "electronic smoking devices" to further confuse and scare

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing proposed Baltimore vaping ban

Poll results: Say "˜no' to banning e-cigarettes in public places in Orange Beach (AL), City Council to consider ban on May 20.

More Anti E-cig/Nicotine Propaganda

Big Pharma funded American Heart Association (which urged FDA to ban e-cigs in 2009) publishes junk science propaganda by UCSF e-cig prohibitionists that grossly misrepresents the scientific and empirical evidence on e-cigs to confuse and scare

Irresponsible news outlets tout latest propaganda by UCSF e-cig prohibitionists falsely claiming e-cigs don't help smokers quit

Mike Siegel: Glantz review article is little more than an unscientific hatchet job on e-cigs

Mike Siegel - In My View: Why the Glantz scientific review of e-cigarettes is not only unscientific, but dishonest

The Lancet endorses vaping bans and FDA's proposal to ban >99% of e-cigs and give e-cig industry to Big Tobacco, grossly misrepresents research findings on risks of e-cigs, which are 99%(+/-1%) less hazardous than cigarettes.

Consumer Reports deceives and scare consumers about e-cigs and tiny amounts of carcinogens (that are emitted by most foods and drinks, carpet, furniture, printers, perfumes, nail polish, hair spray, household cleaners, and even air fresheners)

Yet another researcher makes false claims about another e-cig study to scare public, irresponsible news media repeat fear mongering claims without any fact checking

FDA funded Stan Glantz describes as "excellent" unscientific propaganda demonizing e-cigs by Stanford's Robert Jackler that was submitted to FDA deeming reg docket

News Sentinel editorial advocates FDA's proposed deeming regulation by repeating false and misleading claims about lifesaving products

Anti-farming propaganda by Human Rights Watch falsely claims even minor nausea caused by nicotine exposure when harvesting tobacco is "acute poisoning", falsely insinuates tobacco farming is far more hazardous than other types of farm work for teens, advocates federal law banning minors from even "touching" a tobacco plant (including nicotine free seedlings) to purportedly protect teens whose jobs HRW wants banned.

NY Times runs another editorial grossly exaggerating nicotine safety risks and youth exposure, repeats HRW call to purportedly protect teens by prohibiting them from working on tobacco farms, fails to acknowledge that wearing long shirts, pants and gloves when harvesting tobacco prevents/reduces nicotine exposure to skin.

For disclosure, Bill Godshall NEVER got nauseated or otherwise sick when working as a teenager planting, harvesting and hanging tobacco in Lancaster County, PA.

Washington Post editorial repeats HRW's propaganda, urges Obama administration to ban teens (including farmer's sons and daughters) from working on family tobacco farm

CNN replays HRW's staged scare mongering video about teens working on tobacco farms, repeats HRW's claims without any fact checking to demonize tobacco farming

Outdoor smoking bans

No-smoking restrictions outside office buildings ignored, as Ottawa bylaw doesn't provide for enforcement and Big Pharma front groups and health officials have been obsessed with banning and demonizing lifesaving e-cigs and banning harmless flavorings

New Hampshire Senate approves bill (H 1487) to impose $124 fine for smoking at State forests and lands and at White Mountain National Forest


Blu e-Cigs UK chief expects few e-cigarette sellers to survive UK MHRA regulation,Authorised=false.html?

E-Lites question Public Health England's proposal to restrict e-cigarettes

UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health Jane Ellison says "There are no current plans to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public places in England."

After urging the EU and UK MHRA to ban nearly all e-cig products, Robert West now says taxpayers should subsidize e-cigs via National Health Service prescriptions

Welsh Lib Dem Leader claims e-cig ban would "˜infringe rights'

Lack of evidence means e-cigarette ban cannot be justified

Neil McKeganey: Why do love tobacco plain packaging and hate e-cigs?

Christopher Snowdon: We're all smokers now

Rob Lyons: Using the tobacco fear to police our lives

- Bill Godshall