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Bill Godshall Update 2014-06-20

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - June 20th, 2014

Evidence Based Public Health, FDA, International, E-cig Sales Bans, Taxation, E-cig Sales Bans To Minors, Vaping Bans, Smoking Bans, Marketing Restrictions, Business, Prohibition, Junk Science and Propaganda.


Evidence Based Public Health

Harvard survey of >26,000 finds e-cigs not a gateway to cigarette smoking, finds 20.3% of smokers, 4.7% of exsmokers, and just 1.2% of never smokers had ever used an e-cig

Mike Siegel: Gateway hypothesis for electronic cigarettes all but destroyed: Data show youth smoking at all-time low

ACSH: CDC finally tells the truth about teen smoking: still declining, even with e-cigs

CASAA issues Public Service Announcements

Konstantinos Farsalinos: Effects of e-cigarette use on exhaled nitric oxide

Tom Pruen: More of the same from Stanton Glantz - a specious arguement about vapour and smoke equivalence

Tom Pruen: Stanton Glantz - not just inflexibly dogmatic, but also dishonest

Carl Phillips: Glantz takes a vacuous swing at Bates; Pruen eviscerates Glantz

Study finds e-cigarettes far less harmful than cigarettes

Life insurance for e-cigarette users available at nonsmoker rates

Vapor products a safer alternative

ACSH: RIP Tony Gwynn, a victim of parotid gland cancer. Not due to snuff or dip

ACSH 10/14/10: No evidence Tony Gwynn's rare cancer came from chewing tobacco

San Diego TV station truthfully reports there's no scientific evidence Tony Gwynn's cancer was caused by smokeless tobacco, then interviews a so-called cancer expert and others who falsely insist otherwise while demonizing smokeless tobacco.

Carl Phillips: Supposed THR supporter demonstrates he still thinks like an ANTZ


New study finds >34,000 different e-liquid products sold on the Internet (i.e. 7,764 unique brand flavors averaging 4.4 different nicotine levels per brand) not including different PG/VG/water levels or components in 466 identified different e-cig brands.

FDA estimates that just 1,675 different e-cigarette products are on the US market (Table 16, page 26) after stating (on page 25): "A single online retailer,, claims to sell over 1,000 unique products."

FDA estimates that just 25 (required to keep product legal) would be submitted annually for e-cig products (Table 9)!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-N-0189-0001
confirming that its proposed deeming regulation would ban >99% of e-cig products.

FDA estimates that each Application for Premarket Review of New Tobacco Products
for an e-cig product would cost an average of just $333,554 (Table 21 on page 36)
Although way too low, FDA's estimate confirms its proposed deeming regulation would give the e-cig industry to Big Tobacco and perhaps NJOY and another large cigalike company (that can afford hiring an experienced FDA regulatory compliance team).

R Street's Dr. Joel Nitzkin submits comments to FDA criticizing proposed deeming regs for e-cigarettes (that would ban >99% of e-cigs), advocates harm reduction instead

CASAA issues Third Call to Action for FDA Proposed Regulations - Demand Congressional Hearings Investigating FDA and CDC's actions

Mike Siegel: New study demonstrates why FDA's proposed regulatory approach to e-cigarettes makes no sense

At US Senate Commerce Cmte hearing, Democrats Rockefeller, Boxer, Blumenthal, Klobuchar, Nelson, Durbin, Markey and Big Pharma funded CTFK's Matt Myers and AAP's Suzanne Tanski falsely and condescendingly accuse e-cig companies of target marketing to youth (despite no evidence any nonsmoker has become a daily e-cig user),
repeat false claims about e-cigs, nicotine, addiction and advertising; Blu's Jason Healy and NJOY's Craig Weiss demonized (despite no evidence they marketed to youth); Scott Ballin touts FDA regs that would ban >99% of e-cigs and give industry to Big Tobacco.

News stories on US Senate Democrat's false claims about e-cigs, bullying of e-cig execs

Smokefree Pennsylvania, Vaping Militia and CASAA issue alerts urging calls and letters to US Senate Commerce Cmte to truthfully inform them about e-cigs

Snus manufacturer wants 'less harmless' status

Carl Phillips: Why the most important ecig news of the week is Swedish Match's MRTP application

Yet another front page NY Times article lobbies for FDA deeming regulation that would ban >99% of e-cigs and give e-cig industry to Big Tobacco


National Center for Public Policy Research: Statement by Risk Analysis Division Director Jeff Stier at United Nations Interactive Hearing on the Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases

Jeff Stier to UN Panel: Private Sector Involvement is Key to Fighting Non-Communicable Diseases

129 unethical and inhumane extremists led by Stan Glantz urge WHO to kill millions of cigarette smokers by denying them legal and affordable access to lifesaving e-cigarettes.

E-cig sales bans

New York Senate passes bill (S 6939B) to ban sale of e-liquid (the most effective smoking cessation product) to adult smokers and vapers

New York Senate passes bill (S 7139) to require e-cig retailers to register with Dept of Taxation and Finance, Dept of Health (identical to A 9649)


CASAA updates Call to Action opposing NJ Governor Christie's e-cig tax proposal

Jeff Stier and Gregory Conley - The Christie and Kasich tax show: Why are they taxing people who are trying to quit smoking?

Vermont governor signs bill H 884 to increase cigarette and little cigar tax (from $2.62 to $2.75/pack), increase RYO tobacco tax (from $4.03 to $4.23/ounce), increase snuff tax (from $1.87 to $2.29/ounce).

Rhode Island House approves budget bill (HB 7133Aaa) that doesn't include proposed e-cig tax (after the RI House Finance Cmte removed the e-cig tax from the bill).

Harrisburg Patriot editorial exploits Tony Gwynn's death to advocate taxing smokeless tobacco and cigars by inaccurately claiming smokeless tobacco caused Gwynn's cancer and by misrepresenting the causes of oral cancer (as cigarettes are attributable for 70% of oral cancer deaths among men, while smokeless tobacco is attributable for about 1%).

E-cig sales bans to minors

Florida Governor Scott signs bill (SB 224) banning the sale of "nicotine products" and "nicotine dispensing devices" to minors; 39th state to ban e-cig sales to minors

Rhode Island House substitutes/passes, Senate passes bill (HB 7021) to ban sale of "electronic nicotine delivery systems" to minors, establishes licensing system for dealers (same as SB 3095)

Rhode Island Senate passes, House passes bill (SB 3095) to ban sale of "electronic nicotine delivery systems" to minors, establishes licensing system for dealers (same as HB 7021)

Michigan Health Dept Director Jim Haveman and Big Pharma funded extremists irresponsibly urge Governor Rick Snyder to veto bill that would ban e-cig sales to minors

St. Louis Post-Dispatch LTE urges MO Governor Nixon to sign bill banning e-cig sales to minors (as Big Pharma funded CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA are lobbying for a veto)

New York Assembly passes bill (A 9299) to ban sale of e-liquid to minors (as sponsor Linda Rosenthal exempted e-liquid from her 2010 bill banning e-cig sales to minors)

California Assembly amends bill (SB 648) that bans e-cigs sales in vending machines

Vaping bans

San Diego (CA) City Council Cmte approves proposed vaping ban and e-cig retailer regulation based upon false fear mongering claims, full Council to consideration

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing proposed vaping ban in San Diego (CA)

NY State Senator Kemp Hannon introduces, Senate Health Cmte amends bill (S 7841) to ban vaping in all workplaces except in stores that primarily sell e-cigs

NY Assembly Rules Cmte introduces bill (A 10118) to ban vaping in workplaces

Arlington Heights (IL) bans vaping in workplaces,0,4471350.story

El Paso (TX) bans vaping at all city-owned properties

Hillsboro (OR) Parks and Recreation Commission approves outdoor vaping ban at parks based upon false claims, to be considered by City Council

E-cigs: The newest clash over workplace health

Smoking bans

Kentucky Supreme Court rules that County Boards of Health cannot ban smoking or vaping, Bullitt County smoking/vaping ban regulation struck down and others affected

Hawaii Governor signs bill (SB 651) banning smoking in public housing projects, and outdoors within 20 feet of building entrances.

Marketing restrictions

Federal judge upholds NY City law banning tobacco price discount and coupons


Big Tobacco looks to keep pace with e-cigarettes

Big Tobacco puts big target on e-cigarette market, RJ Reynolds prepping national product launch

Local stores are riding e-cigarettes wave (VA)

E-cigarette store opens on Lady's Island (SC)


ISIS burns pile of 'haram' cigarettes in Iraq

Junk Science and Propaganda

FDA funded e-cig prohibitionist Stan Glantz absurdly claims that smokers who switch to smokefree e-cigs "have a drop in lung function", misrepresents yet another e-cig study to further confuse, scare and lobby for FDA deeming reg that would ban >99% of e-cigs and give e-cig industry to Big Tobacco.

Many news reports exploit Tony Gwynn's death by inaccurately claiming or insinuating it was caused by smokeless tobacco use, by demonizing and lobbying against its use

Mike Siegel inaccurately claims Tony Gwynn's death was "almost certainly caused by smokeless tobacco"

Tennessee Health Dept recycles its February "Public Health Advisory" that repeats false fear mongering claims about e-cigs (which have helped millions of smokers quit), touts ineffective and less than safe FDA approved drugs

NPR invites Virginia Tech's Skip Garner to falsely claim nicotine causes cancer and absurdly claim that e-cigs and nicotine gums, lozenges and patches are more hazardous than cigarettes (based on irrelevant laboratory study)

- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2014-06-20