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Bill Godshall Update 2014-07-25

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - July 25th, 2014

THR Research, THR Business, FDA, Flavorings, More Litigation, State Legislation,
Government Mandated Lobbying, Encouraging Youth To Use E-cigs, Taxation, Vaping Bans, E-cig Sales Restrictions, Punishing Tobacco Users, More Government Lies And Propaganda, Bad Journalism, THR Activism In EU.


THR Research

Survey finds teen smoking in UK dropped sharply to record lows as more smokers switch to e-cigs (disproving false claims that e-cigs are gateways to and renormalize smoking)

Article reveals CDC's NYTS found significant decline in use of "cigarettes or e-cigs" by middle and high school students from 2011 to 2012, which CDC's Tom Frieden falsely claimed found that e-cigs were addicting children and were gateways to cigarettes

Survey finds 79% of e-cig users would turn to black market, 14% would return to cigarettes if their e-cig brand is banned (e.g. by FDA, MHRA or other governments)

Survey shows adults who use e-cigs to quit smoking prefer supposedly juvenile flavors

ECF survey of 10,000+ vapers (conducted June/July 2014) finds:
- 7% of vapers who use Mechanical mods still smoke cigarettes,
- 8% of vapers who use Large/APV devices still smoke cigarettes,
- 17% of vapers who use Mid-sized devices still smoke cigarettes,
- 29% of vapers who use Rechargeable mini devices still smoke cigarettes,
- 49% of vapers who use Disposable e-cigs still smoke cigarettes,
- 92% of vapers worry government regulations would ban vaping products they use,
- 71% of vapers would NOT knowingly buy an e-cig sold by a tobacco company,
- 54% of dual users would NOT knowingly buy an e-cig sold by a tobacco company,
- 34% of vapers (who vaped for 0-3 months) bought first e-cig from a vape shop,
- 9% of vapers (who vaped 2 years or more) bought first e-cig from a vape shop,
- 26% of vapers (who vaped for 0-3 months) bought first e-cig from online vendor,
- 62% of vapers (who vaped 2 years or more) bought first e-cig from online vendor

ECF survey of 10,000+ vapers (conducted June/July 2014) finds:
- 65.5% of exsmoker vapers consider flavors important in helping them quit smoking,
- 31% of e-liquid users mostly use Fruit flavors,
- 22% of e-liquid users mostly use Tobacco flavor,
- 18% of e-liquid users mostly use Bakery/Dessert flavors,
- 9% of e-liquid users mostly use Menthol flavor,
- 2% of e-liquid users consume 0-1 ml per day,
- 13% of e-liquid users consume 1-2 ml per day,
- 21% of e-liquid users consume 2-3 ml per day,
- 23% of e-liquid users consume 4-5 ml per day,
- 16% of e-liquid users consume 5-6 ml per day,
- 11% of e-liquid users consume 6-7 ml per day,
- 5% of e-liquid users consume 7-8 ml per day,
- 4% of e-liquid users consume 8-9 ml per day,
- 3% of e-liquid users consume 9-10 ml per day,
- 3% of e-liquid users consume >10 ml per day,
- e-liquid users reported using lower nicotine strength e-liquid in 2014 than in 2013

ECF survey of 10,000+ vapers (conducted June/July 2014) finds:
- 35% use Mid-sized (ego/equivalent) device,
- 32% use Large/APV,
- 26% use Mechanical Mod,
- 4% use Rechargeable mini,
- 1% use Disposable e-cigs
- 2% use Other devices,
- 43% use Generation 2 tank (atomizer head)
- 37% use Re-buildable tank
- 10% use Re-filled cartomizer,
- 6% use Generation 1 tank cartomizer,
- 2% use Disposable atomizer,
- 2% use Pre-filled cartomizer,
- Use of tanks increased from 66% of vapers in 2013 to 86% in 2014,
- Use of Re-filled cartomizers declined from 30% of vapers in 2013 to 10% in 2014

ACSH: New survey of thousands of vapers confirms that they prefer flavored products

Reynolds sponsors study of e-cig vapor

Brad Rodu: How many Americans smoke?

THR Business

Altria reports 5% cigarette volume decline by PM USA in 2Q14, 1.2% smokeless tobacco volume increase by USSTC, MarkTen e-cig now sold by 60,000 retailers

Philip Morris International reports 2.7% cigarette volume decline in 2Q14

Reynolds American Form 8-K (filed with SEC) delineates purchase of Lorillard, sales of brands to Imperial Tobacco, sales of stock to British American Tobacco

Imperial Tobacco's Cooper adds blu to take e-cigarette leap

Feeling blu? E-cig company spun off in major tobacco deal

Vape stores are smokin' as more cigarette smokers switch, which upsets government funded e-cig prohibitionists (IN)

E-cig sales supplement Titus County (TX) Jail budget

Hill County (TX) Jail selling e-cigs to inmates

Texas Sheriffs mull selling e-cigarettes to inmates

Knox County (IA) Jail to sell e-cigs


Judge Richard Leon rules FDA TPSAC had "conflicts of interest", strikes down it menthol cigarette report, tells FDA to reconstitute its so-called scientific panel.

Mike Siegel: DC District Court invalidates TPSAC menthol report because of conflicts of interest of panel members

Brad Rodu "Federal judge to FDA: Tobacco Advisory Panel Tainted by Conflicts of Interest"

CASAA issues Fourth Call to Action opposing proposed FDA deeming regulation
(note that the public comment deadline is August 8)

CASAA sends second request to FDA to extend public comment period on proposed deeming regulation

Georga Mason's Michael Marlow submits comment to FDA criticizing agency's failures to develop cost-benefit analysis of its proposed deeming regulation, to quantify any of its stated public health benefits, to assess proposal's costs of suppressing e-cig market, to consider that noncombustible tobacco/nicotine products pose far fewer risks than combustible tobacco products, and to acknowledge evidence that e-cigs help smokers quit

FDA proposed deeming regulation that would protect cigarettes, ban >99% of e-cigs and give e-cig industry to Big Tobacco is at:

FDA recommendations on grants prompt transparency concerns (highlights FDA funding its TPSAC members whose applications scored lower than rejected ones)

First sentence on FDA's new Deeming Regulation webpage falsely claims "tobacco use" is "leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States" (it's cigarette smoking) to confuse, scare and lobby for agency's deadly proposal to protect cigarettes by banning >99% of far less hazardous e-cigs and giving e-cig industry to Big Tobacco

On recently posted webpage, FDA falsely claims the "annual death toll from tobacco-attributable disease has risen to more than 480,000" (as cigarette-attributable mortality is 480,000) to deceitfully claim its proposed deeming regulation is "so important for public health"; misrepresents proposal's deadly impact on public health; falsely insinuates e-cigs are marketed to youth, are gateways to cigarettes, and prevent smokers from quitting.

First sentence on new FDA Tobacco Product webpage deceitfully claims "Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the United States" (its daily cigarette smoking), falsely portrays OTP (and e-cigs) as more addictive and harmful than cigarettes, and target marketed to youth.

FDA funded supplement in AJPM misrepresents 2012 NYTS data to exaggerate youth use of OTP (and e-cigs) and grossly exaggerate risks of OTP (and e-cigs) to further confuse, scare and to lobby for proposed FDA deeming regulation

New FDA webpage on Youth Tobacco Use touting 2012 NYTS and FDA funded propaganda in AJPM fails to cite survey's key findings (i.e. teen cigarette smoking sharply declined to record lows, and teens smokers were 20 times more likely than nonsmokers to report e-cig use), while exaggerating teen use of OTP (and e-cigs) to lobby for deeming regulation

US Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) urges FDA Commissioner Hamburg to more quickly protect cigarette markets and Big Tobacco (but she claims it would protect children) by issuing Final Rule for proposed deeming regulation on April 25, 2015, repeats false and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigs, cigars and youth

FDA announces availability (but only available via snail mail requests) of draft guidance "Substantial Equivalence Reports: Manufacturer Requests for Extensions or To Change the Predicate Tobacco Product", requests comments by September 15, 2014!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-D-0800-0001

FDA funded Yale researchers claim e-cig use among youth is increasing, but fail to distinguish between use by teen smokers versus nonsmokers


NY Times article by Matt Richtell (on front page of 7/16 Business section) repeats and touts false accusations by Democrat Senators Rockefeller and Durbin that flavored e-cigs are target marketed to youth, but includes several sentences truthfully acknowledging that flavored e-liquid use has rapidly grown among adult vapers who used to smoke cigarettes

More Litigation

Florida jury slams RJ Reynolds with $23.6 Billion in damages (that is likely to be reduced on appeal)

At State AG conference, Big Pharma funded e-cig prohibitionist Matt Myers and Kentucky Deputy AG Sean Riley falsely accuse e-cig companies of target marketing to youth, make false and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigs and nicotine, urge AGs to take legal action against e-cig companies (which would protect cigarette markets)

Jacob Sullum: Censors worry about e-cigarette ads aimed at youths but can't identify any

State Legislation

NATO's Tom Briant reveals that e-cig tax proposals were rejected by 10 states this year (HI, IN, KY, NJ, OK, OR, RI, SC, VT, WA), while vaping ban bills were rejected by at least 9 states (AK, HI, KY, LA, MD, NY, OR, SC, VT)

Government Mandated Lobbying

Iowa Health Dept requires local health agencies to successfully lobby to ban outdoor tobacco use (including vaping) in parks as condition of receiving state funding

Encouraging Youth to Use E-cigs

Mike Siegel: What's wrong here? Michigan Medical Society opposes bill to ban e-cigarette sales to minors


Altria/Reynolds sponsor Michigan bill (SB 1018) to redefine "vapor products" as "smokeless tobacco", impose $.10/ml tax on e-liquid in vapor products, require vapor product manufacturers and marketers to comply with MI tobacco tax and licensing laws, change "moist snuff" tax from 32% of wholesale price to $.53/ounce, tax "alternative nicotine products" at $.0003/mg, referred to Senate Finance Cmte

DC Mayor vetoes budget bill (that included an OTP tax hike), then City Council overrides veto (OTP tax begins on page 120 of budget bill)

Vaping bans

Massachusetts Joint Health Care Financing Cmte considering bill (HB 3726) to ban vaping in all workplaces (by falsely redefining smoking as including use of smokefree e-cigs), redefine e-cigs as tobacco products, ban e-cig sales to minors; August 1 deadline

Denver Post poll finds majority oppose vaping bans

Some communities on Colorado consider banning vaping

BBC bans vaping in offices and studios due to false fear mongering claims by BMA

Cleveland (OH) City Council bans vaping at city property by falsely redefining smoking as including the use of smokefree e-cigs and alternative nicotine products

E-cig sales restrictions

Lane County (OR) commissioners consider regulating e-cig sales due to false and misleading fear mongering claims by e-cig opponents

The Register-Guard (OR) editorial repeats false fear mongering accusations about e-cigs, urges Lane County commissioners to ban e-cig use, tax products and license vendors, which would protect cigarette markets and Big Tobacco companies

Punishing tobacco users

Ohio University considers mandatory re-education classes for smokers

More Government Lies and Propaganda

CDC misrepresents scientific evidence by falsely claiming "there is not yet any conclusive scientific evidence that e-cigarettes can work as a cessation aid."

Mike Siegel: In the face of contrary evidence, the CDC still denies that electronic cigarettes can help anyone quit smoking

SAMHSA repeats false and misleading fear monger claims about e-cigs to lobby for FDA deeming regulation and prevent smokers from switching

Mike Siegel: After years of research, the worst that e-cigarette opponents can say is: "They are not harmless"

Orange County (CA) and CA Depts of Education wasted public funds to protect cigarette markets, threaten smokers lives with false fear mongering claims about e-cigs

Activist urges vapers to contact Orange County Dept of Education to educate the agency, and to urge it to remove or correct its website with false fear mongering claims

By ignoring "daily smoking" (which causes 480,000 deaths each year in the US), CDC funded Case Western Reserve falsely claims (and Cleveland Plain Dealer headlines) that cigars and hookah are more popular than cigarettes among high school students (by comparing only "past 30 day" use) to confuse, scare and lobby for proposed FDA reg.

Bad Journalism

Bloomberg headline falsely claims vapers are switching back to cigarettes, confuses "cigalike" e-cigs with superior and less expensive "premium vaporizers" and "e-liquid", reporter and editor fail to correct false claims.

THR activism in EU

Clive Bates "Irresponsible and unaccountable: the BMA and its war on e-cigarettes"

Clive Bates: Some hard messages for the tobacco control movement - Peter Hajek

Sept 2 meeting at UK House of Commons to promote sound e-cig regulations

What you've done is put yourself between a bullet and a target (letter to opponents of tobacco harm reduction)

Joanne Lincoln: Hey kids, lets play at 'research'!

- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2014-07-25