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Bill Godshall Update 2014-07-31

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - July 31st, 2014

THR Research and Public Health, THR Business, FDA, Taxation, Vaping Bans, Tobacco Use Bans, Smoking Bans / Prohibition, Age Restrictions, Employment Discrimination, Flavorings, Fearmongering Propaganda.


THR Research and Public Health

Scientific review of e-cigs by Hajek, Etter, Benowitz, Eissenberg, McRobbie concludes: "Regulating EC as strictly as cigarettes, or even more strictly as some regulators propose, is not warranted on current evidence. Health professionals may consider advising smokers unable or unwilling to quit through other routes to switch to EC as a safer alternative to smoking and a possible pathway to complete cessation of nicotine use."
Electronic cigarettes: review of use, content, safety, effects on smokers and potential for harm and benefit

E-cig benefits outweigh their harms, new research says

Healthcare professionals may recommend smokers use e-cigs instead of cigarettes

E-cigarettes 'less harmful' than cigarettes (but prohibitionist McKee denies evidence)

Benefits of E-cigarettes outweigh harms, study finds (but Big Pharma shill Norm Edelman keeps demonizing them, fails to disclose ALA's financial conflicts of interest)

Gregory Conley: E-cigarettes benefit by helping smokers quit

Birmingham (UK) Director of Public Health's Dr. Adrian Phillips: Is it time to e-ase up on 'vaping'?

DPA's Tony Newman - Tell young people the truth: e-cigarettes and vaping flavors help people quit smoking

ConscienHealth: Pragmatic Revolutionaries Needed in Public Health
Hank Cardello: "But the knee-jerk urge to demonize business, an all-or-nothing attitude toward how to address a problem, and the public-image, legal and regulatory warfare that inevitably follows accomplish nothing. We should all be fed up with that."

David Leyonhjelm: E-cigarettes at mercy of bureaucrats who ban by default (Australia)

Guardian (UK) article cites sharp drop in teen smoking as more smokers switch to vaping

David Ponce: The case for electronic cigarettes

CDC NATS finds daily cigar smoking by just 3.3% of premium cigar smokers, 13.3% of cigarillo smokers, and 36% of little filtered cigar smokers, confirming that cigars are far less addictive and harmful than cigarettes (in contrast to recent claims by CDC and FDA)

NY Times editors wisely advocate repealing marijuana ban for harm reduction, while hypocritically urging FDA to impose regulation to ban >99% of e-cig products, give e-cig industry to Big Tobacco, protect cigarettes and threaten lives of vapers and smokers

THR Business

Reynolds American reports 5.5% decline in US cigarette industry shipments in 2Q14, 8.3% cigarette shipment decline for RJ Reynolds, 0.5% decline for American Snuff volume, and that its Vuse e-cigarette is now sold at 21,000 retail stores

Lorillard reports 3.4% cigarette volume decline in 2Q14, $88 million in sales of blu eCigs in first half of 2014 (down from $114 million in first half of 2013), $7 million in sales of blu eCigs in UK in first half of 2014.

British American Tobacco reports 8.7% cigarette volume decline in Western Europe in first six months of 2014, 1.5% decline in the Americas, 4% increase in Asia-Pacific, 0.9% increase in Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, and a .4% overall decline.$FILE/medMD9MGMTB.pdf?openelement

Japan Tobacco reports 5.8% cigarette volume decline in 2Q14

Philip Morris International reveals relying upon FDA, MHRA and other regulations to turn PMI's $2 Billion investment in new THR products (including hiring "300 world-class scientists and engineers") into profits (by eliminating >99% of e-cig companies that cannot afford to comply with the unwarranted regulatory burdens that PMI, Altria, Big Pharma front groups, anti tobacco extremists and their left wing political allies have been lobbying FDA, MHRA and other government agencies to impose).
"Regulation is the second pillar supporting our RRPs business model."
"PMI has been seeking RRPs regulation because we see several benefits to rigorous regulatory standards for this new product category. Regulation provides assurance to regulators that RRPs claims are supported by rigorous scientific substantiation. Regulation gives consumers confidence that product information is reliable, and regulation establishes clarity in the marketplace for the industry."

CEO's of BAT and PMI criticize e-cigs as cigarette sales continue to fall

Blu eCigs launches new pro kit and e-liquid (UK)

E-cigarettes face risk and opportunity

Snuffing out traditional cigarettes (TX)


AVA's Gregory Conley: FDA should not regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products

ECF's Oliver Kershaw: The final countdown to August 8 - your FDA comments needed

SFATA offers guidance for submitting comments to FDA's proposed deeming regulation

SFATA Briefs Senate Members on Vapor Products

ACSH's Gil Ross speaks at US Senate staff briefing on e-cigs

FDA issues draft guidance "Substantial Equivalence Reports: Manufacturer Requests for Extensions or To Change the Predicate Tobacco Product" to reject many SE reports (and ban many products now on market), requests comments by September 15, 2014 (please note correction as June 23 THRU stated that document was only available by snail mail)!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-D-0800-0001!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-D-0800-0002


North Carolina bill (SB 763) allowing Reynolds to obtain relief from vapor tax (that Reynolds recently railroaded through the NC legislature) swiftly approved by NC Senate and NC House Finance Cmte, referred to House Rules Cmte (pg 2)

7/29/14 US Senate Finance Cmte hearing - Tobacco: Taxes Owed, Avoided and Evaded

US Senate Finance Cmte Chair Ron Wyden's comments on tobacco taxation

US Senate Finance Cmte Ranking Member Orrin Hatch's comments on tobacco taxation

TTB's John Manfreda testimony on tobacco taxation

GAO's David Gootnick testimony on tobacco tax disparities

Rocky Patel's testimony on cigar tax disparities

Liggett's Ron Bernstein testimony on RYO and pipe tobacco tax disparities

Oregon Health Dept's Michael Tynan testimony on tobacco tax disparities

Tax Foundation's Scott Drenkard testimony on state cigarette tax disparities

NACS statement to US Senate Finance Cmte on tobacco taxation

NBC article on US Senate Finance Cmte hearing on tobacco taxation

Vaping bans

Massachusetts Joint Health Care Financing Cmte recommends 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; referred to MA House Ways and Means Cmte

CASAA issues updated Call To Action urging opposition to HB 3726 clauses that would redefine e-cigs as "tobacco", and that would redefine "smoking" as including e-cig use

Urgent: Stop Massachusetts from banning e-cig use!

French Health Minister Marisol Touraine says agency will ban vaping in workplaces, claims e-cigs should be regulated like cigarettes even though they are smokefree

San Diego (CA) City Council approves unwarranted and unenforceable vaping ban, restricts e-cig advertising, requires permit to market e-cigs

Denver Post editorial wisely opposes vaping bans, but endorses FDA proposed regulation that would protect cigarettes, ban >99% of e-cigs and give e-cig industy to Big Tobacco

Abilene (TX) City Council wisely bans e-cig sales to minors, rejects proposed vaping ban

La Mesa (CA) City Council approves ban vaping due to false fear mongering claims

Tupelo (MS) City Council tables vote on proposed vaping ban to obtain more info, input

Tobacco use bans

UMKC bans all tobacco (and e-cig) use on campus, but (like many other universities that adopted similarly unwarranted and unenforceable policies) has no plans to enforce (MO)

Another campus falls to anti smoking zealotry - even e-cigs are banned (Arizona)

Smoking Bans / Prohibition

Gallup poll finds 56% of Americans said "Yes" to "Should smoking in all public places be made totally illegal, or not?" (up from 55% in 2013); 19% said "Yes" to "Should smoking in this country be made totally illegal, or not?" (down from 22% in 2013).

Age restrictions

Honolulu (HI) City Council bill would ban tobacco (and e-cig) sales to anyone under 21 on Oahu

Employment discrimination

Pima County (AZ) administrator confuses nicotine with cigarettes, wants to ban County from hiring nicotine users, wants to impose 30% insurance surcharge on nicotine users


Minneapolis (MN) City Council members tells teen tobacco prohibitionists he'll introduce an ordinance to restrict or ban flavored tobacco products

Fear-Mongering Propaganda

CDC's Brian King misrepresents CDC survey findings, scientific and empirical evidence on e-cigs to confuse, scare and lobby for FDA deeming regulation; CASAA's Julie Woesner tells truth about e-cigs and FDA's proposed deeming regulation (MO).

E-cig opponents post false and misleading fearmongering claims about e-cigs on wikipedia to misrepresent facts and evidence, deceive and scare readers

US Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) falsely accuses e-cig companies of target marketing to youth (just as he did with dissolvables in 2009), falsely claims e-liquid is poisoning youth to push FDA regulation to ban >99% of e-cigs and give e-cig industry to Big Tobacco

Big Pharma funded AAP calls for even more unwarranted federal restrictions on e-cig marketing to adults (under the deceitful guise of protecting children), which would protect cigarette markets and threatens the lives of smokers and vapers.

Is your e-cigarette on drugs? (Article wrongly equates THC vaporizers with nicotine vaporizers, as they are distinctly different products that pose lower risks than smoking)

Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency repeats false and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigs, urges smokers to use ineffective PHA cessation programs instead

Linn County (IA) Health Department officials (who lied about and tried to ban dissolvables several years ago) repeat many false and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigs and FDA's proposed regulation to protect cigarettes

CBC article repeats false claims about e-cigs by prohibitionists (and cites the NY Times as reliable), but admits that e-cig sales keep increasing as more smokers switch (Canada)

King Saud University (Saudi Arabia) professor falsely claims e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes and don't help smokers quit smoking, urges regulating e-cigs like cigarettes

IFLScience article grossly misrepresents scientific evidence on e-cigs, calls exponentially less hazardous alternatives to cigarettes "not safe" to confuse and scare; hundreds of commenters criticize and correct author's fear mongering misrepresentations

Metro (UK) headline falsely misrepresents unnamed study findings to claim e-cigs "may cause lung cancer like normal cigarettes" despite no evidence, article claims e-cigs "may cause disease" and "damage" lungs despite no evidence, touts exploding e-cigs to scare.

Miami Herald article repeats many false and misleading fear mongering claims about youth, e-cigs, hookah, cigars to confuse, scare and lobby for FDA regulations that would protect cigarettes, ban >99% of e-cigs, and give e-cig industry to Big Tobacco

Georgia anti tobacco extremist repeats false and misleading claims about e-cigs to confuse, scare and lobby for regulation that would protect cigarettes, ban >99% of e-cigs, and give e-cig industry to Big Tobacco.

Nebraska doctor repeats more than a dozen false claims about e-cigs to confuse and scare, and to promote ineffective smoking cessation drugs and programs

Appleton Post-Crescent editorial equates e-cigs with cigarettes to push vaping ban (WI)

- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2014-07-31