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Bill Godshall Update 2014-09-03

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - September 3rd, 2014

E-cigarettes and Public Health, FDA / CDC, Other US Federal, WHO, Research, Taxation, E-cig Sales Bans To Minors.


E-cigarettes and Public Health

Electronic cigarettes: Fact and Faction
Robert West & Jamie Brown, British Journal of General Practice

Royal Society for Public Health says e-cigs are "significantly less harmful than smoked tobacco, and despite some products being visually similar to cigarettes, they are essentially nicotine containing products, like patches and gum," urges renaming of e-cigs as "nicotine sticks."


Reynolds American urges FDA to impose deeming regulation on e-cigs, ban all e-liquid and open tank components (i.e. >99% of vapor products) to protect/promote sales of Reynolds' cigarettes and Vuse cigalike!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-N-0189-76048

Carl Phillips: FDA is complicit in CDC's lies; grossly inappropriate behavior for a regulator

American Vaping Association takes issue with CDC's report on teen smoking,0,1110859.story

Coauthor (Shanta Dube) of false and misleading CDC/FDA article on e-cigs repeats false fear mongering claims

Wisconsin e-cig opponents repeat false and misleading claims about e-cigs, Godshall comments

Carl Phillips: FDA signals that nothing is ever "substantially equivalent"

Other US Federal

Reynolds and Lorillard receive second request from FTC for more info on acquisition

DHHS Secretary Burwell applauds CVS for ending tobacco (and e-cig) sales, falsely claims CVS decision "will have an impact in bringing our country closer to achieving a tobacco-free generation" (as CVS consumers will simply go to other retailers), moralizes by advocating curtailing "tobacco use" instead of reducing "cigarette diseases".


UN Targets E-Cigarettes; On Canadian TV, Jeff Stier repudiates WHO's call for nanny state e-cig and vaping bans that threaten the lives of vapers and smokers

Clive Bates: WHO on e-cigarettes "“ protecting cigarette sales and causing more disease and death

WHO Tobacco Free Initiative's Armando Peruga commits public health malpractice, protects cigarettes, threatens lives of vapers and smokers by making false fear mongering claims about e-cig vapor to lobby for vaping bans (segment begins 12 minutes into newscast)

Clive Bates: Appalling spin - a letter to a WHO spokesman

Carl Phillips: WHO responds to criticism over e-cigarettes with attempted censorship

Carl Phillips: WHO attempted censorship re e-cigarettes, follow-up

Healthcare experts turn on WHO over calls to ban e-cigarettes

Anonymous Indian e-cig opponents (appointed to a panel by the Ministry of Health) repeat lies about e-cigs, recommend protecting cigarettes and bidis by banning e-cigs

Carl Phillips: The biggest victims of WHO's anti-harm-reduction efforts are in India

Toronto Globe and Mail editors deceived by false claims about e-cigs by WHO and other e-cig opponents, which was the purpose of their deceitful claims

Danish health authorities protect cigarettes, falsely claim e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes


CASAA press release criticizes NEJM press release and NEJM junk science article falsely claiming e-cigs are gateways to cocaine addiction

Study finds diacetyl (DA) and acetyl propionyl (AP) in many sweet flavored e-liquid samples, with median daily exposure levels (3mls) 100 and 10 times lower than cigarette smoke respectively, and lower than NIOSH occupational limits. Nearly half of samples containing DA and AP exposed users to slightly higher levels than NIOSH limits; authors urge e-liquid manufacturers to eliminate DA and AP from sweet flavored e-liquids.

Yet another study finds e-cig vapor contains exponentially fewer constituents than cigarette smoke, but authors misrepresent findings to scare public and promote FDA regulations that would ban >99.9% of e-cigs and give industry to Big Tobacco!divAbstract

Hajek and Connelly comment on new study finding very few constituents in e-cig vapor


Massachusetts Joint Cmte on Revenue reports bill (HB 2593) to increase smokeless tobacco tax from 90% to 110% (of wholesale price), increase cigar tax from 30% to 110% of wholesale price, increase smoking tobacco tax from 30% to 120%.

Massachusetts Joint Cmte on Revenue reports bill (HB 2570) to tax cigarette rolling papers at $5 per package.

E-cig sales bans to minors

Governor (Nixon) was reckless to veto bill regarding e-cigarettes (MO)

- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2014-09-03