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Bill Godshall Update 2014-09-19

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - September 19th, 2014

Public Health Research and Advocacy, FDA, US Congress, Taxation, Vaping Bans, E-cig Sales Bans To Minors, NYC, CVS, WHO, UK, Prohibition and Propaganda.


Public Health Research and Advocacy

New ASH UK survey of 11-18 year olds finds:
- More than 80% are now aware of e-cigs (up from 70% in 2013),
- 90.1% never used an e-cig,
- 98% of never smokers never tried using an e-cig,
- More than 90% of never smokers and never e-cig users have no intention to use either in the future,
- Ever use of an e-cig increased from 7% in 2013 to 10% in 2014,
- 1.8% reported regular use of e-cigs, and
- 90% of those reporting regular or occasional e-cig use were smokers or exsmokers.

Clive Bates Memo to public health grandees: vaping, vapers and you

Joel Nitzkin: The case in favor of e-cigarettes for tobacco harm reduction

E-cigarettes could 'save the lives of tens of thousands of smokers' claim scientists

E-cigarettes could save over 50,000 lives in the UK, experts say

Kev Hedges: E-cigarette criticisms are alarmist and unfounded

Alexander Chancellor: The war on e-cigarette is enough to make me give up giving up

Winnipeg vape shop owners defend e-cigarettes as quit-smoking aid (Canada)


After claiming all regulations are based on scientific evidence, FDA announces Public Workshop on e-cigs on December 10/11, more than five years after agency banned all e-cigs and began lying about them, and after closing public comment period for deeming regulation (that would ban >99.9% of e-cigs and give e-cig industry to Big Tobacco).

Altria urges FDA to only impose a defacto ban on all 'open tank systems' and 'e-liquids' that are sold separately to consumers by urging FDA to:
- to 'require manufacturers of non-tobacco components and parts that are sold directly to consumers to be subject to . . . premarket authorization requirements' and other FSPTCA requirements,
- to 'apply premarket authorization and constituent reporting requirements to manufacturers of empty 'tanks', 'tank systems', and other e-vapor components intended for distribution or sale directly to consumers . . . in a way that accounts for each probable combination of tobacco-derived nicotine-containing liquid and each such 'tank' or 'tank system' and the aerosols produced by such combinations.'
- to analyze 'the interaction between a particular liquid and any empty 'tank' or 'tank system' and any liquid which could be used therein.'
- define 'finished tobacco product' to differentiate 'components, parts or raw materials' from tobacco products that are ready for human consumption,
- to define 'component and part' as any 'raw material, additive, substance, piece, item, unit, section, assembly, or sub-assembly that is intended for incorporation into a finished tobacco product'!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-N-0189-79881

Lorillard calls for ban on vapor rivals

Why Reynolds is lobbying for more regulation of e-cigs

US House Democrats Waxman (CA), Pallone (NJ) and DeGette (CO) falsely claim e-cigs and cigars are 'exploding in popularity among youth,' are marketed to 'nonsmokers, especially teenagers' using 'advertising and promotional techniques that resemble those employed by cigarette companies to prey upon children;' falsely claim 'children can become addicted to any of the newly deemed tobacco products as they can to conventional cigarettes;' urge FDA to further protect cigarette markets and threaten lives of vapers, smokers and 2nd hand smokers by amending proposed Deeming Regulation (that would ban >99.9% of e-cigs and give the e-cig industry to Big Tobacco) to also ban all flavored e-cigs, cigars and pipe tobacco, ban mail deliveries of online sales, ban most promotions and sponsorships, and deem all cigars under Chapter IX.!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-N-0189-80119!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-N-0189-80141

US House Democrats Esty (CT), Wasserman-Shultz (FL), Van Hollen (MD), Grijalva (AZ), Roybal-Allard (CA), Slaughter (NY), Speier (CA), Deutch (FL), Clark (MA), Kaptur (OH), Maloney (NY), Shea-Porter (NH), Holt (NJ), Matsui (CA), Honda (CA), DeLauro (CT), Meng (NY), Mike Thompson (CA), Carney (DE), Takano (CA), Hinojosa (TX) urge FDA to protect cigarette markets and threaten public health by imposing proposed Deeming Regulation (that would ban >99.9% of e-cigs and give e-cig industry to Big Tobacco), falsely claim nicotine is a 'hazardous substance' and a 'toxic chemical,' falsely insinuate nicotine causes heart disease and nervous system disorders, misleadingly claim e-cigs contain many 'harmful chemicals commonly found in traditional cigarettes,' absurdly claim e-cigs are 'toxic nicotine delivery devices' and are 'unhealthy,' and deceptively imply e-cigs are target marketed to 'adolescent consumers.'!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-N-0189-80925

US Senate Democrats Blumenthal (CT), Durbin (IL), Brown (OH), Rockefeller (WV), Whitehouse (RI), Markey (MA), Begich (AK), Reed (RI), Warren (MA), Merkley (OR), Boxer (CA), Harkin (IA), Leahy (VT) and US House Democrats Waxman (CA), Pallone (NJ), DeGette (CO), Honda (CA), Van Hollen (MD), DeLauro (CT), Schakowsky (IL), Deutch (FL), Green (TX), Zofgren (CA) express 'grave concern' that FDA applied a 70% pleasure discount to the benefits of proposed deeming regulation, but express no concern for the tens of millions of vapers, smokers and 2nd hand smokers whose lives are threatened by the proposed cigarette protection regulation.!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-N-0189-79219

Many local health departments send nearly identical comments and list of references (as NACCHO template) to FDA urging agency to impose deeming regulation on e-cigs, repeat many false and misleading claims about lifesaving e-cigs.
San Francisco (CA)!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-N-0189-75321
Linn County (IA)!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-N-0189-75321
Independence (MO)!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-N-0189-75941
Three Rivers (no state cited)!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-N-0189-75710

Mike Siegel - Tobacco companies agree FDA should eliminate pre-market review for electronic cigarettes, at least until the effective date of regulations

Mike Siegel: Fascinating op-ed in Richmond Times Dispatch reveals that lack of current e-cigarette regulation is the fault of anti-smoking groups, Godshall posts comment

US Congress

Despite no evidence (but many false allegations) that e-liquid have ever poisoned anyone, US Senate Commerce Committee approves nonbonding resolution (SR-253) to require child proof packaging for bottles of e-liquid


American Vaping Association and Independent Vapor Outlets of Michigan oppose Big Tobacco sponsored bill (SB 1018) to protect cigarettes and tobacco manufacturers by taxing e-cigs, falsely redefining e-cigs as smokeless tobacco, and imposing unwarranted, costly and potentially deadly tobacco regulations on e-cig companies in MI.

Vaping bans

San Diego (CA) City Council set to protect cigarettes by banning vaping, requiring police permit to sell e-cigs

Grant County (WA) bans vaping in workplaces, makes many false claims about e-cigs.

Kentucky Gov. Beshear falsely conflates negligible risks of smokeless tobacco and e-cigs with deadly risks of cigarettes, bans all tobacco use (and vaping) on most State property{AA87FAF7-C3E1-47CB-BEA0-44B45F98B473}&activityType=PressRelease

Lexington Urban County Council considers banning vaping in workplaces, Herald Leader repeats false claims about e-cig in editorial endorsing ban, Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health urges vaping ban, e-cig prohibitionist Ellen Hahn's lies again.

Columbia (MO) City Council gives preliminary approval to banning vaping in all workplaces and raising minimum age for tobacco purchases to 21.

Big Pharma funded ALA lobbies Piedmont (CA) to ban vaping under deceitful guise of banning smoking, proposed bill (i.e. Big Pharma funded Change Lab Solution's model ordinance) would ban vaping in 100% of workplaces, ban smoking in just 1%.
City Council to consider ALA's proposed vaping ban on September 15

Black River Falls (WI) considers banning vaping based upon false claims

Worcester (MA) City manager proposes new ordinance (written by e-cig prohibitionist and propagandist DJ Wilson) to ban vaping in all workplaces, and outdoors at parks, beaches, public library campuses, and at enclosed bus and taxi waiting areas.

Monterey County (CA) Health Director Edward Moreno protect cigarettes by repeating false and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigs, and by lobby to ban vaping.

E-cig Sales Bans To Minors

Big Pharma shills ACS, AHA, ALA and Gov. Nixon's Tobacco-Free Missouri keep lying about the new MO law banning e-cig sales to minors and about FDA's proposed deeming regulation, Godshall post comment delineating many of their false claims.

Mike Siegel - Groups reveal real reason they opposed Missouri ban on e-cig sales to minors: money and protection of cigarette sales


New York City adult smoking rate increases three consecutive years (from 14% in 2010 to 16.1% in 2013) as former Mayor Bloomberg and City Council focused on banning sales of flavored OTP, demonizing and banning vaping indoors, banning smoking and vaping outdoors, and promoting and subsidizing ineffective and less than safe FDA approved 'tobacco treatment' drugs; City officials and former officials blame smoking increase on budget cuts, Godshall comments on WSJ and Gothamist articles.

ACSH: Number of smokers in NYC surpasses one million

National Center for Public Policy Research criticizes Michael Bloomberg's policies and programs to reduce smoking after

Jacob Sullum: Alarmed at increase in smoking, New York regulators resist a much safer alternative


Michael Jenson: Chain not selling tobacco products is hypocritical (CVS)


CASAA: International Call to Action! Celebrate World Vaping Day by Telling the World Health Organization How E-Cigarettes Have Changed Your Life.

Clive Bates: WHO position on ENDS - A critique of the use of science and communication of risk

WHO gives misleading view on e-cigarettes, experts argue

'Alarmist' e-cig report attacked by tobacco health expert

Matthew Norman: Why are people scared of e-cigarettes?
(because Big Pharma shills, abstinence-only puritans and some public health officials have lied about e-cigs in an unethical and inhumane campaign attempt to ban them)

European Public Health Association (whose president-elect is e-cig prohibitionist and fear monger Martin McKee) commits public health malpractice, protects cigarette markets and threatens the lives of vapers and smokers by falsely claiming WHO's recent e-cig propaganda and lobbying document was 'evidence-based', and by endorsing its recommended policies to protect cigarettes.

Mike Siegel - A policy supporting death: European Respiratory Society would rather that smokers die than switch to electronic cigarettes


UK MHRA gives preliminary approval to nicotine inhaler VOKE owned by British American Tobacco

Article notes UK MHRA preliminary approval of VOKE, took ten years to develop, won't be approved for marketing for at least several more months

ASH UK comments on UK MHRA approval of nicotine inhaler owned by BAT

UK Faculty of Public Health (of the Royal College of Physicians) protects cigarettes by restating disproved lies about e-cigs to confuse, scare and lobby to ban their use and ban/restrict their marketing, endorses WHO e-cig lies and prohibitionist policies.

Health chief steps down after crude 'e-cig' rant on Twitter: Professor stands aside after online attack on supporter of quitting aide

Save E-cigs sends letter to John Ashton about his lack of objectivity and his personal attacks on vapers

Mike Siegel: UK Professor and government health advisor "an e-cigarette opponent", steps down after crude verbal attacks on vapers

Rapid Responses to John Ashton editorial (behind paywall) in BMJ trashing e-cigs

Prohibition and propaganda

Florida taxpayer funded propagandist and lobbyist Charles Bethune protects cigarettes by moralizing about and misrepresenting the risks of smokeless tobacco and e-cigs, lobbying to ban and demonize flavored OTP (but not menthol cigarettes).

- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2014-09-19