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Bill Godshall Update 2014-10-16

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - October 16th, 2014


Contents:
Public Health Research, WHO, EU, FDA, FDA Approved Drugs, US Defense Department, US DOT, MSA, MSA, Conferences, Taxation, Flavoring Ban, Vaping Bans, Vapor Product Advert Restrictions, Public Service Ads for Vapor Products, Junk Science, Anti Vaping Propaganda, Plain Packaging.

 

Public Health Research

2014 follow-up survey of 695 smokers (in 2011/12) in Dallas & Indianapolis metro areas (the latter of which banned smoking and vaping in workplaces in 2012) finds:
- smokers who used e-cigs daily (for at least a month) were 6 times more likely to quit smoking than smokers who never vaped or who vaped just once or twice,
- smokers aged 18-30 were 15 times more likely than those aged 50-65 to quit smoking,
- smokers with college degree were 8 times more likely quit smoking than those without,
- 23% of 2011/12 smokers have used e-cigs daily for at least a month,
- 29% of 2011/12 smokers have used e-cigs intermittently (i.e. occasionally),
- 18% of 2011/12 smokers have used an e-cig just once or twice, and
- 30% of 2011/12 smokers have never tried using an e-cig.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/25301815/
http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/10/07/ntr.ntu200.abstract

Konstantinos Farsalinos seeking funding for vaping study on temperature of evaporization, liquid consumption and analysis in realistic conditions
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/e-cigarette-research-temperature-of-evaporation

Mike Siegel: Why a randomized behavioral study is essential to understanding the potential benefits of electronic cigarettes
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/10/why-randomized-behavioral-study-is.html

Wayne Hall analyzes 20 years of marijuana research, reveals far lower risks than those claimed by prohibitionists (whose fear mongering claims resemble those made by THR opponents and prohibitionists about nicotine, e-cigs and smokeless tobacco)
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.12703/full
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/10/09/no-marijuana-is-not-actually-as-addictive-as-heroin/

WHO

As Ebola epidemic rages in Western Africa, WHO FCTC COP-6 votes to ban public and news media from sessions, then secretly votes to impose a 70% tax on all tobacco products (including smokefree tobacco products to discourage smokers from switching to far less hazardous alternatives) in all countries that ratified the WHO FCTC.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/oct/14/uns-world-health-organization-urges-global-tobacco/?page=all#pagebreak

Drew Johnson: UN's health agency boots public to work on a global tobacco tax in secret
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/oct/13/johnson-uns-health-agency-works-global-tobacco-tax/

Framework Convention Alliance issues ENDS policy report to WHO FCTC COP; recommends FCTC COP can/should not approve an ENDS policy recommendation until vapor products are better understood.
http://www.fctc.org/images/stories/policy_brief.pdf

Clive Bates: Review of the FCA COP-6 position on e-cigarettes
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=2448

Nicotine Science and Policy issues Guide to the WHO FCTC COP-6
http://nicotinepolicy.net/n-s-p/2723-guide-to-the-who-framework-convention-on-tobacco-control-meeting-moscow-13-18-october-2014

ACSH's Gil Ross: WHO tobacco treaty would make it harder for smokers to quit
http://dailycaller.com/2014/10/10/who-tobacco-treaty-would-make-it-harder-for-smokers-to-quit/

WHO FCTC Convention Secretariat to be paid $402,000 annually, and 24 FCTC staff to be paid $10.3 Million
http://apps.who.int/gb/fctc/PDF/cop6/FCTC_COP6_INF1-en.pdf

EU

Clive Bates: Totally Wicked legal challenge to the Tobacco Products Directive e-cigarette measures (provides detailed analysis)
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=2446

E-cig manufacturer wins right to challenge Brussels in EU courts
http://www.totallywicked-eliquid.co.uk/news/2014/october/totally-wicked-press-statement.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/10/06/E-cig-Manufacturers-Win-Right-to-Challenge-Brussels-Tobacco-Directive-in-Luxembourg-EU-Courts

ACSH's Gil Ross: Totally Wicked vs. the EU's tobacco directive
https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/blog/totally-wicked-vs-eus-tobacco-directive
http://www.eureporter.co/health/2014/10/13/totally-wicked-vs-the-eus-tobacco-directive-sound-science-and-responsible-policy-prevail-for-now/

FDA

ECF's Oliver Kershaw: Don't let Big Tobacco crush e-cigarettes
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/10/14/opinion/kershaw-electronic-cigarettes/index.html

In September, FDA issued 1 Not Substantially Equivalent (NSE) order, while tobacco companies withdrew 1 SE application and 24 Exemption from SE requests.
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/MarketingandAdvertising/ucm339928.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Six US Senate Democrats (Boxer-CA, Blumenthal-CT, Brown-OH, Durbin-IL, Markey-MA, Reed-RI) urge FDA Commissioner Hamburg to "adopt aggressive warning labels that correctly communicate the health consequences of e-cigarette use," but then suggest unconstitutional false and misleading fear mongering warnings.
http://www.boxer.senate.gov/en/press/related/2014_1009_FDA-Ecigarette-Warning-Letter.pdf
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/10/business/six-senators-urge-stronger-warnings-on-e-cigarettes.html?_r=0

Cobb and Abrams finally admit that FDA deeming regulation can protect cigarettes and cigarette industry, and threaten health of vapers and smokers, but urge FDA to impose regulation immediately (which would protect cigarettes and threaten public health)
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1408448

Nathan Cobb absurdly and falsely claims that lack of FDA regulation has prevented smokers from switching to e-cigs
http://www.livescience.com/48305-e-cigarette-nicotine-replacement-therapy.html

FDA approved drugs

UK study finds use of Over The Counter NRT ineffective for smoking cessation, finds use of prescription NRT with specialist behavioral support 2.5 times more effective for smoking cessation compared to no use of NRT and no specialist behavioral support
http://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196%2814%2900629-6/fulltext

Mike Siegel: New study finds no benefits to use of OTC NRT for smoking cessation
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/10/new-study-finds-no-benefits-to-use-of.html

Consumer groups petition FDA for tougher warnings on Pfizer's Chantix.
http://freepdfhosting.com/2c9d6d28b5.pdf
http://blogs.wsj.com/pharmalot/2014/10/08/up-in-smoke-consumer-groups-want-tougher-warnings-for-pfizers-chantix/

Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration says 24 heart attacks and 5 strokes have been associated with use of buproprian (Zyban/Prexaton), says it is working with drug companies to update warnings on hypertension risks
http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/heart-warning-on-quitsmoking-drug-20141013-115gf6.html

US Defense Department

US House Armed Services Committee approves (53-9) amendment by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) in House approved defense authorization bill (HR 4435) that would prohibit Defense Department from banning tobacco sales at US military bases.
http://docs.house.gov/meetings/AS/AS00/20140507/102146/BILLS-113-HR4435-H001048-Amdt-11.pdf

Politico article highlights prohibitionist campaign to ban ALL tobacco sales (probably including lifesaving e-cigs) at US military bases; Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel falsely conflates all tobacco use with cigarette smoking; Big Pharma shills lobby for ban to promote sales/use of ineffective tobacco derived nicotine gums, patches and lozenges.
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/10/military-smoking-congress-111671.html#ixzz3FYfqxdH7

US DOT

US DOT spokesman tells CNBC agency plans to issue Final Rule in 2015 on its 2011 proposed regulation to ban vaping on airlines.
http://www.cnbc.com/id/102067505

US Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) urges DOT to ban e-cigs from airlines, but not lighters, matches or other battery containing devices that have started exponentially more fires
http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/220598-markey-ban-e-cigarettes-on-airplanes

MSA

Jim Estes: How the Big Tobacco Deal Went Bad (on securitization of MSA payments)
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/07/opinion/how-the-big-tobacco-deal-went-bad.html

Vapor Product Business

VMR highlight Bonnie Herzog's new estimates that sales of PVs (aka Mods, Tanks, Open Systems) and e-liquid have surpassed sales of cigalike e-cigs in US
http://www.einpresswire.com/article/225786283/open-system-vaporizers-officially-overtake-e-cigs-top-1-billion-in-sales-for-the-first-time-ever

Electronic Cigarettes International Group offers IPO as stock price reaches 52 week low
http://www.nasdaq.com/article/need-a-light-electronic-cigarette-international-sets-terms-for-150-million-nasdaq-listing-cm399797

Should pharmacies sell e-cigarettes?
http://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/news-and-analysis/event/should-pharmacies-sell-electronic-cigarettes/20066760.article

Carl Phillips: Random observations about e-cigarette policy, terminology, and relationships
http://antithrlies.com/2014/10/05/random-observations-about-e-cigarettes/

Conferences

FDLI to host conference on FDA tobacco regulations in DC on October 21, 2014
http://www.fdli.org/conferences/conference-pages/tobacco2014/agenda?

2014 E-cigarette Summit to be held in London on November 13, 2014
http://www.e-cigarette-summit.com/

Taxation

Two Philadelphia (PA) City Council members propose $2 tax on e-cigs and $5 tax on 10ml e-liquid bottles to preserve cigarette tax revenue for failing Philly Schools via recently enacted $2/pack cigarette tax; would encourage vapers to switch back to lethal cigarettes, and discourage smokers from switching to life saving e-cigs.
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20141016_Phila__councilwoman_wants_to_tax_e-cigarettes.html

Flavoring ban

Eight NYC Council members sponsor bill to ban sales of "flavored electronic cigarettes"
http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1937605&GUID=E1EA702F-E623-44AD-9D40-877C31EBF9D7&Options=ID%7cText%7c&Search

Bill would ban sale of flavored e-cigarettes; Councilman Constantinides falsely claims, "These flavors are direct marketing to children", "These guys are not in the quitting business. They're in the addiction business", "They appeal to children, and we're taking them out of that market".
http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/bill-ban-sale-flavored-e-cigarettes-blog-entry-1.1965179?cid=bitly

American Vaping Association fuming over proposed ban on flavored e-cigarettes; article's author demonizes e-cigs under guise of journalism
http://observer.com/2014/10/american-vaping-association-fuming-over-proposed-ban-on-flavored-e-cigarettes/

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing newly proposed NYC bill to ban the sale of flavored vaping products.
http://blog.casaa.org/2014/10/call-to-action-new-york-city-is.html

Jacob Sullum: NYC Councilman wants to ban flavored e-cigarettes, since everyone knows they're strictly for kids
http://reason.com/blog/2014/10/07/nyc-councilman-wants-to-ban-flavored-e-c

Konstantinos Farsalinos sends letter to NY City Council opposing proposed flavored e-cig ban
http://www.ecigarette-research.com/web/index.php/2013-04-07-09-50-07/2014/185-nyc-lett

Mike Siegel: New York City considering ban on flavored electronic cigarettes
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/10/new-york-city-council-considering-ban.html

ACSH: NYC council to consider a ban on e-cig flavors. Why? Because they can.
http://acsh.org/2014/10/nyc-council-consider-ban-e-cig-flavors-can/

Tony Norman: NY legislation to ban flavored e-cigs will lead to more smoking
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-newman/new-york-flavored-e-cigs-ban_b_5958406.html

Vaping Bans

Smokefree Pennsylvania's Bill Godshall testifies against proposed Baltimore vaping ban
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/legislation-news/564164-baltimore-md-indoor-use-ban-retail-placement-2.html#post14318873

Alameda County (CA) Board of Supervisors considers proposed ordinance by Health Dept to ban vaping by falsely redefining smokefree vapor as "smoke", smokefree vaping as "smoking" and smokefree vaporizers as "smoking devices", claims dozens of false and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigs and vaping are facts.
http://www.acgov.org/board/bos_calendar/documents/DocsAgendaReg_10_07_14/HEALTH%20CARE%20SERVICES/Regular%20Calendar/PUBHLTH_209002.pdf

Santa Monica (CA) City Council bans vaping due to false claims and fear mongering
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-santa-monica-esmoking-20141014-story.html

Panama City Beach (FL) City Council rejects proposed vaping ban in city buildings when nobody seconded the motion
http://www.newsherald.com/news/government/pcb-council-balks-at-e-cigarette-ban-1.384949
http://www.newsherald.com/news/government/pcb-council-mulls-banning-e-cigs-in-city-buildings-1.384236?page=0

Kona (HI) City Councilman Dru Kanuha proposes bill to ban vaping at parks and beaches due to complaints by intolerant e-cig prohibitionists
http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/kanuha-wants-ban-e-cigs-beaches-parks

Vancouver City Manager Penny Ballem says city won't enforce new vaping ban against pot/THC vaping.
http://www.cannabisculture.com/content/2014/10/03/Vancouver-Officials-Pass-Vapor-Ban-Promise-They-Wont-Target-Marijuana-Users
http://former.vancouver.ca/blStorage/9535.PDF

Vapor Product Ad Restrictions

UK Committee of Advertising Practice approves TV ads for vapor products, but bans truthful claims that e-cigs are less hazardous than cigarettes; Godshall posts comment
http://www.cap.org.uk/News-reports/Media-Centre/2014/New-ecig-ad-rules.aspx#.VDbPwxbSJGi
http://www.campaignlive.co.uk/news/1316508/cap-lays-down-new-rules-e-cig-ads/
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-29553288

Mike Siegel: New UK advertising rules for e-cigarettes prohibit companies from telling the truth about their products
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/10/new-uk-advertising-rules-for-e.html

Public Service Ads for Vapor Products

Smokeless Smoking: E-cigarettes - Freedom of Choice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKfFLrProgA&feature=youtu.be

Smokeless Smoking: Now I'm Free
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKFipaIQ4eY&feature=youtu.be

Junk Science

CASAA's Carl Phillips sends comments to BMC Public Health criticizing unethical junk science study conducted by NCI and FDA funded UCSF e-cig opponents, peer reviewed by conflicted CDC staff, and published by BMC Public Health
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GW5VkERMWyTOARRVLgwp73Ed-gFQRp_10PpvODS1R2g/edit?pli=1

Brad Rodu - More Third-Hand Nicotine Nonsense: From Vapor?
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2014/10/more-third-hand-nicotine-nonsense-from_8.html

While negligible levels of nicotine in secondhand smoke (e.g. <1ug/m3) and salivary cotinine (e.g. <1ng/ml) pose no risks to nonsmokers, and while trace levels of nicotine remains in homes/workplaces of smokers many months or years after going smokefree-
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/20/1/e1.abstract
-junk study authors (including some who campaigned to ban e-cigs in Spain) fail to acknowledge that crucially important information to scare public about far lower nicotine levels in exhaled e-cig vapor (based on measurements in homes of five e-cig users)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935114003089

Konstantinos Farsalinos: Nicotine absorbed from "passive vaping" is minimal and has no health implications
http://www.ecigarette-research.com/web/index.php/2013-04-07-09-50-07/2014/184-passive-vape

JAMA publishes Big Pharma funded study/letter confirming that having multiple sex partners increases risk for oral HPV infection, but Johns Hopkins authors deceitfully claim "tobacco use" is associated with HPV infections (because tobacco users reported more sex partners than non tobacco users) and combine all tobacco users into same group (including 23.3% who reported cigarette smoking, 2.1% who reported chewing tobacco use, .8% who reported snuff use, .2% who reported pipe smoking). Godshall tries to post critique of study on press release/article, but HemOncToday refuses to post comments.
http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1911314
http://www.healio.com/hematology-oncology/head-neck-cancer/news/online/%7B1dbe0b99-4c42-4eb2-8f5f-bf2d866966de%7D/current-tobacco-use-linked-to-oral-hpv-16-infection

Anti Vaping Propaganda

Despite the fact that nobody has ever been poisoned by e-cigs or e-liquid, AP article repeats false accusations without any fact checking
http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/More-kids-poisoned-by-liquid-nicotine-for-5822775.php

Article in The Atlantic demonizes, repeats false fear mongering claims about e-cigs
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/10/the-right-to-vape/381145/?single_page=true#disqus_thread

South African tabloid reporter repeats many false fear mongering claims about vaping
http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/E-cigarettes-the-slow-way-to-poison-yourself-20141013

Plain Packaging

Despite no evidence Australia's plain packaging law has reduced cigarette consumption or smoking rates, Canadian Cancer Society claims otherwise, lobbies for similar law
http://globalnews.ca/news/1612763/canadian-cancer-society-wants-plain-packaging-for-tobacco-products/


-Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2014-10-16