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Bill Godshall Update 2014-11-20

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - November 20th, 2014

Vape, E-Cigarette Summit 2014, Public Health Research, Public Health Advocacy, Prohibition, Ethics (and lack thereof), THR Business, FDA, ObamaCare, Litigation, Vaping Bans, E-cig Sales Bans To Minors, Taxation, GASO, More Tobacco Control Spin, Alcohol Harm Reduction.



'Vape' is Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year for 2014

E-Cigarette Summit 2014

E-Cigarette Summit 2014 in London (on Nov. 13) presentations now available at

BMJ article by Ingrid Torjesen grossly misrepresents presentation by Gordon McFiggans and Roy Harrison at E-Cigarette Summit in London to scare public about e-cig vapor

McFiggans and Harrison respond to BMJ article by Torjesen on their presentation at E-Cigarette Summit, correct Torjesen’s fear mongering misrepresentations about vapor

Public Health Research

Study finds snus most common smoking cessation product in Norway; cigarette market share declined from 96% in 1985 to 72% in 2012 as snus market share increased from 4% to 28% and as overall tobacco consumption declined 20.3%; cigarette smoking among Norwegian males declined from 50% in 1985 to 21% in 2013 as snus use increased from 9% to 33%.

CDC's National Youth Tobacco Survey actually found:
“Past 30 day” cigarette smoking among 6th – 8th graders
2011 - 4.3%
2012 - 3.5%
2013 - 2.9%

“Past 30 day” cigarette smoking among 9th-12th graders
2011 - 15.8%
2012 - 14.0%
2013 - 12.7%

"Ever smokers" in 6th-12th grades who reported "past 30 day" use of an e-cig
2011 - 2.8%
2012 - 7.0%
2013 - 6.9%

"Never smokers" in 6th-12th grades who reported "past 30 day" use of an e-cig
2011 - .2%
2012 - .2%
2013 - .3%

US Surgeon General’s tweet repeats CDC’s intentionally deceptive fear mongering claims about e-cigs and never smoking teens
U.S. Surgeon General ‏@Surgeon_General 8m8 minutes ago
[email protected] Nothing entertaining about #WOTY #Vape given the increase in never-smoking youth using e-cigs

Brad Rodu: Surgeons General say the darndest things about tobacco

Mike Siegel: New CDC survey reveals that youth smoking has declined despite tripling of electronic cigarette use among high schoolers

ACSH: Survey of teen “tobacco” use yields good news, obscured by alarmist headlines about e-cigs

Winston Salem Journal exposes that youth smoking hits all-time low as e-cig use rises (thanks to Gil Ross and Mike Siegel)

USA Today article repeats CDC propaganda on e-cigs and teens without any fact checking

Six month prospective study of 50 smokers using e-cigs finds 36% smoking cessation rate, 30% of participants reduced cigarette consumption by 50% or more

Mike Siegel: Proof of concept study shows great promise for 2nd generation e-cigarettes

E-cigs help quit smoking, Italian researchers say (study finds 50% smoking cessation rate after 4 months)

E-Cigarettes Reduce Tobacco Cravings, Study Finds

Study finds that phenolics and carbonyls in exhaled e-cigarette aerosol undistinguishable from those in exhaled breaths of air, but far greater in exhaled cigarette smoke

Clive Bates – Scientific sleight of hand: constructing concern about ‘particulates’ from e-cigarettes

New Scientist – Smoke without fire: What’s the truth on e-cigarettes?

Public Health Advocacy

Gerry Stimson: E-cigarettes – disruptive innovation & public health potential

5 Facts that Everyone Gets Wrong About Vaping

Canadian heart surgeon Gopal Bhatnagar presents scientific evidence on e-cigarettes to Canadian Health Minister, recommends sound tobacco harm reduction policies along with several unwarranted e-cigarette product regulations

John Britton tells Scottish MPs that e-cigs could help save millions of lives


Massachusetts town votes to end bid for tobacco ban

Firestorm erupts in anti-smoking Massachusetts town

Westminster (MA) tobacco outrage fuels calls of recall

Ethics (and lack thereof)

FDA funded e-cig prohibitionist and propagandist Stan Glantz makes ad hominem attacks against e-cig researchers whose findings contradict Glantz’ false claims, Glantz also posts personal attack by e-cig prohibitionist Mike Daube

Konstantinos Farsalinos: Personal attacks, questionable ethics and support for censorship when the results do not fit to the agenda (re: FDA funded propagandist Stan Glantz)

E-cig prohibitionist Martin McKee grossly distorts scientific evidence to conflate e-cig vapor with combusted smoke (UK)

Lewis and Clark County (MT) Health Officer Melanie Reynolds protects cigarettes by repeating many false and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigarettes

Multnomah County (OR) Health Dept’s Jennifer Vines repeats false and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigarettes after survey finds 18% decline in cigarette smoking among 11 graders

THR Business

Introducing NJOY Artist Collection

A PBusardo interview – meet Geoff from NJOY & the upcoming Artist Collection

Reynold to introduce four new flavored Vuse e-cigs in Colorado in December (Rich Mint, Crema, Chai and Mint).

Major US cigarette companies increase price of cigarettes by $.07/pack ($.70/carton)

Reynolds to begin selling Eclipse heat-not-burn product again as Revo in Wisconsin in February

Imperial Tobacco to make home in Greensboro (NC) after purchase of Lorillard


GOP Senate may cool FDA tobacco regulations

Action Alert: Nov 25 signup deadline to speak during public comment period at FDA e-cig workshop December 10/11 in Silver Spring, MD

FDA’s Commissioner Margaret Hamburg falsely claims “mint Oreo-flavored e-cigarettes and other flavors that are clearly targeted to attract children”, misrepresents scientific evidence to confuse, scare and lobby for deeming regulation by saying “We don't want to see young people start a nicotine addiction and then go on to combustible cigarettes” (as the FDA knows there is NO evidence that e-cigs have created daily dependence in any nonsmoker, and the FDA knows there is NO evidence that e-cigs have been a gateway to cigarettes for anyone).

American Vaping Association demands apology from FDA Commissioner

FDA tells 16 retailers to remove dissolvable Star Ariva and Stonewall products (that are very similar to FDA approved NRT lozenges) from shelves due to NSE orders/bans

Carl Phillips: FDA proudly harasses retailers for selling lowest-risk products

Action Alert: FDA public comment deadline Nov 25 on Swedish Match snus MRTP application for TPSAC review!documentDetail%3bD=FDA-2014-N-1051-0001

CUNY public health professor Nicholas Freudenberg absurdly claims “Allowing Big Tobacco to use e-cigarettes to write a new chapter in this sorry history would be a step in the wrong direction,” while advocating FDA’s proposed deeming regulation (that would ban >99% of e-cig products now on market, and give e-cig industry to Big Tobacco).

FDA funded UCSF junk scientists urge FDA to impose deeming regulation (that would ban >99% of e-cig products and give the e-cig industry to Big Tobacco), and to also ban flavored cigars because some smokers prefer flavored products.


Big Pharma funded Michael Fiore and CDC absurdly claim ObamaCare’s mandatory insurance subsidization of ineffective and less than safe FDA approved “tobacco treatment” drugs “could accelerate the end of the epidemic of tobacco-related disease.

Big Pharma funded CTFK hawks ineffective and less than safe Big Pharma tobacco treatment products and ObamaCare’s mandatory insurance subsidization of them


$21 million award to smoker’s widow in lawsuit against RJ Reynolds

Vaping bans

Baltimore (MD) City Council protects cigarettes by banning vaping in all workplaces except vape shops, restaurants, bars and a casino; mayor says she’ll sign bill

American Vaping Association comments on Baltimore vaping ban

Bloomington (MN) City Council protects cigarettes by banning vaping in all workplaces (including vape shops), Big Pharma shills ACS, AHA, ALA applaud

At Minneapolis (MN) City Council Health Cmte hearing, THR opponents (including city officials) falsely claim e-cig vapor harms nonusers, falsely claim e-cigs addict children and are gateways to smoking to lobby for cigarette protecting vaping ban.

Minneapolis (MN) City Council Health Cmte unanimously approves vaping ban after hearing many false fear mongering claims about lifesaving e-cigs, bill goes to full council for vote on December 12

Hawaii County (HI) Council considers cigarette protection bill that would ban vaping in all workplaces and at many outdoor locations

Montgomery (AL) City Council considers bill to ban vaping wherever smoking is banned, falsely redefine e-cigs as “smoking devices”.

Boulder (CO) City Council considers bill to ban vaping wherever smoking is banned,
falsely redefine vaping as smoking

Madison (WI) bill would ban vaping everywhere smoking is banned (including vape shops) and would ban outdoor smoking and vaping

Madison Mayor Soglin proposes cigarette protecting vaping ban, Big Pharma funded ALA absurdly claims e-cigs renormalize smoking (since vaping is replacing smoking)

Madison Vaping ban threatens smokers’ and exsmokers’ health & small business,

Crystal Lake (IL) votes to not further regulate e-cigarettes

E-cig Sales Bans To Minors

MI bill (HB 4997) to ban sale of “vapor products” and “alternative nicotine products” to minors enrolled, sent to Governor Snyder


Virginia prefiled bill for 2015 (HB 1310) would tax vapor products at $.40 per ml of liquid containing nicotine, require all vapor product distributors to become licensed tobacco distributors, and authorize Arlington and Fairfax Counties to impose their own vapor product tax not exceeding $.40/ml


ACSH – ACS’s Smokeout not working to well. Let’s try something different: Vape-Out!

American Vaping Association joins the American Cancer Society in celebrating the Great American Smokeout

American Cancer Society in Hawaii supports and opposes e-cigs for quitting smoking, Godshall comments

CDC touts ineffective GASO sponsored by Big Pharma funded ACA, which (like CDC) staunchly opposes smokers switching to exponentially less hazardous e-cigs and smokeless tobacco, falsely claims smokefree alternatives don’t help smokers quit and are gateways to smoking, grossly misrepresents scientific evidence on e-cigs and smokeless to scare public, urged FDA to unlawfully ban e-cigs in 2009, and lobbies to ban vaping.

More Tobacco Control Spin

Ken Warner and Harold Pollock wisely oppose taxing e-cigs and smokeless tobacco, but falsely claim “the research hasn’t given any clear indication whether using these alternative products will increase or decrease the net population harm associated with cigarette use,” and falsely dichotomize between “Endgamers” and “Traditionalists” (as virtually all tobacco controllers oppose THR and have hypocritically supported cigarette protection policies, including the FSPTCA, FDA’s unlawful 2009 e-cig ban, FDA’s proposed deeming reg/ban for e-cigs, taxing OTP and e-cigs at same rate as cigarettes, banning vaping where smoking is banned, banning outdoor tobacco use and vaping).
The Nicotine Fix

Alcohol Harm Reduction

CDC/SAMHSA study finds 90% of excessive drinkers are NOT alcohol dependent, could have huge implications for punitive “abstinence-only” and “addiction treatment” court sentences for excessive drinking

- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2014-11-20