Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - December 18th, 2014
Public Health Research, Monitoring the Future Survey, CDC, FDA 'Public Ecig Workshop', FDA TPSAC, Public Health Threats vs Scares, E-cig Manufacturing, Taxation, Vaping Bans, Retail Restrictions, Packaging Regulation, E-cig Business, Canada, More Junk Science And Propaganda.
In measuring teen nicotine use, public health agencies often rely on data that are too crude
Cochran review meta analyses finds e-cigs effective for smoking cessation and more effective than NRT patch for reducing cigarette consumption
E-cigarettes can help smokers quit or cut down heavily, say researchers; Study suggests critics of vaping are wrong to claim it encourages non-smokers to take up habit
Review of evidence finds e-cigarettes may help smokers quit
Mike Siegel: First meta-analysis of existing studies concludes that electronic cigarettes are effective for smoking cessation
NIDA funded Monitoring the Future survey finds record low rates and record annual declines for â€œdailyâ€ and â€œpast 30 dayâ€ cigarette smoking by teens from 2013 to 2014.
Daily smoking declined 22% by 8th graders (from 1.8% to 1.4%), declined 27% by 10th graders (from 4.4% to 3.2%), declined 21% by 12th graders (from 8.5% to 6.7%). Past 30 day cigarette smoking declined 11% by 8th graders (from 4.5% to 4.0%), declined 21% by 10th graders (9.1% to 7.2%), declined 17% by 12th graders (from 16.3% to 13.6%).
MTF finds e-cigs a gateway away from cigarettes for teens. Among 33.8% of 12th grade â€œever smokersâ€ of cigarettes, MTF found that (during the past 30 days) 16% reported no use of cigarettes or e-cigs, 4.6% reported exclusive e-cig use, 7.3% reported dual use of cigarettes and e-cigs, and just 5.9% reported exclusive cigarette smoking.
Among 21.9% of 10th grade â€œever smokersâ€ of cigarettes, MTF found that (during the past 30 days) 10.0% reported no use of cigarettes or e-cigs, 4.9% reported exclusive e-cig use, 4.3% reported dual use of cigarettes and e-cigs, and just 2.7% reported exclusive cigarette smoking.
Among 13.3% of 8th grade â€œever smokersâ€ of cigarettes, MTF found that (during the past 30 days) 6.6% reported no use of cigarettes or e-cigs, 2.2% reported exclusive e-cig use, 2.2% reported dual use of cigarettes and e-cigs, and just 2.3% reported exclusive cigarette smoking.
While MTF found (and authors publicized) that â€œpast 30 dayâ€ e-cig use was reported by 8.7% of 8th graders, 16.2% of 10th graders, 17.1% of 12th graders, MTF authors unethically failed to report that teen smokers and ex-smokers were far more likely than never smokers to report e-cig use (and instead buried that data in six different tables).
MTF found â€œpast 30 dayâ€ e-cig use by teen smokers, ex-smokers and never smokers
(note that â€œex-smokersâ€ are â€œever smokersâ€ who didnâ€™t smoke in â€œpast 30 daysâ€)
55% of smokers (.073 / .132 = .55)
22.5% of ex-smokers (.046 / .204 = .225)
6.5% of never smokers (.043 / .664 = .065)
61% of smokers (.043 / .07 = .61)
33% of ex-smokers (.049 / .148 = .33)
9% of never smokers (.07 / .782 = .09)
49% of smokers (.022 / .045 = .49)
25% of ex-smokers (.022 / .088 = .25)
4.7% of never smokers (.041 / .867 = .047)
MTF found overall â€œpast 30 dayâ€ e-cig use by smokers, ex-smokers and never smokers
7.3% were smokers (dual users)
4.6% were ex-smokers
4.3% were never smokers
17.2% Total (differs from MTF reported 17.1% due to rounding)
4.3% were smokers (dual users)
4.9% were ex-smokers
7.0% were never smokers
2.2% were smokers (dual users)
2.2% were ex-smokers
4.1% were never Smokers
8.5% Total (differs from MTF reported 8.7% due to rounding)
Despite finding record annual declines in teen cigarette smoking, record low teen smoking rates, and e-cig use mostly by current and former smokers, Obamaâ€™s NIDA funded MTF press release promoted FDAâ€™s proposed deeming reg/ban by conflating e-cigs with lethal cigarettes, by conflating â€œpast 30 dayâ€ experimentation with daily use, and by failing to acknowledge that e-cigs have NEVER been found to create daily dependence in any nonsmoker, serve as a gateway to smoking, or cause any disease.
American Vaping Association: Youth smoking reaches record lows as vaping increases
Irresponsible news media repeat false fear mongering claims from MTF press release without any fact checking, fail to report record annual declines in teen smoking, record low teen smoking rates or that most teen vapers were/are cigarette smokers.
Mike Siegel: Glantz tells public there is no question that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking, but todayâ€™s Monitoring the Future data show the opposite
Jacob Sullum: Vaping rises to record highs, smoking falls to record lows, and activists insist â€˜e-cigarettes are a gateway to smokingâ€™
Tim Wostall: Excellent news as e-cigarette, or vaping, use rises
Please note that NIDA Director Nora Volklow absurdly claimed: â€œChronic e-cigarette use would be expected to produce even higher levels of third hand nicotine exposure, and itâ€™s unclear how such exposure could impact the health of close family members, friends, and coworkers who are regularly exposed to these environments.â€
Re: CDCâ€™s false and misleading claims about e-cigs and lobbying of states at
AVA responds to CDC article on e-cigarettes
Carl Phillips: CDC lies about e-cigs and children again (wait, have I used that title before?)
ACSH: The CDC, again, substitutes their agenda for science re: ecigs and teens
News media repeat CDCâ€™s fear mongering spin about state e-cig sales bans to minors and secondhand vapor, fail to acknowledge that CDC funded State health agencies and/or CDC allies funded by Big Pharma (CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA) have lobbied against state bills to ban e-cig sales to minors (e.g. in MI, MO, OH, PA, OK, RI, AZ) to lobby for FDA deeming reg/ban to ban >99% of e-cigs currently marketed to adults.
USA Today editorial grossly misrepresents facts on e-cigs to advocate FDA deeming regulation (that would ban >99.9% of e-cigs now consumed by adults) and to urge State AGs to falsely redefine e-cigs as â€œcigarettesâ€ to impose MSA restrictions on e-cigs.
Jeff Stierâ€™s Opposing View on USA Today â€“ Rally behind e-cigarettes: Donâ€™t undermine the promise of powerful harm reduction tools
Mike Siegel â€“ CDC makes startling proclamation: Electronic cigarette aerosol is not as safe as clean air
Survey of HI high school students finds record low cigarette smoking rates (i.e. 2% monthly, <1% weekly and <1% daily smoking), very low e-cig use (i.e. 3% monthly, 2% weekly and 2% daily), finds 76% of e-cig â€œever usersâ€ just experimented (i.e. <5 times or yearly), and finds 67% correctly believe e-cigs are less hazardous than cigarettes. But NCI funded authors (who oppose THR) misrepresent findings to news media, conflate e-cigs with cigarettes, exaggerate e-cig use, falsely claim e-cigs renormalize smoking.
2013 US adult survey finds past month use of e-cigs reported by 30.3% of daily smokers, 34.1% of nondaily smokers, 5.4% of former smokers and just 1.4% of never smokers (which is consistent with other surveys). But Big Pharma funded AAP survey coauthors (including Jonathan Winickoff , who falsely claimed e-cigs were target marketed to youth at 2009 FDA press conference defending agencyâ€™s unlawful e-cig ban) falsely conclude that e-cigs addict nonsmokers and renormalize tobacco use, and advocate cigarette protecting federal, state and local e-cig bans and regulations.
FDA funded junk scientist and liar Stan Glantz falsely claims â€œThere's no question that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking"
FDAâ€™s so-called public workshop on e-cigs
The most objective and informative comments at FDAâ€™s Dec. 10/11 workshop were presented by nearly a dozen speakers during the public comment period, which can be heard on FDA6 recording at
AVA gives public comment at FDA e-cigarette workshop
Carl Phillips: Burstyn comment at FDA workshop on ecig science
FDA TPSAC Chair Jonathan Samet (who Judge Richard Leon ruled had Big Pharma funding conflicts of interest when striking down TPSACâ€™s report on menthol cigarettes)
coauthors JAMA op/ed that repeats many false and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigs to confuse, scare and lobby for FDAâ€™s proposed deeming reg that would ban >99% of e-cigs now consumed by adult smokers and exsmokers who switched to vaping.
Flavorings in Electronic Cigarettes: An unrecognized respiratory health threat?
ublic health threats versus scares
Obamaâ€™s CDC demotes deadly cigarettes to 9th among its â€œ10 most important public-health challenges of 2014â€, but wisely didnâ€™t include e-cigs on list (despite CDCâ€™s many false and misleading fear mongering press releases and reports on e-cigs to confuse, scare and lobby for FDAâ€™s proposed e-cig deeming reg/ban, state/local vaping bans, etc.)
American Council on Science and Healthâ€™s Top 10 Health Scares of 2014 includes â€œLiquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes poisoning childrenâ€
Front page NY Times article exaggerates and demonizes e-cig quality control in China to confuse, scare and lobby for FDA deeming reg that would protect cigarettes by banning >99% of vapor products now sold and by giving e-cig industry to Big Tobacco.
NYC proceeds with cigarette lawsuit after Garner decision; Mayor earlier called selling untaxed cigarettes â€œminor offenseâ€
Utah Governor Gary Herbert (who is on e-cig opposing Legacyâ€™s board of directors) to propose budget that includes tax on e-cigs (buried in a pg 22 footnote, pg 26 on PDF) http://site.secure.utah.gov/gomb/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2014/12/FINAL-BUDGET-BOOK-12.11-Updated.pdf
AVA & UTSFA: Utah governorâ€™s e-cigarette tax would snuff out local business
Lewes (DE) City Council enacts unwarranted and unenforceable smoking and vaping ban on beach, police chief says police wonâ€™t enforce new law.
Fayetteville (NC) police chief lobbying for ordinance that would ban e-cig retailers by December 2017, and reduce number of tobacco retailers (see Section 7.02 of Dec. 8 meeting agenda packet)
Fayetteville (NC) delays vote on tobacco store restrictions, again
Missouri bill would require child resistant packaging for e-cigs
Company claims to make certified organic e-liquid
THR advocate David Sweanor debates e-cig prohibitionist and propagandist Mark Holland (from The Heart and Stroke Foundation) about e-cigs, cigarettes and Ontarioâ€™s proposal to protect cigarettes by banning vaping, banning flavored e-cigs, banning e-cig advertising, and restricting e-cig sales to tobacco retailers.
More junk science and propaganda
AVA & TSFA: Tennessee Dept of Healthâ€™s hardline stance on vaping harms smokers heatlh
In response to vaper Loriene Jollyâ€™s letter to editor of BMJ
e-cig junk scientists and propagandists repeat false and misleading claims about vaping and falsely portray themselves as victims of bullying by vapers
The low spark of highly placed boot boys
Martin McKee - Lying troll
- Bill Godshall
Godshall THRU 2014-12-18