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Bill Godshall Update 2015-01-08

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - January 8th, 2015

THR Research, Harm Reduction Advocacy, Fracking and Vaping, THR Business, FDA, CDC, NIH, E-liquid Sales Ban, E-cig Sales Restrictions, Taxation, Vapor Product Packaging Restrictions, E-cig Sales Bans To Minors, Minimum Age, Smoking Bans, Smoking / Vaping Bans, Vaping Bans, False Claims About Nicotine, Misrepresentations of MTF / Teen Surveys, More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies.

THR Research

Carl Phillips: Over 10,000 Americans get to ring in 2015 thanks to e-cigarettes

Mike Siegel: Latest data suggest substantial benefits of e-cigs for smoking cessation

Ontario poll finds 64% of ex-smokers quit smoking via 'cold turkey', 6% quit with nicotine patches, 4% quit with e-cigarettes, 3% quit with nicotine gum or spray, 2% quit with counseling and support

Brad Rodu - E-cigarette denial: It just doesn't work anymore

Harm Reduction Advocacy

George Lundberg advocates e-cigs for cigarette smokers, marijuana decriminalization, and fewer prescriptions for highly addictive opioids
Addiction Medicine Policy: First, Do No Harm

Steve Forbes - E-cigs: A lifesaver that health fascists want to kill

Carl Phillips/Elaine Keller: Tobacco abstinence is not a safe alternative to harm reduction

David Sweanor has been donating anonymously for the past 15 years - until now

Fracking and Vaping

Steve Everly unwittingly reveals that NY Gov. Cuomo's review of studies to justify fracking ban was similar to Obama's FDA and White House OMB reviews of studies on e-cigs to justify FDA's unlawful 2009 e-cig ban and its 2014 proposed deeming regulation (that would ban >99% of e-cigs and give e-cig industry to Big Tobacco)

After Obama'™s Interior Secretary Sally Jewell criticizes fracking bans, might Obama'™s FDA correct it'™s many false and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigs and rescind its cigarette protecting deeming regulation proposal?

THR Business

E-cigarettes fastest growing product in British supermarkets last year (increasing 49.5%) despite lies and regulatory actions by e-cig opponents that protect cigarettes

E-cigarettes being sold in prison shops in smoking ban pilot

Vapor shops rising in popularity in Gainesville (FL) as more smokers switch to vaping


AVA'™s Greg Conley: '˜Big Tobacco'™ aims to snuff out vapor competitors

FDA found ethylene glycol (EG) and diethylene glycol (DEG) in all 8 batches of Bayer Miralax laxatives (used by adults and children for long-term daily use) tested in 2008, but didn'™t notify anyone until 2014 (in an RFA). Yet in 2009 when FDA found a nontoxic level of DEG in just one of 18 different NJOY and SE e-cig products tested, the agency held a press conference and issued press releases defending FDA'™s unlawful e-cig ban claiming e-cigs contained toxic DEG and carcinogens, falsely accusing the e-cig industry of target marketing to youth, and asserting (with no evidence) that e-cigs are addicting youth, are gateways to cigarettes, renormalize smoking and don'™t help smokers quit.

Carl Phillips: FDA thinks antifreeze is ok '“ for kids'™ medicine (and other accidentally useful observations in the NYTimes)

FDA to host 2nd so-called scientific public workshop on e-cigarettes March 9/10, 2015, deadline for requests to present January 22, 2015, deadline for requests to speak during the public comment period and to register to attend February 20, 2015

FDA announces Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowships to pay more people to deny the health benefits of e-cigs, and to grossly exaggerate the negligible risks of e-cigs and OTP

Economic analysis (coauthored by ObamaCare consultant Jonathan Gruber) finds FDA substantially underestimated the benefits and overestimated the costs of FDA'™s proposed graphic warning labels for cigarettes, that were struck down as unconstitutional by Judge Richard Leon because Obama'™s FDA imposed propagandized fear mongering warnings instead of providing objective information. Obama'™s FDA hasn'™t proposed new pack warnings (mandated by Congress in 2009) because e-cigs have been agency'™s priority.

American Association for Cancer Research and American Society for Clinical Oncology urge FDA to impose deeming regulation (that would ban >99% of e-cigs and give e-cig industry to Big Tobacco), urge FDA to ban vaping everywhere smoking is banned (even though FDA has no legal jurisdiction to do so)


While still insisting that e-cigs don'™t help smokers quit smoking, CDC keeps hawking subsidized Big Pharma products (i.e. ineffective NRT and less than safe Chantix) and subsidized telephone and website counseling services (that hawk NRT and Chantix to callers) as the only effective ways to quit tobacco use


UK newspaper exposes one of many tobacco studies funded by Obama'™s DHHS that wastes taxpayer dollars to finance political allies and agendas
'Relationship Between Tobacco Retailer Density and Sexual Minority Couples.'

E-liquid Sales ban

New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal introduces bill (A 635) to ban the sale of all e-liquid (but would exempt inferior cigalike disposables and prefilled cartridges, including all e-cigs sold by Big Tobacco)

E-cig Sales Restrictions

Texas bills (HB 81) prefiled for 2015 would ban sales of e-cigarettes (but not cigarettes) to anyone under age of 27 without proof of identification, ban online sales and deliveries of e-cigs, ban purchase of 'nicotine products' by minors, ban use of 'nicotine products' in schools

Texas bill (HB 170) would ban sales of vapor products (but not cigarettes) to anyone under age of 27 without proof of identification, ban online sales and deliveries of e-cigs, mandate ignition propensity tests for all e-cigs.


Americans for Tax Reform: Electronic cigarettes should not be taxed as tobacco products

Indiana State Rep Ed Clare proposes bill to protect cigarettes by taxing lifesaving vapor products at same rate as lethal cigarettes, banning vaping in all workplaces and imposing other unwarranted and costly regulations on vapor products and vendors.

Indiana AG Greg Zoeller protects cigarettes and threatens public health by advocating legislation to tax vapor products at same rate as lethal cigarettes, to ban vaping in all workplaces, mandate vapor product packaging and license all vapor product retailers

Urban League of Portland'™s Midge Purcell falsely claims 'Research shows that e-cigarettes are often the first nicotine products used by youth who then go on to smoke cigarettes' to lobby for e-cig taxes and other unwarranted regulations, Oregon Live editors and reporter falsely call Purcell and other e-cig opponents 'health advocates'

Vapor Product packaging restrictions

NY Gov Cuomo signs bill from 2014 (A9299) banning e-liquid sales to minors, but requiring child resistant packaging for e-liquid

Missouri bill (HB 147) would require all vapor products to be sold in so-called 'child-safe packaging' and require MO Dept of Health to establish state specific standards despite impossibility of any packaging (including drugs and other products required to have child-resistant packaging) to be '100% safe'.

E-cig sales bans to minors

Michigan bills (SB667 & SB668) to ban vapor product and alternative nicotine product sales to minors sent to Gov. Rick Snyder

CASAA issues Call to Action urging MI vapers to contact Gov. Snyder urging him to sign legislation to ban e-cig sales to minors

National Center for Public Policy Research'™s Jeff Stier sends letter to MI Gov. Snyder urging him to sign legislation to ban e-cig sales to minors

ACSH'™s Gil Ross: Keep e-cigarettes accessible to adults, not kids

Two MI pediatricians urge Gov. Snyder to veto legislation to ban e-cig sales to minors 'because it doesn't go nearly far enough,' advocate cigarette protection policies including banning vaping, taxing and regulating e-cigs as tobacco and imposing FDA deeming reg

Battle Creek Enquirer editorial urges MI Gov. Snyder to veto legislation that would ban e-cig sales to minors, misrepresents teen e-cig survey findings, cites opposition to bill by Big Pharma shill AHA that has lied about and lobbied to ban e-cigs since 2009

Montana bill (SB 66) would falsely redefine smokefree vapor products as 'electronic smoking devices' and 'tobacco products', would ban their sales to minors

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing SB 66 in Montana

NY bill (S684) would require ALL tobacco, e-cig and paraphernalia consumers to provide a valid driver'™s license, passport or military ID to purchase any of those products, would require retailers to post a sign stating "SALE OF CIGARETTES, CIGARS, CHEWING TOBACCO, POWDERED TOBACCO, SHISHA OR OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCTS, HERBAL CIGARETTES, LIQUID NICOTINE, ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES, ROLLING PAPERS OR SMOKING PARAPHERNALIA, TO PERSONS UNDER EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE IS PROHIBITED BY LAW."

Maryland bill (SB 7) would change penalty for e-cig sales to minors from a 'misdemeanor' to 'civil penalty', reduce fine for first offense from $1,000 to $300, and would allow any law enforcement officer or county health officer to issue citation.

Minimum Age

New York bill (AB 237) for 2015 that would increase minimum age for sale of all tobacco products and e-cigs from18 to 21; referred to Health Cmte

Smoking Bans

Texas bill (SB 87) prefiled for 2015 would ban smoking (but not vaping) in workplaces

Smoking/Vaping Bans

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing proposed vaping ban in New Orleans (LA)

Smoking ban debate heats up in New Orleans city hall

Vaping Bans

Madison (WI) protects cigarette markets by banning vaping based upon lies by Big Pharma shills and other THR opponents, Alderman Dave Ahrens (who used to work for the Health Dept to reduce smoking) voted against bill saying arguments against vaping are similar to those made against sex education and needle exchange programs.

Maryland bill (HB 26) would falsely define smokefree e-cigs as 'smoking devices', would ban vaping everywhere smoking is banned, referred to Economic Matters Cmte

False Claims about Nicotine

Claims that nicotine harms adolescent brains based on unreliable rodent studies
The Dynamic Effects of Nicotine on the Developing Brain

NY Times editorial repeats false allegations about 'nicotine poisoning' to demonize tobacco, scare public and lobby for federal law banning farmers from hiring teens (or allowing their own children) to plant or harvest tobacco, cites junk science to falsely claim nicotine 'can hurt brain development in young people', then NY Times editors print only letters that agree with their editorial

Misrepresentations of MTF and other teen surveys

Big Pharma and Big Government funded NRT promoter Michael Fiore misrepresents the CDC NYTS and other survey data (finding record low teen smoking rates, and that teen vast majority of e-cig users are smokers and exsmokers) by falsely claiming e-cigs are addicting nonsmoking teens and are gateways to cigarettes

Washington Post editorial falsely insinuates e-cigs are addicting many nonsmoking teens and are gateways to cigarettes 'That'™s a worrying trend, given that e-cigarettes also contain nicotine, which is highly addictive, and could promote the use of cigarettes and other harmful substances.'

Sacramento Bee editorial falsely claims MTF survey (finding record annual declines in teen smoking and record low teen smoking rates) 'confirmed the worst fears of public health officials', falsely insinuates e-cigs have addicted many nonsmoking youth and are gateways to cigarettes

Deseret News (UT) article and headline misrepresent survey findings, falsely claim e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes and that e-cigs are opposed by public health experts.

Big Pharma funded CA ALA director Jessie Bustamante 'disappointed' teen smoking declined by record levels to new record lows, lobbies for more unwarranted e-cig regs to prevent smokers from switching, fails to ethically disclose ALA'™s Big Pharma funding

Other news stories misrepresent MTF findings

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

San Francisco Dept of Public Health launches CurbIt campaign of lies about e-cigs to demonize, scare and lobby for more unwarranted vapor product regulations that protect cigarettes from market competition, encourage vapers to switch back to cigarettes, discourage smokers from switching to smokefree vaping, and keep nonsmokers exposed to 2nd hand smoke. CurbIt campaign tries to kick smokers and vapers to the curb.

Bill Godshall debunks SF DPH'™s Dozen Lies about E-cigs

Oliver Kershaw: Vapers demolish anti-vaping lies with hashtag hijack

News media tout SF DPH'™s CurbIt campaign of lies about e-cigs without fact checking, FDA funded Stan Glantz keeps protecting cigarettes by lying about e-cigs, NC SFATA'™s Stefan Didak tells truth about vaping

Alaska Health Dept makes many false claims about scientific studies on e-cigs to confuse, scare and prevent smokers from switching to far less hazardous vaping

Mike Siegel: Alaska Health Department airs first pro-smoking television ad since 1970

FDA funded Stan Glantz praises Alaska Health Dept for lying about e-cigs

Mike Siegel: 2014 Anti-Smoking Myth of the Year Award Goes to CDC, Dr. Stan Glantz, and Dr. Michael Fiore

NY Times reporter Barry Meier falsely claims Big Pharma funded CTFK'™s Matt Myers is a public health advocate (as Myers has lobbied to ban smokefree THR products, while keeping cigarettes legal, for the past 15 years); falsely claims 'Public health experts also fear the devices will create a new generation of nicotine addicts' as real public health experts know e-cigs help smokers quit, and real health experts rely upon scientific and empirical evidence instead of ideology, ignorance, emotion and/or Big Pharma funding.

Government funded e-cig prohibitionist Ellen Hahn keeps protecting cigarettes by lying about lifesaving vapor products in Kentucky Living column.

News media repeats unsubstantiated fear mongering claims about unpublished and unreliable e-cig lab tests on cell tissue

- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2015-01-08