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Bill Godshall Update 2015-01-19

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - January 19th, 2015


Scientific Research, Safety, CDC-funded Lies And Lobbying, THR Advocacy, THR Satire, THR Business, Federal, Trademark, E-cig Taxation, Cigarette Taxation, E-cig Sales BansTo Adults, E-cig Sales Bans To Minors, Scapegoating And Punishing Youth, Vaping Bans, Advertising Restrictions, E-cig Packaging Regulation, Ecig Retailer Regulation, Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies.


Scientific Research

2014 Gallup Poll: 5% of US ex-smokers quit smoking with nicotine patches, 3% with electronic cigarettes, 2% with prescription drugs and 1% with nicotine gum.
Note that while Obama's DHHS unlawfully banned e-cigs in 2009 and has demonized them since, nicotine patches and gums have been subsidized, aggressively marketed and touted by federal/state/local health agencies and Big Pharma funded ACS, AHA, ALA, AMA, etc. for past two decades, as have prescription drugs for past decade.

Brad Rodu - Formadehpye vs Fact: Levels are far lower in e-cigarettes than in cigarettes

Study finds adult smokers who vape are far more interested in flavored e-cigs than nonvaping smokers, who are far more interested in flavored e-cigs than nonsmoking teens; refutes unsubstantiated claims that flavored e-cigs appeal to nonsmoking youth. On a 0-10 scale of interest for flavored e-cigs, the study found a 3.19 for adult smokers who vape, a 1.08 for adult smokers who never vaped, and a .41 for nonsmoking teens.
Interestingly, while Single Malt Scotch was the least desired e-cig flavoring by adult smokers (1.01), it was the most desired e-cig flavoring by nonsmoking teens (.52), and was more desirable than Bubble Gum (.47), Cotton Candy (.49) and Gummy Bear (.44), three flavors e-cig opponents have repeatedly insisted appeal to youth.

ACSH: A new survey show slightly more than zero interest in e-cig flavors among nonsmoking teens

Survey of 191 college students who 'ever used' an e-cig finds 176 'only tried' e-cigs, 15 reported 'occasionally use' and 0 reported 'daily use'; finds NO evidence that e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes.

Study: E-cigarettes probably not a gateway to regular smoking

Analysis of CDC 2012 NYTS data finds just 64% of US teens believed 'smoking a few cigarettes every day' caused 'a lot of harm', and just 33% believed 'smoking cigarettes some days but not every day' caused 'a lot of harm'; CDC didn'™t mention these findings in agency's many fear mongering reports and press releases citing selective NYTS data to demonize e-cigs, cigars and hookah to lobby for FDA's proposed deeming reg

ACSH: A new study of teens'™ tobacco habits reveals disturbing misinformation about smoking


CDC study finds 44,000 drug poisoning deaths in US in 2013, more than doubling since 1999; but Obama's CDC and FDA focus on exaggerating negligible and hypothetical risks of lifesaving e-cigs to lobby for FDA's proposed deeming regulation

Herkimer County (NY) Coroner won'™t reveal cause of death of NY child that news media claimed was caused by ingestion of e-liquid, says he cannot discuss the case or autopsy report with anyone but family members or law enforcement

Quit-smoking drug Chantix/Champix suspected in 30 suicides in Canada

Mike Siegel: Why are groups recommending a smoking cessation drug that has been linked to hundreds of deaths?

CDC funded lies and lobbying

CDC funded California Health Dept's so-called 'Facts' brochure unlawfully lobbies to ban vaping by urging readers to 'support policies that do not allow e-cigarettes to be used indoors and where children are present', falsely claims e-cigarettes 'can cause cancer and birth defects', 'appeal to children', 'are poisonous', 'contain harmful chemicals', 'can hurt the lungs just like cigarette smoke', 'are just as addictive as regular cigarettes', 'do not help people quit smoking', 'may hurt others' 'just like regular cigarettes'; falsely claims 'medicines ... are very effective at helping people quit smoking cigarettes';

THR Advocacy

Sally Satel op/ed in NY Times: Will the FDA kill off e-cigs?

ACSH's Gil Ross '“ Public health's cigarette sellout: Smoke em if you got em

AVA's Greg Conley: Big Tobacco's war on vaping

Ronald Bailey: A ban on vaping harms public health

Clive Bates: Annual quiz on e-cigarettes and harm reduction

E-cigarettes may be effective way to quitting smoking (CO)

Carl Phillips: Glantz attempt at dialogue makes clear the vacuousness of his arguments

THR Satire

Bandaids 'lure kids into NRT' say experts

THR Business

Korean cigarette imports decline 14.4% as e-cigarette imports increase 348%

GSK's nicotine patches and gum feel the heat from e-cigarettes; drug company exec admits e-cigs have reduced sales of GSK's tobacco derived nicotine products, which is why Big Pharma funded WHO, anti-tobacco groups, researchers, etc. have demonized and keep lobbying to ban e-cigs (and smokeless tobacco)


HHS execs doing good and living large, flying first class around the world

Bill McMorris: Pentagon's war on tobacco fails

US Senator Nelson to reintroduce bill to require child resistant packaging for e-cigs

FDA issues Draft Guidance (for public comment) 'Policy for Low Risk Devices' that agency could/should (with a few small changes) also apply to e-cigarettes to promote public health and reduce smoking. In sharp contrast, FDA's proposed deeming regulation would protect cigarette markets and threaten public health by banning >99% of e-cigarettes now on market and by giving e-cig industry to Big Tobacco companies.

FDA's CTP invites law school students to become unpaid interns to implement FSPTCA (that Phillip Morris and Big Pharma shills CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA, Pinney Associates negotiated, agreed to and lobbied Congress to enact) to protect Marlboro cigarettes and Big Pharma products from market competition by smokeless tobacco and recently e-cigs.


Univ of Kentucky challenges Lorillard's e-cig trademark application for 'blu Nation', claims it would damage school's 'Big Blue Nation' trademark, tarnish its reputation

E-cig taxation

The Grover Norquist Show: Leave Vapers Alone!

Lorillard joins Reynolds American in advocating unwarranted state taxation of e-cigs (that also requires licensure, imposes additional regulations, bans and costs on smaller e-cig companies and vape shops that compete against Big Tobacco companies).

NATO's Thomas Briant: 10 states have indicated intentions of raising cigarette, OTP or e-cigarette taxes

53 page draft bill in Washington State (similar to HB 2795 from 2014) would protect cigarettes and destroy many e-cig vendors in WA; would tax vapor products at 95% of sales price; ban WA businesses (but not out-of-state retailers) from shipping/transporting vapor products sold via Internet or mail order; require WA Health Dept to create regulations for 'labeling and advertising' of vapor products, including nicotine content labels that must be verified by a lab certified by the WA Liquor Control Board and a warning regarding so-called 'harmful effects of nicotine'; ban sales of all flavored vapor products except menthol, wintergreen and mint; ban sale of vapor products (but not cigarettes) to anyone under 21; require licensure of all vapor product vendors; ban free sampling of vapor products; require child-resistant packaging for all vapor products; etc.

Mt Baker Vapor posts Call to Action urging WA vapers to oppose anti-vaping legislation

David Brunori: Want bad tax policy? Here's a blueprint (about WA Gov. Inslee's budget proposal, including his proposed 95% tax on vapor products)

ATR: Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller pushing tax hike on electronic cigarettes

Indiana lawmakers propose e-cigarette regulations, taxes

Indiana bill (SB 384) would tax vapor products at $0.0083 per milligram of nicotine per milliliter of e-liquid (e.g. $5.98 tax on a 30 ml bottle of 24mg/ml nicotine e-liquid).

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing Indiana bill (SB 384) to tax vapor products

Frank Gray: E-cigarettes light a fire under taxing authorities (IN)

Local vape shops welcome certain e-cigarette regulations, against taxing (IN)

NY Assembly and Senate bills (A 296 & S 722) would redefine 'e-cigarette cartridges' (but not disposable e-cigs or e-liquid) as tobacco, tax them at 75% of wholesale cost

CASAA Call to Action urges NY vapers to oppose e-cig tax bills (A 296 & 2 722)

Prefiled Virginia bill (SB 1004) would tax vapor products at $.18 per milliliter of nicotine containing e-liquid (e.g. $5.40 tax for a 30 ml bottle of e-liquid), would require all vapor product vendors in VA (but not out-of-state Internet vendors) to obtain license costing up to $750, referred to Senate Finance Cmte

Prefiled Virginia bill (HB 1310) would tax e-cigs at $.40/ml of nicotine liquid solution in e-cigs (e.g. $12 tax on a 30ml bottle of e-liquid)

Prefiled Nevada bill (SB 79) would tax liquid nicotine at 30% of wholesale price

Prefiled New Mexico bill (S 65) would impose $.04 tax per mg of liquid nicotine solution (e.g. $28.80 tax on a 30ml bottle of 24mg/ml e-liquid) in 'nicotine products' (i.e. e-cigs)

Prefiled Oregon bills (HB 2074 & HB 2134) would redefine e-cigs as tobacco, tax e-cigs at 65% of wholesale price

Kentucky poll finds 'ever use' of an e-cig by 60% of smokers, 19% of former smokers and just 5% of never smokers; finds fear mongering lies about e-cigs by Big Pharma shills, Obama's DHHS and KY Health Dept have deceived public, as 53% of Kentuckians (mostly never smokers) support taxing e-cigs at same rate as cigarettes (which Kentucky taxes at $.60/pack), and 61% support FDA regulation of e-cigs

Cigarette taxation

Kansas Governor Brownback proposes increasing cigarette tax from $.79 to $2.29/pack

E-cig sales bans to adults

New York bill (A 635) would ban the sale of e-liquid (but not inferior and more expensive disposable e-cigs or prefilled cartridges)

CASAA Call to Action urges NY vapers to oppose bill (A 635) that would ban sales of e-liquid

Indiana bills (HB 1432 & SB 539) would require all e-liquid manufacturers (but not Big Tobacco or other cigalike e-cig manufacturers) to comply with many different regulations and obtain permit from the IN Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to sell e-liquid in IN, would ban the sale of all e-liquid products that aren'™t issued a permit.

Salt Lake County Health Dept (which has made many false fear mongering claims about e-cigs and nicotine) to propose e-liquid regulations, claims lab test found many e-liquids wrongly label nicotine level, but fails to reveal any useful info for consumer recourse (retailers, brands, manufacturers, etc.), criticizes companies for not complying with voluntary AEMSA standards that Health Dept doesn'™t endorse

Oregon bill (SB 190) would ban shipping of e-cigs purchased via Internet and mail order by anyone who isn'™t a licensed tobacco distributor or retailer

Virginia bill (SB 1068) would ban sale of all e-liquid (but not cigalike e-cigs marketed by Big Tobacco), would ban sale of flavored vapor products except so-called tobacco flavor

E-cig sales bans to minors

MI Gov. Rick Snyder urges youth to use/buy e-cigs by vetoing bills to ban their sale to minors, absurdly claims 'legislation does not go far enough', falsely claims legislation 'is not consistent with . . . approach proposed by FDA', falsely claims FDA proposed deeming regulation is 'legally-mandated', advocates FDA and state e-cig regulations that would protect cigarette markets from competition by e-cigs and threaten public health.,4668,7-277--345491--,00.html

NCPPR's Jeff Stier criticizes MI Gov. Snyder for vetoing bill to ban e-cig sales to minors

Jeff Steir: Will Governor Snyder drop the ball on e-cigs?

AVA's Greg Conley LTE: Signing bill would protect minors (MI)

Texas bills (HB 646 & SB 97) would ban sale of vapor products to minors and ban vaping in schools, but also would impose defacto ban on Internet and mail order sales by Texas e-cig vendors (but not e-cigs sales to TX vapers by out-of-state e-cig vendors)

Texas bill (HB 647) would ban sale of 'nicotine products' (including e-cigs) to minors

North Dakota bill (HB 1186) would ban sale of vapor products and alternative nicotine products to minors

Scapegoating and punishing youth

Illinois bill (SB 32) would ban youth from possessing 'alternative nicotine products', impose fines, many hours of community service and/or a 'smoker's education program' or 'youth diversion program' to be further deceived and moralized to about the negligible 'health consequences' of 'alternative nicotine products'.

Vaping Bans

Hawaii County (HI) protects cigarettes by banning vaping everywhere smoking is banned, proponents want to enact similar cigarette protecting legislation statewide

Rehobeth Beach (MD) bans vaping where smoking is banned, including on the beach

New York bill (A 1496) would ban vaping everywhere smoking is banned, increase minimum age for tobacco and e-cig sales to 21

CASAA Call to Action urges NY vapers to oppose bill (A 1496) to ban vaping and increase minimum age for e-cig sales to 21

Montgomery County (MD) bill would ban vaping where smoking is banned

CASAA Call to Action urges Montgomery County (MD) vapers to oppose proposed vaping ban, public hearing scheduled for January 22.

Connecticut bill (HB 5449) would ban vaping everywhere smoking is banned, referred to Joint Cmte on Public Health

Prefiled Alaska bill (HB 40) would falsely redefine 'smoking' to include use of smokefree e-cigs, ban vaping everywhere smoking is banned.

Indiana bill (HB 1169) would falsely redefine 'smoking' to include use of smokefree e-cigs, ban vaping everywhere smoking is banned.

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing Indiana bill (HB 1169) to ban vaping

Advertising restrictions

UK ASA bans three e-cig advertisements after opponents, including ASH UK, complain

E-cig packaging regulation

Missouri bill (HB 531) would require child-resistant packaging for e-liquid products consistent with federal standards in 16 CFR 1700.15(b)

Virginia bills (HB 2036 & SB 1325) would require child resistant packaging for e-cigs

Retailer regulation

New York bill (A852) would require e-cig retailers to register with Health Dept.

Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Yet another NY Times article filled with false fear mongering claims about vaporizers (THC vaporizers this time), fails to mention vaping is far less hazardous than smoking

FDA funded Stan Glantz joins Big Pharma shills CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA in opposing state e-cig sales bans to minors (as a strategy to lobby for FDA deeming reg to ban sales of nearly all e-cigs to adults), criticizes ACSH funding, while failing to ethically disclose more than 1000 times more dollars given by Big Pharma to e-cig prohibitionists.

Ruth Macklin cites false fear mongering claims about e-cigs and China, falsely claims FDA regulation of e-cigs (that would protect cigarettes by banning >99% of e-cigs and by giving e-cig industry to Big Tobacco) would protect public health

Big Pharma funded ALA deceives Minnesota employers about e-cigs to urge vaping bans, fails to disclose ALA's irreconcilable financial conflict of interest

Yale Daily News misleads and scares readers about e-cigs, fails to ethically cite financial conflicts of interest by cited and quoted e-cig opponents.

Mike Seigel: Local health officials lie to the public; claim that smoking is no more hazardous than vaping (KY)

After lobbying to ban lifesaving e-cigs (but not deadly cigarettes) in Taiwan, John Tung Foundation now claims e-cig ban ineffective in preventing smokers from switching to vaping, now wants e-cigs regulated as tobacco to ban vaping.

Physician's News Digest (PA) article repeats lies about e-cigs by Big Pharma shill ATTUD and Philly nurse without any fact checking, fails to disclose ATTUD's financial conflicts of interest (as its members incomes depend upon hawking Big Pharma drugs)

Big Pharma funded American Academy of Pediatrics (which falsely accused the e-cig industry of target marketing to youth in 2009 when urging Obama's FDA to unlawfully ban them) funds Johns Hopkins MDs to write article in JAMA Pediatrics urging doctors to deceive and scare patients about vaping, falsely claiming:
'tanks . . . can release carcinogens . . . in levels similar to those of conventional tobacco smoke.'
'Because of the lack of regulations . . . the health risks associated with e-cigarette use and bystander exposure are not understood completely.'
'Whether widespread e-cigarette acceptance in the adolescent population will increase addiction to nicotine is unknown.'
'Whether these same subgroups of adolescents will be at risk for nicotine addiction when trying or using e-cigarettes remains unclear.'
'the currently available data suggest that indirect exposure to e-cigarette vapor may result in exposure of nonusers to toxic compounds through secondary and tertiary exposure.'
'nicotine can augment the potential for cocaine addiction'

- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2015-01-19