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Bill Godshall Update 2015-06-01

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - June 1st, 2015


THR Research and Surveillance, THR Product Safety, Smoking Cessation, THR Education, THR Business, Nicotine Conference, WHO, State / Local Activism, Taxation, Vaping Bans, E-cig Sales Bans To Minors, Other Packaging Restrictions, Licensure, Flavoring Ban, Europe, India, Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies.



FDA hosts third so-called public workshop on e-cigarettes June 1 & 2
(broadcast live today and tomorrow on webcast)

FDA invites many DHHS and Big Pharma financed e-cig prohibitionists and propagandists, some Big Tobacco researchers, but very few objective experts, to present at June 1 & 2 e-cig workshop (just as occurred at first two FDA e-cig workshops) to promote Deeming Regulation (that would ban >99.9% of e-cigs now on the market).

ACSH: Rep Cole's HR 2058 might save e-cigs from being regulated off the market

ATR supports Rep. Tom Cole's FDA Deeming Regulation Authority Clarification Act of 2015

FDA going "full speed ahead” with e-cigarette regulations (Michael Marlow and Gil Ross expose how regulation protects cigarette markets and threatens public health)

Mike Siegel: FDA's Center for Tobacco Products research priorities do not include studying potential benefits of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation

Joe Nocera: Smoking, Vaping and Nicotine (cites deceptive statements by FDA's Mitch Zeller on e-cigs, nicotine and continuum of risk, but fails to mention that Zeller's proposed Deeming Regulation bans >99.9% of all e-cig products now on the market, or that Zeller just rejected Reynolds' petition to truthfully inform consumers that smokeless tobacco products are significantly less hazardous than cigarettes).

Brad Rodu: FDA rejects Reynolds petition to change smokeless warning

FDA announces grant(s) to develop Smokeless Tobacco Reference Products

Mike Siegel: FDA states that progress in reducing youth smoking is threatened by rising use of e-cigarettes

Mike Siegel: Senator Schumer lying to public in order to demonize e-cigs and companies

James Bovard: The nanny state sets its sights on the stogie set

FDA creates new docket for "Advance notice of proposed rulemaking" and "Request for Public Comments" for "Nicotine Exposure Warnings and Child-Resistant Packaging for Liquid Nicotine, Nicotine-Containing E-Liquid(s), and Other Tobacco Products," but then FDA and DHHS remove all documents from newly created docket.!docketDetail;D=FDA-2015-N-1514

FDA to host so-called public workshop entitled "Biomarkers of Tobacco Exposure"
on August 3 & 4 to discuss imposing even more expensive and unwarranted regulations for e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products

FDA announces interim enforcement policy related to Substantial Equivalence FAQ Guidance (new interim policy was added as a footnote 1 on page 1)


CDC issues more anti smokeless tobacco propaganda (in a report on modest changes in State BRFSS data from 2011 to 2013), conflating very low risk smokeless tobacco (which has helped several million smokers quit smoking) with lethal cigarettes to discourage smokers from switching (which CDC calls "concurrent" or "dual" use)

But CDC failed to cite BRFSS data on the leading cause of disease and death, finding the US daily smoking rate declined from 15.4% in 2011 to 13.4% in 2013 (a 13% decline)

Huff Post article hypes CDC propaganda insinuating that very low risk smokeless tobacco is as hazardous as cigarette smoking, and that switching to smokeless tobacco (aka dual or concurrent use) increases disease risks for cigarette smokers

CDC's Brian King and Big Pharma financed ALA's Norm Edelman demonize very low risk smokeless tobacco that has helped millions of white rural male smokers quit smoking


FTC approves Reynolds acquisition of Lorillard, sale of some Lorillard cigarette brands
and blu e-cigs to Imperial

THR Research and Surveillance

New ASH UK survey of adults in Great Britain finds:
- 2.6 million adults currently vape, up from 2.1 million in 2014,
- 1.1 million vapers are ex-smokers, and 1.4 million vapers are current smokers,

- 6.7% of ex-smokers currently vape, up from 4.5% in 2014,
- 17.6% of current smokers currently vape, the same as in 2014,
- 0.2% of never smokers currently vape, the same as in 2014 and 2013

- 84% of ex-smokers who vape do so daily,
- 45% of current smokers who vape do so daily,

- 66% of vapers now use premium vaporizers and e-liquid, with 28% using as first e-cig;
- 26% of vapers now use e-cigs with cartridge refills, but 41% used them as first e-cig;
- 5% of vapers now use disposable e-cigs, but 24% used a disposable as first e-cig; and

- 22.1% of Brits inaccurately believe e-cigs are just as or more harmful than cigarettes, up from 15.2% in 2014 and 7.5% in 2013 (due to fear mongering by e-cig prohibitionists)

2014 survey of US adults finds 18% of "current e-cigarette users" were recent ex-smokers (i.e. vapers who quit smoking by switching to vaping); finds "daily", "non-daily" and "former" smokers were 20, 27 and 4 times more likely respectively than "never" smokers to be a "current e-cigarette user".
But while the survey properly asked "How often do you now vape or use e-cigarettes? Every day, some days, or not at all", the study's authors (who have advocated banning e-cigs since 2009) failed to disclose any data for the "every day" and "some days" groups.
Instead, they deceptively combined the data from those distinctly different groups to create a new group misleadingly called "current e-cigarette users" to equate occasional vaping (most of which is experimentation and/or the use of no-nicotine e-cigs) with daily vaping (virtually all of which is by smokers or ex-smokers who switched to vaping).

Mike Siegel: New Harvard study finds that as many as 18% of current e-cigarette users may have quit smoking completely using e-cigarettes

European Commission issues survey data in propaganda report condemning all tobacco and e-cigs, reveals Sweden (where snus is legal and has helped many smokers quit) has the EU's lowest cigarette smoking rate by far at 11%, while the EU average is 26% (where snus has been banned by the EC for two decades); EU survey also found:
- Among "ever users" of an e-cig, 22% use daily, 5% use weekly, 3% use monthly, 5% use less than monthly, 42% used just once or twice, and 23% no longer use.
- Among "ever users" of an e-cig, 22% use nicotine e-cigs daily versus 4% for no-nicotine e-cigs, 5% use nicotine e-cigs weekly versus 4% for no-nicotine e-cigs, 3% use nicotine e-cigs monthly versus 2% for no-nicotine e-cigs.
- Among "ever users" of an e-cig, the most important factors in choosing an e-cig are the flavour (39%), price (38%), amount of nicotine (27%) and type of e-cig (20%).
- France and UK have highest rate of e-cig use in the EU.
- No more than 1% of never-smokers in any country currently use e-cigarettes. (e-cigs begin on pg 76)

European Commission press release announcing new tobacco and e-cig report fails to acknowledge that snus is why Sweden has lowest smoking rate in EU, denounces e-cigs because "just 21% of smokers were able to cut down with these products and only 14% were able to stop smoking", touts its Tobacco Products Directive that severely restricts and may ban e-cigs and that imposes cigarette regulations that won't reduce smoking.

European Commission Infograph on its new tobacco and e-cig report deceitfully demonizes e-cigs because, among EU smokers who "ever used" an e-cigarette:
"49% did not quit or reduce
21% reduced, but did not quit
13% quit, but started again
14% quit smoking"

Carl Phillips - Gateway Effects: Why the cited evidence does not support their existence for low-risk tobacco products (and what evidence would)

Clive Bates: What are the research priorities for e-cigarettes?

THR Product Safety

136 times more Adverse Events were reported to FDA for nicotine gums, lozenges, patches & nasal sprays than for e-cigs (3,819 vs 28) from 2007-2014 (as Obama's DHHS has campaigned to ban e-cigs since 2009, while hawking NRT as "safe and effective")
Brad Rodu: Scaremongering tactics against smoke-free tobacco could also undermine nicotine medicines

BAT/Nicoventures publishes guide purportedly for screening and assessing toxicological risks of flavors in vapor products

New study exposes NEJM e-cig formaldehyde scare as fraudulent junk science, reveals that e-cigarettes can only generate high levels of aldehydes in "dry puff" conditions

Konstantinos Farsalinos: E-cigarettes generate high levels of aldehydes only in "dry puff" conditions (irrespective of the power levels)

Mike Siegel: New study refutes e-cigarette formaldehyde scare

Smoking Cessation

Brad Rodu: Researchers set out to gauge stop-smoking financial incentives; end up proving smokers can't quit

THR Education

Matthew Glans: E-cigarettes can save lives, taxpayer dollars

Gerry Stimson: Vaping "A Lesser Evil" To Tobacco

Peter Hajek interviewed about smoking cessation drugs and e-cigarettes

BAT website and video advocate tobacco harm reduction

THR Business

Newsweek Europe article delineates evolution of e-cig industry and how government regulators are protecting cigarettes and Big Tobacco companies by trying to ban nearly all vapor products; but headline falsely claims Big Tobacco "bought the vaping industry"

Nicotine Conference

2nd Global Forum on Nicotine to be held June 5/6 in Warsaw, Poland


WHO blames tobacco companies for creating black markets (much of which were created by WHO policies) for World No Tobacco Day to lobby for more counterproductive laws

CDC falsely claims "the tobacco epidemic kills an estimated 6 million persons worldwide" (as cigarette smoking kills an estimated 6 million people annually) to promote WHO's World No Tobacco Day on May 31.

US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy deceitfully conflates very low risk tobacco use with truly lethal daily cigarette smoking to hype WHO's World No Tobacco Day and to impose his moralistic abstinence-only goal of "Tobacco Free Living" on tobacco users

State/Local Activism

CASAA podcast update May 25, 2015


NATO's Tom Briant reveals Vermont is only state to raise cigarette and moist snuff tax this year, and was only state to increase cigarette and OTP taxes last year; points out that 21 state legislatures have adjourned this year.

Victor Nava: Taxing and regulating e-cigarettes like tobacco is bad public policy (DC)

CASAA Call to Action urges Ohio vapers to oppose any tax on e-cigs

Independent Vapor Retailers of Minnesota Call to Action urges vape shops to keep opposing vapor product tax increase lobbied for by Big Tobacco during special session

Clive Bates: US public health establishment proposes to increase fiscal deaths

Don Racheter: What is a "sin tax"?

Kansas House Taxation Committee approves bill that would increase cigarette tax from $.79 to $1.25/pack

CASAA Call to Action urges Kansas vapers to oppose any tax on vapor products

Pennsylvania bill (HB 1213) cosponsored by 14 Democrat Reps would impose Gov. Wolf's budget proposal to increase the cigarette and little cigar tax from $1.60 to $2.60/pack, and impose a 40% wholesale tax on OTP and e-cigs. Bill would also require thousands of OTP and e-cig manufacturers (including those located out-of-state and abroad) and all OTP and e-cig wholesalers and retailers to obtain newly created licenses to legally market their products in PA; referred to House Finance Cmte

Vaping Bans

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signs bill (HB 2546) to ban use of any "inhalant delivery system" (including no-nicotine e-cigs) in virtually all workplaces, ban sales to minors (including no-nicotine e-cigs), and require child-resistant packaging for e-liquid

Ontario legislature protects cigarettes by banning vaping in workplaces and public places

California Senate Appropriations Cmte holds May 28 hearing on bill (SB 140) to ban vaping in workplaces

California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators opposes SB 140 (Leno) Electronic Cigarettes

California Senate Appropriations Cmte holds May 28 hearing on bill (SB 24) to ban vaping in all workplaces, require licensure of all e-cig retailers, ban sales of all tobacco and e-cig products to anyone under age 21

E-cig sales bans to minors

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signs bill (SB 97) that bans e-cig sales to minors and that restricts adult access to online e-cig sales

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signs bill (HB 2546) to ban sale of any "inhalant delivery system" (including no-nicotine e-cigs) to minors, ban vaping in virtually all workplaces, and require child-resistant packaging for e-liquid

Michigan Senates unanimously approves bill (SB 231) to ban sales of vapor products and alternative nicotine products to minors despite Gov. Snyder's veto of similar bill last year

Nevada Assembly passes bill (SB 225) to ban the sale of vapor products and alternative nicotine products to minors, Senate fails to concur, sent back to Assembly (note that current NV law allows local governments to ban vapor product sales to minors, but NV doesn't ban e-cig sales to minors)

Other Packaging Restrictions

MO legislature delivers bill (HB 531) to require child-resistant packaging for e-liquid to governor

NC House Health Cmte approves bill (SB 286) to require child-resistant packaging for all bottles of e-liquid (including no-nicotine e-liquid) and require labeling for nicotine containing bottles of e-liquid (that compete against Reynolds' nicotine containing cigarettes and cigalike e-cigs, which are exempted from bill's requirements).


Oregon Senate Finance and Revenue Cmte schedules June 1 public hearing and work session on bill (SB 663) to ban sales of "inhalant delivery systems" (aka e-cigs) within 1,000 feet of a school, require licensure for all retailers, increase minimum age for tobacco and e-cig sales to 21 years, ban vaping in nearly all workplaces

Flavoring ban

Oregon Senate Finance and Revenue Cmte to hold work session June 3 on bill (SB 415) to protect cigarettes by banning the sale of all flavored e-cigs and tobacco products (except for tobacco and menthol flavors)


Clive Bates: What is wrong with the EU Tobacco Products Directive for vapour products?

Tobacco companies file lawsuits against UK Government over plain packaging laws

Prohibitionists sue Dutch government in attempt to stop it from communicating with tobacco industry, claiming doing so violates WHO FCTC, acknowledge their goal is to eliminate tobacco companies, products and use (instead of reducing cigarette diseases)


Chandigarh (India) bans the sale of nicotine

Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Fox News' Dr. Manny asks/answers rhetorical question "Are e-cigarettes safe during pregnancy?" to confuse and scare, as he knows that nothing is safe, and that consumption of any nicotine (including FDA approved NRT products) during pregnancy poses risks.

American Academy of Family Physicians congratulates itself and the FDA for deceiving the public and protecting cigarettes by opposing and rejecting Reynolds' petition to truthfully inform consumers that smokeless tobacco is far less hazardous than cigarettes

Harvard in a quandary over e-cigs, as some ethical professors are now telling the truth about vaping; but article downplays the health benefits for smokers and repeats false and misleading fear mongering claims by e-cig prohibitionists and propagandists.

Another fear-mongering headline from Japan claims a report found some e-cigs emit high levels of formaldehyde, but no evidence or source was cited

- Bill Godshall
Godshall THRU 2015-06-01