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Bill Godshall Update 2015-08-13

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - August 13th, 2015


FDA, THR Education, E-cigarette Safety, THR Research, THR Marketing, Taxation, MSA, Vaping Bans, Smoking Bans, Smokeless Tobacco Use Bans, Misuse of Government Funds, Flavoring Ban, Advertising Ban, Minimum Age Laws, TPP, Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies.



Vaping shops say FDA regulation could put them out of business
“Conley said an FDA crackdown could eliminate as many as 99% of the small businesses in the vaping industry.”

FDA Regulation of E-Cigarettes Would Only Help Big Tobacco, Say Vaping Startups

Vape advocates hope to educate owners pending FDA regulations (PA)

SmokenJoey’s interview with Bill Godshall delineates why/how FDA’s proposed deeming regulation would ban >99.9% of all nicotine vapor products, and how vapers and vapor companies can help stop FDA’s proposed e-cig ban

CASAA issues FDA Call to Action: Submit Comments on FDA’s Proposed Regulation of Safety Packaging and Labeling of E-Cigarettes and Dissolvable Tobacco Products

Big Pharma and CVS financed CTFK sends 26 youths to meet with members of Congress to repeat CTFK’s lies about e-cigs and OTP, and to lobby for FDA’s proposed e-cig ban

Big Pharma financed ACS sets up letter writing website purportedly to urge Obama’s FDA to regulate e-cigs, cigars and OTP to protect children, but fails to mention that FDA’s proposal would ban the sale of >99.9% of e-cigs and many/most cigars to adults.

FDA reports: “In July, FDA issued 6 Refuse-to-Accept letters for Substantial Equivalent (SE) reports, and companies withdrew 2 SE reports from the review process.”

DHHS funded Stan Glantz submits 29 pages of comments to FDA that repeat many false claims about nicotine and vapor products, urge agency to mandate packaging and inserts for all vapor and tobacco products to contain nine fear mongering warnings about nicotine (even though FDA’s deeming regulation would ban >99.9% of nicotine vapor products and all e-liquid packages), and to impose many more packaging restrictions.

THR Education

Royal Society for Public Health: Stopping smoking by using other sources of nicotine (urges vaping instead of smoking, calling products “vaporizers” instead of e-cigs) UK

Royal Society for Public Health: Nicotine “no more harmful to health than caffeine”
Public confusion reigns with 9 in 10 believing nicotine is harmful to health

Promote e-cigarettes over harmful tobacco smoking, say experts

UK Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Haywood: How the Nudge unit threw light on lighting up (UK)

Chart of the Day: Vaping in modern Britain

Malaysian vapers advocate to keep vapor products legal

E-cigarette Safety

Can e-cigarettes cause lipoid pnemonia? An interview with Professor Polosa

THR Research

NCI funded study by anti-THR activists Hecht and Hatsukami finds vapers have similar biomarker exposure levels as nonsmokers, and have significantly lower biomarker exposure levels than cigarette smokers; but author’s summary absurdly claims (despite no evidence presented, and in contrast to all existing evidence) that vaping should be banned because it “could begin to reverse the significant progress” of workplace smoking bans.

Dept of Health survey of fifteen year old Brits finds just 8% are current smokers, 3% are current vapers, and nearly all current vapers are or were cigarette smokers

Survey of fifteen year old Greeks finds 16.6% reported ever use of an e-cigarette (among whom 86% were smokers), just 0.5% reported current use of e-cigarettes

Cancer Research UK proposes more research on e-cigarettes

Mike Siegel: Data from 2014 UK youth survey show no nonsmoking youths becoming regular e-cigarette users

Brad Rodu: Cigarette nicotine fadeout fails; NIH-funded researchers back “easy alternative sources of nicotine”

THR Marketing

Reaching Vaping’s Subsegments
Advanced vaping opportunities for convenience stores


NEJM perspective by Frank Chaloupka, Dave Sweanor and Ken Warner urge taxing cigarettes at a much higher rate than low risk vapor and smokeless tobacco products
(but absurdly endorse FDA’s deeming regulation that bans >99.9% of vapor products)

ACSH – Taxes on nicotine products: can variable levels help stem to toll of smoking?

CASAA Call to Action: Oppose Pennsylvania Governor’s unjustifiable 40% wholesale tax on vapor products and smokeless tobacco

AL House Speaker Mike Hubbard says session collapsed after cigarette tax failed (MI) commentator Tim Skubick urges MI legislators to tax e-cigs, falsely claims vaping is smoking, falsely claims taxing e-cigs protects children, fails to understand that taxing e-cigs protects cigarette markets, fails to criticize Gov. Snyder for vetoing bill that would have banned e-cig sales to minors.


Fitch Ratings review finds MSA payments by cigarette companies increased 0.36% from 2014 to 2015

Vaping Bans

CASAA: California “special session” bills threaten consumer access, choice, and use of smoke-free vapor products

Judy Bobbit – Vaping: Do Ontario laws go too far?

CASAA: Rockland County (NY) alert! Oppose an indoor vaping ban

Malta Court of Magistrates that rules that vaping isn’t banned in public places since vaping is not the same as smoking tobacco, overrules decision by Commisioner of Justice

Dane County (WI) Executive Joe Parisi and County Board Supervisor Jenni Dye propose protecting cigarettes by banning vaping in all workplaces, repeat many fear mongering lies about life saving vapor products “Studies have shown that the aerosol that is exhaled by the users contains high levels of nicotine, propylene glycol (a known respiratory irritant), formaldehyde, and heavy metals such as lead, tin, nickel, and chromium.”

Intolerant Boulder County (CO) Commissioners ban vaping inside and outside of public housing units by falsely redefining “smoking” to include use of smokefree e-cigs, but enforcement of nonsensical policy is impossible.

Wayne State bans vaping and smokeless tobacco use (which pose very low risks to users and no risks to nonusers) under guise of smokefree policy to confuse public to believe vaping and smokeless tobacco are as hazardous as smoking cigarettes.

Harrisburg Area Community College bans vaping and smokeless tobacco, promotes use of more expensive Big Pharma nicotine products

Smoking Bans

Beijing to mobilize nearly ten thousand volunteers to enforce two month old smoking ban

Royal College of Public Health advocates banning smoking at restaurant patios, beer gardens, at parks and near schools

$2.1 million in smoking fines still remain uncollected in Ohio

New South Wales bans smoking in prisons (Australia)

Danial Denvir: Do outdoor smoking bans mostly punish the homeless?

Smokeless Tobacco Use Bans

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh proposes bill to ban adults from using smokeless tobacco (which is 99% less hazardous than cigarettes, and poses no risks to nonusers) at Fenway Park to purportedly protect children.

2013 Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System (YRBSS) found just 2.9% of high school students in Boston, 4.8% in Massachusetts, and 3.3% in San Francisco used smokeless tobacco in past 30 days, compared to 8.3% nationwide (see Table 40)

Boston Dept of Public Health reports that far fewer high school students reported using smokeless tobacco in past 30 days (i.e. 2.9%) than reported smoking cigarettes, binge drinking, carried a weapon, obesity, not using a condom during last intercourse, involved in a fight and attempted suicide in past year.
(See Chapters 3, 6, 7, 10 & 11)

2013 MA Dept of Public Health reported that far fewer MA high school students reported using smokeless tobacco in past 30 days (i.e. 4.8%) than reported cigarette smoking, binge drinking, driving after drinking, riding with an intoxicated driver, not using a seat belt, obesity, involved in a fight, carried a weapon, experienced family violence, seriously considered suicide, and not using a condom during last intercourse.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and CTFK’s Matt Myers demonize very low risk smokeless tobacco products to confuse, scare and lobby for law banning adult use at Fenway Park

Former DHHS and MA public health official Howard Koh and Alan Woodward grossly exaggerate risks of smokeless tobacco (which is 99% less harmful than cigarettes, poses no risk to nonusers, and has helped millions quit smoking) to deceive and scare readers, and to intolerantly ban its use by adults.

MLB players: Trying to enforce tobacco ban futile for cities

Misuse of Government Funds

State funded Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth gives $431,000 to researcher activist Kelli England Will at Eastern Virginia Medical School to develop propaganda campaign to mislead teens and demonize life saving vapor products.

Flavoring Ban

Canadian tobacco industry group that opposes proposed menthol cigarette ban in Quebec says proposal should also apply to native tribes

Advertising Ban

Scottish Grocers Federation comes out against advertising bans for e-cigs

Minimum Age Laws

NATO’s Thomas Briant: State and local update on minimum purchasing age
19 states have pre-emption laws preventing cities from raising the minimum age


Will Trans-Pacific Trade deal go up in smoke over anti-tobacco proposal?

Tobacco exception coming in TPP

US Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) urges US Trade Rep Michael Froman to oppose any tobacco carve out in TPP

Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Big Pharma financed ACS (which has lobbied to ban e-cigs since 2009) report repeats disproved fear mongering lies about e-cigs, falsely claims cancers caused by cigarette smoking are caused by “tobacco use”, promotes unwarranted and hateful vaping bans, claims far less hazardous smokeless tobacco, dissolvables, cigars and OTP should be taxed at the same rate as cigarettes, criticizes States for not banning smoking in workplaces (even though ACS lobbyists insisted that smokefree bills also ban vaping) criticizes States for not spending more public funds on counterproductive anti tobacco and vaping propaganda, less-than-safe Chantix, ineffective gums / patches / lozenges, and less-than-effective tobacco cessation counseling.

Malaysian Health Minister Subramaniam urges all vapers to go back to smoking cigarettes for two months until agency issues report on vaping risks

Real public health advocates Dimitris Agrafiotis, Wendy Lynch and Jed Rose tell the truth about vaping, while Big Pharma financed CTFK falsely accuses vapor industry of target marketing to youth, falsely claims e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes, falsely claims e-cigs don’t provide health benefits for smokers who switch, urges FDA to swiftly ban the sale of >99.9% of e-cigs to adults by deceitfully claiming it would protect children.

CDC study on tweeting falsely claims hookah is as harmful as cigarettes, grossly exaggerates hookah use to confuse, scare and lobby for more anti hookah propaganda

MSA financed Legacy (that claims to have trademarked the word “truth”) to run new TV ad falsely claiming one hookah session is the same as smoking 100 cigarettes (to scare public and lobby for FDA’s deeming regulation that bans most shisha/hookah)

Science News’ Janet Raloff grossly misrepresents evidence and repeats dozens of false fear mongering claims about lifesaving e-cigs to confuse, scare and lobby for anti vaping laws and regulations (that protect cigarettes and threaten lives of vapers and smokers)

Unable to find any vaper who actually switched to cigarette smoking, anti vaping activists ask high school students if they might smoke cigarettes in the future, then falsely conclude that vaping increases risks for cigarette smoking.’s Dr. Kate Cronan repeats false fear mongering claims about e-cigs, hawks Big Pharma’s nicotine gums and patches (which have a 95% failure rate) for smoking cessation (DE)

Indiana policeman falsely claims teens are using e-cigs to vape synthetic drugs

- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2015-08-13