Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - September 1st, 2015
FDA Deeming Ban, More FDA CTP, THR Education, THR Opponents Attack Public Health England for Telling Truth About Vaping, Clarification of PHE Reports on Vaping, UK / EU TPD, More Taxation, Vapor Product Research, Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies.
CDC NHIS finds sharpest annual decline in adult smoking to record low 15.2% in 1Q15 (down from 16.8% in 2014, and from 20.6% in 2009 when Obama’s DHHS unlawfully banned e-cigs and launched its War on Vaping) as even more smokers switch to vaping; highlights pending public health disaster posed by FDA’s proposed Deeming Regulation (that would protect/promote cigarettes by banning >99.9% of all nicotine e-cig products)
AVA: New CDC data shows smoking continues to fall as vaping increases
http://vaping.info/ news/2015/new-cdc-data-shows-smoking-continues-to-fall-as- vaping-increases
The three most troubling tobacco legislative trends of 2015
US Rep Debbie Dingell (D-MI) urges FDA to ban all e-cig sales to adults (but not far more harmful cigarettes) ASAP under false guise of protecting e-cig consumers
Jesse Hathaway: Government Grant Funding Corrupts Tobacco Research, Holds Back Scientific Inquiry (exposes how NIH grants demonize low risk smokefree tobacco products and promote intolerant abstinence-only policy agenda)
FDA/NCI funded researchers at Rutgers find DHHS’ misinformation campaign against very low risk e-cigs, snus and smokeless tobacco, and low risk cigars and hookah (to lobby for the TCA last decade, defend FDA’s 2009 unlawful e-cig ban, and lobby for FDA’s Deeming Regulation since 2011) has deceived many/most young adults to inaccurately believe those products are just as harmful as far more hazardous cigarettes; authors falsely insinuate (in press release) that e-cigs and hookah are as harmful as cigarettes, repeat disproved and inhumane claim that informing smokers about the vastly different risks of different products “may not encourage smokers to switch to products but instead encourage new product uptake for both smokers and nonsmokers”.
Percent of US 18-35 year olds that correctly believe the following are “less risky” than cigarettes (58% e-cigarettes, 10% snus, 7% smokeless tobacco, 14% cigars, 24% hookah)
Percent of 18-35 year olds that incorrectly believe the following are “more risky” than cigarettes (5% e-cigarettes, 22% snus, 32% smokeless tobacco, 33% cigars, 14% hookah)
Young adults know e-cigarettes are not tobacco, academics are more confused
FDA/NIH to waste another $3 million to fund 10 activist researchers to further exaggerate risks of hookah/shisha, demonize the products, and advocate even more unwarranted FDA regulations (since FDA’s proposed Deeming Regulation would ban ALL nicotine shisha/hookah products 24 months after issuance of Final Rule)
FDA/NIH to waste yet another $5 million to study mandating nicotine reductions in cigarettes (which prompts smokers to smoke more cigarettes and inhale more deeply) after previous FDA/NCI study (below) found products ineffective for smoking cessation
Note that FDA/NCI/NIDA funded study by Benowitz (who has advocated mandatory nicotine reductions in cigarettes since 1994) found reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes didn’t reduce likelihood of smoking cessation
FDA extends public comment period on Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) for e-liquid regulations until September 30 (even though FDA’s proposed Deeming Regulation would ban >99.9% of nicotine e-cigs, including all bottled e-liquid containing nicotine, 24 months after agency issues Final Rule)
FDA says terms “natural” and “additive free” are MRTP health claims that violate TCA, says TCA trumps FTC consent order requiring warning label “No additives in our tobacco does NOT mean a safer cigarette”, warns Reynolds, Imperial and Sherman’s to remove those marketing claims for Natural Spirit, Winston and Nat Sherman brands
FDA tips off its Big Pharma funded tobacco controller allies about pending crackdown on “natural” and “additive free” cigarette claims so those groups can publicly urge the agency to take the action, and then take credit for agency’s action several days later.
Organic claim is at heart of Natural American niche
ACSH: Cigarettes, now with an organic health halo
FDA issues Final Guidance on No-Sale-Tobacco-Order (NSTE)
Public Health England: Underpinning evidence for the estimate that e-cigarette use is around 95% safer than smoking
Derek Yach: Anti smoking advocates should embrace e-cigarettes
Jacob Sullum – Whacky British Idea: Why Not Tell the Truth About E-Cigarettes?
Julia Belluz: What the US can learn from England’s new stance on e-cigarettes
Clive Bates: Public Health England says truthful realistic things about e-cigarettes
John Kelly: The great e-cigarette war
New study busts myth of e-cigarettes as gateway to teen smoking
Jeff Stier: E-cigarettes not a path to smoking
New Nicotine Alliance Australia welcomes UK study on e-cigarettes, doctor Attila Danko advocates for “life saving” vapor products
E-cigarette users say vaping makes them feel better and stop smelling of smoke
Vaping is about 95% less harmful than smoking (many emboldened vapers comment)
ACSH: Britain’s Department of Health: E-cigarettes 95% less harmful than tobacco
- Public Health England attacked for telling truth about vaping
Anonymous editorial in The Lancet (which published Andrew Wakefield’s fraudulent study claiming child vaccines caused autism) attacks Public Health England for claiming e-cigs are 95% less harmful than cigarettes (even though the evidence indicates e-cigs are 99% less harmful), falsely implies (but provides no evidence, since none exists) e-cigs are more harmful, smears Riccardo Polosa for accepting e-cig industry funding to conduct an excellent study (as The Lancet hypocritically relies on drug industry funds and has published thousands of articles authored by drug industry funded researchers).
News media repeat and further sensationalize The Lancet’s outrageous accusations against Public Health England
http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-k-government-agencys-e-cigarettes-report-based-on-flimsy-evidence-the-lancet-says-1440761792 (Godshall comments)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11830029/E-cigarette-safety-study-was-written-by-industry-funded-scientists-Lancet-warns.html (Godshall comments)
PHE e-cig report authors respond to editorial attack by anonymous Lancet editor(s)
David Nutt: Blinded by smoke? Why do e-cigarettes provoke such irrational reactions?
ASH UK defends Public Health England’s reports on e-cigarettes, criticizes Lancet editorial
Konstantinos Farsalinos: What is the only argument for criticizing Public Health England Report on e-cigarettes? Funding of 1 of the 185 cited studies
Christopher Snowden: On e-cigarette safety, The Lancet has decided to shoot the messenger
Dick Puddlecoat: Their favorite trick
NY Times editorial dismisses Public Health England’s comprehensive analysis of e-cig research as “hardly definitive,” falsely insinuates e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes throughout editorial, falsely claims "experts in America have drawn different conclusions on usage and on the gateway issue," praises FDA/NIH funded junk e-cig study in JAMA, deceitfully promotes FDA’s proposed deeming regulation (that would ban sales of ALL nicotine e-cigs to adults) as needed “to protect young people” from “trying e-cigarettes”
E-cigarettes on the NHS? Not so fast (points out that that the NHS can only provided MHRA approved e-cigs, and that MHRA has not approved any e-cigs as medicines).
Note that UK MHRA has approved a nicotine inhaler as medicine; BAT Nicovation’s Voke, which will soon be marketed
Clive Bates submits comments to UK DOH on EU TPD e-cig regulations
Dick Puddlecoat: Drafting A TPD2 Consultation Response
UK DOH consultation on EU TPD to end September 3
UK DOH Impact Assessment on EU TPD greatly exaggerates economic benefits of EU TPD cigarette regulation, but fails to assess negatives of EU TPD e-cigarette regulation
SFATA issues statement on California legislature’s special session
CA Senate approves bill (SB x2-5) to ban vaping in all workplaces by falsely redefining “smoking” as including the use of smokefree e-cigs
CA Assembly amends bill (ABX2 6) to ban vaping in all workplaces by falsely redefining “smoking” as including the use of smokefree e-cigs
CA Senate approves bill (SB x2-7) to increase minimum age for tobacco and vapor product sales from 18 to 21 years, sent to Assembly.
CA Senate approves bill (AB 216) to ban sale of all vapor products to minors (including those not containing or using nicotine), sent to Assembly for concurrence on Senate amendments.
CA Senate approves bill (AB 768) to ban smokeless tobacco use by adults at professional baseball stadia (despite no harm to nonusers), Assembly concurs on Senate amendments.
Identical CA Assembly and Senate bills (ABX2 16 & SBX2 13) would increase cigarette tax by $2/pack (from $.87 to $2.87), and impose an equivalent tax on lifesaving e-cigs “to protect existing tobacco tax-funded programs from a decline in tax revenues.”
(Note that CA tax bills need 2/3rds vote for approval).
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposes taxing e-cigs, smokeless tobacco
CASAA Call to Action urges Chicago vapers to oppose Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to tax e-cigs and smokeless tobacco
Study finds 15% of cigarettes sold in NYC have illegal tax stamps
Heartland’s Matthew Glans irrationally equates and denounces any/all taxation of tobacco, alcohol and gambling (which he repeatedly refers to as “sins”)
Study finds vaping temporarily reduces cough reflex; CHEST issues multiple press releases to generate news story
In Health Affairs, John Maa deceptively advocates e-cigarette prohibition under false guise of protecting children, grossly misrepresents scientific evidence on e-cigs, and ramifications of FDA’s proposed e-cig ban; Godshall comments
JAMA publishes malicious article by Big Pharma financed AAP e-cig prohibitionists that lies about the scientific evidence, urges physicians to tell cigarette smokers not to switch to vaping, promotes FDA’s proposed e-cig ban
Mike Siegel: New JAMA article offers irresponsible medical advice to physicians about smoking cessation
Washington Post article grossly misrepresents scientific evidence, demonizes e-liquid flavorings to confuse, scare and lobby for FDA deeming regulation and additional e-cig regs, fails to admit that FDA’s proposal would ban >99.9% of nicotine e-cig products
MSA financed Legacy runs advertisement greatly exaggerating the risks of cigars, hookah and occasional cigarette smoking on MTV’s Video Music Awards where Miley Cyrus and Kanye West advocated smoking marijuana.
Singapore Ministry of Health rejects PHE reports and other scientific evidence on e-cigs, keeps making false fear mongering claims to justify its unwarranted vaping ban
Junk study by Jane Garbutt et al grossly exaggerates extremely low e-cig risks to confuse and scare, deceitfully claims 36% of e-cig users don’t use childproof bottle caps or locks (as cigalike e-cigs don’t contain bottles or caps), fails to acknowledge that virtually all bottled e-liquids contain child-resistant caps. Press release misrepresents study findings to confuse, scare and generate sensationalized news stories
News media repeat Jane Garbutt’s fearmongering claims about e-liquid without any fact checking or objective analysis
Simon Chapman promotes the disproved lie (first alleged by the US FDA in 2009 when the agency was defending its unlawful e-cig ban) that e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes to confuse, scare and defend Australia’s e-cig sales ban that Chapman advocated to deny smokers legal access to the lifesaving smokefree alternatives; Godshall comments.
JAMA junk study on e-cigs dupes unscientific reporter and editor(s) at Politico
Inquisitr article repeats false and misleading fearmongering accusations about e-cigs (that were disproved years ago) as factual
Mike Siegel: Campaign of Deception is Working: Inquistir article copies 7 e-cigarette myths almost verbatim from e-cigarette opponents
Hindustan Times article falsely claims e-cigs are as addictive and harmful as cigarettes, cause cancer, and emit second hand smoke
- Bill Godshall
Godshall THRU 2015-09-01