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Bill Godshall Update 2015-09-08

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - September 8th, 2015

FDA’s Proposed E-cig Ban, THR Advocacy, THR Research, THR Surveillance, Anti THR Policy Activism, Cigarettes vs Marijuana, Vaping THC, Smoking Cessation Drugs, California Special Session, Litigation, Taxation, Vaping Bans, More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies.


FDA’s proposed e-cig ban

While several million daily smokers have become daily vapers (clearly a gateway effect), there’s no evidence ANY nonsmoker has become a daily vaper. But JAMA publishes another deceitful DHHS funded junk study and accompanying editorial (by Big Pharma financed AAP’s Jonathan Klein) falsely insinuating e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes; study irresponsibly excluded all baseline smokers and only inquired about “ever use” of e-cigs and cigarettes, finds 11 nonsmokers who used an e-cig before smoking a cigarette.

‘Vapers’, vendors say they are here to stay

Big Pharma financed e-cig prohibitionist CTFK criticizes FDA for delaying regulation that would ban manufacturing and sales of all e-cigs to adults (by deceitfully claiming it is needed to protect children).

THR advocacy

Jacob Sullum: British Public Health Officials, Unlike Ours, Tell the Truth About E-Cigarettes.

Atakan Befrits: Swedish snus globally – who really wins this argument? (in Swedish)

Steve Smith: Is smoking cigarettes as bad as using other tobacco products? Americans lack knowledge when it comes to risks

Clive Bates – Death by paperwork: consultation on EU e-cigarette notification regime

Jacob Sullum: 4 Reasons this article about e-cigarettes is bad

THR Research

Konstantinos Farsalinos: New study proves there is no second-hand vaping: e-cigarette aerosol contains less volatile compounds than normal exhaled breath.

Study finds significant reductions in carbon monoxide and acrolein exposure among smokers who switched to dual use of e-cigs, and even more significant reductions among smokers who switched to exclusive vaping.

Public Health England responds to editorial in The Lancet that misrepresented the scientific evidence about e-cigs and trashed PHE

Royal College of Physicians’ John Britton responds to editorial in The Lancet attacking e-cigs and Public Health England

Riccardo Polosa responds to editorial in The Lancet that accused him of financial conflict of interest in attempt to discredit Public Health England’s reports on e-cigs.

Clive Bates: The real challenge is to make e-cigarettes accessible to poor smokers

ACSH: E-cigarettes are safer than smoking – but aldehydes need to go

E-cigarette long-term efficacy & safety: a study to complete (Italian researchers seek funds to complete five year e-cigs study)

THR Surveillance

Mike Siegel: As e-cigarettes re-normalize smoking, adult smoking prevalence in 2015 plummets

Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Smoking’s decline: America’s tobacco demon appears on the run

Anti THR policy activism

CDC study finds sharp decline in tobacco smoking among high school students (from 31.5% in 2001 to 19.5% in 2013) and in overall tobacco use (from 33.9% to 22.4%), but no change in use of low risk smokeless tobacco; but CDC touts irrelevant factoid in press release “High school athletes using smokeless tobacco more than non-athletes” and grossly exaggerates smokeless tobacco risks to confuse, scare, and lobby for even more anti smokeless tobacco propaganda and for more intolerant adult smokeless tobacco usage bans at professional baseball stadia.

CDC demonization of smokeless tobacco and call for adult usage bans generates news stories and editorials repeating CDC’s misinformation and intolerance.

FDA/NIH funded Tom Eissenberg (who urged FDA to ban e-cigs in 2010 because he claimed e-cigs don’t emit nicotine) finds that vapers who vape 36mg/ml nicotine e-liquid at 30 second puff intervals can consume even more nicotine than by smoking a cigarette, but then claims (without providing evidence) that doing so can be harmful and suggests policy makers consider mandating limits on the amount of nicotine vapers can obtain.

Cigarettes vs Marijuana

NIDA funded MTF finds daily cigarette smoking by college students plummeted to 5% in 2014 (from 19% in 1999), past 30 day cigarette smoking dropped to 12.9% (from 30.6% in 1999), past 30 day e-cig use at 9.7%; Finds past 30 day cigarette smoking by 19-28 year olds dropped from 20% in 2013 to 17.5% in 2014 (for sharpest annual decline ever); Univ of Mich. authors hype modest increase in marijuana use to news media.

Vaping THC

DHHS funded study finds some teens (like adults) vape THC or pot, demonizes vaping, but author falsely claims vapor has no smell and cannot be detected.

Smoking Cessation Drugs

After trashing Public Health England’s objective report on e-cigs, The Lancet publishes study finding that Varenicline (Chantix/Champix) poses no risk of cardiovascular or neuropsychiatric events.

California Special Session

CA legislature sends bill (AB 768) banning smokeless tobacco use by adults at professional baseball stadia to governor.

CA Assembly approves Senate amended bill (AB 216) to ban sale of nonnicotine vapor products to minors under 18 years

CA bill (ABX2 6) to ban vaping in all workplaces re-referred to Finance Cmte


CEH to file lawsuits against 24 of world’s largest e-cig companies (but not Altria), alleges products emit higher levels of formaldehyde and acetaldehyde than allowed by California standards.


AVA: Rahm Emanuel’s e-cig tax will kill smokers & small businesses

Vaping Bans

LA Times article falsely insinuates that DOT has banned vaping on airlines

Edmonton Councillor to call for exemption to e-cigarette ban

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

CVS junk study absurdly claims company’s ending sales of tobacco (and lifesaving e-cigs) reduced overall cigarette sales by 1% in 13 states (even though CVS admits it only had 1.5%-2% of US cigarette market share prior to ending their sales).

Big Pharma and CVS funded CTFK promote CVS’ self promotion junk study on cigarette sales.

ACSH: CVS needs to stop stealing our thunder

FDA/NCI funded Stan Glantz’ Monte Carlo simulation estimates that e-cigs (like Snus) may pose population health risks if they were 30% as harmful as cigarettes, if smokers stopped using them to quit smoking, and if millions of nonsmokers begin to vape; another garbage in, garbage out junk study.

E-cig prohibitionists and propagandists McKee and Capewell send letter to The Lancet attacking authors of Public Health England’s comprehensive scientific reports on e-cigs.

- Bill Godshall

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