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Bill Godshall Update 2015-09-17

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - September 17th, 2015

FDA, US Government Cigarettes, US National Park Service Bans Vaping, US GAO Opines On Ecigs, Public Health Surveillance, Public Health Hypocrisy, Former THR Opponents Endorse Vaping, Cigarette Litigation, CA Prop 65 Ecig Litigation, Taxation, Massachusetts AG Imposes Ecig Regulations, California Special Session, Ethics, Vaping THC, Vaping Ban, Smokeless Tobacco Usage Bans, Europe, Vaping Research, The PHE and BMJ Affair, More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies.



Jan Verleur: How the FDA is protecting Big Tobacco

White House nominates Robert Califf (who supports FDA’s proposed e-cig ban and is currently FDA Deputy Commissioner for medical products and tobacco) to become next FDA Commissioner, requires Senate confirmation

FDA bans (i.e. issues NSE orders for) four Reynolds’ cigarette brands: Camel Crush Bold, Pall Mall Deep Set Filter, Pall Mall Deep Set Filter Menthol, and Vantage Tech 13 (that combined have <.4% of cigarette market share) for not meeting FDA’s SE demands (i.e. proving to FDA that products are SE to a product on the market February 15, 2007).

RJ Reynolds tobacco company disagrees with FDA ruling on four of its cigarette brands

Mike Siegel: FDA says some cigarettes are safer than others, but not electronic cigarettes

Lane Filler: Why does the FDA think you can smoke cigarettes safely?

Sacramento Bee editorial hypes FDA’s banning of 4 cigarette brands as a “significant advance”, praises Democrats, trashes tobacco companies and Republicans

FDA reports, during August, that the agency issued 2 Not Substantially Equivalent (NSE) orders, issued 4 Refuse-to-Accept letters for SE, and that companies withdrew 26 SE reports from the review process

FDA issues 2nd Guidance and Responses to Frequently Asked Questions on Substantial Equivalence for New Tobacco Products

FDA issues Enforcement Policy for Certain (Provisional) Tobacco Products that the FDA Finds Not Substantially Equivalent; Guidance for Industry and Tobacco Retailers

US Government Cigarettes

22nd Century Group receives purchase order for 4.95 million SPECTRUM “US government research cigarettes”, bring total purchases to 22 million cigarettes

US National Park Service Bans Vaping

Obama’s National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis bans vaping at national parks (everywhere smoking is banned); falsely claims e-cigs harm nonusers, grossly misrepresents scientific evidence on vapor products.

R Street’s Joel Nitzkin sends letter to National Park Services denouncing vaping ban

US GAO Opines On Ecigs

GAO (U.S. Government Accountability Office) junk study confirms cigarette consumption (and federal cigarette tax revenue) declined significantly from 2009 to 2014, but absurdly opines (based on no evidence) that skyrocketing e-cigarette consumption did NOT contribute to cigarette decline, absurdly opines (based on no evidence) that the 2009 TCA (coauthored and lobbied for by Philip Morris) reduced cigarette consumption, touts irrelevant survey data on youth use (which accounts for <1% of cigarette and e-cig consumption), grossly misrepresents Obama’s DHHS War on Vaping and FDA’s proposed e-cig ban

US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) repeats false claims in GAO junk study on e-cigs

Public Health Surveillance

Brad Rodu: Breaking News from the CDC: Smoking Plummets in First Quarter 2015

Public Health Hypocrisy

Sally Satel and Brad Rodu: Why public health advocates care more about heroin addicts than smokers

Gil Ross: Why are drug users getting better treatment than smokers?

Neil McKeganey – Tobacco Control Research: A Tale of Two Delphi Groups

Mike Siegel: Why are anti-smoking groups and agencies lying to the public about e-cigs: a political history lesson

Former THR Opponents Endorse Vaping

Stephen Sugarman: To help smokers quit, make them vapers (advocates ACA coverage of vapor products for smokers, $2/pack cigarette tax hike, reduced nicotine in cigarettes)

UCSF Smoking Cessation Leadership Center Director Stephen Schroeder acknowledges public health benefits of vaping “Is smoking yesterday’s news?”

International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer advocates higher cigarette taxes, low risk smokefree alternatives to cigarettes, implementation of WHO FCTC (Note that Mike Cummings supported FDA’s unlawful e-cig ban in 2009)

Cigarette Litigation

Florida jury blames Reynolds for lung cancer death, $34.7 million verdict

Florida jury blames Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds for cancer death, $12 million verdict

Florida jury blames Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds for cancer, $4.5 million verdict

CA Prop 65 Ecig Litigation

California lawsuit alleges cancer risk in Vuse electronic cigarette

Konstantinos Farsalinos: Center for Environmental Health pretends to have made a breakthrough discovery about e-cigarettes

Carl Phillips: Attacking e-cigs to encourage continued smoking: predatory lawsuit and goofy California law edition


CASAA Call to Action urges Chicago vapers to oppose proposed $.25/ml tax on e-liquid (i.e. $7.50 tax on a 30ml bottle of e-liquid) and tax $1.25 for each e-cig cartridge.

Americans for Tax Reform: Smoke clears on real reason for Chicago e-cig tax

Alabama House and Senate Committee approve $.25/pack cigarette tax hike (to $.675)

Massachusetts AG Imposes Ecig Regulations

MA Attorney General Healy publishes new regulations to ban sale of e-cigs to minors under 18, require age verification for Internet e-cig sales, prohibit adults from sampling e-cigs at shops, prohibit e-cig promotions to adults, require all e-cigs to be behind retail counters, and require child resistant packaging. Regulation to take effect September 25.

California Special Session

CASAA: California Special Session – Take Action Flyer

California lawmakers fail to act on several anti tobacco bills, as regular session ends while special sessions continue

Sacramento Bee editorial cites fraudulent e-cig gateway junk study to push vaping ban

CA legislature sends bill to ban sales of non nicotine vapor products to minors (AB 216) to governor

CA Assembly Finance Cmte passes bill (AB2X 6) to ban vaping in all workplaces

Two CA Senate Cmtes approve bill (SBX2 14) to hike cigarette tax to $2.87/pack and tax e-cigs at equivalent rate, but bill needs 2/3rds majority vote for passage.


Hawaii County Board of Ethics investigates Council Chairman Dru Kanahu for accepting gifts from anti e-cig lobbyists while sponsoring vaping ban bill

Vaping THC

ACSH: Vaping marijuana – Innovation or Reefer Madness?

Vaping Ban

Edmonton Council exempts vape shops from vaping ban

Smokeless Tobacco Usage Bans

Boston mayor signs law banning adults from using smokeless tobacco at baseball stadia

LA City Council instruct city attorney to draft bill banning adults from using smokeless tobacco at baseball stadia


Christopher Snowden: E-cigarettes and Article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive

WHO FCTC crusades for abstinence-only “tobacco free” Europe instead of reducing cigarette smoking, meets in Vilnius

French Health Minister misrepresents scientific evidence on e-cigs to French Senate, falsely claims e-cigs encourage nonsmokers to smoke, touts fraudulent studies in JAMA

Scottish MSP Mike MacKenzie says demonizing e-cigs may encourage kids to use them

Irish Health Department won’t ban vaping

Should e-cigarettes be banned in enclosed public spaces?
As Wales prepares to control vaping from 2017, we asked the experts

UK life and healthcare insurers gauge vapers by charging them same rates as smokers

Vaping 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 80% decline in carbon monoxide and acrolein exposure among cigarette smokers who switched to vaping

The PHE and BMJ Affair

- Public health experts rebuke repeated false claims about e-cigs and PHE in BMJ editorial.
BMJ publishes rant against e-cigs and Public Health England by abstinence-only prohibitionists Capewell and McKee, who again defame Polosa for accepting e-cig company funding (when no other was available) to conduct a study finding e-cigs help smokers quit and reduce cigarette consumption, and who absurdly claim e-cigs don’t benefit public health because many vapers sharply reduce (but don’t quit) smoking.

Joint statement on e-cigarettes by Public Health England and other UK public health organizations (in response to false claims about e-cigs and PHE published by BMJ)
Note this joint statement cosigners included Public Health England, Action on Smoking and Health, Association of Directors of Public Health, British Lung Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Faculty of Public Health, Fresh North East, Public Health Action (PHA),
Royal College of Physicians, Royal Society for Public Health, Tobacco Free Futures,
UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, UK Health Forum.

AVA: UK Public Health Orgs Push Back Against False Vaping Claims

Public Health experts Ann McNeill, John Britton and David Nutt refute false and defamatory accusations by e-cig prohibitionists Simon Capewell and Martin McKee against Public Health England’s comprehensive study and report in BMJ, while irreconcilably conflicted e-cig prohibitionists Stan Glantz (financed by FDA, NCI, CA DPH, Big Pharma and Legacy) and McKee repeat false and defamatory accusations.

Bauld, West & Aveyard: Expert reaction to article questioning the evidence on the safety and efficacy underpinning PHE’s recommendation of e-cigarettes as an aid to quitting smoking

David Nutt: Multi Criteria Decision Analysis [MCDA] – making the best of uncertainty for public health (critiques BMJ’s decision to publish the same false and defamatory accusations against PHE’s comprehensive e-cig report two weeks after the Lancet did so)

FDA/NIH/CA DPH financed e-cig prohibitionist Stan Glantz repeats false and defamatory allegations against Public Health England’s report on e-cigs

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

2nd DHHS funded junk study in JAMA falsely claims e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes.
Press releases by JAMA, UPMC and Dartmouth outrageously and falsely claim that DHHS funded Primack et al junk study found that e-cigs are gateways to smoking

JAMA, UPMC and Dartmouth press release lies about DHHS funded and JAMA published junk study by Primack et al dupe lazy and stupid news media to repeat disproved false claim that e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes

Mike Siegel: Does new JAMA Pediatrics study show that e-cigarettes are a gateway to youth smoking?

Brad Rodu: E-cigarettes – Gateway to Fatally Flawed, Federally Funded Research

Mike Seigel – In my view: Reporting of findings on JAMA Pediatrics study is inaccurate

Christie Aschwanden – Ignore the Headlines: We Don’t Know If E-Cigs Lead Kids to Real Cigs

Brad Rodu – Teen E-Cigarette Use & Smoking: Correlation, Not Causation (regarding DHHS funded Leventhal junk gatway study in JAMA)

Formal Complaint Filed On Research Fraud

- Formal Complaint filed against fraudulent e-cig formaldehyde study in NEJM - while funds are awarded for more of the same.

Obama’s FDA and NIH award e-cig formaldehyde research frauds $3.5 million to conduct more junk science and promote more anti e-cig propaganda as a retraction of NEJM paper is demanded

Clive Bates: Flawed e-cigarette formaldehyde paper should be retracted – formal complaint and supporting letter published

Research letter on e-cigarette cancer risk was so misleading it should be retracted

E-cigarettes need to be tested for safety under realistic conditions

Complaint under the Code of Conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (original complaint to NEJM)

Letter from 40 academics and experts in support of the complaint about the research letter published in the NEJM on Hidden Formaldehyde in E-cigarette aerosol

Hidden formaldehyde in e-cigarette aerosol: summarizing the case for retraction
Bates and Farsalinos: E-cigarettes need to be tested for safety under realistic conditions

Researchers call for retraction of NEJM paper showing dangers of e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes and formaldehyde: anatomy of a flawed study

Konstantinos Farsalinos – Formaldehyde in e-cigarette aerosol: a public call for the NEJM paper to be retracted

Pankow, Strongin and Peyton defend their fraudulent e-cig “dry puff” formaldehyde study in NEJM that relied on a machine that vaped drastically different than any human

FDA/NIH funded Brian Primack (who authored the junk e-cig gateway study in JAMA) absurdly claims one hookah smoking session is same as smoking >40 cigarettes, survey finds 19% of young adults smoked hookah in past year and 7% did so at least six times; study funded by DHHS to lobby for FDA’s proposed deeming ban for e-cigs and hookah

TINA criticizes truthful statements by e-cig companies, falsely accuses companies of market to youth

- Bill Godshall
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