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Bill Godshall Update 2015-12-16

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - December 16th, 2015

THR Surveillance, News Stories On MTF Survey Findings, THR Research, THR Advocacy, FDA Deeming Ban (Congress), FDA Deeming Ban, Other FDA, Other DHHS, THR Business, UK MHRA Approves BAT Vapor Product As Medicine, Cigarette-protecting Vapor Product Bans, Litigation, Taxation, Lobbying for State $$, E-liquid Marketing Restriction, E-liquid Packaging Restrictions, Vaping Bans, Minimum Age Laws, Farming Restrictions, EU TPD, Tobacco Display Bans, Deceptive Smokeless Tobacco Warnings, Gaffe, More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies.

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THR Surveillance

NIDA funded 2015 Monitoring the Future survey finds record low lifetime, past-30-day, daily and ½ pack+/day teen cigarette smoking rates among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders;
- past-30-day cigarette smoking declined 10% among 8th graders (from 4.0% to 3.6%) since 2014, declined 12% among 10th graders (from 7.2% to 6.3%), declined 16% among 12th graders (from 13.6% to 11.4%),
- daily cigarette smoking fell 7% among 8th graders (from 1.4% to 1.3%), fell 6% among 10th graders (from 3.2% to 3.0%), fell 18% among 12th graders (from 6.7% to 5.5%),

2015 MTF finds 50% decline in past-30-day teen cigarette smoking since 2010 (as vaping has skyrocketed), but MTF press release absurdly credits tax hikes, advertising and promotion restrictions, smoking bans, CDC’s anti smoking ads, school anti tobacco programs, TCA’s ban on <1% of flavored cigarettes, quit-smoking programs and FDA approved drugs.

2015 MTF finds past-30-day e-cig use by teens DECLINED 5% (from 13.9% to 13.2%), increasing 9% among 8th graders (from 8.7% to 9.5%), declining 14% among 10th graders (from 16.2% to 14.0%), and declining 5% among 12th graders (from 17.1% to 16.2%), but MTF buries e-cig prevalence data in data tables, claims rate .

NIDA MTF data chart and press release MTF found just 20% of teens who used e-cigs vaped nicotine, finds most just inhaled flavorings, falsely refers to vaping as “smoking”, but that data was never reported in Univ of Michigan MTF data tables or press releases. (e-cig nicotine/flavoring data near bottom of page)

NIDA director Nora Volkow attacks no-nicotine vapor products (in response to MTF finding that just 20% of teen e-cig users reported vaping nicotine), claims decreasing their appeal will become “more urgent as studies emerge that identify the adverse outcomes” despite vaping’s negligible risks and lifesaving benefits for smokers.

2015 MTF fails to provide critically important cross tab data for e-cig use, cigarette use and dual use (unlike in 2014 and asked deceptive question about reasons e-cigs were used so MTF surveyors could deceptively claim that few teens used e-cigs to quit smoking.

NIDA funded MTF surveyor Richard Miech falsely claims survey found e-cigs are not used by teens to quit smoking, falsely insinuates that e-cigs are as harmful as cigarettes, lobbies for FDA e-cig ban and an e-cig flavoring ban by falsely claiming TCA’s ban of select cigarette flavorings (accounting for <1% of flavored cigarettes) reduced smoking.

2015 MTF survey finding 7% of teens smoked a cigarette in past-30-days shatters DHHS’s Healthy People 2020 target of 16% for high school students, which is the only Healthy People goal ever achieved for tobacco use.

2015 MTF finds use of cigarillos (little cigars) declined among teens from 2014, but MTF surveyors falsely insinuate flavored cigars are gateways to cigarettes and are as harmful as cigarettes to lobby for FDA deeming reg/ban for cigars.

News stories on MTF survey findings

Gallup – In US, Young Adults’ Cigarette Use is Down Sharply; finds cigarette smoking rate lower among 18-29 year olds (18.4%) than among 30-49 year olds (19.6) and among 50-64 year olds (18.6%)

2015 Ontario survey finds past year cigarette smoking among 7-12 graders drops to 9%, just 3% smoked cigarettes daily, and 12% reported vaping in past year (but survey didn’t inquire if nicotine was vaped); but surveyor CAMH’s Hayley Hamilton falsely tells news media the research is “inconclusive” if vaping is less harmful than smoking.

THR Research

2014 follow-up study of 2011/12 baseline cigarette smokers finds 23% became intensive (daily) vapers, 29% were intermittent vapers, 18% vaped 1 or 2 times, 30% never vaped; intensive vapers were 6 times more likely than nonvapers to report quitting smoking; intermittent vapers were no more likely than nonvapers to report quitting smoking. survey finds 75% of smokers in Asia oppose banning vapor products

UK study finds declining percentage of smokers and exsmokers accurately believe cigarette smoking is more harmful than vaping, authors call for truthful communication and information about the dangerous risks of smoking and lifesaving benefits of vaping

Mike Siegel: New study shows anti-vaping groups’ misinformation is confusing the public and resulting in more smoking
Guy Bentley – Study: Misperceptions around health risks of e-cigarettes are growing fast

THR Advocacy

Laura Eggertson: Harm reduction over morals to reduce smoking deaths

Atakan Befrits: Open letter in the Norwegian Medical Association Journal December 2015

Alaska vapor trade association group formed called Clear the Air Alaska

FDA Deeming Ban (Congress)

AVA: Omnibus bill will protect cigarette markets and harm public health

E-cigarettes big loser in spending bill

Big Pharma financed CTFK falsely claims budget bill in Congress that would let FDA ban e-cig sales to adults as protecting “kids and public health”, deceitfully calls House rider to keep e-cigs legal as “tobacco industry giveaways”

FDA Deeming Ban

Deeming Update: The Fight Continues
Manufacturers, industry groups, anti-tobacco advocates plead their case to White House

A Billion Lives director Aaron Biebert urges White House OMB/OIRA to reject FDA’s vapor product ban

NATO representatives meet with OMB officials on Deeming

US Rep. Duncan Hunter: Don’t stifle vaping

Business and health groups jockey to shape e-cigarette rule; CTFK falsely claims e-cig ban is “about protecting kids and public health” even though it threatens the lives of all vapers and smokers, and benefits only Big Tobacco and CTFK’s funders at Big Pharma

Cameron Smith and Dr. Edward Anselm: Onerous new FDA rules will increase smoking

Grover Norquist: How to Restrain Obama’s Spending (cites measure to keep vapor products legal from FDA prohibition)

E-cigarette regs give industry the vapers

Mike Siegel: Changing grandfather date does not mean FDA cannot review e-cigarette products

American Academy of Family Physicians lies to Congress (and the public) once again about vaping to lobby for FDA’s cigarette protecting vapor product ban

Mike Siegel – Once, twice, three times a liar: AAFP letter to Congress on e-cigarettes predicate date lies three times, yet still fails to make its point

Big Pharma financed ALA’s Harold Wimmer lobbies Congress to protect cigarettes and threaten lives of vapers and smokers by letting Obama’s FDA ban e-cig sales to adults, deceitfully claims “one rider would weaken FDA's ability to protect kids from tobacco”

ALA affiliate ATS urges White House OMB/OIRA to ban vapor product sales to adults (while failing to admit FDA deeming reg bans vapor products), lies about flavored cigars

Big Pharma financed CTFK press release on MTF survey criticizes e-cigs and cigars yet again, lobbies for FDA deeming ban without admitting FDA deeming would ban e-cigs.

Legacy cites sharp decline in teen smoking (that was largely due to e-cigs) to once again lobby for FDA deeming ban on e-cigs (without acknowledging it would ban e-cigs)

Partisan Wired reporter advocates FDA e-cig ban by misrepresenting e-cig research findings, federal budget process, and Republicans who want to keep vapor products legal

DHHS Financed Lobbying for FDA Deming Ban

DHHS funded Harvard study finds nontoxic trace level constituents in vapor flavoring, but authors and Harvard falsely claim study found vaping can cause Popcorn Lung and contains harmful levels of diacetyl (that were exponentially lower than levels in cigarette smoke) to deceive, scare and lobby for FDA’s cigarette protecting deeming ban.

Harvard press release and DHHS funded activists deceitfully misrepresent findings of vapor study to confuse, scare and lobby for FDA deeming ban

Lazy stupid news media sensationalize Harvard’s and study author’s false Popcorn Lung and diacetyl accusations without any fact checking (or common sense)

Konstantinos Farsalinos: A new study finds diacetyl in e-cigarettes but exaggerates risks and fails to discuss about smoking

Guy Bentley: How the media totally exaggerated study on risk of ‘Popcorn Lung’ from e-cigarettes

Mike Siegel: New study finds that average diacetyl exposure from vaping is 750 times lower than from smoking

Brad Rodu: Is the Harvard e-cigarette buttery flavor study credible?

Did study conclude e-cigarette flavours lead to lung diseases?

CDC’s Ralph Caraballo acknowledges 2014 survey data found 20.6% of current smokers, 4% of former smokers and just .8% of never smokers reported vaping during past month; but then falsely claims “The evidence is currently insufficient to conclude that ENDS are effective for smoking cessation.”

Other FDA

FDA and DHHS file motion for dismissal of lawsuit by tobacco companies over packaging regulations

FDA misleadingly tweets – Remember: There’s no safe #tobacco product, but if it’s defective, damaged, or contaminated, let us know.

Mike Siegel: FDA wants to know if your cigarette is defective, damaged or contaminated, but doesn’t care if it kills you

DHHS complains about record drug overdose deaths caused by aggressive marketing of FDA approved opioid drugs, blames “abuse” by victims and cheaper “illegal” alternatives

Other DHHS

The Government Wastebook:

THR Business

Wells Fargo’s Bonnie Herzog reports 5.7% cigalike volume decline in US (compared to 2014) and 10.5% $ sales decline as more cigalike users switch to far less expensive and far more satisfying Premium Vaporizers and e-liquids sold at vape shops.

Imperial to drop “Tobacco” from its name after 115 years

UK MHRA Approves BAT Vapor Product as Medicine

BAT Nicoventure’s Voke will be prescribed on the NHS - but the government didn’t want you to know

Legacy’s Robin Koval touts BAT Nicoventures’ Voke, demonizes all other vapor products, awaits FDA’s deeming ban on vapor products

Cigarette Protecting Vapor Product Bans

Tamil Nadu (India) Directorate of Drugs Control bans e-cigs, seizes products from company, tells Madras High Court that the e-cig company should seek permission under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, as the devices are classified as drugs.

Singapore Ministry of Health protects cigarettes, threatens public health by banning lifesaving vapor and dissolvable tobacco/nicotine products

Oman’s Public Authority for Consumer Protection protects cigarette markets, threatens public health by banning lifesaving vapor products

Thailand protects cigarettes by banning lifesaving vapor products and vaping under deceitful guise of public health


Japan Tobacco International settle patent lawsuit filed by Imperial’s Fonthem Ventures, sign licensing agreement

Cigarette companies launch legal challenge to UK plain-packaging law

Florida jury holds RJ Reynolds accountable, awards $11 million to throat cancer victim

Tobacco Wars lawyer scores another verdict ($900,000) in record-setting case


Smokefree Pennsylvania urges PA legislators to increase cigarette tax rate, but to NOT tax far less harmful vapor and smokeless tobacco products

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

12/11 PennLive article says PA budget negotiators to meet this weekend to settle budget

AP, Sharon Herald and RecorderPost articles claim PA House GOP budget plan would tax lifesaving vapor products and low risk smokeless tobacco, hike cigarette tax $1/pack

Pennlive and Post-Gazette articles (from 12/8) report PA Senate GOP budget plan includes cigarette tax hike

NY State cigarette tax revenue declines by 25% ($400 million) since 2011

Lobbying for State $$

Another Big Pharma financed CTFK report attacks States for not wasting more cigarette settlement money to lie about lifesaving smokefree alternatives, nicotine, flavorings, etc., and to subsidize Big Pharma’s ineffective and less-than-safe smoking cessation drugs; absurdly ranks states progress in reducing youth smoking based on government $$ spent, fails to acknowledge vaping is key reason teen and adult smoking rates have plummeted.

Legacy repeats CTFK nonsense equating state spending with reducing youth smoking, conflates all tobacco use with deadly cigarette smoking, ideologue CEO Robin Koval absurdly claims more government spending can “Finish” tobacco.

E-liquid Marketing Restriction

Utah Health Dept officials finalizing e-cigarette rules to ban >99% of e-liquid products, threaten the lives of vapers and smokers, protect cigarettes, Big Tobacco and Big Pharma

E-liquid Packaging Restrictions

US Senate unanimously approves bill (S 142) to require child resistant packaging for e-liquid

NJ Senate approves bill (S 2877) to require child resistant packaging for e-liquid

NJ Assembly Health Cmte amends/approves bill (A 4098) to require child resistant packaging for e-liquid

Vaping Bans

Health experts urge Welsh officials to drop e-cigarette ban plan

Welsh Health Minister backs down on campaign to ban vaping

Hundreds gather in Toronto to protest Ontario vaping laws

Luke Karnack: HUD proposes banning smoking, e-cigarettes in public housing

Minimum Age Laws

Cleveland City Council raises minimum age for tobacco and vapor product sales to 21

NJ Assembly Health Cmte approves bill (A 3254) to increase minimum age for sale of deadly cigarettes, less harmful OPT, and lifesaving vapor products from 19 to 21 years
NJ Assembly Health Cmte approves bill (S 602) to increase minimum age for sale of deadly cigarettes, less harmful OPT, and lifesaving vapor products from 19 to 21 years

NJ smoking age may be raised to 21

Boston Board of Health to vote Thursday on regulation to increase minimum age for sale of deadly cigarettes, less harmful OTP, and lifesaving vapor products

Farming restrictions

Self-proclaimed human rights group tries to ban teens from planting/harvesting tobacco


Pascal Culverhouse: Will 2016 be the year that the high street vape shop runs out of puff?

Proposed UK law bans vapor product advertising to comply with nonsensical EU TPD

Tobacco Display Bans

Singapore to ban retail tobacco displays to further stigmatize products and users, prevent tobacco consumers from knowing what products are available, impose more costs on retailers, make all consumers wait longer in line at retail stores, yet provide no benefits

Macau bill would ban retail tobacco displays (with ramifications same as above)

Deceptive Smokeless Tobacco Warnings

Atakan Befrits : Something is rotten in the (Tobacco Control) state of Sweden


Guy Bentley: Anti-smoking zealot claims e-cigarettes are ‘against our culture’ (note that Obama’s DHHS has heavily funded anti vaping propagandists Peter Shields)

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

CASAColumbia urges policy makers to protect cigarettes and threaten public health via FDA vapor product sales ban, banning Internet sales of vapor products, banning vaping, taxing FDA banned vapor products, redefining vapor products as tobacco, increasing minimum age for sale of banned vapor products to 21, and more.

Mike Siegel: Yet another tobacco researcher tells the public that smoking may not be any more hazardous than vaping

Aljazeera America recycles 20 month old propaganda video that grossly misrepresents the negligible risks posed by vaping to demonize vapor products

UK Pharmacist Brian Curwain conuses harmless nicotine with deadly cigarette smoking, demonizes and lobbies to ban vapor products, falsely and absurdly claims more never smoking California teens now vape than had previously used tobacco; Bates responds.

Alameda-Contra Costa (CA) Medical Association president Arthur Chen protects cigarettes by repeating many lies about lifesaving vapor products

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Raquel Rutledge continues to protect cigarettes by lying about scientific evidence on vapor products to deceive, scare and lobby for FDA ban

Yahoo Health’s Christie Wilcox creates three straw man arguments/myths to deceive and scare readers about vaping

NYU ScienceLine article repeats JAMA’s lies aabout vaping, nicotine, flavorings, hookah and the disproved “gateway” theory


- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2015-12-16