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Bill Godshall Update 2016-01-05

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - January 5th, 2016


CDC Keeps Lying About Vaping, THR Surveillance, THR Research, FDA Deeming Ban For Vapor Products, VA Lies About Ecigs To Lobby For FDA Deeming Ban, NIDA Keeps Lying About e-cigs To Lobby For FDA Ban, Other FDA, FTC Proposal To Collect Vapor Product Data, Drug Policy, FDA Approved Smoking Cessation Drugs, Iowa AG's U-Turn On Vaping, Chicago Lies About Vaping, Indiana E-liquid Reg / Ban, Taxation, Vaping Bans, THR Business, Canada, UK Medicine, EU TPD, Australia’s Plain Packaging Law, Prohibition, More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies.


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CDC keeps lying about vaping

- to lobby for FDA e-cig deeming ban

Breaking News: Three weeks after MTF finds far more 8th, 10th and 12th graders smoke cigarettes than use nicotine e-cigs (7.0% vs < 2.6%), CDC report and press release lie about impact of e-cig ads on teens to lobby for FDA deeming ban and for State anti vaping programs/policies. “The same advertising tactics the tobacco industry used years ago to get kids addicted to nicotine are now being used to entice a new generation of young people to use e-cigarettes,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden.

Mike Siegel: Without any evidence, CDC continues to claim that e-cigarettes are a gateway to youth smoking

Two weeks after MTF finds far more 8th, 10th and 12th graders smoke cigarettes than use nicotine e-cigs (7.0% vs < 2.6%), CDC director Tom Frieden deceitfully claims e-cigs are a greater health threat for kids than cigarettes in year-end press release.
“CDC works to protect the health, safety and security of Americans – and 2015 was a particularly challenging – and successful – year,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Old and new threats to our health, such as Ebola, dengue, HIV, e-cigarette use among kids, foodborne illness, prescription drug overdoses, and increased drug resistance are just a few of the threats that kept us up at night – and will keep us busy in 2016.”

Two weeks after MTF finds far more 8th, 10th and 12th graders smoke cigarettes than use nicotine e-cigs (7.0% vs < 2.6%), CDC repeats its false and heavily publicized claims about data from 2014 NYTS (that never asked teens if they vaped nicotine) to yet again lobby for FDA’s nicotine e-cig sales ban to adults:
“A 2014 study shows, for the first time, current e-cigarette use among middle and high school students surpassed current use of every other tobacco product, including conventional cigarettes, introducing a new generation to nicotine addiction.”
Note that CDC’s January Vital Signs will focus on teens and tobacco (and will likely repeat lies about teens, e-cigs, nicotine, OTP, flavorings and smoking cessation yet again, as that’s been Obama’s DHHS policy since 2009).

THR Surveillance

Sally Satel: The Year in E-Cigarettes: The Good, The Bad, The Reason for Optimism

French 2014 Health Barometer survey found virtually all vapers (i.e. e-cig users) 15-75 years old were current (83.1%) or former (15.0%) cigarette smokers, an estimated 400,000 vapers were former smokers who quit by switching to vaping, 80% of vapers reported reducing cigarette consumption; findings disprove many fear mongering claims made by e-cig prohibitionists since 2009 (including many government health officials)

Chinese government says number of cigarette smokers increased by 15 million (to 316 million) since 2011. Note that cigarettes are less expensive than e-cigs in China.

THR Research

Study finds smokers who never vaped have far less knowledge and far more concerns about the efficacy and safety of vaping than smokers who vape; documents how false fear mongering claims about vaping protect cigarettes, discourage smokers from switching

Brad Rodu: Mischaracterization of e-cigarette risks skews smokers’ perceptions, hurts their health

Carl Phillips: Peer review in “public health” – Tobacco Control journal own-goal edition

Polish survey finds cigarette smoking among 16-24 year olds declined from 21.6% in 2009, to 19.4% in 2011, to 18.1% in 2013, and to 15.5% in 2015; (page 274)
finding disproves Goneiwicz et al fraud/junk study claiming cigarette smoking among 15-19 year old Polish teens increased from 23.9% in 2010/11 to 38% in 2013/14, and falsely claiming e-cigs don’t reduce cigarette smoking. Thanks to Zvi Herzig for tip.

New Polish teen survey data also disproves false fear mongering claims about e-cigs by FDA/NIH funded Dutra and Glantz (in editorial accompanying Goneiwicz et al study) at
Note 10/22/14 Godshall comments criticizing Goneiwicz et al for manufacturing false cigarette smoking prevalence data in Poland so they could make false fear mongering claims about e-cigs, and exposing Glantz & Dutra for conspiring with Goneiwicz et al to manufacture fraudulent fear mongering claims about e-cigs and teens.
Also note that 2015 MTF finding that <20% of US teens who use e-cigs vaped nicotine disproves virtually every claim since 2009 made by Obama’s DHHS, their funding recipients, Big Pharma shills and other e-cig prohibitionists about e-cigs regarding teens, nicotine addiction, gateway to cigarettes, dual use, renormalization of smoking, etc.

Guy Bentley – Study: E-cigarette advertising does not increase appeal of tobacco to children

Edward Anselm: The role of flavoring in tobacco harm reduction

FDA deeming ban for vapor products

GOP Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) defends right to vape

GOP Congressman challenges Pelosi to end Dems’ push to regulate e-cigarettes

CASAA meets with, submits 57 page report to OMB/OIRA on impact of FDA deeming reg/ban
CASAA OIRA presentation Dec15.pptx

CASAA analysis of what would really happen under ecig deeming

Boston Globe article repeats false claims about scientific evidence on e-cigs and impact of FDA deeming reg (that bans sales of >99.9% of nicotine e-cigs to adults) “it would likely require pre-market review of the devices - a process that is used to determine whether potentially risky products are safe” and “is also expected to ban sales to minors”.

Bill Godshall and Smokefree Pennsylvania submit 159 page comment urging FDA to reject its proposal to deny 1st Amendment right of vapor and smokeless tobacco companies to make truthful statements about products, which FDA called a “Clarification of when products made or derived from tobacco are regulated as drugs, devices, or combination products; amendments to regulations regarding “intended uses””

VA lies About Ecigs To Lobby For FDA Deeming Ban

US Veterans Affairs/NIH funded UCSD study finds cells that survived 8 weeks in e-liquid die within 24 hours in cigarette smoke, but abstract falsely claimed e-cig vapor is cytotoxic, and lead researcher Jessica Wang-Rodriquez misrepresented her own study’s findings (in a VA press release) to falsely claim “I believe they are no better than smoking regular cigarettes,” lazy and stupid news media (mostly in UK) repeat false fear mongering claims about study to further confuse, scare and sensationalize.

Guy Bentley: Scientist debunks latest claim that e-cigarettes are as dangerous as tobacco

Clive Bates: Credulous or cynical? Science journalists played yet again by e-cigarette pseudoscience and spin

The Stats Guy: Dangerous nonsense about vaping

Linda Bauld: No, there’s still no evidence e-cigarettes are as harmful as smoking

Paul Barnes: Degreasing engines and killing cells

Mike Siegel: New Year begins with anti vaping researcher telling public that smoking is no more hazardous than vaping

CDC funded UNC and its researchers deceive public to believe teen use of multiple tobacco products is more harmful than exclusive cigarette smoking to confuse, scare and lobby for FDA deeming reg to ban >99.9% of nicotine e-cigs, many/most cigars, hookah.

FDA/NIH funded Glantz et al study finds 2nd hand smoke from little cigars and cigarettes both impair arterial flow-mediated dilation (FMD) in laboratory rats, falsely claims use of little cigars is increasing (its decreasing) due to the TCA’s “relaxed regulatory standards” to lobby for FDA deeming reg/ban

FDA/NIH funded UCSF e-cig prohibitionists find no lifesaving e-cigs in kid’s movies, but continue demonizing and lobbying to ban e-cigs from all movies

FDA/NIH financed UCSF e-cig prohibitionists compile, tout dozens of false and misleading fear mongering claims they sent to FDA to lobby for deeming reg/ban

FDA funded AHA press release falsely claims 2015 MTF found increased e-cig and cigar use among teens (as both declined, and <20% of teen e-cig users vaped nicotine) to lobby for FDA’s cigarette protecting ban on >99.9% of nicotine e-cigs and many/most cigars

Study presented at FDA funded AHA Scientific Session conflates e-cigs and hookah with cigarettes to deceive public about health risks among Hispanic Americans, confuse public to believe e-cigs and OTP are as harmful as cigarettes, lobby for FDA deeming reg/ban

NIDA Keeps Lying About Ecigs To Lobby For FDA Ban

Two weeks after MTF finds far more 8th, 10th and 12th graders smoke cigarettes than use nicotine e-cigs (7.0% vs < 2.6%), NIDA’s e-cig webpage still protects cigarettes by lying about e-cigs (including false insinuating that e-cigs are addicting nonsmokers, are gateways to cigarettes, are as harmful as cigarettes, and haven’t helped people quit smoking) don’t help smoker quit smoking cigarettes, and false assertion that e-cigs are as harmful as cigarettes), nicotine, addiction, including claims that were disproved by NIDA funded 2015 MTF survey

Two weeks after MTF finds far more 8th, 10th and 12th graders smoke cigarettes than use nicotine e-cigs (7.0% vs < 2.6%), NIDA website still features director Nora Volkow touting falsified findings of a NIDA funded junk study (that never asked if nicotine was vaped) claiming e-cigs are gateways to cigarette smoking due to nicotine in e-cigs.

Note that NIDA funded activist Adam Leventhal, JAMA, Big Pharma funded CTFK and Nancy Rigotti, and Legacy also touted the same falsified study findings to deceitfully claim e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes; with no retractions made for those false claims.

Other FDA

22nd Century submits MRTP application to FDA for low nicotine cigarettes that are likely to prompt smokers to inhale smoke more often and deeper, smoke more cigarettes (to obtain desired level of nicotine), and increase disease risks among smokers who use them; but Vector’s Quest low nicotine cigarettes were discontinued due to market failure.

FTC Proposal To Collect Vapor Product Data

Same cigarette protecting US Senate Democrat who urged FDA to ban e-cigs since 2011 (by falsely claiming e-cig companies target market to youth) urge FTC to investigate e-cig companies (by falsely claiming they target market to youth)

Cigarette protecting US Senate Democrats send letters to vaping companies falsely accusing (with no evidence provided) the companies of target marketing to youth, and making other false claims

Cigarette protecting US Senate Democrats send letters to flavor, candy and cereal companies alleging that e-cig companies use flavor/candy brands to target marketing e-cigs to youth

Legacy’s Robin Koval calls e-cig prohibitionist Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) a “childrens advocate” for lying about vapor companies, urging FTC to ban ads for vapor products

FTC’s proposed rule is at

FDA/NIH funded e-cig prohibitionists at UCSF urge FTC to impose vapor product information rule proposal because it would protect cigarettes from marketing by e-cigs, urge FTC to request far more info from e-cig companies than from cigarette companies, falsely claim e-cigs are addictive and renormalize smoking (despite no evidence of either)

NYC Controller falsely tells FTC that vapor manufacturers target market to youth just like cigarette companies decades ago

Drug Policy

Why the war on drugs should take cues from our battle against smoking

FDA Approved Smoking Cessation Drugs

Victorian Coroner puts quit-smoking drug under spotlight (Varenicline in Australia)

CDC touts CDC videos, ineffective gums/patches/lozenges/inhalers and less-than-safe Chantix, Quit-line that promotes those drugs, and other ineffective ways to quit smoking for New Year, fails to mention lifesaving vapor products that have helped millions quit.

Iowa AG's U-Turn On Vaping

E-cig and vaping prohibitionist Iowa AG Tom Miller tells some truths about vaping

After repeating false fear mongering claims about e-cigs in State AG letters urging FDA to impose deeming ban on e-cigs and urging retailers to stop selling tobacco and e-cigs,
Iowa AG Tom Miller tells some truths about vapor products, but fails to correct/clarify his past false claims, fails to withdraw his support for FDA’s deeming ban, and claims he still supports workplace vaping bans (that were prompted by false fear mongering claims)

Note that Iowa AG Tom Miller also Chairs the Board of Legacy, which includes far more e-cig prohibitionists and propagandists than board of any other anti vaping group

9/24/2013 letter cosigned by Iowa AG Miller urging FDA to impose deeming reg (to ban sales of >99.9% of nicotine e-cigs to adults) and repeating false claims about e-cigs

3/24/2014 letter cosigned by Iowa AG urging Wallmart, Right Aid, Kroger and Safeway to follow CVS’ decision to stop selling tobacco (including e-cigs)

8/8/2014 comment cosigned by Iowa AG urging FDA to impose deeming ban on e-cigs, and to also impose many additional unwarranted regulations on e-cigs.

AVA’s Greg Conley: Iowa AG tells the truth about e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes gain Iowa attorney general’s support, while ACS’ Cathy Calloway keeps protecting cigarettes by lying about vaping

Some surprised by Tom Miller’s statement on e-cigarettes, government financed vaping opponent repeats false fear mongering claims

Iowa attorney general questions attacks on e-cigs

Vaping group thanks Miller

CASAA encourages vapers to write to Iowa AG Miller

ACSH: Rolling Stone Takes on the E-Cigarette Debate

Chicago Lies About Vaping

Two weeks after MTF finds far more 8th, 10th and 12th graders smoke cigarettes than use nicotine e-cigs (7.0% vs < 2.6%), Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CDPH waste tax dollars on cigarette protecting campaign that lies about and demonizes lifesaving vapor products, touts CDC’s falsified findings of 2014 NYTS claiming use of nicotine e-cigs surpassed cigarette smoking by teens, and outrageously claims their lies about vaping are “public education” and deceitfully use hashtag #VapingTruth

Vapers fight back against Chicago’s anti e-cigarette crusade

Fact check: Rahm Emanuel’s spin fueled campaign against e-cigarettes

Chicago Tribune editorial (like Chicago’s Mayor and Health Dept) protects cigarettes by conflate lifesaving vaping with deadly smoking, repeats disproved lies about vaping

Big Tobacco, the FDA, and the future of tobacco-less smoking (cites Illinois vapers and vape shop opposition to FDA ban, repeats false claims by Big Pharma financed ALA)

Indiana Eliquid Reg / Ban

Hoosier politicians unhealthy relationship with Big Tobacco


AVA’s Greg Conley: Chicago’s deadly e-cigarette tax takes effect tomorrow

Taxpayers’ Union accuses NZ government of using smokers as cash cow, $20 pack of cigarettes now includes nearly $16 in taxes'cash-cows'

Pennsylvania will now tax RYO tobacco same as cigarettes

Vaping Bans

Hawaii’s new laws banning vaping and requiring age 21 for tobacco/vapor product sales won’t be enforced until April

New Oregon cigarette protecting law bans use of e-cigarettes indoors (even in vape shops) and public places

Muscogee (OK) City Council considers vaping ban due to disproved lies by doctors

Deceptive push poll claims most Kentuckians support a smokefree workplace law, but
weren’t asked if they support redefining smoking as including vaping, and also banning vaping in workplaces (a key component in KY smokefree bills during past few years).

Five Scottish health boards reconsider their unscientific and intolerant vaping bans

THR Business

E-cigarette market overgrown in Tulsa, shop owners say (> 70 vape shops now in Tulsa)


Karen Selick: Governments hate to admit the advantages of vaping

Ontario’s latest smoking laws have vaping industry worried business could go up in smoke

UK Medicine

After Voke e-cig wins approval as a medicine in UK, cigarette protecting vapor opponent Tim Ballard discourages doctors from prescribing, criticizes all vapor products and UK MHRA’s approval


EU Court of Justice Advocate General Juliane Kokott rejects all legal challenges to unwarranted and nonsensical EU TPD (including Totally Wicked’s challenge to cigarette protecting vapor product rule)

EU Court rules EU TPD cigarette law is valid

One in four e-cigs will be banned in Britain next year after being branded too strong by European Court

After claiming to support vaping for smokers, Cancer Research UK endorses EU ruling upholding EU TPD’s unwarranted and nonsensical cigarette protecting rule for e-cigs

New laws on e-cigarettes to be introduced across EU (highlight Belgium’s cigarette protecting e-cig sales ban)

Australia’s Plain Packaging Law

Mike Bloomberg touts legal victory for Australia’s plain packaging law that violates the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution, and didn’t reduce cigarette smoking rates or consumption (as proponents insisted it would, and continue falsely claiming it did)


Is MOH promoting conventional cigarettes to be healthier than e-cigarettes? (Singapore)

Malaysia: Un Islamic e-cigarette habit catches on like fire in Malaysia

E-cigarette bans in Malaysia spark debate

Prohibitionist Norwegian Medical Association proposes banning sale of all tobacco products (including lifesaving snus, and maybe lifesaving e-cigs) to those born after 2000

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

US HUD funded SDSU researcher grossly misrepresents negligible health risks of 3rd
hand smoke to confuse, scare and generate support for HUD’s proposed smoking ban

Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield (NY) medical directors protect cigarettes and their increasing healthcare costs/revenues, deceive policy holders and public by lying about lifesaving vapor products and less-than-safe/effective FDA approved drugs

Former Irish Health Minister James Reilly absurdly claims vaping is gateway to cigarette smoking (despite massive evidence in many countries finding the exact opposite) to lobby for cigarette protecting regulations on vapor products and vaping.

New York’s Upstate Cancer Center Medical Director Leslie Kohman protects cigarettes by falsely claiming hookah smoking poses same lung cancer risk as cigarette smoking, and by claim hookah may be “worse” than smoking cigarettes. smoking cessation service attacks vaping and vapor products via biased push poll of nonsmokers in UK, but wisely opposes NHS spending taxpayer’s money on BAT’s Voke e-cig that was licensed by MHRA as medicine

PC police at Lake Superior State University says word “vape” should be banned, absurdly claim vaping is “smoking”

Article cites many false fear mongering claims about e-cigs by US DHHS and DHHS funding recipients since 2009, but fails to acknowledge that claims were all false

PennLive’s Carolyn Kimmel grossly misrepresents findings of studies on e-cigs to confuse and scare, interviews only vaping opponents, Godshall comments.

Clueless Buzzfeed (UK) reporter Sara Spary confuses smokers switching to vaping with quitting smoking, repeats many disproved false claims about vapor products

Charleston (AV) Gazettemail’s Lori Kersey repeats false fear mongering claims about vaping by Big Pharma financed ALA and AHA, CEH and CDC, fails to do fact checking

Charleston (AV) Gazettemail’s Lydia Nuzum repeats false fear mongering claims about vaping by WV Health Commissioner Rahul Gupta and Kanawha-Charleston Health Dept’s Michael Brumage, fails to do fact checking

Univ of Glasgow’s Clare Knottenbelt says unpublished studies found 2nd hand smoke associated with undisclosed cancer in pets, weight gain among castrated dogs; news media reports claim as fact


- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2016-01-05