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Bill Godshall Update 2016-01-26

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - January 26th, 2016

Vaping Research And Surveillance, Vaping Advocacy And Education, Vaping Business, FDA Deeming Ban, Obama’s DHHS Intensifies War on Vaping - Lobbies for FDA Deeming Ban, New NCI Funded Junk Gateway Study, Glantz Junk Meta-Analysis, More FDA CTP, NYC Officials Lobby for FDA Deeming Ban and FTC E-cig Ad Ban, Prohibition, Taxation, Vapor vs Tobacco Regulations, Vape Shop Ban, Vaping Bans, Minimum Age Laws, Criminalizing Youth, EU, More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies.

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Vaping Research and Surveillance

Google search shows sharp increase in “vaping”, sharp decline for “electronic cigarette”
(thanks to Clive Bates for exposing)

NIH/NIDA funded 2013 Moffitt Cancer Center online survey of 1815 adult vapers (who had a history of daily cigarette smoking, and had smoked for at least a year) finds:
- 79% had completely quit smoking cigarettes
- 1% smoked last cigarette >5 years ago
- 23% smoked last cigarette 1-5 years ago
- 20% smoked last cigarette 6-12 months ago
- 34% smoked last cigarette 1-6 months ago
- 95% were daily vapers
- 29% vaped >20 times per day
- 40% vaped 10-20 times per day
- 30% vaped 1-10 times per day
- 83% vaped non tobacco flavorings
- 17% vaped tobacco flavoring
“Gender Differences in use and expectancies of e-cigarette users: Online survey results”
BUT the study’s authors failed to mention any of these findings (buried in Table 2) that disprove many false claims by DHHS and its funding recipients since 2009 about vaping.

Moffitt Cancer Center began this online survey of vapers in August 2013
and in 2015 announced receipt of $3.6 million from NIH to conduct the study.

New meta-analysis of 26 studies (worldwide) finds:
- cigarette smoking increases probability of vaping exponentially
- current smokers were nearly 15 times more likely to currently vape
- teen smokers were 5 times more likely to vape than adult smokers (39% v 7.5%)
- current smokers were 16 times more likely to ever use an e-cigarette, and
- ever smokers were 9.5 times more likely than never smokers to ever use an e-cigarette

Study funded by anti-THR Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health finds current smokers in Hong Kong (where nicotine vapor product sales are banned, and where vaping is banned everywhere smoking is banned) were 11.8 times more likely than never smokers to ever use an e-cig, while former smokers were 4.3 time more likely to do so; But authors claim these findings are “of concern” and conclude that anti-vaping interventions should target cigarette smokers (to prevent them from switching to vaping).

Ohio poll confirms War on Vaping by Obama’s DHHS and Big Pharma shills working, and that overwhelming majority of e-cig “ever users” are smokers or ex-smokers, finds:
- just 34% correctly knew that “e-cigarettes are safer to use than tobacco cigarettes”
- 62% agreed FDA should regulate e-cigs (but weren’t told FDA is banning e-cigs)
- 55% agreed e-cigs should be taxed at similar rate as cigarettes (but weren’t told risks)
- those knowing e-cigs are safer than smoking are less likely to support FDA regs & taxes
- 24% ever used an e-cigarette
- 71% of e-cig “ever users” are current smokers
- 25% of e-cig “ever users” are former smokers
- 8% of e-cig “ever users” are never smokers

Univ of Cincinnati pollsters tout misleading push poll findings to news media to lobby for FDA e-cig deeming ban and taxing e-cigs, falsely claim “The relationship between tobacco use and e-cigarette use remains unclear, as does whether one of those activities leads to the other”, bury data that very few never smokers ever vaped on last sentence.

Mike Siegel: New Ohio poll shows that anti-vaping groups have completely undermined the public’s appreciation of the hazards of smoking

NIH funded Cornell study of 1200 adult smokers finds taxing, limiting flavorings and requiring warnings on nicotine vapor products would discourage cigarette smokers from switching to vaping (which is why vaping opponents have been lobbying for those and other anti vaping laws); But Cornell news headline misrepresents study’s findings.

Study finds different cannabis vaporizers are efficient and less harmful than inhaling smoke emitted by burning cannabis

Altria study of rats forced to inhale huge amounts of nicotine e-vapor for 90 days finds no observed effect level when inhaling 9.6mg/kg/day of nicotine (which is exponentially more nicotine than human vapers consume)

LIAF press release: Quit smoking with e-cigs helps to reduce blood pressure

Mike Siegel: Switching to electronic cigarettes improves cardiovascular health of smokers, even among dual users

LIAF press release: Putting on weight when quitting? Not when you stop with the e-cig

Vaping Advocacy & Education

2016 Global Forum on Nicotine to be held June 17/18 in Warsaw; abstracts for proposed presentations due January 31.

Medical Journal of Australia publishes objective article on vaping by Colin Mendelsohn,
puts it on the front cover of journal (note that nicotine e-cigs are banned down under)

Branston & Sweanor: Big tobacco, E-cigarettes, and a road to the smoking endgame

The Fulcrum – Up in smoke: As the e-cigarette debate in Ontario heats up, is the whole point of smoking cessation being lost in the shuffle?

Ken Warner correctly says “If we could take every cigarette smoker today and get all of them onto vaping and off cigarettes, the public health benefit would be gigantic,” but criticizes others who have said the same thing as “probably a little hysterical”.
In contrast, Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Leslie Walker falsely claims e-cigs are addicting nonsmoking teens, are gateways to cigarette smoking, are not being used by teens to quit smoking, and that there is no evidence vaping is safer than smoking.

Article in lung cancer journal points out that vapor products:
- emit no tar, and <1% of nitrosamines of tobacco smoke
- emit <10% of aldehydes in tobacco smoke
- are >20 times less dangerous than cigarettes
- should be used by cancer patients to quit or reduce smoking if/when patients fail to quit smoking using recommended medical procedures and smoking cessation drugs

Vaping Business

Philip Morris International to invest $20 million in Israeli firm that developed a meter-dose vaporizer of raw plants for medical use

FDA Deeming Ban

US Rep. Ken Buck introduces bill (HR 4371) that would prevent FDA from enforcing February 15, 2007 grandfather date on newly deemed vapor and tobacco products (Section 101)

Obama’s DHHS Intensifies War on Vaping, Lobbies for FDA Deeming Ban

CDC Director Tom Frieden falsely claims e-cigarettes can only improve the health of smokers if they completely quit smoking, falsely claims CDC ads featuring Kristy (which demonize e-cigarettes, see below) have proven effective at reducing smoking, and falsely insinuates yet again that all e-cigarettes used by teens are tobacco products (even after the 2015 MTF survey found <20% of teen e-cig users vaped nicotine).
CDC touts new anti vaping ads that falsely insinuate smokefree vaping is smoking, caused a woman’s lung to collapse (which was almost certainly caused by cigarette smoking), isn’t less harmful than smoking, and doesn’t help smokers quit smoking.

In April 2014, CDC offered $2,500 to smokers who began using e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco to reduce their cigarette consumption (but not to quit smoking), and then were diagnosed with a serious disease, to tell their story in CDC propaganda videos.
In March 2015, CDC held a press conference to announce their new ads, invited Kristy to speak at the press conference, and revealed a print ad featuring Kristy saying
“I started using e-cigarettes but kept smoking. Right up until my lung collapsed.”

DHHS funded Glantz touts CDC ad claiming e-cigs didn’t help Kristy quit smoking

CDC Public Health Law Program Director Matthew Penn touts CDC’s funding of and collaboration with ChangeLabSolutions (CLS), an extremist anti-THR group that has made many false fear mongering claims about vaping and has lobbied for hundreds of vapor product sales bans, vaping bans and other anti vaping laws (see documents below).
CLS promotes banning smokefree vaping under guise of promoting smokefree policies
CLS model law for banning/restricting sales of lifesaving vapor products
CLS model law and propaganda to ban sales of flavored OTP and vapor products (but not truly harmful menthol cigarettes)
CLS guide for banning vaping in public housing under guise of a smokefree policy

Addictive Behaviors publishes anti-THR op/ed by NCI bureaucrats who claim the negligible risks of e-cigs and smokeless tobacco and the low risks of OTP should only be compared to “no tobacco use”, and should not compared to the huge risks of cigarettes (which has been NCI policy for the past several decades to deceive the public and policy makers to believe smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes and OTP are as harmful as cigarettes).
Communicating Tobacco Product Harm: Compared to What?
Study contradicts CDC Director: E-cigarettes are not related to teen vaping

ACSH’s Hank Campbell: 18 million youngsters see e-cigarette ads – which worries the CDC

Studies disagree on effect of e-cig ads on youth (in fact, CDC study found no evidence)

Bradley Fikes – E-cigarette clarification needs clarification: Opinions not sufficiently distinguished from study findings (re VA press release correction that repeats false claim)

Cancer Research UK criticizes false fear mongering claims about vaping by Obama
administration, DHHS funding recipients and other vaping opponents.
Headlines about e-cigarettes don’t mean they’re not safer than tobacco

New NCI Funded Junk Gateway Study

NCI funded study by vaping opponents finds some nonsmoking teens who used an e-cig and later smoked a cigarette, authors falsely claim e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes; Target UK news media to tout and repeat false claim

Expert reaction to study of e-cigarette use and cigarette smoking in children (debunk NCI funded junk e-cig gateway study)

Glantz Junk Meta-Analysis

Carl Phillips – The bright side of new Glantz “meta analysis”: at least he left aerospace engineering

Carl Phillips: Glantz responds to his (other) critics, helping make my point

Carl Phillips – Sunday Science Lesson: What is “meta-analysis”? (and why was Glantz’s inherently junk?)

Stan Young: 3 Reasons to be Wary of Meta-Analyses (cites Glantz junk study on e-cigs, Godshall comments)

Cancer Research UK: Researchers criticize DHHS funded junk study by Glantz that falsely claimed vaping reduces chances of quitting smoking

Reuters headline and article repeat Glantz’ false claims about his junk meta analysis

Sacramento Bee editorial touts Stan Glantz’ fraudulent meta analysis and other lies about vaping, advocates taxing vapor products in CA so high that smokers won’t switch to vaping and some vapers will switch back to cigarettes

AVA’s Greg Conley debates DHHS/Legacy/RWJF funded liar Stan Glantz about vaping on PBS, but moderator fails to scrutinize Glantz’ false and misleading claims


Federal appeals court allows TPSAC’s menthol cigarette report (that misrepresented the scientific evidence and advocated banning menthol cigarettes) to stand; but FDA unlikely to push for counterproductive menthol cigarette ban in Obama administration’s last year.

Big 3 tobacco manufacturers push forward on label lawsuit against FDA

FDA requests more information on psychosocial predictors of uptake of tobacco and other products (even though parental and older sibling smoking has been the leading predictor of teen smoking for many decades as tobacco controllers keep blaming tobacco companies, advertising, retail displays, movies, flavorings, and vaping for teen smoking, which has declined to records since 2010 due largely to vapor products)

22nd Century meets with FDA to discuss MRTP application for low nicotine cigarette, touts absurd claims by Big Pharma NRT shills Fiore and Baker that mandating low nicotine cigarettes could save >20 million lives, and by former FDA Commissioner David Kessler that low nicotine cigarettes are “the ultimate harm reduction strategy”.

Legacy’s Robin Koval urges FDA to quickly impose e-cig deeming ban, deceptively misrepresents 2015 MTF finding that <20% of teen e-cig users vape nicotine to falsely imply all e-cigs are tobacco and would be regulated by FDA deeming ban, falsely insinuates many/most e-liquid products don’t contain child resistant packaging.

Chicago-Sun editorial repeats CDC’s blatantly false allegation that e-cig advertising targets teens,

AVA’s Greg Conley tells the truth about vaping to Chicago-Sun readers

NYC Officials Lobby for FDA Deeming Ban and FTC E-cig Ad Ban

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, so-called Public Advocate Letitia James and other e-cig prohibitionists who don’t want smokers to switch to lifesaving vapor products falsely accuse vapor companies of target marketing to youth (even though >99% of vapor products are consumed by adult vapers and smokers), repeat many lies about vaping, urge FDA to impose e-cig deeming ban and urge FTC to ban e-cig ads.

Anti e-cigarette campaigners demand ad regulation, shout down pro-vaping advocate


Punjab (India) Health Minister keeps protecting cigarettes, warns online vendors to stop selling lifesaving vapor products, which were banned in 2013 by the Health Ministry.

News article claims Turkmenistan president has banned all tobacco sales


Maine bills from 2015 (LD 973, HP 670) to tax vapor products at same rate as cigarettes declared DEAD by ME legislature

Indiana House Transportation Cmte approves bill (HB 1001) to increase cigarette tax by $1/pack (from $.995/pack to $1.995/pack) to fund road repairs and maintenance.

UT Rep Paul Ray keeps protecting cigarettes, pushes 86% tax on vapor products

CA anti-THR coalition launches ballot initiative to impose massive tax on lifesaving vapor products, huge tax increase on low risk OTP, increase cigarette tax by $2/pack

Vape industry decries proposed California tobacco tax initiative

Alaska bill (SB 133) would impose 100% tax on lifesaving vapor products, increase tax on lethal cigarettes and low risk OTP from 75% to 100%, falsely redefine smokefree vapor products as “smoking devices”

Virginia bill (HB 627) would impose 15% tax on vapor products, allow for local taxes

E-cigarettes fire up tax, regulatory melee in Illinois

Nebraska bill would increase cigarette tax from $.64 to $2.14/pack, would benefit vaping

New Mexico Senate bill (SB 4) would impose 66% tax on vapor products, increase OTP tax to 66% and increase cigarette tax from $1.66 to $2.66/pack.

NJ Sen. Joe Vitale introduces bill (S 284) to increase tax on low risk smokeless tobacco from $.75 to $2.25 per ounce, increase cigar and smoking tobacco tax from 30% to 90%
(but no tax on lifesaving vapor products, and no tax increase for cigarettes).

Vapor vs Tobacco Regulations

Alameda County (CA) Board of Supervisors reject proposal to regulate lifesaving vapor products as tobacco products; vaping activist Bob Swanson urged rejection of measure, Supervisor Nate Miley champions and defends smokers switching to vaping.

Vape Shop Ban

American Canyon City Council (CA) gives preliminary approval to bill to ban new vapor and tobacco retail stores, but doesn’t ban cigarette sales at stores that now sell cigarettes; hypocritical city officials falsely claim the bill would protect public health.

Vaping Bans

Big Pharm financed e-cig prohibitionists at CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA, AAP urge HUD to quickly ban vaping and smoking in all public housing units before Obama leaves office

Pittsburgh Post Gazette editorial endorses CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA, AAP lobbying for HUD to ban vaping and smoking in all public housing units

Florida House Health Quality Subcommittee approves bill (HB 1143) to ban vaping and even possessing a vapor product wherever smoking is banned, falsely redefines smoking as including vaping, possessing or carrying a vapor product; referred to House Business and Professions Subcommittee.

Alaska bill (HB 40) would ban vaping by falsely redefining “smoking” as including the use of smokefree vapor products.

Virginia bill would ban vaping in restaurants where smoking is banned

NC survey finds most hospitals in state ban the use of lifesaving vapor products

Minimum Age Laws

NJ Gov. Chris Christy vetoes bill (S602/A3254) that would have increased minimum age for sale of lifesaving vapor products, harmful cigarettes and low risk OTP from 19 to 21.

E-cig prohibitionists upset Gov. Christie vetoed bill to ban e-cig sales to 19/20 year olds

NJ Senators Codey and Vitale introduce bill (S359) to increase minimum age for sale of of vapor products, cigarettes, and OTP from 19 to 21 (same as vetoed S602).

WA AG Bob Ferguson advocates increasing minimum age for tobacco (and probably vapor) product sales from 18 to 21, touts CTFK sponsored push poll results.

Iowa bill (SF 2016) would increase minimum age for sale of lifesaving vapor products, harmful cigarettes and low risk OTP from 18 to 21 years.

Criminalizing Youth

Alaska bill (S 141) would turn teen vapers into criminals (note that Alaska already banned selling and giving nicotine vapor products to minors under 19 years)


Chemular to host free webinar on January 26, 2016 for e-liquid manufacturers to comply with EU TPD, which requires ALL flavors in ALL nicotine levels to be registered by May 20 or sales will be BANNED.

Trefis report details UK e-cig market, but focuses on cigalikes sold by tobacco industry

Germany proposes banning menthol and other flavored vapor products

Anti vaping extremists criticize e-cigs for not complying with EU TPD (even though EU
TPD doesn’t go into effect until May) and make many false fear mongering claims

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Mike Siegel: Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer says using e-cigarettes is riskier for youth than smoking

Swiss study found 2010 baseline smokers were far more likely than baseline nonsmokers to report at follow-up (in 2012/13) use of an e-cig in past year (who the authors deceptively classified as ‘vapers’), then authors deceitfully claim their study found vaping was a gateway to smoking, and didn’t help smokers quit smoking.

Mike Siegel: Study that purports to show vaping causes smoking initiation and impedes smoking cessation is a complete sham

FDA/NIH/Legacy/RWJF funded liar Stan Glantz touts Swiss junk e-cig study, then posts comment by anti vaping extremist attacking correct statements by Louise Ross

UK NHS funded activists unethically urge hundreds of nonsmoking teens to vape by showing them a dozen e-cig advertisements, then claim candy flavored e-cig ads appeal to children (despite consistent evidence that virtually no nonsmoking UK teens vape).

Big Pharma financed US e-cig prohibitionists Erika Svard and Cliff Douglas grossly misrepresent UK study urging nonsmoking teens to vape, falsely accuse e-cig industry of target marketing to teens to lobby for e-cig advertising bans to adult smokers and vapers.

Maine NPR invites three government financed vaping opponents to confuse and scare listeners about vaping, and advocate cigarette protecting vaping and vapor product bans;
AVA’s Greg Conley calls in to correct false claims, FDA funded e-cig prohibitionist Tom Eissenberg falsely claims FDA deeming regulation won’t ban vapor products

Dick Puddlecote exposes more lies by vaping opponents
PHE Hypnotised by Big Tobacco, claims McKee in private e-mails to the CMO

Fergus Mason: New scandal hits anti-e-cig activists
London professor made false claims; San Francisco colleague used wrong data

Study finds laboratory rats, like humans, should vape e-liquid instead of injecting it

Carl Phillips “Whatever happened to be measured” is not the same as exposure+outcome of interest

Canadian Public Health Association clueless about vaping, cites junk studies to defend cigarette protecting anti-vaping policies, didn’t know UK banned smoking in workplaces.

Stan Glantz, Legacy, AHA, ALA, ANR, AAP, AMA et al run ad citing CDC junk study that claims one million lives will be saved if all movies with smoking scenes are rated R

EU funds anti-vaping Catalan Institute for Oncology (ICO) to conduct junk science project to falsely claim e-cig aerosol is as harmful as secondhand tobacco smoke

ICO sponsored 2014 conference with WHO and many anti-vaping activists that misrepresented scientific evidence about vapor products


- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2016-01-26