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Bill Godshall Update 2016-04-20

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - April 20th, 2016

FDA Deeming Ban, CDC / FDA Lobby White House To Impose Deeming Ban, FDA Lies About Smokeless Tobacco, Exposing Lies about Smokeless Tobacco and Vaping, CDC Funds States To Lie About And Ban Vaping, Sen. Blumenthal’s Proposal To Ban Carrying Of Vapor Products On Airlines, Vapor / Tobacco Prohibition, Indiana E-liquid Monopoly Law, Washington State Vapor Regulation, Taxation, MSA Fund Taxation, Minimum Age, Smoking Ban, Vaping Ban, Smokeless Tobacco Usage Bans, Divestment, Package Warnings, Cigarette Business, Vapor Research, Drug vs Tobacco Harm Reduction, Vaping Advocacy, Other Harm Reduction, Deceiving Smokers About Vaping, Junk Science - Propaganda - Lies.


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FDA Deeming Ban

US House Appropriations Cmte approves (34-19) amendment by Reps. Tom Cole (R-OK) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA) to prevent FDA from banning >99.9% of nicotine vapor products (because they weren’t on the market before February 15, 2007)

Cole/Bishop amendment approved by US House Appropriations to prohibit FDA from banning vapor products via the Deeming Regulation

SFATA says US House Appropriations Committee vote is “Good for Public Health”

Vapers win big: House committee passes amendment to save e-cigarettes

Cigar Exemption, FDA Predicate Date Change Approved by House Appropriations Cmte

House Committee votes to save e-cigarettes

E-cigs, vaporizers, smokeless tobacco products may gain grandfather exemption from FDA rules

US House committee votes to smooth e-cigarette regulatory path

Did a House committee just save vaping?

VTA asks vaping industry to urge House Appropriations Committee to support Rep. Tom Cole’s amendment to prevent FDA from banning >99.9% of nicotine vapor products

CASAA asks vapers to urge House Appropriations Committee to support Rep. Tom Cole’s amendment to prevent FDA from banning >99.9% of nicotine vapor products

AVA’s Gregory Conley: Congressional action on electronic cigarette regulation may save vapers

ATR letter urges House Approps Cmte to keep vapor products legal

ATR supports predicate date change in the Tobacco Control Act

Eve of Prohibition: This committee could stop the FDA attack on e-cigarettes

Wells Fargo: FDA’s anti e-cigarette regulation will be a bonus for Big Tobacco

Vapor Technology Association says FDA deeming regulation would “deliver a fatal blow to the vapor industry while harming public health”

One imminent FDA regulation could wipe out 10 years of e-cigarette innovation

FDA approps time: it’s rider time

Detroit New editorial opposes FDA e-cigarette deeming ban

ACSH’s Hank Campbell: On e-cigarette regulation, the government asked ACSH for advice . . . and listened

31 vapor prohibitionist groups (CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA, Legacy, ASH, AMA, AAP, etc.) protect cigarettes by urging US House Approps Cmte to reject legislation to keep lifesaving vapor products and low risk cigars legal

Intolerant US Senate Democrats Durbin, Merkley, Blumenthal, Brown, Reed, Markey, Udall, Whitehouse, Murray, Boxer, Warren, Schumer, Franken, Feinstein, Schatz keep protecting cigarettes, send letter urging White House OMB/OIRA to approve FDA’s cigarette protecting vapor Deeming Ban, while deceitfully claiming FDA’s Deeming Ban is necessary to protect children from big tobacco companies

Legacy’s Robin Koval keeps protecting cigarettes by urging FDA to ban vapor products

Big Pharma financed CTFK vapor prohibitionist Matt Myers absurdly claims House Approps Cmte vote to stop FDA from banning sales of lifesaving vapor products and cigars to adults “helps tobacco companies target kids”.

Mike Siegel – A lie a day: Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids wrongly accuses tobacco companies of marketing gummy bear e-cigarettes

Vapor prohibitionist Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) continues protecting cigarettes by lobbying White House to let FDA ban lifesaving vapor products.

AAFP congratulates itself for urging the White House to ban lifesaving vapor products

As FDA prepares to regulate e-cigarettes, Congress pushes back

RWJF funding recipients criticize FDA for not aggressively enforcing 2007 grandfather date that protects deadly cigarettes from market competition by new low risk alternatives

CDC And FDA Lobby White House To Impose Deeming Ban

CDC NYTS finds cigarette smoking rate plummets 47% among middle school students,
41% among high school students from 2011 to 2015 to new record lows thanks to vaping.
But CDC press release title claimed “No decline in overall youth tobacco use since 2011”
after CDC and FDA falsely classified all e-cigs as tobacco products to lobby for FDA’s deeming ban: “The FDA remains deeply concerned about the overall high rate at which children and adolescents use tobacco products, including novel products such as e-cigarettes and hookah,” said Mitch Zeller, J.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. “Finalizing the rule to bring additional products under the agency’s tobacco authority is one of our highest priorities, and we look forward to a day in the near future when such products are properly regulated and responsibly marketed.”

NYTS found:
“Past 30 day” cigarette smoking among middle school students (6th – 8th grade)
2011 - 4.3%
2012 - 3.5%
2013 - 2.9%
2014 - 2.5%
2015 – 2.3%
47% decline from 2011 to 2015

“Past 30 day” e-cig use among middle school students (6th – 8th grade)
2011 - .6%
2012 - 1.1%
2013 - 1.1%
2014 - 3.9%
2015 – 5.3%

“Past 30 day” cigarette smoking among high school students (9th-12th grade)
2011 - 15.8%
2012 - 14.0%
2013 - 12.7%
2014 - 9.5%
2015 - 9.3%
41% decline from 2011 to 2015

“Past 30 day” e-cig use among high school students (9th – 12th grade)
2011 - 1.5%
2012 - 2.8%
2013 - 4.5%
2014 - 13.4%
2015 – 16.0%

Mike Siegel: CDC continues to lie and deceive the public about youth tobacco use

Guy Bentley: How the CDC turned a fall in youth smoking into an attack on e-cigarettes

Jacob Sullum: The CDC keeps lying about adolescent vaping and tobacco use

ACSH: CDC report on youth tobacco use is misleading

Popularity of e-cig among teens still climbing, cigarette use nearly steady at national low

Big Pharma shill CTFK’s Matt Myers repeats CDC’s lies about vaping, tobacco and teens to lobby for FDA vapor deeming ban

Big Pharma shill ALA repeats CDC’s lies about vaping, tobacco and teens to lobby for FDA vapor deeming ban

Big Pharma and DHHS funded AHA repeat CDC’s lies about vaping, tobacco and teens to lobby for FDA vapor deeming ban

Legacy lies initiative’s Robin Koval repeats CDC’s lies about vaping, tobacco and teens to lobby for FDA vapor deeming ban

Lazy, stupid and/or biased news media repeat CDC’s lies about vaping, tobacco and teens

FDA Lies About Smokeless Tobacco

FDA launches campaign of lies to further demonize smokeless tobacco (which is 99% less harmful than cigarettes, and has helped at least a million smokers quit smoking), “Not only is the target audience using smokeless tobacco at a high rate, but many do not fully understand the negative health consequences of their actions,” said Mitch Zeller, J.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. “In communities where smokeless tobacco use is part of the culture, reaching at-risk teens with compelling messaging is critical to help change their understanding of the risks and harms associated with smokeless tobacco use.”
The central message in “The Real Cost” Smokeless Tobacco Prevention Campaign is “smokeless doesn’t mean harmless,”
“The Real Cost” Smokeless Tobacco Prevention Campaign’s messages are being amplified across the U.S. using a variety of methods, including traditional paid media (e.g., television, radio, print, public signs and billboards), as well as digital advertising and social media.

Exposing Lies About Smokeless Tobacco And Vaping

Key health websites blindfold consumers on tobacco product risk

Researchers say that e-cig warnings omit potential benefits

CDC Funds States To Lie About And Ban Vaping

CDC website details >$100 million of tobacco control grants given to state health departments since 2010 to promote CDC’s abstinence-only, anti-vaping propaganda and policy agenda that has protected cigarette markets and threatened lives of all smokers.

Sen. Blumenthal: Ban Carrying Of Vapor Products On Airlines

SFATA says US Senate adopted language regarding Lithium ion batteries on airlines

Vapor / Tobacco Prohibition

Indian retailer sentenced to 3 years in jail (for possessing one e-cigarette and eight cartridges)
"After attending the World Lung Conference 2014 in Barcelona, the former Union Health minister announced that e-cigs will be banned in India"

Delhi (India) protects cigarettes by banning the sale, purchase and possession of all far less harmful smokeless tobacco products

Terry Barnes: What is the Turnbull government’s e-cig policy review hiding? (Australia)

Indiana E-liquid Monopoly Law

R2B Smoke-Free Coalition files response to Indiana’s reply to its Motions for Summary Judgment and Permanent Injunction, addresses arguments raised in amicus brief.

Washington State Vapor Regulation

WA Gov. Jay Inslee signs vapor product regulation bill (SB 6328) into law


Legacy advocates taxing vapor products (in addition to FDA’s deeming ban), studies cigalike e-cig sales in MN, ignores far greater sales of PVs and e-liquid, then makes erroneous claims about impact of MN vapor product tax.;jsessionid=8fxgc8h7nb3m.alice

MSA Fund Taxation

As cigarette sales shrink, so do tobacco settlement payouts to states

Revenue-bleeding Kansas revives tobacco bonds as deficit lingers

Nova Scotia government raises cigarette tax by $.50/pack

Minimum Age

Massachusetts Senate preparing for vote to raise tobacco and vapor product sales age

Smoking Ban

Fayette County (WV) Board of Health considers banning smoking (but not vaping) at more workplaces and public places

Vaping Ban

Vermont Senate Health Cmte approves bill to ban vaping where smoking is banned

Smokeless Tobacco Usage Bans

Baseball stadia smokeless tobacco bans are impossible to enforce, so they aren’t enforced

US Senator Richard Durbin conflates very low risk smokeless tobacco with highly addictive and deadly cigarettes, falsely claims smokeless tobacco caused Tony Gwinn’s death to scare public and to lobby to prohibit adult use


CalPERS reconsiders reinvesting in more profitable tobacco stocks

Package Warnings

ITC says it will resume manufacturing cigarettes in India

Cigarette Business

PMI reports 1.4% decline in cigarette shipments worldwide in 1Q16

Vapor Research

Thomas Hartung: Can we wait for e-cigarette trials? (Godshall comments)

New study finds exhaled e-cigarette vapour particles disappear within seconds:
"This study shows that e-cigarettes - similar to other consumer aerosol-based products - release liquid primary particles into the air that disappear extremely quickly," said Dr. Grant O'Connell

Respiratory infections and pneumonia: potential benefits of switching from smoking to vaping

Robert Cranfield’s unpublished survey of American vapers finds 96% reduction in adverse health events among vapers who hadn’t smoked a cigarette in past three years.

E-cigarettes: Health issues for vapers in long term study

Bernd Mayer’s unpublished survey of German vapers finds massive decline in airway infections (common cold) among vapers after switching from cigarette smoking

Australian Medical Association denounces new vaping study (finding that many Australian doctors support vaping) just because it was conducted by a tobacco company

MTF authors disclose that 2014 MTF survey found “past 30 day” vapers in 8th, 10th and 12th grade were 6.7, 4.3 and 3.4 times more like than nonvapers to report smoking marijuana in the “past 30 days”, indicating many teen marijuana smokers, like cigarette smokers, have also switched to vaping.

Drug vs Tobacco Harm Reduction

Gerry Stimson lecture at Guildhall London: Vaping, leaving public health behind - 'A tale of two epidemics: drugs harm reduction and tobacco harm reduction'.

Vaping Advocacy

The Vaping Wars: Brian Fojtik, and Cignot’s Victoria Vasconcellos (Free Event)
Wednesday, April 20th at 5:30-8:30, The Heartland Institute, Arlington Heights, IL
(event will be live streamed at Heartland website below and on You Tube)

Anti-smoking doctor calls for vaping to help hopeful quitters (Polosa visits Hong Kong)

Other Harm Reduction

More than 1,000 world leaders say the drug war has been a disaster

PA General Assembly approves medical cannabis bill (SB 3) that recognizes vaping is less harmful than smoking (as it allows vaping, but not smoking of medical cannabis); Gov. Wolf signs into law.

Deceiving Smokers About Vaping

Study confirms most US and Canadian smoking cessation counselors are instructed to deceive smokers about vaping, hawk Big Pharma drugs; finds:
- 97% were instructed to tell smokers that e-cigarettes are not approved by FDA,
- 74% were instructed to recommend FDA approved drugs instead of vaping,
- nearly 70% inaccurately believed vapor products don’t help people quit smoking,
- 71% inaccurately believed secondhand vapor aerosol is harmful (despite no evidence),
- 87% inaccurately believed vapor products are addictive (despite no evidence), and
- >87% believed FDA should impose nicotine vapor deeming ban, vapor products be taxed, vaping banned wherever smoking is banned, and most vapor advertising banned.

Junk Science - Propaganda - Lies

New meta-regression analysis of 122 clinical trials finds NRT ineffective for smoking cessation, criticizes methodology of previous meta analyses

Why journalists should stop publishing studies conducted with mice

Miroslaw Dworniczak explains why vapor products emit low nontoxic levels of carbonyls as long as the coil isn’t overheated, debunks false fear mongering claims about harmful levels of formaldehyde and acetaldehyde emitted by vaping

Much less formaldeyde in e-cigs than originally claimed

Big Pharma shill Frank Leone and American Thoracic Society keep protecting cigarettes by lying about vaping (in an unethical campaign to protect Big Pharma $$)

Mike Siegel: American Thoracic Society lies to public, claiming that smoking is no more hazardous than vaping

Ontario Tobacco Research Unit publishes “Reading list” of 65 articles and websites that grossly exaggerate the negligible risks of smokeless tobacco use; but fails to inform readers that its all propaganda to discourage cigarette smokers from switching.

Mike Siegel: Anti-vaping groups are not capable of telling the truth; now they’re telling vapers that e-cigarette aerosol contains propylene oxide, a carcinogen

Dr. Brian Donough absurdly claims UK PHE endorses vaping for smoking cessation because more Europeans smoke cigarettes (than Americans)

Missouri television station repeats lie about e-cigarettes, diacetyl and popcorn lung

Australian government health agency falsely claims e-cig vapor is harmful to nonusers

DHHS funded UPMC study author encourages smokers to keep smoking and drink watercress extract multiple times daily to prevent cancer

EPA Chief Gina McCarthy falsely claims public health “is what we do” (as vaping has prevented far more diseases and deaths than have Obama’s DHHS and EPA combined)

- Bill Godshall
Godshall THR update 2016-04-20