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Bill Godshall Update 2016-07-11

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - July 11th, 2016

UK Public Health Consensus On Vaping, Public Health Research And Surveillance, 2016 Global Forum on Nicotine - presentation transcripts and audio / video now available, FDA Vapor Deeming Ban, CDC Budget, ObamaCare, CStore Vapor Business, Litigation, War on Vaping Education, Indiana E-liquid Monopoly Law, Utah Online Vapor Sales Ban, Taxation, Vaping Bans, Smokeless Tobacco Use Bans, Minimum Age Laws, Canada, Plain Cigarette Package Laws, UK / EU, EU TPD, China, WHO Prohibition - urges mandated use of more harmful reduced nicotine cigarettes, Prohibition Laws, Tobacco “End Game” Prohibition Conferences - disguised as public health conferences, More Junk Science - Propaganda - Lies.


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UK Public Health Consensus On Vaping

Public Health England – E-cigarettes: a developing public health consensus
Joint statement on e-cigarettes by Public Health England and other UK public health organisations

Public Health England Guidance urges employers and organizations to ALLOW vaping in workplaces and public places, to distinguish harmful smoke from smokefree vapor.
PHE press release – Vaping in public places: advice for employers and organizations

PHE: Use of e-cigarettes in public places and workplaces
Advice to inform evidence-based policy making (15 pages)

PHE: Use of e-cigarettes in public places and workplaces
Advice to inform evidence-based policy making (1 page)

Report of PHE stakeholder ‘conversation’ on use of e-cigarettes in enclosed public places and workplaces (20 pages)

Public Health England Guidance: Use of e-cigarettes in public places and workplaces

New guidance from Public Health England instructs employers to make a clear distinction between tobacco and vaping in their smoking policies

Public Health Research and Surveillance

Brad Rodu analyzes CDC 2015 NHIS data on adult smoking and vaping (that CDC still hasn’t released to the public except in a recent meta data dump)

Survey shows e-cigarette flavors are crucial to helping smokers quit (US)

Survey: Vapers are using electronic cigarettes to quit smoking (US)

How and why do smokers start using e-cigarettes? Qualitative study of vapers in London

What does recent biomarker literature say about the likely harm from e-cigarettes? (NZ)

Konstantinos Farsalinos – E-cigarette risk assessment based on biomarkers: good approach but important problems in the analysis

Zvi Herzog finds “All-Cause Mortality Risk” consistently increases with “Daily Cigarette Consumption”, finds clear dose-response relationship (based on data in 2005 study whose authors claimed smoking 1-4 cigarettes per day increased morbidity and mortality risks) (2005 study)

2016 Global Forum On Nicotine

- presentation transcripts and audio/video now available

All 2016 Global Forum on Nicotine presentation transcripts are available at

Brian Carter: The power of non-nicotine factors in the habitual use of nicotine products

Lynne Dawkins – Compensatory puffing behaviours in e-cigarette users

Moira Gilchrist: Tobacco Heating System (THS) 2.2 cardiovascular disease risk assessment

Neil McKeganey – E-cigarettes: Gateway or Roadblock to Cigarette Smoking?

Andrej Sobczak: Research on electronic cigarettes in Poland

Dainius Martuzevicius: Exhaled aerosol particles e-cigs & cigarettes

Christopher Russell: Perceptual and experimental factors in switching to e-cigarettes

Michal Stoklosa: Prices and e-cigarette demand in the EU

Marewa Glover: The Michael Russell Memorial Oration 2016

Konstantinos Farsalinos: Safety & toxicology of e-cigarettes

Linda Bauld: Asking the right questions about smoking and alternative nicotine delivery systems

Ann McNeill – Population impact of e-cigarettes: recent evidence from the UK

Karl Lund: Population impacts of snus – tobacco initiation & cessation

Barnaby Page: Disharmony in the Implementation of the European TPD

Julian Morris – Unaccountable and non-transparent: is the FTC a threat to public health?

Stefan Dudik: “Not Blowing Smoke” – the fight against misleading messages

Clive Bates: What would good regulation of e-cigarettes look like?

Scott Leischow, Jean-Francois Etter, Neil McKeganey, Chris Proctor: Evidence, Accountability and Transparency – whose science counts?

Peter Beckett, Gillian Golden, Judith Wolters, Amy Faith Ho: Evidence, Accountability and Transparency – any other business?

Chris Ford: Lessons for vapers from drugs harm reduction and drug policy reform

Riccardo Polosa – E-cigarettes health potential: current evidence and future areas of exploration

FDA Vapor Deeming Ban

Lawsuits mount against FDA regs on e-cigarettes (another lawsuit filed against FDA)

Sally Satel: Congress, save e-cigarettes from the FDA

Christian Berkey: The FDA’s war on vaping is misguided

Strict New Regulations are Forcing Vapers to DIY

FDA’s costly new rules may sink local vape shops

CASAA’s Elaine Keller: 5 Myths About FDA’s Regulation of Vapor Products

E-cigs debate grows amid FDA rules

ACSH’s Hank Campbell – Methadone, Needle Exchanges and E-cigarettes: Puritanism as Policy

Lindsey Stroud: The war on e-cigarettes moves forward

The McGlaughlin Group (7/1/16) cluelessly repeat Obama DHHS’ false and misleading anti-vaping deeming ban propaganda, conflate lifesaving vaping with cigarette smoking

FDA falsely touts cigarette protecting Tobacco Control Act (that Philip Morris/Altria negotiated with Big Pharma shills in 2003/04, and lobbied Congress to enact through 2009) as a public health protection law

FDA updated Tobacco webpage conflates all types of tobacco use with daily cigarette smoking (which causes 99% of tobacco attributable disease, disability, mortality and healthcare costs), falsely attributes cigarette diseases and deaths to OTP, uses cigarettes as bait-and-switch to deceive public about lifesaving vapor products, and low risk OTP.

Breaking News: FDA/NCI funded USC activists deceitfully conflate experimental use of no-nicotine vapor products with daily cigarette smoking, falsely classify all no-nicotine vaping as nicotine vaping (despite 2015 MTF finding <20% of teen vapers had vaped nicotine), downplay huge decline in cigarette smoking, falsely insinuate (despite no evidence presented) that e-cigs have addicted many nonsmoking teens in CA; Big Pharma funded AAP (which has lied about vaping and lobbied FDA to ban e-cigs since 2009) publishes junk study in Pediatrics to lobby for FDA vapor deeming ban.

USC press release misrepresents findings from FDA/NCI funded junk study, falsely claims no-nicotine vaping is “tobacco use”, falsely insinuates vaping is addicting non smoking teens to deceive, scare and lobby for FDA vapor deeming ban

AAP’s Jonathan Winickoff (who falsely accused the e-cigarette industry of target marketing flavored e-cigs to addict youth, despite no evidence, at FDA’s press conference defending its unlawful 2009 e-cig ban) misrepresents DHHS funded junk propaganda study that falsely insinuated e-cigs are addicting nonsmoking teens

NY Times headline and article falsely claim FDA/NCI funded junk study found lots of non-smoking teens are vaping nicotine (as study never inquired if nicotine was vaped) to further confuse, scare and lobby for FDA vapor deeming ban. Quotes fear mongering claims by vaping prohibitionists Glantz and Winickoff, but none by objective experts.

Reuters headline and article falsely claim FDA/NIC funded junk study found lots of non-smoking teens are vaping nicotine (as study never inquired if nicotine was vaped) to further confuse, scare and lobby for FDA vapor deeming ban. Quotes fear mongering claims by vaping prohibitionists, but none by objective experts.

BMJ publishes two articles repeating false claims by FDA/NCI junk scientists about vaping and teens same day junk study was published in Pediatrics (documenting BMJ conspiring with AAP and Obama’s DHHS to deceive, scare and lobby for vapor bans).

Medpage Today’s Perry Wilson touts deceitful claims by FDA/NCI funded junk study authors who classifie no-nicotine vapers as nicotine vapers (tobacco users) to falsely insinuate vaping has increased tobacco use by teens, fails to do any fact checking.

Daily Mail headline repeats false fear mongering gateway claims by FDA funded activist

Healthday article repeats fear mongering claims by FDA/NCI funded junk study author Jessica Barrington-Trimis, AVA’s Greg Conley points out study authors never even inquired if nicotine was vaped but claimed all vapers were nicotine/tobacco users

Mike Siegel: Findings from new Pediatrics study are not relevant to the overall US

FDA/NCI funded activists study impact (on vapers and smokers) of different intentionally deceptive fear monger warnings for lifesaving vapor products

FDA’s Health Fraud website still falsely conflates all far less harmful tobacco products (including lifesaving vapor products via deeming rule) with highly addictive and lethal cigarettes, still falsely claims every truthful statement about product risks and benefits “misleads” consumers “Claiming less harm or reduced risk of disease from using tobacco products misleads consumers to think that these products are safe to use,” still denies the US Constitution protects truthful commercial speech “FDA considers these kinds of claims to be health fraud,” and still lies about the cigarette protecting TCA deal negotiated by Altria, CTFK and GSK “These requirements were put in place so that American tobacco consumers are not misled about the harms of tobacco products.”

Obama’s DOD urges active duty service members to demonize tobacco companies, promote abstinence-only anti-tobacco propaganda, and hawk Big Pharma’s ineffective and less than safe tobacco treatment drugs.

DHHS funded UNC anti-vaping activists (who paid/instructed/assisted teens to buy vapor products, which is unlawful in NC, to falsely accuse vapor companies of targeting youth) now demonize the purchased vapor products to lobby for FDA’s vapor deeming ban

DHHS funded Yale anti-vaping activists study, recommend telling teens even more false, misleading and demonizing messages (which is what prompted millions of US teens to experiment with vaping since Obama’s DHHS declared War on Vaping)

Andrew Nagy: New FDA Warning Labels Explained (cigars)

CDC Budget

Big Pharma funded vapor prohibitionist CTFK criticizes House Appropriations for reducing CDC’s tobacco policy & propaganda budget from $210 million to $100 million,
claims action “makes no sense”, fails to acknowledge CDC has made many false fear mongering claims about vaping, smokeless tobacco, nicotine, flavorings, cigars, shisha.

OK Medical Society President Sherri Baker criticizes Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) because House Appropriations Subcommittee (chaired by Cole) reduced CDC’s tobacco control budget (after CDC repeatedly lied about lifesaving vapor products, lobbied for FDA’s vapor product deeming ban, and urged/funded state and local governments to ban vaping)


Study finds ObamaCare’s excessively punitive surcharge for tobacco users “resulted in lower rates of insurance enrollment among smokers in the first year of the ACA’s implementation, without increasing smoking cessation.”

Americans are skipping ObamaCare so they can smoke


Electronic cigarettes enjoy ‘remarkable’ growth in June (note Nielsen data monitors sales of inferior ‘cigalike” e-cigs, but not superior premium vaporizers and e-liquid)


World Bank rejects Philip Morris’s 2010 lawsuit challenging Uruguay’s law requiring color graphic warnings on cigarettes

Wall St. Jrnl article hypes e-cigarette lawsuits but fails to mention underlying causes of problems (usually consumer negligence or tampering) or outcomes of any lawsuits

Time article touts Wall St. Jrnl article’s hype about e-cigarette lawsuits

War on Vaping Education

A Billion Lives’ North American premiere at Pabst Theater in Milwaukee August 6th

Indiana E-liquid Monopoly Law

Federal judge upholds corrupt Indiana e-liquid monopoly law as constitutional

Eric Boehm: New regulations could virtually wipe out Indiana’s e-cigarette industry

Attorney for Indiana e-liquid monopoly selfishly praises Indiana e-liquid monopoly law with inaccurate and deceptive claims about e-liquid risks.

More e-liquid firms try to beat state’s deadline as courts weigh vaping laws

State approves seventh e-liquid manufacturer on deadline day

Indiana vape law upheld, but legal battle not yet over: Florida company gets restraining order while judge continues reviewing e-liquid regulations

Convenience store group says Indiana has delayed implementation of e-liquid monopoly law by 60 days (but the Indiana government has NOT issued a public statement)

Alting joins call to rethink Indiana’s vaping law

Lawmaker vows to ‘fix’ new Indiana vaping law

Gregg wants review of Indiana vaping law; Senate leaders already taking a look

Security firm might not meet e-liquid law’s controversial requirements

Utah Online Vapor Sales Ban

Aaron Frazier: Utah online sales prohibition

Aaron Frazier: Utah online sales call to action


California tobacco and vapor tax ballot initiative (Prop 56) qualifies for November ballot

CA Hospital Association gives $9 million to support CA vapor tax and tobacco tax hike
Steven Greenhut: War on vaping an effort to prop up tobacco taxes? (CA)

North Dakota vapor/tobacco opponents submit 22,000 signatures to ND Secretary of State for November ballot initiative to impose a 56% tax on liquid nicotine products, increase cigarette tax from $.44 to $2.20/pack

Colorado tobacco tax hike ballot initiative would increase cigarette tax from $0.84 to $2.59/pack, raise OTP tax from 40% to 62% (no info if it would tax vapor products), petitioners have collected 35,000 of 98,000 signatures needed to get on ballot.

Clock ticks down to another budget decision by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf

Big Pharma funded CTFK urges PA legislators to enact PA Gov. Wolf’s proposed 40% tax on lifesaving vapor products and low risk OTP, and increase cigarette tax by $1/pack

Connecticut cigarette tax hike to $3.90/pack takes effect

West Virginia tobacco tax hike (and vapor tax) goes into effect

Vaping Bans

Vaping banned at New Street Station and anti-smoking campaigners are not happy (UK)

Allegheny County (PA) BOH to consider proposed workplace vaping ban on July 13

CASAA asks Allegheny County (PA) vapers to contact Board of Health urging reject proposed workplace vaping ban, to speak at July 13 Board of Health meeting

MN Settlement funded ClearWay Minnesota boasts that half of MN vapers are now banned from using lifesaving vapor products in workplaces (after ClearWay lobbied to enact local vaping bans by lying about vaping), urges MN legislators to ban vaping in all workplaces statewide (to further protect cigarette markets), repeats lies about vaping.

Wetzel-Tyler (WV) Health Department board to vote July 12 on proposed workplace vaping ban (that redefines vaping as smoking, bans outdoor vaping within 20 feet, and
is called a Clean Air Regulation)

Smokeless Tobacco Use Bans

DC Council considering smokeless tobacco ban at ballpark

Minimum Age Laws

Chicago’s 21 year minimum age law for tobacco and vapor product sales goes into effect

Calvo vetoes bill to raise Guam legal age to buy tobacco products

Jefferson City (MO) Council Committee rejects raising minimum age for tobacco and vapor products to 21.

Courtland County (NY) increases minimum sales age for tobacco and vapor to 21

As Massachusetts considers raising minimum tobacco age, Cumberland Farms wants clarity in laws (due to many conflicting local laws)


In the race to regulate e-cigarettes, smokers may be forgotten

Plain Cigarette Package Laws

NY Times publishes more propaganda advocating plain packaging laws for cigarettes that blatantly violate the US Constitution, falsely insinuates Australia’s 2012 law reduced youth smoking (despite no evidence).


UK House of Lords: Previous Tobacco and Related Products Regulation 2016 / Motion to Regret (July 4, 2016)

UK Lord Forsyth of Drumlean says EU TPD rules on e-cigarettes are absurd, will cost lives

Altria’s stock still smoking hot after the Brexit


Swedish Match to challenge the EU TPD’s cigarette protecting Snus ban in UK court

Clive Bates: A strong case to overturn the EU Snus ban – 10 reasons why legal action should succeed this time

Von Vape forced to switch gears on offshore powerboat racing sponsorship due to EU TPD decision


Euromonitor: Unprecedented decline of cigarette volumes in China

WHO Prohibition

- urges mandated use of more harmful reduced nicotine cigarettes

Lynn Kozlowski: Cigarette prohibition and the need for more prior testing of the WHO TobReg’s global nicotine-reduction strategy (exposes WHO TobReg advocating black markets for cigarettes, vapor, smokeless tobacco and OTP via laws mandating very low nicotine levels)

Ron Borland: Paying more attention to the ‘elephant in the room’

DHHS funded activists advocate mandatory nicotine reductions (i.e. prohibition) for tobacco products

Prohibition Laws

Vaping advocates urge Karnataka government to reconsider e-cig sales ban (as cigarettes remain legal), anti-vaping activist defends e-cig ban even though cigarettes remain legal

Karela (India) government decides to ban e-cigarettes (but not cigarettes) due to lies

Tanzania bans shisha (but not far more harmful cigarettes) over health concerns

Tobacco “End Game” Prohibition Conferences

- disguised as public health conferences

RSM invites snus and vapor propagandists and prohibitionists to “winning the end-game against tobacco” conference in London Sept 16 to spew more propaganda and promote more counterproductive prohibition laws

Snus prohibitionists (who still deny that hundreds of thousands of Swedish smokers switched to snus during past 5 decades) to hold “Tobacco Endgame” conference in Sweden September 22/23

Secret list of 100 tobacco/vapor/nicotine invited to Sept 30 Oct 1 “tobacco endgame” conference in Canada

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Konstantinos Farsalinos delineates why study claiming e-cigarette aerosol is toxic is junk science, criticizes incompetence of peer reviewers, urges retraction of the study

Farsalinos and Baeyens expose false and misleading fear mongering claims made in biased e-cig toxicology study

Authors of biased e-cig toxicology study respond to Farsalinos and Baeyens

Authors of another inapplicable cell study grossly misrepresent findings to scare public

Study finds college students who vaped were more likely to smoke, but authors falsely claim study found e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes and perhaps to drinking alcohol

Tennessee Health Department lies about e-cigs in letter to TN sheriffs

CVS still conflates lifesaving vapor products and very low risk smokeless tobacco with deadly cigarettes, still pushes counterproductive abstinence-only anti-tobacco policies

Study finds media truthfully portray e-cigarettes as a “healthier alternative” to cigarettes and as a “smoking cessation aid”, but anti-vaping authors conclude (based on no evidence in their study) “Public health organizations should provide information to e-cigarette users and the public through these outlets and take a strong stance against their use, especially by school-aged children.”

Reuters article hypes NIH funded study finding smokers don’t know most of the thousands of constituents in tobacco smoke (duh), NIH funded author Kurt Ribisl falsely claims 93 smoke constituents are “quite toxic” (since everything is toxic because ‘the dose makes the poison’), urges more deception of smokers about smoke constituents.

PBS Nova publishes fear mongering junk science smear on vaping, falsely claims vaping doesn’t help smokers quit and many other lies by FDA/NCI funded Stan Glantz.

Orland Sentinnel publishes 2nd op/ed by plastic surgeon Richard Bosshardt that repeats false fear mongering claims about vaping, and that exposes his ignorance and bias.

NY government funded Mid-Hudson Prevention Resource Center makes many false fear mongering claims about vaping

Cynthia Cabrera interviews former ACS smokeless tobacco THR denier Tom Glynn, who equivocates about vapor products and FDA’s vapor product bans and workplace vaping bans (which ACS has lobbied for since 2009 and 2010 by demonizing vaping)

- Bill Godshall
Godshall THR update 2016-07-11