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Bill Godshall Update 2016-09-15

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update, September 15th, 2016

Vaping Research, Public Health Surveillance, Vaping Advocacy, FDA Vapor Deeming Ban, More DHHS, Litigation, Taxation, State Funds to Promote Big Pharma Cessation Drugs, Minimum Age Laws, Vaping Bans, Business, Legalizing Vapor Products, Vapor Prohibition and Censorship, Vapor Advertising Litigation, UK Parliament, Battery Safety, Chantix Safety, Plain Cigarette Packaging, Junk Science - Propaganda - Lies.


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Vaping Research

80% of Malaysians say health improved after switching to vape: Study

New Cochrane Review of 24 studies confirms vaping helps smokers quit smoking, poses very low risks

Cochrane: Conclusions about effects of electronic cigarettes remain the same

Cochrane Review coauthor Jamie Hartmann-Boyce: Why can’t scientists agree on e-cigarettes?

New Cochrane Review finds vaping helps smokers quit smoking, and poses no serious side effects.

Electronic cigarettes can help smokers quit says study

New UK study in BMJ confirms vaping has helped many people quit smoking, but authors inaccurately (using a dubious method based on “serious quit attempts”) estimated that just 18,000 UK smokers quit smoking by vaping in 2015.
The authors previously estimated that just 16,000-22,000 quit smoking by vaping in the UK in 2014 (several items below)

John Britton: Electronic cigarettes and smoking cessation in England

E-cigarettes do work: Devices helped 18,000 MORE people kick the habit last year (UK)

E-cigarettes ‘help more smokers quit’ (UK)

Scientific evidence grows for e-cigarettes as quit-smoking aides

E-cigarette use linked to success in quitting

Robert West et al deployed similarly dubious methods to estimate that just 16,000-22,000 UK vapers quit smoking in 2014 by switching to vaping (in March, 2016)

NNA’s Sarah Jakes: What do you mean ecigs only helped 16,000 people?
(questions Robert West et al’s estimate and methods, in March, 2016)

Ken Warner on West et al estimate that 16,000-22,000 UK vapers quit smoking in 2014

FDA/NIH funded study found cigarette smokers who vaped in 2014 were more likely than non vaping smokers to intend to quit smoking, and to have attempted to quit smoking during the past year

Public Health Surveillance

SAMHSA’s 2015 NSDUH survey finds record low daily and past month cigarette smoking rates for youth, young adults and older adults (as increasingly more smokers have switched to vaping)

Newly released (by Ken Warner) 2014 MTF survey data confirms US teen smokers and exsmokers were/are exponentially more likely to vape than never smokers (as many teen smokers have switched to vaping). Reveals data among 12th graders (many/most of whom are 18 years old adults), including:
- 14.7% of regular smokers, 15.0% of regular past smokers, and just 0.7% of never smokers reported vaping 20 or more days during past 30 days,
- 20.8% of regular smokers, 21.4% of regular past smokers, and just 1.2% of never smokers reported vaping 10 or more days during past 30 days,
- 27.7% of regular smokers, 26.3% of regular past smokers, and just 1.7% of never smokers reported vaping 6 or more days during past 30 days,
- Most never smokers who vaped during past 30 days vaped just 1-2 days (3.9%/6.5%),
- 93.5% of never smokers, 42.7% of regular smokers, and 53.2 of regular past smokers reported NO use of an e-cig during past 30 days.
(For full text of study, please send me an e-mail request. Bill)

Canadian survey finds significant teen cigarette smoking decline from 2012/13 to 2014/15 (confirming that vaping has NOT renormalized smoking), finds
- Daily smoking by 6th-12th graders declined from 2% in 2012/13 to 1.6% in 2014/15,
- Daily or occasional smoking by 6th-12th graders declined from 4% in 2012/13 to 3.4% in 2014/15,
- Ever cigarette use by 6th-12th graders declined from 24% in 2012/13 to 18% in 2014/15,
- Ever cigarette use by 6th-9th graders declined from 13% in 2012/13 to 8% in 2014/15,
- Ever cigarette use by 10th-12th graders declined from 37% in 2012/13 to 29% in 2014/15,
- 18% of 6th-12th graders ever used an e-cig, while 6% used in past 30 days in 2014/15,
- 9% of 10th-12th graders and 3% of 6th-9th graders used an e-cig in past 30 days in 2014/15,
- Only 65% of 6th-12th graders thought regular cigarette smoking posed a “great risk”, while 25% inaccurately thought regular e-cig use posed a “great risk”

Utah Health Dept survey finds teen cigarette smoking declines to record low 3.4%, so agency once again attacks vaping (which helped many smokers quit) in news media

Vaping Advocacy

A Billion Lives in Theaters October 26

A Billion Lives – Official Trailer partners to promote A Billion Lives internationally

Pamela Gorman named SFATA executive director

FDA Vapor Deeming Ban

FDA responds to Nicopure Labs and Right To Be Smoke-Free Coalition

Clive Bates and Eli Lehrer send letter to FDA’s Mitch Zeller challenging Zeller’s recent fear mongering claims about lifesaving vapor products and vaping

Steven Allen – The E-cigarette Ban: A Win for Liars and Big Tobacco

Vape industry goes on attack against FDA over e-cigarettes
CASAA, AVA and ATR to conduct October bus tour

Steps to confront the FDA to avoid influence on e-cigs (US/China)

New FDA regulations point to uncertain future for e-cigarette industry (OK)

Carl Phillips: Weaponized Kafkaism

FDA to conduct seminar on PMTAs for ENDS (and no-nicotine vapor products) on October 17/18 in Hyattsville, MD (with October 6 deadline for attendees to register)

FDA sends warning letters to 55 retailers for selling newly deemed tobacco products to a minor (but FDA didn’t disclose the retailer compliance rate, as they and SAMHSA have done for cigarettes and smokeless tobacco); FDA press release boasts that agency protects kids as it protects cigarettes (by repeating fear mongering claims about vaping)

FDA revises guidance for tobacco industry to submit documents on “health, toxicological, behavioral or physiological effects of their current or future products” to also apply to vapor products and other newly deemed tobacco products

FDA increases fines for violations by tobacco/vapor retailers retroactively assessed for violations of the TCA since November 2, 2015

FDA revises its 2011 Guidance on HPHCs to include vapor products and emissions

Note the FDA has failed to comply with Sections 904(d) and 904(e) of the Tobacco Control Act, which required FDA to publish a tobacco brand specific HPHC list in 2013 and annually since then
Section 904(d)
"(1) In general.-- Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, and annually thereafter, the Secretary shall publish in a format that is understandable and not misleading to a lay person, and place on public display (in a manner determined by the Secretary) the list established under subsection (e).
"(2) Consumer research.-- The Secretary shall conduct periodic consumer research to ensure that the list published under paragraph (1) is not misleading to lay persons. Not later than 5 years after the date of enactment of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, the Secretary shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report on the results of such research, together with recommendations on whether such publication should be continued or modified.
"(e) Data Collection.--Not later than 24 months after the date of enactment of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, the Secretary shall establish, and periodically revise as appropriate, a list of harmful and potentially harmful constituents, including smoke constituents, to health in each tobacco product by brand and by quantity in each brand and subbrand. The Secretary shall publish a public notice requesting the submission by interested persons of scientific and other information concerning the harmful and potentially harmful constituents in tobacco products and tobacco smoke.

A list of TCA deadlines is at

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issues reference tobacco filler for deadly cigarettes (to help cigarette manufacturers comply with the TCA’s nonsensical HPHC requirements) as FDA prepares to ban all lifesaving vapor products on 8/8/2018.


After Obama appointees at FDA/DHHS protected cigarettes by banning and lying about vaping products, Obama’s Cancer Moonshot’s Blue Ribbon Panel recommends 10 things to reduce cancer that won’t reduce cancer morbidity or mortality nearly as much as the Cole bill or the Cole/Bishop Approps amendment, and informing the public that vaping is >95% less harmful than smoking and has helped millions of smokers quit.


Arlington woman sues vapor shop after e-cigarette battery exploded


PA Rep. Russ Diamond reports that 45 vape shops have already shut down in PA due to 40% tax

California Prop 56 proponents run ad falsely insinuating that punitive taxes on lifesaving vapor products and low risk smokeless tobacco products and cigars, and increasing cigarette taxes for adult smokers is necessary to protect children from cigarettes

California Prop 56 opponents run ad pointing out that just 13% of the Prop 56 tax revenue would be spent on tobacco prevention, education and cessation programs

Foes of tobacco/vapor tax hike pour millions into campaign (CA)

Beth Kramer makes false claims about vaping to promote Prop 56, Godshall replies

Sweanor/Warner: Better way to structure tobacco tax (ND)

State Funds to Promote Big Pharma Cessation Drugs

New Jersey Senate Health Cmte reduces funding for smoking cessation from 5% to 1% of cigarette tax revenue

Arkansas State Senator wants to eliminate $1.8 smoking quitline (that hawks Big Pharma drugs as the only ways to quit smoking) because its costly, redundant, and overreaching

Minimum Age Laws

St. Louis County (MO) Council increases minimum age for sales of lifesaving vapor products, deadly cigarettes and low risk OTP from 18 to 21

Young adults say vaping helped them quit smoking, restrictions are dangerous (St. Louis)

Michigan State Sen. Rick Jones introduces bill (SB 1066) to preempt local governments from increasing minimum age for tobacco (but not vapor) product sales to 21.

Vaping Bans

Poland protects cigarettes and threatens public health by banning vaping where smoking is banned

Clive Bates exposes, refutes false conclusions of biased DHHS funded study lobbying for vaping bans by absurdly concluding that vapers don’t care if vaping is banned

Vancouver’s response to BC anti vaping regulations remains hazy

Oxnard (CA) City Council bans vaping and smoking at parks, beaches, bus stops and other outdoor locations

Univ. of Arizona protects cigarettes by proposing vaping ban


Totally Wicked opens factory that can manufacture 10 million bottles of e-liquid annually

JTI Korea introduces Logic Pro tank vaping system in South Korea

Reynolds elects former Congressman John Boehner to serve on board of directors

Legalizing Vapor Products

40 international THR experts urge Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration to exempt nicotine from Schedule 7 “dangerous poison”, and to allow sales of vapor products containing less than 3.6% nicotine

Nicotine for vaping should be legalised in Australia: 40 international and Australian experts

Ban on ‘life-saving’ e-cigs ‘unethical’ (Australia)

Liberals call for rethink on e-cigarette ban (Australia)

Australia considers allowing nicotine

E-cigarettes and the law in Australia

Cancer Council divided over e-cigarettes (Australia)

Cancer Council lobbies for even more bans for lifesaving vapor products (Australia)

Cancer Council’s “Tobacco in Australia” report contains dozens of false and misleading fear mongering claims about vaping, smokeless tobacco, nicotine and harm reduction

Bates/Sweanor/Laugesen: E-cigarettes could help half-million Kiwi cigarette smokers

Martin Johnson: Legalising e-cigarettes could save thousands of NZ smokers’ lives

Fraser/Chee/Laugesen: Perspectives of New Zealand health professionals and smokers on e-cigarettes

NZ consultation for policy options on e-cigarette regulation ended Sept 12

Vapor Prohibition and Censorship

WHO FCTC COP-7 report inhumanely protects cigarettes by urging nations to ban lifesaving vapor products and to ban truthful health claims about vapor products

31. Objective: prevention of unproven health claims being made about ENDS/ENNDS. Parties that have not banned the importation, sale, and distribution of ENDS/ENNDS may consider the following options:
1. Prohibiting implicit or explicit claims about the effectiveness of ENDS/ENNDS as smoking cessation aids unless a specialized governmental agency has approved them;
2. Prohibiting implicit or explicit claims that ENDS/ENNDS are innocuous or that ENDS are not addictive; and
3. Prohibiting implicit or explicit claims about the comparative safety or addictiveness of ENDS/ENNDS with respect to any product unless these have been approved by a specialized governmental agency.

FDA/NIH funded vapor prohibitionist Stan Glantz praises WHO’s cigarette protecting vapor prohibition and censorship campaign

Taiwan anti vaping activists demand even more cigarette protecting vapor regulations because many smokers are switching to vaping despite Taiwan’s nicotine vapor sales ban

Vapor Advertising Litigation

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission claims and charges Joystick vapor company (whose products are already banned in Australia) in Federal Court for saying its products didn’t contain toxins or formaldehyde (even though levels of constituents found were far below toxic levels)

UK Parliament

9/14/2016 UK House of Lords praise goal of reducing smoking, confuse tobacco control plans with policies and communications that actually reduce smoking, some acknowledge vaping has reduced smoking but repeat false claims by CDC about teens

Battery Safety

35 Samsung cell phone batteries explode or cause fires (in 1 of every 42,000 cell phones, a far greater rate than e-cig batteries). But in sharp contrast to e-cigs, there have been NO calls for or proposed regulations to ban the sale or use of cell phones by the Obama Administration, left wing Democrats or the liberal news media.

Mike Siegel: Unlike Samsung Galaxy, FDA regulations don’t allow e-cigarette companies to fix their exploding batteries

NY Times articles expose laptop and cell phone battery explosions and fires on airlines (that caused far more damage than e-cig batteries), but NY Times hasn’t editorialized for banning the sale or use of laptops or cell phones (as it did for lifesaving vapor products)

Chantix Safety

FDA issues 564 background document questionning Chantix, Wellbutrin, Zyban study

FDA staff question Pfizer study of Chantix psychiatric effects

FDA staff flags concerns about Pfizer’s quit-smoking drug study

Mike Siegel: Pfizer study of psychiatric risks of Chantix marred by financial conflicts of interest and under-reporting of adverse events

FDA panel split on softening Chantix warning

Pfizer spins FDA committee vote on Chantix to further promote Chantix

Weekly Standard article defends/promotes Pfizer’s Chantix, grossly misrepresents risks

Plain Cigarette Packaging

NZ Parliament votes to mandate plain packaged cigarettes despite no evidence Australia’s 2012 plain packaging law reduced smoking or cigarette consumption

Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Jonathan Grigg falsely claims (despite no evidence) vaping can cause pneumonia and other bacterial infections

Mike Siegel: Anti vaping researcher gives negligent advice to the public

Colin Mendelsohn: Alarmist vaping headlines a hazard to health

Matt Ridley: Warning: Junk science damages your health (on anti vaping junk science)

Anti vaping activists find that 60% of vapers have vaped in smokefree locations, then irrationally conclude that vaping should be banned where smoking is banned

CDC funded ANR keeps lying about vaping (as it has since 2010) to lobby for cigarette protecting vaping bans

FDA/NIH funded vaping critics claim socioeconomic gap in smoking could grow if more educated smokers switch to vaping, but fail to endorse vaping for less educated smokers

CDC publishes DHHS funded study touting irrelevant cherry picked factoids from 2011-2013 teen survey on vaping and smoking cessation intentions to falsely conclude vaping doesn’t help smokers quit smoking.

Mike Siegel: More shoddy research on e-cigarettes by Big Pharma funded scientists

Researchers unethically urge teens to vape by showing them lots of e-cig ads, then absurdly claim e-cig ads may encourage youth to smoke cigarettes

MayoCancerCare falsely claims (in a tweet) that nicotine use causes cancer and weaker bones; dozens of vapers and THR advocates respond; MayoCancerCare then tweets CORRECTION and deceitfully conflates tobacco with cigarette smoking

NIDA still falsely claims marijuana is a gateway drug, misrepresents its definition, and demonizes marijuana (as Obama’s DHHS has with lifesaving vapor products since 2009)

Junk Science and Historic Revisionism

FDA/NIH funded UCSF vapor prohibitionists tout their deceitful campaign to credit then blame the tobacco industry for the public health activism by vapers and THR advocates.
Although vapor regulations have been enacted by virtually every state since Lorillard bought blu, authors absurdly conclude: “Passing e-cigarette regulations at the state level has become more difficult since cigarette companies have entered the market.”

FDA/NIH funded junk scientist (and vapor prohibitionist) and JAMA blame sugar industry for decades of inaccurate heart disease and anti-fat diet claims and advice by the AMA, AHA & NAS-NRC. But don’t expect Glantz, JAMA, or other vaping opponents to criticize Big Pharma and their Tobacco Control shills (including Mitch Zeller) for lying about and lobbying to ban very low risk THR alternatives for smokers since 2001.

Front page NY Times headline and article blame sugar industry for inaccurate heart disease and anti-fat diet claims by the AMA, AHA, NAS-NRC, but fail to expose or criticize Glantz, Big Pharma funded Tobacco Control shills (or NY reporters or editors) for protecting cigarettes by lying about and lobbying to ban lifesaving vapor products.

- Bill Godshall
Godshall THR update 2016-09-15