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Bill Godshall Update 2016-10-06

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update, October 6th, 2016

THR Advocacy and Education, Vapor Research, Conferences, THR Business, FDA, Taxation, Litigation, Canada Vapor Regulation, Smoking Bans, EU TPD / Snus Ban, WHO Prohibitionists, Canadian End Game Hypocrisy, Junk Science - Propaganda - Lies.


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THR Advocacy & Education

Sweanor/Houston – Rethinking Nicotine: The Role of Public Health Law in Ending an Epidemic

British Columbia Centre for Disease Control’s Mark Tyndall says vaping (and consumption of other smokefree nicotine products) is far less harmful than smoking, urges smokers to sharply reduce disease risks switch to smokefree nicotine alternatives

Hanson O’Haver: Why Grover Norquist won’t stop fighting for your right to vape

Regulator Watch: Puritans and Paternalists – Why public health wages war on vaping
(interview with Christopher Snowdon)

Cancer Research UK advocates vaping and smoking cessation services for smokers

Institute of Economic Affairs’ Mark Littlewood: Stop burning cash on anti-smoking schemes; The route to giving up cigarettes is through profit-making corporations

Beyond the Cloud – Documentary film about vaping (French)

E-cigarettes can help smokers kick the habit, say Indian researchers

E-cigarettes can reduce burden of smoking-related deaths in India

Vapor Research

NCI funded longitudinal study of 2,028 US smokers in 2012 compared long-term vapers
(i.e. vaped during past month in both 2012 and in 2014) with short-term vapers (i.e. vaped during past month in either 2012 or in 2014) with non-vapers (i.e. didn’t vape during past month in 2012 or 2014) found:
- Long-term vapers were >4 times more likely to quit smoking cigarettes than non-vapers and short-term vapers,
- 44% who vaped during past month in 2012 also vaped during past month in 2014,
- Among baseline smokers who made a quit attempt before 2014, vaping surpassed the use of FDA-approved “tobacco treatment” drugs,
- 96% of long-term vapers, 83% of short-term vapers and 71% of non-vapers correctly believed vaping is less harmful than cigarette smoking,
- 88% of long-term vapers, 83% of short-term vapers and 63% of non-vapers correctly believed vaping helps with quitting smoking, and
- 14% of long-term vapers, 12% of short-term vapers and 32% of non-vapers incorrectly believed secondhand vapor is harmful.

Survey finds 66% of Indian smokers view e-cigarettes as “positive alternative”

BAT study finds e-cigarette vapor does not cause oxidative stress in viable lung epithelial cells


Pamela Gorman: Invitation to the SFATA 2016 Conference (Hollywood, FL / Oct 19-21)

FDLI to host Tobacco Conference: Tobacco and Nicotine Policies and Products at a Regulatory and Legislative Crossroads (Washington DC / October 27)

THR Business

Philip Morris sees $1.2 billion gain in smoking substitutes

Philip Morris invests in cigarette alternative as smoking rates decline (iQOS)

New innovation in vaping (PAX)

Madvapes opens its first location in Ireland

BAT buys Polish vapor manufacturer Chic Group, forms research alliance with Reynolds


Big Pharma funded vapor prohibitionists (CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA, AAP) finally advocate Congressionally mandated graphic warnings covering 50% of cigarette packs, sue FDA in federal court in Boston. Note that CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA vehemently opposed Sen. Mike Enzi’s 2007 amendment to the TCA to require graphic warnings on cigarette packs, and then touted FDA’s unconstitutional cigarette pack warnings in 2011.

Vape Rally with US Sen. Ron Johnson on October 15 in Hartland, WI

Jared Myer: Government puts tobacco interests above a billion lives (interview with Aaron Biebert)

New FDA rules for e-cigarettes could hurt small businesses (FDA/NJ)

Why vape shops in Washington are welcoming new state regulations, but are concerned about federal rules (FDA/WA)

Eli Lehrer: The opposition to vaping is vapid (FDA/OH)

Daren Bakst: The FDA’s rule on e-cigarettes will hurt public health

Steven Allen – E-cigs and Joe Camel: To the Washington elite, we’re all children

Can Breathing Oils or Herbs Calm and Aid Well Being? (pay walled article reveals some vapor companies are now marketing their products for “aroma therapy”, but fails to acknowledge this marketing strategy may protect the products from FDA’s deeming ban)

David Bufkin: Cigars won’t hurt you, but the FDA’s new cigar tax will

After repeating false fear mongering claims about vapor products since 2009 to ban them, Obama’s FDA updates its website falsely entitled “FDA Promotes Health Literacy”

Mike Siegel: In my view, FDA is partly to blame for explosion that injured teen on the Hogwarts Express

FDA/NCI/RWJF funded vapor prohibitionist Micah Berman absurdly claims FDA’s deeming rule (that bans the sale of all lifesaving vapor products to all US adults on August 8, 2018) isn’t adequate to protect children from vaping, repeats many false claims


Vaping enthusiasts opposed to ‘crazy’ tax crushing small businesses (PA)

Eric Boehm: Pennsylvania’s new tax on vape shops is forcing them out of business

Ketchikan (AK) voters barely approve a $2/pack cigarette tax and 50% OTP/vapor tax

CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA et al urge Missouri voters to reject two ballet measure that increase cigarette taxes (purportedly because both ballot initiatives are supported by the tobacco industry, and don’t raise the cigarette tax as high as tobacco controller desire)
Please note that neither ballot to hike Missouri cigarette taxes would tax vapor products.

Missouri Amendment 3 would increase the cigarette tax by $.60/pack over four years and impose an additional $.67/pack fee on NPM cigarettes.

Missouri Proposition A would increase the MO cigarette tax by $.23/pack over four years
and would increase the OTP tax from 10% to 15% of manufacturer's price.

In 2006, Missouri tobacco controllers ran a petition (that was rejected by voters) to
increase the cigarette tax by $.80/pack and increase the OTP tax from 10% to 30%.

In 2002, Missouri tobacco controllers ran a petition (that was rejected by voters) to
increase the cigarette tax by $.55/pack and increase the OTP tax from 10% to 30%.

NIH/RWJF study found 18.5% of cigarette packs discarded on US sidewalks and streets avoided higher state and/or local cigarette taxes, with non compliance higher in urban areas with higher cigarette tax rates.

Hungary to protect cigarette markets by imposing taxes on all vapor products


Reynolds hit with $6.4 million verdict in smoker’s death (FL)

$55 million in punitive damages award against four tobacco companies overturned due to attorney misconduct (FL)

Utah sues Vapex LLC vapor company for defrauding consumers

Peter Hayes promotes lawsuit filed by Tony Gwynn’s family against Altria, fails to acknowledge that smokeless tobacco is far less harmful than cigarettes and has helped millions of smokers quit smoking, or that Gwynn’s type of cancer hasn’t even been associated with smokeless tobacco use.

Canada Vapor Regulation

Canadian Vaping Association responds to federal vaping regulation announcement

Vaping industry says federal government’s move to regulate e-cigarettes long overdue

Smoking bans

Santa Barbara (CA) City Council considers extending smoking ban (but no vaping ban)

Fulton County (GA) bans smoking at parks

EU TPD / Snus Ban

New Nicotine Alliance calls for repeal of EU e-cigarette regulation and snus ban

WHO Prohibitionists

Tobacco Growers seek inclusion at WHO FCTC meeting in Delhi

WHO FCTC’s Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva cites decades old actions by some tobacco companies to ban the entire industry, journalists and others from WHO FCTC COP-7 “some sessions will be held in public and some behind closed doors.”
Although WHO has protected cigarettes by lying about and advocating bans on lifesaving vapor products and very low risk smokeless tobacco, Silva accuses the tobacco industry of “killing one in every two regular users of its products” and of lying to prohibit the industry and others from attending “We cannot sit at the negotiating table with the people who caused this global disaster because one thing is crystal clear - this industry lies.”

WHO FCTC COP-7 agenda urges nations to ban all tobacco advertising, promotions, sponsorships and retail displays (that prevent smokers from knowing about low risk alternatives and prevent smokers from switching to low risk smokefree alternatives).

Canadian End Game Hypocrisy

Canadian THR prohibitionists and propagandists falsely call themselves “leading health experts,” hold two day conference with selectively invited extremists at Queens University, conclude with silly End Game call to reducing smoking rate to 5% by 2035. But organizers deny the many health benefits that have already occurred because millions of smokers switched to very low risk vapor and smokeless tobacco products, while proposing even more cigarette protecting policies including banning smokeless tobacco advertising, further increasing smokeless tobacco taxes, and banning flavored products.

Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Regulator Watch: Promoting the tobacco epidemic? Stanton Glantz on e-cigarettes.
(Glantz admits vaping is far less harmful (he claims 50%-60%) than smoking cigarettes; then falsely claims vaping has increased nicotine use among teens, falsely claims vaping discourages smokers from quitting, falsely claims vaping harms public health)

Regulator Watch: Is nicotine dangerous? Stanton Glantz

NIDA/NIH funded junk science propaganda (published by CDC) about Twitter deceitfully concludes “Vaping poses a threat to smoking prevention progress” based upon no evidence presented in the article that demonize vaping and tweets about e-cigs

Clive Bates refutes twitter study authors’ conclusion that “Vaping poses a threat to smoking prevention progress” (that was based on no evidence presented in their study).

Mike Siegel: Medical School researchers criticize campaigns intended to get smokers to quit

Brad Rodu: The Truth Initiative belies its name in new anti smokeless tobacco screed

Norwegian researchers criticize falsely claims about snus by NTNU activists and news article falsely entitled “Snuff as dangerous as cigarettes”
Unethical research dissemination

Yet again, CDC falsely claims “tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death” (it’s cigarette smoking) in report on 2014 state surveillance data for adult use of smokeless tobacco and cigarettes, conflates use of very low risk smokeless tobacco with deadly cigarette smoking to deceive readers and prevent smokers from switching.

Clive Bates: Anatomy of a public health tweet (i.e. a tweet by Simon Capewell)

What do we really know about e-cigarettes? (SAHMRI’s Jacqueline Bowden repeats many false fear mongering claims about vaping to oppose legalization in Australia)

NIAAA funded study of 198 former smokers found vapers drank more alcohol than nonvapers (perhaps due to the War on Vapers by Obama’s DHHS), anti vaping authors fail to consider health benefits of quitting smoking by vaping, falsely claim vaping doesn’t help people quit smoking and can increase alcohol use to urge clinicians and D&A treatment professionals to oppose vaping.

Study finds nontoxic (but detectable) levels of cigarette smoke constituents in homes six months after smokers quit smoking, but lead author George Matt deceitfully tells the news media that all barely detectable smoke constituents are a threat to public health.

NEJM publishes fear mongering letter by UW vaping opponents sensationalizing e-cig battery fires without objective comparisons to fire risks of cigarettes or other electronic devices with batteries, or to the far greater disease risks of cigarette smoking

HealthDay article deceptively hypes FDA’s cigarette protecting vapor deeming ban by further sensationalizing fear mongering letter in NEJM and e-cig battery fires; AVA’s Greg Conley points out that batteries in laptops, cell phones and other devices (that vapor prohibitionists aren’t lobbying to ban) pose similar or greater battery fire risks

DHHS funded UNC vapor prohibitionists protect cigarettes, promote FDA vapor deeming ban (without acknowledging it bans all vapor products) and even more FDA vapor bans, by sensationalizing e-cig battery fire risks without properly comparing them to cigarette fire risks, fire risks from other battery powered devices, or disease risks from cigarette smoking.

Article repeats false fear mongering claims about vaping from bogus “dry puff” study conducted at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Big Pharma funded authors of article in NEJM exaggerate the negligible and hypothetical risks of vaping, deny the enormous health benefits vaping has already provided for millions of smokers and exsmokers, falsely claim only clinical trials can determine vaping’s effectiveness for helping smokers quit smoking.

NCI funded UCSF anti-vaping and anti-marijuana activists lobby for cigarette protecting vaping bans by demonizing tobacco, marijuana and vaping, but confirm that many young adults in Denver (CO) vape marijuana and smoke marijuana via blunts (in sharp contrast to CDC’s false classification of many marijuana smokers and vapers as tobacco users to lobby for FDA’s deeming rule).

Fairchild and Bayer again equivocate about the benefits and risks of vaping

- Bill Godshall
Godshall THR update 2016-10-06