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Bill Godshall Update 2016-10-19

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update, October 19th, 2016

Vapor Advocacy and Education, Vapor Legalization, Other Drug Harm Reduction, THR Business, Vapor Research, THR Research, Public Health Surveillance, FDA, US Cuba Policy, US DOT, Cancer Moonshot, Taxation, Tobacco Retailer Restrictions and Fees, Vaping Ban - Minimum Age Increase - Smokeless Tobacco Ban, Vaping Bans, Smoking / Vaping Ban, Smoking Ban, Smoking Restriction, Vapor Prohibition, WHO, Slandering THR Advocates, Very Low Nicotine Cigarettes, Junk Science - Propaganda - Lies, Fearmongering.

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Vapor Education and Advocacy

David Nutt: Vaping saves lives. It’d be madness to ban it

A Billion Lives Canadian Premiere at Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto on October 21

More news from A Billion Lives

Sam Cohen: Uncertainty over safety of e-cigarettes and its impact in the workplace

Smoke and substance: the vaping revolution (New Zealand)

Regulator Watch: Politicizing Science / Siegel on Glantz / Part I

Regulator Watch: Myth of ‘Dual Use’ / Dr. Siegel / Web Extra

Cynthia Cabrera delineates key difference between vape shops and convenience stores

Malaysian Organization of Vape Entitites (MOVE): Time to dispel myths over vaping & nicotine dangers

Vapor Legalization

New Zealand Ministry of Health acknowledges that vaping is less harmful than smoking cigarettes (something Obama’s DHHS still won’t admit) even though NZ has long banned the sales of nicotine vapor products

New Zealand Ministry of Health equivocates if vaping helping smokers quit smoking (an improvement from its past denials) in Information for healthcare workers, while falsely claiming vaping can benefit smokers only if they completely quit smoking, continues ignoring the fact that millions of cigarette smokers have already quit smoking by vaping

Sweanor and Bates: Ten Messages on E-cigarettes (NZ)

Please don’t make e-cigarettes too expensive, international anti-smoking experts tell New Zealand

New Zealand Initiative submission urging legalization of vapor products.

Jenesa Jeram: E-cigarettes could save lives. Let’s make it easier to buy them. (NZ)

Australian Convenience Store Association survey finds most Tasmanian smokers would quit smoking or reduce cigarette consumption if nicotine vapor products were legalized.

Other Drug Harm Reduction

Human Rights Watch and ACLU call for decriminalizing possession and use of illicit drugs in US, 196 page report exposes how drug prohibition laws have caused far more harms to society than illicit drug use while failing to reduce use of harmful illicit drugs

THR Business

Reynolds American reports 1.6% US cigarette industry volume decline in 3Q16 (from 3Q15) and a 3.4% volume decline when adjusted for wholesale inventory changes; Reports 1.5% cigarette volume decline in 3Q16 (from 2Q16) for Reynolds brands;
Reports 3.4% increase in moist-snuff industry volume in 3Q16, and 2.1% increase in American Snuff moist-snuff volume; Announces plans to expand Vuse Vibe.

Philip Morris International reports 5.4% cigarette volume decline in 3Q16 (as vapor sales keep increasing); Reports 755% increase in Marlboro HeatSticks (iQOS) shipment volume (to 2.1 billion units); Attributes 5.8% cigarette volume decline in Japan partly to skyrocketing sales of Marlboro HeatSticks, which now have 3.5% market share.

PMI/Altria plan to submit MRTP application for iQOS to FDA by end of 2016 and claim its MRTP application is now 2-3 million pages, plan to submit PMTA for iQOS to FDA next year, claim iQOS is currently available in 10 cites (but didn’t say where), indicating iQOS has been on the US market in select locations since August 8, 2016.

Japan Tobacco begins nationwide e-cigarette rollout next year (Japan)

Vapor Research

Study finds vapers using 3rd generation vapor products (with lower nicotine levels and higher powered atomizers than 2nd generation vapor products) achieved significantly higher plasma nicotine concentrations than vapers who used 2nd generation vapor products; finds vapers of 2nd and 3rd generation vapor products were exposed to significantly lower levels of carbon monoxide and NNAL than cigarette smokers.

Note that a 2013 study by Farsalinos et al found that 2nd generation vapor products delivered nicotine more rapidly and efficiently than 1st generation vapor products

2014 DHHS funded survey of teen vapers in Connecticut found 28% reported vaping zero nicotine, 37% reported vaping a specific amount of nicotine (in mg/ml), and 34% answered “I don’t know” (when asked how much nicotine [from 0 – 30 ml/mg] they last vaped). Found those who reported level of nicotine vaped comprised more smokers and more frequent vapers than nicotine-free vapers and those who answered “I don’t know”.
But instead of expressing concern that CDC has falsely classified all vapers as “tobacco users”, or that CDC has falsely claimed vaping is renormalizing smokng, authors express concern that many vapers didn’t know the exact nicotine level (in mg/ml) they last vaped.

Cochrane Review: Conclusions about the effects of electronic cigarettes remain the same

THR Research

Meta analysis finds negligible serious adverse health effects associated with NRT use

Harm Reduction Journal announces Call for papers: The state of harm reduction in North America in 2017

Carl Phillips invites THR submission(s) for Harm Reduction Journal’s Call for papers: The state of harm reduction in North America in 2017

PMI provides funding for researchers to study PMI’s Reduced Risk Products (RRPs) via its Investigator Initiated Studies Program

Survey of members (mostly pulmonologists) of American College of Chest Physicians (which has repeatedly demonized vaping and urged FDA to ban the products) finds half know that vapor products help smokers quit, while two thirds believe e-cigs are harmful.

Small study finds more vapers prefer sweet over bitter flavorings

NCI funded study of US adult tobacco users finds 54% currently use flavored products, including shisha (93%), cigarillos and little cigars (64%), snus/smokeless (58%), pipes (51%), e-cigarettes (51%), menthol cigarettes (42%), and large cigars (20%); finds first time use of flavored products by 70% of ever users, including 84% of shisha ever users, 66% of snus/smokeless tobacco ever users, 61% of cigarillo/little cigar ever users, 45% of ever users of e-cigarettes and pipes, 37% of cigarette ever users, and 25% of large cigar ever users. But authors conflate and classify far less harmful vapor and OTP with deadly cigarettes to demonize flavorings in all tobacco and vapor products.

Public Health Surveillance

Regional patterns of tobacco use and obesity associated in the US (due to culture)


Vapor Technology Association on oral arguments in Nicopure v FDA to Judge Jackson

E-cig makers grilled on challenge to FDA rules (paywalled)

Docket for Nicopure Labs v FDA, October 11, 2016

Mike Siegel: FDA poised to issue rule that will be devastating for public health, and possibly unconstitutional

FDA issues 3 page Guidance for Industry “Investigational Use of Deemed, Finished Tobacco Products That Were on the U.S. Market on August 8, 2016, During the Deeming Compliance Periods”

OMB is reviewing a soon-to-be proposed FDA standard to reduce NNN in smokeless tobacco products (despite epidemiological evidence that smokeless tobacco products are already 99% less harmful than cigarettes, and despite no evidence that lowering NNN levels in smokeless tobacco would reduce the products’ already negligible cancer risks).

Obama’s DHHS issues its 4th HHS Open Government Plan purportedly “to increase transparency, collaboration and public engagement” (after deceiving the public about lifesaving vapor products since 2009 to promote/defend FDA’s two vapor sales bans)

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy guidelines call for less stigmatizing terms for referring to people who use drugs (as DHHS stigmatizes all vapers by calling them “tobacco users”, demonizes lifesaving vapor products, and has twice banned them).

The FDA is coming for your premium cigar

FDA/NIH.NIDA funded authors urge FDA to ban/regulate flavorings in low risk vapor products, smokeless tobacco and dissolvables to make products taste worse (which would increase tobacco harm by discouraging cigarette smokers from switching).

US Cuba Policy

Obama allows US residents traveling to Cuba to now bring back up to 100 cigars, but FDA Deeming Rule bans Cuban cigars from being sold in the US (because they weren’t on the US market February 15, 2007).


CEI v DOT: DOT responds to petitioners

CEI v DOT: Court extends time for petitioners to file reply brief

Cancer Moonshot

As Obama’s FDA tries to increase cigarette cancers (by banning lifesaving vapor products), VP Biden proposes spending billions more US dollars to “end cancer”, cancer researchers demand even more taxpayer funds

‘We do NOT need a cancer moonshot’: Harvard professor insists we have the tools to fight the disease - and trying to find a new one will set us back


A Vapid Tax: Revenue up in smoke (PA)

Smokefree Pennsylvania urges members of PA House to approve HB 2342, introduced by Rep. Jeff Wheeland, which would replace PA’s disastrous 40% vapor tax with a $.05/ml tax on nicotine containing e-liquid.

PA House schedules HB 2342 for consideration on October 19 calendar

California moves against ‘public threat’ of e-cigarettes with a tax

Californians consider taxing e-cigarettes

Steven Greenhut & Damon Jacobs: Harm-Reduction Initiatives Violate Hypocratic Oath
California propositions deal with cigarette taxes and condoms in pornos

Sally Satel – California ballot choices: To protect porn stars but not smokers

Drug Policy Forum of California’s Voter’s Guide criticizes Prop 56 for imposing huge taxes on very low risk vapor products that have helped many smokers quit smoking

Everything you need to know about Prop 56 which aims to tax vapers

Vaping prohibitionist Michael Bloomberg gives $500,000 to Yes on Prop 56 to increase CA vapor and tobacco taxes

UCSF researchers claim Prop 56 cigarette tax hike will significantly improve public health, but researchers failed to consider impact of enormous tax on lifesaving products
and very low risk OTP (CA)

RJ Reynolds wants higher tobacco taxes in Missouri but not California

Complex politics behind two Missouri tobacco tax issues

Four ways money is key in Colorado’s proposed tobacco tax hike

Colorado Amendment 72 would increase cigarette tax from $.84 to $2.59/pack, increase OTP tax from 40% to 62% of manufacturer’s price, appropriate 16% of new tobacco tax revenue to the CO Health Dept to fund more misleading anti-THR propaganda and hawk ineffective and less than safe Big Pharma drugs as the best/only way to quit smoking.

Irish Finance Minister’s FY17 budget includes cigarette tax of .50 (US $.56) per pack, increasing their price to 11 (US $12.21) per pack

South Korean cigarette consumption increases after cigarette tax hike implemented

Tobacco Retailer Restrictions and Fees

Philadelphia Board of Health proposes banning new tobacco (and vapor) retailers in 14 of 18 city districts (by limiting the number of retailers to 1 per 1,000 population), increases tobacco (and vapor) retailer license from $50 to $300 per year, falsely claims purpose of regulation is to reduce cigarette smoking (as banning new vape shops prevents and discourages smokers from quitting); Board of Health approves measure on October 17.
(map of Philly retailers) (regulation)
(2011 tobacco retailer permit law)

NATO’s Thomas Briant interviewed on Philly Health Dept’s ban of new tobacco and vapor retailers in 14 of 18 districts

CASAA urges Philly vapers to oppose Board of Health’s ban on new vape shops

Philly effort to restrict tobacco (and vapor) sellers moves forward

Vaping Ban, Minimum Age Increase, Smokeless Tobacco Ban

DC Council gives preliminary approval to bills to ban vaping in workplaces, increase minimum age for tobacco and vapor sales to 21, and ban smokeless tobacco use at sporting events

Highland Park (IL) increases minimum sales age for tobacco and vapor product to 21

Vaping Bans

CASAA urges vapers to Itsaco County (MN) to oppose proposed workplace vaping ban

Health officials, businesses react to indoor vaping possibility (St. Joseph, MO)

NZ vaping prohibitionists protect cigarettes by advocating workplace vaping ban, conflating the smokefree 2nd hand vapor aerosol with 2nd hand tobacco smoke.

Smoking / Vaping Ban

Philippine President Duterte (who advocates killing drug users) plans to ban smoking and vaping in all workplaces and public places (after THR opponents lobbied for vaping ban)

Smoking Ban

South San Francisco (CA) City Council considers banning smoking (but not vaping) in apartment buildings and condominiums

Smoking Restriction

Japan to regulate smoking in workplaces and public places by 2020 (but proposal would allow smoking rooms at workplaces, and allow smoking in bars and restaurants)

Vapor Prohibition

Indian tobacco controllers are upset teen smokers are switching to banned lifesaving vapor products


International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organizations calls on WHO to recognize safer smokefree alternatives to cigarettes, acknowledge human rights of 20 million exsmokers who consume smokefree alternatives, support informed consumer choices; INNCO’s mission is to make it easier for smokers to obtain safer alternatives to cigarettes

Taxpayers Protection Alliance report claims many nations haven’t paid dues for WHO FCTC, criticizes extremism by FCTC

WHO denies members failing to pay UN tobacco agency, accuses TPA of collaborating with the tobacco industry

Why delegates are barred from UN anti-tobacco meeting

Slandering THR Advocates

The Times of London touts defamatory claims by UK anti-tobacco industry zealots (who reporter Katie Gibbons falsely referred to as “public health experts”) against real public health experts Fagerstrom, Sweanor, Bates and Polosa just because they talked to tobacco company employees about vapor products and other low risk alternatives to cigarettes; The Times editorial falsely accuses them of “Attending jollies on the tobacconist’s dime” (see pages 4, 21)

Konstantinos Farsalinos: The Times newspaper has gone over the line defaming scientists: legal action is required

Hypocritical CRUK claims to support vaping for smokers, but attacks tobacco company research on vapor products (that found similar findings as CRUK’s research)

Very Low Nicotine Cigarettes

22nd Century absurdly claims its very low nicotine cigarettes (which have been bought by the US government, not by smokers) could reduce US smoking rates by more than 75% (if FDA bans all other cigarettes), hype junk laboratory studies

Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Regulator Watch: Part 2 / Glantz on e-Cigs / Promoting the Tobacco Epidemic

Regulator Watch: What’s the Risk? Cancer and Heart Disease / Stanton Glantz
(Glantz deceitfully claims vapor products are half as harmful as smoking cigarette, despite no scientific or empirical evidence that vaping is associated with any disease).

Study finds peer group smoking associated with ever e-cig use among teens, but authors misrepresent findings to conclude "Therefore, it is essential to . . . . use e-cigarette denormalization strategies to instill proper e-cigarette perceptions in adolescents."

CNA junk study title and abstract falsely insinuate vaping is a gateway to cigarette smoking among teens; authors fail to ethically report funding source, absurdly use 2002-06 NYTS data to try predicting tobacco use in 2011-2014 to nonsensically insinuate vaping is gateway to smoking, fail to cite 2015 NYTS or 2015 MTF data that contradicted their conclusions, falsely claim vaping has “demonstrable negative health consequences in the short term,” doesn’t help smokers quit smoking, and falsely claim 2015 MTF data finding just 20% of teen vapers vaped nicotine is too low.

Vaping opponents deceptively tout inapplicable rodent and cell toxicology studies as evidence vaping harms humans, falsely claim “adverse health effects of nicotine inhaled by users of ECIGs has been well documented”.

Schroeder Institute vapor prohibitionist Andrea Villanti deceitfully claims FDA’s Vapor Deeming Ban (that bans vapor sales to all US adults) is a regulation to protect children;
while Brit Linda Bauld tells the truth about vaping, and endorses vaping for smokers


Vaping opponents and news media hype exploded/overheated e-cig batteries, but failed to compare to cigarette burns or exploding batteries in cell phones, laptops or other products


- Bill Godshall

Godshall THR update 2016-10-19