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June 23rd, 2016: the UK votes to leave the EU, contrary to most expectations.

17,410,742 votes for Leave (51.9%)
16,141,241 votes for Remain (48.1%)
difference = 1,269,501

It now looks like a massive error by the EU to outrage 3 million UK ex-smokers and vapers with the imposition by force of insanely corrupt laws. Virtually all of that group who vote will have voted Leave, and since the difference was only 1.2m votes, it looks as if trying to oppress a group of 3 million people for profit when they are highly motivated and understandably see this issue as a matter of life and death has backfired painfully on the EU.

Bill Godshall Update 2014-12-11

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - December 11th, 2014

CDC, FDA Ecig Workshop, FDA Deeming Reg / Ban, Swedish Match MRTP Application To FDA, Other US Federal, Science and Public Health, THR In The News, THR Business, MSA, Advertising, Smoking And Tobacco Use Ban, Vaping Bans, Employment Discrimination, Retailer Bans, Plain Packaging, Government Funded Ecig Propaganda, More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies.



CDC complains that some states haven’t banned e-cig sales to minors (but fails to acknowledge that some CDC funded State health agencies and CDC’s Big Pharma funded allies CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA have lobbied against those laws), complains that just 3 states have banned vaping in workplaces (but fails to reveal that vaping bans protect cigarettes and there is no public health justification for banning vaping)

AVA: CDC’s push for vaping bans highlights need for oversight of ACA grant money;
CDC, now with $2 billion in grants to dole out, recommends states restrict vaping

FDA Ecig Workshop

FDA e-cig workshop on December 10 & 11
FDA invites many deeming reg proponents (federal employees, other e-cig opponents, tobacco companies and other profiteers) but no deeming reg opponents to present at so-called public workshop on e-cigs; FDA claims workshop not meant for deeming reg, but many presenters urged FDA to impose it and many other unwarranted regs for e-cigs; Mitch Zeller claims FDA relies upon scientific evidence, but agency has grossly distorted the scientific evidence on e-cigs since it unlawfully banned them in 2009; FDA bans public from attending workshop prior to sign-up deadline, refuses to get larger venue. (audio of entire December 10/11 workshop is available at this weblink) (agenda) (ECF discussion on FDA workshop) (FDA webpage)

AVA President Greg Conley’s statement at the FDA workshop’s public comment period

FDA invites convicted liar (and regulatory profiteer) Shayne Gad to present at e-cig workshop

Carl Phillips: Don’t annoy us with the facts, we got some regulatin’ to do

Article in The Hill cites FDA’s new docket for comments on FDA’s December 10/11 e-cigarette workshop!documentDetail;D=FDA_FRDOC_0001-5293

FDA Deeming Reg / Ban

House leaders rush to defend e-cigarettes from possible FDA bans

ACSH: House Republican leadership urges FDA to loosen its grip on the e-cig market

CASAA issues Call to Action: Ask your legislators to support a change to the Tobacco Control Act (and to thank US Reps. Boehner, McCarthy and Upton for urging DHHS Secretary Burwell to change the date of the grandfather clause for e-cigs and other newly deemed tobacco products from 2007 to 2014 or when the FDA issues the Final Rule

Michael Marlow – Regulating a less unhealthy cigarette: The FDA’s treatment of e-cigarettes jeopardizes public health

Mike Siegel endorses Michael Marlow’s commentary opposing the FDA’s proposed deeming regulation, but urges FDA to unlawfully promulgate other e-cig regulations

Only Big Tobacco and Big Pharma want e-cig regulation, Godshall comments

AP reporter Michael Felberbaum writes yet another article promoting FDA deeming reg/ban, fails to reveal it would protect cigarettes by banning >99% of vapor products

Swedish Match MRTP application to FDA

NY Times repeats false and misleading fear mongering claims about snus

Carl Phillips: New York Times Editorial Board lies about smokeless tobacco labeling

Carl Phillips: What is peer review really? (part 4a – case study followup)

Other Federal

NIH/NCI fund RTI to monitor e-cigs on social media, lobby for bans/regulations

FTC invites public comments on renewing data collection for cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, and extending it to e-cigarettes and cigars; public comment deadline 1/5/15

Obama still using nicotine gum, as his appointees at DHHS and their Big Pharma funded allies keep lying about (and trying to stop smokers from using) more satisfying and effective smokefree alternatives, including e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco

Science and Public Health

Electronic cigarettes: getting the science right and the communicating it accurately
Addiction editorial by Robert West, collection of Addiction studies and articles on e-cigs

American Heart Association’s Circulation publishes meta analysis of 6 studies finding 18% smoking cessation rate (after 6 months) for smokers who used e-cigs with nicotine

AVA: American Heart Association study finds vaping products more effective for quitting smoking than FDA-approved products

Peter Hajek: Electronic cigarettes have the potential for huge public health benefit

Clive Bates: A blunt challenge to some common arguments against e-cigarettes

ACSH’s Gil Ross: Want to help smokers quit? Stop lying about e-cigs

In measuring teen nicotine use, public health agencies often rely on data that are too crude (to grossly exaggerate teen use, lobby for more $$$ and unwarranted bans/regs)

Penn State study finds vapor products less addictive than cigarettes

Study finds e-cig use causes significantly lower nicotine plasma levels than cigarette smoking, lower increases in BP and heart rate than cigarette smoking, and e-cig use creates no increase in exhaled CO while smoking sharply increases exhaled CO

2013 survey of Italians at least 15 years old finds, among regular e-cig users, 10.4% quit smoking, 67.7% reduced cigarette consumption, and 22% didn’t change smoking habit.

Study finds press releases for 40% of scientific studies exaggerated advice, 33% exaggerated causal claims, and 36% exaggerated causal inference to humans from animal research. When press releases contained such exaggeration, 58%, 81% and 86% of news stories, respectively, contained similar exaggeration.

Academic hype ‘distorting’ health news

Press releases blamed for exaggerated health news

Survey finds e-cigarette use rare in non-smokers (UK)

THR in the News

Citizens Voice reporter Charlotte Jacobson writes objective and balanced article on vapor products, but the editors chose a negative headline (Wilkes-Barre, PA)

Review of Hajek et al study in Family Practice Recertification acknowledges many health benefits for smokers who switch to vaping, endorses e-cigs for smoking cessation

John McLay: E-cigs help rid the world of smokers (MN)

THR Business

Vype e-cigarette advertisement aims to demonstrate simplicity of vaping

Nerudia’s Speke e-cigarette factory will create 150 jobs (UK)


Bryan Haynes – Hey Legislators: Vaping Products Don’t Belong in the MSA


Clive Bates: Anti-complaint about e-cigarette advertising

Smoking and tobacco use ban

Federal Bureau of Prisons bans smoking, tobacco use and tobacco possession; In Final Rule, BOP falsely claims “Snuff and chewing tobacco are also harmful to health in the same way that "lighted" tobacco products are.”

Vaping bans

Minneapolis (MN) City Council protects cigarettes by banning vaping in workplaces due to fear mongering claims by e-cig prohibitionists and other THR opponents

Black River Falls (WI) drops pursuit of e-cigarette ban

Portland (OR) Parks Board urges City Council to ban vaping, smokeless tobacco use and smoking in city parks even though vaping and smokeless tobacco pose no risks to the public, outdoor smoking poses neglibible risks, and the proposed law is unenforceable

University of Alaska Board of Regents consider tobacco use and vaping ban on campus

Employment Discrimination

Pima County (AZ) Board of Supervisors to vote December 16 on hiring ban of all tobacco/nicotine consumers and 30% surcharge for currently employed consumers (but not for consumers of Big Pharma’s nicotine products) even though just half of all tobacco/nicotine consumers (daily cigarette smokers) face increased disease risks

Univ. of Missouri Health System to ban hiring of anyone who tests positive for nicotine (unless the nicotine is marketed by Big Pharma)

Retailer bans

San Francisco (CA) Bord of Supervisors passes law to reduce number of tobacco and e-cig retailers by half, which only benefits retailers who keep selling tobacco and/or e-cigs

Plain Packaging

The Plain Truth about Plain Packaging: An Econometric Analysis of the Australian 2011 Tobacco Plain Packaging Act

New evidence plain packaging drives up tobacco sales in Australia

Government funded e-cig propaganda

NIDA funding recipients from Yale absurdly conclude that flavored e-cigs should be banned for adults, that people should be deceived about the health benefits of e-cigs for smokers, and that “social norms surrounding the use of e-cigarettes” should be prevented based upon student focus groups (that never discussed these policies for adults).

FDA funded Stan Glantz criticizes excellent study on e-cigs because it was conducted and written by tobacco company researchers

Australian government offers funding to exaggerate health risks and deny benefits of e-cigs, propose more policies to protect cigarettes from market competition by already banned e-cigs under false guise of objective research and sound public health policy

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

CDC junk science and press release claims 6.1% of estimated 1.64 million smokers who saw a CDC anti smoking ad quit smoking because they saw CDC ad, that ads cost $480 per smoker who purportedly quit smoking, and that CDC ads are very effective for smoking cessation (while still insisting that e-cigs don’t help smokers quit smoking)

E-cig opponents aggressively lobby Wikipedia to misrepresent scientific and empirical evidence on e-cigs

Large 2102 survey of 27 EU countries found “ever use” of an e-cig reported by 20.3% of current smokers, 4.7% of ex-smokers, and just 1.2% of never cigarette smokers (disproving claims that e-cigs are gateways to and renormalize smoking), but authors absurdly conclude their findings “underscore the need to ... formulate a European framework for e-cigarette regulation within the revised EU Tobacco Product Directive” that protects cigarettes by banning many e-cigs and restricting the marketing of all others

ASH accuses tobacco companies of target marketing to youth, provides no evidence, fails to admit youth smoking and tobacco sales to minors have sharply declined since 1998

Health frauds Drs. Oz, Natalie Azar and FDA funded Andrea King protect cigarettes, scare viewers, lobby for FDA deeming reg/ban by repeating lies about e-cigs and nicotine

Charlotta Pisinger protects cigarettes, repeats many false and misleading claims about e-cigs to confuse, scare and lobby for unwarranted bans/regs

- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2014-12-11

Bill Godshall Update 2014-12-18

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - December 18th, 2014

Public Health Research, Monitoring the Future Survey, CDC, FDA 'Public Ecig Workshop', FDA TPSAC, Public Health Threats vs Scares, E-cig Manufacturing, Taxation, Vaping Bans, Retail Restrictions, Packaging Regulation, E-cig Business, Canada, More Junk Science And Propaganda.


Public Health Research

In measuring teen nicotine use, public health agencies often rely on data that are too crude

Cochran review meta analyses finds e-cigs effective for smoking cessation and more effective than NRT patch for reducing cigarette consumption

E-cigarettes can help smokers quit or cut down heavily, say researchers; Study suggests critics of vaping are wrong to claim it encourages non-smokers to take up habit

Review of evidence finds e-cigarettes may help smokers quit

Mike Siegel: First meta-analysis of existing studies concludes that electronic cigarettes are effective for smoking cessation

Monitoring the Future Survey

NIDA funded Monitoring the Future survey finds record low rates and record annual declines for “daily” and “past 30 day” cigarette smoking by teens from 2013 to 2014.
Daily smoking declined 22% by 8th graders (from 1.8% to 1.4%), declined 27% by 10th graders (from 4.4% to 3.2%), declined 21% by 12th graders (from 8.5% to 6.7%). Past 30 day cigarette smoking declined 11% by 8th graders (from 4.5% to 4.0%), declined 21% by 10th graders (9.1% to 7.2%), declined 17% by 12th graders (from 16.3% to 13.6%).

MTF finds e-cigs a gateway away from cigarettes for teens. Among 33.8% of 12th grade “ever smokers” of cigarettes, MTF found that (during the past 30 days) 16% reported no use of cigarettes or e-cigs, 4.6% reported exclusive e-cig use, 7.3% reported dual use of cigarettes and e-cigs, and just 5.9% reported exclusive cigarette smoking.

Among 21.9% of 10th grade “ever smokers” of cigarettes, MTF found that (during the past 30 days) 10.0% reported no use of cigarettes or e-cigs, 4.9% reported exclusive e-cig use, 4.3% reported dual use of cigarettes and e-cigs, and just 2.7% reported exclusive cigarette smoking.

Among 13.3% of 8th grade “ever smokers” of cigarettes, MTF found that (during the past 30 days) 6.6% reported no use of cigarettes or e-cigs, 2.2% reported exclusive e-cig use, 2.2% reported dual use of cigarettes and e-cigs, and just 2.3% reported exclusive cigarette smoking.

While MTF found (and authors publicized) that “past 30 day” e-cig use was reported by 8.7% of 8th graders, 16.2% of 10th graders, 17.1% of 12th graders, MTF authors unethically failed to report that teen smokers and ex-smokers were far more likely than never smokers to report e-cig use (and instead buried that data in six different tables).

MTF found “past 30 day” e-cig use by teen smokers, ex-smokers and never smokers
(note that “ex-smokers” are “ever smokers” who didn’t smoke in “past 30 days”)

12th Graders
55% of smokers (.073 / .132 = .55)
22.5% of ex-smokers (.046 / .204 = .225)
6.5% of never smokers (.043 / .664 = .065)
17.1% Total

10th Graders
61% of smokers (.043 / .07 = .61)
33% of ex-smokers (.049 / .148 = .33)
9% of never smokers (.07 / .782 = .09)
16.2% Total

8th Graders
49% of smokers (.022 / .045 = .49)
25% of ex-smokers (.022 / .088 = .25)
4.7% of never smokers (.041 / .867 = .047)
8.7% Total

MTF found overall “past 30 day” e-cig use by smokers, ex-smokers and never smokers

12th Graders
7.3% were smokers (dual users)
4.6% were ex-smokers
4.3% were never smokers
17.2% Total (differs from MTF reported 17.1% due to rounding)

10th Graders
4.3% were smokers (dual users)
4.9% were ex-smokers
7.0% were never smokers
16.2% Total

8th Graders
2.2% were smokers (dual users)
2.2% were ex-smokers
4.1% were never Smokers
8.5% Total (differs from MTF reported 8.7% due to rounding)

Despite finding record annual declines in teen cigarette smoking, record low teen smoking rates, and e-cig use mostly by current and former smokers, Obama’s NIDA funded MTF press release promoted FDA’s proposed deeming reg/ban by conflating e-cigs with lethal cigarettes, by conflating “past 30 day” experimentation with daily use, and by failing to acknowledge that e-cigs have NEVER been found to create daily dependence in any nonsmoker, serve as a gateway to smoking, or cause any disease.

American Vaping Association: Youth smoking reaches record lows as vaping increases

Irresponsible news media repeat false fear mongering claims from MTF press release without any fact checking, fail to report record annual declines in teen smoking, record low teen smoking rates or that most teen vapers were/are cigarette smokers.

Mike Siegel: Glantz tells public there is no question that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking, but today’s Monitoring the Future data show the opposite

Jacob Sullum: Vaping rises to record highs, smoking falls to record lows, and activists insist ‘e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking’

Tim Wostall: Excellent news as e-cigarette, or vaping, use rises

Please note that NIDA Director Nora Volklow absurdly claimed: “Chronic e-cigarette use would be expected to produce even higher levels of third hand nicotine exposure, and it’s unclear how such exposure could impact the health of close family members, friends, and coworkers who are regularly exposed to these environments.”


Re: CDC’s false and misleading claims about e-cigs and lobbying of states at

AVA responds to CDC article on e-cigarettes

Carl Phillips: CDC lies about e-cigs and children again (wait, have I used that title before?)

ACSH: The CDC, again, substitutes their agenda for science re: ecigs and teens

News media repeat CDC’s fear mongering spin about state e-cig sales bans to minors and secondhand vapor, fail to acknowledge that CDC funded State health agencies and/or CDC allies funded by Big Pharma (CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA) have lobbied against state bills to ban e-cig sales to minors (e.g. in MI, MO, OH, PA, OK, RI, AZ) to lobby for FDA deeming reg/ban to ban >99% of e-cigs currently marketed to adults.

USA Today editorial grossly misrepresents facts on e-cigs to advocate FDA deeming regulation (that would ban >99.9% of e-cigs now consumed by adults) and to urge State AGs to falsely redefine e-cigs as “cigarettes” to impose MSA restrictions on e-cigs.

Jeff Stier’s Opposing View on USA Today – Rally behind e-cigarettes: Don’t undermine the promise of powerful harm reduction tools

Mike Siegel – CDC makes startling proclamation: Electronic cigarette aerosol is not as safe as clean air

Survey of HI high school students finds record low cigarette smoking rates (i.e. 2% monthly, <1% weekly and <1% daily smoking), very low e-cig use (i.e. 3% monthly, 2% weekly and 2% daily), finds 76% of e-cig “ever users” just experimented (i.e. <5 times or yearly), and finds 67% correctly believe e-cigs are less hazardous than cigarettes. But NCI funded authors (who oppose THR) misrepresent findings to news media, conflate e-cigs with cigarettes, exaggerate e-cig use, falsely claim e-cigs renormalize smoking.

2013 US adult survey finds past month use of e-cigs reported by 30.3% of daily smokers, 34.1% of nondaily smokers, 5.4% of former smokers and just 1.4% of never smokers (which is consistent with other surveys). But Big Pharma funded AAP survey coauthors (including Jonathan Winickoff , who falsely claimed e-cigs were target marketed to youth at 2009 FDA press conference defending agency’s unlawful e-cig ban) falsely conclude that e-cigs addict nonsmokers and renormalize tobacco use, and advocate cigarette protecting federal, state and local e-cig bans and regulations.

FDA funded junk scientist and liar Stan Glantz falsely claims “There's no question that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking"

FDA’s so-called public workshop on e-cigs

The most objective and informative comments at FDA’s Dec. 10/11 workshop were presented by nearly a dozen speakers during the public comment period, which can be heard on FDA6 recording at

AVA gives public comment at FDA e-cigarette workshop

Carl Phillips: Burstyn comment at FDA workshop on ecig science


FDA TPSAC Chair Jonathan Samet (who Judge Richard Leon ruled had Big Pharma funding conflicts of interest when striking down TPSAC’s report on menthol cigarettes)
coauthors JAMA op/ed that repeats many false and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigs to confuse, scare and lobby for FDA’s proposed deeming reg that would ban >99% of e-cigs now consumed by adult smokers and exsmokers who switched to vaping.
Flavorings in Electronic Cigarettes: An unrecognized respiratory health threat?

ublic health threats versus scares

Obama’s CDC demotes deadly cigarettes to 9th among its “10 most important public-health challenges of 2014”, but wisely didn’t include e-cigs on list (despite CDC’s many false and misleading fear mongering press releases and reports on e-cigs to confuse, scare and lobby for FDA’s proposed e-cig deeming reg/ban, state/local vaping bans, etc.)

American Council on Science and Health’s Top 10 Health Scares of 2014 includes “Liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes poisoning children”

E-cig manufacturing

Front page NY Times article exaggerates and demonizes e-cig quality control in China to confuse, scare and lobby for FDA deeming reg that would protect cigarettes by banning >99% of vapor products now sold and by giving e-cig industry to Big Tobacco.


NYC proceeds with cigarette lawsuit after Garner decision; Mayor earlier called selling untaxed cigarettes “minor offense”

Utah Governor Gary Herbert (who is on e-cig opposing Legacy’s board of directors) to propose budget that includes tax on e-cigs (buried in a pg 22 footnote, pg 26 on PDF)

AVA & UTSFA: Utah governor’s e-cigarette tax would snuff out local business

Vaping ban

Lewes (DE) City Council enacts unwarranted and unenforceable smoking and vaping ban on beach, police chief says police won’t enforce new law.

Retail restriction

Fayetteville (NC) police chief lobbying for ordinance that would ban e-cig retailers by December 2017, and reduce number of tobacco retailers (see Section 7.02 of Dec. 8 meeting agenda packet)

Fayetteville (NC) delays vote on tobacco store restrictions, again

ackaging regulation

Missouri bill would require child resistant packaging for e-cigs

E-cig Business

Company claims to make certified organic e-liquid


THR advocate David Sweanor debates e-cig prohibitionist and propagandist Mark Holland (from The Heart and Stroke Foundation) about e-cigs, cigarettes and Ontario’s proposal to protect cigarettes by banning vaping, banning flavored e-cigs, banning e-cig advertising, and restricting e-cig sales to tobacco retailers.

More junk science and propaganda

AVA & TSFA: Tennessee Dept of Health’s hardline stance on vaping harms smokers heatlh

In response to vaper Loriene Jolly’s letter to editor of BMJ
e-cig junk scientists and propagandists repeat false and misleading claims about vaping and falsely portray themselves as victims of bullying by vapers

The low spark of highly placed boot boys

Martin McKee - Lying troll

- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2014-12-18

Bill Godshall Update 2014-12-23

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - December 23rd, 2014

US Congress, THR Research, 2014 MTF Teen Survey, THR Education and Advocacy, Taxation, Smoking / Vaping Bans, Packaging, Age Restriction, FDA, UK, Ireland, France, More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies.


US Congress

Sen. Durbin and Reps. Waxman and Pallone threaten public health and civil justice by urging 29 State AGs to unconstitutionally sue e-cig manufacturers by reinterpreting the 1998 MSA to classify e-cigs as “cigarettes” and to lobby for FDA deeming reg (that would ban >99% of vapor products) by grossly misrepresenting teen surveys finding record annual declines in teen smoking, record low teen smoking rates, and that e-cigs are gateways away from cigarettes for some teens.

Note MSA definition: a 'Cigarette' means any product that contains nicotine, is intended to be burned or heated under ordinary conditions of use, and consists of or contains (1) any roll of tobacco wrapped in paper or in any substance not containing tobacco; or (2) tobacco, in any form, that is functional in the product, which, because of its appearance, the type of tobacco used in the filler, or its packaging and labeling, is likely to be offered to, or purchased by, consumers as a cigarette; or (3) any roll of tobacco wrapped in any substance containing tobacco which, because of its appearance, the type of tobacco used in the filler, or its packaging and labeling, is likely to be offered to, or purchased by, consumers as a cigarette described in clause (1) of this definition.”

AVA: Congressional e-cigarette opponents play Grinch
Three Congressional Democrats want State AGs to declare vaping products 'cigarettes'.

Mike Siegel: Senator Durbin asks Attorneys General to violate the Constitution and misinterpret the Master Settlement Agreement to reign in electronic cigarettes

THR Research

New Canadian poll finds:
- 63% of vapers who quit smoking vape nicotine-free vapor products,
- 96% of never smokers who use e-cigs vape nicotine-free vapor products,
- 68% of vapers who still smoke vape nicotine products (38% always, 30% sometimes),
- 29% of vapers always vape nicotine, 24% sometimes do, and 47% never vape nicotine,
- 64% of smokers, 27% of ex-smokers, and 9% of never smokers “ever used” an e-cig,
(Note that since 2008 Health Canada has claimed that sales of nicotine containing vapor products are unlawful, but has never enforced the purported law)

Ex-smokers credit e-cigarettes for helping them quit, poll finds

Mike Siegel: Canadian survey suggests that electronic cigarettes are a useful smoking cessation tool

AVA: Two studies demonstrate vaping helps smokers quit

ASH UK: Evidence that electronic cigarettes can help smokers to quit

Vapour Trail: The latest investigation of vaping suggests it can help you quit smoking

E-cigarettes may help smokers kick the habit (NJ)

2014 MTF Teen Survey

Since e-cigs were first marketed in 2006, MTF finds “daily” cigarette smoking declined 65% by 8th graders (4.0% to 1.4%), 48% by 10th graders (7.6% to 3.2%), and 30% by 12th graders (12.2% to 8.5%). Note that many 12th graders are 18, and can legally be sold cigarettes in 46 states.

Since e-cig marketing began in 2006, MTF finds “past-30-day” cigarette smoking declined 54% by 8th graders (8.7% to 4.0%), 50% by 10th graders (14.5% to 7.2%), and 37% by 12th graders (21.6% to 13.6%).

Jacob Sullum: Are e-cigarettes displacing the real thing?
As more teenagers vape, fewer smoke.

Brad Rodu: High School Seniors Post Largest Ever Single-Year Decline in Smoking; E-Cigs May Have Played a Role

CTFK claims to be “shocked” that teen smoking is at record lows and that many teen smokers have switched to far less hazardous smokefree e-cigs, once again urges FDA to impose deeming regulation (that would protect cigarettes by banning >99% of e-cigs, and by giving the e-cig industry to Big Tobacco)

Legacy troubled that many teen smokers have been switching to far less hazardous e-cigs

Winston-Salem Journal: Richard Craver’s article on MTF survey

THR Education and Advocacy

David Sweanor talks about Vaping on the Todd Shapiro Show (from 35:00 to 56:50)

Clive Bates The Worst letter of 2014

Brad Rodu: “For Smokers Only” Audiobook & Video Interview

John McLay: For many, e-cigs are an elegant solution (MN)

Karl Fagerstrom – Nicotine: Pharmacology, Toxicity and Therapeutic use


WA Governor Jay Inslee proposes imposing 95% tax on all vapor products (including nicotine-free products), ban Internet vapor products sales to WA consumers (even though WA has no legal authority to regulate the Internet or enforce law against out-of-state vendors), require licensing of vapor product vendors to generate an estimated $18 million in tax revenue. Also proposes increasing cigarette tax rate by $.50 pack (from $3.025/pack to $3.525/pack) to generate an estimated $38 million in revenue.

AVA: Gov. Inslee’s vapor tax would decimate small businesses & hurt smokers

E-cig and vape tax could be coming

Smoking/Vaping Bans

Proposed smoking (and vaping) ban heads to Montgomery (AL) city council

Hawaii County (HI) bill (302) would ban vaping by falsely redefining smoking to include use of smokefree “electronic smoking devices”.


MO prefiled bill (HB 151) would require purportedly “child-safe” packaging for all vapor products

Age Restriction

Columbia (MO) City Council raises legal age for sale of tobacco and e-cigs to 21 years, and bans vaping where smoking is banned


To further promote the FDA deeming regulation (that would ban >99% f vapor products, and give the e-cig industry to Big Tobacco) the NY Times editors publish letter by World Lung Foundation’s Neil Schluger endorsing last week’s misleading fear mongering NY Times article on e-cig manufacturing, and making many more false claims about e-cigs

FDA sends warning letters to 6 online retailers for selling Star Ariva and/or Stonewall tobacco lozenges (that are very similar to FDA approved NRT lozenges) because FDA declared them NSE and/or for advertising smokeless tobacco products that didn’t include the false and misleading warnings and/or that described smokeless tobacco products as “mild” or as having “lower nicotine” in violation of the FSPTCA, .

FDA sent similar warning letters to 19 other retailers in November and earlier this month:


UK opens consultation on proposal to ban e-cig sales to minors under 18

UK convenience store group supports banning e-cig sales to youth


Irish Cancer Society estimates there are 134,000 e-cig users in Ireland, makes many false claims about e-cigs, urges Irish government to ban the lifesaving products (which would protect cigarettes and threaten the lives of all Irish smokers, vapers and 2nd hand smokers.


Legal “e-spliff” helps relieve pain of MS and cancer patients – without the cannabis high

France seeks to ban cannabis vaporizers

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

FDA funded Stan Glantz conflates “No-nicotine e-cigs” with “nicotine e-cigs”, conflates “ever use” of an e-cig with chronic use, and otherwise misrepresents findings of many different e-cigarette surveys to confuse, scare and lobby for unwarranted e-cig restrictions that protect cigarettes

FDA funded Stan Glantz criticizes Clive Bates for telling the truth about e-cigs, Glantz and other THR denialists who make false claims about vaping

- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2014-12-23

Bill Godshall Update 2015-01-08

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - January 8th, 2015

THR Research, Harm Reduction Advocacy, Fracking and Vaping, THR Business, FDA, CDC, NIH, E-liquid Sales Ban, E-cig Sales Restrictions, Taxation, Vapor Product Packaging Restrictions, E-cig Sales Bans To Minors, Minimum Age, Smoking Bans, Smoking / Vaping Bans, Vaping Bans, False Claims About Nicotine, Misrepresentations of MTF / Teen Surveys, More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies.

THR Research

Carl Phillips: Over 10,000 Americans get to ring in 2015 thanks to e-cigarettes

Mike Siegel: Latest data suggest substantial benefits of e-cigs for smoking cessation

Ontario poll finds 64% of ex-smokers quit smoking via 'cold turkey', 6% quit with nicotine patches, 4% quit with e-cigarettes, 3% quit with nicotine gum or spray, 2% quit with counseling and support

Brad Rodu - E-cigarette denial: It just doesn't work anymore

Harm Reduction Advocacy

George Lundberg advocates e-cigs for cigarette smokers, marijuana decriminalization, and fewer prescriptions for highly addictive opioids
Addiction Medicine Policy: First, Do No Harm

Steve Forbes - E-cigs: A lifesaver that health fascists want to kill

Carl Phillips/Elaine Keller: Tobacco abstinence is not a safe alternative to harm reduction

David Sweanor has been donating anonymously for the past 15 years - until now

Fracking and Vaping

Steve Everly unwittingly reveals that NY Gov. Cuomo's review of studies to justify fracking ban was similar to Obama's FDA and White House OMB reviews of studies on e-cigs to justify FDA's unlawful 2009 e-cig ban and its 2014 proposed deeming regulation (that would ban >99% of e-cigs and give e-cig industry to Big Tobacco)

After Obama'™s Interior Secretary Sally Jewell criticizes fracking bans, might Obama'™s FDA correct it'™s many false and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigs and rescind its cigarette protecting deeming regulation proposal?

THR Business

E-cigarettes fastest growing product in British supermarkets last year (increasing 49.5%) despite lies and regulatory actions by e-cig opponents that protect cigarettes

E-cigarettes being sold in prison shops in smoking ban pilot

Vapor shops rising in popularity in Gainesville (FL) as more smokers switch to vaping


AVA'™s Greg Conley: '˜Big Tobacco'™ aims to snuff out vapor competitors

FDA found ethylene glycol (EG) and diethylene glycol (DEG) in all 8 batches of Bayer Miralax laxatives (used by adults and children for long-term daily use) tested in 2008, but didn'™t notify anyone until 2014 (in an RFA). Yet in 2009 when FDA found a nontoxic level of DEG in just one of 18 different NJOY and SE e-cig products tested, the agency held a press conference and issued press releases defending FDA'™s unlawful e-cig ban claiming e-cigs contained toxic DEG and carcinogens, falsely accusing the e-cig industry of target marketing to youth, and asserting (with no evidence) that e-cigs are addicting youth, are gateways to cigarettes, renormalize smoking and don'™t help smokers quit.

Carl Phillips: FDA thinks antifreeze is ok '“ for kids'™ medicine (and other accidentally useful observations in the NYTimes)

FDA to host 2nd so-called scientific public workshop on e-cigarettes March 9/10, 2015, deadline for requests to present January 22, 2015, deadline for requests to speak during the public comment period and to register to attend February 20, 2015

FDA announces Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowships to pay more people to deny the health benefits of e-cigs, and to grossly exaggerate the negligible risks of e-cigs and OTP

Economic analysis (coauthored by ObamaCare consultant Jonathan Gruber) finds FDA substantially underestimated the benefits and overestimated the costs of FDA'™s proposed graphic warning labels for cigarettes, that were struck down as unconstitutional by Judge Richard Leon because Obama'™s FDA imposed propagandized fear mongering warnings instead of providing objective information. Obama'™s FDA hasn'™t proposed new pack warnings (mandated by Congress in 2009) because e-cigs have been agency'™s priority.

American Association for Cancer Research and American Society for Clinical Oncology urge FDA to impose deeming regulation (that would ban >99% of e-cigs and give e-cig industry to Big Tobacco), urge FDA to ban vaping everywhere smoking is banned (even though FDA has no legal jurisdiction to do so)


While still insisting that e-cigs don'™t help smokers quit smoking, CDC keeps hawking subsidized Big Pharma products (i.e. ineffective NRT and less than safe Chantix) and subsidized telephone and website counseling services (that hawk NRT and Chantix to callers) as the only effective ways to quit tobacco use


UK newspaper exposes one of many tobacco studies funded by Obama'™s DHHS that wastes taxpayer dollars to finance political allies and agendas
'Relationship Between Tobacco Retailer Density and Sexual Minority Couples.'

E-liquid Sales ban

New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal introduces bill (A 635) to ban the sale of all e-liquid (but would exempt inferior cigalike disposables and prefilled cartridges, including all e-cigs sold by Big Tobacco)

E-cig Sales Restrictions

Texas bills (HB 81) prefiled for 2015 would ban sales of e-cigarettes (but not cigarettes) to anyone under age of 27 without proof of identification, ban online sales and deliveries of e-cigs, ban purchase of 'nicotine products' by minors, ban use of 'nicotine products' in schools

Texas bill (HB 170) would ban sales of vapor products (but not cigarettes) to anyone under age of 27 without proof of identification, ban online sales and deliveries of e-cigs, mandate ignition propensity tests for all e-cigs.


Americans for Tax Reform: Electronic cigarettes should not be taxed as tobacco products

Indiana State Rep Ed Clare proposes bill to protect cigarettes by taxing lifesaving vapor products at same rate as lethal cigarettes, banning vaping in all workplaces and imposing other unwarranted and costly regulations on vapor products and vendors.

Indiana AG Greg Zoeller protects cigarettes and threatens public health by advocating legislation to tax vapor products at same rate as lethal cigarettes, to ban vaping in all workplaces, mandate vapor product packaging and license all vapor product retailers

Urban League of Portland'™s Midge Purcell falsely claims 'Research shows that e-cigarettes are often the first nicotine products used by youth who then go on to smoke cigarettes' to lobby for e-cig taxes and other unwarranted regulations, Oregon Live editors and reporter falsely call Purcell and other e-cig opponents 'health advocates'

Vapor Product packaging restrictions

NY Gov Cuomo signs bill from 2014 (A9299) banning e-liquid sales to minors, but requiring child resistant packaging for e-liquid

Missouri bill (HB 147) would require all vapor products to be sold in so-called 'child-safe packaging' and require MO Dept of Health to establish state specific standards despite impossibility of any packaging (including drugs and other products required to have child-resistant packaging) to be '100% safe'.

E-cig sales bans to minors

Michigan bills (SB667 & SB668) to ban vapor product and alternative nicotine product sales to minors sent to Gov. Rick Snyder

CASAA issues Call to Action urging MI vapers to contact Gov. Snyder urging him to sign legislation to ban e-cig sales to minors

National Center for Public Policy Research'™s Jeff Stier sends letter to MI Gov. Snyder urging him to sign legislation to ban e-cig sales to minors

ACSH'™s Gil Ross: Keep e-cigarettes accessible to adults, not kids

Two MI pediatricians urge Gov. Snyder to veto legislation to ban e-cig sales to minors 'because it doesn't go nearly far enough,' advocate cigarette protection policies including banning vaping, taxing and regulating e-cigs as tobacco and imposing FDA deeming reg

Battle Creek Enquirer editorial urges MI Gov. Snyder to veto legislation that would ban e-cig sales to minors, misrepresents teen e-cig survey findings, cites opposition to bill by Big Pharma shill AHA that has lied about and lobbied to ban e-cigs since 2009

Montana bill (SB 66) would falsely redefine smokefree vapor products as 'electronic smoking devices' and 'tobacco products', would ban their sales to minors

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing SB 66 in Montana

NY bill (S684) would require ALL tobacco, e-cig and paraphernalia consumers to provide a valid driver'™s license, passport or military ID to purchase any of those products, would require retailers to post a sign stating "SALE OF CIGARETTES, CIGARS, CHEWING TOBACCO, POWDERED TOBACCO, SHISHA OR OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCTS, HERBAL CIGARETTES, LIQUID NICOTINE, ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES, ROLLING PAPERS OR SMOKING PARAPHERNALIA, TO PERSONS UNDER EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE IS PROHIBITED BY LAW."

Maryland bill (SB 7) would change penalty for e-cig sales to minors from a 'misdemeanor' to 'civil penalty', reduce fine for first offense from $1,000 to $300, and would allow any law enforcement officer or county health officer to issue citation.

Minimum Age

New York bill (AB 237) for 2015 that would increase minimum age for sale of all tobacco products and e-cigs from18 to 21; referred to Health Cmte

Smoking Bans

Texas bill (SB 87) prefiled for 2015 would ban smoking (but not vaping) in workplaces

Smoking/Vaping Bans

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing proposed vaping ban in New Orleans (LA)

Smoking ban debate heats up in New Orleans city hall

Vaping Bans

Madison (WI) protects cigarette markets by banning vaping based upon lies by Big Pharma shills and other THR opponents, Alderman Dave Ahrens (who used to work for the Health Dept to reduce smoking) voted against bill saying arguments against vaping are similar to those made against sex education and needle exchange programs.

Maryland bill (HB 26) would falsely define smokefree e-cigs as 'smoking devices', would ban vaping everywhere smoking is banned, referred to Economic Matters Cmte

False Claims about Nicotine

Claims that nicotine harms adolescent brains based on unreliable rodent studies
The Dynamic Effects of Nicotine on the Developing Brain

NY Times editorial repeats false allegations about 'nicotine poisoning' to demonize tobacco, scare public and lobby for federal law banning farmers from hiring teens (or allowing their own children) to plant or harvest tobacco, cites junk science to falsely claim nicotine 'can hurt brain development in young people', then NY Times editors print only letters that agree with their editorial

Misrepresentations of MTF and other teen surveys

Big Pharma and Big Government funded NRT promoter Michael Fiore misrepresents the CDC NYTS and other survey data (finding record low teen smoking rates, and that teen vast majority of e-cig users are smokers and exsmokers) by falsely claiming e-cigs are addicting nonsmoking teens and are gateways to cigarettes

Washington Post editorial falsely insinuates e-cigs are addicting many nonsmoking teens and are gateways to cigarettes 'That'™s a worrying trend, given that e-cigarettes also contain nicotine, which is highly addictive, and could promote the use of cigarettes and other harmful substances.'

Sacramento Bee editorial falsely claims MTF survey (finding record annual declines in teen smoking and record low teen smoking rates) 'confirmed the worst fears of public health officials', falsely insinuates e-cigs have addicted many nonsmoking youth and are gateways to cigarettes

Deseret News (UT) article and headline misrepresent survey findings, falsely claim e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes and that e-cigs are opposed by public health experts.

Big Pharma funded CA ALA director Jessie Bustamante 'disappointed' teen smoking declined by record levels to new record lows, lobbies for more unwarranted e-cig regs to prevent smokers from switching, fails to ethically disclose ALA'™s Big Pharma funding

Other news stories misrepresent MTF findings

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

San Francisco Dept of Public Health launches CurbIt campaign of lies about e-cigs to demonize, scare and lobby for more unwarranted vapor product regulations that protect cigarettes from market competition, encourage vapers to switch back to cigarettes, discourage smokers from switching to smokefree vaping, and keep nonsmokers exposed to 2nd hand smoke. CurbIt campaign tries to kick smokers and vapers to the curb.

Bill Godshall debunks SF DPH'™s Dozen Lies about E-cigs

Oliver Kershaw: Vapers demolish anti-vaping lies with hashtag hijack

News media tout SF DPH'™s CurbIt campaign of lies about e-cigs without fact checking, FDA funded Stan Glantz keeps protecting cigarettes by lying about e-cigs, NC SFATA'™s Stefan Didak tells truth about vaping

Alaska Health Dept makes many false claims about scientific studies on e-cigs to confuse, scare and prevent smokers from switching to far less hazardous vaping

Mike Siegel: Alaska Health Department airs first pro-smoking television ad since 1970

FDA funded Stan Glantz praises Alaska Health Dept for lying about e-cigs

Mike Siegel: 2014 Anti-Smoking Myth of the Year Award Goes to CDC, Dr. Stan Glantz, and Dr. Michael Fiore

NY Times reporter Barry Meier falsely claims Big Pharma funded CTFK'™s Matt Myers is a public health advocate (as Myers has lobbied to ban smokefree THR products, while keeping cigarettes legal, for the past 15 years); falsely claims 'Public health experts also fear the devices will create a new generation of nicotine addicts' as real public health experts know e-cigs help smokers quit, and real health experts rely upon scientific and empirical evidence instead of ideology, ignorance, emotion and/or Big Pharma funding.

Government funded e-cig prohibitionist Ellen Hahn keeps protecting cigarettes by lying about lifesaving vapor products in Kentucky Living column.

News media repeats unsubstantiated fear mongering claims about unpublished and unreliable e-cig lab tests on cell tissue

- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2015-01-08

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