September 26, 2017

Category » Godshall’s Tobacco Harm Reduction Updates

Godshall Chronicles 07/07/17

THR Research and Policy

2017 Global Forum on Nicotine (held in Warsaw June 15-17) presentations available at https://gfn.net.co/videos-2017  (You can watch the excellent three day conference)

2017 GFN speakers included: Pat O’Hare, Ethan Nadelmann, Alex Wodak, Peter Lee, Lion Shahab, Konstantinos Farsalinos, Moira Gilchrist, Tom Kirchner, Kevin McGirr, Justyna Lipowicz, Amelia Howard, Thomas McGrath, Jeannie Cameron, Judy Gibson, Atakan Befrits, John Boley, Deborah Arnott, Gerry Stimson, David Sweanor, Richard Holliday, Catherine Kimber, Joanna Miler, Caitlin Notley, Louis Ross, Marina Foltea, Rajesh Sharan, Gillian Golden, Solomon Rataemane, Nancy Suthoff, Colin Mendelsohn, Helen Redmond, Ron Borland, Lars Ramstrom, Linda Bauld, Neal Benowitz, Eric Donny, Michael Hufford, Peter Beckett, Patricia Kovacevic, Cecelia Kindstrand-Isaksson, and Clive Bates

2017 Global Forum on Nicotine program slides are available at
https://gfn.net.co/2017/programme-details

More THR Research

Study finds switch to purportedly low ignition propensity cigarettes in US not associated with all-cause-fire mortality, residential fire mortality or cigarette-caused fire rates; raises doubts about previous findings and claims about purportedly lower fire risk cigarettes.
http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/early/2017/06/19/injuryprev-2017-042322
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-health-cigarettes-fire-idUKKBN19Q2WR

Brad Rodu: Smoking may harm mental health
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2017/06/smoking-may-harm-mental-health.html
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28601107

PMI presents research on the role of glycerol during the aerosol formation in an electronically heated tobacco product at Asian Aerosol Conference on July 6
https://www.pmiscience.com/system/files/publications/aac_2017_nordlund_the_role_of_glycerol_during_aerosol_formation_in_an_electrically_heated_tobacco_product.pdf
https://www.pmiscience.com/events/asian-aerosol-conference-2017-aac-2017

PMI & Peter Lee: Estimating the effect of differing assumptions on the population health impact of introducing a Reduced Risk Tobacco Product in the USA
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0273230017301782
https://www.pmiscience.com/library/estimating-effect-differing-assumptions-population-health-impact-introducing-reduced-risk

BAT cell study finds wound healing disrupted by smoke but not by Vype e-cigarette
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.toxlet.2017.06.001

Scratch test — wound healing disrupted by smoke but not by Vype e-cigarette vapor


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4640302/E-cigarettes-NOT-damage-blood-vessels-says-new-study.html

Neil McKegany and Tiffany Dicksen – Why don’t more smokers switch to using e-cigarettes: The views of confirmed smokers
http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/14/6/647/htm

Prof. Polosa receives award for anti-smoking efforts
http://www.vapingpost.com/2017/06/26/prof-polosa-receives-award-for-anti-smoking-efforts/

US Public Health Surveillance

Brad Rodu: US can’t decide how many adults use smokeless tobacco – 8.1 million or 5.1 million?
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2017/06/us-cant-decide-how-many-adults-use.html

Charles Hughes: E-cigarettes don’t lead to the real thing
http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2017/07/02/E-cigarettes-don-t-lead-to-the-real-thing/stories/201707020108

Lindsey Stroud: Get facts straight on e-cigarettes (cites false fear mongering claims to demonize vaping by CDC funded local health departments)
http://www.progress-index.com/news/20170701/get-facts-straight-on-e-cigarettes

Teen vaping rates fall in the US
http://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/news-and-analysis/news-in-brief/teen-vaping-rates-fall-in-the-us/20203019.article

CDC’s implementation of new sample design for 2016 NHIS delineated at
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/earlyrelease201611_tech.pdf
results in unexplained (and perhaps nonexistent) increase in US adult cigarette smoking rate (from 15.1% in 2015 to 15.8% in 2016), especially since the vast majority of the increase was among adults over 45 years (who almost never begin smoking cigarettes).

US NHIS Adult Cigarette Smoking Rate (%)

Year     Adults            18-44            45-64            65+
2009    20.6            23.4            21.9            9.5
2010    19.4            21.6            21.2            9.5
2011    18.9            21.1            21.3            7.9
2012    18.0            20.3            19.5            8.9
2013    17.8            19.7            20.0            8.8
2014    16.8            19.1            18.1            8.5
2015    15.1            16.5            16.9            8.4
2016    15.8            16.8            18.4            8.8

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/releases/released201705.htm#8 (2016)
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/Earlyrelease201705_08.pdf  (2016)
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/earlyrelease201605_08.pdf (2015)
1997-2016 NHIS data is available at
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/releases.htm#selected_estimates

Japan THR Surveillance

Survey finds smokers make up less than 20% of Japan’s population for first time (as many Japanese smokers have switched to lower risk heat-not-burn alternatives)
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/06/27/national/science-health/smokers-make-less-20-japans-population-first-time-survey-finds/#.WVJuv_r1C2w

THR Business

Philip Morris sees IQOS as key to smokeless future in UK
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-philipmorris-britain-idUSKBN19L1DU

PMI doubles investment in heated tobacco unit facility in Italy
https://www.pmi.com/media-center/press-releases/press-release-details/?newsId=2283002

Japan Tobacco chases Marlboro Man’s maker in smokeless race
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-28/japan-tobacco-chases-marlboro-man-s-maker-in-smokeless-race

Fight for new cigarette substitute heats up Japan: Quick take Q & A
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-25/fight-for-new-cigarette-substitute-heats-up-japan-quicktake-q-a

Research and Markets forecasts 7.5% worldwide sales growth for nicotine gum by 2021
(largely due to bans on vapor and smokeless tobacco), cites new flavors for GSK’s Nicorette (fruit chill, white ice mint and fresh mint)
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170703005435/en/Global-Tobacco-Alternative-Gums-Market-2017-2021–Key

FDA Deeming Regulation

US House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture approves FY18 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that includes altered Cole/Bishop language (that would require FDA to propose standards for “characterizing flavors” within 21 months, which allows FDA to ban the vast majority of flavors in vapor products), and that exempts large premium cigars from FDA’s Deeming Rule.
https://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-115hr-sc-ap-fy2018-agriculture-agriculture.pdf

Charlie Minato: FDA Grandfather Language Passes House Subcommittee
http://halfwheel.com/fda-grandfather-language-passes-house-subcommittee/158427

June 29 AEI conference – Sensible regulation of e-cigarettes: Opportunities for reform
(Stan Veuger, Sally Satel, Gregory Conley, Alan Viard, Azim Chowdury, Saul Shiffman)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBThHeHhqXA&feature=youtu.be
http://www.aei.org/events/sensible-regulation-of-e-cigarettes-opportunities-for-reform/

AEMSA president Scott Eley sends letter to FDA Commissioner urging him to suspend Deeming Regulation
http://www.aemsa.org/aemsa-president-urges-fda-commissioner-to-suspend-deeming-regulation/

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb writes “How FDA Plans to Help Consumers Capitalize on Advances in Science”, but fails to acknowledge that Obama’s FDA Deeming Regulation bans the sale of >99.99% of lifesaving vapor products on 11/8/2018, fails to acknowledge that FDA and other DHHS agencies have misled the public about the risks and benefits of vapor products since 2009 when FDA unlawfully banned them.
https://blogs.fda.gov/fdavoice/index.php/2017/07/how-fda-plans-to-help-consumers-capitalize-on-advances-in-science/

Eric Boehm: FDA vaping regulations will hurt smokers trying to quit because lawmakers didn’t understand that the future might bring new, better products, we’ll soon be stuck with only the old, dirty options.
http://reason.com/blog/2017/07/03/fdas-vaping-regulations-will-hurt-smoker

Congressman Duncan Hunter vapes again during committee hearing
http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/339725-congressman-vapes-again-during-committee-meeting
http://www.pe.com/2017/06/30/duncan-hunter-the-vaping-congressman-vapes-again/

Argive, an independent, Silicon Valley-based non-profit group is encouraging participation from vapor-related businesses to assess the impact of the FDA’s deeming rule on US businesses. Help them capture the real costs of the FDA Deeming Rule to the vapor industry by taking their 5-10 minute survey (click on Review the Deeming Rule).
https://argive.org/fda-vape-deeming-rule/
https://argive.org/who-we-are/

Brian Fojtik: Big Government, Public Health and E-Cigarettes
https://ricochet.com/439933/big-government-public-health-and-e-cigarettes-part-i/ Part 1
https://ricochet.com/439935/big-government-public-health-and-e-cigarettes-part-ii/ Part 2
https://ricochet.com/439936/big-government-public-health-e-cigarettes-part-iii/ Part 3

Paul Blair and Brian Fojtik launch Smoke and Mirrors Podcast

Fake News and Fake Science (first episode)
http://smokeandmirrors.libsyn.com/website
http://smokeandmirrors.libsyn.com/website/fake-news-and-fake-science

Vaping and the Regulatory Assault its Consumers Face

ATR’s Paul Blair and IWF’s Julie Gunlock Podcast
http://www.stopvapetaxes.org/podcast-iwf-vaping-and-rugulatory-assault-its-consumers-face

Angel Abcede: 2 bills in Congress that could save vaping (touts Cole/Bishop bill and Cole/Bishop language in Ag Approps bill that would delay FDA’s decimation of vaping industry, but fails to mention Duncan Hunter’s bill that would save the vapor industry).
http://www.cspdailynews.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/2-bills-congress-could-save-vaping

VTA to host conference on FDA Deeming Rule to promote Cole/Bishop legislation on July 18/19 at Trump Hotel in DC
https://cqrcengage.com/vaportechnology/file/9NafM9rlSce/Vape%20&%20The%20FDA%202%20Conference%20Invite.pdf

Nerudia to open office in US (to assist very well financed vapor companies with submitting Deeming Regulation PMTAs to FDA)
http://nerudia.com/news/nerudia-open-new-office-in-the-usa/

Charlie Minato: House Subcommittee Passes Agriculture Bill with FDA Premium Cigar Exemption
http://halfwheel.com/house-subcommittee-passes-agriculture-bill-fda-premium-cigar-exemption/158479

Charlie Minato: FDA Commissioner testifies to Senate about premium cigars
http://halfwheel.com/fda-commissioner-testifies-senate-premium-cigars/156555

Marvin Shanken urges FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to scrap cigar deeming reg/ban
http://www.cigaraficionado.com/webfeatures/show/id/an-open-letter-to-newly-named-fda-commissioner-scott-gottlieb-19403

US SG

Trump nominates Indiana Health Commissioner Jerome Adams to be Surgeon General
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/29/health/surgeon-general-jerome-adams.html

Litigation

Over a decade later, judge finalizes cigarette-box warnings (US DOJ lawsuit)
https://www.courthousenews.com/decade-later-judge-finalizes-cigarette-box-warnings/

Taxation

California Board of Equalization announces/imposes 65.08% wholesale tax on lifesaving vapor products, increases tax on very low risk smokeless tobacco, and low risk cigars and pipe tobacco from 27.30% to 65.08%; went into effect July 1, 2017.
https://www.boe.ca.gov/pdf/l502.pdf
https://www.boe.ca.gov/meetings/pdf/2017/042517_P3_1_Tobacco_Tax_Rate.pdf
http://halfwheel.com/california-cigar-tax-doubles/159742
http://www.redbluffdailynews.com/general-news/20170630/new-tax-rate-on-tobacco-products-takes-effect
http://www.desertdispatch.com/news/20170629/tobacco-based-product-tax-rate-increase-to-begin-saturday
https://signalscv.com/2017/06/30/tax-rates-tobacco-products-increase-almost-40-percent-july-1/

Delaware legislature approves bill (HB 242) to increase cigarette tax from $1.60 to $2.10/pack, increase moist snuff tax from $.54 to $.92/oz, increase OTP tax from 15% to 30% of wholesale price, redefine “tobacco product” to include vapor, impose $.05/ml tax on e-liquid, and license vapor companies as tobacco wholesalers and/or retailers
http://legis.delaware.gov/BillDetail?legislationId=25991
http://halfwheel.com/delawares-cigar-tax-double-sept-1/160863

Rhode Island legislature increases cigarette tax from $3.75 to $4.24/pack, requires vapor companies to collect sales tax for online sales
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/rhode-island/articles/2017-06-22/the-latest-ri-house-approves-restoring-free-bus-rides

PA Finance Cmte approves bill (HB 1477) to change 40% vapor tax to $.05/ml, but the Vapor Technology Association (VTA) and PA Vape Association are lobbying PA legislators to increase the $.05/ml tax to $.075/ml, which would increase the overall tax on e-liquid in PA while slashing by >95% of the tax on Big Tobacco’s cigalike e-cigs.
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/RCC/Public/listVoteSummaryH.cfm?sYear=2017&sInd=0&cteeCde=16&theDate=06/29/2017&RollCallId=806
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2017&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billNbr=1477&pn=1884

PA lawmakers pass spending plan but no revenue package
http://www.reuters.com/article/pennsylvania-budget-idUSL1N1JR1MV

Steve Birr: Massive PA vaping tax crushing people’s businesses
http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/massive-vaping-tax-crushing-peoples-businesses-livelihoods/

Bill introduced in South Korea to tax IQOS and other heat-not-burn products at same rate as far more harmful cigarettes
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170627000748

Warning Labels

Utah imposes the same intentionally deceptive warnings on nicotine e-liquid products (but exempts Big Tobacco’s cigalike e-cigs) as FDA’s Deeming Rule to deceive vapers and the public to believe vaping nicotine has hooked many nonsmokers and is harmful.

“WARNING”: This product contains nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical.”
https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r384/r384-415.htm

Flavor Bans

San Francisco bans flavored vapor and tobacco products (but exempts tobacco flavoring) https://sfgov.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3027568&GUID=254D4A3A-859F-4995-AF06-3B57291332E2&Options=ID|Text|&Search=cigarettes
http://www.sfweekly.com/news/supes-vote-to-ban-menthols-and-flavored-cigarettes/
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SF-Supervisors-OK-ban-on-sale-of-flavored-tobacco-11234585.php
https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/06/21/san-francisco-to-ban-sales-of-vaping-flavored-liquid/

Analysts question whether planned San Francisco ban on menthol flavorings could have ripple effect
http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/analysts-question-whether-planned-san-francisco-ban-on-menthol-flavorings/article_c4f001d9-9f73-57e0-bc7a-21b0aca2237e.html

Brent Stafford: Flavors Banned! – San Francisco drops hammer on vaping
https://www.regulatorwatch.com/brent_stafford/flavors-banned-san-francisco-drops-hammer-vaping/

Angel Abcede: San Francisco menthol ban puts millions in tobacco sales in jeopardy
http://www.cspdailynews.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/san-francisco-menthol-ban-puts-millions-tobacco-sales-jeopardy

Shughart/Smith – The ban on flavored tobacco: San Francisco’s nannies are at it again
http://www.ocregister.com/2017/07/06/the-ban-on-flavored-tobacco-san-franciscos-nannies-are-at-it-again/

Matthew Walther: San Francisco’s ban on menthol cigarettes is liberalism at its worst
http://theweek.com/articles/709083/san-franciscos-ban-menthol-cigarettes-liberalism-worst

EVCA files legal motion challenging San Francisco’s flavored vapor sales ban ordinance
http://evapingcoalition.org/evca-demands-san-fran-flavor-ban-rescinded/

Contra Costa County (CA) Supervisors delay flavored vapor/tobacco sales ban
http://evapingcoalition.org/contra-costa-county-delays-vote-ban-flavored-e-liquid/

Local Laws

David Bennett: Tobacco pressed by local laws
http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2017/06/22/pressed-local-laws/#_

Minimum Age Laws

Oregon House approves bill (SB 754) that would raise legal minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21, could become 3rd state to do so.
https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Overview/SB754
http://halfwheel.com/oregon-close-to-making-minimum-tobacco-purchase-age-21/161909
http://nwpr.org/post/measure-raise-oregon-tobacco-purchase-age-clears-key-legislative-hurdle

Maine House of Reps approves bill (LD 1170) to increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21
http://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280064294
http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/23/maine-house-votes-to-raise-legal-age-to-buy-tobacco/

NJ Assembly sends Gov. Christie another bill to increase to minimum sales age for vapor and tobacco sales to 21 (Note the Gov. Christie vetoed the bill last session)
http://halfwheel.com/new-jersey-assembly-sends-tobacco-purchasing-age-increase-gov-christie/157125

Powell (OH) City Council increases minimum sales age for tobacco/vapor products to 21
ftp://powellftp.us/Clerk/2017%20Packets/06.20.2017%20Council%20Packet/2017-24_ord.pdf
http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170620/powell-bans-tobacco-sales-to-those-under-21-and-medical-marijuana-businesses
http://halfwheel.com/powell-ohio-increases-tobacco-purchase-age-21/156851

St. Louis Park (MN) approves first reading of bill to increase minimum age for vapor and tobacco sales to 21
http://halfwheel.com/st-louis-park-minn-approves-first-reading-tobacco-purchase-age-increase-proposal/158119

Vernon Hills (IL) considers increasing minimum tobacco/vapor sales age to 21
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170623/vernon-hills-may-be-next-to-raise-age-to-buy-tobacco-to-21

Mankato, North Makato (MN) consider raising minimum tobacco/vapor sales age to 21
http://www.startribune.com/mankato-north-mankato-consider-raising-tobacco-sales-age-to-21/432001623/

NY Assembly Health Cmte approves bill to increase minimum age for vapor/tobacco sales to 21; AHA applauds vote, but fails to acknowledge bill includes lifesaving vapor products, and falsely claims tobacco addiction is the leading cause of disease and death
http://www.hospitalnewspaper.com/webpages/news/DisplayNews.aspx?PT=state&state=NY&ID=701548c9-7f76-4f4a-bc29-434570afdd91

Vaping Bans

Austin (TX) protects cigarettes by banning vaping everywhere smoking is banned
http://www.kvue.com/mb/news/local/0622-city-council-vote-amend-smoking-ordinance/451213479

Alexandria (MN) considers banning vaping everywhere smoking is banned
http://www.echopress.com/news/4289303-vape-or-not-vape

Heartland Institute experts comment on New York bill to ban vaping where smoking is banned
https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/heartland-institute-experts-comment-on-new-york-bill-to-ban-vaping-where-smoking-is-banned

Marijuana

Nevada legalizes marijuana sales (so expect continued increases in THC vapor products)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-4655540/Q-A-Pot-legal-Nevada-not-casinos.html

Canada

Government funded tobacco controller absurdly claims new Newfoundland and Labrador law restricting e-cigarette ads and promotions at retailers will reduce cigarette smoking
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/tobacco-e-cigarette-vapour-laws-nl-shisha-hookah-1.4185563

UK

UK MHRA urges UK vapers to report side effects and safety concerns (but not health benefits) about vaping to agency
http://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/news-and-analysis/news-in-brief/healthcare-professionals-urged-to-report-side-effects-of-e-cigarettes/20203085.article

People who vape ‘still deemed a smoker’ by life insurers in UK
https://www.healthinsurancedaily.com/health-insurance/product-area/life-critical-illness/article482935.ece

Australia Prohibition

Colin Mendelsohn: E-cigarettes needed to get more adults to quit smoking
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/ecigarettes-needed-to-get-more-adults-to-quit-smoking-20170625-gwybcb.html

Unethical and inhumane vapor prohibitionist Simon Chapman keeps lying to prevent Australian cigarette smokers from legally purchasing lifesaving vapor products
https://theconversation.com/e-cigarettes-are-some-young-peoples-training-wheels-for-smoking-heres-the-evidence-80535

Australian radio show host and vapor prohibitionist from Cancer Council Victoria (who made many false fear mongering claims about lifesaving vapor products) criticize Philip Morris for urging smokers to submit comments to Australian Parliamentary inquiry advocating the legalization of vapor and heat-not-burn products.
http://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/mornings/big-tobacco-spamming-punters-to-submit-to-government-inquiry/8667096

Bhutan Tobacco Prohibition

After banning the sale of all tobacco products many years ago and imposing many prison sentences for violators, Bhutan has highest smoking rate (24.6%) in southeast Asia.
http://www.kuenselonline.com/bhutan-tops-tobacco-and-marijuana-users-in-south-east-asia/

Hong Kong Vapor Prohibition

Should there be a complete ban on e-cigarettes in Hong Kong? (as cigarettes are legal)
https://today.mims.com/topic/complete-ban-on-e-cigarettes-in-hk

Singapore Vapor Prohibition

Singapore public consultation ends July 10 on proposed laws to ban purchase, possession and use of nicotine free vapor products and smokeless tobacco (but not cigarettes), and to increase minimum age for cigarette sales to 21
https://www.moh.gov.sg/content/moh_web/home/econsultation/eConsultation/topics/public-consultation-on-proposed-amendments-to-the-tobacco–contr01.html

Shabana Begum – Smoke-Free Singapore: Maintain the status quo or allow e-cigarettes?
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/smoke-free-singapore-maintain-status-020007489.html

Is Singapore’s ban on smoking alternatives like e-cigarettes based on outdated values?
http://popspoken.com/issues/2017/07/ban-smoking-outdated-values

International Vapor Prohibition

In outgoing speech, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan congratulates herself for lobbying for plain tobacco packaging laws (that have NOT reduced cigarette consumption or smoking), fails to acknowledge her public health malpractice of demonizing and urging nations to ban lifesaving vapor products.
https://www.statnews.com/2017/06/20/margaret-chan-who-director-general/

Bloomberg and RWJF funded vaping opponents at Johns Hopkins delineate and advocate nationwide bans on vapor sales, advertising and use (which they refer to as “regulations”) http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/26/4/440

Sue Desmond-Hellman, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (which has given millions of dollars to extremists who lie about and lobby to ban lifesaving vapor products and smokeless tobacco in many different countries) criticizes Trump’s budget
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/29/playbook-interview-sue-desmond-hellmann-240058

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

DHHS funded vapor prohibitionists conduct, JAMA Pediatrics publishes, meta analysis of 9 intentionally biased junk studies on vaping and smoking experimentation that excluded data on smokers who switched to vaping to falsely claim (yet again) that vaping leads to cigarette smoking (despite huge decline in youth and young adult smoking rates since 2010, despite new record low smoking rates each year, despite decline in cigarette consumption, despite surveys finding millions have quit smoking by switching to vaping, and despite rapid growth of vapor product sales and vape shops).
http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/2634377

Experts expose and debunk DHHS funded junk meta analysis on experimental vaping and smoking
http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/expert-reaction-to-review-of-e-cigarettes-and-smoking-in-young-adults/

Reuters headline/article repeat deceitful claims by DHHS funded vapor prohibitionists as factual, fail to do any fact checking and fail to interview any objective experts.
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-health-teens-vaping-idUKKBN19H292

Washington Post headline/article repeats false claim by DHHS funded vapor prohibitionists (claiming vaping is gateway to cigarettes); Post reporter Linda Searing fails to do any fact checking.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/young-users-of-e-cigarettes-may-be-more-likely-to-move-on-to-traditional-cigarettes/2017/06/30/4d503d38-5cd4-11e7-9fc6-c7ef4bc58d13_story.html

India news outlet DNA further embellishes false claims by DHHS funded vapor prohibitionists and junk scientists that vaping leads to cigarette smoking
http://www.dnaindia.com/health/report-claims-of-vaping-as-safer-alternative-go-up-in-smoke-2487877

HealthDay article touts false claim by DHHS financed junk scientists (that vaping leads to smoking), but they fact checked by interviewing Mike Siegel (who pointed a few of the junk study’s many fallacies)
https://consumer.healthday.com/kids-health-information-23/adolescents-and-teen-health-news-719/e-cigarettes-lead-to-real-smoking-by-teens-review-724066.html

Vaping opponents show youths many e-cig advertisements, then absurdly claim that seeing vapor ads can cause youth to smoke cigarettes because the youths who saw the ads were more likely (than youth not seeing the ads) to correctly answer the question “How dangerous do you think it is to smoke one or two cigarettes occasionally?” http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/26/4/421

FDA/NCI funded vaping opponents find ever vapers reported significantly lower trust in governmental agencies than never vapers, find trust in vapor companies was negatively associated with perceived addictiveness of vapor products, then unethically recommend more lies and disinformation to demonize lifesaving vapor products: “future campaigns should incorporate messaging to discredit industry sources of information and utilize non-governmental sources to effectively influence e-cigarette attitudes.”
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10410236.2017.1331190?journalCode=hhth20

Phillip Tracy: Study suggests e-cigs just as harmful as tobacco – but there’s a catch
(exposes junk DNA study by U Conn vaping opponents)
https://www.dailydot.com/debug/study-suggests-e-cigs-just-harmful-tobacco-cigs-catch/

Anti vaping activists tout inappropriate rodent studies to demonize vaping by humans https://www.doctorslounge.com/index.php/news/pb/73478
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1111/obr.12568/full

UCLA press release repeats many false fear mongering claims about vaping
https://www.uclahealth.org/how-safe-is-vaping

Kaiser funded California Healthline article on decline in youth smoking fails to acknowledge role of vaping, repeats false fear mongering claims about vaping, falsely attributes youth smoking decline to CDC propaganda and to anti THR policies.
http://californiahealthline.org/news/why-teens-are-smoking-less-in-their-own-words/

Chicago Tribune headline/article deceive readers to believe vaping is harmful, touts claims of hospital smoking cessation instructor (whose job is to hawk Big Pharma drugs)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-ecigarettes-lure-or-repell-st-0702-20170701-story.html

Psychiatric Times article hypocritically demonizes nicotine and flavorings in vapor products, but not nicotine and flavorings in Big Pharma nicotine drugs
http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/special-reports/e-cigarettes-vaping-and-other-electronic-nicotine-products-harm-reduction-pathways-or-new-avenues

Boston TV station and anti vaping pediatrician accuse local vape shop of unlawfully marketing Juul vapor products to minors, but fail to provide any actual evidence
http://www.fox25boston.com/news/local-doctor-warns-parents-of-dangers-of-juul-e-cigarettes/548847718

Mamavation article repeats many false fear mongering claims about vaping
https://www.mamavation.com/2017/06/e-cigarettes-lunch-health-should-you-be-concerned.html

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Godshall Chronicles 06/22/17

US THR Surveillance and Deception

CDC releases 2016 NYTS data, finds decline in past 30 day youth smoking and vaping; but Obama leftovers at CDC continue to deceitfully conflate very low risk vapor and smokeless tobacco products (and low risk cigars and pipes) with highly addictive and deadly cigarettes, continue to fraudulently classify all vapor products as “tobacco products” and all vapers as “tobacco users” (after NIDA’s 2015 MTF survey found that most teens who vaped did NOT vape nicotine).
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6623a1.htm
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/pdfs/mm6623a1.pdf

NYTS found

“Past 30 day” cigarette smoking by high school students (9th-12th grade)
2011 – 15.8%
2012 – 14.0%
2013 – 12.7%
2014 –  9.5%
2015 –  9.3%
2016 –  8.0%

49% decline from 2011 to 2016

“Past 30 day” e-cig use by high school students (9th–12th grade)
2011 – 1.5%
2012 – 2.8%
2013 – 4.5%
2014 – 13.4%
2015 – 16.0%
2016 – 11.3%

“Past 30 day” cigarette smoking by middle school students (6th–8th grade)
2011 – 4.3%
2012 – 3.5%
2013 – 2.9%
2014 – 2.5%
2015 – 2.3%
2016 – 2.2%

49% decline from 2011 to 2016

“Past 30 day” e-cig use by middle school students (6th– 8th grade)
2011 –  .6%
2012 – 1.1%
2013 – 1.1%
2014 – 3.9%
2015 – 5.3%
2016 – 4.3%

CDC press release announcing 2016 NTYS data on youth tobacco use (and vaping)
https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p0615-youth-tobacco.html
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/youth-tobacco-product-use-including-e-cigarettes-drops-during-2015-2016-300474824.html

Mike Siegel: New CDC data should put to rest the contention that e-cigarettes are a gateway to youth smoking
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/06/new-cdc-data-should-put-to-rest.html

Jacob Sullum: As vaping exploded among teenagers, smoking fell by half
http://reason.com/blog/2017/06/19/as-vaping-exploded-among-teenagers-smoki

Alex Berezow: Dear CDC, If Marijuana Isn’t A Gateway Drug, Neither Are E-Cigarettes
http://www.acsh.org/news/2017/06/20/dear-cdc-if-marijuana-isnt-gateway-drug-neither-are-e-cigarettes-11459

Richard Craver: National survey finds youth smoking at record low 8 percent
http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/national-survey-finds-youth-smoking-rate-at-record-low-percent/article_e7305ab1-62a9-5a4a-89b7-c02e4d0db0c0.html

Big Pharma funded vapor prohibitionists at CTFK congratulate themselves (and CDC’s anti vaping propaganda and lobbying campaigns) for decline in youth cigarette smoking
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2017_06_15_nyts

Teen tobacco use hits a record low, with a sharp drop in e-cigarettes (but Washington Post article touts more false spin by anti THR vapor prohibitionists at CDC, Legacy lies initiative and Big Pharma shill CFK)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/06/15/teenagers-tobacco-use-hits-a-record-low-with-a-sharp-drop-in-e-cigarettes/

HealthDay article spins findings on 2016 CDC NYTS data by only interviewing vapor/vaping prohibitionists (CDC’s Brian King and CTFK’s Matt Myers)
https://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/electronic-cigarettes-970/first-decline-seen-in-vaping-among-u-s-teens-cdc-723742.html

AP article cites US teen vaping decline, but falsely attributes decline to vapor sales bans to minors and government anti-vaping propaganda, interviews three vapor/vaping prohibitionists/propagandists, doesn’t interview any THR advocate or objective person.
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/national/2017/06/no_longer_the_hot_new_thing_teen_vaping_falls_study_says
www.cbsnews.com/news/teen-vaping-falls-reversing-e-cigarette-trend/

NPR hypes CDC’s dubious claim that teen vaping declined for the first time (as NIDA’s MTF survey found teen vaping peaked in 2014, and dropped in 2015 and again in 2016), repeats spin by vapor prohibitionists and propagandists Brian King and Robin Koval
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/06/15/533062545/teens-use-of-e-cigarettes-drops-for-the-first-time-cdc-says

Reuters article repeats CDC’s deceitful conflation of very low risk vaping with highly addictive and deadly cigarette smoking, but quotes Mike Siegel pointing out that CDC’s survey proved that vaping is not a gateway to cigarette smoking (which Obama’s DHHS, its funding recipients, and Big Pharma shills have falsely claimed since 2009).
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tobacco-youth-idUSKBN1962EE

CDC study finds most current cigarette smokers in 8th & 11th grade in Oregon smoked cigarettes as their first tobacco product (54% & 58%), and that far fewer current smokers (22% & 15%) reported vaping first; But authors deceitfully conflate vaping with cigarette smoking, manipulate data to falsely classify all vapor as “tobacco products”, falsely label everyone who ever vaped as a “tobacco user” (despite NIDA’s 2015 MTF survey finding that most teen vapers don’t vape nicotine), and falsely insinuate vaping has addicted many nonsmoking youth and has been a gateway to cigarettes to lobby for vaping bans, vapor taxes and FDA’s vapor Deeming Ban.
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6623a2.htm
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/pdfs/mm6623a2.pdf

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Repeats Anti-THR Propaganda

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s statement on CDC 2016 NYTS youth smoking and vaping data repeats abstinence-only anti-THR propaganda by Obama’s DHHS, deceptively conflates all “tobacco use” (and vaping) with deadly cigarette smoking.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/statement-from-fda-commissioner-scott-gottlieb-md-on-the-2016-national-youth-tobacco-survey-results-300474891.html

Joel Nitzkin: FDA’s Gottlieb misinterprets massive victory on teen smoking
http://www.rstreet.org/2017/06/15/fda-misinterprets-massive-victory-on-teen-smoking/
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/youth-smoking-is-down-but-thanks-to-what/article/2626697

Diane Caruana: Gottlieb fails to credit vaping products for reduction in teen smoking
http://www.vapingpost.com/2017/06/20/gottlieb-fails-to-credit-vaping-products-for-reduction-in-teen-smoking/

FDA Deeming Regulation/Ban

Iowa AG Tom Miller and 11 others (most of whom previously endorsed FDA’s vapor Deeming Regulation) send letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb urging FDA to:

– recognize the Deeming Rule protects “grandfathered” cigarettes by banning nearly ALL vapor products and by requiring very costly PMTAs for ALL low risk vapor products,
– acknowledge that vapor products are far lower risk than cigarettes,
– delay vapor prohibition day (i.e. PMTA deadlines) by at least 4 more years,
– move to a reasonable and responsible “standards based” vapor product regulations,
– develop regulations that encourage low risk tobacco/nicotine product innovation,

https://www.iowaattorneygeneral.gov/media/cms/Gottlieb_letter_F71F9A6D4215E.pdf

Press release by Iowa AG Tom Miller announcing letter to FDA Commissioner Gottlieb
https://www.iowaattorneygeneral.gov/newsroom/miller-health-policy-experts-urge-fda-to-reconsider-new-regulations-targeting-e-cigarettes–lower/

Iowa AG Tom Miller and others answer 7 Core Questions asked by FDA’s Mitch Zeller; Liberating Nicotine from Smoke to Save Lives Now
https://admin.iowaattorneygeneral.gov/media/cms/Liberating_Nicotine_from_Smoke_to_S_7B62DF50F9E57.pdf

Clive Bates – Rethinking nicotine, implications for US federal tobacco policy: A discussion paper
https://www.clivebates.com/documents/FDAReformJune2017.pdf

Clive Bates: Avoiding bureaucratic destruction of the US vaping market – proposals for a new approach by FDA
https://www.clivebates.com/reforming-FDA-vaping-regulation

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb testifies to US Senate, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) asks about reevaluating FDA’s Deeming Regulation and premium cigars
http://halfwheel.com/fda-commissioner-testifies-senate-premium-cigars

FDA issues webinar for cigar manufacturers to comply with FDA Deeming Rule’s grossly inaccurate mandatory warnings on cigar packages and advertisements
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ibqau8bstmc
https://www.fda.gov/tobaccoproducts/guidancecomplianceregulatoryinformation/ucm220111.htm

In lawsuit challenging FDA Deeming Regulation, Nicopure Labs files motion urging court to not delay ruling on pending cross-motions on summary judgment due to FDA’s recently announced three month delay on forthcoming Deeming Regulation deadlines;

Right to be Smokefree Coalition did not join Nicopure Labs in filing motion.
http://www.tobacco-on-trial.com/2017/06/13/nicopure-v-fda-notice-joint-by-sylvia-mathews-burwell-robert-califf-food-and-drug-administration-jun-8-2017/

FDA creates docket for three Philip Morris International’s MRTP applications for IQOS System with Marlboro Heatsticks, Marlboro Smooth Menthol Heatsticks, and Marlboro Fresh Menthol Heatsticks; public comments accepted until December 12, 2017
https://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/MarketingandAdvertising/ucm546281.htm
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/15/2017-12369/modified-risk-tobacco-product-applications-iqos-system-with-marlboro-heatsticks-iqos-system-with
https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2017-12369.pdf

Houston Methodist CEO Marc Boon lies about vaping, THR, nicotine and nitrosamines, criticizes Rep. Duncan Hunter’s bill to reasonably regulate vapor products, defends FDA’s Deeming Regulation but fails to admit it bans sales of vapor products, fails to ethically disclose that Houston Methodist will profit if FDA bans vapor products.
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/336807-dont-exempt-e-cigarette-products-from-fda-standards-or-tobacco

More FDA CTP

FDA extends deadline for public comments (on FDA’s proposed nitrosamine standard that would ban 95% of very low risk smokeless tobacco products) until July 10, 2017
https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FDA-2016-N-2527-0286

FDA’s Acting Chief Scientist Luciana Borio touts FDA Science as “Working at the Speed of Emerging Technologies”, but fails to acknowledge FDA’s 8 years of junk science, propaganda and lies to justify the Obama FDA’s two vapor product bans
https://blogs.fda.gov/fdavoice/index.php/2017/06/

FDA/NIH funded Penn State, anti-vaping activist Guodong Liu and Science Daily recycle two month old study to deceptively conflate “dependence” with “addiction”, falsely claim PATH study found e-cigarettes are addictive (but the study never asked vapers if vaping harmed them, a prerequisite for vaping to be classified as “addictive”);

Duped news media and vapor publications repeat false claim that vaping is addictive.
http://news.psu.edu/story/471014/2017/06/12/research/e-cigarettes-less-addictive-cigarettes-path-study-shows
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170612102621.htm
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28389330
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4599878/E-cigarettes-addictive.html
http://www.vapingpost.com/2017/06/19/path-study-indicates-that-e-cigs-are-less-addictive-than-regular-cigarettes/

DHHS/NIH/NIDA/FDA funded 2013/14 survey of US adult vaping finally published by tobacco/vapor prohibition organ, but old findings are hidden behind a paywall
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2017/06/17/tobaccocontrol-2016-053462?papetoc=

DHHS financed 22nd Century keeps claiming its very low nicotine cigarette is less harmful than other cigarettes, claims it will submit MRTP application to FDA
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170616005130/en/22nd-Century-Meets-FDA-Modified-Risk-Tobacco

US DOD Keeps Lying about Smokeless Tobacco and Vaping

Ed Tyll interviews Dave Sweanor about US DOD’s “Quit or Die” Ucanquit2 website lies to smokers about nicotine, vapor and smokeless tobacco
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2mYthzTDY0

Kate Delaney interviews Dave Sweanor about US DOD’s “Quit or Die” Ucanquit2 website lies to smokers about nicotine, vapor and smokeless tobacco
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj9HfP1nCpY

SAMHSA Keeps Lying about Smokeless Tobacco

SAMHSA survey finds 3.3% of Americans (8.7 million) used smokeless tobacco in past month during 2014; but SAMHSA unethically refuses to acknowledge that smokeless tobacco is far less harmful than cigarettes, conflates smokeless tobacco with cigarettes, and falsely claims smokeless tobacco “causes oral, esophageal and pancreatic cancer”
https://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/press-announcements/201705311030
https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/report_2740/ShortReport-2740.html
https://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/misc-tobacco-health-news-666/many-young-americans-using-snuff-chewing-tobacco-723306.html

NIH Budget

NIH funding recipients denounce Trump’s budget cuts, but fail to acknowledge that NIH has given more than $1 Billion to tobacco control activists at dozens of universities in past 15 years to confuse and scare the public about nicotine, flavorings, smokeless tobacco and vapor products, and to lobby for the Tobacco Control Act, FDA’s two vapor product bans and other anti-THR FDA regulations, unwarranted taxes on low risk smofree alternatives, and banning the use of very low risk smokefree alternatives.
https://www.statnews.com/2017/06/09/nih-budget-cuts/?utm
http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/guest-commentary/article155395269.html

US Congress

Left wing Congressional Democrats reintroduce bills to ban children from working on family tobacco farms, extremists falsely claim tobacco farming is harmful for children
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1341
https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record/2017/6/12/senate-section/article/s3397-1?r=27
http://cicilline.house.gov/press-release/cicilline-durbin-reintroduce-bill-ban-child-labor-tobacco-farms
http://www.nclnet.org/child_labor_bills_introduced
https://www.riverbender.com/articles/details/durbin-and-cicilline-tobacco-farms-are-no-place-for-kids-21394.cfm#.WUGFmfr1C2w

(Note that Bill Godshall worked harvesting tobacco as a youth and as a teen)

UK THR Surveillance

UK survey finds another decline in UK smoking rate (from 20% in 2011 to 15.8% in 2016), young adults 18-24 had largest decline; finds 5.6% (2.9 million) vaped in 2016
https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/healthandlifeexpectancies/bulletins/adultsmokinghabitsingreatbritain/2016
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/adult-smoking-habits-in-the-uk-2016
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/statistics-on-smoking-england-2017
https://digital.nhs.uk/article/6659/Prevalence-of-smoking-falls-among-adults-in-England
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-4606758/Smoking-rate-UK-second-lowest-Europe-25-fall-young-adults.html
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15354962.Number_of_people_smoking_in_North_East_hits_record_low/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4610064/Smoking-rates-UK-continue-fall.html
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jun/15/smoking-rate-in-uk-falls-to-second-lowest-in-europe

Smoking is finally dying out among young people in the UK and US (thanks to vaping)
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23431313-800-smoking-is-finally-dying-out-among-young-people-in-the-uk-and-us/

Snus Research & Surveillance

Smokeless tobacco is 95% safer than smoking: Study
http://www.asianage.com/life/health/190617/smokeless-tobacco-is-95-percent-safer-than-smoking-study.html

Brad Rodu: The Swedish Miracle Continues (details 2017 Eurobarometer cigarette smoking survey data for EU countries)
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-swedish-miracle-continues.html

Joe Nocera: Sweden figured out how to stop people from smoking

The secret weapon: Snus, tobacco that doesn’t kill people.
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-06-08/sweden-figured-out-how-to-stop-people-from-smoking

Brad Rodu: EU Snus Ban Costs More Lives (cites Swedish Snus Commission report)
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2017/06/eu-snus-ban-costs-more-lives.html

Vaping Research

Polosa/Caponnetto/Abrams/Niaura et al: Analysis of E-cigarette use in the 2014 Eurobarometer survey: calling out deficiencies in epidemiology methods (exposes and criticizes deeply flawed research methods and data manipulation in vapor research)
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11739-017-1667-z

JF Etter: Prospective study of regular vapers finds 28% of daily smokers (i.e. dual uses) quit smoking after 12 months, and 9% of former smokers relapsed back to cigarettes
https://academic.oup.com/ntr/article/3861935/Electronic-cigarette-a-longitudinal-study-of

Jacob Hasselbach: The Contentious Politics of Disruptive Innovation: Vaping and Fracking in the EU
https://www.academia.edu/33364936/The_Contentious_Politics_of_Disruptive_Innovation_Vaping_and_Fracking_in_the_European_Union

Heat-Not-Burn Research

Farsalinos et al study finds IQOS heat-not-burn tobacco sticks contain similar nicotine concentration as tobacco cigarettes, and that levels of nicotine delivered to the aerosol of the heat-not-burn products were lower than tobacco cigarettes, higher than e-cigarettes at low puff duration but lower than high-power e-cigarettes at longer puff duration.
https://academic.oup.com/ntr/article-abstract/doi/10.1093/ntr/ntx138/3868870/Nicotine-delivery-to-the-aerosol-of-a-heatnotburn

PMI study finds sharp reductions in biomarker exposure among smokers who switched to Carbon Heated Tobacco Product for five days
https://www.pmiscience.com/library/biomarker-exposure-reductions-upon-switching-cigarettes-carbon-heated-tobacco-product

Tobacco vs Marijuana Policy Research

Kozlowski and Hall: The diverging trajectories of cannabis and tobacco policies in the United States: reasons and possible implications

http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2017/06/013.html

THR Education and Advocacy

Bill McMorris –  A case of the vapers: What I saw at the E-cigarette Summit 2017
http://freebeacon.com/issues/a-case-of-the-vapers/

The importance of offering adult smokers a portfolio of potentially less harmful products
https://www.pmiscience.com/library/importance-offering-adult-smokers-portfolio-potentially-less-harmful-products-0

THR Business

Clive Bates: Pariahs, predators or players?  The tobacco industry and the end of smoking.
https://www.clivebates.com/pariahs-predators-or-players

Euromonitor International estimates worldwide sales of heat-not-burn tobacco products will increase by $13.2 Billion by 2021 and cigarette sales will decline by $7.7 Billion
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170622005549/en/Cigarettes-Record-US7.7-Billion-Loss-2021-Heated

Legacy lies initiative replaces David Abrams (who has told the truth about vaping for the past several years) with Donna Vallone as head of Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/truth-initiative-announces-new-leadership-for-its-schroeder-institute-for-tobacco-research-and-policy-studies-300472636.html

PMI to build IQOS HEETS factory in Dresden, Germany that will employ 500
https://www.pmi.com/investor-relations/press-releases-and-events/press-releases-overview/press-release-details/?newsId=2281590

Heat-not-burn IQOS sales soar in South Korea
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/tech/2017/06/694_231680.html

Taxation

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback approves bill (HB 2230) to reduce the tax on e-liquid from $.20 to $.05/ml
http://kslegislature.org/li/b2017_18/measures/hb2230/
http://kslegislature.org/li/b2017_18/measures/documents/hb2230_enrolled.pdf

Israel to tax PMI’s low risk IQOS as cigarettes after cigarette company files lawsuit
http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Health-and-Science/Taxes-on-iQOS-cigarettes-to-be-equalized-497063

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton absurdly claims reducing cigar tax and not increasing cigarette tax will kill people, denounces tobacco tax bill after signing it into law.
http://www.twincities.com/2017/06/09/mark-dayton-disparages-tobacco-tax-cut-wants-lawmakers-to-undo-it/

CASAA asks MA vapers to oppose two anti-THR cigarette protection bills, (S 1576) that would impose 40% wholesale tax on e-liquid, and (S 1497) that would increase smokeless tobacco tax from 25% to 40% of wholesale price.
http://casaa.org/call-to-action/ma-take-action-to-stop-new-taxes-on-vaping-and-a-tax-hike-on-smokeless-tobacco/
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/S1576
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/S1497

CASAA asks DE vapers to oppose bill (HB 242) to increase cigarette tax from $1.60 to $2.10/pack, increase moist snuff tax from $.54 to $.92/oz, increase OTP tax from 15% to 30% of wholesale price, redefine “tobacco product” to include vapor, impose $.05/ml tax on e-liquid, and license vapor companies as tobacco wholesalers and/or retailers.
http://casaa.org/call-to-action/de-help-stop-new-taxes-on-vaping-and-higher-taxes-on-smokeless-tobacco/
http://legis.delaware.gov/BillDetail?legislationId=25991
http://halfwheel.com/delaware-bill-seeks-to-double-cigar-tax/155685

Local Preemption

Iowa governor signs law (HF 295) that preempts local governments from enacting laws regulating the marketing or sales of consumer merchandise (including tobacco and vapor products) that differ from state laws.
https://legiscan.com/IA/text/HF295/2017
http://halfwheel.com/cigars-tobacco-products-receive-protections-iowa/155034

Flavoring Bans

San Francisco (CA) Board of Supervisors unanimously approve first reading of bill to ban the sale of flavored vapor products, menthol cigarettes and flavored OTP (would ban sales of vast majority of lifesaving vapor products, many/most smokeless tobacco products and cigars, and about 35% of deadly cigarettes); final vote set for next week.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-4627064/San-Francisco-ban-sales-vaping-flavored-liquid.html
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sf-bans-sale-menthol-cigarettes-will-eliminate-least-50-5m-tobacco-sales/
https://sfgov.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=5274234&GUID=1F626EC3-6B71-43DF-95F0-A2E42A146E12
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SF-Supervisors-OK-ban-on-sale-of-flavored-tobacco-11234585.php
http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/california/San-Francisco-Advances-Ban-on-Flavored-Tobacco-Products-429770243.html
http://halfwheel.com/san-francisco-flavored-tobacco-ban-passes-first-reading/156537

Contra Costa County, Bay Area Cities, Consider Banning Menthol and Flavored Tobacco (and Vapor) Ban
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Bay-Area-Cities-Consider-Banning-Fruit-Flavored-Cigars-Menthol-Cigarettes-428360553.html

NATO’s Thomas Briant: Flavored-Tobacco Bans Turn to Menthol
http://www.cspdailynews.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/flavored-tobacco-bans-turn-menthol

Minneapolis (MN) City Council considers banning menthol/mint flavored tobacco/vapor sales at convenience stores) but not at tobacco specialty stores or vape shops
http://www.mndaily.com/article/2017/06/minneapolis-city-council-restrict-tobacco

Note that Minneapolis already banned sales of flavored tobacco/vapor products (except menthol/mint) at convenience stores in 2015
https://library.municode.com/mn/minneapolis/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=COOR_TIT13LIBURE_CH281TODE_281.45RESATOPR

Vermont Health Dept issues report and press report that lies about flavored tobacco and vapor products, conducts push poll to misrepresent public opinion, funds and recruits youth to repeat lies to advocate banning sale of flavored tobacco/vapor products to adults.
https://vtdigger.org/2017/06/01/health-department-survey-65-vermont-adults-believe-flavored-tobacco-products-illegal/
http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/june/65-percent-vermont-adults-believe-flavored-tobacco-products-should-be-illegal
http://counterbalancevt.com/

Bloomberg financed report by Johns Hopkins activists falsely claims flavorings make tobacco products deadly (the repeated inhalation of smoke makes smoking harmful), falsely claims flavored cigarettes are more harmful than other cigarettes (all cigarettes are similarly harmful), deceitfully conflates the use of all tobacco products with cigarette smoking to urge foreign nations to ban the sale of ALL flavored tobacco products.
http://globaltobaccocontrol.org/sites/default/files/Deadly_Flavor_Technical_Report_Latin_America_English.pdf

Big Pharma/Bloomberg funded CTFK touts Bloomberg funded Hopkins flavored tobacco ban lobbying and propaganda report that falsely claims flavorings kill tobacco users.
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2017_06_15_flavors

Vaping Bans

NY legislature bans use of lifesaving vapor products in nearly all workplaces (A516 & S2543) as session ends, Cuomo expected to sign (as it was in his budget proposal); http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A.516&term=2017
http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&leg_video=&bn=S02543&term=2017&Summary=Y&Actions=Y
http://assembly.state.ny.us/Press/20170621/

http://www.newsday.com/news/region-state/state-vote-to-ban-e-cigarettes-from-restaurants-bars-1.13751406

Legislature passes bill to ban use of e-cigarettes indoors


http://www.weny.com/story/35717733/new-vaping-legislation-could-hurt-local-businesses

New York Democrats Push Measure To Smother Vaping Industry


http://www.vapingpost.com/2017/06/08/top-5-pro-vapor-comments-recently-debated-by-u-s-politicians/

NY legislature bans vaping on school grounds as session ends
http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A.611&term=2017
http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&leg_video=&bn=S00750&term=2017&Summary=Y&Actions=Y

Rhode Island Senate Health Cmte recommends passage of bill (H 5821) to falsely redefine “smoking” as including use of smokefree vapor products to ban their use everywhere smoking is banned (except in vape shops)
https://legiscan.com/RI/bill/H5821/2017

MA State Senator Jason Lewis makes false fear mongering claims about vaping to push cigarette protecting workplace vaping ban and to raise minimum age for vapor sales to 21
http://www.itemlive.com/news/malden-senator-wants-to-snuff-out-vaping/

Riverstone (MT) Board of Health proposes workplace vaping ban in Yellowstone County, opponents testify at hearing
http://billingsgazette.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/proposed-ban-on-indoor-vaping-smoking-near-doorways-goes-too/article_b67e76fe-22b3-5613-b586-32512f6a2b57.html
http://www.ktvq.com/story/35648062/proposed-rule-would-ban-indoor-use-of-e-cigarettes-in-yellowstone-county-create-30-foot-rule
http://www.kulr8.com/story/35648354/proposal-aimed-to-prohibit-indoor-use-of-e-cigs-and-vaping-devices

Armenian Health Minister absurdly claims vapor products are cigarettes, and says vaping will be banned where smoking is banned.
https://armenpress.am/eng/news/893775/armenia-will-impose-limitations-on-the-use-of-electronic-cigarettes.html

Vapor prohibitionists detail survey finding some Japanese vape in locations where smoking is banned to advocate banning vaping everywhere smoking is banned
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2017/06/09/tobaccocontrol-2016-053581?papetoc

Smoking/Vaping Bans

Providence (RI) City Council overrides mayor’s veto of downtown smoking/vaping ban
http://www.heraldonline.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article156459614.html
http://halfwheel.com/providence-r-city-council-overrides-veto-smoking-ban/155511

PA House Health Cmte Chair Matt Baker and news media tout bill to ban smoking in remaining 1% of PA workplaces, but fail to acknowledge the bill protects cigarettes by banning vaping (that has helped millions quit smoking) in ALL workplaces
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/06/stricter_anti-smoking_law_coul.html
http://standardspeaker.com/opinion/second-hand-reformation-1.2203771

PA House Health Cmte Chair Matt Baker delay’s Cmte vote on smoking/vaping ban bill (HB 1309) after amendment is filed to remove vaping ban from bill
http://www.pennlive.com/news/2017/06/first_test_for_new_indoor_smok_1.html

Retailer Licensure/Restrictions

Jim Callahan: New York retailers under siege
http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2017/06/13/new-york-retailers-siege/

ACS dupes cancer survivors to lobby NY City Council to ban new vape shops and tobacco retailers, impose licenses and fees on vape shops and tobacco retailers, ban vapor and tobacco sales at pharmacies, impose license fees on vape shops and tobacco retailers, increase tobacco prices; fails to ethically disclose Big Pharma funding
http://patientdaily.com/stories/511125518-cancer-survivors-supporters-urge-new-york-city-to-enact-stricter-tobacco-laws

NJ Assembly Health Cmte approves bill (A 4874) sponsored by THR opponent Herb Conaway Jr. to require licensure of vapor manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers with annual fees for each
https://legiscan.com/NJ/bill/A4874/2016
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2016/Bills/A5000/4874_I1.HTM

Minimum Age Laws

Maine Senate approves bill to increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/22/maine-lawmakers-consider-raising-smoking-age-to-21/

Rhode Island House Finance Cmte recommends bill (H 5820) to change minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21 be held for further study
https://legiscan.com/RI/bill/H5820/2017

Michigan Circuit Court rules Genessee County’s age 21 law for tobacco/vapor sales is preempted by state law; Big Pharma shill CTFK and Trinity Health disappointed in ruling, urge state legislature to enact age 21 law
http://www.tctimes.com/news/judge-says-tobacco-is-unenforceable/article_1164e26e-55fa-11e7-84dd-b35155a14f99.html
http://burtonview.mihomepaper.com/news/2017-06-22/News/Tobacco_21_ordinance_violates_state_law_rules_Full.html
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2017_06_19_michigan

Michigan bill (HB 4736) would increase minimum age for tobacco and vapor sales to 21
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/06/11/smoking-age-would/384959001/
http://whtc.com/news/articles/2017/jun/15/west-michigan-lawmaker-proposes-new-smoking-age-restrictions/
https://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(io0yeushxv20g5gskuxxoihx))/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&objectname=2017-HB-4736&query=on
http://halfwheel.com/michigan-legislator-introduces-tobacco-21-legislation/154530

Aspen (CO) City Council increases minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21
http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/175690

State Tobacco Control Program

Arkansas legislature looks to cut ineffective $1.5 million smoking cessation program
http://www.thv11.com/news/local/arkansas-looks-to-potentially-cut-state-smoking-cessation-program/449819661

Plain Packaging

New Zealand approves plain packaging law for tobacco (despite no evidence Australia’s laws reduced cigarette consumption or the smoking rate)
http://www.packaging-gateway.com/news/newsnew-zealand-approves-new-standardised-tobacco-packaging-regulations-5838650
http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/health/2017/06/cigarettes-what-the-new-plain-packaging-will-look-like.html

Canada

Brent Stafford: Game Changer / Why Canada’s Top Anti-Tobacco Group Embraces Vaping (after advocating Health Canada’s 2009 cigarette protecting nicotine vapor sales ban, NSRA acknowledges that vaping is less harmful than smoking, and has helped many smokers quit/reduce smoking, but still wants vaping banned in virtually all workplaces)
https://www.regulatorwatch.com/brent_stafford/game-changer-canadas-top-anti-tobacco-group-embraces-vaping/

Australia

Australia Senate refers Vaporized Nicotine Products Bill 2017 to Community Affairs Committee for inquiry and report
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/VaporisedNicotine

Singapore

Singapore Health Ministry further protects cigarettes by proposing to criminalize the sale, purchase, use and possession of lifesaving vapor products, and to raise minimum age for tobacco sales to 21; public consultation ends July 10, 2017
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/feedback-wanted-on-proposed-rules-to-raise-legal-smoking-age-8939252

WHO

Jeff Stier: Stop funding WHO until it cleans up its act
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448617/world-health-organization-corrupt-and-wasteful-it-needs-reform

WHO publishes 20th List of Essential Medicines, to develop Essential Diagnostics List, but still won’t truthfully acknowledge that vapor and smokeless tobacco products are far less harmful than cigarettes, and have already helped 10 million quit smoking cigarettes.
http://www.who.int/medicines/news/2017/WHO_develop_essential_diagnostics_list/en/
http://raps.org/Regulatory-Focus/News/2017/06/16/27930/WHO-to-Craft-Essential-Diagnostics-List/
http://www.ghtcoalition.org/pdf/ghtc-welcomes-creation-of-who-edl.pdf

Cigarette Prohibition

Amnesty International criticizes month long jail sentence for Tunisian man for smoking a cigarette during Ramadan
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/tunisia-man-jailed-smoking-during-ramadan
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-4600938/Rights-group-slams-absurd-Ramadan-penalty-Tunisia.html

DHHS financed 22nd Century lobbies governments to ban all cigarettes (except 22nd Century’s government financed very low nicotine cigarettes that smokers won’t buy) by touting a heavily biased push poll claiming 74% of adults believe “government should mandate that all cigarettes have very low, non-addictive levels of nicotine.”
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170615005365/en/New-International-Survey-Shows-Overwhelming-Support-Nicotine

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

ALA’s Dona Wininsky deceitfully claims vaping is as at least as harmful as smoking cigarettes, fails to admit youth smoking in WI dropped 24% (from 10.7% in 2014 to 8.1% in 2016) as past 30 day vaping (mostly experimental) increased; Godshall comments
https://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-bucks-national-trend-e-cigarettes
https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p01624.pdf

Mike Siegel: American Lung Association in Wisconsin is lying about health effects of smoking
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/06/american-lung-association-in-wisconsin.html

UCSD study of 18-24 year old non daily smokers in California who also frequently vaped (i.e. just 1%-2% of 18-24 year olds) finds that some increased their cigarette consumption after the CA Health Dept began its massive campaign lying about vaping (to lobby for the CA workplace vaping ban), but authors failed to mention the CA Health Dept’s anti vaping campaign so they could falsely insinuate that vaping leads to increased smoking.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28583658

FDA/NIH funded Stan Glantz hypes findings of UCSD study on 1%-2% of CA smokers ages 18-24 to falsely claim (yet again) that vaping is a gateway to cigarette smoking, fails to disclose that study began the same month CA DPH began falsely claiming vaping was as harmful as cigarette smoking to lobby CA legislators to ban vaping in all workplaces.
https://tobacco.ucsf.edu/over-time-young-adults-who-use-e-cigarettes-smoke-more-not-less-ecigs-enhancing-harm-making-tobacco-epidemic-worse

Reuters article repeats false claim by UCSD anti vaping activists and DHHS funded Stan Glantz that some young nondaily smokers who vape smoked more cigarettes over time (but failed to mention study began the same month CA DPH began lying about vaping)
http://in.reuters.com/article/us-health-smokers-vaping-idINKBN19A2FD

FDA/NIH funded Stan Glantz et al grossly exaggerate risks of vaping and of marijuana use in public comments to CA DPH opposing proposed marijuana regulation.
https://tobacco.ucsf.edu/over-time-young-adults-who-use-e-cigarettes-smoke-more-not-less-ecigs-enhancing-harm-making-tobacco-epidemic-worse

NIH funded Univ of Connecticut and anti vaping activists falsely claim vaping may be as harmful as cigarette smoking based upon inapplicable DNA junk study using purportedly novel measurement tools, news media headlines hype false fear mongering claim
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/ipdf/10.1021/acssensors.7b00118

E-cigarettes ‘Potentially as Harmful as Tobacco Cigarettes’


http://www.publicnow.com/view/4DBB1054AF00A1FEB1096B03612235305DE30817
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/uoc-epa060917.php
http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2017/06/12/Study-finds-e-cigarettes-may-be-as-harmful-as-smoking-tobacco/5081497271160/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4602910/E-cigarettes-harmful-regular-cigarettes.html

Bryan Clark – E-cigarettes as harmful as their analog counterparts? Not so fast
https://thenextweb.com/insider/2017/06/12/e-cigarettes-as-harmful-as-their-analog-counterparts-not-so-fast/#.tnw_qKSOVuwA

Reuters headline/article repeats fear mongering lies by CDC’s Brian King (from May) that vapor aerosol harms vapers, nonvapers and children (despite no evidence) without any fact checking (due to CDC’s propaganda and press release).
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-secondhand-ecigarettes-survey-idUSKBN1962NT
https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2017/16_0567.htm
http://www.ajmc.com/newsroom/americans-report-confusion-on-whether-e-cigarette-vapor-harms-children

DHHS funded Thomas Wills and James Sargent falsely claim vaping doesn’t reduce smoking, but their deceitful propaganda was thankfully buried behind a paywall.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28583659

For “No Smoking Month”, Philippines Health Dept. protects cigarettes by falsely claiming vaping emits 7,000 harmful chemicals, and poses the same risks as smoking http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/06/14/17/doh-frowns-on-use-of-vapes-e-cigarettes

After finding another record low youth smoking rate, Minnesota Health Dept reissues fraudulent health advisory conflating very low risk nicotine and vaping with deadly cigarette smoking to confuse and scare the public, and lobby for anti vaping laws; news media repeats MN Health Dept’s lies and propaganda without any fact checking.
http://www.dl-online.com/news/4280303-bad-news-e-cigarette-use-rises-rapidly-minnesota-nicotine-serious-health-threat-youth

Anti vaping activists tout more inapplicable cell studies to further confuse, scare and promote anti vaping laws
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2017/06/08/tobaccocontrol-2016-053472?papetoc=
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4586912/E-cigarette-vapour-prevent-mouth-ulcers-healing.html

Science 2.0 critiques fear mongering study and press release about formaldehyde emitted by some marijuana/THC vaporizers
http://www.science20.com/news_staff/formaldehyde_exposure_in_marijuana_vaping-225134
http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/acm.2016.0337
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/mali-vcm061217.php

Study finds no association between snus use and asthma or nocturnal breathlessness among Swedes who didn’t have an asthma attack before age 13, but authors include data on childhood asthmatics to falsely conclude and claim that snus use is associated with increased asthma and nocturnal breathlessness (and snoring).
http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/7/5/e015486

Reuters headline and article tout study authors’ intentionally deceptive claim that snus use is associated with increased asthma and nocturnal breathlessness, but GSU’s Lucy Popova is quoted truthfully claiming “snus is safer than smoking.”
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-snus-asthma-sleep-idUSKBN19533J

Washington Post article touts deceitful spin by CDC, CTFK and Legacy, whose anti-THR policies and propaganda that have discouraged poor smokers from quitting;

William Wan: America’s new tobacco crisis: The rich stopped smoking, the poor didn’t
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/americas-new-tobacco-crisis-the-rich-stopped-smoking-the-poor-didnt/2017/06/13/a63b42ba-4c8c-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html

Legacy lies initiative feigns concern about smoking in the LGBT community (after Legacy has lied for many years about low risk vapor, dissolvables and smokeless tobacco for many years, and after Legacy has pushed moralistic abstinence-only policies)
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tobacco-is-a-social-justice-issue-why-the-lgbt-community-is-among-the-hardest-hit-by-smoking-300473870.html

The Advocate reporter Kyle Peveto hypes false fear mongering claims made by physician assistant about lifesaving vapor products as factual, promotes ineffective and expensive smoking cessation program that relies upon ineffective and less-than-safe drugs, downplays truthful claims by former AAPHP president and THR expert Joel Nitzkin
http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/entertainment_life/health_fitness/article_51ee0860-4bb4-11e7-b1d4-8758446de222.html

Snus and vapor prohibitionist/propagandist Simon Chapman keeps lying to keep lifesaving vapor products banned in Australia, which will kill many more smokers
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/keep-tga-control-of-ecigarettes-or-risk-repeating-the-smoking-health-disaster-20170619-gwtyux.html

Clive Bates: Critical review of an Australian anti-vaping polemic (i.e. Simon Chapman)
https://www.clivebates.com/critical-review-of-professor-chapman-anti-vaping-polemic

In so-called Fact Check article, Carole Fader deceitfully insinuates that vaping can cause popcorn lung, repeats false fear mongering claim without fact check
http://jacksonville.com/reason/2017-06-17/fact-check-do-e-cigarettes-cause-incurable-disease

 

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Godshall Chronicles 06/08/17

THR Research

Snus Saves Lives: A study of snus and tobacco related mortality in the EU

The Snus Commission’s third report estimates deaths attributable to the EU snus banhttps://www.clivebates.com/documents/SnusCommissionJune2017.pdf

“In total and among men over the age of 30, 355,000 lives per year could have been saved if the other EU countries had matched Sweden’s tobacco-related mortality rate. Sweden clearly has the lowest tobacco- related mortality rate within the EU in relation to its population despite daily tobacco consumption among men being at the same level as other countries in Europe.” “In 24 of the EU’s 27 member states, the tobacco-related mortality rate is more than double that of Sweden, relative to their population size.”

San Diego State study finds vaping not an indoor air pollutant, finds leading causes of indoor air pollution (i.e. PM 2.5) in California homes are cigarette smoke, marijuana smoke, vacuuming/dusting/sweeping home in past week, frying food and burning incense/candles; “We observed no apparent difference in the weekly mean particle distribution between 43 homes reporting any electronic cigarette usage and those reporting none.”  See Tables 4 & 5
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0177718

But indoor air pollution study abstract and San Diego State’s press release touting the study never mentioned the study’s key finding (i.e. vaping NOT an indoor air pollutant)
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0177718
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170518143852.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/sdsu-sos051717.php

Study finds cigarette smokers who vape (dual users) were far more likely than exclusive smokers (25.9% vs 11.2%) to reduce cigarette consumption by 50+% after six months, and were far more likely (22.8% vs 10.9%) to make a quit attempt of at least 7 days, further documenting the health benefits of vaping by cigarette smokers (i.e. dual use).
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.13869/full
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28504457

But authors falsely claim “It remains unclear whether regular e-cigarette users are also more likely to stop smoking.”

BAT study finds no detectable difference between vapor produced by e-cigarette (Vype epen) and new heat not burn product (iFuse)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278691517302508
http://www.bat-science.com/groupms/sites/BAT_9GVJXS.nsf/vwPagesWebLive/DOAMULJY?opendocument
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/raba-the052717.php

PMI issues second Scientific Update for Smoke-Free Products
https://www.pmi.com/media-center/press-releases/press-release-details/?newsId=2275589
https://www.pmiscience.com/news/smoke-free-products-scientific-update
https://www.pmiscience.com/system/files/publications/pmi_scientific_update_may_2017.pdf

Brad Rodu: A smokeless tobacco-pancreatic cancer claim is refuted
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2017/05/a-smokeless-tobacco-pancreatic-cancer.html

Salynn Boyles: Snus cleared of pancreatic cancer risk https://www.medpagetoday.com/Pulmonology/Smoking/65372

Brad Rodu: Sticking to the facts on e-cigarettes and nicotine medicines
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2017/05/sticking-to-facts-on-e-cigarettes.html

EU THR Surveillance

European Commission issues anti-THR Special Eurobarometer 458 Report: Attitudes of Europeans towards tobacco and e-cigarettes; 205 page EC report on 2017 survey finds:
http://ec.europa.eu/commfrontoffice/publicopinion/index.cfm/ResultDoc/download/DocumentKy/78678

Smoking in EU

– Sweden (7%) and UK (17%) have lowest smoking rates (due largely to THR products).

– Largest smoking declines since 2006 were in Sweden (from 18%) and UK (from 34%).

– Greece (37%), Bulgaria and France (36%), Croatia (35%) have highest smoking rates.

– While 25% of EU residents 15+ and 24% of Swedes 15+ use tobacco daily, 24% of EU residents 15+ smoke daily compared to 5% in Sweden (where snus has been legal).

– 91% of smokers in the EU smoke daily compared to just 52% in Sweden.

– 26% of EU residents 15+ smoke cigarettes, cigarillos, cigars or pipe, but 24% do daily.

– EU cigarette smokers consume an average of 13.7 cigarettes per day.

– Few EU residents 15+ smoke cigarillos (3%), cigars (2%) or pipes (1%), and just 1% smoke any of these products daily.

Smokeless Tobacco Use in EU

– Just 5% of EU residents 15+ ever used low risk smokeless tobacco compared to 50% in Sweden (due to the EU’s cigarette protecting snus ban that Sweden is exempted from).

– <1% of EU residents 15+ use low risk smokeless tobacco daily compared to 20% in Sweden, 2% in Finland and 1% in Denmark.

Vaping in EU

– 4% of exsmokers in the EU currently vape, including 14% in UK, 7% in Ireland, 6% in France and Belgium, 5% in Greece, but just 0% in Spain, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia and Luxemburg, and just 1% in Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Portugal, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Estonia, Netherlands and Cyprus.

– 4% of smokers in the EU currently vape, including 8% in France & Belgium, 7% in Austria, Denmark & Luxumbourg, 6% in UK, Germany, Malta & Cyprus, but just  0% in Germany, Italy, Sweden, Hungary & Croatia, and 1% in Romania, Slovakia & Slovenia.

– Among current vapers in the EU, 67% vape daily, 20% vape weekly, 7% vape monthly.

– Among current vapers in the EU, 47% vape fruit flavors, 36% vape tobacco flavor, 22% vape menthol or mint flavors, 18% vape candy flavors, and 2% vape alcohol flavors.

– Among ever users of tobacco and e-cigarettes in the EU, just 1% used e-cigarettes first (disproving the Big Lie that e-cigs are gateways to cigarette smoking).

Smoking Cessation in EU

– Among exsmokers in the EU, 81% quit smoking without assistance, 7% quit with Big Pharma drugs, 6% quit by vaping, and 4% quit with medical advice or cessation service.

– Among EU smokers who have tried to quit, 66% tried to quit without assistance, 16% tried Big Pharma drugs, 15% tried e-cigarettes, 6% tried medical or cessation services.

Note the EC report authors asked biased questions about vaping and smokeless tobacco, and presented skewed findings (e.g. by using “ever use” data in the denominator) to demonize low risk vapor and smokeless tobacco, and to discredit them as cessation aids.

Australian Surveillance

Australian government survey finds insignificant decline in daily cigarette smoking (following its highly touted plain packaging law) compared to huge declines in the US and UK (where vapor products are legal and have helped millions quit smoking)
http://www.aihw.gov.au/alcohol-and-other-drugs/data-sources/ndshs-2016/key-findings/

US THR Surveillance

CDC vapor prohibitionists find 45.2% of American adults know vaping causes little or no harm to children, but deceitfully claim CDC should continue deceiving the public about vaping and nicotine, and advocate more vaping bans and other policies to prevent more  smokers from switching to lifesaving vapor products
https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2017/16_0567.htm

Press release hypes CDC’s junk study that deceives readers to believe 2nd hand vapor is harmful for children
http://www.ajmc.com/newsroom/americans-report-confusion-on-whether-e-cigarette-vapor-harms-children

CDC’a Brian King, Big Pharma funded ALA, left wing NPR and Baylor’s Harold Farber hype false fear mongering claims about 2nd hand vapor, deceitfully conflate smokefree vaping with deadly cigarette smoking
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/05/25/530026958/many-adults-dont-think-exposure-to-vaping-is-bad-for-kids
http://www.healio.com/family-medicine/pulmonology/news/online/%7B829f8ea1-1dfb-4bf0-b16e-ced2831f185e%7D/many-adults-unaware-of-risks-from-secondhand-exposure-to-electronic-vapors

Mike Siegel: CDC bemoans fact that public has an accurate understanding of secondhand vaping risk
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/05/cdc-bemoans-fact-that-public-has.html

CDC’s Global Youth Tobacco Survey finds vastly different past month tobacco smoking rates among 13-15 year olds in 61 different countries (from 1.7% in Sri Lanka to 35% in Timor-Leste), median rate of 10.7%; Authors falsely claim “Tobacco use is the world’s leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality, resulting in nearly 6 million deaths each year” (as daily cigarette smoking, not tobacco use, is the leading cause of disease and death, causing nearly 6 million deaths each year), document huge need for low risk smokefree alternatives, but tout WHO’s anti-THR MPOWER policies.
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6620a3.htm
http://www.who.int/tobacco/mpower/mpower_report_six_policies_2008.pdf

CDC and Big Pharma funded CTFK misrepresent findings of CDC’s international youth smoking survey to promote WHO FCTC & MPOWER, which oppose vaping, deceitfully conflate low risk smokeless tobacco with deadly cigarettes, lobby to tax low risk tobacco at same rate as cigarettes, lobby for taxpayer subsidization of ineffective Big Pharma cessation drugs and medicalization of cessation, and lobby for unconstitutional and ineffective advertising, promotion and sponsorship bans for ALL tobacco products.
http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/06/05/531045350/whats-the-rate-of-smoking-in-the-13-to-15-year-old-crowd?utm

More US DHHS Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

DHHS’s Tom Novotny falsely attributes all cigarette smoking diseases, healthcare costs and lost productivity to “tobacco use” (to continue duping Americans to believe that all tobacco use is as harmful as cigarette smoking) on WHO’s World No Tobacco Day
https://www.hhs.gov/blog/2017/05/31/world-no-tobacco-day-economic-development-human-development.html

CDC’s Brian King et al advocate banning all flavored tobacco products even though very low risk snus and moist snuff, and low risk cigars are significantly more likely to contain characterizing flavors than are far more harmful cigarettes.
https://academic.oup.com/ntr/article-abstract/doi/10.1093/ntr/ntx123/3860082/Trends-in-Sales-of-Flavored-and-Menthol-Tobacco?redirectedFrom=fulltext

NIH funds Univ of Arizona professor Judith Gordon and Oregon Research Institute’s Judy Andrews to deceive youth about vaping
http://uahs.arizona.edu/news/click-city-tobacco-prevention-program-awarded-grant-address-e-cigarette-concerns-5th-and-6th

“Right now, kids think there’s no risk in using e-cigarettes, so we want to make sure they understand the dangers involved, not only now but in the future. We want to teach them what e-cigarettes are, and change their perceptions of the device. For example, they don’t even know there’s such a thing as second-hand vapor,” said Dr. Gordon.

DHHS funded THR opponent John Pierce et al, vapor prohibitionists at Pediatrics, and UCSD press release claim PATH data found vapor ads may encourage teens to smoke cigarettes, but fail to acknowledge PATH data finding vaping has helped many smokers quit smoking, and that vaping is a gateway away from smoking (not towards smoking) http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2017/05/18/peds.2016-3353
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2017/05/18/peds.2017-0887
http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/national_study_looks_at_tobacco_advertising_and_susceptibility_to_use_tobac
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-05-national-tobacco-advertising-susceptibility-youth.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-advertising-tobacco-teens-idUSKBN18I240

DHHS funded vaping opponents criticize e-liquid companies for NOT posting warnings (four months before FDA’s Deeming Rule went into effect) that falsely claim vaping nicotine is addictive (as there is no evidence that vaping has addicted any never smoker, and because “addiction” requires both dependence and harm to the user)
https://academic.oup.com/ntr/article-abstract/doi/10.1093/ntr/ntx101/3830252/Warning-Statements-and-Safety-Practices-among?redirectedFrom=fulltext

DHHS and Bloomberg funded Joanna Cohen at Johns Hopkins and BMJ advocate the enactment of unconstitutional (in the US) plain packaging cigarette laws abroad despite no evidence Australia’s law reduced cigarette consumption or smoking rates
http://www.bmj.com/content/357/bmj.j2414

DHHS funded tobacco control extremists Peter Shields et al urge FDA to make cigarettes more harmful (by banning cigarette filters), cite increase of one type of lung cancer (after filters were added to cigarettes) but ignore significant overall decline in lung cancer, heart disease and all cause death rates among smokers (after filters were added to cigarettes).
https://academic.oup.com/jnci/article-abstract/109/12/djx075/3836090/Cigarette-Filter-Ventilation-and-its-Relationship?redirectedFrom=fulltext
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2016/08/low-tar-cigarettes-had-merit-said.html
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2901853/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/759914

DHHS financed Peter Shields (who authored recent US tobacco cessation guidelines that falsely claims vaping doesn’t help smokers quit smoking) urges FDA to ban filtered cigarettes, claims doing so will reduce lung cancer rates among smokers.
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/334560-the-fda-needs-to-tighten-regulations-on-filtered-cigarettes
https://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/lung-cancer-news-100/could-safer-filtered-cigarettes-be-more-deadly-722921.html

News media hype claim by DHHS funded Peter Shields et al that filtered cigarettes increased cancer rates among smokers, and that banning filters would reduce cancer rates, without any fact checking and without interviewing any objective experts that disagree.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-lungcancer-cigarette-filters-idUSKBN18I2MT
http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/health/2017/06/05/filtered-cigarettes-linked-lung-cancer-increase/359544001/
http://www.mirror.co.uk/science/low-tar-light-cigarettes-more-10472731

22nd Century touts US government purchase of 2.4 million additional very low nicotine cigarettes, touts DHHS funded junk studies of very low nicotine cigarettes to promote FDA cigarette prohibition (i.e. by banning sales of all cigarettes except  22nd Century’s very low nicotine cigarettes, which smokers won’t buy or smoke)
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170601005826/en/22nd-Century-Group-Receives-Order-2.4-Million
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170531005401/en/Dramatic-Surge-Nicotine-Tobacco-Clinical-Trials-Science

US DHHS

More DHHS

Trump says Francis Collins will stay on at the NIH
https://www.nature.com/news/trump-says-francis-collins-will-stay-on-at-the-nih-1.22117

In January 2017, NIH Director Francis Collins deceptively touted FDA’s vapor Deeming Ban and Stan Glantz’ lies about vaping, and made the following false claims:

– vaping causes asthma and respiratory infections (despite zero scientific evidence),
– teen e-cig use is increasing (except the 2016 MTF found a 29% decline since 2014),
– there is “no evidence” e-cigs have contributed to sharp decline in youth smoking

– e-cigs have addicted more teens to nicotine (after the 2015 NYTS found <.1% of teen never tobacco users had used an e-cig on 10 or more of past 30 days)
https://directorsblog.nih.gov/2017/01/31/are-e-cigarettes-leading-more-kids-to-smoke/

US DHHS Budget

Trump Administration budget for DHHS mentions tobacco harm reduction in FDA CTP’s title (pg 18) REDUCING THE USE AND HARMS OF TOBACCO and description “decreasing the harms of tobacco product use”, but still falsely claims “Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States” (as daily cigarette smoking, not tobacco or nicotine use, is the leading cause of all those things); CTP’s budget increase is from user fees by tobacco companies.
https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/fy2018-budget-in-brief.pdf

Trump budget would reduce funding for NIH (pg 36), which has intentionally deceived the public about THR products for decades, and gave more than a billion dollars to hundreds of anti-THR researchers/activists at dozens of universities to demonize and misrepresent risks of lifesaving vapor products, very low risk smokeless tobacco, nicotine, flavorings, cigars/pipes, and lobby for the TCA (2000-2009), FDA’s vapor bans (2009-present), vaping/tobacco use bans, banning nearly all nicotine in cigarettes, etc.
https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/fy2018-budget-in-brief.pdf

Trump budget reduces CDC’s Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion funding (pg 28), much of which was wasted by Obama’s CDC to deceive the public about THR products and to lobby for FDA’s Deeming Reg, vaping and smokeless tobacco usage bans. Trump budget also reduces Prevention and Public Health fund (pg 28), that was used by Obama’s CDC to deceive the public about very low risk THR products and to lobby for vaping bans, smokeless tobacco use bans, FDA’s Deeming Regulation, etc.
https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/fy2018-budget-in-brief.pdf

Note that CDC’s Prevention and Public Health Fund spent $495.3 million since 2012 on “Tobacco Use Prevention” (i.e. $126M-2016, $111M-2015, $105M-2014, $60.3M-2013, $93M-2012), and Tobacco Use Prevention funds’ purpose was: “To raise awareness and shift key attitudes and beliefs about the harms of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke in areas of the country with some of the highest rates of tobacco use prevalence.”
https://www.hhs.gov/open/prevention/fy-2016-allocation-pphf-funds.html

https://www.hhs.gov/open/prevention/fy-2015-allocation-pphf-funds.html

https://www.hhs.gov/open/prevention/fy-2014-allocation-pphf-funds.html

https://www.hhs.gov/open/prevention/fy2013-allocation-pphf-funds.html

https://www.hhs.gov/open/prevention/fy2012-allocation-pphf-funds.html

https://www.hhs.gov/open/prevention/

https://www.cdc.gov/funding/pphf/

Big Pharma financed CTFK’s Matt Myers makes many false fear mongering claims about Trump’s budget impact on CDC’s ability to reduce smoking, deceitfully conflates lifesaving vapor products and very low risk smokeless tobacco with deadly cigarettes
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2017_05_23_budget

Vapor prohibitionist Legacy lies initiative’s Robin Koval hypocritically calls Trump’s budget “a reckless threat to defund essential programs that address the number one cause of preventable death in our country”, while deceitfully conflating the negligible risks of vaping and smokeless tobacco use with the very high risks of cigarette smoking.
https://truthinitiative.org/news/presidents-fy18-budget-could-reverse-years-progress-tobacco-control

After lying about vaping to lobby for vaping and FDA vapor bans, Obama’s CDC Director Tom Frieden claims Trump’s budget would “increase illness, death”, while FDA/NIH and Big Pharma funded American Heart Association (that has also lied about, and lobbied to ban vaping and vapor products since 2009) claims Trump’s budget is “devastating” and “unconscionable”.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/05/22/trump-budget-seeks-huge-cuts-to-disease-prevention-and-medical-research-departments/?utm

Environmental extremist group Sierra Club criticizes Trump Administration for its DHHS hiring freeze (which hopefully includes jobs to promote FDA’s vapor Deeming Ban, vaping bans, propaganda about vapor, smokeless tobacco, nicotine, flavorings, etc.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/05/19/nearly-700-vacancies-at-cdc-because-of-trump-administration-hiring-freeze/

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb testifies at May 25 US House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee hearing on FDA budget (FDA’s Deeming Ban was discussed)
https://appropriations.house.gov/videos/?VideoID=56crqzD_xDg&utm

CEI’s Michelle Minton: Gottlieb tells Congress FDA will base e-cig regulations on science
https://cei.org/blog/gottlieb-tells-congress-fda-will-base-e-cig-regulations-science

FDA Deeming Regulation

FDA files PMI’s 2+ million page MRTP applications for IQOS for scientific review
https://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/MarketingandAdvertising/ucm546281.htm
https://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/MarketingandAdvertising/ucm304465.htm
https://www.pmi.com/media-center/press-releases/press-release-details/?newsId=2276658

PMI’s 209 page Executive Summary for its MRTP applications for IQOS is at
https://www.fda.gov/downloads/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/MarketingandAdvertising/UCM560044.pdf

Altria press release endorses PMI’s MRTP application for IQOS (since Altria will market PMI’s IQOS in the US if FDA approves PMI’s PMTA and MRTP applications)
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170525005802/en/Altria%E2%80%99s-Statement-FDA%E2%80%99s-Filing-Philip-Morris-International%E2%80%99s

US Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) sends letter to FDA Cmsnr Scott Gottlieb urging him “to permanently rein in” on Obama’s vapor Deeming Ban
https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/media/majority-media/johnson-urges-fda-commissioner-to-permanently-rein-in-e-cigarette-rule

Paul Bedard: FDA urged to kill Obama’s e-cigarette regs, $1M tax on vape shops http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/fda-urged-to-kill-obamas-e-cigarette-regs-1m-tax-on-vape-shops/article/2623483

Lydia Wheeler: Johnson urges FDA Commissioner to review new rules for e-cigarettes
http://thehill.com/regulation/business/334093-johnson-urges-fda-commissioner-to-review-new-rules-for-e-cigarettes

Ryan Ferrick: Ron Johnson asks FDA’s Gottlieb to reconsider e-cigarette regulations
http://www.legalreader.com/ron-johnson-fda-gottlieb-reconsider-e-cigarette-regulations/

EVCA: Save A Billion Lives without the FDA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGXABlTN1No

CEI, ATR, Heartland, IWF, NCPPR, National Taxpayers Union, R Street and others send letter to FDA Cmsnr Gottlieb urging him to reject the Obama FDA’s vapor Deeming Ban
https://cei.org/content/cei-joins-coalition-letter-opposing-e-cigarette-rules
https://cei.org/sites/default/files/20170523_TPA_letter_on_FDA_Minton.pdf

Independent Women’s Forum’s Julie Gunlock – E-Cigarettes: When Regulatory Overkill Actually Kills (excellent analysis of FDA’s vapor Deeming Regulation, except it inaccurately claims submitting a vapor product PMTA to FDA will cost just $400,000).
http://pdf.iwf.org/When_Regulatory_Overkill_Actually_Kills_PF17.pdf

IWF’s Julie Gunlock interviews ATR’s Paul Blair: How vaping regulations harm those trying to quit
http://iwf.org/media/2803815/Podcast-#83-How-vaping-regulations-harm-those-trying-to-quit-smoking

VTA’s Tony Abboud: Do not regulate a potentially life-saving product out of existence
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/331545-do-not-regulate-a-potentially-life-saving-product-out-of

VTA Update from May 26, 2017

https://cqrcengage.com/vaportechnology/file/ycIl6lv5vcO/FROM%20THE%20TRENCHES%20-%20VTA%20UPDATE%20-%20MAY%2026,%202017.pdf

R Street and health advocates urge Congress to support Cole/Bishop bill (HR 1136)
http://www.rstreet.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/HR-1136-Letter-Final.pdf

11 US Senate Democrats cosign letter to FDA Cmsnr Scott Gottlieb (that appears to be written by Big Pharma shill CTFK) urging him to impose the inhumane cigarette protecting vapor Deeming Ban that was imposed by Obama’s FDA (and that was lobbied for by Obama’s DHHS and Big Pharma shills CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA, AAP, etc.)
https://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/051917%20-%20Gottlieb%20-%20Tobacco.pdf

Sally Satel and Clive Bates: Senators’ letter to FDA Commissioner Gottlieb perpetuates misconceptions about e-cigarettes
https://www.forbes.com/sites/sallysatel/2017/05/31/senators-letter-to-fda-commissioner-gottlieb-perpetuates-misconceptions-about-e-cigarettes/

Betsy McGaughey: Senate Democrats smokescreens on e-cigs block safer alternatives
http://www.newsmax.com/BetsyMcCaughey/e-cigarettes-FDA/2017/06/06/id/794452/

Judicial Watch posts internal CDC e-mails (obtained via FOIA request and subsequent litigation) “discussing the relative carcinogenicity of inhalation from” vapor products compared to combustible cigarettes.
http://www.judicialwatch.org/document-archive/jw-v-hhs-electronic-cigarettes-letter-00831/

FDA creates docket for NJOY’s petition urging delay of November 8, 2018 deadline to submit PMTAs for vapor products (until two years after FDA publishes a Final Guidance for PMTAs for vapor products) but that maintains all other disastrous cigarette protecting provisions of Obama’s FDA vapor Deeming Ban.
https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FDA-2017-P-3065-0001

CASAA urges vapers to post comments supporting NJOY’s petition requesting FDA to delay the PMTA submission deadline
http://casaa.org/call-to-action/delay-the-fda-comment-on-the-citizen-petition-today/

Vapor prohibitionist US Rep Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Ranking Member of House E&C Cmte, asks FDA and CPSC what the agencies have done to reduce vapor battery risks, while failing to acknowledge that FDA’s vapor Deeming Reg/Ban has banned vapor companies from marketing new lower risk vapor products since August 8, 2016
https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/congressman-wants-action-on-battery-fires-explosions-052617.html

THR Business

US GAO sends report to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) delineating US vapor product imports, https://gallery.mailchimp.com/e739583f3fc216a80b74c12c3/files/f736fae1-0979-4dc2-8a2a-369ec382895b/GAO_2016_Import_report.pdf

Then Wyden demonizes vapor products to the news media, praises FDA’s vapor ban (without acknowledging it bans vapor products) and claims standards are needed for vapor products (even though FDA never proposed regulatory standards for vapor product, in sharp contrast to legislation (HR 2194) introduced by US Rep. Duncan Hunter).
https://kobi5.com/news/oregon-sentator-concerned-about-e-cigarettes-imported-from-china-53641/

BAT’s Glo roll-out in Japan sets up three-way war for smokers
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-30/bat-s-glo-roll-out-in-japan-sets-up-three-way-war-for-smokers

Japan Tobacco International plans to quadruple output of smokefree alternatives by 2018
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-tobacco-strategy-idUSKBN18P12F

PMI begins marketing IQOS in South Korea
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/tech/2017/05/694_230069.html

BAT builds three factories in South Korea to make BAT’s tobacco heating product glo
http://www.bat.com/group/sites/UK__9D9KCY.nsf/vwPagesWebLive/DOAMXLG3

Vapor Tobacco Manufacturing expands manufacturing capacity for first certified organic heat not burn tobacco product “3T Organic Heat not Burn” after test market in Indiana
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/manufacturing-capacity-ramped-up-by-the-creators-of-the-first-certified-organic-heat-not-burn-product-after-a-successful-market-test-in-indiana-300464756.html

THR Education & Advocacy

Amy Faith Ho – Move over Hippocrates: Harm Reduction is the new paradigm for healthcare https://www.statnews.com/2017/05/30/harm-reduction-health-care/

Nate Sterling: How can e-cigarettes save millions of lives?
http://www.mangumstarnews.net/health/electronic-cigarettes-can-e-cigarettes-save-millions-lives/85/

Lindsey Stroud: Health Departments lobbying against e-cigs are robbing taxpayers, harming public health
http://www.insidesources.com/health-departments-lobbying-e-cigs-robbing-taxpayers-harming-public-health/

Sethu Iyer: Cracking down on e-cigs hurts real people to make others feel good
http://thefederalist.com/2017/05/19/crackdown-e-cigarettes-truly-awful-move/

Brad Rodu: Chewers and dippers get the facts on smokeless from CASAA
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2017/06/chewers-and-dippers-get-facts-on.html

CASAA’s Brian Carter: There was a snus convention in St. Louis
http://casaa.org/news/there-was-a-snus-convention-in-st-louis/

Philip Morris South Africa advocates low risk smokefree THR alternatives for smokers
http://www.health24.com/PartnerContent/a-common-sense-approach-for-public-health-20170522

Oliver Kershaw: Is vaping sticky enough? And how can we tell?
https://vaping.com/blog/comment/is-vaping-sticky-enough-and-how-can-we-tell/?utm

Litigation

Judge orders UPS to pay $247 million for illegally shipping cigarettes (NY)
https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2017-05-25/judge-ups-must-pay-247m-to-nyc-and-state-in-cigarette-case

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/25/nyregion/ups-cigarettes-lawsuit.html

https://uk.investing.com/news/stock-market-news/u.s.-court-fines-ups-$247-million-over-illegal-cigarette-shipments-175768

Ruling allowing Engle evidence in future trials makes it harder for tobacco companies in smoking lawsuits
http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/ruling-allowing-engle-evidence-in-future-trials-makes-it-harder/article_4929366b-9362-5f3f-958b-8b95aa1d3388.html

http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/appeals-court-deals-blow-tobacco-companies#stream/0

Florida jury awards $2.4 million to former smoker, Philip Morris held liable
http://blog.cvn.com/philip-morris-smacked-with-1.3m-punitive-award-2.4m-total-for-cancer-that-cost-smoker-her-lung

https://www.lexislegalnews.com/articles/17596/jury-awards-2-4-million-to-former-smoker-in-engle-progeny-suit

Taxation

Editorial in The Economist wisely urges poor nations to increase taxes on cigarettes (and wisely doesn’t recommend taxing very low risk smokeless tobacco or vapor products)
http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21722828-recipe-get-people-quit-well-known-why-are-so-many-governments-ignoring-it-how

Oklahoma increases cigarette tax from $1.03 to $2.53/pack
http://halfwheel.com/oklahoma-budge-passes-without-cigar-tax-hike/152406

CASAA asks Delaware vapers to oppose Gov. Carney’s proposed 30% vapor and smokeless tobacco tax
http://casaa.org/call-to-action/de-stop-governor-carney-from-taxing-vapor-products/

Maine Senate Tax Cmte considers bill (LD 1548) to increase cigar and smoking tobacco tax from 20% to 47% of wholesale price, increase future tax rate with cigarette tax hikes http://halfwheel.com/maine-legislators-weighing-increase-tobacco-tax/151201
http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?LD=1548&snum=128

PA Rep. Jeff Wheeland introduces bill (HB 1477) to replace PA’s 40% vapor product tax to a $.05/ml tax on e-liquid, referred to House Finance Cmte
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?syear=2017&sind=0&body=H&type=B&bn=1477

Flavoring Bans

Not Blowing Smoke opposes flavored vapor and tobacco sales bans in San Francisco, Oakland, San Leandro, Los Gatos, Palo Alto, and Contra Costa
http://adultslikeflavors.org/rsvp/
http://notblowingsmoke.org/

Damon Jacobs and Brian Fojtik: Vape Flavor Ban Threatens San Francisco’s Legacy of Harm Reduction
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/5938b5e6e4b014ae8c69dda2

Carrie Wade: California needs to think twice about banning flavored e-cigarettes
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/state-local-politics/335976-california-needs-to-think-twice-about-banning

CASAA urges San Francisco vapers to oppose proposed ban on flavored vapor products
http://casaa.org/call-to-action/san-francisco-ca-stop-the-flavor-ban/

San Francisco bill that would ban sales of flavored vapor and tobacco products is at
https://sfgov.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=5122447&GUID=27E11B11-169F-4284-8C38-756AECC3981A

EVCA: Stop the Flavors Ban in Oakland California
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRPkiCPq4nE&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop

Guy Bentley: Proposed ban on e-cigarette flavors suffers well-deserved setback (San Leandro, CA)
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/article/2625371

Legacy lies initiative (which urged FDA to ban all flavored vapor products along with FDA’s Deeming Ban) lobbies to ban flavored cigars, touts two month old Legacy study that found 18-34 year old cigar smokers smoked an average 5.5-7.8 days in past month, and that found some/many cigar smokers smoked flavored cigars
https://truthinitiative.org/research/young-adult-cigar-smoking-trends-underscore-need-flavor-regulations
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/trsg/trs/2017/00000003/A00102s1/art00007

Minimum Age Laws

Florida legislature ends session without passing bills that would have increased minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21.
https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/01093
https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/01138

New Hampshire Senate kills bill (HB 242) that would have redefined e-cigarettes to include non nicotine products, and would have redefined e-cigarettes as tobacco products and would have required them to be licensed as such.
https://legiscan.com/NH/text/HB242/id/1441749%5d
https://legiscan.com/NH/bill/HB242/2017

Texas legislature ends 2017 session without approving bill (HB 1908) to increase minimum sales age for tobacco/vapor products to 21
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&Bill=HB1908

New Jersey Assembly Cmte approves bill (AB 2320) to increase minimum age for vapor and tobacco sales to 21, goes to full Assembly, Gov. Christie could veto for 2nd time
http://halfwheel.com/new-jersey-assembly-vote-tobacco-age-increase-set-second-veto-christie/152840

Maine’s Joint Health Cmte approves bill (LD 1170) to increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21, Senate now considers bill
http://halfwheel.com/maine-legislators-weighing-increase-tobacco-tax/151201
https://legislature.maine.gov/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?PID=0&snum=128&paper=&paperld=l&ld=1170
https://wabi.tv/2017/05/30/maine-could-become-third-state-to-increase-tobacco-sales-age-from-18-to-21/

Massachusetts legislation to increase minimum age for vapor/tobacco sales to 21 would also ban vaping in workplaces, proponents falsely claim banning vaping in workplaces and increasing minimum age for vapor sales to 21 will reduce cigarette smoking
http://www.recorder.com/APPeter-E-cigs-10179229
http://wwlp.com/2017/05/18/lawmakers-push-to-raise-massachusetts-smoking-age-to-21/

St. Lawrence County (NY) legislature rejects bill (11-4) that would have increased the  minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21
http://halfwheel.com/st-lawrence-county-n-y-rejects-tobacco-purchase-age-increase/153570

Excelsior Springs (MO) raises minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21
http://halfwheel.com/excelsior-springs-mo-raises-tobacco-purchase-age-21/151839

Smoking Bans

Philippine’s Dutarte bans smoking in public indoor and outdoor areas
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-imposes-public-smoking-ban/328057/

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-health-smoking-idUSKCN18F195

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/18/world/asia/rodrigo-duterte-smoking-ban-philippines.html

Philippine DOH Secretary Ubial now seeks to ban smokefree vaping in workplaces
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/898544/doh-eyes-controls-on-e-cigarettes-vaporizers

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/05/23/1702634/doh-seeks-regulation-e-cigarettes-vapes

http://www.rappler.com/nation/170365-eo-smoking-ban-no-electronic-cigarettes

Flagstaff (AZ) City Council approves 1st reading of bill to ban smoking (but not vaping) at parks
http://cityweb.flagstaffaz.gov/agendaquick/agenda_publish.cfm?id=&mt=ALL&get_month=6&get_year=2017&dsp=agm&seq=2802&rev=0&ag=595&ln=14389&nseq=&nrev=&pseq=2801&prev=0#ReturnTo14389

http://halfwheel.com/flagstaff-ariz-appears-headed-towards-parks-smoking-ban/153139

Smoking/Vaping Bans

California Senate approves bill (SB 396) to ban vaping and tobacco smoking at state beaches and parks, with $250 fines for violators, sent to CA Assembly
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB386

California Assembly approves bill (AB 725) to ban vaping and tobacco smoking at state beaches and parks, with $250 fines for violators, sent to CA Senate
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billHistoryClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB725

California Assembly approves bill (AB 62) to ban smoking and vaping inside all public housing, and outdoors within 25 feet of public housing, goes to Senate
http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-201705-htmlstory.html

Connecticut Senate bickers, adjourns without a vote on smoking (vaping?) ban at beaches
http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Senate-bickers-adjourns-without-a-vote-on-11171371.php

Laguna Beach (CA) bans smoking and smokefree vaping on sidewalks, streets, alleys, parking lots, bike paths and outdoor dining areas

http://www.ocregister.com/2017/05/23/laguna-beach-makes-citywide-smoking-ban-official-a-first-in-orange-county/

Rockville (MD) bans smoking and smokefree vaping at outdoor restaurant and bar areas
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/maryland-news/rockville-council-votes-to-make-outdoor-dining-and-drinking-smoke-free/2017/05/22/c04bb0be-3f07-11e7-8c25-44d09ff5a4a8_story.html

Regina (Canada) council bans smoking and smokefree vaping at restaurant and bar patios http://regina.ctvnews.ca/regina-city-council-votes-to-ban-smoking-on-patios-and-public-places-1.3434368

After Providence (RI) passes outdoor smoking/vaping ban, Mayor Jorge Elorza vetoes it
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/rhode-island/articles/2017-06-02/providence-mayor-vetoes-measure-banning-smoking-downtown

http://wpri.com/2017/05/24/providence-city-council-backs-downtown-smoking-ban-but-mayor-elorzas-veto-may-hold/

Pgh Post Gazette article touts PA bills (HB 1309 & SB 567) that would ban smoking in 1% of PA workplaces (that were exempt from 2008 PA Clean Indoor Air Act) as public health measure, but article fails to acknowledge the bills protect cigarettes by banning the use of lifesaving vapor products in 100% of PA workplaces.
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2017/05/23/Bills-introduced-to-ban-smoking-at-all-bars-casinos/stories/201705230005

(Note the Post Gazette and this article’s author misled readers about vaping to advocate Allegheny County’s cigarette protecting law that banned vaping in 99% of workplaces)

Vaping Bans

NY Assembly passes bill (A 516) to ban smokefree vaping in virtually all workplaces, referred to Senate Health Cmte
http://www.assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&leg_video=&bn=A00516&term=2017&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Y

http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/274941/assembly-passes-indoor-vaping-ban/

http://news.wbfo.org/post/assembly-adds-e-cigarettes-state-smoking-ban

http://pix11.com/2017/05/17/ny-moves-to-stop-people-from-smoking-e-cigarettes-indoors/

Rhode Island Senate Health Cmte approves bill (S 0446 Substitute A) to ban vaping in virtually all workplaces (by changing definition of smoking to include smokefree vaping) and to redefine tobacco retail store to include all vape shops, goes to full Senate
http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText17/SenateText17/S0446A.pdf

Canada

Canadian government promotes tobacco controllers’ hypocrisy and stupidity for claiming to want to sharply reduce smoking while continuing to demonize very low risk smokefree alternatives, ban flavored products, ban advertising, ban vaping in workplaces, etc.
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/government-of-canada-marks-world-no-tobacco-day-by-sharing-the-what-we-heard-report-from-the-national-forum-on-the-future-of-tobacco-control-in-canada-625506843.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/publications/healthy-living/future-tobacco-control-what-we-heard.html

Canadian Cancer Society vapor prohibitionist Rob Cunningham keeps protecting cigarettes by demonizing very low risk vapor products that help smokers quit smoking
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/unicorn-milk-canadian-cancer-society-1.4139581

EU

Clive Bates and 17 other public health activists send letter to EU Commissioners urging them to repeal the EU’s inhumane cigarette protecting snus ban
https://www.clivebates.com/letter-to-european-commissioner-for-better-regulation-on-the-worst-regulation-in-the-eu-the-snus-ban/

https://www.clivebates.com/documents/TimmermansSnusJune2017.pdf

Christopher Snowdon – A triumph of busybodies: the EU begins its crackdown on smokers and vapers
https://health.spectator.co.uk/a-triumph-of-the-busybodies-the-eu-begins-its-crackdown-on-smokers-and-vapers/

New laws in UK stiftle vaping’s success in curbing smoking
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/20/vaping-new-laws-stifle-success-curbing-smoking

JTI criticizes New Extreme EU Tobacco and Vapor Rules
http://www.jti.com/media/news-releases/new-extreme-eu-tobacco-rules/

EU Health Commissioner Vytennis Andrukatis irresponsibly calls for creation of extremist “tobacco free world” even though cigarette smoking is the leading cause of disease and death, and is exponentially more harmful than all other tobacco products
https://www.euractiv.com/section/health-consumers/news/campaigners-push-to-hitch-tobacco-control-onto-sustainable-development-agenda/

Australia

Australian Parliament’s Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport announces“Inquiry into the Use of Electronic Cigarettes and Personal Vaporizers in Australia”;Invites submissions from interested persons and organizations by July 6, 2017
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Health_Aged_Care_and_Sport/ElectronicCigarettes

Joe Hildebrand – Gone in 60 seconds: Govt backs vaping law then announces inquiry one minute later (Australia) https://twitter.com/Joe_Hildebrand

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/gone-in-60-seconds-govt-backs-vaping-law-then-announces-inquiry-one-minute-later/news-story/5bd2054762d722a2fbc12ec0d26bc75d

Chris Bath: Government’s stance on e-cigarettes ‘doesn’t make sense’ (Australia)
http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/4698616/clouded-in-confusion/?cs=157

VapingSavesAussieLives (denounces Australia’s vapor prohibition laws)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiFRp08QkeM

Quit Victoria’s Information Sheet on the Legal status of electronic cigarettes in Australia delineates many cigarette protecting vapor prohibition laws that threaten smokers’ lives
http://www.quit.org.au/downloads/resource/policy-advocacy/policy/legal-status-electronic-cigarettes-australia.pdf

New Zealand

NZ Health Dept protects cigarettes by banning PMI’s low risk IQOS HEET Sticks
http://www.health.govt.nz/about-ministry/legislation-and-regulation/regulatory-impact-statements/regulation-e-cigarettes-and-emerging-tobacco-and-nicotine-delivery-products

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/92735158/charges-laid-against-philip-morris

https://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/ministry-takes-philip-morris-court

Clueless THR opponents praise NZ DOH for protecting cigarettes by banning IQOS
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC1705/S00058/legal-action-against-tobacco-sticks-expert-reaction.htm

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11859341

PMI press release: Action on IQOS demonstrates urgent need for reform (NZ)
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1705/S00243/action-on-iqos-demonstrates-urgent-need-for-reform.htm

Philip Morris ‘tobacco sticks’ court prosecution postponed until September (NZ)
http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/93268568/Philip-Morris-tobacco-sticks-court-prosecution-postponed

End Smoking NZ: Support for smoke-free alternatives is key to Smokefree goal
http://business.scoop.co.nz/2017/05/23/support-for-smoke-free-alternatives-key-to-smokefree-goal/

Willie Jackson: Time to turn tables on tobacco companies (advocates vapor products)
http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/manukau-courier/92888960/willie-jackson-time-to-turn-the-tables-on-the-tobacco-companies

India

Maharashtra Health Dept (India) pushes for cigarette protecting vapor ban
http://indianexpress.com/article/explained/e-cigarettes-understanding-the-e-puff-situation-in-india-challenges-new-fad-presents-4692228/

WHO Extremism

WHO continues to deceitfully conflate any/all tobacco use with daily cigarette smoking to promote its annual World No Tobacco Day, lies about risks/benefits of different tobacco products, demonizes all things tobacco as anti-environment, anti-development.
https://www.hhs.gov/blog/2017/05/31/world-no-tobacco-day-economic-development-human-development.html

http://www.who.int/tobacco/publications/environmental-impact-overview/en/

http://who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2017/no-tobacco-day/en/

http://www.who.int/features/qa/tobacco/en/

http://who.int/campaigns/no-tobacco-day/2017/en/

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=56859#.WTCILdQrLMp

“Tobacco threatens us all,” says WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan. “Tobacco exacerbates poverty, reduces economic productivity, contributes to poor household food choices, and pollutes indoor air.”
http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/31/health/tobacco-environment-who-report/

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/world-health-organization-big-tobacco-leaves-huge-ecological-footprint-n766116

http://www.voanews.com/a/stronger-tobacco-control-measures-vital-world-health-organization-says/3878184.html

Stupid investors join with WHO to urge other stupid investors to lose money by divesting tobacco stocks (which have greatly outperformed other stocks), advocate cigarette protecting WHO FCTC policies to ban, tax, demonize low risk smokefree alternatives
https://www.unpri.org/press-releases/global-investors-support-government-action-on-tobacco-control

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/world-no-tobaccoday-stop-investing-fund-managers-3-trillion-axa-calpers-scor-amp-capital-a7765631.html

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/may/31/uk-councils-under-pressure-over-1bn-of-tobacco-investments

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40105814

Tobacco Control blog touts countries “celebrating” intolerant World No Tobacco Day, deceitfully conflates all low risk tobacco products with deadly cigarettes
http://blogs.bmj.com/tc/2017/05/31/world-no-tobacco-day-2017-how-different-countries-are-celebrating/

WHO official praises Belarus for developing restrictions for the manufacturing, marketing and use of e-cigarettes, deceitfully claims it will be “a significant step towards reducing tobacco consumption in Belarus,”
http://eng.belta.by/society/view/who-welcomes-draft-decree-on-regulation-of-tobacco-products-e-cigarettes-in-belarus-101760-2017/

Good Riddance: Vapor prohibitionist/propagandists Margaret Chan gives last WHO speech, thanks Big Pharma for its financial generosity, urges WHO to “Listen to civil society” and “Remember the people” (after Chan and WHO condemned a billion smokers to death by demonizing vaping and urging nations to ban lifesaving vapor products)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3j8dJm8a9c&utm

Questions around the candidacy of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for WHO DG
http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(17)31360-0.pdf

Physicians letter in Lancet casts new shadow on Tedros WHO bid
http://africatimes.com/2017/05/20/physicians-letter-in-lancet-launches-new-challenge-to-tedros-who-bid/

Dr. Tedros Adhanom from Ethiopia elected new WHO Director General
http://www.drtedros.com/
http://www.who.int/dg/election/cv-tedros-en.pdf

Mike Siegel: Why is the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids congratulating a political leader accused of the murder of thousands of innocent civilians
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/05/why-is-campaign-for-tobacco-free-kids.html

Junk Rodent Studies, Propaganda and Lies

Arnold Foundation: Why Journalists should stop publishing studies conducted with mice
http://www.arnoldfoundation.org/stop-publishing-mouse-studies/

Can Animal Models of Disease Reliably Inform Human Studies?
http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1000245

Vaping opponents conduct/tout inapplicable rodent study (in which mice were forced to inhale large quantities of dry puffed vapor) to deceitfully insinuate that vaping is toxic and increases cancer risk in humans
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5435699/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28515485

Author of dry puff vapor study on mice (using mega amounts of high VG e-liquid with incompatible vaporizer) claims vaping high VG e-liquid can cause harm human lungs http://ajplung.physiology.org/content/early/2017/03/27/ajplung.00203.2016
https://www.scimex.org/newsfeed/study-shows-e-cigarettes-can-harm-lungs

News media repeat bogus fear mongering claims by author of inapplicable study on rodents without any fact checking
https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/other/an-australian-study-has-found-electronic-cigarettes-can-cause-lung-damage-and-are-not-a-harmless-alternative-to-smoking/vp-BBBxNLo

https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/05/australian-study-shows-e-cigarettes-cause-lung-damage/

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Regulator Watch: Dirty Tactics / How Climate Change Science Polluted Vaping
https://www.regulatorwatch.com/brent_stafford/dirty-tactics-climate-change-science-polluted-vaping/

Carl Phillips: Lying with literally true statements is the worst kind of lying
https://antithrlies.com/2017/04/30/lying-with-literally-true-statements-is-the-worst-kind-of-lying/

JAMA Internal Medicine publishes junk study/editorial containing inconsistent and flawed constituent measurements for PMI’s IQOS heat not burn product; deceitfully calls the noncombustible products “cigarettes”, calls smokefree aerosol “smoke”, and accuses PMI of truthfully calling IQOS a heat not burn product to get around smoking bans; news media hypes claims by extremely biased junk study authors. http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2628970

Irresponsible news media repeat false fear mongering claims of JAMA Internal Medicine article criticizing PMI’s IQOS, fail to do any fact checking
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-tobacco-heatnotburn-idUSKBN18M2JB

http://www.greensboro.com/townnews/commerce/jama-publishes-report-on-risk-of-second-hand-smoke-with/article_6f3f3dd6-c4ea-5827-af28-ae8c04c40d56.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4551908/Heat-not-burn-cigs-contain-cancer-causing-chemicals.html

PMI responds to, exposes and refutes many flaws in IQOS junk study/letter published by JAMA Internal Medicine, many false fear mongering claims by its authors about IQOS
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/28531246/
https://www.pmiscience.com/news/review-article-entitled-%E2%80%9Cheat-not-burn-tobacco-cigarettes-smoke-any-other-name

Fear mongering press release by American Urological Association on vaping and bladder cancer generates bogus fear mongering headlines (but cited study found the two so-called carcinogens in nonvapers as well as in vapers)
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/studies-raise-concerns-for-the-bladder-cancer-risk-of-e-cigarette-smokers-and-show-intensity-of-traditional-smoking-increases-mortality-rate-of-bladder-cancer-patients-300456707.html

http://auanet.mediaroom.com/2017-05-15-Studies-Raise-Concerns-for-the-Bladder-Cancer-Risk-of-E-Cigarette-Smokers-and-Show-Intensity-of-Traditional-Smoking-Increases-Mortality-Rate-of-Bladder-Cancer-Patients

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4514542/E-cigarette-smokers-high-bladder-cancer-risk.html

http://health.usnews.com/health-care/articles/2017-05-15/e-cigarettes-linked-to-bladder-cancer-risk

Konstantinos Farsalinos: Headline news about e-cigarettes causing bladder cancer based on non-specific biomarkers
http://www.ecigarette-research.org/research/index.php/whats-new/2017/254-blad

Diane Caruana: Dr. Farsalinos about the claims that vaping leads to bladder cancer
http://www.vapingpost.com/2017/05/20/dr-farsalinos-about-the-claims-that-vaping-leads-to-bladder-cancer/

Fergus Mason: Bladder cancer scare debunked as US health groups complain about FDA
http://www.vapingpost.com/2017/05/21/bladder-cancer-scare-debunked-as-us-health-groups-complain-about-fda/

Vapor prohibitionist American Cancer Society issues 2017 Facts and Figures that deceitfully claims “Smokeless tobacco products, including chewing tobacco and snuff, are not safe substitutes for combustible tobacco products”, “There is limited evidence that e-cigarettes and similar products help smokers quit”, “The use of e-cigarettes in youth has increased drastically in the past several years”, “e-cigarettes may act as a gateway to combustible tobacco use”, and “nicotine adversely affects adolescent brain development” (by citing inapplicable rodent studies).  Report hawks Big Pharma nicotine drugs for tobacco cessation, and fails to ethically disclose massive Big Pharma financing of ACS.
https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/research/cancer-facts-and-statistics/cancer-prevention-and-early-detection-facts-and-figures/cancer-prevention-and-early-detection-facts-and-figures-2017.pdf

Colorado Health Dept’s Dr. Larry Wolk outrageously urges smokers to NOT switch to vapor products, repeats many fear mongering lies about vaping, hawks Big Pharma drugs
http://www.chieftain.com/opinion/ideas/don-t-vape-more-research-is-needed/article_9cca95dd-11dc-5d2b-af16-5a0a4b60999a.html

http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/opinion/wolk-vaping-is-hardly-the-solution-for-those-who-smoke/

Vaping prohibitionist Michael Bloomberg deceptively touts himself and his foundation as anti smoking advocates, refuses to admit that vaping has helped millions quit smoking  https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-31/small-steps-can-save-millions-of-lives

Junk article entitled “E-smoking” repeats false fear mongering claims about vaping from many different junk studies
http://ijomeh.eu/E-smoking-Emerging-public-health-problem-,67520,0,2.html

Anti vaping article hypocritically hypes increase in burns by vapor product batteries to scare readers, but fails to acknowledge the far greater decline in cigarette burns (as millions of smokers have switched to vaping)
http://www.ajemjournal.com/article/S0735-6757(17)30408-4/abstract

USA Today headline, article scare readers by falsely claiming 3rd hand smoke is harmful
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/05/31/yes-there-such-thing-thirdhand-smoke—-and-s-more-dangerous-than-you-think/102340108/

Imperial Tobacco Canada’s Eric Gagnon exposes irrational contradictions in Canada’s tobacco and marijuana laws, wisely advocates THR products and policies, but falsely claims “smoking marijuana has similar health risks to smoking tobacco.”
http://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-why-the-double-standard-for-tobacco-and-marijuana

ASH complains smoking isn’t declining fast enough in the US (after ASH lied about vaping and urged FDA to ban lifevapor products since 2009), advocates banning  flavored smokefree products, more government subsidies for ineffective Big Pharma nicotine, more government funding for anti-tobacco/vapor propaganda, enactment of unconstitutional WHO FCTC advertising bans, etc.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/americans-health-ranks-43rd-globally-despite-spending-most-on-healthcare-300464432.html

http://ash.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Tobacco-in-America.pdf

http://ash.org/tobacco-in-america/

Vapor prohibitionist Legacy lies initiative deceitfully conflates the nonexistant cancer risks of vaping, the negligible cancer risks of smokeless tobacco use, and the very low cancer risks of cigar/pipe smoking with the huge cancer risks of cigarette smoking.
https://truthinitiative.org/news/tobacco-and-cancer-what-are-survival-rates

Vapor prohibitionist Legacy lies initiative and Steven Schroeder claim smoking is a social justice issue, but fail to acknowledge vaping is a social justice and human rights issue (because Obama’s FDA’s banned vapor products and lied about them since 2009).
https://truthinitiative.org/news/smoking-and-mental-illness-meet-doctor-helping-patients-quit

Tobacco controllers and ASCO deceitfully conflate any/all tobacco use with cigarette smoking, deceitfully claim there is insufficient evidence to conclude vaping can help smokers quit smoking, praise WHO FCTC (that opposes smokefree THR alternatives).
https://am.asco.org/tobacco-control-long-war-new-front

After protecting cigarettes by lobbying to ban very low risk snus and vapor products, Hong Kong’s Dr. Judith Mackay hypocritically touts herself as a public health activist
https://www.nst.com.my/news/exclusive/2017/06/245445/sunday-interview-dr-mackay-tobacco-industrys-worst-nightmare

 

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Godshall Chronicles 05/17/17

THR Surveillance

ASH UK 2017 survey of adult vaping in Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales) finds:

– 1.5 million of GB s 2.9 million vapers have quit smoking,

– 9.5% of ex-smokers vape in 2017 compared to just 1.1% in 2012,

–  .3% of never smokers vape in 2017 compared to .1% in 2012,

– 52% of GB vapers are exsmokers

– 45% of GB vapers are current smokers,

– 3% of GB vapers are never smokers,

– 6% of GB vapers vape >20mg/ml nicotine (that is now banned by the EU TPD, and that will reduce smokers  chances of switching to vaping and quitting smoking)

– the growth of vaping among GB smokers has slowed down sharply,

– 20% of GB vapers vape >4ml of e-liquid daily (bottles of which were recently banned by the EU TPD)

– just 13% of GB adults now correctly believe vaping is far less harmful than smoking cigarettes, compared to 21% in 2012, (due to fear mongering lies by vapor prohibitionists that have been deceitfully touted as facts by Big Pharma shills, medical associations, etc.)

– 26% of GB adults now inaccurately believe vaping is as harmful or more harmful than smoking cigarettes, compared to 7% in 2013 (also due to lies by vapor prohibitionists) http://ash.org.uk/media-and-news/press-releases-media-and-news/large-national-survey-finds-2-9-million-people-now-vape-in-britain-for-the-first-time-over-half-no-longer-smoke/

http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/08/vaping-helped-1-5-million-cigarette-smokers-ditch-the-habit-in-the-uk/

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-39823325

http://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/news-and-analysis/news-in-brief/more-than-half-of-e-cigarette-users-have-quit-smoking-tobacco-survey-reveals/20202738.article

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/08/majority-of-vapers-have-quit-tobacco-survey

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4483896/More-half-UK-vapers-given-smoking.html

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/08/e-cigarettes-vaping-smokers-tobacco-rules-health.html

 

Brad Rodu: Vaping in the UK

http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2017/05/vaping-in-uk.html

NNA s Sarah Jakes appropriately criticizes ASH UK s press release for claiming  only 6% of vapers use nicotine above the TPD maximum of 20 mg/ml”, points out that many/most smokers who switch to vaping begin vaping with >20mg/ml of nicotine
http://nnalliance.org/blog/183-ash-survey-and-early-indication-of-the-harm-of-the-tpd

Polosa, Caponnetto, Niaura, Abrams: Analysis of e-cigarette use in the 2014 Eurobarometer survey: calling out deficiencies in epidemiological methods https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11739-017-1667-z
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11739-017-1667-z

Vaping research experts highlight key finding of 2014 Eurobarometer survey (i.e. current and former smokers are >50 times more likely than never smokers to vape daily, as 2.31% of current smokers and 2.18% of former smokers vaped daily, while just .08% of never smokers vaped daily, and just .04% of never smokers vaped nicotine daily); criticize junk studies that deceptively mix all/many experimental vapers (i.e. ever and/or past month users) with daily vapers to falsely conclude/claim that vaping has hooked many never smokers, leads to smoking, and isn’t an effective way to quit smoking.

Saul Shiffman   PATH Data: Harm Reduction is Teens  Top Reason for Using e-cigarettes (poster from 2017 SRNT conference) https://www.clivebates.com/documents/ShiffmanFlavorsPosterSRNT2017.pdf

FDA Commissioner

US Senate approves Scott Gottlieb as FDA Commissioner
http://halfwheel.com/scott-gottlieb-confirmed-new-fda-commissioner/149272
http://www.reuters.com/article/usa-fda-gottlieb-idUSL1N1IB1V0
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/health/scott-gottlieb-senate-fda-commissioner.html

Dr. Gottlieb s first remarks to FDA staff https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Speeches/ucm558566.htm

Scott Gottlieb drops hint about e-cigarettes; “We need to have the science base to explore the potential to move current smokers   unable or unwilling to quit   to less harmful products, if they can t quit altogether,  Gottlieb said on Monday.
http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/politico-pulse/2017/05/group-of-11-in-senate-talk-bipartisan-reforms-220329

FDA Deeming Reg/Ban

Regulator Watch s Brent Stafford interviews US Rep. Duncan Hunter about vaping and his bill (HR 2194) to exempt vapor products from TCA and FDA Deeming Reg, require FDA to impose reasonable and responsible regulations and standards for vapor products.
https://www.regulatorwatch.com/brent_stafford/freedom-factor-u-s-rep-hunter-talks-vaping-bill/
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2194/text

Jeff Stier and Henry Miller: Promoting Health by Not Defending the E-Cigarette Ban; The Trump administration should no longer support FDA s indefensible ban on vaping http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447641/cigarette-smoking-vaping-ban-bad

Judicial Watch files lawsuit against DHHS to obtain  All internal [FDA, CDC, or OSG] emails discussing the relative carcinogenicity of inhalation from Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems compared to inhalation from traditional combustible cigarettes.  http://www.judicialwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/JW-v-HHS-Electronic-Cigarettes-Complaint-0831.pdf
http://www.judicialwatch.org/document-archive/jw-v-hhs-electronic-cigarettes-complaint-0831/
http://www.vapingpost.com/2017/05/16/lawsuit-against-hhs-over-records-pertaining-to-fda-deeming-rule/

Joel Nitzkin: Trump s FDA nominee faces steep climb to reform tobacco regulation http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/332448-trumps-fda-nominee-faces-steep-climb-to-reform-tobacco

Michelle Minton: How FDA Commissioner Gottlieb can save e-cigarettes and lives https://cei.org/blog/how-fda-commissioner-gottlieb-can-save-e-cigarettes-and-lives

FDA issues Guidance for three month delay of Deeming Regulation Deadlines https://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/RulesRegulationsGuidance/ucm557714.htm
https://www.fda.gov/downloads/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/RulesRegulationsGuidance/UCM557716.pdf

FDA May 3 Web Statement announces 3 month delay on Deeming Regulation deadlines https://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/NewsEvents/ucm556562.htm
http://www.greensboro.com/townnews/commerce/trump-administration-delays-e-cig-guidelines/article_3c07c9c2-0e92-5fb3-9254-7d44f17bd116.html

Brian Fojtik: FDA delays rules that would cripple e-cigarette industry http://reason.org/news/show/fda-delays-rules-that-would-cripple

Vape shops want to do good, but fear FDA won t let them do well https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/business/smallbusiness/vape-shops-want-to-do-good-but-fear-fda-wont-let-them-do-well.html

Note Big Pharma and DHHS funded NRT promoter Michael Fiore deceives NY Times readers about lifesaving vapor products:  E-cigarettes are markedly less dangerous than combustible tobacco, but markedly less dangerous doesn t mean safe,  Dr. Fiore said.

CTFK and dozens of other Big Pharma shills send letter to DHHS Secretary Price falsely claiming  there is no public health justification for the FDA to reconsider the deeming rule, or to postpone the implementation of its provisions , continue to lie about the scientific evidence on vapor products and cigars, and continue to lie about impact of FDA Deeming Regulation (that bans sales of >99.99% of vapor products on Nov. 8, 2018).
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/content/press_office/2017/2017_05_16_letter_sec_price.pdf
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2017_05_17_fda

Legacy lies initiative deceitfully claims federal spending bill s exclusion of Cole/Bishop Amendment allows FDA  to do its job to protect public health,  refuses to acknowledge that FDA s Deeming Regulation bans >99.99% of lifesaving vapor products in 2018.
https://truthinitiative.org/news/what-2017s-first-appropriations-deal-means-for-tobacco

Nature editorial indicates editors don t know that FDA Deeming Regs ban sales (not use) of >99% of vapor products, that FDA unlawfully banned e-cigs in 2009, that FDA has made many false claims about vaping, or the disastrous impact of FDA s Deeming Rule.
http://www.nature.com/news/the-united-states-must-act-quickly-to-control-the-use-of-e-cigarettes-1.21987

Amy Fairchild and Ron Bayer: The shadow of Big Tobacco looms over e-cigarettes and harm reduction https://www.statnews.com/2017/05/08/ecigarettes-harm-reduction-big-tobacco/

FDA s John Whyte provides accurate and objective information about safety of FDA approved drugs, while FDA still refuses to provide accurate or objective information about lifesaving vapor products or about FDA s forthcoming vapor Deeming ban.
https://blogs.fda.gov/fdavoice/index.php/2017/05/reducing-preventable-harm-from-medications-too-big-for-fda-to-do-alone/

DHHS  Smoking Cessation Policy Hawks Big Pharma Drugs

DHHS Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health to hold May 31, 2017 meeting entitled  Increasing the Impact of Evidence-Based Tobacco Treatment  to discuss more ways DHHS can waste taxpayer dollars to fraudulently promote and subsidize ineffective NRT and less than safe Chantix to smokers as the only effective ways to quit smoking.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/08/2017-09208/national-center-for-chronic-disease-prevention-and-health-promotion-interagency-committee-on-smoking

Conferences

Global Forum on Nicotine (Reducing Harm, Saving Lives) to be held in Warsaw on June 15-17, 2017 https://gfn.net.co/2017/programme-details

Clive Bates: US E-Cigarette Summit Survival Guide https://www.clivebates.com/e-cigarette-summit-survival-guide

Carrie Wade: Fierce debates dominate DC s first e-cigarette summit http://www.rstreet.org/2017/05/09/fierce-debates-dominate-d-c-s-first-e-cigarette-summit/

Oliver Kershaw   E-cigarette Summit USA: Where was vape?
https://vaping.com/blog/uncategorized/e-cigarette-summit-usa-where-was-vape/?

Salynn Boyles (who has misrepresented findings of many vaping studies to deceive, scare and promote FDA s Deeming ban and vaping bans) writes about US E-Cig Summit
https://www.medpagetoday.com/pulmonology/smoking/65281
https://www.medpagetoday.com/Pulmonology/Smoking/65303

THR Education

Brad Rodu: A long journey on tobacco road, vindicated http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2017/05/a-long-journey-on-tobacco-road.html

Clive Bates:Vaping and Tobacco Harm Reduction   highlights from England https://www.clivebates.com/England

What s wrong with e-cigarettes? (distinguishes between cigarette smoke versus vapor) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW4duMgxEIo

THR Business

NCI funded study finds number of Internet e-cigarette vendors grew from 980 in 2013 to 3096 in 2014, but anti vaping authors falsely accuse websites of selling to youth and call for government regulations that would reduce internet vapor sales to adults.
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2017/05/11/tobaccocontrol-2016-053616

China s vape industry is just getting started
https://video.vice.com/en_us/video/chinas-vape-industry-is-just-getting-started/5903611383c55ea13c666fd6

BAT is spending billions on  next gen nicotine delivery systems
http://www.businessinsider.com/bat-vaping-tobacco-heating-vype-disruption-innovation-tech-2017-4/?IR=T/#i-feel-incredibly-fortunate-to-be-in-this-job-15

BAT begins marketing heat-not-burn product i-glo in Canada http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/british-american-tobacco-drives-tobacco-heating-product-expansion-with-canada-launch-621770233.html

PMI to begin marketing IQOS in South Korea
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170512000603

Philip Morris International s IQOS factory in Greece http://www.independent.ie/business/world/philip-morris-is-counting-on-greece-going-up-in-smoke-35709278.html

Swedish Snus Store Opens Pop-Up Shop in Lincoln Park (IL) https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170511/lincoln-park/swedish-snus-store-smokeless-tobacco-armitage-pop-up-match
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170509/NEWS07/170509831/swedish-snus-store-a-tobacco-boutique-opens-in-chicago

Litigation

$13.8 million verdict in Florida smoking lawsuit http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/id=1202785551427/138M-Verdict-in-Smoking-Case-That-Harkened-Back-to-TobaccoFighting-Dream-Team

Florida jury awards $6.8 million to widow in smoking lawsuit against Reynolds http://blog.cvn.com/jury-awards-1.8m-to-widow-of-smoker-who-lost-lungs-to-cancer-rjr-liable-for-possible-punitives

Florida jury holds Reynolds liable for smoker s cancer death, awards $858,209 to widow http://blog.cvn.com/r.j.-reynolds-nicked-for-858k-plus-punitives-tbd-for-farmers-throat-cancer

Family of Tony Gwynn and UST narrow lawsuit that accuses UST products for causing Gwynn s salivary cancer (that has never been associated with smokeless tobacco use), but news media continue to insinuate that Gwynn s death was due to smokeless tobacco https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2017/05/16/tony-gwynn-family-narrows-tobacco-case-single-foe/101747438/
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/family-tony-gwynn-narrows-wrongful-death-lawsuit-article-1.3170905

Taxation

AEI s Alex Brill: Don t thwart an ally in the war on tobacco (advocates no tax on vapor) https://www.euractiv.com/section/health-consumers/opinion/dont-thwart-an-ally-in-the-war-on-tobacco/
http://thedailynewnation.com/news/133886/winning-the-war-on-tobacco.html

THR advocates urge Israeli Finance Minster to tax tobacco/nicotine products based upon disease risk https://www.clivebates.com/documents/IsraelTaxLetterMay2017.pdf

CASAA asks Louisiana vapers to oppose bill (HB 271) to raise e-liquid tax from $.5/ml to $.13/ml.
http://casaa.org/call-to-action/la-fight-back-against-raising-taxes-on-e-liquid/
http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=17RS&b=HB271&sbi=y
http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1029595

Michigan bill (HB 4578) would tax vapor products at 32% of wholesale price (by redefining  smokeless tobacco  to include  electronic smoking devices ) and ban sales to minors; sponsor Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) falsely claims MI is only state that didn t ban vapor sales to minors (PA didn t either) and deceitfully claims  It is unconscionable  that MI hasn t banned sales to minors (since the same groups lobbying to enact his vapor tax bill went to great lengths to kill legislation to ban vapor sales to minors). http://housedems.com/article/yanez-bills-would-regulate-e-cigarettes-tobacco-products
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(11gjzzs3uh0iykigxheb5aoi))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=2017-HB-4578

How High are Cigarette Taxes in Your State?

https://taxfoundation.org/state-cigarette-taxes/

Tim Donnelly: Bipartisan rage over Gov. Jerry Brown  stealing  $1.2 Billion of Prop 56 cigarette tax money (California) http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/05/06/donnelly-bipartisan-rage-gov-jerry-brown-stealing-prop-56-cigarette-tax-money/
http://www.cmanet.org/news/detail/?article=california-congressional-delegation-urges-gov
http://www.scpr.org/news/2017/05/10/71696/doctors-and-dentists-say-brown-s-budget-misuses-to/

Municipal Ordinances

NATO s Thomas Briant   Tobacco Battleground: Going Local  The agenda behind many of these proposed ordinances is prohibition.  http://www.cspdailynews.com/print/csp-magazine/article/tobacco-battleground-going-local

Flavor Bans

NATO s Thomas Briant: Why California flavor bans don t pass the smell test http://www.cspdailynews.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/why-california-flavor-bans-dont-pass-smell-test

Smoking Bans

Arlington (TX) approves bill to ban smoking in many workplaces after vaping ban was removed from bill http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article149632319.html
http://halfwheel.com/arlington-texas-approves-expanded-smoking-ban/149293

Vaping Bans

After Delaware banned vaping in virtually all workplaces (which exposed youth to far more vaping), state health department claims vaping among youth has tripled http://udreview.com/19240-2/

CASAA asks NY vapers to oppose bill (S 2543) to ban vaping in nearly all workplaces, and to oppose bill (S 3978) to increase minimum age for vapor/tobacco sales to 21 http://casaa.org/call-to-action/ny-help-us-stop-two-bills-that-would-restrict-access-to-and-use-of-vapor-products/

Austin (TX) considers banning vaping in workplaces
http://www.kens5.com/news/politics/austin-looking-to-add-e-cigarettes-to-public-smoking-ban/439499048
Austin plans to ban e-cigs in same places as smoking
https://lintvkxan.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/e-cigarette-resolution.pdf
http://www.twcnews.com/tx/austin/news/2017/05/11/austin-looks-to-add-e-cigarettes-to-smoking-ban-in-public-places-.html

Iceland s Health Minister proposes bill to protect cigarettes by banning vaping in workplaces, limit nicotine level to 20mg/ml in vapor products https://grapevine.is/mag/articles/2017/05/05/icelands-own-vaporware/

Fresno State Chancellor to ban vaping and all tobacco use on campus in fall http://abc30.com/education/fresno-state-chancellor-issues-tobacco-ban-that-will-start-in-the-fall/1959477/

Smoking/Vaping bans

US House Cmte on Veterans Affairs approves bill (HR 1662) that would ban smoking and vaping at all VA facilities (including outdoors), but Stars & Stripes article fails to mention that HR 1662 bans the use of lifesaving vapor products at VA facilities https://www.stripes.com/news/house-committee-moves-bill-to-prohibit-smoking-at-va-facilities-1.468835#.WRysydQrLMp

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg (whose last action as NYC Mayor was to protect cigarettes by banning vaping in workplaces) to give $5 million to 40 cities to ban smoking (and likely vaping) and for other purposes.
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/16/billionaire-bloomberg-to-fund-5m-public-health-projects-in-40-cities-worldwide

Santa Barbara (CA) bans smoking and vaping on sidewalks, beaches, parks, sports fields, outdoor rec areas, community centers, outdoor library plazas, and public parking lots http://www.independent.com/news/2017/may/11/city-expands-smoking-ban/

Albany County (NY) bans smoking and vaping at parks http://www.timesunion.com/7dayarchive/article/Albany-bans-tobacco-e-cigarettes-from-11131101.php
http://halfwheel.com/albany-county-n-y-passes-parks-smoking-ban/149506
http://www.spotlightnews.com/news/2017/05/11/county-legislature-bans-smoking-on-rail-trail-and-county-parks-approves-other-measures/

Laguna Beach (CA) considers banning smoking and vaping on sidewalks, streets, alleys, parking lots, bike paths and outdoor dining areas http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-lb-smoking-20170510-story.html

Laguna Enacts City-wide Smoking Ban


http://halfwheel.com/laguna-beach-calif-expands-smoking-ban-sidewalks-others/149658
http://www.ocregister.com/2017/05/09/laguna-beach-becomes-first-city-in-orange-county-to-ban-smoking-in-town/

PA bill (HB 1309) would ban vaping in 100% of workplaces, falsely redefine smokefree vaping as  smoking , and ban smoking in remaining 1% of workplaces (that are currently exempted from the 2008 PA Clean Indoor Air Act), referred to Health Cmte, which is Chaired by bill sponsor Matt Baker (who has been repeatedly informed vaping has helped millions quit smoking, is far less harmful than smoking, and poses no risks to others).
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2017&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billNbr=1309&pn=1649

PA House Health Cmte Chair Matt Baker and Big Pharma shills deceptively promote bill (HB 1309) to ban vaping in 100% of workplaces and ban smoking in 1% of workplaces as a  smoking ban .
http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/12281427-74/some-pennsylvania-businesses-arent-too-happy-about-a-proposed-smoking-ban
http://www.yourerie.com/news/local-news/proposed-bill-would-ban-smoking-everywhere-indoors/710351575
http://www.timesonline.com/news/governmentandpolitics/legislators-oppose-want-changes-to-state-house-bill-expanding-smoking/article_9824e6a6-3740-11e7-ac53-e7f8065331c2.html
http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2017/05/09/pa-smoking-ban-bars-casinos/

House Proposes To Tighten Anti-Smoking Law


http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-05-09/health-issues/bill-would-close-exemptions-in-pa-smoke-free-law/a57618-2

Minimum Age Laws

Oil company (that markets tobacco/vapor products) sues Genesee County (MI) claiming recently enacted minimum age 21 sales law is preempted by State s age 18 law.
http://www.abc12.com/content/news/Lawsuit-filed-against-Genesee-County-over-tobacco-ordinance-422330094.html
http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2017/05/raising_tobacco_purchase_age_t.html#comments

Vaping/tobacco opponents lobby MA legislature to increase minimum age for sales of lifesaving vapor products, low risk OTP and deadly cigarettes to 21 http://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/blog/2017/05/15/tobacco-buying-age-massachusetts/

MA Senate considers bill (S 1178) to increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/Search?SearchTerms=S1178
http://halfwheel.com/massachusetts-senate-considers-tobacco-purchasing-age-increase/150289

Vaping/tobacco opponents (including two news reporters) urge NY legislature to increase minimum age for tobacco and vapor sales to 21 http://www.post-journal.com/news/page-one/2017/05/state-senate-considers-upping-tobacco-purchase-age-to-21/
http://legislativegazette.com/archives/5331

Aspen (CO) considers bill to increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21 http://www.aspentimes.com/news/aspen-city-council-moves-closer-to-raising-tobacco-purchase-age/
http://halfwheel.com/aspen-colo-approves-first-reading-tobacco-purchase-age-increase-proposal/149458

WHO

Drew Johnson: The UN celebrates world press freedom day by declaring war on the media http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/03/the-u-n-celebrates-world-press-freedom-day-by-declaring-war-on-the-media/

Plain Packaging

Norway s Health Minister lobbies for plain packaging law for cigarettes and for very low risk snus, falsely claims  snus has become a pathway to tobacco addiction
http://www.publicnow.com/view/F659F861A01D0B8E1C5ED10B1A4804172A57D136

Far more accurate and objective information about snus use and smoking in Norway is at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5248595/

JTI launches campaign opposing plain packaging laws http://www.thefutureofbrands.com/ http://www.thefutureofbrands.com/slipperyslope2/index.html
http://www.campaignlive.com/article/tobaccos-unbranding-wake-up-call-brands/1432923

Coalition of 47 organizations send letter to WHO director Margaret Chan opposing plain packaging tobacco laws (because they don t reduce smoking and seize IP rights)
http://www.thefutureofbrands.com/coalition/index.html#p=1

Marijuana

Vermont legislature approves marijuana legalization bill http://www.reuters.com/article/vermont-marijuana-idUSL1N1ID00Z

Canada

Michael McKiernan: Regulations on e-cigarettes under debate by profession (S-5) http://www.lawtimesnews.com/201705086141/focus-on/focus-regulations-on-e-cigarettes-under-debate-by-profession

Tobacco Use in Canada: Patterns and Trends 2017 Edition (includes data on vaping) https://uwaterloo.ca/tobacco-use-canada/sites/ca.tobacco-use-canada/files/uploads/files/2017_tobaccouseincanada_final_0.pdf

South Africa

The huff and puff surrounding e-cigarette regulation in South Africa http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/716/161768.html

Australia

Australian court fines three vapor company executives of misleading consumers about nonhazardous trace levels of chemicals in vapor products, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chair absurdly claims there is  no safe level of exposure  to carcinogens (as carcinogens have always existed in indoor air, water, foods and drinks) http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/manufacturing/three-ecigarette-companies-cop-fines-over-misleading-health-claims-in-worldfirst/news-story/33e47b6e1488e3d18c227d488edfcc7b
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-08/federal-court-fines-e-cigarette-sellers-over/8508262
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/08/e-cigarette-companies-fined-over-false-claims-about-toxic-chemicals

THR Research

Interview with Konstantinos Farsalinos (43 min) and David Sweanor (42 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWFkGq6CFPg&feature=youtu.be

Swedish study (conducted by snus opponents at Karolinska) finds no association between snus use and pancreatic cancer https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/28486772/
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ijc.30773/full
http://www.tobaccoreporter.com/2017/05/snus-milestone-passed/

Mike Siegel: Government testing of another vape shop reveals no concern about secondhand vaping http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/05/government-testing-of-another-vape-shop.html

Study finds smokers who switch to vaping for five days significantly reduced exhaled levels of CO and NO, and reduced blood pressure and heart rates for most participants
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28476553

Study finds 82% of tested e-liquid batches contained levels of nicotine within 10% of levels on product label, finds consistent PG, glycerol and PH levels across batches http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030646031730182X

Study finds PMI s P3L pulmonary nicotine system delivers more nicotine faster than Nicorette inhalator https://academic.oup.com/ntr/article/doi/10.1093/ntr/ntx093/3800072/Evaluation-of-Nicotine-Pharmacokinetics-and
https://www.pmiscience.com/library/evaluation-nicotine-pharmacokinetics-and-subjective-effects-following-use-novel-nicotine-0

Pilot project finds nicotine spray helps smokers break the habit (NZ) http://gisborneherald.co.nz/lifestyle/2787218-135/nicotine-spray-helps-smokers-break-the

Varenicline

Paywalled study s abstract claims varenicline (Chantix/Champix) users had significantly lower rates of heart failure and depression compared to NRT users
http://thorax.bmj.com/content/early/2017/05/04/thoraxjnl-2017-210067
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-05-quit-smoking-drug-safe-lung-disease.html

Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

DHHS funded vaping opponents survey finds most vapers who vape flavored products would stop using the product if it was no longer flavored, but absurdly endorse restricting (i.e.s banning) flavored e-cigs by claiming it would sharply reduce vaping.
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/trsg/trs/2017/00000003/00000002/art00004

Academic anti-tobacco activists find print advertisements for very low risk vapor and snus compare their products with deadly cigarettes, suggest  regulatory actions that could be implemented to reduce demand for tobacco products by reducing their perceived unique benefits. ; Clive Bates points out that government policies to discourage smokers from switching to far less harmful alternatives is unethical public health malpractice.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28452697

Vapor prohibitionist Legacy lies initiative teams up with vapor prohibitionist Mayo Clinic to hawk ineffective NRT, less than safe Chantix to employers & healthcare plans https://truthinitiative.org/news/how-employers-and-health-plans-can-save-money-and-help-people-quit-smoking

Montana Health Dept falsely accuses vaping companies of illegally marketing to youth, repeats many other lies about vaping to deceive and scare public http://missoulian.com/news/local/dphhs-tobacco-industry-finds-new-way-to-target-kids/article_ea7057cf-7995-59a3-acb7-15be798d4527.html

Minnesota Health Dept protects cigarettes again by reissuing health warning that falsely insinuates nicotine and lifesaving vapor products are as dangerous as cigarette smoking.
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/hpcd/tpc/topics/nicotine_docs/2017nic_advisory.pdf
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/hpcd/tpc/topics/nicotine.html
http://www.health.state.mn.us/news/pressrel/2017/tobacco051017.html
http://www.southernminn.com/janesville_argus/community/article_deaa9644-81d1-5fe0-bd3e-fa2be68dfa24.html
http://www.kttc.com/story/35400185/minnesota-department-of-health-reissues-nicotine-advisory-e-cigarette-use-among-teens-is-double-that-of-cigarettes

Florida Health Dept conflates all tobacco with deadly cigarettes by promoting Tobacco Free Week, falsely claims vaping doesn t help smokers quit, claims people quitting smoking by switching to vaping is  alarming  trend, hawks State subsidized Big Pharma nicotine products to smokers http://www.floridahealth.gov/newsroom/2017/05/050817-tff.html
http://www.wctv.tv/content/news/Tobacco-Free-Florida-ramps-up-efforts-for-Tobacco-Free-Florida-Week-422123604.html

Rhode Island DOH survey finds higher rates of youth cigarette smoking in Providence compared to two other towns, but DOH press release touts lower rates of flavored OTP and vapor product use to false attribute change to Providence ordinance (while failing to mention the high cigarette smoking rate in Providence, deceitfully claims vapor and smokeless tobacco products  threaten  the substantial decline in adolescent cigarette use, http://www.health.ri.gov/publications/briefs/20170418EmergingTobaccoUseAmongRIHighSchoolStudentsUnderstandingYouthTobaccoUse%20AtTheCityTownLevel.pdf
http://www.ri.gov/press/view/30322

American Urological Association press release headline claims vaping may cause bladder cancer, but cited study found two so-called carcinogens in nonvapers (as well as vapers) http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/studies-raise-concerns-for-the-bladder-cancer-risk-of-e-cigarette-smokers-and-show-intensity-of-traditional-smoking-increases-mortality-rate-of-bladder-cancer-patients-300456707.html

Doctoral thesis finds snus use during pregnancy poses similar risks to fetus as maternal smoking; but Karolinska press release falsely claims snus  is not a healthier alternative  to cigarettes (even though doctoral thesis acknowledges that snus is far less harmful) https://openarchive.ki.se/xmlui/bitstream/handle/10616/45575/Thesis_Anna_Gunnerbeck.pdf
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-05-swedish-snus-fetus.html

Do e-cigarettes really contain ten times the carcinogens of tobacco cigarettes?

http://www.snopes.com/e-cigarettes-cancer-formaldehyde/

Montana newspaper recycles fear mongering lies about  dripping , which is a just a more onerous way of vaping that was common five years ago with older vaporizers http://billingsgazette.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/new-way-to-vape-new-danger-to-teens/article_b9a8720e-6613-593f-8c38-eb8541522970.html

Ohio TV station deceitfully claims  dripping  e-liquid (i.e. vaping)  could be deadly , repeats many other fear mongering lies about vaping
http://www.wkyc.com/news/e-cig-hack-could-be-deadly/438510182

UC Irvine tabloid article repeats many fear mongering lies about vaping https://www.newuniversity.org/2017/05/02/the-quiet-danger-of-e-cigarette-promotion/

How are cigarette companies so profitable if people are smoking less? Quartz index falsely blames cigarette companies for stupidity and selfishness of Big Pharma shills CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA, AMA, AAP, left wing Democrats and Obama s DHHS.
https://qz.com/index/979845/how-are-cigarette-companies-so-profitable-if-people-are-smoking-less/

 

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Godshall Chronicles 05/05/17

US Congress

HR 2194 introduced by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) To protect the public health by providing the Food and Drug Administration with certain authority to regulate e-liquids and personal electronic vaporizers, to reduce the morbidity and mortality resulting from cigarette smoking through the responsible regulation of e-liquids and personal electronic vaporizers as a tobacco harm reduction strategy, and for other purposes. Referred to House Energy and Commerce Committee.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2194/text
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2194

HR 2194 would amend 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act to:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2194/text

– Exclude vapor products from being defined or regulated by FDA as tobacco products,

– Authorize and require FDA to reasonably and responsibly regulate e-liquids and personal electronic vaporizers,

– Require e-liquids to comply with AEMSA standards http://www.aemsa.org/standards/,

– Require personal electronic vaporizers to comply with electronic and battery standards,

– Require serial numbers on, and tracking of, all e-liquid and electronic vaporizers,

– Require all e-liquid and electronic vapor product manufacturers to certify to FDA that their vapor products are in compliance with new FDA standards,

– Authorize FDA to impose penalties and ban products not in compliance with standards,

– Ban the sale of personal electronic vaporizers and e-liquids to anyone under 18 years,

– Authorize FDA to ban the advertising and promotion of vapor products to minors,

– Preempt states from enacting/enforcing any law regarding the manufacture, warning requirements, marketing, distribution, or sale of vaporizers or e-liquid that is different,

– Change name of FDA s Center for Tobacco Products to FDA s Center for Tobacco Products and Tobacco Harm Reduction, and require FDA to support harm reduction, and

– Require FDA to comprehensively assess and rank different types of tobacco and nicotine products based upon their comparative disease risks, and to recommend harm reduction strategies to Congress.

(Note that HR 2194 is slightly different than the draft bill in last week s THR Update)

Bradley Fikes: E-cigarette restrictions to be eased under bill by San Diego s  Vaping Congressman  http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/biotech/sd-me-hunter-vaping-20170427-story.html

Will House bill save vaping?
http://www.cspdailynews.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/will-house-bill-save-vaping

Mike Siegel A major embarrassment for the FDA: Congressman to introduce e-cigarette regulatory bill tomorrow http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/04/a-major-embarrassment-for-fda.html

Big Pharma funded vapor prohibitionist CTFK s Matt Myers lies about Duncan Hunter s bill (HR 2194) to require FDA to impose reasonable and responsible regulations for lifesaving vapor products, continues lying about vapor products, vapor manufacturers and FDA s Deeming Regulation (that protects cigarettes and CTFK s drug industry financiers by banning the sale of >99.9% of vapor products in the US on August 8, 2018, now  November 6, 2018 due to FDA s recently announced 90 day delay).
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2017_04_27_fda

Mike Siegel: Don t let alternative facts deter Congress from fixing e-cigarette regulations
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/dont-let-alternative-facts-deter-congress-from-fixing-e-cigarette-regulations/article/2621821

Cole-Bishop Amendment to Budget

AVA s Greg Conley: Democrat leaders celebrate as industry-saving Cole-Bishop Amendment is killed in budget deal http://vaping.org/press-release/democrat-leaders-celebrate-industry-saving-cole-bishop-amendment-killed-budget-deal/

Vaping-friendly legislation killed by Congress http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/biotech/sd-me-cole-bishop-20170501-story.html

Michelle Minton: Democrats kill vape amendment, possibly thousands of Americans https://cei.org/blog/democrats-kill-vape-amendment-possibly-thousands-americans

Paul Blair: Democrats claim credit killing budget provision that would have saved vapor industry and consumers http://www.atr.org/democrats-claim-credit-killing-budget-provision-would-have-saved-vapor-industry-and-consumers

Big Pharma funded vapor prohibitionist CTFK s Matt Myers falsely claims Democrats defeat of Cole-Bishop amendment in US budget  delivers critical victories for America s kids and health , continues to lie about lifesaving vapor products, flavorings, children, public health and FDA s Deeming Regulation (that bans the sale of >99.9% of vapor products on August 8, 2018, now November 6, 2018 due to FDA s 90 day delay) http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2017_05_01_budget

Democrat leaders in US Congress praise defeat of Cole-Bishop amendment in US budget. House Democrat Leader Nancy Polosi  We have eliminated more than 160 Republican poison pill riders  from the 2017 omnibus budget legislation http://www.democraticleader.gov/newsroom/43017-3/
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/331332-congress-has-deal-to-fund-government-through-september

US Rep. Nita Lowey (D-CT) and US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) praise defeat of Cole-Bishop amendment from budget, call it a  poison pill  http://democrats.appropriations.house.gov/sites/democrats.appropriations.house.gov/files/wysiwyg_uploaded/FY17%20Omnibus%20Summary%205-1-17.pdf

http://www.tobaccojournal.com/No_relief_for_e-cigarettes_and_cigars_in_budget_compromise.54229.0.html

Note that Rep. Lowey also worked to keep the Cole amendment out of last year s budget http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/rep-nita-lowey-applauded-for-protecting-kids-from-tobacco-300194894.html

Philip Wegman: After extinguishing e-cigarettes with regulation, Democrats brag about keeping Big Tobacco the Marlboro Man in business
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/after-extinguishing-e-cigarettes-with-regulation-democrats-brag-about-keeping-big-tobacco-the-marlboro-man-in-business/article/2621766

Carrie Wade: Lawmakers must recognize that e-cigarettes can help smokers http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/331613-lawmakers-must-recognize-that-e-cigarettes-can-help-smokers

Left wing opensecrets.com falsely portrays Cole-Bishop amendment (and Duncan Hunter s FDA vapor regulation bill) as Big Tobacco bills, demonizes vaping, fails to acknowledge FDA Deeming protects cigarettes by banning >99.9% of vapor products
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-wto-tobacco-australia-idUSKBN1801S9

NJ pediatrician repeats many lies about lifesaving vapor products by Big Pharma financed American Academy of Pediatrics to lobby against Cole-Bishop amendment http://www.dailyrecord.com/story/opinion/letters/2017/04/27/electronic-cigarettes-flavored-water-vapor/100983266/

As Congress considers removing FDA oversight to e-cigarettes, DHHS funded UW anti vaping activist defends FDA Deeming Ban without acknowledge it bans vapor products
http://www.channel3000.com/health/congress-considering-removal-of-fda-oversight-to-e-cigarettes/466771489

E-cigarette industry gains allies in regulation fight https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/26/e-cigarette-industry-gains-allies-regulation-fight/100939604/

CEI joins coalition letter urging for modernization of Tobacco Control Act https://cei.org/content/cei-joins-coalition-letter-urging-modernization-tobacco-control-act

HR 1136 introduced by Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2017. Referred to House Energy and Commerce Committee
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1136

Hartland, WI Challenges FDA Deeming Ban

Wisconsin community to question coordination from US FDA in implementing Deeming Regulations on vapor 4/21/17 http://vaporvoicemagazine.com/wisconsin-community-to-question-coordination-from-u-s-fda-in-implementing-deeming-regulations-on-vapor/

Hartland hearing will question FDA s e-cigarette rules 4/25/17 http://www.lakecountrynow.com/story/news/local/oconomowoc-focus/2017/04/25/hartland-hearing-question-fdas-e-cigarette-rules/100877054/

Kathy Hoekstra: Small-town America takes on FDA over e-cigarette regulations 4/28/17
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/small-town-america-takes-on-fda-over-e-cigarette-regulations/article/2621592

Kathy Hoekstra: Small town builds case against FDA e-cigarette regulation 4/29/17
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/small-town-builds-big-case-against-fda-e-cigarette-regulation/article/2621659

Village of Hartland Public Hearing: Coordination with the FDA 4/27/2017 (starts at 1:06) Fred Kelly Grant, Jeff Stier, Lou Ritter
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mp0LHIbbh0

Hartland Public Hearing: Coordination with FDA 4/28/2017 (starts at 1:04) Fred Kelly Grant, Azim Chowdhury, Aaron Biebert, Bill Godshall, Mark Block, Linda Hansen, David Cox, Tom Pangborn, Heidi Braun, Shenelle Bollig, Greg Troutman, Lindsey Stroud, John Dunn, Lou Ritter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gugeJtw998Q

Hartland Public Hearing: Coordination with the FDA 4/29/2017 (starts at 49 minutes)
Fred Kelly Grant, Paul Farrow, John Dunn, Cory Winston, Shaun Casey, Larry Flick, Antonio Lauria, Michael McCrary, Gary Fluaitt, Charles Bilek, Jeff Steinbock, Matthew Wiener, Lou Ritter
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik4fmCvyUSs

5/1/2017 Hartland Public Hearing Board: Coordination with FDA, Findings (starts 1:22) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ3tRl023Tk

Vicki McKenna: Did WI community find a way around FDA regulation?

Jeff Stier speaks with Vicki about what took place in Hartland Wisconsin.
http://wiba.iheart.com/media/play/27756027/
http://wiba.iheart.com/onair/vicki-mckenna-29300/did-wi-community-find-a-way-15794887/#ixzz4fxoWM5E3

More FDA Deeming Ban

More than 2,000 vapor company owners cosign letter urging DHHS Secretary Tom Price to  repeal, halt or dramatically delay  the FDA Deeming Regulation http://vaportechnology.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Letter-to-Secretary-Tom-Price-FINAL-4-24-17-2000.pdf

FDA Delays ALL Deeming Reg Deadlines by 90 Days for ALL Deemed Products (Note that this moves FDA s Deeming Ban on vapor sales to November 6, 2018)

I posted FDA s announcement of the 90-day delay for Deeming Regulation deadlines at https://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/threads/fda-gives-e-cigarette-makers-a-reprieve.801231/

Bradley Fikes: FDA gives e-cigarette makers a reprieve http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/biotech/sd-me-fda-vaping-20170501-story.html

Charlie Minato: FDA pushes back all Deeming Regulation deadlines by 90 days to accommodate cigar industry lawsuit timetable
http://halfwheel.com/fda-pushing-back-regulation-deadlines-90-days/148126

Washington Post corrects headline and article that inaccurately claimed FDA suspended enforcement of the Deeming Reg (after Charlie Minato exposed its inaccurate claims) https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/fda-suspends-enforcement-of-stricter-standards-for-e-cigarette-cigar-industry/2017/05/02/be7e557a-2ed6-11e7-9534-00e4656c22aa_story.html

Charlie Minato: FDA is not  suspending enforcement  of cigar, e-cigarette regulation, posts Judge Mehta s court order, Godshall posts FDA announcement
http://halfwheel.com/fda-not-suspending-enforcement-cigar-e-cigarette-regulation/148316

Andrew Nagy: FDA extends Final Rule compliance deadlines by 90 days
http://www.cigaraficionado.com/webfeatures/show/id/fda-extends-final-rule-compliance-deadlines-by-90-days-19375

Richard Craver: Trump Administration delays e-cig guidelines http://www.greensboro.com/townnews/commerce/trump-administration-delays-e-cig-guidelines/article_3c07c9c2-0e92-5fb3-9254-7d44f17bd116.html

More FDA CTP

FDA announces PATH study workshop in August to train FDA/NIH/NIDA funding recipients how to cherry pick and manipulate PATH data to lobby for even more cigarette protecting anti-THR policy goals of Obama s DHHS and Big Pharma shills
http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/courses/0220

FDA Commissioner

US Senate HELP Cmte approves Scott Gottlieb s nomination for FDA Commissioner http://www.cspdailynews.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/fda-nominee-goes-one-step-further
http://halfwheel.com/fda-nominee-scott-gottlieb-confirmed-senate-committee/147473

US House Approves American Health Care Act

DHHS Secretary Tom Price applauds passage of American Health Care Act https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USHHS/bulletins/1988b0c

CDC faces nearly $1 Billion budget cut and end of Prevention and Public Health Fund after American Health Care Act passes House https://www.statnews.com/2017/05/04/cdc-budget-takes-hit-ahca-passage/

Obamacare repeal and Trump’s spending plan put CDC budget in peril


http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2017/03/07/aca-repeal-would-mean-massive-cuts-to-public-health-leaving-cities-and-states-at-risk/comment-page-1/#comment-2627013

Note that CDC s Prevention and Public Health Fund wasted $495.3 million of taxpayer money since 2012 on  Tobacco Use Prevention , including demonizing and banning the use of lifesaving vapor products and very low risk smokeless tobacco products (i.e. $126M-2016, $111M-2015, $105M-2014, $60.3M-2013, $93M-2012) https://www.hhs.gov/open/prevention/fy-2016-allocation-pphf-funds.html

https://www.hhs.gov/open/prevention/fy-2015-allocation-pphf-funds.html

https://www.hhs.gov/open/prevention/fy-2014-allocation-pphf-funds.html

https://www.hhs.gov/open/prevention/fy2013-allocation-pphf-funds.html

https://www.hhs.gov/open/prevention/fy2012-allocation-pphf-funds.html

https://www.hhs.gov/open/prevention/

https://www.cdc.gov/funding/pphf/

Tobacco Use Prevention  stated purpose  To raise awareness and shift key attitudes and beliefs about the harms of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke in areas of the country with some of the highest rates of tobacco use prevalence.

Big Pharma funded CTFK s Matt Myers criticizes House for passing AHCA because it slashes funds for CDC s anti tobacco/vaping propaganda and lobbying for usage bans, deceitfully conflates vaping and very low risk smokeless tobacco with deadly cigarettes.
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2017_05_04_ahca

Anti-AHCA groups complains AHCA will cut CDC s anti tobacco funding (but fails to acknowledge CDC spends most of the money lying about tobacco and vapor products and lobbying for usage bans) http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/house-aca-replacement-will-cripple-the-nations-health-trust-for-americas-health-statement-300451859.html

THR Business

Reynolds reports a 3.1% US cigarette industry volume decline in 1Q17, a 4.4% Reynolds cigarette volume decline, and a 4.4% American Snuff smokeless tobacco volume increase http://s2.q4cdn.com/129460998/files/doc_news/2017/2017-09-RAI-continues-positive-bus-momentum-in-1st-qtr-2017.pdf

Altria reports a 2.7% cigarette volume decline in 1Q17, a 5.0% smokeless tobacco volume decline, and 12.2 cigar volume increase http://media.corporate-ir.net/media_files/IROL/80/80855/Altriaq1%2017.pdf

Imperial Brands reports 5.7% cigarette volume decline in 4Q16/1Q17, reports 8.3% cigarette volume decline in US http://www.imperialbrandsplc.com/content/dam/imperial-brands/corporate/media/key-announcements/2017.05.03%20H117%20RNS.pdf

PMI launches smoke-free IQOS in South Africa

http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=161515

THR Advocacy

Anti smoking activist Gar Mahood (former director of NSRA in Canada) coauthors article advocating e-cigarettes and other tobacco harm reduction alternatives for smokers, and holding cigarette company executives accountable in court for their past actions https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/monitor/%E2%80%9Ci-foresee-serious-criminal-liability-problems%E2%80%9D

Conferences

Keller and Heckman to host complimentary webinar on Deeming Regulation Compliance on Tuesday May 9, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:30PM (registration required)
http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Complimentary-Webinar–Deeming-Regulation-Compliance.html?soid=1116651795207&aid=h7BRoqYf6h8

So-called US E-Cigarette Summit to be held in Washington DC on Monday, May 8, 2017 Note that more than a dozen of the 23 invited speakers advocated FDA s Deeming Ban, but just one invited American speaker opposed FDA s ban (CASAA s Brian Carter) http://www.e-cigarette-summit.us.com/

Global Forum on Nicotine to be held in Warsaw June 15-17, 2017 https://gfn.net.co/2017/programme-details

Smokeless Tobacco Litigation

UST urges court to dismiss lawsuit by Tony Gwynn s family because there is no evidence salivary gland cancer (which is what caused Gwynn s death) is associated with smokeless tobacco use, but even if it was, the risks of smokeless tobacco use have been well known (as DHHS and Big Pharma shills have deceived 90% of Americans to inaccurately believe smokeless tobacco use is as harmful as cigarette smoking).
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/padres/2017/05/03/tobacco-company-says-tony-gwynn-warned/101246354/?siteID=je6NUbpObpQ-fhxtTCURjsaz1q4gDUe5.Q

Brad Rodu: Smokeless Tobacco Not a Risk Factor for Cancer of the Salivary Glands http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2012/05/smokeless-tobacco-not-risk-factor-for.html

Brad Rodu: Dishonoring Tony Gwynn
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2014/07/dishonoring-tony-gwynn.html

Mike Siegel falsely claims UST admitted that smokeless tobacco causes oral cancer, claims Tony Gwynn s salivary gland cancer was caused by smokeless tobacco despite no evidence, grossly exaggerates the very low risks of smokeless tobacco use, then (in a response to my comment) defames Brad Rodu and his excellent research on smokeless.
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/05/smokeless-tobacco-company-admits-that.html

More info on cancer of the salivary glands

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22101257

http://news.usc.edu/29494/Common-Virus-Identified-as-Cancer-causing-Oncovirus/

Taxation

Study confirms interstate cigarette smuggling from low tax to high tax jurisdictions
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2906015

Tobacco (and vapor) taxes get scrapped in Ohio House Budget
http://wksu.org/post/tobacco-taxes-get-scrapped-ohio-house-budget#stream/0

Ohio House budget proposal strips tobacco (and vapor) tax increases
http://halfwheel.com/ohio-house-budget-proposal-strips-tobacco-tax-increases/147666

Indiana bill to tax vapor products (HB 1476) dies as legislative session ends
https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/house/1476

PA Senate Finance Cmte votes 9-3 to approve bill (SB 508) to eliminate 40% tax on vapor products, replace with $.05/ml tax on e-liquid.  Democrat Senators Jay Costa (Allegheny Co), Vincent Hughes (Philadelphia Co) and Art Haywood (Montgomery Co) voted to keep PA s 40% tax on lifesaving vapor products by voting against SB 508.
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/RCC/Public/listVoteSummary.cfm?sYear=2017&sInd=0&cteeCde=25&theDate=04/26/2017&RollCallId=146
Pa. panel votes to change tax on vapor products
http://www.wfmz.com/news/pennsylvania/pa-senate-committee-advances-vape-tax-change-1/474610003

Big Pharma funded American Cancer Society gives award to PA Rep. Mary Jo Daley for protecting cigarettes (by opposing a bill to change PA s 40% vapor tax to a $.05/ml tax on e-liquid) even though switching to vapor products reduces cancer risks for cigarette smokers, and despite no evidence vaping is associated with cancer.
http://www.pahouse.com/MDaley/InTheNews/NewsRelease/?id=84059
https://twitter.com/RepMJDaley/status/856872376792907776

80 vapers respond to PA Rep. Mary Jo Daley s tweet touting her winning an award (from Big Pharma funded hypocrites at ACS) for promoting and protecting cigarette cancers
https://twitter.com/RepMJDaley/status/856872376792907776

Nevada Assembly Tax Cmte approves bill (AB 269) to tax e-liquid at $.05/ml
https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/79th2017/Reports/history.cfm?BillName=AB269
https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/79th2017/Bills/AB/AB269.pdf

Robby Soave: As Bill deBlasio raises cigarette prices again, remember Eric Garner s haunting last words http://reason.com/blog/2017/04/23/as-bill-de-blasio-raises-cigarette-price

NY State Sen. Marty Golden says deBlasio s cigarette tax hike will increase smuggling, but advocates increasing criminal penalties for selling untaxed cigarettes http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2017/4/24/golden-weighs-de-blasio%E2%80%99s-anti-smoking-initiatives

David Marcus: DeBlasio s cigarette tax is moralizing   not sound policy http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447011/cigarette-tax-bill-de-blasios-new-york-city-smoking-tax-bad-policy

Businesses huff, puff over de Blasio s tobacco price-hike proposal
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/businesses-huff-puff-de-blasio-backed-tobacco-price-hike-article-1.3108429

Plain Packaging Laws

Bloomberg claims WTO panel has upheld Australia s Plain Packaging Law https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-04/wto-said-to-uphold-australia-s-ban-on-cigarette-logos
https://www.theguardian.com/global/2017/may/05/australias-defeats-wto-challenge-to-plain-packaging-of-tobacco
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-wto-tobacco-australia-idUSKBN1801S9
http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/manufacturing/australia-wins-wto-tobacco-packaging-case/news-story/97b570c4143559027c977d3b2601b498

After France mandated Plain Packaging law, cigarette consumption increased 1% during first 4 months of 2017 (compared to 2016) and increased 4% in March https://www.thelocal.fr/20170502/the-french-smoke-more-since-the-introduction-of-plain-packaged-cigarettes-in-france
http://www.nacsonline.com/Media/Daily/Pages/ND0503175.aspx#.WQysGGT1C2x

Otherwise objective authors of Cochrane Review of Plain Packaging tout single study  finding a .5% decline in smoking prevalence after Australia s 2012 law was implemented to absurdly conclude that plain packaging laws reduce smoking prevalence (in contrast, US smoking prevalence has declined by 20% since 2010 largely due to vaping), authors falsely claim (in first sentence) that tobacco use is the largest cause of preventable disease and death (its cigarette smoking); ASH UK and news outlets hype study s unwarranted and dubios conclusion to promote UK plain packaging law http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD011244.pub2/full

http://www.publicnow.com/view/46990AF7D8019516352E55C8A2C48C34F5C543DE

http://ash.org.uk/media-and-news/press-releases-media-and-news/evidence-grows-that-standardised-plain-tobacco-packaging-reduces-smoking-rates/

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-39720854

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/apr/27/plain-cigarette-packaging-could-drive-300000-britons-to-quit-smoking

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4450888/Plain-packaging-cigarettes-help-300-000-up.html

https://www.theguardian.com/science/sifting-the-evidence/2017/apr/27/standardised-cigarette-packaging-is-on-its-way-but-will-it-reduce-smoking

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-smoking-plainpackaging-idUSKBN17S35J

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/living/924839/plain-packaging-on-cigarette-packets-will-save-lives-as-new-smoking-laws-come-into-effect-next-month/

Advertising Regulation

Australia ACCC fines vapor executive $55,000 for claiming his vapor products didn t contain any cancer causing chemicals; note that although vaping reduces cancer risks for smokers who switch, and while vaping has never been associated with cancer, vaping can emit trace levels of chemicals that have been labeled as carcinogens (which are also found at trace levels in ambient indoor air, most foods and drinks, and in humans) https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/e-cigarette-firm-hit-with-55000-fine-ng-b88463805z

Vapor Prohibition

Dubai inspectors protect cigarettes by seizing illegal vapor products from retailers who can legally sell cigaretteshttp://gulfnews.com/news/uae/government/seized-destroyed-banned-vapes-e-shishas-in-dubai-1.2021306

Indiana E-liquid Monopoly

New e-liquid law passes in Indiana (that replaces monopoly law) http://www.natlawreview.com/article/new-e-liquid-law-passes-indiana

Tobacco Retailer Restrictions

Stu Byofsky: How Philly is attacking 7-11 http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/stu_bykofsky/How-Philly-is-attacking-7-11-.html

Online Sales Ban

CASAA asks Maryland vapers to urge Gov. Larry Hogan to Veto a bill (HB 523) that would ban vapor distributors, brick and mortar shops, and independent online retailers from selling vapor products online to Maryland vapers (but would allow vapor manufacturers to continue selling online to Maryland vapers).
http://casaa.org/call-to-action/md-veto-hb-523-burdensome-licensing-and-partial-online-sales-ban/
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2017RS/bills/hb/hb0523E.pdf

Tobacco/Vapor Flavoring Ban

Orange (MA) Board of Health considers banning sales of flavored vapor and tobacco products (but not deadly non menthol cigarettes) at retail stores unless minors are banned, falsely accuse vapor and tobacco industry of target marketing to youth, falsely claim nicotine is as addictive as cocaine or heroin.
http://www.recorder.com/BOH-mulling-draft-tobacco-nicotine-regs-9655384

Tobacco Flavoring Ban

Flavored tobacco sales ban goes into effect on Prince Edward Island (CA), Canadian Cancer Society keeps lying about and victimizing children to ban sales of very low risk smokeless tobacco products to adults
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/flavoured-tobacco-ban-1.4094514

Retailer Licensing

Klamath County (OR) enacts ordinance requiring licensure of tobacco retailers http://www.heraldandnews.com/news/county-passes-ordinance-requiring-tobacco-retail-license/article_b3c13b90-1495-523f-8d2b-939b0619da67.html

Minimum Age Laws

New York Senate Health Cmte approves bill (S 3978) to increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21, sent to Finance Cmte http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&leg_video=&bn=S03978&term=&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Y
http://halfwheel.com/new-york-tobacco-purchasing-age-bill-advancing-senate/147359

Connecticut House Finance Cmte approves bill (HB 5384) to increase minimum age for tobacco and vapor sales to 21 (note original bill was amended to include vapor products), goes to full House
https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB05384&which_year=2017
https://www.cga.ct.gov/2017/TOB/h/2017HB-05384-R02-HB.htm
http://halfwheel.com/connecticuts-tobacco-age-increase-bill-heading-house-vote/147802

Texas House Health Cmte approves bill (HB 1908) to increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&Bill=HB1908
http://reason.org/news/show/texas-case-to-raise-the-smoking-age

Maywood (IL) makes 21 new tobacco/vapor minimum sales age
https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicItemDownload.aspx?ik=40480625
http://halfwheel.com/maywood-ill-makes-21-new-tobacco-purchase-age/148873

MN financed Clear Way lobbies for and touts Edina (MN) law raising minimum age for sales of lifesaving vapor products, very low risk smokeless tobacco and cigarettes to 21 http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/edina-becomes-first-minnesota-city-to-raise-tobacco-age-to-21-300450292.html
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2017/05/02/edina-to-vote-on-raising-minimum-tobacco-buying-age-to-21/

Hutchinson (MN) council member proposes raising minimum sales age for tobacco to 21 http://www.crowrivermedia.com/hutchinsonleader/news/local/city-council-member-john-lofdahl-proposes-raising-tobacco-purchasing-age/article_b79cebaf-77fd-55f8-8ef6-c06ccee334a5.html

MN Senate bill (SF 2370) would increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=Senate&f=SF2370&ssn=0&y=2017
http://halfwheel.com/minnesota-senator-introduces-bill-raise-states-tobacco-purchase-age/148824

MN Anti tobacco extremist coalition falsely claims increasing minimum age for sales of lifesaving vapor sales to 21  will prevent young people from smoking and save money  http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/legislation-would-raise-minnesotas-smoking-age-to-21-300451619.html

After lobbying to repeal PA s historic minimum age 21 law for cigarette sales in 2001/02, Big Pharma funded ALA manipulates kids to rally for bill to increase minimum age to 21 for lifesaving vapor products, very low risk OTP and cigarettes.
http://abc27.com/2017/05/02/capitol-rally-calls-for-higher-tobacco-age/

Smoking Bans

Japan wrestles with smoking ban as Olympics loom
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-smokingban-idUSKBN17X2J8

NYC bill would ban smoking (but not vaping) in new apartments http://gothamist.com/2017/04/28/nyc_smoking_housing_ban.php

Smoking / Vaping Ban

Providence (RI) City Council passes bill to ban outdoor vaping and smoking downtown, Mayor threatens veto by claiming bill is intended to control homeless people http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20170504/providence-city-council-passes-downtown-smoking-ban-on-10-3-vote

Tobacco Use / Vaping Bans

Legacy lies initiative joins forces with CVS to lie about lifesaving vapor products and very low risk smokeless tobacco to lobby to ban their use on college campuses.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hbcus-community-colleges-partner-with-truth-initiative_us_5908b216e4b03b105b44bc5a
http://washingtoninformer.com/truth-cvs-aim-to-make-hbcus-smoke-free/

Sioux Falls (SD) bans all tobacco use and vaping outdoors at parks and within 25 feet of city buildings
http://halfwheel.com/sioux-falls-s-d-new-smoking-ban/148434

Vaping Bans

NY Senate Health Cmte passes bill (S 2543) to ban vaping in all workplaces except vape shops; sponsor Kemp Hannon is on the board of the Legacy lies initiative http://www.assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=S02543&term=&Summary=Y&Memo=Y&Text=Y

NY Assembly Health Cmte passes bill (A 516) to ban vaping in all workplaces except vape shops; sponsor Linda Rosenthal previously tried to ban the sale of all vapor products
https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/A516

California Assembly Housing and Community Development Cmte approves bill (AB 62) that would ban all vaping and all smoking in all public housing units
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billAnalysisClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB62

Louisville (KY) Metro Community Affairs, Housing, Health and Education Committee votes 4-1 to protect cigarettes by banning vaping in all workplaces except vape shops http://www.wdrb.com/story/35335449/louisville-smoking-ban-creates-exemptions-for-e-cigs-changes-for-hookah

Nationalizing Tobacco Industry

DHHS funded UCSF anti tobacco extremists advocate government takeover of the tobacco industry as a strategy to achieve their tobacco/vapor prohibition end game https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057%2Fs41271-017-0074-z

THR Research

Reframing the science and policy of nicotine, illegal drugs and alcohol   conclusions of the ALICE RAP project; advocates drug harm reduction policies and recommends:

1) Recognition that humans have a biological predisposition for seeking out and ingesting drugs;

2) Recognition that  heavy use over time  should replace the concept and term  substance use disorder ;

3) Recognition that a quantitative risk assessment accounting for drug potency and drug exposure, can standardize measures of harm across different drugs.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5381624/

Study finds many/most pulmonologists cannot be trusted for objective information about vaping (which threatens the business model of pulmonologists, who rely upon lots of sick and dying smokers for most of their revenues and profits) https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-05-chest-physicians-pros-cons-e-cigarettes.html

Mike Siegel: Vape shop air sampling by California State Health Department suggests that secondhand vape exposure is minimal http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/05/vape-shop-air-sampling-by-california.html

BAT study finds no evidence vape aerosol promotes cancer development in cells
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/em.22091/abstract;jsessionid=8CC3621B2773023667385697835604C8.f02t04
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/w-edn042717.php
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4455896/E-cigarettes-NOT-cause-cancer.html

22nd Century gets FDA approval to conduct clinical trial for high nicotine cigarette
http://ir.xxiicentury.com/press-releases/detail/301
http://www.reuters.com/article/brief-fda-authorizes-clinical-trial-for-idUSASA09LK3

but Richard Craver inaccurately stated the clinical trial is for a low nicotine cigarette http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/nd-century-gets-fda-authorization-for-low-nicotine-cigarette-clinical/article_cdbbbf4c-0272-589d-8c40-ebf3edb7f04b.html

Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

NIDA financed THR prohibitionist and propagandist Richard Miech (who has grossly misrepresented and withheld key MTF survey data on vaping among US youth, while falsely claiming his research found vaping is a gateway to cigarette smoking for youth) once again falsely claims his research found vaping is a gateway to cigarettes.
https://soundcloud.com/bmjpodcasts/e-cigarette-use-as-a-predictor-of-cigarette-smoking?in=bmjpodcasts/sets/tc-podcast&hootPostID=9975c80e5fe8ef9a781767f7d257520f

Legacy lies initiative convenes group of anti-THR tobacco controllers to recommend ways to reduce so-called  tobacco use disparities , but none of their recommendations mention THR products or policies (which are the best ways to reduce cigarette smoking) https://truthinitiative.org/news/7-solutions-reducing-tobacco-use-disparities

Legacy lies initiative study authors claim more studies are needed on vape shop customers, but FDA s Deeming Ban (lobbied for by Legacy) will ban >99.9% of vapor products (and virtually all vape shops where they are sold).
https://truthinitiative.org/research/who-goes-vape-shops

Huffington Post editors falsely claim e-cigs are smoked in headline of pro vaping article http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/alexandra-johnson/if-you-smoke-ecigarettes-_b_16364498.html

Univ. of Arizona hypes low risks of vapor battery explosions without comparing them to cigarette caused fires/burns and without providing useful information to reduce risks, anti vaping case study author falsely insinuates vaping is as harmful as cigarette smoking http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.burns.2016.09.024
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/uoa-uts042717.php

OSU study authors claim social smokers are at similar hypertension and cholesterol risks as current cigarette smokers, but researchers never verified if participants were social smokers (as guilt ridden daily smokers often tell surveyors they are social smokers).
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0890117117706420

Ohio State press release misrepresents study findings about unconfirmed social smokers https://news.osu.edu/news/2017/05/03/social-smoking/

News outlets repeat unverified OSU findings about unverified social smokers as factual http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/05/03/social-smokers-face-risk-heart-disease-everyday-users-research/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4471628/Social-smoking-bad-regular-cigarette.html

BAT touts its allergy guide for vapor products to deceptively imply that competitor vapor products are causing allergies, and to lobby for unwarranted regulations on competitors http://www.tobaccoreporter.com/2017/05/e-liquids-allergy-guide/

 

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Smokefree Pennsylvania

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Godshall Chronicles 04/19/17

A Billion Lives

A Billion Lives international documentary now available online (exposes the truth about vaping and the unscientific, unethical and inhumane War on Vaping; Godshall and vapor experts worldwide interviewed) https://abillionlives.vhx.tv/

THR Surveillance

CDC survey finds far more US adult smokers tried to quit smoking (during most recent quit attempt) by vaping (60%) from 2014-2016 than by using nicotine patches or gums (25%), getting help from a doctor or other health professional (15%), using Zyban or Chantix (12%), using quitlines (3%).  Note that smokers could check multiple answers, and that healthcare providers and quitlines recommend Big Pharma drugs to smokers.
https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2017/16_0600.htm

Brad Rodu   CDC: E-cigarettes more popular than FDA-approved quitting aids http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2017/04/cdc-e-cigarettes-more-popular-than-fda.html
http://blog.heartland.org/2017/04/cdc-e-cigarettes-more-popular-than-fda-approved-quitting-aids/

Richard Craver: CDC report shows more smokers try to quit with e-cigs than nicotine replacement products http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/cdc-report-shows-more-smokers-try-to-quit-with-e/article_a33383f3-5300-5178-9f14-28b52884c45c.html

London Fire Brigade finds 3,500 fires caused by cigarette smoking, 14 caused by vaping, in past three years (documenting that vaping poses far fewer safety risks than smoking) http://www.itv.com/news/london/2017-04-09/fire-death-risk-cut-by-vaping-rather-than-smoking-study-finds/

Switch to vape to reduce fire death risk warns London Fire Brigade https://www.fire-magazine.com/switch_to_vaping_to_reduce_fire_death_risk_warns_london_fire_brigade_25769839706.aspx

Analysis of 2014 NYTS (which found a record decline in youth smoking, and <.1% of never tobacco users reported vaping on 10 or more of the past 30 days) finds mean age for first e-cig use was 17.5 years (compared to 14-15 years for first cigarette use), further debunking lies that vaping has addicted a  generation  of nonsmoking youth, and is a  gateway  to cigarettes. But authors falsely claim vaping is  smoking  and falsely claim e-cig experimentation is  initiation  to demonize vaping, which Peter Hajak clarifies. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28372920
http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(17)30158-7/fulltext
https://www.medpagetoday.com/pulmonology/smoking/64550

FDA Deeming Ban

Jan Verleur: How Trump can light the way for the e-cigarette industry http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/14/how-trump-can-light-the-way-for-the-e-cigarette-industry/

Michael Moynihan: Will the government stop e-cigarettes?
https://news.vice.com/story/will-the-government-stop-e-cigarettes
https://www.facebook.com/vicenews/videos/772556232904329/

Kathy Hoekstra: Unsung hero of rural America: Fred Kelly Grant instructs local officials how to beat environmental nannies http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/13/fred-kelly-grant-shows-rural-america-how-to-beat-e/

CASAA asks all vapers to contact their members of Congress urging support for including the Cole/Bishop bill in the FY 2017 budget http://casaa.org/calls-to-action/keep-cole-bishop-in-the-2017-us-budget/

ATR urges HHS Secretary Tom Price to provide regulatory relief to emerging vapor market http://www.atr.org/atr-urges-hhs-secretary-tom-price-provide-regulatory-relief-emerging-vapor-market
http://www.atr.org/sites/default/files/assets/ATR-Letter-to-Price-on-Deadlines_0.pdf

Bloomberg news story hypocritically touts accusation by vapor prohibitionist CTFK that FDA nominee Scott Gottlieb has vapor conflict of interest (without acknowledging CTFK has lied about vapor products and lobbied FDA to ban them since 2009, and that CTFK has received >$100 Million from Big Pharma and millions more from Bloomberg) https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-19/vaping-venture-poses-potential-conflict-for-trump-s-fda-nominee

NY Times editorial deceitfully defends Obama s FDA vapor product sale ban on 8/8/2018 (without acknowledging that key fact), falsely portrays the vapor industry as controlled by Big Tobacco, repeats fear mongering lies about lifesaving vapor products, falsely insinuates Cole/Bishop protects Big Tobacco, fails to acknowledge FDA s Deeming Rule protects cigarettes from market competition by 10,000 vapor companies, and will create a monopoly for e-cigarettes controlled by Big Tobacco. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/opinion/big-tobacco-attacks-sensible-fda-rules-on-vaping.html

More FDA CTP

FDA awards $625 Million to True North Communications to deceive the public about the vastly different risks and benefits of different tobacco/nicotine/vapor products
https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=af7a4414ef65ab7c904629e7eb4caf3d&tab=core&_cview=0

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=d4e88e1d3928a88b258fd4caad1dd7ce&tab=core&_cview=1

http://www.prweek.com/article/1430638/fda-awards-625m-tobacco-education-contract-fcb-rescue-partnership

DHHS Lobbying for FDA Deeming Ban

CDC financed Univ of North Carolina tobacco control propaganda campaign protects cigarettes by declaring war on all low risk vapor, smokeless tobacco and OTP manufacturers, retailers, advertisements and packages; deceitfully conflates lifesaving vapor and low risk OTP with deadly cigarettes; hawks Big Pharma nicotine, promotes junk science, advocates anti THR laws lobbied for by CTFK and other Big Pharma shills http://countertobacco.org/

CDC study confirms the vast majority of cigalike e-cigs sold at Nielsen tracked retailers contain nicotine (to lobby for FDA s mandated warning that falsely insinuates nicotine in vapor products has addicted lots of nonsmokers), fails to study premium vapor products (that are used by most vapers, including virtually all vapers who quit smoking)
http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2017.303660

Legacy lies initiative cites CDC s irrelevant cigalike sales data (that didn t include any data from vape shops or online vapor vendors) to challenge MTF survey finding that most youth who vape don t vape nicotine, yet again lobbies for FDA s Deeming Ban (without ethically admitting it bans sales of all lifesaving vapor products to adults).
https://truthinitiative.org/news/youth-think-they-arent-vaping-nicotine

Study finds just 15% of teen vapers reported primarily using cigalike e-cigs, debunking CDC s new study on cigalikes, whose authors claimed virtually all e-cigs emit nicotine https://academic.oup.com/ntr/article-abstract/doi/10.1093/ntr/ntx069/3077310/Type-of-E-Cigarette-Device-Used-among-Adolescents?redirectedFrom=fulltext

UD DOD

US Navy issues many press releases touting its ban on possession of lifesaving vapor products on ships and aircraft (after 8 reported battery incidents, primarily due to mishandled mech mod batteries); but Navy still allows cigarette smoking on ships, and still allows far more hazardous weapons and ammunition on ships and aircraft (after hundreds/thousands of previous incidents that caused far greater harm and damage)
http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=99913

http://www.public.navy.mil/NAVSAFECEN/Documents/messages/ALSAFEs_prior/ALSAFE16-010.txt

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/14/523296216/navy-tells-sailors-to-leave-the-e-cigarette-on-shore

http://www.militarynews.com/norfolk-navy-flagship/news/top_stories/navy-suspends-electronic-nicotine-delivery-systems-ends-on-ships-subs/article_2d237904-b03f-5017-98fc-e87bf9f73050.html

http://www.satprnews.com/2017/04/14/navy-suspends-electronic-nicotine-delivery-systems-ends-on-ships-subs-aircraft/

http://www.military-technologies.net/2017/04/14/navy-suspends-electronic-nicotine-delivery-systems-ends-on-ships-subs-aircraft/

http://www.tmj4.com/news/national/navy-bans-vaping-e-cigs-on-ships-fearing-explosions

http://pilotonline.com/news/military/local/navy-banning-e-cigarettes-from-ships-and-aircraft-over-exploding/article_bc9f5b08-0a72-502b-b18f-de943efc7d4e.html

http://appsforpcdaily.com/2017/04/vaping-banned-on-navy-vessels-after-explosions-burns/

US VA

News story deceptively claims purpose of Rep. Wenstrup s bill (HR 1662) to ban vaping and smoking at all VA facilities is to protect people from 2nd hand smoke http://www.newsherald.com/news/20170416/local-veterans-oppose-potential-smoking-ban

US DOT

Michelle Minton: Competitive Enterprise Institute s e-cigarette lawsuit takes on activist agencies (US DOT) https://cei.org/blog/cei-e-cigarette-lawsuit-takes-activist-agencies

Oral arguments made in CEI v DOT
http://www.tobacco-on-trial.com/2017/04/10/docket-for-cei-v-dot-nov-14-2016-apr-10-2017/
http://www.tobacco-on-trial.com/2017/04/10/cei-v-dot-courtroom-minutes-of-oral-argument-apr-10-2017/
http://www.tobacco-on-trial.com/wp-content/uploaded/2017/04/2017-04-10-cei-oral.pdf

US ATF

Secret ATF account paid for $21,000 Nascar Suite and Las Vegas trip https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/us/politics/alcohol-tobacco-firearms-atf.html

Litigation

Tobacco companies ordered to pay $35M in Florida case http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/os-bz-nsf-florida-tobacco-ruling-20170412-story.html
http://www.theledger.com/news/20170412/appeal-court-upholds-35m-verdict-awarded-to-former-bartow-man-who-sued-cigarette-company
http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/tobacco-companies-ordered-pay-35-million#stream/0

Florida Appeals Court upholds $11M verdict against RJR for smoker s throat cancer http://blog.cvn.com/fl-appeals-court-upholds-11m-verdict-against-rjr-for-smokers-throat-cancer

Florida jury awards $1 million to widow in Engle progeny case (FL) https://www.lexislegalnews.com/mealeys-tobacco/articles/16317/florida-jury-awards-1-million-to-widow-in-engle-progeny-suit

Travis County (TX) man files lawsuit over vapor battery that exploded in his pocket http://www.statesman.com/news/crime–law/man-files-lawsuit-travis-court-over-burns-from-cigarette-battery/J9BTeVZVXi8kZBz2JsHCFM/
http://www.mystatesman.com/news/local/man-files-suit-travis-saying-cigarette-exploded-his-pocket/q8ABCkTVlQNePCIhEyfBEJ/

Taxation

NY Budget approved without any vapor tax, without indoor vaping ban and without Gov. Cuomo s proposed reduction in cigar tax; American Cancer Society upset its Big Pharma funders weren t protected from market competition by lifesaving vapor products.
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/state-pols-reject-gov-cuomo-e-cigarette-liquid-tax-plan-article-1.3040139

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/politics/albany/2017/04/10/indoor-e-cig-ban-drops-out-ny-budget/100300000/

http://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/politics-on-the-hudson/2017/04/10/indoor-e-cig-ban-drops-out-ny-budget/100299002/

http://halfwheel.com/no-tax-break-new-york-cigar-smokers/146049

Heartland s Glans/Stroud: Washington State vaping tax is a bad idea https://www.heartland.org/publications-resources/publications/research–commentary-washington-state-vaping-tax-is-a-bad-idea

PA e-cig shop owner urges court to preserve suit over state vapor tax https://www.law360.com/articles/913225/pa-e-cig-shop-urges-court-to-preserve-suit-over-state-tax

Indiana Monopoly Law

Issues with vaping law left unresolved
http://www.nuvo.net/news/issues-with-vaping-law-left-unresolved/article_bc39851a-1f80-11e7-83ba-27ad01c0fb04.html

Cigarette Prohibition

Mike Cummings (who advocated the TCA, FDA s 2009 e-cig ban, and FDA s Deeming Ban) to promote cigarette prohibition (via FDA mandating very low nicotine cigarettes) at annual shareholder meeting of Century 22 (which has been financed by DHHS, has patented low nicotine cigarettes, and is lobbying FDA to give it a cigarette monopoly) http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170418005860/en/World-Renowned-Smoking-Cessation-Scientist-Dr.-Michael-Cummings

Vapor Sales Ban

San Francisco bill would absurdly ban sales of all flavored vapor and tobacco products (but not deadly non menthol cigarettes) http://www.sfexaminer.com/sf-ban-sale-flavored-tobacco-products-including-menthol-cigarettes/

Two Oakland (CA) council members threaten lives of smokers and vapers by proposing bill to would ban sales of lifesaving vapor products and flavored cigars, but not cigarettes http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/04/13/oakland-officials-want-to-ban-flavored-blunt-wrappers-two-pack-cigars-and-vape-juice
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/04/17/new-push-in-oakland-to-ban-flavored-tobacco-products/

Online Vapor Sales Regulation

Iowa Senate Appropriations Cmte approves bill to regulate online sales of vapor products http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gop-bill-bans-underage-sales-e-cigarettes-online#stream/0

OTP Flavoring Ban

Study authors claim OTP manufacturers changed names of flavored OTP to comply with NYC s unwarranted ban on certain flavors in tobacco (that hypocritically exempted menthol cigarettes, which kill 100+ times more people than all OTP use combined), urge FDA to impose even more unwarranted tobacco flavoring restrictions.
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2017/04/10/tobaccocontrol-2016-053552

Retailer Restriction

Big Pharma funded ACS lobbies NYC Council to impose tobacco/vapor retailer fees, reduce number of retailers, impose more limits where tobacco/vapor products can be sold
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-york-city-oversaturated-tobacco-sellers-report-article-1.3065784
http://www.amny.com/news/nyc-has-more-tobacco-retail-locations-than-starbucks-pizzerias-report-says-1.13481583

Minimum Age Laws

Brad Rodu: Age restrictions on smoking, drinking and driving http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2017/04/age-restrictions-on-smoking-drinking.html

Garden City (KS) Commission increases minimum age for vapor/tobacco sales to 21 http://www.gctelegram.com/news/local/city-votes-to-raise-age-for-tobacco-e-cigarette-purchases/article_1d9fae51-db63-55de-8460-9b0807cd6731.html

Jefferson City (MO) Council increases minimum age for vapor/tobacco sales to 21 http://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-raises-minimum-age-to-purchase-tobacco

Tompkins County (NY) considers increasing minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21 http://www.ithaca.com/news/ithaca/smoked-out-will-tompkins-raise-the-tobacco-age-to/article_f865b4be-1f9e-11e7-8c85-cb76bf507e10.html

Osage Beach (MO) alderman introduces bill to increase minimum sales age for tobacco  and vapor products to 21 http://www.lakenewsonline.com/news/20170410/city-considers-increasing-age-for-purchase-of-tobacco

Aspen (CO) City Council considers regulating vapor sales (but not deadly cigarettes) and increasing minimum sale age for vapor and tobacco to 21 years as Pitkin County Medical Officer Kimberly Levin repeats lies about lifesaving vapor products to lobby for laws.
http://www.aspentimes.com/news/aspen-considers-raising-tobacco-e-cigs-age-to-21/

Sales to Minor

Suffolk County (NY) sting cites four clerks for selling vapor to undercover minor
http://www.publicnow.com/view/9D4B648CDF9579C5CBA9132187F4C0F368E4E654

Tobacco Use / Vaping Bans

Intolerant Legacy lies initiative and CVS protect cigarettes, threaten public health by lobbying colleges to ban the use very low risk lifesaving smokefree alternatives, denying the health benefits of smokers switching to low risk vapor and smokeless tobacco.
https://truthinitiative.org/news/truth-initiative-and-cvs-helping-colleges-go-tobacco-free

Smokeless Tobacco Use Bans

Big Pharma, FDA, NIH funded American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown lobbies to ban all adults from using very low risk smokeless tobacco products (which are 99% less harmful than cigarettes, pose no risks to nonusers, have helped many people quit smoking, and are similar to Big Pharma s nicotine gum), grossly exaggerates negligible risks of smokeless tobacco, repeats fear mongering propaganda to confuse and scare.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lets-get-tobacco-out-of-baseball-for-good-for-our_us_58e67589e4b06671a472f0ac

Vaping/Smoking Bans

Lafayette City-Parish (LA) bans vaping in all workplaces, bans smoking in bars http://www.katc.com/story/35183359/lcg-bans-smoking-in-lafayette-bars
http://theind.com/article-24897-Will-the-council-kick-butts-tonight.html

Providence (RI) City Council to consider bill to ban outdoor vaping and smoking in nine block area of downtown Providence http://wpri.com/2017/04/17/proposal-to-ban-smoking-in-part-of-downtown-providence-to-get-city-council-vote/
http://ripr.org/post/providence-moves-closer-downtown-smoking-ban

Arlington (TX) Council tentatively bans vaping in all workplaces, bans smoking in some previously exempted workplaces; final vote on proposed ordinance next week https://arlingtonvoice.com/arlington/politics/2017/04/11/new-smoking-rules-make-arlington-100-smoke-free
http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article144096054.html

California bill (AB 725) would ban vaping and smoking at all CA beaches and parks, but bill supporters deceitfully claim purpose of bill is to protect people from 2nd hand smoke.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB725
http://www.marinij.com/health/20170417/marin-assemblyman-seeks-smoking-ban-at-state-beaches-parks
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/6901906-181/north-bay-lawmaker-proposes-ban

WellCare of Kentucky to give $20,000 to groups to lie about the low risks of vaping and smokeless tobacco use, and to lobby for vaping and smoking bans http://www.wtvq.com/2017/04/18/20k-grants-offered-programs-aimed-reducing-tobacco-use-kentucky/

Vaping Bans

New Mexico Gov. Sue Martinez issues pocket veto for bill (SB 318) that would have banned vaping in all workplaces
https://www.nmlegis.gov/Legislation/Legislation?Chamber=S&LegType=B&LegNo=318&year=17

Guy Bentley: Discrimination, bad science and spying neighbors plague unprecedented California tobacco law
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/discrimination-bad-science-and-spying-neighbors-plague-unprecedented-california-tobacco-law/article/2619960

CASAA asks Alaska vapers to urge their Representatives to oppose bill (SB 63) that would ban vaping in all workplaces, which was approved by the Alaska Senate http://casaa.org/call-to-action/ak-take-action-to-oppose-an-indoor-vaping-ban-sb-63/
http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Bill/Detail/30?Root=SB%20%2063

Louisville (KY) Mayor Greg Fischer falsely claims vapor products  pose health dangers to nonusers  to lobby for cigarette protecting vaping ban in workplaces http://www.courier-journal.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/04/13/update-needed-smoke-free-ordinance-comment/100318506/

Bloomington (IN) Council to consider protecting cigarettes by banning vaping http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/news/local/bloomington-city-council-leans-toward-limiting-e-cigarette-use-in/article_86c5a387-642b-5cba-997d-d8ede5ee3bf6.html
http://www.idsnews.com/article/2017/04/council-recommends-it-pass-e-cig-stench-bomb-regulations

Canadian Government Considers S-5 to Regulate Vapor Marketing and Ban Vaping

Brent Stafford   Suited Up: Fight for Vaping Rights (interviews Candian Vaping Association s Shawn Kreger) https://www.regulatorwatch.com/brent_stafford/suited-industry-fights-vaping-rights-ottawa-part-1/
https://www.regulatorwatch.com/brent_stafford/part-2-suited-fight-vaping-rights-ottawa/

NSRA s Melodie Tilson (who advocated Health Canada s purported nicotine vapor sales ban of 2009) testifies on S-5 in support of mandatory plain-packaging law for all tobacco products (including very low risk smokeless tobacco) despite no evidence Australia s plain packaging law reduced cigarette consumption or the smoking rate.  (April 5, 2017) https://www.regulatorwatch.com/brent_stafford/soci-day-1-1of4-regwatch-cut/

Tobacco Harm Reduction Association of Canada s David Jones testifies on S-5 in support of legalizing sale and use of lifesaving vapor products (April 5, 2017) https://www.regulatorwatch.com/brent_stafford/soci-day-1-2of4-regwatch-cut/

Canadian Senators question THRAC s David Jones, NSRA s Pippa Beck and Melodie Tilson (who want to ban vaping in all workplaces, ban vapor flavors, advertising and many other rights of vapers and vapor companies)  (April 5, 2017) https://www.regulatorwatch.com/brent_stafford/soci-day-1-3of4-regwatch-cut/

Canadian Convenience Store Association s Satinder Chera testifies on S-5 and vapor https://www.regulatorwatch.com/brent_stafford/soci-day-1-4of4-regwatch-cut/

EU/UK

New laws restricting sale of e-liquids and e-cigarettes will make vaping more expensive https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/3309977/new-laws-restricting-sale-of-e-liquids-and-e-cigarettes-will-make-vaping-more-expensive/

UK

UK Supreme Court refuses to allow tobacco companies to appeal plain packaging tobacco law despite its uncompensated seizure of IP rights and no evidence the law can reduce smoking or cigarette consumption, tobacco controllers cheer court ruling that would violate the 1st amendment of the US Constitution http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2016/1182.htm

https://www.supremecourt.uk/news/permission-to-appeal-decision-12-april-2017.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/britain-smoking-idUSL8N1HK221

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/apr/11/uk-supreme-court-denies-tobacco-firms-permission-for-plain-packaging-appeal

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/news/tobacco-companies-refused-permission-to-appeal-over-plain-packages-rules/ar-BBzJMoN

Czech

Eva Kr l kov  and Clive Bates encourage Czech Ministry of Health to support THR https://www.clivebates.com/documents/CzechLetterApril17-EN.pdf

Australia

E-cigarette ban has advocates fuming (Australia)
http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/ecigarette-ban-has-advocates-fuming/8431564

Australia s $40 per pack cigarette tax plans: the need to consider equity (authors reveal negative ramifications of excessive cigarette taxes, but fail to recommend legalizing very low risk vapor and snus products to let smokers quit. (note that A$40 is equal to US$30).
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2017/04/07/tobaccocontrol-2016-053608

Tobacco tax hikes are great, so long as you re not a poor smoker (Australia)
https://theconversation.com/tobacco-tax-hikes-are-great-so-long-as-youre-not-a-poor-smoker-75211

Taiwan

Taiwanese extremists cite hazards of cigarette smoking to lobby for vapor sales ban
http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3139863

WHO

A race to restore confidence in the World Health Organization (Godshall comments) http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2017/04/06/a-race-to-restore-confidence-in-the-world-health-organization/

WHO/China

WHO falsely labels China s cigarette epidemic as a tobacco epidemic, deceitfully conflates low risk smokefree products with deadly cigarettes (as Margaret Chan to exit) http://www.wpro.who.int/china/publications/2017_china_tobacco_control_report_en.pdf

http://www.wpro.who.int/china/mediacentre/releases/2017/20170414-tobacco-report/en/

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1042502.shtml

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2017-04/16/content_40629073.htm

THR Research

BAT study finds Vype vapor s impact on genes in human respiratory tissue is <1% of that from cigarette smoke.
https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/raba-aet041117.php

Participants sought for e-cigarette stop smoking clinical trial (NZ) https://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/un-doctored/2017/april-2017/10/Participants-sought-for-e-cigarette-stop-smoking-trial.aspx

Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Clive Bates: In cheap political stunt Royal Society for Public Health sounds a fake alarm about a non-problem (UK RSPH)
https://www.clivebates.com/?p=4753

Carl Phillips: Real implications of the RSPH sting of e-cig vendors (UK RSPH) https://antithrlies.com/2017/04/08/real-implications-of-the-rsph-sting-of-ecig-vendors/

Paul Barnes: Much Ado About Nothing (UK RSPH) http://factsdomatter.co.uk/2017/04/07/much-ado-about-nothing/

Dick Puddlecote: Today s lesson in who not to trust (UK RSPH) http://dickpuddlecote.blogspot.com/2017/04/todays-lesson-in-who-not-to-trust.html

IBVTA responds to RSPH s unethical gotcha sting on vape shops (UK RSPH) http://www.ibvta.org.uk/vaping-non-smokers

Big Pharma financed ALA s Norm Edelman deceitfully tells smokers that vapor products and snus are just as harmful as smoking cigarettes, fails to ethically disclose ALA s irreconcilable Big Pharma $$$ conflict of interest http://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/2017/04/13/reduce-your-lung-cancer-risk-with-these-5-tips-other-than-not-smoking.html

NIH funded researchers at Cincinnati Children s Hospital find trace levels (nanograms) of nicotine on hands of children whose parent(s) smoke at home, but researchers falsely tell news media that trace levels of nicotine in 3rd hand smoke is harmful to humans
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2017/03/30/tobaccocontrol-2016-053602

https://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/tobacco-and-kids-health-news-662/kids-can-pick-up-nicotine-on-their-hands-721422.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/04/17/kaiser-new-worry-smokers-families-thirdhand-smoke/100422246/

Cleveland Clinic publicizes false fear mongering claims about 3rd hand smoke by pulmonologist Humberto Choi https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2017/04/5-things-you-should-know-about-the-risks-of-thirdhand-smoke/

Vaping opponents inappropriately tout invalid rodent study to claim vaping by pregnant women can cause asthma in human babies https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-04-mothers-vape-pregnancy-babies-asthma.html

Vaping opponents at St Andrews Univ (Scotland) denounce vaping after their study finds most vapers are smokers, repeat false claim that vaping is gateway to cigarette smoking
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/e-cigarette-use-can-start-10190986
https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/experts-fear-e-cigarettes-are-a-gateway-to-teen-smoking/

Tobacco prohibitionist (and editor of TC) Ruth Malone deceitfully conflates very low risk smokefree tobacco with deadly cigarettes to falsely and absurdly claim tobacco not only threatens  individual health , but also  social and environmental justice . http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/26/3/241?etoc

The Sun (UK) deceives readers about the very low risks of vaping, repeats false fear mongering anti-vaping propaganda https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/3299569/vaping-safer-new-laws/

NWI Times  Kaye Frataccia falsely claims vaping is as harmful as smoking cigarettes, and other things to demonize lifesaving vapor products http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/porter/valparaiso/when-a-vape-is-more-than-just-a-vape/article_31a31f33-8a25-575b-ad99-0137e2b1341e.html

Dave, Feng & Pesko: The effects of e-cigarette minimum legal sale age laws on youth substance use (authors deceptively insinuate that small cherry picked associations found between state youth sales ban dates and teen smoking were caused by changes in laws, news media repeat authors  false assertion that banning vapor sales to youth caused  youth smoking to increase (as youth smoking has sharply declined in every state)
http://www.nber.org/papers/w23313

http://www.nber.org/papers/w23313.pdf

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/e-cigarette-laws-make-more-young-people-smoke-actual-cigarettes-2017-04-10

http://www.cspdailynews.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/do-e-cig-laws-encourage-teen-smoking

 

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Godshall Chronicles 04/10/17

FDA Commissioner Nominee Backs THR

Scott Gottlieb Endorses / Defends Tobacco Harm Reduction

“In areas where there’s an inherent, obvious, and seemingly unavoidable risk related to certain consumer products – whether it is combustible tobacco or dangerously addictive opioid drugs – we have the opportunity to help consumers move to less risky alternatives.” Scott Gottlieb, MD, statement to US Senate HELP Committee on his nomination for FDA Commissioner (April 5, 2017)
https://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Gottlieb4.pdf

View entire Senate HELP Cmte hearing for Scott Gottlieb at
https://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/nomination-of-scott-gottlieb-md-to-serve-as-commissioner-of-food-and-drugs

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) touts alcohol harm reduction initiative, asks Gottlieb about tobacco harm reduction products during HELP Cmte hearing (1.54:20)
https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4665271/sen-cassidydr-gottlieb-exchange

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), who urged FDA to impose the Deeming Reg/Ban, criticizes Gottlieb’s board membership and investment in e-liquid manufacturer Kure, criticizes vaping and flavorings, and asks Gottlieb about them (2:34:50 of hearing)
https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4665384/murray-gottlieb-exchange

The Hill highlights Scott Gottlieb support for lifesaving vapor products (that have helped millions of cigarette smokers quit smoking)
http://thehill.com/regulation/327429-fda-nominee-wont-commit-to-banning-flavored-e-cigarettes-cigars

Big Pharma financed CTFK’s Matt Myers (who has ethically failed to disclose his irreconcilable financial conflict of interest since 1995) hypocritically criticizes Scott Gottlieb for conflicts of interest on vapor products
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2017_04_05_fda

Trump nominee to lead FDA criticized by Senate Democrats
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-health-fda-gottlieb-idUSKBN1772H5

Hypocritical opponents of FDA nominee Scott Gottlieb (who urged FDA to ban lifesaving vapor products) invoke opioid crisis
http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/opponents-fda-nominee-scott-gottlieb-invoke-opioid-crisis-n742906

Sheila Kaplan profiles Scott Gottlieb, Godshall comments
https://www.statnews.com/2017/04/05/gottlieb-fda-profile/comment-page-1/#comment-370083

Kure Franchise
http://kurefranchise.com/

Kure Company Overview
https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=263585507

Kure files to raise $5 million (note 10/31/2016 date)
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article111633652.html

FDA Deeming Ban

NACS, SFATA, AVA, VTA, EVCA, AEMSA join forces with StopTheVapeBan to urge Congress to include Cole/Bishop amendment in 2017 approps bill, support HR 1136
http://www.stopthevapeban.com/

CASAA asks all vapers to contact their members of Congress urging support for including the Cole/Bishop bill in the FY 2017 budget
http://casaa.org/calls-to-action/keep-cole-bishop-in-the-2017-us-budget/

Vaping.com asks US vapers to urge Congress to include Cole/Bishop in federal budget
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-03/cigarettes-crash-tech-giants-foothold-on-u-s-stock-domination

ECVA solicits funds for campaign to “Repeal & Replace” FDA Deeming Reg/Ban
https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/support-the-evca

Chris Rochester: FDA regulation ready to steamroll small vape shops
http://www.maciverinstitute.com/2017/03/fda-regulations-ready-to-steamroll-small-vape-shops/

E-cigarette industry appeals to Trump Administration to help keep it in business
https://trofire.com/2017/04/04/e-cigarette-industry-appeals-trump-administration-help-keep-business/

Mike Siegel: Why is FDA favoring real cigarettes over fake ones
http://thehill.com/opinion/letters/326215-letters-why-is-fda-favoring-real-cigarettes-over-fake-ones
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/03/my-response-to-campaign-for-tobacco.html

Heartland: Brad Rodu and SFATA’s Pamela Gorman presenting the disastrous public health ramifications of FDA Deeming Ban on vapor products
http://blog.heartland.org/2017/03/will-the-fda-deeming-rule-spell-the-demise-of-the-vaping-industry/

Kathleen Gill: E-cigarettes important to many people
http://www.news-herald.com/opinion/20170404/another-viewpoint-e-cigarettes-important-to-many-people

Cause of Action files Amicus Curiae in support of Cigar Association of America et al lawsuit challenging FDA’s Deeming Reg/Ban
http://www.tobacco-on-trial.com/wp-content/uploaded/2017/04/2017-04-03-cigar-amicus.pdf
http://www.tobacco-on-trial.com/2017/04/03/cigar-association-of-america-et-al-v-fda-brief-of-amicus-curiae-cause-of-action-institute-apr-3-2017/

Cigar retailer launches Cigar Smokers’ Rights Guide to oppose FDA Deeming Ban
http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/top-premium-cigar-retailer-launches-cigar-smokers-rights-guide-2206383.htm

FDA boasts it helps small businesses (even though FDA’s Deeming Ban will put 10,000+ small vapor companies out of business, something FDA’s cost/benefit analysis failed to acknowledge after being repeatedly notified of that fact). https://blogs.fda.gov/fdavoice/index.php/2017/03/fda-helping-small-businesses-get-big-results/

More FDA CTP

Philip Morris International submits PMTA to FDA for IQOS heat-not-burn product
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pmi-fda-idUSKBN172275

RJ Reynolds submits 450,000+ page MRTP applications for 6 Camel Snus brands
http://www.reynoldsamerican.com/About-Us/Press-Releases/Press-Release-Details-/2017/RJ-Reynolds-Tobacco-Company-Submits-Modified-Risk-Tobacco-Product-Applications-For-Camel-Snus/default.aspx

Reynolds enters FDA Modified Risk Regulatory Gauntlet for Camel Snus
http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/reynolds-enters-fda-modified-risk-regulatory-gauntlet-for-camel-snus/article_da629984-1880-11e7-8da3-6f26ad193658.html

Brad Rodu: Problems Multiply for Proposed FDA Smokeless Tobacco Rule
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2017/03/problems-multiply-for-proposed-fda.html

US DOD Lies about Low Risk Tobacco/Nicotine Alternatives

US DOD solicits bids to keep lying to enlistees about low risk tobacco/nicotine products
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=f60f84ccc59959684e54598eb4d66ae8

CASAA: UCANQUIT2’s Smoking Gun
http://casaa.org/news/ucanquit2s-smoking-gun/

US Rep Duncan Hunter (R-CA) authored law mandating TRICARE to help military quit smoking, but it only recommends ineffective and less than safe Big Pharma drugs
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/27/2013-03417/tricare-smoking-cessation-program#h-11

US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) criticizes DOD for not doing more to reduce tobacco use
http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/troops-vets-tobacco-use-congress-limits

US VA

VA smoking ban gets first hearing in House (HR 1662 would ban smoking and vaping at all VA facilities, including outdoors)
http://www.stripes.com/va-smoking-ban-gets-first-hearing-in-house-1.461122#.WNv8W2Tyu2w
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1662/text

Big Pharma Funds Vaping Opponents

Kathy Hoeksrta: E-cigarette critics get research dollars from industry competitors
https://townhall.com/watchdog/minnesota/2017/04/10/e-cigarette-critics-get-research-dollars-from-big-pharma-competition-n10544

Big Pharma’s Drug Abuse Treatment Industry

Transparency Market Research reveals GSK, Pfizer and Perdue among largest of growing drug addiction treatment marketers, which helps explain why they’ve lobbied to ban vapor products, and opposed medical marijuana laws to protect Big Pharma profits
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-substance-abuse-treatment-market-to-touch-us1243-billion-by-2024-awareness-programs-initiated-by-treatment-providers-to-drive-growth-reports-tmr-617449073.html

THR Business

Philip Morris joins tech stocks as the most dominant US stocks
https://www.pmi.com/media-center/press-releases/press-release-details/?newsId=2257952
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-03/cigarettes-crash-tech-giants-foothold-on-u-s-stock-domination

How anti-smoking campaigns helped Philip Morris create a ‘better cigarette’ (IQOS)
https://www.businessinsider.com.au/philip-morris-anti-smoking-campaign-helped-create-iqos-cigarette-2017-3

Japan Tobacco still addicted to crumbling cigarette strategy
http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/Japan-Tobacco-still-addicted-to-crumbling-cigarette-strategy
“But in Japan, sales of the group’s paper cigarettes are expected to drop 10% in the face of competition from iQOS, the heated cigarette developed by U.S. tobacco giant Philip Morris International.”

BAT invests EUR 21 Million to start making vapor products in Romania
http://www.romania-insider.com/tobacco-giant-bat-invests-eur-21-mln-start-making-cigarettes-future-romania/

Can tobacco clean up its act? (ACS article on new low risk nicotine/tobacco products)
http://cen.acs.org/articles/95/i14/Can-tobacco-clean-up-its-act.html

Wells Fargo’s Bonnie Herzog reports 4% decline in US cigarette volume during 4 week period ending March 25
http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2017/04/04/channel-tobacco-numbers-fluctuate/

Clearing a Path for Smokeless (highlights increased sales of smokeless tobacco in US)
http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2017/03/30/clearing-path-smokeless/#_

JTI and PMI open stand alone stores to sell new heat-not-burn products in Japan
http://www.csnews.com/product-categories/tobacco/next-c-store-tobacco-competitor-manufacturers

Litigation

Florida Supreme Court rules Engle tobacco claims are not preempted by federal law
http://blog.cvn.com/florida-supreme-court-rules-engle-tobacco-claims-not-preempted-by-federal-law
http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/id=1202783136298/State-Tobacco-Litigation-Not-Subject-to-Federal-Preemption?slreturn=20170308155455
http://www.greensboro.com/business/local_business/smoker-suits-against-reynolds-clear-legal-hurdle/article_edbf8bf4-2cd1-5dd8-9a39-d561b73b4df8.html

Florida jury awards $1.81M to smokers widower; PM, Reynolds and Liggett held liable
http://blog.cvn.com/1.81m-award-strikes-three-tobacco-companies-for-smokers-cancer-death

Florida jury awards $1M to smoker’s widow, PM held liable
http://www.cspdailynews.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/fda-nominee-pipes-e-cigarettes

Taxation

California tobacco/vapor tax hike goes into effect
http://www.boe.ca.gov/industry/cigarettes_tobacco_products.html
http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/health-and-medicine/article142084974.html
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/31/cigarettes-go-up-2-a-pack-on-saturday/
http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article142064174.html

Montana House Taxation Cmte votes 12-8 to submit report opposing tobacco/vapor tax bill (SB 354), which now requires 60% House vote for approval (appearing unlikely)
http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2017/BillHtml/SB0354.htm
http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/ap_news/montana/republicans-move-to-kill-montana-tobacco-tax-increase/article_9b61a8df-72b0-5335-8e7d-797989efec0c.html
http://mtpr.org/post/tobacco-tax-increase-unlikely-pass-house-republican-leadership-says
http://halfwheel.com/montana-tobacco-tax-increase-bill-appears-defeated/145789
after the Montana Senate approved (SB 354) to impose 74% tax on vapor products, increase cigarette tax from $1.70 to $3.20/pack, increase moist snuff tax from $.85/ounce to $3.20/can, increase OTP tax from 50% to 74%.
http://halfwheel.com/montana-senate-approves-tobacco-tax-increase/145402

Heartland Institute opposed tax increases in MT for cigarettes, OTP and vapor products
https://www.heartland.org/publications-resources/publications/research–commentary-montana-should-avoid-unnecessary-and-regressive-tobacco-and-vapor-tax-increase

MT vape shop owner opposed 74% tax on vapor products
http://www.krtv.com/story/35046536/great-falls-vape-shop-owner-reacts-to-proposed-tobacco-tax-increase

Washington State House Finance Cmte approves bills to impose 95% tax of vapor and OTP, and increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21
http://www.thedailyworld.com/news/smoking-and-vaping-age-would-be-21-under-bill-that-passes-washington-house-committee/

CASAA asks Washington State vapers to urge WA Reps to oppose bill (HB 2165) that would protect cigarettes by imposing a 60% tax on lifesaving vapor products
http://casaa.org/call-to-action/wa-its-time-to-light-up-the-phones-in-olympia/
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=2165&Year=2017
http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/2165-S.pdf

Brian Fojtik: NY’s anti-science e-cig crackdown
http://nypost.com/2017/03/29/nys-anti-science-e-cig-crackdown/

NY legislators approve two-month budget extension to avoid shutdown
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-york/articles/2017-04-03/short-term-ny-budget-means-no-pay-for-lawmakers-for-2-months

NY Governor’s budget proposes tax on vaping liquid
http://www.wgrz.com/news/local/nys-budget-proposes-tax-on-vaping-liquid-1/426036708

Kansas House amends, then approves 123-2 bill (SB 96) to reduce e-liquid tax from $.20 to $.05/ml; Senate/House Conference Committee to negotiate differences.
http://kslegislature.org/li/b2017_18/measures/sb96/
http://kslegislature.org/li/b2017_18/measures/documents/sb96_02_0000.pdf

E-cigarette tax fix moves forward in Kansas
http://kcur.org/post/e-cigarette-tax-fix-moves-forward-kansas#stream/0

Lawmakers appear unlikely to increase cigarette tax in Indiana
http://cbs4indy.com/2017/04/09/lawmakers-appear-unlikely-to-increase-cigarette-tax-in-indiana/

PA House passes 2017/18 budget (that includes last year’s 40% vapor product tax)
http://www.pahousegop.com/NewsItem.aspx?NewsID=266665&utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=http%3a%2f%2fwww.pahousegop.com%2fNewsItem.aspx%3fNewsID%3d266665&utm_campaign=House+Passes+No-Tax-Increase+Budget+
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2017&sInd=0&body=h&type=b&bn=218&utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=http%3a%2f%2fwww.legis.state.pa.us%2fcfdocs%2fbillInfo%2fbillInfo.cfm%3fsYear%3d2017%26sInd%3d0%26body%3dh%26type%3db%26bn%3d218&utm_campaign=House+Passes+No-Tax-Increase+Budget+

PA tells federal court to toss lawsuit that is challenging PA’s 40% tax on vapor products
https://www.law360.com/articles/909456/vape-shop-s-tax-case-should-be-tossed-pa-tells-court

Indiana Monopoly Law

Indiana House modestly amends, then overwhelmingly approves bill (SB 1) to eliminate Indiana’s e-liquid monopoly, returned to Senate
http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/senate/1
http://iga.in.gov/documents/eec19e14 (amendment approved by IN House)

Indiana moves closer to repealing e-liquid regulations
http://www.wibc.com/news/local-news/indiana-moves-closer-repealing-e-liquid-regulations

What smells about Indiana’s vaping law? Could it be marijuana? (e-liquid monopoly company would have similarly benefited from a medical marijuana monopoly bill) http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/26/what-smells-indianas-vaping-law-could-marijuana/99436788/

State Vapor Regulations

Audryana Camacho: Regulating E-cigarettes (cites WA vapor tax bill and bills in RI)
https://www.bna.com/extras-excise-regulating-b57982085923/

Smoking/Vaping Bans

Arlington (TX) bill to ban smoking and vaping in workplaces to be voted on April 11
http://halfwheel.com/arlington-texas-considers-stricter-smoking-ban/145140

Colombus (GA) Council delays action for 60 days on proposed workplace smoking ban
http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article141392483.html

Canadian Cancer Society now lobbying to ban vaping outdoors (despite zero cancer risk)
http://www.thefreepress.ca/news/417370883.html

Tobacco Use / Vaping Bans

Big Pharma shill CTFK boasts of its success lobbying MLB and City Councils to ban adults from using very low risk smokeless tobacco at stadia despite no harm to others
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2017_03_30_baseball

Cecil County (MD) bans use of all tobacco/vapor products at parks
http://halfwheel.com/cecil-county-md-bans-tobacco-products-parks/145558

Olmset County (MN) bans tobacco use at parks
http://halfwheel.com/olmsted-county-minn-passes-parks-smoking-ban/145588
http://krocam.com/new-tobacco-free-policy-adopted-for-olmsted-county-parks/

Minneapolis law banning use of very low risk smokeless tobacco and vapor products at parks goes into effect
http://www.valleynewslive.com/content/news/Minneapolis-banning-tobacco-products-from-parks-417893203.html

Vapor Sales Ban to Minors

NY Senate approves bill (S 1223) to further ban e-cigarette sales to minors
https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/S1223

Minimum Age Laws

Vermont Senate defeats bill to raise minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article141219353.html
http://halfwheel.com/vermont-tobacco-purchasing-age-increase-proposal-stumbles-senate/145130

Arizona bill (HB 2335) that would have increased the minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21 dies in House Commerce Committee without a hearing
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/legislature/2017/02/10/lawmaker-kills-bill-raise-tobacco-purchase-age-21-arizona/97581108/

Illinois bill (HB 3208) that would have increased minimum age for tobacco/vapor product sales to 21 fails to gain approval in committee
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=3208&GAID=14&GA=100&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=104875&SessionID=91

Arkansas bill (HB 1711) that would have increased minimum sales age for tobacco/vapor products to 21 defeated by Arkansas House vote
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2017/2017R/Pages/BillInformation.aspx?measureno=HB1711
http://halfwheel.com/arkansas-tobacco-purchasing-age-increase-fails/145448

Mixed feelings on bill to raise legal smoking/vaping age in Oregon
http://katu.com/news/local/mixed-feelings-over-raising-legal-smoking-age-in-oregon

Big Pharma funded CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA criticize CT Fiscal Note for bill (HB 5384) because it presumes smokers under 21 would quit smoking if minimum age for cigarette sales is raised to 21, but ignore impacts of raising age for vapor products and OTP
https://www.cga.ct.gov/2017/FN/2017HB-05384-R000112-FN.htm
https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&which_year=2017&bill_num=5384
http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/public_health_advocates_question_fiscal_note_for_tobacco_21

Vapor shop owners go head-to-head with doctors during hearing on bill (HB 1908) to raise minimum age for vapor and tobacco sales to 21 (TX)
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas-legislature/2017/03/28/vapor-shop-owners-doctors-go-head-head-hearing-raise-smoking-age-21

Winston-Salem Journal article highlights bill (HB 435) that would raise minimum age for all tobacco/vapor product sales to 21 (NC)
http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/nc-bill-would-raise-legal-vaping-and-smoking-age-to/article_4ed0eb0b-9c26-5e19-b971-e100b9b995e5.html

Winston-Salem Journal editorial falsely claims vaping “is still smoking”, quotes CDC vaping propagandist Brian King deceitfully conflating vaping with cigarette smoking, advocates bill (HB 435) to increase minimum sale age for tobacco/vapor products to 21.
http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/editorials/our-view-raise-smoking-age-to/article_e0460716-f240-51fc-bf6a-b66911badf92.html

Big Pharma and government funded activists lobby MA to increase minimum age for deadly cigarettes, low risk OTP and lifesaving vapor products to 21, conflate all risks http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_30908582/house-is-battleground-higher-tobacco-age
http://wwlp.com/2017/03/29/state-lawmakers-urged-to-increase-legal-smoking-age/

New Zealand Legalizes Vapor Sales to Help Smokers Quit

End Smoking NZ media release praises NZ legalization of nicotine e-cigarettes
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1703/S00090/legalising-nicotine-for-vaping-supportive-move-by-government.htm

Nicotine e-cigarettes legalized: expert reaction by Glover, Hoek, Blakely
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1703/S00093/nicotine-e-cigarettes-legalised-expert-reaction.htm

Editorial: The Government is right to proceed cautiously on vaping
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/editorials/91039954/editorial-the-government-is-right-to-proceed-cautiously-on-vaping

Editorial: the best hope for smokers is in the cloud (vaping)
http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/91069153/Editorial-the-best-hope-for-smokers-is-in-the-cloud

Katie Holland: E-cigarette move makes sense (NZ)
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503435&objectid=11828800

Editorial: E-cigarettes to get a sensible law
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11827952

More expected to quit smoking with e-cig legalisation, say retailers
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11828495

Tony Blakely: Legalizing e-cigarettes a bold move by the government
http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/mike-hosking-breakfast/audio/tony-blakely-legalising-e-cigarettes-a-bold-move-by-the-govt/

Maori Party welcomes decision on e-cigarettes (NZ)
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1703/S00503/maori-party-welcomes-decision-on-e-cigarettes.htm

NZ legalizes sales of vapor to help more smokers quit
http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/business/90962129/Government-legalises-e-cigarettes-in-effort-to-make-New-Zealand-smokefree-by-2025

WHO

WHO FCTC’s Global Progress Report 2016 deceitfully conflates lifesaving vapor and other very low risk smokefree alternatives with deadly cigarettes, promotes cigarette protecting anti THR laws as public health progress, defines vapor products as tobacco, advocates more government subsidization of Big Pharma nicotine products and drugs
http://www.who.int/fctc/reporting/summary_analysis/en/

WHO issues excellent interview with Gary Schwitzer about the importance of fact-based approach to health journalism, but WHO continues to protect cigarettes by demonizing and advocating sales bans on lifesaving vapor products and snus
http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/95/4/17-030417/en/

WHO considers three finalists to replace vapor and THR prohibitionist Margaret Chan
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/03/health/the-campaign-to-lead-the-world-health-organization.html

Vapor Prohibition in Australia

Sheshtyn Paola: Ausrtralia hasn’t yet come to terms with the option of harm reduction
https://ajp.com.au/news/australia-hasnt-yet-come-terms-option-harm-reduction/

Matt Young criticizes TGA’s unethical and inhumane ban of lifesaving vapor products
http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/i-was-sprayed-with-a-supersoaker-for-smoking-a-cigarette-and-the-government-needs-to-do-something-about-it/news-story/96d6708418e28e7d37421162210cdea9

Aust ‘hermit kingdom’ over e-cigarette ban
https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/34840095/aust-hermit-kingdom-over-e-cigarette-ban/
“This is yet another example of Australia being left behind on very basic issues of personal choice,” Senator Leyonhjelm said.

60 Minutes Vaping Segment on April 8th 2017 Australia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sW8N2E0mRDY&feature=youtu.be

Philippines

Farsalinos urges Philippine government to support vapor products for addicted smokers
http://www.thestandard.com.ph/business/biz-plus/233921/greek-doctor-wants-ph-to-regulate-e-cigarettes.html
http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/expert-e-cigarettes-effective-in-fighting-nicotine-addiction/

Philippine law banning vaping in public buildings imposes fines and prison sentences
http://www.tobaccoreporter.com/2017/04/prison-threat-for-vapers/

Israel

Israeli Health Minister concedes to demand by THR opponents to regulate low risk IQOS as tobacco product
http://www.haaretz.com/science-and-health/.premium-1.781286

Canada

Yael Ossowski: Why fewer Canadians are using tobacco (vaping)
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/yael-ossowski/canadians-using-tobacco_b_15781398.html

Imperial Tobacco Canada submits comments on bill S-5, appropriately criticizes its vaping regulations and threatens legal action over tobacco plain packaging requirement
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/imperial-tobacco-canada-presents-its-submission-to-senate-on-bill-s-5-618474713.html
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/concerns-persist-over-contraband-tobacco-as-plain-packaging-legislation-studied-in-senate

Canadian Health Minister Jane Philpott criticizes tobacco companies for advocating sound vapor policies to help smokers switch, and for opposing her proposed plain packaging law for all tobacco products (despite no evidence plain packaging can reduce cigarette consumption or smoking rate)
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/tobacco-companies-may-be-working-to-undermine-tobacco-control-initiatives-philpott/article34623626/

Canadian government bans menthol cigarettes
http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2017/2017-04-05/html/sor-dors45-eng.php
http://globalnews.ca/news/3360761/menthol-cigarettes-banned-tobacco-canada/

France

France to blow €100 million on lighting up unsellable cigarettes (due to plain packaging)
https://www.thelocal.fr/20170404/france-to-spend-100m-sending-branded-cigarettes-up-in-smoke

UK

New UK vaping laws to come into force restricting sale of e-liquids and e-cigarettes
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3295862/new-vaping-laws-to-come-into-force-restricting-sale-of-e-liquids-and-e-cigarettes/

Isle of Man to allow jail prisoners to vape
http://www.three.fm/news/isle-of-man-news/ecig-approval-for-island-prisoners/

Health Policy Research

A Risk Assessment Matrix for Public Health Principles: The Case for E-Cigarettes
http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/14/4/363

Study finds most Americans support larger warnings on cigarette packs (which the TCA required the FDA to implement, but which FDA has failed to do so in the past 5 years)
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0171496
http://unclineberger.org/news/bigger-pack-warning
https://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/cigarette-smoking-tobacco-health-news-665/most-americans-favor-larger-health-warnings-on-cigarette-packs-721183.html

Common Ground (article on David Sweanor’s self funded THR advocacy and charity)
http://vaporvoicemagazine.com/common-ground-2/

Health Research

Study finds daily smoking rate worldwide declined by 28.4% for men and by 34.4% for women from 1990-2015, down to 25.0% for men and 5.4% for women in 2015; find smoking caused 11.5% (6.4 million) of worldwide deaths in 2015. Decline in smoking could have been far greater if US FDA didn’t lie about and ban vapor products since 2009 and if WHO didn’t lie about vapor products and urged all nations to ban them.
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)30819-X/fulltext

THR Research

Yet another study finds e-cigarette vapor contains far lower levels of carcinogens and toxicants than cigarette smoke
http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/14/4/382/htm

Public Health and Medical Malpractice

Brad Rodu: The Human Toll of Anti-Tobacco Extremism
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-human-toll-of-anti-tobacco-extremism.html

DHHS & DHHS funded Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Washington Post and Daily Mail hype CDC’s absurdly false claim that one in four youth are exposed to secondhand e-cigarette smoke (since e-cig vapor is smokefree), CDC’s Brian King keeps lying about vaping to lobby for more cigarette protecting vaping bans
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/03/31/1-in-4-youth-exposed-to-secondhand-smoke-from-e-cigarettes-study-shows/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4368378/One-four-kids-exposed-secondhand-smoke-e-cigs.html
http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/article-abstract/2611944

FDA/NIH/NIDA funded anti vaping activists at Yale once again misrepresent their own findings (and those of many others) that teen smokers are far more likely to vape than nonsmokers to lobby for more FDA bans (beyond Deeming’s ban of all vapor sales)
http://www.drugandalcoholdependence.com/article/S0376-8716(17)30102-3/fulltext

FDA/NIH funded UT promotes junk study falsely claiming flavored e-cigs appeal to youth and young people (as flavored e-cigs appeal almost exclusively to smokers and former smokers who vape), repeats disproved false fear mongering claims about vaping
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-04-e-cigarette-flavors-linked-youth-young.html

FDA/NIH funded anti vaping activists at UC San Diego continue to misrepresent the huge benefits and negligible risks that lifesaving vapor products provide for smokers
https://health.ucsd.edu/news/features/Pages/2014-03-04-e-cigarettes.aspx

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

GWU students (using 2014 NHIS data) find vapers reported far lower rate of heart attacks than smokers and exsmokers, find increased odds ratios of .42 for vapers, 2.75 for daily smokers, 2.39 for some day smokers, 1.80 for exsmokers compared to never smokers; but authors falsely claim vaping increased odds of MI by 42% and fail to admit that >93% of vapers surveyed were current or exsmokers (whose odds sharply declined).
http://hsrc.himmelfarb.gwu.edu/gw_research_days/2017/SMHS/85/

Junk scientist and vaping prohibitionist Stan Glantz touts study done by GWU students finding vapers had a 42% higher odds ratio for heart attacks than never-vapers, but also fails to acknowledge that >93% if vapers surveyed were current or former smokers.
https://tobacco.ucsf.edu/first-evidence-e-cig-use-increases-heart-attacks-independent-effect-smoking-cigarettes

Mike Siegel – Vaping opponents have lost scientific rigor: Now concluding that e-cigarettes cause heart attacks based on a science fair project
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/03/vaping-opponents-have-lost-scientific.html

Big Pharma drug peddler Frank Leone keeps lying about vaping, fails to ethically disclose his irreconcilable financial conflicts of interest (Philly)
http://www.mainlinetoday.com/Main-Line-Today/Healthcare-Guide/Spring-Summer-2017/Penn-Medicine-Expert-Reveals-the-Dangers-of-Vaping/

Mike Siegel – Penn Medicine Expert: Smoking may be no more hazardous than vaping
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/04/penn-medicine-expert-smoking-may-be-no.html

How flawed science is undermining good medicine (excellent article on junk science that doesn’t mention the many junk anti-THR studies funded by FDA, NIH, NIDA, etc.)
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/04/06/522262881/how-flawed-science-is-undermining-good-medicine

Peter Hajak corrects deceitful claims by junk study authors that e-cig experimention is “youth initiation” and that vaping is “smoking”
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28372920

Cleveland Clinic continues to greatly exaggerate risks of vaping and downplay vaping’s health benefits for smokers, falsely claims cigars are as harmful as cigarettes
https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2017/03/health-risks-of-vaping-compared-to-tobacco-smoking/

Big Pharma funded ACS’ Jeffrey Drope falsely claims “Big Tobacco is now dominating in dollars of sales” of vapor products, complains that tobacco companies are cornering the vapor market, while failing to acknowledge the FDA Deeming Ban (that ACS lobbied for since 2011) protects cigarettes and gives the entire vaping industry to Big Tobacco.
https://trofire.com/2017/03/28/bad-worse-big-tobacco-way-cornering-e-cigarette-industry/

Big Pharma funded ALA’s Deb Brown criticizes NJ Gov Chris Christie for not wasting taxpayer dollars on anti THR propaganda or for costly and ineffective smoking cessation programs and subsidization of Big Pharma drugs; yet again fails to ethically disclose ALA’s irreconcilable financial conflict of interest as a Big Pharma shill.
http://www.app.com/story/life/wellness/2017/04/04/addiction-czar-christie-soft-tobacco/99812262/

Legacy lies initiative recruits youth for another anti-tobacco training (brainwashing) summit to lie about the risks of different tobacco/nicotine products, and to train youth to lobby for bans on vaping on smokeless tobacco use, tax hikes and FDA’s Deeming Ban
https://truthinitiative.org/news/help-finishit-national-summit-youth-activism-and-tobacco

Virginia funded anti nicotine extremist claims it is “troubling” that teens continue replacing deadly cigarette smoking with very low risk vaping
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/virginia/articles/2017-04-04/officials-troubling-growth-of-teen-e-cigarette-usage

Mike Cummings promotes report that sort of supports THR, Godshall comments
http://www.wpr.org/health-officials-look-cut-number-smokers-about-10m-2024

San Francisco wastes more taxpayer dollars on program to subsidize/hawk Big Pharma nicotine products to smokers, while lying about lifesaving vapor products
http://hoodline.com/2017/03/with-2-tobacco-tax-looming-sf-doubles-down-on-anti-smoking-campaign

Intolerant anti-vaping group in UK (RSPH) condemns UK vape shops for selling vapor products to adult nonsmokers, wants vape shops to instruct all nonsmokers to not vape
https://www.rsph.org.uk/about-us/news/undercover-investigation-finds-9-in-10-vape-shops-prepared-to-sell-to-non-smokers.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/vape-shops-nine-ten-sell-non-smokers-break-industry-codes-undercover-investigation-e-cigarettes-a7670601.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39523857
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/06/vaping-stores-told-not-sell-devices-non-smokers-survey-reveals/

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Godshall Chronicles 03/29/17

New Zealand Legalizes Sales of Lifesaving Vapor Products

Nicky Wagner (Associate Health Minister): Nicotine e-cigarettes to become legal
https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/nicotine-e-cigarettes-become-legal

E-cigarettes to be regulated as consumer products
http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/tobacco-control/e-cigarettes

NZ Herald – E-cigarettes will be legalized: Government
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11827700

THR Surveillance

World’s lowest cigarette smoking rate (Sweden) drops to new record low 9%, male smoking rate drops to 8%, and to just 5% among males aged 30-44 (as many/most smokers have switched to very low risk smokefree snus)
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2124671-swedish-men-on-target-to-be-first-to-completely-stub-out-smoking/

Christopher Snowdon: If we want to benefit from Brexit, the first thing we should do is make snus legal (on Sweden’s record low 9% smoking rate)
https://health.spectator.co.uk/if-we-want-to-benefit-from-brexit-the-first-thing-we-should-do-is-make-snus-legal/

Canadian survey finds cigarette smoking rate (for ages 12 and older) dropped from 18.1% in 2014 to 17.7% in 2015, daily smoking rate dropped from 13.5% to 12.6%, record lows
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-625-x/2017001/article/14770-eng.htm
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/canada-s-smoking-rate-falls-slightly-in-2015-statscan-1.3335900

Christopher Snowdon: The vaping revolution rolls on (on record low UK smoking rate) http://velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-vaping-revolution-rolls-on.html

THR Research

Lynn Kozlowski and Ken Warner: E-cigarettes are NOT a gateway to smoking: Evidence that vaping encourages people to take up the bad habit is ‘weak’
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0376871617300236
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-03-e-cigarettes-gateway-published.html
http://www.healio.com/family-medicine/adolescent-medicine/news/online/%7Ba6a86694-2b87-4ad8-83bb-2a3cb40f55bd%7D/adolescent-e-cigarette-use-may-not-lead-to-combustible-cigarette-use
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4312476/E-cigarettes-NOT-gateway-smoking.html

Cardiovascular effects of e-cigarettes (extensive research review by Benowitz and Fraiman find no evidence that vaping poses risk for cardiovascular disease)
http://www.nature.com/nrcardio/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nrcardio.2017.36.html

BAT develops model for estimating population impact of new smokefree alternatives, estimate huge declines in cigarette smoking if/when public policies allow that to occur.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0273230017300703
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/raba-an031717.php

Study finds most people greatly overestimate risks of smokefree vapor products, smokeless tobacco products and even FDA approved nicotine products compared to highly addictive and deadly cigarettes; confirms that exaggerating/deceiving the public about the risks of smokefree tobacco/nicotine products protects cigarette markets
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/26/e1/e49

Study finds smokers who switched to PMI’s IQOS reduced exposure to 15 chemicals to levels approaching those of smokers who quit smoking, found improvements in measured health indicators specific to smoking-related diseases, such as lung and heart disease.
https://www.pmi.com/media-center/press-releases/press-release-details/?newsId=2256489
https://academic.oup.com/ntr/article/2978029/Effects

BAT research finds new heat-not-burn GLO emits far fewer toxins than cigarettes
http://www.bat-science.com/groupms/sites/BAT_9GVJXS.nsf/vwPagesWebLive/DOAKEKUV?opendocument
http://www.bat-science.com/groupms/sites/BAT_9GVJXS.nsf/vwPagesWebLive/DOAKAJJZ?opendocument

Yet another study finds 2nd and 3rd generation vapor products emit far fewer toxins and carcinogens than cigarettes
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/26/e1/e23

Researcher claims ‘academic McCarthyism over e-cigarettes (Farsalinos)
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15166477.Scientist_defends_links_between_Big_Tobacco_and_vaping_industry/

CORESTA publishes projects it has launched since December
http://www.tobaccoreporter.com/2017/03/coresta-reporting/

Study determines youths use e-cigs more to reduce risk than consume flavorings
http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/study-determines-youths-use-e-cigs-more-to-reduce-risk/article_4b4af88d-8ab5-5c0a-8e25-b7b6865896d9.html

THR Advocacy / Education

Switching to vaping cuts fire death risk, London Fire Brigade safety chief tells smokers
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/switching-to-vaping-cuts-fire-death-risk-london-fire-brigade-safety-chief-tells-smokers-a3497141.html

Stephen Sugarman: Encourage vaping to help reduce smoking
http://www.regblog.org/2017/03/13/sugarman-encourage-vaping-help-reduce-smoking/

Clive Bates updates Quiz – e-cigarettes and harm reduction
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf7tFsToidPGZ8dQdmXTDpDB9lLVLyXJwMlvU8CHhF_1L1G1w/viewform?c=0&w=1

Joe Nocera: When Public Health and Big Tobacco Allign
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-03-09/when-public-health-and-big-tobacco-align

Michelle Minton: The truth about vaping
http://www.realclearpolicy.com/articles/2017/03/21/the_truth_about_vaping_110194.html

Adam Summers: Electronic cigarette myths should go up in smoke
http://www.pe.com/articles/group-827528-business-points.html

The key to successfully quitting smoking: Vaping
http://www.themadisontimes.com/vaping-to-help-quit-smoking/

Marni Soupcoff: Vaping could save lives if government gets out of the way (Canada)
http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/marni-soupcoff-vaping-could-save-lives-if-government-gets-out-of-the-way

Donor chooses controversy over anonymity (David Sweanor)
http://give.sfu.ca/stories/donor-chooses-controversy-over-anonymity

Weak THR Advocacy

Tobacco controllers (who campaigned to enact the TCA, and advocated FDA’s vapor Deeming ban) vaguely endorse federal tobacco regulatory reform to keep vapor and other low risk smokefree alternatives legal, and taxing low risk smokefree alternatives less than cigarettes; wisely call for more cigarette tax hikes; but also call for even more spending on ineffective NRT and counseling, and less-than-safe “tobacco treatment” drugs.
http://www.tobaccoreform.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Executive-Summary-Report-Ending-Cigarette-Use-by-Adults.pdf
http://www.tobaccoreform.org/

Tobacco Control leaders call for immediate action to curb smoking in the US
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/03/21/tobacco-leaders-call-for-immediate-action-to-curb-smoking-in-the-u-s/

THR prohibitionist Glantz criticizes tobacco controllers for sort-of endorsing THR products and policies, falsely insists that e-cigs increase smoking and reduce quitting
https://tobacco.ucsf.edu/new-report-does-not-necessarity-reflect-views-120-leaders-tobacco-control

THR Business

Japan Tobacco’s challenges build case for a return to dealmaking (cites JTI’s declining cigarette sales due to PMI’s IQOS, great overview of international cigarette markets)
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-29/japan-tobacco-s-challenges-build-case-for-a-return-to-dealmaking

Guy Bentley – Heat-Not-Burn tobacco: The next wave of a harm-reduction revolution
https://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2017/03/15/heat-not-burn-tobacco-the-next-wave-of-a-harm-reduction-revolution/

Don Burke: Taking Tobacco’s Vitals (US consumption change of different products)
http://www.cspdailynews.com/print/article/opinion-taking-tobacco-s-vitals

US cigarette manufacturers raise price of cigarettes by $.08/pack
http://www.csnews.com/product-categories/tobacco/altria-takes-early-cigarette-list-price-hike
http://www.cspdailynews.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/three-more-cigarette-makers-raise-prices

Some UK insurers charge low risk vapers same as high risk smokers
http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/there-no-difference-between-vaping-10026369

Conferences

Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) 2017 (to be held June 15-17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland) announces some speaker confirmations
https://gfn.net.co/home-2017/bios
https://gfn.net.co/

US E-Cigarette Summit scheduled for May 8, 2017 in DC, but none of the presenters from the US criticized or opposed FDA’s inhumane vapor Deeming Ban, while many people and groups that advocated or endorsed FDA’s Deeming Ban will present.
http://www.e-cigarette-summit.us.com/

71st Tobacco Science Research Conference set for September 17-20 in Bonita Springs FL
http://www.tsrcinfo.com/welcome.html

FDA Commissioner

Trump nominates Scott Gottlieb for FDA Commissioner
http://www.nature.com/news/physician-with-drug-industry-ties-is-trump-s-fda-pick-1.21619
http://www.mdedge.com/oncologypractice/article/133593/practice-management/numbers-trumps-choice-fda-chief-versatile
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/health/fda-scott-gottlieb.html?_r=0
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-fda-nomination-drug-companies_us_58c3419ae4b054a0ea6ad069
http://www.reuters.com/article/usa-health-fda-gottlieb-idUSL2N1GQ1I7

Scott Gottlieb: FDA’s new tobacco scheme, and its legislative underpinnings, may go up in smoke (from March 8, 2013)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottgottlieb/2013/03/08/fdas-new-tobacco-scheme-and-its-legislative-underpinnings-may-go-up-in-smoke/#732389b3c961

FDA Deeming Regs / Ban

Brent Stafford – Trump Card: FDA Deeming Regs on Chopping Block
https://www.regulatorwatch.com/brent_stafford/trump-card-fda-deeming-regs-chopping-block/

Sklaroff/Godshall/Gambescia: Vaping isn’t smoking, it’s a disease prevention method
www.thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/324534-vaping-should-be-recognized-as-a-disease-prevention-public

VTA invites companies to sign anti-Deeming Regulation letter to DHHS Secretary Tom Price urging him to “utilize any available options you have to repeal, halt, or dramatically delay this rule.”
http://cqrcengage.com/vaportechnology/app/sign-petition?1&engagementId=319073&ep=AAAAC2Flc0NpcGhlcjAx-W7F6JWjD87vw3pJ8k2JSAuy1NVUdIsJ18b183WOPvUe6HoSWqTrj8I9qADxcq0bpEFO1BzUF1r2HOOH5N7x40qoGqQmCU7kp3soBGWK2ss&lp=0

AVA urges vapor companies to sign on to letter to DHHS Secretary Price urging him to “utilize any available options you have to repeal, halt, or dramatically delay this rule.”
http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=ce5bc55b4be477d275861595f&id=14fedc887b&e=fd133c8771

Clive Bates: Tobacco harm reduction meetings with Hill staff
https://www.slideshare.net/Clive_Bates/tobacco-harm-reduction-meetings-with-hill-staff?next_slideshow=1

A New Leaf: Vaping, E-Cigs & The Future of Tobacco at SXSW 2017 in Austin, TX
(Tech Freedom’s Evan Swarztrauber with Cynthia Cabrera, Sally Satel, Dave Sweanor)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZb8uxxtIQk&feature=youtu.be

Heritage Foundation: Rethinking Tobacco Control in an Era of E-cigarettes and other alternatives to smoking with Paul Blair, Jeff Stier & Sally Satel (March 16, 2017)
http://www.heritage.org/government-regulation/event/rethinking-tobacco-control-era-e-cigarettes-and-other-alternatives

Heartland Institute – Vaping: How government regulation can kill (presentations by Brad Rodu and SFATA’s Pamela Gorman)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHbZmwzB-us

Brian Fojtik: FDA Regulations on e-cigarettes harmful to jobs, public health
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/county-746224-percent-angeles.html
http://www.dailynews.com/opinion/20170310/fda-regulations-on-e-cigarettes-harmful-to-jobs-public-health-guest-commentary
http://www.presstelegram.com/opinion/20170310/fda-regulations-on-e-cigarettes-harmful-to-jobs-public-health-guest-commentary

Peter Roff – Vaporizing American Jobs: The FDA’s vaping rules will cost American workers big
https://www.usnews.com/opinion/thomas-jefferson-street/articles/2017-03-24/the-fdas-vaping-regulations-kill-american-jobs

Joel Nitzkin: The government has to change its tune on how to reduce harm from tobacco
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/the-government-has-to-change-its-tune-on-how-to-reduce-harm-from-tobacco/article/2618117

Michelle Minton: Harm-reducing tobacco alternatives are a human achievement
https://cei.org/blog/harm-reducing-tobacco-alternatives-are-human-achievement

Erik Martin: Vape takes new shape on Capitol Hill
http://www.cspdailynews.com/print/csp-magazine/article/vape-takes-new-shape-capitol-hill

Kathy Hoekstra: Groups take FDA vaping rules fight to Trump, Congress
http://watchdog.org/290722/fda-vaping-rules/

E-cigarettes a booming business: Could FDA rules make $4B vaping industry go up in smoke? (NC)
http://www.wilsontimes.com/stories/e-cigarettes-a-booming-business,81961

Mike Siegel: What the FDA gets wrong about e-cigarettes
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-03-16/what-the-fda-gets-wrong-about-e-cigarettes

Betting on the future of e-cigarettes: Avail Vapor invests to meet looming FDA rules
http://www.richmond.com/business/local/betting-on-the-future-of-e-cigarettes-avail-vapor-invests/article_c12fa156-31f1-5971-9afd-ab2262048d92.html

Big Pharma financed vapor prohibitionist CTFK’s Matt Myers keeps lying about lifesaving flavored vapor products, FDA’s Deeming Ban (that bans all vapor sales in the US on 8/8/2018), tobacco companies and the Cole/Sanford bill (HB 1136)
https://origin-nyi.thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administration/325553-congress-dont-help-big-tobacco-peddle-candy-flavored

Cigar industry lawsuit challenging FDA Deeming Reb/Ban delayed until August 30
http://www.tobacco-on-trial.com/2017/03/22/docket-for-cigar-association-v-fda-feb-21-mar-22-2017/
http://halfwheel.com/fda-lawsuit-delayed-aug-30/144732

FDA’s Proposed Smokeless Tobacco Standard

– that bans >95% of products

FDA extends comment period for FDA’s proposed smokeless tobacco ban to July 10
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/22/2017-05490/tobacco-product-standard-for-n-nitrosonornicotine-level-in-finished-smokeless-tobacco-products

FDA’s economic analysis of its proposed smokeless tobacco standard (er, ban) fails to consider any costs that will occur if/when many/most smokeless tobacco users (including more than a million former cigarette smokers and several million current dual users) switch back to cigarettes and/or otherwise increase their cigarette consumption.
https://www.fda.gov/downloads/AboutFDA/ReportsManualsForms/Reports/EconomicAnalyses/UCM537872.pdf
(Note that FDA also falsely estimated that none of the 10,000+ vapor companies will go out of business, and that none of the >10 million vapers will switch back to, or increase their cigarette consumption if/when FDA’s Deeming Regulation bans all vapor product sales to adults in the US on 8/8/2018.)

Reason’s Brian Fojtak urges FDA to extend comment period for its proposed smokeless tobacco ban, urges FDA to reject this cigarette-protecting anti-health measure.
https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FDA-2016-N-2527-0269

KY Agriculture Commissioner Quarles says FDA regulation on smokeless tobacco would ‘devastate’ Kentucky growers: Asks for regulation to be withdrawn
http://www.lanereport.com/74605/2017/03/quarles-says-fda-regulation-on-smokeless-tobacco-would-devastate-kentucky-growers/

Kentucky House passes Joint Resolution against FDA’s proposed smokeless tobacco ban
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/recorddocuments/bill/17RS/HC48/bill.pdf

The Leaf-Chronicle Editorial: FDA rule impossible for tobacco farmers
http://www.theleafchronicle.com/story/opinion/readers/2017/03/24/commentary-new-fda-rule-impossible-tobacco-farmers/99586556/

THR prohibitionists Glantz et al absurdly claim FDA’s proposed smokeless tobacco ban
(er standard) underestimated the rule’s benefits and overstated its costs
https://tobacco.ucsf.edu/ucsf-tcors-public-comment-fda-proposed-nnn-standard

More FDA

FDA further extends delay of effectiveness date until March 19, 2018 for Clarification of when products made or derived from tobacco are regulated as drugs, devices or combination products, requests more public comments by May 19, 2017
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/20/2017-05526/clarification-of-when-products-made-or-derived-from-tobacco-are-regulated-as-drugs-devices-or

FDA CTP issues annual Ombudsman’s report (from its 4th Ombudsman since 2009)
https://www.fda.gov/tobaccoproducts/aboutctp/contactus/ucm2023130.htm
https://www.fda.gov/downloads/TobaccoProducts/AboutCTP/ContactUs/UCM546047.pdf

NIH announces more funding opportunities to promote FDA CTP cigarette protecting regulations by deceiving the public about the vastly different risks and benefits of different tobacco/nicotine products (under the guise of tobacco regulatory science).
https://prevention.nih.gov/tobacco-regulatory-science-program/funding-opportunities

FDA approves new drug to treat Parkinson’s disease, but still won’t acknowledge the benefits nicotine has provided for many Parkinson’s sufferers
https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm547852.htm

US DHHS Malpractice

US SG Murthy repeats many false fear mongering claims about vaping, including that e-cigarettes “are the most commonly used form of tobacco among youth”. In fact, the 2014 NYTS found 1.3% of youth smoked cigarettes daily compared to 0.9% who vaped daily, and many vapers did NOT vape nicotine.
http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/article-abstract/2592300

Mike Siegel: Surgeon General continues to lie about tobacco in e-cigarettes
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/03/surgeon-general-continues-to-lie-about.html

CDC staff repeat false fear mongering claims about negligible (if any) vapor aerosol risk to confuse, scare and promote even more cigarette protecting workplace vaping bans
http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/article-abstract/2611944
https://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/electronic-cigarettes-970/1-in-4-teens-exposed-to-secondhand-e-cig-vapors-report-720779.html

Unethical FDA/NCI funded vapor prohibitionist and junk scientist John Ayers touts his “public health” efforts to prevent smokers from quitting smoking
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/education/sd-me-sdsu-vape-20170302-story.html

US DOD Lies About Risks

– of Smokeless Tobacco, Vaping, Nicotine and More

Brad Rodu: Department of Defense anti-smokeless campaign is “50” shades darker
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2017/03/department-of-defense-anti-smokeless.html
http://blog.heartland.org/2017/03/department-of-defense-anti-smokeless-campaign-is-50-shades-darker/

Sally Satel: A Defense Department hotline that keeps smokers hooked
https://www.forbes.com/sites/sallysatel/2017/03/23/a-defense-department-hotline-that-keeps-smokers-hooked/#4cac16913439

Brad Rodu: Educating Air Force Generals about Tobacco Use and Risks
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2017/03/educating-air-force-generals-about.html

US DOD cessation website still lying about smokeless tobacco, vapor and nicotine
https://www.ucanquit2.org/

US DOJ

Big Pharma financed CTFK, ACS, AHA criticize Trump DOJ appointments of Noel Francisco and Chad Readler due to potential conflict of interests after Obama appointed irreconcilably conflicted CTFK lobbyist Bill Corr at DHHS in 2009, and FDA hired irreconcilably conflicted GlaxoSmithKline lobbyist Mitch Zeller in 2013 to head CTP.
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/content/press_office/2017/2017_03_27_doj_recusal.pdf
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2017_03_27_doj

Taxation

NY Assembly Budget Bill (A 3009B) protects cigarettes, threatens lives of vapers and smokers; Part FF (Page 49)
http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&leg_video=&bn=A03009&term=&Summary=Y&Text=Y
– Would impose $.40/ml tax on ALL e-liquid products (i.e. a $48 tax on a 120ml bottle),
– Would redefine smoking to include vaping, to ban vaping where smoking is banned, and
– Would impose increasing penalties and fines on any person caught (without tax receipts) possessing or transporting >500ml of e-liquid and any distributor caught (without tax receipts) possessing or transporting >100ml of e-liquid.

New York State Vapor Association (and others) respond to Health Cmsnr Zucker
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JuKeCSzrDhtIRVG33Lyjr0sohQM9UyVpFVNahapWOAU/edit?usp=sharing

NY Gov Cuomo praises NY Health Dept for the sharp decline in NY youth cigarette smoking (that was largely due to vaping) and demonizes lifesaving vapor products; NY Health Cmsnr Zucker falsely claims vaping is gateway to cigarettes, advocates Cuomo’s cigarette protecting $10/ml e-liquid tax budget proposal
http://www.publicnow.com/view/65671735E05F84AE8EE9A54F22904EDD9CD3BAA2?2017-03-13-17:01:14+00:00-xxx1
https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/tobacco_control/reports/statshots/volume10/n1_youth_cigarette_and_ends_use.pdf
http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/local/new-york/2017/03/13/teen-smoking-down-but-troubling-trend-emerges/99124356/
http://www.newyorkupstate.com/news/2017/03/e-cigarette_use_soars_among_new_york_high_school_students.html
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/e-cigs-craze-sparks-smoking-surge-n-y-high-schools-article-1.2996009

Mike Siegel: NY State Dept of Health urges physicians to discourage patients from quitting unless they use Big Pharma products and tells vapers they might as well go back to smoking
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/03/new-york-state-department-of-health.html

After lobbying for 2013/14 NYC workplace vaping ban that exposed far more youth to vaping, vapor prohibitionists complain that high school student smoking plummeted from 7.3% in 2014 to 4.3% in 2016 by criticizing the corresponding increase in vaping http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/e-cigs-craze-sparks-smoking-surge-n-y-high-schools-article-1.2996009

CASAA asks New York vapers to urge Gov. Cuomo to remove vapor tax from budget
http://casaa.org/call-to-action/ny-take-vapor-out-of-the-budget-completely/

Rhode Island budget (Article 8, Section 8) would impose 80% tax on “tobacco substitutes” (which may include vapor), increase cigarette tax from $3.75 to $4.25/pack,
http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText17/HouseText17/Article-008.pdf

CASAA asks RI vapers to urge legislators to reject 80% tax on vapor products
http://p2a.co/WxJJqBE

Fojtik: Rhode Island’s proposed e-cigarette tax would hurt public health and economy
http://reason.org/news/show/rhode-islands-proposed-e-cigarette

Kansas Senate unanimously passes bill (SB 130) to reduce tax on e-liquid to $.05/ml
http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2017_18/measures/sb130/

CASAA asks Kansas vapers to urge House Taxation Cmte to support bill (SB 130) to reduce tax on e-liquid to $.05/ml
http://casaa.org/call-to-action/kansas-take-action-to-change-the-tax-on-vapor-products/
http://p2a.co/CimSyjS

Pennsylvania State Sen. Bartolotta introduces bill (SB 508) to change PA’s 40% vapor tax to a $.05/ml tax on e-liquid, referred to Senate Finance Cmte.
http://www.senatorbartolotta.com/2017/03/09/legislation-could-change-taxation-of-vapor-products-to-protect-small-businesses/
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/billinfo.cfm?syear=2017&sind=0&body=S&type=B&bn=0508
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2017&sessInd=0&billBody=S&billTyp=B&billNbr=0508&pn=0504

PA Dept of Revenue moves lawsuit challenging 40% vapor tax to federal court
https://www.lexislegalnews.com/mealeys-tobacco/articles/15542/pennsylvania-department-of-revenue-removes-vaping-tax-suit-to-federal-court

CASAA asks Nevada vapers to oppose bill (AB 269) to impose $.05/ml tax on e-liquid
https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/79th2017/Bill/5165/Overview
https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/79th2017/A/

CASAA asks Montana vapers to oppose bill (SB 354) to impose 74% tax on vapor
http://casaa.org/call-to-action/mt-oppose-a-74-wholesale-tax-on-vapor-and-smokeless-tobacco-products/

Montana bill to raise tobacco, e-cig taxes draws big crowd on both sides
http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/mtleg/montana-bill-to-raise-tobacco-e-cig-taxes-draws-big/article_4e00c611-3cee-5f28-ae43-9615ad2426c4.html
http://mtpr.org/post/bill-would-raise-taxes-tobacco-e-cigarettes
http://billingsgazette.com/news/government-and-politics/bill-introduced-to-increase-direct-care-salaries-by-expanding-tobacco/article_97b278ac-6eb2-567f-a450-3710094d8f69.html

Washington State bill (HB 2144) would tax vapor products at 95% (more than cigarettes), sponsor Rep Pollot falsely claims vapor aerosol can destroy ‘the inside of people’s lungs’
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=2144&Year=2017
http://q13fox.com/2017/03/18/vapor-products-e-cigarettes-could-be-taxed-under-new-washington-bill/

West Virginia bill (SB 677) would increase e-liquid tax from $.075/ml to $.105/ml, increase cigarette tax from $1.20 to $1.70/pack, increase OTP tax from 12% to 17%.
http://www.legis.state.wv.us/bill_status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=sb677%20intr.htm&yr=2017&sesstype=RS&i=677
http://www.legis.state.wv.us/bill_status/bills_history.cfm?INPUT=677&year=2017&sessiontype=RS
http://halfwheel.com/west-virginia-tobacco-tax-hike-proposed/145019

Tasty Vapor: Prop 56 – California Excise Tax
What it means to our California residents starting April 1, 2017
http://www.tastyvapor.us/blog/prop-56-california-excise-tax/

Fojtik: New Mexico’s plan to raise taxes on e-cigarettes would hurt public health
http://reason.org/news/show/new-mexicos-plan-to-raise-taxes-on

New Mexico House and Revenue and Tax Committee defeats bill (SB 231) that would have increased the cigarette tax to $3.16/pack, and taxed vapor products and OTP at 76%. http://halfwheel.com/massive-new-mexico-tax-increase-defeated/144264
https://www.nmlegis.gov/Legislation/Legislation?Chamber=S&LegType=B&LegNo=231&year=17

Nebraska legislature’s Revenue Cmte rejects bill to raise cigarette tax by $1.50/pack
http://journalstar.com/legislature/proposed-cigarette-tax-hike-goes-up-in-smoke-in-legislature/article_7da8186d-3047-5f64-9e23-76f506529911.html

PA IFO letter analyzing impact of Philly’s $2/pack cigarette tax (and Philly’s drinks tax)
http://www.ifo.state.pa.us/download.cfm?file=/Resources/Documents/Philly_Cig_Bev_Tax_Letter.pdf

Federal judge finds UPS liable for transporting untaxed cigarettes, to rule on penalties
https://www.wsj.com/articles/judge-rules-ups-improperly-shipped-untaxed-cigarettes-into-new-york-1490402758
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-24/ups-found-liable-in-new-york-lawsuit-over-untaxed-cigarettes
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-united-parcel-lawsuit-idUSKBN16V2QR
http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/us/article/Judge-rules-against-UPS-in-untaxed-cigarette-case-11026516.php
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ups-illegally-shipped-cigarettes-judge-rules-2017-03-25
https://www.bloombergquint.com/onweb/2017/03/24/ups-found-liable-in-new-york-lawsuit-over-untaxed-cigarettes

UK government issues Consultation on taxing low risk Heat-Not-Burn tobacco products
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/tax-treatment-of-heated-tobacco-products/tax-treatment-of-heated-tobacco-products

After co-signing letter to the NEJM advocating lower tax rates for low risk smokefree tobacco/nicotine alternatives, with Bloomberg funding, Frank Chaloupka reverts back to advocating tax hikes for all tobacco products regardless of their risks or benefits
https://www.bloomberg.org/blog/5-things-know-tobacco-taxes/

Indiana E-liquid Monopoly Law

Indiana Senate nearly unanimously passes vaping reform bill (SB 1), referred to House Public Policy Committee
http://www.ibj.com/articles/62742-senate-nearly-unanimously-passes-vaping-reform-bill
http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/senate/1

Flavoring Bans

FDA/NIH/NIDA funded anti-flavoring activists inappropriately conflate life saving vapor products, very low risk smokeless tobacco, low risk cigars and hookah with deadly cigarettes to falsely conclude that flavorings (not nicotine) cause daily tobacco use.
Since cigarettes cause >99% of tobacco attributable morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs, these findings on flavoring are irrelevant for public health, and another distraction.
http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(17)30065-X/pdf

Legacy prohibitionists demonize flavored vapor and OTP to lobby FDA to ban them, falsely portray flavored vapor and OTP as greater threats than unflavored cigarettes
https://truthinitiative.org/research/widespread-use-flavored-products-young-tobacco-users

Big Pharma shills CTFK/ACS/AHA/ALA/AAP (that falsely touted the TCA’s phony flavored cigarette ban, that exempted menthol) as necessary to protect kids, and then pressured Sen. Kennedy and HELP Cmte Dems to defeat Sen. Enzi’s 2007 amendment to ban menthol cigarettes repeat lies about flavored e-cigs and cigars, repeat lies that manufacturers target marketing to youth, once again lobby FDA to ban them.
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2017_03_15_flavortrap
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/microsites/flavortrap/
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/microsites/flavortrap/full_report.pdf

News media hypes bogus anti flavoring report by Big Pharma financed vapor prohibitionists, fails to do any fact checking and fails to interview any objective expert
http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/03/24/report-candy-flavored-tobacco-hooks-new-generation-kids
http://www.cw6sandiego.com/candy-flavored-e-cigs-hooks-new-generation-kids/

Mike Siegel: Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids admits that its secret campaign promoted youth cigarette addiction
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/03/campaign-for-tobacco-free-kids-admits.html

Mike Siegel: Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids’ lying has got to stop
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/03/in-my-view-campaign-for-tobacco-free.html

CA County Health Dept staff repeat CTFK’s lies about flavored tobacco/vapor products
http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/health-and-medicine/article140622513.html

Intolerant NY State Sen Brad Hoylman to introduce bill to ban sale of flavored vapor
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/lawmaker-ban-flavored-e-cigarettes-new-york-article-1.2996935

Mike Siegel: New York State Senator Uses “Alternative Facts” to Promote Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/03/new-york-state-senator-uses-alternative.html

Tobacco / Vapor Usage Bans

Greenhut: The ever expanding reach of tobacco zealots (banning all tobacco and vapor product use in homes)
https://spectator.org/the-ever-expanding-reach-of-anti-tobacco-zealots/

Minneapolis bans the use of all tobacco and vapor products at City Parks
http://www.southwestjournal.com/news/parks/2017/03/park-board-bans-use-of-e-cigs-chewing-tobacco-in-parks/
http://halfwheel.com/minneapolis-bans-tobacco-parks/143974

Smoking / Vaping Bans

US Rep Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) introduces bill (HR 1662) to ban smoking and vaping at all Veterans Administration facilities (even outdoors), falsely redefines smokefree vaping as smoking.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1662/text
http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/03/22/bill-ban-smoking-areas-va-introduced-house.html
http://halfwheel.com/bill-seeks-ban-smoking-va-facilities/144660

PA DCNR bans smoking and vaping at state beaches, falsely calls it a smokefree policy
http://www.pennsylvaniaagconnection.com/story-state.php?Id=301&yr=2017
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-season-bringing-more-smoke-free-beaches-to-pennsylvania-state-parks-300427085.html

Gainesville (FL) bans vaping and smoking at parks and bus stops, $25 fine for violators
http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170318/city-bans-smoking-at-parks-rts-bus-stops

Arkansas gives grants for lobbying to ban outdoor smoking and vaping
http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2017/mar/19/grants-add-incentive-for-cities-to-ban–1/?f=news-arkansas

Vaping Bans

Allegheny County (PA) bans vaping, County Exec Rich Fitzgerald and Health Director Karen Hacker falsely claim their cigarette protection law will improve public health
http://www.duqsm.com/allegheny-county-votes-ban-vapes-indoor-public-spaces/

Pittsburgh Post Gazette editorial repeats false fear mongering claims about vaping to endorse vaping ban that Post Gazette campaigned to enact during past 10 months
http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2017/03/12/Vaping-and-smoking-County-correctly-limits-use-in-public-indoor-spots/stories/201703310064

Saul Shiffman: Allegheny County was wrong to approve an e-cigarette ban
http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2017/03/17/Up-in-smoke-1/stories/201703310062

Mike Siegel: Anti vaping advocates support indoor vaping bans because we don’t know if secondhand vaping is harmful
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/03/anti-vaping-advocates-support-indoor.html

UK vapor experts agree that workplace vaping bans can have significant unintended consequences of protecting and sustaining cigarette smoking
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/26/e1/e5

Vaping prohibitionists repeat false fear mongering claims about vaping to advocate more cigarette protecting vaping bans
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/26/e1/e3

Minimum Age Laws

Kevin Glass: Regulators make patchwork of smoking restrictions (appropriately criticizes local governments for banning sale of lifesaving vapor products to anyone under 21)
http://www.wiscnews.com/reedsburgtimespress/opinion/columnists/article_b01dcf85-a480-5345-bd27-3c04787ee624.html

Lane County (OR) increases minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21
http://halfwheel.com/lane-county-ore-will-increase-tobacco-purchase-age/144131

Oregon Senate passes bill (SB 754) to raise minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21
https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Overview/SB0754
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/oregon/articles/2017-03-23/oregon-senate-approves-raising-legal-tobacco-age-to-21
http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/03/citing_harms_of_smoking_senate.html
http://halfwheel.com/oregon-senate-passes-minimum-tobacco-purchasing-age-increase/144742

Maine bill (LD 1170) would increase minimum age for vapor and tobacco sales to 21, redefine tobacco to include vapor products
http://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280064294
http://halfwheel.com/maine-minimum-tobacco-purchasing-age-increase-proposed/145028

Vermont bill to raise tobacco/vaping age to 21 would cost state nearly $2 million in tax revenue over 3 years
http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/business/article139832368.html

CASAA asks Texas vapers to oppose bill (HB 1908) to raise minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21
http://casaa.org/call-to-action/tx-take-action-to-oppose-vapor-and-tobacco-21/

NC bill (HB 435) would raise minimum age for all tobacco/vapor products to 21
http://wspa.com/2017/03/26/bill-filed-to-raise-minimum-age-to-buy-tobacco-products-in-nc/
http://halfwheel.com/north-carolina-legislators-seeking-raise-tobacco-purchase-age-21/144643
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2017/Bills/House/PDF/H435v1.pdf

Maryland Senate Finance Cmte reports unfavorably on bill (SB 669) to increase minimum sales age for tobacco/vapor products
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?id=sb0669&stab=01&pid=billpage&tab=subject3&ys=2017RS
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2017RS/bills/sb/sb0669F.pdf
http://halfwheel.com/marylands-proposed-minimum-tobacco-purchasing-age-increase-stumbles/144501

Guam to raise minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21 next year
https://www.postguam.com/news/local/tobacco-purchasing-age-raised-to/article_f73f399c-0f9b-11e7-8363-731e1c60d1b2.html
http://halfwheel.com/guam-increasing-minimum-tobacco-purchasing-age-21-next-year/144759

Singapore to raise minimum age for tobacco sales to 21, even though alcohol age is 18
http://halfwheel.com/singapore-will-raise-minimum-age-purchase-tobacco-21/143820

Vapor Sales Ban to Minors

PA Senator McGarrigle introduces bill (SB 191) to ban vapor sales to minors
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/billinfo.cfm?syear=2017&sind=0&body=S&type=B&bn=0191
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2017&sessInd=0&billBody=S&billTyp=B&billNbr=0191&pn=0180

Cigarette Sales Prohibition

– mandating very low nicotine cigarettes

Clive Bates: Is nicotine reduction really a viable policy option for tobacco control?
Definitely not . . . (presented at SRNT’s annual meeting last week)
https://www.slideshare.net/Clive_Bates/is-nicotine-reduction-a-viable-policy-for-tobacco-control-no-definitely-not

Lynn Kozlowski: Cigarette prohibition and the need for more prior testing of the WHO TobReg’s global nicotine-reduction strategy
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/26/e1/e31

Ron Borland: Paying more attention to the ‘elephant in the room’
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/26/e1/e35

DHHS funded cigarette prohibitionists promote worldwide cigarette prohibition by claiming the intent of mandating low nicotine cigarettes is to reduce their addictiveness, not to ban cigarettes (even thought the latter is what their policy proposal would achieve)
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/26/e1/e29

22nd Century Group urges investors to spend even more money on very low nicotine cigarette that relies solely upon sales to US government, future licensure by governments
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170321005533/en/22nd-Century-Group-Issues-Annual-Letter-Shareholders

Vapor Sales Prohibition

Australian TGA continues to protect cigarettes, threaten smokers’ lives; refuses to repeal ban on lifesaving vapor products, cites US SG anti-vaping propaganda report and false claims to WHO by Big Pharma/FDA/NIH funded vapor prohibitionists Glantz et al.
https://www.tga.gov.au/book-page/21-nicotine-0

E-cigarette nicotine ban condemned as ‘flawed and unethical’ by doctors, health experts
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/health/ecigarette-nicotine-ban-condemned-as-flawed-and-unethical-by-doctors-health-experts-20170326-gv713o.html

Matthew Peters repeats (and makes up new) fear mongering claims about vaping to lobby for extending vapor prohibition in Australia; ethical and humane commenters respond, 85% of online votes and dozens of comments “strongly disagree” with Peters’ extremism
http://www.doctorportal.com.au/mjainsight/2017/10/e-cigarettes-the-case-for-caution/

E-cig users face jail time in Thailand
http://www.tobaccoasia.com/e-cigarette-news/e-cig-users-face-jail-time-in-thailand/

Sudanese Islamist claims tobacco use not allowed in Islam
http://www.tobaccoasia.com/news/tobacco-not-allowed-in-islam/

Heat Not Burn Sales Prohibition?

‘Heat not burn’ tobacco sales under scrutiny (NZ Health Ministry says sales are banned)
http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/business/90787358/Philip-Morris-Heat-not-burn-tobacco-sales-under-scrutiny

Israel Ministry of Health temporarily allows sale of PMI’s IQOS heat not burn product
http://www.haaretz.com/science-and-health/.premium-1.776048

Clueless Knesset members upset that PMI’s IQOS allowed to be sold to smokers in Israel http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Health-and-Science/MKs-blast-Litzman-for-allegedly-protecting-tobacco-giant-Philip-Morris-484745

Medical Malpractice Surveillance

Vapor prohibitionists at ATS publish letter citing survey finding 67% of pulmunologists and primary care physicians in US would urge an asthmatic smoker (who inquired about using e-cigarettes to quit smoking) to use ineffective and less-than-safe FDA approved “tobacco treatment” drugs instead of vaping, and finding a majority of the doctors would discourage the smoker from vaping even after he/she declined the prescription and told the doctor about previous attempts to quit smoking with Big Pharma drugs (just as Big Pharma shills CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA, AAP, etc. and their left wing allies in Obama’s DHHS, Congress and the news media have encouraged doctors to do since 2009).
http://www.empr.com/news/e-cigarette-fda-approved-medications-pulomonologists/article/643352/?DCMP=EMC-MPR_DailyDose_dmd_20170310&cpn=uro_md%2ctecfidera88299%2cneuro_all&hmSubId=&NID=1679669899&c_id=&dl=0&spMailingID=16751222&spUserID=MzQ0NTg1MzEwOTQ0S0&spJobID=980794305&spReportId=OTgwNzk0MzA1S0
http://www.atsjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1513/AnnalsATS.201610-828LE
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-03-doctors-fda-approved-drugs-e-cigs.html

Mike Siegel: New survey shows that most physicians are completely misguided on e-cigarette recommendations; anti-tobacco groups’ propaganda is wreaking havoc on the public’s health
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/03/new-survey-shows-that-most-physicians.html

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Junk study falsely attributes cigarette smoking decline in some countries from 2007-2014 to WHO FCTC, but authors conflate/combine tax hikes and smokefree workplace laws (which reduce smoking) to advertising bans and subsidizing Big Pharma cessation drugs (which don’t reduce smoking). US, UK, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, India had significant cigarette smoking declines, but didn’t adopt any WHO FCTC policies.
http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lanpub/PIIS2468-2667(17)30053-1.pdf
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/tl-tlp032117.php
https://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/smoking-cessation-news-628/smoking-rates-drop-after-global-tobacco-treaty-720863.html
http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2017/03/daily-chart-18
http://cdn.static-economist.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/1872-width/20170325_WOC9322_0.png

2016 Tobacco Control Scale for Europe absurdly ranks nations based on number of anti tobacco laws instead of cigarette smoking rate (ranks Sweden 9th despite lowest smoking rate by far in Europe, ranks Luxembourg 33rd despite third lowest smoking rate)
http://www.tobaccocontrolscale.org/2017/03/22/tobacco-control-scale-2016/
http://www.tobaccocontrolscale.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/TCS-2016-in-Europe-COMPLETE-LoRes.pdf

Christopher Snowdon: Tobacco Control fail (criticizes EU 2016 Tobacco Control Scale)
http://velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.com/2017/03/tobacco-control-fail.html
http://velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.com/2017/03/more-incompetence-in-tobacco-control.html

Junk scientists and propagandists falsely attribute 10% decline in smoking rate (from 2005-2015) in 126 countries to WHO FCTC (even though US had a 20% decline from 2010-2015 largely due to vaping, which WHO has inhumanely lobbied nations to ban).
http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lanpub/PIIS2468-2667(17)30045-2.pdf

DHHS funded vapor prohibitionist at UNC find many vapers were upset finding out that FDA is banning all lifesaving vapor products on August 8, 2018, but then conclude that propaganda promoting FDA’s vapor sales ban should have been more positive.
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2017/03/24/tobaccocontrol-2016-053295?papetoc=

Former CTFK and FDA employee Eric Lindblom urges FDA to keep misleading the public about the vastly different risks and benefits of different tobacco/nicotine products
http://www.oneillinstituteblog.org/federal-tobacco-control-during-the-trump-years-and-tobacco-product-inserts/

Peter Hajek debunks another junk study, whose OSU authors falsely claimed it found that vaping doesn’t help smokers quit
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28339576

Roberto Sussman – Editors of Tobacco Control attack blogs: protecting science from cranks, or activism from science?
https://antithrlies.com/2017/03/24/editors-of-tobacco-control-attack-blogs-protecting-science-from-cranks-or-activism-from-science/

Lake County (IL) falsely claims vaping is gateway to cigarettes for teens
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-lake-vape-scene-st-0325-20170324-story.html

Lee Johnson: Should we be worried about teen vaping? An in-depth look at the facts and the arguments (interviews Carl Phillips and Mike Siegel)
https://www.blacknote.com/should-we-be-worried-teen-vaping-the-facts/

Lee Johnson – Teen Vaping Part 2: How politics and ideology drive the debate (Godshall comments)
https://www.blacknote.com/teen-vaping-part-2-how-politics-and-ideology-drive-the-debate/

Carl Phillips: Teen vaping and gateway effects (Lee Johnson article and interview with me)
https://antithrlies.com/2017/03/18/teen-vaping-and-gateway-effects-lee-johnson-article-and-interview-with-me/

Carl Phillips: Detecting bullshit in claims about comparative risks across tobacco products (criticizes unfounded claims that vaping is only 95% less harmful than smoking cigarettes, and that using smokeless tobacco is only 90% less harmful)
https://antithrlies.com/2017/03/05/detecting-bullshit-in-claims-about-comparative-risks-across-tobacco-products/

 

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Godshall Chronicles 03/09/17

THR Surveillance and Research

UK government finds record low 17.2% cigarette smoking rate for adults in 2015, acknowledges vaping a reason for decline (from 20.1% in 2010)
https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/healthandlifeexpectancies/bulletins/adultsmokinghabitsingreatbritain/2015

Smoking numbers hit new low as Britons turn to vaping to help quit cigarettes
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/07/smoking-numbers-hit-new-low-as-britons-turn-to-vaping-to-help-quit-cigarettes
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-4290638/Number-smokers-falls-lowest-level-records-began-1974.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4289458/The-number-smokers-plunges-just-17-cent.html

Analysis of 2014 Eurobarometer survey (of 15+ year olds from 28 EU states) data finds:
– Current smokers were 36 times more likely than never smokers to vape nicotine daily,
– Former smokers were 52 times more likely than never smokers to vape nicotine daily,
– Current smokers were 29 times more likely than never smokers to vape daily,
– Former smokers were 39 times more likely than never smokers to vape daily,
– 93% of daily vapers reported vaping nicotine daily,
– 1.08% of total population (15+ years) vaped daily, and 1.00% vaped nicotine daily,
– Just 0.08% of never smokers vaped daily, and only 0.04% vaped nicotine daily,
– 49.1% of daily nicotine vapers reported quitting smoking by switching to vaping,
– 0.0% of daily vapers reported increasing their cigarette consumption, and
– 9.3% of ever e-cig users vaped daily, and 8.6% of ever e-cig users vaped nicotine daily.
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11739-017-1643-7

The 2014 Eurobarometer survey also found (as detailed in August 2016 article below):
– 6.1 million EU citizens quit smoking cigarettes by switching to vaping,
– 9.2 million EU citizens had reduced cigarette consumption after beginning to vape,
– Just 1.3% of never smokers reported current use of nicotine e-cigs, and
– Just 0.8% of ever tobacco/vapor users reported using vapor first.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.13506/abstract
http://www.firstpost.com/world/about-six-million-europeans-have-quit-smoking-with-e-cigarette-use-study-2949644.html

Bulgarian Health Ministry says 4.6% of Bulgarians are now daily vapers in Europe’s most prevalent cigarette smoking country, where 31.4% still smoke cigarettes daily.
http://www.vapingpost.com/2017/02/28/bulgaria-in-every-twenty-people-one-is-a-daily-vaper/

FDA PATH survey found almost 90% of American youth (ages 12-17) who vaped in past month reported doing so because vaping is less harmful than cigarette smoking, refutes claim (in recent JAMA letter) that flavorings are why youth vape; Saul Shiffman to present this and other PATH findings at SRNT conference March 10 in Florence, Italy.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/youth-vape-to-reduce-harm-from-tobacco-cigarettes-over-availability-of-flavors-300419175.html?tc=eml_cleartime

Study of young adult vapers (ages 18-45) in US finds:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211335517300426
– Daily users of e-cigarettes found them at least as satisfying as cigarettes.
– Satisfaction from e-cigarettes was more likely in more frequent users.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=MiamiCaptionURL&_method=retrieve&_eid=1-s2.0-S2211335517300426&_image=1-s2.0-S2211335
– All daily users reported them as less dangerous than cigarettes.
– Perceived danger from e-cigarettes was higher in less frequent users.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=MiamiCaptionURL&_method=retrieve&_eid=1-s2.0-S2211335517300426&_image=1-s2.0-S2211335517300426-gr2.jpg&_cid=280666&_explode=defaultEXP_LIST&_idxType=defaultREF_WORK_INDEX_TYPE&_alpha=defaultALPHA&_ba=&_rdoc=1&_fmt=FULL&_issn=22113355&_pii=S2211335517300426&md5=08caa08d630fcb0c119bba72cd05e0db
– Daily users of e-cigarettes were more likely to be using non-cig-alikes.

New UB study sheds light on perceptions of e-cigs
http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2017/03/009.html
https://buffalonews.com/2017/03/03/ub-study-looks-perceptions-e-cigarettes/

Study finds young vapers (ages 16-26) correctly know that vaping is substantially less harmful than smoking cigarettes, and that vaping has made smoking less acceptable
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09687637.2017.1296933
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-03-young-people-associate-e-cigarettes-likelihood.html

Mintel survey finds UK smokers are still more than twice as likely to use vapor to quit smoking than Big Pharma drugs (62% vs 29%), which is why Big Pharma and its funding recipients have demonized and lobbied worldwide to ban vapor sales and use. But UK news headlines hype drop (from 69%) in percent of smokers who vape to quit smoking.
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-4269822/E-cigarette-use-falls-time.html
http://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/fewer-people-using-e-cigarettes-to-quit-smoking-amid-lack-of-official-guidance-11364160483995
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/01/britains-e-cigarette-boom-data-suggests/

Survey of customers at 14 vape shops finds 84% reported first buying a vapor product to quit smoking
http://www.mentaldaily.com/article/2017/03/study-14-vape-shops-survey-about-e-cigarettes/

Four country survey found smokers who tried vaping to quit smoking (compared to smokers who tried quitting cold turkey) were far more likely to report 30 day sustained cigarette abstinence in countries that don’t ban sales of nicotine vapor products (i.e. US & UK) than in countries that banned sales of nicotine vapor products (Canada & Australia).
https://academic.oup.com/ntr/article-abstract/doi/10.1093/ntr/ntx056/3061874/Does-the-regulatory-environment-for-e-cigarettes?redirectedFrom=fulltext

E-cigarettes safe as nicotine replacement in real-world study
http://imn.ie/e-cigarettes-safe-nicotine-replacement-real-world-study/#
http://annals.org/aim/article/2599869/nicotine-carcinogen-toxin-exposure-long-term-e-cigarette-nicotine-replacement

Brad Rodu: E-cigarette toxic chemical exposure is same as for nonsmokers
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2017/03/e-cigarette-toxic-chemical-exposure-is.html

Nicotine vapor has far fewer genetic effects than cigarette smoke
http://www.science20.com/news_staff/nicotine_vapor_has_fewer_genetic_effects_than_cigarette_smoke-224896

Brad Rodu – Heavy Snus Use: Possible Link to Type 2 Diabetes
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2017/03/heavy-snus-use-possible-link-to-type-2.html

Brad Rodu: Nicotine, Smokeless tobacco & Tourette Syndrome
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2017/02/nicotine-smokeless-tobacco-tourette.html

THR Education

BAT Harm Reduction Focus Report 2016: Inspiring Products Driving Change
(new BAT report more accurate than info from all public health agencies, except PHE)
http://www.bat.com/group/sites/UK__9D9KCY.nsf/vwPagesWebLive/DO964UGU/$file/Harm_Reduction_Focus_Report_2016_v2.pdf
http://www.bat.com/group/sites/UK__9D9KCY.nsf/vwPagesWebLive/DOAJYE7B

Nitzkin discusses issues on Tobacco Harm Reduction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5BE2Qws06k&feature=youtu.be

Log Cabin Republican Gregory Angelo: Vaping is best way to stop LGBT smoking
http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2017/2/10/vaping-best-way-stop-lgbt-smoking

Scott Ballin discusses Tobacco Harm Reduction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t8RJ6ZBoPU

UK vapers urge the Chancellor to recognize benefits of vaping on “No Smoking Day”
http://www.ukvia.co.uk/on-no-smoking-day-the-chancellor-must-recognise-a-public-health-revolution-that-has-already-delivered-a-96bn-saving/

Fresh urges smokers to Ditch or Switch to Vaping on “No Smoking Day” (UK)
http://www.starradio.co.uk/news/local-news/2240597/listen-ditch-or-switch-tobacco-on-no-smoking-day/

Responsible Parent’s Response to Child Vaping
http://www.pantagraph.com/lifestyles/rosemond-vaping-and-peer-pressure/article_a9a35aed-1d63-5820-ac11-c2253dce1bd0.html

Business

Big Tobacco has caught startup fever (about new low risk tobacco/nicotine alternatives)
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-03-08/big-tobacco-has-caught-startup-fever

Proposed BAT acquisition of Reynolds clears US antitrust hurdle
http://www.reynoldsamerican.com/About-Us/Press-Releases/Press-Release-Details-/2017/Proposed-BAT-acquisition-of-RAI-clears-US-antitrust-hurdle/default.aspx

NJOY completes financial restructuring
http://www.cspdailynews.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/njoy-completes-financial-restructuring

Marlboro brand value hits record high of US$32.4 billion
http://brandfinance.com/news/press-releases/tobacco-brand-values-hit-new-highs-in-spite-of-regulation/

North Carolina based Madvapes registers 86 e-liquid products to comply with EU TPD
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/madvapes-registers-products-with-europe-tpd-300418105.html

TMA hires new president and CEO Christopher Greer
https://www.tma.org/article/2017/world-tma-welcomes-new-president-and-ceo-refreshed-mission

GOP Healthcare Reform Legislation

GOP healthcare reform bill would eliminate CDC’s Prevention and Public Health Fund, which wasted $495.3 million of taxpayer money on “Tobacco Use Prevention” (including demonizing and banning use of lifesaving vapor products and very low risk smokeless tobacco products) since 2012 (i.e. $126M-2016, $111M-2015, $105M-2014, $60.3M-2013, $93M-2012), Godshall comments.
https://www.statnews.com/2017/03/07/cdc-budget-obamacare-repeal/
http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2017/03/07/aca-repeal-would-mean-massive-cuts-to-public-health-leaving-cities-and-states-at-risk/comment-page-1/#comment-2627013
“Tobacco Use Prevention” stated purpose “To raise awareness and shift key attitudes and beliefs about the harms of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke in areas of the country with some of the highest rates of tobacco use prevalence.”
https://www.hhs.gov/open/prevention/fy-2016-allocation-pphf-funds.html
https://www.hhs.gov/open/prevention/fy-2015-allocation-pphf-funds.html
https://www.hhs.gov/open/prevention/fy-2014-allocation-pphf-funds.html
https://www.hhs.gov/open/prevention/fy2013-allocation-pphf-funds.html
https://www.hhs.gov/open/prevention/fy2012-allocation-pphf-funds.html
https://www.hhs.gov/open/prevention/
https://www.cdc.gov/funding/pphf/

FDA Deeming Regulation/Ban

VTA, SFATA, AVA, CASAA urge House Speaker Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi to support Cole/Sanford bill (HR 1136) to keep many vapor products legal to sell after FDA’s Deeming Ban on August 8, 2018 (by moving the Feb. 15, 2007 predicate date)
http://vaportechnology.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/FINAL-Industry-Letter-to-Speaker-Ryan-and-Leader-Pelosi-3-8-17.pdf

Heritage Foundation – Rethinking Tobacco Policy: The Federal Government Should Stop Blocking Alternatives
http://www.heritage.org/government-regulation/report/rethinking-tobacco-policy-the-federal-government-should-stop-blocking

Joel Nitzkin: Congress, Please Make Smoking Less Harmful
http://www.realclearhealth.com/articles/2017/03/02/congress_please_make_smoking_less_harmful_110475.html

Guy Bentley: A modest reform could mean life of death for the vaping industry
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/322109-a-modest-reform-could-mean-life-or-death-for-the-vaping

ACSH’s Hank Campbell: Myths, Facts and Fixing Policy on Vaping
http://acsh.org/news/2017/03/01/myths-facts-and-fixing-policy-vaping-10929

4 State AGs (AZ, TX, LA, MI) file amici brief opposing FDA’s Deeming Regulation/Ban on premium cigars
http://halfwheel.com/four-states-file-brief-opposing-fda-cigar-regulation/142716
http://www.cigaraficionado.com/webfeatures/show/id/attorneys-general-nonprofit-support-cigar-industry-in-fda-lawsuit-19242

FDA Smokeless Tobacco Lies / Ban

FDA lies about and proposes ban for low risk smokeless tobacco products

Nitzkin/Rodu: FDA should get out of the smokeless tobacco industry
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/322118-fda-should-get-out-of-the-smokeless-tobacco-industry

Guy Bentley: How the CDC masks the truth about smokeless tobacco
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/how-the-cdc-masks-the-truth-about-smokeless-tobacco/article/2616021

Brad Rodu discusses Tobacco Harm Reduction (and FDA lies about smokeless tobacco)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keSHMEiu5vs

THR prohibitionists at TCLC endorse and promote FDA’s proposed standard that would ban the sale of >95% of smokeless tobacco products in the US, which would prompt many/most of the 3.2 million cigarette smokers who also use smokeless tobacco (per FDA’s PATH data) to increase cigarette consumption and reduce smokeless tobacco use.
http://www.publichealthlawcenter.org/sites/default/files/resources/FDAs-First-Proposed-Product-Standard.pdf

FDA/NCI financed extremist Stan Glantz urges FDA to not extend public comment period on proposed cigarette protecting standard that would ban sales of >95% of low risk smokeless tobacco products now on US market, and would prompt many of the 3.2 million dual users of smokeless tobacco and cigarettes to increase cigarette consumption.
https://tobacco.ucsf.edu/fda-should-not-extend-comment-period-its-proposed-product-standard-limiting-nnn-levels-finished-smokeless-tobacco

More FDA CTP

FDA lets Reynolds’ Natural American Spirit cigarette keep using term “Natural” in brand name and trademarks (after previously claiming it was a banned MRTP claim), FDA agreed to settlement with Reynolds in January that wasn’t made public (requiring removal of terms “Additive Free” and “natural” on brands’ labels, advertising and promotions), anti-tobacco/vapor extremists CTFK and Legacy lies initiative criticize
http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/reynolds-subsidiary-agrees-to-marketing-restrictions-for-super-premium-cigarette/article_1b1c3e2d-a58f-5c9d-ab6a-5a1b321695eb.html
http://news.morningstar.com/all/market-watch/TDJNMW20170302557/reynolds-will-have-to-remove-natural-and-additive-free-from-natural-american-spirit-cigarettes.aspx
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/content/press_office/2017/NASagreement.pdf
http://www.medpagetoday.com/Pulmonology/Smoking/63559
Note that FDA’s agreement with Reynolds is similar to FDA’s agreement with Altria’s John Middleton allowing “Black and Mild” cigar brands to keep that name (even though the TCA banned the word ‘mild’ as a tobacco brand descriptor), and is consistent with a 2004 statement by Altria’s Mark Berlind about 1st Amendment protections.

CTFK’s Matt Myers and Legacy’s Robin Koval in denial that brand names are protected by the US Constitution, criticize FDA for letting Reynolds keep cigarette brand name.
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2017_03_02_fda
https://truthinitiative.org/news/agreement-american-spirit-cigarettes-fails-protect-public-misleading-claims

22nd Century says it withdrew its MRTP application for its very low nicotine cigarettes, and now plans to submit a “more expensive and robust” MRTP application to FDA.
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170228005123/en/22nd-Century-Written-Feedback-FDA-Company%E2%80%99s-Modified

FDA increases fines on retailers that violate the Tobacco Control Act
http://halfwheel.com/fda-increases-fines-retailers/143089

Trump Administration

Trump appoints Noel Francisco for US Solicitor General; Francisco is a Jones Day lawyer who represented Reynolds in lawsuit that struck down FDA’s unconstitutional graphic cigarette warning labels (after Godshall warned Obama’s FDA that its intentionally deceptive warnings may be unconstitutional)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/trump-nominates-dc-lawyer-noel-francisco-as-solicitor-general/2017/03/08/c62b0774-040f-11e7-b9fa-ed727b644a0b_story.html
http://www.fed-soc.org/experts/detail/noel-j-francisco

Litigation

Fort Lauderdale law firm wins $6 million tobacco verdict for WWII veteran’s widow
http://www.ktre.com/story/34624895/fort-lauderdale-law-firm-wins-6-million-tobacco-verdict-for-world-war-ii-veterans-widow

Taxation

New Mexico Senate approves bill (SB 231) to impose 76% tax on vapor products, increase cigarette tax from $1.66 to $3.16/pack, increase OTP tax from 25% to 76%
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/article137086668.html
https://www.nmlegis.gov/Legislation/Legislation?Chamber=S&LegType=B&LegNo=231&year=17

Kansas Senate rejects Gov. Brownback’s proposed tobacco tax increases
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/mar/7/kansas-lawmakers-consider-hiking-tobacco-taxes-in-/

Kansas Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee amends, recommends passage of bill (SB 130) to change vapor e-liquid tax from $.20/ml to $.05/ml
http://kslegislature.org/li/b2017_18/measures/sb130/
http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2017_18/measures/documents/cr_2017_sb130_s_1327.pdf
CASAA asks Kansas vapers to urge legislators to support and enact SB 130
http://casaa.org/call-to-action/kansas-take-action-to-change-the-tax-on-vapor-products/

After NY State Health Commissioner Zucker sends letter to all MDs in NY that grossly misrepresents the evidence on vapor products and urges their support for Gov. Cuomo’s proposed $.10/ml tax on e-liquid, R Street sends letter responding to Zucker
http://www.rstreet.org/outreach/concerned-healthcare-providers-respond-to-new-york-department-of-health-commissioners-remarks-on-e-cigarettes/

NY Conservative Party: Block Tax on E-cigarettes
http://www.nystateofpolitics.com/2017/03/conservative-party-block-tax-on-e-cigarettes/

PA Rep. Jeff Wheeland to proposed bill to change PA’s 40% vapor tax to $.05/ml
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/Legis/CSM/showMemoPublic.cfm?chamber=H&SPick=20170&cosponId=22325
PA Sen. Camera Bartolotta to proposed bill to change PA’s 40% vapor tax to $.05/ml
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/Legis/CSM/showMemoPublic.cfm?chamber=S&SPick=20170&cosponId=22722
CASAA urges PA vapers to send letters of support for bills to tax e-liquid at $.05/ml http://p2a.co/fYelf6m

CASAA urges MN vapers to oppose bill (SF 1052) backed by Reynolds to impose $.30/ml tax on e-liquid.
http://casaa.org/call-to-action/minnesota-oppose-a-tax-hike-on-vaping/

Frank Chaloupka points out that raising cigarette tax benefits health and economy (OK)
http://journalrecord.com/2017/03/03/chaloupka-dont-trust-tobacco-industry-on-cigarette-taxes/

UK Government to increase taxes and duties on cigarettes
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4295694/Smokers-face-double-whammy-tax-increases.html
https://www.ft.com/content/66e5891e-0410-11e7-ace0-1ce02ef0def9

Philip Morris Limited (PMI’s subsidiary in UK) urges British government to slightly increase cigarette tax to purportedly encourage smokers to switch to less harmful smokefree alternatives, but PML opposes any substantive cigarette tax increase.
https://www.pmi.com/resources/docs/default-source/default-document-library/taxing-tobacco-and-the-budget-views-of-philip-morris-limited.pdf
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/03/tax-us-worlds-biggest-cigarette-maker-tells-philip-hammond/
Ironically, in 2015, Philip Morris Limited vehemently opposed a UK cigarette tax increase, and instead urged the UK government to tax vapor products (see page 290)
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/464795/PU1814_Tobacco_Levy_final_v3.pdf

BAT opposes minimum excise tax on cigarettes in UK, claims it will hurt low
http://www.cityam.com/260221/minimum-excise-tax-cigarettes-hurt-lower-earners-and-fuel

Indiana E-liquid Monopoly Law

Indiana Senate Cmte votes 8-1 for bill (SB 1) to repeal Indiana’s e-liquid monopoly law
http://www.nwitimes.com/business/local/indiana-senate-committee-advances-vaping-law-overhaul/article_f349ecca-b198-5b72-afcb-e685c5062c7a.html
http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/senate/1#document-3bb69337

Flavoring Bans

Menthol cigarettes will soon be banned (UK)
http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/menthol-cigarettes-soon-banned-what-12710117
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4294888/Menthol-cigarettes-packs-10-outlawed-May.html

NJ Assembly/Senate Health Cmtes approve bills to ban sale of flavored vapor products
http://www.cspdailynews.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/nicotine-retailers-face-double-whammy-new-jersey
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/02/will_nj_soon_ban_flavored_electronic_smoking_devic.html
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20170227_ap_76ce4175c5db4f6daa2065bdb164846f.html

Flavored E-liquid

Clive Bates: Are e-liquid flavours really
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=4715

Advertising Restrictions

Advertising Standards Authority bans billboard showing Santa Claus vaping (UK)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/38978119/santa-claus-vaping-advert-banned-for-appealing-to-kids

Minimum Age

Utah bill (HB 406) to increase minimum tobacco/vapor sale age to 21 years dies in House
http://halfwheel.com/utah-minimum-tobacco-purchasing-age-hike-bill-dies-house/143586

Idaho bill to increase minimum tobacco/vapor sale age to 21 years dies in Senate
http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/article136218178.html

CASAA urges IL vapers to oppose bill (HB 3208) to raise minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21
http://casaa.org/call-to-action/illinois-take-action-to-oppose-tobacco-and-vapor-21/

Florida bill (SB 1138) would increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21
http://halfwheel.com/tobacco-age-increase-proposed-florida/142850
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/1138/?Tab=BillText
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/1138/BillText/Filed/PDF

Vaping Bans

New Mexico Senate approves bill (SB 318) to ban vaping in workplaces after bill sponsor Sen. McSorley falsely claims scientific evidence has found vapor aerosol harms nonusers
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/legislature/senate-votes-to-apply-smoking-rules-to-vaping/article_c0cbc6ad-228a-5e92-912d-d73a18b95a69.html
http://www.kob.com/politics-news/bill-adding-e-cigarettes-to-clean-indoor-air-act-in-committee-process/4416089/
http://krqe.com/2017/03/07/bill-would-ban-smoking-e-cigarettes-inside-public-buildings/

Allegheny County (PA) Council protects cigarettes, threatens smokers and vapers, bans vaping in 99% of workplaces (despite no evidence vaping harms non users) after Health Dept, Big Pharma shills, UPMC and MDs lied about vaping risks and benefits, and after County Executive Rich Fitzgerald pressured Democrats on Council to vote for ban.
http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/12015905-74/county-ban-vaping
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/03/07/Allegheny-County-vaping-ban-in-public-places-Pittsburgh-vote-approves-measure/stories/201703070217
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/03/02/Allegheny-County-Council-likely-to-vote-on-e-cigarette-ban/stories/201703020208

Univ of Pittsburgh Medical Center commits public health malpractice, protects cigarettes (and UPMC’s future revenue from treating sick and dying smokers) by lying about vapor products, urging Allegheny County Council to ban vaping in 99% of workplaces.
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/03/07/E-cigarette-ban-Pittsburgh-public-places-UPMC-and-Pitt-medical-experts-support-county-regulations/stories/201703070031
http://www.upmc.com/media/NewsReleases/2017/Pages/ecig-press-conf.aspx

Kokomo and Howard County (IN) ban smoking (and smokefree vaping) in workplaces
http://www.howardcountyin.gov/files_uploaded/4058_001.pdf
http://cbs4indy.com/2017/03/06/howard-county-kokomo-take-on-stricter-smoking-regulations/
http://halfwheel.com/kokomo-howard-county-ind-pass-smoking-bans/143592

Croatian bill to ban vaping in workplaces sent to Parliament for consideration
https://eblnews.com/news/croatia/bill-restricting-tobacco-use-sent-parliament-consideration-60001

Tacoma/Pierce County (WA) Health Dept post vaping ban signs that deceive public to believe vaping is as harmful as cigarette smoking.
http://www.dispatchnews.com/Content/News/News/Article/Stance-on-vaping-is-in-the-sign/26/337/3157

Arkansas bill (SB 285) to ban vaping in workplaces dies in Senate committee
http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2017/mar/02/e-cigarette-restrictions-fall-short-in–1/

Access to Vaping

Inmates in Irish prisons may soon have access to e-cigarettes
http://www.thejournal.ie/irish-prison-e-cigarettes-3257518-Feb2017/

Vapor Prohibition – Taiwan

Clive Bates: Challenging the proposed e-cigarette prohibition in Taiwan
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=4737

Clive Bates urges Taiwan to reject proposed cigarette protecting vapor ban
http://www.clivebates.com/documents/Taiwan2017.pdf

International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organizations urges Taiwan to embrace lifesaving vapor products instead of banning them
http://www.clivebates.com/documents/INNCOTaiwan2017.pdf

R Street’s Eli Lehrer and Ed Anselm urge Taiwan to reject proposed cigarette protecting vapor ban
https://www.rstreet.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/R-Street-taiwan-comments-to-sendandpost.pdf

Canada

Derek From: Ottawa could muzzle access to scientific data on vaping (Bill S-5)
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/opinion/2017/3/3/opinion–ottawa-could-muzzle-access-to-scientific-data-on-vaping.html
https://openparliament.ca/bills/42-1/S-5/

Derek From: Vaping laws keep less harmful option out of Canadian’s reach
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/derek-james-from/federal-vaping-law-gets-a_b_14963906.html

Derek From: Feds need to rethink anti-vaping legislation
http://www.torontosun.com/2017/02/26/feds-need-to-rethink-anti-vaping-legislation

Tyler Dawson – Tobacco control endgame, is it really about saving people?
http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/dawson-tobacco-control-endgame-is-it-really-about-saving-people

Canadian Health Minister Jane Philpott touts contradictory goals of reducing tobacco use to 5% by 2035 while imposing even more bans on lifesaving vapor products
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/whats-being-done-to-aggresively-lower-tobacco-use-among-canadians-by-2035/article34178419/

Eric Gagnon: How marijuana makes the obvious case against plain packaging for tobacco products (Canada)
http://business.financialpost.com/fp-comment/how-marijuana-makes-the-obvious-case-against-plain-packaging-for-tobacco-products

CAMH deceptively conflates its “tobacco free” policy with a “smokefree” policy, opposes cigarette smokers switching to low risk smokeless tobacco products
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-03-tobacco-free-feasible-boosts-safety-mental.html

Australia

Experts slam TGA e-cigarette ban as ‘unethical’ and ‘unscientific’ (Australia)
http://www.smh.com.au/national/experts-slam-tga-ecigarette-ban-as-unethical-and-unscientific-20170306-gurgnd.html

New Zealand

NZ Mauro Party co-leader Marama Fox calls for government subsidization of vapor products (just as it subsidizes Big Pharma drugs) in NZ where vapor sales are banned.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11810617

Mauri health group urges NZ Health Ministry to subsidize vapor products for smokers
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews?story_id=MTU4MDM=

Smokers shifting onto e-cigarettes ‘is a win’ – Kiwi doctor (John Cameron)
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/smokers-shifting-onto-e-cigarettes-win-kiwi-doctor

‘I think we’ve got a win’ – NZ doctor believes vaping could shift people from smoking tobacco
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/think-we-have-got-win-nz-doctor-believes-vaping-could-shift-people-smoking-tobacco

Israel

Big Pharma funded health and medical groups in Israel upset Health Minister Litzman won’t ban sales of PMI’s low risk heat-not-burn iQOS
http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Health-and-Science/Orgs-slam-Litzman-for-allowing-sale-of-iQOS-heated-smokeless-cigarettes-482967

Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

FDA/NCI funded study finds air contains more benzene than e-cig vapor, but study authors (the same ones who falsely claimed vaping emits lots of formaldehyde in the NEJM) deceive peer reviewers, editors and news media again by falsely claiming their new study found “significant levels of cancer-causing benzene” in e-cig vapor.
http://www.ecigarette-research.org/research/index.php/whats-new/2017/252-benz
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0173055
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-03-cancer-causing-benzene-e-cigarette-vapors-high.html

Science Times article repeats and further hypes false fear mongering claims that vaping emits lots of benzene, along with horror stories about benzene to confuse and scare
http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/10054/20170309/vapors-of-high-powered-e-cigarettes-may-cause-cancer.htm

Abstinence-only anti-THR extremists at CASA protect cigarettes by falsely claiming just 20% of adult cigarette smokers in US are addicted, repeat hundreds of false fear mongering claims from junk studies to demonize nicotine, lifesaving vapor products, very low risk smokeless tobacco products, low risk cigars, pipes and hookah; deceitfully conflate all tobacco/nicotine products (except Big Pharma nicotine) with cigarettes.
http://www.centeronaddiction.org/addiction-research/reports/non-cigarette-nicotine-products
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-report-highlights-the-risks-of-non-cigarette-nicotine-products-300419749.html

Big Pharma financed ACS and ALA falsely claim cigarette companies sell most vapor products in US, but they will if FDA’s Deeming Regulation (that was aggressively lobbied for by ACS, ALA and other Big Pharma shills) isn’t rescinded or repealed.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tobacco-companies-taking-over-the-e-cigarette-industry_us_58b48e02e4b0658fc20f98d0

Singapore’s Health MinisterAmy Khor falsely claims low risk heat-not-burn tobacco alternatives are “not significantly different” than deadly cigarettes, claims (despite zero evidence) they will addict children and be gateways to cigarettes as reasons to ban them.
http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/heated-tobacco-products-just-bad-cigarettes

Polosa/Howard refute false claims by DHHS funded vaping opponents about “dripping”
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2017/02/02/peds.2016-3224.comments

Big Pharma/FDA/NIH funded American Heart Association press release falsely claims vaping may increase stroke risk more than smoking (based on totally inapplicable rodent study in which mice were given more than a lethal dose of nicotine daily for 30 days); lazy stupid news media repeat false fear mongering claim without any fact checking.
http://newsroom.heart.org/news/isc17-thursday-news-tips
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4255696/Do-use-e-cigarettes-risk-STROKE.html
http://www.mirror.co.uk/science/e-cigs-could-raise-risk-9906545
https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/2940409/e-cigarette-users-may-be-at-higher-risk-of-a-life-threatening-stroke-than-smokers-study-finds/

Mike Siegel: American Heart Association claims that vaping causes severe strokes and is more risky than smoking
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/02/american-heart-association-claims-that.html

Philly Health Cmsnr Farley (who lied about vaping to lobby for NYC’s 2013/14 workplace vaping ban) now falsely claims cigars are target marketed to youth
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/health/Cigar-Use-Philadelphia-Youth-High-Rate-415030203.html

FDA/NCI/Legacy funded Glantz keeps lying about the modest impact smokefree workplace laws had on heart attack rates (as the vast majority of workplaces were already smokefree before the laws were enacted), comments refute and debunk Glantz
https://theconversation.com/no-doubt-about-it-smokefree-laws-cut-heart-attacks-in-big-way-73724

California Health Dept funded Yolo County Health Dept denounces retailers for selling lifesaving vapor products and low risk cigars (but not deadly cigarettes)
http://healthystoreshealthycommunity.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Yolo-County-HSHC-2017-Press-Release.pdf

California Health Dept demonizes vaping again, and retailers who sell vapor products
http://healthystoreshealthycommunity.com/campaign/

Orange County Register hypes Yolo County Health Dept’s demonization of vapor
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/percent-746049-county-stores.html
http://www.dailydemocrat.com/general-news/20170308/survey-finds-county-stores-sell-and-advertise-unhealthy-products

FDA funded junk study authors rely upon Twitter postings in another deceitful attempt to misrepresent why millions of smokers have switched to life saving vapor products
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0170702
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-03-shifting-rationales-vaping.html#jCp

Huff Post runs yet another op/ed that falsely claims vaping is addicting many nonsmokers and is harming vapers
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/stuart-gale/ecigarettes-a-blessing-or_b_15234094.html

CVS funds study to congratulate itself for ending tobacco (and vapor) sales
http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2016.303612

CVS press release falsely congratulates itself for nation’s decline in cigarette smoking
http://www.wcvb.com/article/overall-cigarette-sales-drop-after-cvs-removes-them-from-shelves/8974781

 

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Godshall Chronicles 02/24/17

THR Science and Education

Vapor experts educate FDA contracted National Academies Committee on scientific and empirical evidence on vaping s many health benefits for smokers and negligible risks at February  21, 2017 Workshop (videos of all presentations now posted); Committee on the Review of the Health Effects of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) http://nationalacademies.org/hmd/Activities/PublicHealth/HealthEffectsofElectronicNicotineDeliverySystems/2017-Feb-21/Videos/Welcome/1-Welcome-Video.aspx
http://nationalacademies.org/hmd/~/media/Files/Activity%20Files/HealthEffectsofECigs/02_Agenda%20NASEM%20ENDS%20Workshop.pdf

2016 E-Cigarette Summit presentation videos posted (from The Royal Society, London, Nov. 17, 2016); many international experts present scientific evidence on vaping https://vaping.com/blog/e-cigarette-summit-2016/e-cigarette-summit-2016-videos/

Iowa AG Tom Miller https://vimeo.com/199643660
Martin Dockrell https://vimeo.com/199299910
Alette Addison https://vimeo.com/199310058
Robert West https://vimeo.com/199186428
Scott Leischow https://vimeo.com/199302812
Peter Hajek https://vimeo.com/199179566
JF Etter https://vimeo.com/199175655
Neil Benowitz https://vimeo.com/199151796
Tim Phillips https://vimeo.com/199313209
Ram Moorthy https://vimeo.com/199171677
Alexandra Freeman https://vimeo.com/199166825
Lynn Dawkins https://vimeo.com/199162208
Robert Morrison https://vimeo.com/199306915
Marcus Munafo https://vimeo.com/199158493
Konstantinos Farsalinos https://vimeo.com/199148100
Riccardo Polosa https://vimeo.com/199144228
ASH UK s Deborah Arnott https://vimeo.com/199067721
UK MHRA s Beryl Keeley https://vimeo.com/199067721
Totally Wicked s Fraser Cropper https://vimeo.com/199007334
Linda Bauld https://vimeo.com/199003399
Louise Ross https://vimeo.com/199000301

James Murphy – Assessing the risk of e-cigarettes BAT studies of vapor aerosol find no oxidative stress, no genotoxicity, and no tumor promotion activity, find far lower toxicant levels than in cigarette smoke, including:

– >99% lower for WHO s list of 9 chemicals,

– >99% lower for FDA s short list of 18 chemicals,

– 95% lower for Health Canada s list of 44 chemicals, and

– 92% lower for FDA s list of 92 harmful and potentially harmful constituents (HPHCs).
http://www.paneuropeannetworkspublications.com/GOV21/#52

Jacob Sullum: Study confirms health advantages of vaping Why do US officials insist on obscuring them?
http://reason.com/archives/2017/02/15/study-confirms-health-advantages-of-vapi
http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/sullum-the-truth-about-e-cigarettes-and-government-studies/

CASAA issues video Facts About Vaping
http://casaa.org/tool-box/new-video-resource-for-thr-advocates-and-policy-makers-facts-about-vaping/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLBfZe2sppg

CASAA issues guide: Battery Safety   Making Peace With Power http://casaa.org/news/battery-safety-announce/
http://casaa.org/wp-content/uploads/BatterySafety.docx.pdf

Brad Rodu interview: How Smokeless Tobacco Can Save Your Life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1StNipKMRwQ

The Switch (UK vapers describe how they quit smoking by switching to vaping) https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLvBx3_9F8cFmB6Y_pWsawuQhdy-x_1i4K&v=FKwIsjfKp1k&app=desktop

Vaping, E-Cigarettes, and Public Policy Toward Alternatives to Smoking The Heartland Institute: by Brad Rodu, Matthew Glans, and Lindsey Stroud https://www.heartland.org/publications-resources/publications/vaping-e-cigarettes-and-public-policy-toward-alternatives-to-smoking

https://www.heartland.org/_template-assets/documents/publications/Vaping%20E-Cigarettes%20and%20Public%20Policy.pdf(20 page report on vaping and THR, but incorrectly claims the  anti smoking campaign  failed and that anti smoking activists have been pushing anti-THR  quit or die  policies)

Robert Song: Is vaping healthy?
http://m.koreatimes.co.kr/phone/news/view.jsp?req_newsidx=224408

Premium vape image draws many away from dirty cigarettes (Malaysia) http://www.therakyatpost.com/life/2017/02/20/premium-vape-image-draws-many-away-from-dirty-cigarettes/

DHHS funded study finds sick smokers more likely to vape than those without diseases, but authors urge doctors to recommend only Big Pharma drugs (not vaping) to smokers http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(16)30666-3/pdf
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/ehs-epa022117.php

Public Health Surveillance

Brad Rodu: Complicated Models Can t Alter the Data: Smoking Among Youth and Young Adults Is Way Down (shows huge decline in cigarette smoking by 18/19 year old men and women in US from 2010 to 2015, according to CDC NHIS data) http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2017/02/complicated-models-cant-alter-data.html

Brad Rodu: Complicated Models Can t Alter the Data   Part 2: Youth Smoking Is Way Down (shows huge decline in cigarette smoking by 14-18 year old boys and girls in US from 2010 to 2014, according to NIDA NSDUH data) http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2017/02/complicated-models-cant-alter-data-part.html

Brad Rodu: CDC omitted important findings in report on 2015 NYTS (shows huge decline in cigarette smoking by middle and high school students in US from 2011 to 2015, according to CDC NYTS data) http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2017/01/cdc-omitted-important-findings-in.html

Clive Bates shows huge decline in cigarette smoking by 12th grade students in US from 2010 to 2016, according to NIDA MTF data http://www.clivebates.com/documents/MTF12thGradeSmokingTrend.png

2015 Wales survey of youth (ages 11-16) finds:
http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/7/2/e012784

– Regular e-cig use (i.e. at least weekly) was reported by 41.8% of daily smokers, 17.5% of ex-smokers and 0.5% of never smokers.
http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/7/2/e012784#T3

– Ex-smokers accounted for increasing % of regular e-cig users every year age of youth increased (indicating e-cigs help increasingly more youth quit smoking as they get older).

http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/bmjopen/7/2/e012784/F3.large.jpg

– 18.5% of youth ever-used an e-cig, and 2.7% reported regular use, but authors refused to reveal daily-use data (likely because it was negligible, only included smokers and ex-smokers, and since doing so would disprove the authors  public criticisms of vaping).

– 83% of weekly smokers who ever used an e-cig smoked cigarettes before trying vaping.

– 10.5% of youth ever-smoked a cigarette, and 2.3% reported daily cigarette smoking.

One news outlet analyzed the Wales survey  Questions raised over whether e-cigarettes lead to smoking after survey can t find a single regular user that has never smoked
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/questions-raised-over-whether-e-10224276

but other news outlets repeated misleading fear mongering claims by the survey authors http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2017-02-08/e-cigarette-use-rapidly-increasing-among-young-people/

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-38951682

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-38945395

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/how-likely-young-people-wales-12574847

THR Business

Wells Fargo reports 3.6% decline in US cigarette volume in Jan 2017 (compared to 2016)
http://www.cspdailynews.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/cigarette-sales-start-slow-2017#page=0

BAT looks to double its vaping markets worldwide
http://www.reuters.com/article/bat-results-idUSL8N1G81X5

New cigarette alternative significantly cuts health risks http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/11/new-cigarette-alternative-significantly-cuts-health-risks/

Swedish Match reports 2016 changes in volumes of snus and other tobacco products http://www.tobaccoreporter.com/2017/02/harm-reduction-emphasized/

Consumer Economics

Lindsey Fox   Smoking vs Vaping: The Ultimate Cost Comparison http://ecigarettereviewed.com/smoking-vs-vaping-cost-comparison

FDA Deeming Regulation/Ban

US Reps. Tom Cole (R-OK) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA) introduce  FDA Deeming Authority Act of 2017  (HR 1136), which would keep the sale of many vapor products  legal in the US after August 8, 2018 (by moving the TCA s 2/15/2007 grandfather date to 8/8/2016 for newly deemed tobacco products), but would still impose all other cigarette protecting vapor regulations/bans in the TCA and in FDA s Deeming Ban, including:

– ban ALL new and improved vapor products that weren t on the market on 8/8/2016,

– ban ALL truthful MRTP claims that vapor products are less harmful than cigarettes, and

– allow FDA to impose many unwarranted standards to ban virtually all vapor products.

The FDA Deeming Authority Act of 2017 would also require FDA to:

– impose vapor battery standards (which could ban virtually all vapor product batteries),

– ban vapor product advertising in publications that cigarette advertising is banned.

https://cole.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/cole-and-bishop-introduce-fda-deeming-authority-clarification-act-2017
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1136/text?r=64

Guy Bentley   Hope for vapers: new bill could halt FDA e-cigarette prohibition
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/hope-for-vapers-new-bill-could-halt-fda-e-cigarette-prohibition/article/2615076

Richard Craver: US House bill targets later grandfather date for e-cigs http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/u-s-house-bill-targets-later-grandfather-date-for-e/article_e61eb7d3-29aa-5bbe-a08e-fe6a1fb7d447.html

CASAA: HR 1136   Modernizing the predicate date for vapor is a vital first step http://casaa.org/news/hr-1136-modernizing-the-predicate-date-for-vapor-products-is-a-vital-first-step/

Nicopure Lab s Patricia Kavacevic interviews Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) about Cole-Bishop Amendment (that woudl move the TCA s Feb 15, 2007 grandfather date for marketing new products to Aug. 8, 2016 for vapor and other newly deemed tobacco products) https://www.nicopure.com/news/rep-tom-cole-discusses-cole-bishop-amendment-nicopure-labs/

Charlie Minato: Bill to change FDA grandfather date reintroduced in Congress
http://halfwheel.com/bill-change-fda-grandfather-date-reintroduced-congress/142161

US Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) sends another letter to VP Mike Pence urging his support for reigning in FDA s disastrous Deeming Ban on vapor products https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/library

http://casaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017-02-21-RHJ-to-Price-FDA-Reg-E-Cigs.pdf

Hartland (WI) challenges FDA Deeming Regulation http://www.lakecountrynow.com/story/news/local/lake-country-reporter/2017/02/14/hartland-address-fda-e-cigarettes-rules/97889154/

http://www.churnmag.com/news/local-government-helps-fight-fda/

Kathy Hoekstra: Science challenges FDA vaping regulation, and Trump may be next http://watchdog.org/288976/fda-e-cigarette-rules-face-science-trump/

CAA, CRA & IPCPR petition federal court for summary judgment in lawsuit challenging FDA s Deeming Regulation
http://halfwheel.com/caa-cra-ipcpr-petition-summary-judgement-fda-lawsuit/141858
http://www.cigaraficionado.com/webfeatures/show/id/cigar-industry-files-motion-moving-fda-lawsuit-forward-19239

Cause of Action files amicus brief with federal court in support of cigar industry lawsuit challenging FDA Deeming Regulation http://causeofaction.org/assets/uploads/2017/02/2017-02-21-Cigar-Amicus-Brief.pdf
http://causeofaction.org/fda-trying-snuff-americas-cigar-industry/
http://halfwheel.com/cause-action-institute-files-brief-fda-lawsuit/142798

Same medical groups that urged FDA to ban lifesaving vapor products urge Congress to reject bill that would stop FDA from banning low risk premium cigars
http://www.medpagetoday.com/pulmonology/smoking/63225

FDA announces TPSAC meeting on April 6 to discuss process for reviewing forthcoming PMTA and MRTP applications; anyone desiring to speak during the Public Comment period must submit request by March 15 https://www.fda.gov/downloads/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/TobaccoProductsScientificAdvisoryCommittee/UCM542323.pdf

https://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/TobaccoProductsScientificAdvisoryCommittee/ucm542318.htm

US DOT

Federal judge sets oral arguments in CEI v DOT (airline vaping ban) for April 10, 2017 http://www.tobacco-on-trial.com/2017/02/14/cei-v-dot-order-schedule-feb-14-2017/

Litigation

Florida jury awards $5.4 million to family of dead smoker, holds Philip Morris liable https://www.lexislegalnews.com/mealeys-tobacco/articles/14900/florida-jury-awards-5-4-million-to-family-in-engle-progeny-suit

Florida jury awards $6 million to family of dead smoker, holds RJ Reynolds liable https://www.law360.com/articles/895089/jury-awards-6m-to-wwii-hero-s-widow-in-engle-case

Taxation

Hawaii bill (HB 246) would impose 70% tax on vapor products, and impose licensing for vapor wholesalers/retailers and many manufacturers)
http://capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=246&year=2017
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB246_.HTM

CASAA urges Arizona vapers to oppose bill (SB 1517) to tax vapor products at 95% http://casaa.org/call-to-action/arizona-take-action-to-oppose-a-95-tax-on-vapor-products/

Kansas still wrangling over how to tax e-cigarettes
http://kcur.org/post/kansas-still-wrangling-over-how-tax-e-cigarettes#stream/0

CASAA urges Kansas vapers to advocate legislation to reduce e-liquid tax from $.20/ml to $.05/ml http://casaa.org/call-to-action/kansas-take-action-to-change-the-tax-on-vapor-products/

Indiana bill (HB 1476) would tax e-liquid at $.10/ml.
https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/house/1476#document-8d953524

CT Governor Malloy proposes $.45/pack cigarette tax hike, but no vapor tax, in budget http://fox61.com/2017/02/10/malloys-cigarette-tax-could-earn-the-state-60-million/

Tennessee bills (HB 1364 & SB 876) would raise cigarette tax (from $.62 to $1.67/pack), raise OTP tax (from 6.6% to 17%) and wisely would not tax vapor products
http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=HB1364
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/HB1364.pdf
http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB0876&GA=110
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/SB0876.pdf

OK House Committee approves Gov. Fallon s proposed $1.50/pack cigarette tax hike http://www.kjrh.com/news/local-news/oklahoma-house-panel-oks-governors-150-cigarette-tax-plan
http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/cigarette-tax-increase-advanced-by-house-committee/article_186a98f6-cb71-5b04-9059-f67af373fe01.html

WV Senate committee advances bill to increase cigarette tax by $1/pack
http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20160217/senate-committee-advances-bill-to-raise-cigarette-tax-by-1

IN House GOP budget proposal includes $1/pack cigarette tax increase http://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/cigarette-tax-increase-included-in-gops-proposed-state-budget

NY bills (A 2103 & S 4576) would further hike tobacco/vapor prices by banning coupons http://nyassembly.gov/leg/?default_fld=&leg_video=&bn=A02103&term=2017&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Committee%26nbspVotes=Y&Floor%26nbspVotes=Y&Memo=Y&Text=Y

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/politics/albany/2017/02/20/ban-tobacco-discounts-coupons-new-york/98161324/

Kansas Senate rejects Gov. Brownback s proposed tobacco tax hikes http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article132774899.html

http://halfwheel.com/kansas-governors-cigar-tax-hike-rejected/142027

Montana Senate committee kills tobacco tax hike bill http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article133166789.html

Vapor Flavor Sales Ban

CASAA urges NJ vapers to oppose bill (A 3704) to ban sales of flavored vapor products http://casaa.org/call-to-action/new-jersey-take-action-to-keep-flavors-legal-no-a-3705/
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2016/Bills/A4000/3704_I1.HTM

Online Vapor Sales Ban

Hawaii bills (HB 1495 & SB 342) would ban online vapor and tobacco purchases http://halfwheel.com/bill-hawaii-seeks-end-online-tobacco-purchases
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1495&year=2017
http://capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=342&year=2017

Vaping Bans

CASAA urges Arkansas vapers to oppose bill (SB 285) to ban vaping in workplaces http://casaa.org/call-to-action/arkansas-call-to-action-take-action-to-oppose-an-indoor-vaping-ban-sb-285/

CASAA urges UT vapers to oppose legislation that would ban vaping in vape shops http://casaa.org/call-to-action/utah-take-action-to-keep-vaping-legal-in-vapor-shops/

CASAA urges Montana vapers to oppose bill (SB 147) to ban vaping in workplaces http://casaa.org/call-to-action/mt-take-action-to-oppose-an-indoor-vaping-ban/

Richlands (VA) bans vaping in many workplaces under false guise of banning smoking http://town.richlands.va.us/documents/Other/Public%20Smoking%20Ordinance%2002-2017.pdf

http://www.swvatoday.com/news/richlands_clinch_valley/article_2953a138-f553-11e6-8c46-4b5ef1c5c1a5.html

http://halfwheel.com/richlands-va-passes-smoking-ban/142425

Minimum Age Laws

Genessee County (MI) increases minimum age for vapor/tobacco sales to 21
http://halfwheel.com/genesee-county-mich-approves-tobacco-age-increase/141844

Trenton (NJ) City Council increases minimum age for vapor/tobacco sales to 21
http://halfwheel.com/trenton-n-j-raises-tobacco-purchase-age-21/142408

Vermont bill (H 52) would raise minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21; bill s findings all focus on cigarette smoking, but bill applies to all vapor and tobacco products
http://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2018/H.52

http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0052/H-0052%20As%20Introduced.pdf

http://halfwheel.com/vermont-revisit-tobacco-purchase-age-increase/141901

Maryland bill (SB 669) would increase minimum age for vapor/tobacco sales to 21, Senate Finance Cmte hearing scheduled for March 9.
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?id=sb0669&stab=01&pid=billpage&tab=subject3&ys=2017RS

http://halfwheel.com/maryland-legislators-debate-tobacco-purchase-age/142253

Connecticut bill (HB 5384) would increase minimum age for vapor/tobacco sales to 21
http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/lawmakers_weigh_increasing_smoking_age_to_21

https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB5384&which_year=2017

Nebraska bill would increase minimum age for vapor/tobacco sales to 21 http://www.wdio.com/Health/nebraska-lawmakers-consider-raising-smoking-age-to-21/4398885/

Central Falls (RI) City Council approves ordinance raising minimum age for vapor and tobacco sales to 21, goes to mayor
http://halfwheel.com/central-falls-close-becoming-first-city-rhode-island-raise-tobacco-age-21/141872

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky protects cigarettes by lobbying to increase minimum age to sell very low risks smokeless tobacco and lifesaving vapor products from 18 to 21.
https://www.interactforhealth.org/upl/Most_Kentucky_adults_favor_raising_minimum_age_to_buy_tobacco_to_21.pdf

https://www.interactforhealth.org/upl/KHIP_2016_Minimum_tobacco_age_21.pdf

UK Financial Times Special Report: The Future of Regulation (UK and international)

David Sweanor: Pragmatism on nicotine could save lives
https://www.ft.com/content/490982dc-ec5b-11e6-930f-061b01e23655

Clive Bates: A guide to the seven sins of overreaching government
https://www.ft.com/content/8f75bac2-eded-11e6-930f-061b01e23655

Derek Yach: The health expert willing to work with the  enemy  https://www.ft.com/content/5fbf2eb0-d990-11e6-944b-e7eb37a6aa8e

Canada

Vaping and the Law: Comparing legislation across Canada; Canadian Constitution Foundation report tells truth about vaping, criticizes cigarette protecting anti vaping laws http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=99ddf17099e8b3ba076a7d32b&id=f3a4dc842b

http://theccf.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Vaping-Report-digital.pdf

http://theccf.ca/vaping/

http://canadafreepress.com/article/new-canadian-constitution-foundation-report-reveals-major-problems-with-can

Health Canada launches Public Consultation on the Future of Tobacco Control in Canada (consultation ends April 13) https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/news/2017/02/government_of_canadalaunchespublicconsultationsonthefutureoftoba.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/programs/future-tobacco-control/future-tobacco-control.html

http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=8616193

Health Canada s Suzy McDonald interviewed by Regulator Watch s Brett Stafford, McDonald insists nicotine vapor product sales are still banned in Canada (despite Health Canada s failure and refusal to enforce or discuss its purported ban since 2009), defends Health Canada s proposed cigarette protecting ban on truthful speech about vaping beyond the deceitful claim that  vaping is likely less harmful than cigarette smoking . https://www.regulatorwatch.com/brent_stafford/striking-balance-health-canada-vaping-part-1/

Health Canada s Suzy McDonald Part 2 interview with Regulator Watch s Brett Stafford, McDonald touts warnings that will falsely claim vaping is addictive for nonsmokers, repeats many false fear mongering claims about nicotine (that Health Canada has  approved and promoted as medicine if/when marketed by Big Pharma), falsely insinuates vapor products have addicted nonsmoking youth, may be gateways to cigarettes, and repeatedly refers to vapor as tobacco to conflate its risks with those of cigarettes.
https://www.regulatorwatch.com/brent_stafford/big-issues-health-canada-vaping-part-2/

Australia

Colin Mendelsohn: Australia s looming e-cigarette ban robs smokers of a chance to quit
https://theconversation.com/australias-looming-e-cigarette-ban-robs-smokers-of-a-chance-to-quit-72566

17 Australian public health experts urges TGA to legalize sale of vapor products http://colinmendelsohn.com.au/posts/submission-legalise-nicotine-vaping-rejected/

21 international public health experts critique TGA s false and misleading claims about vaping, urge ending vapor sales prohibition to give cigarettes smokers legal access http://www.clivebates.com/documents/TGASubmission2.pdf

Clive Bates: Australian medicines regulator intends to continue to protect the cigarette trade   we challenge its bizarre reasoning
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=4667

Australia s assistant Health Minister David Gillespie says government is unlikely to allow sales of Philip Morris very low risk iQOS (as it already banned snus and vapor) http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/philip-morriss-smokefree-cigarette-seems-unlikely-to-ignite-in-australia-20170215-gudjx5.html

Intellectual Property Rights / Plain Packaging

Big Tobacco sets stage for alcohol to defend brands (UK) https://www.ft.com/content/84edf96c-d726-11e6-944b-e7eb37a6aa8e

US Government Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

CDC and US Department of Defense lie about very low risk smokeless tobacco that has helped millions of smokers quit (most white rural males), promotes Great American Spit Out, instructs taxpayer funded counselors to lie about the low risks of smokeless tobacco. https://ucanquit2.org/Events/2017/Great-American-Spit-Out-2017.aspx

Transcript of chat with CDC sponsored US Department of Defense s so-called tobacco cessation expert who repeatedly misrepresented the very low risks of smokeless tobacco.
http://c8.velaro.com/Chat/EmailTranscript.aspx?rid=caf63fb6-ba36-41a3-9912-a568a39618ba&siteid=10866

MTF survey author Richard Miech once again misrepresents MTF survey data (finding teen smoking plummeted to record lows every year e-cig use increased, and finding negligible regular e-cig use by never smokers), falsely claims e-cigs are a gateway to cigarettes (by citing biased junk studies that excluded all smokers who switched to vaping, and that misclassified most other participants) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-theory/wp/2017/02/15/the-great-mystery-of-e-cigarettes/

Patient Care touts former CDC Director Tom Frieden s false fear mongering claim about vaping, promotes DHHS funded junk studies that demonize vaping, Godshall comments
http://www.patientcareonline.com/cardiovascular-diseases/e-cigarettes-where-theres-no-smoke-theres-still-fire#comment-51091

After lying about and lobbying to ban lifesaving vapor products since 2009, CDC falsely claims it  is a leader in national efforts to ease the burden of cancer.
https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/about/?s_cid=govD_CancerNewsFebuary16_15

Clives Bates exposes junk research methods and negligible findings by Obama DHHS funded Primack et al, who falsely claimed their study found e-cigs were gateways to  cigarettes to lobby for FDA Deeming Rule that bans vapor product sales to adults.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26348249#cm26348249_59107

FDA/NIH funded David Payton (coauthor of deceitful  dry puffing emits formaldehyde  letter to NEJM) finally admits vapers cannot tolerate  dry puffing , fails to apologize for deceiving the public by manufacturing and promoting a deceitful formaldehyde panic, makes even more false fear mongering claims about vapor to news media.

http://www.nature.com/articles/srep42549

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-02-hazardous-chemicals-e-cigarette-vapor-nicotine.html

FDA/NIH/Big Pharma funded AHA s Bhatnager continues to falsely claim vaping causes heart disease (despite no scientific evidence) by misrepresenting the scientific evidence, fails to ethically disclose AHA s irreconcilable financial conflicts of interest http://www.healio.com/cardiology/chd-prevention/news/online/%7B074547e8-f19d-4fc1-9f33-fd2cba02df23%7D/e-cigarettes-associated-with-cv-risk-factors

Fox News Clueless about E-Cigs! (hypes Fake News about  dripping  to scare)
https://vid.me/wryC

NIH funded anti vaping activists repeat dozens of false fear mongering claims about vaping to demonize lifesaving vapor products, advocate vapor and vaping bans.
http://www.healio.com/pediatrics/journals/pedann/2017-2-46-2/%7Bec4522f5-11ac-4afb-9b78-e0532b5371d0%7D/use-of-electronic-nicotine-delivery-systems-among-adolescents-status-of-the-evidence-and-public-health-recommendations

DHHS funded vaping prohibitionists falsely claim their junk study (that found nothing worth mentioning) found  Youth ENDS exposure may contribute to normalizing adult cigarette smoking and may in turn heighten susceptibility to cigarette smoking.  http://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(16)30946-6/abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28159423

DHHS funded 2014/15 study finds 15.8% of US adults had ever-used hookah, but only 1.5% used hookah in past-30-days (indicating hookah poses very low risk of dependence, and that the hookah fad has passed).  Finds young adults, college educated, never smokers, and ever hookah users were more likely to know hookah poses lower risks than cigarettes, but authors deceitfully conclude  Public health interventions should target these subpopulations to provide them with accurate information on hookah smoking.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28161620

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Bloomberg Philanthropies and DHHS funded Frank Chaloupka falsely attribute cigarette smoking diseases and deaths to other tobacco products, advocate taxing ALL tobacco/vapor products regardless of the product s risks, benefits or costs to government.
https://www.bloomberg.org/blog/5-things-know-tobacco-taxes/

Editors at Tobacco Control Journal (aka Tobacco Prohibition Journal) criticize experts who critique their anti-THR junk studies that advocate  quit or die  prohibition policies.
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/26/2/121

Mike Siegel: Tobacco Control Journal: There can be no legitimate discussion of our articles without our permission http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/02/tobacco-control-journal-there-can-be-no.html

Carl Phillips: Editors of Tobacco Control admit they publish indefensible junk science https://antithrlies.com/2017/02/20/editors-of-tobacco-control-admit-they-publish-indefensible-junk-science/

Carl Phillips: More on Tobacco Control s  stop talking about us!  editorial https://antithrlies.com/2017/02/22/more-on-tobacco-controls-stop-talking-about-us-editorial/

Clive Bates exposes the economic cluelessness and public health malpractice advice by  tobacco-free world  crusaders Moore, McKee and Duabe for opposing THR
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28202930

CASAA s Brian Carter   Critical Thinking 101: Source Evaluation http://casaa.org/research-studies/critical-thinking-101-source-evaluation/

Wash Post and Univ of California repeat junk study authors  false claims that vaping may cause heart disease https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/like-smoking-tobacco-vaping-may-increase-risk-of-heart-disease/2017/02/17/0ed2c0da-f47e-11e6-a9b0-ecee7ce475fc_story.html

https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/new-evidence-e-cigarettes-may-harm-your-heart

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky protects cigarettes by lying about lifesaving vaping; falsely claims e-cigs  can be just as harmful  as cigarettes, are toxic and addictive, are gateways to cigarettes, and don t help smokers quit.  Survey finds just 29% of Kentuckians correctly know that vaping is safer than smoking cigarettes.
http://www.lanereport.com/72764/2017/01/kentucky-health-issues-poll-younger-and-lower-income-adults-more-likely-to-try-e-cigs/

https://www.interactforhealth.org/upl/Nearly_4_in_10_Kentucky_young_adults_have_tried_an_e_cigarette.pdf

https://www.interactforhealth.org/upl/KHIP_2016_E_cigarette_use_and_safety.pdf

Mike Siegel: Kentucky health group is deceiving public about risks of smoking . . . and it s working http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/02/kentucky-health-group-is-deceiving.html

Clive Bates: Hold the Mayo (critiques anti-vaping propaganda by Big Pharma funded Mayo Clinic)
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=4679

Big Pharma funded Mayo Clinic still deceiving the public about lifesaving vapor products, very low risk smokeless tobacco and low risk OTP, promotes tobacco abstinence while hypocritically touting  seven FDA-approved medications  (some of which include nicotine) for stopping tobacco use, while hypocritically claiming  Mayo Clinic does not endorse companies or products.  http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/quit-smoking/in-depth/electronic-cigarettes/art-20204330@BRAVEmediaMO

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/quit-smoking/basics/quitsmoking-basics/hlv-20049487

http://www.mayoclinic.org/departments-centers/nicotine-dependence-center/minnesota/services

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/quit-smoking/basics/quitsmoking-action-plan/hlv-20049487

 

Snus prohibitionists at Karolinska claim study found snus use associated with diabetes http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/joim.12592/full

http://www.physiciansbriefing.com/Article.asp?AID=719437

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-02-snus-users-greater-diabetes.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38892402

Swedish Match urges caution about snus diabetes finding http://www.tobaccoreporter.com/2017/02/swedish-match-urges-caution-about-snus-diabetes-finding/

US News headline and article deceive readers about vaping s enormous health benefits and negligible risks by repeatedly using the absolutist terms  safe  and  harmful  http://health.usnews.com/wellness/articles/2017-02-15/revisiting-e-cigarettes-safe-or-harmful

Big Pharma shills CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA falsely claim Big Tobacco has taken over vapor industry, keep demonizing lifesaving products, fail to disclose financial conflicts
http://www.healthline.com/health-news/tobacco-companies-taking-over-e-cigarette#5

 

Bill Godshall
Executive Director
Smokefree Pennsylvania

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