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Godshall Chronicles 04/08/18

THR Surveillance

Analysis of 2015 NYTS data on 6-12th graders exposes many false claims by CDC, finds:
(note that ‘frequent’ use = 20+ of past 30 days, and ‘infrequent’ use = <20 of past 30 days)

– frequent smokers were 84 times more likely than never smokers to vape daily (16.9% v 0.2%)
– infrequent smokers were 36 times more likely than never smokers to vape daily (7.3% v 0.2%)
– frequent smokers were 73 times more likely than never smokers to vape frequently (21.8% v 0.3%)
– infrequent smokers were 41 times more likely than never smokers to vape frequently (12.2% vs 0.3%)
– frequent smokers were 12 times more likely than never smokers to vape in past 30 days (64.7% v 5.5%)
– infrequent smokers were 9 times more likely than never smokers to vape in past 30 days (50.4% v 5.5%)

In 2016, Villanti et al revealed the 2014 NYTS found <0.1% of never tobacco users in 6th-12th grades reported vaping on 10 or more of the past 30 days

CDC 2014-2016 NYTS data for 6th-12th graders (see tables below) finds:
– 1.1% (virtually all smokers or exsmokers) vaped daily in 2015 and 2016
– 2.1% (virtually all smokers or exsmokers) reported vaping >100 days in their life in 2015-2016- teens who vaped 10+ days (in past 30 days) declined from 2.8% in 2015 to 2.2% 2016- lifetime teen vaping declined from 25.7% in 2015 to 22.9% in 2016- in 2016, nearly as many teens (8.6%) reported vaping THC as vaping nicotine (10.6%)  

During the past 30 days, on how many days did you use electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes?

Days    2014    2015     2016
0              89.3    87.4      90.0
1-2           4.3         5.0          3.5
3-5           1.5         2.0          1.8
6-9           1.0         1.4          0.9
10-19     0.9         1.1          0.8
20-29      0.5         0.6          0.3
All 30      0.9         1.1          1.1

In total, on how many days have you used an electronic cigarette or e-cigarette in your entire life?

Days    2015    2016
0          74.3      77.1
1               7.3         6.5
2-10        7.5          6.8
11-20     2.9          2.6
21-50     2.6          2.1
51-100  1.7             1.5
>100        2.1         2.1

2016 NYTS

Have you ever used an e-cigarette device with a substance besides nicotine? (Select one or more)

8.6%       A. Yes, I have used an e-cigarette device with marijuana, THC or hash oil, or THC wax
1.9%       B. Yes, I have used an e-cigarette device with another substance that is not marijuana, THC or hash oil, or THC wax
10.6%    C. No, I have only used an e-cigarette device with nicotine
71%        D. No, I have never used an e-cigarette device
7.4%       E. Don’t know/not sure

CDC reports another new record low 14.1% adult cigarette smoking rate (for first 9 months of 2017), down from 15.8% in 2016; but CDC fails to issue a press release

Note that CDC changed the NHIS in 2016, causing an artificial smoking rate increase from 2015.

Clive Bates: Trends in tobacco and nicotine use in the United States – April 2018 version

Analysis of FDA PATH data finds cigarette smokers who switched to daily vaping were 7.9 times more likely to report 30-day cigarette cessation (than smokers who didn’t vape)

Paul Fontaine: Vaping “A Blessing” in Reducing Number of Smokers in Iceland (from 14% in 2014 to just 9% in 2017)

Study finds youth vaping in NYC increased, and youth tobacco use declined less rapidly in NYC than in control locations after Mayor Bloomberg and NYC Council increased the minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21 and banned vaping in workplaces in 2013/14

CDC analysis of 2016 NYTS data finds 37.5% of 6-12 graders correctly knew using e-cigarettes “some days but not every day” caused “little or no” harm, compared to 12% for smokeless tobacco and 18.7% for hookah.  But anti-THR authors recommend further exaggerating the risks of lower risk products as a strategy to purportedly reduce youth misperceptions of harm.

THR Business

Japan Tobacco reports 16.2% domestic cigarette volume decline in February (from Feb 2017), and a 27% cigarette volume decline since Feb 2016, while increasing market share from 61.3% to 61.8% in recent months (as heat-not-burn products have rapidly replaced cigarette smoking)

KTNG reports 14.4% decline in cigarette industry volume in 4Q2017 in South Korea (from 4Q2016) as many smokers have switched to lower risk heat-not-burn tobacco products

PMI shifts entire capacity of its cigarette factory in Greece to smoke-free products

Fontem Ventures buys stake in Cosmic Fog e-liquid manufacturer

Swedish Match buys Oliver Twist

Altria & BAT/Reynolds increase prices of US cigarettes

Vapor prohibitionists, left wing Democrats and news media falsely accuse, demonize JUUL

US House E&C Cmte Frank Pallone criticizes FDA Cmsnr Scott Gottlieb’s 4 year delay in banning vapor sales to adults, falsely accuses JUUL of marketing to youth, and denounces teen vaping (which has sharply reduced teen cigarette smoking)

NY Times, Wall St. Jrnl and other news outlets jump on anti-JUUL hysteria bandwagon, repeat false fear mongering claims that JUUL addicting lots of teens (despite no evidence that Juul has ever harmed any of its several thousand consumers).

Paul Blair: The crusade against JUUL and other vaping products is childish even for tobacco control

THR Education & Advocacy

Clive Bates Ten perverse intellectual contortions: a guide to the sophistry of anti-vaping activists

Alex Berezow: Anti smoking bigots trying to kill smokers and vaping industry

Carl Phillips: Just who is actually marketing vapes to children?

Steve Birr: Media hysteria around teen vaping falsely suggests a youth epidemic

Michael Shaw: Do e-cigarettes contain dangerous chemicals?

THR Research

Foundation for a Smoke-Free World issues global survey data: The State of Smoking 2018; finds

–        smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to have spouses and closest friends who smoke,
–        most smokers know they are addicted to cigarettes and know smoking is harmful,
–        most smokers have already failed to quit smoking by using Big Pharma NRT products,
–        most smokers incorrectly believe vaping nicotine causes cancer and/or heart disease,
–        most smokers incorrectly believe vaping is just as or more harmful than smoking, and
–        quitting and cutting down on smoking are the two primary reasons vapor vape e-cigs

Modeling study confirms that vaping greatly improves overall public health (even if teen vaping caused a 6% increase in cigarette smoking, which vapor gateway propagandists have alleged)

Study of NEISS data finds 26 cases of burn injuries caused by vapor product batteries in 2016, analysis finds 20 of the 26 cases occurred while batteries were in a pocket of the consumer.

JF Etter: E-cigarettes and the obsolescence of combustion (excellent summary of evidence);

Study finds smokers who quit smoking by switching to vaping gained less weight (1.5% vs 4.8%) than smokers who quit smoking without vaping, finds no weight gain by dual users

Study finds young adults (18-29) have more favorable attitudes towards, and greater intention to use very low risk vapor products and low risk hookah than addictive cigarettes; but DHHS funded anti-THR authors urge FDA to further ban/regulate marketing for vapor and hookah, and to fund counter-marketing ads demonizing vapor and hookah on the Internet and social media.

CDC analysis of 2014-2016 NYTS data finds slight increase in percentage of teens who saw e-cig ads (after Reynolds and Altria introduced e-cigs in 2014), finds teens who vaped were more likely to see e-cig ads that teens who didn’t vape (duh); but vapor prohibitionists at CDC recommend banning vapor advertisements virtually everywhere adults can see them.

Steve Birr: CDC quiet on study proving vaping does not pollute indoor air

PMI toxicology study finds its carbon heated tobacco aerosol has lower biological impact than cigarette smoke

PMI toxicology study finds its carbon heated tobacco aerosol has “an absence of cytotoxicity, reduction in pathophysiological alterations, toxicological marker proteins, and inflammatory mediators following exposure” compared to cigarette smoke

PMI rodent inhalation toxicology study finds aerosol from carbon heated tobacco product resulted in far low inflammation and cellular stress responses than cigarette smoke

BAT study finds no mutagenetic activity after cells were exposed to 900 puffs of e-cig aerosol

Altria study finds no combustion-related HPHCs in e-liquids or e-cigarette aerosols

BAT study finds vaping doesn’t stain teeth (unlike cigarette smoking)

Smoking Research

Study finds smokers of low tar cigarettes had modestly lower rates of lung cancer, COPD, heart disease and stroke (than smokers of high tar cigarettes)

Study find exclusive cigarette smokers face significantly higher mortality risks than exclusive smokers of cigars and pipes, but authors misrepresent findings to criticize cigars and pipes

Smoking Cessation

Yorkshire Cancer Research urges smokers to quit by using e-cigarettes

Pfizer says Chantix failed to achieve its goals (i.e. cessation) in study of adolescent smokers

IQOS Consumer Perception

Paul Barnes: IQOS: Good thing, or bad? (former smoker and current vaper tries IQOS)


Next Generation Nicotine Delivery 2018 USA conference on April 24/25, 2018 in Atlanta

2nd so-called US E-Cigarette Summit to be held April 30, 2018 in Washington, DC (one American who opposes FDA’s Deeming Rule has been invited to speak at this year’s event)

5th Global Forum on Nicotine will be held in Warsaw, Poland on June 14-16, 2018

Anti-THR 9th Summit on Smokeless Tobacco Prevention (which used to be called the National Summit on Smokeless and Spit Tobacco) to be held October 16-18, 2018 in Sacramento, CA

 FDA Deeming Rule Litigation

Vapor prohibitionists sue FDA absurdly claiming they’ve been injured by FDA’s four year delay of the  Deeming Rule’s vapor sales ban to adults (from 8/8/2018 to 8/8/2022)

Bloomberg editorial promotes Bloomberg funded vapor prohibitionist’s lawsuit against FDA

Carl Phillips: Anti-tobacco groups sue FDA over vape ban timing. But why?

FDA seeks to move cigar lawsuit (challenging FDA’s Deeming Rule) from Texas to DC Court, seeks merging case with another cigar lawsuit filed in DC Court

Cigar trade groups petition federal courts in DC and Texas to delay warning label requirements following FDA’s issuance of ANPRM for Premium Cigars

FDA issues ANPRM of Premium Cigars

FDA issues ANPRM to reevaluate premium cigar regulations (i.e. to exempt premium cigars from Deeming Rule), 90 day public comment period

Prohibitionists at CTFK, ALA and Legacy denounce FDA’s ANPRM to exempt premium cigars from Deeming Rule (which would ban the sale of many/most premium cigars)

FDA issues ANPRM for Regulation of Flavors in Tobacco Products

FDA issues ANPRM for tobacco and vapor flavorings (requests public comments for 90 days)

Carl Phillips: FDA announces plan to ban flavors under guise of asking whether to ban flavors

Carl Phillips: The road to criminalizing tobacco product users

FDA issues ANPRM for Tobacco Product Standard for Nicotine Level in Combusted Cigarettes

FDA Issues ANPRM to Ban Sales of Nicotine Cigarettes (and perhaps RYO, Cigars, Pipe Tobacco & E-liquid) that FDA refers to as a product standard to make cigarettes non addictive; requests public comments for 90 days

FDA’s ANPRM for Very Low Nicotine Cigarettes:
–        Touts FDA’s phony estimated impacts (see NEJM article below) of FDA’s VLN cigarette standard, FDA’s Deeming Rule and FDA’s proposed smokeless tobacco standard;
–        Touts previous VLN cigarette brands, but fails to mention that all were market disasters;
–        Downplays likelihood of cigarette black markets and insists FDA can adequately enforce;
–        Fails to acknowledge a VLN standard is likely to slash legal cigarette sales by >90% within one year (based upon past sales/demand of/for VLN cigarettes), annual cigarette tax revenue by >$25 Billion, and annual MSA payments to States by >$7 Billion;
–        Touts unrealistic clinical studies that paid smokers money to smoke free VLN cigarettes;
–        Fails to mention 1920-32 Alcohol Prohibition similarly set a low standard for alcohol.

FDA study in NEJM “Potential Public Health Effects of Reducing Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes in the United States” incompetently estimates that after FDA’s Deeming Rule bans vapor sales on 8/8/2022, after FDA acts on its proposed smokeless tobacco standard (that could ban >95% of smokeless products), and after FDA imposes its proposed VLN cigarette standard: (see Figure 1) (see Charts)

–        Smokefree tobacco/vapor product use in the US will increase from 6% (15 million) in 2020 to 10% (25 million) in 2022 and beyond;
–        Most smokers will buy VLN cigarettes for several years after FDA imposes standard; and-        Cigarette smoking will decline from 13% (32.5M) to 4% (10M) by 2030.

FDA issues Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products after Implementation of an FDA Product Standard, 90 day public comment period (reminiscent of US plan to enforce Alcohol Prohibition in 1920)

FDA considering e-liquid ban to purportedly prevent VLN cigarettes from being nicotinized (page 61 of ANPRM)

“Another possible countervailing effect of setting a maximum nicotine level for cigarettes could be that users would seek to add nicotine in liquid or other form to their combusted tobacco products. Therefore, FDA is considering whether any action it might take to reduce nicotine in combusted tobacco products should be paired with a provision that would prohibit the sale or distribution of any tobacco product designed for the purposes of supplementing the nicotine content of a combusted tobacco product (or any product where the reasonably foreseeable use is for the purposes of supplementing this nicotine content). FDA is also considering what other regulatory options may be available to address this concern and requests comments on such options.”

FDA Cmsnr Scott Gottlieb touts proposed policy to ban nicotine cigarettes (and maybe RYO, cigars and pipe tobacco) as product standard to make cigarette nonaddictive, touts FDA’s incompetent modeling study estimating impact of FDA’s proposed VLN cigarettes standard, FDA’s Deeming Rule and FDA’s proposed smokeless tobacco standard

Prohibitionists praise FDA ANPRM to ban nicotine cigarettes, create huge black markets

FDA’s Gottlieb touts cigarette ban, rejects evidence that vaping slashed teen cigarette smoking, and that virtually all frequent teen nicotine vapers are smokers or exsmokers

Carl Phillips: FDA’s low nicotine cigarette rule is a dire threat to vaping

David Marcus: How the FDA plan to take nicotine out of cigarettes will fuel terrorism

JD Tuccille: FDA’s low-nicotine cigarette scheme is an invitation to black market vendors

David Lazarus: White House could be blowing smoke with plan to cut nicotine in cigarettes

FDA financed cigarette prohibitionists pay smokers to smoke VLN cigarettes (that smokers would never buy with their own money) for six weeks; find smokers of VLN cigarettes “had increased anger/irritability/frustration and increased appetite/weight gain during the initial weeks” and “had higher sadness levels at Week 6” compared with smokers of real cigarettes; but conclude that VLN cigarettes produced “a relatively mild and temporary increase in withdrawal among nontreatment-seeking smokers” to promote FDA’s cigarette prohibition proposal.

Black Market Cigarettes

US Customs agents seize 6 million counterfeit cigarettes in Miami warehouse

PA police seize $40,000 worth of smuggled cigarettes after 130 mph chase through 4 counties

215,000 illegal cigarettes confiscated in Blackwell and Darwin Council (UK)

Fourteen arrested in Quebec for cigarette smuggling

Illegal cigarette factory raided in Ireland, capable of making 250,000 cigarettes per hour

Regulating/Marketing Vapor as Drug Device?

FDA Cmsnr Scott Gottlieb suggests vapor products might be marketed/regulated as OTC drugs (despite no interest by drug or vapor manufacturers to do so), while ASH’s Deborah Arnott tells UK Parliamentary Cmte that physicians should prescribe vapor products licensed by MHRA for smoking cessation (despite no interest by drug or vapor manufacturers to do so).

US Congress

Cole-Bishop Excluded from 2018 Federal Spending Bill (as all experts knew would occur), CTFK touts defeat of Cole-Bishop after CTFK convinced Sen. Chuck Shumer to reject it

The Cole-Bishop amendment (i.e. Section 753 of the 2018 House Agricultural Appropriations Bill on pages 99-103) would:
– Amend the 2009 Tobacco Control Act to define/regulate vapor products as tobacco products;
– Codify and amend FDA Deeming Rule into federal law to further regulate/ban vapor products;
– Preserve FDA’s 8/8/2016 ban on sales of new vapor products and truthful health claims about vapor products, and preserve FDA’s PMTA and MRTP requirements to market vapor products;
– Require DHHS/FDA to “promulgate a final rule” by March 2021 that imposes TCA authorized tobacco product standards for vapor products “to include but not limited to – characterizing flavors; and batteries” that could ban many, most or virtually all Premium Vaporizers and e-liquid products (17 months before FDA’s 8/8/2022 vapor sales ban);
– Require DHHS/FDA to impose a TCA authorized tobacco product advertising regulation limiting vapor ads to primarily adult media, and a TCA authorized tobacco marketing regulation that prohibits vending machines and self-service vapor sales in stores that allow youth access;
– Require DHHS/FDA to “promulgate final regulations” by March 2019 “to require” TCA authorized tobacco product warning labels on vapor products saying “Keep out of reach of children”, “Underage Sale Prohibited” and listing the product’s nicotine content;- Change the predicate date for all FDA Deemed products (not just vapor) from 2/15/2007 to 8/8/2016, which would likely result in FDA issuing SE Orders for <1% of FDA registered 8/8/2016 vapor products (i.e. those sold by tobacco companies that already received SE Orders from FDA for tobacco products);

Enactment of Cole-Bishop could also negatively impact the lawsuits challenging/opposing FDA’s Deeming Rule in federal courts, and would make in nearly impossible to convince Congress to enact legislation that establishes reasonable and responsible vapor product standards and allows most vapor products to remain legal (e.g.  Duncan Hunter’s bill – HR 2194)

Big Tobacco funded groups and desperate vapor advocates urge Congress to put Cole-Bishop amendment in 2018 Spending Bill

Reason Foundation’s Guy Bentley advocates Cole-Bishop

Brad Rodu advocates Cole-Bishop

CASAA advocates Cole-Bishop advocates Cole-Bishop

Vaping360 advocates Cole-Bishop

NTRI and Clive Bates advocate Cole-Bishop

FDA Substantial Equivalence

CTFK’s Matt Myers criticizes FDA for refusing to review >2,500 SE reports that were filed by tobacco companies in or before March 2011 (the month before FDA stated its intention to impose its cigarette protecting Deeming Rule that bans sales of all lifesaving vapor products)

Four times more Substantial Equivalence reports have been rejected by FDA (than approved) since 2013 (for cigarettes, RYO and smokeless tobacco products)

FDA Substantial Equivalence Actions (To Date: 729 SE Orders vs 3147 Negative SE Actions)

729 SE Orders (17/2013, 78/2014, 460/2015, 47/2016, 79/2017, 48/2018)

23 SE Order Recissions (23/2015)

284 NSE Orders (13/2013, 25/2014, 114/2015, 30/2016, 63/2017, 39/2018)

314 Refusal to Accept SE letters (16/2014, 16/2015, 267/2016, 15/2017)

405 Report Cancellations (405/2016)

2071 SE Report Withdrawals (207/2013, 301/2014, 473/2015, 410/2016, 339/2017, 42/2018)

50 Provisional NSE Orders (11/2014, 16/2015, 22/2016, 1/2017)

FDA hosts webinar on Standalone Grandfathered Submissions (for tobacco predicate products that were on the US market on 2/15/2007).


Altria’s UST submits MRTP application to FDA for Copenhagen Snuff Fine Cut smokeless


DHHS Secretary Alex Azar names Robert Redfield director of CDC

CDC reproduces ALA’s Big Pharma funded database of State Medicaid subsidized Big Pharma tobacco treatment drugs and affiliated counseling services, misrepresents and promotes government subsidization of ineffective and less than safe Big Pharma tobacco treatment drugs

UK Defends EU Snus Ban

UK Parliament Committee on Science and Technology posts Clive Bates criticism of UK’s Department of Health and Social Care’s endorsement of the EU’s cigarette protecting snus ban


Florida jury hits Reynolds with $13.5 Million award to family of dead smoker

Philip Morris hit with $4 million verdict in death of smoker


New York’s FY 2019 budget contains NO vapor tax, and doesn’t increase tobacco taxes

Oklahoma governor signs into law a $1/pack cigarette tax hike (from $1.03 to $2.03/pack)

NJ Governor Phil Murphy proposes to protect cigarettes (in budget) by imposing a 75% tax on very low risk vapor products and increasing tax on very low risk moist snuff from $.75 to $2.25;

Also proposes increasing cigar and smoking tobacco taxes, and taxing marijuana at 25% (even though nicotine and non-nicotine vaping poses fewer harms and risks than marijuana smoking).

CASAA asks RI vapers to urge lawmakers to reject governor’s proposed 80% vapor product tax

Consumer Choice Center’s Jeff Stier urges RI legislators to reject proposed 80% vapor tax

CASAA asks VT vapers to urge Senators to reject bill (H 922) to impose 46% vapor tax

Brad Rodu: Kentucky tobacco taxes: the rest of the story

ATR’s Paul Blair urges rejection of modest $.50/pack cigarette tax hike in Kentucky

Kentucky THR opponents (who falsely claim to be smokefree advocates) criticize $.50/pack cigarette tax hike as ineffective

Washington State legislature adjourns without enacting vapor taxes or a minimum age 21 law

Tobacco Sales Ban

Tobacco Free Generation bill in Georgia town would have banned future tobacco sales to adults

Vaping Bans

Greece’s high court upholds workplace vaping ban

Florida Constitutional Commission protects cigarettes, approves drafting of Constitutional Amendment to ban vaping in workplaces, could be on November ballot for voters to decide.

British Columbia vaping prohibitionist Richard Stanwick proposes banning all vaping and marijuana smoking everywhere tobacco smoking is banned in capital region of province.

Minimum Age Laws

Florida Senate Cmte rejects bill (S 1288) to increase minimum age for vapor/tobacco sales to 21

Alachua County (FL) commissioners consider hiking minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21

CASAA asks Akron (OH) vapers to oppose bill to increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21

Alaska mulls hiking legal age for purchasing a vape from 19 to 21

Kansas judge strikes down Topeka’s law to increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21 due to state preemption.

CT joint Cmte approves bill (SB 164) to increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21

CASAA asks CT vapers to urge lawmakers to reject bill (SB 164) that would increase minimum vapor/tobacco sales age to 21

Minnesota bill HF 3532) would increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor product sales to 21

Rockland County (NY) legislature approves minimum age increase for tobacco/vapor sales to 21

Dutchess County (NY) rejects minimum age increase for tobacco/vapor sales to 21

Allegany County (NY) bill to increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21 opposed by convenience stores

Wilmette, Aurora and Bolingbrook (IL) increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21

Bill introduced in Minneapolis (MN) to increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21

New Zealand

NZ court reject Ministry of Health’s claim that heat-not-burn tobacco products are banned, legalizes sales of PMI’s IQOS and BAT’s Glo

Bill introduced into NZ Parliament would legalize sales of nicotine vapor products


Parliament of Australia issues report recommending keeping cigarette protecting vapor ban, 3 of 8 committee members issue dissenting reports

Terry Barnes: “Life is short but smoker’s lives are shorter. Legalize vaping now.”


Punjab and Haryana High Court bans sales of lifesaving vapor products (but not cigarettes)

Hong Kong

E-cigarette use soars in Hong Kong in short time span

Vapor prohibitionists urge Hong Kong to protect cigarettes by banning low risk vapor products

Plain Packaging

Global coalition sends “5 Years of Failure” letter against Plain Packaging to WHO’s Tedros

WCTOH attacks Tobacco Industry, denounces Foundation for a Smoke-Free World 

Clive Bates: Foundation for a Smoke-Free World – the mob behaviour of tobacco control

Carl Phillips: How low will they go: The irony from the World Conference on Tobacco Or Health

Paul Barnes: Conference on tobacco (or health) doesn’t embrace harm reduction

Tobacco/vapor prohibitionists at the WCTOH in South Africa ban, defame former WHO executive Derek Yach (a South African who championed the FCTC) from attending a session about him and the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (just because it is funded by PMI).

Vaping and tobacco prohibitionist Michael Bloomberg pledges $20 Million for new anti-THR tobacco control group Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP), falsely claims cigarette epidemic is a tobacco epidemic at WCTOH

Derek Yach announces his support for Bloomberg’s STOP

NY Times interview, Michael Bloomberg makes false and derogatory claims about THR products, PMI’s IQOS and its funding of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World.

“This is an effort by Philip Morris to confuse the public,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “It’s fake science as well as fake news. Deliberately misleading governments with misinformation is just something we should not put up with.”

Bloomberg funded Vital Strategies and ACS issue Tobacco Atlas at WCTOH that:

– falsely claims 7.1 Million annual cigarette deaths were caused by so-called “tobacco epidemic”,
– admits e-cigarettes are less harmful than smoking and help smokers quit, but hypocritically endorses vapor sales & advertising bans, vapor taxes and vaping bans, and opposes IQOS,
– repeatedly attacks the Tobacco Industry and tobacco products, and promotes abstinence-only,
– endorses FDA’s plan to ban nicotine cigarette sales, plain packaging for all tobacco products

WCTOH prohibitionists approve inhumane “Cape Town Declaration on Human Rights and a Tobacco-free World” that claims a “tobacco free world” is a “human right”, while denying:

–        the human rights of cigarette smokers to legally access less harmful alternatives,
–        everyone’s human right to truthful information about the vastly different risk/benefit profiles of different tobacco/nicotine products, and
–        the civil rights of adults to purchase, possess and use tobacco/nicotine products (Note that ASH has campaigned to ban vapor products since 2009)

Carl Phillips: Tobacco Control’s Orwellian Statement of ‘Human Rights’ from #WCTOH2018

THR prohibitionists at Tobacco Control praise extremists and extremism at WCTOH

Carl Phillips: Tobacco Control Desperately Fears Dialogue

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

FDA/NIH funded UCSF vaping opponents Chaffee et al fabricate, AAP publishes, fraudulent study claiming e-cig use increases cigarettes smoking (that failed to control for Lifetime Cigarette Consumption (LCC) at baseline, and relied upon unreliable “ever use” data for e-cigs)

Brad Rodu: Retract the UC San Francisco e-cigarette “gateway” study

Brad Rodu: UC San Francisco authors inadvertently validate our call for retraction

Harm reduction opponents (including Glantz) write/tout junk study that advocates protecting cigarettes by taxing other less harmful tobacco and vapor products; authors, reviewers and editors irresponsibly failed to consider the impact of OTP taxes on cigarette consumption.

NY Times publishes false fear mongering op/ed about vapor aerosol by DHHS funded Joseph Allen, repeats lies in Allen 2016 disproved junk study claiming vaping can cause popcorn lung (2016 junk study on diacetyl by Allen et al)

DHHS funded Rigotti et al tout study finding e-cig users were less likely to quit smoking than non e-cig users, but study only included hospitalized smokers who were given smoking cessation counseling (that promotes Big Pharma drugs and opposes vaping) and free Big Pharma drugs.

DHHS funded Glantz hypes and further misrepresents Rigotti et al findings

Paul Aveyard and Peter Hayek refute false claims about Rigotti et al study on cessation

“The headline of the press release (‘e-cigarettes hamper smoking cessation’) has no relationship to the study findings. The study just shows that smokers who did not manage to stop smoking with recommended treatments may have been more likely to try e-cigarettes than those who quit successfully. This provides no information on whether ecigs help smokers quit or not.  The key message is that the press release is misleading.” Peter Hayek

UCSF issues/hypes junk study, claims vaping exposes teens to toxic and carcinogenic chemicals (junk study)

Lazy stupid news media repeat USCF’s false claim that vaping is toxic & carcinogenic for teens

Brad Rodu: Beyond the headlines: Trace toxins, present in all teens, improperly blamed on e-cigs

Carl Phillips: Are there metals in vapor? No need to worry (critiques Hopkins junk study)

DHHS funded vapor prohibitionists Soneji et al conduct junk modelling study that assumes 80 times more never smokers will begin vaping and then switch to cigarettes than the number of smokers who will quit smoking by switching to vaping (even though millions of Americans already quit smoking by vaping, and even though current and former smokers have been >25 times more likely than never smokers to vape nicotine during the past decade.

News media hype outrageous junk modeling claims by DHHS funded Soneji at al

Expert reaction to modelling study on electronic cigarettes in the US (Lion Shahab & Peter Hajak expose and criticize methodology and inaccurate assumptions made in modelling study)

“This new ‘finding’ is based on the bizarre assumption that for every one smoker who uses e-cigs to quit, 80 non-smokers will try e-cigs and take up smoking.” Peter Hajak

“Unfortunately the authors of this study modelled using wrong assumptions – and, unsurprisingly, they’ve ended up with the wrong conclusions.” Lion Shahab

FDA/NIH funded Glantz falsely claims a CRUK funded study (finding an association between “ever use” of cigarettes and “ever use” of e-cigs) found e-cigs are gateway to cigarettes

Cancer Research UK refutes Stan Glantz’ false claim that their funded study found e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes, points out that association is not the same as causation

Carl Phillips: Science Lesson: Lamppost epidemiology and the lack of self-correction

DHHS funded activists at VCU demonize and grossly distort the scientific evidence on vaping

CTFK boasts that $50 Million from CVS provided anti tobacco propaganda to 1 million youth


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Godshall Chronicles 03/06/18

Cole-Bishop Amendment to 2018 Federal Spending Bill

More than a dozen Big Tobacco funded organizations (led by ATR) urge Congress to include Cole-Bishop Amendment in 2018 Federal Spending Bill (which Congress must pass this month), falsely insinuate it would keep many/most 2016 vapor products legal to market beyond 2022.

While Cole-Bishop would keep some tobacco company 2016 e-cigs legal beyond 2022, it also:

– retains FDA’s Deeming Rule that bans >99.9% of vapor products (as <1% of vapor companies have ever submitted an SE report to FDA, and adequately prepared to do so on August 8, 2016),

– requires FDA to impose tobacco product standards that would ban many/most vapor batteries, characterizing flavors and anything else FDA desires in 2021 (a year before FDA’s 2022 ban),

– would sabotage efforts by THR and vapor advocates to rescind FDA’s cigarette protecting Deeming Rule, and replace it with reasonable and responsible vapor standards like those in Duncan Hunter’s bill (HR 2194).

Please see my January 9, 2018 post: Clarifying Cole-Bishop’s Impact on the Vapor Industry at

The Cole-Bishop amendment is Section 753 (pages 99-103) of the 2018 House Agricultural Appropriations Bill, with the amendment’s most impactful clause“below”

“(b)(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, not later than 21 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall issue a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish a product standard for vapor products pursuant to section 907 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 387g) to include but not limited to—

 (A) characterizing flavors; and

 (B) batteries.

(2) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, not later than 36 months after the effective date of this Act, the Secretary shall promulgate a final rule pursuant to such notice.”

Big Tobacco funded Vapor Technology Association (VTA) falsely claims Cole-Bishop amendment would PROTECT OUR CHILDREN, tries duping naïve vapor companies to urge Congress to include Big Tobacco’s Cole-Bishop amendment in 2018 Federal Spending Bill.

Big Tobacco funded VTA now falsely claims Cole-Bishop amendment would:

  • PROTECT OUR CHILDREN (since the Deeming Rule already banned vapor sales to youth, 48 states banned sales to youth, and because Cole-Bishop would have virtually no impact on youth),
  • Ban print advertising in all but adult-only publications (as Cole-Bishop’s definition of adult publications allows up to 15% youth readers, and up to 2 million youth readers),
  • Ban self-service displays and vending machine sales (as Cole-Bishop allows self-service-displays and vending machine sales at retailers that don’t allow youth to enter),
  • Ban sales of e-cigarettes in kiosks (as Cole-Bishop doesn’t ban vapor sales in kiosks),
  • Require FDA to implement standards on flavors within 12 months (as Cole-Bishop requires FDA to propose tobacco product standards for characterizing flavors, batteries and any other vapor standard FDA wants within 21 months, and requires FDA to issue a final rule within 36 months),
  • Protect children by restricting youth access (as Cole-Bishop doesn’t restrict youth access), and
  • Provide strict standards for product safety to ensure the well-being of all adult customers (since the FDA tobacco product standards mandated by Cole-Bishop would ban many/most vapor products a year before FDA’s 8/8/2022 vapor sales ban, and since the tobacco product standards would ban many/most vapor products have been protecting millions of adults from cigarettes).

VTA also falsely claims Vapor Technology Association has worked aggressively to restrict marketing and teen access to vapor products (as the two-year-old VTA has never worked to restrict marketing and teen access to vapor products).

Vaping 360 article falsely claims Cole-Bishop amendment can save vaping industry, urges vapers to contact Congress, fails to reveal that Big Tobacco has been funding the groups lobbying Congress to include Cole-Bishop Amendment in 2018 Federal Spending Bill.

In December, VTA also made many false claims about Cole-Bishop to deceive vapor companies, and to dupe them into urging Congress to include Cole-Bishop in the 2018 Federal Spending Bill

My January 9, 2018 post exposing those false claims by VTA about Cole-Bishop is at:

Altria’s UST Sues FDA Over Substantial Equivalence (SE)

Altria’s UST sues FDA challenging agency’s Not Substantial Equivalence (NSE Orders) for several Copenhagen smokeless tobacco brands, company claims products are Substantially Equivalent (SE) to products that were on the market February 15, 2007.

FDA Deeming Rule Litigation

Azim Chowdhury/Eric Gotting: Amicus briefs filed in support of Deeming Rule appeal by Washington Legal Foundation, NJOY, CASAA, the State of Iowa, Clive Bates, et al.

Five amicus briefs filed in support of appeal by Nicopure Labs and Right to Be Smoke Free Coalition in lawsuit challenging FDA’s cigarette protecting Deeming Rule

(by Clive Bates and Additional Public Health/Tobacco Policy Authorities, including Godshall) (by State of Iowa) (by CASAA) (by NJOY) (by Washington Legal Foundation) (opening brief by Appellants Nicopure Labs and Right to Be Smoke Free Coalition) (Appellants Statement of Issues)

NJOY joins fight to have unfair FDA rules overturned

Iowa AG urges appeals court to overturn FDA rule governing e-cigarettes

Carl Phillips: Could restriction on vape flavors violate the first amendment?

Steve Birr: Advocates urge FDA to kill rule blocking vape shops from speaking about health benefits of vaping

Todd Gaziano & Tommy Berry: Career civil servants illegitimately rule America (Pacific Legal Foundation’s lawsuit challenging the legality of the FDA’s cigarette protecting Deeming Rule)

FDA’s Plans to Create Black Markets for Lifesaving Vapor Products and Deadly Cigarettes

FDA’s Scott Gottlieb presents at SRNT conference (where DHHS funded most presenters):

– defends/promotes Obama’s FDA Deeming Rule (that banned sales of new vapor products on 8/8/2016, banned truthful vapor health claims, and is set to ban all vapor sales on 8/8/2022),

– falsely claims FDA programs (that hawk Big Pharma drugs) have reduced youth smoking, repeatedly claims nicotine and tobacco are addictive (as cigarette addiction kills 480,000/year),

– falsely claims the 2009 Tobacco Control Act’s sales ban on new low risk smokefree products and costly PMTA mandate was meant to encourage the development of new low risk products,

– criticizes vapor industry because many teen smokers switched to vaping (which caused teen smoking to plummet) and because some nonsmoking teens experiment with vaping,

– cites soon to be issued ANPRMs for tobacco/vapor flavoring bans, cigar rules, and banning virtually all nicotine in cigarettes (i.e. cigarette prohibition).

SG Jerome Adams’ presentation at Big Pharma/DHHS dominated SRNT conference fails to mention tobacco harm reduction (even though Adams advocates opioid harm reduction), falsely claims “nicotine is highly addictive – period” (as cigarette addiction kills 480,000/year), promotes tobacco cessation using Big Pharma drugs,  more tobacco control propaganda and banning menthol cigarettes, praises Legacy lies initiative, falsely claims vaping leads to smoking for teens; SRNT moderator Judith Prochaska refuses to allow AVA’s Greg Conley ask question.

FDA releases more documents in PMI’s MRTP application for IQOS and Marlboro HeatSticks

FDA’s Gottlieb Tweets False Claims About Vaping

David Marcus: Kids should be told the truth about e-cigarettes (exposes and critiques recent false fear mongering and moralizing tweets about vaping by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb)

National Tobacco Reform Initiative advocates THR

NTRI’s David Abrams: Smokers should use e-cigarettes if they cannot quit completely

National Tobacco Reform Initiative advocates for tobacco harm reduction

ACS Slightly Modifies its Anti-Vaping Policy

American Cancer Society board slightly changes its anti-vaping policy; finally admits e-cigs help people quit smoking and vaping is less harmful than smoking, but doesn’t apologize for lying about those things since 2009; claims to support smokers who quit by vaping, but still endorses  FDA Deeming Rule (that bans sales of vapor products to adults, and bans truthful health claims about vapor products), workplace vaping bans, minimum age 21 laws for e-cig sales and so-called “appropriate taxation”; still falsely claims e-cigs lead to cigarette smoking and that nicotine harms brains and is addictive; endorses FDA’s cigarette prohibition policy proposal.

Anti THR writer Salynn Boyles hypes ACS vapor policy changes

Craver: E-cigs for smoking cessation? A cautious thumbs-up from American Cancer Society

Diane Caruana: American Cancer Society changes its position on e-cigarettes

Consumer Choice Center’s Jeff Stier comments on ACS changing its anti vaping policy

Bradley Fikes: E-cigarettes less harmful than smoking, says American Cancer Society

Steven Greenhut: Are health advocates finally wising up about the nature of risk?

THR Business

BAT reports 2.6% cigarette volume decline in 2017, estimates 3.5% international volume decline for cigarette industry, reports huge sales increases for glo and BAT’s vapor products.

These household giants are being battered by technology (cites huge decline in Japan Tobacco cigarette sales as many smokers have switched to IQOS and other heat-not-burn products)

Nicotine Toxicity

Two suicide attempts with nicotine at 23mg/kg and 30mg/kg (the latter after drinking 2,100 mg of nicotine e-liquid) result in cardiac arrest but not death, refute/disprove decades-old insistence by anti-nicotine activists and public health authorities that 60mg of nicotine (.8mg/kg) is the lethal dose (i.e. LD50) for half of adult humans.

Berndt Mayer’s 2014 article arguing the lethal dose of nicotine is much higher than 60mg is at

THR Surveillance

Analysis of FDA HINTS data finds just 3.4% of adult smokers in US know e-cigs are much less harmful than cigarettes, while 31.6% think e-cigs are less harmful than cigarettes; finds 52.5% of cigarette smokers inaccurately believe nicotine causes most cigarette cancers compared to 14.6% of vapers; finds 52.9% of all adults inaccurately believe nicotine causes most cigarette cancers, and that 21% didn’t know (i.e. that nicotine doesn’t cause cancer).

Richard Craver: Study finds majority of adults erroneously link nicotine to cancer

Brad Rodu – Federal Officials, Please Pay Attention to Federal Surveys: E-Cigarettes are Not Gateway Products (must read for anyone who cares about the truth and public health)

Steve Birr: Anti vaping efforts aided by ‘fawning’ media are ‘a national disgrace’ putting smokers lives at risk

CDC NHIS finds US adult cigarette smoking rate declined to 14.4% in first six months of 2017 (from 15.8% in 2016), another new record low; note that CDC redesigned the NHIS in 2016, which resulted in a small artificial bump in smoking from 2015 to 2016. (see Figure 8.1)

Analysis of 2014/15 CDC NHIS adult data finds:

– 12.1% (29.2M) smoked cigarettes daily, and 3.8% (9.08M) smoked cigarettes on some days,

–  2.3% (5.63M) used e-cigarettes daily, and 1.1% (2.76M) used e-cigarettes on some days,

– 58.4% of daily e-cigarette users also smoked cigarettes daily, and

– daily cigarette smokers and daily e-cigarette users had higher rates of alcohol consumption

Analysis of NSDUH data finds perceptions of cigarette smoking as a “great risk” declined from 2006 to 2015, authors fail to acknowledge the change was likely due to US DHHS’s unethical conflation of very low risk vapor and smokeless tobacco products and low risk cigars and hookah with deadly cigarettes).

CDC 2015 BRSFF data find highest rates of COPD in nonmetropolitan areas of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia; but CDC authors fail to acknowledge that smokers can sharply reduce their risks of COPD (and cancer and heart disease) by switching to vaping or smokeless tobacco.

CDC releases 2016 BRFSS data for adult cigarette smoking

MN survey finds record low 9.6% rate of past-30-day cigarette smoking in high school students; but MN Heath Dept and MN funded anti-tobacco group deceive lazy news media by claiming survey found teen tobacco use increased, demonize vapor products, flavorings and nicotine.

NC Health Dept finds record low 9.2% teen cigarette smoking rate, but complains to NC legislators that more teens now vape to lobby for funding for ineffective teen cessation programs

THR Research

Farsalinos/Voudris: Do flavoring compounds contribute to aldehyde emissions in e-cigarettes?

Vapor researchers replicate previous study at
(whose authors claimed flavored e-liquid created very high aldehyde emissions), but find the flavored e-liquid emitted exponentially lower levels of nontoxic aldehydes.

Isle of Man jail finds allowing inmates to vape resulted in (after 6 months):

– 42% drop in offender adjudication,

– 58% drop in behavior warnings,

– 50% drop in power outages,

– Annual saving of £8,500 on nicotine replacement therapy

Brad Rodu: Tobacco harm reduction research and funding draw ad hominem attack

Carl Phillips: Science Lesson: Scientific Inference and Its Abuse

Study finds e-cigarettes as acceptable and effective as NRT for nicotine replacement among alcohol dependent patients in a detoxification ward

BAT study finds smokers who switch to glo sharply reduce their exposure to toxicants

BAT study finds iFuse emits similar low levels of toxicants as BAT’s Vype e-cigarette

Smoking Research

FDA/NIH study of NHIS data found non daily cigarette smokers have higher mortality risks than daily cigar and pipe smokers, exclusive cigarette smokers face far higher all-cause mortality risks and smoking cancer mortality risks than exclusive pipe smokers and exclusive cigars smokers, and that exclusive cigarette smokers account for 97.3% of exclusive tobacco product smokers; but authors fail to acknowledge these extremely important mortality risk differences, and instead unethically conflate lower risk cigar and pipe smoking with deadly cigarette smoking.

Reuters and HealthDay articles falsely claim study above found cigar and pipe smoking are as harmful as cigarette smoking; fail to read study, do any fact checking or interview experts.

Carl Phillips: New cigar research fails to understand that behavior matters

THR Education

Sweanor: Tobacco control and the tobacco industry – a failure of understanding and imagination

Vaping Education

David Nutt: E-cigs the ‘greatest health advance’ since vaccines

Public Health England – Creating a smokefree NHS: how e-cigarettes can help

PHE’s Martin Dockrell: Clearing up some myths around e-cigarettes

Nick Hopkinson: Making sense of e-cigarettes – Public Health England’s review of the evidence

Lynn Dawkins and Leonie Brose discuss findings of Public Health England’s new vaping report

UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee held second evidence hearing on its E-cigarettes inquiry February 27


SRNT conference abstracts available (note that most studies were funded by DHHS)

Global Forum on Nicotine, BC Centre for Disease Control, and Canadian Drug Policy Coalition to host Tobacco Harm Reduction: different strokes for different folks, or a consistent approach?

April 9, 2018 in Vancouver (BC); event is free, but registration is required

Michael Bloomberg (who banned vaping in NYC workplaces in 2014, and who has given $1B to anti-THR activists who demonize and lobby to ban, tax THR products) sponsors WCTOH in South Africa this week, claims his anti-tobacco campaign is health advocacy.


Florida jury holds Reynolds liable for $19.5 million in damages for lung cancer death of smoker

Florida jury holds Reynolds liable for $24 million in damages for lung cancer death of smoker

Florida Appeals Court panel reinstates $2 million damage award against Philip Morris USA

Trial date set in Tony Gwynn wrongful death lawsuit against smokeless tobacco company


Utah House Committee votes 7-5 to recommend a 29% tax on vapor products (instead of the originally proposed 86%) in bill (HB 88) sponsored by vapor/vaping prohibitionist Paul Ray

Diane Caruana: The state of New Jersey is considering a 75% tax on e-cigarettes

Georgia House Subcommittee approves bill (HB 877) sponsored by Altria/PMI to tax FDA approved MRTPs at 50% of GA’s cigarette tax, Big Pharma funded ALA and ACS oppose the bill because it would impose a higher tax rate for deadly cigarettes.

South Dakota voters to determine (in November referenda) if cigarette tax will increase from $1.53 to $2.53/pack, and if OTP tax will increase from 35% to 55% of wholesale price

Flavorings Ban

Duluth (MN) City Council bans sales of flavored tobacco and vapor products in all but 6 retail stores (that don’t allow youths in the stores), ignores pleas of Duluth retailers

Vaping Ban

Missoula (MT) City Council sends proposed workplace vaping ban ordinance back to committee

Age 21 Laws

New Hampshire Senate rejects bill to increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21

West Virginia bills to increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21 die in committee

Mankato (MN) City Council rejects bill to increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21, also nullifies North Mankato’s ordinance

Westchester County (NY) bill would increase minimum age for sale of vapor and tobacco to 21, third bill introduced in county since 2014 to increase the minimum sale age to 21

Peoria (IL) bill would increase minimum age for sale of tobacco (and probably vapor) to 21


JL Turcotte: This product is less harmful than smoking, but we can’t tell smokers

Canadian House of Commons committee doesn’t allow Imperial Tobacco to testify on plain packaging bill, but invites testimony from anti-tobacco extremists who made many false claims

Health Minister open to further protecting cigarettes by further restricting e-cigarette ads


Jim McDonald: Russia may take a pro-vaping stance

New Zealand

NZ Ministry of Health takes Phillip Morris to court over IQOS

NZ Ministry of Health not enforcing vapor sales ban as legalization moves forward


West Australian vapers face $45,000 fine for possessing e-liquid (as cigarettes remain legal)


Andy Mukherjee: Singapore’s New Chewing Gum (on Singapore’s recent ban of IQOS)


Vaping prohibitionist Michael Bloomberg finances WHO abstinence only anti-tobacco campaign in Kuala Lumpur after Malaysia banned lifesaving vapor products.

Trans Pacific Partnership

ACS touts unconstitutional TPP clause allowing nations to seize IP rights of tobacco companies

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

PMI again claims to desire a smokefree world (but PMI still hasn’t urged the FDA or Japanese government to legalize sales of vapor products so they can compete against PMI’s IQOS)

FDA/NIH funded Glantz et al find daily vapers have half the heart attack rate as daily smokers (based on 2014 & 2016 NHIS data; OR 1.79 vs 2.72), but UCSF press release headline claims daily vapers who smoke daily had a five fold higher heart attack rate (which wasn’t mentioned in their abstract) and UCSF press release hypes inappropriate comparison of daily vapers (nearly all of whom were/are current of former smokers) to never smokers; abstract and press release inappropriately fail to acknowledge that many/most heart attacks suffered by daily vapers occurred before they began vaping (and was why some of them switched to vaping).

CNN and Business Insider repeat Glantz’ fake news lie that vaping doubles heart attack risk

ABC news headline and article hype bogus fear mongering heart attack claims by UCSF anti vaping activists, and bury quotes by Mike Siegel that expose and refute Glantz et al claims

Mike Siegel: New study concludes that vaping causes heart attacks

Carl Phillips: Study claiming vaping causes heart attack risk has fatal flaws

Carl Phillips and other scientific sleuths analyze, expose flaws in Glantz et al heart attack poster

Vaping prohibitionists at Bloomberg John Hopkins absurdly assume vapers inhale vapor aerosol every time they breathe, then falsely claim vaping premium vapor products exposes vapers to toxic levels of lead and other metals; peer reviewers and editors fail to identify study’s fatal flaw (study)

Hopkins press releases and paid media sensationalize study’s false claims to demonize vaping

News media repeat false claims by Hopkins bogus vaping study authors without fact checking

Ali Anderson: Leading doctor questions ‘Metals Found in Vaping’ research (Farsalinos)

Diana Caruana: Farsalinos about the presence of metals in e-liquids

Steve Birr: A study floated an insane claim that vaping exposes users to dangerous metals

Brad Rodu: Beyond the headlines, E-cigarette vapor has only trace amounts of metal

FDA/NIH funded Glantz et al falsely claim 2014 Eurobarometer survey data found vaping reduced smokers’ likelihood of quitting smoking, after Glantz et al inappropriately and inaccurately assumed that

Carl Phillips: Another smoking cessation study fails to understand smoking cessation (critiques Glantz et al junk study on 2014 Eurobarometer survey data)

Carl Phillips’ Tweet critiques Glantz’ claims

AAP vapor prohibitionists (who have lobbied FDA since 2009 to ban sales of all vapor products to adults by demonizing youth vaping) urge parents to talk to kids about Juuling (and urge news media to hype it), which is likely to prompt more teens to use Juul (just as demonization of teen vaping by Obama’s DHHS and the news media prompted many nonsmoking teens to try vaping)

AAP vapor prohibitionists publish study finding far higher levels of VOCs in teen dual users of vapor products and cigarettes (than in teens who exclusive used e-cigs), but AAP and study authors hype their finding that exclusive e-cig users had higher levels of VOCs than nonvapers.

THR prohibitionists and propagandists at Public Health Law Center (that lobbied for the 2009 Tobacco Control Act, FDA’s unlawful 2009 vapor ban, FDA’s 2016 Deeming Rule and other cigarette protecting anti-THR policies) make many false fear mongering claims about JUUL.

Legacy lies initiative keeps lying about, lobbying to ban flavorings in tobacco/vapor products

Legacy lies initiative keeps protecting cigarettes by lying about PMI’s IQOS

Alabama Health Dept falsely claims smokeless tobacco use is as harmful as smoking cigarette to promote anti-smokeless tobacco campaign (that protects far more harmful cigarettes)

Vapor and vaping prohibitionist Simon Chapman keeps protecting cigarettes by lying about and demonizing lifesaving vapor products

UK tabloid recycles false fear mongering headline/article (that it published a month before) claiming vaping causes pneumonia (that cites and relies on an inappropriate cell study)

Reuters and Healio hype false fear mongering claim that vaping causes pneumonia

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces record low 14.4% smoking rate in NY in 2016, but falsely credits abstinence-only anti-THR tobacco control policies, programs and propaganda for success.


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Smokefree Pennsylvania

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Godshall Chronicles 02/15/18

THR Business

Philip Morris International reports 6.3% cigarette volume decline in 2017 (from 812.9B to 761.9B), 390% volume increase in Heated Tobacco Units (from 7.4B to 36.2B); claims “We estimate that over 4.7 million adult consumers around the world have already stopped smoking and made the change to IQOS” (slide 31), titles report ‘Designing a Smoke-Free Future’

Japan Tobacco reports a 12.9% cigarette industry volume decline in Japan for 2017, and a 12.5% cigarette volume decline for Japan Tobacco, estimates heat-not-burn products will replace 23% of Japanese cigarette market by the end of 2018, CEO commits to focus on low risk alternatives.  The 12.9% decline is likely the largest single year decline in cigarette consumption in any nation.

Wells Fargo’s Bonnie Herzog increases 2018 US vapor sales estimate by $400M to $5.5 Billion (due to skyrocketing Juul, Herzog increased her cigalike e-cig sales estimate from $1.6B to $2B).

Bonnie Herzog’s estimated US vapor sales since 2014

2018 $5.5 Billion total, $3.5B PVs & e-liquid, $2.0B cigalike e-cigs

2017 $4.4 Billion total, $3B PVs & e-liquid, $1.4B cigalike e-cigs
2016 $4.1 Billion total, $2.5B PVs & e-liquid, $1.6B cigalike e-cigs
2015 $3.5 Billion total, $2B PVs & e-liquid, $1.5B cigalike e-cigs
2014 $2.5 Billion total, $1.1B PVs & e-liquid, $1.4B cigalike e-cigs

According to Herzog, during the last 4 weeks Juul captured 49.6% of US cigalike e-cig sales, as BAT/Reynolds’ Vuse declined to 20.5%, Altria’s Mark Ten declined to 11.4%, Imperial’s Blu declined to 8.6%, JTI’s Logic declined to 5.4%, and NJOY declined to 1.8% of the segment.

Japan Tobacco to launch Ploom Tech heat-not-burn product

FDA Deeming Rule Litigation

Azim Chowdhury and Adam Susser: Opening Brief Filed in Deeming Rule Appeal by Nicopure Labs and the Right to be Smoke-Free Coalition

Ilya Shapiro: A lawsuit to make rulemakers follow the rules (Pacific Legal Foundation lawsuits)

Local vape shop owner sues FDA (MI – Pacific Legal Foundation lawsuit)

FDA Deeming Rule

NIDA funded NBER study estimates that 10% (i.e. 350,000) additional smokers would have quit smoking had FDA not proposed and imposed its cigarette protecting 2016 Deeming Rule, estimates a federal television ban on e-cigarette advertising would have further reduced the number of people who quit smoking by 3% (i.e. by 105,000 smokers).

E-cigarette commercials may encourage smokers to quit


NY Times article on FDA Cmsnr Scott Gottlieb falsely portrays his 4 year delay of Obama’s FDA Deeming Rule’s sales ban on vapor products (from 8/8/2018 to 8/8/2022) as benefitting cigarette companies.  In fact, Gottlieb’s action temporarily protected the health of vapers and smokers in the US, and the 10,000+ vapor companies that compete against cigarette companies.

FDA’s Bogus Embrace of Tobacco Harm Reduction

Column in Health Affairs hawks more ineffective Big Pharma nicotine drugs, deceitfully claims FDA’s disastrous Deeming Rule and other cigarette protecting regulations promote tobacco harm reduction and innovation of new low risk nicotine/tobacco products; Godshall posts comments exposing these facts, but Health Affairs editors censor comments from being posted.

US Congress / FDA – IQOS / Budget

Ten Democrat US Senators (Durbin-IL, Blumenthal-CT, Brown-OH, Markey-MA, Warren-MA, Merkley-OR, Murray-WA,Van Hollen-MD, Reed-RI, Whitehouse-RI) urge FDA to reject PMI’s MRTP for IQOS & Marlboro HeatSticks

With no evidence, US Senator Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) tweet accuses Philip Morris of “again trying to hook a new generation of children to its deadly & addictive tobacco products”, claims that’s why he and 9 other Democrat Senators sent a letter urging FDA to reject PMI’s MRTP

CTFK opposes 2018 Senate spending bill’s cut in CDC anti-tobacco/vaping propaganda funding

Trump’s proposed 2019 budget gives last-minute reprieve to science funding

Public Health England’s new scientific report on e-cigarettes refutes false claims by US DHHS

Public Health England publishes independent scientific report that further confirms vaping is far less harmful than smoking, has helped many smokers quit, and does NOT lead to cigarette smoking (which has plummeted); but 40% of UK smokers have never tried an e-cigarette, and many in UK inaccurately believe vaping is just as harmful as smoking (largely due to anti vaping propaganda and junk science funded and promoted by the US DHHS) press release full text executive summary (full text PDF)

The main findings of PHE’s evidence review:

–  vaping poses only a small fraction of the risks of smoking and switching completely from smoking to vaping conveys substantial health benefits

–  e-cigarettes could be contributing to at least 20,000 successful new quits per year and possibly many more

–  e-cigarette use is associated with improved quit success rates over the last year and an accelerated drop in smoking rates across the country

–  many thousands of smokers incorrectly believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking; around 40% of smokers have not even tried an e-cigarette

–  there is much public misunderstanding about nicotine (less than 10% of adults understand that most of the harms to health from smoking are not caused by nicotine)

–  the use of e-cigarettes in the UK has plateaued over the last few years at just under 3 million

–  the evidence does not support the concern that e-cigarettes are a route into smoking among

young people (youth smoking rates in the UK continue to decline, regular use is rare and is almost entirely confined to those who have smoked)

The Lancet – Newton/Dockrell/Marczylo: Making sense of the latest evidence on electronic cigarettes

British Medical Journal – Jacqui Wise: Doctors should state clearly that vaping is much lower risk than smoking, says report

Clive Bates: Vaping and tobacco harm reduction – highlights from England (comprehensive compilation of scientific and empirical evidence detailing the public health benefits of vaping)

UK National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training issues

E-cigarettes: a guide for healthcare professionals

CRUK: Misconceptions about e-cigarette safety might be stopping smokers using them to quit

UK News Media Widely and Accurately Report PHE’s New Scientific Report on Vaping

E-cigarettes should be on sale in hospital shops, health body says

NHS patients should be allowed to vape indoors and even in their beds, public health body advises

Hospitals should sell e-cigarettes, health officials say

Let hospitals sell e-cigarettes and let the sick have ‘vaping lounges’ on wards say public health leaders

Hospitals should sell e-cigarettes and provide vaping lounges, health officials say

Researchers say hospitals should sell electronic cigarettes to patients

In sharp contrast, only one US news outlet published an article exposing PHE’s e-cigarette report

Reuters: UK experts urge smokers to switch to e-cigs for big health gains

E-cigarette ban out of puff: UK study urges smokers to embrace the vape (Australia)

Kate Kelland: UK experts urge smokers to switch to e-cigarettes (Pakistan)

Neyla Zannia: Public Health England’s report re-affirms findings of e-cigarettes being significantly less harmful than conventional cigarettes (Singapore)

Steve Birr: UK hospitals urged to sell e-cigarettes and encourage vaping for patients who smoke

Diana Caruana: PHE releases expert e-cigarettes evidence review report

UK promotes MHRA approved e-cigarettes as medicine in UK, but no products are available

NHS plan to prescribe e-cigarettes goes up in smoke after the only device licensed for medical use is axed

E-cigarettes ‘should be on prescription’

Pharmaceutical Journal: E-cigarettes should be available on prescription, Public Health England says

Simon Clark: Why PHE’s pro vaping crusade is the enemy of choice

National Academies Junk Science Report on E-cigarettes

Joel Nitzkin: National Academies of Sciences’ e-cig report gets it wrong

National Tobacco Reform Initiative: E-Cigarettes are Saving Lives (claims National Academies report supports THR products and FDA’s new low nicotine cigarette policy (i.e. prohibition)

David Abrams: Smokers should use e-cigarettes if they can’t quit completely (on NA report)

“The public have been very much misled and wrongly believe that e-cigarettes would not help you quit.”

Azim Chowdhury and Adam Susser: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Report Recognizes that Vapor Products Are Significantly Less Harmful than Traditional Combustible Cigarettes

Cigarette Smoking Research

Analysis of 2006-2013 NSDUH data finds onset of cigarette smoking was three times greater (6.3% vs 1.9%) among young adults (aged 18-25) than among adolescents (aged 12-17), refutes the claim that the vast majority of cigarette smokers become hooked as youth.

Simone Denise truthfully points out there is no evidence 3rd hand smoke poses any health risk

THR Research

Farsalinos and Gillman expose research method flaws and exaggerations by researchers in many toxicology studies of vapor products (including many studies funded by US DHHS) – Carbonyl Emissions in E-cigarette Aerosol: A Systematic Review and Methodological Considerations

Study finds UK vape shops have helped smokers quit smoking and stay quit

Carl Phillips – Science Lesson: The precautionary principle and vaping

Villanti, Niura, Pearson, Glasser, Abrams respond to commenters on Fostering transparency in e-cigarette research synthesis: the utility and limitations of methodological hierarchies

Brad Rodu: FDA Advisory Committee: Heat-Not-Burn is Lower Exposure Than Smoke

New Zealand survey finds stopping smoking main reason to start vaping

THR Surveillance

Brad Rodu: American smokers’ misperception of e-cigarettes’ relative harm: A national disgrace


Florida jury hits Reynolds with $41.7 million verdict for family of dead smoker

Florida jury hits Reynolds & Philip Morris with $17.5 million verdict for smoker’s cancer death


Connecticut Democrat Gov. Dannel Malloy’s budget proposes a 75% tax on lifesaving vapor products, increases cigarette tax from $4.25 to $4.60/pack

New Mexico Senate Cmte rejects bill (SB 25) that would have imposed a 76% tax on vapor products, increased cigarette tax from $1.66 to $3.16/pack, increase OTP tax from 25% to 76%

Steve Birr: Massive tax threatens vaping industry in Washington

CASAA urges WA vapers to oppose bill (HB 2165) to impose 60% tax on vapor products

Kingdom Vapor PA Lawsuit Update (challenging the scope of vapor products that are subject to PA’s 40% vapor tax)


Duluth (WI) Council bill would ban sales of all flavored tobacco and vapor products in most retail stores, sponsor claims purpose of bill is to protect children (but its already illegal to sell tobacco and vapor products to minors), Big Pharma shill ALA applauds flavoring ban (since Big Pharma’s flavored nicotine products are exempted)

NJ Assembly Health Cmte passes bill that would create black market for menthol cigarettes in NJ, and reduce NJ cigarette tax revenue by a third (by banning sales of menthol cigarettes).

San Francisco voters can repeal sales ban on flavored tobacco/vapor products in June

Age 21

Illinois Senate Health Cmte approves bill (SB 2332) to raise minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21

Two Maryland bills (HB 953 & SB 456) would increase minimum age for all tobacco and vapor sales to 21, Senate Finance Committee hearing on SB 456 on February 15.

CASAA urges MD vapers to urge legislators to exempt vapor and smokeless tobacco products from minimum age bills

CASAA urges IL vapers to oppose 3 bills that would increased minimum age for vapor and tobacco sales to 21

CASAA urges Rockland County (NY) vapers to oppose bill to increase minimum age for vapor and tobacco sales to 21, County Commissioners set to vote on March 20

South Dakota House rejects bill (HB 1250) to raise minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21

Idaho Senate Cmte rejects bill (SB 1255) to increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21

Attorneys argue if Kansas law preempts Topeka from enacting age 21 tobacco/vapor sales ban

Big Pharma shills CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA conspire with Connecticut Health Dept funded MATCH to lobby CT legislators to raise minimum age for all tobacco and vapor sales to 21, refuse to admit that vapor and smokeless tobacco products are far less harmful than cigarettes.

Vaping Bans

Missoula (MT) City Council to discuss banning the use of lifesaving vapor products in workplaces and public places, public hearing on February 26

Lafayette (IN) City Council proposes vaping ban after councilman received 2 or 3 compliants

CASAA urges Lafayette (IN) vapers to oppose proposed workplace vaping ban

Rhode Island Democrat Rep. Grace Diaz introduces bill (H 7299) to ban vaping and marijuana smoking where smoking is banned (except RI’s smoking ban already bans weed smoking)

NY City Health Dept Hypocrisy on 2nd Hand Smoke

After lying about and lobbying to ban smokefree vaping in workplaces in 2013, NY City Health Dept now claims it is concerned that 44% of city residents are still exposed to 2nd hand smoke


Canadian Minister of Health Ginette Taylor falsely conflates risks of all tobacco products with those of cigarettes, falsely claims nicotine is addictive, advocates amending Bill S-5 to ban so-called “lifestyle advertisements” (i.e. virtually all advertising) for vapor products, but  acknowledges vaping is less harmful than smoking

Brent Stafford: Vaping Industry Makes its Case (testimony on Bill S-5)

Anti tobacco groups call for MPs to clamp down on vaping advertising rules (which will protect cigarettes from truthful market competition by far less harmful vapor products)

UK Government Defends Snus Ban in EU Court of Justice (while advocating vaping)

Dick Puddlecote: A Great Day for Bureaucratic Intransingence

Dick Puddlecote: ASH’s Snus Flip Flop


Australian senator criticizes and challenges Australian e-cig ban

Steve Birr: Smokers desperate for an alternative urge Australia to embrace vaping

Australian vaping activists campaign to legalize lifesaving vapor products


Singapore’s vapor sales ban prompts vapers to switch back to deadly cigarettes

Plain Packaging Laws

Christopher Snowdon – Plain packaging in France: another non-event (exposes the lies made by the WHO and tobacco controllers about Australia’s plain packaging law)

Chrisopher Snowdon: Australian smoking rate has flattened

Chrisopher Snowdon: The curse of plain packaging

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

WHO falsely claims there is no evidence tobacco/nicotine alternatives (that emit exponentially lower levels of nine types of harmful constituents in tobacco smoke) are less harmful than cigarettes, falsely accuses BAT of insinuating WHO endorsed BAT’s “glo” heat not burn product as less harmful that cigarettes, claims WHO is “at war with the tobacco industry”

CDC keeps demonizing vaping, hypes finding of 2016 NYTS that naïve teens will answer biased multiple choice questions about vaping when asked to do so, fails to acknowledge the vast majority of “ever e-cig users” and “past 30 day e-cig users” were just experimenters

DHHS funded anti-THR activists at UNC unsurprisingly find teens who believe vaping is harmful are less likely to vape, but then unethically advocate lying to teens about vaping

Carl Phillips: How low will they go? Academics and journals spread misinformation

Cell study authors misrepresent their findings to falsely insinuate vaping increase risks of pneumonia in humans, news media sensationalizes claim without any fact checking

Legacy lies initiative falsely claims Juul has nearly half of the US e-cigarette market share (its actually about 10%), repeats many lies about nicotine and vaping to confuse and scare

Bentley: Merchants of Doubt: How Public Health Uses Tobacco Tactics Against E-Cigarettes

Oregon Health chief Lillian Shirley protects cigarettes by lying about and demonizing lifesaving vapor products

FDA/NIH financed Glantz advocates banning sales of lifesaving vapor products and very low risk smokeless tobacco to anyone under 21 years by citing irrelevant new junk study (coauthored by Glantz and CDC vaping opponent Brian King) on state laws that banned vapor product sales to youth (which were lobbied against by Big Pharma shills CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA)

FDA/NIH funded Glantz keeps lying about the scientific evidence on vaping, attacks PHE report

THR confused authors claim a desire to encourage smokers to completely switch to vaping,

but criticize vapers who still smoke (aka dual users), fail to acknowledge that all smokers who quit smoking by vaping were dual users for a period of time, and advocate indoor vaping bans that were/are intended to deceive the public to believe vaping is as harmful as smoking and to discourage smokers from switching to vaping.

Vaping prohibitionist Michael Bloomberg’s financed Johns Hopkins touts its opposition to lifesaving THR products and policies, defames Foundation for a Smoke Free World

NY Times article entitled “How to talk with teenagers about vaping” repeats many false fear mongering claims about vaping (just as NY Times reporters and editors have done for many years), totally ignores teen cigarette smoking and the concept of tobacco harm reduction

Reuters headline and article tout false and disproved claims by junk vaping study authors


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Godshall Chronicles 02/04/18

US THR Business

Altria reports adjusted 4.5% decline in US cigarette industry volume in 4Q17, including a 6.5% volume decline for PM USA; reports adjusted 4% decline in 2017 US cigarette industry volume, including a 5% volume decline for PM USA (as increasingly more smokers switch to vaping).

US Vaping Ignorance Keeps Increasing (due to lies and vapor sales bans by DHHS since 2009)

NCI’s 2017 HINTS found 55.6% of American adults inaccurately believe vaping is just as or more harmful than cigarette smoking, just 4% correctly know vaping is much less harmful.

In contrast, the 2013 HINTS found 39.8% inaccurately believed vaping is just as or more harmful than cigarette smoking, while 9.4% correctly knew vaping is much less harmful.

Thanks to Clive Bates for exposing this.

Meanwhile, a new British survey finds 43% of adults know vaping is less harmful than cigarettes

National Academies Report

FDA contracted National Academies report promotes FDA’s vapor Deeming Ban, but admits:

– vaping is far less harmful than smoking cigarettes, and

– the health of vapers will worsen if they switch back to smoking cigarettes.

Unfortunately, the irreconcilably biased and conflicted NA committee engaged in research misconduct by excluding and ignoring all evidence that has consistently confirmed:

– daily and past month cigarette smoking rates by teens declined >50% as vaping increased,

– exponentially more teens smoked cigarettes before vaping (than who vaped before smoking),

– virtually all frequent nicotine vapers have been and are either current or former smokers,

– vaping has helped millions of smokers quit, and helped millions more reduce smoking, and

– FDA’s 2016 Deeming Rule threatens the lives of several million vapers and 40 million smokers (by banning all new vapor sales and truthful health claims about vaping on 8/8/2016, by banning sales of ALL lifesaving vapor products on 8/8/2022, and by allowing FDA to ban them sooner).

False claim in National Academies embargoed press release generates fake headlines and news

“Among youth — who use e-cigarettes at higher rates than adults do — there is substantial evidence that e-cigarette use increases the risk of transitioning to smoking conventional cigarettes.”

Jill Daly: Evidence on health effects of e-cigarettes is mixed, expert panel says (Godshall cited)

A longtime critic of research that labels e-cigarettes and vaping a gateway to tobacco smoking for young people, Bill Godshall, executive director of Smokefree Pennsylvania, attacked the committee’s report, saying, “This is a repeat of all the junk science that’s been done already.”

A proponent of vaping as a path to quit tobacco smoking, Mr. Godshall said, “There are a thousand times more people who have quit smoking using vaping products than people going from vapers to cigarettes.”

He added that studies have not asked young people if they had smoked before vaping, only if they had smoked a cigarette at least once after previously vaping.

He suggested the findings might have been different if there was a harm-reduction expert on the committee. He also said randomized, controlled trials, while accepted as the highest quality in testing medical treatments, can’t reproduce the experience of vaping.

“There are over 3 million e-cigarette products registered with the FDA,” he said.

“The average vaper has switched from dozens of vaper products since they’ve quit smoking,” he said. Surveys show the success of vaping, he said, adding that surveys show most teens aren’t vaping with nicotine.

Carl Phillips: National Academies report on e-cigs just what the FDA ordered (Godshall agrees)

Carl Phillips: Why was the National Academies report so wrong about the gateway effect?

Christopher Snowdon: These products are safer than cigarettes – – – why don’t the regulators want to know?

Mike Siegel: A new report shows that, at this time, there are no known long-term health effects

Big Pharma shills CTFK and ALA urge FDA to once again ban all e-cigarette sales to US adults in August 2018 (by citing bogus junk science claims in FDA funded NA report)

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb defends FDA’s cigarette protecting Deeming Rule (that banned sales of all new vapor products and all truthful health claims on 8/8/2016, and bans sales of all other vapor products on 8/8/2022) “We need to put novel products like e-cigarettes through an appropriate series of regulatory gates to fully evaluate their risks and maximize their potential benefits”, touts junk science claim from FDA contracted NA report “kids who experiment with e-cigarettes are more likely to try smoking,”

FDA CTP twitter touts junk science claim in FDA contracted NA report that “e-cigarette use increases risks of ever using combustible cigarettes” among youth and young adults.

US Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) repeats lies about vaping, hypocritically protects cigarettes while criticizing cigarette companies, once again urges FDA to ban vapor products.

“I share the deep concerns of public health professionals who, once again, have concluded that e-cigarettes pose significant risks to the public, including unknown levels of toxins, dangerous side-effects from secondhand ‘smoke,’ and — particularly for young people — heightened potential for addiction,”

“FDA must fulfill its commitment to safeguard public health and use its full authority under the Tobacco Control Act to prioritize public safety over Big Tobacco profit.”

THR Research

Carl Phillips: Science Lesson: Model shopping – The real problem with epidemiology (describes some of the many ways FDA/NIH funded anti-vaping activists create junk science)

Carl Phillips: New study shows public misplaces its trust in institutions on vaping issues

Survey of NZ vapers finds main reason for trying vapor products is to stop or reduce smoking

Study finds vaping less harmful to lung fluids than smoking

THR Education

Medical experts offered to debate Canada’s anti-vaping groups – but they all refused

Eli Lehrer: E-cigarettes are what the doctor ordered

Cigarette Research

Carl Phillips: Are low nicotine cigarettes less likely to cause cancer?

Meta analysis finds smoking one cigarette per day increases heart disease risk in males by half as much as smoking 20 cigarettes per day (but almost nobody smokes one cigarette per day for decades, and most people who claim to smoke one cigarette per day actually smoke more).

FDA Deeming Rule Litigation

Pacific Legal Foundation and vape shops sue FDA in three federal courts (DC, Texas, Minnesota) to challenge FDA Deeming Rule

Eric Boehm: Nonsensical FDA ban on vaping products faces 3 new legal challenges

Guy Bentley: FDA sued over ‘unconstitutional’ rule that threatens e-cigarette businesses

More new stories on Pacific Legal Foundation’s lawsuits against FDA

Philip Morris International’s MRTP Application to FDA for Marlboro HeatSticks and IQOS

Bill Godshall summarizes January 24/25 FDA TPSAC meeting on PMI’s MRTP for Marlboro Heatsticks and IQOS

Bill Godshall’s presentation to TPSAC (actually to FDA CTP Director Mitch Zeller) is below.

I’m Bill Godshall, founder and executive director of SmokeFree Pennsylvania, which has campaigned to reduce cigarette smoking since 1990 by reducing secondhand smoke exposures, reducing cigarette marketing to youth, holding cigarette companies accountable, and increasing cigarette taxes. 

Since 2004, we’ve also informed the public that cigarettes cause >99% of all tobacco attributable morbidity, disability, mortality and healthcare costs, and that smokefree alternatives are below 2 on the Continuum of Risk in which cigarettes are 100 and NRT products are 1. 

We’ve also advocated keeping ALL low risk smokefree alternatives legal to manufacture, market and use, which is why we opposed the Tobacco Control Marlboro Monopoly Act that was negotiated and agreed to in 2004 by Philip Morris, RWJF financed Matt Myers and then-GSK lobbyist Mitch Zeller, which banned sales of new smokeless tobacco products more than a decade ago.     

We also opposed Josh Sharfstein’s unlawful cigarette protecting 2009 FDA e-cigarette import ban, and Mitch Zeller’s 2016 cigarette protecting Deeming Rule that banned sales of all new vapor products 18 months ago, banned truthful health claims for vapor products, and bans all vapor products in the near future (unless the Deeming Rule is significantly changed).    

For disclosure, neither I nor SmokeFree Pennsylvania have ever received any funding the US DHHS or from any tobacco, drug or vapor company. So no financial conflicts.

Recent studies indicate Marlboro HeatSticks & IQOS are about 90% less harmful than cigarettes.  But far more extensive scientific and empirical evidence has consistently found snus, moist snuff, dissolvables and vapor products are about 99% less harmful than cigarettes.

So why is FDA considering approving MRTPs for Philip Morris Marlboro products that appear 90% less harmful than cigarettes after FDA banned the sale of vapor products that appear 99% less harmful than cigarettes, have already helped millions of Americans quit smoking (something FDA & CDC have refused to acknowledge), and have helped cut youth smoking in half since 2010?

And why has FDA refused to accept 367 PMTAs, but is considering PMTAs for Marlboro HeatSticks?

A key reason is because Philip Morris and Altria spent hundreds of millions of dollars lobbying to enact the 2009 Tobacco Control Act and to impose FDA’s 2016 Deeming Rule because both policies protect Marlboro’s Cigarette Monopoly and Marlboro HeatSticks from market competition by thousands of small smokeless tobacco and vapor companies that cannot afford $100 million to submit PMTA and MRTP applications.

If FDA approves MRTPs and PMTAs for Marlboro HeatSticks, PM and Altria will spend hundreds of millions of dollars more to protect their new Marlboro HeatStick Monopoly by lobbying to keep vapor products banned, including the Cole-Bishop bill in Congress.

Before creating another multi billion dollar Marlboro monopoly, the FDA should rescind its disastrous Deeming Rule that bans millions of lifesaving vapor products, and begin to truthfully inform the public that ALL smokefree tobacco/nicotine alternatives are far less harmful than cigarettes.

Clive Bates: Ten tweets about FDA TPSAC’s hearing on IQOS

ACSH’s Hank Campbell’s testimony to FDA TPSAC in IQOS

Brad Rodu: Japan’s IQOS experience suggests product could reduce US cigarette consumption

Many FDA funded THR opponents at UCSF urge FDA to reject PM’s MRTP for IQOS

As expected, TPSAC rejected most of FDA’s questions about Marlboro HeatSticks & IQOS

Democrat Senators Dick Durbin and Richard Blumenthal (who have lied about vaping and lobbied FDA to ban lifesaving vapor products since 2011) denounce PMI’s clinical trials for IQOS before reading PMI’s research (article is at bottom of weblink page)

PMI press release responds to FDA TPSAC’s votes against IQOS and Marlboro HeatSticks

More FDA

FDA hosts 1/26/2017 public hearing to further promote/subsidize more Big Pharma NRT drugs despite NRT’s dismal 5% smoking cessation success rate (comments accepted until 2/15/2018)

FDA halts nicotine experiment after four monkeys die

Judge may force FDA to speed up graphic cigarette warnings

FDA falsely claims its ads for “The Real Cost” prevented 350,000 kids from smoking


Alex Azar sworn in as DHHS Secretary


CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald resigns due to stock ownership, including Japan Tobacco

CDC issues state specific 2014/15 CPS data for adult tobacco product use in different states, but protects cigarettes by conflating “some day” use of exponentially lower risk vapor and smokeless tobacco products, and lower risk cigars and pipe tobacco with “every day” cigarette smoking.

Outrageously advocates abstinence-only zero-tolerance policies for low risk products.

“Differences in tobacco product use across states underscore the importance of implementing proven population-level strategies to reduce tobacco use and expanding these strategies to cover all forms of tobacco marketed in the United States.  Such strategies could include comprehensive smoke-free policies, tobacco product price increases, anti-tobacco mass media campaigns, and barrier-free access to clinical smoking cessation resources.”

CDC finds cigarette brand preferences among teens are very similar to adult preferences, but CDC fails to acknowledge that key fact, instead deceives readers to inaccurately believe advertisements targeted to adult smokers (mostly on price) cause and sustain youth smoking.

Smokeless Tobacco and Vapor Litigation

USSTC serves dozens of subpoenas seeking information after Tony Gwynn’s family sued USSTC claiming its smokeless tobacco caused Gwynn’s cancer

Wrigley’s chewing gum and candy company sues Get Wrecked Juices for violating it IP rights by selling e-liquid with similar brand names


Washington House Finance Committee approves bill (HB 2165) to impose a 60% tax on vapor products, referred to Appropriations Cmte.

CASAA urges WA vapers to oppose HB 2165

New Mexico Senate Education Cmte approves bill (SB 25) to increase cigarette tax from $1.66 to $3.16/pack, increase OTP tax from 25% to 76% of wholesale price, and impose 76% tax on vapor products; referred to Senate Corporations and Transportation Cmte.

Utah bill (HB 88) would protect cigarettes by imposing an 86% wholesale tax on vapor products

New York bill (S7335) sponsored by Democrat David Carlucci would impose a $.25/ml tax on e-liquid (i.e. $30 tax for a 120 ml bottle of e-liquid sold at vape shops, but <$.25 tax for a cigalike e-cig sold by tobacco companies), which would put virtually all vape shops in NY out of business, as vapers in NY would just buy tax free e-liquid from out-of-state Internet retailers

NJ bill (S1186) by THR opponent Democrat Joe Vitale would increase moist snuff tax from $.75 to $2.25/ounce and increase OTP tax from 30% to 90% of wholesale price (but wouldn’t tax vapor products), would appropriate tax revenue for anti THR propaganda and policy advocacy.

Altria lobbies VA legislature to reduce taxes on FDA approved MRTPs

Nebraska bill (LB 1117) would increase cigarette tax from $.64 to $2.14/pack, increase snuff tax from $.44 to $1/ounce, increase OTP tax from 20% to 45% (but wouldn’t tax vapor products).

Guy Bentley: Why DC’s proposed $2-a-pack increase in cigarette taxes is wrong

Age 21

Washington bills (SB 5025, HB 1054, SB 6048) would increase minimum sales age for tobacco/vapor products to 21

Illinois bills (HB 4297 & SB 2332) would increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21

Utah bill (HB  296) would increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales from 19 to 21

Indiana bill (HB 1380) to increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21 approved by House Health Cmte after cigarette tax hike removed; referred to House Ways and Means Cmte.

South Dakota bill (HB 1250) would increase minimum age for tobacco & vapor sales to 21

Idaho bill would increase minimum age for tobacco and vapor sales to 21

Indiana bill (HB 1380) to increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21 dies in IN House

Mississippi House Cmte rejects bill (HB 835) to raise age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21

Identical Tennessee bills (HB 1706 & SB 1636) would increase minimum age for tobacco and vapor sales from 18 to 19 years. (Bills introduced by Ds, but Rs control TN House & Senate)

Smoking/Vaping Ban

Alaska bill (SB 63) would ban smoking and smokefree vaping in workplaces

CASAA asks AK vapers to urge AK lawmakers to remove vapor products from SB 63

EU Snus Ban Court Challenge

Christopher Snowdon: These products are safer than cigarettes – – – why don’t the regulators want to know? (Godshall recommends this article)

Christopher Snowdon: Snus goes to court again

Snus Use Surpasses Cigarette Smoking in Norway

Statistics Norway details 50% decline (from 22% to 11%) in daily cigarette smoking rate since 2007 as use of very low risk snus increased

Not to be snuffed at: more Norwegians turn from cigarettes to snuff


PMI’s Mark MacGregor says PMI plans to stop selling cigarettes in the UK by 2030

Christopher Snowdon: Vaping Solutions; An easy Brexit win


Japan to severely restrict use of IQOS and other heat-not-burn products, but rejects prior promises to ban smoking in workplaces and public places.


Indian government urges its Supreme Court to ban tobacco companies, which could create huge black markets


Indonesia government plans to protect cigarettes by imposing 57% tax on lifesaving vapor products


Singapore ban on sales, use and possession of e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and pipe tobacco goes into effect (as the sales, use and possession of deadly cigarettes remain legal).


Israel warns tourists that it is illegal to possess or use vapor products in Thailand, and that violators can be arrested, fined and imprisoned.


Norm Bour: The Malaysian Vape Market Gets Decimated

Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

Clueless anti-tobacco-industry deans at 17 Schools of Public Health (including Bloomberg financed Hopkins) denounce Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, say they won’t seek or accept foundation funding, intolerantly denounce very low risk THR products if they are sold by a company that also sells cigarettes, advocate counterproductive tobacco prohibition policies.

FCTC/McCabe’s Jonathan Liberman defames Derek Yach and the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, while failing to admit that the FCTC has protected cigarettes because WHO has abused it to lobbying to ban very low risk smokefree products that have helped millions quit smoking.

Big Pharma / Bloomberg funded CTFK repeats lies about Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (just as CTFK has lied about and lobbied to ban low risk smokefree products for 2 decades)

Harm Reduction Hypocrisy

Former FDA Deputy Commissioner Josh Sharfstein (who unlawfully banned e-cigarettes in 2009 and falsely claimed e-cigs were target marketed to youth, were hooking youth on nicotine, were gateways to cigarettes, don’t help smokers quit, and contain toxic chemicals) now advocates opioid harm reduction policies (but still opposes tobacco harm reduction products and policies)

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Christopher Snowdon: A junk history of tobacco harm reduction (rips UCSF)

Big Pharma funded ALA’s ‘State of Tobacco Control’ gives FDA an F for delaying Deeming Rule’s vapor sales ban to adults beyond 8/8/2018, gives federal government an F for not taxing low risk smokefree alternatives at same rate as deadly cigarettes.

ALA keeps lobbying states to protect cigarettes by criticizing States for not taxing, for not increasing minimum sales age, and for not spending more taxpayer money to demonize low risk smokefree alternatives and to subsidize Big Pharma cessation drugs.

Harvard Medical School still falsely claims vaping doesn’t help smokers quit smoking

NIH funded anti vaping activists (who deceitfully refer to “vaping” as “smoking”) falsely claim nicotine damages DNA and can cause cancer, but their headline and article demonizes lifesaving vapor products (not FDA approved Big Pharma nicotine products).

Lazy stupid news media hype false fear mongering claims by NIH funded vaping opponents

CRUK’s Michael Walsh: Headlines saying ‘vaping might cause cancer’ are wildly misleading

Steve Birr: Vape critics twist latest research to suggest e-cigarettes can cause cancer

FDA/NCI funded vaping opponents at Univ of Rochester claim e-liquid flavorings are toxic for humans based upon study of cells

Anti vaping activists at UCSD force mice to inhale massive amounts of vaping aerosol daily for 3-6 months, grow human epithelial cells in e-cig vapor, then irrationally conclude that vaping may harm humans.

Vapor prohibitionist David Bareham continues denying that e-cigarettes have helped smokers quit smoking, continues denying e-cigarettes are less harmful than cigarettes.


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Godshall Chronicles 01/22/18

National Academies

DHHS funded National Academies to issue purportedly scientific report on vaping at Tuesday, January 23 press conference webinar at 11AM (can be watched live)

National Academies to release report titled “Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes”, which will likely exaggerate the very low risks of vaping, and deny or downplay the lifesaving benefits vaping has provided millions of smokers (as hundreds of DHHS funded studies have done). Any objective report on vaping would be titled “The Many Public Health Benefits of Vaping”.  Also, the 2014 SG Report was titled “The Health Consequences of Smoking – 50 Years of Progress”

the 2004 SG Report was titled “The Health Consequences of Smoking” and the 2006 SG Report was entitled “The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke”

National Academies Vaping Researcher Committee includes DHHS funded anti vaping junk scientists who have grossly exaggerated the risks of vaping, and/or have denied or downplayed the lifesaving health benefits of vaping.

Some false fear mongering claims about vaping that have been made by National Academies committee members Adam Leventhal, Richard Miech and Nancy Rigotti appear below.

NIH funded Leventhal at al junk study falsely insinuates that vaping is a gateway to cigarettes, news media repeat false fear mongering claim.

Nancy Rigotti touts Leventhal et al article claiming e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes, urges FDA to impose Deeming Rule that bans sales of lifesaving vapor products to adults


NIDA references Nancy Rigotti’s op/ed to further demonize lifesaving vapor products


Clive Bates, Konstantinos Farsalinos, Mike Siegel and Linda Bauld criticize Leventhal et al claim that e-cigs are gateway to cigarettes


NIH funded Leventhal et al again falsely insinuate vaping is gateway to cigarettes; But study:
– falsely claimed 37% of 10th graders are vapers (inaccurately citing 2015 MTF data),
– failed to properly/appropriately compare baseline smokers to baseline vapers,
– found 24% of 3,084 participants, including 93% who were nonsmokers, reported “prior” vaping at baseline (i.e. previous e-cig experimentation, but not in past month),
– found 95.1% of participants reported NO cigarette smoking in past month,
– found just 2.4% of participants reported smoking >2 days in past month,
– falsely classified those who smoked >2 days in past month as “frequent smokers”,
– falsely classified those who vaped >2 days in past month as “frequent vapers”,
– found just 4.7% of participants reported vaping >2 days in past month at baseline, and
– found just 4.3% of participants reported vaping <3 days in past month at baseline.

News media tout 2nd wave of fear mongering claims about vaping by NIH funded Leventhal et al–gateway–to-teen-smoking–study.html

Adam Leventhal demonizes and misrepresents risk/benefits of vaping

NIDA funded Richard Miech at Univ of Michigan misrepresents 2014 MTF data (finding record declines in teen smoking) by falsely insinuating that e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes

After finding huge decline in teen smoking in 2015, and after failing to disclose smoking rates among e-cig users (and vice versa), NIDA funded MTF surveyor Richard Miech claimed e-cigs weren’t used by teens to quit smoking, falsely insinuated that e-cigs are as harmful as cigarettes, and lobbied for FDA’s e-cig ban and an e-cig flavoring ban by falsely claiming TCA’s ban of <1% of flavored cigarettes reduced cigarette smoking.

NIDA funded Richard Miech falsely claimed e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes for teens

Joel Nitzkin and Sally Satel expose the deeply flawed research methods (er misconduct) used in DHHS funded studies claiming e-cigarette experimentation leads to cigarette smoking among teens and young adults (and the so-called meta study by Soneji, Leventhal, Miech et al):

Vaping experts criticize junk vapor meta analyses by Soneji, Leventhal, Miech et al

Cole-Bishop and 2018 US Federal Spending Bill – pertinent to US government shutdown

Bill Godshall: Clarifying Cole-Bishop’s Impact on the Vapor Industry (clarifies how/why the Cole-Bishop amendment to the 2018 federal spending bill preserves FDA’s Deeming Rule)

CASAA urges vapers to tell Congress to include Cole-Bishop in 2018 federal spending bill

US Vapor Industry

Wells Fargo’s Bonnie Herzog estimates another huge sales increase for PVs and e-liquid in US in 2018, as cigalike e-cigs sold primarily by tobacco companies remain stagnant and decline.

Bonnie Herzog’s estimated vapor product sales (by segment) in the US since 2014

2018 $5.1 Billion total, $3.5B PVs & e-liquid, $1.6B cigalike e-cigs
2017 $4.4 Billion total, $3B PVs & e-liquid, $1.4B cigalike e-cigs
2016 $4.1 Billion total, $2.5B PVs & e-liquid, $1.6B cigalike e-cigs
2015 $3.5 Billion total, $2B PVs & e-liquid, $1.5B cigalike e-cigs
2014 $2.5 Billion total, $1.1B PVs & e-liquid, $1.4B cigalike e-cigs

Juul continues to expand e-cig market share gap with Vuse; Newport keeps ticking up

Snus in Norway and EU

Norwegian smoking rate cut in half in past decade (from 22% to 11%) as use of very low risk snus surpasses cigarettes (just as occurred in Sweden in recent decades)

This public health victory couldn’t have occurred if Norway was in the EU, as the EU bans snus.

Lawsuit challenging EU’s cigarette protecting snus ban will be heard January 25

Cigarette sales plummet in Japan as smokers switch to IQOS

Japan Tobacco reports 16.5% decline in cigarette volume in December (in Japan), and a 12.5% decline during 2017 (as sales of IQOS and other heat-not-burn products skyrocket)

Steve Birr: Popularity of a smoking alternative is causing cigarette sales to tank (in Japan)

THR Education and Advocacy

Steve Birr: Public health experts urge British lawmakers to incentivize vaping over smoking

Adolescents and e-cigarettes: Objects of concern may appear larger than they are

by Lynn Kozlowski & Ken Warner (refutes DHHS funded junk vapor gateway studies and false fearmongering claims, recommends some THR policies, but is silent about FDA Deeming Ban)

Harm Minimization and Tobacco Control: Reframing Societal Views of Nicotine Use to Rapidly Save Lives; by Abrams, Glasser, Pearson, Villanti, Collins & Niaura

Authors analyze scientific evidence and appropriately advocate THR education and policies, but are silent about the TCA’s and FDA Deeming Rule’s cigarette protecting bans of lifesaving THR products, and dubiously claim THR is a key component for tobacco control.

Authors correctly concur that vapor products, Swedish snus & American moist snuff are all exponentially less harmful than cigarettes, but build upon Nutt et al’s inaccurate plotting of Swedish Snus and American moist snuff as more harmful than vaping on the Continuum of Risk.

Do Less Harm: E-cigarettes a safer option than smoking, new study says

UPI: Vaping a safer option, could help prevent smoking related deaths: Study

Steve Birr: Public health leaders call for correction of mistaken beliefs on vaping

THR Research

Study of 15 vapers who were given 8 different vapor products finds participants preferred refillable vapor products over cigalike e-cigs, lower nicotine delivery was associated with more frequent vaping, ‘throat hit” was found to be important.

Farsalinos/Gillman analysis of 32 studies that compared carbonyl emissions in vapor aerosol and cigarette smoke finds carbonyl emissions in vapor aerosol were substantially lower than those in cigarette smoke whenever realistic use conditions were ensured, but find the vast majority of the 32 studies did NOT control for dry puff conditions (i.e. they didn’t replicate human exposures). (full text)

Fontem Venture’s two year study on users of its Puritane e-cig finds declines in smoking and cigarette consumption, decline in adverse events, no safety concerns.

Steve Birr: Vaping study finds ‘no signs of serious health complications’ in longtime users

Study finds more Americans trust CDC and FDA than the vapor industry for information on vaping (which explains why increasingly more Americans inaccurately believe vaping is just as harmful as cigarette smoking, and why tens of millions continue to smoke cigarettes).

CDC THR Surveillance

Brad Rodu: 1.7 million high schoolers vaped in 2016, as both vaping and smoking declined

Reveals key 2016 NYTS data that CDC has grossly misrepresented; including:

– CDC counted 660,000 dual users twice (as both smokers and e-cig users) to distort findings,

– exclusive cigarette smoking declined from 14.6% in 2011 to just 3.9% in 2016 as exclusive vaping increased from .3% in 2011 to 7.2% in 2016,

– 69% of nonsmoking teens who vaped did so on 5 or fewer of past 30 days

While the NYTS didn’t ask students what they vaped, the 2017 MTF found among 12th graders who vaped in past year, 51.8% said they vaped “just flavoring”, and 32.8% said “nicotine”.

CDC releases 2016 NHIS demographic data on adult cigarette smokers in the US

CDC cites 2010-2015 NSDUH data for tobacco use by Military Veterans (doesn’t include vapor)

CDC posts 2016 NIH data for “current adult cigarette smokers” by sex and race

Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

Foundation for a Smoke-Free World Pledge Agreement

Foundation for a Smoke-Free World’s Derek Yach posts An Open Letter on the Foundation’s Independence and Governance

Abstinence-Only Opposition to Opioid Harm Reduction in US Resembles THR Opposition

Maia Szalavitz: The Wrong Way to Treat Opioid Addiction

“Buprenorphine is one of only two treatments proven to cut the death rate from opioid addiction by half or more.”

“In these patients, addiction is replaced by physical dependence.”

“Only about one-third of American addiction programs offer what many experts worldwide see as the standard of care — long-term use of either methadone or buprenorphine.”


Texas cigar businesses sue FDA over mandated cigar warnings

FDA’s 2018 Strategic Policy Roadmap claims goals of reducing cigarette addiction and encouraging new technology and product innovation for vapor products, while touting its 2016 vapor Deeming Ban (that protects cigarettes by banning sales of new vapor products in 8/2016, banning sales of >99.999% of the 3 million FDA registered vapor products in 8/2022, and banning truthful claims that vapor products are less harmful than cigarettes) and forthcoming vapor product standards (that could ban most 8/2016 vapor products a year before 8/2022.

FDA continues to protect cigarettes by deceiving Americans about lifesaving vapor products and nicotine, agency’s tweet insists e-cigs are tobacco products (which is exactly opposite of what FDA told federal judges in 2009/2010), conflates very low risk vapor products and nicotine to deadly cigarettes, and demonizes nicotine (which is very similar to caffeine) by claiming it “can change the way your brain works”; responding tweets provide more accurate info on vaping.

Statement by FDA’s Scott Gottlieb on FDA decision to seek additional time to reassess rule that would have changed longstanding practices for how the agency determined the ‘intended use’ of medical products (per FDA’s efforts to protect Big Pharma drugs and deadly cigarettes by banning truthful claims that vapor and smokeless tobacco products help smokers quit smoking).

PMI/Altria MRTP application to FDA for IQOS

FDA TPSAC to meet January 24/25 to discuss PMI’s MRTP application for IQOS (can be watched live); public comment period from 8AM-9AM on January 25.

AP article on FDA TPSAC’s meeting on IQOS interviews many tobacco controllers who endorsed FDA’s cigarette protecting vapor Deeming Ban, but no THR activist who opposed it

UK Government’s Committee on Toxicology

Statement on the toxicological evaluation of novel heat-not-burn tobacco products

Brad Rodu: Trials and tribulations of reduced risk tobacco products

Steve Birr: FDA to discuss fate of cigarette alternative fueling a historic drop in cigarette sales

Dr. Erika Bliss urges FDA to approve PMI MRTP application for IQOS


Brent Stafford: It’s All About the Regs / Not So Holiday Special


Becket Associates: No EU vape tax. For now

Rhode Island Democrat Gov. Gina Raimondo’s budget proposal imposes 80% tax on lifesaving vapor products, increases cigarette tax from $4.25 to $4.50/pack

NM bill (SB 25) would increase cigarette tax from $1.66 to $3.16/pack, increase OTP tax from 25% to 76% of wholesale price, impose 76% tax on vapor products.  Sponsor Howie Morales introduced a similar bill last year, which was defeated by the NM House Taxation Cmte.

Hawaii bill (SB 2654) would add “e-liquid” as a tobacco product under Section 245 of Hawaii Consolidated Statutes (for tax purposes), impose a 70% tax on wholesale e-liquid and require licensure for e-liquid marketers, and ban online sales of tobacco (and e-liquid) in Hawaii.

Note a nearly identical 2017 bill (HB 1495) would have taxed and banned internet sales of all “Electronic Smoking Devices”, which included cigalike e-cigs sold by Big Tobacco companies

Virginia bill (SB 390) would increase cigarette tax from $.30 to $7.00/pack, increase smoking tobacco and cigar tax from 10% to 23% of manufacturer’s price, but wouldn’t increase moist snuff tax and wouldn’t tax vapor.  Sponsor is a D in a R controlled VA Senate.

Indiana bill (HB 1380) would increase cigarette tax from $.995 to $2.995/pack, and would increase minimum age for tobacco sales to 21. Sponsor is a D in a R controlled IN Senate.

Israel protects cigarettes by taxing PMI’s lower risk IQOS at the same rate

Indonesia protects cigarettes by imposing 57% tax on lifesaving vapor products


Man sues shop in NY that sold him a vapor product, whose battery allegedly exploded

Age 21

Judge temporarily blocks minimum age 21 law from going into effect in Topeka (KS) after vape shops challenge ordinance in court citing state preemption, court hearing set for February 1.

San Antonia (TX) City Council hikes minimum age for sales of tobacco/vapor products to 21.

West Virginia bill (SB 13) introduced by 4 Democrat Senators would increase minimum age for tobacco and vapor sales to 21.

New Hampshire Senator David Watters (D-Dover) proposes bill (SB 545) to increase minimum sales age for tobacco/vapor products, repeats CTFK’s lies conflates lifesaving vapor products, very low risk smokeless tobacco and low risk cigars and pipe tobacco with deadly cigarettes

Retail Restriction

HI bill (SB 2304) would ban new tobacco and vapor shops from opening within 750 feet of schools, playgrounds and public housing complexes.

Workplace Smoking Ban

Indiana bill (HR 1381) would ban smoking (but not vaping) in all workplaces in IN

Workplace Vaping Bans

Alaska bill (SB 63) would ban vaping in all virtually all workplaces (by deceitfully changing the definition of smoking to include smokefree vaping), public hearings next week

CASAA urges vapers to oppose Alaska bill (SB 63) to ban vaping in workplaces

Steve Birr: American Lung Association wants to cut off vaping access over secondhand emissions fears (in MA and all other states since 2009)

Home Vaping Ban

Jefferson City (MO) Housing Authority doesn’t even try to enforce its nonsensical home vaping ban, and has significant difficulty attempting to enforce its smoking ban.

Unethical Research

Carl Phillips: How low will they go? Researchers secretly monitor vape convention

Carl Phillips: Consumer groups challenge FDA’s misleading animal research on nicotine

Junk gateway vaping studies

Steve Birr: Study calling vaping a gateway called out for omitting critical information

Carrie Wade: Why vaping isn’t a gateway to smoking

Steve Birr: Expert debunks vaping gateway myth ripping bad science in service of bad theories

News media repeat false claims by DHHS funded junk vape study authors at UCSF

Glantz and Bareham deceitfully tout vapor research misconduct as scientific evidence, continue to misrepresent scientific and empirical evidence to falsely claim e-cigs are gateways to smoking

DHHS funded vapor prohibitionists at Yale continue to grossly misrepresent the evidence and data (including their own) to call for vapor sales bans (after FDA has already banned them)

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Legacy Lies Initiative deceitfully insinuates that flavored vapor, smokeless tobacco, cigars and hookah are more harmful for teens, young adults and public health than cigarettes (including menthol cigarettes), keeps lying about flavorings and the different risks of different products

Vapor prohibitionists at NIH advocate even more NIH funded junk science to demonize vaping

and lobby for even more cigarette protecting vapor sales/use bans, vapor taxes, etc.

Puritanism makes faulty health policy

Nicotine: Best available evidence isn’t good enough

DHHS funded tobacco controllers give free samples of very low risk snus to adult smokers (something the TCA bans snus companies from doing) who didn’t want to quit smoking, but fail to truthfully inform them that snus is far less harmful than cigarettes and has helped hundreds of thousands of Swedes quit smoking; finds two thirds of persistent snus users and half of snus experimenters knew that snus is less harmful than cigarettes even though DHHS has falsely insinuated otherwise for decades (something the author’s abstract did not acknowledge).

Chinese researchers find PMI’s IQOS emits at least 80% fewer “harmful constituents” than are emitted by cigarettes, but incorrectly claim IQOS emitted similar levels of “tar” as cigarettes after they inappropriately classified ‘glycerin’ and ‘propylene glycol’ emitted by IQOS as “tar”.

Carl Phillips: Vapers on Twitter find countless errors in peer-reviewed paper


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Godshall Chronicles 01/09/18

Vapor Education and Advocacy

Keller and Heckman E-Vapor and Tobacco Law Symposium, February 6-7, 2018 in Irvine, CA

UK Parliament Science and Technology Committee holds hearing on e-cigarettes January 9

1st Panel Witnesses: Peter Hajek, Mark Conner, Riccardo Polosa; 2nd Panel Witnesses: Lion Shahab, Jamie Brown, Paul Aveyard

The first panel will focus on relative harmfulness of e-cigarettes compared to cigarettes, and assessments of whether different types of e-cigarettes have a varying health effect on the user.

The second panel will explore the appropriateness of using e-cigarette as a smoking cessation tool, and the possible role of e-cigarettes in “re-normalising” smoking.

Linda Bauld: The evidence keeps piling up: e-cigarettes are definitely safer than smoking;

But misinformation and scaremongering could still be putting people off switching.

Matt Ridley: Vaping’s Triumph in Peril (full text)

Brad Rodu: Tobacco Truth Top Ten (10 of 450 Tobacco Truth’s blog postings)

Bangcock Post editorial: Time to wake up on e-cigs (opposes Thailand’s vapor prohibition laws)

E-Cigarette Summit, London, November 17, 2017

1 – Welcome Ann McNeill

Tim Baxter – Towards a smokefree generation: A tobacco control plan for England

2 – Robert West – Improving the quality of research on e-cigarettes

3 – Linda Bauld – What a difference a year makes

4 – Amy Fairchild

5 – Jean Francois Etter – Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

6 – Panel Discussion 1

7 – Ed Stephens – Relative risks of cancer from smoking tobacco vs vaping

8 – Lion Shahab – Toxicant and carcinogen exposure associated with long-term e-cigarette use

9 – Jamie Hartman Boice – Cochran Review of E-Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation

10 – Konstantinos Farsalinos – Heat-Not-Burn Tobacco Products

11 – Riccardo Polosa – Impact of Long Term EC Use on Lung Health

12 – Tim Phillips – EU TPD

13 – Deborah Arnott – UK Regulation of Heat-Not-Burn Products

14 – Robert Morrison – Restricting Advertising for Vapor Products

15 – Matthew Moden – Independent Vape Sector

16 – Beryl Keeley – UK MHRA notification scheme

17 – David Graham – Potential Medicinal Regulation of ENDS

18 – Panel Discussion 2

19 – Martin Dockrell – PHE and vaping

20 – Louise Ross – Vaping for Smoking Cessation

21 – David Levy – Modeling of E-cigarette Use

22 – Wayne Hall – The ethics of the Australian ban on sales of e-cigarettes

23 – Sarah Jakes – Views of a UK vaper

24 – Panel Discussion 3

THR Surveillance

CDC reports 2016 NHIS data finding significantly more young adult males use e-cigs “every day or some days” than young adult females

THR Research

Farsalinos/Gillman analysis of 32 studies that compared carbonyl emissions in vapor aerosol and cigarette smoke finds carbonyl emissions in vapor aerosol were substantially lower than those in cigarette smoke whenever realistic use conditions were ensured, but find the vast majority of the 32 studies did NOT control for dry puff conditions (i.e. they didn’t replicate human exposures).

Regulator Watch: Study shows no lung damage from vaping

Japan Tobacco study finds secondhand emissions (i.e. exhaled by user) from its heat-not-burn product had no impact on indoor air quality, finds concentrations of ETS markers, toluene, total VOC and CO were below limits of detection or below limits of quantification.

Study of 40 dual users (of cigarettes and vapor products) and 175 exclusive vapers (who completely switched from cigarettes) finds dual users had reduced their mean cigarette consumption by 82% after 22 months, and dual users vaped less e-liquid than exclusive vapers.

Smoking cessation study (in which smokers were given standard tobacco treatment for 8 weeks, and were given nicotine patches, behavioral counseling, and either a nicotine or non nicotine e-cigarette as needed) finds half of those who quit smoking were still vaping after six months.

Fontem Venture’s two year study on users of its Puritane e-cig finds declines in smoking and cigarette consumption, decline in adverse events, no safety concerns.

Modeling study finds higher e-cigarette prices reduce e-cigarette use and increase current cigarette consumption among youth, and that “on average e-cigarettes reduced youth smoking”.

Carl Phillips: New paper reports inaccuracies in e-liquid nicotine labels

Smokeless tobacco prohibitionists find lower risk smokeless tobacco is replacing cigarette smoking in India, Bangladesh and Nepal, but then advocate more anti THR policies to discourage millions of other Asian smokers from switching to lower risk smokeless products

Foundation for a Smoke Free World

VOA hypes CTFK’s criticism of PMI funding for Foundation for a Smoke Free World, but fails to reveal CTFK was created with $35 million from Big Pharma in 1995 and has received most of its funding from Big Pharma since then to protect and promote sales of ineffective and less-than-safe smoking cessation drugs, and to demonize and lobby to ban, restrict and tax low risk smokeless tobacco, snus, dissolvables, vapor products, and heat-not-burn products.

After the Foundation for a Smoke-free World invites 344 researchers/organizations to apply for grants, the Wire demonizes Derek Yach by hyping criticism from longtime THR opponents who vehemently oppose smokers quitting smoking by switching to low risk smokefree alternatives

2018 Federal Spending Bill – Important and Timely

Bill Godshall: Clarifying Cole-Bishop’s Impact on the Vapor Industry (point by point clarification and refutation of claims about Cole-Bishop by Tony Abboud and the VTA)

Charlie Minato: Ten questions for 2018 (includes question/discussion about Cole-Bishop and large cigar exemption amendments to FY 2018 spending bill)

CTFK’s Matt Myers complains that 2018 federal spending bill slashes anti-THR propaganda programs of Obama’s CDC that have demonized vaping, smokeless tobacco, nicotine and THR.


FDA falsely claims vapor flavorings lure and are illegally marketed to youth in title and abstract of yet-to-be proposed Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM), just as the agency falsely claimed in 2009 when it unlawfully banned the import of vapor products into the US.

Iowa AG Tom Miller, Abrams, Bates, Niaura, Sweanor truthfully inform FDA’s Scott Gottlieb that flavorings in vapor and smokefree tobacco products are important for helping smokers switch, warn him about biased anti-flavoring and anti-vaping propaganda issued repeatedly by Obama’s DHHS (to dupe the public and to lobby for FDA Deeming Rule).

Clive Bates: Regulating e-flavors – is the US regulator more likely to do harm than good and how would it know?

Carl Phillips: FDA previews war on flavors

Carl Phillips: Will FDA ban all non tobacco vapor flavors

FDA launches ANPRM pertaining to e-liquid flavoring

FDA abstract proposes imposing a federal rule (not an information gathering ANPRM) for ENDS (i.e. vapor products) battery standard that could ban many/most/all vapor batteries.

FDA abstract proposes imposing a federal rule (not an information gathering ANPRM) for “tobacco manufacturing practice (TPMP) requirements for manufacturers of finished and bulk tobacco products” that could ban many/most/all tobacco products (including vapor products).

FDA proposes imposing a federal rule (not an information gathering ANPRM) to “establish the format and content of” Substantial Equivalence reports for tobacco products (including vapor)

Note that FDA has already issued 3 Guidances for SE tobacco product reports, most recently at

FDA ANPRM abstract seeks info about FDA’s absurd policy proposal to sharply reduce nicotine in combustible tobacco products to purportedly reduce their “addictiveness”, but fails to admit its proposed policy would increase harm for smokers, create black markets for lower priced untaxed cigarettes, and sharply reduce tobacco tax revenue and government programs they fund.

FDA announces plan to issue Advanced Notices of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM) for restricting nicotine levels in combustible tobacco products, for banning flavorings in tobacco and vapor products, and for inquiring about potential premium cigar regulations

FDA accepts for scientific review a Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) application from Reynolds (which was recently bought by BAT) for Camel Snus to truthfully claim that cigarette smokers who completely switch to Camel Snus greatly reduce their risks of lung cancer, oral cancer, respiratory disease, and heart disease; 180 day public comment period.

AEMSA submits comment to FDA in response to 2012 submission by Big Tobacco regarding

Potential Tobacco Product Manufacturing Practices for Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems

Carl Phillips: When quitting smoking, does ‘every try count’?

FDA Deeming Rule

NJOY and other vapor companies submit Citizens Petition to FDA urging agency to formally acknowledge that the TCA’s preemption clause preempts states from mandating warning labels that differ from the vapor product warning labels mandated by FDA’s Deeming Regulation
(regarding vapor product warning labels that are mandated in CA, OR and IN).

Economist editorial: How to regulate lower-risk smoking products (editorial correctly criticizes vapor sales bans, but then endorses FDA’s ongoing and forthcoming vapor product sales bans)

“It is perverse to ban a less harmful product like an e-cigarette from a market that allows the more dangerous version to be sold on every street.”


PMI study finds IQOS emits exponentially fewer harmful and potentially harmful constituents (HPHC) than a cigarette

Anti-THR activists claim TV show sharply increased IQOS sales in Japan, demonize lower risk alternative to cigarettes, fail to acknowledge huge decline in cigarette sales and smoking

Anti-THR reporters at Reuters allege scientific misconduct by PMI on IQOS, demounce PMI for marketing a lower risk alternative to cigarette smokers and for lobbying to legalize its sales.

Note those same Reuters reporters defended WHO lobbying to ban vapor and smokeless tobacco

Also, coauthor of Reuters articles Duff Wilson wrote many NY Times articles in 2009-2011 that protected cigarettes by demonizing smokeless tobacco, snus, dissolvables and e-cigarettes.

Fojtik/Rodu: US, FDA can learn from Japan how to reduce smoking (advocates FDA approval of PMI’s IQOS, but remains silent about FDA’s ongoing and forthcoming vapor product sales bans)


CDC’s Brian King et al defend the research misconduct in the 2016 SG Report that demonized vaping (and that excluded all scientific evidence finding that vaping has helped millions of smokers quit smoking, has sharply reduced youth smoking, and has improved public health).

Trump’s CDC refuses to admit that vaping has helped smokers quit smoking, keeps hawking ineffective and less-than-safe FDA approved drugs as only effective ways to quit smoking

THR Business

Wells Fargo’s Bonnie Herzog projects $5.1 Billion of vapor products will be sold in the US in 2018 (up from $4.4 Billion in 2017), including $3.5 Billion of Premium/Open Vaporizers and E-Liquid (up from $3 Billion in 2017), and $1.6 Billion of cigalike e-cigs (up from $1.4 Billion in 2017).  Herzog cited Nielsen data that $322 Million of Juul were sold in 2017, that Juul captured a huge 26.6% of the cigalike e-cig market segment in the past 4 weeks, while market shares for BAT/Reynolds’ Vuse, Altria’s Mark Ten, Fontem’s Blu, JTI’s Logic and NJOY all declined.

E-cigarette maker Juul is raising $150 million after spinning out of vaping company


Steve Birr inaccurately claims DE’s new $.05/ml tax on e-liquid is “significantly less” than the 30% wholesale tax proposed by Gov. John Charney (as a $.05/ml tax on a 60ml bottle wholesaling for $6 is $3, but is just $1.80 with a 30% tax rate), fails to reveal that Reynolds lobbied DE legislators to change the 30% proposal to $.05/ml e-liquid tax to reduce vapor taxes for Vuse and other cigalike e-cigs and increase taxes on e-liquid companies and DE vape shops.


George Will correctly criticizes ineffective anti-cigarette ads mandated by federal court, but wrongly condemns cigarette taxes and lawsuit settlements, repeats dubious and reprehensible claim that cigarette diseases, disabilities and early deaths benefit taxpayers, while failing to acknowledge smoking now imposes $200 Billlion in healthcare costs annually in the US (i.e. $15/pack, including $11/pack paid by taxpayers) and even higher costs for lost productivity.

PTAB upholds e-cig patent in RJ Reynolds challenge

Menthol Cigarette Ban

Salon article hypes CTFK’s lies about menthol cigarettes and new laws banning them, but fails to acknowledge a menthol cigarette ban will create black markets for lower priced untaxed menthol cigarettes, increase cross border smuggling, reduce cigarette tax revenue for governments, and reduce funding for many health programs funded by cigarette tax revenue.

Flavoring Ban / Age 21

Bedford (MA) BOH ban sales of flavored vapor and tobacco products, and increases age for vapor and tobacco sales to 21

Age 21

Onondaga County (NY) increases minimum age for vapor and tobacco sales to 21, County Executive Joanie Mahoney cites cigarette risks for restricting sales of low risk alternatives

Florida bill (SB 1288) would increase minimum age for vapor and tobacco sales to 21, sponsor cites harms of cigarettes, but doesn’t explain why lifesaving vapor products were included in bill.

Arizona bill (SB 1010) would increase minimum age for vapor and tobacco sales to 21, redefines vapor products to be tobacco products

Springfield (MA) City Council unanimously approves first reading of bill to ban sales of vapor and tobacco products to anyone under 21


Health Canada (which has lied about nicotine vapor products since it unlawfully banned their sales in 2009) issues report claiming most commenters support Health Canada’s cigarette protecting anti THR policies and propaganda, fails to acknowledge how many commenters were/are financed by Health Canada.

THR Censorship and Junk Science

Carl Phillips: The travesties that are Glantz, epidemiology modeling, and PubMed Commons

Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Philip Morris International Falsely Claims “We’re Trying to Give Up Cigarettes”

PMI runs full page ads absurdly claiming “Our New Year’s Resolution We’re Trying to Give Up Cigarettes” in the UK after the cigarette giant spent Billions of dollars this century lobbying US Congress, FDA and the public (in collusion with GSK’s Mitch Zeller, RWJF financed CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA, AAP, AMA, left wing Congressional Democrats and news media) to enact the 2009 TCA and impose the 2016 Deeming Rule, which have protected PM’s Marlboro cigarette and Big Pharma’s NRT markets by banning sales of ALL new low risk smokefree tobacco products on 2/15/2007, banning truthful claims that smokefree products are less harmful than cigarettes, requiring false fear mongering warnings on all smokefree products, and allowing exemptions (to create a monopoly/cartel) for just several of the several thousand manufacturers to market just several of the several million smokefree products (at a cost of $20+ million for each PMTA and MRTP), which only PMI and a few other large tobacco companies can afford.

WHO’s Tedros deceitfully conflates all low risk smokefree tobacco products with cigarettes, and admits WHO is far more interested in fighting tobacco companies (which has enriched tobacco companies) than reducing cigarette diseases, disabilities, healthcare costs and deaths.f

“Governments and health organizations like ours are at war with the tobacco industry, and we will continue fighting until we beat Big Tobacco.”

JAMA Pediatrics publishes yet another DHHS funded junk gateway study by THR opponents at UCSF to lobby for flavored vapor and OTP sales bans to adults; among 9,909 never cigarette smoking teens, study found just 11 ever users of an e-cig, 3 ever users of smokeless tobacco, 8 ever users of hookah, and 7 ever users of a cigar who had smoked a cigarette a year later; but UCSF authors and press office falsely claim study found vapor and OTP use precedes cigarette smoking.  Authors inappropriately excluded all baseline “ever cigarette smokers” from their study (because they were exponentially more likely than all OTP users combined to have smoked a cigarette a year later).  News media repeat false UCSF claims without any fact checking.

Brad Rodu further reveals that 80% of the 219 teen cigarette smokers (in UCSF junk study above) had never used any tobacco or vapor product prior to baseline, and that UCSF authors and press release failed to reveal that critically important finding.

‘Junk science’?  Studies behind Obama regulation under fire

“The CDC’s use of surveys to undermine the harm reduction and smoking cessation viability of e-cigarettes is junk science,” said Hank Campbell at ACSH.

DHHS funded vaping prohibitionists find air quality at a vaping convention with >600 people was within indoor PM10 particle air quality standards over 8 hours; but confuse/scare readers by inappropriately comparing their indoor data to far more restrictive 24 hour outdoor air quality standards, by demonizing vaping, and by urging FDA to ban vaping in all workplaces (even though FDA has no legal authority to do so).

DHHS funded prohibitionists at UNC conduct biased push poll of mostly naïve non smoking US adults to advocate more disastrous FDA bans (beyond FDA’s Deeming Rule that bans the sale of >99.99% of vapor products to adults), than claim many in US support banning so-called candy flavored e-cigs and cigars, reducing nicotine in cigarettes, and banning menthol from cigarettes.

DHHS funded vapor prohibitionists and propagandists at Yale find past 30 day adult e-cig users vaped more often than past 30 day teen e-cig users, were more likely to have vaped nicotine, prefered a greater number of e-cig flavorings, and preferred somewhat different flavorings (with slightly more adults preferring candy/dessert flavors); but authors (who have repeatedly urged FDA to ban sales of vapor products to adults) tout irrelevant data, demonize vaping of flavors.

NIDA funded anti vaping propagandists at Univ of Michigan (who still haven’t released 2015 and 2016 MTF data comparing teen e-cig use among smokers, exsmokers and never smokers after their 2014 MTF found smokers and exsmokers were both far more likely to use e-cigs in past 30 days than were never smokers) compare far less accurate and reliable 2015 and 2016 MTF data on purported “reasons for vaping” to claim that only 7.3% of teens vaped to replace smoking.  Full text details of taxpayer financed study is buried behind a paywall.

FDA funded anti vaping activists find smokers who seek information about vaping are more likely to begin vaping, so authors recommend FDA further discourage smokers from vaping.

Chinese vaping opponents find many Hong Kong teens know truthful information about vaping (despite Hong Kong’s decade old vapor sales ban), advocate more lying to teens about vaping.

Chinese anti-vaping junk scientists grossly misrepresenting the scientific and empirical evidence on vaping, repeat the many of the false fear mongering claims about vaping that have been made by DHHS funded vapor and vaping prohibitionists, universities and health agencies.

Steve Birr: ‘Science Guy’ Bill Nye mocks vapers, says ‘cigarettes don’t kill fast enough’

USC anti vaping activist claims accurate statements about vaping are “fake news”

NY Times reporter hypes anti vaping propaganda at MTF press conference, ignores findings that teen smoking rate has plummeted since 2010 as millions of smokers have switched to vaping

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Godshall Chronicles 12/15/17

Welcome Back, Bill! 🙂

2018 Federal Spending Bill

American E-Liquid Manufacturing Standards Association (AEMSA) sends letter urging Congressional leaders to exclude Cole-Bishop amendment from 2018 federal spending bill (because it requires FDA to issue a Final Rule for “a product standard for vapor products” “to include but not limited to” “characterizing flavors” and “batteries” by January 2021, which could ban virtually all vapor sales more than a year before the Deeming Rule would in August 2022).

29 Republicans in Congress urge White House OMB Director Mick Mulvaney to support exempting premium cigars from FDA’s Deeming Reg/Ban in 2018 federal spending bill

Evolution of Cole-Bishop language

Introduced in May 2015, the Cole bill (HR 2058) only changed TCA’s 2007 predicate date for Deemed tobacco products (including vapor products)

Introduced in 2016, the Cole-Bishop amendment to the House spending bill would have changed the 2007 predicate date, would have required FDA to propose a standard for vapor product batteries within 12 months and issue a Final Rule within 24 months after issuance of Deeming Rule, and would have restricted print advertising to publications primarily read by adults.

Introduced in 2017, the Cole-Bishop bill (HR 1136) and the Cole-Bishop amendment to the House spending bill would change the 2007 predicate date, but would also require FDA to issue a Final Rule for “a product standard for vapor products” “to include but not limited to” “characterizing flavors” and “batteries” by January 2021, as well as restrict print advertising to publications primarily read by adults.

FDA Deeming Rule

HK Law’s Azim Chowdhury: FDA’s new tobacco strategy: What does it mean for your vape business? (from July)

AEMSA urges FDA to modify the Deeming Rule to once again allow vapor manufacturers to effectively and lawfully market lifesaving vapor products to adult smokers

AEMSA expands membership to include all segments of the electronic vapor industry (i.e. manufacturers, distributors and retailers), to develop sector-specific standards to ensure good manufacturing standards, ingredients quality control, and consumer safety

FDA announces new campaign to purportedly discourage youth from vaping that could encourage more youth to vape (as telling teens to not vape just encourages them to vape).

News media repeat FDA’s hype about program to purportedly reduce teen vaping

Bloomberg/DHHS funded Johns Hopkins invites Scott Gottlieb, Mitch Zeller, Josh Sharfstein (who unlawfully banned vapor products in 2009), Joanna Cohen, Dorothy Hatsukami and Ken Warner to promote/discuss FDA Deeming Rule and nicotine reduction plan for cigarettes, FDA’s  Gottlieb unveils new Real Cost ad that further demonizes nicotine and vapor products, and that could encourage more nonsmoking teens to vape. (begins at 17 minutes)

Carl Phillips: FDA releases new nonsensical anti vaping ad

FDA issues new infographic that deceives readers to inaccurately believe that:

– very low risk e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, and lower risk cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah are just as harmful as cigarettes,

– experimental and occasional use of any vapor or tobacco product is as harmful as daily cigarette smoking (by citing only “past 30 day” use data), and that

– all e-cigarettes and vapor products are tobacco products.

Brian Fojtik: Stop lying to smokers about safer alternatives

FDA issues report citing unsubstantiated criticisms it solicited and received about e-cigs and tobacco products (after Obama’s FDA and DHHS deceived the public about e-cigs).

Carl Phillips: FDA’s motive for releasing vapor product reports raises questions

FDA’s Scott Gottlieb, Mitch Zeller and Janet Woodcock announce another effort to promote and market even more ineffective NRT drugs to smokers; public hearing set for 1/26/2018.

FDA and DHHS promote yet another program to increase sales of Big Pharma’s ineffective and less than safe tobacco cessation drugs, and to deceive Americans to inaccurately believe FDA approved drugs are the only effective ways to quit smoking.

Jonathan Adler: Why FDA Regulations limiting e-cigarette marketing may cost lives and violate the constitution

US DOJ Lawsuit against Cigarette Companies

Cigarette companies air advertisements mandated by US Court (pursuant to DOJ lawsuit) that falsely claim nicotine is addictive. In fact, cigarette smoking is addictive, not nicotine.


New CDC webpage on e-cigarettes contains dozens of false and misleading fear mongering claims about vaping, cites biased US PHS report hawking Big Pharma’s nicotine and falsely claiming evidence is “insufficient” to recommend vaping for smoking cessation; but finally admits vaping is less harmful than smoking cigarettes and that vaping “may help non-pregnant adult smokers” but only “if used as a complete substitution for all cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products.”

Alex Berezow: On e-cigarettes, CDC should learn from UK’s NHS

CDC reports 2014-2016 NHIS data for tobacco use among working adults; deceptively insinuates that all types of tobacco products (including vapor) are as harmful as cigarettes, that using multiple tobacco products is more harmful than using one type (including cigarettes), and that “some day” use is as harmful as “every day” use (by combining them into the same group inaccurately called “current users”); calls for “tobacco-free” policies for all workplaces and public places, and other policies to prevent smokers from switching to smokefree alternatives.

Carl Phillips critiques CDC NHIS data on e-cigarette use by occupation, races, etc.

CDC issues chart/list of state laws that regulate sales, taxation and use of vapor products

US THR Surveillance

NIDA funded 2017 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey finds:
–        New record low lifetime, past month and daily cigarette smoking rates among US teens,
–        Past 30 day cigarette use fell to 1.9% among 8th graders, 5.0% among 10th graders, 9.7% among 12th graders,
–        Daily cigarette use fell to .6% among 8th graders, 2.2% among 10th graders, and 4.2% among 12th graders,
–        3.5% of 8th graders, 8.2% of 10th graders, and 11.0% of 12th graders vaped nicotine in past 30 days,
–        Among the 27.8% of 12th graders who vaped in the past year and were asked what they inhaled the last time they vaped, 51.8% said “just flavoring”, 32.8% said “nicotine” and 11.1% said “marijuana” or “hash oil”.

CDC issues select 2016 NHIS vaping data, finds:
– 1.2% of US adults (2.97M) were “daily” vapers in 2016;
– 3.2% of US adults (7.93M) were “current” e-cigarette users (i.e. every day or some days), down from 3.4% in 2015, and down from 3.7% in 2014;
– E-cigarettes were used “every day or some days“ by 4.5% of 18-24 year olds (1.41M), 4.2% of 25-44 year olds (3.56M), 2.9% of 45-64 year olds (2.44M), 1.0% of 64+ year olds (.48M); and
– 15.4% of US adults (38.16M) had ever used an e-cigarette.


Brad Rodu: 2016 CDC data shows e-cigarette use declines again, finds
– 7.8 million currently used e-cigs,
– 3.9% (4.5 million) of men currently used e-cigs, and 2.6% (3.3 million) women did so,
– former smokers accounted for 34% of “current” e-cig users, up from 30% in 2015, and from 22% in 2014.

Clive Bates: Trends in tobacco and nicotine use in the United States (excellent charts showing data from NYTS, MTF and NHIS surveys).

Brad Rodu: New Vaping Insights Based on FDA’s PATH Survey 2013-14

Rodu/Plarphanswat analyze FDA 2013-14 PATH adult survey data, find:
– 5.6% (12.9M) of US adults were either current e-cigarette users or triers, including 2.4% (5.5M) e-cig users and 3.2% (7.4M) e-cig triers,
– 1.0% (2.3M) of US adults vaped daily, 1.4% (3.2M) vaped on some days, 3.2% (7.4M) were current e-cigarette triers,
– 0.3% (.7M) of US adults were both former cigarette smokers and former e-cig users, accounting for 26.9% of former e-cig users, and indicating that many smokers who quit smoking by switching to vaping also subsequently quit vaping,
– 45.7% (1.1M) of daily vapers were former smokers, 27.7% were daily smokers, 19.0% were some day smokers, 3.8% were current cigarette triers, 3.3% were former cigarette triers, 0.5% were never cigarette smokers,
– 61.5% (2.0M) of some day e-cigarette users were daily smokers, 13.0% were some day smokers, 9.5% were former smokers, 9.3% were current cigarette triers, 5.0% were former cigarette triers, 1.8% were never cigarette smokers,
– 62.3% of current e-cigarette triers were daily smokers, 13.2% were some day smokers, 6.4% were former smokers, 10.7% were current cigarette triers, 5.6% were former cigarette triers, 1.8% were never cigarette smokers.

Brad Rodu: More vaper insights from FDA PATH 2013-14;

Rodu/Plarphanswat analyze FDA 2013-14 PATH adult survey data, find top reasons for vaping:

  1. “less harmful to me” (94%),
  2. “less harmful to persons around me,” (88%)
  3. “help to quit smoking,” (86%)
  4. “don’t smell” (80%)

2013/14 FDA PATH adult survey data finds use of e-cigarettes among smokers and former smokers was significantly higher than use of FDA approved NRT products, use of e-cigarettes was only the smoking cessation method other than unassisted quit attempts with higher odds of being a former smoker.

Brad Rodu – Population Level Proof: E-cigarettes are popular and successful quit-smoking aids

Study of 15,532 recent cigarette smokers (since 2010, which included 75% current smokers and 25% former smokers) from 2014/15 NHIS data finds:
– 52% of daily adult vapers in the US have quit smoking since 2010, compared to 28% who never vaped, and to 12% of some day vapers;
– daily vapers were 3.18 times more likely to quit smoking since 2010 than never vapers;
– daily vapers accounted for 10.7% of former smokers, but just 3.3% of current smokers.

2014/15 CPS-TUS survey of US adults found regular vaping (i.e. 20 or more of past 30 days) was reported by 12.7% of former smokers (<1 year), by 7.4% of former smokers (1-3 years), by 3.6% of current smokers, and by just .1% of never smokers; found 7.7% of adults ever used an e-cig, 2.1% currently used e-cigs (i.e. at least once in past 30 days), and .9% regularly vaped.

Study of CDC NATS data finds the number of US adults who switched from cigarettes to vapor products increased 100% from 2012/2013 to 2013/2014

Study by former CDC OSH director Michael Eriksen et al finds nicotine was vaped by 81% of US adult smokers who vape, but just by 37% of adult non smokers who vape.

Although many surveys have found that many vapers do NOT vape nicotine, the US DHHS still falsely classifies all vapor products as “tobacco products” and everyone who vapes (including those who vape just flavors, CBD and/or THC) as “tobacco users”.

Canadian THR Surveillance

2016 Canada survey confirms vaping has NOT renormalized smoking, finds:
– cigarette smoking by youth (12-17) declined to 3.6% (from 4.1% in 2015),
– smoking by 12+ year olds declined to 16.9% (from 17.7% in 2015, and 20.9% in 2012),
– 3.7 million Canadians smoke daily (down from 3.8 million in 2015, and 4.5 million in 2012)

UK THR Surveillance

Young People’s Use of E-Cigarettes across the United Kingdom: Findings from Five Surveys 2015-2017 finds:
– Just 1%-3% of 11-16 year olds in the UK regularly use e-cigarettes at least weekly,
– Among regular cigarette smokers, 7%-38% regularly use e-cigarettes,
– Among never smokers, 0.1%-0.5% regularly use e-cigarettes,

French THR Surveillance

Survey of French university students finds:
– 12% of former smokers, 5% of current smokers, and 0.3% of never smokers were current e-cig users,
– 9% of former smokers and 2% of current smokers were daily vapers,
– just 3.3% of current and former smokers used an e-cig prior to smoking cigarettes,
– although 13.2% of never smokers ever used an e-cig, just 0.3% currently used e-cigs,

Vaping Education and Advocacy

Many excellent comments are submitted to the UK House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology in response to its inquiry into e-cigarettes here, including the following.
Clive Bates and a better formatted version here
Public Health England

University College London,Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group (West, Brown, Shabab) –


Royal College of Physicians

British Heart Foundation

Cancer Research UK

Royal Society for Public Health

British Medical Association

Cochrane group

UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group

Mental Health and Smoking Partnership

New Nicotine Alliance

Department of Health (England)

Peter Hajek

Caitlin Notely, Lynne Dawkins, Emma Ward and Richard Holland

Riccardo Polosa

Leicester City Council (Louise Ross)

Oliver Kershaw (runs

Independent British Vape Trade Association

Institute for Economic Affairs

After years of demonizing and lobbying to ban vapor products, British Medical Association admits vaping is far less harmful than cigarette smoking, doesn’t harm bystanders, hasn’t led to cigarette smoking by teens, is almost exclusively done by smokers and ex-smokers, and has helped many smokers quit

The British Psychology Society endorses vaping for smoking cessation

Changing behavior: electronic cigarettes

UK National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training releases The Switch videos on the health benefits of switching from cigarettes to vaping and urging smokers to switch

Oliver Kershaw: E-Cig Summit 5 – the return of the Summit (London)

James Dunworth: E-cig Summit Round Up November 2017

Sarah Jakes keynote speech at the E-Cig Summit 2017

Carl Phillips: Science Lesson: How we know vaping poses little or no risk

Carl Phillips – Science lesson: How vaping leads to smoking cessation

Joe Sylvester (12/1): The nine biggest myths about vaping

Fairchild/Niaura/Abrams: American needs a candid smoking control champion (Godshall comments)

Gerry Stimson: a conversation about e-cigarettes

Vaping Research

Konstantinos Farsalinos issues comprehensive review of recent research and evidence on vaping

3 ½ year prospective study by Polosa et al finds no differences in health outcomes between daily vapers who have never smoked and never vapers who never smoked;

Health outcomes included (blood pressure, heart rate, body weight, lung function, respiratory symptoms, exhaled breath nitric oxide [eNO], exhaled carbon monoxide [eCO], and high-resolution computed tomography [HRCT] of the lungs)

Study of 4,192 former smokers who quit by switching to vaping identifies recommendations for smokers (who want to switch to vaping) to improve their chances

Study of male psychiatric patient smokers who were given e-cigarettes finds 10% quit smoking within a month, significant reduction in mean daily cigarette consumption (from 16.6 to 5.7) and breath CO.

Case study finds chronic tonsillitis disappeared after never smoker began vaping, antimicrobial properties of propylene glycol thought to be reason

Megan Weier: Moving beyond vaping as a cessation-only practice [criticizes the many limitations of, and the misguided reliance upon, randomized clinical trials (RCTs) for studying the effects of vaping on smokers].

Carl Phillips – Science Lesson: Clinical trials are a terrible way to assess vaping

NCI funded study finds vast majority of vaping news in the US in 2015 was anti-vaping propaganda about youth (most of which was generated by Obama’s DHHS to lobby for FDA’s vapor sales ban to adults).

Study finds particles in vapor aerosol emissions pose excess lifetime cancer risk 5 orders of magnitude lower than those in cigarette smoke.

Coral Gartner: E-cigarettes and youth: be alert but not alarmed (highlights evidence finding vaping has helped many smokers quit, as teen smoking has plummeted)

JF Etter: Gateway effects and electronic cigarettes

Study of Canadian high school students finds vapers are more physically active and involved in sports than nonvapers, finds smokers are less active and less involved in sports than nonsmokers, but authors advocate more anti vaping propaganda

DHHS funded study by Zhu et al finds vapers had higher smoking cessation rate (8.2%) than non vapers (4.8%) in 2014/15, and vapers attempted significantly more smoking cessation attempts

After running many editorials urging FDA to ban vapor products and advocating Allegheny County’s workplace vaping ban, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial cites Zhu et al study and endorses vaping to help people quit smoking.

NIH funded researchers Levy et al (including some who previously demonized vaping) conduct vaping substitution model, find that vaping could save lives of 6.6 million US smokers, and add 87 million years to smokers’ lives

NIDA/FDA funded study of smokers and recent quitters finds that banning sales of flavored e-cigarettes (that Obama’s FDA tried to impose) would discourage cigarette smokers from switching to vaping.

Modeling Study finds vapor products pose exponentially lower cancer risk than cigarettes

Altria study finds hazardous and potentially hazardous constituents in exhaled (i.e. secondhand) vapor aerosol are exponentially lower than those in secondhand cigarette smoke, and are exponentially lower than occupational regulatory and consensus limits.

PMI study finds no toxicological effects on rats from inhaling high levels propylene glycol, glycerine or nicotine (the main ingredients in vapor products)

Polosa/Crawley: Scientific and ethical obligations to publish tobacco industry-funded research on nicotine delivery systems of reduced risk

Smoking Research

Study finds people with HIV are 10 times more likely to die from cigarette smoking (than from HIV or AIDS), and that 40% of people with HIV also smoke cigarettes

Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Liza Gross grossly misrepresents risks and benefits of vapor and smokeless tobacco products (after being sent many objective studies and accurate reports), manufactures defamatory conspiracy theory about Big Tobacco, THR advocates and the vaping industry; Godshall cited.

PLoS Biology Senior Editor Liza Gross: an activist with no biology education

Brad Rodu: Tobacco harm reduction is science, not conspiracy (about Liza Gross hit piece)

FDA/NIH/RWJF/Legacy funded vapor prohibitionist Stan Glantz keeps protecting cigarettes, falsely claims key facts about vaping are myths, touts junk studies.

Junk Gateway Studies

DHHS funded Primack et al and Univ of Pittsburgh issue another junk e-cig study and press release falsely claiming their study found e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes; Godshall criticizes study’s inappropriate reliance on “ever use” as a “witch hunt to demonize vaping” in news)

Back in 2015, Primack et al issued a similar “ever use” study and press release that falsely claimed e-cigs are a gateway to cigarette smoking, with similar criticisms by Godshall and Rodu.

Carl Phillips: Pediatric journal straight up lies about e-cigarettes

Polosa/Russell/Nitzkin/Farsalinos analysis of US Surgeon General’s report on e-cigarette use among youth and young adults reveals it contained more fiction than facts

Yet another article and editorial in Pediatrics (issued by longtime vapor prohibitionists at AAP) claims e-cig use by teens leads to cigarette smoking, but study fails to account for (or even mention) dual users (i.e. those who used an e-cig and a cigarette in past month);

Lazy news media fails to acknowledge errors in the study, and instead repeat fear mongering claims of FDA/NIDA funded anti-vaping authors, while NPR blames JUUL.

DHHS funded Glantz keeps falsely claiming vaping is a gateway to cigarette smoking, denies all evidence that vaping has helped millions of smokers quit smoking.

Smokeless Tobacco Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Rodu: Government funded researchers continue to misrepresent smokeless tobacco cancer risks

Lynn Kozlowski (at FDLI conference) once again urges US DHHS to stop unethically deceiving Americans about the very low risks of smokeless tobacco.

THR opponents at FDA/NIH find (but fail to mention in abstract) that just 11% of American adults accurately know that smokeless tobacco is less harmful than cigarettes, comments by Rodu, Sweanor and Bates criticize FDA/NIH authors for refusing to acknowledge that smokeless tobacco products are far less harmful than cigarettes.

Brad Rodu: “Deception or Evasion” by FDA CTP and National Cancer Institute Regarding Smokeless Tobacco?


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Godshall Chronicles 7/28/17

Breaking News

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb delays FDA’s vapor PMTA application deadline and vapor prohibition date from November 8, 2018 until August 8, 2022, vaguely endorses THR, calls for FDA to develop a new comprehensive plan for tobacco, nicotine, vapor and flavor product regulation

Scott Gottlieb’s special announcement on tobacco/nicotine/vapor policy is at

Gottlieb also said FDA CTP intends to:
– maintain Deeming Rule’s sales ban on all new vapor products since August 8, 2016,
– maintain Deeming Rule’s ban on truthful health claims by vapor manufacturers,
– reevaluate Deeming Rule’s policies on vapor products, cigars and OTP,
– promulgate regulations and final guidances for PMTA, MRTP and SE applications,
– promulgate rules on “kid-appealing” flavors in tobacco/vapor products (after FDA and its funding recipients falsely claimed, since 2009, that flavorings are marketed to youth),
– promulgate more rules and standards for ENDS (vapor products), and
– mandate low nicotine cigarettes (which would increase harms for many/most smokers, and would create an enormous black market for cigarettes).

News articles on FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s announcement

Altria responds to Scott Gottlieb’s announcement

Clive Bates: Huge FDA announcement on future tobacco and nicotine strategy


UK Government’s new tobacco control plan calls for further reductions in cigarette smoking, advocates vapor and other low risk smokefree alternatives for smokers

Clive Bates: English tobacco control plan embraces tobacco harm reduction – world first

UK urges employers to allow employees to vape at work to reduce smoking rate

Mental health Trust in Leicestershire is using e-cigarettes as a tool to go smokefree

Christian Mulcahy: Brexit is Britain’s change to cut red tape on vaping and go cigarette free by 2022

Andrew Orloski: UK government’s war on e-cigs is over

THR Business

Altria reports 4.5% US cigarette industry shipment volume decline in 2Q17, and a 3.5% decline in the first half of 2017; reports adjusted 5% PM USA cigarette volume decline in 2Q17, and a 4% decline in PM USA volumes in first half of 2017; reports 1.4% increase in USSTC smokeless tobacco volume in 2Q17, and a 1.7% decline for first half of 2017.

Philip Morris International reports 9.4% decline in cigarette shipment volume in first half of 2017, reports increase in heated tobacco shipment volume from 1.2 billion units in first half of 2016 to 10.8 billion units in first half of 2017

British American Tobacco completes acquisition of Reynolds American

PMI to convert cigarette factory in Romania into Smoke-Free product facility

The future of cannabis is vaping – here’s how it works

More FDA Deeming Regulation/Ban

Obama appointed Judge Amy Berman Jackson upholds Obama’s FDA Deeming Ban, rejects lawsuit filed by Nicopure Labs and Right to Be Smoke-Free Coalition

Six Big Pharma funded vapor prohibitionists (CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA, AAP, Legacy lies initiative) file “Motion to Intervene” in the Cyclops Vapor 2, LLC vs FDA lawsuit challenging FDA’s Deeming Rule, request to be named as Defendants in the suit, claim Trump’s FDA/DOJ have not adequately defended the case, lie to court about TCA, FDA’s Deeming Regulation and vapor products (similar to lies in their 2009/10 amicus briefs filed with the federal court defending FDA’s unlawful 2009 e-cigarette ban).

Six anti-tobacco/vapor extremists (CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA, AAP, Legacy lies initiative) file “Motion to Intervene” in the cigar industry’s lawsuit challenging FDA’s Deeming Rule, request to be named as Defendants in the suit, claim Trump’s FDA/DOJ are not adequately defending the case.

“In recent months, however, it has become apparent that Defendants (the government) may not adequately defend the Deeming Rule and may seek to weaken or rescind it.”

Duncan Hunter commentary: To vape or not to vape? Yes – It’s a safer alternative

Electronic Vaping Coalition of America urges FDA’s Scott Gottlieb to support Duncan Hunter’s bill to repeal and replace FDA’s Deeming Ban

Hartland, WI sends another letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb regarding FDA’s failure to coordinate the Deeming Regulation process with local government

Citizens Against Government Waste’s Elizabeth Wright: The FDA should pave the way to tobacco harm reduction

Brian Fojtik: Democrat Attorney General encourages FDA to reconsider e-cigarette regs

National Tobacco Reform Initiative (including proponents of the cigarette and pharma protecting Tobacco Control Act: ACS’s Allan Erickson, John Seffrin & Tom Glynn, CDC OSH’s Don Shopland, AHA’s Scott Ballin, Iowa AG Tom Miller, Rosswell Park’s Mike Cummings) urge FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to halt implementation of Obama’s FDA vapor Deeming ban (set for November 8, 2018), to implement policy changes to preserve and expand the thriving market for vapor and other THR products, and to reinterpret and/or amend the TCA to allow and encourage THR products to compete against far more harmful TCA grandfathered cigarettes to reduce smoking.

Clive Bates: Two letters show a new front opening in US Public Health

AEI’s Brill/Satel/Veager: Hands off e-cigarettes: Why more regulations make no sense

THR prohibitionists and propagandists at Greenwall funded O’Neill Institute advocate more disastrous anti-THR policies for FDA under the deceitful guise of “bioethics”

Long time THR prohibitionist Eric Lindblom (who worked at CTFK to lobby for the TCA, and worked at FDA to ban new THR products and ban truthful claims about THR products) advocates more disastrous anti-THR policies at so-called E-cigarette Summit.

FY 2018 House Agriculture Appropriations bill includes Cole/Bishop language

House Appropriations Committee Markup session 7/12/17

FY 2018 House Agriculture Appropriations bill is at (see Section 753)

US Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) offers amendment (during US House Appropriations Cmte markup session) to keep Obama’s FDA Deeming Rule (that bans the sale of >99.99% of vapor product sales to adult smokers and vapers on November 8, 2018), Reps. Lowey, Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Jose Serrano (D-NY), Lucille Roybal-Ballard (D-NY) and Debbie Wasserman-Shultz (D-FL) repeat false fear mongering claims about vaping and FDA’s vapor Deeming ban; Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Tom Cole (R-OK), Andy Harris (R-MD) speak against Lowey’s amendment and tell truth about vaping; Committee rejects Lowey amendment 31-21, then approves bill.

Big Pharma shill CTFK and its partners (ACS, AHA, ALA, AAP, etc.) lie to US House Appropriations Committee about FDA’s Deeming Regulation (that bans sales of >99.99% of lifesaving vapor products, and many/most cigars and pipe tobacco products on 11/8/2018), the Cole/Bishop language in the House Agriculture Appropriations bill, and about lifesaving vapor products, low risk cigars, flavorings and children

Mike Siegel: Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids is deliberately lying to the public

Big Pharma funded ALA’s Harold Wimmer keeps lying about Obama’s FDA Deeming Regulation, and about the Cole/Bishop language in the House Appropriations Bill

ABC News: House panel seeks to block FDA ‘vaping’ rules (in fact, the Cole/Bishop amendment would just move the TCA’s 2/15/07 grandfather date to 8/8/16 for newly deemed tobacco/vapor products, but would implement all other FDA Deeming Rules)

AP headline falsely claims Cole/Bishop amendment would exempt e-cigs from FDA regs

More US Budget

Former CDC Directors Tom Frieden and Bill Frist (in op/ed opposing US House Appropriations bill’s budget for CDC) falsely claim it “would result in at least 15,000 additional, avoidable deaths per year” from tobacco and “would be public health malpractice”. But Tom Frieden’s fear mongering lies about lifesaving vapor products, his lobbying for FDA’s vapor Deeming ban, and his/CDC’s funding of state/local health depts to unlawfully lobby (with US funds) to ban vaping in workplaces was the worst public health malpractice in US history.

Big Pharma funded vapor prohibitionists at CTFK criticize US House Approps Cmte for cutting funding for CDC’s abstinence-only quit-or-die anti tobacco/vaping propaganda

US Healthcare Reform Legislation

Big Pharma finance CTFK urges defeat of US Senate GOP healthcare bill because it cuts funding for CDC’s anti-vaping and anti-THR lobbying and propaganda campaigns, and reduces subsidization of ineffective Big Pharma smoking cessation drugs by taxpayers and healthcare insurance policy holders

FDA’s proposed NNN standard to ban vast majority of smokeless tobacco products

Clive Bates and David Sweanor submit excellent comments opposing FDA’s proposed NNN standard for smokeless tobacco products (that could ban >95% of the products)

Clive Bates: Reckless and pointless at the same time – FDA proposes NNN standard for smokeless tobacco

CASAA submits comment to FDA opposing agency’s proposed NNN standard for smokeless tobacco products

USDA’s Chief Economist Robert Johansson criticizes FDA’s proposed NNN standard for smokeless tobacco products and FDA’s failure to estimate its costs on farmers

Carl Phillips – FDA’s proposed smokeless tobacco nitrosamine regulation: innumeracy and junk science (Parts I, II and III)

Carl Phillips: FDA’s proposed smokeless tobacco nitrosamine regulation: innumeracy and junk science (postscript)

Bill Godshall and Smokefree Pennsylvania urge FDA to withdraw its proposed NNN standard because the rule would ban the vast majority of smokeless tobacco products

Scott Ballin’s comments opposing FDA’s proposed NNN standard for smokeless tobacco

Brian Fojtik: The proposed tobacco product standard for NNN level in smokeless tobacco should be withdrawn

Brad Rodu: Problems multiply for proposed FDA smokeless tobacco rule

Proposed FDA rule may force some smokeless products off shelves

More FDA

FDA sends warning letter to Kretek International informing them that four of their smokeless tobacco products are “adultered” because FDA did not issue a “marketing authorization order” (i.e. didn’t approve a PMTA) and didn’t approve them as SE (to a product on the market on February 15, 2007); FDA also warns Kretek International that nine of their dry snuff products are “misbranded” because they don’t contain the warning: “Sale only allowed in the United States”

FDA issues age calculator for tobacco and vapor retailers (two decades after tobacco retailers began using the industry’s We Card program for minimum age verification)

FDA makes more materials available from PMI’s 2+ million page MRTP application for IQOS, deadline for public comments is December 12, 2017

Heat-not-burn studies remain cloaked: PMI documents on IQOS heavily redacted


DHHS Secretary Tom Price appoints Brenda Fitzgerald, MD as CDC Director and ATSDR Administrator

CDC PHHS Block Grant used by South Carolina to promote “tobacco-free policies” deceive church members to believe all tobacco use (and vaping) is as harmful as cigarette smoking, to lobby for banning all tobacco use (and vaping) on church properties, and to refer smokers to smoking cessation services that hawk Big Pharma drugs

US DHHS Lies about THR

Wall St. Jrnl article exposes decades of lies by CDC and NIH about exponentially less harmful smokefree alternatives as DHHS continues to promote quit-or-die abstinence-only policies on America’s 35 million cigarette smokers.

Bethea Klaykamp: Objectivity and Evidence in the 2016 Surgeon General’s Report on E-cigarettes

US DOT Airline Vaping Ban

Federal Appeals Court Panel upholds Obama’s DOT’s false redefinition of “smoking” to include smokefree vaping to uphold DOT’s airline vaping ban$file/16-1128.pdf

CEI says court ruling on e-cigarettes could set dangerous precedent (i.e. allowing US government agencies to change definitions of words to expand their legal authority)

Cigarette Smuggling / Untaxed Cigarettes

US Senate Helsinki Commission Hearing: A Hazy Crisis: Illicit Cigarette Smuggling in the OSCE Region, with Dave Sweanor, PMI

Who gets to sell cigarettes without taxes? (Canada and US)


Court upholds $28M verdict in Connecticut smoker case

Florida jury holds Reynolds liable for $1.65 million for lung cancer death–morgan-wins-165m-verdict-scores-major-victory-against-big-tobacco-300491180.html


Smokefree Pennsylvania letter urges PA House and Senate leaders to oppose effort to further increase PA’s 40% tax on e-liquid (by changing it to a $.075/ml tax on e-liquid) by Kinser Group lobbyists, the Vapor Technology Association, and two board members of the PA Vape Association (who have falsely told PA legislators that changing the 40% tax to a $.075/ml would reduce taxes on PA vape shops). Reynolds and other tobacco companies are also lobbying PA legislators to change PA’s 40% vapor tax to a per ml tax on e-liquid because doing so would reduce vapor taxes on cigalike e-cigs by 95%-98%.

Tax equivalence charts compare ad valorem (% of price) tax rates to per ml tax rates.

Federal judge says PA can’t dismiss vaping tax lawsuit

Delaware to tax vaping products (at $.05/ml for e-liquid)

Tax Foundation posts slightly outdated (1/1/2017) map of vapor taxes in the US

Flavoring Bans

Regulator Watch: Stained Legacy / San Francisco abandons principles w. e-cig flavor ban

(Brent Stafford interviews THR activist Damon Jacobs)

Let’s Be Real San Francisco launches referendum campaign to repeal flavored vapor, cigarette and OTP ban

Minneapolis (MN) Council vote on menthol flavoring ban delayed

Vaping Bans

Legacy lies initiative gives Millions of dollars to 135 black colleges to ban the use of lifesaving vapor products and very low risk smokeless tobacco products, and to decieve faculty, staff and students to believe smokefree alternatives are as harmful as cigarettes

Itasco County (MN) considers banning vaping in workplaces

NY Gov. Cuomo signs bill banning vaping at all K-12 schools

Minimum Age

New Jersey Gov. Christie signs bill (after vetoing a similar bill last session) that raises minimum age for vapor and tobacco product sales to 21 years (to further deceive the public to believe that lifesaving vapor products are just as harmful as cigarette smoking);

NJ becomes third state (HI & CA) to raise minimum age to 21 for tobacco and vapor.

Maine Governor Paul LePage vetoes bill (LD 1170) that would have raised the minimum age for tobacco and vapor product sales to 21

Oregon Senate approves bill (SB 754) to increase minimum sales age for tobacco and vapor products to 21, sent to Governor

Douglas (AZ) passes ordinance raising minimum age for tobacco and vapor product sales to 21, becomes 2nd municipality in AZ to do so.

St. Louis Park (MN) increases minimum age for tobacco and vapor product sales to 21, becomes second city in MN to do so

Central Illinois health officials urge companies to protect cigarettes by banning vaping

Outdoor Smoking/Vaping bans

Buffalo (NY) bans smoking and smokefree vaping at city parks

Indianapolis/Merion County (IN) Council to consider bill to ban smoking at parks (and likely vaping, since their indoor smoking ban defined smoking as including vaping)


Clive Bates: Time for the government of Sweden to get behind snus and tobacco harm reduction


Jeruselem Post editorial equivocates about PMI’s IQOS by citing junk studies and inaccurate comments by THR opponents (Israel)

Dave Sweanor: Potential for breakthrough: The need for a new vision for the use of nicotine (Israel)


Clive Bates: Challenging the prohibitionists – a submission to Australian parliamentary inquiry into e-cigarettes

Support grows to legalize e-cigarettes in Australia

Psychiatrists want e-cigarette ban lifted saying patients are dying early

Doctors plead for e-cigarette reforms

E-cigarettes pose health policy conundrum as Australia faces vaping push

Philip Morris International tells the truth about vapor products and Australia’s plain cigarette packaging law, while vapor prohibitionists and plain packaging activists Simon Chapman and AMA’s Michael Gannon criticize PMI for supporting the public health campaign to legalize lifesaving vapor products.

Terry Barnes: Vaping, Big Public Health and the new McCarthyism

Mike Siegel: Position of Australian Medical Association (and many US health groups) on vaping is just plain evil

Vapor prohibitionists Chapman, Daube, Bareham and Peters send 93 pages of junk science, propaganda and lies to Australian government to deceive and scare them into keeping lifesaving vapor products banned (which protects cigarette markets).

Attila Danko: Is Simon Chapman dancing to the tune of Big Tobacco?

Dick Puddlecote: World class straw clutching (exposes Simon Chapman’s lies)

Hong Kong

Hong Kong considers banning nicotine free vapor products (after banning nicotine vapor products in 2009) due to lies by irreconcilably conflicted vapor and vaping prohibitionists


US PR agency hypes Philippine legislator’s deceitful effort to protect cigarettes by urging vaping ban and severe restrictions on vapor advertisements and sales


WHO continues protecting deadly cigarettes, threatening lives of smokers by advocating indoor vaping bans

Bloomberg financed WHO report deceitfully and repeatedly conflates far less harmful tobacco products with deadly cigarettes in 135 page report to deceive politicians, news media and the public to believe that all tobacco products are just as harmful as cigarettes; repeats false accusations about tobacco industry, which unlike WHO, supports THR

Stupid lazy news media repeat Bloomberg financed WHO lies about tobacco and tobacco industry, fail to do any fact checking.

Teen Health Surveillance

Brad Rodu: Drinking, Bingeing and Toking More Popular Than Smoking Among Teens in 2014

Health Education and Advocacy

New Nicotine Alliance talks to EcigClick

Michelle Minton – Fears Aren’t Facts: E-cigarettes

Regulator Watch: Vapers Voice / Regulation, Advocacy and the Coming Boom (Canada)

Chip Franklin interviews Dave Sweanor on vaping

Brad Rodu: The illogic of condoning vaping & condemning smokeless – both are safer for smokers

Kevin Crowley: Nicotine is NOT addictive

Dave Sweanor: Dragons and Dragon Slayers: TEDxHongKong


Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum 2017 to be held on September 12-14 in NYC

71st Tobacco Science Research Conference to be held on September 17-20 in Bonita Springs, FL

WHO FCTC COP8 extremist conference to be held Oct 1-6, 2018 in Geneva

THR Research

New study finds US smoking cessation rate increase in 2014/15, attributes it to vaping–aaq072417.php

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Joel Nitzkin exposes the deeply flawed research methods (er misconduct) used in DHHS funded junk studies claiming e-cigarette experimentation leads to cigarette smoking among teens and young adults (and the so-called meta study by Soneji et al of many junk studies): Soneji responds by misrepresenting Nitzkin’s criticisms, by defending the many deeply flawed research methods, and by repeating false claims about vaping.

Joel Nitzkin also sent the following letter to JAMA Pediatrics, which refused to publish it, documenting the journal editor’s contempt for truth, science and public health

Reuters headline and article grossly misrepresents the WHO FCTC COP meeting in Delhi (where WHO banned public health advocates and the news media, and where vapor prohibition laws, plain packaging tobacco laws, and censoring tobacco companies from public policy processes were all advocated), demonizes 2014 PMI power point that opposed vapor product bans (which protect cigarettes), taxing all tobacco products the same rate as cigarettes (which discourage smokers from switching to low risk products), plain packaging tobacco laws (that didn’t reduce cigarette smoking in Australia), point-of-sale tobacco display bans (that prevent customers from seeing products), excessive health warning sizes (that aren’t necessary) and ingredient bans (e.g. flavors, nicotine).

Vaping prohibitionist Michael Bloomberg’s foundation funds The Guardian (UK) to lie about tobacco and vapor products, THR policies in the US, politicians, and other things

Vapor prohibitionist US Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Bloomberg funded article in The Guardian (UK) accuse VP Mike Pence, DHHS Secretary Tom Price, and other Trump appointees of tobacco industry ties, but fail to acknowledge Blumenthal’s efforts to ban lifesaving vapor products and lies about vaping (since 2009) protected cigarettes.

Vaping prohibitionist Michael Bloomberg funded Bloomberg American Health Initiative Director Josh Sharfstein (who, as FDA Deputy Commissioner, unlawfully banned lifesaving vapor products and lied about them in 2009/10) hires Michelle Spencer as Associate Director, touts new program that includes reducing drug addictions.

Washington Post editorial falsely attributes decline in youth smoking to Obama DHHS’ abstinence-only anti-vaping policies and propaganda

FDA/NIH/Legacy/CA DPH funded vapor prohibitionist Stan Glantz claims best way to continue reducing smoking is by further increasing cigarette taxes, further extending smoking bans and advertising bans, and banning smoking in movies and other media (but not keeping lifesaving vapor products legal for adult smokers and vapers)

Mike Siegel: American Lung Assocation guilty of public health malpractice

FDA/NIH funded activists at Univ of Louisville find mostly truthful health claims about vaping on YouTube, but then conclude “Future research is necessary to assess the implications of claims promoting e-cigarettes as better than traditional cigarettes on audience perception and use.”

William Mauro repeats many false fear mongering claims about vaping, grossly misrepresents the scientific and empirical evidence

Mike Siegel: Yet another group of anti tobacco researchers encourage lying to kids about relative health effects of vaping

Tobacco Control publishes another junk study claiming e-cig use by teens leads to cigarette smoking, as study authors intentionally omitted all smokers who subsequently began vaping to deceive readers.

FDA funded activists continue lobbying FDA to mandate very low nicotine cigarettes by confusing readers about the disastrous impacts of their cigarette prohibition policy


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Godshall Chronicles 07/07/17

THR Research and Policy

2017 Global Forum on Nicotine (held in Warsaw June 15-17) presentations available at  (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

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.

Brad Rodu: Smoking may harm mental health

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

PMI & Peter Lee: Estimating the effect of differing assumptions on the population health impact of introducing a Reduced Risk Tobacco Product in the USA

BAT cell study finds wound healing disrupted by smoke but not by Vype e-cigarette

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

Neil McKegany and Tiffany Dicksen – Why don’t more smokers switch to using e-cigarettes: The views of confirmed smokers

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?

Charles Hughes: E-cigarettes don’t lead to the real thing

Lindsey Stroud: Get facts straight on e-cigarettes (cites false fear mongering claims to demonize vaping by CDC funded local health departments)

Teen vaping rates fall in the US

CDC’s implementation of new sample design for 2016 NHIS delineated at
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 (2016)  (2016) (2015)
1997-2016 NHIS data is available at

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)

THR Business

Philip Morris sees IQOS as key to smokeless future in UK

PMI doubles investment in heated tobacco unit facility in Italy

Japan Tobacco chases Marlboro Man’s maker in smokeless race

Fight for new cigarette substitute heats up Japan: Quick take 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)–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.

Charlie Minato: FDA Grandfather Language Passes House Subcommittee

June 29 AEI conference – Sensible regulation of e-cigarettes: Opportunities for reform
(Stan Veuger, Sally Satel, Gregory Conley, Alan Viard, Azim Chowdury, Saul Shiffman)

AEMSA president Scott Eley sends letter to FDA Commissioner urging him 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.

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.

Congressman Duncan Hunter vapes again during committee hearing

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).

Brian Fojtik: Big Government, Public Health and E-Cigarettes Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Paul Blair and Brian Fojtik launch Smoke and Mirrors Podcast

Fake News and Fake Science (first episode)

Vaping and the Regulatory Assault its Consumers Face

ATR’s Paul Blair and IWF’s Julie Gunlock Podcast

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).

VTA to host conference on FDA Deeming Rule to promote Cole/Bishop legislation on July 18/19 at Trump Hotel in DC

Nerudia to open office in US (to assist very well financed vapor companies with submitting Deeming Regulation PMTAs to FDA)

Charlie Minato: House Subcommittee Passes Agriculture Bill with FDA Premium Cigar Exemption

Charlie Minato: FDA Commissioner testifies to Senate about premium cigars

Marvin Shanken urges FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to scrap cigar deeming reg/ban


Trump nominates Indiana Health Commissioner Jerome Adams to be Surgeon General


Over a decade later, judge finalizes cigarette-box warnings (US DOJ lawsuit)


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.

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

Rhode Island legislature increases cigarette tax from $3.75 to $4.24/pack, requires vapor companies to collect sales tax for online sales

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.

PA lawmakers pass spending plan but no revenue package

Steve Birr: Massive PA vaping tax crushing people’s businesses

Bill introduced in South Korea to tax IQOS and other heat-not-burn products at same rate as far more harmful cigarettes

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.”

Flavor Bans

San Francisco bans flavored vapor and tobacco products (but exempts tobacco flavoring)|Text|&Search=cigarettes

Analysts question whether planned San Francisco ban on menthol flavorings could have ripple effect

Brent Stafford: Flavors Banned! – San Francisco drops hammer on vaping

Angel Abcede: San Francisco menthol ban puts millions in tobacco sales in jeopardy

Shughart/Smith – The ban on flavored tobacco: San Francisco’s nannies are at it again

Matthew Walther: San Francisco’s ban on menthol cigarettes is liberalism at its worst

EVCA files legal motion challenging San Francisco’s flavored vapor sales ban ordinance

Contra Costa County (CA) Supervisors delay flavored vapor/tobacco sales ban

Local Laws

David Bennett: Tobacco pressed by 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.

Maine House of Reps approves bill (LD 1170) to increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21

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)

Powell (OH) City Council increases minimum sales age for tobacco/vapor products to 21

St. Louis Park (MN) approves first reading of bill to increase minimum age for vapor and tobacco sales to 21

Vernon Hills (IL) considers increasing minimum tobacco/vapor sales age to 21

Mankato, North Makato (MN) consider raising minimum tobacco/vapor sales age to 21

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

Vaping Bans

Austin (TX) protects cigarettes by banning vaping everywhere smoking is banned

Alexandria (MN) considers banning vaping everywhere smoking is banned

Heartland Institute experts comment on New York bill to ban vaping where smoking is banned


Nevada legalizes marijuana sales (so expect continued increases in THC vapor products)


Government funded tobacco controller absurdly claims new Newfoundland and Labrador law restricting e-cigarette ads and promotions at retailers will reduce cigarette smoking


UK MHRA urges UK vapers to report side effects and safety concerns (but not health benefits) about vaping to agency

People who vape ‘still deemed a smoker’ by life insurers in UK

Australia Prohibition

Colin Mendelsohn: E-cigarettes needed to get more adults to quit smoking

Unethical and inhumane vapor prohibitionist Simon Chapman keeps lying to prevent Australian cigarette smokers from legally purchasing lifesaving vapor products

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.

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.

Hong Kong Vapor Prohibition

Should there be a complete ban on e-cigarettes in Hong Kong? (as cigarettes are legal)

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–contr01.html

Shabana Begum – Smoke-Free Singapore: Maintain the status quo or allow e-cigarettes?

Is Singapore’s ban on smoking alternatives like e-cigarettes based on 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.

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”)

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

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).

Experts expose and debunk DHHS funded junk meta analysis on experimental vaping and smoking

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.

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.

India news outlet DNA further embellishes false claims by DHHS funded vapor prohibitionists and junk scientists that vaping leads to cigarette smoking

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)

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?”

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.”

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)

Anti vaping activists tout inappropriate rodent studies to demonize vaping by humans

UCLA press release repeats many false fear mongering claims about 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.

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)

Psychiatric Times article hypocritically demonizes nicotine and flavorings in vapor products, but not nicotine and flavorings in Big Pharma nicotine drugs

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

Mamavation article repeats many false fear mongering claims about vaping

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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).

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)

Mike Siegel: New CDC data should put to rest the contention that e-cigarettes are a gateway to youth smoking

Jacob Sullum: As vaping exploded among teenagers, smoking fell by half

Alex Berezow: Dear CDC, If Marijuana Isn’t A Gateway Drug, Neither Are E-Cigarettes

Richard Craver: National survey finds youth smoking at record low 8 percent

Big Pharma funded vapor prohibitionists at CTFK congratulate themselves (and CDC’s anti vaping propaganda and lobbying campaigns) for decline in youth cigarette smoking

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)

HealthDay article spins findings on 2016 CDC NYTS data by only interviewing vapor/vaping prohibitionists (CDC’s Brian King and CTFK’s Matt Myers)

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.

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

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).

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.

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.

Joel Nitzkin: FDA’s Gottlieb misinterprets massive victory on teen smoking

Diane Caruana: 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,

Press release by Iowa AG Tom Miller announcing letter to FDA Commissioner Gottlieb–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

Clive Bates – Rethinking nicotine, implications for US federal tobacco policy: A discussion paper

Clive Bates: Avoiding bureaucratic destruction of the US vaping market – proposals for a new approach by FDA

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb testifies to US Senate, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) asks about reevaluating FDA’s Deeming Regulation and premium cigars

FDA issues webinar for cigar manufacturers to comply with FDA Deeming Rule’s grossly inaccurate mandatory warnings on cigar packages and advertisements

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.

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

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.


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

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

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.

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

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

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

Kate Delaney interviews Dave Sweanor about US DOD’s “Quit or Die” Ucanquit2 website lies to smokers about nicotine, vapor and smokeless tobacco

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”

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.

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

(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

Smoking is finally dying out among young people in the UK and US (thanks to vaping)

Snus Research & Surveillance

Smokeless tobacco is 95% safer than smoking: Study

Brad Rodu: The Swedish Miracle Continues (details 2017 Eurobarometer cigarette smoking survey data for EU countries)

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

The secret weapon: Snus, tobacco that doesn’t kill people.

Brad Rodu: EU Snus Ban Costs More Lives (cites Swedish Snus Commission report)

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)

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

Jacob Hasselbach: The Contentious Politics of Disruptive Innovation: Vaping and Fracking in the EU

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.

PMI study finds sharp reductions in biomarker exposure among smokers who switched to Carbon Heated Tobacco Product for five days

Tobacco vs Marijuana Policy Research

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

THR Education and Advocacy

Bill McMorris –  A case of the vapers: What I saw at the E-cigarette Summit 2017

The importance of offering adult smokers a portfolio of potentially less harmful products

THR Business

Clive Bates: Pariahs, predators or players?  The tobacco industry and the end of smoking.

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

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

PMI to build IQOS HEETS factory in Dresden, Germany that will employ 500

Heat-not-burn IQOS sales soar in South Korea


Kansas Governor Sam Brownback approves bill (HB 2230) to reduce the tax on e-liquid from $.20 to $.05/ml

Israel to tax PMI’s low risk IQOS as cigarettes after cigarette company files lawsuit

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Contra Costa County, Bay Area Cities, Consider Banning Menthol and Flavored Tobacco (and Vapor) Ban

NATO’s Thomas Briant: Flavored-Tobacco Bans Turn to 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

Note that Minneapolis already banned sales of flavored tobacco/vapor products (except menthol/mint) at convenience stores in 2015

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.

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.

Big Pharma/Bloomberg funded CTFK touts Bloomberg funded Hopkins flavored tobacco ban lobbying and propaganda report that falsely claims flavorings kill tobacco users.

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);

Legislature passes bill to ban use of e-cigarettes indoors

New York Democrats Push Measure To Smother Vaping Industry

NY legislature bans vaping on school grounds as session ends

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)

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

Riverstone (MT) Board of Health proposes workplace vaping ban in Yellowstone County, opponents testify at hearing

Armenian Health Minister absurdly claims vapor products are cigarettes, and says vaping will be banned where smoking is banned.

Vapor prohibitionists detail survey finding some Japanese vape in locations where smoking is banned to advocate banning vaping everywhere smoking is banned

Smoking/Vaping Bans

Providence (RI) City Council overrides mayor’s veto of downtown smoking/vaping ban

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

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

Retailer Licensure/Restrictions

Jim Callahan: New York retailers under 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

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

Minimum Age Laws

Maine Senate approves bill to increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales 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

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

Michigan bill (HB 4736) would increase minimum age for tobacco and vapor sales to 21

Aspen (CO) City Council increases minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21

State Tobacco Control Program

Arkansas legislature looks to cut ineffective $1.5 million smoking cessation program

Plain Packaging

New Zealand approves plain packaging law for tobacco (despite no evidence Australia’s laws reduced cigarette consumption or the smoking rate)


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)


Australia Senate refers Vaporized Nicotine Products Bill 2017 to Community Affairs Committee for inquiry and report


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


Jeff Stier: Stop funding WHO until it cleans up its act

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.

Cigarette Prohibition

Amnesty International criticizes month long jail sentence for Tunisian man for smoking a cigarette during Ramadan

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.”

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

Mike Siegel: American Lung Association in Wisconsin is lying about health effects of smoking

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.

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.

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)

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.

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

E-cigarettes ‘Potentially as Harmful as Tobacco Cigarettes’

Bryan Clark – E-cigarettes as harmful as their analog counterparts? Not so fast

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).

DHHS funded Thomas Wills and James Sargent falsely claim vaping doesn’t reduce smoking, but their deceitful propaganda was thankfully buried behind a paywall.

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

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.

Anti vaping activists tout more inapplicable cell studies to further confuse, scare and promote anti vaping laws

Science 2.0 critiques fear mongering study and press release about formaldehyde emitted by some marijuana/THC vaporizers

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).

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.”

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

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)

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

Snus and vapor prohibitionist/propagandist Simon Chapman keeps lying to keep lifesaving vapor products banned in Australia, which will kill many more smokers

Clive Bates: Critical review of an Australian anti-vaping polemic (i.e. Simon Chapman)

In so-called Fact Check article, Carole Fader deceitfully insinuates that vaping can cause popcorn lung, repeats false fear mongering claim without fact check


Bill Godshall
Executive Director
Smokefree Pennsylvania

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