Godshall Chronicle 01/14/16

Abstinence-Only Intolerance vs Tobacco Harm Reduction

Brent Stafford interviews David Sweanor:  Powering the public health war on vaping regulatorwatch.com/brent/dragon-slayers-powering-the-public-health-war-on-vaping-regwatch/


David Sweanor: Why vaping research is skewed regulatorwatch.com/brent/david-sweanor-why-vaping-research-is-skewed-web-extra/

Professor warns war on e-cigarettes protects Big Tobacco and kills smokers dailycaller.com/2016/01/11/professor-warns-war-on-e-cigarettes-protects-big-tobacco-and-kills-smokers/

AVA s Greg Conley criticizes Alaska Health Dept for making false fear mongering claims about lifesaving vapor products




THR surveillance

Carl Phillips: CASAA ecig survey results antithrlies.com/2016/01/04/casaa-ecig-survey-results/

New CASAA survey of nearly 20,000 mostly vaping enthusiasts finds:

  •  87% quit smoking after starting to vape
  •  64% switched to vaping within a few days after starting to vape
  • Virtually all had previously tried to quit smoking using an FDA approved drug
  • 97% primarily use open system vapor products (PVs and e-liquid)
  • 72% of cigarette quitters credited flavored vapor products with helping them quit

CASAA survey finds most commonly vaped flavors are:

  • 83% fruit or fruit beverage
  • 76% candy, soda or pastry
  • 30% spice or savory
  • 19% tobacco
  • 18% menthol/mint
  • 12% bitter

CASAA survey finds (if FDA bans all nicotine e-cigs per deeming reg)

  • 93% would buy vapor products from newly created black/gray markets or DIY
  • 21% of cigarette quitters and 50% who still smoke would resume or increase smoking
  • 5% would quit using nicotine vapor products and tobacco products

Guy Bentley: FDA could trigger massive e-cig black market, turn vapers back to smoking dailycaller.com/2016/01/06/fda-ecig-black-market-smoking/

Mike Siegel: National survey confirms that FDA e-cigarette regulations would renormalize smoking tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/01/national-survey-confirms-that-fda-e.html


THR Education

E-Research Foundation posts 2015 TMA conference presentations e-researchfoundation.org/tma-2015/

Canadian Dr. Brian Goldman: Spin, Science and E-Cigarettes



THR Research

New study finds smokers with high blood pressure who switched to vaping significantly reduced their blood pressure link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11739-015-1361-y

Konstantinos Farsalinos: Switching from smoking to e-cigarette use leads to improvement in blood pressure www.ecigarette-research.org/research/index.php/research/research-2015/237-bp

New Polosa et al study finds smokers who quit smoking by switching to vaping temporarily gained weight, but then lost it within a year.


Study: E-cigarettes could help smokers avoid weight gain when they quit dailycaller.com/2016/01/11/study-e-cigarettes-could-help-smokers-avoid-weight-gain-when-they-quit/


US Congress

US Senate HELP Cmte approves Obama nominee Robert Califf as FDA Commissioner


US House approves bill (S 142) to require child resistant packaging for e-liquid, vaping industry voices its support (despite only several cases of nicotine poisoning among children that Obama s DHHS, other e-cig opponents and the news media greatly exaggerated to shock/scare the public to lobby to ban all vapor products and vaping) thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d114:SN00142:@@@L&summ2=m&



SFATA s Cynthia Cabrera interviews US Rep. Duncan Hunter about vaping sfata.org/episode-2-congressman-duncan-hunter-r-ca-talks-vapor/


FDA E-cig Deeming Ban

FDA s Stephen Ostroff advocates cigarette protecting e-cig sales ban, absurdly claims  Like everything we do at FDA, this policy will be based on a thorough scientific evaluation of how individual products in each category may affect public health.  blogs.fda.gov/fdavoice/index.php/2016/01/fda-2015-a-look-back-and-ahead-part-3-food-tobacco-and-antimicrobial-resistance/

Vaping enthusiasts say proposed e-cig regulations from FDA will  decimate  industry www.ktva.com/vaping-enthusiasts-say-proposed-e-cig-regulations-from-fda-will-decimate-alaska-industry-293/

SFATA to host fly-in Feb 3 & 4 to DC to urge Congress to reject FDA e-cig deeming ban sfata.org/sfata-member-fly-in/

AEMSA submits comments to OMB/OIRA critiquing FDA e-cig deeming ban www.aemsa.org/aemsa-returns-to-omboira/


CASAA comments on FDA proposed  intended use  regulation of e-cigs antithrlies.com/2015/12/28/casaa-comments-on-fda-proposed-intended-use-regulation-of-ecigs/



Michael Tennant: Obama s 4,000 Regulation Dash www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/22299-obamas-4000-regulation-dash


CDC Lobbies for FDA E-cig Ban

CDC infographic falsely insinuates (despite no evidence) e-cig ads target youth, can cause nicotine addiction and lead to cigarette smoking to lobby for FDA deeming reg (that would ban the sale of >99.9% of nicotine vapor products to US adults) www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/ecigarette-ads/infographic.html


VA Lobbies for FDA E-cig Ban

US Dept of Veterans Affairs amends deceitful e-cig press release (a week after it generated many false fear mongering news stories) with a two sentence clarification, but then adds two more sentences that repeat the agency s false and misleading claims


Mike Siegel: In Press Release  Correction,  VA researcher reiterates that smoking may be no more hazardous than vaping tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/01/in-press-release-correction-va.html

VA researcher Jessica Wang-Rodriguez (who misrepresented findings of her e-cig study and lied about the negligible risks of e-cigarettes in a VA press release) is being investigated for harassing and discriminating against another VA employee (page 5) docs.house.gov/meetings/VR/VR08/20150413/103275/HHRG-114-VR08-Wstate-HeadMDC-20150413.pdf

Coauthor of VA e-cig junk study Laura Alexander has previously lied about e-cigs to confuse and scare the public about vaping



Fergus Mason: New study shows e-cigs are safer than tobacco smoke . . . but scientist and journalists ignore the inconvenient truth, and say something completely different us.blastingnews.com/opinion/2015/12/new-study-shows-e-cigs-are-safer-than-tobacco-smoke-00712695.html

Bradley Fikes   E-cig reporting: What went wrong Flawed, slipshod journalism misrepresented study www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/jan/03/e-cigarette-reporting-wrong/

Bradley Fikes: The factual haze over vaping UK Telegraph, city of Chicago offer alarmism instead of sober science www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/jan/09/factual-haze-over-vaping/

Daily Mail touts fraudulent VA funded e-cig study and other junk science on e-cigs www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3394719/Is-safe-NHS-hand-e-cigarettes-New-research-suggests-produce-toxins-harm-heart.html

DHHS funded junk scientists lobby for FDA e-cig deeming ban

Clive Bates: Who will be duped by error-strewn  meta analysis  of e-cigarette studies (this post exposes the junk meta-analysis by Glantz et al below)


Expert reaction to meta analysis looking at e-cigarette use and smoking cessation www.sciencemediacentre.org/expert-reaction-to-meta-analysis-looking-at-e-cigarette-use-and-smoking-cessation/

Lancet publishes junk meta-analysis of e-cig studies by FDA/NIH funded Stan Glantz et al to falsely claim (yet again) that e-cigs don t help smokers quit smoking www.thelancet.com/journals/lanres/article/PIIS2213-2600(15)00521-4/abstract

UCSF press release and Glantz tout fraudulent FDA/NIH funded meta-analysis on e-cigs, falsely claim e-cigs don t help smokers quit www.ucsf.edu/news/2016/01/401311/e-cigarettes-used-arent-helping-smokers-quit-study-shows



News media repeat false conclusion of Glantz  junk meta-analysis without any fact checking, and with even more false claims about vaping www.cbsnews.com/news/e-cigarettes-dont-help-smokers-quit-study/





E-cig prohibitionist Simon Chapman touts Glantz  fraudulent e-cig meta-analysis


VA/FDA/NIH funded study from Yale finds vaping e-cigs containing alcohol did NOT cause any detectable alcohol in blood of vapers, but authors falsely conclude that those who vape e-cigs containing alcohol  may be at increased risk of accidents.  www.drugandalcoholdependence.com/article/S0376-8716%2815%2901826-8/abstract

News media repeats false fear mongering claims about US government funded Yale alcohol vaporizer junk study without any fact checking www.nhregister.com/general-news/20160112/yale-study-finds-alcohol-level-in-some-e-cigarette-liquids-can-affect-motor-skills


Mike Siegel: Yet another e-cig study draws conclusions that are unsupported by the actual data; This time, researchers claim vaping can cause car crashes (also exposes undisclosed financial conflicts of interests by two authors funded by Pfizer) tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/01/yet-another-e-cigarette-study-draws.html

NCI funded UPMC s Brian Primack greatly exaggerates hookah risks yet again to confuse, scare and lobby for FDA deeming ban www.upmc.com/media/NewsReleases/2016/Pages/primack-hookah-meta.aspx






Legacy lobbies for FDA e-cig ban and taxing e-cigs same as cigarettes

Legacy submits objective comments on e-cigarette research to FDA s scientific docket in July, but urges FDA to impose the deeming reg (that bans >99.9% of nicotine e-cigs) truthinitiative.org/sites/default/files/2015.06.30%20E-Cig%20FDA%20Workshop%20Docket%20FINAL.pdf

Legacy so-called fact sheet on ENDS falsely claims all e-cigs contain nicotine and all vapers are nicotine users (despite four surveys finding that most nonsmokers and teens who used an e-cig did NOT vape nicotine); fails to acknowledge that FDA deeming reg would ban the sale of >99.9% of nicotine vapor products to adult vapers and smokers.


Legacy s Robin Koval advocates taxing lifesaving e-cigs at same rate as deadly cigarettes truthinitiative.org/news/major-anti-smoking-push-still-alive-sacramento



FDA s CTP and CDER send warning letter via e-mail to www.smokers-mall.com (which appears to be located outside the US) notifying company its website contains violations of the TCA and FDCA.  Ironically, many cigarettes sold on that website have larger health warnings than those on cigarettes sold in the US because Obama s FDA promulgated unconstitutional cigarette warnings that were struck down in federal court several years ago, then FDA decided that banning e-cigs was a higher priority than fulfilling its Congressional mandate for constitutional graphic cigarette pack warnings.


FDA issues No-Tobacco-Sales-Orders to four retailers to stop them from selling tobacco (for several weeks) due to multiple violations of TCA over a 36 month period.


FDA Calls for Applications for Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship to fund more people to deceitfully tout FDA s cigarette protecting policies (including its banning and demonizing of lifesaving vapor products) as scientifically based public health regulation.




Maine Joint Standing Committee on Taxation schedules 1/13/16 public hearing on bill (HP0670) that would tax lifesaving e-cigs at same rate as deadly cigarettes to discourage smokers from switching and deceive public to believe e-cigs are as harmful as cigarettes legislature.maine.gov/calendar/#Committees/TAX

CASAA urges Maine vapers to oppose proposed tax on vapor products blog.casaa.org/2016/01/maine-take-action-to-oppose-damaging.html

Maine Rep. Jeff McCabe withdraws bill to tax vapor products prior to 1/13/16 hearing www.pressherald.com/2016/01/10/vapings-popularity-sparks-talk-of-regulation/

New Mexico bill (SB 77) would impose 66% tax on lifesaving vapor products and OTP, increase cigarette tax from $1 to $2.66/pack www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/16%20Regular/bills/senate/SB0077.pdf

New Mexico considers new tax on e-cigarettes www.newschannel10.com/story/30957388/new-mexico-considers-new-tax-on-e-cigarettes

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposes extreme tax hikes on RYO, low risk cigars, and very low risk smokeless tobacco products to fund summer school for teens www.cspnet.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/emanuel-wants-boost-otp-tobacco-taxes

CA Dental Association to give $1 million to ballot initiative campaign to increase cigarette tax by $2/pack, and to tax all lifesaving vapor products and similarly very low risk smokeless tobacco products at same rate (to discourage smokers from quitting) www.ibabuzz.com/politics/2016/01/05/30979/

Karen Selick   Another taxing hot potato for Canadian politicians: e-cigarettes www.biv.com/article/2016/1/another-taxing-hot-potato-canadian-politicians-e-c/


E-Cig Ads and Bans

Mike Siegel: New study provides experimental evidence that e-cigarette advertising does not renormalize smoking tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/01/new-study-provides-experimental.html

DHHS funded RTI junk study claims teens who think e-cig ads are effective are more likely to vape to confuse, scare and lobby for e-cig ad ban www.news-medical.net/news/20160112/Teens-who-rate-e-cigarettes-ads-as-effective-more-likely-to-try-them-in-the-future.aspx

SRM touts CDC s politicized junk e-cig advertising study in push poll to doctors, then claims 90% of doctors believe e-cig ads should be banned just like cigarette ads.



E-cig Flavorings and Flavoring Ban

Study finds nonsmoking teens have far lower interest in flavored e-cigs (.41 on scale from 0-10) and teen interest didn t vary by type of flavoring; finds adult smokers far more interested in e-cig flavorings (1.73), and that smokers who reported using an e-cig in past month reported the greatest interest in flavored e-cigs.


St. Paul (MN) enacts ordinance to ban sale of thousands of different e-liquid flavors, while exempting tobacco, menthol, mint, and wintergreen (so >99% of cigarettes are exempt from flavoring sales ban).  Vape and tobacco shops that derive 90% of revenue from vapor or tobacco products are exempt from flavoring ban.


Mike Siegel: City of St. Paul takes cowardly political move that is a public health sham; Anti-smoking groups supporting law should be ashamed tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/01/city-of-st-paul-takes-cowardly.html

Thomas Briant: Facts to not support flavoring bans NATO data show St. Paul flavoring ban will cost retailers $13 million www.cspnet.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/facts-do-not-support-flavored-tobacco-bans


Smoking/Vaping Bans

California Assemblyman Kevin McCarty introduces bill (AB 1594) to ban vaping and smoking at all CA owned universities and community colleges www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/asm/ab_1551-1600/ab_1594_bill_20160106_introduced.pdf


CASAA issues Call to Action urging Alameda County (CA) vapers to urge Supervisors to reject proposed vaping ban and vapor retailer licensure bills.


Ames (IA) considers vaping ban


Boston Public Health Commission repeatedly lies about lifesaving vapor products in comments urging HUD to ban vaping in all public housing units in US, which would further protect cigarette markets, threaten public health, deny basic civil and human rights, while being unenforceable and creating more hatred of Big Government.


FDA/NIH funded Stan Glantz urges HUD to ban vaping in public housing (in response to HUD s proposal to ban smoking, and asking for comments about banning vaping) tobacco.ucsf.edu/comment-hud%E2%80%99s-proposed-rule-instituting-smokefree-public-housing-good-start-needs-include-ecigs-and-marijuana


Retail licensure

See CASAA CTA above for Alameda County

Oregon Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson proposes tobacco retail licenses costing $300 klcc.org/post/oregon-lawmaker-wants-license-tobacco-retailers


Minimum Age Laws

Lynn Kozlowski: A policy experiment is worth a million lives (advocates raising minimum age for cigarette sales to 21, but keeping a lower minimum age for far lower risk vapor and smokeless tobacco products) issues.org/32-2/a-policy-experiment-is-worth-a-million-lives/

NJ Assembly approves bill (S 602) to increase minimum age for sale of deadly cigarettes, far less harmful OTP and lifesaving vapor products from 19 to 21 years, sent to governor www.njlegislature.org/ www.njsendems.org/codey-vitale-bill-to-raise-the-minimum-smoking-age-heads-to-governor/

hicago Mayor Emanuel proposes increasing minimum age for sales of all tobacco products (and probably lifesaving vapor products) from 18 to 21 years



Hiring Discrimination

CASAA Call to Action urges Miami Beach (FL) vapers to urge City Commissioners to reject a proposed NO HIRING policy for anyone who uses nicotine (except for nicotine products marketed by Big Pharma) blog.casaa.org/2016/01/miami-beach-fl-local-alert-take-action.html


Smokeless Tobacco

Brad Rodu   Chewers and dippers: Beware bogus mouth cancer claims by dentists and others rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2016/01/chewers-and-dippers-beware-bogus-mouth.html

Brad Rodu   Attack on e-cigarettes as gateway products draws from same old playbook rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2015/12/attack-on-e-cigarettes-as-gateway.html


Secondhand Smoke

CDC study finds half of teens still exposed to 2nd hand smoke (due partly to the 7 year cigarette protecting War on Vaping by Obama s CDC, other DHHS agencies, Big Pharma funded CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA, AAP, Pediatrics, Legacy and Democrats).






Whistlblower sues GlaxoSmithKline after being fired for exposing mistakes in nicotine product studies www.cnbc.com/2016/01/12/whistleblower-sues-glaxosmithkline-over-nicotine-product.html



Superior Health Council of Belgium makes recommendations on e-cigarettes www.health.belgium.be/internet2Prd/groups/public/@public/@shc/documents/ie2divers/19105017_en.pdf

Vapers petition German Parliament to reject Article 20 of the EU TPD (i.e. e-cig rules) vapers.org.uk/petition-to-the-german-parliament/



UK MHRA issues consultation  Regulatory fees for e-cigarettes  for implementation of EU TPD e-cig regulations, deadline for consultation January 29, 2016 www.gov.uk/government/consultations/regulatory-fees-for-e-cigarettes

UK DOH issues  Government response to the consultation on implementation of the revised Tobacco Products Directive , including e-cigarettes www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/489981/TPD_Cons_Gov_Response.pdf


More junk science, propaganda and lies

Carl Phillips   The key fact about ecig junk science:  public health  is a dishonest discipline antithrlies.com/2016/01/06/the-key-fact-about-ecig-junk-science-public-health-is-a-dishonest-discipline/

Mike Siegel: American Heart Association expresses disappointment that kids are moving away from smoking tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/01/american-heart-association-expresses.html

Carl Phillips   Utter innumeracy: Six impossible claims about tobacco most  public health  people believe before breakfast antithrlies.com/2015/12/23/utter-innumeracy-six-impossible-claims-about-tobacco-most-public-health-people-believe-before-breakfast/

Mike Siegel: Groups continue to spread false and misleading information about e-cigs tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/01/health-groups-continue-to-spread-false.html

The Conversation publishes yet another deceitfully biased op/ed lying about vaping, Warwick University (UK) activists repeat many disproved false claims about vaping, absurdly claim e-cigs don t help smokers quit because some vapers don t quit smoking



Dick Puddlecote: All things not being equal (critiques claims by Warwick Univ.  activists) dickpuddlecote.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/all-things-not-being-equal.html

Univ. of Miami Pediatrician Judy Schaechter repeats false fear mongering about e-cigs www.miamiherald.com/living/health-fitness/article54089880.html


Bill Godshall
Executive Director
Smokefree Pennsylvania

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