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

www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/vaping-in-britain/ (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) www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201710&RIN=0910-AH89

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). academic.oup.com/ntr/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/ntr/ntx266/4774596

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 www.cdc.gov/features/smokingcessation/

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. www.e-cigarette-forum.com/threads/herzog-projects-5-1-billion-in-us-vapor-sales-in-2018-up-from-4-4-billion-in-2017.846087/

E-cigarette maker Juul is raising $150 million after spinning out of vaping company www.cnbc.com/2017/12/19/juul-labs-raising-150-million-in-debt-after-spinning-out-of-pax.html


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. dailyvaper.com/2018/01/02/vapers-brace-for-a-new-tax-treating-harm-reduction-devices-as-cigarettes/


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. www.sltrib.com/opinion/commentary/2017/12/28/george-f-will-we-dont-need-government-to-remind-us-that-smoking-kills/

PTAB upholds e-cig patent in RJ Reynolds challenge www.law360.com/articles/996978/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. www.salon.com/2017/12/17/tired-of-waiting-for-the-feds-local-groups-target-menthol-cigarettes_partner/

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 bedford.wickedlocal.com/news/20171215/bedford-raises-tobacco-purchasing-age-to-21-in-2018


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 halfwheel.com/onondaga-county-n-y-tobacco-purchase-age-increasing/216524

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. www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-smoking-age-ban-bill-20171219-story.html


Arizona bill (SB 1010) would increase minimum age for vapor and tobacco sales to 21, redefines vapor products to be tobacco products www.azleg.gov/legtext/53leg/2R/bills/SB1010P.htm


Springfield (MA) City Council unanimously approves first reading of bill to ban sales of vapor and tobacco products to anyone under 21 www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/12/springfield_city_council_votes_5.html


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

THR Censorship and Junk Science

Carl Phillips: The travesties that are Glantz, epidemiology modeling, and PubMed Commons antithrlies.com/2018/01/06/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.   www.businessinsider.com/philip-morris-international-give-up-cigarettes-advert-2018-1


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.fwww.who.int/mediacentre/commentaries/big-tobacco-smokescreen/en/

“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. www.ucsf.edu/news/2017/12/409501/youth-using-alternative-tobacco-products-are-more-likely-smoke-1-year-later




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. rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2018/01/tobacco-gateway-report-omits-important.html

‘Junk science’?  Studies behind Obama regulation under fire www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/12/26/junk-science-studies-behind-obama-regulations-under-fire.html

“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. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29273302

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. www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10410236.2017.1407229

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.  www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/15/1/54/htm

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. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29304018

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 www.nytimes.com/2017/12/14/health/teen-drug-smoking.html?_r=0

Bill Godshall
Executive Director
Smokefree Pennsylvania

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