Godshall Chronicles 02/10/17

THR Research

New study found saliva and urine from exclusive vapers contained lower levels of carcinogens and toxins than were found in exclusive nicotine patch users, found exclusive vapers had 97% lower levels of carcinogens and toxins than cigarette smokers, refutes hundreds of false claims since 2009 by Obama’s DHHS and Big Pharma shills.

Nicotine, Carcinogen, and Toxin Exposure in Long-Term E-Cigarette and Nicotine Replacement Therapy Users. Ann Intern Med. 2017 Feb 7;24:442–8.

News release: E-cigarettes safer than smoking says long-term study

Cancer Research UK: New study comes the closest yet to proving that e-cigarettes aren’t as dangerous as smoking

Expert reaction to research on toxin exposure of smokers, vapers and NRT users

NHS News: Long-term vaping ‘far safer than smoking’ says ‘landmark’ study

E-cigarettes safer alternative to smoking combustible cigarettes, study confirms

Switching to e-cigarettes reduces the amount of cancer-causing tobacco toxins by 97% in just 6 months, major new study finds

Health experts back vaping as healthier alternative to regular cigarettes

E-cigarettes “much safer than smoking tobacco”

Study of cancer-causing toxins finds e-cigarettes much safer than smoking

Smokers who become vapers drastically cut inhaled toxins, study finds

E-cigarettes ‘are much safer than normal cigarettes, with a very low risk’ says study

E-cigarettes vs traditional cigarettes

After writing dozens of anti-vaping propaganda articles, MedPage Today’s Salynn Boyles reviews new study (that disproved many of Boyle’s past allegations) finding exclusive vapers had fewer TSNAs and toxins than exclusive nicotine patch users

Texas A&M researchers: Nicotine could protect aging brain

BAT study finds vaping affected 2 genes in lungs, versus 123 genes by cigarette smoke

Public Health Surveillance

Brad Rodu: Complicated models can’t alter the data: Smoking among youth and young adults is way down (refutes false claims by DHHS funded Dutra/Glantz)

Surveillance for Cancer Incidence and Mortality – United States, 2013 (documents hundreds of thousands of cancers caused by cigarette smoking, but none due to vaping)

THR Education and Advocacy

Kovacevic interviews Sweanor about government imposed anti-THR campaigns

Bentley – Merchants of doubt: How public health uses tobacco tactics against e-cigarettes

Clive Bates: Vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Ireland – consultation response in five quotes

Public Health Wales resolves error, now says smokers benefit by switching to vaping

Plymouth vapers tell how e-cigarettes saved their lives (UK)

THR Business

Reynolds American reports 4.2% cigarette industry volume decline in US in 4Q16 and a 2.5% adjusted cigarette industry volume decline for 2016, reports 1.7% Reynolds cigarette volume decline in 4Q16, reports 2.4% moist snuff industry volume increase in 4Q16 and a 1.8% decline in American Snuff moist snuff volume in 4Q16.

Altria reports 4.8% cigarette volume decline in 4Q16 and 2.5% decline for 2016, reports 2.2% smokeless tobacco volume increase in 4Q16 and 4.9% increase for 2016.

Philip Morris International reports 4.1% cigarette shipment volume decline in 2016, reports shipping 7.4 billion units of HeatSticks in 2016 (up from 396 million in 2015)

Tobacco giant pledges to quit cigarettes, but skeptics accuse firm of ‘double-speak’

Japan Tobacco International reports 3.9% cigarette shipment volume decline in 4Q16, reports 1.2% cigarette shipment volume increase in 2016

Beige Market Intelligence estimates that North America accounted for 40% of worldwide vapor product sales in 2015, projects worldwide sales to reach US$32.11 billion by 2021 www.beigemarketintelligence.com/reports/research-report-consumer-and-retail-market/vape-ecigarette-vaporizer-market-research-report/

Altria’s USSTC recalls smokeless tobacco products due to tampering at factory

Smoking Economics and Hypocrisy

WHO and ACS estimate worldwide cost of treating cigarette smoking diseases at $422 Billion (US) in 2012 (i.e. 5.7% of world healthcare costs), and overall costs (including productivity losses) at $1,436 Billion (i.e. 1.8% of world’s GDP); but WHO and ACS fail to ethically disclose their Big Pharma funding or their unethical 8 year campaign to protect cigarettes by lying about and lobbying to ban lifesaving vapor products.

THR Conferences

Charlie Minato: Tobacco Plus Expo 2017: Day One

2017 Global Forum on Nicotine (June 15-17 in Warsaw, Poland) registration now open.
Oral presentation abstract submission deadline extended to February 19th

First International Symposium on Nicotine Technology (IsoNTech) June 15th in Warsaw

Kozlowski, Sweanor Condemn FDA

Public Health Experts Condemn FDA Misinformation About Smokeless Tobacco

Kozlowski/Sweanor: Young or adult users of multiple tobacco/nicotine products urgently need to be informed of meaningful differences in product risks
Key policy recommendations:
– The public and especially users of multiple tobacco/nicotine products need to be provided accurate and actionable information on major differential tobacco/nicotine product risk.
– This recommendation applies equally to youth who are using prohibited products and adults who are using legal products.
– Deception or evasion about major differences in product risks is not supported by public health ethics, health communication or consumer practices.
– Public health agencies have an obligation to correct the current dramatic level of consumer misinformation on relative risks that they have fostered.

‘Smokeless Doesn’t Mean Harmless’ campaign may be doing more harm, researchers argue

UB expert takes FDA to task for smokeless tobacco campaign

Brad Rodu – Experts to FDA: End the Smokeless Tobacco Misinformation Campaign

Guy Bentley: FDA must come clean about the real risks of smokeless tobacco

FDA Approved Cigarettes

FDA announces new database for select FDA approved cigarettes and other grandfathered tobacco products (that were on the market on February 15, 2007)
Note that search for Marlboro found 71 cigarette sub brands that FDA has approved, a key reason PM/Altria negotiated and agreed to the TCA with Big Pharma financed CTFK’s Matt Myers and GSK lobbyist Mitch Zeller, and lobbied to enact it into law.

Charlie Minato: FDA announces grandfathered product database

FDA Deeming Regulation / Ban

Vapor Voice: Repeal and Replace

R Street: Eight tobacco harm reduction proposals for the federal government (summary)

Bates/Lehrer/Sweanor: Eight tobacco harm reduction proposals for the federal government (full text)

Bates: Reshaping American tobacco policy: eight proposals for the Trump administration

Caroline Kitchens: Fixing the Federal Policy on E-cigs Will Save Lives

David Bahr: Onerous federal tobacco policy is endangering public health

Guy Bentley: How Trump can stop e-cigarette prohibition and reform public health

Vapers look to Trump to save industry from the ‘War on E-Cigarettes’

US Senate bill (S 294) would exempt premium cigars from FDA Deeming Regulation

Lagreid: HHS Secretary nominee calls for extension of CHIP tax

Trump Administration

Tom Price confirmed as Secretary of DHHS on party line vote

Far left wing Mother Jones demonizes Tom Price for voting against the 2009 Tobacco Control Act, which was lobbied for by Philip Morris (to protect Marlboro cigarettes from market competition by very low risk smokefree alternatives) and by Big Pharma shills (to protect NRT from market competition by very low risk smokefree alternatives), distorts FDA’s refusal to constitutionally implement graphic warnings on cigarette packs.

Kathy Hoakstra: Already under FDA fire, vaping industry now has Trump’s China crackdown to worry about

Hank Campbell: Evaluating President Trump’s Science and Health Choices (Godshall comments)

DHHS Still Attacks THR

Obama Holdovers at DHHS Keep Pushing Anti-THR Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

FDA contracted National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) announces February 21 workshop (at 2101 Constitution Ave. [or 2100 C Street], NW, Washington DC) for its Committee to Review the Health Effects of ENDS (which FDA has contracted to write a report to further misrepresent the scientific evidence on THR and vaping, and to promote FDA’s inhumane Deeming ban)

The committee’s roster and statement of purported task can be found at:

Brad Rodu: New WHO/NCI report falsely conflates smoking & tobacco blog.heartland.org/2017/02/new-whonci-report-falsely-conflates-smoking-tobacco/

NIH Director Francis Collins deceptively touts FDA Deeming Ban, repeats Stan Glantz’ lies about vaping and teens, makes even more false fear mongering claims, including:
– vaping causes asthma and respiratory infections (despite zero scientific evidence),
– teen e-cig use is increasing (after the 2016 MTF found a 29% decline since 2014),
– there is “no evidence” e-cigs have contributed to sharp decline in youth smoking (despite massive documentation that millions of young smokers have switched to vaping)
– e-cigs have addicted more teens to nicotine (after the 2015 NYTS found <.1% of teen never tobacco users had used an e-cig on 10 or more of past 30 days)

NIDA falsely tweets that 31% of teens who vape start smoking cigarettes within 6 months (repeating junk study findings by Leventhal et al); vapers correct NIDA’s lie

Mike Siegel: Without evidence, NIH director claims e-cigarettes cause respiratory infections and asthma

FDA touts 5 year old PATH study that deceptively conflates all low risk tobacco (and vapor) use with deadly cigarette smoking and dual use of different tobacco products more harmful than exclusive cigarette smoking; inaccurately reclassified all “past 30 day” vapers as “tobacco users” (including those who vaped no nicotine) to greatly inflate number of tobacco users in 2013 and 2014, demonize vaping and low risk OTP.
www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/PublicHealthScienceResearch/Research/ucm337005.htm www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1607538 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28121512

After Deeming lifesaving vapor products as tobacco (to ban their sales to all US adults on August 8, 2018), FDA falsely insinuates that chemicals in tobacco plants and those added by manufacturers are why cigarettes are harmful (it’s tens/hundreds of daily inhalations of smoke by smokers for decades), deceptively blames tobacco plants and manufacturers.
Chemicals in cigarettes: from plant to product to puff

Chemicals in every tobacco plant

Chemicals in every cigarette

Chemicals in every puff of cigarette smoke

New FDA webpage asks four totally irrelevant questions (in a quiz) to deceive readers to inaccurately believe “chemicals” are why cigarette smoking is deadly. In fact, cigarettes are deadly because smokers inhale smoke tens/hundreds of times daily for many decades)

FDA CTP’s David Ashley to be replaced by Matt Holman, FDA vapor prohibitionist Mitch Zeller praises Holman for advancing “tobacco regulatory science” at CTP.

US Navy further bans use of lifesaving vapor products by reclassifying them as tobacco

DHHS Funded Anti-THR Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies NIDA funded Univ of Mich. anti vaping activists lie about, fail to disclose, key MTF data, falsely claim “e-cigarettes are a one way bridge to tobacco” to lobby for FDA ban, news headlines repeat false fear mongering claim

Mike Siegel (Part 1): New study concludes that vaping is one-way bridge to cigarette smoking among youth (exposes false and misleading claims by MTF authors above)

Mike Siegel (Part 2) – Failure to disclose sample size: A flaw at multiple levels tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/02/failure-to-disclose-sample-size-flaw-at.html

Mike Siegel (Part 3): Tobacco Control study provides strong evidence that vaping is not a one-way bridge to smoking

Linda Bauld & Peter Hajek: Expert reaction to study on teen vaping and future smoking

Snowdon: Stop the junk science on vaping. E-cigarettes don’t turn kids into smokers

DHHS funded anti-vaping activists Krishnan-Sarin et al find 26% of teens who ever used an e-cig reported ‘dripping’ e-liquid (i.e. using an open system Premium Vaporizer), which have been used since 2009 by most vapers who quit smoking, and is well known, but not by the authors who falsely wrote “dripping is a novel e-cigarette use behavior”.

DHHS funded authors claim teens reported dripping “to produce thicker clouds of vapor, get a stronger throat hit, and make flavors taste better,” but those were the same multiple choice answers provided by the authors for teens to check off in this push-poll survey.

NY Times, Washington Post, CNN, NBC, CBS, Philly Inquirer, Sun run Fake News stories hyping DHHS funded teen push-poll on “dripping”, repeat many false claims

Reuters story touts DHHS funded anti-vaping “dripping” propaganda that was disguised as research, but includes comments by Polosa refuting the authors’ sensationalized claims

Lee Johnson – Much ado about dripping: How the media made dripping sound like a public health crisis (critiques Fake News stories on DHHS funded push-poll on dripping)

Damon Jacobs: Debunking the ‘experts’ on vaping

Indiana Monopoly Law Federal appeals panel rules Indiana’s e-liquid monopoly law violates US Constitution

Herald Bulletin editorial: GOP finally sees vape law problems (IN) www.heraldbulletin.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-gop-finally-sees-vape-law-problems/article_27f0ddf9-46e8-5cae-8405-081cdc5ef823.html

Taxation Ohio Governor Kasich proposes budget with 69% tax on vapor products, cigarette tax increase from $1.60 to $2.25/pack, OTP tax increase from 17% to 69%; would tax very low risk vapor and smokeless tobacco, and low risk cigars more than deadly cigarettes.
halfwheel.com/gov-kasich-calls-massive-tobacco-tax-hike-ohio/140365 obm.ohio.gov/Budget/operating/doc/fy-18-19/FY18-19_Budget_Recommendations.pdf

Hawaii legislation would protect cigarettes by taxing vapor products, State funded Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii unethically advocates vapor tax to protect cigarettes

Lagreid: WV legislature to consider tobacco age increase and five tax increase bills

Indiana bill (HB 1578) would increase cigarette tax from $1.50 to $2.495/pack, raise tobacco/vapor sale age to 21
iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/house/1578#document-150a8483 halfwheel.com/indiana-bill-seeks-raise-minimum-age-purchase-21/140449

New Mexico bill (SB 231) would impose 76% tax on vapor products, increase cigarette tax by $1.50/pack (from $1.66 to $3.16/pack), increase OTP tax from 25% to 76%
halfwheel.com/new-mexico-see-cigar-tax-tripled/140514 www.nmlegis.gov/Legislation/Legislation?Chamber=S&LegType=B&LegNo=231&year=17

Vaping Bans Vaping ban argued before Allegheny County Council committee (PA)

Alleheny County Council vaping ban hearing draws mixed reactions (PA)

Opinion of council committee divided on proposed ‘vaping’ ban (PA)

Tacoma-Pierce County (WA) Health Department lies about vaping to impose cigarette protecting workplace vaping ban

Louisville (KY) mayor wants to ban the use of lifesaving vapor products in workplaces

Smokeless Tobacco Ban St. Louis (MO) Alders vote to ban adults from using very low risk smokeless tobacco (that poses no risks to nonusers) at Busch Stadium, cave into intolerant prohibitionists

Minimum Age Laws Age limits on e-cigarette use associated with uptake in smoking among pregnant teens

The effect of e-cigarette minimum legal sale age laws on traditional cigarette use and birth outcomes among pregnant teenagers
www.nber.org/papers/w22792 www.nber.org/papers/w22792.pdf

Bentley: Raising the vaping age to 21 risks rise in teen smoking

Thomas Briant: The consequence of raising the legal age to purchase tobacco

Michigan AG Bill Schuette says Ann Arbor (and other local governments in MI) are preempted by state law from raising legal age for tobacco/vapor sales above 18

Ann Arbor (MI) tobacco age increase could get overturned (due to state preemption)

Orange County (NY) increases minimum sales age for tobacco/vapor products to 21

Genesee County (MI) Commissioners move forward with bill to increase minimum sales age for tobacco/vapor products to 21

Texas lawmaker wants to raise tobacco age, dent vaping in the process, State Sen. Carlos Uresti makes absurd claims about impact of raising smoking and vaping age to 21

AZ bill (HB 2335) would raise tobacco/vapor sale age to 21, redefine vapor as tobacco
halfwheel.com/arizona-bill-seeks-raise-tobacco-purchase-age-21/139828 www.azleg.gov/legtext/53leg/1R/bills/HB2335P.htm

ND House of Representatives defeats bill (68-22) that would have increased minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21.

NM bill (SB 319) would increase minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21
www.nmlegis.gov/Legislation/Legislation?Chamber=S&LegType=B&LegNo=319&year=17 halfwheel.com/new-mexico-legislators-consider-tobacco-purchase-age-increase/140916

Prohibition Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration continues threatening lives, protects Big Pharma and cigarette companies from legal market competition by vapor products.
www.tga.gov.au/book-page/21-nicotine www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/02/02/ban-nicotine-e-cigarettes-remain www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2016/s4613217.htm audioboom.com/posts/5562712-e-cigarette-ban-to-continue-in-australia-tga

Feb 16th deadline for submissions to Australian TGA on legalizing vapor products

Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration redacts important information from public submissions in response to TGA Consultation on legalization of vapor products

Joe Hildebrand: Quitting smoking made me a criminal (Australia)

New Zealand Ministry of Health keeps protecting deadly cigarettes and Big Pharma NRT from market competition by low risk smokefree alternatives, bans PMI’s iQos (after PMI says its new goal is to switch cigarette smokers to low risk smokefree alternatives)

CNN, Finland Health Ministry tout cigarette protecting anti-THR policies, deceitfully conflate lifesaving vapor and very low risk smokefree tobacco with deadly cigarettes

Menthol Ban Myron Levin: Battling menthol restrictions, RJ Reynolds reaches out to Sharpton, other Black leaders (Godshall comments)

Plain Packaging Common Sense David Sweanor / Teresa Scasso: Plain Packaging, Public Policy, Privacy Rights?

More THR Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies Mike Siegel: How we know vaping opponents are driven by ideology and not science

Junk study authors inappropriately use “ever use” of e-cigs (instead of “daily” or “regular” use) to falsely conclude vaping doesn’t help smokers quit smoking, and then urge smoking cessation programs to tell smokers that vaping may not help quitting; Peter Hajek and Clive Bates expose the study’s flaws and rebut the authors conclusions.

Study authors inappropriately conflate short term impact of nicotine with long term impact of cigarette smoking, claim vaping may cause heart disease despite no evidence

FDA/Big Pharma financed American Heart Association’s Bhatnager deceptively insinuates that vaping causes heart disease despite no scientific or empirical evidence

Human Rights Watch recycles fear mongering report falsely claiming tobacco farming is poisoning youth, fails to mention that vast majority of tobacco harvesters wear long sleeves, pants and gloves to prevent transdermal absorption of nicotine, fails to mention that green tobacco sickness can cause nausea for several hours, and has never been fatal.

Mike Siegel: Anti demands prosecution of tobacco company executives for “crimes against humanity”


Bill Godshall
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Smokefree Pennsylvania

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