New Zealand Legalizes Sales of Lifesaving Vapor Products
Nicky Wagner (Associate Health Minister): Nicotine e-cigarettes to become legal
E-cigarettes to be regulated as consumer products
NZ Herald – E-cigarettes will be legalized: Government
World’s lowest cigarette smoking rate (Sweden) drops to new record low 9%, male smoking rate drops to 8%, and to just 5% among males aged 30-44 (as many/most smokers have switched to very low risk smokefree snus)
Christopher Snowdon: If we want to benefit from Brexit, the first thing we should do is make snus legal (on Sweden’s record low 9% smoking rate)
Canadian survey finds cigarette smoking rate (for ages 12 and older) dropped from 18.1% in 2014 to 17.7% in 2015, daily smoking rate dropped from 13.5% to 12.6%, record lows
Christopher Snowdon: The vaping revolution rolls on (on record low UK smoking rate) velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-vaping-revolution-rolls-on.html
Lynn Kozlowski and Ken Warner: E-cigarettes are NOT a gateway to smoking: Evidence that vaping encourages people to take up the bad habit is ‘weak’
Cardiovascular effects of e-cigarettes (extensive research review by Benowitz and Fraiman find no evidence that vaping poses risk for cardiovascular disease)
BAT develops model for estimating population impact of new smokefree alternatives, estimate huge declines in cigarette smoking if/when public policies allow that to occur.
Study finds most people greatly overestimate risks of smokefree vapor products, smokeless tobacco products and even FDA approved nicotine products compared to highly addictive and deadly cigarettes; confirms that exaggerating/deceiving the public about the risks of smokefree tobacco/nicotine products protects cigarette markets
Study finds smokers who switched to PMI’s IQOS reduced exposure to 15 chemicals to levels approaching those of smokers who quit smoking, found improvements in measured health indicators specific to smoking-related diseases, such as lung and heart disease.
BAT research finds new heat-not-burn GLO emits far fewer toxins than cigarettes
Yet another study finds 2nd and 3rd generation vapor products emit far fewer toxins and carcinogens than cigarettes
Researcher claims ‘academic McCarthyism over e-cigarettes (Farsalinos)
CORESTA publishes projects it has launched since December
Study determines youths use e-cigs more to reduce risk than consume flavorings
THR Advocacy / Education
Switching to vaping cuts fire death risk, London Fire Brigade safety chief tells smokers
Stephen Sugarman: Encourage vaping to help reduce smoking
Clive Bates updates Quiz – e-cigarettes and harm reduction
Joe Nocera: When Public Health and Big Tobacco Allign
Michelle Minton: The truth about vaping
Adam Summers: Electronic cigarette myths should go up in smoke
The key to successfully quitting smoking: Vaping
Marni Soupcoff: Vaping could save lives if government gets out of the way (Canada)
Donor chooses controversy over anonymity (David Sweanor)
Weak THR Advocacy
Tobacco controllers (who campaigned to enact the TCA, and advocated FDA’s vapor Deeming ban) vaguely endorse federal tobacco regulatory reform to keep vapor and other low risk smokefree alternatives legal, and taxing low risk smokefree alternatives less than cigarettes; wisely call for more cigarette tax hikes; but also call for even more spending on ineffective NRT and counseling, and less-than-safe “tobacco treatment” drugs.
Tobacco Control leaders call for immediate action to curb smoking in the US
THR prohibitionist Glantz criticizes tobacco controllers for sort-of endorsing THR products and policies, falsely insists that e-cigs increase smoking and reduce quitting
Japan Tobacco’s challenges build case for a return to dealmaking (cites JTI’s declining cigarette sales due to PMI’s IQOS, great overview of international cigarette markets)
Guy Bentley – Heat-Not-Burn tobacco: The next wave of a harm-reduction revolution
Don Burke: Taking Tobacco’s Vitals (US consumption change of different products)
US cigarette manufacturers raise price of cigarettes by $.08/pack
Some UK insurers charge low risk vapers same as high risk smokers
US E-Cigarette Summit scheduled for May 8, 2017 in DC, but none of the presenters from the US criticized or opposed FDA’s inhumane vapor Deeming Ban, while many people and groups that advocated or endorsed FDA’s Deeming Ban will present.
71st Tobacco Science Research Conference set for September 17-20 in Bonita Springs FL
Trump nominates Scott Gottlieb for FDA Commissioner
Scott Gottlieb: FDA’s new tobacco scheme, and its legislative underpinnings, may go up in smoke (from March 8, 2013)
FDA Deeming Regs / Ban
Brent Stafford – Trump Card: FDA Deeming Regs on Chopping Block
Sklaroff/Godshall/Gambescia: Vaping isn’t smoking, it’s a disease prevention method
VTA invites companies to sign anti-Deeming Regulation letter to DHHS Secretary Tom Price urging him to “utilize any available options you have to repeal, halt, or dramatically delay this rule.”
AVA urges vapor companies to sign on to letter to DHHS Secretary Price urging him to “utilize any available options you have to repeal, halt, or dramatically delay this rule.”
Clive Bates: Tobacco harm reduction meetings with Hill staff
A New Leaf: Vaping, E-Cigs & The Future of Tobacco at SXSW 2017 in Austin, TX
(Tech Freedom’s Evan Swarztrauber with Cynthia Cabrera, Sally Satel, Dave Sweanor)
Heritage Foundation: Rethinking Tobacco Control in an Era of E-cigarettes and other alternatives to smoking with Paul Blair, Jeff Stier & Sally Satel (March 16, 2017)
Heartland Institute – Vaping: How government regulation can kill (presentations by Brad Rodu and SFATA’s Pamela Gorman)
Brian Fojtik: FDA Regulations on e-cigarettes harmful to jobs, public health
Peter Roff – Vaporizing American Jobs: The FDA’s vaping rules will cost American workers big
Joel Nitzkin: The government has to change its tune on how to reduce harm from tobacco
Michelle Minton: Harm-reducing tobacco alternatives are a human achievement
Erik Martin: Vape takes new shape on Capitol Hill
Kathy Hoekstra: Groups take FDA vaping rules fight to Trump, Congress
E-cigarettes a booming business: Could FDA rules make $4B vaping industry go up in smoke? (NC)
Mike Siegel: What the FDA gets wrong about e-cigarettes
Betting on the future of e-cigarettes: Avail Vapor invests to meet looming FDA rules
Big Pharma financed vapor prohibitionist CTFK’s Matt Myers keeps lying about lifesaving flavored vapor products, FDA’s Deeming Ban (that bans all vapor sales in the US on 8/8/2018), tobacco companies and the Cole/Sanford bill (HB 1136)
Cigar industry lawsuit challenging FDA Deeming Reb/Ban delayed until August 30
FDA’s Proposed Smokeless Tobacco Standard
– that bans >95% of products
FDA extends comment period for FDA’s proposed smokeless tobacco ban to July 10
FDA’s economic analysis of its proposed smokeless tobacco standard (er, ban) fails to consider any costs that will occur if/when many/most smokeless tobacco users (including more than a million former cigarette smokers and several million current dual users) switch back to cigarettes and/or otherwise increase their cigarette consumption.
(Note that FDA also falsely estimated that none of the 10,000+ vapor companies will go out of business, and that none of the >10 million vapers will switch back to, or increase their cigarette consumption if/when FDA’s Deeming Regulation bans all vapor product sales to adults in the US on 8/8/2018.)
Reason’s Brian Fojtak urges FDA to extend comment period for its proposed smokeless tobacco ban, urges FDA to reject this cigarette-protecting anti-health measure.
KY Agriculture Commissioner Quarles says FDA regulation on smokeless tobacco would ‘devastate’ Kentucky growers: Asks for regulation to be withdrawn
Kentucky House passes Joint Resolution against FDA’s proposed smokeless tobacco ban
The Leaf-Chronicle Editorial: FDA rule impossible for tobacco farmers
THR prohibitionists Glantz et al absurdly claim FDA’s proposed smokeless tobacco ban
(er standard) underestimated the rule’s benefits and overstated its costs
FDA further extends delay of effectiveness date until March 19, 2018 for Clarification of when products made or derived from tobacco are regulated as drugs, devices or combination products, requests more public comments by May 19, 2017
FDA CTP issues annual Ombudsman’s report (from its 4th Ombudsman since 2009)
NIH announces more funding opportunities to promote FDA CTP cigarette protecting regulations by deceiving the public about the vastly different risks and benefits of different tobacco/nicotine products (under the guise of tobacco regulatory science).
FDA approves new drug to treat Parkinson’s disease, but still won’t acknowledge the benefits nicotine has provided for many Parkinson’s sufferers
US DHHS Malpractice
US SG Murthy repeats many false fear mongering claims about vaping, including that e-cigarettes “are the most commonly used form of tobacco among youth”. In fact, the 2014 NYTS found 1.3% of youth smoked cigarettes daily compared to 0.9% who vaped daily, and many vapers did NOT vape nicotine.
Mike Siegel: Surgeon General continues to lie about tobacco in e-cigarettes
CDC staff repeat false fear mongering claims about negligible (if any) vapor aerosol risk to confuse, scare and promote even more cigarette protecting workplace vaping bans
Unethical FDA/NCI funded vapor prohibitionist and junk scientist John Ayers touts his “public health” efforts to prevent smokers from quitting smoking
US DOD Lies About Risks
– of Smokeless Tobacco, Vaping, Nicotine and More
Brad Rodu: Department of Defense anti-smokeless campaign is “50” shades darker
Sally Satel: A Defense Department hotline that keeps smokers hooked
Brad Rodu: Educating Air Force Generals about Tobacco Use and Risks
US DOD cessation website still lying about smokeless tobacco, vapor and nicotine
Big Pharma financed CTFK, ACS, AHA criticize Trump DOJ appointments of Noel Francisco and Chad Readler due to potential conflict of interests after Obama appointed irreconcilably conflicted CTFK lobbyist Bill Corr at DHHS in 2009, and FDA hired irreconcilably conflicted GlaxoSmithKline lobbyist Mitch Zeller in 2013 to head CTP.
NY Assembly Budget Bill (A 3009B) protects cigarettes, threatens lives of vapers and smokers; Part FF (Page 49)
– Would impose $.40/ml tax on ALL e-liquid products (i.e. a $48 tax on a 120ml bottle),
– Would redefine smoking to include vaping, to ban vaping where smoking is banned, and
– Would impose increasing penalties and fines on any person caught (without tax receipts) possessing or transporting >500ml of e-liquid and any distributor caught (without tax receipts) possessing or transporting >100ml of e-liquid.
New York State Vapor Association (and others) respond to Health Cmsnr Zucker
NY Gov Cuomo praises NY Health Dept for the sharp decline in NY youth cigarette smoking (that was largely due to vaping) and demonizes lifesaving vapor products; NY Health Cmsnr Zucker falsely claims vaping is gateway to cigarettes, advocates Cuomo’s cigarette protecting $10/ml e-liquid tax budget proposal
Mike Siegel: NY State Dept of Health urges physicians to discourage patients from quitting unless they use Big Pharma products and tells vapers they might as well go back to smoking
After lobbying for 2013/14 NYC workplace vaping ban that exposed far more youth to vaping, vapor prohibitionists complain that high school student smoking plummeted from 7.3% in 2014 to 4.3% in 2016 by criticizing the corresponding increase in vaping www.nydailynews.com/new-york/e-cigs-craze-sparks-smoking-surge-n-y-high-schools-article-1.2996009
CASAA asks New York vapers to urge Gov. Cuomo to remove vapor tax from budget
Rhode Island budget (Article 8, Section 8) would impose 80% tax on “tobacco substitutes” (which may include vapor), increase cigarette tax from $3.75 to $4.25/pack,
CASAA asks RI vapers to urge legislators to reject 80% tax on vapor products
Fojtik: Rhode Island’s proposed e-cigarette tax would hurt public health and economy
Kansas Senate unanimously passes bill (SB 130) to reduce tax on e-liquid to $.05/ml
CASAA asks Kansas vapers to urge House Taxation Cmte to support bill (SB 130) to reduce tax on e-liquid to $.05/ml
Pennsylvania State Sen. Bartolotta introduces bill (SB 508) to change PA’s 40% vapor tax to a $.05/ml tax on e-liquid, referred to Senate Finance Cmte.
PA Dept of Revenue moves lawsuit challenging 40% vapor tax to federal court
CASAA asks Nevada vapers to oppose bill (AB 269) to impose $.05/ml tax on e-liquid
CASAA asks Montana vapers to oppose bill (SB 354) to impose 74% tax on vapor
Montana bill to raise tobacco, e-cig taxes draws big crowd on both sides
Washington State bill (HB 2144) would tax vapor products at 95% (more than cigarettes), sponsor Rep Pollot falsely claims vapor aerosol can destroy ‘the inside of people’s lungs’
West Virginia bill (SB 677) would increase e-liquid tax from $.075/ml to $.105/ml, increase cigarette tax from $1.20 to $1.70/pack, increase OTP tax from 12% to 17%.
Tasty Vapor: Prop 56 – California Excise Tax
What it means to our California residents starting April 1, 2017
Fojtik: New Mexico’s plan to raise taxes on e-cigarettes would hurt public health
New Mexico House and Revenue and Tax Committee defeats bill (SB 231) that would have increased the cigarette tax to $3.16/pack, and taxed vapor products and OTP at 76%. halfwheel.com/massive-new-mexico-tax-increase-defeated/144264
Nebraska legislature’s Revenue Cmte rejects bill to raise cigarette tax by $1.50/pack
PA IFO letter analyzing impact of Philly’s $2/pack cigarette tax (and Philly’s drinks tax)
Federal judge finds UPS liable for transporting untaxed cigarettes, to rule on penalties
UK government issues Consultation on taxing low risk Heat-Not-Burn tobacco products
After co-signing letter to the NEJM advocating lower tax rates for low risk smokefree tobacco/nicotine alternatives, with Bloomberg funding, Frank Chaloupka reverts back to advocating tax hikes for all tobacco products regardless of their risks or benefits
Indiana E-liquid Monopoly Law
Indiana Senate nearly unanimously passes vaping reform bill (SB 1), referred to House Public Policy Committee
FDA/NIH/NIDA funded anti-flavoring activists inappropriately conflate life saving vapor products, very low risk smokeless tobacco, low risk cigars and hookah with deadly cigarettes to falsely conclude that flavorings (not nicotine) cause daily tobacco use.
Since cigarettes cause >99% of tobacco attributable morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs, these findings on flavoring are irrelevant for public health, and another distraction.
Legacy prohibitionists demonize flavored vapor and OTP to lobby FDA to ban them, falsely portray flavored vapor and OTP as greater threats than unflavored cigarettes
Big Pharma shills CTFK/ACS/AHA/ALA/AAP (that falsely touted the TCA’s phony flavored cigarette ban, that exempted menthol) as necessary to protect kids, and then pressured Sen. Kennedy and HELP Cmte Dems to defeat Sen. Enzi’s 2007 amendment to ban menthol cigarettes repeat lies about flavored e-cigs and cigars, repeat lies that manufacturers target marketing to youth, once again lobby FDA to ban them.
News media hypes bogus anti flavoring report by Big Pharma financed vapor prohibitionists, fails to do any fact checking and fails to interview any objective expert
Mike Siegel: Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids admits that its secret campaign promoted youth cigarette addiction
Mike Siegel: Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids’ lying has got to stop
CA County Health Dept staff repeat CTFK’s lies about flavored tobacco/vapor products
Intolerant NY State Sen Brad Hoylman to introduce bill to ban sale of flavored vapor
Mike Siegel: New York State Senator Uses “Alternative Facts” to Promote Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes
Tobacco / Vapor Usage Bans
Greenhut: The ever expanding reach of tobacco zealots (banning all tobacco and vapor product use in homes)
Minneapolis bans the use of all tobacco and vapor products at City Parks
Smoking / Vaping Bans
US Rep Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) introduces bill (HR 1662) to ban smoking and vaping at all Veterans Administration facilities (even outdoors), falsely redefines smokefree vaping as smoking.
PA DCNR bans smoking and vaping at state beaches, falsely calls it a smokefree policy
Gainesville (FL) bans vaping and smoking at parks and bus stops, $25 fine for violators
Arkansas gives grants for lobbying to ban outdoor smoking and vaping
Allegheny County (PA) bans vaping, County Exec Rich Fitzgerald and Health Director Karen Hacker falsely claim their cigarette protection law will improve public health
Pittsburgh Post Gazette editorial repeats false fear mongering claims about vaping to endorse vaping ban that Post Gazette campaigned to enact during past 10 months
Saul Shiffman: Allegheny County was wrong to approve an e-cigarette ban
Mike Siegel: Anti vaping advocates support indoor vaping bans because we don’t know if secondhand vaping is harmful
UK vapor experts agree that workplace vaping bans can have significant unintended consequences of protecting and sustaining cigarette smoking
Vaping prohibitionists repeat false fear mongering claims about vaping to advocate more cigarette protecting vaping bans
Minimum Age Laws
Kevin Glass: Regulators make patchwork of smoking restrictions (appropriately criticizes local governments for banning sale of lifesaving vapor products to anyone under 21)
Lane County (OR) increases minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21
Oregon Senate passes bill (SB 754) to raise minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21
Maine bill (LD 1170) would increase minimum age for vapor and tobacco sales to 21, redefine tobacco to include vapor products
Vermont bill to raise tobacco/vaping age to 21 would cost state nearly $2 million in tax revenue over 3 years
CASAA asks Texas vapers to oppose bill (HB 1908) to raise minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21
NC bill (HB 435) would raise minimum age for all tobacco/vapor products to 21
Maryland Senate Finance Cmte reports unfavorably on bill (SB 669) to increase minimum sales age for tobacco/vapor products
Guam to raise minimum age for tobacco/vapor sales to 21 next year
Singapore to raise minimum age for tobacco sales to 21, even though alcohol age is 18
Vapor Sales Ban to Minors
PA Senator McGarrigle introduces bill (SB 191) to ban vapor sales to minors
Cigarette Sales Prohibition
– mandating very low nicotine cigarettes
Clive Bates: Is nicotine reduction really a viable policy option for tobacco control?
Definitely not . . . (presented at SRNT’s annual meeting last week)
Lynn Kozlowski: Cigarette prohibition and the need for more prior testing of the WHO TobReg’s global nicotine-reduction strategy
Ron Borland: Paying more attention to the ‘elephant in the room’
DHHS funded cigarette prohibitionists promote worldwide cigarette prohibition by claiming the intent of mandating low nicotine cigarettes is to reduce their addictiveness, not to ban cigarettes (even thought the latter is what their policy proposal would achieve)
22nd Century Group urges investors to spend even more money on very low nicotine cigarette that relies solely upon sales to US government, future licensure by governments
Vapor Sales Prohibition
Australian TGA continues to protect cigarettes, threaten smokers’ lives; refuses to repeal ban on lifesaving vapor products, cites US SG anti-vaping propaganda report and false claims to WHO by Big Pharma/FDA/NIH funded vapor prohibitionists Glantz et al.
E-cigarette nicotine ban condemned as ‘flawed and unethical’ by doctors, health experts
Matthew Peters repeats (and makes up new) fear mongering claims about vaping to lobby for extending vapor prohibition in Australia; ethical and humane commenters respond, 85% of online votes and dozens of comments “strongly disagree” with Peters’ extremism
E-cig users face jail time in Thailand
Sudanese Islamist claims tobacco use not allowed in Islam
Heat Not Burn Sales Prohibition?
‘Heat not burn’ tobacco sales under scrutiny (NZ Health Ministry says sales are banned)
Israel Ministry of Health temporarily allows sale of PMI’s IQOS heat not burn product
Clueless Knesset members upset that PMI’s IQOS allowed to be sold to smokers in Israel www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Health-and-Science/MKs-blast-Litzman-for-allegedly-protecting-tobacco-giant-Philip-Morris-484745
Medical Malpractice Surveillance
Vapor prohibitionists at ATS publish letter citing survey finding 67% of pulmunologists and primary care physicians in US would urge an asthmatic smoker (who inquired about using e-cigarettes to quit smoking) to use ineffective and less-than-safe FDA approved “tobacco treatment” drugs instead of vaping, and finding a majority of the doctors would discourage the smoker from vaping even after he/she declined the prescription and told the doctor about previous attempts to quit smoking with Big Pharma drugs (just as Big Pharma shills CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA, AAP, etc. and their left wing allies in Obama’s DHHS, Congress and the news media have encouraged doctors to do since 2009).
Mike Siegel: New survey shows that most physicians are completely misguided on e-cigarette recommendations; anti-tobacco groups’ propaganda is wreaking havoc on the public’s health
More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies
Junk study falsely attributes cigarette smoking decline in some countries from 2007-2014 to WHO FCTC, but authors conflate/combine tax hikes and smokefree workplace laws (which reduce smoking) to advertising bans and subsidizing Big Pharma cessation drugs (which don’t reduce smoking). US, UK, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, India had significant cigarette smoking declines, but didn’t adopt any WHO FCTC policies.
2016 Tobacco Control Scale for Europe absurdly ranks nations based on number of anti tobacco laws instead of cigarette smoking rate (ranks Sweden 9th despite lowest smoking rate by far in Europe, ranks Luxembourg 33rd despite third lowest smoking rate)
Christopher Snowdon: Tobacco Control fail (criticizes EU 2016 Tobacco Control Scale)
Junk scientists and propagandists falsely attribute 10% decline in smoking rate (from 2005-2015) in 126 countries to WHO FCTC (even though US had a 20% decline from 2010-2015 largely due to vaping, which WHO has inhumanely lobbied nations to ban).
DHHS funded vapor prohibitionist at UNC find many vapers were upset finding out that FDA is banning all lifesaving vapor products on August 8, 2018, but then conclude that propaganda promoting FDA’s vapor sales ban should have been more positive.
Former CTFK and FDA employee Eric Lindblom urges FDA to keep misleading the public about the vastly different risks and benefits of different tobacco/nicotine products
Peter Hajek debunks another junk study, whose OSU authors falsely claimed it found that vaping doesn’t help smokers quit
Roberto Sussman – Editors of Tobacco Control attack blogs: protecting science from cranks, or activism from science?
Lake County (IL) falsely claims vaping is gateway to cigarettes for teens
Lee Johnson: Should we be worried about teen vaping? An in-depth look at the facts and the arguments (interviews Carl Phillips and Mike Siegel)
Lee Johnson – Teen Vaping Part 2: How politics and ideology drive the debate (Godshall comments)
Carl Phillips: Teen vaping and gateway effects (Lee Johnson article and interview with me)
Carl Phillips: Detecting bullshit in claims about comparative risks across tobacco products (criticizes unfounded claims that vaping is only 95% less harmful than smoking cigarettes, and that using smokeless tobacco is only 90% less harmful)
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