Godshall Chronicles 03/17/16

Survey finds tobacco control advocates far more interested in banning vapor products, hawking Big Pharma drugs, and preserving their jobs than reducing cigarette smoking altarum.org/health-policy-blog/the-future-of-tobacco-control

FDA PATH study finds 54% of current smokers, 26% of recent former smokers, and just 3% of non-tobacco consumers are interested in reduced-harm products www.cspnet.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/three-more-findings-fda-s-tobacco-study

FDA PATH study finds daily vapers account for a  very small percentage  of past-30-day vapers (confirming that all previous DHHS surveys have greatly exaggerated the number of vapers by including many experimenters), finds 84.1% of past-30-day vapers and 91.5% of daily vapers are former or current tobacco users, finds 63% of vapers 25 years and older vaped flavored products compared to 85% of vapers 12-17 years old (but no information was provided about what substance(s) were being vaped)   www.cspnet.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/fda-reveals-first-wave-e-cig-tobacco-study

Study finds truthful  Not Blowing Smoke  campaign created by volunteer THR activists more popular on Twitter than CA Health Dept s taxpayer financed  Still Blowing Smoke  campaign of lies to demonize, scare and lobby for vaping ban. But state financed researchers falsely referred to the CA Health Dept s lies about vaping as  education .   tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2016/03/08/tobaccocontrol-2015-052757.abstract?papetoc

Survey finds most doctors at Univ. of St. Louis know very little about the health benefits vapor products have provided to millions of smokers and exsmokers, but that half of doctors see a role for e-cigs as part of a harm reduction strategy.   www.healio.com/pulmonology/smoking-and-tobacco/news/online/%7Bcd5dd4e0-d333-4fe4-b65e-a7abf1ab069f%7D/e-cigarette-survey-reports-knowledge-gap-among-physicians

E-cigarettes now the most popular form of support to stop smoking (UK) www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/12188314/E-cigarettes-now-the-most-popular-form-of-support-to-stop-smoking.html

Poll shows two thirds of e-cigarette users quit smoking in Wales www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/gwentnews/14330767.Poll_shows_two_thirds_of_e_cigarette_users_quit_smoking_in_Wales/

Half of North-East (UK) smokers used e-cigarettes in an attempt to quit, study finds www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/14329780.Half_of_North_East_smokers_used_e_cigarettes_in_an_attempt_to_quit__study_finds/

BAT announces glo iFuse hybrid vapor/tobacco product that emits aerosol with similarly negligible levels of chemicals as BAT s Vype ePen.    www.bat-science.com/groupms/sites/BAT_9GVJXS.nsf/vwPagesWebLive/DOA7GFSJ?opendocument


PMI presentations at SRNT conference   www.pmiscience.com/events/society-research-nicotine-and-tobacco-srnt-2016-annual-meeting

Thomas Briant: FDA study confirms youth reliance on social sources; only 14% of youths surveyed reported buying cigarettes themselves www.cspnet.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/fda-study-confirms-youth-reliance-social-sources

Study finds cigarette smoking rate among Indian males doubled from 1998 to 2010 and increased four-fold among males 15-29 years as Indian Health Ministers and tobacco controllers have focused on demonizing and banning less harmful smokeless tobacco.   promotions.bmj.com/globalhealth/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2016/02/bmjgh-2015-000005_Version_2.pdf



Vaping vs Smoking

Clive Bates: Harmful and negligent to ignore unintended consequences of e-cigarette policies  www.clivebates.com/?p=3801

Michael Shaw: Let s Save a Billion Lives www.healthnewsdigest.com/news/contributing%20columnist0/Let-s-Save-A-Billion-Lives.shtml

Suzie Gage exposes life and death differences between vaping and smoking (UK) www.theguardian.com/science/sifting-the-evidence/2016/mar/09/no-smoking-day-does-a-tobacco-free-world-need-to-be-nicotine-free-e-cigarettes-vaping

New Hampshire teen survey finds smoking rates declined as vaping increased, but news reporter and adults he interviewed conflate lifesaving vapor with deadly cigarettes  www.fosters.com/article/20160306/NEWS/160309589


Cancer Scares Debunked

ACSH advisor Frank Schnell   War on Science: Bogus Human Carcinogens (dioxin, formaldehyde, and TCE) acsh.org/news/2016/03/10/bogus-human-carcinogens/

ACSH medical director Lila Abassi: Everything causes cancer   if you listen to the NRDC (delineates evidence on and policy activism against formaldehyde) acsh.org/news/2016/02/16/everything-causes-cancer-if-you-listen-to-the-epa-and-nrdc/


Vapor Battery Risks

FDA identifies 92 events of vapor product battery overheating, fire and/or explosion in US prior to October 2015, identifies 47 mostly minor injuries, events peaked at 36 in 2013.   tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2016/03/09/tobaccocontrol-2015-052626.abstract?papetoc


THR Business

Tobacco, left for dead, catches fire (article reveals that Obama DHHS policies and propaganda to ban vapor products and vaping has benefited the cigarette industry) www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2016-03-15/tobacco-stocks-left-for-dead-catch-fire

Can innovation halt the doom and gloom of e-cig sales? (this article is about e-cig sales by Nielsen tracked retailers, which account for shrinking minority of vapor product sales) www.cspnet.com/print/csp-magazine/article/can-innovation-halt-doom-and-gloom-e-cig-sales


Patent Litigation

Fontham Ventures (Imperial) announces settlement with Nicoventures over German vapor product patent (regarding Ruyan/Dragonite patents bought by Fonthem Ventures) www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fontem-ventures-bv-announces-settlement-and-licence-agreement-with-nicoventures-holdings-limited-in-relation-to-e-vapour-technology-patents-571627121.html



Dozens of tobacco control extremist groups that lobbied Congress to enact the TCA (and have lobbied FDA to ban vapor products) send letter to FDA revealing they are far more interested in banning new low risk smokeless tobacco products than reducing smoking www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-PremarketReview-022616.pdf



FDA Deeming Ban

Large vapor companies agree FDA deeming ban would decimate vape shops www.cspnet.com/print/csp-magazine/article/vaping-survival-indies

VTA vows to fight FDA vapor ban and junk science dailycaller.com/2016/03/12/dc-vape-group-vows-to-fight-fda-regs-and-junk-science-on-e-cigarettes/


DHHS funded lobbying for FDA Deeming ban and more

DHHS funds most SRNT abstracts that demonize vapor products, nicotine, OTP, flavorings, advertising, tobacco and vapor companies to lobby for FDA Deeming Ban c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.srnt.org/resource/resmgr/Conferences/2016_Annual_Meeting/Program/FINAL_SRNT_Abstract_WEB02171.pdf

DHHS funded anti hookah activists  junk study claims occasional shish/hookah smoking can be gateway to cigarette smoking to lobby for FDA deeming ban.   www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2016/15_0505.htm

DHHS funded anti vaping activist researchers falsely claim 12 e-cigarette companies and their 19 e-cigarette brands comprise 98% of US market share (documenting their  ignorance about vapor products), then claim companies are marketing to youth online   archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2498558

CDC publishes editorial by DHHS funded activists advocating banning many retailers from selling tobacco and vapor products, banning tobacco and vapor product displays and ads to create so-called  healthy stores ; fails to consider any concerns of manufacturers, retailers, customers, THR advocates, or the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution.   www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2016/15_0426.htm

Legacy lies initiative touts CDC editorial advocating retail tobacco and vapor sales bans, tobacco and vapor product display and ad bans, cites Legacy coauthor of editorial truthinitiative.org/research/out-tobaccocigarettes-and-apples-how-teamwork-can-create-healthier-stores

DHHS funded 22nd Century touts 15 studies at SRNT to lobby for regulations endorsing and mandating sales of company s US government subsidized low nicotine cigarettes (that would cause many smokers to increase smoke inhalation and cigarette consumption) www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160310006023/en/Fifteen-Scientific-Studies-22nd-Century%E2%80%99s-Reduced-Nicotine


CVS steps up War on THR

CVS to spend $50 million to partner with vapor prohibitionists to push intolerant  tobacco free generation  by deceiving public to believe lifesaving vapor products and very low risk smokeless tobacco (but not Big Pharma nicotine marketed by CVS) are just as harmful as deadly cigarettes.








Vapor Prohibition

South China Morning Post protects cigarettes by endorsing HKCOH  call to ban sales of all vapor products in Hong Kong (nicotine vapor product sales are already banned) www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1921780/interests-public-health-its-time-ban-e-cigarettes

Western Australian convicted of selling e-cigs online, fined $1,750 and order to pay $14,000 in court costs   www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-10/electronic-cigarettes-vendor-vincent-van-heerden-loses-appeal/7236440

Malaysian authorities have been raiding vape shops motherboard.vice.com/en_uk/read/malaysian-authorities-have-been-raiding-vape-shops-vaping-ecigarettes-asia-regulation


Prohibition Repeal

Australian vapers urge Senate to legalize lifesaving vapor products www.australianetworknews.com/e-cigarette-users-defend-product-public-hearing/


Former Australian Health Minister advisor Terry Barnes denounces country s e-cigarette prohibition law, criticizes vaping opponents and legislators for  ban first, aks questions later  approach to lifesaving vapor products www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/politicians-have-caved-to-health-activists-says-gp-copayment-architect-20160308-gndrln.html

ACT s David Seymour advocates legalizing e-cigs in New Zealand www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/77507284/david-v-jacinda-time-to-rethink-tobacco-tax



EU Finance ministers call for higher taxes on e-cigarettes   af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFL5N16G3Z4

EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council comments on proposal to tax vapor products   www.publicnow.com/view/B686D3649E1607FE298B934505F2762CB74268B4

CASAA urges Hawaii vapers to oppose bills to tax vapor products blog.casaa.org/2016/02/hawaii-call-to-action-take-action-to.html

CASAA urges RI vapers to oppose bill (SB 2284) to impose 80% tax on vapor products by redefining them as tobacco products blog.casaa.org/2016/03/ri-take-action-to-oppose-vapor-taxes.html

CASAA urges Kansas vapers to advocate amendment to delay vapor tax until 2017 blog.casaa.org/2016/02/ks-take-action-to-delay-vapor-tax.html

Tobacco bills vaporized this year (Utah) including tax, minimum age and more regulation www.sltrib.com/home/3649180-155/tobacco-bills-vaporized-this-year

Louisiana Senate approves, governor signs cigarette tax increase from $.86 to $1.08/pack   www.wwl.com/Governor-signs-cigarette-taxincrease/22566937

North Dakota ballot petition filed to raise cigarette tax from $.44 to $2.20/pack, raise tax on low risk OTP from 28% to 56%; 13,452 signatures needed to get initiative on ballot     www.kxnet.com/story/31488549/raise-it-for-health-north-dakota-coalition-seeks-tobacco-tax-change


Indiana s E-liquid Manufacturing Monopoly Law

Hoosier Vapers asked to urge Gov. Mike Pence to veto e-liquid monopoly bill HB 1386   cqrcengage.com/hoosiervapers/app/onestep-write-a-letter?0&engagementId=181914

Indiana legislature once again bans market competition for e-liquid, reaffirms e-liquid monopoly law it enacted last year requiring all e-liquid manufacturers (who want to market their products to Indiana consumers) to sign five year contracts with same security company that aggressively lobbied to enact the law.



California Legislature

California Legislature approves cigarette protecting bills that ban vaping in workplaces, raise minimum age for sale of vapor (and tobacco) products to 21, redefine vapor as tobacco, deceive Californians to believe vapor products are as harmful as cigarettes.

Sponsors and public health frauds repeat disproved lies about vaping and vapor industry.










Vaping under 21 may soon be illegal but teens can still legally buy pot (CA)


Vaping Jezus  slams California plan to equate e-cigarettes, tobacco www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article64807052.html

CASAA asks CA vapers to call Governor Brown and urge him to veto anti vaping bills blog.casaa.org/2016/03/ca-make-call-now-to-stop-sbx2-5.html


Chris Roberts: California s War on Vape


As more marijuana smokers switch to smokefree vaping, ABC affiliate falsely claims  pot/THC vapor cannot be smelled by others abc7.com/health/teens-using-e-cigs-vape-pens-to-smoke-marijuana/1233590/


Ontario Vaping Ban

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne protects cigarettes by proposing to ban vaping, and to also ban vaping of medical marijuana



Dave Sweanor interviewed by 1310News and CBC criticizing Ontario s proposed cigarette protecting vaping ban   pmd.1310news.com/podcast/davidsweanor.mp3

Ontario vape shop owner says banning vaping in vape shops will make it even harder for smokers to quit smoking   www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/restricting-how-vape-shops-operate-will-hurt-smokers-trying-to-quit-local-advocate-says-1.3490162

Changes to Smoke-Free Ontario Act could doom Windsor cannabis vaping lounge news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/changes-to-smoke-free-ontario-act-could-doom-windsor-cannabis-vaping-lounge

Dave Sweanor: Ontario s vaping policy: Did smoke get in their eyes?   ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/sweanor-ontarios-vaping-policy-did-smoke-get-in-their-eyes

Ottawa Sun editorial opposes Ontario Premier Wynne s proposed vaping ban m.ottawasun.com/2016/03/14/editorial-wynne-should-extinguish-e-cigs-plan

Derek James From: Continuing Ontario s campaign against vaping will cost lives www.huffingtonpost.ca/derek-james-from/vaping-ontario_b_9471600.html

Dave Sweanor: Smoking, vaping and public health: Time to be creative (excellent article on the many health benefits of vaping in the Canadian Journal of Public Health)   journal.cpha.ca/index.php/cjph/article/view/5389

Canadian Journal of Public Health also publishes cigarette protecting editorial promoting vaping bans by falsely claiming vaping hasn t helped smokers quit, doesn t reduce disease risks for smokers who switch, renormalizes smoking, and is harmful. journal.cpha.ca/index.php/cjph/article/view/5083


Other Vaping Bans

Welsh Assembly defeats proposed vaping ban by one vote www.bordertelegraph.com/news/national_news/14345934.E_cigarettes_face_restrictions_for_public_use_from_Welsh_Assembly_vote/




Vermont House approves bill (H 171) to ban vaping in vast majority of workplaces vtdigger.org/2016/03/15/e-cigarette-restrictions-get-house-approval/




VT vapor vendor Gaetano Putignano: A vote against e-cigarettes is a vote for smoking vtdigger.org/2016/03/13/gaetano-putignano-a-vote-against-e-cigarettes-is-a-vote-for-smoking/

AHA Vermont board member Jan Carney repeats many false fearmongering claims about vapor products to lobby for cigarette protecting vaping ban.


Adam Tredwell: Let smokers quit their own way (VT debunks Jan Carney s false claims) vtdigger.org/2016/03/16/adam-tredwell-let-smokers-quit-their-own-way/

CASAA urges Rhode Island vapers to oppose bill (H 7664) to ban vaping in workplaces blog.casaa.org/2016/03/ri-take-action-to-oppose-ban-on-vaping.html

ACT Health Minister to further protect cigarettes by banning vaping everywhere smoking is banned by falsely redefining  smoking  to include smokefree vaping (Australia).   www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/act-to-ban-sale-of-vaporisers-to-under-18s-and-treat-vaporisers-like-cigarettes-20160309-gnekm9.html


Vaping & Smoking Bans

South Bend (IN) bill would ban smoking in bars and clubs, ban vaping in all workplaces, public hearing scheduled for March 28 than changed to March 29 www.wndu.com/content/news/Proposed-smoking-ban-aimed-at-SB-bars-and-private-clubs–371587621.html


Ansonia (CT) Board of Alderman remove vaping ban from proposed outdoor smoking ban after vapers requested the change www.nhregister.com/government-and-politics/20160308/e-cigs-excluded-from-ansonia-ordinance-banning-tobacco-products


Smoking Bans

Virginia legislature bans smoking in cars with child under 8 years old, sent to governor www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/mar/15/fate-new-smoking-bill-virginia-rests-governors-han/

Romania implements smoking ban in workplaces and public places www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3495120/Romania-prepares-ban-smoking-public-places.html


Cigarette Protecting Flavoring Bans

Mike Siegel: Why are some Massachusetts Health Boards willing to protect youth smoking?   tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/03/why-are-some-massachusetts-health.html

Rod Watson: Government really needs to butt out (about Erie County NY proposal to ban pharmacy sales of lifesaving vapor products, deadly cigarettes and low risk OTP)   www.buffalonews.com/columns/rod-watson/government-really-needs-to-butt-out-20160309

Mike Siegel: Proposed legislation in MA and in Erie County (NY) would prevent pharmacies from selling some smoking cessation products tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/03/proposed-legislation-in-massachusetts.html


Minimum Age Laws / Smokeless Ban

Chicago City Council approves legislation increasing minimum age for tobacco (but not vapor) sales to 21, banning adults from using low risk smokeless tobacco at sports events chicago.suntimes.com/news/big-tobacco-takes-it-on-the-chin-at-city-council-meeting/


Cubs unimpressed by Chicago chewing tobacco ban   www.reuters.com/article/us-baseball-cubs-tobacco-idUSKCN0WJ096

Phil Rosenthal: City Council spit take: Move on MLB chewing tobacco a lot to swallow www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/ct-rosenthal-chewing-tobacco-mlb-0313-biz-20160311-column.html

Chicago Sun Times editorial opposes smokeless tobacco usage ban chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/editorial-chewing-tobacco-is-baseballs-problem-not-councils/

Health economist Michael Pesko finds raising minimum age for sale of low risk vapor products to 21 could drive some teens to smoking far more harmful cigarettes instead, wisely recommends raising minimum age to 21 just for cigarettes.   www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091743516000396



Brad Rodu: Association of youth e-cigarette bans with increased smoking confirmed rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2016/03/association-of-youth-e-cigarette-bans.html

Tim Worstall: Why are people so illogical about vaping?   www.adamsmith.org/blog/healthcare/why-are-people-so-illogical-about-vaping/

Dr. Ed Anselm s letter in NY Times recommends raising age minimum age for cigarette sales to 21, but not for low risk vapor products that have helped millions quit smoking   www.nytimes.com/2016/03/13/opinion/sunday/raise-the-smoking-age-to-21.html?_r=0

NJ Senate Budget and Approps Cmte approves bill (S 359) to increase minimum age for sales of lifesaving vapor products, deadly cigarettes and low risk OTP from 19 to 21.   www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/03/see_what_actions_nj_lawmakers_just_took_against_sm.html

After falsely accusing vapor industry of target marketing to youth, Washington state AG and Secretary of Health disappointed state legislature didn t increase minimum age for sale of lifesaving vapor products, deadly cigarettes and low risk OTP products to 21.   www.issaquahreporter.com/news/371552821.html



Clive Bates   Brexit: utopia, dystopia or PONCE?   www.clivebates.com/?p=3748


Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Dr. Margaret Cuomo (sister of NY Gov. Cuomo) protects cigarettes by falsely claiming vapor products are  at least as dangerous as tobacco cigarettes.   www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/e-cigarettes-as-dangerous-as-tobacco-cigarettes_us_56e6c8dce4b065e2e3d66e91

Mike Siegel: Physician in Huffington Post video declares that smoking is no more harmful than vaping tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/03/physician-in-huffington-post-video.html

Guy Bentley: Experts come out of the woodwork to slam Gov. Cuomo s sister for huffpost video about e-cigs dailycaller.com/2016/03/15/experts-come-out-of-the-woodwork-to-slam-gov-cuomos-sister-for-huffpo-video-about-e-cigs/

Alabama Health Dept gives $80,000 grant to anti vapers to lie about and demonize lifesaving vapor products wiat.com/2016/03/16/childrens-of-alabama-receives-grant-to-protect-children-from-secondhand-smoke-vapor/

Dr. Ross Morgan (chairman of ASH Ireland) falsely claims there is no evidence vaping helps smokers quit, and falsely claims vapor products are gateways to cigarettes.   www.imt.ie/clinical/2016/03/exacerbators-must-be-identified.html

Legacy lies initiative s Robin Koval falsely claims cigarette attributable diseases, deaths and healthcare costs are caused by  tobacco-epidemic , falsely attributes decline in smoking due to vaping to intolerant tobacco control campaigns.       truthinitiative.org/news/tobacco-control-efforts-need-double-down-after-cdc-recognizes-success-reducing-cancer-rates

Malaysian Health Minister falsely claims vaping doubles the health risks for cigarette smokers, and vapor products haven t helped smokers quit www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/03/16/vapers-end-up-becoming-dual-users-says-dr-subra/

Lund University (Sweden) press release touts inapplicable cell and mice studies to claim (without any evidence) that nicotine can cause diabetes in humans www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/lu-ndo030816.php

VOA hypes junk study falsely claiming 3rd hand smoke can cause diabetes www.voanews.com/content/third-hand-cigarette-smoke-residues-diabetes/3220414.html

Authors falsely tell news media their study found cold turkey is most effective way to quit smoking, but all study participants were given NRT, none were given vapor products, and authors redefined cold turkey as including use of NRT.   annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2501853



Time, NPR and even ACSH repeat false claims about using NRT for cold turkey quitting time.com/4257561/how-to-quit-smoking-best/



DHHS funded Stan Glantz cites unrelated NRT study to lie about vapor products again tobacco.ucsf.edu/quitting-cold-turkey-works-better-may-help-explain-why-e-cigs-depress-quitting-cigs

After study finds three times more organic tweets supported vaping than opposed vaping, anti vaping authors conclude that anti vaping tweets  could aid in preventing non-smokers, adolescents and young adults from using e-cigarettes  but fail to acknowledge that anti vaping tweets could also discourage many smokers from quitting smoking.   tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2016/03/15/tobaccocontrol-2015-052818.abstract?papetoc

Activist researchers claim e-cigs increase risk of asthma based on inappropriate survey (with no clinical, laboratory or even parental validation) of Korean high school students, then inappropriately compare data between never e-cig users, ever e-cig experimenters and past month e-cig users (many/most of whom were also e-cig experimenters).  journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0151022

DHHS funded vapor prohibitionist Stan Glantz touts junk study on e-cig experimentation and self reported asthma by Korean high school students tobacco.ucsf.edu/korean-kids-who-use-e-cigarettes-have-lot-more-asthma-and-days-lost-school

Big Pharma funded CTFK organizes thousands of kids nationwide to lie about vaping for their Kick Butts Day www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/california-kids-to-kick-butts-on-march-16-300234568.html


Bill Godshall
Executive Director
Smokefree Pennsylvania

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