Godshall Chronicles 03/7/16

Helen Redmond: It s the people who harmfully attack e-cigarettes that need to quit:
theinfluence.org/its-the-people-who-harmfully-attack-e-cigarettes-that-need-to-quit/

Tobacco Harm Reduction Conference in New York City on April 21 tobaccoharmreductionconference.com/index.html

tobaccoharmreductionconference.com/speakers.html

ACSH s Gil Ross: Don t Abandoned Hope, Vapers! There s Light in the Darkness
acsh.org/news/2016/02/26/dont-abandon-all-hope-vapers-theres-light-in-the-darkness/

Clive Bates: Blending evidence with empathy   a new guide to e-cigarettes
www.clivebates.com/?p=3734

Brad Rodu: British government tells smokers and vapers the tobacco truth rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2016/03/british-government-tells-smokers-vapers.html


Times of London editorial

Vapid Anti Vapers: E-cigarettes should be welcomed as a good way to stop smoking
www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/leaders/article4702543.ece

Dick Puddlecote: Slaughtering Sacred Cows dickpuddlecote.blogspot.com/2016/02/slaughtering-sacred-cows.html

Is it safe and legal to vape with kids in the car? (quotes Igor Burstyn and Dave Sweanor)
www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/culture/commuting/is-it-safe-and-legal-to-smoke-an-e-cigarette-with-kids-in-the-car/article28952031/

Yorkshire and Humber Tobacco Control Network (UK) says e-cigs  substantially less hazardous than smoking , urges quit smoking services to adopt  e-cigarette friendly  approach.
dailycaller.com/2016/02/29/anti-tobacco-coalition-says-e-cigarettes-can-succeed-where-all-else-has-failed/


FDA Deeming Ban

White House OMB/OIRA posts Nov. 30 meeting handouts by Smokefree Pennsylvania s Bill Godshall that delineate hundreds of false claims about vapor products by Obama s DHHS, expose how FDA Deeming Regulation protects cigarettes, threatens lives and creates huge black markets by banning >99.9% of nicotine vapor products.

www.reginfo.gov/public/do/viewEO12866Meeting?viewRule=false&rin=0910-AG38&meetingId=1443&acronym=0910-HHS/FDA

Excerpts of February 26 US House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee hearing on FDA budget proposal regarding FDA s Deeming Regulation (that protects cigarettes by banning >99.9% of nicotine vapor products and many OTP)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0igdRGjJqbM

RegWatch s Brent Stafford: No more casualties   vaping becomes  collateral damage  in War on Smoking (details how FDA deeming reg bans nearly all nicotine vapor products, and highlights Not Blowing Smoke and Stefan Didak
home.bt.com/lifestyle/money/mortgages-bills/e-cigarettes-could-be-taxed-at-the-same-rate-as-tobacco-products-11364

FDA to give $1,000,000 to the IOM purportedly “to conduct an in-depth evaluation of available evidence of health effects from e-cigarettes and recommendations for future federally funded research.”

www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=97777ec7c10d8d7caf35f02c0a21bb1c

www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/threads/fda-is-giving-1-000-000-to-the-iom-to-demonize-er-study-vaping.731043/#post-17420172

Note that FDA contracted the IOM in 2011 to purportedly evaluate scientific evidence on MRTPs, when the IOM Committee followed FDA CTP director Lawrence Deyton s instructions to ignore scientific evidence that smokeless tobacco products are far less harmful than cigarettes, rubber stamped FDA’s default policy that “all tobacco products are as harmful as cigarettes”, recommended what evolved into FDA’s MRTP Guidance requiring smokeless tobacco companies to spend millions of dollars and obtain FDA permission before truthfully claiming smokeless tobacco is less harmful than cigarettes.

www.iom.edu/Reports/2011/Scientific-Standards-for-Studies-on-Modified-Risk-Tobacco-Products.aspx

www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=13294

www.iom.edu/~/media/Files/Activity%20Files/PublicHealth/Modified-Risk-Tobacco/modifiedrisktobacco_reportbrief.pdf

online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204844504577098850885101984.html

www2.journalnow.com/business/2011/dec/15/wsbiz01-agency-recommends-tobacco-companies-use-th-ar-1715370/

www.oncologyreport.com/news/clinical/single-article/iom-calls-for-research-on-e-cigs-tobacco-lozenges/d4272d58f9.html

www.acsh.org/factsfears/newsID.3252/news_detail.asp

Deceitful Gallup Push Poll (that failed to ethically inform participants that FDA s Deeming Regulation would ban >99.9% of nicotine vapor products, but no cigarettes) finds duped Americans support regulating vapor products the same as cigarettes, finds 33% inaccurately believe vapor products are as harmful as cigarettes
www.gallup.com/poll/189716/americans-say-cigs-regulated-tobacco-cigs.aspx

www.finchannel.com/index.php/society/health/item/55230-americans-say-e-cigs-should-be-regulated-like-tobacco-cigs

LA Times editorial deceptively urges FDA to protect cigarettes by imposing Deeming Regulation that would ban >99.9% of lifesaving nicotine vapor products
www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-0304-fda-ecigs-20160303-story.html

 

Obama s DHHS Lobbies to Protect Big Pharma NRT from Vapor and Tobacco Products

CDC issues Prevention Status Reports nearly the same as Big Pharma funded ALA s Tobacco Report Card and CTFK s Broken Promises propaganda, criticize state laws and lobby state legislatures to:

  • spend more money for anti-THR propaganda and ineffective Big Pharma treatments
  • ban smoking (and vaping) in 100% of workplaces
  • tax cigarettes more than $2/pack (and tax vapor products and OTP at the same rate) www.cdc.gov/psr/

CDC tobacco free hawks Big Pharma nicotine products (that are derived from tobacco) to smokers on Facebook, posts comment policy allowing CDC to remove any comment  that CDC Tobacco Free deems inappropriate  (i.e. those with facts about vaping) www.facebook.com/events/664867396988918/

smokefree.gov/learn-about-quit-plans/explore-medications

www.facebook.com/cdctobaccofree/app/214721925270689/

CDC s Brian King falsely claims nicotine causes brain damage in adults and teens to scare public and lobby for laws to increase minimum age for sales of lifesaving vapor products, deadly cigarettes and low risk OTP (but not Big Pharma s NRT) to 21 years.
www.livescience.com/53947-brain-science-smoking-age-21.html

US SG Murthy protects cigarettes by lying about lifesaving vapor products at Legacy liesinitiative event to lobby for FDA s cigarette protecting Deeming Regulation that bans sales of >99.9% of nicotine vapor products to adult vapers and smokers.
truthinitiative.org/news/warner-series-surgeon-general-challenges-youth-finishit

Mike Fillon recycles JNCI article falsely claiming vapor products are gateways to cigarettes for teens (despite no evidence any nonsmoker has become a daily nicotine vaper), quotes false derogatory claims by federally funded anti-vaping activists
blog.oup.com/2016/03/e-cigarettes-youth-tobacco-use/

Techtimes article makes false fearmongering claims about flavored vapor products and teens, touts NIH funded Yale anti-vaping activist Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin and her junk science to demonize vaping and lobby for FDAs deeming ban
www.techtimes.com/articles/50313/20150503/what-lures-teens-into-using-e-cigarettes-smoke-tricks-here-are-some-examples-and-tutorials-videos.htm

NIH funded study s February 12 press release by AAAS falsely touts inapplicable cell and mouse studies on vaping as applying to humans www.aaas.org/news/alternative-tobacco-products-may-be-just-dangerous-cigarettes

 

Litigation

Florida jury finds Philip Morris liable for $350,000 to widow of smoker blog.cvn.com/350k-award-to-widow-after-jury-clears-philip-morris-of-liability-for-smokers-death

Manhattan co-op resident wins $120K in lawsuit over secondhand smoke infiltration
www.habitatmag.com/Publication-Content/Building-Operations/2016/2016-March/Coop-Smoking

gothamist.com/2016/03/03/secondhand_smoke_nyc.php

Plaintiffs attorneys file another appeal on frivolous class action lawsuit against NJOY
dlbjbjzgnk95t.cloudfront.net/0767000/767116/https-ecf-cacd-uscourts-gov-doc1-031123040546.pdf

 

Taxation

EU agrees to further protect cigarettes by taxing lifesaving vapor products at same rate as cigarettes (after protecting cigarettes via the EU TPD regulations on vapor products)

www.ibtimes.co.uk/e-cigarette-prices-set-soar-eu-moves-reclassify-it-tobacco-product-tax-purposes-1546977

www.theguardian.com/society/2016/mar/02/e-cigarettes-raised-by-brexit-campaign-with-eu-taxes-set-to-be-raised

home.bt.com/lifestyle/money/mortgages-bills/e-cigarettes-could-be-taxed-at-the-same-rate-as-tobacco-products-11364

www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/politics/article4703618.ece

E-cigarette tax sets scene for EU lobbying war
euobserver.com/science/132510

EU plan to raise duty on e-cigarettes act of folly, says UKIP MEP Louis Bours
www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/101481/eu-plan-to-raise-duty-on-ecigarettes-act-of-folly-says-ukip-mep-louise-bours

SFATA s Cynthia Cabrera interviews ATR s Grover Norquist on Vaping Taxes
sfata.org/episode-4-norquist

Utah Smoke-Free Association urges vapers to oppose bill (HB 333) to tax vapor products
utsmokefree.org/2016/02/hb333/

86.5% tax on e-cigs vaporized by lawmakers on Utah committee www.sltrib.com/home/3611863-155/865-tax-on-e-cigs-vaporized-by

le.utah.gov/~2016/bills/static/HB0333.html

www.deseretnews.com/article/865649259/Bill-to-tax-e-cigarettes-put-on-hold-until-summer.html?pg=all

fox13now.com/2016/03/03/bill-that-would-raise-tax-on-e-cigarettes-snuffed-out-for-now/

Grover Norquist hammers Utah legislator for demanding massive e-cig tax dailycaller.com/2016/03/05/grover-norquist-hammers-dem-demanding-massive-e-cig-tax/

Maryland bill to impose 30% tax on vapor products and ban vaping not even supported by sponsor at MD House Committee hearing www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/threads/maryland-bill-to-tax-vapor-products-and-ban-vaping-not-even-supported-by-sponsor.732038/

CASAA asks West Virginia vapers to urge House Finance Cmte to oppose bill (SB 420) to impose $.075/ml tax on e-liquid (and increase cigarette tax by $1/pack, and increase OTP tax from 7% to 11%)
blog.casaa.org/2016/03/wv-take-action-to-oppose-vapor-taxes.html

West Virginia House Finance Cmte soundly defeats bill (SB 420) that would have taxed e-liquid at $.075/ml, raised cigarette tax to $1.55/pack, and raised OTP tax to 11%
www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20160303/wv-house-finance-committee-kills-cigarette-tax-hike

www.register-herald.com/news/house-panel-extinguishes-cigarette-tax/article_4dbb41fa-0888-5c02-9f75-33998f2580f0.html

wvmetronews.com/2016/03/03/house-committee-soundly-defeats-cigarette-tax-increase-questions-increase-about-budget-hole/

CASAA asks Alaska vapers to oppose bill (HB 304) that would impose 100% tax on vapor products
blog.casaa.org/2016/02/ak-take-action-to-oppose-dangerous.html

Louisiana House approves $.22/pack cigarette tax increase (to $1.08/pack)
theadvocate.com/news/15073594-129/legislative-logjam-freed-house-oks-louisiana-cigarette-tax-hike

Ontario announces $.30/pack cigarette tax hike
www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2016/02/25/ontario-set-to-increase-cigarette-prices.html

Missouri anti tobacco groups denounce ballot initiatives to increase cigarette tax
www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article63608942.html


California

During special session, California Assembly protects cigarettes by enacting bills (SBX2-5 & SBX2-6) that ban vaping in workplaces, increase minimum age for sale of lifesaving vapor products (and tobacco) to 21, deceitfully redefine vapor products as tobacco and smokefree vaping as smoking

leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520162SB5

sd11.senate.ca.gov/news/2016-03-03-assembly-passes-sen-leno%E2%80%99s-e-cigarette-bill

www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article63820397.html

www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-raising-smoking-age-20160303-story.html

www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_29591308/tobacco-california-assembly-approves-bills-raising-smoking-age

www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2016/0304/Why-California-s-tobacco-bill-proved-surprisingly-difficult

www.times-standard.com/health/20160303/state-assembly-raise-tobacco-use-age-to-21

www.sltrib.com/home/3613790-155/california-could-be-2nd-state-with

www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_29591308/tobacco-california-assembly-approves-bills-raising-smoking-age

SFATA urges CA legislature to vote no on bill to redefine vapor products as tobacco
sfata.org/sfata-california-urges-california-legislature-vote-no-abx2-6/

CASAA urges California vapers to tell Gov. Brown to reject bill to define and regulate vapor products as tobacco.
blog.casaa.org/2016/03/ca-make-call-now-to-stop-sbx2-5.html

Sacramento Bee, LA Times, SF Chronicle editorials urge legislature to protect cigarettes and threaten public health by banning vaping, equate lifesaving vaping with deadly smoking
www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article63689512.html

www.latimes.com/politics/la-me-pol-sac-cap-tobacco-20160307-column.html

www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Calfornia-should-toughen-tobacco-laws-6866647.php

San Francisco Board of Supervisors increases minimum age for sale of lifesaving vapor products, deadly cigarettes and lower risk OTP from 18 to 21.
www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Supes-up-age-to-buy-tobacco-from-18-to-21-6864276.php

www.cnn.com/2016/03/02/health/san-francisco-smoking-age-21/index.html

www.argus-press.com/news/state_news/article_dafd03a2-2897-5ab5-bf6b-ab171f749473.html

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3473232/San-Francisco-raises-smoking-age-21-joining-New-York-City-Hawaii-Boston.html


Indiana E-liquid Monopoly Law

Vaping firms say industry in peril in state unless lawmakers act www.ibj.com/articles/57465-vaping-firms-say-industry-in-peril-in-state-unless-lawmakers-act

Liberation Vape: What’s going to happen to Liberation Vape in Indiana on July 1st?

“They’re gonna have to come take me away in handcuffs!”
www.facebook.com/LiberationVape/

Hoosier Vapers: Stop the monopoly in Indiana
cqrcengage.com/hoosiervapers/app/onestep-write-a-letter?0&engagementId=175453

Justin Kirby   Hoosier call-out: Your vaping community and businesses are in trouble
www.youtube.com/watch?v=n38-w7DdLLY

 

Internet Vapor Sales Ban

Op/ed by Washington Secretary of Health, Big Pharma financed ACS and WA Medical Association protects cigarettes by repeating false fearmongering claims about vaping to lobby for bill (HB 1645) to ban Internet vapor sales, and other unwarranted restrictions.
www.theolympian.com/opinion/op-ed/article62788137.html

 

Vapor Retail Restriction

Erie County (NY) executive Mark Poloncarz (who protected Big Pharma and cigarettes by banning vaping in workplaces in 2014) joins forces with Big Pharma again to propose banning sales of lifesaving vapor products and tobacco products in pharmacies.

www.buffalonews.com/city-region/medical/poloncarz-seeks-ban-on-sale-of-tobacco-products-at-pharmacy-retailers-20160304

www.wnypapers.com/news/article/current/2016/03/04/123840/poloncarz-introduces-local-law-prohibiting-tobacco-e-cigarette-sales-in-erie-county-pharmacies

 

Minimum Age Laws

Massachusetts Legislature s Joint Committee on Public Health approves bill (S 2152) to increase the minimum age for sale of lifesaving vapor products, deadly cigarettes and lower risk OTP to 21 years, referred to Senate Cmte on Ways and Means
www.gazettenet.com/news/stateregion/21371476-95/lawmakers-look-to-raise-smoking-age

www.lowellsun.com/news/ci_29594756/bill-would-raise-smoking-age-21

Utah House Cmte rejects bill (HB 157) that would have raised the minimum age for sales of lifesaving vapor products, deadly cigarettes and lower risk OTP from 19 to 21 years.
www.deseretnews.com/article/865648913/Legislative-committee-snuffs-out-bill-to-raise-legal-age-of-tobacco-use.html

CASAA urges Connecticut vapers to oppose bill (SB 290) that would increase minimum age for sales of vapor products (and cigarettes and OTP) from 18 to 21
blog.casaa.org/2016/02/ct-take-action-to-oppose-misguided.html

CT Senator touts bill to increase minimum age for sale of lifesaving vapor products to 21 as bill to prevent cigarette smoking.
wtnh.com/2016/03/04/push-to-raise-conn-smoking-age-to-21/

Christopher Snowden: Mad versus madder (ridicules SmokeFree Tasmania s claim that tobacco industry is behind Health Minister s proposal to raise minimum age for cigarette sales to 25 years).
velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.com/2016/02/mad-versus-madder.html

 

Vaping Bans

US DOT disingenuously and deceitfully redefines  smoking  as including the use of smokefree vapor products in order to ban vaping on airlines (except for vaporizers marketed by Big Pharma, which crony capitalists at DOT exempted), issues Final Rule.
www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/us-department-transportation-explicitly-bans-use-electronic-cigarettes-commercial

US DOT s Final Rule justifies banning vaping on airlines by deceitfully claiming the agency can redefine  smoking  to include any activity it wants to ban.
www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=DOT-OST-2011-0044-1076

On page 14, DOT correctly noted  Smokefree Pennsylvania stated that the Department falsely alleged that using an e-cigarette is the same as smoking.   Then on page 19, DOT claimed “While Section 41706 does not define ‘smoking,” nothing in the text of section 41706 suggests that the definition of “smoking” should be limited to the combustion of traditional tobacco products.”

DOT Proposed Rule to ban vaping on airlines is at
www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=DOT-OST-2011-0044-0003

News articles tout Obama s DOT airline vaping ban, grossly exaggerate negligible risks of vapor aerosol to further confuse, scare and discourage smokers from switching.

www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2016/03/02/no-more-puffing-on-e-cigs-on-commercial-flights/

www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/03/02/dot-bans-e-cigs-airliners/81206904/

www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-airlines-ecigarettes-idUSKCN0W4233?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews

www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/02/468911452/no-you-cant-vape-on-commercial-flights-transportation-department-says

www.freep.com/story/news/health/2016/03/02/e-cigarettes-banned-us-commercial-flights/81210830/

www.theverge.com/2016/3/2/11146632/electronic-cigarette-planes-ban-DOT-vape

time.com/4244959/e-cigs-commercial-flights-ban/

US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) protects cigarettes by deceitfully calling vapor aerosol  poisons and toxic air , praises vaping ban on airlines www.kfvs12.com/story/31368478/il-senator-applauds-dot-decision-to-ban-e-cigs-on-airplanes

Maryland bill to ban vaping and impose 30% tax on vapor products not even supported by sponsor at MD House Committee hearing www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/threads/maryland-bill-to-tax-vapor-products-and-ban-vaping-not-even-supported-by-sponsor.732038/

Welsh government may protect cigarettes by banning use of lifesaving vapor products
www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-politics-35717379

Vaping faces an attack in the Florida legislature; bill (HB 1143) would ban vaping everywhere smoking is banned
folioweekly.com/VAPORIZING-SMALL-BUSINESS,14828

Cigarette protecting Wheeling-Ohio County (WV) law that allows smoking in casino, but bans vaping in nearly every workplace and many outdoor locations, to take effect.
www.theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/654858/Ohio-County-s-Outdoor-Smoking-Ba—.html

www.wtrf.com/story/31337983/newest-set-of-smoking-regulations-to-take-effect

Mason County (WV) Board of Health begins updating Clean Indoor Air Act (that will likely ban vaping under the false guise of banning smoking, just as many other WV County Boards of Health have done with support and funds from WV Health Dept)
mydailyregister.com/news/4965/health-dept-may-update-county-indoor-clean-air-policy

Legacy lies initiative to give $10,000 to intolerant prohibitionists at colleges to lobby to ban lifesaving vaping, very low risk smokeless tobacco use, and smoking outdoors
truthinitiative.org/news/helping-community-colleges-kick-their-tobacco-free-campus-efforts-gear

French Health Authority absurdly claims vaping should be banned in workplaces to prevent re-normalization of smoking (after vaping has de-normalized smoking)
www.thelocal.fr/20160225/france-advised-to-ban-e-cigarettes-in-cafes-and-restaurants

sante.lefigaro.fr/actualite/2016/02/24/24668-haut-conseil-sante-publique-veut-interdire-vapotage-dans-lieux-collectifs

www.rt.com/news/333664-france-vape-ban-cafes/


Smoking Bans

Cambodia Council of Ministers bans smoking in workplaces and public places
www.kimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/ban-on-public-smoking-approved.html

www.khmertimeskh.com/news/22347/smoking-ban-to-go-into-effect/

Virginia Senate approves bill (HB 1348) to ban smoking in cars with children under 8
www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/article_9907d6ab-f44b-5669-9baa-1b4d220a5407.html

www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/an-old-tobacco-state-moves-to-ban-smoking-in-cars-with-kids-on-board/2016/03/03/a647b202-e17b-11e5-846c-10191d1fc4ec_story.html


Smokeless Tobacco Bans

Ron Borges: Ballpark tobacco ban is tough on chew (exposes extremism and hypocrisy of banning adults from using smokeless tobacco at pro baseball stadia)
www.bostonherald.com/sports/columnists/ron_borges/2016/03/borges_ballpark_tobacco_ban_is_tough_to_chew_on

Intolerant Toronto City councillor wants to ban use of low risk smokeless tobacco at all city sports facilities, including Blue Jays baseball stadium www.thestar.com/sports/bluejays/2016/02/29/mlb-and-its-rules-around-tobacco-products.html

www.thestar.com/sports/baseball/2016/02/29/will-rogers-centre-be-next-on-list-of-mlb-stadiums-that-ban-tobacco.html


EU TPD

Nerudia   E-liquid labelling: TPD information requirements in the UK nerudia.com/tpd/tpd-information-in-the-uk/

Nerudia s Peter Becket: TPD notification   the areas that aren t so clear nerudia.com/tpd/tpd-notification/


Germany

German court rules that e-liquids are tobacco products www.loc.gov/law/foreign-news/article/germany-federal-court-of-justice-classifies-liquids-for-e-cigarettes-as-tobacco-products/


UK Bans Lobbying with Government $$

Christopher Snowden: The anti sockpuppet clause (on UK government banning UK grant recipients from using funds to lobby, which was banned decades ago in the US but has greatly expanded as many DHHS grants were used to lobby for 2009 Tobacco Control Act, FDA s proposed e-cigarette deeming ban, and many state and local vaping bans) www.iea.org.uk/blog/the-anti-sockpuppet-clause

Charities that used UK government funds to lobby criticize tobacco industry and Christopher Snowden for new law banning charities from lobbying with taxpayer money
www.theguardian.com/society/2016/mar/05/charity-regulator-forged-links-backer-of-anti-lobbying-clause

 

Quebec Flavoring Ban

Imperial Tobacco sues to challenge Quebec s Bill 44 that bans tobacco flavorings and advertising, bans smoking outdoors and regulates vapor products
montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/imperial-tobacco-files-legal-challenge-against-tobacco-control-bill

www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/imperial-tobacco-challenges-quebec-ban-on-tobacco-menthol-smokes/article28967868/


Australian Plain Packaging Law

Australian Health Dept issues report that excluded key cigarette sales and usage data to claim plain packaging law reduced smoking rate ris.govspace.gov.au/files/2016/02/Tobacco-Plain-Packaging-PIR.pdf

JTI criticizes Australian government report on plain packaging law www.jti.com/media/news-releases/australian-government-report-jumps-conclusions/

Prohibitionists praise Australian plain packaging law report ajp.com.au/news/plain-packaging-works-phaa/

Dick Puddlecote: Prominent Aussie tobacco control researcher admits plain packaging is a failure
dickpuddlecote.blogspot.com/2016/02/prominent-aussie-tobacco-control.html

Dick Puddlecote: The success that dare not speak its name dickpuddlecote.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-success-that-dare-not-speak-its-name.html

 

Battery Safety

The risks in hoverboards and other lithium-ion gadgets

www.nytimes.com/2016/03/03/fashion/the-risks-in-hoverboards-and-other-lithium-ion-gadgets.html?emc=edit_tnt_20160302&nlid=60534081&tntemail0=y&_r=0

 

THR Research

UK study finds almost 900,000 Brits tried vaping to quit smoking in 2014, and that 16,000 to 22,000 of them quit smoking.

onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.13343/epdf

www.addictionjournal.org/press-releases/e-cigarettes-are-estimated-to-have-helped-16000-22000-smokers-in-england-to-qu

www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-02/w-eae022916.php

www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/health/news/article4702730.ece

guernseypress.com/news/uk-news/2016/03/01/891000-used-e-cigarettes-to-try-and-quit-smoking-in-2014-study-suggests/

www.itv.com/news/2016-03-01/hundreds-of-thousands-of-smokers-turn-to-e-cigarettes-to-help-them-quit-study-finds/

home.bt.com/news/uk-news/891000-used-e-cigarettes-to-try-and-quit-smoking-in-2014-study-suggests-11364043549035

Study by Enthalpy Analytical and PSU researchers finds vastly different amounts of aerosols and aldehydes produced by different vapor products set at different power levels
www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0273230015301549

Vaping emits less formaldehyde than previously alleged motherboard.vice.com/read/vaping-emits-less-formaldehyde-than-previously-thought-health-smoking-ecigarettes-vape-news

BAT study finds formaldehyde exposure from 3 e-cigarettes well below WHO indoor air quality standard
www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/raba-fef022916.php

Studies show potential lower carcinogens in e-cig products www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/studies-show-potential-lower-carcinogens-in-e-cig-products/article_28265b33-5b9a-5b99-b09a-f15bf30c8e16.html

Medical Daily s Ed Cara misrepresents scientific evidence on formaldehyde and vaping to confuse and scare, and to smear BAT
www.medicaldaily.com/formaldehyde-e-cigarettes-tobacco-company-376229

BAT issues Science & Technology Report 2015 (on THR science) www.bat-science.com/groupms/sites/BAT_9GVJXS.nsf/vwPagesWebLive/DOA6UK78?opendocument

www.bat-science.com/owbutils/resource.nsf/vwlive/Video-BATSCIENCEREPORT2015/$file/batsciencereport2015.pdf?openelement

Swedish studies by Anna Hedstrom find cigarette smoking increases risk for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) by 50% (with dose response relationship), exposure to secondhand smoke increases risks for MS, but using smokeless tobacco for >15 years decreases risk for Multiple Sclerosis.

tobaksfakta.se/nyheter/ny-avhandling-rokning-och-passiv-rokning-okar-kraftigt-risken-for-ms/

openarchive.ki.se/xmlui/handle/10616/45007

www.neurology.org/content/73/9/696

msj.sagepub.com/content/19/8/1009

msj.sagepub.com/content/17/7/788

link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10654-013-9853-4

brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/134/3/653

Someone is tracking how much you  vape  on twitter www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/02/24/someone-is-tracking-how-much-you-vape-on-twitter/

Phillips and Burstyn departure from CASAA
antithrlies.com/2016/03/03/phillips-and-burstyn-departure-from-casaa/


THR Censorship, Conflicts of Interest & Hypocrisy

Dick Puddlecote: McKee and more on that 95% conspiracy theory dickpuddlecote.blogspot.com/2016/02/mckee-and-more-on-that-95-conspiracy.html

Addiction publishes false accusation by Jim McCambridge (who falsely claims to have no conflicts of interest) that tobacco companies have been engaging in scientific misconduct on vapor products to smear everyone affiliated with tobacco industry research as having  conflicts of interest  to advocate more censorship of research.
onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.13308/full

Neil McKeganey and Christopher Russell respond to Jim McCambridge s McCarthyist tactics to smear and censor vapor researchers nicotinepolicy.net/neil-mckeganey/5684-tobacco-industry-funded-e-cigarette-research-and-the-rise-of-academic-mccarthyism

Carl Phillips: A give and take on censoring e-cig research that gets almost everything wrong
antithrlies.com/2016/02/28/a-give-and-take-on-censoring-ecig-research-that-gets-almost-everything-wrong/

Carl Phillips   Newsflash: Tobacco companies are incredibly timid antithrlies.com/2016/03/02/newsflash-tobacco-companies-are-incredibly-timid/

Mike Siegel   The problem with undisclosed conflicts of interest in tobacco control: How it works and why we are so hypocritical tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-problem-of-undisclosed-conflicts-of.html

 

Junk science, propaganda and lies

Broadcaster issues retraction after falsely linking e-cigarette study with Big Tobacco (but retraction occurred 3 months after CBC was notified of its false claim)
dailycaller.com/2016/03/02/broadcaster-issues-retraction-after-falsely-linking-e-cigarette-study-with-big-tobacco/

www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/vaping-sudbury-growing-business-1.33137

Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health press release protects cigarettes by calling for a total ban on all vapor products by absurdly claiming e-cigs emit 1,000,000 times more PAHs than are in Hong Kong air.
smokefree.hk/en/content/web.do?page=news20160229

www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/1918571/million-times-more-harmful-outdoor-air-hong-kong

www.aol.com/article/2016/02/29/e-cigarettes-1-million-times-more-harmful-than-polluted-air-stu/21320381/?icid=maing-grid7%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl3%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D-875808659

www.thestandard.com.hk/section-news.php?id=166699

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3470372/Could-e-cigarettes-leave-INFERTILE-Devices-contain-flame-retardants-cancer-causing-toxins-disrupt-fertility.html

Konstantinos Farsalinos: Hong Kong biology professor cannot understand the difference between mLs of e-liquid and mLs of breathing air www.ecigarette-research.org/research/index.php/whats-new/whatsnew-2015/238-h-k

California TRDRP funded activist researchers at UC Riverside absurdly claim 3rd hand smoke may cause diabetes in humans (based upon inapplicable study on mice), fearmongering press release generates fearmongering news stories

ucrtoday.ucr.edu/35360

www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/uoc–tsl022916.php

journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0149510

www.medicaldaily.com/thirdhand-smoking-diabetes-376211

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3473450/Why-buying-home-smoker-raises-diabetes-risk-hand-smoke-linger-furniture-carpets-decades.html

www.voanews.com/content/third-hand-cigarette-smoke-residues-diabetes/3220414.html

Montana Health Dept. protects cigarettes by lying about lifesaving vapor products
www.abcfoxmontana.com/story/31371040/growing-concerns-about-the-use-of-electronic-cigarettes

Eric Bowman demonizes nicotine (and all other drugs) in tabloid article citing expert report rating nicotine as less addictive and harmful than many other drugs
www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3474571/The-five-addictive-substances-Earth-brain.html

Pharmacy Times article recycles false fearmongering claim about vaping risks www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/cough-cold/e-cigarettes-inhibit-cough-reflex-sensitivity

 

Bill Godshall
Executive Director
Smokefree Pennsylvania

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