Thursday, February 7, 2013

Bill Godshall's Tobacco Harm Reduction Update



Opinions expressed in Bill Godshall's Tobacco Harm Update do not necessarily reflect the views of CASAA.

E-Cigarettes

Petition to White House to "Prevent the FDA from regulating or banning the sale and use of electronic cigarettes, accessories and associated liquids" has 18,566 signatures in first two weeks, needs 6,434 more signatures in next two weeks for White House to respond.
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/prevent-fda-regulating-or-banning-sale-and-use-electronic-cigarettes-accessories-and-associated/RQLBYRsd

Mike Siegel: Problem is Not that Electronic Cigarette Companies are Making False Claims; Problem is that Anti-Smoking and Health Groups Are
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/01/problem-is-not-that-electronic.html

Bill Godshall's presentation for SFATA's 2013 E-Cig Summit (that wasn't presented)
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/legislation-news/375585-bill-godshalls-presentation-sfatas-e-cig-summit-2013-wasnt-presented.html#post8490689

Mike Siegel: New Study on Electronic Cigarette Use Among Youth Fails to Find a Single Nonsmoking Youth Who Has Even Tried an Electronic Cigarette
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.ca/2013/01/new-study-on-electronic-cigarette-use.html

E-cigarettes not just a fad for Johnson Creek Enterprises
http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/print-edition/2012/12/28/e-cigarettes-not-just-a-fad-for.html?page=all

Mike Siegel: Usefulness in Smoking Cessation or Reduction is Not Necessarily a Therapeutic Claim; Electronic Cigarette Companies Should Be Allowed to Tell the Truth
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/01/usefulness-in-smoking-cessation-or.html

NSRA's Melodie Tilson admits e-cigarettes are less hazardous alternatives for smokers, then protects cigarette markets by demonizing e-cigarettes, defending Health Canada's sales ban, complaining that smokers can still buy them, calling for a usage ban in public places and for banning most marketing of no-nicotine e-cigarettes. Health Canada declines invitation to NSRA's e-cigarette prohibition and propaganda rally in Toronto today.
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2013/01/29/the-rise-of-e-cigarettes-helping-to-quit-or-encouraging-to-smoke/

Paul Bergen: Two ways in which vaping will clear more than just the air
http://smokles.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/two-ways-in-which-vaping-will-clear-more-than-just-the-air/
Unregulated, Addictive, And Enticing: E-Cigarettes Suck In Smokers But Risks Remain
(great article, except for intolerant and false claims by nicotine prohibitionists)
http://gothamist.com/2013/01/22/e-cigs_e-cigarettes_njoy_vaping_vap.php
Tom Novotny "I really think that we shouldn't support any new nicotine delivery product"
Constantine Vardavas "Nicotine is a toxic substance that is seriously harmful to one's heath"

2010/2011 survey data of 20-28 year old Midwestern adults found 70% were aware of e-cigarettes, 7% had ever used an e-cigarette, 1.2% had used in past 30 days. Among those aware of e-cigarettes, 45% agreed that e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking, 53% agreed that e-cigarettes are less hazardous than cigarettes. But authors unsubstantiated and unwarranted conclusion states: "Health communication interventions to provide correct information about e-cigarettes and regulation of e-cigarette marketing may be effective in reducing young adults’ experimentation with e-cigarettes."
http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2012.300947

Do electronic cigarettes really work? (consumers say so, but not the prohibitionists)
http://www.salon.com/2013/01/17/do_electronic_cigarettes_really_work/

Paul Bergen: Canadian Lung Association says reducing health risks not as important as quitting nicotine
http://smokles.wordpress.com:80/2013/01/23/canadian-lung-association-says-reducing-health-risks-not-as-important-as-quitting-nicotine/

Laboratory Equipment News repeats Canadian Lung Association's fear mongering comments about e-cigarettes
http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/01/e-cigarettes-are-potentially-harmful

Canadian substance abuse prevention counselor Doug Rogers urges smokers to keep smoking instead of using e-cigarettes, repeats false and misleading fearmongering propaganda.
http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/community/188202891.html

Daily Mail (UK) editor falsely claims e-cigarettes are more harmful than cigarettes, deceived by prohibitionist propaganda
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2268702/E-cigarettes-cause-harm-smoking-experts-say.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Philippine Health Dept and FCTCA urges smokers to keep smoking instead of using e-cigarettes
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/01/21/899285/e-cigarettes-not-advisable-smokers-doh

Pravda claims Russian legislation would ban e-cigarettes, but says legal experts disagree
http://english.pravda.ru/news/russia/21-01-2013/123530-electronic_cigarettes-0/

Smokeless Tobacco
Amendment proposed in Russian Parliament would ban snus and other smokeless tobacco, Ministry of Health's Alexei Nadezhdin falsely claims smokeless tobacco product is more hazardous than cigarettes.
http://rapsinews.com/legislation_news/20130125/266182476.html

Russian Duma approves ban on smokeless tobacco product (nasvai), which if given final approval, would prompt many users to switch to far more hazardous cigarettes, LDPR Deputy Dmitry Nosov falsely claims that 95 percent of users of nasvai in Russia are children and teenagers.
http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-smoking-legislation-central-asians-nasvai-tobacco/24883936.html

MA State Rep. Jonathan Hecht accuses smokeless tobacco companies of target marketing to youth, but provides no evidence of any violation of laws or legal settlements that strictly prohibit marketing to youth. Anti tobacco extremists want MA to spend more public dollars on abstinence only propaganda and ineffective smoking cessation drugs.
http://necir-bu.org/investigations/up-in-smoke-anti-smoking-dollars-diverted-in-massachusetts/

Tobacco Harm Reduction

Brad Rodu: A Call To Action
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-call-to-action_29.html

CDC's Tim McAfee delineates high risks of smoking, but refuses to inform smokers that e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products are far less hazardous alternatives to cigarettes and pose no harm to others.
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/23/putting-a-number-to-smokings-toll/

BAT announces former White House physician Dr Richard Tubb appointed Non-Executive Director of BAT
http://www.bat.com/group/sites/UK__3MNFEN.nsf/vwPagesWebLive/DO94EC2W?opendocument&SKN=1

FDA
FDA to invite public comments about its false and misleading warning labels on smokeless tobacco products
http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/healthcare/279713-drag-seen-on-smokeless-tobacco-regulations

Federal appeals court denies FDA's request for rehearing in graphic cigarette label case
http://legalnewsline.com/tobacco/239032-federal-appeals-court-denies-fdas-request-for-rehearing-in-graphic-tobacco-label-case

Judge Kessler schedules hearing on corrective cigarette warnings for February 7, 2013
http://www.tobacco-on-trial.com/2013/01/29/5999-order-35-remand/

Tobacco companies appeal Judge Kesslers' order for text of corrective cigarette warnings
http://www.tobacco-on-trial.com/wp-content/uploaded/2013/01/2013-01-25-doj-6000-def-appeal.pdf
http://www.tobacco-on-trial.com/2013/01/29/6000-defendants-notice-of-appeal-to-dc-circuit-court-12513/

Legislative update on cigarette graphic warning labels
http://www.csdecisions.com/2013/01/25/legislative-update-on-cigarette-graphic-warning-labels/

FDA to hold Third Party Governance of Industry-Sponsored Tobacco Product Research - A Public Workshop on March 19-20
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/NewsEvents/ucm336166.htm?source=govdelivery

FDA Warns Online Cigarette Retailers for Marketing Violations
http://giannamore-law.com:80/?p=414

Cigarettes

Alrtia to appeal court order on cigarette warnings for past wrongdoing
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-25/altria-to-appeal-court-order-on-cigarette-ads-packaging.html

82.4 million legal cigarettes consumed in Germany in 2012, 6% fewer than in 2011, and 41% fewer than in 2000.
http://www.thelocal.de/national/20130122-47473.html#.UP7LAY5SXAR

Cigarette consumption in South Korea declines in 2012
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/business/2013/01/21/77/0501000000AEN20130121002900320F.HTML

EU

Alberto Alemanno: EU Tobacco Control 2.0
The Limits of EU policymaking have been tested by the draft tobacco directive. Bold legislation may nonetheless emerge.
http://www.europeanvoice.com/article/imported/eu-tobacco-control-2-0/76123.aspx

Robert West: Two steps forward, one step back
http://www.thetimes.co.uk:80/tto/business/industries/health/article3668906.ece

Tobacconists protest proposed EU cigarette restrictions
http://www.euronews.com/2013/01/22/tobacconists-fume-at-eu-cigarette-restrictions/
http://www.france24.com/en/20130122-europes-tobacconists-march-against-eu-smoking-crackdown

European coalition advocates graphic cigarette pack warnings (the only provision in the proposed EU Tobacco Products Directive that has proven effective in reducing cigarette consumption), but fail to criticize proposed e-cigarette and snus bans that prevent smokers from quitting and reducing cigarette consumption.
http://www.epha.org/a/5538

EU Tobacco Products Directive proponents to host seminar on February 19 called "The Battle against Big Tobacco" even though proposed TPD's ban on e-cigarettes and snus protects cigarettes markets and threaten public health.
http://www.epha.org/a/5535

Taxation

MA Governor Deval Patrick proposes increasing cigarette tax by $1/pack (from $2.51 to $3.51) and increasing OTP tax by similar amount.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/24/us-massachusetts-budget-idUSBRE90N02220130124
http://www.newburyportnews.com/opinion/x1746083222/State-caught-in-tobacco-tax-shell-game

MN Governor Mark Dayton proposes increasing cigarette tax by $.94/pack (from $1.58 to $2.52), and OTP tax (presumably including e-cigarettes).
http://brainerddispatch.com/news/2013-01-22/dayton-wants-94-cent-pack-cigarette-tax-hike
http://www.twincities.com/health/ci_22429022/health-groups-praise-budget

Legislation introduced in North Dakota (HB 1387) would increase cigarette tax by $.56/pack (from $.44 to $1)
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/06e7e9dbdacc45468c667c3f4eedae56/ND--Legislature-Cigarette-Taxes
http://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/63-2013/documents/13-0726-02000.pdf

California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and others submit proposal to CA AG for 2014 ballot initiative to raise cigarette tax by $1/pack (with similar increase in OTP tax, but not e-cigarettes) to fund higher education
http://www.news10.net/news/local/article/226176/2/Tobacco-tax-hike-eyed-for-2014-state-ballot
http://ag.ca.gov/cms_attachments/initiatives/pdfs/i1066_12-0018_(tax_to_fund_higher_education).pdf?
http://www.nacsonline.com/NACS/News/Daily/Pages/ND0123134.aspx

Mark Gimein: Smuggling Facts Into the Tax Wars
http://go.bloomberg.com/market-now/2013/01/15/smuggling-facts-into-the-tax-wars/

Danny McGoldrick: Mackinac Center stats on cigarette smuggling are seriously flawed, biased
http://www.mlive.com/opinion/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2013/01/new_cigarette_tax_mcgoldrick.html

Healthcare Insurance Discrimination
Obamacare could keep tobacco users out of health overhaul, could increase insurance premiums by up to 50% for any tobacco user even though daily smokers incur about 20% higher healthcare expenditures than non tobacco users, while the other 35 million tobacco users in America incur similar healthcare expenditures as non tobacco users.
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/penalty-could-keep-smokers-out-health-overhaul

Do penalties for smokers and the obese make sense?
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/01/26/do-penalties-for-smokers-and-the-obese-make-sense?page=2
(Polemic article debates penalization versus subsidization, but ignores only fair solution of healthcare insurance premiums based on actual behavioral risks instead of lobbying and propaganda.)

CA Assemblyman Richard Pan to introduce bill to limit healthcare insurers' premium increases for tobacco users
http://medicalxpress.com:80/news/2013-01-penalty-smokers-health-overhaul.html

Employment Discrimination

Supporter of hospital hiring bans for tobacco users fails to cite any evidence that policies improve employee or public health, confuses cigarette smoking with tobacco/nicotine use.
http://www.clinicaladvisor.com/discriminating-against-smokers-perfectly-legal-in-healthcare-hiring/article/277069/#

Nicotine Deception

Legacy survey (claiming nearly half of Americans support government mandated nicotine reductions in cigarettes) deceived participants to believe reducing nicotine in cigarettes helps smokers quit (by asking them if they agreed with the statement: "The government should reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to help smokers quit."
http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2012.300890
http://www.legacyforhealth.org/5255.aspx
http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2013/01/27/Many-favor-cutting-nicotine-in-cigarettes/UPI-29421359339568/?spt=hs&or=hn
In fact, many/most smokers increase consumption (and inhale more often and intensely) to compensate after switching to lower nicotine cigarettes, increasing their morbidity/mortality risks and exposing nonsmokers to more secondhand smoke. Falsely claiming that banning e-cigarettes and mandating nicotine reductions in cigarettes improve public health conflicts with and contradicts Legacy's Foundation Functions in the MSA, including: "educate consumers about the cause and prevention of diseases associated with the use of Tobacco Products"

Flavorings

Are cigars with "characterizing flavors" next on the public health crusades hit list? (FDA and NJ)
http://www.tobaccolawblog.com/2012/10/are-cigars-with-characterizing-flavors-next-on-the-public-health-crusades-hit-list/

Tobacco companies appeal unsuccessful challenges to local ordinances (Providence, RI)
http://www.tobaccolawblog.com/2013/01/tobacco-companies-appeal-unsuccessful-challenge-to-local-ordinances/

Wakulla County (FL) Board of Commissioners approve emergency ordinance to rescind unwarranted, but previously enacted, flavored tobacco sales ban.
http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/wtxl.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/97/b9775dbe-64ce-11e2-8b43-001a4bcf6878/50fef0ca7fbb3.pdf.pdf
http://www.wtxl.com/news/local/update-wakulla-county-votes-to-repeal-flavored-tobacco-ban/article_2f26ed22-64fc-11e2-bfe6-001a4bcf6878.html
http://www.wtxl.com/news/wakulla-business-owners-concerned-about-flavored-tobacco-ban/article_8bf25d8a-64f6-11e2-8793-001a4bcf6878.html

Safer Cigarettes?

Philip Morris study exposes how nonsensical 2008 WHO TobReg proposal for "safer" cigarettes (via mandated limits on smoke constituent yields) is facilitating another "light" and "low tar" cigarette fiasco.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278691513000549

Indoor Smoking Bans
Russian Duma votes to ban smoking in workplaces
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/russia-moves-toward-strict-smoking-limits/2013/01/25/4d66e276-6720-11e2-9e1b-07db1d2ccd5b_story.html
http://www.trust.org/alertnet/multimedia/pictures/detail.dot?mediaInode=05669840-f839-44fc-8e03-8e3e893e597d
http://en.ria.ru/russia/20130125/179025008.html
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-25/russian-parliament-backs-anti-smoking-bill-in-key-ruling.html

Tobacco marketing restrictions dropped from Russian legislation to ban workplace smoking
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-01-25/russian-parliament-backs-anti-smoking-bill-in-key-ruling

Mike Siegel: New Study Reports Decline in Heart Attacks After Smoking Ban, But There Was No Decline in Heart Attacks After Smoking Ban
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/01/new-study-reports-decline-in-heart.html

Forney (TX) City Council approves smokefree workplace law, also bans outdoor smoking at stadia, playgrounds and parks.
http://inforney.com/home/politics/item/913-breaking-news-forney-city-council-approves-restaurant-smoking-ban

Coroba (Argentina) bans smoking while driving a car
http://www.worldcrunch.com/culture-society/in-argentina-busted-by-the-highway-patrol-for-driving-and...-smoking/cordoba-law-accident-pablo-farias/c3s10708/

St. Joseph (MO) City Council considers proposed smokefree workplace ordinance
http://stjoechannel.com/fulltext?nxd_id=323042

Opponents urge Casper (WY) City Council to revisit workplace smoking ban
http://k2radio.com/city-council-says-it-will-revisit-caspers-indoor-smoking-ban/

Outdoor Smoking Bans

Bangor (ME) City Council rejects proposed ordinance to ban smoking in parks
http://www.wabi.tv/news/37186/bangor-city-council-rejects-smoking-ban-in-parks

Bills introduced in Florida (HB 141, HB 439 & SB 258) would allow local governments to ban outdoor smoking on local government property
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20130122/ARTICLE/130129867/-1/sports?Title=Bills-would-bring-back-ban-on-beach-smoking
http://wlrn.org/post/hagers-bill-could-ban-smoking-beach
http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=49356&
http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=49353&
http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=49583&

Melbourne (Australia) City Councillor Richard Foster proposes banning smoking at all public outdoor locationshttp://www.bordermail.com.au/story/1266911/butt-out-wherever-you-are-push-for-worlds-toughest-smoking-ban/?cs=12

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) strongly opposes banning smoking campuswide at Northeastern Universityhttp://huntnewsnu.com/2013/01/letter-ssdp-opposes-smoke-free-nu-2/

Prohibitionist Karen Blumenfeld continues lobbying for intolerant, unwarranted and unenforceable outdoor smoking (and e-cigarette use) bans in New Jersey to purportedly protect children.
http://www.northjersey.com/news/188464861_Secaucus_considers_extension_of_smoking_ban_to_all_parks__play_areas.html

Winston-Salem (NC) Recreation and Parks Director urges City Council to ban smoking at parks http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_6ea655e8-69b4-11e2-a402-0019bb30f31a.html

University of Texas to ban smoking on campus, but has no plans to enforce policy. http://dailytexanonline.com/news/2013/01/25/no-more-smokers-on-campus-starting-in-march

University of Colorado at Boulder plans to implement, but not enforce, smoking ban on campus http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_22465606/cu-boulder-plans-implement-campus-wide-smoking-ban

City Council Montgomery County (MD) Council considers proposal to ban smoking outside of libraries, in parking garages and outdoor recreation areas, on county golf courses and in areas like Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring.
http://washingtonexaminer.com/montco-residents-unhappy-with-proposed-smoking-ban/article/2519426
http://www.gazette.net/article/20130122/NEWS/130129766/1070/two-support-one-opposes-montgomery-x2019-s-new-smoking-restrictions&template=gazette

Smoking Cessation Drugs

Pfizer CEO Avoids Testifying with Another Chantix Settlement
http://www.topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/prescription/3438-pfizer-ceo-avoids-testifying-with-another-chantix-settlement

NHS nurses give skin patches to children as young as twelve without informing parents (UK)http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9823681/Children-as-young-as-12-given-nicotine-patches-on-the-NHS.html


Study finds Zyban (bupropion) ineffective for smoking cessation among recent heart attack sufferershttp://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/MyocardialInfarction/37051?
http://content.onlinejacc.org/article.aspx?articleid=1559966

ACSH: No Surprise -- Drug doesn't help smokers quit after heart attack
http://www.acsh.org/no-surprise-drug-doesnt-help-smokers-quit-after-heart-attack/

Transparency Hypocrisy

Drug industry funded prohibitionist groups criticize NY Gov. Cuomo's budget proposal for lacking transparency, but groups don't disclose their own conflicts of interest
http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Anti-smoking-groups-assail-budget-4227743.php

Plain Packaging

Australian government website provides documents on plain packaging arbitration
http://www.ag.gov.au/Internationalrelations/InternationalLaw/Pages/Tobaccoplainpackaging.aspx

Hookah/Shisha

45 Shisha smokers arrested in Rawalpindi (Pakistan)
http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/islamabad/29-Jan-2013/45-shisha-smokers-arrested-in-rawalpindi

Turkey bans hookah use in restaurants, cafes and bars; news reporter repeats false WHO propaganda claiming hookah is more hazardous than cigarettes
http://www.france24.com/en/20130127-after-tobacco-turkey-bans-hookah-public-places

Farming

Tobacco farmers urge Indonesian government to revise regulations they claim threatens their livelihoods and benefits foreign competitors
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/01/23/govt-urged-revise-tobacco-regulation.html

Contraband

Six million counterfeit cigarettes from China seized in Brooklyn (NY)
http://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2013/5/all_counterfeitcigarettes_2013_02_01_bk.html

VA legislators claim concern about interstate cigarette smuggling created by VA legislature (by keeping VA's cigarette tax at $.30/pack), but propose harsher penalties for smugglers instead of reducing huge cigarette price disparity.
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/va-lawmakers-aim-cigarette-trafficking-18316222

Prohibition

Oregon State Rep. Greenlick reintroduces tobacco prohibition bill, would eliminate all tobacco tax revenue, create huge black market, increase crime and corruption.
http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2013/01/smoke_a_cigarette_go_to_jail_t.php
http://tdn.com/news/opinion/oregon-should-scrap-latest-anti-tobacco-proposal/article_f4a8122c-69a4-11e2-b22e-001a4bcf887a.html

Contact

Bill Godshall
Executive Director
Smokefree Pennsylvania
1926 Monongahela Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
412-351-5880
billgodshall@verizon.net


Bill Godshall founded SmokeFree Pennsylvania in 1990 and serves as its executive director. SmokeFree Pennsylvania has advocated policies for smoke-free air, reducing tobacco marketing to youth, expanding nicotine addiction treatment services and educating smokers about less hazardous alternatives to cigarettes such as electronic cigarettes and modern, smoke-free tobacco products. He emails subscribers this informative and timely newletter, "Tobacco Harm Reduction Update," every week. To subscribe, please contact him via email.

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