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Tobacco Harm Reduction Update

17, Sep, 2015

FDA

Jan Verleur: How the FDA is protecting Big Tobacco
http://dailycaller.com/2015/09/08/how-the-fda-is-helping-big-tobacco/

White House nominates Robert Califf (who supports FDA’s proposed e-cig ban and is currently FDA Deputy Commissioner for medical products and tobacco) to become next FDA Commissioner, requires Senate confirmation
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/15/us-fda-commissioner-califf-idUSKCN0RF2JX20150915
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/16/health/cardiologist-nominated-to-be-head-of-fda.html

FDA bans (i.e. issues NSE orders for) four Reynolds’ cigarette brands: Camel Crush Bold, Pall Mall Deep Set Filter, Pall Mall Deep Set Filter Menthol, and Vantage Tech 13 (that combined have <.4% of cigarette market share) for not meeting FDA’s SE demands (i.e. proving to FDA that products are SE to a product on the market February 15, 2007).
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm462407.htm
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/MarketingandAdvertising/UCM462402.pdf
http://news.yahoo.com/fda-orders-reynolds-stop-sales-four-cigarette-brands-141256185--finance.html
http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/fda-slams-reynolds-on-four-tobacco-products/article_78324efc-bd04-580f-a57a-03318c4a5ebc.html
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/FDA-halts-sales-of-4-R-J-Reynolds-cigarette-6505660.php
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/16/health/fda-orders-rj-reynolds-to-stop-selling-4-cigarette-products.html?_r=0

RJ Reynolds tobacco company disagrees with FDA ruling on four of its cigarette brands
http://www.reynoldsamerican.com/files/doc_news/2015/2015-06-RJRT-disagrees-with-FDA-ruling-on-4-cig-brands.pdf

Mike Siegel: FDA says some cigarettes are safer than others, but not electronic cigarettes
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/09/fda-says-some-cigarettes-are-safer-than.html
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/09/campaign-for-tobacco-free-kids-touts.html

Lane Filler: Why does the FDA think you can smoke cigarettes safely?
http://www.newsday.com/opinion/columnists/lane-filler/smoking-isn-t-healthy-so-why-is-the-fda-banning-camel-crush-bold-and-other-new-cigarette-brands-1.10851969

Sacramento Bee editorial hypes FDA’s banning of 4 cigarette brands as a “significant advance”, praises Democrats, trashes tobacco companies and Republicans
http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article35354382.html

FDA reports, during August, that the agency issued 2 Not Substantially Equivalent (NSE) orders, issued 4 Refuse-to-Accept letters for SE, and that companies withdrew 26 SE reports from the review process
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/MarketingandAdvertising/ucm339928.htm

FDA issues 2nd Guidance and Responses to Frequently Asked Questions on Substantial Equivalence for New Tobacco Products
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/09/08/2015-22494/demonstrating-the-substantial-equivalence-of-a-new-tobacco-product-responses-to-frequently-asked
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/RulesRegulationsGuidance/ucm436462.htm

FDA issues Enforcement Policy for Certain (Provisional) Tobacco Products that the FDA Finds Not Substantially Equivalent; Guidance for Industry and Tobacco Retailers
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/09/14/2015-23001/enforcement-policy-for-certain-provisional-tobacco-products-that-the-food-and-drug-administration
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/RulesRegulationsGuidance/ucm386625.htm

US Government cigarettes

22nd Century Group receives purchase order for 4.95 million SPECTRUM “US government research cigarettes”, bring total purchases to 22 million cigarettes
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150909006273/en/22nd-Century-Group-Receives-Order-5-Million#.VfDs5GTBzGd

US National Park Service Bans Vaping

Obama’s National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis bans vaping at national parks (everywhere smoking is banned); falsely claims e-cigs harm nonusers, grossly misrepresents scientific evidence on vapor products.
http://www.nps.gov/policy/PolMemos/PM_15-03.htm
http://watchdog.org/238250/e-cigs-banned-by-national-park-service/
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/09/14/national-park-service-bans-e-cigarette-use-where-smoking-prohibited
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/sep/14/national-park-service-bans-electronic-smoking-devi/

R Street’s Joel Nitzkin sends letter to National Park Services denouncing vaping ban
http://www.rstreet.org/outreach/letter-to-national-park-service-on-e-cigarette-policy/

US GAO opines on e-cigs

GAO junk study confirms cigarette consumption (and federal cigarette tax revenue) declined significantly from 2009 to 2014, but absurdly opines (based on no evidence) that skyrocketing e-cigarette consumption did NOT contribute to cigarette decline, absurdly opines (based on no evidence) that the 2009 TCA (coauthored and lobbied for by Philip Morris) reduced cigarette consumption, touts irrelevant survey data on youth use (which accounts for <1% of cigarette and e-cig consumption), grossly misrepresents Obama’s DHHS War on Vaping and FDA’s proposed e-cig ban
http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/672467.pdf
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-771

US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) repeats false claims in GAO junk study on e-cigs
http://www.finance.senate.gov/newsroom/ranking/release/?id=e2195748-e20b-49a3-a7ae-d6c57d03efa9

Public Health Surveillance

Brad Rodu: Breaking News from the CDC: Smoking Plummets in First Quarter 2015
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2015/09/breaking-news-from-cdc-smoking-plummets.html

Public Health Hypocrisy

Sally Satel and Brad Rodu: Why public health advocates care more about heroin addicts than smokers
http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml

Gil Ross: Why are drug users getting better treatment than smokers?
http://acsh.org/2015/09/why-are-drug-users-getting-better-treatment-than-smokers/

Neil McKeganey – Tobacco Control Research: A Tale of Two Delphi Groups
http://nicotinepolicy.net/neil-mckeganey/4834-tobacco-control-research-a-tale-of-two-delphi-groups

Mike Siegel: Why are anti-smoking groups and agencies lying to the public about e-cigs: a political history lesson
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/09/why-are-anti-smoking-groups-and.html

Former THR opponents endorse vaping

Stephen Sugarman: To help smokers quit, make them vapers (advocates ACA coverage of vapor products for smokers, $2/pack cigarette tax hike, reduced nicotine in cigarettes)
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0910-sugarman-encourage-vaping-20150910-story.html

UCSF Smoking Cessation Leadership Center Director Stephen Schroeder acknowledges public health benefits of vaping “Is smoking yesterday’s news?”
http://smokingcessationleadership.ucsf.edu/directors-corner/is-smoking-yesterdays-news

International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer advocates higher cigarette taxes, low risk smokefree alternatives to cigarettes, implementation of WHO FCTC (Note that Mike Cummings supported FDA’s unlawful e-cig ban in 2009)
https://www.iaslc.org/sites/default/files/wysiwyg-assets/News/iaslc_2015_tobacco_statement_long.pdf
http://www.keyc.com/story/29975434/iaslc-issues-new-statement-on-tobacco-control-and-smoking-cessation

Cigarette litigation

Florida jury blames Reynolds for lung cancer death, $34.7 million verdict
http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2015/09/14/million-big-tobacco-verdict/72256260/

Florida jury blames Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds for cancer death, $12 million verdict
http://blog.cvn.com/12m-verdict-strikes-tobacco-companies-in-suit-over-42-year-old-smokers-cancer-death

Florida jury blames Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds for cancer, $4.5 million verdict
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/schlesinger-client-wins-45-million-verdict-in-tobacco-lawsuit-2015-09-11-101735029

CA Prop 65 e-cig litigation

California lawsuit alleges cancer risk in Vuse electronic cigarette
http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/california-lawsuit-alleges-cancer-risk-in-vuse-electronic-cigarette/article_00068d9c-72b2-5331-87f7-68b521736f53.html

Konstantinos Farsalinos: Center for Environmental Health pretends to have made a breakthrough discovery about e-cigarettes
http://www.ecigarette-research.org/research/index.php/whats-new/whatsnew-2015/225-ceh

Carl Phillips: Attacking e-cigs to encourage continued smoking: predatory lawsuit and goofy California law edition
http://antithrlies.com/2015/09/04/attacking-ecigs-to-encourage-continued-smoking-predatory-lawsuit-and-goofy-california-law-edition/

Taxation

CASAA Call to Action urges Chicago vapers to oppose proposed $.25/ml tax on e-liquid (i.e. $7.50 tax on a 30ml bottle of e-liquid) and tax $1.25 for each e-cig cartridge.
http://blog.casaa.org/2015/09/chicago-il-local-alert-oppose-extra.html
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-chicago-electronic-cigarette-tax-met-20150910-story.html

Americans for Tax Reform: Smoke clears on real reason for Chicago e-cig tax
http://www.atr.org/smoke-clears-real-reason-chicago-e-cig-tax

Alabama House and Senate Committee approve $.25/pack cigarette tax hike (to $.675),
http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20150912/NEWS/150919921/1007?Title=Alabama-Senate-OKs-cigarette-tax-other-revenue-bills-ahead-of-fiscal-year

Massachusetts AG imposes e-cig regulations

MA Attorney General Healy publishes new regulations to ban sale of e-cigs to minors under 18, require age verification for Internet e-cig sales, prohibit adults from sampling e-cigs at shops, prohibit e-cig promotions to adults, require all e-cigs to be behind retail counters, and require child resistant packaging. Regulation to take effect September 25.
http://www.mass.gov/ago/news-and-updates/press-releases/2015/2015-09-14-final-e-cigarette-regulations.html
http://www.mass.gov/ago/docs/regulations/summary-of-amended-regs.pdf
http://www.mass.gov/ago/docs/regulations/summary-of-amended-regs.pdf
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/09/14/mass-ban-sales-cigarettes-minors/Mz3seHfPvCutFm0KQbCsqK/story.html

California Special Session

CASAA: California Special Session – Take Action Flyer
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8-NPd9eNTL6UlFJbVlHR2tNRGM/view?pli=1

California lawmakers fail to act on several anti tobacco bills, as regular session ends while special sessions continue
http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-california-lawmakers-fail-to-act-on-several-anti-tobacco-bills-20150912-story.html
http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article35020935.html
http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Legislature-wraps-up-leaving-Brown-with-6500866.php

Sacramento Bee editorial cites fraudulent e-cig gateway junk study to push vaping ban
http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article35496345.html

CA legislature sends bill to ban sales of non nicotine vapor products to minors (AB 216) to governor
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=ab_216&sess=1516&house=A

CA Assembly Finance Cmte passes bill (AB2X 6) to ban vaping in all workplaces
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=abx2_6&sess=1516&house=A

Two CA Senate Cmtes approve bill (SBX2 14) to hike cigarette tax to $2.87/pack and tax e-cigs at equivalent rate, but bill needs 2/3rds majority vote for passage.
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=sbx2_14&sess=1516&house=S

Ethics

Hawaii County Board of Ethics investigates Council Chairman Dru Kanahu for accepting gifts from anti e-cig lobbyists while sponsoring vaping ban bill
http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/kanuha-accepts-tobacco-coalition-gifts-while-sponsoring-bill
http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/hana-hou-kanuha-ethics-board

Vaping THC

ACSH: Vaping marijuana – Innovation or Reefer Madness?
http://acsh.org/2015/09/vaping-marijuana-innovative-or-reefer-madness/

Vaping Ban

Edmonton Council exempts vape shops from vaping ban
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-council-votes-to-allow-e-cigarette-use-in-vap-shops-1.3221778

Smokeless Tobacco Usage Bans

Boston mayor signs law banning adults from using smokeless tobacco at baseball stadia
http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_politics/2015/09/boston_mayor_signs_ban_on_chewing_tobacco_at_sporting_venues

LA City Council instruct city attorney to draft bill banning adults from using smokeless tobacco at baseball stadia
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/dodgers-681840-mattingly-latos.html

Europe

Christopher Snowden: E-cigarettes and Article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive
http://www.epicenternetwork.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/EPICENTER-Briefing-E-cigarettes-and-Article-20-14th-September-2015.pdf

WHO FCTC crusades for abstinence-only “tobacco free” Europe instead of reducing cigarette smoking, meets in Vilnius
http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/282962/65wd10e_Tobacco_150475.pdf?ua=1

French Health Minister misrepresents scientific evidence on e-cigs to French Senate, falsely claims e-cigs encourage nonsmokers to smoke, touts fraudulent studies in JAMA
http://www.senat.fr/cra/s20150916/s20150916_5.html#par_83

Scottish MSP Mike MacKenzie says demonizing e-cigs may encourage kids to use them
http://www.midlothianadvertiser.co.uk/news/scottish-news/msps-warned-against-demonisation-of-e-cigarettes-1-3880861

Irish Health Department won’t ban vaping
http://www.rte.ie/news/2015/0910/727055-ecigs-ban/

Should e-cigarettes be banned in enclosed public spaces?
As Wales prepares to control ‘vaping’ from 2017, we asked the experts
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/sep/12/e-cigarettes-banned-enclosed-spaces

UK life and healthcare insurers gauge vapers by charging them same rates as smokers
http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/e-cigarette-users-punished-just-6415692

Vaping Research

Konstantinos Farsalinos: New study proves there is no second-hand vaping: e-cigarette aerosol contains less volatile compounds than normal exhaled breath
http://www.ecigarette-research.org/research/index.php/whats-new/whatsnew-2015/226-sp
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26243705

Study finds 80% decline in carbon monoxide and acrolein exposure among cigarette smokers who switched to vaping
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/10/us-health-ecigarettes-pollutants-idUSKCN0RA2BE20150910
http://cancerpreventionresearch.aacrjournals.org/content/8/9/873.abstract?sid=b9f5dc4a-f18e-4c85-ba6e-c2e8dbd84f00

Public health experts rebuke repeated false claims about e-cigs and PHE in BMJ editorial

BMJ publishes rant against e-cigs and Public Health England by abstinence-only prohibitionists Capewell and McKee, who again defame Polosa for accepting e-cig company funding (when no other was available) to conduct a study finding e-cigs help smokers quit and reduce cigarette consumption, and who absurdly claim e-cigs don’t benefit public health because many vapers sharply reduce (but don’t quit) smoking.
http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h4863

Joint statement on e-cigarettes by Public Health England and other UK public health organizations (in response to false claims about e-cigs and PHE published by BMJ)
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/e-cigarettes-an-emerging-public-health-consensus
Note this joint statement cosigners included Public Health England, Action on Smoking and Health, Association of Directors of Public Health, British Lung Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Faculty of Public Health, Fresh North East, Public Health Action (PHA),
Royal College of Physicians, Royal Society for Public Health, Tobacco Free Futures,
UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, UK Health Forum.

AVA: UK Public Health Orgs Push Back Against False Vaping Claims
http://vaping.info/news/2015/uk-public-health-orgs-push-back-against-false-vaping-claims

Public Health experts Ann McNeill, John Britton and David Nutt refute false and defamatory accusations by e-cig prohibitionists Simon Capewell and Martin McKee against Public Health England’s comprehensive study and report in BMJ, while irreconcilably conflicted e-cig prohibitionists Stan Glantz (financed by FDA, NCI, CA DPH, Big Pharma and Legacy) and McKee repeat false and defamatory accusations.
http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h4863/rapid-responses

Bauld, West & Aveyard: Expert reaction to article questioning the evidence on the safety and efficacy underpinning PHE’s recommendation of e-cigarettes as an aid to quitting smoking
http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/expert-reaction-to-article-questioning-the-evidence-on-the-safety-and-efficacy-underpinning-phes-recommendation-of-e-cigarettes-as-an-aid-to-quitting-smoking/

David Nutt: Multi Criteria Decision Analysis [MCDA] – making the best of uncertainty for public health (critiques BMJ’s decision to publish the same false and defamatory accusations against PHE’s comprehensive e-cig report two weeks after the Lancet did so)
http://www.drugscience.org.uk/blog/2015/09/16/multi-criteria-decision-analysis/

FDA/NIH/CA DPH financed e-cig prohibitionist Stan Glantz repeats false and defamatory allegations against Public Health England’s report on e-cigs https://tobacco.ucsf.edu/uk-report-claiming-e-cigs-95-safer-cigs-based-one-industry-linked-report-questions-phes-scientific-credibilty

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

2nd DHHS funded junk study in JAMA falsely claims e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes

Press releases by JAMA, UPMC and Dartmouth outrageously and falsely claim that DHHS funded Primack et al junk study found that e-cigs are gateways to smoking http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/tjnj-ptt090315.php
http://www.upmc.com/media/NewsReleases/2015/Pages/primack-sargent-ecig.aspx
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/dc-esa090315.php

JAMA, UPMC and Dartmouth press release lies about DHHS funded and JAMA published junk study by Primack et al dupe lazy and stupid news media to repeat disproved false claim that e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes
http://time.com/4024822/ecigs-gateway-tobacco/
http://www.fredhutch.org/en/news/center-news/2015/09/ecigs-gateway-to-smoking.html
http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/09/08/e-cigarette-smoking-gateway-to-the-real-thing-study-finds/
http://www.nbcnews.com/health/kids-health/another-study-finds-kids-who-vape-smoke-real-tobacco-too-n423646
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/850784

Mike Siegel: Does new JAMA Pediatrics study show that e-cigarettes are a gateway to youth smoking?
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/09/does-new-jama-pediatrics-study-show.html

Brad Rodu: E-cigarettes – Gateway to Fatally Flawed, Federally Funded Research
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2015/09/e-cigarettes-gateway-to-fatally-flawed.html

Mike Seigel – In my view: Reporting of findings on JAMA Pediatrics study is inaccurate
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/09/in-my-view-reporting-of-findings-from.html

Christie Aschwanden – Ignore the Headlines: We Don’t Know If E-Cigs Lead Kids to Real Cigs
http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/ignore-the-headlines-we-dont-know-if-e-cigs-lead-kids-to-real-cigs/

Brad Rodu – Teen E-Cigarette Use & Smoking: Correlation, Not Causation (regarding DHHS funded Leventhal junk gatway study in JAMA)
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2015/09/teen-e-cigarette-use-smoking.html

Formal Complaint filed against fraudulent e-cig formaldehyde study in NEJM

Obama’s FDA and NIH award e-cig formaldehyde research frauds $3.5 million to conduct more junk science and promote more anti e-cig propaganda as a retraction of NEJM paper is demanded
http://blog.oregonlive.com/higher-education/2015/09/portland_state_nets_35_million.html

Clive Bates: Flawed e-cigarette formaldehyde paper should be retracted – formal complaint and supporting letter published
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=3304

Research letter on e-cigarette cancer risk was so misleading it should be retracted
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.13018/full

E-cigarettes need to be tested for safety under realistic conditions
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.13028/full

Complaint under the Code of Conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (original complaint to NEJM)
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.13018/suppinfo
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/store/10.1111/add.13018/asset/supinfo/add13018-sup-0001-Supplementary.pdf?v=1&s=4f57349e6de3ca1fce6b8e533eeb85d7b0350b82

Letter from 40 academics and experts in support of the complaint about the research letter published in the NEJM on Hidden Formaldehyde in E-cigarette aerosol
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/store/10.1111/add.13018/asset/supinfo/add13018-sup-0002-Supplementary.pdf?v=1&s=21634d4b88caf5a232ad38089dee81890e6df5a9

Hidden formaldehyde in e-cigarette aerosol: summarizing the case for retraction
Bates and Farsalinos: E-cigarettes need to be tested for safety under realistic conditions
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.13028/full

Researchers call for retraction of NEJM paper showing dangers of e-cigarettes
http://retractionwatch.com/2015/09/11/researchers-call-for-retraction-of-nejm-paper-showing-dangers-of-e-cigarettes/

E-cigarettes and formaldehyde: anatomy of a flawed study
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oLmLh58XpyIG8T1-U0LbSOxNuLFoHzjCzwd41D2aJaM/edit?pli=1

Konstantinos Farsalinos – Formaldehyde in e-cigarette aerosol: a public call for the NEJM paper to be retracted
http://www.ecigarette-research.org/research/index.php/research/research-2015/227-form3

Pankow, Strongin and Peyton defend their fraudulent e-cig “dry puff” formaldehyde study in NEJM that relied on a machine that vaped drastically different than any human
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.13017/full

FDA/NIH funded Brian Primack (who authored the junk e-cig gateway study in JAMA) absurdly claims one hookah smoking session is same as smoking >40 cigarettes, survey finds 19% of young adults smoked hookah in past year and 7% did so at least six times; study funded by DHHS to lobby for FDA’s proposed deeming ban for e-cigs and hookah
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/299528.php

TINA criticizes truthful statements by e-cig companies, falsely accuses companies of market to youth
https://www.truthinadvertising.org/smoking-out-e-cigarette-ad-claims/
https://www.truthinadvertising.org/e-cigarette-criteria/
https://www.truthinadvertising.org/e-cigarette-database/

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Smokefree Pennsylvania
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