Weekly update on THR in the media (Bill Godshall)

With credits and gratitude to Bill Godshall, vigilant as ever!

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Please note that the anti-nicotine lobby complex in Sweden (Tax funded organizations all run by the same group of less than 30 people) including Tobaksfakta, Doctors against Tobacco, Psychologists against Tobacco, Teachers against Tobacco, Dental care against Tobacco, Nurses against Tobacco, Professional organizations against Tobacco…………………… have all conspicuously omitted to even mention the RCP report from this week, and the PHE policy shift that started in August 2015.

Royal College of Physicians issues 200 page report advocating smokers switch to vaping

Royal College of Physicians – Nicotine Without Smoke: Tobacco Harm Reduction
https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/nicotine-without-smoke-tobacco-harm-reduction-0

Promote e-cigarettes widely as substitute for smoking says new RCP report
https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/news/promote-e-cigarettes-widely-substitute-smoking-says-new-rcp-report
http://bit.ly/21f0Gjf

John Britton: Nicotine without smoke – putting electronic cigarettes in context
http://www.bmj.com/content/353/bmj.i1745

Cancer Research UK: Reducing the harm of tobacco, could e-cigarettes be part of the solution?
http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2016/04/28/reducing-the-harm-of-tobacco-could-e-cigarettes-be-part-of-the-solution/

Cancer group lauds report encouraging vaping use
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/cancer-group-lauds-report-encouraging-vaping-use-34666257.html

Mike Siegel: Royal College of Physicians report recommends widespread promotion of electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/04/royal-college-of-physicians-report.html

AVA: Switch to vaping to avoid ‘almost all of the harm from smoking,’ says Royal College of Physicians
http://vaping.info/news/2016/switch-to-vaping-to-avoid-almost-all-of-the-harm-from-smoking-says-royal-college-of-physicians

Vaping Vindicated: The evidence that vaping helps wean smokers off tobacco is overwhelming. The NHS should embrace it as a route to better public health
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/leaders/article4739974.ece

E-cigarettes should be offered to smokers, say doctors
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-36139618

UK doctors urge wide promotion of e-cigs to help smokers quit
http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-ecigarettes-britain-idUKKCN0XO2UT

Doctors warn of big tobacco firms entering e-cigarette market
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/28/doctors-warn-big-tobacco-firms-e-cigarette-market-rcp-industry

Doctors body strongly promotes e-cigarettes as healthier alternative to smoking as EU rules make them weaker
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/27/eu-to-make-e-cigarettes-weaker/

E-cigarettes could save millions, say doctors
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/e-cigarettes-can-save-millions-by-helping-people-quit-say-doctors-6gvpjwkb6

E-cigarettes ‘much less harmful than smoking and should be encouraged’
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/e-cigarettes-much-less-harmful-than-smoking-and-should-be-encouraged-major-report-concludes-a7003891.html

A major medical group just threw its weight behind e-cigs
http://www.businessinsider.com/royal-college-of-physicians-tells-smokers-to-switch-to-e-cigarettes-2016-4

GPs advised to ‘promote e-cigarettes widely’ as smoking substitute
http://www.gponline.com/gps-advised-promote-e-cigarettes-widely-smoking-substitute/health-promotion/smoking-cessation/article/1393012

Royal College of Physicians study finds e-cigarettes should be widely promoted as substitute for smoking
http://www.cityam.com/239853/royal-college-of-physicians-study-finds-e-cigarettes-should-be-widely-promoted-as-substitute-for-smoking-

E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/28/royal_college_of_physicians_ecigarettes_report/

Scotland Herald View: Progress on vaping
http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/14456499.Herald_View__Progress_on_vaping/

Scotsman: Vaping must be allowed to work
http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/leader-comment-third-place-would-be-new-scottish-labour-low-1-4112910

Why e-cigarettes should be ‘widely promoted’ as a substitute for smoking
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/health/e-cigarettes-should-widely-promoted-11252398

Vaping is about reducing harm, not being harmless
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/vaping-is-about-reducing-harm-not-being-harmless-e-cigarettes-news-royal-college-of-physicians

Are e-cigarettes good or bad for you? Everything smokers need to know
http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/665268/E-cigarettes-Do-E-cigs-Help-Or-Harm-Smokers-Benefits-Risks-Good-or-Bad

UK medical body backs e-cigarettes (from AAP in Australia)
https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/31457496/uk-medical-body-backs-e-cigarettes/?cmp=st

American news coverage of RCP report

UK report advocates substituting e-cigarettes for tobacco (Godshall comments)
http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-k-report-advocates-substituting-e-cigarettes-for-tobacco-1461807845

British Medical groups says smokers should switch to electronic cigarettes
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/28/health/e-cigarettes-vaping-quitting-smoking-royal-college-of-physicians.html
Note that Obama’s CDC responded to RCP report by deceitfully and falsely claiming “There is currently no conclusive scientific evidence supporting the use of e-cigarettes as a safe and effective cessation tool at the population level. The science thus far indicates most e-cigarette users continue to smoke conventional cigarettes.”

Jacob Sullum – Royal College of Physicians: Vaping Can ‘Prevent Almost All The Harm From Smoking’
http://reason.com/blog/2016/04/28/royal-college-of-physicians-says-e-cigar
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobsullum/2016/04/28/royal-college-of-physicians-says-e-cigarettes-can-prevent-almost-all-the-harm-from-smoking/#1a14b1a1f46b

British study on electronic cigarettes promotes significant reduced-harm promise of products
http://m.journalnow.com/news/local/british-study-on-electronic-cigarettes-promotes-significant-reduced-harm-promise/article_96358be2-4088-5c88-8b5f-db3b1d4f8ccf.html?mode=jqm

Taking an abstinence-only approach to vaping undermines public health
(previous THR opponent Andre Picard warms up to vaping)
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/taking-an-abstinence-only-approach-to-vaping-undermines-public-health/article29780829/

E-cigs ‘good for public health’, say doctors
http://www.webmd.boots.com/news/20160428/e-cigs-public-health

British scientists think vaping has ‘huge potential’
http://gizmodo.com/british-scientists-think-vaping-has-huge-potential-1773584827

E-cigarettes can help smokers quit, UK group declares
http://www.medpagetoday.com/Pulmonology/Smoking/57589
(responding to RCP report, Big Pharma funded ALA’s Erika Sward deceitfully claimed that comparing interpretations of scientific evidence on vaping by DHHS/ALA and PHE/RCP is like comparing “apples to oranges” due to different e-cig laws, and claimed FDA’s Deeming Ban is needed before it can be determined if e-cigs help smokers quit).

E-cigarette study doesn’t convince Nova Scotia’s top doctor
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/e-cigarettes-vaping-smoking-robert-strang-1.3557764

Legacy lies initiative spins RCP e-cig endorsement by falsely claiming “US and UK policy makers and scientists have the same goal: ending the tobacco epidemic and dramatically reducing the deaths, disease, addiction and toxicity from combustible tobacco use.”  But since 2009, Legacy, CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA, AAP and Obama’s DHHS have tried to ban the sale of lifesaving vapor products by repeating many false fear mongering claims about vaping (all of which has protected cigarette markets).
http://truthinitiative.org/news/what-we-can-learn-uk-experience-e-cigarette-regulation

FDA Deeming Ban

Venable: House Appropriations Committee approves new e-cigarette “grandfather date”;
Currently marketed products would be spared
http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=7e640e60-340f-4c5f-bbbb-7232686c00b6

Watch/listen to US House Appropriations Cmte’s 4/19/16 debate and vote to support the Cole/Sanford amendment to prevent FDA from banning >99% of vapor products
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLSw–e_V7s

Wasserman Schultz slammed for opposition to e-cigarettes
http://dailycaller.com/2016/04/21/wasserman-schultz-slammed-for-opposition-to-e-cigarettes/

Mike Siegel: DNC Chair mistakenly claims that Cole amendment will make it harder to regulate e-cigarettes
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/04/dnc-chair-mistakenly-claims-that-cole.html

Clive Bates: The tobacco control high command has lost its way – what we learn from its views on FDA priorities
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=3905

Joel Nitzkin: What drives tobacco policy?
http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/04/19/ntr.ntw104.short
http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/04/19/ntr.ntw104.full.pdf?keytype=ref&ijkey=iflKpog6Q2x9V5z

Heartland Institute vaping experts react to House vote loosening proposed e-cigarette regulations
https://www.heartland.org/press-releases/2016/04/20/heartland-institute-vaping-experts-react-house-vote-loosening-proposed-e-c

FDA vapor prohibitionist Mitch Zeller obfuscates on FDA vapor ban and THR at NATO http://www.cspdailynews.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/4-takeaways-zeller-s-nato-show-session
http://www.cspdailynews.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/blog-4-things-we-wish-zeller-had-discussed-nato

Tampa Tribune editorial: FDA still blowing smoke
http://www.tbo.com/list/news-opinion-editorials/editorial-fda-still-blowing-smoke-20160425/

FDA/NIDA funded researchers cite dozens of studies finding vapor products have improved public health, advocate public policies to encourage smokers to switch to vapor products; but repeatedly claim vaping “may” benefit smokers, propose absurd evaluation framework, and fail to acknowledge the disastrous vapor prohibition policy of Obama’s DHHS since FDA unlawfully banned the lifesaving products in 2009.  “A framework for evaluating the public health impact of e-cigarettes and other vaporized nicotine products”
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.13394/abstract
(for full text of Levy et al study, please send request via e-mail)

FDA/NIDA funded researchers issue press release urging FDA to be “open-minded” about e-cigarette regulation; but don’t express opposition to FDA’s proposed Deeming Regulation, which protects cigarettes by banning >99% of nicotine vapor products.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/gumc-ttc042116.php

E-cigarettes: FDA ‘should be open-minded about regulation’ (re Levy et al study)
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/309536.php

E-cigarettes may actually help people quit smoking, saving many lives (re Levy et al)
http://www.medicaldaily.com/e-cigarettes-quit-smoking-save-lives-383713

E-cigarette use can potentially reduce deaths from cigarette smoking (re Levy et al)
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20160425/E-cigarette-usec2a0can-potentially-reduce-deaths-from-cigarette-smoking.aspx

FDA funded study finds e-cigarettes are more beneficial than harmful (re Levy et al)
http://www.examiner.com/article/fda-funded-study-shows-e-cigarettes-are-more-beneficial-than-harmful

ACSH: On e-cigarettes, tobacco control experts ask FDA to focus on the good
http://acsh.org/news/2016/04/25/on-e-cigarettes-tobacco-control-experts-ask-fda-to-focus-on-the-good/

US Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) keep protecting cigarettes by conflating lifesaving vapor products with deadly cigarettes, repeating lies about vaping and FDA’s Deeming Ban, lobbying White House to ban vapor products.
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/277544-the-time-is-now-to-finalize-the-tobacco-and-nicotine

US Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) protects cigarettes by lobbying White House to impose FDA’s vapor deeming ban
http://wset.com/news/connect-to-congress/senator-calls-for-fda-oversight-of-e-cigarettes

Obama’s CDC and Big Pharma financed AAP again falsely claim e-cigs are target marketed to teens (to lobby for FDA’s Deeming Ban); study unsurprisingly finds teens who vaped were more likely to see a online vaping ad, but CDC/AAP deceitfully conflate lifesaving vapor products with highly addictive and deadly cigarettes, and falsely claim ads lure teens to vape (even though vast majority of vapers were/are smokers)  http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2016/04/21/peds.2015-4155
www.reuters.com/article/us-health-ecigarettes-internet-advertisi-idUSKCN0XM08T

Clueless and/or biased news media repeat CDC/AAP’s false allegations that online e-cig ads lure teens to vape
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-ecigarettes-internet-advertisi-idUSKCN0XM08T
http://www.nbcnews.com/health/heart-health/e-cigarette-ads-get-through-teens-study-finds-n562066
http://www.techtimes.com/articles/153611/20160426/this-is-how-ads-lure-kids-to-start-using-e-cigarettes.htm
https://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/smoking-cessation-news-628/e-cigarette-ads-may-help-lure-teens-to-the-habit-710203.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2016/0426/E-cigarettes-help-adults-quit-smoking-but-they-encourage-teens-to-start

FDA/NIH activist researchers falsely insinuate that e-cig advertising causes teens to vape
http://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X%2816%2900064-1/abstract?cc=y=

Mike Siegel: Simultaneously published studies demonstrate severe bias in e-cigarette research (by CDC and AAP)
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/04/simultaneously-published-studies.html

Big Pharma financed vapor prohibitionist CTFK’s Matt Myers repeats CDC’s false claims about online e-cig ads to lobby for FDA’s vapor Deeming Ban
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2016_04_25_cdc

Legacy lies intiative repeats CDC’s false fear mongering claims about online e-cig ads to lobby for FDA’s vapor Deeming Ban
http://truthinitiative.org/news/new-research-affirms-need-fda-regulate-online-e-cigarette-ads

Clive Bates rebuts CDC study that falsely insinuates e-cig ads cause teens to vape
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26741522

FDA funded anti vaping junk scientists repeat disproved false claims about OTP and vapor products as factual, rely upon inaccurate and unreliable Nielsen data (that doesn’t track sales at vape shops, tobacco specialty stores on online) to falsely claim e-cigs are more addictive than smokeless tobacco, poorly attempt to estimate price elasticities. http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2016/04/18/cigarette-company-reports-8-5m-in-revenue-but.html

DHHS funded activists falsely claim (in study title) their study of 21 dual little cigar and cigarette smokers supports FDA’s Deeming Regulation, which would ban many cigars and prompt dual cigar/cigarette smokers to switch back to exclusive cigarette smoking
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2016/04/27/tobaccocontrol-2015-052633.abstract

Legacy lies initiative falsely claims hookah is just as addictive and more harmful than cigarette smoking to lobby for FDA’s cigarette protecting Deeming Ban, banning hookah bars and taxing hookah.
http://truthinitiative.org/news/truth-about-hookah
http://truthinitiative.org/news/where-we-stand-hookah

FDA/NCI funded Stan Glantz greatly exaggerates risks and use of hookah to lobby for FDA Deeming Ban
https://tobacco.ucsf.edu/fda-should-regulate-manufacturing-and-marketing-hookah-tobacco-prevent-misperceptions-harm-and-widespread-use

DHHS lies about smokeless tobacco

Brad Rodu: In the FDA’s new anti-smokeless tobacco campaign, #TheRealCost is to taxpayers and public health
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2016/04/in-fdas-new-anti-smokeless-tobacco.html
Rodu exposes and debunks false claim by FDA’s Mitch Zeller (fabricated by CDC’s Jane Henley and ACS’s Michael Thun) that “Each year in the U.S., more than 2,300 people are diagnosed with oral, esophageal and pancreatic cancer due to smokeless tobacco use.”

Brad Rodu: Curt Shilling’s public service announcement is a Major League blooper
http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2016/04/curt-schillings-public-service.html

Clueless and/or biased media and minor league baseball repeat FDA false claims about smokeless tobacco without fact checking
http://www.counselheal.com/articles/23291/20160421/smokeless-tobacco-cancer-link-found-why-fda-hates-chews-dips.htm
http://www.philly.com/philly/health/20160424_Minor-league_baseball_joins_no-tobacco_effort.html

More FDA

Federal lawsuit charges former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, her husband Peter Brown, his hedge-fund company Renaissance Technologies, and Johnson & Johnson of RICO violations.  Lawsuit claims all defendants conspired and financially benefited from Hamburg’s actions at FDA regarding J&J’s drug Levaquin, claims Renaissance Technologies owned hundreds of millions of dollars worth of J&J stock as Hamburg served at FDA, claims Hamburg failed to disclose financial conflict of interest during Congressional confirmation, claims Brown’s income increased from $10 million in 2008 to $125 million in 2011, claims Hamburg was appointed to head FDA due to political contributions by Hamburg and Brown to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.  https://www.scribd.com/doc/309957583/Amended-Levaquin-complaint
http://ahrp.org/former-fda-commissioner-charged-in-federal-racketeering-lawsuit/
Lawsuit also claims Renaissance Technologies owned $360 million of Lorillard (maker of Newport) stock in 2011, when FDA unlawfully banned and demonized e-cigarettes, and when FDA was under pressure to ban menthol cigarettes, indicating Hamburg, Brown, Renaissance Technologies (and Lorillard) profited from Hamburg’s/FDA’s decisions to unlawfully ban and lie about e-cigs and to not ban menthol cigarettes.

US DOT

Competitive Enterprise Institute and CASAA sue US DOT challenging airline vaping ban
http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/278087-e-cigarette-ban-on-flights-being-challenged-in-lawsuit

Pentagon

US Defense Dept conflates low risk tobacco products with deadly cigarettes,
expands tobacco/vapor product usage bans, increase prices.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-military-tobacco-idUSKCN0XN2VP

Business

Altria reports adjusted .5% cigarette shipment volume decline in 1Q16 (compared to 1% US industry wide cigarette volume decline in 1Q16), and a 7.8% smokeless tobacco shipment volume increase in 1Q16.
http://investor.altria.com/phoenix.zhtml?src=topnav&c=80855&p=irol-quarterlyearnings
http://media.corporate-ir.net/media_files/IROL/80/80855/2016_Altria.pdf

Reynolds American reports 35.1% RJR cigarette volume increase in 1Q16 (due largely to acquisition of Newport), 3.3% American Snuff moist snuff volume increase, and an estimated 5% moist snuff industry volume growth.
http://www.reynoldsamerican.com/About-Us/Press-Releases/Press-Release-Details-/2016/RAI-delivers-exceptional-1Q16-performance-Results-demonstrate-transformational-nature-of-Lorillard-acquisition/default.aspx

BAT reports 3.6% cigarette volume increase in 1Q16 (with most increases in Asia)
http://www.bat.com/group/sites/UK__9D9KCY.nsf/vwPagesWebLive/DO72TJQU

Japan Tobacco International launches first tank e-cigarettes across the UK
http://www.cityam.com/239824/japan-tobacco-international-launches-first-tank-e-cigarette-across-the-uk
http://www.wholesalenews.co.uk/news/a-smarter-way-to-vape-jti-launches-logic-pro-tank-system-with-multi-million-pound-campaign.html

Smoke signals: Philip Morris, healthy company? (on PMI’s new heat not burn products)
http://www.economist.com/news/business/21697275-philip-morris-health-company-smoke-signals

Imperial to cut 375 jobs at Greensboro cigarette plant (previously owned by Lorillard)
http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/itg-brands-confirms-plans-to-cut-workers-one-third-of/article_88d64063-a8e5-57a9-afb7-7c31d37937c7.html

Litigation

Tobacco giants hit with $35.5 million award in trial over lawyers deadly cancer (FL)
http://blog.cvn.com/tobacco-giants-hit-with-33.5m-award-in-trial-over-lawyers-deadly-cancer
http://postoncourts.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2016/04/27/cigarette-makers-ordered-to-pay-delray-widow-29-million-in-husbands-death/

Reynolds hit with $13 million verdict in smoker death trial (FL)
https://www.law360.com/articles/788028

Taxation

Cigarette industry funded Mackinac anti cigarette tax activists exaggerate black market impact of cigarette tax hikes in OK and other states with low cigarette taxes
http://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/readersforum/jonathan-small-and-michael-lafaive-cigarette-tax-hike-will-increase/article_24d2ddc7-95de-56e9-b8f1-329502163b87.html

California

CASAA asks California vapers to urge Gov. Brown to veto cigarette protecting anti vaping legislation (SBX2-5)
http://blog.casaa.org/2016/03/ca-make-call-now-to-stop-sbx2-5.html

California Assembly passes bill (AB 1594) to ban the use of all tobacco and vapor products on the property of all public colleges and universities, $100 fine for violators
http://halfwheel.com/california-public-college-university-tobacco-ban-advances/113155
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/asm/ab_1551-1600/ab_1594_bill_20160331_amended_asm_v97.pdf
http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-essential-poli-assembly-approves-ban-on-smoking-e-cigarette-use-1461617253-htmlstory.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2016/0426/California-campuses-graduate-from-smoke-free-to-tobacco-free

Massachusetts

MA Senate approves anti vaping bill (S2234) with 32-2 vote
http://halfwheel.com/massachusetts-senate-approves-increase-to-tobacco-purchase-age/113428
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/Senate/S2234

CASAA asks Massachusetts vapers to oppose anti vaping bill (S2234) that would ban vaping everywhere smoking is banned, ban vapor product sales at stores with pharmacies, increase minimum age for vapor product sales to 21, ban vapor product sampling.
http://blog.casaa.org/2016/04/ma-take-action-to-oppose-misguided.html
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/Senate/S2234

MA Governor Baker backs increase in minimum age for tobacco sales to 21 http://www.capecod.com/newscenter/gov-baker-backing-plan-to-ban-under-21-purchase-of-tobacco/

Washington State

Local e-cigarette stores say new state regulations are positive for business
http://kimatv.com/news/local/local-e-cigarette-stores-say-new-state-regulations-are-positive-for-business

Vaping Bans

Ontario to ban vaping, medical pot, in places where smoking is banned
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario-to-ban-vaping-medical-pot-in-places-where-tobacco-prohibited/article29130629/

DeKalb County City (GA) Mayor Ted Terry wants to ban e-cigarettes, decriminalize marijuana
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/dekalb-county-city-wants-to-ban-e-cigarettes-decri/nrBF4/

More Minimum Age

Chautauqua County (NY) legislature increases minimum age for tobacco and vapor product sales to 21
http://halfwheel.com/chautauqua-county-n-y-says-yes-to-tobacco-purchase-age-increase/113322

CASAA asks Chautauqua County (NY) vapers to oppose increasing minimum age for vapor sales to 21
http://blog.casaa.org/2016/03/local-alert-chautauqua-co-ny-take.html

CASAA asks Albany County (NY) vapers to oppose increasing minimum age for vapor sales to 21
http://blog.casaa.org/2016/02/albany-co-ny-local-alert-take-action-to.html

Portland (ME) City Council to consider raising minimum age for sales of tobacco (and probably vapor) products to 21
http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/25/portland-council-advances-plan-to-raise-age-for-buying-tobacco/

Publicity

Newsweek issues Special Edition called Vape Nation, but magazine cover calls vaping a vice, and shows clouds of vapor as a marijuana leaf
http://onnewsstandsnow.com/collections/newsweek/products/newsweek-vape-nation?variant=17972702468
http://www.newsweek.com/vaping-big-tobacco-big-gamble-future-451074

EU/UK TPD

Clive Bates: E-cigarette impact assessment exposes useless and illegal policy (UK/EU)
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=3921

Tobacco lobbyists demand say in EU debate on . . . . tobacco lobbying
http://www.politico.eu/article/tobacco-lobbyists-demand-say-in-eu-debate-on-tobacco-lobbying-european-parliament-european-ombudsman-emily-oreilly/

BBC Video – The EU in 10 objects: The e-cigarette
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03rr1nn

Improving Public Health: The role of local authorities in reducing smoking
Conference – Tuesday May 17, 2016, Grand Wellington Hotel, London
https://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/GE17-PPE?ss=bk&tg=bp1
https://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/book.php?event=GE17-PPE&ss=lk&tg=1

India

Sally Satel: What’s really killing India’s smokers
Misinformation about e-cigarettes and vaping presents a growing threat to public health.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/whats-really-killing-indias-smokers-1461600409

Jacob Sullum: Indian merchant gets three years of ‘rigorous imprisonment’ for selling e-cigarettes
http://reason.com/blog/2016/04/27/indian-merchant-gets-three-years-for-sel

THR Research

ERF and AEMSA post 900 e-vapor studies in Existing Research Citations list
http://e-researchfoundation.org/direct-from-the-experts/current-studies-2/

Ron Borland and Coral Gartner: Rethinking therapeutic and recreational nicotine products: a commentary on Hatsukami et al
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/25/3/245.full

Study finds indoor vaping ‘unlikely’ to pose a health risk to bystanders
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/study-finds-indoor-vaping-unlikely-to-pose-a-health-risk-to-bystanders_uk_57173bd1e4b0f22f021a6362
http://www.sciencecodex.com/new_study_finds_exhaled_ecigarette_vapour_particles_disappear_within_seconds-180599

More THR Education and Advocacy

Gerry Stimson: Public health should step aside. Vapers are now leading the fight against smoking. (UK and worldwide)
https://health.spectator.co.uk/public-health-should-step-aside-vapers-are-now-leading-the-way-against-smoking/

Previous THR opponent RSPH publishes The Pleasure Principle by Sarah Jakes (UK)
https://www.rsph.org.uk/en/about-us/latest-news/press-releases/press-release1.cfm/pid/FA9FF2F8-7ABA-4085-860402EEC46E9349

Dave Sweanor: We can be heroes
http://vaporvoicemagazine.com/we-can-be-heroes/

Interview with Bill Godshall: Fighting for Vapor (pages 34/35)
http://vaporvoicemagazine.com/digital/22016/

Leicester vapers talk about quitting smoking with e-cigarettes (UK)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQ2ybMIkRjM&feature=youtu.be

The Heartland Institute – The Vaping Wars: Brian Fojtik and Victoria Vasconcellos
(streamed on April 20)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyrboQICqWI

Vapor Product Safety

Brooklyn kiosk owners claim teen blinded by exploding e-cigarette was at fault
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/brooklyn-e-cigarette-kiosk-owners-claim-blinded-teen-fault-article-1.2617162

Smoking Cessation

Australian Court forces drug regulator to consider BAT’s nicotine inhaler application
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/federal-court-forces-drug-regulator-to-consider-nicotine-inhaler-case-20160421-goc3kx.html

Court rules Health Canada unfairly blocked quit smoking aid after Pfizer complained
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/court-rules-health-canada-unfairly-blocked-quit-smoking-aid-after-pfizer-complaint/article29707496/

Pfizer and GSK funded study claims verenicline and buproprian not associated with
neuropsychiatric adverse events
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)30272-0/abstract
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160422006045/en/CHANTIX%C2%AECHAMPIX%C2%AE-varenicline-Results-Largest-Global-Clinical-Trial Pfizer press release
http://www.medpagetoday.com/Pulmonology/Smoking/57511?xid=NL_breakingnews_2016-04-25&eun=g220600d0r
http://www.science20.com/news_articles/debunked_claims_that_chantix_and_zyban_smoking_cessation_drugs_boost_risk_of_psychiatric_side_effects-171140
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/26333c9e6b43446aaadef59a3ece9378/study-no-suicide-risk-anti-smoking-pills-chantix-zyban
https://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/smoking-cessation-news-628/study-doesn-t-find-link-between-anti-smoking-drugs-and-mental-health-side-effects-710238.html

Increasing tobacco harm

Health Canada looks at forcing tobacco companies to make cigarettes more harmful
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/health-canada-looks-at-forcing-tobacco-companies-to-make-cigarettes-less-addictive

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

UAE University’s Mohammad Al Houqani falsely claims e-cigarettes more harmful than cigarettes at purported anti smoking conference in Dubai
http://gulfnews.com/xpress/news/e-cigarettes-more-harmful-than-traditional-smoking-1.1718099

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