November 20th, 2015 — Electronic Cigarettes
Thanks to vaping revolution, CDC NHIS finds record low 14.9% (35.5 million) US adult smoking rate in first half of 2015, down 11% from previous record low 16.8% (40.0 million) in 2014, the latter of which CDC just revealed last week. The adult smoking rate has declined 23% since 2010 (from 19.4% to 14.9%), primarily due to vaping.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/earlyrelease201511.pdf (pages 55-61)
CDC Director Tom Frieden credits CDC for adult smoking rate decline, refuses to admit vaping’s role, and once again falsely claims vaping has addicted many children
HealthDay cites record low smoking rates, but only reports spin by vaping opponents, including CDC’s Brian King conflating low risk vaping with deadly cigarette smoking.
Rutgers study: e-cigarette use is soaring and helping smokers quit
Former smokers who quit within past year are four times more likely to be daily users of e-cigarettes
Mike Siegel: Nominee for new FDA Commissioner derived salary from six pharmaceutical companies last year
Obama nominee to head FDA defends drug industry ties
CASAA’s Julie Woessner calls deeming regulation is a “public health disaster”, and SFATA’s Cynthia Cabrera says is could prevent millions of smokers from switching to vaping. Big Pharma financed American Cancer Society praises Obama’s tobacco control policies, but claims FDA should have banned e-cigs “a long time ago”.
Mike Siegel: My public comment to OIRA on FDA Deeming Regulations
FDA may soon be able to vaporize e-cigarette products
Deseret News (UT) editorial protects cigarettes, urges FDA to quickly regulate e-cigs while failing to acknowledge doing so would ban >99.9% of e-cigs now on market.
FDA funded UCSF vaping prohibitionists urge FDA to ban all truthful claims by vapor companies about the health benefits vaping provides for smokers
FDA seeks nominations for TPSAC
War on Vaping Documentary
You Are Being Lied To – A Billion Lives (trailer for new documentary)
2015 E-cigarette Summit
James Dunworth: E-Cig Summit Round Up, The Vape Debate Continues
Jim McManus: How and why I changed my mind on e-cigarettes
Carl Phillips: Why people mistakenly think RCTs (etc.) are always better
British American to test tobacco/e-cigarette hybrid
Study finds decades of lies about smokeless tobacco risks by DHHS and other anti tobacco extremists have made smokers reluctant to change their inaccurate beliefs even after reading articles that truthfully say smokeless tobacco is less harmful than cigarettes.
Wall Street Journal reporter Tripp Mickle falsely claims e-cig sales are declining in US (as graph shows huge vapor product sales increases), fails to reveal Y/Y cigalike sales decline in recent months was due to Altria and Reynolds flooding market with free and heavily discounted MarkTen and Vuse products during same months in 2014.
Vapor product sales in Ireland continue to skyrocket
Irish e-cigarette trade boom as Vapefest attracts vendors to Dublin
HUD proposed rule to ban smoking (and probably vaping) in public housing (and outside within 25 feet of buildings), and to evict violators; public comment period ends 1/19/16
Sally Satel: Why HUD should allow vaping in public housing
Many opine about HUD proposed smoking (and probably vaping) ban in public housing
Smoking and vaping ban goes into effect in Syracuse (NY) public housing units Nov 19
Fontham Ventures (Imperial Tobacco Group) and NJOY announce settlement in patent infringement case
Lawsuits filed by three men who were burned by e-cigs, batteries and/or chargers
Reynolds and Philip Morris hit with $10 million verdict plus punitives in FL lawsuit
CA extremist CEH group files Prop 65 shakedown lawsuits against vapor companies
Frivolous class action filed against Five Pawns e-liquid company for allegedly failing to inform consumers that its products contained trace levels of diacetyl and acetyl.
Chicago City Council Finance Cmte approves revised proposal to tax e-liquid at $.55/ml (instead of $.25/ml) and tax e-liquid bottles at $.80/bottle (instead of $1.25/bottle)
Billionaire Tom Steyer gives $1 million to California ballot campaign to tax vapor products and increase tobacco taxes
Laredo (TX) City Council unanimously votes to table proposed vaping ban indefinitely, rejects request by Health Dept director who deceitfully conflated vaping with smoking
Kansas City (MO) Council bans vaping in workplaces despite no risks to public and many health benefits for smokers, also increases minimum age for vapor and tobacco product sales to 21 years
CASAA Call to Action urged Kansas City (MO) vapers to oppose proposed vaping ban
Godshall letter urged KC City Council to reject proposed vaping ban, calls it public health malpractice
PA House Health Cmte approves bill (HB 682) that would ban vaping in all workplaces, and ban smoking in 1% of workplaces exempt from the 2008 PA Clean Indoor Air Act
Smokefree Pennsylvania urges PA House Health Cmte to reject HB 682 unless the workplace vaping ban is removed from the bill.
Penang, Malaysia is considering banning vaping wherever smoking is banned
Outdoor Smoking Ban
Univ. of Louisville’s 5 year old smoking ban still ignored, 400 violators counted
Minimum Age Laws
San Francisco Supervisors introduce bill to increase minimum age for tobacco and vapor product sales to 21 years despite preemption by state law
Boston Mayor Walsh proposes increasing legal age for tobacco and vapor product sales to 21 years, Boston Board of Health (which banned vaping in 2011 despite no evidence vaping poses risks for nonusers) to hold December 3 public hearing before approving
Flavoring Bans & Minimum Age 21
Proposed ordinance in Cleveland (OH) would restrict sales of flavored OTP and perhaps vapor products (but not far more harmful menthol cigarettes) to “retail tobacco stores” that derive >80% of their gross revenue from sales of smoked tobacco products
http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/3794 (definition of retail tobacco stores)
CASAA Call to Action urges Cleveland (OH) vapers to oppose proposal to restrict sales of flavored OTP (including very low risk snus products approved by FDA last week) and perhaps vapor products to “retail tobacco stores” that derive >80% of gross revenue from sales of smoked tobacco products, as well as proposals to redefine vapor products as tobacco, and to increase minimum age for vapor product sales to 21 years.
Cleveland City Council Health Cmte invites many vaping and flavored OTP opponents, and minimum age 21 supporters to lobby for legislation to redefine vapor products as tobacco, restrict flavored OTP (and perhaps vapor product) sales to tobacco specialty stores, and to increase minimum age for sale of vapor and tobacco sales to 21.
St. Paul (MN) City Council considers restricting sales of flavored OTP, but not far more harmful cigarettes (or menthol cigarettes); many false claims about flavored OTP made.
Many groups sign letter urging Malaysian Parliament to ban e-cigs (which would protect cigarettes and threaten lives of vapers and smokers), make false fear mongering claims.
Former Malaysian prime minister falsely claims vaping is as harmful as smoking cigarettes due to nicotine
Wong Chun Wai: Banning vaping not the answer (Malaysia)
Expert tells Singapore to regulate but not ban e-cigarettes
Truthful or Deceptive Risk Communication
Ontario legislation (Bill 139) would establish a public education program purportedly about the health risks of tobacco (but with the goal of reducing tobacco use and exposure, not reducing tobacco attributable morbidity, disability or mortality), and “addressing misinformation among the members of the public with respect to the health risks associated with tobacco use” (despite the fact that Ontario’s government has long deceived the public to believe that low risk tobacco products are as harmful as cigarettes).
FDA Junk Science and Propaganda
FDA study and AACR press release deceive public to believe smokeless tobacco is more carcinogenic and addictive than cigarettes (as cotinine and nitrosamine levels are NOT associated with disease risk, and smokeless tobacco products in the US and Sweden are 99% less harmful than cigarettes).
Time sensationalizes intentionally misleading fear mongering claims by FDA and AACR, headline falsely claims smokeless tobacco is more toxic than cigarettes
Please note that in 2007, AACR issued a nearly identical fear mongering press release that similarly misrepresented the findings of a nearly identical study at
E-cig prohibitionist AACR to host Nov 20 e-cig webinar, invites 4 e-cig prohibitionists
NEJM E-cig Formaldehyde Fraud
Clive Bates: More on NEJM fake formaldehyde scandal
Portland State Univ. touts fraudulent formaldehyde study, praises researchers who conspired with NEJM to perpetrate the fraud as “fearless”
Clive Bates: Fearless or clueless? Portland researchers defence of their flawed e-cigarette formaldehyde study
BMJ Blogs smears Clive Bates, censors comments
BMJ publishes e-cig prohibitionist Simon Chapman’s personal smear against Clive Bates; BMJ censors truthful and objective comments posted by Godshall and others
Clive Bates: Response to Professor Chapman’s blog about my views on e-cigarettes
More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies
Univ. of Michigan CS Mott Children’s Hospital conducts another biased push poll that conflated e-cigs with lethal cigarettes, then asked respondents if they supported regulating e-cigs like cigarettes, then claimed most people support regulating e-cig like cigarettes. Push poll also question parents along with their teens to further bias results.
Consumer Reports once again repeats false fear mongering claims about vaping, and falsely claims nicotine in e-cigs is harmful
Science Times publishes nonsensical fear mongering article about teens and vaping
ACSH: Stop smoking today for the Great American Smokeout “The American Cancer Society has taken to preaching abstinence-only when it comes to nicotine, but that approach doesn’t work for smoking cessation any better than it does for reducing teenage sex.”
November 20th, 2015 — Electronic Cigarettes
How to Change an Electronic Cigarette’s Atomiser
Electronic cigarettes are made of a cartridge which holds the liquid and is inserted into the electronic cigarette which then makes contact with the atomizer’s bridge. The atomiser then feeds the liquid into the e-cig’s reservoir in order for it to be absorbed by the wick; therefore heating the liquid for it to become vapour. This means that after a while, the atomiser will get burnt out and your e-liquid won’t taste the same; you may even feel a burning sensation in your throat. That is why it is important to change the atomiser on a fairly regular basis.
Here is how to change your atomiser:
- Empty the subtank of any remaining liquid by removing the tank from the electronic cigarette, turning it upside down and turning the base anti-clockwise. At this point it may also be a good idea to rinse your hands under the tap to avoid getting e-liquid on them.
- Take the atomiser head and base sections and twist apart in an anti-clockwise direction; remember not to hold the tank while unscrewing the base as you may damage it.
- Replace the atomiser following the manufacturer’s instructions and reassemble the subtank.
How often you need to change these parts depends on the vaping juice being used and the style of vaping. However, it is important to check for any leaks as that may mean the O-ring inside the atomiser is placed upside down, a slight gap in the metal and that your chimney is not bent.
September 14th, 2015 — Current Issues
Please find enclosed a comment from Fiona Cincotta, a senior market analyst at www.finspreads.com
Booker reported a 6.5% fall in tobacco sales in the 10 weeks to 28th August. This is not the first time that falling tobacco sales have been reported by the food wholesaler giant, in fact quite the reverse. It appears that falling tobacco sales are almost becoming the new norm at Booker, as more and more people look to give up smoking or at least cut down and cigarette usage is now at a record low and dropping. Furthermore, Booker is feeling the effects of the tobacco display ban in smaller stores which is taking hold and feeding through into the bottom line.
However despite the blip in tobacco sales, non-tobacco sales for the group grew 0.1% and they remain on target to hit full year expectations.
June 4th, 2015 — Current Issues
Comment from Fiona Cincotta, a senior market analyst at www.finspreads.com
With tobacco consumption declining significantly in most western countries the tobacco giants are looking to gain access to new markets or to consolidate in order to cut costs and increase profits. That is exactly what we are seeing here with BATS acquisition of Croatian cigarette maker TDR for £394 million.
The acquisition is a strategic move to increase BATS presence in the three core markets of Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and provide a platform for the company to expand its business in central Europe. Simultaneously BATS is seeking to expand its operations in Brazil in a bid to drive off dwindling sales and a tough trading environment in western countries.
May 7th, 2015 — Current Issues
Commentary from Fiona Cincotta, a senior market analyst at www.finspreads.com
Imperial Tobacco reported a 5% decline in underlying tobacco sales volume in the first half of the year. However the company has confirmed that it is on track to meet its targets for 2015, which include increasing its dividend by 10%.
The decline in sales was mainly due to political instability in Iraq and illicit trade in Vietnam and of course an increase of people cutting back on smoking due to tighter budgets, tax increases and health reasons. Despite a decline in sales adjusted pricing strategies appear to be offsetting the fall to some degree.
This news has lifted sentiment across the tobacco sector, which had been damaged following disappointing results from rival British American Tobacco
April 17th, 2015 — Current Issues, Electronic Cigarettes
a comment from Ken Odeluga, a senior market analyst at www.cityindex.com.sg
Altria’s need to reorient itself to the inexorable march of changing consumer habits and attitudes is thrown into sharp relief by data out overnight (from The Center for Disease Control) showing a significant decline in cigarette smoking among young people, together with a three-fold surge in e-cigarette usage.
Amid these trends, it’s going to be worth keeping a handle on how Altria’s Philip Morris unit is holding up against an expected 49%/51% retail market share in cigarettes.
Investors should also scrutinise Altria’s performance against base-case forecasts of its long-term growth in ‘smokable products’ businesses (all non-cigarette products, including e-cigs) of 3% per annum.
Any shortfall against these two metrics should be just as significant as $MO missing headline forecasts and could put market-expected $8.29bn annual revenue out of reach.
For Q1 results on 23rd April my EPS forecast is 59c-60c. I’m a little under Wall St. which sees 62c (61c-64c range) because I am expecting a slightly higher impact than the average forecast from the stronger US dollar. Wall St. sees $4.129bn for revenue and I’m inclined to agree, but maybe with bias down to $4.127bn.
April 16th, 2015 — Current Issues
Trendsettah USA, Inc. Continues to Grow with Launch of Game-Changing New Tobacco Product, Extendos™
Extended cigarillos are the latest innovative product to hit the market from powerhouse bicoastal company
Miami, Fla. – April 2, 2015 – Innovative lifestyle brands manufacturer, Trendsettah USA Inc., is blazing its trail in the tobacco industry once again with its newest product, Extendos™ by Splitarillos®. At 8.5” long, Extendos™ are extended cigarillos – double the length of a standard 4.25” cigarillo. This latest innovation further establishes Trendsettah as an industry leader and a growing competitor in the tobacco market.
“In 1964, the gallon plastic milk jug was invented. In 1970, Pepsi launched the 2 liter bottle, and now Extendos™ will be the standard against which all other cigars will be judged,” stated Senior VP of Sales Bill Schoep. “We created Extendos™ as an innovative lifestyle product aimed at the progressive consumer. It’s a direct response to tobacco enthusiasts’ request for a product that allows them to enjoy twice as much from one cigarillo.”
Extendos™ are sold two to a pouch and will be introduced in Splitarillos®’ signature flavor, OG Sweet™ and new Ultra Sweet flavor profile, LOUD™. New future flavor profiles will be announced in the coming weeks. This introduction is the latest game-changing milestone for the tobacco industry.
“The cigar industry has seen three major milestones in the last 10 years. The introduction of a variety of flavors that appeal to our adult consumer, foil wrapped cigars replaced the industry standard cellophane to assist in freshness, and the re-sealable pouch was introduced and changed the way and quantity in which cigars were sold,” continued Mr. Schoep. “We feel Extendos™ is the next industry breakthrough.”
“Standard cigarillos are made by halving the 8.5-inch product to create multiples. By simply omitting the process, we’ve recognized an opportunity that some 100 year-old companies didn’t see,” Schoep said. “Stay tuned for more innovation to come from Trendsettah, Inc.”
Extendos™ are now available in all California Sam’s Clubs and will officially launch at the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) Show at the Paris Las Vegas, April 21-23, 2015. For more information on Trendsettah USA, Inc. and its products, visit http://trendsettah.com/, or find them onFacebook, Twitter @trendsettahlife, and Instagram @Trendsettah_inc.
About Trendsettah USA, Inc.
Trendesttah USA, Inc. is a lifestyle brands manufacturer that appeals to a varied and large market of consumers, including tremendous popularity among the music and arts communities. The company has built successful brands such as Splitarillos®, Crystal Clear® and Blow® premium vaporizers, through superior imagination, innovation, execution and a willingness to lead trends, not merely follow them. Trendsettah is not afraid to break the rules of conventional thinking in order to best understand its customers and create relatable, trustworthy brands. Follow the Trendsettah brands on Facebook Splitarillos, Hood Wraps and Blow, Twitter @splitarillosusa, and Instagram @Splitarillos_usa, @HoodWraps_usa.
The Splitarillos® brand is one of the highest quality cigarillos available in the U.S. Splitarillos® delivers exceptional quality in a wide variety of unique flavors that appeal to a varied and large market of consumers, including music and art communities. Distributed by leading manufacturer of innovative lifestyle brands, Trendsettah USA Inc., Splitarillos® are produced in the Dominican Republic, the premium cigar capital of the world, recognized for its superior climate for tobacco growing and cigar manufacturing.
April 14th, 2015 — Electronic Cigarettes
The Pros and Cons of Electronic Cigarettes
Electronic cigarettes are the latest craze in the world of smoking cessation. They’ve been instrumental in helping thousands of people quit smoking for good, by satisfying nicotine cravings without the harmful effects of the smoke.
The use of electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, is widely debated, with many claiming they should not be marketed as a healthier alternative to smoking, but what’s the truth? Who should we believe? Here’s a rundown of the pros and cons that have been associated with vaping, to help you make up your own mind:
They Can Help Reduce the Number of Cigarettes Smoked Daily
Electronic cigarettes have contributed to the vast reduction of cigarettes purchased, and smoked, each day. When it comes to smoking, quitting is notoriously difficult, and alternative methods have shown inconsistent results. An electronic cigarette will satisfy nicotine cravings, helping users to dramatically cut down and, eventually, quit smoking altogether.
They Alleviate Some of the Negative Side Effects of Smoking
Many of the harmful effects of smoking come from the smoke inhalation itself, rather than the nicotine. Nowadays, everyone is aware of the respiratory damage caused by smoke, so it’s hardly surprising that electronic cigarettes are marketed as a healthier alternative.
They Reduce the Cost of Smoking
Electronic cigarettes are much cheaper than traditional cigarettes, particularly when you purchase a refillable and rechargeable model. These are long-term solutions, and can be topped up according to your needs. If you need to reduce the amount you’re spending on your smoking habit, consider switching to electronic cigarettes.
They Reduce Second Hand Smoke Inhalation
It’s important for smokers to consider those around them, particularly when you’re smoking in a public place. E-cigarettes don’t emit any smoke, so they’re a much friendlier solution for your non-smoking friends. This also means they can be used in many public spaces, although you should always use your common sense when doing so.
The Industry Isn’t Well Regulated
As electronic cigarettes are a relatively new development, the industry isn’t very well regulated. There’s a lot of controversy regarding the safety of electronic cigarettes, and this is largely due to unethical and dangerous suppliers. Make sure you find an e-cigarette supplier committed to research and safety before making your first purchase.
They Don’t Totally Eliminate the Adverse Effects of Smoking
Some suppliers claim that electronic cigarettes come without any adverse effects, but this simply isn’t true. They still contain nicotine, so you can’t eliminate the issues associated with this aspect of smoking. However, if you already smoke, electronic cigarettes can vastly reduce the harmful effects of the smoke itself.
The Long-Term Effects Aren’t Well Researched
Again, as vaping has only become commonplace in the past few years, the long-term effects are unknown. With this in mind, you should use your common sense when vaping. Always find a reputable supplier, and don’t use electronic cigarettes excessively. Smoking traditional cigarettes does have a long-term effect on health, so any reduction in the harm caused is likely to have a positive impact on your health, when used in moderation.