E-cig / Vaping update – Bill Godshall

Public Health England – E-cigarettes: a developing public health consensus
Joint statement on e-cigarettes by Public Health England and other UK public health organisations

Public Health England Guidance urges employers and organizations to ALLOW vaping in workplaces and public places, to distinguish harmful smoke from smokefree vapor

PHE press release – Vaping in public places: advice for employers and organizations

PHE: Use of e-cigarettes in public places and workplaces
Advice to inform evidence-based policy making (15 pages)

PHE: Use of e-cigarettes in public places and workplaces
Advice to inform evidence-based policy making (1 page)

Report of PHE stakeholder ‘conversation’ on use of e-cigarettes in enclosed public places and workplaces (20 pages)

Public Health England Guidance: Use of e-cigarettes in public places and workplaces

New guidance from Public Health England instructs employers to make a clear distinction between tobacco and vaping in their smoking policies

Public Health Research and Surveillance

Brad Rodu analyzes CDC 2015 NHIS data on adult smoking and vaping (that CDC still hasn’t released to the public except in a recent meta data dump)

Survey shows e-cigarette flavors are crucial to helping smokers quit (US)

Survey: Vapers are using electronic cigarettes to quit smoking (US)

How and why do smokers start using e-cigarettes? Qualitative study of vapers in London

What does recent biomarker literature say about the likely harm from e-cigarettes? (NZ)

Konstantinos Farsalinos – E-cigarette risk assessment based on biomarkers: good approach but important problems in the analysis

Zvi Herzog finds “All-Cause Mortality Risk” consistently increases with “Daily Cigarette Consumption”, finds clear dose-response relationship (based on data in 2005 study whose authors claimed smoking 1-4 cigarettes per day increased morbidity and mortality risks)
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/14/5/315.full.html (2005 study)

2016 Global Forum on Nicotine presentation transcripts and audio/video now available

All 2016 Global Forum on Nicotine presentation transcripts are available at

Brian Carter: The power of non-nicotine factors in the habitual use of nicotine products

Lynne Dawkins – Compensatory puffing behaviours in e-cigarette users

Moira Gilchrist: Tobacco Heating System (THS) 2.2 cardiovascular disease risk assessment

Neil McKeganey – E-cigarettes: Gateway or Roadblock to Cigarette Smoking?

Andrej Sobczak: Research on electronic cigarettes in Poland

Dainius Martuzevicius: Exhaled aerosol particles e-cigs & cigarettes

Christopher Russell: Perceptual and experimental factors in switching to e-cigarettes

Michal Stoklosa: Prices and e-cigarette demand in the EU

Marewa Glover: The Michael Russell Memorial Oration 2016

Konstantinos Farsalinos: Safety & toxicology of e-cigarettes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypy1YyOnccg

Linda Bauld: Asking the right questions about smoking and alternative nicotine delivery systems

Ann McNeill – Population impact of e-cigarettes: recent evidence from the UK

Karl Lund: Population impacts of snus – tobacco initiation & cessation

Barnaby Page: Disharmony in the Implementation of the European TPD

Julian Morris – Unaccountable and non-transparent: is the FTC a threat to public health?

Stefan Dudik: “Not Blowing Smoke” – the fight against misleading messages

Clive Bates: What would good regulation of e-cigarettes look like?

Scott Leischow, Jean-Francois Etter, Neil McKeganey, Chris Proctor: Evidence, Accountability and Transparency – whose science counts?

Peter Beckett, Gillian Golden, Judith Wolters, Amy Faith Ho: Evidence, Accountability and Transparency – any other business?

Chris Ford: Lessons for vapers from drugs harm reduction and drug policy reform

Riccardo Polosa – E-cigarettes health potential: current evidence and future areas of exploration

FDA Vapor Deeming Ban

Lawsuits mount against FDA regs on e-cigarettes (another lawsuit filed against FDA)

Sally Satel: Congress, save e-cigarettes from the FDA

Christian Berkey: The FDA’s war on vaping is misguided

Strict New Regulations are Forcing Vapers to DIY

FDA’s costly new rules may sink local vape shops

CASAA’s Elaine Keller: 5 Myths About FDA’s Regulation of Vapor Products

E-cigs debate grows amid FDA rules

ACSH’s Hank Campbell – Methadone, Needle Exchanges and E-cigarettes: Puritanism as Policy

Lindsey Stroud: The war on e-cigarettes moves forward

The McGlaughlin Group (7/1/16) cluelessly repeat Obama DHHS’ false and misleading anti-vaping deeming ban propaganda, conflate lifesaving vaping with cigarette smoking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYeNakW7K5A

FDA falsely touts cigarette protecting Tobacco Control Act (that Philip Morris/Altria negotiated with Big Pharma shills in 2003/04, and lobbied Congress to enact through 2009) as a public health protection law

FDA updated Tobacco webpage conflates all types of tobacco use with daily cigarette smoking (which causes 99% of tobacco attributable disease, disability, mortality and healthcare costs), falsely attributes cigarette diseases and deaths to OTP, uses cigarettes as bait-and-switch to deceive public about lifesaving vapor products, and low risk OTP.

Breaking News: FDA/NCI funded USC activists deceitfully conflate experimental use of no-nicotine vapor products with daily cigarette smoking, falsely classify all no-nicotine vaping as nicotine vaping (despite 2015 MTF finding <20% of teen vapers had vaped nicotine), downplay huge decline in cigarette smoking, falsely insinuate (despite no evidence presented) that e-cigs have addicted many nonsmoking teens in CA; Big Pharma funded AAP (which has lied about vaping and lobbied FDA to ban e-cigs since 2009) publishes junk study in Pediatrics to lobby for FDA vapor deeming ban.

USC press release misrepresents findings from FDA/NCI funded junk study, falsely claims no-nicotine vaping is “tobacco use”, falsely insinuates vaping is addicting non smoking teens to deceive, scare and lobby for FDA vapor deeming ban

AAP’s Jonathan Winickoff (who falsely accused the e-cigarette industry of target marketing flavored e-cigs to addict youth, despite no evidence, at FDA’s press conference defending its unlawful 2009 e-cig ban) misrepresents DHHS funded junk propaganda study that falsely insinuated e-cigs are addicting nonsmoking teens

NY Times headline and article falsely claim FDA/NCI funded junk study found lots of non-smoking teens are vaping nicotine (as study never inquired if nicotine was vaped) to further confuse, scare and lobby for FDA vapor deeming ban. Quotes fear mongering claims by vaping prohibitionists Glantz and Winickoff, but none by objective experts.

Reuters headline and article falsely claim FDA/NIC funded junk study found lots of non-smoking teens are vaping nicotine (as study never inquired if nicotine was vaped) to further confuse, scare and lobby for FDA vapor deeming ban. Quotes fear mongering claims by vaping prohibitionists, but none by objective experts.

BMJ publishes two articles repeating false claims by FDA/NCI junk scientists about vaping and teens same day junk study was published in Pediatrics (documenting BMJ conspiring with AAP and Obama’s DHHS to deceive, scare and lobby for vapor bans).

Medpage Today’s Perry Wilson touts deceitful claims by FDA/NCI funded junk study authors who classifie no-nicotine vapers as nicotine vapers (tobacco users) to falsely insinuate vaping has increased tobacco use by teens, fails to do any fact checking.

Daily Mail headline repeats false fear mongering gateway claims by FDA funded activist

Healthday article repeats fear mongering claims by FDA/NCI funded junk study author
Jessica Barrington-Trimis, AVA’s Greg Conley points out study authors never even inquired if nicotine was vaped but claimed all vapers were nicotine/tobacco users

Mike Siegel: Findings from new Pediatrics study are not relevant to the overall US

FDA/NCI funded activists study impact (on vapers and smokers) of different intentionally deceptive fear monger warnings for lifesaving vapor products

FDA’s Health Fraud website still falsely conflates all far less harmful tobacco products (including lifesaving vapor products via deeming rule) with highly addictive and lethal cigarettes, still falsely claims every truthful statement about product risks and benefits “misleads” consumers “Claiming less harm or reduced risk of disease from using tobacco products misleads consumers to think that these products are safe to use,” still denies the US Constitution protects truthful commercial speech “FDA considers these kinds of claims to be health fraud,” and still lies about the cigarette protecting TCA deal negotiated by Altria, CTFK and GSK “These requirements were put in place so that American tobacco consumers are not misled about the harms of tobacco products.”

Obama’s DOD urges active duty service members to demonize tobacco companies, promote abstinence-only anti-tobacco propaganda, and hawk Big Pharma’s ineffective and less than safe tobacco treatment drugs.

DHHS funded UNC anti-vaping activists (who paid/instructed/assisted teens to buy vapor products, which is unlawful in NC, to falsely accuse vapor companies of targeting youth) now demonize the purchased vapor products to lobby for FDA’s vapor deeming ban

DHHS funded Yale anti-vaping activists study, recommend telling teens even more false, misleading and demonizing messages (which is what prompted millions of US teens to experiment with vaping since Obama’s DHHS declared War on Vaping)

Andrew Nagy: New FDA Warning Labels Explained (cigars)

CDC Budget

Big Pharma funded vapor prohibitionist CTFK criticizes House Appropriations for reducing CDC’s tobacco policy & propaganda budget from $210 million to $100 million,
claims action “makes no sense”, fails to acknowledge CDC has made many false fear mongering claims about vaping, smokeless tobacco, nicotine, flavorings, cigars, shisha.  http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2016_07_06_cdc_funding

OK Medical Society President Sherri Baker criticizes Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) because House Appropriations Subcommittee (chaired by Cole) reduced CDC’s tobacco control  budget (after CDC repeatedly lied about lifesaving vapor products, lobbied for FDA’s vapor product deeming ban, and urged/funded state and local governments to ban vaping)


Study finds ObamaCare’s excessively punitive surcharge for tobacco users “resulted in lower rates of insurance enrollment among smokers in the first year of the ACA’s implementation, without increasing smoking cessation.”

Americans are skipping ObamaCare so they can smoke


Electronic cigarettes enjoy ‘remarkable’ growth in June (note Nielsen data monitors sales of inferior ‘cigalike” e-cigs, but not superior premium vaporizers and e-liquid)


World Bank rejects Philip Morris’s 2010 lawsuit challenging Uruguay’s law requiring color graphic warnings on cigarettes

Wall St. Jrnl article hypes e-cigarette lawsuits but fails to mention underlying causes of problems (usually consumer negligence or tampering) or outcomes of any lawsuits

Time article touts Wall St. Jrnl article’s hype about e-cigarette lawsuits

War on Vaping Education

A Billion Lives’ North American premiere at Pabst Theater in Milwaukee August 6

Indiana E-liquid Monopoly Law

Federal judge upholds corrupt Indiana e-liquid monopoly law as constitutional

Eric Boehm: New regulations could virtually wipe out Indiana’s e-cigarette industry

Attorney for Indiana e-liquid monopoly selfishly praises Indiana e-liquid monopoly law
with inaccurate and deceptive claims about e-liquid risks.

More e-liquid firms try to beat state’s deadline as courts weigh vaping laws

State approves seventh e-liquid manufacturer on deadline day

Indiana vape law upheld, but legal battle not yet over: Florida company gets restraining order while judge continues reviewing e-liquid regulations

Convenience store group says Indiana has delayed implementation of e-liquid monopoly law by 60 days (but the Indiana government has NOT issued a public statement)

Alting joins call to rethink Indiana’s vaping law

Lawmaker vows to ‘fix’ new Indiana vaping law

Gregg wants review of Indiana vaping law; Senate leaders already taking a look

Security firm might not meet e-liquid law’s controversial requirements

Utah Online Vapor Sales Ban

Aaron Frazier: Utah online sales prohibition

Aaron Frazier: Utah online sales call to action


California tobacco and vapor tax ballot initiative (Prop 56) qualifies for November ballot

CA Hospital Association gives $9 million to support CA vapor tax and tobacco tax hike
Steven Greenhut: War on vaping an effort to prop up tobacco taxes? (CA)

North Dakota vapor/tobacco opponents submit 22,000 signatures to ND Secretary of State for November ballot initiative to impose a 56% tax on liquid nicotine products, increase cigarette tax from $.44 to $2.20/pack

Colorado tobacco tax hike ballot initiative would increase cigarette tax from $.84 to $2.59/pack, raise OTP tax from 40% to 62% (no info if it would tax vapor products),
petitioners have collected 35,000 of 98,000 signatures needed to get on ballot.

Clock ticks down to another budget decision by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf

Big Pharma funded CTFK urges PA legislators to enact PA Gov. Wolf’s proposed 40% tax on lifesaving vapor products and low risk OTP, and increase cigarette tax by $1/pack

Connecticut cigarette tax hike to $3.90/pack takes effect

West Virginia tobacco tax hike (and vapor tax) goes into effect

Vaping Bans

Vaping banned at New Street Station and anti-smoking campaigners are not happy (UK)

Allegheny County (PA) BOH to consider proposed workplace vaping ban on July 13

CASAA asks Allegheny County (PA) vapers to contact Board of Health urging reject proposed workplace vaping ban, to speak at July 13 Board of Health meeting

MN Settlement funded ClearWay Minnesota boasts that half of MN vapers are now banned from using lifesaving vapor products in workplaces (after ClearWay lobbied to enact local vaping bans by lying about vaping), urges MN legislators to ban vaping in all workplaces statewide (to further protect cigarette markets), repeats lies about vaping.

Wetzel-Tyler (WV) Health Department board to vote July 12 on proposed workplace vaping ban (that redefines vaping as smoking, bans outdoor vaping within 20 feet, and
is called a Clean Air Regulation)

Smokeless Tobacco Use Bans

DC Council considering smokeless tobacco ban at ballpark

Minimum Age Laws

Chicago’s 21 year minimum age law for tobacco and vapor product sales goes into effect

Calvo vetoes bill to raise Guam legal age to buy tobacco products

Jefferson City (MO) Council Committee rejects raising minimum age for tobacco and vapor products to 21.

Courtland County (NY) increases minimum sales age for tobacco and vapor to 21

As Massachusetts considers raising minimum tobacco age, Cumberland Farms wants clarity in laws (due to many conflicting local laws)


In the race to regulate e-cigarettes, smokers may be forgotten

Plain Cigarette Package Laws

NY Times publishes more propaganda advocating plain packaging laws for cigarettes that blatantly violate the US Constitution, falsely insinuates Australia’s 2012 law reduced youth smoking (despite no evidence).


UK House of Lords: Previous Tobacco and Related Products Regulation 2016 / Motion to Regret (July 4, 2016)

UK Lord Forsyth of Drumlean says EU TPD rules on e-cigarettes are absurd, will cost lives

Altria’s stock still smoking hot after the Brexit


Swedish Match to challenge the EU TPD’s cigarette protecting snus ban in UK court

Clive Bates: A strong case to overturn the EU snus ban – 10 reasons why legal action should succeed this time

Von Vape forced to switch gears on offshore powerboat racing sponsorship due to EU TPD decision


Euromonitor: Unprecedented decline of cigarette volumes in China

WHO urges prohibition by mandating more harmful reduced nicotine cigarettes

Lynn Kozlowski: Cigarette prohibition and the need for more prior testing of the WHO TobReg’s global nicotine-reduction strategy (exposes WHO TobReg advocating black markets for cigarettes, vapor, smokeless tobacco and OTP via laws mandating very low nicotine levels)

Ron Borland: Paying more attention to the ‘elephant in the room’

DHHS funded activists advocate mandatory nicotine reductions (i.e. prohibition) for tobacco products

Prohibition Laws

Vaping advocates urge Karnataka government to reconsider e-cig sales ban (as cigarettes remain legal), anti-vaping activist defends e-cig ban even though cigarettes remain legal

Karela (India) government decides to ban e-cigarettes (but not cigarettes) due to lies

Tanzania bans shisha (but not far more harmful cigarettes) over health concerns

Tobacco “End Game” Prohibition Conferences Disguised as Public Health Conferences

RSM invites snus and vapor propagandists and prohibitionists to “winning the end-game against tobacco” conference in London Sept 16 to spew more propaganda and promote more counterproductive prohibition laws

Snus prohibitionists (who still deny that hundreds of thousands of Swedish smokers switched to snus during past 5 decades) to hold “Tobacco Endgame” conference in Sweden September 22/23

Secret list of 100 tobacco/vapor/nicotine invited to Sept 30 Oct 1 “tobacco endgame” conference in Canada

More Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies

Konstantinos Farsalinos delineates why study claiming e-cigarette aerosol is toxic is junk science, criticizes incompetence of peer reviewers, urges retraction of the study

Farsalinos and Baeyens expose false and misleading fear mongering claims made in biased e-cig toxicology study

Authors of biased e-cig toxicology study respond to Farsalinos and Baeyens

Authors of another inapplicable cell study grossly misrepresent findings to scare public

Study finds college students who vaped were more likely to smoke, but authors falsely claim study found e-cigs are gateways to cigarettes and perhaps to drinking alcohol

Tennessee Health Department lies about e-cigs in letter to TN sheriffs

CVS still conflates lifesaving vapor products and very low risk smokeless tobacco with deadly cigarettes, still pushes counterproductive abstinence-only anti-tobacco policies

Study finds media truthfully portray e-cigarettes as a “healthier alternative” to cigarettes and as a “smoking cessation aid”, but anti-vaping authors conclude (based on no evidence in their study) “Public health organizations should provide information to e-cigarette users and the public through these outlets and take a strong stance against their use, especially by school-aged children.”

Reuters article hypes NIH funded study finding smokers don’t know most of the thousands of constituents in tobacco smoke (duh), NIH funded author Kurt Ribisl falsely claims 93 smoke constituents are “quite toxic” (since everything is toxic because ‘the dose makes the poison’), urges more deception of smokers about smoke constituents.

PBS Nova publishes fear mongering junk science smear on vaping, falsely claims vaping doesn’t help smokers quit and many other lies by FDA/NCI funded Stan Glantz.

Orland Sentinnel publishes 2nd op/ed by plastic surgeon Richard Bosshardt that repeats false fear mongering claims about vaping, and that exposes his ignorance and bias.

NY government funded Mid-Hudson Prevention Resource Center makes many false fear mongering claims about vaping

Cynthia Cabrera interviews former ACS smokeless tobacco THR denier Tom Glynn, who equivocates about vapor products and FDA’s vapor product bans and workplace vaping bans (which ACS has lobbied for since 2009 and 2010 by demonizing vaping)

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Smokefree Pennsylvania
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22nd Century Launches MAGIC 0 Very Low Nicotine Cigarettes in France


22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE MKT:XXII), a plant biotechnology company that is a leader in tobacco harm reduction, announced today the receipt of an initial purchase order for MAGIC 0 Very Low Nicotine cigarettes from French distributor, Royal Distribution. Beginning in June, Royal Distribution will promote and sell the MAGIC brand in France as the world’s lowest nicotine tobacco cigarette. Before the end of 2016, Royal Distribution projects it will have placed MAGIC 0 cigarettes in more than 750 tobacco stores throughout France.

22nd Century is also negotiating with distributors in several additional countries to introduce MAGIC 0 Very Low Nicotine cigarettes broadly to European smokers who wish to reduce their exposure to nicotine. The Company expects to accelerate rollout of MAGIC 0 in Europe and in other markets in the months to come. The American MAGIC website, www.magiccigarettes.com, is available in 8 languages including English, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, German, Chinese, and Japanese, and provides details on the science that makes the world’s lowest nicotine cigarettes possible – all without any artificial extraction or chemical processes.

Mr. Mourad Senouci, Director and co-owner of Royal Distribution explained: “MAGIC is different from any other cigarette brand on the French market. Royal Distribution has always been a trendsetter, and this will be also the case with MAGIC. We will focus our marketing on the unique benefits of MAGIC and on its innovative Very Low Nicotine tobacco.”

22nd Century’s MAGIC cigarettes are made with the Company’s proprietary Very Low Nicotine tobacco and are manufactured for sale in Europe on behalf of 22nd Century by Orion Tobacco Corporation. Designed to appeal to discriminating consumers and positioned to compete with premium cigarette brands, MAGIC 0 cigarettes yield only 0.04 mg nicotine per cigarette – 95% less nicotine than conventional cigarette brands. The proprietary tobacco used in MAGIC cigarettes is grown on independently owned farms in the United States and results in an extraordinary cigarette with all of the taste of a conventional cigarette, but with non-addictive levels of nicotine. Unlike conventional cigarettes, MAGIC cigarettes are crafted with a specialty carbon filter which provides full air flow for a smoking experience that smokers describe as “exceptionally smooth and rich.”

“The public health implications of a virtually nicotine-free tobacco cigarette are enormous and 22nd Century is proud to be in a position to bring such an important product to market in France,” explained Henry Sicignano, III, President and Chief Executive Officer of 22nd Century. “Indeed, France is the first of many European countries that will receive MAGIC 0 Very Low Nicotine cigarettes this year; we are now accelerating rollout of this extraordinary product.”

About 22nd Century Group, Inc.

22nd Century is a plant biotechnology company focused on technology which allows it to increase or decrease the level of nicotine in tobacco plants and the level of cannabinoids in cannabis plants through genetic engineering and plant breeding. The Company’s primary mission is to reduce the harm caused by smoking. 22nd Century currently owns or exclusively controls more than 200 issued patents and more than 50 pending patent applications around the world. Visit www.xxiicentury.com or www.magiccigarettes.com for more information.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking information, including all statements that are not statements of historical fact regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of 22nd Century Group, Inc., its directors or its officers with respect to the contents of this press release, including but not limited to our future revenue expectations. The words “may,” “would,” “will,” “expect,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “intend” and similar expressions and variations thereof are intended to identify forward-looking statements. We cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity or performance. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date that they were made. These cautionary statements should be considered with any written or oral forward-looking statements that we may issue in the future. Except as required by applicable law, including the securities laws of the United States, we do not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements to conform these statements to reflect actual results, later events or circumstances, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. You should carefully review and consider the various disclosures made by us in our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, filed on February 18, 2016, including the section entitled “Risk Factors,” and our other reports filed with the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission which attempt to advise interested parties of the risks and factors that may affect our business, financial condition, results of operation and cash flows. If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if the underlying assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results may vary materially from those expected or projected.

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Switching from tobacco to e-cigarettes “substantially reduces health risk” – top cancer charity




Hong Kong, May 23, 2016 – A top cancer research organisation has published a simple Q&A to help smokers switch to safer alternatives and recommending use of e-cigarettes.

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to cancer research. All its activities are directed towards its ultimate goal of beating cancer.

Following last month’s high-profile Royal College of Physicians’ report encouraging smokers to consider e-cigarettes as a less harmful alternative, Cancer Research asked Dr Andy McEwen, executive director of the UK’s National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training, to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the devices. The Q&A can be seen here:

10 common questions about e-cigarettes answered

Among Dr McEwen’s conclusions are:

• “switching from tobacco to e-cigarettes substantially reduces a major health risk”
• “nicotine doesn’t cause smoking-related diseases”
• “using an e-cigarette is different from smoking a cigarette”
• “there’s no evidence that second-hand e-cigarette vapour is dangerous to others”
• “e-cigarettes aren’t recommended for use by non-smokers and children”.

Cancer Research is the latest in a line of respected and impartial medical and public-health bodies to confirm scientists’ research that e-cigarettes represent a major advance in harm reduction for smokers. It is well known that people find it difficult to stop smoking, and switching to vaping reduces the risk by “at least 95 percent”. Other recent reports endorsing advice to smokers to switch to e-cigarettes include the Royal College of Physicians, Royal Society for Public Health, the British Lung Foundation and Public Health England.

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With Philip Morris blasted by the International Permanent Court of Arbitration for attempting ‘an abuse of rights’ by trying to get graphic cigarette packing banned in Australia the company today stated they would not contest the verdict. This appeared to send its stock 1% lower this afternoon, though given the wider state of the market it is hard to ascertain how much impact the news has actually had.

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

Reprinted with the kind permission of Bill Godshall of Smokefree Pennsylvania

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

Royal College of Physicians – Nicotine Without Smoke: Tobacco Harm Reduction

Promote e-cigarettes widely as substitute for smoking says new RCP report

John Britton: Nicotine without smoke – putting electronic cigarettes in context

Cancer Research UK: Reducing the harm of tobacco, could e-cigarettes be part of the solution?

Cancer group lauds report encouraging vaping use

Mike Siegel: Royal College of Physicians report recommends widespread promotion of electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation

AVA: 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

E-cigarettes should be offered to smokers, say doctors

UK doctors urge wide promotion of e-cigs to help smokers quit

Doctors warn of big tobacco firms entering e-cigarette market

Doctors body strongly promotes e-cigarettes as healthier alternative to smoking as EU rules make them weaker

E-cigarettes could save millions, say doctors

E-cigarettes ‘much less harmful than smoking and should be encouraged’

A major medical group just threw its weight behind e-cigs

GPs advised to ‘promote e-cigarettes widely’ as smoking substitute

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

Scotland Herald View: Progress on vaping

Scotsman: Vaping must be allowed to work

Why e-cigarettes should be ‘widely promoted’ as a substitute for smoking

Vaping is about reducing harm, not being harmless

Are e-cigarettes good or bad for you? Everything smokers need to know

UK medical body backs e-cigarettes (from AAP in Australia)

Doctors call for e-cigarettes to be “promoted” – from FactAsia.org

Doctors call for e-cigarettes to be “promoted”

KUALA LUMPUR, April 28, 2016 – An extraordinary new report from the top doctors’ organisation in the UK calls e-cigarettes “beneficial to public health”.

The report, from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP*), says smokers should be “encouraged” to switch to e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking because “the public can be reassured that e-cigarettes are much safer than smoking.”

Findings of the landmark 200-page report – the latest in a line of such positive views on vaping from major independent UK bodies – include:

• e-cigs do NOT ‘re-normalise’ smoking

• e-cigs are a gateway AWAY from smoking

• e-cigs constitute a benefit to public health (in the UK, where they have been made legal and an estimated 2.7 million adults use them – overwhelmingly as part of a process to stop smoking)

• e-cigarettes should be regulated, but in a ‘proportionate’ way. Laws “should not be allowed significantly to inhibit the development and use of harm-reduction products by smokers”

The RCP’s own summary of the report, “Nicotine without smoke: tobacco harm reduction“, says:

“e-cigarettes are likely to be beneficial to UK public health. Smokers can therefore be reassured and encouraged to use them, and the public can be reassured that e-cigarettes are much safer than smoking.

“Although smoking prevalence in the UK has reduced to 18 percent, 8.7 million people still smoke. Harm reduction provides an additional strategy to protect this group of smokers from disability and early death.

“Since e-cigarettes became available in the UK in 2007, their use has been surrounded by medical and public controversy. This new 200-page report examines the science, public policy, regulation and ethics surrounding e-cigarettes and other non-tobacco sources of nicotine, and addresses these controversies and misunderstandings with conclusions based on the latest available evidence:

“E-cigarettes are not a gateway to smoking – in the UK, use of e-cigarettes is limited almost entirely to those who are already using, or have used, tobacco

“E-cigarettes do not result in normalisation of smoking – there is no evidence that either nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or e-cigarette use has resulted in re-normalisation of smoking. None of these products has to date attracted significant use among adult never-smokers, or demonstrated evidence of significant gateway progression into smoking among young people”E-cigarettes and quitting smoking – among smokers, e-cigarette use is likely to lead to quit attempts that would not otherwise have happened, and in a proportion of these to successful cessation. In this way, e-cigarettes can act as a gateway from smoking

“E-cigarettes and long-term harm – the possibility of some harm from long-term e-cigarette use cannot be dismissed due to inhalation of the ingredients other than nicotine, but is likely to be very small, and substantially smaller than that arising from tobacco smoking. With appropriate product standards to minimise exposure to the other ingredients, it should be possible to reduce risks of physical health still further. Although it is not possible to estimate the long-term health risks associated with e-cigarettes precisely, the available data suggest that they are unlikely to exceed 5% of those associated with smoked tobacco products, and may well be substantially lower than this figure.

“The report acknowledges the need for proportionate regulation, but suggests that regulation should not be allowed significantly to inhibit the development and use of harm-reduction products by smokers. A regulatory strategy should take a balanced approach in seeking to ensure product safety, enable and encourage smokers to use the product instead of tobacco, and detect and prevent effects that counter the overall goals of tobacco control policy.”

Professor John Britton, chair of the RCP’s Tobacco Advisory Group, said:

‘The growing use of electronic cigarettes as a substitute for tobacco smoking has been a topic of great controversy, with much speculation over their potential risks and benefits. This report lays to rest almost all of the concerns over these products, and concludes that, with sensible regulation, electronic cigarettes have the potential to make a major contribution towards preventing the premature death, disease and social inequalities in health that smoking currently causes in the UK. Smokers should be reassured that these products can help them quit all tobacco use forever.’

RCP president Professor Jane Dacre said:

‘Since the RCP’s first report on tobacco, Smoking and Health, in 1962, we have argued consistently for more and better policies and services to prevent people from taking up smoking, and help existing smokers to quit. This new report builds on that work and concludes that, for all the potential risks involved, harm reduction has huge potential to prevent death and disability from tobacco use, and to hasten our progress to a tobacco-free society. With careful management and proportionate regulation, harm reduction provides an opportunity to improve the lives of millions of people. It is an opportunity that, with care, we should take.’

*The Royal College of Physicians, founded in 1518, is the oldest medical college in England. It continues to play a pivotal role in raising standards and shaping public health today and is continuously active in improving the practice of medicine.


is an independent, not-for-profit, consumer-oriented advocate for rational debate about – and sensible regulation of – the rights of adult citizens throughout Asia to choose to use tobacco or other nicotine related products. factasia does not promote smoking or the use of nicotine, opposes all under-age use of cigarettes or any other product containing nicotine, and does not engage in any manufacturing or distribution activities.

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Congress moves to help the Vaping industry

House Committee Votes to Save the Vaping Industry

House Appropriations Committee passes amendment to stop the FDA from banning 99%-plus of vapor products

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a big win for vapers, this afternoon the House Appropriations Committee voted in favor of an amendment to the FY 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill that would modernize the predicate date for vapor products and stop the FDA from banning 99%-plus of vapor products on the market today.  The bipartisan amendment by Rep. Tom Cole (R – OK) and Rep. Sanford Bishop (D – GA) passed by a 31-19 vote.


Yesterday, Gregory Conley, the President of the American Vaping Association (AVA), warned in an Op Ed published by The Hill that a failure to change the February 15, 2007 predicate date would mean the closure of thousands of small businesses across the country and allow Big Tobacco to take over the vapor product market.


“This is fantastic news for public health and small businesses,” said Conley.  “The vapor industry and its consumers do not oppose sensible regulation, but the FDA’s proposal is anything but sensible.”


“Modernizing the predicate date will not interfere with the FDA’s ability to regulate vapor products.  All this change does is force the agency to regulate the vapor products rather than just ban 99%-plus of products on the market today,” continued Conley.
In addition to changing the predicate date, the Cole-Bishop amendment directs the FDA to set product standards, dictate labeling requirements, require retailer registration to effectuate youth access compliance checks, and ban self-service displays and vending machines in stores that permit minors.  Furthermore, the amendment restricts the advertising of vapor products.


Despite today’s favorable vote, the AVA remains cautious of the process that lies ahead.


“This is only the start of a long fight to keep this provision in the overall budget bill. The industry and its consumers need to put forth a massive effort to ensure that both Democrats and Republicans do not lose sight of the importance of this policy change.”


The 2017 spending and budget bills may not be voted by the full House and Senate until the end of the year, so uncertainty in the market will continue to linger.


“The fate of the U.S. vapor product industry is in the hands of Congress,” says Conley.



BAT results – commentary

British American Tobacco have released their latest earnings. Here’s a comment from Joshua Raymond, Market Analyst at XTB.com.

“British American Tobacco announced a like for like growth in cigarette volume of 1.1% in an interim management update for its nine months to 31st March. The firm saw solid growth in volume sales across a number of important territories including Russia, Turkey and Indonesia which helped to offset lower volumes in Pakistan and Malaysia, which was impacted by higher excise led price increases.


The firm saw revenues grow by 7.5% at constant rates of exchange but once current exchange rates are shown, revenues drop to a mere growth of 1.5%, showing just how much the company has been effected by negative FX moves. The firm also warned that if FX moves continue as they have been, its profits would be impacted to the tune of 7% give how much it relies on such a broad geographical transactional flow.


All in all it seems a fairly solid report sales wise but given how competitive the industry is and its own fairly open ended disclaimer that profit margins would be hit by negative FX moves, there can also be an element of lingering concern here for the firms full year results.”


Source https://www.xtb.com/en/market-analysis/our-analysts/joshua-raymond