New Trade Association Pushes Self Regulation of E-Cigarettes

Editors  Note:  CRE has followed the e-cigarette issue for a considerable period of time.  Relevant information can be posted on this Interactive Public Docket by the community; or in the alternative by sending them to CRE  at  Upon request, CRE may peform an in-depth independent  peer review of a particlar study.
Convenience  Store News

MIAMI — Six months after forming, the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) will make its national debut at the 2012 NACS Show. The association in the smoke-free alternatives industry came together in March and represents distributors, manufacturers, retailers, and end users with the goal to address a variety of consumer matters including tobacco regulation and its possible extension to vaporizing devices, according to SFATA.

Big Tobacco braces for packaging ban

Editor’s Note: Described below is another shortsighted regulatory regime which will increase the sale of counterfeit cigarettes and the resultant adverse health effects.

 Market  Watch

Australia strikes first in move to ban individual branding

LONDON (MarketWatch)—Cigarette makers are bracing for a potential drop in demand and a fierce price war, after Big Tobacco failed to overturn an Australian law last month calling for plain wrapping on their products.

Since then, fear has mounted that generic packaging will not only hurt the premium brands that rely on distinct branding but will also trigger an illicit, counterfeit trade that will have major implications across the entire industry.

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ Argument that Sixth Circuit Validated Graphic Warning Labels is Not Entirely Correct;

Dr. Micahel Siegel

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ Argument that Sixth Circuit Validated Graphic Warning Labels is Not Entirely Correct; Supreme Court Will Never Affirm Sixth Circuit’s Reasoning on the Actual Proposed Warning Labels

Last month, I reported on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upholding a district court decision that invalidated the graphic cigarette warning labels proposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has argued that the D.C. Circuit’s ruling is “wrong on the law” and “wrong on the science” and urged the FDA to appeal to the Supreme Court.

FDA Increases Tobacco Compliance Checks

NACS  Online

Despite a sharp increase in the number of “no” violations among retailers selling alcohol, the violation rate among the total retailer universe drops from 2011.


 ARLINGTON, VA – The FDA’s Center for Tobacco Compliance (CTP) has updated its compliance check enforcement activity of retailers selling tobacco, which reveals a sharp increase in the number of compliance checks.

An analysis of CTP data by the We Card Program, which uses publicly available data at, the 2012 totals and rates (through August 31) are as follows:

The Quest to Creat a Cancer-Free Cigarette Continues


Will Star
The Telegraph
The tobacco industry has spent millions in pursuit of its Holy Grail – the cancer-free cigarette. But even if they succeed, smokers might not like it.

 There exists, in some lawyer’s vault, somewhere in the United States, a secret memo that was authored by a tobacco company executive back in 1955. Written in the exclamatory patois of the time, it says, “Boy! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our company was first to produce a cancer-free cigarette. What we could do to the competition.”

Electronic Cigarettes Harm The Lungs


Editor’s  Note:  The study described below alleges certain downsides to e-cigarettes.  However in addition to verifying these allegations and their continuance through time it is imperative that the resultant adverse effects of e-cigarettes be compared with those of  coventional cigarettes.  The author’s failed on this mission.



Medical News Today


Electronic cigarettes, seen by many as a healthy alternative to tobacco smoking, do cause damage to the lungs, scientists from the University of Athens, Greece, explained at the European Respiratory Society’s Annual Congress 2012, Vienna, on Sunday. Electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes have also been marketed as effective smoking cessation devices.

FDA is Gearing Up for a Major Expansion in Tobacco Regulation

Those readers who believe that agency regulatory cycles are determined by election cycles have a  point in the short run–but not the long run. Agencies who are funded “off budget” through levies on the regulated industry have  life cycles  of their own.  Consider the following research projects to be undertaken by the FDA.  The FDA should advise all recipients of federal  funds  that the FDA  can not use the results of the studies unless they are compliant with the Data Quality Act.  CRE has under consideration a program to ensure that the resultant studies are DQA compliant.

FDA Website