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Smoking Everywhere & Njoy vs FDA - Ruling

Smoking Everywhere & Njoy vs FDA - Order


Researchers Call E-Cigarettes Unsafe as U.S. Court Weakens FDA Regulation



December 10, 2010
News Report

A federal court has ruled that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can only regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products and not as drug-delivery devices, even as new research cast doubt on their safety.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said in its ruling that the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act does not give the FDA the authority to regulate e-cigarettes under the same rules as nicotine gum or the nicotine patch, the Associated Press reported Dec. 7.  

The ruling prevents the FDA from requiring e-cigarette manufacturers to conduct stringent clinical trials to prove the product's safety and effectiveness as an aid to quit smoking. The court said that the FDA did have the authority to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products. 

The ruling was criticized by public health groups who have warned that e-cigarettes are unproven as stop-smoking aids, contain hazardous substances, and suffer from haphazard quality control and safety issues.



Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said the ruling will permit "any manufacturer to put any level of nicotine in any product and sell it to anybody, including children, with no government regulation or oversight at the present time."

Researchers question e-cigarette safety

Meanwhile, new research suggests the electronic nicotine delivery devices may be unsafe, according to a Legacy Foundation press released published Dec. 7 on PR Newswire.

Investigators at the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Control and Georgetown University's Lombardi Center lab-tested different brands of e-cigarettes. They found that the amount of nicotine delivered varied greatly, depending upon the maker of the device, the cartridge used, and "even from puff to puff."

"This inconsistency suggests poor quality control measures, which contributes to the list of unknowns about [e-cigarettes] and adds to the public health community's skepticism surrounding the products," said the study's lead author, Nathan Cobb, MD, Research Investigator at the Schroeder Institute.

Cobb and his colleagues said that although manufacturers claim that e-cigarettes may reduce the harm associated with cigarette smoke, the devices also present risks not associated with tobacco.

The researchers found that e-cigarettes delivered three to five times less nicotine than advertised, but the "juice" bottles used to refill them could contain over 1.5 grams of nicotine - a lethal dose - in packages that were not child-resistant. 

Cobb said, "The variation in design and poor quality control emphasizes that they should not be on the market until and unless regulation to ensure device safety has been established."

The study, "Novel Nicotine Delivery Systems and Public Health: The Rise of the 'E-Cigarette,'" appeared in the December 2010 issue of the American Journal of Public Health

Meanwhile, researchers at the University of California conducted a separate study of e-cigarettes and concluded that they are unsafe to sell, HealthDay reported Dec. 7.

The investigators bought six different brands of e-cigarettes online and assessed their safety. Among other findings, they reported that most e-cigarette cartridges leaked nicotine onto users' hands; that cartridge labels rarely included expiration dates, health warnings, or information about what was in them; that cartridges with no nicotine content "looked identical to those that claimed to have higher nicotine content ... once removed from their packs and wrappers"; and that safety features often malfunctioned. 

Printed and online marketing material for the devices also made factually inaccurate claims. For example:

  • "Be careful to avoid inhaling any significant quantity of fluid. Although it gives you a slight tingling sensation, it is not harmful."
  • "Within two weeks your lung capacity will increase by 30 percent ... Wrinkles in your skin will become less noticeable."

Investigators concluded that "regulators should consider removing [electronic cigarettes] from the market until design features, quality control, disposal and safety issues have been adequately addressed."

The study, "Electronic nicotine delivery systems: is there a need for regulation?" was released online December 7, 2010 in Tobacco Control.

COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE:

Posted by Joshua on 10 Dec 10 02:02 PM CST
Basic math for reporters: the phrase "delivered three to five times less nicotine than advertised" is factually inacurate. if a device delivers one time less nicotine, it is delivering no nicotine. delivering three times less nicotine actually means that the device is delivering no nicotine, and withdrawing from the users body twice the advertised amount of nicotine. the phrase you are looking for here is "delivered one-third ot one-fifth the advertised amount of nicotine"

Posted by Bill Godshall on 10 Dec 10 02:30 PM CST Once again, JT misrepresents the facts and hypes biased propaganda by e-cigarette prohibitionists. In fact, public health advocates who filed an amicus brief in support of NJOY with the DC Court of Appeals applaued the court ruling (i.e. Smokefree Pennsylvania ttp://prescriptions.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/07/e-cigarettes-win-appeals-ruling/?src=twrhp American Council on Science and Health http://www.acsh.org/factsfears/newsID.2132/news_detail.asp Dr. Michael Siegel http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2010/12/appeals-court-upholds-injunction.html Consumer Advocates of Smokefree Alternatives Assoc http://www.onlineprnews.com/news/86248-1291779675-casaa-lauds-decision-on-electronic-cigarettes.html all applauded the court ruling. Meanwhile, the UC Riverside e-cigarette prohibitionist propaganda (that was falsely touted as science) grossly misrepresented the health/safety risks to scare the public and ban the products. http://newsroom.ucr.edu/news_item.html?action=page&id=2506 http://press.psprings.co.uk/tc/december/tc37259.pdf These so-called researchers found zero evidence that e-cigarette pose any health risks to anyone, but claimed that the products were unsafe and should be banned.

Lawyers Ask Judge to Lift Ban on Electronic Cigarettes

August 17, 2009

Lawyers for electronic cigarette distributors told a federal judge today that their clients do not market their products as a way to quit smoking, and that the Food and Drug Administration was acting like “a dog chasing its own tail” as it tried to explain why it was barring shipments of the devices into the United States.

Appearing this afternoon at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, attorneys for Smoking Everywhere and NJoy asked Judge Richard Leon for a preliminary injunction that would lift the FDA’s embargo on their products. The companies sued the FDA in April, claiming the agency had erroneously classified e-cigarettes as unapproved drug devices, and banned imports of them into the states.

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It looks like there will be a need to provide information with regards to the electronic cigarette and the legalities involved, since there will most likely be a few issues that will need to be covered. With that in mind, I will do my best to keep you informed and up to date. Please feel free to contact me if you have pertinent information regarding these issues and I will pass word along though this page.

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H. R. 1256
One Hundred Eleventh Congress
of the
United States of America
AT THE FIRST SESSION
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,
the sixth day of January, two thousand and nine


An Act
To protect the public health by providing the Food and Drug Administration with
certain authority to regulate tobacco products, to amend title 5, United States
Code, to make certain modifications in the Thrift Savings Plan, the Civil Service
Retirement System, and the Federal Employees’ Retirement System, and for
other purposes.


SHORT TITLE.—This division may be cited as the ‘‘Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act’’.

Smokefree Innotec, Inc.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Smokefree Innotec, Inc. (Pink Sheets: SFIO) (www.sfio.us or www.smokefree-innotec.com) announced today that it has retained the law firm of Troutman Sanders LP as counsel with respect to its FDA and other cigarette regulatory issues.

Smokefree Innotec, Inc. C.E.O., Thomas Schroepfer, stated that, “With the FDA now beginning to assert authority over all electronic cigarettes and having seen the turmoil involving other companies in the electronic cigarette business, we are pleased to have Ashley L. Taylor, Jr. and Bryan M. Haynes, both of whom are partners in the Richmond, Virginia office of Troutman Sanders LLP, to advise our Company. Mr. Taylor and Mr. Haynes are based in the heart of the United States cigarette industry and both have extensive expertise in the legal issues of the cigarette industry and government regulation of the industry. They will be of great assistance to our launch of the World’s first, totally smoke-free, ‘Hi-Tec’ cigarette in North America.”

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As we all know, one of the most important issues hanging in the balance right now is the Njoy & Smoking Everywhere vs the FDA court case ... as it will most likely set precedent with regards to the continued usage and enjoyment of the electronic cigarette, cigar and pipe.

Case 1:09-cv-00771-RJL

Document 1

Filed 04/28/2009

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

________________________________

SMOKING EVERYWHERE, INC.,         
                  Plaintiff,                                   
                                                                                   Civ. No. 09-cv-0771 (RJL)
         v.                                                    

U.S. FOOD AND DRUG                        
    ADMINISTRATION,

and

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

AND HUMAN SERVICES

               Defendants.

_________________________________

Plaintiff Smoking Everywhere, Inc. For it's complaint against the United States Food and Drug Administration, Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D., Acting Commissioner for Food and Drugs, and Margaret Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner Designate for Food and Drugs (collectively, "FDA"), and the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Charles E. Johnson, acting Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary Designate for the Department of Health and Human Services (collectively, "DHHS") hereby alleges as follows:

Preliminary Statement

1. This is an action for declaratory and injunctive relief pursuant to 28U.S.C. 2201 and 5 U.S.C. 702 et seq. to stop the FDA from improperly exceeding its delegated authority by attempting to regulate electronic cigarettes " electronic products that are derived from tobacco and allow a user to inhale a liquid vapor for the purpose of "smoking" pleasure.

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Preliminary injunction Request

April. 30, 2009

                                                          
INTRODUCTION
Plaintiff Smoking Everywhere, Inc., seeks a preliminary injunction requiring the United States Food and Drug Administration to permit SE to import an electronic cigarette product and its accessories "E-Cigarettes" for distribution in the United States. SE asserts that FDA lacks jurisdiction to regulate its product, which it claims is a "on-therapeutic" alternative to traditional cigarettes. SE is not entitled to this relief. It has no likelihood of success on the merits, it has not established an irreparable injury, and the balance of interests does not weigh in its favor.  


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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

_________________________________
SMOKING EVERYWHERE, INC.,         
                  Plaintiff,                                   
        and                                                   
             Civ. No. 09-cv-0771 (RJL)
                                                                
SOTTERA, INC., d/b/a NJOY,               
           Intervenor-Plaintiff,                        

         v.                                                    
                                                                
U.S. FOOD AND DRUG                        
    ADMINISTRATION, et al.,                

Defendants.                                              
_________________________________

DEFENDANTS’ SUPPLEMENTAL BRIEF IN OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF’S

AND INTERVENOR’S MOTIONS FOR A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION


At the preliminary injunction hearing on May 15, 2009, the Court inquired about the effect that the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA), which was signed into law on June 22, 2009, might have on the legal issues before the Court. See FSPTCA, Public Law No: 111-31, H.R. 1256, 111th. Cong. (2009)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

_________________________________

SMOKING EVERYWHERE, INC.,         
                  Plaintiff,                                   
        and                                                                 Civ. No. 09-cv-0771 (RJL)

                                                                              Received Sept-09-2009
SOTTERA, INC., d/b/a NJOY,               
           Intervenor-Plaintiff,                        

         v.                                                    
                                                                
U.S. FOOD AND DRUG                        
    ADMINISTRATION, et al.,                

Defendants.                                              

_________________________________

ALLIANCE OF ELECTRONIC SMOKERS MOTION FOR LEAVE TO
PARTICIPATE AND FILE BRIEF AS AMICUS CURIAE


The Alliance of Electronic Smokers (AES), as an interested nonparty, by and through undersigned counsel, respectfully moves the Court for leave to participate and file a brief as amicus curiae in this litigation in support of Plaintiff's and Intervenor-Plaintiffs Motions for Preliminary Injunction.

ARGUMENT

As set forth in greater detail in the Accompanying Brief of Amicus Curiae, AES is an ad hoc group consisting of current consumers of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) that would like to preserve their current choice of tobacco products – a right that is being eliminated by the efforts of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to improperly to exert regulatory authority over e-cigarettes. AES and its members are concerned that their right to choose a preferred vehicle for smoking pleasure could be infringed based on the outcome of the present case. Accordingly, AES and its members have significant interests in the outcome of this litigation. Moreover, AES believes that its perspective would be helpful to the Court in evaluating the merits of this matter.

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Another extremely important issue is the PACT Act which is being moved steadily through channels at this time. The PACT Act ... will successfully intervene on behalf of the Government, should the aforementioned case be successful in it's attempt to move the electronic cigarette away from it's classification as a medical devise and moved into the tobacco category.




House Report 111-117 - PREVENT ALL CIGARETTE TRAFFICKING ACT OF 2009 (PACT ACT)


H.R.1676

Title: To prevent tobacco smuggling, to ensure the collection of all tobacco taxes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Weiner, Anthony D. [NY-9] (introduced 3/23/2009)      Cosponsors (3)


Related Bills: S.1147

Latest Major Action: 6/1/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
House Reports: 111-117


ALL ACTIONS:

3/23/2009:
Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
4/28/2009:
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
4/28/2009:
Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
5/18/2009 7:55pm:
Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 111-117.
5/18/2009 7:56pm:
Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 60.
5/19/2009 1:21pm:
Mr. Weiner moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
5/19/2009 1:21pm:
Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H5730-5738)
5/19/2009 1:21pm:
DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1676.
5/19/2009 1:34pm:
At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
5/21/2009 1:46pm:
Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H5912-5913)
5/21/2009 1:53pm:
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 397 - 11 (Roll no. 287). (text: CR 5/19/2009 H5730-5736)
5/21/2009 1:53pm:
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6/1/2009:
Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Updates

S.1147

Title: A bill to prevent tobacco smuggling, to ensure the collection of all tobacco taxes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Kohl, Herb [WI] (introduced 5/21/2009)      Cosponsors (5)
Related Bills: H.R.1676
Latest Major Action: 5/21/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.


SUMMARY AS OF:
5/21/2009--Introduced.

Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act of 2009 or PACT Act - Amends the Jenkins Act to: (1) include smokeless tobacco as a regulated substance; (2) impose shipping and recordkeeping requirements on delivery sellers (sellers using the telephone, mails, or the Internet) of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco; (3) require common carriers of cigarette products to obtain age and identity verification upon delivery of such products; (4) require the Attorney General to compile and publish a list of delivery sellers of cigarettes or smokeless tobacco who have not complied with the registration or other requirements of such Act; (5) increase criminal penalties and impose new civil penalties for violations of this Act; and (6) grant jurisdiction to U.S. district courts to prevent and restrain violations of this Act and direct the Attorney General to administer and enforce this Act.

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PACT Act S. 1147

SUMMARY AS OF:


5/21/2009 Introduced.

Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act of 2009 or PACT Act - Amends the Jenkins Act to:

(1) include smokeless tobacco as a regulated substance;

  1. impose shipping and recordkeeping requirements on delivery sellers (sellers using the telephone, mails, or the Internet) of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco;

  2. require common carriers of cigarette products to obtain age and identity verification upon delivery of such products;

  3. require the Attorney General to compile and publish a list of delivery sellers of cigarettes or smokeless tobacco who have not complied with the registration or other requirements of such Act;

  4. increase criminal penalties and impose new civil penalties for violations of this Act; and

  5. grant jurisdiction to U.S. district courts to prevent and restrain violations of this Act and direct the Attorney General to administer and enforce this Act.

Amends the federal criminal code to:

  1. treat cigarettes and smokeless tobacco as nonmailable and prohibit such items from being deposited in or carried through the U.S. mails (with specified exceptions, including for mailings for consumer testing); and

  2. authorize officers of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to enter the premises of certain cigarette shippers to inspect records and inventories.

Prohibits a tobacco product manufacturer or importer from selling or delivering in states cigarettes not in compliance with model or qualifying state statutes.

Limits the applicability of this Act with respect to Indian tribes and certain tribal matters.

Directs the ATF Director to create regional contraband tobacco trafficking teams and a Tobacco Intelligence Center to monitor and coordinate tobacco diversion investigations.

Expresses the sense of Congress with respect to the precedential effect of this Act.

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FDA Import Alerts

Tobacco vs FDA et al.


UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY
BOWLING GREEN DIVISION
__________________________________________
COMMONWEALTH BRANDS, INC.;                   
CONWOOD COMPANY, LLC; DISCOUNT        
TOBACCO CITY & LOTTERY, INC.;                     
LORILLARD TOBACCO COMPANY;                  
NATIONAL TOBACCO COMPANY, L.P.; and      
R. J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY,            
                                                                                   
                        Plaintiffs,                                                                        CIVIL ACTION
                                                                                                          NO. 1:09CV-117-M
                            v.                                                     
                                                                                                           (Electronically Filed)
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; UNITED              
STATES FOOD AND DRUG
ADMINISTRATION; MARGARET
HAMBURG, Commissioner of the United States
Food and Drug Administration; and KATHLEEN
SEBELIUS, Secretary of the United States
Department of Health and Human Services,

                      Defendants.
__________________________________________

MEMORANDUM OF AMICI CURIAE
CAMPAIGN FOR TOBACCO-FREE KIDS,
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
CANCER ACTION NETWORK, AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION,
AMERICAN LEGACY FOUNDATION, AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION,
AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH
ASSOCIATION, KENTUCKY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION,
ONCOLOGY NURSING SOCIETY,
AND PUBLIC CITIZEN IN OPPOSITION TO
MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION OF PLAINTIFFS
COMMONWEALTH BRANDS, INC., ET AL.


INTRODUCTION

The legal arguments in this case cannot be considered in isolation from the public health context in which they arise: For more than 30 years, tobacco use has been the nation’s leading preventable cause of death, disease, and disability. It causes nearly one out of every three deaths from cancer; one out of every five deaths from heart disease; and nearly nine out of ten deaths from lung cancer. Tobacco alone kills more people each year in the United States than AIDS, car accidents, alcohol, homicides, illegal drugs, suicides, and fires, combined. The nicotine in tobaccoproducts is highly addictive, and 77% to 92% of smokers are addicted to nicotine.

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I ran across this one today, so I wanted to share it with you. Bryn Garrett on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated

Class action complaint

  1. Violation of Unfair Competition Law, Business and Professions Code 17200

  2. Unjust Enrichment

[JURY TRIAL DEMANDED]

blah blah blah

THE PARTIES

blah blah blah

6.     Plaintiff Bryn Garrett is an individual residing in Sacramento County, California. During the Class period, he purchased Defendants e-cigarettes, suffered injury in fact, and has lost money and property as a result of the unlawful, unfair, misleading and deceptive advertising described herein.

I want to know when the Law Courts are going to put a stop to this ... as far as I can tell, Smoking Everywhere had a case for Litigation Harassment approximately a month ago ... it's a shame that these vultures have nothing better to do with their time.