Regan-Udall Foundation review of FDA tobacco regulation “listening sessions” dominated by pro-industry speakers

Regan-Udall Foundation review of FDA tobacco regulation “listening sessions” dominated by pro-industry speakers

The FDA has asked the Regan-Udall Foundation for recommendations on how to improve tobacco product regulation.  The Foundation’s Tobacco Independent Expert Panel has had three “listening sessions” that have been dominated by industry players and “harm reduction” advocates.  I have previously expressed concern about pro-industry leanings of the leadership of the R-U Foundation and some members of the Panel.

Here are the speakers:

Industry and industry allies (20)

Vapor Technology Association, Tony Abboud

American Vapor Manufacturers, Amanda Wheeler

Philip Morris International, Keagan Lenihan and JB Simko

Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Martin Cullip

Coalition of Manufacturers of Smoking Alternatives, Brittani Cushman

Altria Client Services, Paige Magness

Reason Foundation, Michelle Minton

Cigar Association of America, Barry Schaevitz

JMS Scientific Engagement, Jim Solyst

NJOY, Jeffrey Weiss

Consumer Choice Center, Jeff Stier

University of Louisville, Brad Rodu

Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association, Kimberly Hesse

Latham & Watkins/ITG Brands, Ben Haas

R Street Institute, Mazen Saleh, MSc

National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), Lyle Beckwith

RAI Services Company (Reynolds American, Inc), John F. O’Brien

22nd Century Group, John Pritchard

Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association, Alex Clark

Americans for Tax Reform, Tim Andrews

Pro-e-cigarette harm reduction advocates (2)

University of Minnesota, Dorothy Hatsukami

National Tobacco Reform Initiative, Michael Cummings

Public health (10)

Public Health Law Center, Desmond Jenson

American College of Preventive Medicine, Donna Grande, MGA

Center for Tobacco Control Research & Education, UCSF, Lauren Lempert

American Heart Association, Susan K. Bishop

University of Louisville School of Medicine, American Heart Association Tobacco Regulation Center, Aruni Bhatnagar

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Matthew Myers

American Academy of Pediatrics, James Baumberger, MPP

American Lung Association, Erika Sward

Cancer Action Network (American Cancer Society), Catherine (Katie) McMahon

Truth Initiative, Stacey Gagosian

Published by Stanton Glantz

Stanton Glantz is a retired Professor of Medicine who served on the University of California San Francisco faculty for 45 years. He conducts research on tobacco and cannabis control and cardiovascular disease/

2 thoughts on “Regan-Udall Foundation review of FDA tobacco regulation “listening sessions” dominated by pro-industry speakers

  1. But surely the whole idea of effective consultation is to listen to all stakeholders? I’d be more concerned at the Bloomberg funded groups such as the “Truth Initiative”. An effective consultation should be able to distinguish the truth from misinformation. Wish it well in it’s findings.


    1. Of course the committee should hear from industry. I was commenting on balance.

      FYI Bloomberg doesn’t fund Truth Initiative. Truth has been around (originally as American Legacy Foundation) well before Bloomberg got involved with tobacco control.


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