Science FDA (and everyone else) needs to actively engage as they think about whether to authorize Juul and the other ecigs

When I read the FDA’s Technical Project Lead summary of its scientific justification for authorizing the sale of RJ Reynolds’ Vuse Solo e-cigarette, I was struck by the fact that it ignored the broad scientific literature on e-cigarettes and seemed to accept industry-framed arguments. For example: They ignored the evidence that as consumer products, e-cigarettesContinue reading “Science FDA (and everyone else) needs to actively engage as they think about whether to authorize Juul and the other ecigs”

FCTC stimulated smoking bans and pictorial warnings but not tax increases or ad bans

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) committed Parties to, among other things, implement tobacco demand reduction measures including smokefree laws, strong health warning labels and increase tobacco taxes. Previous studies, including some of our work, have generally shown that countries followed treaty ratification by implementing at least some of these policies. Now HeikkiContinue reading “FCTC stimulated smoking bans and pictorial warnings but not tax increases or ad bans”

E-cigarettes don’t help smokers stay off cigarettes

Last week the FDA authorized the sale of RJ Reynolds’ (BAT’s US subsidiary) Vuse e-cigarette despite heavy use by kids because “the manufacturer’s data demonstrates its tobacco-flavored products could benefit addicted adult smokers who switch to these products – either completely or with a significant reduction in cigarette consumption – by reducing their exposure toContinue reading “E-cigarettes don’t help smokers stay off cigarettes”

PM’s modified risk tobacco product application for IQOS 3 ignores new published research on toxic emissions in IQOS aerosol and does not demonstrate benefits to individual or population health; FDA should deny its application to make reduced exposure claims

My UCSF TCORS colleagues and I submitted this public comment to the FDA opposing Philip Morris’ application for authorization for them to make modified risk claims for its new IQOS 3 heated tobacco product. A PDF of the comment is here. The Regulations.gov tracking number is kur-iypq-uf1v. Here is the comment: The supplemental modified riskContinue reading “PM’s modified risk tobacco product application for IQOS 3 ignores new published research on toxic emissions in IQOS aerosol and does not demonstrate benefits to individual or population health; FDA should deny its application to make reduced exposure claims”

How Big Tobacco worked behind the scenes in Louisiana for “tort reform”

Tanner Wakefield and I just published “The Tobacco Industry’s Tort Reform Campaign to Avoid Liability in Louisiana” in Addictive Behaviors. This paper uses previously secret internal tobacco industry documents to describe how the tobacco companies worked through intermediaries to promote “tort reform” that would shield it from legal liability for all the death and destructionContinue reading “How Big Tobacco worked behind the scenes in Louisiana for “tort reform””

Thousands of chemicals in ecig liquid and aerosol

One of the main arguments that e-cig advocates have used is that the aerosol is much less toxic than cigarette smoke because it contains many fewer chemicals. For example, the article “Balancing consideration of the risks and benefits of e-cigarettes” organized by Ken Warner says “The number of chemicals in cigarette smoke, greater than 7000,Continue reading “Thousands of chemicals in ecig liquid and aerosol”

Facebook IS like Big Tobacco

In her opening statement in her testimony about Facebook to the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection on October 5, 2021 Frances Haugen compared Facebook to Big Tobacco, as did Subcommittee Chair Richard Blumental (who sued the tobacco companies in the 1990s) and several other senators. I watched the whole 3 1/2 hour hearing and,Continue reading “Facebook IS like Big Tobacco”

California ignores public health and quickly approves cannabis “emergency” regulations

On September 27, 2021, just a week after the 5 day public comment period closed, the California Department of Cannabis Control released its final emergency regulations. The minor changes the Department made in response to the comments all but ignored the extensive thoughtful public health comments Getting it Right from the Start submitted, with theContinue reading “California ignores public health and quickly approves cannabis “emergency” regulations”

“Big Vape” is well worth reading

As I said in my review of Lauren Etter’s history of Juul, The Devil’s Playbook, my definition of a good book on tobacco is that I learn things I didn’t already know from reading it. Even after reading Etter’s book, Jamie Ducharme’s Big Vape is a good book. While all the key major events appearContinue reading ““Big Vape” is well worth reading”

Menthol: Two wrongs won’t make a right

After refusing to authorize the sale of over a million e-cigarette flavors, the FDA still has not dealt with menthol (or tobacco flavored) e-cigarettes. As detailed in an earlier blog post, I remain concerned that FDA will authorize the sale of menthol e-cigarettes using the incorrect logic that menthol e-cigarettes need to remain available asContinue reading “Menthol: Two wrongs won’t make a right”