Yet another incomplete economic analysis claims menthol ban would hurt economy, this time in LA

Los Angeles is debating a comprehensive ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products. Like clockwork, the California Fuels & Convenience Alliance, who represents gas stations and convenience stores, has delivered a report to the City Council claiming that banning menthol would cost the city jobs and taxes. To reach this conclusion”Economic Impact of theContinue reading “Yet another incomplete economic analysis claims menthol ban would hurt economy, this time in LA”

Juul fails to properly report clinical trial results

Drug and medical device companies have a long history of selective reporting the results of clinical trials used to test their new products and even of burying results they don’t like. In an effort to make it harder for companies to manipulate reporting of results, the federal government (NIH) created ClinicalTrials.gov, where companies and othersContinue reading “Juul fails to properly report clinical trial results”

Unhealthy air pollution in cannabis dispensary that allows on-site consumption

States are moving quickly to legalize adult use of cannabis and many permit on-site consumption of cannabis products in retail outlets or marijuana lounges. All the inhaled forms of cannabis (smoking, vaping, dabbing) generate an aerosol of ultrafine particles that carries the THC (the psychoactive agent in cannabis) deep into the lungs where it isContinue reading “Unhealthy air pollution in cannabis dispensary that allows on-site consumption”

Tobacco free “In the Heights” an audience, critical success

Two years ago Cinema Blend reported that Lin-Manuel Miranda wanted to include a hookah in his new film In the Heights, but didn’t do it out of concern that doing so could trigger an R rating and reduce the audience (and money the film would make): Lin-Manuel Miranda is currently in the process of makingContinue reading “Tobacco free “In the Heights” an audience, critical success”

More details on how menthol helps Big Tobacco keep kids hooked

Keeping menthol in cigarettes (and other tobacco products) has been a priority for the tobacco companies ever since they got it exempted from the characterizing flavor ban in the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that gave the FDA jurisdiction over tobacco products. The already-strong case for banning menthol just got stronger withContinue reading “More details on how menthol helps Big Tobacco keep kids hooked”

More direct evidence that SF flavor ban worked

Last year we published a paper on implementation of San Francisco’s ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products (including menthol) that reported that health department inspectors found high compliance with the flavor ban when they visited retailers. Now, Doris Gammon and colleagues have shown that the law virtually eliminated sales of flavored tobacco productsContinue reading “More direct evidence that SF flavor ban worked”

Amazon’s purchase of MGM is a good time to catch up with the major studios’ tobacco policies

Amazon is buying MGM for $8.45 billion to get its inventory of popular films and TV shows.  It also plans to have MGM continue to produce new films aimed at a broad audience.  In contrast to MGM (and Amazon), all the major studios that produce feature films have adopted policies to reduce or eliminate smokingContinue reading “Amazon’s purchase of MGM is a good time to catch up with the major studios’ tobacco policies”

Disney’s Cruella is smokefree

Cruella is the origin story of the villain in Disney’s 1961 animated classic One Hundred One Dalmatians.  In it Cruella famously smokes using a long cigarette holder. (So does Glen Close in the 1996 and 2000 live action versions and the TV series.)  But, consistent with Disney’s policy to “actively limit the depiction of smokingContinue reading “Disney’s Cruella is smokefree”

We know a lot about how e-cigarettes cause disease

The evidence on the health effects of e-cigarettes was the subject of two recently published reviews that focus on cardiovascular, pulmonary and immunologic effects of e-cigarettes. These reviews complement earlier reviews on the pulmonary effects of e-cigarettes, e-cigarettes and smoking cessation, and the gateway effect for smoking among youth and young adults. Taken together theseContinue reading “We know a lot about how e-cigarettes cause disease”

Growing international consensus (except UK) on dangers of e-cigs

Recently, Cynthia Callard of Physicians for a Smokefree Canada posted a blog commenting on three reports on vaping issued last week by the European Union, the WHO and the UK Royal College of Physicians. The EU and WHO reports reflect in part a growing consensus that: There are harms from e-cigarettes, especially harms to theContinue reading “Growing international consensus (except UK) on dangers of e-cigs”