Lawsuit provides inside view of Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

The allegations in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed Lourdes Liz, the former Director of Digital and Social Media at the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, provides specifics on how FSFW functions as an arm of Philip Morris International (sole funder of FSFW) and Alria, parent of Philip Morris Tobacco. Broadly, she alleges that PMI usesContinue reading “Lawsuit provides inside view of Foundation for a Smoke-Free World”

12 Senators ask FDA for details on ecig premarket review process

September 9, 2020 was the deadline for e-cigarette companies to submit their applications for premarket review to the FDA, a so-called premarket tobacco product application (PMTA). To date, FDA has approved a few PMTAs, most notably for Philip Morris’ IQOS heated tobacco product. The process has not been transparent and health groups and a publicContinue reading “12 Senators ask FDA for details on ecig premarket review process”

Good news: Youth e-cig use dropped in 2020

The CDC recently reported big drops in e-cigarette use between 2019 and 2020 (high school dropped from 27.5% to 19.6% and middle school dropped from 10.5% to 4.7%). As the figure above (courtesy of CDC.) shows, however, e-cig use is still very high, way above where cigarette smoking and e-cigarette use were nine years earlierContinue reading “Good news: Youth e-cig use dropped in 2020”

Register for UCSF “It’s about a Billion Lives” symposium on Jan 29, 2021

Registration is now open for UCSF’s annual “It’s About a Billion Lives” Symposium will be held Friday January 29, 2021 from 8:00am–12:30pm Pacific Time by Zoom webinar.  In addition to the oral presentations, there will be posters from other UCSF research. KEYNOTE: “Half a century later it is still about social acceptability,” Stanton A. Glantz,Continue reading “Register for UCSF “It’s about a Billion Lives” symposium on Jan 29, 2021″

How India enacted groundbreaking rules to blunt the effects of onscreen smoking

In 2012 India implemented groundbreaking rules to blunt the effect of onscreen smoking and other tobacco use. Any film with smoking has to have a warning and advertisement about the dangers of tobacco use produced by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare before the film or video at at the intermission. (Most Bollywood filmsContinue reading “How India enacted groundbreaking rules to blunt the effects of onscreen smoking”

FDA authorized sales of Philip Morris’ IQOS 3 in an opaque process that gave short shrift to protecting the public health

On December 7,2020, FDA issued a marketing order authorizing Philip Morris Products to sell its IQOS 3 heated tobacco product, an updated version of the IQOS 2.4 system FDA had previously authorized for sale in April 2019.  Based on FDA’s streamlined review of Philip Morris’ “supplementary application” comparing IQOS 3 to IQOS 2.4, FDA determinedContinue reading “FDA authorized sales of Philip Morris’ IQOS 3 in an opaque process that gave short shrift to protecting the public health”

Congress extends ban on mailing cigs to include all e-cigs, including marijuana vapes

The recent legislation Congress passed to fund the government included a provision extending the PACT Act’s prohibition on sending cigarettes through the mail to include e-cigarettes. This will go a long way to closing down internet e-cigarette sales which, despite assurances from the e-cig companies and FDA, cannot be effectively age-gated. The law also requiresContinue reading “Congress extends ban on mailing cigs to include all e-cigs, including marijuana vapes”

E-cigs as consumer products don’t help smokers quit

Richard Wang, Sudha Bhadriraju and I just published a comprehensive meta-analysis of the association between e-cigarette use and smoking cessation, “E-Cigarette Use and Adult Cigarette Smoking Cessation: A Meta-Analysis,” in American Journal of Public Health. Unlisk earlier meta-analyses, we made a distinction between population observational studies, which are valuable for assessing the effects of e-cigarettesContinue reading “E-cigs as consumer products don’t help smokers quit”

Evidence that petitions supporting Big Tobacco referendum on CA flavor ban may have been fakes

The Los Angeles Times reported that, “Elections officials in Inyo County said Monday that at least 70% of the signatures submitted to block a California law, SB793, banning the sale of flavored tobacco are invalid, with dozens of voters saying they never signed the petition.” This is an important finding that, if duplicated around theContinue reading “Evidence that petitions supporting Big Tobacco referendum on CA flavor ban may have been fakes”

FDA’s proposed guidance to industry on how to conduct product perception studies is a good start, but needs more specifics

My colleagues at the UCSF TCORS, in collaboration with Stanford, GSU and U of Iowa just submitted a public comment to FDA on its draft guidance on how tobacco companies should conduct perception studies of their products that are to be submitted to FDA as part of applications for approval to market these products orContinue reading “FDA’s proposed guidance to industry on how to conduct product perception studies is a good start, but needs more specifics”