FDA denies marketing authorization for two RJR Vuse menthol ecigs

Following the same logic FDA used to deny marketing authorization of JTI Logic menthol e-cigarettes, FDA has denied authorization for RJR to sell menthol versions of its Vuse Vibe Tank Menthol 3.0% and the Vuse Ciro Cartridge Menthol 1.5% e-cigs. While FDA does not post the Marketing Denial Orders, Center for Tobacco Products Director Brian KingContinue reading “FDA denies marketing authorization for two RJR Vuse menthol ecigs”

Complaint about RJR flouting CA ban on sale of flavored tobacco products submitted to AG

I have published four earlier blog posts (1, 2, 3, 4) describing how RJR’s “non-menthol” cigarettes violate California’s law prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products. Now my colleague Lauren Lempert has submitted a complaint directly to the California Attorney General. Here is a copy of her submission. How long will it take AG RobContinue reading “Complaint about RJR flouting CA ban on sale of flavored tobacco products submitted to AG”

RJR non-menthol cigarettes have other flavors according to RJR

As documented in three earlier blog posts (1, 2, 3) and an article in the New York Times, RJ Reynolds has introduced several “non-menthol” brands of cigarettes in an effort to get around California’s law prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products. It is important to keep in mind that the law prohibits the saleContinue reading “RJR non-menthol cigarettes have other flavors according to RJR”

Plan to attend annual “It’s About a Billion Lives Symposium” on Jan 26, 2023

Registration is now open for the annual UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education symposium. The symposium is back to being in person (as well as streamed) on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 8am Pacific Time. I will be participating in a panel on the tobacco documents with a great group of people. AsContinue reading “Plan to attend annual “It’s About a Billion Lives Symposium” on Jan 26, 2023″

RJR tries to slither around CA ban on sale of flavored tobacco products with Newport, too

RJ Reynolds, BAT’s US subsidiary, has released its third effort to keep selling flavored cigarettes with its new Newport cigarettes that offer “bold lasting flavor” now that it can’t sell menthol cigarettes. The problem with what Reynolds is doing is that the law prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products, not just menthol flavored tobaccoContinue reading “RJR tries to slither around CA ban on sale of flavored tobacco products with Newport, too”

AG needs to stop Reynolds’ latest transparent attempt to flout California’s ban on the sale of flavored tobacco

After getting crushed at the ballot box and rebuffed by the Supreme Court, RJ Renolds is still trying to slither around California’s prohibition on the sale of flavored tobacco products.  In addition to introducing Camel “ice” cigarettes, it is now promoting “Non-menthol Kool” only in California (screenshot of their website above). The packaging and promotionContinue reading “AG needs to stop Reynolds’ latest transparent attempt to flout California’s ban on the sale of flavored tobacco”

FDA should build on its menthol e-cig decision to implement Reagan-Udall recommendation to triage assessment of new tobacco products

The Reagan-Udall Foundation report on FDA Center for Tobacco Products procedures is now available. It contains recommendations for improving FDA CTP operations, but recognizes that two of the serious impediments that the CTP faces are the huge number of applications for new products and aggressive litigation by the industry. Several recommendations deal with improving transparencyContinue reading “FDA should build on its menthol e-cig decision to implement Reagan-Udall recommendation to triage assessment of new tobacco products”

A big step forward: FDA’s assessment of individual menthol e-cigs lines up with the scientific evidence

Two important memos dated October 25, 2022 detail internal FDA deliberations about how FDA considers specific menthol e-cigarettes in the context of the larger scientific literature on menthol.  The two memos, one from the leadership of the Office of Science and another from Center for Tobacco Products Director Brian King and Deputy Director Michelle MitalContinue reading “A big step forward: FDA’s assessment of individual menthol e-cigs lines up with the scientific evidence”

E-cig advocates criticize CDC for promoting health misinformation with their own misinformation

E-cigarette advocates Michael Pesko, Michael Cummings, Clifford Douglas, Jonathan Foulds, Thomas Miller, Nancy Rigotti, and Kenneth E. Warner recently published an editorial “United States public health officials need to correct e-cigarette health misinformation” criticizing the CDC for promoting what they claim is misinformation on e-cigarettes at the same time CDC was highlighting the dangers of health misinformation. They “focus upon twoContinue reading “E-cig advocates criticize CDC for promoting health misinformation with their own misinformation”