Thai kids who start with e-cigs more likely to go on to add cigs

Kade Patanavanich, Methavee Worawattanakul, and I just published “Longitudinal bidirectional association between youth electronic cigarette use and tobacco cigarette smoking initiation in Thailand” in Tobacco Control. This paper shows that in Thailand, as in richer countries, never-smoking youth who use e-cigarettes are more likely to become smokers than kids who don’t use e-cigarettes. (Kids whoContinue reading “Thai kids who start with e-cigs more likely to go on to add cigs”

DOJ urges Trump judge who has been sitting on FDA cigarette pack warning labels to act

A Trump judge in Texas has been sitting on a case the cigarette companies filed against the FDA’s mandated health warning labels for two years. By not acting, he has effectively blocked the labels nationally but, by not ruling, there has been nothing for the Justice Department to appeal. The DOJ filing (below) is finallyContinue reading “DOJ urges Trump judge who has been sitting on FDA cigarette pack warning labels to act”

33 state Juul settlement does not seem to have fixed problems with earlier settlements

On September 6, 2022, Connecticut Attorney General AG Tong announced that 33 states and Puerto Rico who were suing Juul for its predatory marketing had reached a settlement in principle. Tong’s press release stated, “Both the financial and injunctive terms exceed any prior agreement JUUL has reached with states to date.” While the devil isContinue reading “33 state Juul settlement does not seem to have fixed problems with earlier settlements”

Cannabis companies engage in “corporate social responsibility” activities similar to what tobacco companies do

The tobacco companies (and some other companies) use “corporate social responsibility” programs in which the companies stress some socially desirable behavior — such as affirmative action in hiring or supporting cultural institutions — to distract attention from the fact that they engage in predatory marketing of a dangerous product. As the legal cannabis industry emerges,Continue reading “Cannabis companies engage in “corporate social responsibility” activities similar to what tobacco companies do”

Smokefree laws reduce preterm births

Kristin Ashford, Ellen Hahn and their colleagues at the University of Kentucky recently published and important addition to the literature on the immediate health benefits of smokefree laws. Their paper ‘Municipal smoke-free laws and preterm birth Municipal smoke-free laws and preterm birth” cross-links 16 years of birth data in Kentucky to their database of localContinue reading “Smokefree laws reduce preterm births”

Trump judge continues to delay cigarette warning labels by doing nothing

Last May a federal judge in Texas appointed by President Trump again delayed ruling on the tobacco companies’ lawsuit against the Congressionally-mandated warnings on cigarette packs that the FDA finally issued in 2020. Now he has done it again, pushing the rule’s effective date for the warning labels by an additional 90 days, to OctoberContinue reading “Trump judge continues to delay cigarette warning labels by doing nothing”

Massachusetts’ comprehensive flavor ban cut menthol sales by 96% and overall tobacco sales by 25%

While the FDA continues to dither on getting rid of flavored tobacco products, most notably menthol e-cigarettes, states and localities continue to move forward. The tobacco companies continue to argue that such bans don’t work and that people will just switch to other products. Melody Kingsley, Hannah McGinnes, and their colleagues at the Massachusetts DepartmentContinue reading “Massachusetts’ comprehensive flavor ban cut menthol sales by 96% and overall tobacco sales by 25%”

Another way FDA is cutting ecig companies slack: shelf life

E-cigarettes have finite shelf lives because they become more toxic over time while they sit on the shelf.  E-cigarettes are often contaminated with bacteria and fungus that grow while the e-cigarettes sit on the shelf. In addition, the chemicals in the e-liquid continue reacting with each other after they are mixed, growing more toxic overContinue reading “Another way FDA is cutting ecig companies slack: shelf life”

Juul knows why FDA denied its request to legally sell its ecigs. Why won’t FDA tell the rest of us?

On June 23, 2022, FDA denied Juul’s application for authorization to sell its e-cigarettes in the USA.  While FDA quickly backed down and allowed Juul to remain on the market while the FDA considered “scientific issues unique to the JUUL application that warrant additional review,” there is a lot of interest in FDA’s reasoning forContinue reading “Juul knows why FDA denied its request to legally sell its ecigs. Why won’t FDA tell the rest of us?”

FDA was correct in not quantifying consumer surplus in its analysis of the proposed standard for menthol in cigarettes

My colleagues at UCSF and other universities and I have submitted this comment to the FDA in response to its proposal to prohibit the use of menthol in cigarettes. A PDF of the comment is here. The Regulations.gov tracking number is l6b-h3rv-v16n. FDA was correct in not quantifying consumer surplus in its analysis of theContinue reading “FDA was correct in not quantifying consumer surplus in its analysis of the proposed standard for menthol in cigarettes”