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”

COVID-19 incidence and death correlated with vaping across states

There is a robust literature showing that e-cigarette use damages lung function and compromises immune function in the respiratory system, which makes it reasonable to expect that e-cigarette use would be associated with more COVID-19 infections and deaths. So far, there has been one study (in youth and young adults) showing increased risk of developingContinue reading “COVID-19 incidence and death correlated with vaping across states”

SF Board of Supervisors send smokefree multiunit housing ordinance back to committee

After approving the ordinance 10-1 a week before, last Tuesday the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 7-4 to send the bill back to committee for further consideration. This is a big win for Big Tobacco because Norman Yee, the current Board President and primary author of the ordinance, will be termed out, as wellContinue reading “SF Board of Supervisors send smokefree multiunit housing ordinance back to committee”