Juul delivers less of an important carcinogen than cigs

Kim Pulvers and colleagues recently published “Effect of Pod e-Cigarettes vs Cigarettes on Carcinogen Exposure Among African American and Latinx Smokers,” a well-done randomized controlled trial that demonstrated that African American and Latinx smokers who switched from cigarettes to Juul for 6 weeks had substantially lower levels of the lung carcinogen NNAL in their urine.Continue reading “Juul delivers less of an important carcinogen than cigs”

More evidence that e-cigs damage lung health independent of smoking

Wubn Xie and colleagues just published another well-done study showing that e-cigarette use (current and past) increases risk of lung disease by about 30%-70% even after taking any current or past smoking in to account. They used 4 years of the large Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study that follows people over time.Continue reading “More evidence that e-cigs damage lung health independent of smoking”

CDC newly posted surveillance data on smoking in films shows less smoking in PG-13 movies

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted its eighth annual update on “Smoking in the Movies” on November 10, 2020.  This year’s sum-up of content trends and company performance highlights several key developments in 2019:       • R-rated incidents per film hit a record high       • Tobacco levelsContinue reading “CDC newly posted surveillance data on smoking in films shows less smoking in PG-13 movies”

Ad firm with tobacco ties makes product placement deals in entertainment media

Variety ran a story this week about AMC Networks’ placing PepsiCo’s Mountain Dew brand in its cable series The Walking Dead.  Who helped set up this deal? The article names The Content Collective, a unit of Omnicom Media Group:         • Omnicom Media (global advertising, marketing and PR) cut its ties with e-cig maker Juul Labs inContinue reading “Ad firm with tobacco ties makes product placement deals in entertainment media”

Ordinance to make multi-unit housing in San Francisco (tobacco) smokefree advances

Today the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee unanimously forwarded an ordinance to the full Board of Supervisors (the City’s legislative body) to make buildings with 3 or more housing units smokefree. The public commenters strongly supported the ordinance with cogent stories about how they and their families were suffering from secondhand smoke drifting inContinue reading “Ordinance to make multi-unit housing in San Francisco (tobacco) smokefree advances”

If e-cigs are effective cessation aids, when will an e-cig company submit the needed evidence for FDA approval?

JAMA just published another randomized controlled trial, “Effect of e-cigarettes plus counseling vs counseling one on smoking cessation,” that found that giving smokers who were motivated to quit free NJOY e-cigs for 12 weeks together with intensive counseling led to significantly more quitting at 12 weeks than counseling alone. The effect faded by 24 weeks,Continue reading “If e-cigs are effective cessation aids, when will an e-cig company submit the needed evidence for FDA approval?”

Broad range of studies show e-cigs increase lung disease risk by 40-50%

Thomas A. Wills and colleagues just published “E-cigarette Use and Respiratory Disorder: An Integrative Review of Converging Evidence from Epidemiological and Laboratory Studies” in European Respiratory Journal that, as the title indicates, sums up the evidence linking e-cigarette use with respiratory disease epidemiological studies of the population as a whole as well as briefly summarizingContinue reading “Broad range of studies show e-cigs increase lung disease risk by 40-50%”

Major EU scientific committee highlights e-cig dangers, gateway effect

On 23 September 2020, the European Commissions’ Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) issued its Preliminary Opinion on electronic cigarettes  at a request from the Commission “to assist the Commission in assessing the most recent scientific and technical information on e-cigarettes. Findings presented in the scientific opinion will feed into the Commission’sContinue reading “Major EU scientific committee highlights e-cig dangers, gateway effect”

COVID-19 Mask Requirements as a Workers’ Rights Issue: Parallels to Smokefree Workplaces

Mike Vuolo, Brian C. Kelly, and Vincent J. Roscigno recently published an excellent essay “COVID-19 Mask Requirements as a Workers’ Rights Issue: Parallels to Smoking Bans” in American Journal of Preventive Medicine that, as the title indicates makes the case that just as society has widely embraced smokefree workplaces as a way to protect workers’Continue reading “COVID-19 Mask Requirements as a Workers’ Rights Issue: Parallels to Smokefree Workplaces”

Surging COVID, masks, and the view from the ICU

Thanks to strong leadership by our local and state politicians, San Francisco so far has avoided the worst of the COVID epidemic. In particular, Mayor London Breed took early and strong action to issue a shelter in place order and the City has been cautiously reopening. While there has been some grumbling (and genuine pain),Continue reading “Surging COVID, masks, and the view from the ICU”