FDA authorizes NJOY e-cigs without disclosing reasoning; inaction allows menthol to remain on the market

Today FDA continued its trend of authorizing the sale of tobacco-flavored eicgs — this time the NJOY while leaving menthol versions on the market by not acting. On the NJOY website, menthol and tobacco pods are sold side-by-side, with menthol shown first (screen shot below). Following the precedent set when it authorized the sale ofContinue reading “FDA authorizes NJOY e-cigs without disclosing reasoning; inaction allows menthol to remain on the market”

AG settlements with Juul keep getting weaker, not stronger

When North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein settled the state’s lawsuit against Juul, I said it was a good start, but identified several shortcomings. Because the settlement contained a “most favored nation” clause it would benefit from stronger settlements in the future built on the foundation of the North Carolina settlement. That’s what happened inContinue reading “AG settlements with Juul keep getting weaker, not stronger”

APHA rapidly remedies error it made when accepting FSFW ad for AJPH

When I checked my email last Friday morning (April 15, 2022), I found a robust email conversation about the fact that the American Journal of Public Health, published by the American Public Health Association, featured an add from Philip Morris International’s Foundation for a Smokefree World soliciting grant proposals (examples above and below). The FSFWContinue reading “APHA rapidly remedies error it made when accepting FSFW ad for AJPH”

UCSF adds previously secret documents from McKinsey & Co to freely-available opioid industry documents archive

The UCSF/JHU Opoid Industry Document Archive just added 317 documents from McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm working with corporations and governments, including with major US opioid manufacturers, including Purdue Pharma as well as Endo Pharmaceutical, Johnson & Johnson and Mallinckrodt.    In February 2021, McKinsey reached a $573 million agreement with attorneys general in 47Continue reading “UCSF adds previously secret documents from McKinsey & Co to freely-available opioid industry documents archive”

Ecigs roll back the clock on kid quitting, too

E-cigarettes have reversed the long-term trend of declining nicotine addiction among kids. Now Richard Miech and his colleagues at USC have used the Monitoring the Future survey data on tobacco use behavior among 8th to 12th graders to study the prevalence of failed quit attempts for cigarettes (from 1997 through 2020) and e-cigarettes (for 2020,Continue reading “Ecigs roll back the clock on kid quitting, too”

FDA drags its feet on releasing scientific justification for authorizing Logic e-cigs and HTP

As I described before, FDA broke precedent by not releasing the full Technical Project Lead (TPL) reports summarizing its positive decisions on 8 electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products made by Logic Technologies.  Instead, it just released 4 of the 56 pages, most of which constituted uninformative boilerplate. There is no excuse for withholding thisContinue reading “FDA drags its feet on releasing scientific justification for authorizing Logic e-cigs and HTP”

Fruit ecigs most popular first flavor, but kids who start with menthol/mint more likely to still be vaping as young adults

Jim Sargent, Jessica Barrington-Trimis and their colleagues at Dartmouth, USC, and other institutions just published an important study highlighting the importance of menthol/mint to long-term nicotine dependence among young adult e-cig users. Their paper, “First E-Cigarette Flavor and Device Type Used: Associations With Vaping Persistence, Frequency, and Dependence in Young Adults,” used data from theContinue reading “Fruit ecigs most popular first flavor, but kids who start with menthol/mint more likely to still be vaping as young adults”

Excellent legal analysis of protecting bystanders from cannabis use in multiunit housing

Dan Orenstein recently published an excellent review and analysis of extending smokefree multiunit housing laws to include cannabis, “Multiunit Housing and Cannabis: Good Laws Make Good Neighbors.” In particular, he considers the impact of the fact that cannabis remains illegal under federal law as well as prohibited from public use even in states that haveContinue reading “Excellent legal analysis of protecting bystanders from cannabis use in multiunit housing”

Smokers at higher risk of COVID-19 death, particularly in low and middle income countries

Roengrudee Patanavanich, Tanatorn Siripoon, Salin Amponnavarat and I just published “Active smokers are at higher risk of COVID-19 death: A systematic review and meta-analysis” that finds that, among people diagnosed with COVID-19 both current and former smokers are at increased risk of death from COVID-19. This paper takes advantage of the growing number of studiesContinue reading “Smokers at higher risk of COVID-19 death, particularly in low and middle income countries”

Why is FDA withholding details of its approval for 8 Logic e-cigs and HTP?

In the past, when FDA announced that it was authorizing the sale of new products through the Premarket Tobacco Authorization process (PMTA), they released a detailed scientific summary of the rationale behind their decision known as the Technical Project Lead (TPL) report.  These documents were released on the FDA web page announcing the positive decisions.Continue reading “Why is FDA withholding details of its approval for 8 Logic e-cigs and HTP?”