Surprise! Juul publishes a paper concluding that e-cigs save lives

At a time that the FDA is deciding whether to authorize continued sale of Juul e-cigs a group of Juul scientists have published “Modeling the population health impact of E.N.D.S in the U.S.” that concludes that “the availability of ENDS [electronic nicotine delivery systems, which includes e-cigs] is projected to reduce smoking and prevent 2.5Continue reading “Surprise! Juul publishes a paper concluding that e-cigs save lives”

More evidence that dual use is worse than smoking

Krisha Reddy and colleagues just published “ Respiratory Symptom Incidence Among People Using Electronic Cigarettes, Combustible Tobacco, or Both” in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine that showed that dual use of e-cigarettes and cigarettes doubled the odds of developing respiratory symptoms (aOR 2.22, 95% CI 1.79-2.75). This was a statistically significantly biggerContinue reading “More evidence that dual use is worse than smoking”

Exposure to e-cigs in music videos associated with more e-cig use in real life

It has been well-established for over a decade that exposure to onscreen smoking in movies causes kids to smoke. Now, Anuja Majumundar and colleagues at USC have used similar methods as in the early movie studies to show that the more e-cig promotions young adults (age 18-24) see in music videos the more likely theyContinue reading “Exposure to e-cigs in music videos associated with more e-cig use in real life”

E-cig use associated with asthma, COPD in never-smokers

One of the excuses that e-cigarette advocates have used to dismiss the papers linking e-cigarette use with lung disease — that most e-cigarette users are current or former smokers — just got blown away with publication of a new study by Emine Bircan and colleagues of the association between e-cigarette use and lung disease inContinue reading “E-cig use associated with asthma, COPD in never-smokers”

Over 100 organizations urge HHS to integrate effects of global warming into health policies

Over 100 organizations and many individual scientists (including me) have written HHS Secretary Javier Becerra recommending specific actions that HHS and its agencies can take to better integrate climate change into developing research and policy. Here is a summary of the recommendations: Climate Change, Health and Equity at the Department of Health and Human ServicesContinue reading “Over 100 organizations urge HHS to integrate effects of global warming into health policies”

Banning menthol leads to big drop in smoking in Canada: Implications for USA

As the April 29 deadline for the Biden Administration to respond to a lawsuit brought by the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council and Action on Smoking and Health approaches, the results of a large national survey from Canada show that banning the sale of menthol cigarettes was followed by a huge increase in smokingContinue reading “Banning menthol leads to big drop in smoking in Canada: Implications for USA”

Why FDA’s reduced exposure marketing order for IQOS is not a reliable global model

There are two separate decisions that the FDA makes about new products: (1) whether to authorize the sale of the product, and, if they allow sale of a product, (2) whether to allow a company to make reduced exposure or reduced risk claims about the product. To further confuse the situation, the separate decisions aboutContinue reading “Why FDA’s reduced exposure marketing order for IQOS is not a reliable global model”

Many industries share “spin” strategies to undermine science they don’t like

We have known for a long time that the tobacco companies have developed sophisticated strategies to “create doubt” and attack scientific results that threaten their profits. Similar strategies have been identified for other industries. Now Rebecca Goldberg and Laura Vandenberg have published “The science of spin: targeted strategies to manufacture doubt with detrimental effects onContinue reading “Many industries share “spin” strategies to undermine science they don’t like”

Lots of smoking in this year’s Oscar movies

2020 was a difficult year for everyone, including the movies, because of COVID-19. The Academy Awards have been delayed and many of the nominated films were released on video on demand rather than into theaters. As a result, some do not appear in the SFM “Top 10 box office” database.  We did review all the films thatContinue reading “Lots of smoking in this year’s Oscar movies”

California ban on flavored tobacco products will save lives & money, create jobs

Last year the California legislature passed SB793, which ended the sale of almost all flavored tobacco products. Led by RJ Reynolds and Philip Morris, the multinational tobacco companies spent over $20 million collecting signatures to force a referendum on the law. Forcing a referendum is an established tobacco industry strategy to shift the field ofContinue reading “California ban on flavored tobacco products will save lives & money, create jobs”