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”

UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education accepting fellowship applications

The purpose of the fellowship is: To prepare individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds in medical, biological, social, behavioral, and policy sciences to join the next generation of academic leaders in tobacco control. Upon completion of training, fellows will be well positioned to be active participants in crucial policy debates about the future developmentContinue reading “UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education accepting fellowship applications”

Which health care companies treat tobacco diseases — but also buy tobacco stocks?

As You Sow, a Smokefree Movies partner, released a new report on October 28, 2020:  Smoke & Mirrors: Healthcare company retirement plans are addicted to tobacco The report uncovers the surprising fact that tobacco firms — and media companies that push tobacco — are embedded in retirement plans at Abbott Laboratories, Becton Dickinson, CVS Health, DaVita, HCAContinue reading “Which health care companies treat tobacco diseases — but also buy tobacco stocks?”

New Cochrane review concluding e-cigs used as clinical therapy increase quitting is not relevant to assessing e-cigs in the real world

In 1971 Scottish physician Archibald Cochrane published a short book, Effectiveness and Efficiency: Random Reflections on Health Services, that made the point that most medical and surgical therapies in common use had never been shown to work.  He argued that for the use of randomized controlled trials (RCT) in which people in the trial wereContinue reading “New Cochrane review concluding e-cigs used as clinical therapy increase quitting is not relevant to assessing e-cigs in the real world”