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Commentary on tobacco, cannabis and public health

Did we just have a secondhand smoke moment for fentanyl?

From time to time public health professionals, physicians, and policy makers have asked me what lessons from tobacco control apply to the drug problem. I have had a hard time answering this question because the most important change in the tobacco debate — the emergence of the health effects of secondhand smoke and concerns byContinue reading “Did we just have a secondhand smoke moment for fentanyl?”

Unredacted version of NJOY e-cig TPL shows what FDA is withholding from the public

When FDA authorized the sale of NJOY e-cigarettes in April 2022, it did not release the full Tobacco Product Lead (TPL) document that summarizes its scientific justification for doing so. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request for the full TPL, FDA inadvertently released an unredacted copy (details below). As of November 30,Continue reading “Unredacted version of NJOY e-cig TPL shows what FDA is withholding from the public”

Problems that led to UC strike have their roots in Schwarzenegger’s pressure to privatize UC

While I am best known for my work on tobacco, I also played an important role in budgetary matters at the University of California, including chairing the Systemwide Committee on Planning and Budget in 2005-6. At that time, we predicted the problems that would follow from UC President Bob Dynes’ accession to then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’sContinue reading “Problems that led to UC strike have their roots in Schwarzenegger’s pressure to privatize UC”

After sitting on cigarette warning labels, judge announces he will rule on their legality (in a month)

Perhaps in response to the Department of Justice threatening to go over his head to the Count of Appeals, Texas Trump Judge J. Campbell Barker who has been sitting on the FDA’s Congressionally-mandated cigarette pack graphic warnings for years has announced the he expects to rule on the industry’s challenge to the warning labels byContinue reading “After sitting on cigarette warning labels, judge announces he will rule on their legality (in a month)”

Cochrane Collaborative concludes e-cigs as medical interventions help smokers quit (again) while continuing to ignoring stronger more relevant real world evidence that they don’t

The Cochrane Collaborative, an organization that does systematic reviews generally to guide clinical practice, released a “Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation (Review).” Like earlier Cochrane reviews, this review focused on randomized clinical trials that are designed to study effectiveness of medicines delivered under clinical supervision, not e-cigarettes as consumer products used in the real worldContinue reading “Cochrane Collaborative concludes e-cigs as medical interventions help smokers quit (again) while continuing to ignoring stronger more relevant real world evidence that they don’t”

Using e-cigs, cigs, heated tobacco products, or marijuana once a day increases risk of heart arrythmias and causes remodeling of the heart

Huiliang Qiu, Matt Springer, and colleagues’ paper “Increased vulnerability to atrial and ventricular arrhythmias caused by different types of inhaled tobacco or marijuana products” makes two important points: (1) even very short daily exposures to tobacco and marijuana products have serious cumulative effects on the heart, and (2) nicotine and THC, the psychoactive components ofContinue reading Using e-cigs, cigs, heated tobacco products, or marijuana once a day increases risk of heart arrythmias and causes remodeling of the heart

Members of the scientific network used to promote “tobacco harm reduction” often don’t disclose industry ties

The tobacco industry has a long history of supporting scientists, often quietly, to establish narratives that promote its interests.  Now Julia Vassey, Yogi Hendlin, Manali Vora, and Pam Ling have published a formal analysis showing the network of scientists publishing papers on “tobacco harm reduction,” the core ideology used to justify promoting e-cigarettes and manyContinue reading “Members of the scientific network used to promote “tobacco harm reduction” often don’t disclose industry ties”

RJR promotes “ice” cigarettes to get around Calif flavored tobacco sales ban

In addition to suing California on a last ditch attempt to block California’s ban on sale of flavored tobacco products that was overwhelmingly endorsed by the voters, RJ Reynolds (BAT’s US subsidiary) has sent mailers to smokers promoting new “non-menthol” cigarettes that taste like menthol (pictures above). Desmond Jenson from the Public Health Law CenterContinue reading “RJR promotes “ice” cigarettes to get around Calif flavored tobacco sales ban”

Surprise! Reynolds & friends sue to block Calif flavored tobacco ban

Like clockwork the Big Tobacco (RJ Reynolds and others) sued California to block implementation of the state’s ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products (Proposition 31). This is not surprising since the tobacco companies have a long history of filing unsuccessful lawsuits to scare local and state governments and slow things down. Unlike normalContinue reading “Surprise! Reynolds & friends sue to block Calif flavored tobacco ban”

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