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Commentary on tobacco, cannabis and public health

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”

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”

Marijuana joints produce 3.5 times as much secondhand smoke as a Marlboro

Tobacco cigarettes are such strong sources of indoor air pollution that the only way to get acceptable indoor air quality is to make spaces smokefree. Now, Wayne Ott and colleagues have done a real-world study of the levels of pollution caused by smoking a joint (or a bong or vaping cannabis) and found that marijuanaContinue reading “Marijuana joints produce 3.5 times as much secondhand smoke as a Marlboro”

The biological evidence of e-cig dangers keeps piling up

Rachel Keith and Aruni Bhatnagar just published “Cardiorespiratory and Immunologic Effects of Electronic Cigarettes,” which is a nice overview of the growing biological evidence base that e-cigarettes have a lot of adverse health effects, many similar to cigarettes. This material is particularly important because the people who continue to promote e-cigarettes for “harm reduction” continueContinue reading “The biological evidence of e-cig dangers keeps piling up”

FDA can streamline reviewing e-cigs as consumer tobacco products by starting with key questions about use

On February 16, 2021, Mitch Zeller, Director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), published an update on FDA’s progress in handling the waterfall of applications for premarket authorization of new tobacco products (PMTA) and other applications from tobacco companies.  Everyone was expecting a large number of PMTA applications for new products to comeContinue reading “FDA can streamline reviewing e-cigs as consumer tobacco products by starting with key questions about use”

UCSF and Johns Hopkins University Launch Digital Trove of Opioid Industry Documents

The UCSF Truth Tobacco Documents Library is 20 years old and had led to over 1000 publications, including not only academic papers, media stories, documentaries and government reports. The tobacco documents have transformed the discussion of tobacco globally. Now, the UCSF LIbrary, working with Johns Hopkins, is launching a major expansion of a sister collectionContinue reading “UCSF and Johns Hopkins University Launch Digital Trove of Opioid Industry Documents”

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