RJR tries to slither around CA ban on sale of flavored tobacco products with Newport, too

RJ Reynolds, BAT’s US subsidiary, has released its third effort to keep selling flavored cigarettes with its new Newport cigarettes that offer “bold lasting flavor” now that it can’t sell menthol cigarettes. The problem with what Reynolds is doing is that the law prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products, not just menthol flavored tobaccoContinue reading “RJR tries to slither around CA ban on sale of flavored tobacco products with Newport, too”

AG needs to stop Reynolds’ latest transparent attempt to flout California’s ban on the sale of flavored tobacco

After getting crushed at the ballot box and rebuffed by the Supreme Court, RJ Renolds is still trying to slither around California’s prohibition on the sale of flavored tobacco products.  In addition to introducing Camel “ice” cigarettes, it is now promoting “Non-menthol Kool” only in California (screenshot of their website above). The packaging and promotionContinue reading “AG needs to stop Reynolds’ latest transparent attempt to flout California’s ban on the sale of flavored tobacco”

Big cigarette companies have to display “corrective statements” at point-of sale 16 years after a federal court ordered them to do it

On August 17, 2006, federal Judge Gladys Kessler ruled that tobacco companies violated racketeering laws, ruling, “As set forth in these Final Proposed Findings of Fact, substantial evidence establishes that Defendants have engaged in and executed – and continue to engage in and execute (emphasis added) – a massive 50-year scheme to defraud the public,Continue reading “Big cigarette companies have to display “corrective statements” at point-of sale 16 years after a federal court ordered them to do it”

Texas Trump judge grasps at straws to reject graphic warning labels on cigarette packs; now the appeals can start

After sitting on the case for years, federal Judge J. Campbell Barker, an active member of the right-wing Federalist Society, finally issued his opinion vacating (rescinding) the FDA’s graphic warning labels on cigarette packs that Congress mandated in 2009 when it passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. His decision rejecting the warningContinue reading “Texas Trump judge grasps at straws to reject graphic warning labels on cigarette packs; now the appeals can start”

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)”

New report explains menthol marketing from the beginning and why we need to end it

Robert Jackler and his colleagues at the Stanford Research Into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising recently released “ADVERTISING CREATED & CONTINUES TO DRIVE THE MENTHOL TOBACCO MARKET: Methods Used by The Industry to Target Youth, Women, & Black Americans,” an encyclopedic history of menthol marketing in the United States. Jackler and his colleagues complement aContinue reading “New report explains menthol marketing from the beginning and why we need to end it”

33 state Juul settlement does not seem to have fixed problems with earlier settlements

On September 6, 2022, Connecticut Attorney General AG Tong announced that 33 states and Puerto Rico who were suing Juul for its predatory marketing had reached a settlement in principle. Tong’s press release stated, “Both the financial and injunctive terms exceed any prior agreement JUUL has reached with states to date.” While the devil isContinue reading “33 state Juul settlement does not seem to have fixed problems with earlier settlements”

Cannabis companies engage in “corporate social responsibility” activities similar to what tobacco companies do

The tobacco companies (and some other companies) use “corporate social responsibility” programs in which the companies stress some socially desirable behavior — such as affirmative action in hiring or supporting cultural institutions — to distract attention from the fact that they engage in predatory marketing of a dangerous product. As the legal cannabis industry emerges,Continue reading “Cannabis companies engage in “corporate social responsibility” activities similar to what tobacco companies do”

Trump judge continues to delay cigarette warning labels by doing nothing

Last May a federal judge in Texas appointed by President Trump again delayed ruling on the tobacco companies’ lawsuit against the Congressionally-mandated warnings on cigarette packs that the FDA finally issued in 2020. Now he has done it again, pushing the rule’s effective date for the warning labels by an additional 90 days, to OctoberContinue reading “Trump judge continues to delay cigarette warning labels by doing nothing”

FDA does JT/Logic’s work for it to justify authorizing 3 of its ENDS

On March 24, 2022 FDA authorized the sale of three electronic nicotine delivery systems distributed by Japan Tobacco’s US company Logic Technology Development, – two conventional e-cigarettes and one heated tobacco product.  FDA withheld the Technical Project Lead (TPL) report that provides the scientific justifications for its decision. Thanks to my colleague Lauren Lempert filingContinue reading “FDA does JT/Logic’s work for it to justify authorizing 3 of its ENDS”