AG settlements with Juul keep getting weaker, not stronger

When North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein settled the state’s lawsuit against Juul, I said it was a good start, but identified several shortcomings. Because the settlement contained a “most favored nation” clause it would benefit from stronger settlements in the future built on the foundation of the North Carolina settlement. That’s what happened inContinue reading “AG settlements with Juul keep getting weaker, not stronger”

Flavored tobacco sales bans reduce tobacco advertising: An added benefit

The evidence that comprehensive bans on the sale of flavored tobacco products work continues to grow.  And the latest study by Louisa Holmes, Lauren Lempert and Pam Ling adds a new benefit: There is less tobacco product advertising in cities that have flavor bans.  Their paper, Flavored Tobacco Sales Restrictions Reduce Tobacco Product Availability andContinue reading “Flavored tobacco sales bans reduce tobacco advertising: An added benefit”

How the multinational tobacco companies fight tobacco control in India: The more things change the more they stay the same

Amit Yadav and I just published “Tobacco industry thwarts ad ban legislation in India in the 1990s: Lessons for meeting FCTC obligations under Articles 13 and 5.3” in Addictive Behaviors. This paper uses previously secret tobacco industry documents to present a history of the early battles in India to reign in the multinational tobacco industry.Continue reading “How the multinational tobacco companies fight tobacco control in India: The more things change the more they stay the same”

New report highlights marketing of synthetic and “non-tobacco” nicotine products

Just as Congress is moving toward giving FDA explicit authority over non-tobacco nicotine products, Rob Jackler’s group at Stanford released a new report, “Marketing of ‘Tobacco-Free’ and ‘Synthetic Nicotine’ Products,” that details how these products are being promoted. In 2009 Congress gave the FDA jurisdiction over consumer products “made or derived from tobacco,” which includesContinue reading “New report highlights marketing of synthetic and “non-tobacco” nicotine products”

SB1097 to improve warning labels on marijuana products in California faces hearing

California Senator and pediatrician Richard Pan has introduced SB 1097, that will require stronger and clearer health warnings on cannabis products and cannabis advertising inspired by front of pack tobacco graphic warnings. This legislation is sponsored by the Getting it Right from the Start Project at the California Public Health Institute and by Youth Forward,Continue reading “SB1097 to improve warning labels on marijuana products in California faces hearing”

Altria’s electronic age verification system is used to gather consumer data and promote products

The tobacco companies, including e-cig company Juul, tout their electronic age verification technology as an effective way to reduce youth use and argue against stricter regulation. I have long been concerned that this technology would also allow the companies to collect marketing information that couple be used to promote their products the second that theyContinue reading “Altria’s electronic age verification system is used to gather consumer data and promote products”

Tremendous new resource on tobacco industry issue ads now available

Rob Jackler just published Propaganda Crusades by Philip Morris International & Altria: “Smoke-Free Future” & “Moving Beyond Smoke” Campaigns Exposing the Hypocrisy of the Claim: “A Tobacco Company That Actually Cares About Health,” an encyclopedic analysis of Philip Morris and Altria’s issue advertising campaigns claiming that the companies have changed from promoting death for profitContinue reading “Tremendous new resource on tobacco industry issue ads now available”

Court inaction continues to block Congressionally-mandated graphic warning labels on cigs

The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act directed FDA to issue a rule requiring state-of-the-art graphic warning labels on cigarette packages. FDA issued such a rule, but the tobacco companies sued and blocked the original warnings in court in 2013. It took years, but in March 2020 FDA issued a new carefully designedContinue reading “Court inaction continues to block Congressionally-mandated graphic warning labels on cigs”

Survey of laws on new tobacco products in Latin America and the Caribbean available

The multinational tobacco companies have been aggressively promoting new tobacco products including e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products around the world. Now Eric Crosbie and his colleagues at the University of Nevada Reno and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids just published “New tobacco and nicotine products in Latin America and the Caribbean: assessing the marketContinue reading “Survey of laws on new tobacco products in Latin America and the Caribbean available”

Philip Morris’ modified risk tobacco product application for IQOS 3 does not adequately consider new research on IQOS’s appeal to adolescents or young adults, consumer perceptions, or the likelihood that the consumers will misunderstand labeling and marketing; FDA should not issue a reduced exposure MRTP order

Philip Morris has applied for permission from FDA to make reduced exposure claims for its new IQOS 3 heated tobacco product. My colleagues and I at the UCSF TCORS have submitted a public comment opposing this request. The main thrust of the comment is a discussion of 57 papers published since 2018 that consider IQOS’sContinue reading “Philip Morris’ modified risk tobacco product application for IQOS 3 does not adequately consider new research on IQOS’s appeal to adolescents or young adults, consumer perceptions, or the likelihood that the consumers will misunderstand labeling and marketing; FDA should not issue a reduced exposure MRTP order”