FCTC stimulated smoking bans and pictorial warnings but not tax increases or ad bans

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) committed Parties to, among other things, implement tobacco demand reduction measures including smokefree laws, strong health warning labels and increase tobacco taxes. Previous studies, including some of our work, have generally shown that countries followed treaty ratification by implementing at least some of these policies. Now HeikkiContinue reading “FCTC stimulated smoking bans and pictorial warnings but not tax increases or ad bans”

“Big Vape” is well worth reading

As I said in my review of Lauren Etter’s history of Juul, The Devil’s Playbook, my definition of a good book on tobacco is that I learn things I didn’t already know from reading it. Even after reading Etter’s book, Jamie Ducharme’s Big Vape is a good book. While all the key major events appearContinue reading ““Big Vape” is well worth reading”

California rushes to further weaken cannabis regulation

Last week the California Department of Cannabis Control released 391 pages of draft emergency regulations to “combine the three [existing] sets of cannabis regulations into one. It consolidates, clarifies and makes consistent licensing and enforcement requirements for cannabis businesses.” The Department gave the public just 5 days to comment on this massive rewrite of theContinue reading “California rushes to further weaken cannabis regulation”

Would you believe that the Calif State Fair was giving an award for the tobacco with the highest nicotine?

Well, they’re not doing that, but the California State Fair is awarding a prize for the cannabis highest in THC, .e.g., for the cannabis most likely to produce psychosis and dependency.  The award will recognize flower in 5 categories with the highest concentrations of two cannabinoids CBD and THC and 5 terpenes. Marijuana Moment summedContinue reading “Would you believe that the Calif State Fair was giving an award for the tobacco with the highest nicotine?”

Calif legislature passed two bills prioritizing cannabis company profits; health groups urging veto

The California Legislature recently passed two bad bills designed to promote the cannabis industry at the expense of public health. One, AB 1302, would allow cannabis billboards along highways and the other, AB 45, greatly expands permission to add CBD and THC to foods and pet supplies. Under AB 45’s weak rules, hemp sodas orContinue reading “Calif legislature passed two bills prioritizing cannabis company profits; health groups urging veto”

Understanding how unhealthy food companies influence advertising restrictions

Advertising is a key vector used to promote unhealthy products, and there is a long history of efforts to ban or restrict advertising as a key element of tobacco control. Advertising restrictions are also starting to be implemented to protect the public from promotions for other unhealthy products, including junk food. In particular, in 2019Continue reading “Understanding how unhealthy food companies influence advertising restrictions”