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”

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”