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”

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?”