DOJ urges Trump judge who has been sitting on FDA cigarette pack warning labels to act

A Trump judge in Texas has been sitting on a case the cigarette companies filed against the FDA’s mandated health warning labels for two years. By not acting, he has effectively blocked the labels nationally but, by not ruling, there has been nothing for the Justice Department to appeal. The DOJ filing (below) is finallyContinue reading “DOJ urges Trump judge who has been sitting on FDA cigarette pack warning labels to act”

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”

Massachusetts’ comprehensive flavor ban cut menthol sales by 96% and overall tobacco sales by 25%

While the FDA continues to dither on getting rid of flavored tobacco products, most notably menthol e-cigarettes, states and localities continue to move forward. The tobacco companies continue to argue that such bans don’t work and that people will just switch to other products. Melody Kingsley, Hannah McGinnes, and their colleagues at the Massachusetts DepartmentContinue reading “Massachusetts’ comprehensive flavor ban cut menthol sales by 96% and overall tobacco sales by 25%”

FDA should not grant exemptions to its proposed standard banning menthol in cigarettes that would continue to allow menthol heated tobacco products or low nicotine cigarettes

FDA’s proposed standard banning menthol in cigarettes is very well-done except for its provision that would allow FDA to exempt heated tobacco products like Philip Morris’ IQOS, BAT’s glo or JTI’s Ploom — which are considered “cigarettes” under the law — or low nicotine cigarettes. (FDA has only authorized sale IQOS so far.) This isContinue reading “FDA should not grant exemptions to its proposed standard banning menthol in cigarettes that would continue to allow menthol heated tobacco products or low nicotine cigarettes”

FDA should prohibit all menthol flavor additives, compounds, constituents, and ingredients in cigarettes, and should not limit the proposed standard to prohibiting menthol as a “characterizing flavor”

My colleagues at UCSF and other universities and I have submitted this comment to the FDA in response to its proposal to prohibit the use of menthol in cigarettes. A PDF of the comment is here. The Regulations.gov tracking number is l6b-ew3y-c1ye. FDA should prohibit all menthol flavor additives, compounds, constituents, and ingredients in cigarettes,Continue reading “FDA should prohibit all menthol flavor additives, compounds, constituents, and ingredients in cigarettes, and should not limit the proposed standard to prohibiting menthol as a “characterizing flavor””

Health groups call on Netflix to honor its promise to get smoking out of its kid programming

Sixteen health organizations and four individuals wrote Netflix on June 6, reminding them that last year Netflix pledged to get rid of smoking in their programming that appeals to youth. Netflix never published a formal policy and, judging from the smoke-filled new season on Stranger Things, doesn’t care how many kids it delivers to BigContinue reading “Health groups call on Netflix to honor its promise to get smoking out of its kid programming”

APHA rapidly remedies error it made when accepting FSFW ad for AJPH

When I checked my email last Friday morning (April 15, 2022), I found a robust email conversation about the fact that the American Journal of Public Health, published by the American Public Health Association, featured an add from Philip Morris International’s Foundation for a Smokefree World soliciting grant proposals (examples above and below). The FSFWContinue reading “APHA rapidly remedies error it made when accepting FSFW ad for AJPH”

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”

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”