CNBC’s American Greed just broadcast a great documentary — Juul: Follow the Money. It tracks Juul’s origins and growth and the key decisions that turned it into a public health disaster. Watch it here.
Following the same logic FDA used to deny marketing authorization of JTI Logic menthol e-cigarettes, FDA has denied authorization for RJR to sell menthol versions of its Vuse Vibe Tank Menthol 3.0% and the Vuse Ciro Cartridge Menthol 1.5% e-cigs. While FDA does not post the Marketing Denial Orders, Center for Tobacco Products Director Brian KingContinue reading “FDA denies marketing authorization for two RJR Vuse menthol ecigs”
Two important memos dated October 25, 2022 detail internal FDA deliberations about how FDA considers specific menthol e-cigarettes in the context of the larger scientific literature on menthol. The two memos, one from the leadership of the Office of Science and another from Center for Tobacco Products Director Brian King and Deputy Director Michelle MitalContinue reading “A big step forward: FDA’s assessment of individual menthol e-cigs lines up with the scientific evidence”
E-cigarette advocates Michael Pesko, Michael Cummings, Clifford Douglas, Jonathan Foulds, Thomas Miller, Nancy Rigotti, and Kenneth E. Warner recently published an editorial “United States public health officials need to correct e-cigarette health misinformation” criticizing the CDC for promoting what they claim is misinformation on e-cigarettes at the same time CDC was highlighting the dangers of health misinformation. They “focus upon twoContinue reading “E-cig advocates criticize CDC for promoting health misinformation with their own misinformation”
The Onion, working with truth, produced “Inspiring! Big Tobacco Execs Celebrate Teen Vaping With Epic PR Song.” Watch this fun video here. This is part of a digital media buy in which the Onion offers Truth Initiative the opportunity to co-create a creative asset that helps deliver truth’s message in the Onion’s signature satirical style.
As expected (at least by me) the Supreme Court refused to consider RJR and other tobacco companies’ argument that California’s ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products was illegal. The law will take effect December 21, 2022. The actual order is above. The California Department of Public Health has done a great job ofContinue reading “California ban on sale of flavored tobacco products goes into effect after Supreme Court rejects RJR attempt to block it”
The discussion of whether or not e-cigarettes help smokers quit has been focused on adults. All the discussion of e-cigarettes and kids has focused on the massive success of e-cigarettes in expanding the nicotine epidemic by attracting kids. There has also been some focus on the well-documented “gateway effect” in which kids who start nicotineContinue reading “Kids who use ecigs to quit quit less”
When FDA authorized the sale of NJOY e-cigarettes in April 2022, it did not release the full Tobacco Product Lead (TPL) document that summarizes its scientific justification for doing so. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request for the full TPL, FDA inadvertently released an unredacted copy (details below). As of November 30,Continue reading “Unredacted version of NJOY e-cig TPL shows what FDA is withholding from the public”
The Cochrane Collaborative, an organization that does systematic reviews generally to guide clinical practice, released a “Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation (Review).” Like earlier Cochrane reviews, this review focused on randomized clinical trials that are designed to study effectiveness of medicines delivered under clinical supervision, not e-cigarettes as consumer products used in the real worldContinue reading “Cochrane Collaborative concludes e-cigs as medical interventions help smokers quit (again) while continuing to ignoring stronger more relevant real world evidence that they don’t”
Huiliang Qiu, Matt Springer, and colleagues’ paper “Increased vulnerability to atrial and ventricular arrhythmias caused by different types of inhaled tobacco or marijuana products” makes two important points: (1) even very short daily exposures to tobacco and marijuana products have serious cumulative effects on the heart, and (2) nicotine and THC, the psychoactive components ofContinue reading “Using e-cigs, cigs, heated tobacco products, or marijuana once a day increases risk of heart arrythmias and causes remodeling of the heart“