FDA pulls some menthol e-cigs off the market: What about the rest?

Last week FDA took the important step of denying permission for Logic Technology to market is menthol e-cigarettes.  In its press release, FDA specifically recognized the attraction of menthol e-cigarettes to youth: For non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes, including menthol-flavored e-cigarettes, existing evidence demonstrates a known and substantial risk with regard to youth appeal, uptake and use. RecentContinue reading “FDA pulls some menthol e-cigs off the market: What about the rest?”

New report explains menthol marketing from the beginning and why we need to end it

Robert Jackler and his colleagues at the Stanford Research Into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising recently released “ADVERTISING CREATED & CONTINUES TO DRIVE THE MENTHOL TOBACCO MARKET: Methods Used by The Industry to Target Youth, Women, & Black Americans,” an encyclopedic history of menthol marketing in the United States. Jackler and his colleagues complement aContinue reading “New report explains menthol marketing from the beginning and why we need to end it”

FDA and CDC release data highlighting FDA’s continuing failure to protect kids from ecigs

The FDA and CDC just published the first results from the 2022 National Youth Tobacco survey in the CDC’s MMWR.  The 2022 survey shows that 1 in 4 youth use menthol e-cigs, further strengthening the case that FDA should end its de facto authorization of menthol e-cigs Specifically, 26.6% of kids say menthol is theirContinue reading “FDA and CDC release data highlighting FDA’s continuing failure to protect kids from ecigs”

1.7 million more kids started smoking above historical trends after ecigs became widely used

Melissa Harrell and her colleagues just published important quantitative information adding to the case that e-cigs are promoting rather than replacing cigarette smoking among youth. Their new paper, “Impact of the e-cigarette era on cigarette smoking among youth in the United States: A population-level study,” estimates changes in youth smoking prevalence after 2014 when e-cigContinue reading “1.7 million more kids started smoking above historical trends after ecigs became widely used”

Thai kids who start with e-cigs more likely to go on to add cigs

Kade Patanavanich, Methavee Worawattanakul, and I just published “Longitudinal bidirectional association between youth electronic cigarette use and tobacco cigarette smoking initiation in Thailand” in Tobacco Control. This paper shows that in Thailand, as in richer countries, never-smoking youth who use e-cigarettes are more likely to become smokers than kids who don’t use e-cigarettes. (Kids whoContinue reading “Thai kids who start with e-cigs more likely to go on to add cigs”

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”

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%”

Another way FDA is cutting ecig companies slack: shelf life

E-cigarettes have finite shelf lives because they become more toxic over time while they sit on the shelf.  E-cigarettes are often contaminated with bacteria and fungus that grow while the e-cigarettes sit on the shelf. In addition, the chemicals in the e-liquid continue reacting with each other after they are mixed, growing more toxic overContinue reading “Another way FDA is cutting ecig companies slack: shelf life”

Juul knows why FDA denied its request to legally sell its ecigs. Why won’t FDA tell the rest of us?

On June 23, 2022, FDA denied Juul’s application for authorization to sell its e-cigarettes in the USA.  While FDA quickly backed down and allowed Juul to remain on the market while the FDA considered “scientific issues unique to the JUUL application that warrant additional review,” there is a lot of interest in FDA’s reasoning forContinue reading “Juul knows why FDA denied its request to legally sell its ecigs. Why won’t FDA tell the rest of us?”

FDA should extend the scope of its proposed cigar flavor standard to prohibit flavors in all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, to make them less appealing to adolescents and young adults

My colleagues at the UCSF TCORS and I submitted this public comment to the FDA on its proposal to remove flavors from cigars. A PDF of the comment is here. The Regulations.gov tracking number is l6c-lwj1-vcu7. FDA should extend the scope of the proposed flavor standard to prohibit flavors in all tobacco products, including e-cigarettesContinue reading “FDA should extend the scope of its proposed cigar flavor standard to prohibit flavors in all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, to make them less appealing to adolescents and young adults”