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”

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”

Ecigs roll back the clock on kid quitting, too

E-cigarettes have reversed the long-term trend of declining nicotine addiction among kids. Now Richard Miech and his colleagues at USC have used the Monitoring the Future survey data on tobacco use behavior among 8th to 12th graders to study the prevalence of failed quit attempts for cigarettes (from 1997 through 2020) and e-cigarettes (for 2020,Continue reading “Ecigs roll back the clock on kid quitting, too”

FDA drags its feet on releasing scientific justification for authorizing Logic e-cigs and HTP

As I described before, FDA broke precedent by not releasing the full Technical Project Lead (TPL) reports summarizing its positive decisions on 8 electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products made by Logic Technologies.  Instead, it just released 4 of the 56 pages, most of which constituted uninformative boilerplate. There is no excuse for withholding thisContinue reading “FDA drags its feet on releasing scientific justification for authorizing Logic e-cigs and HTP”

Fruit ecigs most popular first flavor, but kids who start with menthol/mint more likely to still be vaping as young adults

Jim Sargent, Jessica Barrington-Trimis and their colleagues at Dartmouth, USC, and other institutions just published an important study highlighting the importance of menthol/mint to long-term nicotine dependence among young adult e-cig users. Their paper, “First E-Cigarette Flavor and Device Type Used: Associations With Vaping Persistence, Frequency, and Dependence in Young Adults,” used data from theContinue reading “Fruit ecigs most popular first flavor, but kids who start with menthol/mint more likely to still be vaping as young adults”

Why is FDA withholding details of its approval for 8 Logic e-cigs and HTP?

In the past, when FDA announced that it was authorizing the sale of new products through the Premarket Tobacco Authorization process (PMTA), they released a detailed scientific summary of the rationale behind their decision known as the Technical Project Lead (TPL) report.  These documents were released on the FDA web page announcing the positive decisions.Continue reading “Why is FDA withholding details of its approval for 8 Logic e-cigs and HTP?”

FDA sends another signal that it will authorize menthol ecigs despite high youth use

The FDA continues to telegraph that it is going to authorize the sale of menthol e-cigarettes. The first strong indication was not acting on the Vuse Solo menthol PMTA, which has allowed RJ Reynolds to continue selling menthol Vuse side-by-side (screen capture below) with the authorized tobacco flavor. Now, the FDA press release announcing itsContinue reading “FDA sends another signal that it will authorize menthol ecigs despite high youth use”

E-cigarettes more likely to lead to ongoing nicotine addiction than NRT

E-cigarette advocates and, more important, the FDA, takes it as given that e-cigarettes were developed as a harm reduction tool to help smokers quit cigarettes by “switching completely.”  This assumption is, however, inconsistent with the tobacco companies’ actual reasons for developing e-cigarettes and other non-combustible products, including tobacco company products approved as NRT: To deterContinue reading “E-cigarettes more likely to lead to ongoing nicotine addiction than NRT”

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”

Higher nicotine content and flavors increase e-cig abuse liability

As debates over nicotine and flavors in e-cigarettes continues to heat up, Mari Gades, Aleksandra Alcheva, Amy Riegelman, and Dorothy Hatsukami just published “The role of nicotine and flavor in the abuse potential and appeal of electronic cigarettes for adult current and former cigarette and electronic cigarette users: A systematic review” in Nicotine and TobaccoContinue reading “Higher nicotine content and flavors increase e-cig abuse liability”