RJR tries to slither around CA ban on sale of flavored tobacco products with Newport, too

RJ Reynolds, BAT’s US subsidiary, has released its third effort to keep selling flavored cigarettes with its new Newport cigarettes that offer “bold lasting flavor” now that it can’t sell menthol cigarettes. The problem with what Reynolds is doing is that the law prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products, not just menthol flavored tobaccoContinue reading “RJR tries to slither around CA ban on sale of flavored tobacco products with Newport, too”

A big step forward: FDA’s assessment of individual menthol e-cigs lines up with the scientific evidence

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”

Texas Trump judge grasps at straws to reject graphic warning labels on cigarette packs; now the appeals can start

After sitting on the case for years, federal Judge J. Campbell Barker, an active member of the right-wing Federalist Society, finally issued his opinion vacating (rescinding) the FDA’s graphic warning labels on cigarette packs that Congress mandated in 2009 when it passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. His decision rejecting the warningContinue reading “Texas Trump judge grasps at straws to reject graphic warning labels on cigarette packs; now the appeals can start”

Unredacted version of NJOY e-cig TPL shows what FDA is withholding from the public

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”

After sitting on cigarette warning labels, judge announces he will rule on their legality (in a month)

Perhaps in response to the Department of Justice threatening to go over his head to the Count of Appeals, Texas Trump Judge J. Campbell Barker who has been sitting on the FDA’s Congressionally-mandated cigarette pack graphic warnings for years has announced the he expects to rule on the industry’s challenge to the warning labels byContinue reading “After sitting on cigarette warning labels, judge announces he will rule on their legality (in a month)”

RJR promotes “ice” cigarettes to get around Calif flavored tobacco sales ban

In addition to suing California on a last ditch attempt to block California’s ban on sale of flavored tobacco products that was overwhelmingly endorsed by the voters, RJ Reynolds (BAT’s US subsidiary) has sent mailers to smokers promoting new “non-menthol” cigarettes that taste like menthol (pictures above). Desmond Jenson from the Public Health Law CenterContinue reading “RJR promotes “ice” cigarettes to get around Calif flavored tobacco sales ban”

A troubling look inside FDA CTP staff highlighting interference with scientific assessment of PMTAs

Yesterday (November 7, 2022), after Lauren Lempert finished working on our letter to the Regan-Udall Foundation raising issues about the FDA’s scientific standards for assessing premarket tobacco product applications, she browsed the Foundation page listing all the comments that had been submitted to the Expert Panel. The picture that emerges from looking at just aContinue reading “A troubling look inside FDA CTP staff highlighting interference with scientific assessment of PMTAs”

Recommendations to improve FDA premarket tobacco product application review to follow statutory mandates and improve scientific rigor

On October 21, 2022, Lauren Lempert presented at one of the Regan-Udall Foundation Expert Panels listening sessions on how to improve FDA operations of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products operations. She and I followed up with a written comment letter detailing many of the problems with the tobacco product application processes, including both the premarketContinue reading “Recommendations to improve FDA premarket tobacco product application review to follow statutory mandates and improve scientific rigor”

Regan-Udall Foundation review of FDA tobacco regulation “listening sessions” dominated by pro-industry speakers

Regan-Udall Foundation review of FDA tobacco regulation “listening sessions” dominated by pro-industry speakers The FDA has asked the Regan-Udall Foundation for recommendations on how to improve tobacco product regulation.  The Foundation’s Tobacco Independent Expert Panel has had three “listening sessions” that have been dominated by industry players and “harm reduction” advocates.  I have previously expressedContinue reading Regan-Udall Foundation review of FDA tobacco regulation “listening sessions” dominated by pro-industry speakers

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?”