FDA science leader Matt Holman leaves FDA for PMI

Matt Holman, who has served as head of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products since 2017, is leaving the FDA to take a job with Philip Morris International. According to a story in The Hill, a spokesperson for Philip Morris said Holman “is committed to helping existing adult smokers access scientifically substantiated smoke-free alternatives whileContinue reading “FDA science leader Matt Holman leaves FDA for PMI”

Outside review of FDA CTP operations brings opportunities and risks

FDA Commissioner Rob Califf announced (Politico, Associated Press, New York Times) that he was asking the Regan-Udall Foundation to conduct a process review of the FDA’s tobacco and food centers. As someone who has been critical of the poor and incomplete scientific assessments FDA has completed of so-called “harm reduction” products — particularly e-cigarettes andContinue reading “Outside review of FDA CTP operations brings opportunities and risks”

Since FDA has made a mess of Juul, the health community & Congress should force FDA to ban menthol e-cigs now

The day after FDA denied Juul’s application to continue selling its e-cigarettes on June 23, 2022, Juul sued and obtained an emergency Stay from the US Court of Appeals.  On July 5, the FDA announced that it was issuing its own Administrative Stay and allowed Juul to remain on the market while the FDA considersContinue reading “Since FDA has made a mess of Juul, the health community & Congress should force FDA to ban menthol e-cigs now”

As a matter of health equity and social justice, FDA should immediately finalize and implement the proposed standard for menthol in cigarettes to reduce smoking-attributable deaths and health disparities among African Americans

Several colleagues at UCSF and elsewhere and I submitted this comment to the FDA on its proposed rule to end menthol in cigarettes. A PDF is here; the regulations.gov tracking number is l4s-xj6c-9kba. As a matter of health equity and social justice, FDA should immediately finalize and implement the proposed standard for menthol in cigarettesContinue reading “As a matter of health equity and social justice, FDA should immediately finalize and implement the proposed standard for menthol in cigarettes to reduce smoking-attributable deaths and health disparities among African Americans”

White House OKs FDA moving forward on reducing nicotine in cigs; FDA can and should ban menthol ecigs now

On June 21, 2022, the Biden Administration announced that FDA would be moving forward to develop a product standard limiting nicotine in cigarettes and other combusted tobacco products to nonaddictive levels. FDA has been formally considering such a rule for a long time. In 2018, FDA solicited public comment on such a rule. At thatContinue reading “White House OKs FDA moving forward on reducing nicotine in cigs; FDA can and should ban menthol ecigs now”

FDA should finalize the proposed rule prohibiting characterizing flavors in cigars and make it effective 90 days after publication of the final rule

My colleagues and I submitted this public comment to FDA urging them not to extend the comment period for the rule ending flavored cigars, as the tobacco companies have requested. Using the FDA’s own analysis cutting the shortening the effective date by nine months (from one-year to 90-days) would prevent an additional 396,000 people fromContinue reading “FDA should finalize the proposed rule prohibiting characterizing flavors in cigars and make it effective 90 days after publication of the final rule”

FDA should not give the tobacco companies more time to submit public comments about the proposed rule ending characterizing flavors in cigars

My colleagues and I submitted this public comment to FDA urging them not to extend the comment period for the rule ending flavored cigars, as the tobacco companies have requested. According to the FDA’s own analysis granting the 3 month delay would cost 60 lives and an additional $1.17-$1.43 billion in costs. The industry hasContinue reading “FDA should not give the tobacco companies more time to submit public comments about the proposed rule ending characterizing flavors in cigars”

Support for cigarette menthol ban and cigar flavor ban; need to ban menthol as an ingredient not just as a characterizing flavor and to eliminate exceptions for some tobacco products (Statement at June 13, 2022 FDA Listening Session)

My name is Stanton Glantz.  I am a retired Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco and was the principal investigator of the UCSF Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science. The FDA did an excellent job of summarizing the science on the effects of menthol to build a justification for ending the useContinue reading “Support for cigarette menthol ban and cigar flavor ban; need to ban menthol as an ingredient not just as a characterizing flavor and to eliminate exceptions for some tobacco products (Statement at June 13, 2022 FDA Listening Session)”

Cutting phase-in for cig menthol ban from 1 year to 90 days will prevent 265,000 kids from smoking and 12,000 premature deaths

FDA’s draft rule ending menthol cigarettes proposes giving tobacco companies a year to clear menthol cigarettes off the market. FDA requested public comment on shortening the phase in 90 days. My UCSF and Stanford colleagues and I submitted this public comment (PDF version) supporting a 90 day phase in. We noted that FDA’s own analysisContinue reading “Cutting phase-in for cig menthol ban from 1 year to 90 days will prevent 265,000 kids from smoking and 12,000 premature deaths”

FDA granting the tobacco companies’ request to extend the public comment period its menthol cigarette ban will lead to 58,000 more smokers and 2,700 more deaths

FDA has invited public comment on its well-justified rule to get rid of menthol cigarettes. Even though dealing with menthol cigarettes has been being considered and debated for 13 years, the tobacco companies have told FDA they need more time to prepare their comments and asked that the comment period be extended for 60 days.Continue reading “FDA granting the tobacco companies’ request to extend the public comment period its menthol cigarette ban will lead to 58,000 more smokers and 2,700 more deaths”