Federal court adding RICO claims to lawsuits against Juul opens up opportunity to inform the public and FDA

On April 13, 2021, federal judge William H. Orrick granted plaintiffs’ motion to add allegations that Altria (owner of Philip Morris and part of Juul) and the Founder and Director Defendants violated the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”). Specifically, Judge Orrick allowed allegations that the “company and those persons allegedly conducted actsContinue reading “Federal court adding RICO claims to lawsuits against Juul opens up opportunity to inform the public and FDA”

The ACLU has a long history of taking money from and supporting the tobacco industry

I was not surprised when the American Civil Liberties Union came out against the FDA’s plan to end menthol cigarettes, repeating baseless industry arguments that getting rid of menthol would lead to more police violence against African Americans. Why? Because the ACLU has been carrying the tobacco industry’s water for decades. The ACLU has opposedContinue reading “The ACLU has a long history of taking money from and supporting the tobacco industry”

Many industries share “spin” strategies to undermine science they don’t like

We have known for a long time that the tobacco companies have developed sophisticated strategies to “create doubt” and attack scientific results that threaten their profits. Similar strategies have been identified for other industries. Now Rebecca Goldberg and Laura Vandenberg have published “The science of spin: targeted strategies to manufacture doubt with detrimental effects onContinue reading “Many industries share “spin” strategies to undermine science they don’t like”

UCSF and Johns Hopkins University Launch Digital Trove of Opioid Industry Documents

The UCSF Truth Tobacco Documents Library is 20 years old and had led to over 1000 publications, including not only academic papers, media stories, documentaries and government reports. The tobacco documents have transformed the discussion of tobacco globally. Now, the UCSF LIbrary, working with Johns Hopkins, is launching a major expansion of a sister collectionContinue reading “UCSF and Johns Hopkins University Launch Digital Trove of Opioid Industry Documents”