1.4 million opioid industry documents now public for all the read at UCSF

Fourteen state attorneys general, in collaboration with UCSF and Johns Hopkins University just made 1.4 million previously secret opioid documents (8.1 million pages) publicly available at the UCSF Industry Documents Library. The AGs’ statement is worth quoting in full because it is important not only as a model for future opioid settlements and document disclosures,Continue reading “1.4 million opioid industry documents now public for all the read at UCSF”

FDA proposed menthol ban in cigarettes is well done, except for the exceptions

On April 28, 2022, FDA released its proposed tobacco product standard prohibiting menthol cigarettes. The justification for prohibiting menthol as a characterizing flavor includes a comprehensive review of the effects of menthol on smoking, including why menthol promotes cigarette initiation and how it makes it harder to quit smoking. In addition to summarizing the behavioralContinue reading “FDA proposed menthol ban in cigarettes is well done, except for the exceptions”

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”

UCSF adds previously secret documents from McKinsey & Co to freely-available opioid industry documents archive

The UCSF/JHU Opoid Industry Document Archive just added 317 documents from McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm working with corporations and governments, including with major US opioid manufacturers, including Purdue Pharma as well as Endo Pharmaceutical, Johnson & Johnson and Mallinckrodt.    In February 2021, McKinsey reached a $573 million agreement with attorneys general in 47Continue reading “UCSF adds previously secret documents from McKinsey & Co to freely-available opioid industry documents archive”

How the multinational tobacco companies fight tobacco control in India: The more things change the more they stay the same

Amit Yadav and I just published “Tobacco industry thwarts ad ban legislation in India in the 1990s: Lessons for meeting FCTC obligations under Articles 13 and 5.3” in Addictive Behaviors. This paper uses previously secret tobacco industry documents to present a history of the early battles in India to reign in the multinational tobacco industry.Continue reading “How the multinational tobacco companies fight tobacco control in India: The more things change the more they stay the same”

Tremendous new resource on tobacco industry issue ads now available

Rob Jackler just published Propaganda Crusades by Philip Morris International & Altria: “Smoke-Free Future” & “Moving Beyond Smoke” Campaigns Exposing the Hypocrisy of the Claim: “A Tobacco Company That Actually Cares About Health,” an encyclopedic analysis of Philip Morris and Altria’s issue advertising campaigns claiming that the companies have changed from promoting death for profitContinue reading “Tremendous new resource on tobacco industry issue ads now available”

FCTC stimulated smoking bans and pictorial warnings but not tax increases or ad bans

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) committed Parties to, among other things, implement tobacco demand reduction measures including smokefree laws, strong health warning labels and increase tobacco taxes. Previous studies, including some of our work, have generally shown that countries followed treaty ratification by implementing at least some of these policies. Now HeikkiContinue reading “FCTC stimulated smoking bans and pictorial warnings but not tax increases or ad bans”

How Big Tobacco worked behind the scenes in Louisiana for “tort reform”

Tanner Wakefield and I just published “The Tobacco Industry’s Tort Reform Campaign to Avoid Liability in Louisiana” in Addictive Behaviors. This paper uses previously secret internal tobacco industry documents to describe how the tobacco companies worked through intermediaries to promote “tort reform” that would shield it from legal liability for all the death and destructionContinue reading “How Big Tobacco worked behind the scenes in Louisiana for “tort reform””

Facebook IS like Big Tobacco

In her opening statement in her testimony about Facebook to the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection on October 5, 2021 Frances Haugen compared Facebook to Big Tobacco, as did Subcommittee Chair Richard Blumental (who sued the tobacco companies in the 1990s) and several other senators. I watched the whole 3 1/2 hour hearing and,Continue reading “Facebook IS like Big Tobacco”

“Move Fast and Vape Things” is worth watching

The New York Times just released its new one hour documentary on the origins of Juul, Move Fast and Vape Things. (You can watch a trailer and some clips from the film and link to Hulu, where the full film is available, here.) The film includes interviews with an addicted teen, the two men whoContinue reading ““Move Fast and Vape Things” is worth watching”