British American Tobacco (BAT) Conducted Extensive and Potentially Illegal Activity To Undermine Health Policy, Sabotage Competitors And Secure Profits In Africa

Researchers led by Anna Gilmore at the University of Bath just published three jaw-dropping reports on British American Tobacco’s (BAT) allegedly illegal activities in Africa to undermine competitors through surveillance, bribes and dirty tricks. (They also contributed 273 new documents to the UCSF Truth Tobacco Industry Documents Library they used in this work, so theContinue reading “British American Tobacco (BAT) Conducted Extensive and Potentially Illegal Activity To Undermine Health Policy, Sabotage Competitors And Secure Profits In Africa”

New studies for UK, Netherlands and Flanders and US confirm gateway effects of e-cigs to combusted tobacco products

Three new studies add to the already overwhelming case that e-cigarettes are a gateway to combusted product use; two of these studies also show that combusted tobacco use predicts later e-cigarette use among youth. These studies are benefit from the fact that the data were collected relatively recently, which is important because e-cigarette technology isContinue reading “New studies for UK, Netherlands and Flanders and US confirm gateway effects of e-cigs to combusted tobacco products”

New WHO report highlights falling cigarette use and challenges that new tobacco products pose to public health and implementation of the FCTC

On July 27, 2021 the WHO released the WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic 2021: addressing new and emerging products, its eighth such report. The good news is that it documents solid progress in reducing tobacco use. After over a century of growth, “between 2007 and 2019, smoking rates decreased from a global averageContinue reading “New WHO report highlights falling cigarette use and challenges that new tobacco products pose to public health and implementation of the FCTC”

Thai youth ecig use stays low since country banned imports and sales

While countries like the USA struggle with exploding e-cig use among youth, in Thailand, which bans the import and sales of e-cigarettes (which under Thai law also includes heated tobacco products), youth use remains stable and low. Roengrudee Patanavanich and colleagues (including me) recently published “Use of E-Cigarettes and Associated Factors among Youth in Thailand”Continue reading “Thai youth ecig use stays low since country banned imports and sales”

Success in India: movie rules followed by less on-screen smoking

In 2012, after a 7-year battle starting in 2005, India implemented rules to reduce the pro-tobacco impact of onscreen smoking in movies and on TV. The new rules required that any film or TV program that included tobacco use include Anti-tobacco ads before and at the intermission An onscreen anti-tobacco message during any tobacco useContinue reading “Success in India: movie rules followed by less on-screen smoking”

Amazon’s purchase of MGM is a good time to catch up with the major studios’ tobacco policies

Amazon is buying MGM for $8.45 billion to get its inventory of popular films and TV shows.  It also plans to have MGM continue to produce new films aimed at a broad audience.  In contrast to MGM (and Amazon), all the major studios that produce feature films have adopted policies to reduce or eliminate smokingContinue reading “Amazon’s purchase of MGM is a good time to catch up with the major studios’ tobacco policies”

Why FDA’s reduced exposure marketing order for IQOS is not a reliable global model

There are two separate decisions that the FDA makes about new products: (1) whether to authorize the sale of the product, and, if they allow sale of a product, (2) whether to allow a company to make reduced exposure or reduced risk claims about the product. To further confuse the situation, the separate decisions aboutContinue reading “Why FDA’s reduced exposure marketing order for IQOS is not a reliable global model”

Lessons for today from tobacco industry efforts to open the Thai market in the 1980s

Kade Patanavanich and I recently published “Successful countering of tobacco industry efforts to overturn Thailand’s ENDS ban” that documented recent efforts by Philip Morris and other pro-tobacco interests to open the Thai market to electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), which under Thai law includes both liquid e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products like PM’s IQOS. NowContinue reading “Lessons for today from tobacco industry efforts to open the Thai market in the 1980s”

How India enacted groundbreaking rules to blunt the effects of onscreen smoking

In 2012 India implemented groundbreaking rules to blunt the effect of onscreen smoking and other tobacco use. Any film with smoking has to have a warning and advertisement about the dangers of tobacco use produced by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare before the film or video at at the intermission. (Most Bollywood filmsContinue reading “How India enacted groundbreaking rules to blunt the effects of onscreen smoking”