FDA denies marketing authorization for two RJR Vuse menthol ecigs

Following the same logic FDA used to deny marketing authorization of JTI Logic menthol e-cigarettes, FDA has denied authorization for RJR to sell menthol versions of its Vuse Vibe Tank Menthol 3.0% and the Vuse Ciro Cartridge Menthol 1.5% e-cigs. While FDA does not post the Marketing Denial Orders, Center for Tobacco Products Director Brian KingContinue reading “FDA denies marketing authorization for two RJR Vuse menthol ecigs”

RJR non-menthol cigarettes have other flavors according to RJR

As documented in three earlier blog posts (1, 2, 3) and an article in the New York Times, RJ Reynolds has introduced several “non-menthol” brands of cigarettes in an effort to get around California’s law prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products. It is important to keep in mind that the law prohibits the saleContinue reading “RJR non-menthol cigarettes have other flavors according to RJR”

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”

AG needs to stop Reynolds’ latest transparent attempt to flout California’s ban on the sale of flavored tobacco

After getting crushed at the ballot box and rebuffed by the Supreme Court, RJ Renolds is still trying to slither around California’s prohibition on the sale of flavored tobacco products.  In addition to introducing Camel “ice” cigarettes, it is now promoting “Non-menthol Kool” only in California (screenshot of their website above). The packaging and promotionContinue reading “AG needs to stop Reynolds’ latest transparent attempt to flout California’s ban on the sale of flavored tobacco”

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”

California ban on sale of flavored tobacco products goes into effect after Supreme Court rejects RJR attempt to block it

As expected (at least by me) the Supreme Court refused to consider RJR and other tobacco companies’ argument that California’s ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products was illegal. The law will take effect December 21, 2022. The actual order is above. The California Department of Public Health has done a great job ofContinue reading “California ban on sale of flavored tobacco products goes into effect after Supreme Court rejects RJR attempt to block it”

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”

Surprise! Reynolds & friends sue to block Calif flavored tobacco ban

Like clockwork the Big Tobacco (RJ Reynolds and others) sued California to block implementation of the state’s ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products (Proposition 31). This is not surprising since the tobacco companies have a long history of filing unsuccessful lawsuits to scare local and state governments and slow things down. Unlike normalContinue reading “Surprise! Reynolds & friends sue to block Calif flavored tobacco ban”

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?”

New report explains menthol marketing from the beginning and why we need to end it

Robert Jackler and his colleagues at the Stanford Research Into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising recently released “ADVERTISING CREATED & CONTINUES TO DRIVE THE MENTHOL TOBACCO MARKET: Methods Used by The Industry to Target Youth, Women, & Black Americans,” an encyclopedic history of menthol marketing in the United States. Jackler and his colleagues complement aContinue reading “New report explains menthol marketing from the beginning and why we need to end it”