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”

FDA proposed updating its HPHC list in 2019; it needs to finish the job

One of the nerdy, but very important, parts of the FDA tobacco product regulatory process is the list of “Hazardous and Potentially Hazardous Compounds” (HPHC) list that FDA released in 2012. This list contains 93 bad chemicals — mostly carcinogens — that FDA identified as important when assessing the risks of tobacco products. It hasContinue reading “FDA proposed updating its HPHC list in 2019; it needs to finish the job”

FDA’s proposed ban on menthol cigarettes explains why FDA needs to reverse its de facto approvals of menthol e-cigarettes

The FDA’s decisions to act on premarket tobacco product applications (PMTAs) for e-cigarettes has been explicit about two points: (1) it is authorizing tobacco flavors because kids don’t seem to use tobacco flavored e-cigs and (2) it is blocking flavored e-cigs – except menthol – because kids like flavors.  Because they can’t justify allowing mentholContinue reading “FDA’s proposed ban on menthol cigarettes explains why FDA needs to reverse its de facto approvals of menthol e-cigarettes”

Ending the sale of flavored tobacco products is the real harm reduction

Yesterday (May 9, 2022) I testified before the Colorado Senate Finance Committee supporting a proposed statewide ban on the sale of all flavored tobacco products. As usual, opponents claimed that flavored products were needed for “harm reduction.” In listening to their testimony, I realized that for e-cigs and other tobacco products to actually reduce harm,Continue reading “Ending the sale of flavored tobacco products is the real harm reduction”

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”

APHA rapidly remedies error it made when accepting FSFW ad for AJPH

When I checked my email last Friday morning (April 15, 2022), I found a robust email conversation about the fact that the American Journal of Public Health, published by the American Public Health Association, featured an add from Philip Morris International’s Foundation for a Smokefree World soliciting grant proposals (examples above and below). The FSFWContinue reading “APHA rapidly remedies error it made when accepting FSFW ad for AJPH”

Ecigs roll back the clock on kid quitting, too

E-cigarettes have reversed the long-term trend of declining nicotine addiction among kids. Now Richard Miech and his colleagues at USC have used the Monitoring the Future survey data on tobacco use behavior among 8th to 12th graders to study the prevalence of failed quit attempts for cigarettes (from 1997 through 2020) and e-cigarettes (for 2020,Continue reading “Ecigs roll back the clock on kid quitting, too”

Smokers at higher risk of COVID-19 death, particularly in low and middle income countries

Roengrudee Patanavanich, Tanatorn Siripoon, Salin Amponnavarat and I just published “Active smokers are at higher risk of COVID-19 death: A systematic review and meta-analysis” that finds that, among people diagnosed with COVID-19 both current and former smokers are at increased risk of death from COVID-19. This paper takes advantage of the growing number of studiesContinue reading “Smokers at higher risk of COVID-19 death, particularly in low and middle income countries”

Flavored tobacco sales bans reduce tobacco advertising: An added benefit

The evidence that comprehensive bans on the sale of flavored tobacco products work continues to grow.  And the latest study by Louisa Holmes, Lauren Lempert and Pam Ling adds a new benefit: There is less tobacco product advertising in cities that have flavor bans.  Their paper, Flavored Tobacco Sales Restrictions Reduce Tobacco Product Availability andContinue reading “Flavored tobacco sales bans reduce tobacco advertising: An added benefit”