Banning menthol leads to big drop in smoking in Canada: Implications for USA

As the April 29 deadline for the Biden Administration to respond to a lawsuit brought by the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council and Action on Smoking and Health approaches, the results of a large national survey from Canada show that banning the sale of menthol cigarettes was followed by a huge increase in smokingContinue reading “Banning menthol leads to big drop in smoking in Canada: Implications for USA”

US Preventive Services Task Force finds evidence on e-cigs as a medicine for quitting “insufficient”

I have written several times about the differences between e-cigarettes as a consumer product and as a cessation medicine. pointing out that population observational studies are relevant for e-cigarettes as a consumer product and randomized clinical trials (RCTs) are relevant for e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation therapy. Now the US Preventive Services Task Force, aContinue reading “US Preventive Services Task Force finds evidence on e-cigs as a medicine for quitting “insufficient””

Youth e-cig use triples likelihood of daily cig smoking

The evidence that e-cigarettes are a gateway for smoking is strong and consistent. Now John Pierce and his colleagues have made that connection even stronger by showing that e-cigarette use strongly predicts daily cigarette smoking. (Previous studies measured current cigarette smoking, meaning in the past 30 days.) Their paper, “Use of E-cigarettes and Other TobaccoContinue reading “Youth e-cig use triples likelihood of daily cig smoking”

Good news: Youth e-cig use dropped in 2020

The CDC recently reported big drops in e-cigarette use between 2019 and 2020 (high school dropped from 27.5% to 19.6% and middle school dropped from 10.5% to 4.7%). As the figure above (courtesy of CDC.) shows, however, e-cig use is still very high, way above where cigarette smoking and e-cigarette use were nine years earlierContinue reading “Good news: Youth e-cig use dropped in 2020”

FDA’s proposed guidance to industry on how to conduct product perception studies is a good start, but needs more specifics

My colleagues at the UCSF TCORS, in collaboration with Stanford, GSU and U of Iowa just submitted a public comment to FDA on its draft guidance on how tobacco companies should conduct perception studies of their products that are to be submitted to FDA as part of applications for approval to market these products orContinue reading “FDA’s proposed guidance to industry on how to conduct product perception studies is a good start, but needs more specifics”

More evidence that e-cigs expanding nicotine addiction

Since the introduction of e-cigarettes to the U.S. market, use has increased rapidly among youth. Some have argued that, while not optimal, this increase represents kids who would otherwise have smoked cigarettes. In particular, Levy et al (Levy et al., 2017, Levy et al. 2018) concluded that the decline in U.S. youth cigarette smoking acceleratedContinue reading “More evidence that e-cigs expanding nicotine addiction”

Reduce your risk of serious lung disease caused by corona virus by quitting smoking and vaping

Updated October 18, 2020 When someone’s lungs are exposed to flu or other infections the adverse effects of smoking or vaping are much more serious than among people who do not smoke or vape. Smoking makes COVID worse if you get it and smoking — and vaping — increase the risk of being infected andContinue reading “Reduce your risk of serious lung disease caused by corona virus by quitting smoking and vaping”