Check out this Philip Morris music video on cigarette inventory management

A colleague’s son sent along this 1987 music video prepared to educate merchants on how to do inventory management to maximize profits. Who ever knew inventory management could be so much fun? You can search for previously secret tobacco industry documents related to this video as well as Philip Morris’ promotional activities here in theContinue reading “Check out this Philip Morris music video on cigarette inventory management”

Lawsuit provides inside view of Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

The allegations in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed Lourdes Liz, the former Director of Digital and Social Media at the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, provides specifics on how FSFW functions as an arm of Philip Morris International (sole funder of FSFW) and Alria, parent of Philip Morris Tobacco. Broadly, she alleges that PMI usesContinue reading “Lawsuit provides inside view of Foundation for a Smoke-Free World”

Register for UCSF “It’s about a Billion Lives” symposium on Jan 29, 2021

Registration is now open for UCSF’s annual “It’s About a Billion Lives” Symposium will be held Friday January 29, 2021 from 8:00am–12:30pm Pacific Time by Zoom webinar.  In addition to the oral presentations, there will be posters from other UCSF research. KEYNOTE: “Half a century later it is still about social acceptability,” Stanton A. Glantz,Continue reading “Register for UCSF “It’s about a Billion Lives” symposium on Jan 29, 2021″

FDA authorized sales of Philip Morris’ IQOS 3 in an opaque process that gave short shrift to protecting the public health

On December 7,2020, FDA issued a marketing order authorizing Philip Morris Products to sell its IQOS 3 heated tobacco product, an updated version of the IQOS 2.4 system FDA had previously authorized for sale in April 2019.  Based on FDA’s streamlined review of Philip Morris’ “supplementary application” comparing IQOS 3 to IQOS 2.4, FDA determinedContinue reading “FDA authorized sales of Philip Morris’ IQOS 3 in an opaque process that gave short shrift to protecting the public health”

Evidence that petitions supporting Big Tobacco referendum on CA flavor ban may have been fakes

The Los Angeles Times reported that, “Elections officials in Inyo County said Monday that at least 70% of the signatures submitted to block a California law, SB793, banning the sale of flavored tobacco are invalid, with dozens of voters saying they never signed the petition.” This is an important finding that, if duplicated around theContinue reading “Evidence that petitions supporting Big Tobacco referendum on CA flavor ban may have been fakes”

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”

Juul delivers less of an important carcinogen than cigs

Kim Pulvers and colleagues recently published “Effect of Pod e-Cigarettes vs Cigarettes on Carcinogen Exposure Among African American and Latinx Smokers,” a well-done randomized controlled trial that demonstrated that African American and Latinx smokers who switched from cigarettes to Juul for 6 weeks had substantially lower levels of the lung carcinogen NNAL in their urine.Continue reading “Juul delivers less of an important carcinogen than cigs”

Ad firm with tobacco ties makes product placement deals in entertainment media

Variety ran a story this week about AMC Networks’ placing PepsiCo’s Mountain Dew brand in its cable series The Walking Dead.  Who helped set up this deal? The article names The Content Collective, a unit of Omnicom Media Group:         • Omnicom Media (global advertising, marketing and PR) cut its ties with e-cig maker Juul Labs inContinue reading “Ad firm with tobacco ties makes product placement deals in entertainment media”

Major EU scientific committee highlights e-cig dangers, gateway effect

On 23 September 2020, the European Commissions’ Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) issued its Preliminary Opinion on electronic cigarettes  at a request from the Commission “to assist the Commission in assessing the most recent scientific and technical information on e-cigarettes. Findings presented in the scientific opinion will feed into the Commission’sContinue reading “Major EU scientific committee highlights e-cig dangers, gateway effect”

Evidence supporting banning menthol keeps piling up, making it even more of a social issue

Nicotine and Tobacco Research recently published four papers on menthol (menthol preference associated with greater nicotine dependence and greater urge reduction after smoking, biological effects of menthol on addiction. menthol use has not dropped among Black and Hispanic students, 85% of pregnant women smoke menthol and quit less) adding to the already-compelling case that mentholContinue reading “Evidence supporting banning menthol keeps piling up, making it even more of a social issue”