Smoke-free laws and cigarette taxes impact smoking behavior trajectories in youth and young adults

All smokers’ behavior is not the same. We and others has identified five trajectories of smoking behavior over time among youth and young adults based on demographic characteristics (graph above). Now Dorie Apollonio, Lauren Dutra and I have expanded this work to include the effects of changing tobacco control policies — smokefree laws and taxesContinue reading “Smoke-free laws and cigarette taxes impact smoking behavior trajectories in youth and young adults”

Biden facing moment of truth on menthol

Under pressure from the tobacco companies Congress exempted menthol from the ban on “characterizing flavors” in cigarettes and other regulated tobacco products when it passed the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that gave FDA authority to regulate tobacco products. During the negotiations a group of former Secretaries of Health and others criticizedContinue reading “Biden facing moment of truth on menthol”

Pam Ling appointed new director of UCSF CTCRE

On January 28, 2020, UCSF School of Medicine Dean Talmadge King announced that Pam Ling will be the new director of the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. As the dean says, UCSF did a national search and Pam was selected. This is a great choice!       From the Dean DearContinue reading “Pam Ling appointed new director of UCSF CTCRE”

How health groups defeated Juul’s effort to rewrite San Francisco’s e-cigarette regulations

The tobacco companies have been turning to the initiative and referendum process to undo California tobacco control laws and regulations. (The most recent example is the industry’s successful forcing of a referendum on SB 793, the ban on flavored tobacco products the legislature passed last summer.) In 2019 Juul, makers of the wildly popular e-cigaretteContinue reading “How health groups defeated Juul’s effort to rewrite San Francisco’s e-cigarette regulations”

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″

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”

Congress extends ban on mailing cigs to include all e-cigs, including marijuana vapes

The recent legislation Congress passed to fund the government included a provision extending the PACT Act’s prohibition on sending cigarettes through the mail to include e-cigarettes. This will go a long way to closing down internet e-cigarette sales which, despite assurances from the e-cig companies and FDA, cannot be effectively age-gated. The law also requiresContinue reading “Congress extends ban on mailing cigs to include all e-cigs, including marijuana vapes”

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”

Ordinance to make multi-unit housing in San Francisco (tobacco) smokefree advances

Today the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee unanimously forwarded an ordinance to the full Board of Supervisors (the City’s legislative body) to make buildings with 3 or more housing units smokefree. The public commenters strongly supported the ordinance with cogent stories about how they and their families were suffering from secondhand smoke drifting inContinue reading “Ordinance to make multi-unit housing in San Francisco (tobacco) smokefree advances”