FDA should ignore Philip Morris request to tell public nicotine doesn’t cause cancer

Earlier this month Bloomberg reported that Philip Morris had asked FDA to convince Americans that nicotine isn’t that bad, citing research showing that most wrongly think that nicotine causes cancer.  This effort seems part of Philip Morris effort to promote its IQOS heated tobacco product as well as Juul e-cigarettes (in which Altria, parent ofContinue reading “FDA should ignore Philip Morris request to tell public nicotine doesn’t cause cancer”

Altria moving toward entering US marijuana market

Altria (owner of Philip Morris) has made two moves to get ready to enter the US marijuana market. It registered to lobby on marijuana commercialization in Virginia and has submitted two US patents for cannabis vaporization devices. According to the report in Cannabis Wire, “Altria supports the federal legalization of cannabis under an appropriate regulatoryContinue reading “Altria moving toward entering US marijuana market”

More opioid industry documents being made public

Just as litigation against the tobacco companies beginning with the Minnesota settlement has led to over 90 million pages of previously secret tobacco industry documents being made public, the recent settlement between state attorneys general and with McKinsey Company will make internal McKinsey documents available to the public. The tobacco industry documents have led toContinue reading “More opioid industry documents being made public”

How Thailand successful fought tobacco industry efforts to overturn its ENDS ban

Here in the USA and many other countries there are debates on the health effects of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products and whether they are, as the tobacco companies claim, reducing harm, some countries have decided to just prohibit their sale entirely. In doing so they have avoided skyrocketing youth use and can sit onContinue reading “How Thailand successful fought tobacco industry efforts to overturn its ENDS ban”

CDC newly posted surveillance data on smoking in films shows less smoking in PG-13 movies

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted its eighth annual update on “Smoking in the Movies” on November 10, 2020.  This year’s sum-up of content trends and company performance highlights several key developments in 2019:       • R-rated incidents per film hit a record high       • Tobacco levelsContinue reading “CDC newly posted surveillance data on smoking in films shows less smoking in PG-13 movies”

UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education accepting fellowship applications

The purpose of the fellowship is: To prepare individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds in medical, biological, social, behavioral, and policy sciences to join the next generation of academic leaders in tobacco control. Upon completion of training, fellows will be well positioned to be active participants in crucial policy debates about the future developmentContinue reading “UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education accepting fellowship applications”

New Cochrane review concluding e-cigs used as clinical therapy increase quitting is not relevant to assessing e-cigs in the real world

In 1971 Scottish physician Archibald Cochrane published a short book, Effectiveness and Efficiency: Random Reflections on Health Services, that made the point that most medical and surgical therapies in common use had never been shown to work.  He argued that for the use of randomized controlled trials (RCT) in which people in the trial wereContinue reading “New Cochrane review concluding e-cigs used as clinical therapy increase quitting is not relevant to assessing e-cigs in the real world”

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”