“Move Fast and Vape Things” is worth watching

The New York Times just released its new one hour documentary on the origins of Juul, Move Fast and Vape Things. (You can watch a trailer and some clips from the film and link to Hulu, where the full film is available, here.) The film includes interviews with an addicted teen, the two men whoContinue reading ““Move Fast and Vape Things” is worth watching”

FDA denied over 1 million e-cig flavored products but not a single one with menthol

Despite the fact that menthol and mint are wildly popular with kids (and contribute to keeping adults addicted), the FDA Center for Tobacco Products has yet to prohibit the sale of a single menthol e-cigarette flavor. The CTP News sent out today reported: FDA Denies Marketing Applications for Over 1 Million Flavored E-Cigarette ProductsIn August,Continue reading “FDA denied over 1 million e-cig flavored products but not a single one with menthol”

E-cigs have been on the market for 15 years: If they were really reducing harm it would be obvious by now

Ever since e-cigarettes first came on the market in 2006 the argument has been that it will take time for their health benefits to be manifest. This view was restated again last month in an FDA press release that stated, “Companies who want to continue to market their flavored ENDS products must have robust andContinue reading “E-cigs have been on the market for 15 years: If they were really reducing harm it would be obvious by now”

FDA can and should prioritize youth over Juul and other e-cigs sales while it ponders the long term

After years of delays and deadline extensions that allowed thousands of e-cigarettes to remain on the market without any FDA premarket review and millions of kids to become nicotine addicts, health groups successfully sued FDA to force action. As a result, on July 11, 2019 Judge Paul Grimm ordered FDA to require premarket tobacco product applications (PMTAs) forContinue reading “FDA can and should prioritize youth over Juul and other e-cigs sales while it ponders the long term”

President Biden willing to eliminate vaping

At a campaign stop on January 6, 2020, then-candidate Joe Biden said he would prioritize health over business and eliminate vaping if the evidence showed damage to lungs and other bad effects. E-cigs do damage lungs and much more. So the FDA doesn’t have to worry about the President blocking them as Obama and TrumpContinue reading “President Biden willing to eliminate vaping”

e-cigs are a gateway to cannabis too: evidence from Germany

In addition to the sizable literature showing that e-cigarettes are attracting many kids at low risk of initiating nicotine use with cigarettes to nicotine, many of whom go on to smoke cigarettes, there is strong consistent evidence that e-cigarettes are a gateway to the cannabis use in the USA. Now Ann-Kathrin Seidel and her colleaguesContinue reading “e-cigs are a gateway to cannabis too: evidence from Germany”

An unbalanced consideration of the risks and benefits of e-cigarettes

Several people have asked me what I thought of the recent essay by Balfour et al and a group of former presidents of the Society for Nicotine and Tobacco Research, “Balancing consideration of the risks and benefits of e-cigarettes,” that argues that concerns over youth e-cigarette use needs to be “better balanced” against the valueContinue reading “An unbalanced consideration of the risks and benefits of e-cigarettes”

FDA’s recent press release raises 3 issues on how CTP is judging e-cigs

On August 26, 2021, FDA denied marketing orders for around 55,000 flavored e-cigarettes because the manufacturers had not made the case that authorizing the sale of these products was “appropriate for the protection of public health,” the standard in the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that gave the FDA jurisdiction over tobaccoContinue reading “FDA’s recent press release raises 3 issues on how CTP is judging e-cigs”

California holds youth vaping below half the national average while almost eliminating smoking

The recently-released Results of the Statewide 2019-20 California Student Tobacco Survey found that California is still making excellent progress in reducing youth tobacco use, doing much better than the US as a whole. This is particularly significant because California has never focused its tobacco control program on youth, but rather treated them as part ofContinue reading “California holds youth vaping below half the national average while almost eliminating smoking”

New studies for UK, Netherlands and Flanders and US confirm gateway effects of e-cigs to combusted tobacco products

Three new studies add to the already overwhelming case that e-cigarettes are a gateway to combusted product use; two of these studies also show that combusted tobacco use predicts later e-cigarette use among youth. These studies are benefit from the fact that the data were collected relatively recently, which is important because e-cigarette technology isContinue reading “New studies for UK, Netherlands and Flanders and US confirm gateway effects of e-cigs to combusted tobacco products”