FDA denies marketing authorization for two RJR Vuse menthol ecigs

Following the same logic FDA used to deny marketing authorization of JTI Logic menthol e-cigarettes, FDA has denied authorization for RJR to sell menthol versions of its Vuse Vibe Tank Menthol 3.0% and the Vuse Ciro Cartridge Menthol 1.5% e-cigs. While FDA does not post the Marketing Denial Orders, Center for Tobacco Products Director Brian KingContinue reading “FDA denies marketing authorization for two RJR Vuse menthol ecigs”

A big step forward: FDA’s assessment of individual menthol e-cigs lines up with the scientific evidence

Two important memos dated October 25, 2022 detail internal FDA deliberations about how FDA considers specific menthol e-cigarettes in the context of the larger scientific literature on menthol.  The two memos, one from the leadership of the Office of Science and another from Center for Tobacco Products Director Brian King and Deputy Director Michelle MitalContinue reading “A big step forward: FDA’s assessment of individual menthol e-cigs lines up with the scientific evidence”

E-cig advocates criticize CDC for promoting health misinformation with their own misinformation

E-cigarette advocates Michael Pesko, Michael Cummings, Clifford Douglas, Jonathan Foulds, Thomas Miller, Nancy Rigotti, and Kenneth E. Warner recently published an editorial “United States public health officials need to correct e-cigarette health misinformation” criticizing the CDC for promoting what they claim is misinformation on e-cigarettes at the same time CDC was highlighting the dangers of health misinformation. They “focus upon twoContinue reading “E-cig advocates criticize CDC for promoting health misinformation with their own misinformation”

Big Tobacco Execs Celebrate Teen Vaping With Epic PR Song

The Onion, working with truth, produced “Inspiring! Big Tobacco Execs Celebrate Teen Vaping With Epic PR Song.” Watch this fun video here. This is part of a digital media buy in which the Onion offers Truth Initiative the opportunity to co-create a creative asset that helps deliver truth’s message in the Onion’s signature satirical style.

Kids who use ecigs to quit quit less

The discussion of whether or not e-cigarettes help smokers quit has been focused on adults. All the discussion of e-cigarettes and kids has focused on the massive success of e-cigarettes in expanding the nicotine epidemic by attracting kids. There has also been some focus on the well-documented “gateway effect” in which kids who start nicotineContinue reading “Kids who use ecigs to quit quit less”

Cochrane Collaborative concludes e-cigs as medical interventions help smokers quit (again) while continuing to ignoring stronger more relevant real world evidence that they don’t

The Cochrane Collaborative, an organization that does systematic reviews generally to guide clinical practice, released a “Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation (Review).” Like earlier Cochrane reviews, this review focused on randomized clinical trials that are designed to study effectiveness of medicines delivered under clinical supervision, not e-cigarettes as consumer products used in the real worldContinue reading “Cochrane Collaborative concludes e-cigs as medical interventions help smokers quit (again) while continuing to ignoring stronger more relevant real world evidence that they don’t”

Members of the scientific network used to promote “tobacco harm reduction” often don’t disclose industry ties

The tobacco industry has a long history of supporting scientists, often quietly, to establish narratives that promote its interests.  Now Julia Vassey, Yogi Hendlin, Manali Vora, and Pam Ling have published a formal analysis showing the network of scientists publishing papers on “tobacco harm reduction,” the core ideology used to justify promoting e-cigarettes and manyContinue reading “Members of the scientific network used to promote “tobacco harm reduction” often don’t disclose industry ties”

Surprise! Reynolds & friends sue to block Calif flavored tobacco ban

Like clockwork the Big Tobacco (RJ Reynolds and others) sued California to block implementation of the state’s ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products (Proposition 31). This is not surprising since the tobacco companies have a long history of filing unsuccessful lawsuits to scare local and state governments and slow things down. Unlike normalContinue reading “Surprise! Reynolds & friends sue to block Calif flavored tobacco ban”

Recommendations to improve FDA premarket tobacco product application review to follow statutory mandates and improve scientific rigor

On October 21, 2022, Lauren Lempert presented at one of the Regan-Udall Foundation Expert Panels listening sessions on how to improve FDA operations of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products operations. She and I followed up with a written comment letter detailing many of the problems with the tobacco product application processes, including both the premarketContinue reading “Recommendations to improve FDA premarket tobacco product application review to follow statutory mandates and improve scientific rigor”