Study claiming SF flavor ban increased youth smoking dissolves; it is not based on any data collected after enforcing the ban

The research letter, “A Difference-in-Differences Analysis of Youth Smoking and a Ban on Sales of Flavored Tobacco Products in San Francisco, California” Abigail Friedman published in JAMA Pediatrics in May 2021 concluded that “San Francisco’s ban on flavored tobacco product sales was associated with increased smoking among minor high school students relative to other schoolContinue reading “Study claiming SF flavor ban increased youth smoking dissolves; it is not based on any data collected after enforcing the ban”

New report highlights marketing of synthetic and “non-tobacco” nicotine products

Just as Congress is moving toward giving FDA explicit authority over non-tobacco nicotine products, Rob Jackler’s group at Stanford released a new report, “Marketing of ‘Tobacco-Free’ and ‘Synthetic Nicotine’ Products,” that details how these products are being promoted. In 2009 Congress gave the FDA jurisdiction over consumer products “made or derived from tobacco,” which includesContinue reading “New report highlights marketing of synthetic and “non-tobacco” nicotine products”

Now the usual “international experts” have shown up supporting industry efforts to weaken regulation of e-cigs and HTP in the Philippines

Under pressure from industry, the Philippine Congress has passed a retrograde bill that would roll back regulation of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. Medical and health groups, as well as the government’s own Department of Health, are urging President Rodrigo R. Duterte to veto the bill, known as the Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Act. TheContinue reading “Now the usual “international experts” have shown up supporting industry efforts to weaken regulation of e-cigs and HTP in the Philippines”

Altria’s electronic age verification system is used to gather consumer data and promote products

The tobacco companies, including e-cig company Juul, tout their electronic age verification technology as an effective way to reduce youth use and argue against stricter regulation. I have long been concerned that this technology would also allow the companies to collect marketing information that couple be used to promote their products the second that theyContinue reading “Altria’s electronic age verification system is used to gather consumer data and promote products”

MA, NY, RI and WA consistently saw big drops in sales after states banned sales of flavored e-cigs

More and more localities and states have stopped waiting for the FDA to get rid of flavored e-cigarettes, including menthol, and enacted local laws or policies ending the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. (Others, led by San Francisco, have banned the sale of all flavored tobacco products.) Fatma Ali and colleagues at the CDC Foundation, CDCContinue reading “MA, NY, RI and WA consistently saw big drops in sales after states banned sales of flavored e-cigs”

E-cig science has marched on; it is important that decision making and education be based on the current state of knowledge

In January 2021, I published a blog post making the point that the 2018 National Academy of Science Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) report on e-cigarettes was out of date. Now, Physicians for a Smoke Free Canada has published an extensive update detailing specifically how the science on e-cigarettes has advanced since then 2018, noting thatContinue reading “E-cig science has marched on; it is important that decision making and education be based on the current state of knowledge”

More real world evidence that e-cigs make it harder to quit cigarettes

The evidence that e-cigarettes do not work for smoking cessation just keeps piling up. The latest high quality real world study, “Effectiveness of e-cigarettes as aids for smoking cessation: evidence from the PATH Cohort Study, 2017-19,” published by Ruifeng Chen and colleagues at UCSD in Tobacco Control reports on the association between e-cigarette use andContinue reading “More real world evidence that e-cigs make it harder to quit cigarettes”

A wide range of e-cigarettes similarly harm artery function as much as cigarettes

The whole harm reduction and reduced exposure frameworks that the FDA and others use to assess alternative inhaled tobacco products assumes that the specific details of the aerosol that these products deliver to users has a substantial effect on risks. New research by Poonam Rao, Matt Springer, and their colleagues at UCSF raises serious questionsContinue reading “A wide range of e-cigarettes similarly harm artery function as much as cigarettes”

High school student use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes fell after the San Francisco flavor ban took effect

San Francisco’s experience continues to be a central issue as localities and states continue to debate legislation ending the sale of flavored tobacco products, including the tobacco companies’ effort to overturn California’s flavor ban by forcing a referendum on it. Results from the 2019-20 California Student Tobacco Survey show that that, compared to the surveyContinue reading “High school student use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes fell after the San Francisco flavor ban took effect”

e-cig users have more COVID-19 symptoms

It is well-established that smokers and former smokers who are infected with COVID-19 do worse. (How smoking affects risk of infection is still an open question.) Now, there is evidence that vaping makes COVID worse among people who are infected. David McFadden and colleagues at the Mayo Clinic have published “Symptoms COVID 19 Positive VapersContinue reading “e-cig users have more COVID-19 symptoms”