“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 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”

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”

Youth who use heated tobacco products have a much harder time quitting cigarettes

Philip Morris won FDA authorization for its heated tobacco product (HTP) IQOS without addressing the effects it would have on youth. FDA also allowed PM to promote IQOS’ “reduced exposure” claim based on the assumption that people would “switch completely” from combusted cigarettes to IQOS. An important new study from Hong Kong draws both assumptionsContinue reading “Youth who use heated tobacco products have a much harder time quitting cigarettes”

Calif legislature advancing two bills to further weaken public health marijuana protections

Last week i blogged about the new evidence from California about the success in almost eliminating youth cigarette smoking and keeping vaping at less than half the national average. Unfortunately, the same Statewide California Student Tobacco Survey showed that youth marijuana use was substantially higher than tobacco use.  Specifically, almost one third (31.2%) of highContinue reading “Calif legislature advancing two bills to further weaken public health marijuana protections”

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”

New WHO report highlights falling cigarette use and challenges that new tobacco products pose to public health and implementation of the FCTC

On July 27, 2021 the WHO released the WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic 2021: addressing new and emerging products, its eighth such report. The good news is that it documents solid progress in reducing tobacco use. After over a century of growth, “between 2007 and 2019, smoking rates decreased from a global averageContinue reading “New WHO report highlights falling cigarette use and challenges that new tobacco products pose to public health and implementation of the FCTC”