FDA should prohibit all menthol flavor additives, compounds, constituents, and ingredients in cigarettes, and should not limit the proposed standard to prohibiting menthol as a “characterizing flavor”

My colleagues at UCSF and other universities and I have submitted this comment to the FDA in response to its proposal to prohibit the use of menthol in cigarettes. A PDF of the comment is here. The Regulations.gov tracking number is l6b-ew3y-c1ye. FDA should prohibit all menthol flavor additives, compounds, constituents, and ingredients in cigarettes,Continue reading “FDA should prohibit all menthol flavor additives, compounds, constituents, and ingredients in cigarettes, and should not limit the proposed standard to prohibiting menthol as a “characterizing flavor””

Since FDA has made a mess of Juul, the health community & Congress should force FDA to ban menthol e-cigs now

The day after FDA denied Juul’s application to continue selling its e-cigarettes on June 23, 2022, Juul sued and obtained an emergency Stay from the US Court of Appeals.  On July 5, the FDA announced that it was issuing its own Administrative Stay and allowed Juul to remain on the market while the FDA considersContinue reading “Since FDA has made a mess of Juul, the health community & Congress should force FDA to ban menthol e-cigs now”

White House OKs FDA moving forward on reducing nicotine in cigs; FDA can and should ban menthol ecigs now

On June 21, 2022, the Biden Administration announced that FDA would be moving forward to develop a product standard limiting nicotine in cigarettes and other combusted tobacco products to nonaddictive levels. FDA has been formally considering such a rule for a long time. In 2018, FDA solicited public comment on such a rule. At thatContinue reading “White House OKs FDA moving forward on reducing nicotine in cigs; FDA can and should ban menthol ecigs now”

Health groups call on Netflix to honor its promise to get smoking out of its kid programming

Sixteen health organizations and four individuals wrote Netflix on June 6, reminding them that last year Netflix pledged to get rid of smoking in their programming that appeals to youth. Netflix never published a formal policy and, judging from the smoke-filled new season on Stranger Things, doesn’t care how many kids it delivers to BigContinue reading “Health groups call on Netflix to honor its promise to get smoking out of its kid programming”

Cutting phase-in for cig menthol ban from 1 year to 90 days will prevent 265,000 kids from smoking and 12,000 premature deaths

FDA’s draft rule ending menthol cigarettes proposes giving tobacco companies a year to clear menthol cigarettes off the market. FDA requested public comment on shortening the phase in 90 days. My UCSF and Stanford colleagues and I submitted this public comment (PDF version) supporting a 90 day phase in. We noted that FDA’s own analysisContinue reading “Cutting phase-in for cig menthol ban from 1 year to 90 days will prevent 265,000 kids from smoking and 12,000 premature deaths”

FDA granting the tobacco companies’ request to extend the public comment period its menthol cigarette ban will lead to 58,000 more smokers and 2,700 more deaths

FDA has invited public comment on its well-justified rule to get rid of menthol cigarettes. Even though dealing with menthol cigarettes has been being considered and debated for 13 years, the tobacco companies have told FDA they need more time to prepare their comments and asked that the comment period be extended for 60 days.Continue reading “FDA granting the tobacco companies’ request to extend the public comment period its menthol cigarette ban will lead to 58,000 more smokers and 2,700 more deaths”

Direct evidence that Juul increases nicotine addiction, especially among kids

John Pierce and his colleagues at UCSD just published “Daily E-cigarette Use and the Surge in JUUL Sales: 2017-2019” that shows shows that after Juul came on the market there was a 3.6-fold higher rate of progression to daily e-cigarette use — a marker of addiction — among 14-17 year olds compared to 3 yearsContinue reading “Direct evidence that Juul increases nicotine addiction, especially among kids”

FDA prejudged e-cigs as good before it evaluated a single application

An August 31, 2020 memo detailing FDA’s plan for dealing with the expected flood of Premarket Tobacco Applications (PMTAs), clearly prejudges e-cigarettes as a good thing before looking at a single application. In particular, the FDA describes its “public heath goals” as including Ensure a variety of ENDS [electronic nicotine delivery systems] have an opportunityContinue reading “FDA prejudged e-cigs as good before it evaluated a single application”

FDA does JT/Logic’s work for it to justify authorizing 3 of its ENDS

On March 24, 2022 FDA authorized the sale of three electronic nicotine delivery systems distributed by Japan Tobacco’s US company Logic Technology Development, – two conventional e-cigarettes and one heated tobacco product.  FDA withheld the Technical Project Lead (TPL) report that provides the scientific justifications for its decision. Thanks to my colleague Lauren Lempert filingContinue reading “FDA does JT/Logic’s work for it to justify authorizing 3 of its ENDS”

FDA’s proposed ban on menthol cigarettes explains why FDA needs to reverse its de facto approvals of menthol e-cigarettes

The FDA’s decisions to act on premarket tobacco product applications (PMTAs) for e-cigarettes has been explicit about two points: (1) it is authorizing tobacco flavors because kids don’t seem to use tobacco flavored e-cigs and (2) it is blocking flavored e-cigs – except menthol – because kids like flavors.  Because they can’t justify allowing mentholContinue reading “FDA’s proposed ban on menthol cigarettes explains why FDA needs to reverse its de facto approvals of menthol e-cigarettes”