Why I voted for the SF School Board recall

The national media has been talking a lot about the larger message of the fact that liberal San Francisco just recalled 3 school board members. As someone who lives in the City and has two grandsons in the SF public schools, I can say that the overwhelming rejection of the School Board’s behavior was notContinue reading “Why I voted for the SF School Board recall”

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making the point that the 2018 National Academy of Science Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) report on e-cigarettes was out of date.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”

Ecig enthusiasts respond to criticism that they selectively cited the science by ignoring the conclusions of the papers they do cite

In addition to the excellent paper by Samet and Barrington-Trimis the American Journal of Public Health recently published two letters to the editor — one from Wasim Maziak and one from me — criticizing the paper “Balancing consideration of the risks and benefits of e-cigarettes.” That paper argues that concerns over youth e-cigarette use needsContinue reading “Ecig enthusiasts respond to criticism that they selectively cited the science by ignoring the conclusions of the papers they do cite”

Researchers write Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock asking FDA to withdraw marketing authorization for RJR Vuse Solo ecig

Colleagues at UCSF and Stanford and I wrote FDA Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock raising concerns that FDA’s October 12, 2021 Marketing Granted Orders for Vuse Solo failed to substantiate its determination that authorizing the marketing of Vuse Solo will provide a net improvement to public health. In particular, FDA failed to quantify the benefits vs.Continue reading “Researchers write Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock asking FDA to withdraw marketing authorization for RJR Vuse Solo ecig”

Industry easily adapts to FDA’s limited action on e-cig flavors

In response to skyrocketing youth e-cigarette use, driven largely by Juul removable pod flavored e-cigs, in January 2020, FDA said they would “prioritize enforcement” against most flavored pod e-cigs. Not surprisingly, youth and young adults have shifted to menthol and disposable flavored e-cigs that FDA is not prioritizing. Now Shivani Gaiha and her colleagues atContinue reading “Industry easily adapts to FDA’s limited action on e-cig flavors”

Youth smoking and vaping growing in e-cig friendly New Zealand

New Zealand, like England, the US FDA, and a few other countries, has embraced e-cigarettes. Like other e-cig enthusiasts, the Health Ministry minimizes risks to kids. In particular, its “Position statement on vaping” says: There is no international evidence that vaping products are undermining the long-term decline in cigarette smoking among adults and youth, andContinue reading “Youth smoking and vaping growing in e-cig friendly New Zealand”

Health groups back in court pressing FDA to act on menthol and e-cig PMTA applications

Menthol Over the last year health groups have started suing the FDA in efforts to force action, particularly in the areas of menthol and evaluating e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products. As part of a political compromise, the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act banned characterizing flavors (but not the flavors themselves) exceptContinue reading “Health groups back in court pressing FDA to act on menthol and e-cig PMTA applications”

Vaping exploding among New Zealand youth

Like their British cousins, most public health authorities in New Zealand have embraced e-cigarettes for harm reduction. In contrast to heavily regulated cigarettes (no advertising, plain packaging, graphic warning labels, no power walls, strong smokefree laws), e-cigs were introduced to New Zealand in around 2017 without any regulations on marketing and advertising no controls onContinue reading “Vaping exploding among New Zealand youth”

World Heart Federation highlights cardiovascular risks of e-cigs, calls for strict regulation, supports countries with bans

On October 18, 2021 the World Heart Federation released a policy brief “E-cigarettes: A new threat to cardiovascular health,” (press release) that provides an overview of the evidence that e-cigarette use has a wide range of adverse effects on the cardiovascular system that are reflected as an increased risk of heart attack at a populationContinue reading “World Heart Federation highlights cardiovascular risks of e-cigs, calls for strict regulation, supports countries with bans”

Science FDA (and everyone else) needs to actively engage as they think about whether to authorize Juul and the other ecigs

When I read the FDA’s Technical Project Lead summary of its scientific justification for authorizing the sale of RJ Reynolds’ Vuse Solo e-cigarette, I was struck by the fact that it ignored the broad scientific literature on e-cigarettes and seemed to accept industry-framed arguments. For example: They ignored the evidence that as consumer products, e-cigarettesContinue reading “Science FDA (and everyone else) needs to actively engage as they think about whether to authorize Juul and the other ecigs”