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”

“The Devil’s Playbook” is a great read

My definition of a good book on tobacco is that I learn things I didn’t already know from reading it. Lauren Etter’s new book, The Devil’s Playbook, easily meets and surpasses this standard. Deeply researched beginning with key events in the 1980s, she documents the rise and decline on Juul e-cigarettes and how, at leastContinue reading ““The Devil’s Playbook” is a great read”

Thai youth ecig use stays low since country banned imports and sales

While countries like the USA struggle with exploding e-cig use among youth, in Thailand, which bans the import and sales of e-cigarettes (which under Thai law also includes heated tobacco products), youth use remains stable and low. Roengrudee Patanavanich and colleagues (including me) recently published “Use of E-Cigarettes and Associated Factors among Youth in Thailand”Continue reading “Thai youth ecig use stays low since country banned imports and sales”

NC Juul settlement: It’s a start

On June 28, 2021, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein announced the first settlement of a state lawsuit against Juul for its marketing to youth “to hold JUUL accountable for its instrumental role in sparking the epidemic of youth vaping and its resulting nicotine addiction.”  While the settlement represents a first step, a close readingContinue reading “NC Juul settlement: It’s a start”

More details on how menthol helps Big Tobacco keep kids hooked

Keeping menthol in cigarettes (and other tobacco products) has been a priority for the tobacco companies ever since they got it exempted from the characterizing flavor ban in the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that gave the FDA jurisdiction over tobacco products. The already-strong case for banning menthol just got stronger withContinue reading “More details on how menthol helps Big Tobacco keep kids hooked”

More direct evidence that SF flavor ban worked

Last year we published a paper on implementation of San Francisco’s ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products (including menthol) that reported that health department inspectors found high compliance with the flavor ban when they visited retailers. Now, Doris Gammon and colleagues have shown that the law virtually eliminated sales of flavored tobacco productsContinue reading “More direct evidence that SF flavor ban worked”

Amazon’s purchase of MGM is a good time to catch up with the major studios’ tobacco policies

Amazon is buying MGM for $8.45 billion to get its inventory of popular films and TV shows.  It also plans to have MGM continue to produce new films aimed at a broad audience.  In contrast to MGM (and Amazon), all the major studios that produce feature films have adopted policies to reduce or eliminate smokingContinue reading “Amazon’s purchase of MGM is a good time to catch up with the major studios’ tobacco policies”