Over 100 organizations urge HHS to integrate effects of global warming into health policies

Over 100 organizations and many individual scientists (including me) have written HHS Secretary Javier Becerra recommending specific actions that HHS and its agencies can take to better integrate climate change into developing research and policy. Here is a summary of the recommendations: Climate Change, Health and Equity at the Department of Health and Human ServicesContinue reading “Over 100 organizations urge HHS to integrate effects of global warming into health policies”

Lots of smoking in this year’s Oscar movies

2020 was a difficult year for everyone, including the movies, because of COVID-19. The Academy Awards have been delayed and many of the nominated films were released on video on demand rather than into theaters. As a result, some do not appear in the SFM “Top 10 box office” database.  We did review all the films thatContinue reading “Lots of smoking in this year’s Oscar movies”

Good news: Youth e-cig use dropped in 2020

The CDC recently reported big drops in e-cigarette use between 2019 and 2020 (high school dropped from 27.5% to 19.6% and middle school dropped from 10.5% to 4.7%). As the figure above (courtesy of CDC.) shows, however, e-cig use is still very high, way above where cigarette smoking and e-cigarette use were nine years earlierContinue reading “Good news: Youth e-cig use dropped in 2020”

Congress extends ban on mailing cigs to include all e-cigs, including marijuana vapes

The recent legislation Congress passed to fund the government included a provision extending the PACT Act’s prohibition on sending cigarettes through the mail to include e-cigarettes. This will go a long way to closing down internet e-cigarette sales which, despite assurances from the e-cig companies and FDA, cannot be effectively age-gated. The law also requiresContinue reading “Congress extends ban on mailing cigs to include all e-cigs, including marijuana vapes”

CDC newly posted surveillance data on smoking in films shows less smoking in PG-13 movies

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted its eighth annual update on “Smoking in the Movies” on November 10, 2020.  This year’s sum-up of content trends and company performance highlights several key developments in 2019:       • R-rated incidents per film hit a record high       • Tobacco levelsContinue reading “CDC newly posted surveillance data on smoking in films shows less smoking in PG-13 movies”

Ad firm with tobacco ties makes product placement deals in entertainment media

Variety ran a story this week about AMC Networks’ placing PepsiCo’s Mountain Dew brand in its cable series The Walking Dead.  Who helped set up this deal? The article names The Content Collective, a unit of Omnicom Media Group:         • Omnicom Media (global advertising, marketing and PR) cut its ties with e-cig maker Juul Labs inContinue reading “Ad firm with tobacco ties makes product placement deals in entertainment media”

UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education accepting fellowship applications

The purpose of the fellowship is: To prepare individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds in medical, biological, social, behavioral, and policy sciences to join the next generation of academic leaders in tobacco control. Upon completion of training, fellows will be well positioned to be active participants in crucial policy debates about the future developmentContinue reading “UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education accepting fellowship applications”

A new source of danger from e-cigs: The heater coil

There has been a lot of attention to what elements of e-cigarette liquids cause e-cigarette and vaping induced lung injury (EVALI), the serious, and sometimes fatal, lung disease that was identified in vapers in the summer of 2019. There is now good evidence that vitamin E acetate, a chemical used to dilute THC in marijuanaContinue reading “A new source of danger from e-cigs: The heater coil”

Reduce your risk of serious lung disease caused by corona virus by quitting smoking and vaping

Updated October 18, 2020 When someone’s lungs are exposed to flu or other infections the adverse effects of smoking or vaping are much more serious than among people who do not smoke or vape. Smoking makes COVID worse if you get it and smoking — and vaping — increase the risk of being infected andContinue reading “Reduce your risk of serious lung disease caused by corona virus by quitting smoking and vaping”