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Hollywood cartoons quit smoking. How about the humans?

Hollywood's animated characters are smoking less — a lot less.
From 2002 to 2011, Breathe California's Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down! data shows that 27 percent of top-grossing animated films featured tobacco. The top three in terms of audience exposure: 
#1. Rango (PG, 2011, Viacom) with more than fifty tobacco incidents on screen, delivered 948 million domestic tobacco impressions. Read more »

UCSF comment on FDA draft guidance on investigational use of tobacco products

Comment on
Use of Investigational Tobacco Products: Guidance for Industry and Investigators
Docket No. FDA-2014-D-1939
November 19th, 2015
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UCSF TCORS public comment to FDA on when tobacco products should be regulated as drugs/devices or by CTP

The UCSF TCORS has just submitted the following public comment to the FDA:
Comment on
FDA’s Proposed Regulations: Clarification of When Products Made or Derived From Tobacco Are Regulated as Drugs, Devices, or Combination Products; Amendments to Regulations Regarding “Intended Uses”
Docket No. FDA-2015-N-2002
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Accelerated adoption of smoke-free laws after FCTC, but effect is fading: Need renewed action protect all from secondhand smoke

Randy Uang, Hekki Hiilamo, and I just published "Accelerated Adoption of Smoke-Free Laws After Ratification of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control" in American Journal of Public Health.  As the title indicates, the FCTC had a measureable effect on implementation of smokefree laws around the world, but the effect is fading.  It is time for renewed efforts to pass and implement smokefree laws.  Well-implemented smokefree laws are the most effective tobacco control intervention because they signifify perminant social change.* Read more »

Ecig industry group has FDA deeming rule and guidance; Obama Administration should release it to the rest of us

The deeming rule that the FDA submitted to the Office of Management of Budget was leaked to the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association (, together with the FDA guidance document on how the FDA plans to implement the rule,
TVECA made the guidance available on its website and I am including a copy here. (It is a 36 MB image, so downloading will take a while).
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Putting the recent Yale study of e-cigarette minimum purchase age laws into context

The recent paper “How does electronic cigarette access affect adolescent smoking” by Yale University economist Abagail Friedman [1] has attracted a lot of attention from e-cigarette advocates (see links at the end of this post) because of its conclusion that “Across the board … reducing e-cigarette access increases smoking among 12 to 17 year olds.”
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American Academy of Pediatrics calls for ending smoking placement in movies, recommends against ecigs for cessation

The American Academy of Pediatics just released new Tobacco Prevention Guidelines.  Among other things, the guidelines say:
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You can now search the Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down! movies database from SFM

The Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down! movie database, created by Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails, contains detailed information on smoking in over 2300 movies released since 2002. Working with your volunteers, Breathe updates the database every week. This information forms the backbone of all the lists and charts on the Smoke Free Movies site.
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NY Times excellent in-depth story on how the Chamber of Commerce is a front group for Big Tobacco

Check it out at
It is based on a lot of information in the tobacco industry documents.  See for yourself at

When listening to what CDC people say about e-cigs, pay attention to their caveats

Recently I received the following email from a colleague working for a state health department:
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