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Evidence that e-cigs have fast and substantial effects on arteries keeps piling up

Lukasz Antoniewicz and colleagues just published an experimental study in which they had healthy young volunteers take 10 puffs on an e-cigarette over 10 minutes.  There was an immediate increase in the amount of endothelial progenitor cells (EPS) that remained elevated for over 4 hours.  They had returned to baseline levels by 24 hours.
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Surgeon General releases first report on e-cigarettes; calls for more aggressive regulation and education

Here is the press release:
 
Surgeon General Reports Youth and Young Adult E-Cigarette Use Poses a Public Health Threat
Issues call to action to reduce e-cigarette use among young people
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UCSF public comment on FDA Listing of Ingredients in Tobacco Products – Revised Draft Guidance for Industry

We just submitted the following comment to the FDA.  The tracking number is 1k0-8tan-dl14.  (PDF version)
 
Listing of Ingredients in Tobacco Products –
Revised Draft Guidance for Industry
Docket Number FDA-2009-D-0524
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Research Opportunity to work with Stanton Glantz on Marijuana and Tobacco Policymaking Research

Stanton Glantz, Professor of Medicine and Director of the UC San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education is seeking an individual to conduct policy research in the evolving policy environment around marijuana policy and how it interacts with tobacco control policymaking at the state and local level.
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Ryan Gosling: "I never want another cigarette again!"

It took some time for the news to make it here from Australia, but the Daily Mail reports that  Ryan Gosling — star of The Nice Guys (R, Time Warner) — told a Sydney radio show that "I smoked myself out" in the film and "never want another cigarette again!"
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Philip Morris had e-cigarette technology long before Hon Lik did: Not such a disruptive technology after all

E-cigarette advocates love to present e-cigarettes as a disruptive technology developed in China to compete with the big cigarette companies.  Lauren Dutra, Rachel Grana, and I looked in the previously secret tobacco industry documents and found that Phillip Morris had been working on what became e-cigarette technology since 1990 and had developed a functional system well before the Chinese
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Court Rules MPAA Award Youth Ratings to Films with Tobacco Use

Last week federal judge Richard Seeborg ruled against the plaintiffs in the national class action lawsuit that claimed that the MPAA ratings were a form of commercial speech that did not warrant First Amendment protections.
 
The MPAA, studios, and theaters argued successfully that the ratings were “opinions” and not subject to restrictions on commercial speech that were designed to protect the public interest.
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Big Tobacco loses tax battle in California, but Big Marijuana is on the rise

California voters handed Big Tobacco a resounding defeat Tuesday when they passed Proposition 56 to raise the cigarette tax by US$2 a pack (with increases in e-cigarettes and other tobacco products). This is the first increase in cigarette taxes in California in 18 years.
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Californians backing cigarette tax boost, even though Big Tobacco spending millions

Despite Big Tobacco spending US$71 million to snuff out Proposition 56, an initiative to raise cigarette taxes by $2, 56 percent of Californians said they planned to vote yes just 13 days before the election.
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Actress Kathy Griffin takes down Big Tobacco's misleading ad opposing Prop 56


As part of their ongoing deceptive campaign opposing California Proposition 59, they ran an ad in which a "white lady gardening" who bore a remarkable resemblance to actress Kathy Griffin urged women to vote against Prop 56. As the ad urged, Griffin "followed the money" and found that Big Tobacco paid for the ad.
 
She then posted her own ad on YouTube correcting the record. Read more »

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