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San Francisco Supervisor introduces comprehensive law to end sale of menthol and other favored tobacco products in San Francisco

On Monday April 17, 2017, Supervisor Malia Cohen introduced legislation to prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol, in the City and County of San Francisco.  While several other cities have enacted restrictions on flavors (and some that included menthol), this is the first blanket prohibition.
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UCSF Chemical Industry Documents Archive Goes Live

The UCSF Truth Tobacco Industry Documents Archive is well-known an widely used by tobacco control researchers and advocates, as well as people interested in a wide range of other topics, such as global warming deniers (many of who have histories of working for Big Tobacco).
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First evidence that e-cig use increases heart attacks, independent of the effect of smoking cigarettes

Every time I have posted a comment on a new study showing that e-cigarettes adversely affect blood vessels and blood in ways that increase risk of a heart attack, a friend and colleague who remains part of the (shrinking) collection of e-cigarette enthusiasts emails me and with he comment that, “if they are so bad where’s the evidence that e-cigarettes increase the risk of a heart attack?”
 
The first evidence just appeared.
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Defending strong tobacco packaging and labelling regulations in Uruguay: transnational tobacco control network versus PMI

Eric Crosbie, Patricia Sosa, and I just published “Defending strong tobacco packaging and labelling regulations in Uruguay: transnational tobacco control network versus Philip Morris International” in Tobacco Control.  It shows how local and international tobacco control advocates collaborated to defend Uruguay’s strong graphic warning labels against PMI’s trade challenge and provides a model for similar collaborations globally.
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UCSF TCORS public comment on FDA proposed NNN standard

The Regulations.gov tracking number is 1k1-8vee-7yms.  A PDF version is here.
 
The FDA’s Proposed Tobacco Product Standard Limiting NNN Levels in Finished Smokeless Tobacco Products is Well-Justified, but the Regulatory Impact Analysis Understates Benefits and Overstates Costs
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New report does not necessarity reflect "the views of 120 leaders in tobacco control"

On March 15, 2017, several friends of mine, together with others, released “Ending Cigarette Use By Adults In A Generation  Is Possible: The Views Of 120 Leaders In Tobacco Control,” which attracted moderate press attention. 
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New BAT model shows no population health benefit for e-cigs

BAT just published its mathematical model to predict the public health impact of the growth in e-cigarette use in the UK (press release below).  The basic structure of the model is pretty straightforward – people starting with cigarettes or e-cigarettes, becoming dual users, and quitting or not.  (It is not wildly different in basic structure from the one Sara Kalkhoran and I published in August 2015 or the one Read more »

UCB’s Joel Moskowitz springs suppressed cell phone health guidance prepared by Cal Dept of Public Health

I have been following the evidence that cell phone radiation can have adverse health effects for several years and think that the evidence for adverse health effects of cell phones is about where it was in the early 1960s for cigarettes.  (I use several studies showing damage to sperm as examples in my textbook Primer of Biostatistics.)  I have also been impressed at how, like Big Tobacco and global warming deniers, the cell phone industry has tried to keep people in the dark about the emerging evidence.
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More evidence that e-cigarettes are as bad as cigarettes for blood vessels, this time on skin

The evidence that e-cigarettes are just as bad as conventional cigarettes for effects on blood and blood vessels keeps piling up.  Aline Sabrina Rau and colleagues at the University of Colorado just published “Electronic Cigarettes Are as Toxic to Skin Flap Survival as Tobacco Cigarettes” in the Annals of Plastic Survey. 
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E-cigarettes clobber platelets as much as cigarettes

One of the main ways that smoking increases the risk of heart disease is by activating platelets, cells in blog that stick together and form blood clots.  When you cut yourself, this is a good thing, because it stops bleeding.  When platelets are activated inappropriately, they stick to the lining of arteries (the endothelium) and tear it up.  When a blood clot floating around in your blood stream blocks an artery in your heart it causes a heart attack; when it blocks an artery in your brain is causes a stroke. 
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