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Another longitudinal study shows that kids at low risk of smoking who use e-cigs are a lot more likely to progress to cigarettes

Brian Primack and his colleagues just published the second longitudinal study demonstrating that adolescents who use e-cigarettes are much more likely to progress to smoking cigarettes than adolescents who do not use e-cigarettes.
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New UCSF study: Smoke-Free Zones, Higher Taxes Deter Youth Smoking

Anna Song, Lauren Dutra, Tor Neilands, and I just published “Percentages of New and Current Smokers Among Adolescents and Young Adults: An 11-Year Longitudinal Study,” in JAMA Pediatrics, which shows that smokefree workplace laws and taxes are followed by lower youth initiation and smokefree bars are associated with lower smoking among young adult smokers.
Here is the UCSF press release summarizing the study and its implications:
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Calif Health Watchdog Finds High Levels of Cancer-Causing Chemicals in the Majority of Nearly 100 E-cigarettes Tested

On September 2, 2015, the Center for Environmental Health released a the largest study of the toxicity of e-cigarettes done to date.  As they have done with several other consumer products, they went in to stores and bought the same e-cigarettes that consumers bought, then did laboratory testing on them.
They found high levels of the cancer-causing chemicals formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, in violation of California safety standards.
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Movies (and TV) promote smoking, even accounting for exposure to other kinds of tobacco promotion

In collaboration with colleagues at the CDC Office on Smoking and Health and at UCSF, we just published “Protobacco Media Exposure and Youth Susceptibility to Smoking Cigarettes, Cigarette Experimentation, and Current Tobacco Use among US Youth,” in PLoS ONE.  This paper uses data from the 2012 National Youth Tobacco Survey to concurrently examine the effects of a wide range of media influences, including movies and TV, on youth smoking.
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Tobacco companies’ efforts to undermine ingredient disclosure

Clayton Velicer, Stella Bialous, and I just published “Tobacco companies’ efforts to undermine ingredient
disclosure: the Massachusetts benchmark study” in Tobacco Control.  When the State of Massachusetts passed strong ingredient disclosure legislation, in addition to suing, the cigarette companies offered to do a “benchmark” study in which  they provided regression equations that they claimed could be used to reliably estimate the key constituents in cigarette smoke from published tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide measurements. 
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Powerful evidence that kids who use e-cigs more likely to start smoking cigarettes

On August 18, 2015, Adam Leventhal and his colleagues at USC published first longitudinal study of the relationship between e-cigarette use and starting to smoke cigarettes, “Association of Electronic Cigarette Use With Initiation of Combustible Tobacco Product Smoking in Early Adolescence” in JAMA.  This large, carefully done study followed 2530 9th graders for a year.  Never smoking youth who used e-cigarettes at baseline were 3-4 times more likely to be smoking cigarettes or Read more »

Ecigs likely to have negative population health effects if more than 20-30% as bad as cigs

Today Sara Kalkhoran and I published “Modeling the Health Effects of Expanding e-Cigarette Sales in the United States and United Kingdom” in JAMA Internal Medicine
There have been many commentaries and opinion pieces on the potential health effects of e-cigarettes that describe some of the various scenarios that could play out.  This paper applies numbers to these potential scenarios to compare them in a more quantitative manner.
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FDA request for public comment on Swedish Match's amended application to promote snus as reduced risk a joke

I just submitted this public comment to the FDA on its request for public comment on Swedish Match's amendments to its application to make reduced risk claims for 10 brands of snus.
Comment on
Modified Risk Tobacco Product Applications:
Applications for 10 Products Submitted by Swedish Match...
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Tobacco control advocates take Pakistan government to court for reneging on 85% graphic health warnings

After years of the tobacco companies bullying governments in court, it is nice to see health advoacte pushing back when government caves to Big Tobacco.  Here is a press release that the International Union against Turbulosis and Lung Disease just put out:
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UCSF and California Poison Control Centers response to FDA questions on liquid nicotine products

We just submitted a 29 page comment responding to the questions that FDA posed regarding packaging and warning labels for liquid nicotine and related products.
Feel free to use this information in preparing your comments.  (The deadline for submitting them is the end of the month.)
The full comment is available here.
The tracking number is 1jz-8kin-qyu8.

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