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A sensible plan for effective FDA regulation of e-cigarette marketing (almost) now

Eric Lindblom, who headed the Office of Policy in the FDA Center for Tobacco Products and is now on detail at the Georgetown University School of Law, just published "Effectively Regulating E-Cigarettes and Their Advertising— and the First Amendment" in Food and Drug Law Journal. Read more »

James Enstrom is talking about filing an ethics complaint against me and other scientists in Merchants of Doubt

According to this post on a well-respected blog on global warming,, James Enstrom, an epidemiologist with a long history of working for tobacco and other corporate interests, is urging people to file ethics complaints against me and other scientists who appear in the new movie "Merchants of Doubt" through our universities.
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Meta-analysis of all available population studies continues to show smokers who use e-cigs less likely to quit smoking

There are now 11 pubilshed studies that compare quitting smoking among smokers who use e-cigarettes compared to smokers who do not use e-cigarettes (counting the two analyses Lois Biener did, one for intense e-cigarette users and one for intermittent e-cigarette users, as separate estimates).
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FDA further damages its credibilty by throwing highly qualified and respected scientists off TPSAC

Lat week the FDA fired or forced the resignations of several highly qualified and respected scientists from its Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee because of an overly cautious reaction to a misguided court decision  Like its decision to discount the health benefits of reduced smoking by the "lost pleasure" smokers experience when they stop or do not start smoking, this action sets a terrible precident not only for tobacco control but public health in general.
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Disney CEO Robert Iger announces "ironclad" policy of no smoking in youth-rated Disney movies

Yesterday (March 12, 2015) Dr. Gina Intinarelli, a cardiothoracic nurse from UCSF and I attended the Walt Disney Corp.  annual meeting. Read more »

Two more well-done studies show e-cig use associated with significantly less quitting smoking

Two papers were presented at the recent 2015 meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.  Both followed smokers over time and compared quitting cigarettes among smokers who use e-cigarettes with smokers who did not use e-cigarettes.  Both studies controlled for level of addiction among the smokers.  The first, based on a large national study, the Tobacco Use Supplement of the Current population survey, found that e-cigarette users were less than half as likely to have quit smoking (odds ratio = 0.44) than smokers not using e-cigarettes.  The other follow Read more »

Over 30,000 previously confidential documents added to Legacy Tobacco Documents Library

The UCSF Library has added over 30K new documents to the Industry Documents Digital Library, including thousands of Philip Morris documents that were previously unavailable due to their ‘confidential’ designation.  Please access the LTDL blog for more info and links to document sets.
Rachel Taketa
Industry Documents Digital Libraries
UCSF Library
530 Parnassus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94143

“Sugar Papers” Reveal Industry Role in 1970s NIH Dental Program ... just like Big Tobacco

Cristin Kearns, Laura Schmidt, and I just published "Sugar Industry Influence on the Scientific Agenda of the National Institute of Dental Research’s 1971 National Caries Program: A Historical Analysis of Internal Documents" in PLoS Medicine.  The full paper is here.
Here is the UCSF press release about the paper:
“Sugar Papers” Reveal Industry Role in 1970s Dental Program
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Yet another high quality study finds that smoking causes breast cancer, especially in younger women before they have kids

Chelsea Catsburg, Anthony Miller, and Thomas Rohan from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the University of Toronto recently published “Active cigarette smoking and risk of breast cancer,” a large, long-term and very well done longitudinal study of 89,835 women followed forward in time for a mean of 22.1 years.  They found: Read more »

Climate denier Fred Singer complains about Merchants of Doubt

Fred Singer, the tobacco denier tuned global warming denier who is presented in Robbie Kenner's new movie Merchants of Doubt, has written this letter to Robbie.  Check out the movie to see who you agree with (and see me wearing a tie talking about Big Tobacco and what we have learned from the tobacco industy documents).
Here's the letter:
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