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E-cigs drop off Hollywood's A-list

The Wall Street Journal has reported that e-cigarette marketers — including Relativity honcho Ron Kavanaugh — boast publicly about exploiting product placement in Hollywood movies. 
 
That’s the opposite of Big Tobacco’s longtime habit of keeping smoking deals secret or at least deniable.  
 
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Little cigar secondhand smoke as bad for arteries as cigarette secondhand smoke

My UCSF colleagues and I just published “Impairment of Endothelial Function by Little Cigar Secondhand Smoke” in Tobacco Regulatory Science that showed that secondhand smoke from little cigars had the same kind of large and immediate adverse effects on the function of blood vessels that cigarette secondhand smoke does.
 
Here is the abstract:
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Bollywood trying to water down India's rules on smoking in movies; Ministry should keep saying no

There is an important indication that the Government of India’s policies designed to get smoking out of movies are having an impact:  On December 25, 2015, the Times of India reported that “Bollywood offers to make anti-tobacco short films to go with their movies.” 
 
This means
 
(1)    Bollywood recognizes that the policy is not going away Read more »

FTC should collect and release detailed information on e-cigarette marketing and promotions

We just submitted the following public comment to the FTC regarding its proposal to monitor e-cigarette marketing.  This is not only valualbe in its own right, but would also provide useful information to the FDA should the Obama Administration actually let the FDA do anything about e-cigarettes.  The comment is also available as a PDF here.  The FTC tracking number is 00032.
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Anti-smoking ads, particularly about tobacco effects on sex and evils of tobacco industry are effective with military recruits

Lucy Popova and I, together with colleagues here at UCSF and at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and University of California, Davis Medical Center just published "Testing antismoking messages for Air Force trainees" in Tobacco Control. 
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In James Bond's Spectre, a little tobacco goes global

“A license to kill is also a license not to kill,” says James Bond’s new boss, the mysterious M, in Spectre (2015).
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More evidence that smokefree laws protect people from SHS and facilitate quitting

Kai-Wen Cheng, Feng Liu, Mariaelena Gonzalez, and I just published  “THE EFFECTS OF WORKPLACE CLEAN INDOOR AIR LAW COVERAGE ON WORKERS’ SMOKING-RELATED OUTCOMES,” in Health Economics, which adds to the literature that smokefree workplace laws not only protect people from secondhand smoke but also facilitate quitting.
 
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HUD's cost-benefit analysis of smokefree public housing (wildly) overstates costs and understates benefits

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a draft rule making some public housing (cigarette and cigar) smokefree, including the required “regulatory impact analysis” (RIA, cost-benefit analysis in plain English).  Like similar analyses that the Obama Administration FDA has produced, it wildly overstates costs and understates benefits.
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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 »

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