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Chief justice of Australia raises concerns about investor-state provisions of free trade agreements as threat to democracy

The chief justice of the Australian Supreme Court, RS French, gave a thoughtful speech entitled "Investor-State Dispute Settlement — A Cut Above the Courts?" to the Supreme and Federal Courts Judges' Conference on 9 July 2014.  It is well-worth reading by anyone interested in how investor-state provisions of free trade agreements are undermining democracy.
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E-cigarettes buy their way into movies

Erich Schwartzel, an enterprising reporter for The Wall Street Journal, published an article last week about the e-cigarette industry’s use of paid product placement in American movies (Coming soon to theaters near you: E-cigarettes, 14 Sept 2014). Among other revelations, the story notes that Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of the “mini-major” movie studio Relativity, serves on an e-cigarette company’s board and aims to use mainstream films to promote the products. Read more »

Mr. Butts celebrates FDA's consumer surplus discount (14 Sep 2014)

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Response to McNeill et al criticism of the report we prepared for WHO and subsequent review paper in Circulation on ecigs

Just as I was leaving for vacation a few weeks ago, Ann McNeill, Jean-Francois Etter, Konstantinos Farsalinos, Peter Hajek, Jacques l e Housezec, and Hayden McRobbie published a blistering critique of the review of the scientific evidence on e-cigarettes that Rachel Grana, Neal Benowitz, and I prepared for the WHO last year and the subsequent peer reviewed review paper that we pub Read more »

CDC: R-rating movies with smoking would save a million kids lives

The CDC today updated its official fact sheet on smoking in movies.
Among many other important things, it says:  "Giving an R rating to future movies with smoking would be expected to reduce the number of teen smokers by nearly 1 in 5 (18%) and prevent one million deaths from smoking among children alive today."
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More evidence of immediate drops in heart attack DEATHS following smokefree laws

 Bianca Cox  and colleagues just published a nicely done paper, “Impact of stepwise introduction of smoke-free legislation on population rates of acute myocardial infarction deaths in Flanders, Belgium,” that shows that, after controlling for time trends, seasons, air pollution, and other factors, there were big drops in heart attack mortality immediately after smokefree laws were implemented.
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Indoor air expert publishes risk assessment of e-cigarettes

In the June 2014 issue of ASHRAE Journal, Bud Offerman, an expert on indoor air published a well-done risk assessment of active and passive exposure to e-cigarette aerosol using standard methods.  (ASHRAE is the American Society for Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineering, the organization that develops engineering standards for, among other things, building ventilation systems.  The tobacco companies spent years keeping ASHR Read more »

Senators and Respresentatives criticize FDA and OMB for cost-benefit analysis that undermines public health

Members of the US Senate and House of Representatives sent a strongly worded letter to the FDA and Office of Management and Budget last week criticising the agencies for grossly understating the benefits of tobacco regulation, then discounting these understanded benefits because of lost "consumer surplus," i.e., the lost pleasure due to no longer smoking.
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Doonesbury figured out that big tobacco would benefit from OIRA's cost-benefit models 19 years ago

Submitted to FDA:
Docket No. FDA-2014-N-0189
August 8, 2014
FDA and OMB should put the public health first, as the law directs them to.
Stanton A. Glantz, PhD
Professor and Director
The tracking number is 1jy-8dof-xl8c.
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FDA Should Prohibit Flavors in all Tobacco Products including Electronic Cigarettes (new evidence)

FDA Should Prohibit Flavors in all Tobacco Products including Electronic Cigarettes
Docket No. FDA-2014-N-0189
Emily Anne McDonald, PhD
Lauren K. Lempert, JD
Ganna Kostygina, PhD MPH
Pamela M. Ling, MPH, MD
Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education
University of California San Francisco
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