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An innovative approach to tobacco harm reduction: sex

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids highlighted an innovative ad by Blu (Lorrilard) to promote e-cigarettes to health-concerned middle-aged smokers who are desperate to quit smoking with an ad featuring a blu ad on a bikini bottom (photo below).
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Public comment on FDA's process of documenting substantial equivalence: Need high standards of evidence and real transparency

We just submitted this comment to the FDA:
 
COMMENT SUBMITTED IN RESPONSE TO FDA ON PROPOSED COLLECTION OF INFORMATION REGARDING SECTION 905(j) REPORTS: DEMONSTRATING SUBSTANTIAL EQUIVALENCE FOR TOBACCO PRODUCTS
Docket No. FDA-2013-N-1558
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The difference between the ecigarette optimists and pessimists

Today (Feb 23, 2014), the New York Times ran a front page story on the debate going on inside the health community about e-cigarettes.  Earlier this week The Guardian in the UK ran a similar story.
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[CPATH] U.S. TPP Tobacco Proposal Doomed by Loopholes; Malaysia Exclusion/Carve Out Necessary

This is an informative email I received from Ellen Shaffer at CPATH:
 
Negotiators of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement are currently meeting in Singapore in the hopes of ironing out a set of thorny political issues remaining after years of talks. Among the most important of those issues is the treatment of tobacco in what would become the largest regional trading bloc in the world.
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30 minute interview with Stan Glantz on KCBS covers wide range of issues

Last Sunday, February 26, 2014, San Francisco radio station KCBS broadcast a 30 minute interview with me that covered the state of tobacco control, including: Read more »

FDA removes first 4 tobacco products from market: 3513 to go

One of the huge potential loopholes in the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act is that it allowed tobacco companies to market products that are "substantially equivalent" (SE) to existing products without going through a full FDA new product application.  Products that were placed on the market before March 11, 2011 could be marketed while the FDA considered the SE application.
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Virginia Governor McDonnell pressured UV and VCU to do work for Star Scientific and use state workers as human subjects

There has been a lot of coverage of the federal indictment of former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen for accepting bribes from Star Scientific, which makes two anatabine-based dietary supplements: CigRx®, a tobacco alternative; and Anatabloc®, for anti-inflammatory support.  The media attention has been focused Read more »

"Politics" complicating getting TPP fast track: I'd call it "democracy"

On February 15, the New York Times reported the election year politics were making it all but impossible for President Obama to get "fast track" authority he needs to get the TransPacific Partnership (and likely a similar TransAtlantic deal) through Congress.  Fast track is an agreement in which Congress cedes is auth Read more »

FDA should be careful about granting exemptions from substantial equivalence applications

We just submitted this public comment through regulations.gov (tracking number 1jy-8ags-t5ln)
COMMENT SUBMITTED IN RESPONSE TO FDA ON PROPOSED COLLECTION OF INFORMATION REGARDING EXEMPTIONS FROM SUBSTANTIAL EQUIVALENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR TOBACCO PRODUCTS
Docket No. FDA-2013-N-1588
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