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FDA should require that all communications from tobacco manufacturers on MRTPs be done in a way that narrowly target smokers

I just submitted this comment to FDA.  The tracking number is 1jy-8fp3-7yii.
 
FDA should require that all communications from tobacco manufacturers regarding MRTPs be done in a way that narrowly target smokers
 
Docket ID: FDA-2014-N-1051
 
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Swedish Match’s Consumer Perception Study Provides No Evidence for the Population-Level Effects of Modified Snus Labels

We just submitted this comment to FDA.  The tracking number is 1jy-8fp2-y90f.
 
Swedish Match’s Consumer Perception Study Provides No Evidence for the Population-Level Effects of Modified Snus Labels
 
Docket ID: FDA-2014-N-1051
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FDA should deny Swedish Match request to change snus warning label: US is not Sweden

We submitted this public comment to FDA in response to Swedish Match's request to change the warning labels on snus.  The tracking number is 1jy-8fp2-j9pp.
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New Smoke Free Movies ad on paid e-cig product placement in movies

This ad ran in Variety today and will run in Hollywood Reporter after Thanksgiving.  Learn more here.

UC tuition debate: Governor Brown should restore the California dream, not keep strangling higher ed

This is the testimony I plan to give at the University of California Regents meeting today on the proposed 25% tuition increases:
 
My name is Stanton Glantz.  I am a UCSF professor, past chair of the Systemwide Committee on Planning and Budget, and vice president of the Council of UC Faculty Association.
 
You are debating these proposed tuition increases for one simple reason:
 
When Governor Brown took office he slashed higher ed.
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Tobacco industry use of flavours to recruit new users of little cigars and cigarillos

Ganna Kostygina, Pam Ling, and I recently published "Tobacco industry use of flavours to recruit new users of little cigars and cigarillos" in Tobacco Control showing how the tobacco companies use flavors to attrach new smokers and keep current ones smoking.  This work is particularly relevant as the FDA and other agencies consider what to do about flavors.
 
Here is the abstract:
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New study finds substantial susceptibility to e-cigarette use among nonsmokers

Robert McMillen and colleagues just presented "Susceptibility To Electronic Cigarette Use Among Current Nonsmokers" at the American Public Health Association meeting, which adds to the growing case that e-cigarettes are not just being used as a replacement for cigarettes among current users, but are attracting new people to nicotine addiction and, perhaps, leading long-term former smokers to relapse to nicotine use.
 
"Susceptability" is a measure of the liklihood of future use that is a validated predictor of future cigarette smoking behavior.
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Secondhand marijuana smoke may damage blood vessels as much as tobacco smoke

This research, led by UCSF professor Matt Springer, is being presented today (November 16, 2014) at the American Heart Association Annual Scientific Sessions.
 
Study Highlights:

  • Secondhand marijuana smoke may have similar cardiovascular effects as tobacco smoke. 
  • Lab rats exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke had a 70 percent drop in blood vessel function. 

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More Minnesota high school students are using e-cigs than conventional cigarettes

On November 10, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health put out a press release reporting that in 2014 12.9 percent of high school students had smoked and e-cigarette in the last 30 days compared to 10.6 percent of high school students who had smoked a conventional cigarette in the last 30 days.  (28 percent of high school students had ever tried an e-cigarette.)
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