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UCSF TCORS public comment on FDA proposed NNN standard

The Regulations.gov tracking number is 1k1-8vee-7yms.  A PDF version is here.
 
The FDA’s Proposed Tobacco Product Standard Limiting NNN Levels in Finished Smokeless Tobacco Products is Well-Justified, but the Regulatory Impact Analysis Understates Benefits and Overstates Costs
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New report does not necessarity reflect "the views of 120 leaders in tobacco control"

On March 15, 2017, several friends of mine, together with others, released “Ending Cigarette Use By Adults In A Generation  Is Possible: The Views Of 120 Leaders In Tobacco Control,” which attracted moderate press attention. 
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New BAT model shows no population health benefit for e-cigs

BAT just published its mathematical model to predict the public health impact of the growth in e-cigarette use in the UK (press release below).  The basic structure of the model is pretty straightforward – people starting with cigarettes or e-cigarettes, becoming dual users, and quitting or not.  (It is not wildly different in basic structure from the one Sara Kalkhoran and I published in August 2015 or the one Read more »

UCB’s Joel Moskowitz springs suppressed cell phone health guidance prepared by Cal Dept of Public Health

I have been following the evidence that cell phone radiation can have adverse health effects for several years and think that the evidence for adverse health effects of cell phones is about where it was in the early 1960s for cigarettes.  (I use several studies showing damage to sperm as examples in my textbook Primer of Biostatistics.)  I have also been impressed at how, like Big Tobacco and global warming deniers, the cell phone industry has tried to keep people in the dark about the emerging evidence.
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More evidence that e-cigarettes are as bad as cigarettes for blood vessels, this time on skin

The evidence that e-cigarettes are just as bad as conventional cigarettes for effects on blood and blood vessels keeps piling up.  Aline Sabrina Rau and colleagues at the University of Colorado just published “Electronic Cigarettes Are as Toxic to Skin Flap Survival as Tobacco Cigarettes” in the Annals of Plastic Survey. 
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E-cigarettes clobber platelets as much as cigarettes

One of the main ways that smoking increases the risk of heart disease is by activating platelets, cells in blog that stick together and form blood clots.  When you cut yourself, this is a good thing, because it stops bleeding.  When platelets are activated inappropriately, they stick to the lining of arteries (the endothelium) and tear it up.  When a blood clot floating around in your blood stream blocks an artery in your heart it causes a heart attack; when it blocks an artery in your brain is causes a stroke. 
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The evidence keeps piling up: Smoke-free law in São Paulo linked to fewer hospitalizations and deaths due to heart attacks

Tobacco Free Kids recently distributed this summary of a new paper documenting fewer heart attacks following implementation of a smokefree law, this time in Brazil:
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FDA Should Not Extend the Comment Period for its Proposed Product Standard Limiting NNN Levels in Finished Smokeless Tobacco

We submitted this public comment to the FDA last week.  The tracking number is 1k1-8uvs-bibu.  A PDF version is available here.
 
 
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How the tobacco industry manipulated public health policy in Nigeria

Catherine Egbe, Stella Bialous, and I just published “Avoiding “A Massive Spin-Off Effect in West Africa and Beyond”: The Tobacco Industry Stymies Tobacco Control in Nigeriain Nicotine and Tobacco Research.  This paper uses tobacco industry documents to show how the tobacco industry to show how BAT and other tobacco companies blocked development and implementation of Nigeria’s first tobacco control law in the 1990s. 
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Evidence that e-cigs depress quitting cigarettes keeps piling up, this time from Japan

Tomoyasu Hirano and colleagues just published “Electronic Cigarette Use and Smoking Abstinence in Japan: A Cross-Sectional Study of Quitting Methods” that adds to the already-strong case that smokers who use e-cigarettes are less, not more, likely to quit smoking.
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