Tobacco Center Faculty Blog

February 15, 2018

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

My colleagues and I have submitted this public comment to FDA in response to its request for information about its comprehensive nicotine policy and alternative forms of nicotine delivery.  The tracking number is 1k2-91ii-k7sy . A PDF of the comment is here

The FDA should not adopt the nicotine “harm reduction” paradigm because doing so is likely to increase the amount of smoking-caused disease and death

Docket No. FDA-2017-N-6529

Dorie Apollonio, PhD, Stanton A. Glantz, PhD, Sharon Hall, PhD, Lauren Lempert, JD, MPH, Gideon St.Helen, PhD, and Janice Tsoh, PhD

University of California, San Francisco

February 13, 2018

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

Dan Orenstein and I just published “Regulating Cannabis Manufacturing: Applying Public Health Best Practices from Tobacco Control” in Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.  Here is the UCSF press release summarizing the paper:

Marijuana Should Be Packaged, Regulated Following Tobacco Control Best Practices  
UCSF Study Finds Current Cannabis Regulations Inadequate to Protect Public Health 

California already has the nation's largest medical marijuana market, and this year is expected to have the world's largest recreational market. With enormous potential to influence policy, the state should take an assertive approach to cannabis labeling, packaging and product formulation, according to a new UC San Francisco study.

The analysis found that requiring plain packaging and large warning labels, reducing visual appeal to minors, and putting strict limits on the potency of cannabis products would better protect public health over business interests.  

The research, which draws upon the best practices of tobacco control, serves as a roadmap to improve new marijuana regulations in California.

February 12, 2018

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

A new paper based on a large sample of smokers across the European Union, E-cigarettes Associated with Depressed Smoking Cessation: A Cross-sectional Study of 28 European Union Countries was just published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. University of California researchers Margarete Kulik, Nadra Lisha and Stanton Glantz found that in the European Union smokers who use e-cigarettes are less, not more, likely to quit smoking.

An additional analysis pulling out the data from Great Britain alone showed the same thing: smokers who use e-cigarettes are less likely to quit smoking than smokers who do not use e-cigarettes.

This paper is the first large scale study of the relationship between e-cigarette use and quitting smoking compared to people who do not use e-cigarettes in the EU.

The results based on a cross-sectional survey of 12,608 ever smokers conducted by Eurobarometer are consistent with most other studies of real-world e-cigarette use.

February 9, 2018

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

When I got emails from people asking me what I thought about Public Health England’s latest report on e-cigarettes that recommended allowing e-cigarette use in hospitals and by pregnant women, I thought it was a joke, real fake news.


But it is real, so here are some reactions to their press release (reproduced below):




PHE publishes independent expert e-cigarettes evidence review



February 6, 2018

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

Minimum Legal Sales Age laws for e-cigarettes associated with less or the same cigarette smoking among adolescents

Lauren Dutra, colleagues at the CDC, and I just published “Impact of E-Cigarette Minimum Legal Sale Age Laws on Current Cigarette Smoking” in Journal of Adolescent Health that found that states with age requirements for e-cigarette purchases have the same or less adolescent cigarette smoking compared to states without these age requirements. The results of this study suggest that these minimum age of sale policies benefit youth.

We analyzed tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes, from over 80,000 adolescents across the United States and found that the amount of adolescent cigarette smoking was less or the same in states with age requirements on e-cigarettes compared to states without these laws.