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Public comment we submitted the CA Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation: Rule too lax to protect public health

Comment on Proposed Regulation
 
CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS TITLE 16, DIVISION 42
BUREAU OF MEDICAL CANNABIS REGULATION

April 18, 2017
 
Candice Bowling, JD, MPA[*]
Postdoctoral Fellow
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Over time young adults who use e-cigarettes smoke more not less; ecigs enhancing harm by making tobacco epidemic worse

In March 2014 Lauren Dutra and I published Electronic Cigarettes and Conventional Cigarette Use Among US Adolescents: A Cross-sectional Study in JAMA Pediatrics.  This paper showed that those youth who experimented with cigarettes (i.e., answered “yes” to the question “Have you ever smoked a cigarette, even a puff?”) were much more likely to be established smokers (smoked 100 cigarettes) than youth who did not use e-cigarettes.  We concluded “Use of e-cigarettes does not discourage, and may encourage, conventional Read more »

Public comment we submitted to the California Dept of Health on Proposed Marijuana Regulation: Too Lax to Protect Public Health

Comment on Proposed Regulation:
DPH-17-004
Medical Cannabis Manufacturing License
April 18, 2017
 
Daniel G. Orenstein, JD, MPH
Postdoctoral Fellow
 
Candice M. Bowling, JD, MPA
Postdoctoral Fellow
 
Stanton A. Glantz, PhD
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FDA’s Proposed Collection of Information on the Experimental Study on Warning Statements for Cigarette Graphic Health Warnings

On May 26, 2017, we submitted this public comment on FDA's proposal to do more research on text warning labels for cigarettes.  The tracking number is 1k1-8wlw-uulv.  It is available as a PDF here./sites/tobacco.ucsf.edu/files/u9/UCSF%20TCORS%20comment%20on%20warning%20labels%20study-1k1-8wlw-uulv.pdf
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Factual text vs emotional pictures in cigarette warning labels is a false dichotomy

The FDA’s initial effort to implement graphic warning labels was blocked by the courts because warnings are supposed to be “factual” not “emotional.”  Lucy Popova and colleagues just published a nice paper showing that this is a false dichotomy.  The paper, “Factual text and emotional pictures: overcoming a false dichotomy of cigarette warning labels,” was published in Tobacco Control.
 
Here is the abstract:
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San Francisco Supervisor introduces comprehensive law to end sale of menthol and other favored tobacco products in San Francisco

On Monday April 17, 2017, Supervisor Malia Cohen introduced legislation to prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol, in the City and County of San Francisco.  While several other cities have enacted restrictions on flavors (and some that included menthol), this is the first blanket prohibition.
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UCSF Chemical Industry Documents Archive Goes Live

The UCSF Truth Tobacco Industry Documents Archive is well-known an widely used by tobacco control researchers and advocates, as well as people interested in a wide range of other topics, such as global warming deniers (many of who have histories of working for Big Tobacco).
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First evidence that e-cig use increases heart attacks, independent of the effect of smoking cigarettes

Every time I have posted a comment on a new study showing that e-cigarettes adversely affect blood vessels and blood in ways that increase risk of a heart attack, a friend and colleague who remains part of the (shrinking) collection of e-cigarette enthusiasts emails me and with he comment that, “if they are so bad where’s the evidence that e-cigarettes increase the risk of a heart attack?”
 
The first evidence just appeared.
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Defending strong tobacco packaging and labelling regulations in Uruguay: transnational tobacco control network versus PMI

Eric Crosbie, Patricia Sosa, and I just published “Defending strong tobacco packaging and labelling regulations in Uruguay: transnational tobacco control network versus Philip Morris International” in Tobacco Control.  It shows how local and international tobacco control advocates collaborated to defend Uruguay’s strong graphic warning labels against PMI’s trade challenge and provides a model for similar collaborations globally.
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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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