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Wellcome Foundation refused to let PMI and Yach's Foundation for a Smoke-Free World hijack Wellcome's good name

Press release / Published: 10 October 2017

Wellcome statement on the cancelled corporate event booking for the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World.
On 5 October 2017 Wellcome Trust took immediate steps to terminate a commercial hire contract for an event scheduled to take place in a Wellcome venue in late October.
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Assuming ecigs will cut smoking does not prove that ecigs will save lives; new paper an exercise in tautology

The paper, “Potential deaths averted in USA by replacing cigarettes with e-cigarettes” by David  Levy et al. published in Tobacco Control on October 2, 2017, attracted a moderate amount of attention with its conclusion that “Compared with the Status Quo, replacement of cigarette by e-cigarette use over a 10-year period yields 6.6 million fewer premature deaths with 86.7 million fewer life years lost in the Optimistic Scenario. Read more »

I hope former American Cancer Society CEO John Seffrin reverses his endorsement of PMI's foundation

The Cancer Letter just published several related stories about the fact that former ACS CEO John Seffrin enforsed PMI's new "Foundation for a Smoke-Free World" run by Derek Yach that is a transparent attempt to help promote PMI's iQOS "heat not burn" product as well as split the health community.. 
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The evidence that ecigs have adverse effects on smokers’ lung function keeps piling up

Andreas Lappas and colleagues just published “Short-term respiratory effects of e-cigarettes in healthy individuals and smokers with asthma,”  which shows that when smokers use an e-cigarette, it worsens lung function, with bigger effects in smokers who already have asthma.
This is an important finding because it indicates that dual use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes, by far the most common use pattern, is worse than smoking alone.
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FDA needs to extend the public comment period on PM MRTP for iQOS for 180 days after the FULL application is public

This comment was submitted to on October 2, 2017; the tracking number is  1k1-8yzw-s3z7. A PDF version of the letter is available here.
I urge other organzations, whether they are planning comments or not, to submit similar letters.
October 2, 2017
Mr. Mitchell Zeller
Director, Center for Tobacco Products
Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Avenue Read more »

More evidence that e-cigs cause asthma on top of the effects of smoking cigs

Rebecca J. Schweitzer and colleagues just published “E-cigarette use and asthma in a multiethnic sample of adolescents” in Preventive Medicine.  This paper adds to the growing case that e-cigarettes have adverse effects on lung health and health in general.  The odds of having asthma are increased by about 50% among adolescents who are using e-cigarettes, controlling for cigarette smoking and other risk factors. Read more »

The UN Global Compact (finally) throws the tobacco industry out

The UN Global Compact is an initiative to engage companies “to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.” 
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More evidence that the US permissive policy environment for e-cigs is expanding the tobacco epidemic

Hong-Jun Cho, Lauren Dutra, and I recently published “Differences in adolescent e-cigarette and cigarette prevalence in two policy environments: South Korea and the United States” in Nicotine and Tobacco Research.  This paper compares changes in e-cigarette and cigarette use in South Korea and the United States between 2011 and 2015.  Korea has maintained restrictive policies on e-cigarette Read more »

Derek Yach’s journey to the Dark Side is now complete

Derek Yach will lead Philip Morris International’s new Foundation for a Smoke Free World, the latest in PM’s corporate social responsibility PR efforts.  It is also part of the company’s effort to promote its new heat-not-burn IQOS product.
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