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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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More evidence that e-cigs are gateway to smoking cigs, this time from England!

Our e-cigarette enthusiast colleagues in England have generally taken the position that England was different from the USA, so that evidence from America showing that ecigs were bringing low (of starting nicotine with cigarettes) risk kids were being drawn into the nicotine market by e-cigs than progressing to cigarettes was not happening in England.
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Evidence that e-cig use patterns associated with quitting smoking: daily users quit more; everyone else quits less

The new paper by Daniel Giovenco and Christine Delnevo, “Prevalence of population smoking cessation by electronic cigarette use status in a national sample of recent smokers,” contributes to the emerging picture that intensive users of e-cigarettes are more likely to have stopped smoking while incidental users quit less.
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Father Michael Crosby, long-time friend and tobacco control leader, passes away

I was saddened to learn that Father Michael Crosby recently passed away from cancer.  Mike was an early leader in the movement to put shareholder pressure on the tobacco companies over their unethical marketing practices and for more than a decade was a leader among shareholder groups to put pressure on the media companies to get smoking out of youth-rated films.  As the CDC MMWR recently noted, this investor pressure has been an important element in the progress, albeit incomplete, that we have made to date.
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How Colombia resisted Big Tobacco and implemented strong advertising restrictions and health warning labels

Randy Uang, Eric Crosbie, and I just published Tobacco control law implementation in a middle-income country: Transnational tobacco control network overcoming tobacco industry opposition in Colombia in Global Public Health  This paper shows how, with strategic assistance from the global tobacco control community, Colombia was able to defend and implement strong legislation restricting advertising, promotion, and sponsorship as well as strong health warning labels, consistent with the FCTC. Read more »

What the tobacco companies know about NRT: Without counselling, it keeps people smoking

Dorie Apollonio and I just published “Tobacco Industry Research on Nicotine Replacement Therapy: “If Anyone Is Going to Take Away Our Business It Should Be Us” in American Journal of Public Health.  This paper uses previously secret tobacco industry documents to show that the cigarette companies were originally afraid that nicotine replacement therapy, combined with counselling, would cost them customers.
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What the tobacco companies know about NRT: Without counselling, it keeps people smoking

Dorie Apollonio and I just published “Tobacco Industry Research on Nicotine Replacement Therapy: “If Anyone Is Going to Take Away Our Business It Should Be Us” in American Journal of Public Health.  This paper uses previously secret tobacco industry documents to show that the cigarette companies were originally afraid that nicotine replacement therapy, combined with counselling, would cost them customers.
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