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E-cigarettes and cancer: If you ask the wrong question you get the wrong answer

A new paper, “Comparing the cancer potencies of emissions from vapourised nicotine products including e-cigarettes with those of tobacco smoke,” just published in Tobacco Control, adds to the already-convincing literature that e-cigarettes expose users to much lower levels of carcinogens than conventional cigarettes do.
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FDA’s “new” nicotine policy: A mixed picture that highlights the importance of local and state action to maintain progress

The FDA made big news last week (July 28, 2017) when it announced a “comprehensive nicotine strategy” last week that could include reducing the nicotine delivery from combusted cigarettes to below addictive levels.  If FDA actually implements such a policy in an effective way, that would be a big step forward.  (Whether or not such a policy would actually work in the real world was not clear until, over the last few years, the FDA has supported some Read more »

Tobacco Industry: New Face, Same Dirty Tricks: San Franciscans Too Smart to Fall for Big Tobacco’s Shameful Tactics

It is gratifying that the national organizations appreciate the importance of the San Francisco flavor ordinance, which because even more importtant last Friday in the face of the FDA abrogation on e-cigarettes.
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Emmy-nominated TV series showcase smoking

We've gotten anecdotal reports of more smoking in TV shows, but a shocker from Truth Initiative® reports that all but one of this year's drama or comedy series nominated for Emmy Award nominees feature smoking.
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Well-done study shows e-cig use associated with more quitting; needs to be considered in context of the whole literature

Shu-Hong Zhu and colleagues at UCSD just published “E-cigarette use and associated changes in population smoking cessation: evidence from US current population surveys,” a well-done sequential cross-sectional study in which they concluded that in 2014-2015 there was a substantial increase in quit attempts and successful quitting among people using e-cigarettes compared to previous years.
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Save the date; UCSF "It's About a Billion Lives" symposium will be Friday Feb 2, 2018

We have another great lineup this year.
Smokefree or Up in Smoke? Reinvigorated tobacco control policy in an era of legalized marijuana
Karen L. Smith, M.D., M.P.H.
Director & State Public Health Officer
California Department of Public Health
Using social media to help young adults quit smoking. 
Danielle Ramo, PhD, UCSF Associate Professor of Psychiatry
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RJR spending big money to overturn SF flavor/menthol ordinance

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids has been keeping an eye on the campaign expenditures for the “local concerned citizens” that are working to force a referendum on the menthol/flavor ban.  Here are the numbers as of July 15, 2017 (campaign filing on July 20):
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Even more evidence that ecigs increase risk of starting to smoke cigs, this time from Scotland and Canada

While the evidence that kids who initiate tobacco product use is already pretty bulletproof, all the studies so far have been from the US.  Now two new studies, one from Scotland and one from Canada, are taking the case global.
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Big tobacco is terrified of SF law ending sale of flavored and menthol tobacco products; the Empire Strikes Back

When I testified in support of Supervisor Malia Cohen’s ordinance ending the sale of flavored and menthol tobacco products in San Francisco, I talked about how it had the same feeling as in 1983 when I testified for San Francisco’s new smoking restriction law.  While laws restricting flavored tobacco product sales already existed, the San Francisco ordinance, now signed into law to take effect in April 2018, is the strongest to date and will serve as a model for other local governme Read more »

San Francisco passes landmark ban on sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol

Earlier this week the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (the local legislative body) unanimously passed second reading of the strongest law in the country limiting sales of flavored tobacco products.  It prohibits sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol, anywhere in the City and County of San Francisco.  Mayor Ed Lee has already said that he will sign the law.  It will take effect April 1, 2018.
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