Tobacco Center Faculty Blog

October 26, 2019

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

One of the problems that we have been facing is the fact that, for the most part, state laws legalizing cannabis have been enacted through the initiative rather than the legislative process and the people writing and passing these initiatives’ main goal is making cannabis as available as possible with little or no attention to the public health implications of these laws.

It is likely that enacting laws through a legislative process (if the health groups actively participate) could yield more balanced public policies.

October 23, 2019

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

This news article published on October 23, 2019 in Argentina reporta a man 30 years old who is in the hospital with a lung disease similar to the one seen in the US, Britian, Japan and elsewhere: .

The article is in Spanish.  Here is the translation from Google translate:

Electronic cigarette: confirm the first serious case

October 22, 2019

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

I must admit to have been underwhelmed by California Governor Gavin Newsom's executive order to deal with the epidemic of severe lung disease and death in people vaping THC and nicotine.

But now the California Department of Public Health has launched a stunning campaign, "Outbreak," of video and radio ads warning kids and their parents as well as young adults to stop vaping everything.  It points people to the Department's website for more details.

The ads are careful to remain true to the CDC's recommendation that people stop all vaping because, as of this date, the specific causes of the severe lung disease are not know.

October 20, 2019

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

The fact that e-cigarettes deliver substantially lower levels of tobacco specific nitrosamines that cigarettes has been the basis for the assumption that e-cigarettes pose much lower cancer risk.  A new mouse study shows that, despite delivering lower levels of TSNAs, e-cigarettes still cause cancer. 

Moon-shong Tang and colleagues at NYU exposed mice to e-cigarette aerosol for 4 hours per day 5 days a week for 54 weeks and found lung cancers in 22.5% and bladder hyperplasia in 57.5% of the mice.  Exposing the mice to nicotine-free aerosol (i.e., PG/VG alone) did not increase cancer incidence.

October 17, 2019

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

I was just putting something together on this, but Ronin Koval from Truth said it all (below).  The one thing I would add is that when other flavors were pulled, many kids just went to menthol.

Statement from Truth Initiative CEO & President Robin Koval on JUUL announcement to pull all non-menthol flavors

JUUL deserves no congratulations for its announcement today that it will cease to sell flavored e-cigarettes other than mint and menthol. We, and JUUL, know that mint and menthol are among the most popular flavors for youth, with 64% of high school e-cigarette users using those flavors. We also know, as does the tobacco industry, that menthol has been and continues to be the starter flavor of choice for young cigarette users. Without question, this is a calculated move by JUUL's new tobacco industry leadership to forestall the Trump administration’s promise to remove all flavored e-cigarettes from the market. The administration should not be influenced and should immediately put its plan in place to remove all flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol, from the market and put an end to the youth e-cigarette epidemic and this giant chemistry on our kids that has put the health of America's young people at great risk.