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The evidence that e-cigs are expanding the cigarette market by recruiting kids just keeps piling up

Thomas Willis and colleagues just published “E-cigarette use is differentially related to smoking onset among lower risk adolescents” in Tobacco Control.  They followed 1136 youth forward in time for a year and found that e-cigarettes were attracting youth at low risk of smoking to initiate use with e-cigarettes and that kids who started with e-cigarettes were much more likely to be smoking cigarettes a year later than kids who did not start with e-cigarettes.
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Big Tobacco aims its guns to kill California tobacco tax

I just published this piece on The Conversation at (Visit that site to see the graphics.)
Big Tobacco aims its guns to kill California tobacco tax
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Bollywood just can’t stop promoting cigarettes

Despite the fact that the rules under India’s tobacco control law mandate that, “Promotional materials and posters of film and television programmes shall not depict any tobacco products or their usage in any form,” posters for the feature film Dishoom show popular actor John Abraham smoking a cigarette.
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India’s strong policy to protect the public from onscreen smoking is under attac

After a long battle, including lawsuits that went to the Supreme Court, the Government of India implemented strong policies to counter the effects of smoking and other tobacco use in movies.
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Ventura County well done report on problems with California marijuana legalization initiative It doesn't follow best practices

Ventura County just released a very well done report on severe problems with the proposed marijuana legalization initiative, The 2016 California Marijuana Initiative and Youth: Lessons from Alcohol Policy
Here is their press release; the report is here; I also deposited a copy in the UC eScholarhip library where it is freely available here.
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Philip Morris gets its ash kicked in Uruguay; where will it next blow smoke?

Eric Crosbie and I just published this on The Conversation:

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MPAA, studios, theaters will file response to lawsuit alleging ratings system is fraudulent on Sept 15, hearing likely Oct 27

The MPAA, studios, NATO, and the plaintiffs in the national class action lawuit alleging that their rating system defrauds parents have agreed that the defndants' response to the plaintiff's June filing will be due on September 15, 2016 and proposed to the judge that the hearing on the Motion to Dismiss and SLAPP Motion will be held on October 27.
The judge will have to approve this schedule, but such approvals when both sides agree are usual.
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FCTC followed by accelerated implementation of tobacco advertising bans, but effect is fading

Heikki Hiilamo and I just published “FCTC followed by accelerated implementation of tobacco advertising bans” in Tobacco Control.  This paper shows a statistically demonstrable positive effect on implementation of national advertising bans but, as with similar positive effects on smokefree laws and Read more »

States spend more on movies that push smoking than on programs to prevent it

The fourteen states hand out the most lavish subsidies to Hollywood film producers together spent $1.48 billion on movies proven to recruit kids to smoke from 2010 to 2016 — $150 million more than they invested over the same period to reduce smoking.

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One Minute of Second-Hand Marijuana Smoke Impairs Cardiovascular Function: Effects Like Tobacco’s, But Last Three Times Longer

Matt Springer and our colleagues at UCSF just published "One Minute of Marijuana Secondhand Smoke Exposure Substantially Impairs Vascular Endothelial Function" in Journal of the American Heart Association.  Here is the press release UCSF sent out about the paper, which provides a good summary:
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