Tobacco Center Faculty Blog

February 24, 2018

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

Here is the UCSF press release on a new study I am presenting at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco today (24 Feb 2018):

Smoking E-Cigarettes Daily Doubles Risk of Heart Attacks
When Combined with Daily Cigarette Use, Heart Attack Risk Rises Five-Fold, Study Finds

Daily use of electronic cigarettes is associated with nearly a doubling of the odds of a heart attack, according to a new study led by UC San Francisco. This is the first evidence of a substantial, human health impact of the popular devices that were first introduced about a decade ago, indicating that e-cigarettes may be more dangerous than previously thought.

February 15, 2018

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

My colleagues and I have submitted this public comment to FDA in response to its request for information about its comprehensive nicotine policy and alternative forms of nicotine delivery.  The tracking number is 1k2-91ii-k7sy . A PDF of the comment is here

The FDA should not adopt the nicotine “harm reduction” paradigm because doing so is likely to increase the amount of smoking-caused disease and death

Docket No. FDA-2017-N-6529

Dorie Apollonio, PhD, Stanton A. Glantz, PhD, Sharon Hall, PhD, Lauren Lempert, JD, MPH, Gideon St.Helen, PhD, and Janice Tsoh, PhD

University of California, San Francisco

February 13, 2018

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

Dan Orenstein and I just published “Regulating Cannabis Manufacturing: Applying Public Health Best Practices from Tobacco Control” in Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.  Here is the UCSF press release summarizing the paper:

Marijuana Should Be Packaged, Regulated Following Tobacco Control Best Practices  
UCSF Study Finds Current Cannabis Regulations Inadequate to Protect Public Health 

California already has the nation's largest medical marijuana market, and this year is expected to have the world's largest recreational market. With enormous potential to influence policy, the state should take an assertive approach to cannabis labeling, packaging and product formulation, according to a new UC San Francisco study.

The analysis found that requiring plain packaging and large warning labels, reducing visual appeal to minors, and putting strict limits on the potency of cannabis products would better protect public health over business interests.  

The research, which draws upon the best practices of tobacco control, serves as a roadmap to improve new marijuana regulations in California.

February 12, 2018

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

A new paper based on a large sample of smokers across the European Union, E-cigarettes Associated with Depressed Smoking Cessation: A Cross-sectional Study of 28 European Union Countries was just published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. University of California researchers Margarete Kulik, Nadra Lisha and Stanton Glantz found that in the European Union smokers who use e-cigarettes are less, not more, likely to quit smoking.

An additional analysis pulling out the data from Great Britain alone showed the same thing: smokers who use e-cigarettes are less likely to quit smoking than smokers who do not use e-cigarettes.

This paper is the first large scale study of the relationship between e-cigarette use and quitting smoking compared to people who do not use e-cigarettes in the EU.

The results based on a cross-sectional survey of 12,608 ever smokers conducted by Eurobarometer are consistent with most other studies of real-world e-cigarette use.

February 9, 2018

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

When I got emails from people asking me what I thought about Public Health England’s latest report on e-cigarettes that recommended allowing e-cigarette use in hospitals and by pregnant women, I thought it was a joke, real fake news.


But it is real, so here are some reactions to their press release (reproduced below):




PHE publishes independent expert e-cigarettes evidence review