Tobacco Center Faculty Blog

April 19, 2018

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

The UCSF Industry Documents Library (IDL) is pleased to announce the addition of two new collections to our Chemical Industry Documents Archive. These documents reveal the scientific, legislative, regulatory and public relations activities of the agrichemical industry in defense of its products and profits.

These documents can be searched at the same time as the UCSF Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, making it easier to identify cross-industry connections.

April 18, 2018

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

I have previously commented on the fact that RJ Reynolds Tobacco’s $3.5 million (so far) campaign to try and repeal San Francisco’s path-breaking new law ending the sale of all flavored tobacco products is a replay of Big Tobacco’s unsuccessful effort to overturn the San Francisco workplace smoking ordinance in 1983.

Now, the tobacco companies are reaching back even further, to their unsuccessful campaign in 1988 to block Proposition 99, California’s landmark tobacco control education and research program.  Back then they argued that if the voters increased cigarette taxes there would be a huge increase in crime.  Check out their 1988 ads here.  (Note that you have to wait for 30 seconds for the color bars to end.)

Then compare them to RJR’s 2018 ads seeking to overturn San Francisco’s flavor ban here.

With all that money, you would think that the tobacco companies could come up with a new idea.

If people want to support the law, vote Yes on Proposition E this June.  If you want to overturn it, vote No.

April 16, 2018

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

My UCSF colleagues and I submitted this public comment to the FDA Nicotine Steering Committee.  The tracking number is 1k2-92ml-1zcp .  A PDF of the comment (which includes the footnote referencing which is lost in this blog post) is available here and and the two attachments are here and here.

April 12, 2018

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

Big Tobacco usually brags about all their civic activities as part of their “corporate social responsibility” campaigns designed to convince  the public and public policymakers what great citizens they are

But that’s not the case for RJ Reynolds Tobacco, who so far has single-handedly financed the referendum – Proposition E on the June ballot -- to overturn San Francisco’s prohibition on flavored tobacco products (to the tune of $3.5 million so far).   They certainly don’t brag about it on their internet ads like the ones below.

April 12, 2018

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

My colleagues and I just submitted this public comment to the FDA Nicotine Steering Committee.  The tracking number is 1k2-92jz-nsej; a PDF is available here.

FDA Should Facilitate Investigational New Drug Applications (IND) for Commercially Available Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices

Comment for Nicotine Steering Committee


Docket No. FDA–2018–N–0128

Neal Benowitz MD, Michael Matthay MD, Gideon St. Helen, PhD,

Pooneh Nabavizadeh Rafsanjani MD, Stanton A. Glantz, PhD


Tobacco Center for Regulatory Science

University of California San Francisco

April 12, 2018


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