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Actress Kathy Griffin takes down Big Tobacco's misleading ad opposing Prop 56

As part of their ongoing deceptive campaign opposing California Proposition 59, they ran an ad in which a "white lady gardening" who bore a remarkable resemblance to actress Kathy Griffin urged women to vote against Prop 56. As the ad urged, Griffin "followed the money" and found that Big Tobacco paid for the ad.
She then posted her own ad on YouTube correcting the record. Read more »

First hearing held on lawsuit over MPAA, studios', theaters' rating system

The first hearing on Forsyth v. MPAA et al. —  the class action lawsuit alleging that the MPAA, member studios, and NATO's ratings system defrauds parents by giving movies with smoking PG or PG-13 ratings — took place in federal court on Friday, October 28, in federal court in San Francisco. 
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Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity to work with Stanton Glantz on Marijuana and Tobacco Policymaking Research

Stanton Glantz, Professor of Medicine and Director of the UC San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to conduct policy research in the evolving policy environment around marijuana policy and how it interacts with tobacco control policymaking.  This work will include research on the state and local policymaking process as it relates to tobacco control. Read more »

$2/pack increase in CA tobacco excise tax will reduce smoking, save billions in healthcare costs, and create jobs

My colleagues at UCSF recently released two research studies on the effects of the proposed tobacco tax increase in California at Proposition 56.  Links to the full reports are at the end of this fact sheet (which, itself, is available at  Another summary of this work, as well as related work done at UCSD, is available at is
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New ad completes three ad series that sums up Smoke Free Movies campaign

An ad summing up the five Smoke Free Movies policy goals – (1) R rating films with smoking (with two limited exceptions), (2) Certification of no payoffs for smoking, (3) Require anti-smoking ads, (4) Stop identifying brands, and (5) End subsidies for movies with smoking – is running in Variety and Hollywood Reporter tomorrow, October 11, 2016.
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Court opens door to FDA authorizing “Teddy Bear” cigarettes

A federal court’s August 2016 ruling opened the door to FDA approving Teddy Bear cigarettes.  Here’s some background to explain why: The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act requires tobacco companies to obtain FDA approval before marketing new tobacco products.  This can be obtained by submitting a comprehensive new tobacco product premarket application, or by convincing the FDA that the new product is “substantially equivalent” to one already on the market. Read more »

WHO spotlights films as “cross-border tobacco promotion”

Every two years, 180 nations meet for the Conference of the Parties (COP) to review progress and problems in implementing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and develop new guidelines and protocols.
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Campaign for California Tobacco Tax (Prop 56) hits the right tone in its media campaign

It has been no secret that I have been critical of the campaign to pass Proposition 56, the $2 tobacco tax that would reinvigorate the California Tobacco Control Program and fund expansion of medical care for poor people.  In particular, the campaign didn’t seem to have learned from defeats of past tobacco tax initiatives in California (Propositions 29 and 86 in 2012 and 2006), which also failed to engage the tobacco companies’ misrepresentations of what the tax actually did.&n Read more »

Why the data in latest study on smoke free laws and heart attacks supports an effect

Vivian Ho and colleagues recently published “A Nationwide Assessment of the Association of Smoking Bans and Cigarette Taxes With Hospitalizations for Acute Myocardial Infarction, Heart Failure, and Pneumonia” that concluded that “Smoking bans were not associated with acute myocardial infarction or heart failure hospitalizations, but lowered pneumonia hospitalization rates for persons ages 60 to 74 years. Read more »

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