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South Korea: ‘KT&G Sangsang Univ.’ employs education for marketing

The Korean tobacco company, KT&G, has developed a clever way to use "educational programs" as a way to get around South Korea's restrictions on cigarette marketing.  The courses both improve the company's image (in itself important, since young adults who do not like or trust tobacco companies are less likely to smoke and, if they do, are more likely to be planning to quit [evidence 1, evidenc Read more »

Strong Tobacco Control Program Requirements and Secure Funding Are Not Enough: Lessons From Florida

We just published a paper showing the need for ongoing pressure on politicians to keep tobacco control programs not only alive, but functioning and effective.  In Florida the health groups secured a constitutional amendment to create and fund a tobacco control program that had to follow CDC best practices.  The problem is that the Crist Administration and its health department purposefully maladministered the program so that it would not have much effect and the healt Read more »

Philip Morris USA joins Philip Morris International in responding to our paper on Project Mix

We must have hit a really raw nerve at Philip Morris with our December 2011 paper, "The toxic effects of cigarette additives. Read more »

Bad Acts: New book describes the behind-the-scenes story of the DOJ RICO suit against Big Tobacco

Sharon Eubanks, the lawyer who led the Department of Justice team that won the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization Act case against the tobacco industry, and I are publishing a book,. Bad Acts, that tells the behind-the scenes story of the case.

Here is a description of the book: Read more »

New study shows smokefree law followed by fewer pregnancy complications

Daniel Mackay, Scott Nelson, Sally Haw and Jill Pell just published a very nice paper that looked at the effect of the Scottish smokefree law on complications of pregnancy (small for gestational age, preterm delivery and spontaneous preterm labor, among other outcomes).  They found a 5-12% drop in these conditions for women who got pregnant beginning shortly before the law too effect. Read more »

New Surgeon General Report concludes smoking in movies causes youth smoking, names names

The new Surgeon General's report, Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults, contains an extensive discussion of the effects of smoking in movies on young people.  The bottom line: "The evidence is sufficient to conclude that there is a causal relationship between depictions of smoking in the movies and the initiation of smoking among young people."  (Page 6) Read more »

Tobacco companies use same political and marketing strategies to spread disease in developing as developed countries

Sungkyu Lee, Pam Ling, and I just published "The vector of the tobacco epidemic: tobacco industry practices in low and middle-income countries" in Cancer Causes and Control.  This paper reviews the available literature -- largely based on previously secret tobacco industry documents available at the Legacy Tobacco Documents Librar Read more »

At a time California is defunding higher ed and closing parks, a proposal to spend $800 million subsidizing movies

Assemblyman Fuentes has introduced AB 2026 to extend California's $100 million a year giveaway to the big studios for another 8 years. 

Between mid-2009 and 2011, California spent $75 million subsidizing movies including smoking and, so, were promoting smoking to kids.  These films went on to make $1.1 billion at the box office, plus even more money in DVD and video streaming, making one wonder if they really needed the subsidy in the first place. Read more »

e-cigarette blows up in smoker's mouth, creating severe burns: is that enough to provoke action?

There was a horrific incident yesterday when an e-cigarette exploded in a user's mouth, creating severe burns.  (The ABC news story is available here.)

This is the starkest evidence yet that these products have poor quality control and need to be regulated. Read more »

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