Tobacco Center Faculty Blog

January 12, 2015

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

The American Cancer Society has clearly hit a nerve of e-cigarette/tobacco interests by working to block industry Trojan Horse bills that use nominal restrictions on e-cigarette sales to kids to get industry-friendly definitions of e-cigarettes written into law that make it harder to regulate use of and tax e-cigarettes. 
The most recent evidence that ACS is doing the right thing is a broadly worded attack in a blog published on The Hill, which is read by DC insiders, by the American Council on Science and Health's Gilbert Ross.  Ross complains that, “The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network’s roams the country to wherever a bill is proposed that would ban the sale of ecigs to minors — if such a bill also carves out a non-tobacco-product status for them.”

January 10, 2015

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

Ran Dec 31, 2014 and available here.

January 9, 2015

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

Governor Jerry Brown, who has carefully cultivated his image as a frugal fiscal disciplinarian. just released his budget where he continues to scold UC and CSU for being wasteful rather than accepting the reality that it costs money to provide high quality affordable higher education.  
At the November 19, 2014 Regents’ meeting he said he was going to deliberately underfund UC to force the Regents to make big changes “because it is so hard to work change in complex institutions, often time the pressure of not having enough money can force creativity that otherwise can’t even be considered. I know the State, when we had a $27 billion deficit; we had to make changes, and not just cuts, but changes in the way that we do business.”
But who has been the real miser over the years?
In his first post-Schwarzenegger budget, Brown reversed Governor Schwarzenegger’s tripling of the Governor’s office budget. The Governor’s office’s budget was $7.8 million in Governor Davis’s last budget in inflation adjusted dollars (before Schwarzenegger boosted it to $23 million in his first year), and Governor Brown spent $8.4 million on that office in his first budget.

January 8, 2015

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

The City and County of San Francisco has joined the State of Alaska in mounting a public education campaign on e-cigarettes.
The campaign includes ads on the sides of over 130 San Francisco (Muni) buses as well as over 130 BART/Muni station railside wall ads, and 750 cards on the interior of buses where riders can see them while they stand/sit and commute. 
Several of the ads are  in Chinese and Spanish to reach a larger segment of San Francisco’s diverse population.

January 7, 2015

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

Today, January 7, 2015, the New York Times just published a Reuters investigative article exposing the tobacco industry’s global corporate responsibility (CSR) schemes. Specifically, the article focuses on its decades-long history of donations to the American Red Cross. This is a huge blow to the tobacco industry's global strategy to gloss over its tarnished image through CSR and has the potential to build more support for other NGOs to drop tobacco industry funding. 
This article is also an important follow-up to the decision adopted at WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Sixth Conference of the Parties recommendations to protect public health policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry, which requests the Secretariat promote Article 5.3 and its guidelines to pertinent international organizations and ensure rejection of any direct or indirect contributions from the tobacco industry.