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Tobacco companies only reported about half their product placement in movies to FTC

Jonathan Polansky and I just published “Tobacco product placement and its reporting to the Federal Trade Commission” through the University of California eScholarship initiative. This report compares the product placement activities by the cigarette companies between 1978 and 1994 that are discussed in the companies’ internal correspondence with what they reported to the US Federal Trade Commission. We found that only about half the activities were reported. Read more »

CDC shows that involuntary secondhand smoke exposure is high in multiunit housing; when will Obama issue rule protecting them?

Today the CDC published a very well done study showing that 81% of residents in multiunit housing have already made their units smokefree.  Unfortunately, the Obama Administration is still sitting on a rule that would make HUD subsidized multiunit housing smokefree.  (As it has done with FDA rules on tobacco, the Administration’s cost-benefit analysis also vastly Read more »

Kids are not just substituting e-cigs for cigs; e-cigs are expanding the tobacco epidemic

Jessica Barrington-Trimis and her colleagues have published two important papers in Pediatrics on the link between e-cigarette and cigarette use, both based on a large longitudinal sample of Southern California youth who have been followed for many years.
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Accumulating evidence suggests e-cigs 1/3 to 1/2 as bad as cigs (maybe higher)

While e-cigarettes deliver fewer cancer-causing chemicals than conventional cigarettes, the evidence that e-cigarettes substantially increase heart and lung disease keeps piling up. Read more »

Pro and con on using e-cigs to quit smoking

The New England Journal of Medicine just published two alternative views on what to tell patients about using e-cigarettes for smoking cessation, one from Chris Bullen and one from.  You can read both at
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Compelling evidence that graphic warning labels on cigarettes will improve health in the US

Noel Brewer and his colleagues just published an important paper. Read more »

The White House told FDA that Black lives don’t matter

FDA courageously stated in its final version of the deeming rule that it submitted to the White House that menthol flavored products would be treated the same as other flavored products (such as chocolate and gummy bear), and therefore all newly deemed menthol products would have been ordered off of the market by November 6, 2016.  To market a flavored (including menthol) product after that date, the tobacco and e-cigarette companies would have been required to present evidence to FDA proving that the products were entitled to receive marketing authorization because they protected the Read more »

Tobacco companies consider pack color an “ingredient” that creates “new” products; FDA should learn and reject SE claims

Lauren Lempert and I just published “Packaging colour research by tobacco companies: The pack as a product characteristic” in Tobacco Control.  This paper shows that the industry treats pack color as an “ingredient” interchangeably with the contents of the physical cigarette to create “new prodcuts.”  This evidence has important implications for FDA “substantial equivalence” determinations demonstrating that changes to packaging should not be considered substantially equivalen Read more »

White House ignores science linking flavors and kid use of ecigs and other products; prioritizes business over kids health

Given how many years any new rule takes, the FDA should take the 17 pages OMB deleted from the deeming rule and issue that as a new rule right now.  You can read the changes the White House made from what the FDA wanted to do here.
Here is the TFK press release on the subject, which I completely support.
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