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  1. Will President Obama let Mitch Zeller do a great job at the FDA?

    at the Center for Tobacco Products:   1.       Ban menthol (and menthol analogs) as an additive, not just ...

  2. TPSAC gave the FDA what it needs to ban menthol

    they read their charge narrowly-- just to present a scientific conclusion-- but this sentence left the door ... (or, at least as a first step, all s moked tobacco products, which is more than just cigarettes) and ...

  3. Comment Regarding Power and Effect Size when FDA Evaluates Industry Claims of "Substantial Equivalence"

    I just submitted the following comment to the FDA regarding how it evaluates industry claims of "substantial equivalence" to regulations.gov.  The comment identifier is 1jx-830l-kgne.   I have reviewed this Guidance Document and was surprised not to see any mention of statistical power or effect size, which ...

  4. FDA should be careful about granting exemptions from substantial equivalence applications

    We just submitted this public comment through regulations.gov (tracking number 1jy-8ags-t5ln) COMMENT SUBMITTED IN RESPONSE TO FDA ON PROPOSED COLLECTION OF INFORMATION REGARDING EXEMPTIONS FROM ... of documents (not just pages) to thwart disclosure to plaintiffs in smoking and health related litigation ...

  5. What Juul would do if they really wanted to protect San Francisco’s ban on flavored e-cigs

    pointed out before, every lawyer I have consulted who knows about such things has said just the opposite: ... matter what they now say they intended, but what they actually wrote in the initiative. They are just ...

  6. The new ITC study of US smokers is a treasure trove of data; shows continuing "softening" of smoking

    be smoking more, less interested in quitting, and less successful at quitting.  The evidence shows just ...

  7. Taxing tobacco for higher ed: The wrong way to go

    It is just that it has to be the right tobacco tax. And what would a right tobacco tax look like?  All ...

  8. Marijuana Should Be Packaged, Regulated Following Tobacco Control Best Practices

    Dan Orenstein and I just published “ Regulating Cannabis Manufacturing: Applying Public Health Best Practices from Tobacco Control ” in Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.   Here is the UCSF press release summarizing the paper: Marijuana Should Be Packaged, Regulated Following Tobacco Control Best ...

  9. FDA Should Not Create a Separate Category for So-Called “Premium Cigars” Because it has Already Correctly Concluded that there is No Appropriate Public Health Justification to Exclude Premium Cigars from Regulation

    My collegaues at UCSF and I just submitted this public comment to the FDA.  The tracking number is 1k2-948f-bnar; a PDF of the comment is available here. Regulation of “Premium” Cigars   FDA Should Not Create ... Because FDA has already determined, premium cigars are dangerous, even if no kids used them. Just ...

  10. FDA Should Set a Nicotine Product Standard Level to be Achieved in a Single Step for All Combusted Tobacco Products

    harm.  Lowering the nicotine delivery of all combusted tobacco products – not just cigarettes ... because the nicotine content in the lowest nicotine cigarette was just too low – approximately 5% ... could become a gateway to other higher nicotine products, just as smokeless tobacco manufacturers ...

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