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  1. Disney CEO Robert Iger announces "ironclad" policy of no smoking in youth-rated Disney movies

    Yesterday (March 12, 2015) Dr. Gina Intinarelli, a cardiothoracic nurse from UCSF and I attended the Walt Disney Corp.  annual meeting.   During the question and answer period, Gina told Disney CEO and Chairman of the Board Robert Iger of the thousands of ...

  2. Raising the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes from 16 to 18 in England associated with lower youth smoking

    I have been a skeptic about the value of minimum purchase laws as strategy for reducing youth smoking, but a study we just published from England showed that increasing the minimum purchase age from 16 ... to evaluate whether these effects persisted as kids got older (i.e., Did the law prevent initiation or just ...

  3. Class action lawsuit filed against Juul and Altria/Philip Morris builds on past litigation against Big Tobacco

    that youth just don't know how much nicotine Juul contains or delivers, let alone understand its risk ...

  4. American Academy of Pediatrics calls for ending smoking placement in movies, recommends against ecigs for cessation

    The American Academy of Pediatics just released new Tobacco Prevention Guidelines.  Among other things, the guidelines say:   "Advertising and promotion is a cause of tobacco use initiation in adolescents. Therefore, tobacco advertising and promotion that is accessible to children should be prohibited, ...

  5. UCSF and California Poison Control Centers response to FDA questions on liquid nicotine products

    We just submitted a 29 page comment responding to the questions that FDA posed regarding packaging and warning labels for liquid nicotine and related products.   Feel free to use this information in preparing your comments.  (The deadline for submitting them is the end of the month.)   The full comment ...

  6. Mayo Clinic recommends nicotine inhaler not e-cigs to smoker who wants to quit

    The Mayo Clinic just published an excellent answer in the  Chicago Tribune in response to question by smoker who is considering using nicotine inhaler or e-cigs to help quit smoking.  The Mayo Clinic explained that e-cigs contain toxic substances, do not deliver a controlled amount of nicotine, ...

  7. Telling nondaily smokers that their secondhand smoke hurts others helps them quit better than traditional counselling

    Rebecca Schane, Jodi Prochaska and I just published a paper in Nicotine and Tobacco Research that compared counseling nondaily smokers on the effects of secondhand smoke on others with counseling on the dangers of smoking to the smokers.  Three months later the 7-day quit rate was three times higher among ...

  8. The Golden Holocaust, is well worth reading

    The University of California Press just published Robert Proctor's new history of the tobacco industry, The Golden Holocaust.   It is the first history to draw heavily on the tobacco industry documents and provides many new insights. I (and several of our fellows and staff) had an opportunity to review ...

  9. Juul struggles to secure research on the effects vaping has on health

    Marketplace did a good story on Juul trying to give its money to scientists.  My favorite line is when Nashville tobacco prevention coordinator Lillian Maddox-Whitehead at a recent meeting organized by black public health activists on Meharry’s campus, said “I just want to say that if you put lipstick ...

  10. Intensive e-cig users more likely to quit cigs, intermittent users less likely to expect to quit in next year

    Lois Biener and J Lee Hargraves just published a nicely done longitudinal study that followed smokers in two cites for around two years and found that, controlling for level of nicotine addiction and demographics, intensive e-cigarette users (defined as using e-cigarettes daily for at least a month) were ...

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