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  1. Heart attacks down 21 percent in the first year after the North Carolina smokefree restaurant and bar law took effect

    The evidence that strong smokefree laws provide large and immediate health benefits just keeps piling up. The latest study, released today, found a 21 percent drop in emergency room admission ... health costs down. These real documented and rapid benefits not just in terms of health, but the economy, ...

  2. RJ Reynolds' latest argument against Prop E: It doesn't ban the sale of all tobacco products

    Yesterday I received this mailer-- they are coming just about every day now-- from RJ Reynolds arguing that voters should not support San Francisco's law prohibiting the sale of flavored ... of the law.  People who want tobacco would still be able to buy tobacco products, just not in the kid-friendly ...

  3. Smoke Screen: Big Vape is copying Big Tobacco’s playbook

    Liza Gross just published an excellent in-depth investigation that puts the e-cigarette advocacy network, including such key players as David Sweanor, Bill Godshall, Brad Rodu, and Joel Nitzkin as well as the tobacco companies’ network of right wing think tanks that are supporting e-cigarettes in the larger ...

  4. FDA should reject Big Tobacco's request to extend the public comment period on menthol

    I just learned from one of the Attorneys General that three tobacco companies have requested that the FDA extend the public comment period on menthol, currently scheduled to close September 23, for 60 more days on the grounds that they need more time to respond. This is ridiculous.  The FDA has been ...

  5. France and San Francisco's ballpark apply same rules to protect bystanders from e-cigs as conventional cigs

    the California State Senate just passed, this is a sensible step that does not prohibit people from using ...

  6. Governor Brown dismisses tobacco industry spokesdoctor from Prop 65 scientific advisory committee

    The Sacramento Bee just reported that Governor Jerry Brown removed LaDonna Porter from the state scientific committee charged with evaluating potential water pollutants for the state of California.  Porter has served as spokesdoctor for two tobacco industry campaigns against cigarette tax increases, as well ...

  7. Secondhand smoke reduces quality of life for people with heart failure

    We just published a study of 205 people with heart failure in which we related measures of how well they could complete physical tasks and measures of emotional well being and found that there was a dose-response relationship between the amount of secondhand smoke that they were exposed to and reduced scores on ...

  8. JUUL following the cigarette companies’ lead in claiming they don’t want kids to smoke

    smoking prevention” program. As Jessica Liu and Bonnie Halpern-Felsher just pointed out in an insightful ... prevention education,” that the JUUL curricula looks just like similar curricula that the cigarette companies ... are particularly important in light of a second paper that Bonnie Halper-Felsher and her colleagues just published ...

  9. Class action lawsuit against Juul moves forward in San Francisco

    interesting because it shows just how meticulous and effective Juul was in pursuing its target market.  ...

  10. E-cigarettes and cancer: If you ask the wrong question you get the wrong answer

    A new paper, “ Comparing the cancer potencies of emissions from vapourised nicotine products including e-cigarettes with those of tobacco smoke,” just published in Tobacco Control, adds to the already-convincing literature that e-cigarettes expose users to much lower levels of carcinogens than conventional ...

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