Category Archives: Tobacco

10.04.19

Gun Violence and E-Cigarettes: It Might Be Worth Focusing on Similarities Instead

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Image by Slyngstad Earlier this month, amid the alarming outbreak of lung injury associated with e-cigarette use in the United States, the Trump Administration announced its intention to ban flavored e-cigarettes. This prompted a response from gun-control advocates, who pointed out that gun deaths vastly outnumber the fatalities attributed to vaping.  Shannon Watts, founder of […]

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09.26.19

See the forest for the trees: the short-sightedness of a singular focus on e-cigarettes

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The 2019 lunar new year was supposed to be an unlucky year for me based on Chinese astrology. I don’t usually give much weight to these horoscope-like predictions, but my awareness was heightened this year with my own wedding taking place earlier this month. Thankfully, it was a beautiful day, and I can report no […]

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09.06.19

The Growing Consumption of Hookah Tobacco among the US Youth and Gaps in Enforcing Existing Laws

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Since May 2016, when it had issued the final deeming rule, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is exercising an extended regulatory power over all tobacco products including electronic nicotine delivery systems, cigars, hookah (water pipe) tobacco, pipe tobacco, etc. By subjecting hookah (also called shisha or waterpipe) tobacco under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic […]

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07.11.19

What I wish I knew 15 years ago about American Spirits cigarettes

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I used to wait tables. I started as a teen at my family’s restaurants before smoke-free workplace laws swept the nation. Like most restaurants at the time, we had a smoking section, and I oftentimes was assigned to it. I was thrilled when the city eventually adopted a clean indoor air ordinance, and a few […]

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05.15.19

A tale of two sentiments two weeks after FDA permits the sale of IQOS

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It’s been just over two weeks since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the sale of Philip Morris’ IQOS heated tobacco product (HTP) system in regular tobacco and menthol flavors. It’s also been exactly two years since the premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) for this product that creates an aerosol (not smoke) from […]

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04.04.19

Reflecting on progress made in tobacco and nicotine products regulation under FDA Commissioner Gottlieb

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Tomorrow is Commissioner Gottlieb’s last day on the job at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and he’s been treating these last few days much like he has his entire two-year tenure: with carefully thought out and coordinated communication about both in-process and potential future FDA actions. While the agency has been hard at […]

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02.11.19

Reality check: Cigarettes are the only reason reduced risk tobacco products are even a thing

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First, a confession. I’m a total public health nerd. I’ve been absolutely captivated by the prevention of disease at a population level since I was introduced to the concept late in college. From the science that drives it to the programs, policies, and laws that either embrace or hinder it and everything in between and […]

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01.25.19

Develop your skills blending law, science, and policy as a Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellow at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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At my high school graduation, a friend and I had a short dialogue speaking to our graduating class about where our futures were headed. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I asked her. She confidently answered, “A horse.” After an awkward moment or two went by, she continued with, “Or at […]

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12.11.18

Furthering Tobacco Control Requires a Broader Perspective

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Tobacco control efforts in the U.S. have predominantly been a state, local, and increasingly tribal endeavor with landmark federal reports and legislation spurring or guiding local actions. When I started in tobacco control at the local level in 2006, the CDC’s Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs was our roadmap. It focused our efforts […]

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09.20.18

The FDA comes down on e-cigarettes: balancing harm reduction and youth protection

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Last week, the Head of the US Food and Drug Administration warned the manufacturers of Juul and other e-cigarettes about the risks posed by these products to children and teenagers, calling attention to the fact that underage usage had reached “an epidemic proportion.” The FDA put the makers and sellers of such devices on notice. […]

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