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Category Archives: Tobacco

08.06.20

The Final Say on Australia’s Plain Packaging Law at the WTO

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Nicholas J. Diamond, JD, LLM, MBe, an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law. His academic work focuses on the intersection of economic issues, human rights, and the law. On June 9, the World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes concerning Australia’s plain packaging law for tobacco products, which began in 2012, […]

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06.04.20

COVID-19: Sounding the Alarm to Revisit National Tobacco Control Measure in India

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Kashish Aneja and Dr. Ravi Mehrotra World No Tobacco Day is observed around the globe every year on May 31. This year it holds unparalleled significance in light of the extraordinary global health circumstances we find ourselves in. There is an emerging correlation between tobacco and COVID-19 that reinforces the need […]

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02.11.20

TOBACCO CONTROL: EVIDENCE THAT AN INTERNATIONAL REGIME ON GLOBAL HEALTH MAY STILL BE POSSIBLE

By Gonzalo Hünicken

In an era in which governments withdraw from international commitments, prioritize national policies and seem reluctant to cooperate at a multilateral level, a global instrument reaffirming the right to health may look impossible. Yet, in the midst of this exacerbated nationalism, there are advocates for a Framework Convention for Global Health (FCGH), a treaty aimed […]

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12.16.19

Let’s not forget that e-cigarettes are technically illegal in the U.S. right now

By Darlene Huang

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its decision in Nicopure Labs, LLC v. FDA. Finding fully in favor of the FDA, the court affirmed the district court’s judgement upholding the Tobacco Control Act (TCA) and its application to e-cigarettes. The litigation stemmed from FDA’s May 2016 “deeming rule” making […]

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11.07.19

All eyes on menthol

By Darlene Huang

As if the e-cigarette saga weren’t dramatic enough, Juul announced today that it will only sell its tobacco- and menthol-flavored products in the U.S. now. This comes before the current Administration’s announcement of a new flavored e-cigarette policy by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is expected any day now, and is the […]

10.04.19

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

By Isabel Barbosa

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

By Darlene Huang

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 […]

09.06.19

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

By Lidiya Teklemariam

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

By Darlene Huang

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 […]

05.15.19

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

By Darlene Huang

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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