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If Legalizing Pot, Consider Health, Not Profits: New UCSF Analysis Looks at History to Help Guide Future Marijuana Laws

A new analysis of marijuana legislation offers a framework for states that are considering legalizing the drug and want to protect public health, rather than corporate profits.
 
The policy analysis by researchers at UC San Francisco is intended as a roadmap to help prevent a legalized marijuana industry from becoming a new version of the tobacco or alcohol industries, replete with aggressive marketing and political strategies to protect their economic interests.
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SAVE THE DATE: UCSF “It’s About a Billion Lives” annual public symposium will be Friday, February 24, 2017

Speakers:
 
Children and Tobacco 2017: Who’s Winning‎?
Jonathan Klein, MD, MPH, FAAP
Associate Executive Director, American Academy of Pediatrics
 
“Rather wreck my gums than my lungs:" Smokeless tobacco and California rural adolescent males
Benjamin Chaffee, DDS, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor, Preventive and Restorative Dentistry Sciences
 
Booze, Butts or Both? Combating young adult tobacco use in bars. Read more »

First-ever R-rating for smoking goes to the wrong film?

All These Sleepless Nights — Rated R for language and smoking throughout, drug use and some sexuality/graphic nudity. Rating certificate #50675. Source: MPAA Rating Bulletin #2442 (14 September 2016)
 
What we know about this film
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Sugar Papers Reveal Industry Role in Shifting National Heart Disease Focus to Saturated Fat

Cristin Kearns, Laura Schmidt, and I published  “Sugar Industry and Coronary Heart Disease Research: A Historical Analysis of Internal Industry Documents” in JAMA Internal Medicine.  The full paper is available for free here.
 
Here is the UCSF press release on the paper.
 
Sugar Papers Reveal Industry Role in Shifting National Heart Disease Focus to Saturated Fat
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Advocacy Coalitions to Oppose State and Local E-cigarette Policymaking Changed after Major Tobacco Companies Entered the Market

Elizabeth Cox, Rachel Barry, and I just published  “E-Cigarette Policymaking by Local and State Governments: 2009-2014” in Milbank Quarterly.   This paper showed that the nature of the political opposition to public health policies designed to protect the public against e-cigarettes fundamentally changed after the major cigarette companies entered the market, coming to look like historic bat Read more »

With a loophole this large, does Disney have an effective policy to keep smoking out of its movies?

Disney has a firm policy about on-screen smoking, except for DreamWorks movies carrying its Touchstone label. 
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WHO issues new report on e-cigs; contains cautious read of science and sensible policy recommendations

The WHO recently released “Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Electronic Non-Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS/ENNDS)” in anticipation of a discussion of these issues at the Seventh Conference of the Parties, which will be held in India in November 2017.  The report has a cautious summary of the current state of the science and a set of very sensible regulatory options, all of which should be implemented now.
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Court opens door to FDA authorizing “Hello Kitty” cigarettes

A federal court’s August 2016 ruling opened the door to FDA approving “Hello Kitty” cigarettes.  Here’s some background to explain why: The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act requires tobacco companies to obtain FDA approval before marketing new tobacco products.  This can be obtained by submitting a comprehensive new tobacco product premarket application, or by convincing the FDA that the new product is “substantially equivalent” to one already on the market.[1]  In September 2015 the FDA issued a Read more »

Behind the Scenes on How Big Tobacco Works to Block Federal Rules on E-Cigarettes

The New York Times has an excellent article about the tobacco industry’s efforts to block the FDA’s tepid efforts to regulate e-cigarettes shows that the pro-e-cigarette effort is now dominated by big tobacco companies.  The cigarette companies clearly see e-cigarettes as part of their integrated business model, not as a competing technology that will drive them out of the highly profitable cigarette business. 
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