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Reactions to messages about smoking, vaping and COVID-19: two national experiments

11/23/20--Results of this study indicate that messages linking smoking with COVID-19 may hold promise for discouraging smoking and may have the added benefit of also discouraging vaping. Read

The Risks of Another Epidemic: Teenage Vaping

11/23/20--Although self-reported use of e-cigarettes by high school and middle school students decreased over the past year, Dr. Robert R. Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cautioned, “Youth e-cigarette use remains an epidemic.” Read

E-cigarette use associated with asthma independent of cigarette smoking and marijuana in a 2017 national sample of adolescents

10/1/20--In a study examining health consequences of e-cigarette use in adolescence with asthma, results indicate that e-cigarette use was significantly associated with asthma in recent data on adolescents, controlling for several disease-relevant covariates. The results are consistent with studies based on previous generations of e-cigarettes and support the significance of e-cigarettes as a continuing public health concern. Read

Cannabis company Aphria to acquire SweetWater Brewing for $300M

11/4/20--Canadian cannabis giant Aphria is expanding into the U.S. with its $300 million acquisition of SweetWater Brewing Company, according to a release. The deal is expected to close by the end of 2020. Based on volume, SweetWater Brewing is one of the biggest independent craft brewers in the U.S. Aphria has several medical and adult-use cannabis brands in Canada. Read

Why Canadian cannabis firm Aphria bought US craft brewer for $300M: Q&A with CFO Carl Merton

11/5/20--Aphria’s deal to buy Atlanta-based SweetWater Brewing Co. is believed to be the first time a large Canadian cannabis company reached across the border to buy a successful craft brewer. Marijuana Business Daily spoke with Aphria Chief Financial Officer Carl Merton about the rationale for the acquisition, and the company’s future plans in the U.S. market. Read

Broad range of studies show e-cigs increase lung disease risk by 40-50%

11/6/20--A systematic review and meta-analysis of results on respiratory disorder was conducted from studies of general-population samples in consideration of mapping the results to findings about biological processes linked to e-cigarettes in controlled laboratory studies. This study concludes that e-cigarette use has consequences for asthma and COPD, which is of significant concern for respirology and public health. Read

Trends in the age of cigarette smoking initiation among young adults in the US from 2002 to 2018

10/6/20--In this repeated cross-sectional study including 71,756 young adults aged 22 to 23 years, the proportion of ever smokers who initiated cigarette smoking in early adulthood more than doubled between 2002 and 2018, and the proportion of daily cigarette smokers who transitioned to daily smoking in early adulthood also increased from 38.7% in 2002 to 55.9% in 2018. Read

Young adults as a tobacco control priority population in the US

10/6/20--This study by Barrington-Trimis et al used data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health to examine the proportion of young adult cigarette smokers (aged 22-23 years) who initiated smoking in young adulthood from 2002 to 2018. Barrington-Trimis and colleagues found that during this period with population-level declines in cigarette smoking among youth and young adults, the average age of smoking initiation and the proportion of new initiates and daily smokers who were young adults increased. Read

Cannabis

11/9/20--As published in Tobacco Tactics, the tobacco industry has long-standing interest in cannabis as a potential product. Internal industry documents reveal that since 1970, Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, and RJ Reynolds have been interested in commercial cannabis manufacture. Furthermore, as sited in a recent Huffington Post article by Kevin Sabet, in the US where recreational cannabis is now legal in 11 states, 4 tobacco companies have leant their support to pro-cannabis groups lobbying for legalization. Read

Crooked Nine: Nine ways the tobacco industry undermines health policy

9/26/20--Crooked Nine outlines the nine ways the tobacco industry undermines the policies that reduce smoking and ultimately save lives. STOP researchers documented examples in nearly 30 countries and at the United Nations. This report will enable readers to predict what the industry will do and prepare accordingly, draw on lessons learned from around the world, and suggested actions to counteract the industry. Read

2.3% of US population reports current e-cigarette use

10/28/20--According to data published in JAMA Network Open, the prevalence of e-cigarette use increased from 2018 to 2019 among current, former and never adult smokers in the United States. Researchers examined the distribution of e-cigarette use among 135,211 adults (mean age, 47.5 years; 52% women) from the 2018-2019 Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey to examine current e-cigarette use by demographic characteristics and cigarette smoking status. Read

Online popularity of JUUL and Puff Bars in the USA: 2019–2020

11/4/20--The popularity of Puff Bar on Google Search suggests that users may replace cartridge-based vaping products with disposable e-cigarettes in the circumvention of the partial flavour ban. Continuous surveillance and further assessment are needed to prevent potential loopholes in tobacco regulation. Read

Content analysis of instagram posts by leading cannabis vaporizer brands

10/19/20--According to a study, cannabis vaporizer companies reach thousands of consumers through brand-owned social media accounts. Strategies to promote their products on these channels include posts that may appeal to sociodemographic groups and leveraging social media influencers and other companies to increase overall reach. Read

Reduce your risk of serious lung disease caused by corona virus quitting smoking and vaping

10/18/20--As of April 28, 2020 there were 19 peer reviewed papers that had data on smoking and COVID disease progression, 17 from China, 1 from Korea, and 1 from the US. This peer reviewed meta-analysis of these 19 papers found that smoking was associated with more than a doubling of odds of disease progression in people who had already developed COVID. Read

Tracing the racist tactics of the tobacco industry

10/16/20--In a calling to end Big Tobacco’s racism, truth partnered with Black community members and activists to launch its latest campaign Read Between the Lies. Led and promoted by Black voices, the campaign includes videos featuring Black voices reading and reacting to actual quotes from tobacco industry executives revealing the deliberate and exploitive ways they target the Black community. Read

Tobacco Explained

10/20/20--Thousands of internal tobacco industry documents released through litigation and whistleblowers reveal the most astonishing systematic corporate deceit of all time. Tobacco Explained is a survey of the documents, 1,200 relevant and revealing quotes grouped under common themes. Read

Campaign to overturn California’s flavored tobacco sales ban accused of misleading voters

10/20/20--An attorney for the group Tobacco Free Kids Action Fund filed a complaint with state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra asking for an investigation of “numerous instances of illegal signature-gathering tactics,” noting that it is a misdemeanor for signature gatherers to intentionally misrepresent a referendum petition. Read

Youth e-cigarette use drops, more warnings issued

10/20/20--According to the 2020 National Youth Tobacco Survey, conducted by researchers at the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, youth e-cigarette use declined by a third after 2 years of increases. It showed that 19.6% of high school students (3.02 million) reported e-cigarette use, down from 27.5% (4.11 million) in 2019. Among middle school students, 4.7% (550 000) reported e-cigarette use compared with 10.5% (1.24 million) in 2019. Read

Tobacco giant Altria is securing technology in new frontier: Marijuana

10/2/20--Public records indicate that tobacco giant Altria has been trying to claim a long-term stake in the marijuana industry by patenting cannabis technology. The parent company of cigarette brands including Marlboro and Parliament filed two patent applications for vaporizer devices specifically designed for cannabis, according to United States Patent and Trademark Office filings. Read

Trajectories of Nicotine and Cannabis Vaping and Polyuse From Adolescence to Young Adulthood

10/6/20--In this cohort study, the prevalence and type of nicotine vaping and cannabis vaping developmental trajectories from late adolescence to young adulthood were similar. Polysubstance vaping was common from late adolescence to young adulthood, particularly among those reporting more frequent vaping use. The findings suggest that public health policy and clinical interventions should address polysubstance vaping in both adolescence and young adulthood. Read

Smoking on TV: Attorneys general call on Hollywood unions for help kicking the habit

10/5/20--The National Association of Attorneys General is asking several major Hollywood talent unions to help "protect young audiences from tobacco use" by limiting its exposure in streaming shows. Support from the Directors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America, Screenwriters Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has been requested for this effort. Read

#PuffBar: how do top videos on TikTok portray Puff Bars?

9/21/20--The objective of this Industry Watch article is to describe how Puff Bar e-cigarettes, a leading disposable e-cigarette brand among youth,3 are portrayed on the popular Beijing-based video-sharing social media platform TikTok. The focuse was on TikTok specifically because 60% of the platform’s 26.5 million active users in the USA in 2019 were between the ages of 16 and 24.6. Read

Investigating the Attitudes of Adolescents and Young Adults Towards JUUL: Computational Study Using Twitter Data

9/21/20--According to a study using Twitter data to understand salient themes regarding JUUL, sentiment towards JUUL, and underage JUUL use, findings suggest that a vast majority of Twitter users are not using JUUL to aid in smoking cessation nor do they mention the potential health benefits or detriments of JUUL use. Using machine learning algorithms to identify tweets containing underage JUUL mentions can support the timely surveillance of JUUL habits and opinions, further assisting youth-targeted public health intervention strategies. Read

Foundation for a Smoke-Free World’s Tobacco Transformation Index

9/20/20--The “Tobacco Transformation Index” (TTI) is a project of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW). It describes itself as an “objective” index for measuring the corporate transformation of the tobacco industry. Read

California governor signs bill to ban sale of flavored tobacco

9/1/20--California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 793 into law, banning the retail sale of flavored tobacco products in the state, effective January 2021. Written by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), the bill was supported by the American Lung Association and the American Heart Association. The new law will make the sale of electronic (”e”)-cigarette cartridges and flavored cigarettes subject to a $250 fine to the retailer. Read

Juul to cut more than half of its workforce

9/3/20--E-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc. is planning to lay off more than half its employees, according to people familiar with the matter, and is considering halting its sales across Europe and Asia. That could mean pulling out of as many as 11 countries and shrinking the startup’s footprint to its core markets, the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Read

Assessment of menthol and nonmenthol cigarette consumption in the US, 2000 to 2018

8/7/20--According to a study, menthol cigarette market share increased by nearly 10 percentage points from 2000 to 2018. Overall, cigarette consumption declined 46.0% from 2000 (435.6 billion cigarettes) to 2018 (235.3 billion cigarettes), but the decline was greater among nonmenthol cigarettes (52.9%; 322.8 billion to 152.0 billion cigarettes) than for menthol cigarettes (26.1%; 112.8 billion to 83.3 billion cigarettes in 2018). Read

New reports show encouraging decline in youth vaping, but troubling rise in menthol and flavored disposable e-cigarette use

9/9/20--Two new reports published earlier today by the FDA and CDC show that while youth e-cigarette use decreased in a meaningful way, it remains at epidemic levels driven by a dramatic increase in the use of menthol and disposable e-cigarettes, two categories of products exempted from federal restrictions. Reads

Greenlane Holdings appoints key sales and marketing hires for North America and Europe

9/21/20--Greenlane Holdings, Inc. (“Greenlane” or “the Company”), one of the largest global sellers of premium cannabis accessories and specialty vaporization products, announced today that it has hired Michael Cellucci, a proven leader in tobacco CPG, as President of Sales and Marketing North America. In addition, Michael Ouwendijk, a sales and marketing expert who also built his career in the tobacco industry, will join Greenlane Europe as Sales & Marketing DirectorRead

E-cigarettes use among middle and high school students – United States, 2020

9/9/20--In 2020, 19.6% of high school students (3.02 million) and 4.7% of middle school students (550,000) reported current e-cigarette use. Among current e-cigarette users, 38.9% of high school students and 20.0% of middle school students reported using e-cigarettes on 20 or more of the past 30 days; 22.5% of high school users and 9.4% of middle school users reported daily use. Among all current e-cigarette users, 82.9% used flavored e-cigarettes, including 84.7% of high school users (2.53 million) and 73.9% of middle school users (400,000). Read

E-cigarette unit sales, by product and flavor type – United States, 2014-2020

9/9/20--During September 2014–May 2020, e-cigarette sales increased by 122.2%. Sales of prefilled cartridges increased during September 2014–August 2019; since then, sales of disposable products have increased. Prefilled mint cartridge e-cigarette sales increased from September 2014 to August 2019, then decreased, as menthol sales increased during August 2019–May 2020. Read

A year of progress, but youth e-cigarette use still at epidemic levels

9/10/20--Although significant progress has been made since the creation of the initiative – Protect Kids: Fight Flavored E-Cigarettes led by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, youth e-cigarette use remains at epidemic levels and bold action is needed at all levels of government to prohibit flavored e-cigarettes and stop tobacco companies from addicting a new generation of kids. Read

Protecting young people from e-cigarettes

9/13/20--Many things remain uncertain as a new school year begins, but the proven, science-backed information on the risks of using e-cigarettes can protect the minds and lungs of youth from harm caused by e-cigarettes and nicotine, and keep them from starting to use these products in the first place. Read

Quick facts on the risks of e-cigarettes for kids, teens, and young adults

9/13/20--The Centers for Disease Control presents quick facts on the risks of e-cigarettes for kids, teens, and young adults. Some of which include: The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe; most e-cigarettes contain nicotine; nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s, and young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future. Read

Surgeon General’s advisory on e-cigarette use among youth

9/13/20--Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service, VADM Jerome Adams, is emphasizing the importance of protecting children from a lifetime of nicotine addiction and associated health risks by immediately addressing the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use. The recent surge in e-cigarette use among youth, which has been fueled by new types of e-cigarettes that have recently entered the market, is a cause for great concern. Read

Vaping DOES raise the risk of breast cancer, warn scientists amid concerns that young women are ‘targeted by E-cigarette companies’

9/12/20--Vaping increases the risk of developing breast cancer, a new study suggests. According to scientists from a group of American universities, including Yale, Johns Hopkins and Princeton, exposure to e-cigarette vapor creates a 'tumor-promoting environment' in the breast and elsewhere in the body. Read

E-cigarettes, Vaping, and the FDA’s Dilemma

9/14/20--According to this report, the rapidly increasing use of e-cigarettes is currently outpacing the accumulation of evidence regarding its harms versus its benefits. These may be largely generational: the harms of addicting an entirely new generation to nicotine versus the immediate and long-term morbidity and mortality benefits to an older generation who may already be suffering the consequences of its own addiction. The FDA has the herculean task of sorting this out while protecting everyone. Read

E-cigarette promotes breast carcinoma progression and lung metastasis: Macrophage-tumor cells crosstalk and the role of CCL5 and VCAM-1

10/28/20--This study provides the first robust scientific evidence to raise awareness regarding the risks of vaping. Read

California governor signs bill to ban sale of flavored tobacco

9/1/20--California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 793 into law, banning the retail sale of flavored tobacco products in the state, effective January 2021. Written by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), the bill was supported by the American Lung Association and the American Heart Association. The new law will make the sale of electronic (”e”)-cigarette cartridges and flavored cigarettes subject to a $250 fine to the retailer. Read

California assembly votes overwhelmingly to end the sale of flavored tobacco products; state poised to deliver historic victory for kids over tobacco industry

8/24/20--The California Assembly today delivered a resounding victory for kids and public health over the tobacco industry by voting, 58-1, to prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products, including flavored e-cigarettes, flavored cigars and menthol cigarettes. This bold action, in a state home to more than 10% of the U.S. population, cracks down on the products that have long been the tobacco industry’s most powerful weapons in targeting and hooking kids and the Black community. Read

CDC survey finds nearly a third of high school students used e-cigarettes in 2019 – It’s time to eliminate the flavored products addicting kids

8/20/20--Following the 2019 Monitoring the Future survey and the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey, the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is the third national survey to show that youth e-cigarette use skyrocketed between 2017 and 2019. The YRBS found that 32.7% of high school students were current e-cigarette users in 2019, up from 13.2% in 2017. Read

New 30-City Study: Over 60% of public schools Are within 1,000 feet of tobacco retailers

8/12/20--Across 30 major U.S. cities, an average of 63% of public schools are located within 1,000 feet – about two city blocks – of a tobacco retailer, according to a comprehensive new study mapping tobacco retailers in the 30 cities. The study was conducted by researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Washington University in St. Louis. Read

California governor signs bill to ban sale of flavored tobacco

9/1/20--California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 793 into law, banning the retail sale of flavored tobacco products in the state, effective January 2021. The new law will make the sale of electronic (”e”)-cigarette cartridges and flavored cigarettes subject to a $250 fine to the retailer. Read

FDA should require research on impact of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products on youth before authorizing marketing of tobacco products and claims of modified risk

7/23/20--In a new commentary published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, a group of leading tobacco control experts called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require tobacco companies to submit research showing the impact on youth and young adults in the United States before authorizing the marketing of any new tobacco product, including e-cigarettes, or permitting any claim that states or implies a tobacco product is less harmful than any other tobacco product. Read

Juul submits application to FDA to keep selling e-cigarettes

7/30/20--Juul Labs Inc submitted an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that would allow it to keep selling e-cigarettes, which face heightened scrutiny over a surge in teenage vaping. Once an application is submitted, companies can keep selling their products for a year from the date of deadline, without official approval, or until a negative action is taken by the FDA. Read

Juul quietly revamped its e-cigarette, risking the FDA’s rebuke

7/23/20--According to four former Juul employees, the company’s engineers changed the pod design, added new, heartier internal components to resist the shutdown problem, and rewrote the device’s firmware. The updated model, delivered in late 2017, was given the internal code name Jagwar. Federal regulators were similarly unaware of the full extent of the product changes, even as the Food and Drug Administration crawled all over the company for months in an effort to curb a widening youth nicotine epidemic. Read
 

Kids These Days: Vaping comes with consequences. So why do teens do it?

7/29/20--There can be serious consequences to vaping, so why do so many teens continue to do it? In this episode, Grace Wang and Mia Goldstein talk to teens about addiction. Read

The Tobacco Prevention Toolkit

7/31/20--Theory-based and evidence-informed resources created by educators, parents, and researchers aimed at preventing middle and high school students’ use of tobacco and nicotine. Read

Op-Ed: Big Tobacco helped destroy Black Americans’ health. Banning menthols could help improve it

8/7/20--According to an op-ed by Rev. John E. Cager III published in the Los Angeles Times, Big Tobacco has successfully conducted a decades-long campaign to lure and hook Black smokers by marketing menthol-infused products specifically to Black consumers. Furthermore, Black Americans have the greatest burden of tobacco-related mortality of any ethnic or racial group in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tobacco use is a major contributor to the three leading causes of death among Black Americans — heart disease, cancer and stroke. Read

Mass. regulators fine Revolutionary Clinics $120,000 for selling tainted marijuana vapes

8/6/20--A Fitchburg marijuana company, Revolutionary Clinics, will pay Massachusetts $120,000 to settle charges it sold vaporizers containing excessive levels of ethanol to six other dispensaries, which then sold dozens of the tainted devices to consumers. The Cannabis Control Commission voted unanimously to approve the fine and impose a four-month probation for the company over various violations related to the wholesale vape transactions, which occurred from December 2018 to early 2019. Read

Assessment of menthol and nonmenthol cigarette consumption in the US, 2000 to 2018

8/7/20--This serial cross-sectional study estimates menthol and nonmenthol cigarette consumption from 2000 to 2018 with a previously used approach. Results indicate that the large decline in cigarette consumption in the US over the last 2 decades is overwhelmingly attributed to nonmenthol cigarettes, and this trend is more pronounced since the signing of the TCA. Read

European group: E-cigarette use should be limited due to CV effects

8/6/20--In a new position paper, the European Association of Preventive Cardiology recommended that due to known CV harms from e-cigarettes, they should not be used for smoking cessation except as a last resort. Read

Mass regulators release 619,000 aging marijuana vapes for sale, despite lead contamination concerns

8/7/20--Consumers in Massachusetts may soon notice an unfamiliar warning sticker on their marijuana vapes: “This product was previously quarantined. Passed retesting for heavy metals and Vitamin E Acetate.” Actually, more than 619,000 vapes were sitting in vaults at cannabis facilities across the state since September, when Governor Charlie Baker temporarily banned the devices in an effort to combat an outbreak of vaping-related lung illnesses. Read

Content Analysis of Instagram Posts From 2019 With Cartoon-Based Marketing of e-Cigarette–Associated Products

7/20/20--Studies have indicated that cartoons are an effective strategy in increasing product recognition and susceptibility to use e-cigarettes. Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration announced it is prioritizing enforcement against e-cigarette companies that use marketing likely to promote youth use. This study aimed to determine if companies were using cartoon-based strategies to market and promote e-cigarette–associated products in 2019 on Instagram. Read

The science of smoking and COVID-19

7/12/20--While some COVID-19 risk factors have to do with age, chronic illness or immunocompromisation, there’s one that’s tied directly to a different kind of medical concern -- addiction to cigarettes. According to an Anchorage Daily News article, while smoking cigarettes doesn’t necessarily make you more likely to become infected with the novel coronavirus, smokers who do contract COVID-19 may be more likely to have serious or fatal cases than non-smokers. Read

Controversial e-cigarette company Puff Bar says it’s suspending U.S. sales

7/13/20--Puff Bar, a California-based marketer of disposable e-cigarettes, announced the sales suspension Monday on its website. In a phone call with FairWarning, the company’s Chief Financial Officer Patrick Beltran confirmed that U.S. sales were being halted until further notice, but said that international sales would continue for the time being. Beltran would not give a reason for the move. Read

Reducing vaping among youth and young adults

7/1/20--This guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent vaping. It describes relevant research findings, examines emerging and best practices, identifies knowledge gaps and implementation challenges, and offers useful resources. Read

Notes from the Field: E-cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use — Associated lung cases during the COVID-19 response

6/26/20--In April 2020, during the early COVID-19 pandemic, eight patients hospitalized with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use–associated lung injury (EVALI) were reported to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). According to the report, it is unclear whether EVALI cases have continued to occur and were underreported or missed or whether these cases might represent the background incidence of EVALI as previously identified by CDC review of syndromic data. Read

E-cigarettes

6/23/20--This webpage gives an overview of tobacco companies’ interests in e-cigarettes, also known as electronic cigarettes or ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems), which have been acquired, developed and sold by tobacco companies since 2012. It also links to further pages giving more detailed information about each company’s products, market share and business strategy, including methods used to promote their products around the world. Read

California Senate to Big Tobacco: It’s time to end the sale of candy-flavored tobacco products

6/25/20--A coalition of health, youth, and community advocates united to protect kids from the dangers of tobacco use applauded passage by the California State Senate of SB 793, landmark legislation authored by State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) to end the sale of all candy-flavored tobacco products across the state, including the original candy flavor: sweet minty menthol cigarettes. Read