History Repeats Itself: Role of Characterizing Flavors on Nicotine Use and Abuse (2020)

Authors: Theresa Pattern and Mariella De Biasi Abstract The popularity of e-cigarettes has skyrocketed in recent years, and most vapers use flavored e-cigarette products. Consumption of flavored e-cigarettes exceeds that of combustible cigarettes and other tobacco products among adolescents, who are particularly vulnerable to becoming nicotine dependent. Flavorings have been used by the tobacco industry […]

Countering Tobacco Industry Tactics on the Economic Costs of Restricting Menthol Tobacco (2020)

Authors: Kristen Ackert et al. Localities around the country have begun to restrict the sale of menthol tobacco products, which are easier to start, disproportionately used by young people and are more difficult to quit.1 In 2017, Minneapolis and Saint Paul City Councils overcame significant opposition by the tobacco industry to restrict the sale of menthol tobacco […]

PMI’s Heated Tobacco Products Marketing Claims of Reduced Risk and Reduced Exposure May Entice Youth to Try and Continue Using these Products (2020)

Authors: Karma McKelvey, Michael Baiocchi and Bonnie Halpern-Felsher Abstract Importance: Philip Morris International (PMI) is seeking Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorisation to market IQOS as a modified risk tobacco product and to make marketing claims of reduced risk and reduced exposure. Such claims may be misunderstood by youth, thereby increasing their risk for tobacco initiation. […]

Point-of-Sale Marketing of Heated Tobacco Products in Israel: Cause for Concern (2019)

Authors: Bonnie Halpern-Felsher Abstract Understanding how PMI markets IQOS at the point-of-sale in Israel is critical to determining whether marketing practices adhere to regulations and appeal to groups most at risk at initiating new tobacco products, such as adolescents. An article by Bar-Zev, Levine, Rubinstein, Khateb, and Berg (2019) examined the marketing of IQOS in retail […]

A Conflict of Interest is Strongly Associated with Tobacco Industry–favourable Results, Indicating No Harm of E-cigarettes (2019)

Authors: Charlotta Pisinger, Nina Godtfredsen and Anne MetteBender Abstract Researchers reach contradictory results when trying to assess the potential harm of e-cigarettes. This study investigated whether the findings and conclusions in papers published on e-cigarettes and health differ depending on whether the authors had a financial conflict of interest (COI) or not. A total of 94 […]

JUUL and the Guinea Pig Generation: Public Health Concerns about Use by Young People (2018)

JUUL. The recent rapid rise in popularity of this flavored, potent, nicotine-based e-cigarette product, particularly among youth and young adults, as well as the apparent ease of access, use, and ability to open and custom‑fill its supposedly closed-system cartridges, has alarmed the public health community. Youth use of e-cigarettes is now more common than use […]

E-Cigarette Ban & Regulation: Global Status as of February 2020

41 COUNTRIES1 BAN SELLING OF E-CIGARETTESThe sale/distribution of e-cigarettes2 is banned in the following forty-one (41) countries:Antigua and Barbuda*, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain**, Barbados**, Bhutan, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica**, Ethiopia*, Gambia, India, Iran, Japan, N. Korea, Kuwait**, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Mauritius**, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Oman, Palestine, Panama, Qatar, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Syria, […]

E-CIGs: The Future of Addiction (2019)

Studies show the use of e-cigarettes/ experimental products, or vape Causes harms to heart, lung, blood vessels, immune system, and airways Can lead to breathing problems, pneumonia, and wet lung Affects brain development of babies May contain carcinogens, formaldehyde, and other poisons Has flavors and sweeteners that cause cancer8 There are others that are not […]

E-CIGs: Myths (2019)

Heated Tobacco Products The tobacco company claims that heating instead of burning tobacco is safer. If this is to be believed, the government, as a consumer safety measure, can demand a recall or ban of all unsafe products (traditional cigarettes), before replacing these with safer ones; instead of giving the manufacturer of harmful products an […]