Harm reduction needs to be easy: the case of RJR’s new switching campaign

As previously mentioned, we, like many others were quite pleased to see the R.J.Reynolds Tobacco Company Christmas season campaign suggesting that smokers switch to smokeless tobacco (report here). Since many people still think the turn of the year is a time for a turn of the leaf, the time is most appropriate to put forth […]

FCTC: Constructing a new assault on smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes: Background

This a first of a series on this latest development at the FCTC. Though I am not that conversant with the World Health Organization, they seem to do some good in the world, not unlike the FDA. And just like the FDA when they turn their gaze (via the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control) onto […]

GlaxoSmithKline and the FDA entreaty

GlaxosmithKline, the maker of Nicorette and Nicoderm, have petitioned the FDA to remove dissolvable tobacco products on the grounds that a better action would be to enhance their own product and make it more widely accessible. They argue as well that there is a lack of efficacy of smokeless products in regards to smoking cessation […]

FDA effectively shutting down e-cigarettes

Tamping down the urge to simply rant and rage against this “regulatory wrath” I find myself somewhat at a loss regarding the legal niceties at play. I just cannot tell if the FDA is acting within or outside its jurisdiction. But even if they do have the power, this is just plain wrong. In January […]

FDA: Institutional culture a bad fit for dealing with tobacco

I have another post due up soon but in the meanwhile wander over to ep-ology where Carl has a thoughtful post on how the institutional culture at the FDA does not portend for the best when it comes to determining good tobacco policy. Excerpt: An institution that is used to being obeyed, and that does […]

MHRA stops threat to cigarette sales in Britain

The net has been buzzing with the release of this letter from trading standards officer Helen Wales informing that the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulation Agency (MHRA) is near the completion of its consultation and expects to apply a 21 day period for regulatory compliance for e-cigarettes in Britain after which if they have not […]

Settling for less…

If you have read us for any length of time, or perused our website, you have seen that we often refer to Michael Siegel’s excellent Rest of the Story, but just to stress the point, he is always worth reading. In his latest post, False Information from Center for Tobacco Products is Concerning; FDA Actions […]