Children cover your eyes – evil American cigarette advertising is rampant in our land

The Non-smokers’s Rights Association in Toronto is alarmed that legal American tobacco advertisements in magazines like Vanity Fair are being seen by the kids. I guess its one of those loopholes we keep hearing about. And I suppose it doesn’t help matters that the editor of Vanity Fair for over 20 years happens to be […]

We should really be doing this more often…

Over at ep-ology is a posting of some new research re the candy-tobacco issue. It’s called Demonstrating that children believe that deadly tobacco products are harmless candy, an experimental study. Excerpt: There has recently been an explosion of organized concern about the risk of accidental poisoning of children who mistake dissolvable smokeless tobacco products for […]

When quitting is an option and not a necessity

Though it seems to be so much more common and easier to divide behaviors into good and bad, the problem with drug use is that it is so much more complicated than that. Drug users are as varied as anyone, and since almost everyone is a drug user of some kind, its pretty specious to […]

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 […]

Thinking about the tobacco black market

The Canadian Convenience Stores Association have asked “the Federal and Provincial governments to adopt a freeze on new regulation or taxation of legal tobacco products until the authorities have significantly reduced the contraband tobacco rate to under 10 per cent for a sustained period”. (Story here.) Reports of increased black market activity in tobacco have […]

FCTC: Constructing a new assault on smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes: Part 2: more misinformation

This the second of a series on this latest development at the FCTC. See Part1: Background. In a thoughtful overview of smokeless tobacco and its application to harm reduction, Snus Use in the U.S.: Reducing Harm or Creating It? (from the most recent edition of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute) Renee Twombly writes: […]

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 […]