A deeper look at the Attorneys General letter to the FDA

Earlier this week the National Association of Attorneys General submitted a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg pressing for immediate imposition of regulations.  Whereas there is little argument against some regulation, the authors come across as little more than Chicken Littles fearing the falling sky.  Or is it just in this age that they believe […]

FDA and Health Canada – are we asking these trains to come off their tracks?

Yes, that is a bit of an unwieldly title. I was reading the FDA response to a citizen petition from Nirav Shah (NY State Commissioner of Health), Kathleen Hoke (Director of the Legal Resource Center for Tobacco Regulation etc.) and Matthew Myers (Tobacco-Free Kids) – see full letter below – on their request that the […]

Gulf States discussing total ban of e-cigarettes

Just yesterday the GCC Health Ministers Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE) set the stage for a total ban of e-cigarettes. A statement issued by the conference underlined the “necessity for imposing a total ban” on e-cigarettes in line with the WHO guidelines and the findings of recent studies on the product. […]

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 […]

FDA’s Lawrence Deyton at the Tobacco Merchants Association conference

A few weeks ago at the TMA (Tobacco Merchants Association) meeting in Virginia, Dr. Lawrence Deyton told a story in which he recounted his experience as the primary care physician for a veteran who almost died from battle injuries suffered in Vietnam, then AIDS (which ended in remission), then drug addiction and kidney disease, but […]

Anti-smoking or anti-tobacco? More like anti-social.

For some time now, and more intensely in the last few weeks, Michael Siegel has been railing against the insanity of the modern tobacco control movement (as exemplified by American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids). The only reason Action of Smoking and Health US […]