MIAMI — Six months after forming, the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) will make its national debut at the 2012 NACS Show. The association in the smoke-free alternatives industry came together in March and represents distributors, manufacturers, retailers, and end users with the goal to address a variety of consumer matters including tobacco regulation and its possible extension to vaporizing devices, according to SFATA.
Editor’s Note: Described below is another shortsighted regulatory regime which will increase the sale of counterfeit cigarettes and the resultant adverse health effects.
Australia strikes first in move to ban individual branding
LONDON (MarketWatch)—Cigarette makers are bracing for a potential drop in demand and a fierce price war, after Big Tobacco failed to overturn an Australian law last month calling for plain wrapping on their products.
Since then, fear has mounted that generic packaging will not only hurt the premium brands that rely on distinct branding but will also trigger an illicit, counterfeit trade that will have major implications across the entire industry.
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ Argument that Sixth Circuit Validated Graphic Warning Labels is Not Entirely Correct;
Dr. Micahel Siegel
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ Argument that Sixth Circuit Validated Graphic Warning Labels is Not Entirely Correct; Supreme Court Will Never Affirm Sixth Circuit’s Reasoning on the Actual Proposed Warning Labels
Last month, I reported on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upholding a district court decision that invalidated the graphic cigarette warning labels proposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has argued that the D.C. Circuit’s ruling is “wrong on the law” and “wrong on the science” and urged the FDA to appeal to the Supreme Court.
Despite a sharp increase in the number of “no” violations among retailers selling alcohol, the violation rate among the total retailer universe drops from 2011.
ARLINGTON, VA – The FDA’s Center for Tobacco Compliance (CTP) has updated its compliance check enforcement activity of retailers selling tobacco, which reveals a sharp increase in the number of compliance checks.
An analysis of CTP data by the We Card Program, which uses publicly available data at fda.gov, the 2012 totals and rates (through August 31) are as follows:
There exists, in some lawyer’s vault, somewhere in the United States, a secret memo that was authored by a tobacco company executive back in 1955. Written in the exclamatory patois of the time, it says, “Boy! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our company was first to produce a cancer-free cigarette. What we could do to the competition.”
Editor’s Note: The study described below alleges certain downsides to e-cigarettes. However in addition to verifying these allegations and their continuance through time it is imperative that the resultant adverse effects of e-cigarettes be compared with those of coventional cigarettes. The author’s failed on this mission.
Medical News Today
Electronic cigarettes, seen by many as a healthy alternative to tobacco smoking, do cause damage to the lungs, scientists from the University of Athens, Greece, explained at the European Respiratory Society’s Annual Congress 2012, Vienna, on Sunday. Electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes have also been marketed as effective smoking cessation devices.
Those readers who believe that agency regulatory cycles are determined by election cycles have a point in the short run–but not the long run. Agencies who are funded “off budget” through levies on the regulated industry have life cycles of their own. Consider the following research projects to be undertaken by the FDA. The FDA should advise all recipients of federal funds that the FDA can not use the results of the studies unless they are compliant with the Data Quality Act. CRE has under consideration a program to ensure that the resultant studies are DQA compliant.