Stakeholders Call on FDA to Strengthen Tobacco Warning Labels

  Editor’s Note: There are a number of studies which demonstrate that smokeless tobacco present less risk than direct smoking. Whether or not the authors of the following article  agree with the studies the studies should be analyzed and the readers should be advised of their infrimities.         



ASCO has joined with other anti-tobacco stakeholder groups in urging the Food and Drug Administration to deny a petition by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to alter warning labels on smokeless tobacco products. The company’s petition asks FDA to change the language on products, noting that  smokeless tobacco “presents substantially lower risks to health than cigarettes.”  

Instead of raising the cigarette tax, raise the legal smoking age

Baltimore Sun

I respect the motives of those who wish to raise Maryland’s cigarette tax (“Activists want dollar boost in cigarette taxes,” Nov. 15). However, such an increase would make it increasingly worthwhile for Maryland smokers to travel to neighboring, lower-tax state for their purchases.

The priority should be a on fairer, more effective way to reduce cigarette smoking — by raising the legal tobacco age to 21. That would interpose three more years of maturity, and three more years’ receipt of society’s widespread anti-tobacco messages, before young people could legally buy cigarettes. That could lead to a major reduction in number of young adults who smoke.

E-cigarettes may ‘damage lungs’

Derbyshire News

“Electronic cigarettes could ‘damage your lungs’ as they cause less oxygen to be absorbed by the blood,” reports the Daily Mail.

The news is based on a press release of preliminary findings of a small study investigating the short-term effects of smoking an ‘e-cigarette’, commonly known as ‘vaping’. The study looked at the lung function of non-smokers and smokers with and without lung conditions.

According to the press release, researchers found that ‘smoking’ a single e-cigarette for 10 minutes caused an increase in airway resistance, blocking the air getting into and out of the lungs.

Public Health Law Center Webinar on Menthol

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 This afternoon the Public Health Law Center of the William Mitchell College of Law held a webinar titled “Pressing the FDA on Menthol”

  The Presenters included:

•Ellen Vargyas – General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at American Legacy Foundation

•Dr. Philip S. Gardiner – Social & Behavioral Sciences and Neurosciences and Nicotine Dependence Research Administrator for the Tobacco Related Disease Research Program, Universityof CaliforniaOffice of the President

Columbia tobacco store struggles after change in tobacco rolling law


Bruce Hendren stands in front of his $32,000 cigarette rolling machine at Roll On on Tuesday. The machine is capable of rolling a carton of cigarettes with fresh tobacco in about 10 minutes. A July 2012 Highway bill had a small amendment attached that labeled Hendren a cigarette manufacturer, so he has ceased use of the machine.   ¦  Kayla Kauffman

COLUMBIA — June 28 marked the one-year anniversary for downtown tobacco store Roll On, which caters to customers who like to customize their cigarettes.

Owner Bruce Hendren’s excitement ended that day when he answered his phone.   

FDA Releases Tobacco Enforcement Data


Tennessee Violation Rate Lower Than National Averag
 The We Card Program has just released an analysis it conducted of tobacco sales enforcement data that has been recently posted online by FDA. The data shows that more than 111,000 compliance checks were completed from 2010 to September 2012 (more than 75,000 checks in 2012).

Tennessee had a 4.06% violation rate in those two years which is below the national average of 4.93%. Click HERE for the details of the We Card data.