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“Canada’s Vape Excise Tax Could Lead to More Smoking (VIDEO 🎦)
Date: Monday September 26, 2022
Regulator Watch logo Canada’s new excise tax on nicotine vaping products is days away from implementation, and the ramifications could be disastrous. In this episode of RegWatch eminent tobacco control scholars Dr. Kenneth Warner and Cliff Douglas discuss recent research on e-cigarette taxes and why Canada’s new excise tax on vaping could be a public health blunder.
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“E-Cig Policy Compromises That Could Save Lives (VIDEO 🎦)
Date: Monday September 26, 2022
Regulator Watch logo Hard compromises that no one will like is how eminent tobacco control scholar Dr. Kenneth Warner describes some of the recently released recommendations in a new policy paper addressing the struggle over e-cigarettes. In this episode of RegWatch, we take a deep dive into the issues with Dr. Warner and co-author Cliff Douglas, director of the University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network and former Vice President for Tobacco Control at the American Cancer Society.
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“Vape wars: The fierce debate over the banning (and unbanning) of Juul e-cigarettes”
Date: Thursday August 11, 2022
Boston Globe logo “I’ve been in the field of tobacco control and research for 45 years,” says Kenneth Warner, a former president of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, a former dean of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and a founding board member of the youth-focused, anti-tobacco nonprofit known today as the Truth Initiative. “I’ve never seen a division like this. Even using a phrase like ‘tobacco harm reduction’ gets the hackles up of the people focused on kids. They think it’s a distraction. And obviously, they’ve been winning the day.”
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“Can We Smoke Out Cancer? Reducing cigarette use remains key to reducing overall cancer mortality”
Date: Saturday July 30, 2022
Medpage Today logo “...the increase and decrease in cancer mortality moved pretty much in tandem with the increase and decrease in lung cancer mortality, especially male lung cancer. The drop in smoking -- and hence in lung cancer -- has contributed mightily to the impressive decline in overall cancer mortality. Most strikingly, the decrease in the male lung cancer death rate accounts for almost half (47%) of the decrease in the male all-site cancer death rate.” — Kenneth E. Warner, PhD (Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor emeritus and dean emeritus at the University of Michigan School of Public Health)
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“How the FDA is addressing vaping and e-cigarettes (AUDIO 🔊) ” on 1A (WAMU / NPR)
Date: Wednesday July 27, 2022
1A logo “If (the marketplace) is carefully set up to ensure that as few kids as possible in the real world can get access to those products, we can foresee a world in which adults can be helped to avoid using a product that causes so much injury and death while we protect our kids. As has been said before, I think we can walk and chew gum at the same time and not throw the whole thing out.” — Clifford E. Douglas, JD (Director, Tobacco Research Network and Faculty, University of Michigan School of Public Health)
Listen to the full story at the1a.org »
 
“Experts divided on whether taking Juul off market would dent teen vaping”
Date: Wednesday July 20, 2022
The Hill logo “Clearly Juul played a significant role, most visibly in 2018, in fueling an increase in youth experimentation with vaping products. By the same token … in the years since then, partly under duress from the FDA, they significantly changed their conduct. ” — Clifford E. Douglas, JD (Director, Tobacco Research Network and Faculty, University of Michigan School of Public Health)
Read more at The Hill.com »
 
“How to Prepare for a Juul Apocalypse”
Date: Tuesday July 19, 2022
Vice logo “I suspect Juul will be around for a while. These things tend to take a long time. [The FDA] has a lot of balls in the air around the menthol ban, its proposed reduction of nicotine to non-addictive levels in cigarettes, the continued PMTA [premarket tobacco product application] process, other pending applications, synthetic nicotine—there’s just a lot on its plate. ” — Clifford E. Douglas, JD (Director, Tobacco Research Network and Faculty, University of Michigan School of Public Health)
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“A Bold U.K. Plan to End the Smoking Epidemic” — Commentary from Clifford E. Douglas, JD, and Caitlin Notley, PhD
Date: Saturday July 3, 2022
Medpage Today logo “Let us not forget that the overriding public health objective should be to protect the public from harm, especially grievous harm. The greatest harm to health is overwhelmingly caused by inhaling combustible tobacco smoke, which is responsible for virtually all ’tobacco-related‚ deaths. Millions of adult smokers face imminent harm and even death from their use of combustible cigarettes. ” — Clifford E. Douglas, JD (Director, Tobacco Research Network and Faculty, University of Michigan School of Public Health)
Read more at Medpage Today »
 
“All Sides with Ann Fisher (WOSU 89.7 FM) (AUDIO 🔊)
Date: Wednesday June 29, 2022
WOSU 89.7 FM logo Cliff Douglas, Director of University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network, discusses recent FDA decisions regarding e-cigarettes.
Listen to the full story (beginning at 20:30) at WOSU 89.7 FM »
 
“It’s Too Simple to Call the Juul Ban a Public Health Triumph”
Date: Monday June 27, 2022
Time magazine logo Still, some public-health experts wondered aloud whether politics also played a role. “Given the political pressure brought to bear by tobacco-control groups, parent groups, and members of Congress to ban Juul, one wonders whether this decision was solely based on safety,” Clifford Douglas, director of the University of Michigan’s Tobacco Research Network, told the Washington Post.
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“The FDA Wants To Ban Juul Sales In The US, Cue The Legal Challenges (AUDIO 🔊)
Date: Monday June 27, 2022
KPCC 89.3 FM logo To stay on the market, companies must show that their e-cigarettes benefit public health. Today on AirTalk, Larry talks about the legal implications with Cliff Douglas, director of the University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network and adjunct professor at the School of Public Health.
Listen to the full story (at bottom of page) at KPCC 89.3 FM »
 
“FDA orders Juul e-cigarettes off the market over safety concerns”
Date: Thursday June 23, 2022
Washington Post logo Even some anti-tobacco advocates wondered whether the FDA move went too far. “Given the political pressure brought to bear by tobacco-control groups, parent groups and members of Congress to ban Juul, one wonders whether this decision was solely based on safety,” said Clifford E. Douglas, director of the University of Michigan’s Tobacco Research Network and former vice president for tobacco control at the American Cancer Society.
Read more at the Washington Post »
 
“F.D.A. Orders Juul to Stop Selling E-Cigarettes”
Date: Thursday June 23, 2022
New York Times logo Clifford Douglas, director of the University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network, said that many experts had come to see Juul and other e-cigarettes as valuable tools for helping adult smokers quit conventional cigarettes. “They are off ramps that can provide smokers an alternative to combustibles, which are responsible for virtually every death related to tobacco,” he said. “But now that off ramp is being narrowed and sort of paved over, which is putting millions of adult lives at stake. One hopes Juul can respond effectively to the request for more scientific analysis, make any product adjustments that may be called for, and again offer their products to adults in need.”
Read more at the New York Times »
 
“FDA Bans Juul From Selling E-Cigarettes in U.S. ”
Date: Thursday June 23, 2022
Wall Street Journal logo Clifford Douglas, director of the Tobacco Research Network at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, said the scientific consensus on Juul is that it is an effective and less-harmful alternative to cigarettes. “The sad irony is that this product would be banned from the market while billions of combustible cigarettes, which kill half of all long-term users, enjoy ‘grandfather’ status and continue to be aggressively marketed to and used by tens of millions of Americans,” he said. “Something is truly wrong with this picture.”
Read more at the Wall Street Journal »
 
“Why is the FDA seeking to ban menthol cigarettes? 4 questions answered”
Date: Wednesday May 18, 2022
The Conversation logo The FDA has opened the public comment period for the agency’s proposed ban on menthol cigarettes. Epidemiology and global health professor Rafael Meza studies data modeling in disease prevention and cancer risk. David Mendez, who studies smoking cessation and tobacco control policies, is an associate professor of health management and policy. These University of Michigan researchers found that, in a 38-year period, African Americans suffered most of the harmful effects of menthol cigarettes. Now the researchers have developed a model to simulate the possible benefits of the menthol ban, based on studies of population trends in tobacco use. As experts on the behavioral and public health aspects of smoking, they explain the role of menthol in smoking-related illness and death.
Read more at The Conversation »
 
“How Far Should the Menthol Ban Go?”
Date: Monday May 2, 2022
Medpage Today logo “The premature demand that menthol be banned in all tobacco products, if implemented, risks handing almost the entire tobacco marketplace over to cigarettes, which kill half of long-term users. Science has demonstrated that a variety of noncombustible products offer reduced-risk alternatives for adult smokers who are either unable or unwilling to quit using nicotine completely.” — Clifford E. Douglas, JD (Director, Tobacco Research Network and Faculty, University of Michigan School of Public Health)
Read more at Medpage Today »
 
“As FDA gives the nod to some e-cigarettes, a global look at vaping regulations (AUDIO 🔊)
Date: Monday October 18, 2021
The World logo For the first time ever, the US Food and Drug Administration has given its approval to an electronic or e-cigarette. It was three e-cigarettes, actually, made by Vuse, which is part of RJ Reynolds. There's been a fierce public health debate in the United States about whether e-cigarettes are a help to people trying to quit smoking or another way for companies to hook another generation to nicotine. To get a global comparison to how e-cigarettes are regulated, Marco Werman speaks with Clifford Douglas, the director of the University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network and adjunct professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Listen to the full story at the World »
 
“Don’t Rush FDA’s Vaping Products Review”
Date: Monday September 13, 2021
Medpage Today logo “It is also important for the public -- including clinicians -- to be aware of the rapidly growing evidence that vaping can be effective in quitting smoking. Indeed, the CDC reports that more adult smokers use, and have success using, e-cigarettes than other products in their attempts to quit smoking. And vaping is likely more effective for smoking cessation than FDA-approved nicotine replacement medicines, such as gum and patches, according to multiple credible sources, including the respected Cochrane Review.” — Clifford E. Douglas, JD (Director, Tobacco Research Network and Faculty, University of Michigan School of Public Health)
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