On August 17, 2006, Judge Gladys Kessler of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued her monumental Final Opinion in U.S. v. Philip Morris, the government’s massive case against racketeer cigarette manufacturers.
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“FDA Proposes Sweeping Restrictions on Menthol, Other Flavored Tobacco Products.” That should have been the headline when the FDA Center for Tobacco Products issued the final deeming rule last month. Newly released documents reveal that the FDA intended to boldly use its enforcement discretion to take newly-deemed products with any flavor other than tobacco off the market – including menthol. This would have included all flavored cigars and e-cigarette liquids.
Update 5/20/2016 – Access an archived version of our May 19 webinar on the deeming rule, featuring the FDA's Mitch Zeller. Click to access.
Update 5/9/2016 – We have created two helpful resources to explain the practical applications of the FDA's new authority:
On January 5, 2016, The Public Health Law Center filed a friend-of-the court (amicus curiae) brief in support of New York City’s groundbreaking new rule requiring that fast food restaurants place salt shaker warning symbols next to menu items that are high in sodium. The brief, developed in collaboration with the Public Good Law Center and ChangeLab Solutions, was joined by a dozen other leading medical and public health organizations.
When the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act became law in 2009, giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco products, it created a group of scientists called the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) to guide agency decision-making. The Act directed TPSAC to take up the issue of menthol tobacco products as its first order of business.
In a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers surveying e-cigarette use by Connecticut teens found that nearly one in five high school students who admit to using an electronic smoking device have also used it to vaporize cannabis or byproducts like hash oil and wax infused with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive cannabis ingredient.
Recent news reports have touted that e-cigarettes are “95% safer than cigarettes” after Public Health England used the statistic in an announcement that the harm-reduction potential of e-cigarettes should be promoted. That statistic, the source of which is problematic, is now being used and misrepresented by many sources. The fact remains that stringent regulation of all tobacco products is the safest path forward for public health.
Local government planners have historically played an important role in preventing and curbing dangerous health conditions such as cholera, yellow fever and diphtheria. Today, planners have the opportunity to address chronic health issues, including coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.
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Imagine you are a new mother planning to return to work following your maternity leave. You’ve heard the recommendations from international and national health organizations to continue exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of your baby’s life. Because of these recommendations and the countless health benefits associated with breastfeeding for both you and your baby, you decide to continue breastfeeding.