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Cardiovascular safety concerns over smoking-cessation drug misleading 

An extensive UCSF study questions previous study's analytic methods
Jump to full article: EurekAlert, 2012-05-03

Intro:

A popular smoking cessation medication has been under a cloud of suspicion ever since the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) published a study in July 2011 reporting "risk of serious adverse cardiovascular events associated with varenicline." Varenicline, also known as Chantix, blocks the pleasant effects of nicotine on the smoker's brain and lessens nicotine withdrawal symptoms.

UCSF researchers, however, question the way the previous study was conducted, and their new analysis, scheduled to be published May 4 in BMJ, reaches a very different conclusion.

"We found no clinically or statistically significant increase in serious adverse cardiovascular events associated with using varenicline," said lead author Judith J. Prochaska, PhD, MPH, an associate professor in UCSF's Department of Psychiatry and researcher with the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. "The findings from 22 trials with more than 9,200 participants indicate a difference in risk of only 0.27 percent between those on varenicline versus placebo, or about a quarter of one percent."

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· Smokefree Policies
· Dining/Entertainment
USA, by State
· Mississippi

Aldermen expand city's public smoking ban  

Jump to full article: WTVA (Tupelo, MS), 2012-05-01

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· Teen Smoking/Youth
USA, by State
· Massachusetts

Belmont Board of Health raises tobacco age from 18 to 19  

Jump to full article: Boston (MA) Globe, 2012-05-03

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· Tax
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· Alabama

Alabama governor vetoes bills that would have used tobacco tax in 3 counties for grant program  

Jump to full article: Associated Press (AP), 2012-05-03

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The bills' sponsors say the money will go to worthy charities, senior centers and local schools. However Randolph county political party officials from both sides of the aisle accuse Sen. Gerald Dial and Rep. Richard Laird of wanting to create a fund over which they would have unregulated control.

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· Business (Tobacco)
Organizations
· Reynolds American

RAI announces dividend increase of 5.4 percent and issues results of 2012 shareholders’ meeting (PDF) 

Jump to full article: Reynolds American (RAI), 2012-05-03

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· Letter
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non-USA, by Country
· Singapore

LETTER: Ban smoking at army camps 

Jump to full article: TODAYonline (sg), 2012-05-04

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· Canada
Organizations
· BAT
· Imperial (ca)

1980s 'safer cigarette' research opposed: former executive  

Former Imperial Tobacco Canada president testifies in class-action lawsuit
Jump to full article: CBC News (ca), 2012-05-03

Intro:

A former president of Imperial Tobacco Canada says the company's largest shareholder attempted to stop an effort to develop safer cigarettes.

Jean-Louis Mercier testified Thursday in the $2-billion class-action lawsuit against Canada's tobacco industry, which was launched by Quebec smokers.

Mercier said in the 1980s he came up with an idea after reading a report by the surgeon general of the United States. The report found tar and nicotine were among the cancer-causing agents in cigarettes.

The former president said he figured cigarettes would become safer if they contained lower amounts of the two carcinogens, so he spearheaded an internal study to try to develop a safer cigarette.

But Mercier said Imperial Tobacco Canada's largest shareholder, British American Tobacco, opposed the effort. He said BAT's chairman at the time sent a letter indicating ITC's research was risky.

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· Smokefree Policies
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USA, by State
· Washington

BURKE: More designated smoking areas needed on campus 

Jump to full article: The Daily (University of Washington), 2012-05-01

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USA, by State
· North Dakota

VIDEO: One Year Since Bismarck Smoking Ban  

Jump to full article: KQCD-TV (Dickinson, ND), 2012-04-09

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· Tax
non-USA, by Country
· New Zealand

PM not ruling out increase in tax on tobacco products 

Jump to full article: Radio New Zealand - Te Reo Irirangi o Aoteoroa (RNZ) (nz), 2012-05-02

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· Health/Science
· Tobacco Control
non-USA, by Country
· Gambia

RAID Workshop Validates Tobacco Control Action-Plan  

Jump to full article: Foroyaa Newspaper (gm), 2012-05-02

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· Tax
· Roll-your-own
USA, by State
· Tennessee

Roll-your-own cigarette bill headed to governor  

Jump to full article: News 12 Chattanooga, TN, 2012-05-01

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· Dining/Entertainment
USA, by State
· Michigan

Michigan's smoking ban necessary to protect health of employees and general public, several online readers say 

Jump to full article: Jackson (MI) Citizen Patriot, 2012-05-02

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· Federal/National
· Tobacco Control
Organizations
· FDA

Putting the science behind FDA’s tobacco regulation  

Jump to full article: The Washington Post, 2012-04-29
Author: The Partnership for Public Service

Intro:

The law giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate tobacco products requires that it base decisions on science, including proposals to reduce the harm caused to those who smoke and to discourage youngsters from using tobacco.

Leading this ambitious effort is David Ashley, the science director of the FDA's Center's for Tobacco Products, who sees his job as "an incredible opportunity to have an impact on public health." . . .

Ashley said he has spent the past two years hiring a staff of about 70 people, "getting our feet on the ground," establishing the research agenda, and building relationships with outside organizations like the National Institutes of Health that will conduct the scientific inquiries.

He said some of the top priorities for research include looking at ways to reduce addiction to tobacco products; reducing the toxicity and carcinogenicity of tobacco products and smoke; understanding the adverse health consequences of tobacco use; and better understanding communications and marketing regarding tobacco products.

Ashley said the science agenda as well as the work of the entire tobacco regulatory center has been steadily making progress. However, he said one of the frustrations is that decisions are not made as fast as he would like.

"There are good reasons for that," said Ashley. "We need to get input from many different stakeholders in order that the decisions we make will be the most appropriate and most effective."

Nevertheless, Ashley said that it is "a challenge to know that for every day a decision is delayed and we cannot act, about 1200 people die from using tobacco products."

Kim Elliott, the associate director at the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products, said Ashley is "a world renowned chemist who has tremendous expertise on tobacco product design and what goes into the products."

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· Tax
· Op-Ed
non-USA, by Country
· Philippines

UNCIANO: The power to tax is not the power to destroy 

Jump to full article: Business Mirror (ph), 2012-05-03

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