The FDA has decided to let snus remain on the market.
The American Council on Science and Health has led the nation in efforts to stop people from smoking so it s no surprise we have embraced patches, gums, e-cigarettes and products like snus made in Sweden as ways to ease people off of cigarettes, because they replace nicotine. Smoking kills but it is the nicotine that makes people want to smoke.
Conflict of interest at the FDA, Part Deux: The tobacco advisory panel, well-stocked with ideologically devoted anti-harm reduction membership, could not determine that snus is less harmful than smoking. Shame!
Sometimes everyone else is wrong: we are deeply saddened by the death of Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn. But to those of the media, and even of the science community, who are sure his snuff habit did him in, ACSH says No, it didn t.
The Swedish company which makes and markets the bulk of the smokeless tobacco packets known as snushas applied to our FDA to acquire the coveted modified risk tobacco product label. Their chances are slim to none. Why?
Fifty-three elite scientists published an open letter to the WHO s Director-General, calling upon her to consider the science rather than other influences in the next revision to the global tobacco control treaty. We fear this plea will fall upon deaf ears.
The New York Times bemoans the fate of smokers in America. Reminding us that tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General s report on smoking, the editors wish there were more that could be done for the 44 million smokers. They do not mention what that might be.
The wise elders of the Massachusetts town of Canton will meet in conclave next Monday the 12th to contemplate how best to reduce the dreadful toll of smoking in their community. The proposed approach includes raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.