ASH Daily News for 8 August 2018


  • US: FDA to support development of nicotine replacement therapies
  • US: Tobacco-funded group sues over Montana tax measure
  • US: American Medical Association calls for greater e-cigarette regulation


US: FDA to support development of nicotine replacement therapies

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revealed plans to support the development of new nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) to help eliminate addiction to combustible cigarettes.

The public health agency aims to also create policies that will regulate the use of nicotine and tobacco in the country with a focus on implementing measures to help existing addicted smokers stop using combustible cigarettes. Specifically, the FDA will work towards developing new forms of nicotine delivery that are in line with its public health goals.

FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said: “Part of this work requires that we recognise that nicotine, while highly addictive, is delivered through products posing a continuum of risk – with combustible cigarettes at one end, to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products at the other. We’re working on multiple fronts to recognise the role that more novel forms of nicotine delivery could play in achieving our public health goals, as part of an appropriately regulated marketplace.”

Source: Pharmaceutical Technology, 7 August 2018

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US: Tobacco-funded group sues over Montana tax measure

An initiative in Montana is seeking to raise the state’s tax on a pack of cigarettes by $2 to $3.70, on snuff to at least $3.70 per 1.2-ounce can and tax e-cigarettes and vaping products for the first time. The new revenue, estimated to reach $74 million a year by 2023, would be used to pay for the state’s share of Medicaid expansion and stop smoking programmes.

Voters will decide whether to introduce the tax in November, but a tobacco industry-funded group wants to change the wording of the citizen’s ballot in an effort to prevent the increase. A lawsuit filed with the Montana Supreme Court Monday by ‘Montanans Against Tax Hikes’ takes issue with specific phrasing contained in the 135-word ballot statement. It claims that the language is incorrect, will cause confusion and prevent voters from casting an informed ballot.

“Big Tobacco will try anything to protect their profits at the expense of Montana’s health,” said Amanda Cahill, a spokeswoman for the pro-initiative group and a campaigner for the American Heart Association. “Pursuing an unnecessary legal challenge while wasting taxpayer dollars appears to be part of Big Tobacco’s playbook nationwide — it’s unfortunate to see it happening Montana.”

Source: Associated Press, 7 August 2018

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US: American Medical Association calls for greater e-cigarette regulation

The American Medical Association (AMA) has adopted several policies to improve the regulation of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

The AMA is urging the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and require manufacturers to list the ingredients and nicotine content clearly on product labels, as well as a warning of the addictive quality of nicotine. In addition, the association says that the sale of any e-cigarette cartridge that does not include a complete list of ingredients on its packaging (in the order of prevalence) should be prohibited.

“We are concerned that consumers have an inaccurate reflection of the amount of nicotine and type of substances they’re inhaling when using e-cigarettes,” AMA President Barbara L. McAneny, M.D., said in a statement. “The AMA will continue to advocate for more stringent policies to help keep all harmful tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, out of the hands of our nation’s youth.”

Editorial note: UK regulation already requires e-cigarette packaging to list the nicotine content and ingredients. An expert review of the latest evidence for PHE concludes that e-cigarettes are around 95% safer than smoked tobacco and they can help smokers to quit.

Source: Medical Xpress, 7 August 2018

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