Tuesday, June 25, 2013

FDA approves two new cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it will allow two new cigarettes from Lorillard Inc onto the market, adding that while they are not safe, they are no worse than products already being sold.

Hmmm, if they are no worse than what's already out there, then what is better? If there is in fact the possibility of a worse cigarette, then wouldn't that mean that there would also have to be the possibility of a better cigarette?

The FDA also rejected four others. I'm assuming that the other four did not meet their "benchmark" for acceptability, whatever that is.

FDA gives go-ahead for two new cigarettes, rejects four | Fox News

Monday, June 17, 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

Modified Risk Tobacco Company to Hold Meeting With FDA Tobacco Advisory Board

Here is the latest on the fate of Brand A and Brand B, brands that I have expressed interest in on a number of occasions here on this blog:

FDA Meeting

The Center for Tobacco Products of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested to have a meeting with 22nd Century to discuss the company’s proprietary products. 22nd Century agreed to meet with the FDA on June 17, 2013.

Modified Risk Cigarettes

Goodrich Tobacco has developed two proprietary modified risk cigarettes, referred to as BRAND A and BRAND B, which the company believes are less harmful than conventional cigarettes. The company is in the process of preparing two modified risk applications to be filed with the FDA in accordance with FDA guidelines to seek FDA authorization to market BRAND A and BRAND B as modified risk cigarettes. BRAND A is a very low nicotine (VLN) cigarette containing approximately 95 percent less nicotine than leading brands. BRAND B is a low-tar cigarette with a relatively high nicotine content. The company expects to file one application by the end of 2013 and another in 2014.

For those who may be confused, Goodrich Tobacco is a subsidiary of 22nd Century.

22nd Century has also shipped more than 12 million of its Spectrum cigarettes to the NIH, which are being used solely for research purposes:

SPECTRUM Research Cigarettes
22nd Century expects to ship an additional 5,500,000 SPECTRUM® cigarettes (275,000 packs) in the third quarter of 2013. The SPECTRUM product line consists of a series of cigarette styles that have similar “tar” yield but varying nicotine yields over a 50-fold range – from very low to high – due to different levels of nicotine in the tobacco. Mr. Pandolfino explained, “No other tobacco company anywhere in the world is capable of producing cigarettes with such a wide range of nicotine content.” To date, 22nd Century has delivered approximately 12 million SPECTRUM cigarettes which are used solely for research purposes and distributed under the direction of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

I suppose that we'll just have to wait and see if the research reveals to us what Dr. Gori has been trying to tell us all along: that less (whole) smoke inhalation may be achieved by manipulating the nicotine content in tobacco.

If is shown that various nicotine levels can assist in meeting the demands and needs of the individual smoker, then it shouldn't matter if one smoker prefers the higher nicotine cigarette whilst the other prefers the lower nicotine cigarette. It should be about choice. If various models result in less inhalation of whole tobacco smoke in aggregate, then the idea of a harm reduction cigarette that is designed for the individual smoker should appear as a no-brainer to harm reduction strategists everywhere.

I imagine, however, that there will be (if there aren't already..surprise, surprise..) various special interests from varying factions of tobacco control that will do everything in their power to attempt (in soundbite fashion, of course) to gloss over any inconvenient truths that may be discovered.  Here's hoping for an independent and watchful eye to oversee the overseers!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Anti Targets The Freedom of Speech...Of Individuals!

Thanks to Audrey Silk for posting this on Facebook via NYC CLASH-

Judging from the current (and past) trajectory of all things tobacco control, the next logical step in the war against smoking and smokers would have to encompass something a bit more extreme (of course), like say, a war on free speech itself:

According to The Province, Michael Chesney, owner and publisher of the Comment Canada magazine received a letter from the Interior Health Authority threatening fines of $575 if he didn't cease and desist displaying the tobacco plants within 48 hours.

To further complicate matters, it seems that there was some confusion over whether tobacco plants themselves were the problem, or whether the real issue was a handwritten sign saying "Tobacco For President" that accompanied them..

This makes me want to go out and get my own t-shirt that says "Tobacco for President".

Tobacco Plants Pulled From Window Boxes, Under Threat of Fines : TreeHugger

Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Solanaceae Family & Parkinson's Risk

For some reason, many of the foods that I love ( peppers-especially the hot ones, tomatoes, potatoes, goji berries) are all part of the Solanaceae family, so naturally I was pleased to come across this recent article from Dr. Douglass:

In one new study, researchers looked at the role of diet in Parkinson’s and found that vegetables overall won’t do much to lower your risk. But some veggies did offer some mild protection, like peppers and tomatoes.
Turns out all of the veggies that lowered the risk were part of the Solanaceae family.
Want to know what else is part of the Solanaceae family? Tobacco!

Nicotine-laced vegetables slash Parkinson's risk | Douglass Report - Official Site

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Selenium Reduces Lung Cancer Risk In Smokers?

This is interesting:

Research suggests that selenium can protect humans against
cancer of the lung, ovaries, breast, colon, liver, cervix, skin, stomach and uterus.

..and even more interesting:

Selenium also counteracts many of the toxic effects of smoking tobacco. Smoking depletes the body's selenium supplies. In the liver this mineral retards the conversion of hydrocarbons into carcinogens — an important function in our polluted environment. 

The good news is that selenium is not an expensive supplement (side note : exercise caution when supplementing with selenium: 400 mcg is normally the limit before it becomes toxic.).

This is certainly an interesting subject that I plan on reading up on further.

Happy Saturday!

Selenium: The Immune System Mineral