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Tobacco Regulatory Science Journal May 2018

The May 2018 issue of the Tobacco Regulatory Science Journal is now available to view.

The following Open Access articles are available to view by everyone:

Assessing Change in Tobacco Visibility at Point-of-Sale Following a Display Ban
In this paper, we describe a point-of-sale (POS) tobacco visibility tool and examine its utility for assessing changes in visibility following legislation banning tobacco displays.
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Canadian Youth Smokeless Tobacco Use – Flavored Product Regulation Insights
In this study, we use nationally representative data collected as part of the Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CSTADS) to examine the use of flavored and non-flavored smokeless tobacco (SLT) among youth between 2008/2009-2014/2015.
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Tobacco Regulatory Science Journal March 2018

The March 2018 issue of the Tobacco Regulatory Science Journal is now available to view.

The following Open Access articles are available to view by everyone:

Effective Formats for Communicating Risks from Cigarette Smoke Chemicals
The US government requires the public display of information about toxic chemicals in cigarettes and smoke by brand in a way that is understandable and not misleading. We sought to identify risk communication formats that meet these goals.
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Awareness and Use of ‘Heat-not-burn’ Tobacco Products in Great Britain
‘Heat-not-burn’ tobacco products have recently come onto the market in several countries; existing research has been conducted mostly by the manufacturers. We aimed to estimate awareness and use in Great Britain.
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Effect of Adding Sugar to Burley Tobacco on the Emission of Aldehydes in Mainstream Tobacco Smoke
Sugars in tobacco products enhance the taste and smoke characteristics of the blend. Sugars are often added to processed tobacco, particularly air-cured Burley tobacco leaves that contain virtually no sugars. The most commonly used sugars were systematically added to Burley tobacco to study the effect on aldehyde emissions in mainstream smoke.
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Assessing Smoking Cessation Messages with a Discrete Choice Experiment
Our aim was to identify message characteristics for cigarette pack inserts that aim to help smokers quit.
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Tobacco Regulatory Science Journal January 2018

The January 2018 issue of the Tobacco Regulatory Science Journal is now available to view.

The following Open Access articles are available to view by everyone:

Use Behaviors, Dependence, and Nicotine Exposure Associated with Ad Libitum Cigar Smoking

To examine factors important to cigar smoking and subsequent nicotine exposure, investigators evaluated the impact of cigar type, cigarette smoking history, and inhalation behaviors on nicotine dependence, smoking topography, and biomarkers of exposure in current exclusive cigar smokers.

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Effects of E-cigarette Advertising Messages and Cues on Cessation Outcomes

Investigators examined effects of e-cigarette ad messages and visual cues on outcomes related to combustible cigarette smoking cessation: smoking cessation intention, smoking urges, and immediate smoking behavior.

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Plasma Menthol Glucuronide as a Biomarker of Acute Menthol Inhalation

Menthol is often added to cigarettes and e-cigarette solutions for its cooling and anti-irritant effects, and may contribute to development of nicotine dependence, particularly in vulnerable populations such as adolescents, and among African Americans.

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Cigarette Design Features: Effects on Emission Levels, User Perception, and Behavior

This paper describes the effects of non-tobacco, physical cigarette design features on smoke emissions, product appeal, and smoking behaviors – 3 factors that determine smoker’s exposure and related health risks.

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Battery Safety Information and Warnings on E-cigarette Packages and Online

E-cigarette battery failures, usually caused by unsafe user behaviors, can result in explosions and injuries. Consumers may turn to product packaging and online sources for information on battery safety, but little is known about what information and warnings are currently available there.

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Can Flavors and Messaging Impact E-Cigarette Abuse Liability? Maybe says new study in Tobacco Regulatory Science

A paper published by investigators at Virginia Commonwealth University in Tobacco Regulatory Science explored whether the effects of flavor access and product messaging of e-cigarettes is comparable to cigarettes.  In a series of controlled studies, they found that e-cigarettes have lower abuse liability than cigarettes.  Cherry flavor might increase abuse liability of e-cigarettes based on this highly controlled study, but menthol and tobacco flavors did not seem to increase abuse liability.  Messaging suggesting reduced harm also can impact abuse liability of e-cigarettes.  The studies are small and need to be replicated, but point to the need for additional research on the role of flavors and messaging in e-cigarette use.

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/trsg/trs/2017/00000003/00000004/art00001

Tobacco Regulatory Science report finds that E-cigarette use among American Indian youth is high

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/trsg/trs/2017/00000003/00000003/art00007

45% of American Indian high school students tried e-cigarettes. One third of e-cigarette users had never smoked.

Dr. Rhoades and team found that e-cigarette use by American Indian youth is influenced by being in high school, ever smoking, having a friend who smoked or vaped, endorsing e-cig use if offered by a friend, knowing someone who vapes, not perceiving e-cigs as harmful, and believing that vapers have more friends.

40% of high school cigarillo users in Connecticut combine it with marijuana, new study in Tobacco Regulatory Science

A study recently published in Tobacco Regulatory Science found that 40% of high school cigarillo users in Connecticut combine it with marijuana to create a ‘blunt’, and the primary reasons high school students there used cigarillos at all is curiosity, appealing flavors of the cigarillo, because friends use them and low cost.  This research has implications for regulation of tobacco by the FDA.

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/trsg/trs/2017/00000003/A00102s1/art00006

 

Sales of flavored cigars increased by nearly 50% since 2008 and now make up over half of the cigar market. New report in Tobacco Regulatory Science journal

Delnevo et al. analyzed cigar sales data in US convenience stores during 2008-2015 were purchased from Nielsen’s Convenience Track system. Sales of flavored cigars increased by nearly 50% since 2008 and now make up over half of the cigar market. Fruit remains the most popular flavor group, but the sale of non-descript flavors such as “Jazz” and “Green” has grown substantially. Inexpensive 2- and 3-packs made up less than 1% of cigar sales in 2008, but by 2015 this packaging style held 40% of the market share. Black & Mild and Swisher Sweets dominate the convenience store channel and together are responsible for nearly 60% of total mass-merchandise cigar sales.  These results provide new data on the significant increase in cigar use and characteristics of cigars such as flavors that can now be regulated by the FDA.

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/trsg/trs/2017/00000003/A00102s1/art00002

NYC policy restricting sales of flavored non-cigarette tobacco products decreased cigar sales: new in Tobacco Regulatory Science

A new study published in Tobacco Regulatory Science (https://tobreg.org) has implications for regulation of flavored cigars.

Scientists at Research Triangle Institute studied the impact of a New York City policy that restricted sales of flavored non-cigarette tobacco products.  Sales of flavored cigars (-22.3%), SLT (-97.6%), and RYO (-42.5%) declined following policy implementation (all ps < .01). Flavored cigar sales declined nonsignificantly in the comparison areas. An average 7.4% reduction in total cigar sales was seen in NYC following the policy (p < .01), as cigar sales increased 12% nationally, suggesting that NYC consumers did not substitute flavored cigars with non-flavored varieties.

New FDA/NIH Tobacco Research Center initiative announcements

The new TCORS 2.0 and CASEL RFAs have just been published.

Below is information about the new RFAs and upcoming webinars. The TRSP Web Team is still in the process of making the webinar landing pages on the TRSP website live (the second sub bullet under each RFA), but they should be live soon. Registration for the webinars (first sub-bullet under each RFA) is open now, however.

RFA-OD-17-002 — Center for Coordination of Analytics, Science, Enhancement, and Logistics (CASEL) in Tobacco Regulatory Science (U54)

Webinar to be held March 27, 2017 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Eastern

https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=e8bae2b713ddf4f20786d6b6512a786da

TRSP CASEL webinar landing page with agenda (not yet live but will be soon)– https://prevention.nih.gov/tobacco-regulatory-science-program/funding-opportunities/webinar-rfa-od-17-002

RFA-OD-17-003 — Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science for Research Relevant to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (U54)

Webinar to be held March 27, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm Eastern

TCORS 2.0 Webinar URL and registration site (live)– https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2c5149f93c60095e82c66f52b701ebaa

TRSP TCORS 2.0 webinar landing page with agenda (not yet live but will be soon)– https://prevention.nih.gov/tobacco-regulatory-science-program/funding-opportunities/webinar-rfa-od-17-003