The Tobacco Industry and Marijuana Legalization (article)

Barry, Rachel Ann, Heikki Hiilamo, and Stanton A. Glantz. “Waiting for the Opportune Moment: The Tobacco Industry and Marijuana Legalization.” Milbank Quarterly 92, no. 2 (2014): 207–42. Analysis of the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library of previously secret tobacco industry documents shows that “Since at least the 1970s, tobacco companies have been interested in marijuana and marijuana legalization as both a potential and a rival product. As public opinion shifted and governments began relaxing laws pertaining to marijuana criminalization, the tobacco companies modified their corporate planning strategies to prepare for future consumer demand. Policymakers and public health advocates must be aware that the tobacco industry or comparable multinational organizations (eg, food and beverage industries) are prepared to enter the marijuana market with the intention of increasing its already widespread use. In order to prevent domination of the market by companies seeking to maximize market size and profits, policymakers should learn from their successes and failures in regulating tobacco.”

 

Tobacco Use among Norwegian Adolescents: From Cigarettes to Snus (article)

Pedersen, Willy, and Tilmann Soest. “Tobacco Use among Norwegian Adolescents: From Cigarettes to Snus.” Addiction 109, no. 7 (2014): 1154–62. Finds that “Adolescent smoking prevalence has fallen dramatically in Norway, accompanied by a smaller increase in snus use.”

Frequent Marijuana Use Is Associated with Greater Nicotine Addiction in Adolescent Smokers (article)

Rubinstein, M. L., M. A. Rait, and J. J. Prochaska. “Frequent Marijuana Use Is Associated with Greater Nicotine Addiction in Adolescent Smokers.” Drug and Alcohol Dependence 141 (2014): 159–62. Concludes: “Marijuana use was associated with greater reported nicotine addiction among adolescent smokers. The findings suggest a role of marijuana in potentiating nicotine addiction and underscore the need for treatments that address both smoked substances.”

Hookah use among college students (article)

Goodwin, R. D., A. Grinberg, J. Shapiro, D. Keith, M. P. McNeil, F. Taha, B. Jiang, and C. L. Hart. “Hookah Use among College Students: Prevalence, Drug Use, and Mental Health.” Drug and Alcohol Dependence 141 (2014): 16–20. Concludes that “Hookah users are significantly more likely to use other substances, including alcohol, cigarettes, cannabis, cocaine, and amphetamines compared with non-hookah users.” And, on the other hand, “In contrast to cigarette smoking, hookah use does not appear to be associated with mental health problems or perceived stress levels in this sample of undergraduates.”

First Amendment Protection for Commercial Speech and Tobacco Regulation (article)

Bonnie, Richard J. “The Impending Collision Between First Amendment Protection for Commercial Speech and the Public Health: The Case of Tobacco Control.” Journal of Law & Politics 29, no. 4 (Summer 2014): 599–619. On the use of the First Amendment to challenge pieces of the new, “aggressive scheme of regulation reflected in the federal Tobacco Control Act of 2009, FDA regulations, and state and local tobacco control restrictions.”