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  • Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Nicotine Science and Policy Q&A

  • The primary public health policy goal should be the reduction of disease: trying to stop people dying in agony of cancer, collapsing with heart attacks and living in misery with COPD. In practice, this means concentrating on the goal of smoking cessation, especially among middle-aged adults – the population most at risk. Article (..) consists of about 60 questions and builds on a brief Q&A that I submitted to a consultation, a critique of an absurd anti-vaping Q&A by the WHO and my critique of numerous false and misleading claims made by Professor Stanton Glantz. It mostly focusses on nicotine vaping as an alternative to smoking, but most of the argument also applies to heated tobacco products, modern smokeless tobacco and new oral nicotine products.

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Comparison Between in Vitro Toxicities of Tobacco- and Menthol-Flavored Electronic Cigarette Liquids on Human Middle Ear Epithelial Cells

  • Since electronic-cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are considered less toxic than conventional tobacco smoking, the use of e-cigarettes has increased, and the market for e-cigarette liquids (e-liquids) is continuously increasing. However, many studies showed that e-cigarettes may cause various harmful effects in lung, oral and heart. In this study, we investigated the effects of e-liquids on otitis media (OM) using human middle ear epithelial cells (HMEECs).

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Vaping Lies From the WHO

  • The misinformation about vaping is ubiquitous. From national news stories to misinformation about lung diseases, to small-scale events at schools around the country, which often feature speakers from anti-vaping organizations, the message is always the same: Vaping is dangerous! And sadly, this lie was repeated last month by the World Health Organization, which published a dishonest update to its Q&A document on e-cigarettes. In it, the WHO lied about the risks associated with using e-cigarettes, saying (...)

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Cigarette Smokers Often Reject Electronic Cigarettes, Study Shows

  • Not wanting to substitute one addictive product for another was cited as a major reason why U.S. smokers who have never used electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) rejected them as a means to quit cigarettes, according to a study by tobacco researchers from Georgia State University's School of Public Health. ENDS, battery-powered devices used to smoke or vape, include electronic cigarettes and vaping devices that often contain nicotine, an addictive chemical, in their solution. Published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, the study used a (...)

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • Why is Innovation Lacking to Stop Smoking?

  • Why is there a lack of innovation in smoking cessation? The reasons for this lack of innovation are myriad and complex. Here are just a few reasons why there is currently little innovation in smoking cessation. From a purely financial point of view, many tobacco companies simply do not want to lose their customer base. Smoking is a profitable business, both for the industry and for the state. The tax revenue raised from cigarettes and other tobacco products is almost $20 billion (£15.5 billion) in a single year, a significant amount for the government. While the influence of tobacco lobbyists is (...)

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020
  • New Study Suggests Raising Taxes On E-Cigarettes Could Encourage Traditional Smoking

  • Sin taxes are excise taxes imposed on goods or behaviors - like booze and cigarettes - that lawmakers deem harmful. In addition to raising revenue, the idea is that bumping taxes high enough should trigger a slowdown in the behavior. But what happens if taxpayers simply exchange the "sinful" behavior - not for a "better" response - but for another bad behavior? That's precisely what a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health suggests: raising taxes on e-cigarettes in an attempt to curb vaping may cause people to purchase more traditional cigarettes.