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New Research Confirms Minimal Mortality Risks with Exclusive Cigar Use

 Last year my colleague Nantaporn Plurphanswat and I published a study in the Harm Reduction Journal on causes of death among U.S. male smokeless tobacco (ST) users.  We showed that exclusive ST users do not have significantly elevated mortality from any smoking-related diseases, although younger ST users had elevated deaths from all other

By |2021-02-26T16:03:49+00:00February 26th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

Tobacco Truth: Vapers Can Draw Inspiration from this Type 1 Diabetes Story: We Are Not Waiting

 Vapers, I hope you are inspired by the following story.  It’s about how do-it-yourselfers in the Type 1 diabetes community have achieved advances in treatment that are entirely independent of the medical and pharmaceutical industries, and of FDA regulation.  The manner in which these advancements were obtained mirrors how DIYs in the smoking

By |2021-02-16T16:06:04+00:00February 16th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

Ask An Ex – Episode 9: How Evelyn Quit Smoking after 40 Years With the CBQ Method & Why Going Through a Step by Step Process Helped Her

Welcome to episode #9 of Ask an Ex. In this interview, our wonderful member Evelyn shares her story of how she quit smoking after 40 years with the CBQ Method on April 8, 2019. She’d previously tried to quit using the nicotine patch and e-cigarettes, but it wasn’t what she was looking for.

By |2021-02-15T15:41:50+00:00February 15th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

Author and Editors Defend the Indefensible Stanford Study on Vaping & Covid

In August, I discussed a Stanford University study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health (JAH) claiming that young people who ever use e-cigarettes are five to seven times more likely to be diagnosed with Covid-19.  A group of harm reduction researchers subsequently wrote that the claims are implausible and the results “so

By |2021-02-08T17:33:03+00:00February 8th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

Tobacco Truth: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on E-Cigarettes: We Just Don’t Know!

 The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released its updated recommendations for smoking cessation (here), and the outcome is utterly unsurprising and unacceptable: “the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of e-cigarettes for tobacco cessation in adults.”The task force claims that “Recommendations made by the USPSTF are

By |2021-02-01T20:51:48+00:00February 1st, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

There’s Good News & Bad in the 2020 NYTS Data

Data from the 2020 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) (charted at the left) confirms the CDC finding that “19.6% of high school students (3.02 million) … reported current (past 30 day) e-cigarette use.” (here).  This is a reduction in high school vaping from peak prevalence of 26.3% (or 4.1 million) in 2019.  The

By |2021-01-14T16:43:50+00:00January 14th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

Mississippi Corrections Makes the Correct Call, Ends Tobacco Prohibition

 Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Burl Cain made an extraordinary announcement on December 23, noting: For the first time in 10 years, Mississippi prison inmates who smoke will be able to do so legally, beginning February 1, 2021. Name brand cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco products will be sold at current prices in prison canteens,

By |2021-01-07T19:59:14+00:00January 7th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

Ask An Ex – Episode 8: How Robin Quit Smoking after 45 Years with the CBQ Method & How Quitting Changed Her Life

Welcome to episode #8 of Ask an Ex. In this interview, the wonderful Robin Redmond from Massachusetts shares her story of how she quit smoking a pack a day after 45 years with the CBQ Method. Robin quit more than 3 years ago on June 15, 2017. Like many smokers, she had a

By |2021-01-04T15:33:48+00:00January 4th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

Senator Rand Paul Highlights Fake Heart Attack Study in Government Waste Report

  U.S. Senator Rand Paul just released his Festivus Report 2020, describing some $55 billion in “government waste”.  One stand-out example he cites is a fake heart attack study authored by Dharma Bhatta and Stanton Glantz (exposed by me here, here and here).  Senator Paul mentions that “the NIH’s Office of Research Integrity

By |2020-12-28T15:43:20+00:00December 28th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

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