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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

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

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

Tobacco Truth: How Federal Funding Influences Tobacco Research: GroupThink & Group Authorship

 I recently critiqued a study by Dr. John Pierce and 35 co-authors of the FDA’s Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) data that found, per their press release, “E-cigarettes Don’t Help Smokers Quit.”  My analysis showed their data supported a finding that e-cigarettes are as helpful as medicines and other aids promoted

By |2020-12-11T17:58:17+00:00December 11th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Tobacco Truth: Dear Canadian Smokers: Please Follow Britain’s Guidance

 I sent the following message to Canadian smokers.  It appeared in a Maclean’s magazine health supplement, with sponsorship by the Canadian Vaping Association (available here).___________________________________ You may wonder why an American professor accepted an invitation from the Canadian Vaping Association to author an article about e-cigarettes. In part, it’s because I want to

By |2020-12-04T18:16:39+00:00December 4th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Tobacco Truth: Covid-19 Deaths in the United States: It’s Not the Flu

In the past I have been critical of how the Centers for Disease Control Office on Smoking and Health has exaggerated and distorted smoking-attributable deaths, teen vaping and smoke-free tobacco risks.  But there is another branch at CDC that does a sterling job year after year: the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). 

By |2020-11-30T20:04:35+00:00November 30th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Tobacco Truth: Profiting from E-Cigarette Fearmongering

Michelle Minton, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, is the author of an informative and insightful report, “Fear Profiteers: How E-Cigarette Panic Benefits Health Activists.”  It is a must-read for any tobacco harm reduction proponent who wants to understand the powerful opposition to this life-saving strategy. Minton asks why “the public perception

By |2020-08-05T22:06:41+00:00August 5th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Tobacco Truth: FDA Infographic on Teen Vaping: Hey Kids!

Clive Bates kindly provides the following translations of the infographic’s key elements. More than 5 million U.S. youth are using e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes, also known as “vapes,” are becoming increasingly popular among teens. Hey, time to get with the program. All kids, especially cooler kids are doing it... You may have already seen or

By |2020-08-05T18:56:34+00:00August 5th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Smokeless Tobacco Users Are Not Dying from Diseases Associated with Smoking

American health authorities for years failed to directly compare the health effects of smoking with those of smokeless tobacco (ST) use, as it would have meant acknowledging the large difference in deaths attributable to these products.  That changed last year, when Altria’s Michael Fisher and colleagues published the first-ever follow-up mortality study of

By |2020-08-04T23:25:43+00:00August 4th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Tobacco Prohibitionists Not Letting This Pandemic Go to Waste

Anti-tobacco forces are callously abusing COVID-19-driven anxiety, pain and suffering as they spew their unique brand of science-free propaganda.  A good example is a video interview, titled “The Dangers Of Vaping and Smoking During Coronavirus,” with Matt Myers, head of the Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids (here).  Following are selected Myers quotes, with my

By |2020-08-02T14:14:38+00:00August 2nd, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

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