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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

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

Tobacco Truth: E-Cigarettes and Respiratory Disease: NO EVIDENCE

Drs. Dharma Bhatta and Stanton Glantz published a study in February’s American Journal of Preventive Medicine claiming that “Use of e-cigarettes is an independent risk factor for respiratory disease in addition to combustible tobacco smoking.” (here)  In a University of California San Francisco press release, Professor Glantz made additional claims: “We concluded that

By |2020-08-01T09:09:36+00:00August 1st, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

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