Harry’s blog 51
Could the goalposts shift?

This week’s must-read cones from the ever-insightful Carl Phillips who has written a superb demolition of the latest piece of suspect science from the parallel universe of Planet Glantz. The Prof attempted to show that vaping isn’t all its cracked up to be as an aid to quitting and in the process, made some basic methodological howlers. It is hard to believe that he isn’t aware of these, so the conclusion must be an attempt to muddy the waters of tobacco harm reduction, to cause confusion and doubt among regulators and the wider public - an accusation, traditionally lobbed at the tobacco industry.


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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
It’s probably not surprising that smoking wreaks havoc on your health (and skin) thanks to all the tar and chemicals inside each stick. But does smoking cause acne? [...] Smoker’s acne, or acne that comes directly from smoking a cigarette, has been studied extensively over the years and some studies seem to support a correlation between the two. [...]
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
If smoking had been a socially accepted choice for most of the 20th century in Ireland - a key part, even, of reaching adulthood - it truly begun to be frowned upon in the 1980s. Restrictions had been placed on tobacco advertising and the decade saw several government-sponsored campaigns to warn the public about the dangers of lighting up.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
In 2017, Thomas Wyatt, a film editor based in Bed Stuy, was smoking up to a pack of cigarettes daily. But when his girlfriend pressured him to cut back on his smoking, he decided to try a Juul, a sleek vape pen that delivers a hit of nicotine without emitting any smoke. “It definitely satisfies my craving,” says Wyatt, a 29-year-old who goes through a pod of Juul, which contains a cigarette pack’s worth of nicotine, every other day. [...]
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Thousands of West Australians are risking hefty fines by using nicotine electronic cigarettes as the State Government moves to tighten laws that could outlaw vaping as much as smoking. Under WA’s Medicines and Poisons Act, people can be fined $45,000 for possessing the product but many users are either unaware of the laws or take the risk. About 3.1 per cent of Australians aged 14 and over are estimated to have used vaping.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
In a position statement released on it’s website, the ACS rightly pointed out that while smoking is responsible for the deaths of millions, current research keeps indicating that e-cigarettes are safer than regular cigarettes. The organization added that although it primarily recommends FDA -approved cessation aids, it recognizes that some smokers are not interested in trying these products to quit.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
The decision to ban vaping in smoke-free and indoor areas in NSW is well-meaning but not evidence-based and may harm public health. State Health Minister Brad Hazzard intends to protect bystanders from passive exposure to vapour. But a comprehensive review by British government body Public Health England last week concluded that “to date there have been no identified health risks of passive vaping to bystanders”. [...]
Monday, February 19, 2018
More than 100,000 Austrians have signed a petition against the government's scrapping of a complete ban on smoking in the country's bars and restaurants. The high number of signatures means the issue will now have to be debated in parliament. The ban, which was due to come into force in May this year, was imposed by the previous coalition government.
Tuesday, 20 February
This week’s must-read cones from the ever-insightful Carl Phillips who has written a superb demolition of the latest piece of suspect science from the parallel universe of Planet Glantz. The Prof attempted to show that vaping isn’t all its cracked up to be as an aid to quitting and in the process, made some basic methodological howlers. It is hard to believe that he isn’t aware of these, so the conclusion must be an attempt to muddy the waters of tobacco harm reduction, to cause confusion and doubt among regulators and the wider public - an accusation, traditionally lobbed at the tobacco industry.
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