IJERPH is now accepting submissions for a special issue on Tobacco Harm Reduction, on research that advances our understanding of the potential place of tobacco harm reduction strategies within a comprehensive approach to reducing the burden of smoking related disease, and that will assist policy makers to determine what level of regulation is most appropriate for potential reduced risk products.
Tucker Carlson debated the potential negative effects of marijuana Wednesday night with an author who recently published a pro-marijuana book. David Bienenstock is the author of “How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High.” “Most of the claims made by [marijuana] proponents are unproven. But the CDC does say there is a relationship between marijuana use and rising schizophrenia rates and violence. So why should we legalize something we know causes schizophrenia?” Carlson asked.
The government allowed the tobacco industry to get away with murder for more than 40 years. In 1964, the Surgeon General issued a report linking smoking to lung cancer. Yet not until 2009 was the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act passed to effectively regulate tobacco products in our country. Today, the e-cigarette epidemic represents a virtually identical crisis and our government is turning a blind eye to history repeating itself. The rise in e-cigarette use among teens is unprecedented.
The nation’s top health authorities agree: Teen vaping is an epidemic that now affects some 3.6 million underage users of Juul and other e-cigarettes. But no one seems to know the best way to help teenagers who may be addicted to nicotine. E-cigarettes are now the top high-risk substance used by teenagers, according to the latest U.S. figures, which show that Juul and similar products have quickly outpaced cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and other substances that have been tracked over more than four decades.
Most of what we know about nicotine addiction in teens, we know from cigarettes. But experts say the technology and chemistry of vaping might pose an entirely different threat. "It turns out that e-cigarette use by kids doesn't look the same at all," said Dr. Sharon Levy, director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program at Boston Children's Hospital. "How you're delivering [nicotine] and how much you're delivering... everything you change really matters."
Fatos Hande Harmanci, representative of the World Health Organization in Azerbaijan said, that tobacco use remains a serious problem all over the world. “Unfortunately, there are also many tobacco users in Azerbaijan”, she said. She noted that about 1.3 million people use tobacco in Azerbaijan. "Half of the people who use tobacco in the country die before the age of 70. Therefore, it is crucial to fight seriously in order to prevent tobacco use. [...]
Altria may see its $13 billion investment in electronic cigarette leader Juul as a means of getting in front of government regulation of the devices, and Juul might view it as a way to vastly increase its distribution and marketing. But the Food and Drug Administration is hopping mad about the partnership, apparently seeing it as both companies going back on their pledge to limit teen access to e-cigarettes. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told The New York Times that Altria and Juul made specific commitments to the agency [...]
Despite the progressive stance of the UK government on vaping, and the local campaigns aiming to educate the public about relative benefits of using vaporizers as smoking cessation tools, recent research finds that local smokers are still overestimating the harm from vaping. Research from King’s College London which was recently published in the journal Addiction, indicated that smokers and ex-smokers in the UK still believe that vaporizers are more harmful than they actually are.
Happy New Year to you all as Britain prepares to go one better than the US by building a wall round the country and shutting it down all at the same time.
The blog title is a quote from Hamlet written by W. Shakespeare and set in Denmark because Bill ripped off an old Danish story for his plot. Even so, it’s a pity that the Danish authors of a paper basically alleging that all pro-vaping studies are compromised by associations with the tobacco industry, couldn’t have taken this quote to heart. In fact, so far from the truth is it, that the ever-estimable Carl Phillips has written the most damning indictment of a paper purporting to be ‘peer-reviewed’ that I have ever read. Because if you thought that conflict of interest only applied to academics supping at the table of commerce, then read on. It’s only 4th January as I write, but Carl’s review might already qualify as the ‘must-read’ of 2019. His forensic dissection of this eye-watering farrago of Danish anti-tobacco harm reduction nonsense is awesome. It’s long, but don’t stint yourself.
As I see it, currently the Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) and e-cigarette policy scene continues to evolve in a direction that will result in substantially more tobacco-related addiction, illness and death, than what would likely occur with the skilled addition of a THR component to tobacco control programming. A THR component could highlight e-cigarettes and related vapor devices as harm reduction modalities, recognizing the evidence to date as to their efficacy for smoking cessation and for