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  • Harry’s blog 42: The Truth Is Out There

     

    There is a long-standing and recognised procedure for the publication of academic papers. They go through a peer-review process, suggestions may or may not be made by anonymous reviewers back to the authors. Ultimately the paper may or may not be finally accepted. If it is published, then there may be a letter or letters to the editor criticising the paper, sometimes on grounds of methodology or conclusions drawn from findings. The original authors are given a chance to respond and life goes on. This is the normal cut and thrust of academic publishing. In that world, it is a question of publish or die and if you do put your head above the parapet, be prepared to be shot at.

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  • Remembering the Oft Forgotten

    Significant progress has been made in reducing smoking prevalence within the United Kingdom but the benefits have not fallen fairly across all groups. Smoking rates amongst those with personal incomes under £10,000 per annum is more than double of those with incomes over £40,000. However, there are other groups with rates higher still, for example people experiencing mental ill health have a smoking prevalence rate double the population average. Amongst those who are homeless or rough sleeping we see even higher rates, in many instances services report that all their clients smoke.

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  • Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced an adult smoking cessation education campaign aimed at encouraging cigarette smokers to quit through messages of support that underscore the health benefits of quitting. These messages will be displayed in and around gas stations and convenience stores – retail locations where smokers face a multitude of triggers and that typically feature cigarette advertisements. [...]
    2017-12-11 | fda.gov

    • Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • Everyone knows that tobacco is a deadly product, that when used as directed, will kill you, usually through a long and painful process. Most smokers (95 percent) have indicated they began smoking before age 21. The younger a person starts smoking, the greater his or her risk for adverse health outcomes, such as hospitalizations, and lifetime risks of respiratory disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer.
    2017-12-11 | mlive.com

    • Smoking
    • Tobacco
  • An Ottawa doctor is about to launch a clinical trial aimed at finding out whether e-cigarettes can help homeless people quit smoking. Dr. Smita Pakhalé, a research scientist and staff respirologist at The Ottawa Hospital, is principal investigator of the study, [...] It will enroll 200 homeless people in Ottawa and Toronto in a randomized controlled trial with two research arms.
    2017-12-11 | ottawacitizen.com

    • Quitting
    • Smoking
    • Study
  • SINGAPORE: The number of cases involving electronic smoking devices being sold or smuggled into Singapore has fallen sharply this year, according to statistics from the Health Sciences Authority (HSA). As of November, the HSA has dealt with about 1,400 cases this year, including those that involve people trying to sell these devices online or smuggle them into Singapore for their own use. [...]
    2017-12-11 | channelnewsasia.com

    • Smoking
    • Tobacco
  • The selling of e-cigarettes and hookah bars' operating in Mohali are now on the radar of health department following strict orders of chief minister Amarinder Singh. The Punjab government has initiated a campaign to eradicate tobacco use to save children and youth across the state. The state government has established tobacco cessation centres in Mohali [...]
    2017-12-11 | timesofindia.indiatimes.com

    • Tobacco
    • Youth
  • Young adults who use electronic cigarettes are more than four times as likely to begin smoking tobacco cigarettes within 18 months as their peers who do not vape, according to new University of Pittsburgh research. The findings demonstrate that e-cigarettes are serving as a gateway to traditional smoking, contrary to their purported value as a smoking cessation tool.
    2017-12-11 | news-medical.net

    • Smoking
    • Tobacco
  • A strong link exists between smoking and daily marijuana use, with U.S. smokers 10 times more likely to use pot every day, a new study says. And teen smokers are 50 times more likely than their nonsmoking peers to use pot daily, [...]. "While we found that daily cannabis use and cigarette smoking were strongly linked among all subgroups, the most striking finding in daily cannabis use was among youths aged 12 to 17 years," [...]
    2017-12-08 | consumer.healthday.com

    • Cannabis
    • Smoking
    • Study
  • The Health Department today raided the wholesale tobacco shops located in the Sherpur area. The raid was conducted under the supervision of Dr Andesh Kang, District Food Officer. [...] There were no warning boards displayed outside these shops which was a violation of the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA). All packets of cigarettes were destroyed on the spot by the team.
    2017-12-08 | tribuneindia.com

    • Cigarettes
    • Tobacco
  • A research group evaluated whether higher e-cigarette nicotine levels contribute to increased frequency and intensity of cigarette smoking and vaping. Last year, a worrisome 11% of American 10th-grade students reported using e-cigarettes (vaping) in the past month. Prior research has proven that teens who vape are at a higher risk of starting and consequently progressing to more frequent and heavy smoking.
    2017-12-08 | medicalnewsbulletin.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • Several states and many localities are considering legislation that would increase the age required to purchase and possess combustible tobacco cigarettes and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), such as e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21. Proponents of these new requirements say they will help prevent young people from smoking tobacco, but there is little evidence to conclude that such regulations will deter youth consumption.
    2017-12-08 | heartland.org

    • E Cigarettes
    • Smoking Age
    • Tobacco
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