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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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  • Smoking rates in Mexico increased over the past five years despite campaigns, initiatives and laws to discourage tobacco use, a national survey reveals. The 2016-2017 National Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Consumption Survey (Endocat) showed that smoking prevalence among 12 to 65-year-olds rose slightly from 17% in 2011 to 17.6% in 2016. The average number of cigarettes an individual smoked per day also increased, [...]
    2017-12-12 | mexiconewsdaily.com

    • Smoking
    • Survey
  • YOUNG people would be less likely to smoke if each cigarette was tinted green with “smoking kills” written on them, according to a cancer charity. Scientist Dr Crawford Moodie, whose work is funded by the charity, said: “Cigarettes can be an important communication tool and that altering their appearance, with a health warning or an unappealing colour, can make them less desirable.
    2017-12-12 | heraldscotland.com

    • Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • In the wake of the rapid rise of e-cigarettes over the past decade, the tobacco industry has launched its latest response to the documented harms of cigarette smoking: heat-not-burn (HNB) tobacco products. Philip Morris International created and is heavily marketing their version of these products, called the IQOS (I Quit Ordinary Smoking), which involves disposable tobacco sticks soaked in propylene glycol [...]
    2017-12-12 | pediatrics.aappublications.org

    • E Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • The number of teens in Finland who smoke has seen a steady decline over recent years. A new survey finds that younger people are increasingly concerned about the dangers of tobacco and that overall, teens just don't think smoking is cool anymore. [...] Smoking is increasingly no longer considered tough or cool by most of the youths they spoke to, but actually dumb, according to the researchers.
    2017-12-12 | yle.fi

    • Snus
    • Survey
    • Tobacco
  • Young people are less likely to try cigarettes with the printed health warning 'Smoking kills' on each stick than standard cigarettes, according to a new study by Cancer Research UK [...] Researchers wanted to examine new, innovative ways to reinforce health messages around smoking. They surveyed nearly 1000 16-24 year olds from across the UK to evaluate their response to different cigarette designs.
    2017-12-12 | eurekalert.org

    • Smoking
    • Study
  • As antismoking groups in the US celebrate a victory in their decades-long fight against Big Tobacco, their Southeast Asian counterparts are still struggling to loosen the industry’s grip on policymaking in a region where more than a million people are killed by tobacco-related diseases every year. [...] The statements, however, will not be published in Southeast Asia, home to 600 million people and a major tobacco market. [...]
    2017-12-12 | scmp.com

    • Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • 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
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