Harry's Blog 54: Lies, damn lies and public health misinformation
A disturbing proportion of the US population believe it’s the nicotine in cigarettes that causes cancer. This was the result of an analysis of FDA 2017 Health Information Trend Survey data...continue...
SCOTT GOTTLIEB, the thoughtful head of America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has had a busy first year. [...] There is one thing he and his regulatory agency are doing less of, however—regulating. New rules were at a 20-year low in 2017, according to analysts at PwC, a consultancy. Instead, the FDA is providing more guidance to industry. This approach, Mr Gottlieb hopes, will help pharmaceutical firms in America develop drugs more efficiently. [...]
NSW smokers who want to quit are being recruited to take part in a world-first trial comparing two smoking cessation medications – a natural plant extract, cytisine, and the prescription medicine, varenicline. [...] “This is a great opportunity for smokers in NSW to receive free quit medication, support and advice, to help them quit smoking for good,” said trial leader Dr Ryan Courtney.
It seems unfair of the US public health organisation Truth Initiative to single out Netflix for special censure in a new report on depictions of on-screen smoking. The study found that “79% of the shows most popular with young people aged 15-24 depict smoking prominently”. It isn’t that there is no cause for concern here. The US surgeon general has said: “Youths who are heavily exposed to onscreen smoking imagery [...]
It looks like the Trump administration has finally found a business it doesn't like. Amid a far-ranging push to deregulate American companies — from payday lenders to internet service providers — Trump has singled out Big Tobacco as the one industry he intends to crack down on. Last week, the Food and Drug Administration announced it will push ahead with a plan to reduce nicotine in cigarettes. [...]
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday issued a notice to the Chandigarh administration, along with Punjab and Haryana, to ban e-cigarettes , which carry nicotine. While issuing the notice, the court also observed that the youth of today has been indulging into new kinds and forms of addictions, which earlier generation hadn't even heard of. The court observed that this trend is growing at an alarming rate and tackling this issue should be on priority list.
E-cigarattes are posing new challenges to anti-smoking campaigners in Hong Kong. A survey by the Census and Statistics Department, done between June and September 2017, shows that more citizens have tried electronic smoking devices, including electronic cigarettes and heat-not-burn tobacco products, compared to a survey in 2015. The number of daily e-cigarette users was 5,700 persons in 2017, [...]
According to FDA regulations, no new vaping products should have been released on the market without a PMTA (Pre-Market Tobacco Authorization) after August 2016. However, research carried out by ECigIntelligence, indicates that since then, a significant amount of unauthorized new vaping products have been launched. “There appears to be some disconnect between product authorization and product availability. [...]
A disturbing proportion of the US population believe it’s the nicotine in cigarettes that causes cancer. This was the result of an analysis of FDA 2017 Health Information Trend Survey data conducted by Pinney Associates and presented at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco’s 24th annual meeting in February.
A quick check on Google Images will throw up (no pun intended) posters like these while YouTube will oblige with doom-laden videos about the iniquities of vaping. Which naturally started me thinking...
Keeping up to date with the proceedings of the World Conference on Tobacco or Health, in Cape Town recently, I was reminded of the wonderful film, directed by Richard Attenborough - ‘Oh what a Lovely War!’ - which summarises and comments on the events of the First World War using popular songs of the time, many of which were parodies of older popular songs, and using allegorical settings such as Brighton's West Pier to criticise the manner in which the eventual victory was won.