In the News 21st May
Thursdays News at a glance:
Bad science by press release – E-cigarettes generate high levels of aldehydes only in “dry puff” conditions – Use of electronic cigarettes (vapourisers) among adults in Great Britain – Vaping surveys and the importance of science – How the Media Has Turned Vaping into a Sin – FDA States that Progress in Reducing Youth Smoking is Threatened by Rising Use of E-Cigarettes – Senator Schumer Lying to the Public in Order to Demonize E-Cigarettes and E-Cigarette Companies – Working Paper: Phillips – Gateway effects: why the cited evidence does not support their existence for low-risk tobacco products – E-cigarettes don’t promote smoking -Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest – Thu, 21 May 2015
Ben Goldacre wrote a book called Bad Science a few years ago which explained why obvious quackery was quackery. The targets were deserving, though a bit soft for my tastes (homeopaths, nutritionists etc.), and it sold a lot of copies so it must have said something people needed to hear. He also used to write a column in The Guardian which often worth reading….
This study is a result of severe personal frustration seeing the complete lack of understanding by several scientists on how e-cigarettes work and how they are used by consumers. You have certainly seen reports, accompanied by huge media campaigns, stating that e-cigarettes generate many times higher levels of carcinogenic aldehydes compared to tobacco cigarettes. We have always responded that such findings were the result of severe overheating of the device, which the vapers identify and avoid. …
ASH estimates that there are currently 2.6 million adults in Great Britain using electronic cigarettes. Of these, approximately 1.1 million are ex-smokers while 1.4 million continue to use tobacco alongside their electronic cigarette use. Regular use of the devices is confined to current and ex-smokers and use amongst never smokers remains negligible….
I often hear the question asked “Why do we need more research on e-cigarettes?”. It is true that there is already a vast amount of research on the subject, whether or not those who are against them want to admit it. Unfortunately there are also questions which regulators around the world want answers to, and any absence of credible science allows opponents to fill the vacuum with doubt and propaganda….
As long as they are our TPD Compliant Imperial Tobacco E-Cigs!
As a director for Fontem Ventures, an e-cigarette manufacturer, I agree with Dr McBride that stopping children from smoking is a “public health priority”. I also believe that children should not be permitted to buy e-cigarettes and would support a ban on sales to minors in Northern Ireland…
I often reflect back to when I first started vaping almost 5 years ago. Strangers would come up to me and ask what it was I was doing. I would excitingly explain to them what an e-cigarette was and how it worked.
I’d get questions such as, “Do you feel better now that you don’t smoke cigarettes?” “What’s the difference between smoking a real cigarette as opposed to that e-cigarette?” These are questions I loved to answer! Then 2014 hit. It was like an explosion!
“In today’s rapidly evolving tobacco marketplace, the surge in youth use of novel products like e-cigarettes forces us to confront the reality that the progress we have made in reducing youth cigarette smoking rates is being threatened.”
In Order to Demonize E-Cigarettes and E-Cigarette Companies
“E-cigarette companies are stepping over the line by marketing these products to kids and getting them hooked on smoking, and they’re hoping that the federal government passes the buck and turns a blind eye to what’s happening.”
Why the cited evidence does not support their existence for low-risk tobacco products (and what evidence would)
This paper serves multiple purposes. It addresses the titular question, about how an analysis of empirical evidence could support a claim that e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, or other low-risk tobacco products are a gateway to smoking. Along the way, it points out that none of the studies to date that are purported to support that claim actually do so….
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