In the News 26th May
Tuesdays News at a glance:
Smoking, Vaping and Nicotine – New Harvard Study Finds that As Many as 18% of Current E-Cigarette Users May Have Quit Smoking Completely Using E-Cigarettes – Inability (or unwillingness) to learn the lesson from our aldehydes study – NEJM paper should be retracted – Drug & Alcohol Dependence – Tobacco is still more harmful than E-Cigarettes – #NOTBlowingSmoke 2.0 – Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest – Tue, 26 May 2015
When I requested an interview with Zeller, I didn’t expect him to tip his hat on which direction he wanted the center to go, and he didn’t. Indeed, one of the points he made was that the F.D.A. was conducting a great deal of scientific research — more than 50 studies in all, he said — aimed at generating the evidence needed to better understand where to place e-cigarettes along what he calls “the continuum of risk.”
Finds that As Many as 18% of Current E-Cigarette Users May Have Quit Smoking Completely Using E-Cigarettes
The key finding of the Harvard study was that in 2014, 20.7% of current electronic cigarette users were former smokers. The important question, of course, is whether these represent ex-smokers who re-initiated nicotine use with e-cigarettes or whether these represent smokers who quit smoking using e-cigarettes and thus are now identified as former smokers who use e-cigarettes….
Inability (or unwillingness) to learn the lesson from our aldehydes study –
However, it was a big surprise (and disappointment) for me to see the statements by Prof Peyton, a co-author and main investigator responsible for the research letter published in NEJM about formaldehyde in e-cigarette aerosol. The news website Vocativ did an excellent job asking Prof Peyton for his opinion about our study and the results, and this is how every new study on e-cigarettes should be approached….
Comparison of the characteristics of long-term users of electronic cigarettes versus nicotine replacement therapy: a cross-sectional survey of English ex-smokers and current smokers…
The World Health Organization reported that three years ago the number of smokers worldwide increased to almost one billion. This is mostly due to population growth but even so, the negative effects of smoking on human health should not be neglected and prompt more people to quit.
The chief goal of NOTBlowingSmoke is a sustainable, professional, and most importantly, transparent approach to advocacy efforts. A $0 budget and small out-of-pocket expense has carried the message thus far, but does not allow for availability of dedicated resources or the level of support we wish to provide….
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