In the News 3rd March
Tuesdays News at a glance:
Almost No Hazardous Chemicals in Aerosol of Blu or Sky-Cig E-Cigarettes .. Researchers should take more responsibility for exaggeration in press releases .. Interview with Kellie Forbes .. Duncan McNeil MSP: E-Cigarettes .. Campaign For Truth In Public Health .. Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest – Tue, 3 March 2015 .. E-cigarettes would be regulated like tobacco under new bill
According to a new paper in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), exaggerated claims in health-related news stories — including advice that isn’t supported by evidence — may often have their roots in academic press releases and the scientists that sanction them. The paper highlights conflicting interests in the flow of information from research institutions to end users that has the potential to undermine evidence-informed decisions, and even possibly increase risks to health….
A study published in journal Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology reports that the two brands of electronic cigarettes tested – Blu and Sky Cigs – contain levels of hazardous chemicals that are almost all indistinguishable from levels in ambient air. The few chemicals that were detected were present at levels between 50 and 900 times lower than that in cigarette smoke….
Kellie is a Canadian Registered Nurse Bscn and author of the “Vaping, The Truth” report:
My opinion on vaping is solely based on my research on THR studies, surveys & articles. The MOVE statement concurs with my opinion on every point. We as healthcare professionals have an ethical responsibility to remain current in credible evidence to provide an informed opinion on matters of health to our communities. I believe that MOVE is adhering to that responsibility….
Another witness at the recent health committee meeting, Professor John Britton UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, said: “Electronic cigarettes offer a huge potential benefit to public health by helping smokers to shift to an alternative source of nicotine. If all smokers in Britain were to do that, we would be talking about avoiding hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of premature deaths.”
An advocacy group recently started up to support and administer funds for research on vaping-related technical issues (ERF). It appears to be an excellent idea; but on examination, research isn’t the issue right now, the propaganda war is far more important – and especially some kind of pushback against the torrent of lies being promulgated by the heavily-conflicted Public Health industry. This is the main problem facing THR at present…..
The popularity of e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine has jumped in recent years. Supporters claim they are safer than cigarettes and can help people quit smoking.
But others, including some health officials, counter that the vapor produced by electronic devices is still harmful.
Maria Azzarelli, Southern Nevada Health District tobacco control coordinator, would welcome a statewide policy and regulation on e-cigarettes….