In the News 5th Feb
A new study in mice provides no information for smokers but verifies e-cigarettes are less harmful … The Comparative Efficacy of 1st vs. 2nd Generation Electronic Cigarettes in Reducing Symptoms of Nicotine Withdrawal … Electronic cigarettes and smoking cessation: an interview with Professor Peter Hajek … Steam is the new smoke … Killing mice to make life easy for incompetent churnalists … Ecigarette use in UK fell in ’14 amid concerns over health effects and doubts whether they match the real experience … Government should not interfere in use of electronic vapor devices … Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest – Thu, 5 February 2015
Dr Farsalinos –
The only conclusions that can be drawn from this study is that e-cigarettes should only be used by smokers as a smoking substitute and that they are by far less harmful than tobacco cigarettes (based on emitting 150 times less radicals). Any other conclusions about the probable effects of e-cigarette use on COPD patients are totally irrelevant.
….despite major methodology problems –
A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE(link is external), and conducted (surprisingly poorly) by John Hopkins University studied the effect of ecig vapour on mice. They concluded that ecig use is associated with an increased likelihood of respiratory infection.
Sadly, there are two flaws in their methodology that make this result largely meaningless for human exposure.
I think the future of EC is uncertain. The anti-EC campaigners have been successful in initiating regulatory requirements which will reduce the competitiveness of EC with conventional cigarettes, slow-down or halt their further development, and deter smokers from making the switch….
Even then, they managed to screw it up – the estimates for number of puffs per days range from 120 to 350, but that clearly wasn’t enough for these animal abusers. They used 1080.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, they used cigalike cartomisers, which they changed weekly. I don’t know what planet they inhabit, but only a complete fucking idiot would expect to be able to get 180 puffs per day out of a cartomiser for a week. Most of what these idiots exposed the mice too wasn’t vapour as we know it, but burning cartomiser fillings. Good job!
World Health Organisation, 1999:*
Three major pharmaceutical companies have joined this partnership: Glaxo Wellcome, Novartis, and Pharmacia & Upjohn. They all manufacture treatment products against tobacco dependence… And I am happy to welcome other stakeholders – and that includes industry – to join us – because investing in health yields high returns.
The Underdog Bites Upwards –
In what is possibly the most embarrassing thing so far to be associated with science (and these days, that’s impressive), alleged researchers have claimed that Electrofag is not a ‘safe alternative to smoking’.
There is much talk about Islam needing to rid itself of its lunatic fringe. Science needs to do the same, and soon. Otherwise, just as with Islam, all scientists will be regarded as being the same as the fantasy-peddlers in their midst.
In 2014, E-Lites threatened a Black Country bricks and mortar vaping shop. This year begins with legal letters to a popular Sussex-based vaping website. In both cases the lawyers claimed there was a trademark infringement: Elite Vaping and Stealthvape would strongly disagree….
…in Reducing Symptoms of Nicotine Withdrawal-
Twenty-two mildly to moderately nicotine dependent individuals were randomized to a crossover design in which they used 1st and 2nd generation e-cigarettes on separate days with assessment of withdrawal symptoms directly prior to and after product use….
The emergence of electronic vapor devices has been celebrated by consumers and the industry as a beneficial aid to helping tobacco smokers fight the urge. Vapor devices contain nicotine without the tar, old mattresses and rat poison contained in tobacco cigarettes and cigars. In the body, nicotine has virtually the same effects as when caffeine is consumed…..