News 16th Dec 2014
Electronic cigarettes: patterns of use, health effects, use in smoking cessation
and regulatory issues
Positive study here from BioMed Central . Click the pic to download the pdf file.
Interesting use of Nicotine in Medicine
A 5-year-old girl with a rare form of epilepsy is now living virtually seizure-free, thanks to an unusual treatment.
After exhausting all other options, doctors at a Florida hospital discovered that a tiny dose of nicotine, administered through a commercially available nicotine patch, was just enough to do the trick.
Michael Siegel responds to Glantz
It is clear that experimentation with electronic cigarettes among youth has increased dramatically from 2011 to 2014. But despite this dramatic increase, the prevalence of current smoking among youth decreased dramatically. And the sharpest decline in smoking occurred concurrently with the largest increase in electronic cigarette use.
Dr. Glantz’s conclusion – that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking – just doesn’t hold up in light of these data.
Common sense and excellent comment from Norbert Zillatron
A lot of scientists have already examined existing survey data and shown conclusively that there isn’t even a hint of that gateway. No need for me to repeat it. When you think about it, you don’t need rocket science to realise that this “Gateway theory” is utter bollocks. Common sense is enough.
This from Scotland. England & Wales next?
In October the Scottish Government unveiled a public consultation on plans to ban smoking in vehicles carrying anyone under 18. But Mr Hume wants to see the ban fast-tracked through Holyrood…
Could have been worse! Link Expires 10th Jan 2015
Matt Allwright investigates the activities of conmen, revealing the fake safety marks on some of the UK’s biggest e-cigarette brands