Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Public Health’s Truth Quandary ~Lawmakers Use Cigarette Arguments To Attempt To Ban Vaping ~ Smoker’s Health Improved by Vaping ~ E-cigarette users enjoy 79% success without tobacco ~In the name of science, Britain must leave the EU ~ You Can’t Identify Potential Benefits of E-Cigarettes if You Only Look for the Risks: The Flaw in Current E-Cigarette Research ~ Smokers enjoy cigarettes – deal with it ~FDA Implemented ‘Obey-to-Play’ Rule for Science Journalists ~ Addition By Subtraction At CDC: Good Riddance, Tom Frieden ~The FDA announces a workshop on batteries ~ Wordplay: Alternative Substitutes ~ NSP Daily Digest
CASAA / Dr. Brian Carter
It should be obvious that researchers seeking to provide solid evidence that would be helpful in improving the health and welfare of the public would have the highest regard for truth: Not only discovering the truth but eagerly wanting that truth to be revealed. But, if you’re a tobacco researcher in public health, telling some truths is cause for concern because doing so could have “unfortunate effects.”
The Daily Caller / Steve Birr
Lawmakers in a Pennsylvania county are gearing up for a vote to squash electronic cigarettes and treat the devices like traditional tobacco.
The Allegheny County Council will vote as early as Tuesday on new regulations governing vaping.
Planet of the Vapes / Mawsley
Doctor Ricardo Polosa led a team of six other researchers and has recently published the findings in the journal Respiratory Research. It was titled “Evidence for harm reduction in COPD smokers who switch to electronic cigarettes” and forms part of an on-going series of pieces the journal is running, looking at the harms and benefits of vaping.
Vaping Links / Kevin Crowley
I don’t care what the CDC, FDA or the American Heart, Lung or Cancer “associations” and affiliates SAY, I care more about what they’re NOT saying to the public.
Lets just say it was your job description, as an expert in tobacco use, tobacco control or anti-tobacco – or pick a title from the various organizations, government or government funded – to reduce or eliminate smoking. To use the BEST and unbiased information available to do so, to “help” smokers. What a monumental task.
Capx / Matt Ridley
Britain – for its size – is probably the world’s leading scientific country. We have less than 1% of the world’s population, but 15% of the most highly cited scientific papers, and more Nobel prize winners than any other European country. We are world leaders in biotechnology and digital technology and our greatest potential collaborators and potential rivals in both fields are in Asia and America, not Europe.
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You Can’t Identify Potential Benefits of E-Cigarettes if You Only Look for the Risks: The Flaw in Current E-Cigarette Research
The Rest of the Story / Michael Siegel
A new paper published online ahead of print in the journal Preventive Medicine finds that telling smokers that vaping is safer than smoking may lead them to try vaping. In the study, smokers randomized into groups that were either told that cigarettes contain many more toxic chemicals than e-cigarettes or that cigarettes and e-cigarettes contain an equal number of toxic chemicals. The smokers were then asked whether and how that might alter their interest in changing their smoking and/or vaping behavior.
Spiked / Rob Lyons
A perennial feature of any Top 10 New Year’s resolutions has been to ‘quit smoking’. But with fewer and fewer of us actually smoking these days, kissing goodbye to the ‘evil weed’ has been slipping down the charts. In 1974, 45 per cent of British adults smoked; by 2015, the Health Survey for England estimated that just 19 per cent of men and 17 per cent of women were current smokers.
American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) / Alex Berezow
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been grooming selected journalists to give favorable treatment to government findings, and even FDA ad campaigns, by inviting them to elite briefings that other journalists could not attend – or did not know even existed – as long as these special friends in journalism played by a strict set of FDA-friendly rules, as detailed in an exposé by Charles Seife in Scientific American, which confirmed what outsiders had long suspected.
American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) / Josh Bloom
Some people reach the pinnacle of their careers through some combination of brain power, wisdom, sound judgment, and the ability to logically cope with unforeseen events.
Then there is Tom Frieden, who mercifully just stepped down as the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Perhaps “fell down” would be a more apt term, since his tenure there was not terribly different than a 7-year long Three Stooges marathon — one embarrassment after another.
Vaping Post / Jérôme Harlay
With an increasing number of case reports on exploding batteries, the FDA is seeking information during a science-based public workshop to be held on April 19-20, 2017 at the FDA White Oak Conference Center, Silver Spring (MD). Four axes will be explored
Facts Do Matter / Paul Barnes
There are times every once in a while where I do truly become completely speechless. Lunchtime today was one of those times. For those of you that aren’t aware, my access to social media is restricted during the working day – as it should be, I have work to focus on.