Harm Reduction

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 1.12.36 PMA recent study concludes that teen e-cigarette use leads to nicotine addiction and then cigarette smoking.

This finding is a concern because it goes against CDC data, which has instead found that as teenagers have experimented with e-cigarettes in the last few years actual smoking rates have plummeted to the lowest levels ever recorded.

The issue may be a flaw in understanding correlation and epidemiology....

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Our readers and supporters know that when it comes to promoting smoking cessation, the American Council on Science and Health is second to none.

We have been engaged in a war on cigarettes ever since Dr. Elizabeth Whelan co-founded the organization almost 40 years ago. Our commitment to helping smokers quit, like through our Facebook page "Helping Addicted Smokers", is well documented. Whatever the mechanism - nicotine replacement,...

flavored vapesAn article in yesterday's Washington Post titled "What's in all that vaping smoke?" gets thing one wrong before getting one thing right. What it gets wrong is the title, by using the term "vaping smoke", which incorrectly equates combustible cigarette smoke, made by burning tobacco, with e-cigarette vapor, which is not a tobacco product and confuses people...

E-cigarette, fancySince its inception in 1978, the American Council on Science and Health has been a leader on smoking cessation, led by our late co-founder Dr. Elizabeth Whelan. To achieve a world without cigarettes, we've supported any means necessary to free a smoker from this insidious habit: patches, pharmaceuticals, gums, e-cigarettes and, heck, hypnosis if it'll do the trick. As long as something is helping smokers kick the habit, it's good for public health. However, there's concern that the reverse might be happening--and people are starting to smoke after using one of these products.

The product most...

Britain's Department of Health announced electronic cigarettes are around 95 percent less harmful than tobacco and should be promoted smoking cessation device, according to the results of a new study released Wednesday.

Authors of the Public Health England study say that most of the cancer causing chemicals found in combustible cigarettes are absent in electronic ones.

E-cigarettes are a method to inhale nicotine-laced vapor, with the idea being that, much as with nicotine gums or...

The American Council on Science and Health has led the nation in efforts to stop people from smoking so it's no surprise we have embraced patches, gums, e-cigarettes and products like "snus" made in Sweden as ways to ease people off of cigarettes, because they replace nicotine. Smoking kills but it is the nicotine that makes people want to smoke.

Sweden has long understood this. Their desire for membership in the European Union came to a hard stop when the EU tried to tell them that snus was a harmful tobacco product like cigarettes and should be banned. Not so, they said, it is a harm reduction tool. And they were correct. The rest of the EU has 300 percent of the tobacco deaths of Sweden because because only 13 percent of Swedes smoke.

Many use snus instead. What did...

E-vapor ArrayIn today s NEJM, a Perspective article by three experts in tobacco and economics discuss variable approaches to taxing nicotine-delivery products. Entitled Differential Taxes for Differential Risks Toward Reduced Harm from Nicotine-Yielding Products, it is co-...

Cooking DrugsA perspective article in the current NEJM, entitled Threading the Needle - How to Stop the HIV Outbreak in Rural Indiana, evaluates the root causes and the delayed and inadequate public health response to a smoldering HIV epidemic among IV drug users in poor rural Scott County, Indiana over the past two years. The authors, Steffanie Strathdee PhD and Chris Beyrer, MD MPH, from UCSD in San Diego, and Johns Hopkins-Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore,...

ECigVaporHarmlessA new study published in Toxicology in Vitro found that while cigarette smoke damaged tissue with a dose-response effect -at six hours of exposure, only 12 percent of the cells remained alive - six hours of cellular exposure to e-cigarette vapor left the lung tissue unaffected.

The researchers from British American Tobacco, working with MatTek Corp., were led by Dr. Louise Neilson, and they had two main goals: first, to...

gilbertFor decades the Federal government has insisted they want fewer Americans to smoke but recent regulatory missteps have instead led to worries by health professionals that policies designed to create winners and losers in the smoking cessation market instead keep people addicted to tobacco. There has always been a bit of inconsistency in how smoking cessation has been handled; raising taxes on cigarettes, for example, unfairly impacts poor people, and those taxes fund government services, making the government more reliant on the industry they say they want to make smaller.

Smoking public service...