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Vaping continues to be a controversial topic pitting harm reduction against harm elimination; two goals that seem incompatible. But in writing about the effect of tobacco flavor on our blood vessels I discovered that vaping as practiced is not necessarily vaping as discussed. My initial response to the study of tobacco flavors was that studying the effect of flavors was too reductionist; you need to consider the impact of flavoring in the context of smoking or vaping to understanding how all the chemicals interact. After all, who just vapes flavor?

As it turns out, quite a few teens. Most teens are vaping flavor alone, not tobacco or nicotine. An NIH study [1] found that among the 28%...

In the wake of over 1,000 injuries and nearly two dozen deaths linked to vaping (probably all or most of which were due to misusing the devices), the public is right to be concerned about the safety of e-cigarettes. Given that we have covered this issue in some depth, we wanted to provide a resource that answers as many questions as possible and provides links to our other articles.

(1) Is vaping safe?

Not to sound like a lawyer, but it depends on what is meant by "safe." Nothing in life is 100% safe. According to CDC data, in 2017, more than 1,000 Americans fell off a bed and died. So, the appropriate question is, "Is vaping safer than smoking?" (Actually, a better question is, "Is vaping less...

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – In the midst of a growing, national concern over vaping devices and hundreds of health problems across the country reportedly associated with them, there is an urgent need for public health guidance.

Americans are looking for answers on this important issue, and most importantly to avoid getting sick themselves.

That is why the American Council on Science and Health, a leading pro-science consumer advocacy organization founded in 1978, has developed 5 sensible vaping guidelines for public safety.

  1. If a tobacco smoker is unable to quit, switching to vaping is a good health decision. The most important reason is that while nicotine is addictive, it is the combustion...

Vaping devices such as e-cigarettes should not be used for fun. Getting oneself addicted to nicotine is not a smart idea. That is why these devices should not be used by non-smokers, particularly young people. Instead, the only legitimate use is as medical devices to help smokers quit. If used exclusively in that way, vaping can be a powerful tool in the public health battle against tobacco*.

Unfortunately, scientific data and logic are missing from the public debate over vaping. Worse, two of the organizations we entrust to protect our health, the FDA and CDC, have royally screwed up their policy on the safety of vaping.

FDA Warns Juul for Claiming that Vaping Is Safer than Smoking

On Monday, the FDA issued a...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has done many positive things recently: they eased red tape on generic drug approval, which is 85% of U.S. spending for pharmaceuticals, setting a new record last year by August and are on pace to exceed that again before the end of this fiscal year; they finally stated they were going to look into the suspect labeling claims made by Big Organic, which are far more deceptive...

Not only did Americans vote on members of Congress this week, but citizens of several states also voted on various science- and health-related policy issues. How did those turn out?

It was a mixed bag. In some states, sensible science policy carried the day, while in others, head-scratching new laws were passed. First, the good:

Colorado Proposition 112 was defeated. In the Centennial State, environmental activists tried to push through Proposition 112, which would have greatly curtailed fracking in the state. Based on rather flimsy evidence, its proponents wanted to expand the size of "buffer zones," inside of which fracking would not be allowed. The initiative was so poorly written and so transparently anti-fracking that it garnered...

Teenagers are rebellious and they do stupid things. This is a fact of life that we have to accept, whether we like it or not.

Go to Google and search for "stupid things teenagers do." You'll be enlightened by the results, particularly if you were too drunk to remember the stupid things you did as a teenager. Oftentimes, the article includes a lamentation along the lines of, "I hope my kids won't do what I did."

The following is just a sample of the idiotic things that teens have done and will continue to do: Unprotected sex, binge drink, drink and drive, drive recklessly, experiment with hard drugs, smoke cigarettes, smoke marijuana, smoke hookah....

After maintaining a pack-a-day habit for nearly three years, I gave up smoking in 2012 with the help of an electronic cigarette (e-cig). When I told my doctor later that year I had switched from smoking to vaping an e-cig, I expected a judgmental look and a finger-wagging lecture about the dangers of nicotine. Instead, he smiled and said, “good—keep using that thing.” 

If you read recent headlines, you may think my doctor was a quack for encouraging me to continue vaping. Eight teenagers in Wisconsin were hospitalized for severe respiratory illnesses in July, and health officials suspected that...

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...

Since its inception, the American Council on Science and Health has been trying to eliminate smoking. In the early days, that involved outreach and awareness and a certain amount of sympathy because it is an addiction.

But after two generations of outreach and awareness and sympathy, smoking has become, in the words of American Council on Science and Health President Hank Campbell, something of an IQ test. You have to be truly stupid to take it up.

Yet there are still moments, when we are lamenting the decline in intelligence in young people who take up smoking no matter how hard we try, that we have to admire their ingenuity. For example, now all of the best cold medication has to be kept behind the counter at the pharmacy because clever young people learned how to...