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Not that long ago, if a company had invented a far safer way to deliver nicotine to addicted smokers, politicians would be celebrating. Smoking is one of the leading preventable causes of disease and death in the world. If every smoker quit cigarettes today, we would have a healthier society, and healthcare costs undoubtedly would decrease. That's a win-win.

But today, partisanship has ruined just about everything. It has crept into nearly every aspect of American life, from the workplace and classroom to sporting events and even dinner table conversations. A good idea is rejected simply because the "other team" came up with it.

This is a terrible development for our culture. But it's even worse for areas such as public health, because people die when we implement bad...

Dr. Brad Rodu, a professor of medicine at the University of Louisville, a member of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center and an endowed chair in tobacco harm reduction research, was an early adapter of abandoning the "quit or die" approach to cigarette addiction, and embracing all avenues for smoking cessation. He also said we need to be more compassionate toward the smokers still remaining and advocate "harm reduction" while we get them to quit.

There's no question his approach – we adopted it as well, and he is on the American Council on Science and Health Board of Scientific Advisors, based on the strength of his arguments and research – has worked. Smoking has...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2015 National Health Interview Survey – the source for national smoking estimates – reveals surprising e-cigarette facts, summarized in the chart below.

The figures demonstrate a 7 percent drop in current vapers from the 8.9 million reported in 2014 (here), due largely to a 29 percent decline in the number of current smokers who vape. In the NHIS survey respondents were current smokers and/or vapers if they used products every day or some days. In both years, 22-23 percent of current smokers vaped every day; the rest reported vaping, on average, about 7.7 days in the past month.

Year to year, the number of former smokers who...

The CDC released a report on Thursday that should cause widespread celebration: The prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults (14%) is at an all-time low since the federal government began tracking such data in 1965.

That's not just extremely good news. This is a huge public health triumph and should make major headlines, just like it did on CNN. But other media outlets, like the...

NICOTINE & HEALTHThe British anti-smoking nonprofit, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), has commissioned an annual survey of e-cigarette use since 2010, including over 12,000 adults. The most recent survey also included over 2,000 teenagers. This important bit of data collection should, given an objective hearing, go a long way towards calming the largely irrational fears raised by some public health groups about e-cigarette uptake among teens.

The report, Use of electronic...

Gutfled and VapeNews commentator, author, blogger and satirist Greg Gutfeld has been waging a lonely, almost quixotic war in the media against the forces of corruption and hypocrisy fueling the sleazy campaign against e-cig/vaping, especially the bizarre, expensive disinformation ad campaign in California.

Earlier this week, on the FoxNews show The Five, he ranted passionately in his exposé of the CA propaganda scaremongering ads, which cost the people of the state who-knows-how-many millions of dollars. And for what? The goal of the CA Dept. of Public Health seems...

Vaping Not SmokingA study based on cross-sectional and internet surveys of vapers (e-cig users, including those using nicotine-containing and non-nicotine e-cigs), ex-smokers now vaping, and ex-smokers now using nicotine gum (but no e-cigs) was conducted to assess nicotine dependence using a well-regarded dependence measure, the Fagerstrom test. A separate comparison involved dual-users smokers who also vaped compared with smokers who did not vape.

The study was conducted by tobacco and nicotine experts Dr. Jean-Francois Etter of the Institute of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Geneva,...

In its tenth anniversary edition, the latest Tobacco Atlas report by the World Lung Foundation (WLF) had some bad news to share: Tobacco-related deaths have nearly tripled in the past decade. If current trends continue, tobacco use and exposure will be responsible for the death of one person every six seconds which adds up to a billion deaths this century.

However, ACSH s Dr. Gilbert Ross has a bone to pick with the wording in the WLF report: It s not tobacco that s responsible for these deaths, he says, it s cigarettes! Smoking is what s responsible for killing 50 million people in the last ten years cigarettes are the cause of...

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You might not picture Rolling Stone when you think of evidence-based health stories - they gave space to anti-vaccine crank Robert Kennedy Jr. after all - but they have published an informative discussion of the ongoing debate about the pros and cons of e-cigarettes and vapor products.

In a lengthy article, author David Amsden discusses the burgeoning "...

She Loves to VapeOnly 2 weeks ago, a bunch of U.S. Senators, led by Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), ripped into several e-cigarette makers for their alleged irresponsible marketing of their products to young people. The Senator s evidence for this apparently was restricted to his perception that any flavored e-cig products other than tobacco and menthol were aimed at kids, thus termed by him and others opposed to reduced-harm products as kid-friendly flavors. The underlying motivation for the existence of such flavored products was thought to be a conspiracy (we imagine) between Big Tobacco and the thousands of e-cigarette makers to...