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As the calendar turns to September, football fans across America rejoice as NFL and college teams once again take the field. In between watching our favorite teams, we have continued to fight the good fight for science and health. Here's where ACSH appeared in the past couple of weeks:

(1) Dr. Josh Bloom, who is an expert on opioids, was cited by National Review about how the government's strategy to fight the epidemic is wrongheaded and counterproductive. In short, restricting prescription opioids does not address the problem (which is illicit fentanyl) and prevents chronic pain patients from getting the medicine they need to survive. As National Review said, "[T]he drug...

E-cigarette, fancy

Never mind that the New York Times Style section today can t seem to tell the difference between smoking and vaping. The latter is the term that has been adopted by the majority of the large and growing e-cigarette community, and at least for the foreseeable future will pass as an adequate substitute for the...

RespiratorySystemThe newest edition of BMC Medicine includes a thorough review by Dr. Riccardo Polosa of the University of Catania, Italy, of numerous studies (including 9 in which he was an author) of respiratory function among users of e-cigarettes. In a group of healthy smokers, lung function improved on spirometric testing at 3, 6, and 12 months after switching from smoking tobacco cigarettes to vaping. Among people with asthma and/or COPD (chronic obstructive lung disease, bronchitis and emphysema), improvement in symptoms was noted in two-...

Haters of the e-cigarette are quick to chastise actress Kathryn Heigl for continuing to vape nine months after switching from traditional cigarettes. A Daily Mail article, which chooses to nickname the nicotine delivery device a “smokestick,” voices the views of the strongest opponents of harm reduction with a tone that implies “see, e-cigarettes are so addictive, Ms. Heigl can’t quit them, either.”

ACSH’s response: Why criticize her? “She’s been unable to quit smoking with all of the other approved smoking cessation methods, but by smoking an e-cigarette, she has...

Woman VapingThe European Parliament will be meeting next week in Brussels, and they may be confronted with a populist uprising based on sound science, a most unusual occurrence. The topic: e-cigarettes, and the asinine draft Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) crafted last December by the EU Health committee.

Taking its cue from the WHO s anti-tobacco treaty, the TPD would effectively...

Vaping, NOT SmokingA new assault on we were going to say e-cigs/vapor products, but in fact the new federal campaign against these reduced harm products is going to target desperate smokers trying to quit.

In a new low for the hypocritical, fraudulent, destructive and corrupt CDC campaign against the spread of e-vapor products, the public health gurus led by Tom Frieden and his gang have launched an addendum to their 2012 Tips From Former Smokers program. This time they are including alarming (and alarmist, fear-mongering) warnings against the use...

Vaper VapingA study done by two University of Massachusetts tobacco and nicotine experts, Lois Biener PhD and J. Lee Hargraves, PhD, shows a strong association between intense use of e-cigarettes (vaping) and point-abstinence from smoking (meaning quitting cigarettes at the one-time they were surveyed). Those using e-cigs daily for at least 30 days had about double the quit-rate of those using e-cigs less frequently, or not at all.

The authors surveyed 1300+ smokers in 2011 concerning their use of novel tobacco products...

Vaping, NOT SmokingIn a multi-national survey of over 19,000 vapers (e-cigarette users) in Europe, among whom only 0.5 percent (88) were nonsmokers before starting to vape, complete cigarette cessation was reported by 81 percent, an astounding figure. Among those who had not become smoking-abstinent, cigarette consumption was reduced on average by over 75 percent (from 20 to 4 daily). The mean length of time e-cigs were used was 10 months, and the reasons given for vaping were to reduce both the harm of smoking, and the...

Despite the mounting data about the benefits of electronic cigarette use, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo must not be getting the memos.  In a move that can only be explained as pro-cancer, Governor Cuomo has decided to ban indoor vaping in restaurants, bars and places of employment - effectively treating such devices in the same fashion as combustible cigarettes.

If it is passive inhalation of toxins we are worried about, I have a suggestion for Governor Cuomo - perhaps he should move to a ranch in Wyoming.  Simply step out on any NYC sidewalk on any given day and you will find yourself immediately assaulted with a plethora of respiratory insults - from the rank smells of garbage, vehicle...

ByeBye-cigs-Hello-e-cigs-225x130Dr. Konstantin Farsalinos of the Onassis Cardiac Center in Athens and colleagues have published another in their ongoing studies of the physiological effects of vaping (using e-cigarettes), and comparing the effects of using e-cigarettes with those of regular cigarettes. The newly-published study appeared this week in BMC Cardiovascular Disorders.

Entitled Acute effects of using an electronic nicotine-delivery device (electronic cigarette) on myocardial function: comparison with the effects...