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E-vapor ArrayA new survey of smoking, tobacco and nicotine use by American adults underwritten by Reuters and Ipsos revealed that about one in ten of us vape use e-cigarettes or one of the 2nd or 3rd generation vapor products to reduce their consumption of cigarettes, or quit smoking entirely. (Ipsos is an international market research firm).

The poll was conducted between May 19 and June 4; respondents numbered 5,679 adults. Among those under the age of 40, 15 percent were vapers. (The most...

If somebody invented a device that could save the lives of millions of smokers, should society encourage its use? Yes, absolutely, the Parliament of the United Kingdom just concluded in a new report on e-cigarettes.

Published by the Science and Technology Committee, the report does not mince its words. It claims that the UK's National Health Service (NHS) is "missing [an] opportunity" to save lives by overlooking the benefits of e-cigarettes.

The report summary begins...

ByeBye cigs, Hello e-cigsACSH friend, tobacco expert and Canadian professor of public policy at the University of Ottawa, Dave Sweanor, wrote an op-ed whose goal is to promote the spread of sound-science based information and evidence about electronic cigarettes (e-cigs). This is especially important in Canada, where the wise-heads at Health Canada have determined that e-cigs are OK above the 49th parallel as long as they do not contain nor provide nicotine! Well, in fact it s sort-of OK...

Vaporium EventIn the world of tobacco, Big and small, the times they are a-changin , indeed. Mostly for the better these days, thanks to the disruptive, groundbreaking entry and growth of low-risk nicotine-delivery products commonly known as e-cigarettes. This sector is, more and more, represented not only by the common cigalikes available in drugstores and convenience stores, but by personal vaporizers and tanks, mods, and other idiosyncratic handles that can be purchased in vape shops or vaporiums, or over the internet.

The desire, or need actually, to keep up with this burgeoning technology and market drove, to a...

Like most topics in America these days, e-cigarettes are controversial. The reason stems largely from the fact that the debate is driven less by science and more by religious zealotry.

On the one side is the pro-vaping lobby, who seems to believe that e-cigarettes are the greatest invention since the wheel. Not only are e-cigarettes effective for quitting smoking, they are safe and fun.

On the other side is the prohibitionists, who believe that the mere thought of vaping is blasphemous. According to them, e-cigarettes are just as bad as tobacco, and therefore the only acceptable public health policy is total abstention.

Both sides are wrong. While the vapers are right that e-cigarettes can help smokers quit, it is unlikely that they are as safe as breathing fresh...

Vaping, NOT SmokingSince inhaling tobacco smoke is depended upon by over 40 million nicotine addicts in the USA, and since well over 400,000 people die each year from the sequelae of smoking, and since lethal cigarettes are available on every street corner, it makes perfect sense to hyper-regulate non-toxic e-cigarettes which can help smokers quit. Right?

Well, that s what some mega-brains at the NYC Council apparently believe. We here at ACSH along with devotees of public health and anti-smoking groups exhaled a sigh of relief 3 months ago when the rumor that the Council was...

California FlagCalifornia gets a lot of criticism from us for often not being on the side of science. But in the past few months, they ve done some serious good for the public health.

In April, a California Senate committee voted not to pass SB 203, which would have required soda companies to print warning labels about the sugar content of their beverages. Such a policy would confusingly target sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks, however it would not require a label for other beverages high in...

It's difficult to predict what sort of nonsense is going to come out of San Francisco.

The city hosts the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF), which has become the academic home for conspiracy theorists, including anti-GMOers and anti-vaxxers. It recently gave a platform to an anti-biotech guest speaker whose organization receives funding from an organic food group that peddles "9/11...

She Loves to VapeOn March 25th, I wrote to the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, Canada, to implore her to reconsider Canada s misguided policy effectively neutralizing the ability of e-cigarettes to help addicted Canadian smokers quit.:

Dear Commissioner Ambrose: Please allow e-cigarettes including personal vaporizer to contain the nicotine that is usually a key ingredient to allow smokers to quit their deadly habit and switch to low-risk vaping. E-cigarettes contain harmless ingredients, yet supply...

There s good news for vapers for the most part.

Researchers led by Dr Maciej L Goniewicz of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., conducted a comprehensive analysis of the vapor from a dozen brands of electronic cigarettes under a controlled setting. They say that while e-cigarette vapors contained some toxic substances, the levels of toxicants were nine to 450 times lower than cigarette smoke.

Our findings are consistent with the idea that substituting tobacco cigarettes with e-cigarettes may substantially reduce exposure to selected tobacco-specific toxicants, the authors wrote in Tobacco Control. E-cigarettes as a harm reduction strategy among...