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She Loves to VapeDr. Gilbert Ross' op-ed in Forbes.com, December 17, 2013

What's Bloomberg Smokin' Now? There is no reason to question why soon-to-be-former Mayor Michael Bloomberg has once again sic'd his attack dog of a Health Commissioner, Tom, Farley, on another innocent victim: electronic cigarettes (e-cigs). Read more.

ByeBye cigs, Hello e-cigsA study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors lends further support to the accumulating literature on the major benefits of e-cigarette use (vaping) in helping smokers quit their deadly habit. Two experts in addiction...

Everyone agrees smoking is bad these days but how to end it has become its own cultural war, and the warring sides have come down along predictable lines. Some believe in abstinence only, some only think there should be products that are for quitting (cessation) while some believe smokers should have options for that which can also help with harm reduction while they quit. Like other cultural wars related to science and health, the sides can now be predicted politically.

It's also no surprise that one side of the culture war has flipped the narrative and declared that smoking cessation and harm reduction using e-cigarettes ("vaping") don't do anything of the kind, they instead create nicotine addiction - just like cigarettes. Even if there is no nicotine. ...

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...

Using nicotine habitually is a bad idea. It is worse when delivered by combustion, with fewer health consequences when vaporized. We have always said that vaping nicotine is a gateway or path to smoking cessation. Much of the current vaping concerns suggest that it is a gateway in the other direction to smoking cigarettes; a new paper in Nicotine and Tobacco Research looks at the possibility. [1]

Does vaping serve as a gateway to tobacco use is a reasonable concern; about 50% of adolescents vaping use other tobacco products. But here is the thing, “e-cigarette smokers are more similar to conventional cigarette smokers than they are to nontobacco users in terms of demographics, smoking-related mediators, and behavioral characteristics.” So perhaps this is a chicken or egg dilemma...

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-...

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...

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...