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One of the biggest problems with journalism -- particularly science journalism -- is the fact that many people who practice it aren't qualified to do so. Believe it or not, being a good journalist involves more than knowing how to turn on a computer and pound away aimlessly on a keyboard.

Unfortunately, that seems to be the only requirement for some journalists. A few years ago, I was told by an editor at The Economist that they do not hire journalism majors. Instead, they hire people who studied "something real" and then are taught how to do journalism after they are hired. It's a good rule, and media outlets everywhere would be better off if they all adopted the practice.

The Guardian Blows It... Again

Recently, the British...

ACSH applauds John Tierney s column in today s Science section of The New York Times, in which he argues for the promotion of electronic cigarettes as a harm reduction method to reduce the tremendous toll of smoking in the U.S.

Tierney aptly points out that electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, may turn out to be a powerful and safe method of smoking cessation if the entrenched opposition from government and public health groups fails to stifle the technology before it gains a foothold. E-cigarettes provide users with a dose of aerasolized nicotine a vapor that does not require burning tobacco....

She Loves to VapeYesterday, at the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens committee hearing in Trenton, New Jersey, the focus was on a bill that would impose a wholesale sales tax of 75 percent on e-cigarettes. Although the majority of the people in attendance spoke out against this bill including ACSH s Associate Director of Public Health, Ariel Savransky the bill was passed with a 5-2-2 vote.

Some of the arguments against this bill were that it would put small...

Flavored VapingLast year, I and many others concerned about helping smokers quit the world s number one public health problem testified before New York s City Council and their Health Committee against proposed regulations which would put e-cigs in the same category as the real killers, cigarettes. This, despite the fact that e-cigs/vapor products contain no tobacco and emit no smoke. In response to the scientific testimony against such a wrong-headed measure, the esteemed council members argued, Shut up. They then proceeded, just before their terms expired, to rubber stamp then-Mayor Bloomberg s request for the ban....

Vaping, NOT SmokingDr. Sally Satel, a psychiatrist and addiction specialist, has penned another brilliant essay, this one on Forbes.com. In her piece, Dr. Satel methodically constructs a web of evidence to indict and convict the so-called public health establishment at the CDC, and their lackeys at the California Dept. of Public Health, for what (in our opinion) rises to the level of a conspiracy to keep smokers hooked and kill the nascent e-cig industry.

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Vaping, NOT SmokingA few months ago, we made mention of a legal assault on the bizarrely, perversely unscientific and harmful European Union s (EU) Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), launched by a British e-cig/vapor company, Totally Wicked by name. At that time, TW had received an acceptance from a UK Administrative court to proceed up the ladder of bureaucracy, the byzantine complexity of which rules the EU process (to explain it further would boggle the mind).

Yesterday, that next hurdle was...

It began with the Daily Mail in the UK reporting on a lead from Instagram of a Florida teen whose lung collapsed from vaping. What a great story in this media environment, if only it were true. The teen reports that the toxic chemicals in JUUL caused his lung to collapse.

A moment of medicine

The lung resides within a “wrapper” called the pleura that eases the movement of the lung against the chest wall and maintains a negative pressure to help keep the lung expanded. When the air gets inside this wrapper, between the chest wall and the lung, it can cause the lung to collapse – pneumothorax is the medical term. Air can get into the pleura in two ways, through external trauma, e.g. stabbing or a fracture of your rib or through the lung itself when a bleb (...

imagesIn a recent Forbes blog post, Dr. Sally Satel, psychiatrist and addiction specialist, and professor of medicine Brad Rodu asked this question: Why do public health care advocates seem to care more about heroin addicts than smokers?

They have a point. There is a seemingly incomprehensible disconnect between "official" public...

NJOY e-cigaretteHow mainstream are e-cigarettes these days? Last week this writer found a starter kit advertised for $19.99 at the cash register of his local 7-Eleven in Manhattan’s TriBeCa district. Well, if they’re good enough for Katherine Heigl...

The NJOY mini-kit came with an e-cigarette, USB charger and two nicotine cartridges. After letting it charge, ACSH staffers were vaping during ourDispatch meeting this morning. (Yes, really).

We were impressed by the device’s realism, including a...

Simon Cowell is into vaping.

Simon Cowell is into vaping.

Reports of recent sales and earnings from tobacco companies and surveys of e-cigarette users (vapers) yield a drumbeat of near-miraculous good news: parallel historic declines in Big Tobacco s cigarette sales, paired with annual doubling of e-cigarette sales. Remember two key factors:

1-electronic cigarettes provide vapers with their craved drug,...