Dr. Gilbert Ross in the Ithaca Journal, April 24, 2014. While cigarettes continue to kill a half-million Americans each year while holding 100-fold that number in
FDA finally issues proposed regulations on e-cigarettes. The complex, 241-page report has something for everyone: good bad and otherwise. The key for America s smokers: e-cigs will remain accessible indefinitely to help them quit.
If you pay attention to health news, it seems like every day, something new is blamed for causing cancer. And how fitting that on the 30th anniversary of the first handheld cell phone, cell
NY Times article on the future of e-cigarettes paints a Good vs. Evil scenario. Unfortunately, there is little guidance therein to detect who is whom. Those of us devoted to science-based public health policy know, however: find out here.
Leonard Nimoy, now 82 years old, revealed that he has been diagnosed with COPD, although he quit smoking 30 years ago. His symptoms are mild, thankfully, but they may progress further. The message: if you smoke, quit. If you don't, don't start!
A new Perspective article in the New England Journal of Medicine almost allows for the likely benefits of electronic cigarettes as part of a harm reduction approach to reducing the deadly toll of smoking. At last some science-based progress!
Chicago s City Council reverses itself, striking a blow to protect cigarettes from the nasty competition from much safer e-cigarettes, thanks to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Out into the cold Chicago winter with you, vapers! To protect the children.
The New York Times bemoans the fate of smokers in America. Reminding us that tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General s report on smoking, the editors wish there were more that could be done for the 44 million smokers. They do not mention what that might be.
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This year, how about making a truly meaningful, life-altering New Year s resolution?
USA Today's phony "debate" on the risks and benefits of e-cigarettes showed up their agenda rather than the facts. While the "pro" side's Kessler had the facts straight, his position as CEO of Lorillard makes his status and opinions suspect in many venues.
Editorials and op-ed by doctors, medical journals and other media icons about the risks and benefits of e-cigarettes and their need for regulation expose their ignorance of the subject in numerous different ways.