Another apparently-beneficial screening program lung CT scans for smokers becomes controversial, when Medicare officials decide it should be covered, contradicting its own coverage advisory committee s recommendation. Who needs it? The scan, that is.
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!
ACSH staffers met for 2 hours with several representatives of the NYC Council to educate the officials about harm reduction and e-cigarettes. The session went quite well, with much information being exchanged. Stay tuned for the videotape. And the current JAMA has a misleading, useless propaganda piece on e-cigarette regulation.