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FDA
3rd May 2016
Public health officials in the United States generally regard e-cigarettes as a new pathway to addiction, unlike those in Great Britain, who look at them as a safer way to feed a nicotine habit or to stop smoking tobacco entirely.

Now, seven top tobacco control experts from around the world are cautioning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to keep an open mind on the topic.

"We believe that the discussion to date has been slanted against e-cigarettes, which is unfortunate, because the big picture tells us that these products appear to be used mostly by people who aready are or who are likely to become cigarette smokers," said David T. Levy, PhD, a professor in the department of oncology at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C.

Will the FDA pay attention, we hope so.

Britian
28th April 2016
Taking a stance sharply at odds with most American public health officials, a major British medical organization urged smokers to switch to electronic cigarettes, saying they are the best hope in generations for people addicted to tobacco cigarettes to quit.

The recommendation, laid out in a report published Thursday by the Royal College of Physicians, summarizes the growing body of science on e-cigarettes and finds that their benefits far outweigh the potential harms. It concludes resoundingly that, at least so far, the devices are helping people more than harming them, and that the worries about them — including that using them will lead young people to eventually start smoking traditional cigarettes — have not come to pass.

Congress supporting e-cigarettes
28th April 2016
The 2017 Agriculture Appropriations Bill may not seem like a stirring piece of legislation to most, but it raised quite a few eyebrows last week as it passed through a House subcommittee with a key amendment—one that aims to spare the vast majority of electronic cigarettes from impending federal regulations.

The bipartisan effort to protect the burgeoning e-cig market is just the latest in a long-smoldering debate reignited by the Food and Drug Administration’s plans this year to begin regulating the new devices as it does traditional tobacco products.

Portland university formaldehyde scandal update
23rd April 2016

By Dr Farsalinos, E-cigarette Blog

The formaldehyde study scandal conducted by researchers from Portland university is progressing, with the authors unwilling to admit their methodological and presentation mistakes, while they continue their effort to misinform the public and consider our case for retraction as an attempt to help the industry or to get money from the industry. First of all, the only one who got money was the Portland University. They created a problem and they were awarded millions to “solve” it. Let me clarify in brief that the retraction was based on:

1. Assessing the risk of developing cancer from exposure to a chemical which they did NOT find in the study. All the analysis was based on formaldehyde exposure, while they only found formaldehyde hemiacetals. Formaldehyde hemiacetals are not classified as carcinogenic or toxic, thus their whole analysis is invalid.

2. They intentionally manipulated statistics by displaying in the same graph mean ± standard deviation values for formaldehyde in tobacco cigarettes and mean ± standard error of mean for formaldehyde hemiacetals in e-cigarettes. They intentionally did this in order to hide the huge variability in their measurements (standard error of mean is much lower than standard deviation).

3. They continue to create confusion and misinform the public by discussing about formaldehyde exposure, while (I repeat) they DID NOT find any formaldehyde.

Boston
23rd April 2016
BOSTON (WWLP) – Beacon Hill lawmakers are taking steps to discourage young people from smoking.
The state Senate is expected to take up legislation Thursday, raising the legal age to buy tobacco from eighteen to twenty-one in Massachusetts. Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) told 22News that if people are not allowed to drink alcohol at eighteen, they should not be able to smoke either.

Eighteen year olds can vote and enlist in the Miltary. They should be allowed to drink and smoke since we consider eighteen year olds "Adults".


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Last Orders: Episode 2

Published on 2016-05-03 10:46:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

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Losing Touch

Published on 2016-05-02 23:04:54.
Website: Frank Davis

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ASH And Tobacco Control Caused All Vaping Bans

Published on 2016-05-02 18:46:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

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Smoking Ban News from Russia

Published on 2016-05-01 23:08:28.
Website: Frank Davis

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Research Forum Claiming that Moderate Drinking Improves Health is Deliberately Hiding Its Conflicts of Interest with Big Alcohol

Published on 2016-05-01 18:59:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

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The Big Scream

Published on 2016-04-30 19:48:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

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A Surprising Response

Published on 2016-04-29 23:01:31.
Website: Frank Davis

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Majority Schmajority, Who Cares?

Published on 2016-04-29 16:53:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

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Meanwhile in Brussels...

Published on 2016-04-29 16:03:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

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Pubs Are Like Girlfriends

Published on 2016-04-28 23:06:54.
Website: Frank Davis

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Throwback Thursday: April 28th, 1986 (30 Years Ago): Anti-Tobacco Groups Blast Cigarette Companies for Not Supporting Development of a Safer Cigarette

Published on 2016-04-28 14:44:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

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Various Smoking News Items

Published on 2016-04-27 23:12:06.
Website: Frank Davis

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Royal College of Physicians Report Recommends Widespread Promotion of Electronic Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation

Published on 2016-04-27 23:02:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

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The WHO's Dictatorship World Tour

Published on 2016-04-26 18:40:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

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Simultaneously Published Studies Demonstrate Severe Bias in E-Cigarette Research

Published on 2016-04-26 11:35:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

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On processed foods

Published on 2016-04-25 15:28:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

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DNC Chair Mistakenly Claims that Cole Amendment Will Make it Harder to Regulate E-Cigarettes

Published on 2016-04-25 09:53:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

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Chapman: Accidental Or Deliberate Stupidity?

Published on 2016-04-24 21:20:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

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Water, water everywhere

Published on 2016-04-24 11:49:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

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Link Tank 23/04

Published on 2016-04-23 09:10:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

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More Fun With Public Health And E-cigs

Published on 2016-04-21 21:13:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

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No, the EU won't be changing

Published on 2016-04-21 14:54:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

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The nanny state we're in

Published on 2016-04-21 09:36:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

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The Fix Is In For E-Cigs In Oz

Published on 2016-04-20 17:56:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

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A Lie A Day: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Wrongly Accuses Tobacco Companies of Marketing Gummy Bear E-Cigarettes

Published on 2016-04-20 11:12:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

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Smoking licences rear their ugly head again

Published on 2016-04-20 09:51:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

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Institutional Snobbery

Published on 2016-04-19 17:18:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

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Anti-Smoking Groups are Not Capable of Telling the Truth; Now They're Telling Vapers that E-Cigarette Aerosol Contains Propylene Oxide, a Carcinogen

Published on 2016-04-19 10:25:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

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Fat Budgets And Fake Friends

Published on 2016-04-18 17:22:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

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American Thoracic Society Lies to Public, Claiming that Smoking is No More Hazardous than Vaping

Published on 2016-04-18 10:42:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

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Brexit and the nanny state

Published on 2016-04-18 09:43:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

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CDC Continues to Lie and Deceive the Public about Youth Tobacco Use

Published on 2016-04-15 13:45:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

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