Its more about options given than options taken

Imagine the following. A car company considers offering reinforced side panels as an additional safety component that customers can have for a price. An outside agency steps in and discourages them in part because the cars already have airbags and seat belts. But the overwhelming reason is “people won’t buy them”. Though in that example, […]

Social relationships and mortality risk

This has only the slightest relationship to tobacco harm reduction issues but it is just too interesting not to mention. Just published in PLOS, the meta-review Social Relationships and Mortality Risks is bound to make the news for some time. And rightly so. While I can see many points of debate regarding the specifics within […]

From the bookshelf: Being Wrong

“As perverse as it may seem, these many forms of creatively dodging the counterevidence represent a backhanded tribute to its importance. However much we ignore, deny, distort, or misconstrue it, evidence continues to matter to us, enormously. In fact, we ignore, deny, distort, and misconstrue evidence because it matters to us. We know that it […]

Victim of the culture whores

I really dislike both Paris and Perez Hilton. In fact, and though you may think I am being hyperbolic or fatuous, I really do think that culturally, they are corrosive elements, and personally, they diminish my quality of life. I would rather spend a day in a room blue with second hand smoke than a […]

Settling for less…

If you have read us for any length of time, or perused our website, you have seen that we often refer to Michael Siegel’s excellent Rest of the Story, but just to stress the point, he is always worth reading. In his latest post, False Information from Center for Tobacco Products is Concerning; FDA Actions […]

Smoking in the movies: 5th hand smoke?

In the ludicrously titled Movies Downplay Smoking Risk anti-tobacco activists once again try to formulate arguments for removing the very sight of people smoking. The title of the press release (because this qualifies as news in some quarters) in its departure from any connection to reality signals the tenor of the article itself. In short, […]