Safer than e-cigs?

Though I do wish to keep writing now and then about vaping and specifically issues relating to the Canadian experience I find myself uninspired to write when others have already adequately dealt with the latest news item or outrage. And I just cannot get all that excited about yet another popular article that gets it […]

E-cigarettes: So close to being accepted and yet so close to being banned

We are living through Jekyll and Hyde days when it comes to the future of vaping. On the one hand, the major tobacco companies are investing in or buying e-cigarette companies, some e-cigarette companies are investing heavily in expansion, and the number of vapers are accumulating in ever faster numbers. Popular news items are usually […]

Dr. Oz must now be specializing in auto-proctology since he has his head up his ass when it comes to e-cigarettes

Given how many bad knockoff articles in papers about vaping surface every few days I have been ignoring them but I just had to say something about this one because there are a lot of people who take Oprah’s former court physician Mehmet Oz as a source of wisdom. Oz has attracted some negative attention […]

FDA and Health Canada – are we asking these trains to come off their tracks?

Yes, that is a bit of an unwieldly title. I was reading the FDA response to a citizen petition from Nirav Shah (NY State Commissioner of Health), Kathleen Hoke (Director of the Legal Resource Center for Tobacco Regulation etc.) and Matthew Myers (Tobacco-Free Kids) – see full letter below – on their request that the […]

Tobacco Control study finds e-cigarettes as safe as medicinal nicotine inhaler

A new study ¬†Levels of selected carcinogens and toxicants in vapour from electronic cigarettes¬†from the journal Tobacco Control concludes that substituting tobacco cigarettes with e-cigarettes may substantially reduce exposure to selected tobacco-specific toxicants. E-cigarettes as a harm reduction strategy among smokers unwilling to quit, warrants further study. Strong words considering the source but still I […]

Iowa more worried about candy than cigarettes

While not the full out bans being pursued in Utah and Washington, Democrats in Iowa are working hard to have retail restrictions to be placed on dissolvable tobacco products. This is still a flavor motivated action as indicated on the Iowa Senate Democrats page. This is really quite the “wonderful” article; more misinformation per sentence […]

Obama criticized for use of unapproved anti-smoking therapy

Reported recently at FoxNews: US President Barack Obama has a secret weapon in his battle against his smoking habit — celery, he revealed in an interview gaining traction Thursday. First Lady Michelle Obama said earlier this month that her husband had not smoked a cigarette for almost a year. In an interview posted late Wednesday, […]

One ban deserves another….

When the FDA banned flavored cigarettes in 2009, an action that resulted in quite a bit of press and plaudits but affected a negligible portion of the tobacco market, one wonders given the lack of any real evidence supporting that action, if it was simply to leverage more substantial actions. Now we see the threat […]

When quitting is an option and not a necessity

Though it seems to be so much more common and easier to divide behaviors into good and bad, the problem with drug use is that it is so much more complicated than that. Drug users are as varied as anyone, and since almost everyone is a drug user of some kind, its pretty specious to […]