And now the Globe and Mail is running with the same CMJ anti-e-cigarette op ed

Once again we see the headline E-cigarettes could hook a new generation on nicotine, experts warn. This is a reprint of the Canadian Press article I previously wrote about. I need to also iterate a previous point – addiction is a concern if the results impact health negatively. If the article had been titled …..hook […]

Stages of trying to understand the opposition to e-cigarettes

Its not uncommon to have difficulty understanding why other people don’t hold the same positions you do about things. I will never quite comprehend the mindset of Stephen Harper or for that matter the conservative mindset. I guess we are who we are. But when it comes to health and the public good, I have […]

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 […]

Worth reading: Carl Phillips testimony at the FDA tobacco center meeting

reprinted from Epology My testimony at today’s FDA tobacco center meeting Today I departed from my usual practice of fiercely avoiding any “science by committee” setting or engaging with government overlord-types, and gave some testimony at the Center for Tobacco Products TPSAC meeting. Greg Conley and Bill Godshall talked me into make the trip as […]

There’s more elephants in the room or on contemplating the new user red herring.

Forgive the proliferation of other life forms in this title (and post) but it seems that whenever nicotine or tobacco are discussed, we end up wading knee deep through a bog of misinformation and ANTZ (thank you again Kristin Noll-Marsh for this most appropriate acronym for anti-nicotine and tobacco zealots). So we end up talking […]

What these maps imply about tobacco control in the developing world

I ran across a fascinating resource ( which maps various health outcomes onto regions of the world and thus produces a global picture which when compared against the typical map indicates imbalances or concentrations depending on your outlook. This first map is one of prostate cancer deaths; that is, a cancer unrelated to smoking history. […]

Two Canadians scratch their heads over New York moving closer to banning e-cigarette

[Catherine and I write this with the warning to readers that we know just enough about U.S. politics to get at least something wrong. On the other hand, as we know from trying to understand our own country’s politics, being American might not have gotten us much closer to the truth.] As most readers of […]

If you pretend to be doing honest research, don’t punish people for believing you

Elaine Keller forwarded me this posting (at e-cigarette-forum) recounting the experience of someone who made the “mistake” of bringing up harm reduction concepts at a “Tobacco Cessation Summit”. At the first of the three sessions, participants were asked to come back with some new ideas on how to decrease smoking rates. Our writer took the […]