Saying one puff can kill is saying you might as well smoke

If you are going to approach the issue of tobacco as a war, that is as a political rather than a health issue, then best your chief physician should be a general, and in that respect Regina Benjamin does not disappoint. Though her one puff claims are quite dramatic, she still has some way to […]

Tobacco Control: Not really thinking outside the box

We’ve already discussed two of the papers (see here and here) in the October issue of Tobacco Control. The introductory editorial Imagining things otherwise: new endgame ideas for tobacco control by Ruth Malone describes the issue as dealing with: Where are we going in tobacco control long-term, and how will we get there? This issue […]

FCTC: Constructing a new assault on smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes: Part 4: or taxing the way to prohibition

This the fourth of a series on this latest development at the FCTC. See Part1: Background, Part2, and Part3 This is the last worrying of this sad, and sadly influential, document. This document which lists off various risks of the use of smokeless tobacco (ST) without differentiation among types, does so, only to make an […]

FCTC: Constructing a new assault on smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes: Part 3: or disregarding the context of tobacco use

This the third of a series on this latest development at the FCTC. See Part1: Background and Part2. In the Convention Secretariat report concern is expressed over the welfare of the disadvantaged but a disparagement of cheap sources of nicotine that would soften their plight. First a little context on how much of a threat […]

FCTC: Constructing a new assault on smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes: Part 2: more misinformation

This the second of a series on this latest development at the FCTC. See Part1: Background. In a thoughtful overview of smokeless tobacco and its application to harm reduction, Snus Use in the U.S.: Reducing Harm or Creating It? (from the most recent edition of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute) Renee Twombly writes: […]

FCTC: Constructing a new assault on smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes: Background

This a first of a series on this latest development at the FCTC. Though I am not that conversant with the World Health Organization, they seem to do some good in the world, not unlike the FDA. And just like the FDA when they turn their gaze (via the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control) onto […]

FDA effectively shutting down e-cigarettes

Tamping down the urge to simply rant and rage against this “regulatory wrath” I find myself somewhat at a loss regarding the legal niceties at play. I just cannot tell if the FDA is acting within or outside its jurisdiction. But even if they do have the power, this is just plain wrong. In January […]

Despite what they say, when it comes to tobacco, the CDC is not that concerned about your health

A fairly popular bit of press these days are variations on the CDC spin on the stall in smoking rates (as witnessed here in the Los Angeles Times); of course straight reporting on anything related to tobacco from within the borders of California is way too much to ask for; just take a look at […]

If one small lie could stop someone from ever smoking?

Years ago at a conference I attended, we had a discussion going about how much misleading information was present in materials which were aimed at getting people to stop or not start smoking. One of the more persistent ideas was that nicotine was poisonous. But a doctor who worked at an addictions clinic said that […]