McMillan study sets new bar for ANTZ spin on findings

Just in on UPI Report: Some e-cigarettes deliver carcinogens, while I cannot comment at this point on the suggestion that tank systems may deliver more carcinogens (the idea does not seem entirely improbable) what drew my attention was a reference to an abstract and study findings that though written here as part of the lab […]

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 […]

CASAA asking for your harm reduction stories

(Text from CASAA) Are you fed up with the claim that “there is no evidence” that e-cigarettes, snus, or other low-risk tobacco/nicotine products help people quit smoking?  We are, too.  It is obviously wrong, since every individual story of how e-cigarettes helped someone quit smoking (especially after many failed attempts using other methods) is such […]

Prue Talbot and e-cigarettes – an unfortunate combination

Just appearing in the online journal PLOS (Public Library of Science) ONE the article Metal and Silicate Particles Including Nanoparticles Are Present in Electronic Cigarette Cartomizer Fluid and Aerosol describes design flaws in a sample of e-cigarettes that might be worth thinking about. The assaying procedures lie well outside my expertise so I cannot comment […]

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 […]

Statements made at the Scientific Standards for Studies on Reduced Risk Tobacco Products meeting

Thanks to Bill Godshall, we can give you the links to some of the statements made at the Scientific Standards for Studies on Reduced Risk Tobacco Products meeting to advise the FDA on the minimum standards for scientific studies to allow the marketing of modified risk tobacco products, and for post-market studies of marketed products. […]

On developing a drug to help mice quit smoking (maybe people too)

New research is being reported out of the Scripps Research Institute on how nicotine works in the brain of mice. We’ll assume for the sake of argument that this parallels how it works in humans. In the ScienceDaily report we read: Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have identified a pathway […]

Smoking in the movies (again) and helping out the ailing pharmaceutical industry

In today’s Huffington Post, there was yet another, and not particularly good, article on that new research report (abstract here) that smoking in the movies causes ex-smokers to want to smoke again. I guess it takes a brain scientist to definitively state that seeing something makes someone who likes or liked to do that same […]

Research once again undermines reasons for quitting smoking

(Thanks to CMNissen for alerting me to this article.) In the most recent issue of Chemical Research in Toxicology, there is a new article with the daunting title of Immediate Consequences of Cigarette Smoking: Rapid Formation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Diol Epoxides (abstract here). To summarize, 12 subjects each smoked a cigarette laced with a […]