Time to change the diapers on Pediatrics Journal

Pediatrics cries wolf so often that it would be difficult to identify any real threats to child health within those pages. Not only do they construct visions of disaster out of little more than phone polls (that third hand smoke lunacy), generalize from ambiguous results (as will be elaborated on here) or just plain mislead […]

Spilling nicotine: safety concern or clumsy researchers?

It takes something quite spectacular to take my attention away from any of the research coming out of the Prue Talbot labs but I will have to save that for tomorrow or the next day (hint: it comes from an even more disreputable source -Pediatrics Journal- and it has to do with smoking and the […]

The damage done when researchers do not understand the harm reduction concept

Breaking news out of the University of California labs: Harm Reduction Cigarettes Can Be More Harmful Than Conventional Brands, UC Riverside Researchers Report: Prue Talbot’s lab studied the effect of cigarette smoke on human embryonic stem cells. Perhaps when you are focussed on the minutia of determining the effects of tobacco smoke on embryonic stem […]

Potpourri: Nicotine related news and articles

Rather than post a full article today. it seemed appropriate to promote a couple of articles elsewhere worth reading and some short comments on a couple of recent news items. First the articles. 1. I was going to critique another of the Tobacco Control envisioning “new ways” articles, the Hatsukami et al which suggested various […]

Researchers say not enough nicotine in alternative products

In the latest volume of Tobacco Control, among the many new strategies proposed by self described endgame visionaries, those who are skirting ever so closer to prohibition but dressing it up in more flattering wear, is a new paper evaluating various smokeless products as cessation aids. (Regarding the same volume, make sure to read Carl […]

Dual use is not an obstacle to tobacco harm reduction

In a recent article in Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Does Dual Use Jeopardize the Potential Role of Smokeless Tobacco in Harm Reduction? Kimberly Frost-Pineda et al investigate and discuss the ramifications of dual use (link to abstract). (First of all to get the terminology clear, dual use refers to the same individual sometimes smoking and […]

It’s sad when a phrase stands out simply for exhibiting common sense

A recent CBC article Bone drugs may raise throat cancer risk contained the following sentence: “Esophageal cancer is an uncommon cancer,” said Jane Green, a clinical epidemiologist at the University of Oxford, one of the paper’s authors. “Even a doubled risk is still a very small risk.” The article was about the possible negative effects […]

Residual tobacco smoke pollution in used cars for sale: more Nobel-worthy research

I was going to ignore any more of the 3rd hand smoke “research” for a while but this is just much too impressive a work of scholarship to pass up. And as much of the most important and well thought out tobacco related research, it comes out of California. Though I have not been able […]