The desire for nicotine is more likely to lower smoker related disease than the desire to quit

Much like the phrase “mind control” tobacco control connotes persuasion, domination and unwilling conversion to an alien agenda. The recent issue of Tobacco Control returns to the idea of the endgame, the insistence that if there is the will, tobacco and nicotine use can be eliminated entirely. What is notable in these opinion pieces is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tobacco control seeking help in how to further stick it to smokers

A couple of days ago, Elaine Keller wrote a great comment to the article Word Wars and Tobacco Control at the BMJ Group Blog. Excerpt from that posting: In too many places even today, tobacco use is still taken for granted and if problematised at all, is understood primarily as an individual ‘bad habit’ rather […]

Its more about options given than options taken

Imagine the following. A car company considers offering reinforced side panels as an additional safety component that customers can have for a price. An outside agency steps in and discourages them in part because the cars already have airbags and seat belts. But the overwhelming reason is “people won’t buy them”. Though in that example, […]