New Study Finds that Switching from Smoking to Vaping Reduces Heart Disease Risk by 34%
This study should cause the FDA to stop everything they are doing and re-assess the balance between the benefits and costs of making vaping products available to adult smokers. Rather than ban 99% of these products, which the agency seems poised to do, it should allow most of these products to remain on the market. However, I believe that the agency should also promulgate a rule that limits the sale of all tobacco and nicotine products to stores that exclusively sell these products and are only open to adults ages 21 and older. This is the best way to balance the risks and benefits of vaping.Unfortunately, I have little do...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - May 11, 2022 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

CDC is Concealing and Suppressing Information on Youth Marijuana Vaping to Over-hype Harms of E-Cigarettes
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is concealing and suppressing information on the number one cause of severe, vaping-related health harm to youths in order to deceive the public into thinking that e-cigarettes are at the top of the list.In fact, the number one cause of severe, vaping-related health damage to youths is not electronic cigarettes, although you would not know that from reading the CDC ' s literature on youth vaping.The Rest of the StoryThe chief cause of substantial health harms to youth from vaping is actually not e-cigarettes. It is marijuana or THC vaping.The hundreds of youth who have b...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - January 26, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Tobacco Researcher Claims that Smoking May Be Safer than E-Cigarettes
Imagine if a tobacco company came out today and publicly claimed that smoking might very well be safer than using an e-cigarette. It would be a completely irresponsible statement and the company would rightly be vigorously criticized and attacked for asserting that its deadly products, which kill more than 400,000 people each year, are potentially safer than e-cigarettes, which do not contain tobacco, involve no combustion, and have been documented to have much lower levels of thousands of different chemicals compared to cigarettes.In a strange an shocking irony, that exact claim was made today, but it came not from Big To...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - January 9, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Vape Shops Saved for Now: Dodged One Bullet, But Now Must Dodge Another One
I am expecting the FDA to announce this afternoon that it plans to enforce a ban on the sale of all flavored e-cigarette pods and cartridges for closed vaping systems, with the exception of tobacco and menthol flavors, but that it is exempting e-liquids and vape juices sold for open systems. This means that the restriction will primarily affect the vaping products sold by convenience stores, but not all of the products sold by vape shops.The decision of the FDA not to ban all flavored e-cigarettes is a huge victory for public health. By allowing vape shops to continue selling flavored vape liquids, the FDA is preventing hu...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - January 2, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

American Academy of Family Physicians Bemoans Fact that Many People Correctly Link Respiratory Disease Outbreak to THC Vapes
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) hasreleased the results of a survey it commissioned to examine public attitudes regarding what CDC has incorrectly called the EVALI (e-cigarette, or vaping-associated lung illness) outbreak. The AAFP reports the results as follows:" In the online survey of 1,000 people aged 16 to 30 who vape, 93% of respondents said they were aware of the EVALI outbreak, and 65% said they were closely following news regarding the issue. More than 70% of respondents indicated they planned to be more careful about the products they buy and to reduce their use of vape products, and 86% were con...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - December 24, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Newest CDC Data Confirm that Respiratory Disease Outbreak was Caused by Vitamin E Acetate Oil in THC Vaping Cartridges
The CDC has released new data which almost definitively confirm that the respiratory disease outbreak was caused by vitamin E acetate oil in THC vaping products (and perhaps some CBD vaping products as well).I came to the same conclusion on August 25th, as did many experts from the cannabis industry who helped to inform my conclusion. Why it took the CDC four additional months of intensive investigation to discover something that cannabis industry experts had recognized much earlier is mystifying.Previously, CDC had tested lung fluids from 29 of the case patients. All 29 contained vitamin E acetate. This past Thursday, CDC...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - December 22, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Issues Emergency Order Banning the Sale of All Pets for Four Months
In response to anoutbreak of multi-drug resistant Campylobacter infections associated with the purchase of puppies from pet stores, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued a temporary, four-month ban on the sale of all animals by pet stores throughout the Commonwealth.The CDC concluded that the outbreak is being caused by puppies sold by pet stores based on the finding that 88% of the case patients reported contact with a puppy and 71% of these reported contact with a puppy from a pet store.The CDC conclusion is as follows: " Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicate that contact with puppies, especia...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - December 19, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Flavored E-Cigarette Bans are a Sure Way to Increase Youth Cigarette Consumption and Black Market THC Vaping
Sometimes the most important evidence in a public health debate come from the most important informants: the people who are actually affected by public health policy and who know what is happening on the ground. This morning,WGBHreported that the Massachusetts e-cigarette ban is leading youth to substitute real cigarettes or illegal THC vapes for their flavored e-cigarettes.As the article reports: " Some students say the ban did little to stop use of e-cigarettes and they want to be part of the solution. Sullivan [a youth] says the temporary ban was actually harmful to students: “It’s forcing students to buy rip-off pr...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - December 17, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Vapers Beware: New Study Does NOT Show that E-Cigarettes Cause Chronic Lung Disease
This study is deeply flawed because it fails to consider the most likely explanation for the study findings: that people who use e-cigarettes more likely have a history of more intense smoking than people who do not use e-cigarettes. For example, onestudy found that while only 21% of adult smokers who did not vape were heavy smokers, 68% of adult smokers who did vape were heavy smokers (or had been heavy smokers).This is critical because it shows that in order to control for smoking history properly in a study such as this one, you cannot merely control for whether or not someone was a current or ever smoker at baseline. Y...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - December 17, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Massachusetts DPH Admits that Rescinding the E-Cigarette Sales Ban " Will Almost Certainly Lead to More Cases of Severe Illness, and Potentially Deaths "
In court filings--both in state and federal court--the Massachusetts Department of Public Health strongly argued that allowing e-cigarettes to be sold in the Commonwealth, as it did by rescinding the emergency sales ban on December 11, will almost certainly lead to more cases of severe respiratory illness and possibly death.According to statements by both the governor and the Department of Public Health on December 11, the cause of the respiratory disease outbreak remains unknown and officials have not yet been able to pinpoint the specific source of the vaping-related illnesses. Therefore, according to the Department of P...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - December 16, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Massachusetts DPH Destroys Its Own Justification for the Emergency E-Cigarette Ban
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), via a vote by the Public Health Council, has rescinded its emergency ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes which was issued on September 25. When the ban was implemented in September, the Department ' s rationale was that since we don ' t know what is causing the outbreak, there may be e-cigarettes that could be involved. Therefore, to protect the public ' s health, we need to ban the sale of e-cigarettes.In rescinding the emergency order, DPH stated that the cause of the outbreak remains unknown. So by its own rationale which it invoked on September 25, there could s...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - December 13, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

The Height of Irresponsibility: Massachusetts Department of Public Health Tells Public the Cause of Respiratory Disease Outbreak is Unknown
Yesterday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) proclaimed to residents of the Commonwealth that it has no idea what is causing the outbreak of respiratory illness that has affected more than 2,000 people and killed 47 throughout the country.The proclamation came on a day when the Public Health Council voted to rescind the emergency order that banned the sale of all e-cigarettes in the state.According to anarticle inBoston Magazine, the Department of Public Health told reporters:" We don ’t understand what is causing these illnesses. From a public health point of view, we cannot recommend that anybody use ...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - December 12, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Outbreak of Salmonella Poisoning from Contaminated Vegetables in Massachusetts But DPH Refuses to Release Data on Which Products are Involved and Where They Were Purchased
Despite an outbreak of vegetable-associated Salmonella poisoning linked to products sold at Massachusetts restaurants that has affected 90 Massachusetts residents and resulted in three deaths, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is refusing to release any information on the restaurants at which the patients ate or the exact products they consumed. The Department has revealed only that the outbreak is associated with " vegetable products " and that some of the patients reported having eaten vegetables at restaurants in the Commonwealth.The Department of Public Health is not even telling the restaurant owners thems...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - December 9, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

American Lung Association's Lies About E-Cigarettes are Dangerous and Irresponsible
Earlier this week, I revealed that, ironically, in a campaign attacking e-cigarette companies for lying to the public, the American Heart Association was itselflying to the public by asserting that e-cigarettes cannot help smokers quit.Today I reveal that, not to be outdone, the American Lung Association is lying even more blatantly to the public and in a way that is not only irresponsible but dangerous for the public ' s health.In apress release issued yesterday, the American Lung Association made the following claims:Cigarette smoking is no more hazardous than using e-cigarettes.E-cigarettes cannot help smokers quit.If y...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - December 5, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Massachusetts State Health Department is Completely Irresponsible in Hiding the Cause of Vaping-Associated Respiratory Illness
The Department of Public Health ' s Silence is Putting the Lives of the State ' s Youth at RiskI was startled this morning to read what the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is currentlytelling the public about the vaping-associated respiratory illness outbreak that has affected more than 2,000 people and resulted in 47 deaths. This information appears on the emergency web page that the Department has created , entitled " Vaping Public Health Emergency. "There are three critical pieces of information provided regarding the outbreak. First, here is what DPH is currently saying about the cause of the outbr...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - December 2, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs