Based Solely on Quotes from Anti-Tobacco Groups, Big Tobacco Tells America's 3 Million Nonsmoking Vapers They Would Be Healthier Going Back to Smoking
The tobacco industry is taking advantage of a rare and unprecedented marketing opportunity being offered to it by none other than the anti-tobacco movement. Based solely on statements made by tobacco control organizations,Big Tobacco (@BigTobaccoUS) is urging America's 12 million vapers (3 million of whom do not use cigarettes at all) to return exclusively to smoking in order to protect their health.Cleverly, Big Tobacco is not making any statements of its own. It is simply relying on statements already made by anti-tobacco groups. For example, Big Tobaccostated: "Mostpublic health experts agree thatvaping is dangerou...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - July 17, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

New Organization Forms to Confront the Epidemic of Popcorn Lung
Prompted by the statements of anti-tobacco groups throughout the country claiming that vaping causes popcorn lung, a new organization was launched this past Thursday to confront this new and alarming epidemic among young people. The organization is called the American Popcorn Lung Association (APLA) and it has aTwitter feed (@LungPopcorn)." Popcorn lung " is a serious, progressive lung disease that is technically known as bronchiolitis obliterans. The disease results in obstruction of the smallest airways in the lung. The disease is irreversible and can be fatal. A lung transplant is the only definitive treatment...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - July 15, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

" Big Tobacco Lies. So Does Juul. " ... And So Does Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights
A July 11column by the American Nonsmokers'Rights Foundation (ANRF) is entitled " Big Tobacco Lies. So Does Juul. " A large image shows a graduating college student with the quote: " We were literally going to be the first generation not addicted to nicotine. And then they made it taste like cotton candy and everyone is vaping and ADDICTED to nicotine. "The Rest of the StoryThe headline should more appropriately say: " Big Tobacco Lies. So Does Juul. And So Does the American Nonsmokers'Rights Foundation. "ANRF is lying here because they are implying that Juul created cotton candy-flavored e-ci...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - July 14, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

American Lung Association Inadvertently Reveals the Truth About Many Vaping Opponents
Anarticle published recently by the American Lung Association claims that vaping causes popcorn lung and COPD. There is no evidence to support either of these assertions. In fact, I'm not aware of a single case of either popcorn lung or COPD that has ever been diagnosed in a vaper without a history of cigarette smoking. Even active smoking itself is not associated with popcorn lung, and cigarette smoke contains about 750 times the amount of diacetyl (the putative cause of popcorn lung) than e-cigarette aerosol. So the American Lung Association is lying about the health risks of vaping.The Rest of the StoryHowever, that's n...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - July 13, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

San Francisco Board of Supervisors to Vote Tuesday on Banning the Retail Sale of Cigarettes and Marijuana
This Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a proposed ordinance that would ban the sale of cigarettes and marijuana products in the city until the FDA conducts a safety review of these products.The impetus for the proposed ordinance was new data showing that a large proportion of San Francisco youths are still smoking and that the use of marijuana may even be increasing, especially with the recent legalization of recreational marijuana use. The city attorney explained that: " The epidemic is real. It needed attention. We felt it was necessary to step in and make sure we were protectin...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - June 22, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Poised to Deliver Huge Gift to Philip Morris
Philip Morris - the nation's largest cigarette manufacturer - is about to land a huge legislative gift from the most unlikely of sources: the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.Earlier today, the Board approved an ordinance that will ban the sale of all electronic cigarettes in the city, including both brick-and-mortar and online sales. Before it becomes law, the ordinance is subject to a final vote, which is expected to take place next week.The Philip Morris USA cigarette company could not have dreamed for a more favorable legislative gift from the city of San Francisco. Right now, the chief competitor to the sale of the ...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - June 19, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Detailed interview on vaping and bans on flavored e-cigarettes - WICN's Public Eye
Detailedinterview on vaping, especially bans on flavored e-cigarettes, on WICN's Public Eye. Click on archives for Sunday, June 9th. (Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary)
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - June 10, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Lawsuit Against Juul/Altria Alleging Fraudulent Misinformation Provides Fraudulent Misinformation
Parents of a Florida teenager who became addicted to Juul havesued Juul, Altria, and Philip Morris USA based on a number of claims, including fraud, negligence, and violation of the RICO statute (the compliant ishere). Dr. Stan Glantz and Lauren Lempert provide a nicesummary of the reasoning behind the lawsuit and the specific claims being made. The case was filed on Monday in the federal district court for the middle district of Florida.The Rest of the StoryAlthough the main complaint is that the company fraudulently provided misinformation about the product, its health risks, and its addictiveness, the complaint itself p...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - April 17, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

New Study Finds Vaping is Not Associated with Cardiovascular Disease among Never Smokers; But Tobacco Control Researcher Dismisses Findings
A newstudy published online ahead of print in theAmerican Journal of Medicine reports that there is no association between vaping and cardiovascular disease among never smokers.Like previous studies of its kind, this was a cross-sectional study that examined the association between current vaping/smoking status andever having been told that one has cardiovascular disease (including heart attack, coronary artery disease, or stroke). Previous studies used data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) or the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study; this paper used data from the Behavioral Risk Factor ...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - April 10, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Public Misunderstanding of Health Risks is " a Good Thing " According to Some in the Tobacco Control Movement
Somewhere along the line, I must have gone astray. During my master's in public health program, I was taught that one major goal of public health is to educate the public about the risks of various exposures. I was also taught that accurately communicating these risks, as well as helping the public to accurately understand the relative risks between different hazardous behaviors or products was critical.Well, based on an editorial published this morning in theJournal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)Network Open, I was misguided. For in this editorial, it states that the increasing public misunderstanding of the r...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - March 29, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Response to Press Release Announcing Proposed Ban on Electronic Cigarettes in San Francisco
Here is my point-by-point response to several of the statements made in thepress release issued by City Attorney Herrera announcing the introduction of legislation to ban the sale of all electronic cigarettes in the city of San Francisco:" City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor Shamann Walton today announced joint steps to curb the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use, which has erased more than a decade ’s worth of progress in reducing youth tobacco consumption. "The “epidemic” of youth e-cigarette use has not “erased” progress in reducing youth tobacco consumption. The gains in r...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - March 20, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

San Francisco Considering Banning Electronic Cigarettes, But Letting Deadly Real Cigarettes Stay on the Shelves
Yesterday, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor Shamann Walton announced that they are introducing an ordinance to the Board of Supervisors that would ban all electronic cigarettes until they are officially reviewed and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Since there is not a single e-cigarette on the market that has undergone such an approval process, the ordinance does indeed ban the sale of all electronic cigarettes in the city of San Francisco.The reasoning behind the proposal is as follows: " Today we are taking action to protect our kids. By law, before a new tobacco product ...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - March 20, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Purported Links Between Vaping and Heart Attacks are Based on Crappy Science
This study, being presented tomorrow (Monday) morning at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology in New Orleans, reports that " adults who report puffing e-cigarettes, or vaping, are significantly more likely to have a heart attack, coronary artery disease and depression compared with those who don ’t use them or any tobacco products. "These conclusions were based on a cross-sectional analysis of data from the 2014, 2016, and 2017 National Health Interview Surveys. Respondents were asked to report whether they had ever been diagnosed with having had a heart attack, coronary artery disease, ...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - March 18, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

11 Million Lies: The Tobacco Control Movement is Committing Public Health Malpractice by Misrepresenting the Health Effects of Vaping
My colleagues and I in the tobacco control movement have based our entire careers on the principle that it is wrong to lie to the public. The bulk of our campaign against Big Tobacco was based on the contention that the cigarette companies lied to the public about the health risks of smoking. Numerous lawsuits were filed against Big Tobacco, seeking damages based on the claim that the companies are responsible because they misrepresented the health effects of their products, thus preventing smokers from making an informed choice. The name of the major youth anti-tobacco campaign is called " Truth. " Clearly, hone...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - March 17, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Switching from Smoking to Juul Reduces Toxic Chemical Biomarkers to the Same Degree as Quitting Cold Turkey
This study adds to the already overwhelming evidence that vaping is much safer than smoking. And it further emphasizes the degree to which the Pennsylvania Department of Health is lying about the relative health effects of smoking vs. vaping. As I reported last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Health informs the public on itsweb site that: " E-cigarettes, also known as e-cigs, e-hookahs, mods, vape pens, vapes or ENDS,are not safer than other tobacco products for youth. "This study is significant because it didnot show that toxic chemical biomarker reduction with the Juul was at some level between continuing ...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - February 27, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Pennsylvania Department of Health Urges Parents to Lie to their Kids About the Dangers of E-Cigarettes
A basic principle of public health ethics is that we don't lie to people. Telling the truth is a critical component of the public health code of ethics. It is important not only because it is unethical to lie, but also because we greatly risk losing credibility and the public's trust if we are found to be lying. And once that public trust is lost, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to gain back.Therefore, it pains me today to have to report that the Pennsylvania Department of Health is urging parents to lie to their kids about e-cigarettes in order to dissuade them from vaping. In addition, the Pennsylvania Depa...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - February 24, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

SRNT Under Fire for Accepting Sponsorship Money from E-Cigarette Company for Annual Meeting
Controversy is brewing in San Francisco this week as it was revealed that the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) accepted money from an e-cigarette company to sponsor its annual meeting which is being held this week.It was reported this morning that SRNT accepted funding from GreenSmokeKloud, an e-liquid distributor whose products are competing with nicotine replacement therapy and Chantix for a share of the smoking cessation market.Critics pointed out that sponsorship of the conference by GreenSmokeKloud presents a severe conflict of interest because its products are being used for smoking cessation and t...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - February 21, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Landmark Study Fails to Find Any Evidence that Vaping is a Gateway to Smoking among Youth
A landmarkstudy, published on January 25 in theJournal of the National Cancer Institute, found no evidence that vaping is a gateway to smoking among youth. The data come from the largest, longitudinal study of youth smoking initiation -- the PATH (Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health) study -- and include two waves of observations on nearly 12,000 U.S. youth.The surveys asked numerous questions about both vaping and smoking behavior, including the frequency of these behaviors. It also assessed numerous risk factors for smoking that can be controlled for in multivariate analyses of smoking initiation rate differences...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - February 18, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Researchers Tell Public that Vaping Causes COPD as Scientific Rigor in Tobacco Control Drops to an All-Time Low
Based on the results of a cross-sectionalstudy showing an association between using e-cigarettes and reporting that one has ever been told they have COPD (chronic obstructive lung disease), a number of researchers have essentially concluded that vaping causes COPD, and one researcher is telling the public that use of e-cigarettes increases one's risk of COPDjust like cigarettes.The paper, published inDrug and Alcohol Dependence, reports the results of a cross-sectional study based on the 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey in Hawaii. The outcome variable was reporting ever having been told that o...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - February 9, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Having Health Insurance Increases Your Risk of a Heart Attack, and Other Cross-Sectional Study Foibles
Later this week, a research study will be presented at the International Stroke Conference in Hawaii that purports to show that vaping increases the risk of heart attacks. In a recentpost, I showed that this research is fatally flawed because it violates the basic principle in epidemiology that correlation does not equal causation. The study found a correlation between using e-cigarettes and ever having had a heart attack. The authors conclude that vaping must therefore increase heart attack risk. However, the more likely explanation is the opposite: smokers who experience a heart attack are more likely to try to quit smok...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - February 3, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Junk Science Exposed: New Study Purports to Show that E-Cigarettes Increase Heart Attack Risk
According to the headline of aUPInews story from last week, vaping has been linked to an increased risk of having a heart attack. This research finding was reported worldwide, including a scary headline in London'sSunday Express reading: " New research claimsvaping raises risk of deadly heart attacks and strokes. "This finding is profoundly important because if e-cigarette use does indeed increase heart attack risk, then the role of vaping in harm reduction comes into serious question.The news headline stems from a paper that is being presented this week at the American Stroke Association ’sInternational St...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - February 3, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Does the American Lung Association Really Hate Smokers So Much that They Discourage Quit Attempts Using E-Cigarettes Despite New Clinical Trial Evidence of their Superiority to NRT?
On Wednesday, theNew England Journal of Medicine published a newstudy that reported the results of a one-year randomized, clinical trial in which e-cigarettes were compared to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to aid smoking cessation. The study was conducted in the UK, and both treatments were accompanied by behavioral counseling. The result: " The 1-year abstinence rate was 18.0% in the e-cigarette group, as compared with 9.9% in the nicotine-replacement group (relative risk, 1.83; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.30 to 2.58). "This is the most definitive study yet on the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes ...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - February 2, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

" Truth " Campaign to Kids: Better to Smoke 19 Cigarettes than to Vape One Juul Pod
And this " Truth " Campaign " Fact " Isn't Even TrueOne of the oft-repeated " facts " being disseminated by the " truth " campaign is thatone Juul pod is equal to 20 cigarettes worth of nicotine.More specifically, the " truth " campaign claims, as its#1 most important fact about Juul that: " The amount of nicotine in one JUUL cartridge is roughly equal to the amount of nicotine in a pack of cigarettes. "Joining the " truth " campaign in spreading this factual information is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), whoseweb site currently sta...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - December 27, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Will Marijuana Become the Next Juul?
Yesterday, the first recreational marijuana facility opened in Massachusetts. Out of curiosity, I decided to check out its menu of offerings. Although I thought that this ballot initiative was all about allowing adults to use marijuana for recreational purposes, I was surprised to find a menu that is certain to appeal to youth.The Rest of the StoryHere are somemenu items - tell me that they are not going to be appealing to teenagers:Strawberry-flavored chewy bitesLarge, citrus gummy bearsDelectable Belgian dark chocolate barsAssorted fruit-flavored chewsAssorted fruit-flavored cubesRaspberry flavored confectionRaspberry fl...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - November 20, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

FDA to Announce Ban on Sale of Most Cigarettes in Convenience Stores Due to Addiction of Hundreds of Thousands of Youth to Cigarettes
Tomorrow, the FDA is expected to announce the strictest regulation of cigarettes sales in decades. Spurred by the data showing that nearly 8% of high school students are current cigarette smokers, the FDA will announce that from now on, with just a few exceptions, cigarettes may not be sold in any convenience store or gas station. Online sales of cigarettes will still be allowed, but it will be subject to advanced age verification procedures. The only stores that will be allowed to sell cigarettes without restriction will be those which are only open to adults (or which establish an area that is only open to adults).The FD...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - November 13, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

USC Ended Partnership with Anheuser-Busch InBev in April; Ohio State and San Diego State Should Follow Suit
I have been informed by the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work that the School and its research team that had been involved in the Smart Drinking Goals project terminated its involvement with the project in April 2018 and that they are no longer associated in any way with the project.The USC team had prepared toolkits summarizing the best current scientific thinking regarding environmental strategies for alcohol prevention. Although the team's involvement was apparently slated to last at least through 2018, they terminated their involvement in April and have completely disassociated themselves from the Smart Dri...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - June 18, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Anheuser-Busch InBev Proves that Its Smart Drinking Goals Program is a Complete Hoax: Ohio State and USC Have Fallen Prey
Two years ago, Iexplained why I think Anheuser-Busch InBev's Smart Drinking Goals program is a complete farce. Last year, Icriticized the NIAAA for endorsing the alcohol industry's Smart Drinking Goals program. Today, I will show how Anheuser-Busch itself has proven that its Smart Drinking Goals program is a huge hoax, designed solely as a public relations ploy and devoid of any sincere intent to reduce alcohol consumption.For brief background, senior employees of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) appeared in an Anheuser-Busch InBev promotional video that was designed primarily to serve the com...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - June 18, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

NIH Disbands Alcohol Clinical Trial Because of Scientific and Ethical Breaches
In a decision that I applaud, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins announced yesterday that based on the recommendation of his Advisory Committee after an extensive investigation, he is discontinuing the MACH15 (Moderate Alcohol and Cardiovascular Health) clinical trial of moderate alcohol consumption (see original news reportshere andhere).In itsreport, the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director concluded as follows:" To understand the context that led NIAAA to embark on the MACH trial, the ACD WG considered the nature and extent of interactions among NIAAA staff, select extramural investigators, and industry representat...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - June 16, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Alcohol Clinical Trial Continues to Crumble: Anheuser-Busch Pulls Its Funding
In another setback for the NIAAA's and alcohol industry's study of the " health benefits " of encouraging people to drink, Anheuser-Busch has pulled its funding from the clinical trial because recent controversy over how the research funding was solicited has undermined the study's credibility.According to anarticle by Roni Caryn Rabin in theNew York Times:" Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, one of five alcohol companies underwriting a $100 million federal trial on the health benefits of a daily drink, is pulling its funding from the project, saying controversy about the sponsorship threatens to undermine ...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - June 11, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Johns Hopkins Public Health Researchers Claim that Smoking May Be No More Hazardous than Vaping
In anarticle published in the Summer 2018 issue of theHopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine, two researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health are denying that smoking is known to be any more hazardous than vaping.According to the article, Dr. Ana Maria Rule, an assistant professor in the the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, argued that: " Even if vaping proves safer than smoking, that's still a long way from a gold stamp for their safety. " This of course implies that we don't currently know that vaping is any safer than smoking. In turn, this means the professor's clai...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - June 10, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

E-Cigarette Opponents Still Making Up False " Facts " to Demonize Vaping
We're well into 2018 and there is now substantial research on the health effects of vaping as well as a decade of experience with large numbers of vapers, yet e-cigarette opponents are still making up false claims to buttress their demonization of vaping.In anarticle by Jia Tolentino published yesterday in theNew Yorker, a Harvard professor was quoted as claiming that: " vaping can cause something called bronchiolitis obliterans, or popcorn lung. "He also stated that Juul is " a massive public-health disaster, " likened e-cigarettes to “bioterrorism,” and " predicted that, eventually, a...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - May 8, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

NIH Director Grilled at Appropriations Hearing About NIAAA Collusion with Alcohol Industry
At the House Appropriations Committee hearing on the NIH Budget, NIH director Dr. Frances Collins was grilled about the collusion between the NIAAA and the alcohol industry in planning a clinical trial to study the health benefits of alcohol use. Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) expressed concern about the fact that NIAAA violated NIH policy by soliciting funding from the alcohol companies and asked Dr. Collins who authorized the solicitation of funding. While Dr. Collins did not answer the question, he did say that his office is conducting an investigation and will provide the Inspector General with any uncovere...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - April 12, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Principal Investigator of Alcohol Clinical Trial is Hiding its Industry Funding from the Public and Potential Research Subjects
I have already explained why I think the Moderate Alcohol and Cardiovascular Health (MACH15) clinical trial should beimmediately halted because of both scientific and ethical breaches in the way the research was planned. Today, I reveal what I believe is misconduct in the actual conduct of the trial: namely, in the communication of the research sponsors to the public.I believe that the public -- and especially research subjects -- have the right to know who is funding a clinical trial that is seeking their participation. In fact, there are rules requiring the sponsors of such studies to be revealed to the public. However, ...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - April 8, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Alcohol Clinical Trial Should be Halted Because It Was Designed to Promote Drinking, Not to Answer a Research Question
Digging Deeper into the Harvard/NIAAA Solicitation of Alcohol Company FundingIn a previouspost, I noted that I had reviewed materials obtained by theNew York Times and shared with me for thearticle revealing that the NIAAA solicited funding from alcohol companies for the clinical trial of potential benefits of alcohol. A deeper examination of those materials allows me to now reveal that the real purpose of the clinical trial is not to conduct research to answer a question, but to help the alcohol industry sell beer, wine, and liquor by producing newspaper headlines to get doctors to start recommending moderate drinking to ...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - April 1, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Congressional Investigation Needed into Scientific and Ethical Corruption at NIAAA
I used to think of the National Institutes of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) as a highly-reputed, objective, science-based agency whose primary goal was to reduce alcohol consumption to improve the public ’s health. The scientific integrity of the NIAAA is critical, as itdescribes itself as “the largest funder of alcohol research in the world.” The agency is funded by taxpayers to the tune of$480 million a year.But then one day, all of that changed. On January 16, 2015, I was called into the office of the Director of NIAAA and was essentially reprimanded for conducting NIAAA-funded research that was...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - March 25, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Correspondence Between NIAAA and the Alcohol Industry
Correspondence obtained as the result of my FOIA request to the NIAAA. (Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary)
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - March 17, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

New Study Concludes that Vaping Causes Heart Attacks
This study is a perfect demonstration of that phenomenon.Because this is a cross-sectional study, and because respondents were asked whether they hadever had a heart attack, one cannot determine whether the heart attacks followed e-cigarette use or preceded it. In other words, we do not know that vaping preceded the heart attack for any of the subjects. It is entirely possible that in most of these cases, the smokers suffered a heart attack and then started vaping in an attempt to quit smoking. In fact, I believe that is the most likely explanation for the observed study findings.It is not even biologically plausible that ...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - February 27, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

My Op-Ed in U.S. News & World Report on the National Academy of Sciences Report on E-Cigarettes
Here is thelink to my op-ed on the National Academy of Sciences report. (Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary)
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - January 26, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

WBUR Interview Regarding National Academy of Sciences E-Cigarette Report
Here is thelink to an article on WBUR that includes edited excerpts from an interview I did regarding the new National Academy of Sciences report on electronic cigarettes. (Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary)
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - January 24, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

National Academy of Sciences Report on Electronic Cigarettes Confirms that Vaping is Much Safer than Smoking and Has No Known Long-Term Health Effects
My commentary on the conclusions and implications of the National Academy of Sciences report on electronic cigarettes was just accepted as an op-ed piece in U.S. News& World Report. I expect it to be published tomorrow. For this reason, I have had to take down the original commentary. However, below I have posted the parts of the original blog post that had to be cut from the op-ed because of length concerns. Also, I will post a link to the op-ed as soon as it appears.The key findings of the report are:1. " There is substantial evidence that except for nicotine, under typical conditions of use, exposure to potenti...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - January 24, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

National Academy of Sciences Report on E-Cigarettes Confirms that Vaping is Much Safer than Smoking and Has No Known Long-Term Health Effects
Areport released this morning by the National Academy of Sciences confirms that despite the demonization of vaping by many anti-tobacco groups and health departments, use of these products is much safer than smoking, and there are no known long-term health effects associated with vaping.This does not mean, of course, that vaping is safe. It just means that we don't know what the long-term effects may be. But it is important to stress that at this time, we don't know of any long-term adverse health effects.The report also concludes that the " second-hand " aerosol produced by vaping is safer than secondhand tobacc...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - January 23, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research (ISFAR) is Still Hiding Conflicts of Interest of Its Members
The International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research (ISFAR)claims to be " anindependent organization of scientists that prepares critiques of emerging research reports on alcohol and health. " The Forumdescribes itself as " an international group of invited physicians and scientists who are specialists in their fields and committed to balanced and well researched analysis regarding alcohol and health. " It is " a joint undertaking of Boston University School of Medicine in the United States and Alcohol in Moderation (AIM) of the United Kingdom. Its Co-Directors are R. Curtis Ellison, MD, Pr...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - January 8, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

First Major Action of Foundation for a " Smoke-Free World " Shows that It is Largely a Scam
I have already written about why Irefused to participate in the activities of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, which I believe is essentially a front-group created by Philip Morris International (PMI) primarily to promote its business interests. I explained that if PMI were serious about creating a smoke-free world, it would stop aggressively marketing its deadly products throughout the world and stop opposing public health policies to reduce tobacco use.The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World recently released acall for research proposals for preliminary projects that entail research to help the Foundation obtain the ...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - December 6, 2017 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Tobacco Control Researcher Calls for Boycott of Journal, Apparently Because the Editor Supports E-Cigarettes for Harm Reduction
In acomment posted on Dr. Stan Glantz'sblog yesterday, Dr. Thomas Eissenberg--a researcher studying electronic cigarettes at Virginia Commonwealth University--called for a boycott of the journalAddiction because of his claim that the editor of the journal exhibited bias in fast-tracking an article that reported low levels of aldehydes in e-cigarette aerosol.Specifically, Dr. Eissenberg called for researchers to boycott the journal by not submitting articles to it and not reviewing for it " until it has published the means by which it will manage the apparent conflicts of conscience among its editorial staff... " ...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - November 27, 2017 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

NIAAA Promotes Alcohol Industry Public Relations Program; Violates Ethical Standards by Appearing in Anheuser-Busch Promotional Video
In what I believe is a clear ethics code violation, senior employees of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) have appeared in an Anheuser-Busch InBev promotional video that is designed primarily to serve the company's public relations interests.The video was brought to light in anarticle by Miriam Shuchman atWired which was published last Thursday.In thevideo, Anheuser-Busch InBev boasts to the public about its " Smart Drinking Goals " program, which is purportedly designed to reduce " hazardous " drinking. Several Anheuser-Busch executives-- including its CEO, Chief " Hea...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - October 30, 2017 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

My Response to an Invitation to Consult for the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World
Below is my response to an invitation to consult for the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, funded by Philip Morris International:Unfortunately, I will not be able to consult or play any advisory role on this project. Since Philip Morris International (PMI) continues to aggressively market cigarettes internationally and to aggressively fight public health efforts to reduce tobacco use, this is just not a project that I can participate in as a public health practitioner. PMI cannot be sincere in its intention to establish a smoke-free world when it continues to aggressively lobby against public health efforts to reduce toba...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - October 6, 2017 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Center for Tobacco Products is Lying to the Public About Youth Tobacco Use
This month, the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) updated achart purporting to show trends in youth tobacco use over the past 5 years.Here are the facts (i.e., the " true " facts) displayed in the chart:1. Youth cigarette use (among high school students) dropped by a huge amount from 2011 to 2016.2. Cigar use dropped substantially from 2011 to 2016.3. Pipe use dropped substantially from 2011 to 2016.4. Smokeless tobacco use dropped slightly from 2011 to 2016.5. Hookah use was essentially the same in 2011 and 2016.Given those facts, here is the key question:What happened to overall use of tobacco among high ...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - August 31, 2017 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

My Testimony for Electronic Cigarette Hearing in Windham, New Hampshire
Attorney Fred Kelly Grant conducted a very niceinterview with me regarding electronic cigarettes which will be submitted as testimony for an e-cigarette informational hearing in Windham, New Hampshire. Fred did a great job of asking questions that covered the gamut of important scientific and regulatory issues, so I hope this will be a good resource to provide a solid background on this issue. (Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary)
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - August 18, 2017 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

American Heart Association Still Clings to Alternative Facts: Claims that Smoking is No Safer than Vaping
Scientists like myself are often frustrated by " denialists " who refuse to acknowledge global warming, disseminate false information about adverse effects of vaccines, or - historically - failed to acknowledge the severe health effects of cigarette smoking. But I never expected this denialism to be coming from within my own movement in public health.Today, it appears that the American Heart Association is still taking a public denialist stance with regards to the health benefits of quitting smoking by switching to vaping. Despite overwhelming scientific evidence that vaping is much safer than smoking and that qu...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - August 15, 2017 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

It's Official: Anti-Tobacco Groups Willing to Throw Away the Lives of Smokers to Promote Radical Ideology
For months, I have been arguing that the major anti-tobacco groups in the United States have been waging a war against electronic cigarettes that is motivated not by a pure concern for the public's health, but by an ideological opposition to the idea that anyone could get pleasure from nicotine in whatever form -- even if they are improving their health and saving their life.Today, the American Thoracic Society (ATS) made it official.In aletter to the editor published in theWashington Post, the American Thoracic Society confirmed what I have been suggesting for months.The vice chair of the American Thoracic Society ’...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - August 10, 2017 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs