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The CDC, again, substitutes their agenda for science re: ecigs and teens

A new CDC report castigates the ten states which continue to allow youngsters to purchase e-cigarettes legally. The CDC neglects to report that several big “public health” nonprofits, especially the American Cancer Society, are responsible. Continue reading

ACSH’s Top 10 Health Scares of 2014

Here is ACSH’s official list of this year’s top 10 scares Continue reading

Can cosmetic chemicals lower your kids IQ? No. This study is just more junk.

While headlines scream about a link between exposure “in the womb” to common chemicals and lowered IQs in kids later on, the study these alarms are based upon is just more of the same old junk and data manipulation.
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Want to help smokers quit? Stop lying about e-cigs

Dr. Gilbert Ross in the Washington Examiner, December 11, 2014.

America’s public health establishment, including big nonprofit organizations and many academics, is playing a shameful role in fighting our nation’s most important health Continue reading

A knockout punch against malaria? Maybe.

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By any measure, malaria is one of the most ruthless threats to global human health. It has been estimated that the parasite—a protozoan called Plasmodium—kills one child per minute in Africa alone. While it used to take the lives of over one-million people each year, mostly sub-Saharan African infants and children, the number has been reduced substantially thanks to modern public-health efforts, to approximately 650,000. But this number is still unacceptable, and twenty-times that number are chronically ill from malaria. Continue reading

NYS Rep. C. Collins calls for the Cuomo fracking “moratorium” to end

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New York State Congressman calls upon Gov. Cuomo to free our economy from the chains of his ill-advised “moratorium” on shale gas extraction: “fracking.” Why shouldn’t New Yorkers reap the same benefits as all those other states? Continue reading

Doomsday scenario from bacteria? Maybe.

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At ACSH, we probably spend more time debunking phony or overblown fears than anything else. Between bad science, hidden agendas, and terrible press coverage we never run out of things to do.

Although most scares —vaccines, minute traces of chemicals in the environment, or GM foods, for example —are baseless, this does not mean that all of them are. Continue reading

House Republican leadership urges FDA to loosen its grip on the e-cig market

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Teaser: House leadership urges FDA (and DHHS) to reconsider its stringent adherence to the date at which e-cigarettes were exempted from onerous regulatory hurdles, which if enacted would bankrupt most of them. Continue reading

Reader View: E-cigarette taxes bad for New Mexico

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Dr. Gilbert Ross in The Santa Fe New Mexican, December 1, 2014.

Lawmakers in Santa Fe recently considered a proposal to institute a tax on vapor products (commonly referred to as electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes) at the exorbitant rate of 4 cents per milligram nicotine — a level that Continue reading

Smoking rate down a bit, from 18.1 percent to 17.8 percent. Wow. Not acceptable.

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Latest CDC data show adult smoking rate now down to 17.8 percent. While any reduction is a public-health benefit, given the lethality of smoking, this rate has declined ever-so-slowly for too long: we still have over 40 million smokers.
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