Tobacco

Do Federal Regulations On Smoking Cessation Tools Keep People Smoking Tobacco?

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For decades the Federal government has insisted they want fewer Americans to smoke but recent regulatory missteps have instead led to worries by health professionals that policies designed to create winners and losers in the smoking cessation market instead keep people addicted to tobacco. There has always been a bit Continue reading

Some lung nodules on CT scan don’t need immediate surgery

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A new study of “non-solid” lung nodules, followed via annual spiral/low-dose CT scans among smokers and ex-smokers, shows that that type of nodule can be safely followed with imaging, avoiding needless surgical interventions. Some lung cancers were found: none caused significant illness. Continue reading

Congressional tactics attempt to derail the FDA’s assault on e-cigs

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The 2009 law which gave the FDA oversight over tobacco products — the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA, the TCA) — is one of the worst laws ever enacted. In the guise of reining in the health risks of tobacco products, promulgated to a great extent by the fraudulent, deceptive manipulations of the Big Tobacco companies last century, the law instead does close to nothing of the sort while erecting substantial obstacle Continue reading

Vape, don’t smoke. Survey says: many are listening

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A new Reuters survey confirms what those interested and involved in smoking and tobacco-related issues have observed: more and more Americans are using e-cigarettes and vapor products (“vaping”), to quit or reduce their consumption of deadly cigarettes. Continue reading

Cuomo announces NYS smoking rate ongoing decline. But how did it happen?

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Good news: New York State’s smoking rate continues to decline, according to a news release from the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Not-so-good-news: the source of these data and their reliability are suspect, and the reasons for any decline are unclear Continue reading

Health Wrap: Brain puzzles, weight-loss drug canceled, & when to screen for lung cancer

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To CT scan, or not to: that is the question. Smokers need to know

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Another apparently-beneficial screening program — lung CT scans for smokers — becomes controversial, when Medicare officials decide it should be covered, contradicting its own coverage advisory committee’s recommendation. Who needs it? The scan, that is. Continue reading

Louisville Professor Brad Rodu’s call for more access for smokers to smoke-free nicotine

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Dr. Brad Rodu is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville. He has been an ACSH advisor for many years, and has written or co-written many of our publications on tobacco harm reduction.
He was also a member of the ACSH Panel at the American Academy for the Advancement of Science Continue reading

NYTimes editorial and op-ed sows confusion between e-cigs and real ones

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The New York Times tag-teams e-cigarettes, part of the media crusade orchestrated by the top levels of America’s “public health” and abetted by willing lackeys such as The Times, Matt Myers and ex-FDA head David Kessler. Continue reading

The ACP warns against e-cigarettes. Why? No good reason, but all their peer groups do as well.

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The American College of Physicians, the governing body for internists across America, issued a position statement calling for strict regulation of e-cigarettes, including bans on flavors and advertising. Continue reading




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