Harm Reduction

Camel Crush Bold, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter Menthol and Vantage Tech 13 cigarettes can no longer be sold, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced. The four brands are sold by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., a division of Reynolds American Inc.

Under the 2009 Tobacco Control Act, new cigarettes must be reviewed by the FDA before being allowed on the market and products introduced after Feb. 15, 2007 must show substantially equivalent harm to a baseline "predicate" product. The FDA says the four products are different enough from predicates to raise concern, because they have higher levels of menthol and new ingredients which are harmful or potentially harmful.

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Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 12.36.12 PMAs if we don't have enough substance abuse problems (and deaths) is this country. The last thing we need is another way for young teens (and kids) to get access to alcohol.

But, not only do they have it, the alcohol they are now getting their hands on can be very dangerous. The method that they are using to get it can provide alcohol that is pure as 190 proof, (95 percent alcohol). This is as pure as alcohol can be made without the use of special techniques that are done in labs....

Screen Shot 2013-10-11 at 1.11.44 PMEven though diet soda has fewer calories than the regular version, that hasn't stopped some folks from devising involved theories to blame the low-calorie drink for the surge in obesity. There have even been studies purporting to support this theory, even though it's really difficult to believe that the food intake and physical activity data of free-living people are very accurate.

Thus, and not surprisingly, yet another study suggests that many people who drink diet soda to lose weight might sabotage these efforts by consuming more calories from other sources.

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People who like alternative medicine are always pleased when someone mainstream embraces their field, because it legitimizes their belief system.(1)

Alternative medicine is an easy narrative. Since it mostly requires belief, anecdotes are enough and recommendations needn't be bound by double-blind clinical trials. Want to believe that mimicking a symptom wards off a disease? Find a homeopath. Want to believe touching joints will prevent polio? Find an osteopath,...

imagesIn a recent Forbes blog post, Dr. Sally Satel, psychiatrist and addiction specialist, and professor of medicine Brad Rodu asked this question: Why do public health care advocates seem to care more about heroin addicts than smokers?

They have a point. There is a seemingly incomprehensible disconnect between "official" public...

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 1.12.36 PMA recent study concludes that teen e-cigarette use leads to nicotine addiction and then cigarette smoking.

This finding is a concern because it goes against CDC data, which has instead found that as teenagers have experimented with e-cigarettes in the last few years actual smoking rates have plummeted to the lowest levels ever recorded.

The issue may be a flaw in understanding correlation and epidemiology....

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Our readers and supporters know that when it comes to promoting smoking cessation, the American Council on Science and Health is second to none.

We have been engaged in a war on cigarettes ever since Dr. Elizabeth Whelan co-founded the organization almost 40 years ago. Our commitment to helping smokers quit, like through our Facebook page "Helping Addicted Smokers", is well documented. Whatever the mechanism - nicotine replacement,...

flavored vapesAn article in yesterday's Washington Post titled "What's in all that vaping smoke?" gets thing one wrong before getting one thing right. What it gets wrong is the title, by using the term "vaping smoke", which incorrectly equates combustible cigarette smoke, made by burning tobacco, with e-cigarette vapor, which is not a tobacco product and confuses people...

E-cigarette, fancySince its inception in 1978, the American Council on Science and Health has been a leader on smoking cessation, led by our late co-founder Dr. Elizabeth Whelan. To achieve a world without cigarettes, we've supported any means necessary to free a smoker from this insidious habit: patches, pharmaceuticals, gums, e-cigarettes and, heck, hypnosis if it'll do the trick. As long as something is helping smokers kick the habit, it's good for public health. However, there's concern that the reverse might be happening--and people are starting to smoke after using one of these products.

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Britain's Department of Health announced electronic cigarettes are around 95 percent less harmful than tobacco and should be promoted smoking cessation device, according to the results of a new study released Wednesday.

Authors of the Public Health England study say that most of the cancer causing chemicals found in combustible cigarettes are absent in electronic ones.

E-cigarettes are a method to inhale nicotine-laced vapor, with the idea being that, much as with nicotine gums or...