Harm Reduction

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...

The American Council on Science and Health has led the nation in efforts to stop people from smoking so it's no surprise we have embraced patches, gums, e-cigarettes and products like "snus" made in Sweden as ways to ease people off of cigarettes, because they replace nicotine. Smoking kills but it is the nicotine that makes people want to smoke.

Sweden has long understood this. Their desire for membership in the European Union came to a hard stop when the EU tried to tell them that snus was a harmful tobacco product like cigarettes and should be banned. Not so, they said, it is a harm reduction tool. And they were correct. The rest of the EU has 300 percent of the tobacco deaths of Sweden because because only 13 percent of Swedes smoke.

Many use snus instead. What did...

E-vapor ArrayIn today s NEJM, a Perspective article by three experts in tobacco and economics discuss variable approaches to taxing nicotine-delivery products. Entitled Differential Taxes for Differential Risks Toward Reduced Harm from Nicotine-Yielding Products, it is co-...

Cooking DrugsA perspective article in the current NEJM, entitled Threading the Needle - How to Stop the HIV Outbreak in Rural Indiana, evaluates the root causes and the delayed and inadequate public health response to a smoldering HIV epidemic among IV drug users in poor rural Scott County, Indiana over the past two years. The authors, Steffanie Strathdee PhD and Chris Beyrer, MD MPH, from UCSD in San Diego, and Johns Hopkins-Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore,...

ECigVaporHarmlessA new study published in Toxicology in Vitro found that while cigarette smoke damaged tissue with a dose-response effect -at six hours of exposure, only 12 percent of the cells remained alive - six hours of cellular exposure to e-cigarette vapor left the lung tissue unaffected.

The researchers from British American Tobacco, working with MatTek Corp., were led by Dr. Louise Neilson, and they had two main goals: first, to...

gilbertFor 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 of inconsistency in how smoking cessation has been handled; raising taxes on cigarettes, for example, unfairly impacts poor people, and those taxes fund government services, making the government more reliant on the industry they say they want to make smaller.

Smoking public service...

Chest CT scanA study led by Dr. Claudia Henschke of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, published in the journal Radiology, examined data on almost 58,000 people who took part in the International Early Lung Cancer Program (I-ELCAP). Almost 2,400 nonsolid nodules were detected, but upon annual follow-up, most remained stable or diminished in size. (A nonsolid nodule is a nodule that does not obscure the underlying lung tissue and in which the only solid components are blood vessels).

The goal of the study was...

E-vapor ArrayA new survey of smoking, tobacco and nicotine use by American adults underwritten by Reuters and Ipsos revealed that about one in ten of us vape use e-cigarettes or one of the 2nd or 3rd generation vapor products to reduce their consumption of cigarettes, or quit smoking entirely. (Ipsos is an international market research firm).

The poll was conducted between May 19 and June 4; respondents numbered 5,679 adults. Among those under the age of 40, 15 percent were vapers. (The most...

ByeBye-cigs-Hello-e-cigs-225x130The adult smoking rate in New York State has declined to near-historic lows, according to a press release from the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. According to the new report, the rate now is down to 14.5 percent (the national rate is 17.8 percent, according to the CDC). Even better news: the teen smoking rate is down to a new low: only 7.4 percent of NYS s high school students reported smoking (it is not completely clear whose data are...