If e-cigs are effective cessation aids, when will an e-cig company submit the needed evidence for FDA approval?

JAMA just published another randomized controlled trial, “Effect of e-cigarettes plus counseling vs counseling one on smoking cessation,” that found that giving smokers who were motivated to quit free NJOY e-cigs for 12 weeks together with intensive counseling led to significantly more quitting at 12 weeks than counseling alone. The effect faded by 24 weeks,Continue reading “If e-cigs are effective cessation aids, when will an e-cig company submit the needed evidence for FDA approval?”

Broad range of studies show e-cigs increase lung disease risk by 40-50%

Thomas A. Wills and colleagues just published “E-cigarette Use and Respiratory Disorder: An Integrative Review of Converging Evidence from Epidemiological and Laboratory Studies” in European Respiratory Journal that, as the title indicates, sums up the evidence linking e-cigarette use with respiratory disease epidemiological studies of the population as a whole as well as briefly summarizingContinue reading “Broad range of studies show e-cigs increase lung disease risk by 40-50%”

Major EU scientific committee highlights e-cig dangers, gateway effect

On 23 September 2020, the European Commissions’ Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) issued its Preliminary Opinion on electronic cigarettes  at a request from the Commission “to assist the Commission in assessing the most recent scientific and technical information on e-cigarettes. Findings presented in the scientific opinion will feed into the Commission’sContinue reading “Major EU scientific committee highlights e-cig dangers, gateway effect”

Evidence supporting banning menthol keeps piling up, making it even more of a social issue

Nicotine and Tobacco Research recently published four papers on menthol (menthol preference associated with greater nicotine dependence and greater urge reduction after smoking, biological effects of menthol on addiction. menthol use has not dropped among Black and Hispanic students, 85% of pregnant women smoke menthol and quit less) adding to the already-compelling case that mentholContinue reading “Evidence supporting banning menthol keeps piling up, making it even more of a social issue”

California Dept of Public Health releases video summing up and celebrating 30 years of tobacco control progress

The California Department of Public Health recently released this video, “California Tobacco Control Program, “Celebrating 30 Years Of Health Justice,” describing the Program’s philosophy, messaging, evolution. It started being “the sharp end of the spear” 30 years ago by confronting — and continuing to confront — the tobacco companies and by focusing on reinforcing theContinue reading “California Dept of Public Health releases video summing up and celebrating 30 years of tobacco control progress”

A new source of danger from e-cigs: The heater coil

There has been a lot of attention to what elements of e-cigarette liquids cause e-cigarette and vaping induced lung injury (EVALI), the serious, and sometimes fatal, lung disease that was identified in vapers in the summer of 2019. There is now good evidence that vitamin E acetate, a chemical used to dilute THC in marijuanaContinue reading “A new source of danger from e-cigs: The heater coil”

Reduce your risk of serious lung disease caused by corona virus by quitting smoking and vaping

Updated October 18, 2020 When someone’s lungs are exposed to flu or other infections the adverse effects of smoking or vaping are much more serious than among people who do not smoke or vape. Smoking makes COVID worse if you get it and smoking — and vaping — increase the risk of being infected andContinue reading “Reduce your risk of serious lung disease caused by corona virus by quitting smoking and vaping”