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How Big Vaping is misinforming the public about e-cigarettes

Julia Belluz of Vox Media published an excellent story summing up the hyper-aggressive social media presence that e-cigarette advocates have mounted against anyone with the temerity to question the unrestricted use of e-cigarettes.
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Evidence that e-cigarette use is associated with increased susceptibility to smoking among 10-11 year-olds in the UK

E-cigarette enthusiasts, particularly from the UK, have consistently minimized the possibility that e-cigarette use was increasing among kids and that e-cigarette use would predict later smoking.
 
Graham Moore and colleagues recently published “E-cigarette use and intentions to smoke among 10-11-year-old never-smokers in Wales,” a carefully done survey of 1500 youth that found that
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TPP Leak Reveals Extraordinary New Powers for Foreign Firms to Challenge U.S. Policies and Demand Taxpayer Compensation

From Public Citizen c/o Ellen Shaffer at CPATH:
 
This leak of TPP investment provisions appears as negotiators report that they are close to an agreement.  The chapter includes provisions regarding corporate rights to file trade challenges against sovereign nations' laws and regulations, including a wide range of public health protections.  The Obama Administration is grasping at a PR campaign to convince progressives that the TPP fulfills candidate Obama's pledge in 2008  to re-negotiate NAFTA - !!  Best, Ellen Shaffer
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Launch of Revamped UCSF Smoke Free Movies Website Ranks Actors, Directors, Top 10 Movies by Their Use of Tobacco

Hollywood and Tobacco: New Spotlight on Smoking At The Movies
Launch of Revamped UCSF Website Ranks Actors, Directors, Top 10 Movies by Their Use of Tobacco 
 
 
UC San Francisco is launching a revamped Smokefree Movies website that offers the public unusual insight into Hollywood’s role in the global tobacco epidemic, projected to kill one billion people this century.
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CDC publishes more evidence that nicotine is dangerous all by itself

Lucy England and colleagues at the CDC Office on Smoking and Health recently published an important paper, "Nicotine and the Developing Human: A Neglected Element in the Electronic Cigarette Debate," in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  This paper makes the important point that, contrary to glib assertions e-cigarette enthusiasts make that "it is the tar not the nicotine in cigarettes that kills people" they add to case that nicotine, while not the only dangerous thing in cigarettes, is nonetheless dangerous.
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The California tobacco control campaign goes back to the future with e-cigarette ads reminiscent of its early media campaign

It is no secret that in recent years I have been critical of the California Department of Public Health's media campaign for loosing its edge.
 
That just changed with CDPH's launch a of great campaign to educate the public about e-cigarettes.  It is the best thing out there so far.
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Reuters reports U.S. to roll back 'lost pleasure' approach on health rules

This is a big step in the right direction, but the Administration needs to move beyond just consulting with economists on this issue of neuroscience.
 
From Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. to roll back 'lost pleasure' approach on health rules
 
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Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates establish a legal network to help countries defend themselves against tobacco industry lawsuits

Tonight at the World Conference on Tobacco Or Health, Michael Bloomberg announced that he and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation were establishing a legal network to help countries fight off frivilous lawsuits against sensible tobacco control measures (like plain packaging).
 
This strategic decision will level the playing field for many smaller countries and make it harder for Big Tobacco to bully them.
 
I applaud this decision.
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A sensible plan for effective FDA regulation of e-cigarette marketing (almost) now

Eric Lindblom, who headed the Office of Policy in the FDA Center for Tobacco Products and is now on detail at the Georgetown University School of Law, just published "Effectively Regulating E-Cigarettes and Their Advertising— and the First Amendment" in Food and Drug Law Journal. Read more »

James Enstrom is talking about filing an ethics complaint against me and other scientists in Merchants of Doubt

According to this post on a well-respected blog on global warming, http://www.desmogblog.com/2015/03/13/tobacco-gun-hire-james-enstrom-willie-soon-climate-change, James Enstrom, an epidemiologist with a long history of working for tobacco and other corporate interests, is urging people to file ethics complaints against me and other scientists who appear in the new movie "Merchants of Doubt" through our universities.
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