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Electronic Cigarettes Are a Source of Thirdhand Exposure to Nicotine

Maciej L. Goniewicz and Lily Lee have published a paper, "Electronic Cigarettes Are a Source of Thirdhand Exposure to Nicotine" in Nicotine and Tobacco Research.  The title says it all, but here is the abstract:
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Best study on e-cigs for cessation so far shows they don't help and likely hurt

Sara Borderud and colleagues from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center just published an exceptionally well-done longitudinal study, "Electronic Cigarette Use Among Patients with Cancer,' on how use of e-cigarettes affects success in people trying to quit smoking as part of an organized smoking cessation program.  It showed that, at best, the e-cigarette users did no better in quitting smoking and likely did a lot worse than smokers trying to quit who did not use e-cigarettes. Read more »

Sneak Preview Available for new UCSF Legacy Tobacco Documents Library

From the UCSF Legacy Tobacco Documents Library:
For the past year we have been developing a new LTDL with expanded functionality and an updated look.  We would like your help in testing the beta site so we can iron out the wrinkles as we continue to add new features. 
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WHO report on e-cigarettes

Late last August, shortly before I left for vacation the WHO released its report on e-cigarettes (with WHO calls Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices, ENDS), Electronic nicotine delivery systems.  At the time I was too busy to put out a blog post highlighting the report, so am adding one now.  It continues the WHO's policy of basing its recommendations on the scientific evidence.
Here are the policy recommendations:
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ASH releases FCTC implementation guide for US states and localities

Action on Smoking and Health released an excellent report on what localities and states in the US can do to implement the WHO FCTC, including

  • prevent tobacco industry interference,
  • Raise tobacco prices,
  • Protect citizens from exposure to tobacco smoke, e
  • Effectively educate the public,
  • Limit tobacco advertising,
  • Promote cessation, and
  • Limit youth access to tobacco products.

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Chief justice of Australia raises concerns about investor-state provisions of free trade agreements as threat to democracy

The chief justice of the Australian Supreme Court, RS French, gave a thoughtful speech entitled "Investor-State Dispute Settlement — A Cut Above the Courts?" to the Supreme and Federal Courts Judges' Conference on 9 July 2014.  It is well-worth reading by anyone interested in how investor-state provisions of free trade agreements are undermining democracy.
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E-cigarettes buy their way into movies

Erich Schwartzel, an enterprising reporter for The Wall Street Journal, published an article last week about the e-cigarette industry’s use of paid product placement in American movies (Coming soon to theaters near you: E-cigarettes, 14 Sept 2014). Among other revelations, the story notes that Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of the “mini-major” movie studio Relativity, serves on an e-cigarette company’s board and aims to use mainstream films to promote the products. Read more »

Mr. Butts celebrates FDA's consumer surplus discount (14 Sep 2014)

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Response to McNeill et al criticism of the report we prepared for WHO and subsequent review paper in Circulation on ecigs

Just as I was leaving for vacation a few weeks ago, Ann McNeill, Jean-Francois Etter, Konstantinos Farsalinos, Peter Hajek, Jacques l e Housezec, and Hayden McRobbie published a blistering critique of the review of the scientific evidence on e-cigarettes that Rachel Grana, Neal Benowitz, and I prepared for the WHO last year and the subsequent peer reviewed review paper that we pub Read more »

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