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Intensive e-cig users more likely to quit cigs, intermittent users less likely to expect to quit in next year

Lois Biener and J Lee Hargraves just published a nicely done longitudinal study that followed smokers in two cites for around two years and found that, controlling for level of nicotine addiction and demographics, intensive e-cigarette users (defined as using e-cigarettes daily for at least a month) were 6 times more likely to have quit smoking (defined as not smoking for at least 30 days) than smokers who did not use e-cigarettes.
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National School Boards Association joins racketeer RJR to "educate" kids about smoking; they should drop out

RJ Reynolds just announced that it was "partnering" with the National School Boards Association to promote RJR's new "Right Decisions Right Now" youth smoking prevention program.  RJR's press release proudly announces that its curriculum is "aligned with the Common Core Standards."
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2015 UCSF "It's About a Billion Lives" symposium will be Friday, January 30 at 8:30 am

Robin Koval, the new President and CEO of the Legacy Foundation will keynote the 2015 "It's ABout a Billion Lives" symposium on January 30, 2015.  Our closing speaker will be Joseph Gugliemo, Dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy. 
 
As always, there will be presentations by two UCSF faculty and two UCSF postdoctoral fellows as well as posters from a wide range of UCSF researchers.
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Nonsmokers around e-cigs absorb nicotine at levels similar to passive cigarette smokers: Smoke-free should also be ecig-free

Esteve Fernández' group has just published an important paper, "Cigarettes vs. e-cigarettes:Passive exposure at home measured by means of airborne marker and biomarkers," that found elevated levels of airborne nicotine in homes of e-cigarette users that, while not as high as in cigarette smoekrs' homes was significantly elevated over that observed in nonsmokers' homes.  More important, the levels of salivary and urinary cotinine, measures of absorbed nicotine was elevated to similar levels in bystanders in both the e-cigarette and cigarette users' homes. Read more »

Nicotine is not caffeine

E-cigarette enthusiasts are now routinely saying that the effects of nicotine are no more bothersome than caffeine (for example, Peter Hajeck and John Britton on BBC). 
 
They (and the media quoting them) should read Chapter 5 "Nicotine" of the 2014 Surgeon General's report.  Here are the conclusions:
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ACS CAN takes a step toward holding California politicians accountable for taking tobacco money

A couple days ago ACS CAN in California launched its website to reward California politicians who have accepted ACS' challenge to swear off tobacco money,
 
This is a step in the right direction, but the real need is to hold those who do take tobacco money, including Governor Jerry Brown, accountable (not just leave them off the list of "good guys"). 
 
Here is their press release:
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
September 29, 2014
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Shareholders Challenge Major Hollywood Studios to Account for 1,000,000 Smoking Deaths

Shareholders Challenge Major Hollywood Studios to Account for 1,000,000 Smoking Deaths  (press release and NY Times story)
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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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