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A sampling of Clive Bates on Twitter

I hear a lot of calls for civility in the debate over e-cigarettes.  A friend sent this summary of some recent tweets from Clive Bates, in just the past couple of weeks.
Cowardly public health 'boot boys' and their smearing, sneering, jeering letter (Chapman, Glantz, McKee, Daube)
World’s top cigarette salesmen (Chapman, Glantz, McKee, Daube)
Fakery of the public health establishment
Profound insanity of @UCSF is not merely misleading and harming people, but protecting cig sales (Glantz) Read more »

FDA discounts value of menu labeling because of lost pleasure of not eating junk food. What's next?

In our paper, "When health policy and empirical evidence collide: the case of cigarette package warning labels and economic consumer surplus," published in American Journal of Public Health in February 2014, we raised a concern that the FDA would expand its practice of discounting health benefits of other public health regulations that would encourage healthy eating.
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More evidence that youth are using e-cigs to initiate nicotine addiction, also growing evidence for moving on to cigarettes

There are four surveys that have been recently published that show increaing e-cigarette use among youth from Wales, Scotland, Hawaii, and Connecticut.  These data support earlier findings in young adults that e-cigarette use is associated with higher susceptability to cigarette smoking.
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E-cigarettes are not helping people with mental illness quit smoking

The harm reduction enthusiasts often point to the fact that people with mental illness have hihger smoking rates than thee general public and suggest that this group would particularly benefit from using e-cigarettes.
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Old wine in new bottles: Tobacco industry’s submissionto European Commission tobacco product directive public consultation

Heikki Hiilamo and I recently published, "Old wine in new bottles: Tobacco industry’s submissionto European Commission tobacco product directive public consultation" in Health Policy.  This evaluation of submissions by the industry and allied groups co companies and allied groups to the EC on the tobacco product directive and found that the industy used standard industry arguments against regulation and, particularly, opposed any meaningful policies that would actually reduce the harm of using tobaco products.
Here is the abstract:
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WHO FCTC significantly accelerated implementation of health warning labels in low and middle income countries

Heikki Hiilamo and I just published "Implementation of effective cigarette health warning labels among low and middle income countries: State capacity, path-dependency and tobacco industry activity" in Social Science and Medicine.  This paper adds to the empirical case that the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control significantly accelerated implementation of health warning labels, including graphic warning labels, in low and middle income countries.
We also found that:
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Lorillard finds that ecigs a little bit less bad for cardiovascular system than Marlboros

Two Lorillard scientists, S. Sherwin Yan and Carl D'Ruiz, published a paper, "Effects of using electronic cigarettes on nicotine delivery and cardiovascular function in comparison with regular cigarettes," in the industry-friendly journal Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology in which they compared several models of Lorillard's blu e-cigarettes with Philip Morris' Marlboro.
They found that
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Ecig study claiming that flavors are important to adults is not meaningful because of sampling problems

The use of flavors in e-cigarettes as a way to attract youth is a major issue.  (See public comments on this point submitted to the FDA:  1 2 Read more »

High levels of some carcinogens reported in ecigs

Kanae Bekki and colleagues from Japan just published a review of the data on "Carbonyl compounds generated from electronic cigarettes" in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health that made the point that the level of carbonl compounds, which includes formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acrolen, and glyoxa are found at widely varying levels in e-cigarette aerosol.  Determinants of whether and how much of these toxic Read more »

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