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Brad R.

Helping smokers avoid risks is a legitimate goal of tobacco control. But the movement has morphed into an anti-tobacco crusade intent on demonizing both tobacco users and the industry supplying them. This blog examines and comments on the scientific foundation for tobacco policies and... Full Bio
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Kaiser Permanente’s Not-So-Negative Take on Smokeless Tobacco by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Kaiser Permanente might better call itself Kaiser In Transition. A week ago I noted that the company’s website provides smokers with three grossly inco ... Read on »
Kaiser Permanente to Smokers: “Say No to E-Cigarettes…Light Incense or a Candle... by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Kaiser Permanente , the health care consortium that insures over 10 million Americans, is telling its members, “say no to e-cigarettes…here are 3 good reasons ... Read on »
Research: Camel Snus Reduces Smoking, Promotes Intention to Quit by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking A small study quietly published last year confirms findings of my 1998 clinical trial : appropriately informed, smokers will embrace smokeless tobacco (ST) as a ... Read on »
San Fran and Cal Smokeless Bans: They’re Yawners by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and other anti-tobacco groups have persuaded the city of San Francisco to ban smokeless tobacco in municipal sports venues ( ... Read on »
New Eurobarometer Report Supports The Swedish Miracle by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking How can the European Union continue to deny Sweden’s success in tobacco harm reduction?  I have documented how Swedish snus has contributed to that country’s ... Read on »
Researchers Set Out to Gauge Stop-Smoking Financial Incentives; End Up Proving Smokers Can’t... by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The New England Journal of Medicine just published a smoking cessation study that measured how financial rewards and penalties affect quit rates.  While the stu ... Read on »
FDA Rejects Reynolds Petition to Change Smokeless Warning by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Congress in 1986 legislated that smokeless tobacco products carry a warning label, “This product is not a safe alternative to cigarettes.”  In 2011, Reynolds Am ... Read on »
Scaremongering Tactics Against Smoke-Free Tobacco Could Also Undermine Nicotine Medicines by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Tobacco prohibitionists routinely cherry-pick data to put tobacco products in the worst possible light.  For example, crusaders have used calls to poison control cen ... Read on »
Memo to the FDA: Release Survey Data by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking An update on the activities of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products was provided two weeks ago by Director Mitch Zeller at a meeting of the National Association ... Read on »
Breaking News: Snus Benefits Heart Attack Survival by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking I reported in this blog 10 months ago that data from a Swedish study in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, actually suggested that sn ... Read on »
The Scientific Case for Regulating Menthol: Next to Nothing by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Ever since the FDA started regulating tobacco in 2009, a principal objective of tobacco opponents has been a menthol cigarette ban.  Congress could have banned ... Read on »
Reality Bites the Dust in New Smokeless Tobacco Study by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking It’s surprising what passes for “science” in some journals today.  Chemical Research in Toxicology has published a study from the University of California’s Ber ... Read on »
FDA Must Correct Snus Warnings by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking An FDA advisory committee is meeting this week to discuss a landmark proposal to correct federal health warnings that have been misleading the public for almost 3 ... Read on »
British Medical Association Misleads On E-Cigarettes by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Dr. George Rae, chairman of British Medical Association Northeast, made reckless comments about e-cigarettes in a March 31 BBC radio interview, available here ... Read on »
BBC Drops the Ball on Baseball & Smokeless Tobacco by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking It’s almost baseball season, which means it’s time for anti-tobacco extremists to start grabbing easy headlines.  One especially zealous state lawmaker wants to ... Read on »
Do E-Cigarette Ads Promote Vaping? by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The National Cancer Institute is wasting taxpayer dollars on slanted e-cigarette research that didn’t ask or answer an obvious and important question. ... Read on »
Sloan Kettering Corrects E-Cigarette Study by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center researchers, led by first-author Sarah Borderud, claimed on September 22, 2014, that e-cigarettes did not help cancer pat ... Read on »
Conflicts of Interest Exposed, FDA Reorganizes Tobacco Advisory Panel by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking A range of obvious conflicts of interest has led to the replacement of several FDA Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) members. Fede ... Read on »
Smoking Cessation: Minimal Impact on Weight by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The association of tobacco use and body weight has long been a matter of concern.  In 2004, I collaborated with Swedish investigators to publish the first resea ... Read on »
Fargo Foregoes Facts – Public Health Officials Misinform on Smokeless Tobacco by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Two public health officials in Fargo, North Dakota, this week were the source of grossly misleading claims about smokeless tobacco for a local media story.  ... Read on »