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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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High School Seniors’ Post Largest Ever Single-Year Decline in Smoking; E-Cigs May Have... by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The Monitoring the Future survey shows that past 30-day cigarette use among 12th graders dropped from 16.3% in 2013, to 13.6% in 2014, the largest single-yea ... Read on »
“For Smokers Only” Audiobook & Video Interview by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking If reading’s not your thing, you can now get the facts on smokeless tobacco and tobacco harm reduction via two new offerings – the audiobook version of my updated t ... Read on »
How Dangerous Is Snus? Don’t Ask New York Times Editors by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The New York Times has added more fuel to the anti-tobacco-harm-reduction fire with a December 4 editorial ( here ) rehashing the somewhat slanted reporting tha ... Read on »
How Dangerous is Swedish Snus? Don’t Ask The New York Times by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The New York Times has published ( here ) a reasonably accurate portrayal of the Swedish snus experience that I have chronicled for over a decade ( here ,  here ... Read on »
Britain: E-Cigarettes Almost Exclusively Used by Smokers and Ex-Smokers by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The British government has just released statistics on e-cigarette use ( here ).  The Office for National Statistics reports that e-cigarettes were used by 12% ... Read on »
Surgeons General Say the Darndest Things About Tobacco by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak recently tweeted, “@OxfordWords #Vape may be #WOTY but the increase in never-smoking youth using e-cigs is a not a tr ... Read on »
Dependence Level Higher with Cigarettes Than with Smokeless Tobacco by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking As noted previously ( here ), Drs. Karl Fagerström and Tom Eissenberg have described a continuum of dependence among tobacco and nicotine products.  They conclu ... Read on »
Colorado State Smoking Ban: No Impact on Heart Attacks by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking As early as 2004, various medical journals published articles claiming that small-community smoking bans resulted in nearly immediate reductions in heart diseas ... Read on »
Gateway Claims Aimed at E-Cigarettes: Counterfeit, Déjà Vu by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking In their war against e-cigarettes, government officials often claim that the devices are a gateway to smoking.  CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden asserted ( here ) t ... Read on »
Snus Users’ Hearts Keep on Ticking, Not Fluttering by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Swedish researchers from several institutions document that snus use is not associated with atrial fibrillation (commonly known as AFib), the most common heart ... Read on »
Federal Survey Data on Tobacco: It’s Not About The Children by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking I have documented for several years a nonstop decline in smoking rates among American teens ( here , here , here , and here   ) Rates of smoking and us ... Read on »
More Third-Hand Nicotine Nonsense: From Vapor? by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Nicotine can be detected in a chamber after releasing vapor directly from an e-cigarette, according to a report in Nicotine and Tobacco Research (abstract here ... Read on »
CDC Sees E-Cigarette Use at Marked Increase and Leveling Off – Tortured Logic by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The CDC has released another “more of the same” report on e-cigarette awareness and use.  The lead author is Dr. Brian King; the report appears in Nicotine & To ... Read on »
The Swedish Snus Experience Isn’t Finnished by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Despite the wealth of evidence demonstrating that snus has helped thousands of Swedish men and women avoid the ravages of smoking, the European Union continues ... Read on »
Oral Cancer Scaremongering by Public Health Officials by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking A range of public health leaders, who should know better, have rushed to repeat and, with their stature, endorse the apparently unfounded claim by baseball grea ... Read on »
New England Journal of Medicine Downplays Its Error in Exaggerating Youth E-Cigarette Data by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Last week the New England Journal of Medicine inflated a study of mouse brain activity with nicotine into a gateway-to-cocaine claim ( here ).  This week I report t ... Read on »
NEJM Irresponsibly Damns E-Cigarettes as Gateway to Cocaine, Based on Mouse Nicotine Studies by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The New England Journal of Medicine today published an incendiary anti-e-cigarette article that tags nicotine as a gateway to cocaine use… in mice.  It’s anothe ... Read on »
In the CDC-FDA E-Cigarette Study, “Probably Not” Is the New “Yes” by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Assume that you conducted a survey in which you posed two multiple-choice questions: “Do you think you will smoke a cigarette in the next year?” “If one ... Read on »
Mouth Cancer Facts by Brad R. 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Baseball star Curt Schilling says he has mouth cancer that was caused by chewing tobacco ( here ).  His announcement has generated considerable interest in mout ... Read on »
North Carolina Physicians Endorse E-Cigarettes by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking A survey of North Carolina physicians documents that many understand the benefit of e-cigarettes and some actively recommend that their smoking patients switch. ... Read on »