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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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How Many Americans Use Smokeless Tobacco? by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking I recently described how the federal government is all thumbs when it tries to count how many Americans smoke ( here ).  Further evidence of the government’s in ... Read on »
The Tide Is Turning: More Scientific Support for E-Cigarettes by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking E-cigarettes get a positive health review in the new issue of the journal Addiction ( here ).  Quoting from the abstract: [Electronic cigarettes, EC] aer ... Read on »
New York Times’ Call for Marijuana Legalization Advances Harm Reduction by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking A milestone in the fight for harm reduction was reached on July 28, when the New York Times formally endorsed the legalization of marijuana.  A Times editorial, ... Read on »
Federal Judge to FDA: Tobacco Advisory Panel Tainted by Conflicts of Interest by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking “The presence of conflicted members on [FDA Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, TPSAC] irrevocably tainted its very composition and its work product ... Read on »
How Many Americans Smoke? by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking This blog answered that question a few years ago, saying it was “either 45.3 million or 52.7 million in 2010, depending on which federal agency does the countin ... Read on »
Dishonoring Tony Gwynn by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The loss of American sports heroes is often accompanied by an outpouring of grief.  But the death of San Diego Padre star Tony Gwynn from salivary gland cancer ... Read on »
Swedish Study: After a Heart Attack, Quitting Tobacco Better Than No Tobacco by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking A recent study by Gabriel Arefalk and colleagues at the University of Uppsala in Sweden, published in the American Heart Association flagship journal Circulation(abs ... Read on »
Snus Nicotine Lowers Risk for Multiple Sclerosis, May be Therapeutic for Other Nerve Disorders by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking New research published in Multiple Sclerosis Journal (abstract here ) and authored by Anna Hedström of Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute of Environmental Medicin ... Read on »
Stroke Risk Same for Menthol and Nonmenthol Smokers by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Dr. Nicholas Vozoris in 2012 reported that “…smokers of mentholated cigarettes, and in particular women and non–African Americans, have significantly increased ... Read on »
Swedish Match Files to Change Smokeless Tobacco Warnings by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Swedish Match has filed a Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) application with the FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP).  The landmark event was announced in ... Read on »
E-Cigarette TV Ads: Adults’ Exposure Much Higher Than Kids’ by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The June 2nd edition of the journal Pediatrics features a study of e-cigarette advertising on television from 2011 to 2013 ( here ).  The research, led by Jennifer D ... Read on »
Nicotine/Tobacco Research and Policy Experts Endorse Tobacco Harm Reduction in Letter to World... by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Fifty-three tobacco research and policy experts from 15 countries today endorsed many of the tobacco harm reduction principles that I have advocated for 20 year ... Read on »
For Smokers Only: The E-Book With Bonus E-Cig Chapter by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking In 1994, I published the first professional medical articles documenting that smokeless tobacco contained satisfying doses of nicotine (in the Journal of the ... Read on »
Mouse, Rat & Cell Studies Don’t Make E-Cigarettes Carcinogenic by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking In determining what causes cancer in humans, epidemiologic and public health research is far superior to lab studies based on cells, mice or rats.  While the la ... Read on »
The New York Times Plays Patsy for Anti-Tobacco Voices by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking In the tabloid tradition of “If it bleeds, it leads,” The New York Times ignored the lack of peer review and wasted no space on critical analysis when it ran a ... Read on »
FDA Regulation: Defining E-Cigarettes As Tobacco Products by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The FDA released a proposed rule to regulate “products that meet the statutory definition of ‘tobacco products’ …such as certain dissolvables, gels, hookah toba ... Read on »
Federal E-Cigarette Data AWOL by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Americans are familiar with the census, taken every 10 years by the U.S. Census Bureau, but few are aware that the Bureau regularly collects information on a ra ... Read on »
UCSF Redefines Youth Smoking; Journal’s Peer-Review Fails by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) has been abused on an unprecedented scale by anti-tobacco forces.  First the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ... Read on »
Swedish Tax Proposal Threatens Successful Tobacco Harm Reduction by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Sweden, which represents the world’s best example of the population effect of tobacco harm reduction, is considering increasing its snus tax by 22%, according to the ... Read on »
NEJM Fails to Correct Data on Children’s E-Cigarette Use by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The New England Journal of Medicine and authors of a commentary on e-cigarette use ( here ) have ignored our call for correction of a substantial error regardi ... Read on »