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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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NIH Funding Stifles Tobacco Harm Reduction Research and Support in Academia by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking As a pathologist working at two large medical centers, I have studied the effects of smoking on health for over 20 years.  I’ve published scores of papers on th ... Read on »
Memo to the CDC: Tell the WHOLE Truth About E-Cigarettes by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The contrast between the spin put on youth e-cigarette use data last Fall and the story told by the actual data, released last month, is startling but not surprisi ... Read on »
Minnesota Researchers’ #EpicFail – Trying for a Smokeless Tobacco/Cancer Link by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Publishing a study of tobacco-specific nitrosamines in American smokeless tobacco products (abstract here ), Dorothy Hatsukami and colleagues at the University ... Read on »
Portland State E-Cigarette Claims Debunked in the New York Times by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking New York Times op ed columnist Joe Nocera today knocks Portland State University researchers’ claims that e-cigarettes produce higher levels of formaldehyde tha ... Read on »
Bogus Research on Formaldehyde in E-Cig Vapor by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The New England Journal of Medicine yesterday published a letter claiming that vapor contains “hidden” formaldehyde at far higher levels than cigarettes ( here ... Read on »
Formaldehype vs. Fact: Levels Are Far Lower in E-Cigarettes Than In Cigarettes by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Researcher Naoki Kunugita at Japan’s National Institute of Public Health recently fueled anti-e-cig hysteria with this unverifiable claim: “In one brand of e-ci ... Read on »
E-Cigarette Denial: It Just Doesn’t Work Anymore by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Recently I attended a forum on e-cigarettes, sponsored by a political organization that wanted to educate its attendees about the devices.  During the discussio ... Read on »
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 »