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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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No Stroke Risk with Snus by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Swedish researchers who two years ago reported no association of heart attacks with snus use (abstract here , my blog entry here ) now conclude there is no assoc ... Read on »
Smoking Cessation Expert to Health Canada: Stop Killing Smokers by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Health Canada has blocked sales of nicotine-containing e-cigarette sales, even though the devices are readily available in the U.S.  I previously commented on t ... Read on »
Clinical Trial: E-Cigarettes Are Satisfying Cigarette Substitutes by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking A clinical trial demonstrates that e-cigarettes deliver nicotine, reduce craving and satisfy vapers. The research, published in Scientific Reports ( here ), is ... Read on »
Vapers, Know Your E-Cig Ingredients: Propylene Glycol by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking A common knock against e-cigarettes is that we don’t know the long-term health effects of consuming nicotine vapor.  The fact is that while it’s impossible to h ... Read on »
UCSF Study Falsely Links E-Cigarettes to Smoking by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Academics at the University of California San Francisco have used the 2011 and 2012 National Youth Tobacco Survey to fabricate a claim that “e-cigarettes are ... Read on »
Intolerable Acts By European E-Cigarette Opponents by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The European Parliament has approved the revised tobacco directive that restricts e-cigarette marketing and continues the ban on life-saving Swedish snus.  Prior to th ... Read on »
Tobacco Harm Reduction Endorsed in New England Journal of Medicine by Brad R. 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking In late January the New England Journal of Medicine published a ringing endorsement of tobacco harm reduction ( here ).  The authors of “Smoke, The Chief Killer ... Read on »
Poisoning Public Health Issues: Chapter 2 by Brad R. 2 Comments Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Three years ago I discussed an unfounded claim by Harvard University’s Dr. Gregory Connolly that smokeless tobacco products are a major cause of poisoning amo ... Read on »
CVS Abandons Tobacco and Reason by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Tobacco control advocates have for years pressured pharmacies to stop selling tobacco.  Today, CVS, the nation’s second largest drugstore chain, announced it wi ... Read on »
Exploiting the 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Fifty years ago, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued a landmark report describing the health risks of cigarette smoking.  Tobacco prohibitionists are using ... Read on »
BMJ Editorial: Holding the Line For Ignorance by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The British Medical Journal grossly erred in its January 2 commentary, “Hold the Line Against Tobacco” ( here ), by editor Dr. Fiona Godlee.   BMJ assert ... Read on »
Ban the Snus Ban by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The European Union last year confirmed its irrational ban on smokeless tobacco, denying smokers safer products that are widely used in Sweden.  In October, shortl ... Read on »
High School Seniors’ Tobacco Use: Another Year in Decline by Brad R. 2 Comments Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Smoking by teens has declined to record-low levels, according to the latest University of Michigan annual Monitoring the Future Study, which examines youth tobacco, al ... Read on »
NYU to E-Cigarette Users: Cigarettes Are Healthier by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking I have noted in the past how prestigious organizations sometimes spew misinformation about the risks of smokeless tobacco; I have been especially critical of in ... Read on »
Do E-Cigarettes Cause Passive Vaping? by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking “Passive smoking” has been hotly contested. Is there a case for “passive vaping”?  Hardly. A detailed study of e-cigarette vapor by German investigat ... Read on »
Legacy Tells the Truth – Tobacco Harm Reduction Revolution Gains Momentum by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking After 20 years of staunch opposition to and misinformation about tobacco harm reduction from anti-tobacco forces, one prominent figure has broken ranks, offerin ... Read on »
The CDC Abuses the Facts About E-Cigarettes – Part II by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking In a previous post ( here ), I noted false and misleading information in a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention press release about e-cigarette use b ... Read on »
The CDC Abuses the Facts About E-Cigarettes – Part I by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The headline on the Centers for Disease Control’s September 5 press release was dire: “E-cigarette use more than doubles among U.S. middle and high school stud ... Read on »
What the EU Snus Ban Means: 290,865 Casualties Per Year by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking A November 12 e-cigarette summit at the Royal Society in London featured a range of views on European prospects for these new products (information here ).  ... Read on »
Australia: Tobacco Control and Bootlegger Paradise by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Australia is the darling of anti-tobacco extremists.  They tout that country as the model for draconian cigarette regulation and taxation.  Australia imposed ma ... Read on »