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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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The Scientific Evidence for E-Cigarettes by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking I am honored to join Drs. Riccardo Polosa and Pasquale Caponnetto and their colleagues at the University of Catania in Italy as a coauthor of a new scientific a ... Read on »
A Directory of Tobacco Harm Reduction Experts for Inquiring Media by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Mass media are in complete denial of the voluminous scientific literature supporting e-cigarettes as harm-reduction products.  A recent report on National Publi ... Read on »
More Exaggeration and Fear-Mongering From the CDC by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Recently I discussed the irresponsible theatrics from federal officials about slight increases in e-cigarette use by teenagers ( here ).  That report appeared ... Read on »
The Hazards of Waterpipe Smoking by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking One of the hot trends in tobacco use is waterpipe smoking (the terms hookah, narghile or shisha are also used)(description here ). Hookah bars are located throu ... Read on »
The E-Cigarette As “Genuine Competitor” – Czech Survey by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking A survey of smokers in the Czech Republic shows that e-cigarettes “may develop into a genuine competitor to conventional cigarettes.”  The lead author of t ... Read on »
Population-Level Proof: Snus Saving Swedish Smokers’ Lives as Tobacco Consumption Declines by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking New research confirms earlier findings demonstrating that widespread snus use is tied to reduced rates of smoking. A decade ago I worked with scientis ... Read on »
Nicotine Safety by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking I have asserted for some 20 years that nicotine, while addictive, is otherwise without significant adverse health effects outside of pregnancy.  It is, in other ... Read on »
E-Cigarettes = Nicotine Patches for Smoking Cessation, Clinical Trial Shows by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Newly published research shows that e-cigarettes are about as effective as nicotine patches in helping smokers quit. That should (but won’t) silence critics who insis ... Read on »
Irresponsible E-Cigarette Theatrics from Federal Officials by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The anti-tobacco movement continues to ignore evidence that millions worldwide have switched from smoke to vapor.  Witness today’s press release ( here ) from t ... Read on »
Measuring Smokers’ Preferences for Smokeless Tobacco Products by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Most of America’s 45 million smokers have never considered switching to a smokeless tobacco product.  They have plenty of options, but we have little information abo ... Read on »
A Tainted Legacy by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking On August 19 David Abrams and Julia Cartwright wrote an article for the Huffington Post entitled “What’s Wrong With This Picture.” ( here ). Dr. Abrams ... Read on »
Fabricating a Smoking Gateway by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking A Harvard School of Public Health report claims, according to Reuters, “Most young people in the U.S. who use newer smokeless tobacco products are smoking cigarettes.” ... Read on »
Federal Officials Endorse Impossibly High Standard for E-Cigarettes by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking NPR host Diane Rehm on August 5 discussed “Smoking in America Today” with Dr. Tim McAfee, Director of Office of Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control ... Read on »
Three Must-Read Articles Supporting Tobacco Harm Reduction by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking These outstanding recent publications belong in every tobacco harm reduction library.  1.  Dr. Lynn Kozlowski on e-cigarettes Kozlowski, dean ... Read on »
FDA Preliminary Scientific Evaluation of Menthol: Inadequate for Regulatory Action by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The FDA Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee in 2011 reported that menthol had a negative impact on public health.  This week, the FDA released a “Pre ... Read on »
Clinical Trial Evidence: E-Cigarettes Aid Smoking Cessation/Reduction by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking A new clinical trial provides clear evidence that e-cigarettes are effective in helping smokers quit or reduce cigarette consumption.  The results were publishe ... Read on »
Snus Effect on Newborn Birth Weight: Very Small by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Three years ago I discussed several Swedish studies reporting that pregnant women who use snus are at risk for (1) slightly smaller babies and premature deliver ... Read on »
Censorship by the Norwegian Health Directorate by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Global health authorities have zero tolerance for tobacco use. Worse, they have zero tolerance for any rational discussion of tobacco harm reduction.  ... Read on »
Tobacco Harm Reduction: Hope in the U.S., Despair in Europe by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking In my commentary, “The Electronic Future of Cigarettes,” published last week in The Atlantic,  I described “…a radical transformation in the way our society use ... Read on »
Alternative Tobacco Products Aid in Smoking Cessation by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking In May Dr. Lucy Popova and Dr. Pamela Ling coauthored “Alternative Tobacco Product Use and Smoking Cessation: A National Study.”  It appeared in the May issue of the ... Read on »