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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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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 »
British Government Promotes Cigarettes by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The UK will regulate all nicotine-containing products, including e-cigarettes, as medicines, starting in 2016 ( here ). The British bureaucrats justifi ... Read on »
Medicines for Smoking Cessation: Failure and Cover-Up by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The 20-year-old Cochrane Collaboration is widely recognized for compiling and analyzing thousands of clinical trials, providing health professionals with useful ... Read on »
Alcohol vs. Tobacco: State Penalties for Underage Possession Diverge by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking In their efforts to prevent teen smoking, tobacco control advocates focus almost exclusively on tobacco manufacturers.  For example, a CDC press release ( here ... Read on »
Trace Metals in E-Cigarettes: No Cause for Concern by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking I have discussed a study reporting that smokeless tobacco contains trace levels of several metals, including cadmium, arsenic, nickel, chromium and lead ( here ... Read on »
Regulating, Taxing E-Cigarettes by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking As previously noted ( here ), e-cigarettes are winning over American smokers.  E-cigs’ vapor of nicotine, water and propylene glycol is vastly safer than smoke, ... Read on »
New York City: Prohibition Prison by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2003 prison smoking ban produced a pervasive black market, where single cigarettes cost inmates $30, and a pack runs as hig ... Read on »
Snus and Moist Snuff May Be Protective Against Dental Cavities by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking One of the longstanding federal warnings on smokeless tobacco is: “This product can cause gum disease and tooth loss.”  This warning has no scientific basis. ... Read on »
What’s the Takeaway from Snus? by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking A new study from British American Tobacco scientists answers that fascinating question, providing valuable information for consumers and regulators.  ... Read on »
The American Cancer Society’s Anti-Tobacco Campaign Ignores Its Own Research by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking The American Cancer Society continues to misinform smokers about vastly safer options.  With chapters in nearly every county across the nation, the ACS is a p ... Read on »
Dual Use, Double Standard by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Tobacco harm reduction opponents have myriad rationales for withholding from smokers vital information about safer products.  One common objection is that smoke ... Read on »
Misperceiving Nicotine Health Risks by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking My research group published survey data in 2010 documenting that a highly educated population (faculty at the University of Louisville) misperceived the health ... Read on »
Tobacco Harm Reduction: A (State) Capital Idea by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking When I published my book on tobacco harm reduction in 1995, Dr. Dean Edell described my strategy as “…credible, logical and eminently do-able.” ( here ).  Risk ... Read on »
Nicotine Increases Exercise Endurance by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking In my lectures on tobacco harm reduction I compare the properties of nicotine with those of caffeine (see slides at left).  Despite some obvious differences, the drugs ... Read on »
American Dental Association Improves Mouth Cancer and Smokeless Tobacco Brochures by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking I have been critical of the American Dental Association’s distribution of misinformation about smokeless tobacco and tobacco harm reduction (discussed here and ... Read on »
Truthful “Action” on E-Cigarettes in the United Kingdom by Brad R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Quit smoking Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), a British “campaigning public health charity that works to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco,” has published a landmark r ... Read on »