Erik Befrits – Nicotine and Science Update November 20th 2014

Fear of unhealthy weight gain can be a factor holding smokers back from quitting the habit. But a new study finds that even if people do gain a few pounds once they quit, their post-cigarette health is still much better than if they’d kept on smoking. […] “The weight gain that may accompany quitting smoking does not equal the overwhelming health consequences of continued smoking,” said Folan, who was not involved in the new research.


Philip Morris International Inc , the world’s largest tobacco company, plans to launch its new iQOS smokeless device and Marlboro HeatSticks in Milan, Italy on Thursday following a better-than-expected launch in Nagoya, Japan earlier this month. Such devices, including one sold by Japan Tobacco, are meant to be less harmful than traditional cigarettes but more satisfying for smokers than e-cigarettes, which vaporize nicotine-laced liquid.


Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) were developed as a less harmful alternative to tobacco cigarettes. […] In an 8-month study, the KU Leuven researchers examined the effect of using e-cigs (“vaping”) in 48 participants, all of whom were smokers with no intention to quit. The researchers’ goal was to evaluate whether e-cigs decreased the urge to smoke tobacco cigarettes in the short term, and whether e-cigs helped people stop smoking altogether in the long-term.


In the face of a revolt by townspeople, the Board of Health in Westminster, Mass., voted Wednesday to drop a proposal to ban the sale of all tobacco and nicotine products. The townspeople said that they did not approve of smoking but saw the ban as an encroachment on civil liberties. They were also worried that it would drive smokers to spend their money elsewhere, hurting the eight merchants in Westminster who sell cigarettes.


The number of shops stocking vapour sticks has fallen from more than 3,000 to barely 300. Vice president of the country’s national e-cigarettes association, Alejandro Rodriguez laments ‘smear campaigns’ against the product. He said: “There has been a very intense attack by pharmaceutical companies which has generated bad publicity in the media.” Companies such as GlaxoSmithKline want to regulate e-cigarettes and introduce medical regulations […]


The CDC and its ‘public health’ toadies have seemingly won out in the public relations battle over e-cigarettes. Their pervasive disdain for this groundbreaking, lifesaving technology has swept the mainstream media along into their ‘We just don’t know’ dreamworld, while the real problem — cigarette smoking, killer of a half-million of us each year — gets short shrift.



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