Erik Befrits – Nicotine Science and Media Update December 22nd 2014

This is the first study designed to actually answer the question of whether electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking because it is the first one to assess whether e-cigarette use preceded or followed cigarette use. It is inexplicable why some tobacco control advocates (Stan Glantz) and public health agencies (the CDC) had already concluded that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking in the absence of a single study that actually examined this question.


State-level laws banning “gutka” – a form of chewing tobacco – are having a positive impact on Indian youths, according to a study by WHO. The World Health Organization (WHO) study was conducted in Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and the national capital region. It revealed that the support for gutka ban is very high (92 percent) across the studied jurisdictions.


In the executive summary of his 2009 paper, “Air Pollution and Public Health”, the University of Hong Kong professor Anthony Hedley wrote: “There is incontrovertible evidence that pollution levels currently experienced throughout the year in Hong Kong are causing an epidemic of health problems arising from damage to lungs, heart and blood vessels. Hong Kong’s pollution is a significant cause of premature death from cardiopulmonary disorders.”


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Though marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the country, little is definitively known about its impact on the brain. A study taking place at Indiana University is designed to help change that. Clinical psychologist Brian O’Donnell and colleague Sharlene Newman are recruiting current and former marijuana users to participate in a study in which their brains will be analyzed for changes in structure and function.


If you’ve just discovered the vaping universe, you know it isn’t difficult to become confused by the selections of devices and accessories available. Take heart. It’s not as hard as you might imagine. The central part of the e-cigarette, the part which contains the battery, atomizer and liquid, are all pretty much the same. There are only so many ways to mix electricity and atomized nicotine.


Nearly 1.1 billion Chinese people are either smoking or being exposed to secondhand smoke, an official said Saturday. About 356 million people above the age of 15 are smokers, while another 738 million are passively smoking, said Jiang Yuan, director of Tobacco Control Office of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. “China has to adopt comprehensive, long-term and effective tobacco-control measures,” she said.



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