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17, Feb, 2017
By Tom Pruen Today saw the publication of a very interesting (albeit not in the way the authors intended) article in the Journal of Public Health Policy, “Harm reduction and e-cigarettes: Distorting the approach”. Sadly, the main point proven by the article is that the authors have completely failed to understand harm reduction. They state that...

10, Feb, 2017
The science editor at the Telegraph has just provided a great demonstration why 'experts' are losing trust, how not to report on science, and why misinformation is rife. The Telegraph published this story - “E-cigarettes act as gateway to smoking for teens, scientists warn”. The Telegraph article (authored by their science editor) tells us that: “...

10, Nov, 2016
The Framework Convention on Tobacco control (FCTC) is, in principle: “[A]n evidence-based treaty that reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standard of health.” It sets out some strong principles that few people would disagree with, such as: “The  objective  of  this  Convention  and  its  protocols...

28, Oct, 2016
The World Health Organisation has long demonstrated its utter hostility to Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR). This was most recently demonstrated in their report “Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Electronic  Non-Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS/ENNDS)” (these products will be referred to as e-cigs or vaping products in the post, as ENDS is a term...

13, Sep, 2016
By Tom Pruen This past month has seen a deluge of ‘scientific’ publications that have strong, bold, conclusions that are pitifully supported by the actual tests performed (e.g. this and this). We now have another candidate for the most overblown overextension of results award. A poster presented at a conference states : “This study shows, for...

07, Sep, 2016
By Tom Pruen A recent study purports to have demonstrated that “Chronic electronic cigarette exposure in mice induces features of COPD in a nicotine-dependent manner”. The test on mice that was conducted was: “Mice were exposed to aerosolised phosphate-buffered saline, nicotine-free or nicotine-containing e-cigarette solution, 1-hour daily for 4...

07, Sep, 2016
By Tom Pruen   A recent publication from Canada proposes that “The implications of these findings are that concurrent use of e-cigarettes during a quit attempt utilizing cost-free evidence-based treatment (nicotine replacement therapy plus behavioural counselling) does not confer any added benefit and may hamper successful quitting.” Everybody...

12, Jul, 2016
By Tom Pruen Australia has, of recent times, demonstrated an utter hostility to Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR). The latest from the Queensland government not only demonstrates this, but a quick examination of the reasons they use to attempt to justify their position also emphasises the dangers of such an approach. The approach is quite extraordinary -...

21, Jun, 2016
    It has been suggested that the limit imposed by the TPD will not make any material negative difference, and may have positive outcomes. However there are number of reasons why this goes beyond being implausible, and into positively impossible. This is a brief look at the costs, and benefits of mandated maximum nicotine levels....

20, May, 2016
By Tom Pruen As someone who has been involved in the regulation of e-cigs for a considerable period of time, this report is everything I was expecting it to be. Awful. It is framed in an unhelpful way, and raises hypothetical concerns that have little basis in reality. “The  report  does  not  aim  to make ...