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Curling Just Like Smoke

Published on 2014-09-21 16:23:04.
Website: Frank Davis


Today is Leonard Cohen’s 80th birthday. The Telegraph has run a piece about him: When I ask if the sense of time running out also plays a part in the quickening, he nods. “Well put. I mean, you are on … Continue reading →

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"Sphère privée: la révolution est en marche !" C'est un Pirate qui vous le dit !

Published on 2014-09-21 12:41:20.
Website: Accueil


Parti Pirate: "Le bitcoin va-t-il révolutionner notre époque et notre société? De quelle manière? Le bitcoin, c'est d'abord une technologie, un système de transfert de valeur entièrement distribuée. Il permet à tout individu connecté à Internet de transférer de la valeur à tout autre individu sur la planète, sans passer par un intermédiaire centralisé comme une banque. La validité de la transaction est garantie par l'ensemble du réseau de manière entièrement transparente.

"La force de la technologie bitcoin, c'est qu'elle est issue du monde numérique et fonctionne selon ses propres règles. Notre relation à l’argent va se modifier. Aujourd'hui, on met de l'argent en dépôt dans une banque qui nous impose ses règles. Avec le bitcoin, l'individu conserve le contrôle de ses valeurs et choisit la «banque» bitcoin qui lui proposera les meilleurs services. À tout moment, il peut changer de banque ou même devenir sa propre banque." (Article initialement paru dans le supplément AGEFI de Septembre 2014).

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The conceit of 'public health'

Published on 2014-09-21 05:22:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Blog post of the week has to be Clive Bates' open letter to 'public health grandees'. It really is a must-read, so if you haven't yet, do read it now. I'd like to highlight a couple of sections: -

Vapers think you don’t understand this model – and you don’t care what the evidence says. You have shown no sign of understanding how this works – and keep seeing it as a tobacco industry plot (they were late to the party) or some sort of rogue medical product. Neither is true. But vapers rightly suspect you are careless with the truth: most public health organisations united to support a ban on snus in the European Union in 1992, again in 2001, and once again in the 2014 Tobacco Products Directive. This is despite indisputable evidence that snus, a very low risk way of taking recreational nicotine, has been highly positive for public health where it is permitted and used in Scandinavia – displacing smoking, diverting smoking onset, and supporting user-driven quitting. There is no scientific, ethical or legal case for banning it – but you supported it anyway. This is the same public health model as vaping, so it is no wonder they don’t trust you. Until you face up to the lethal error you have made on snus, you have not earned the right to a hearing on vaping. 

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The Cult of Global Warming

Published on 2014-09-20 17:49:31.
Website: Frank Davis


From Climate Depot: Gore preaches climate urgency at seminary: Allowing global warming is ‘Heaping contempt upon God’s creation’ Gore preached about his views on how we should treat the Earth based on Biblical concepts. “Being given dominion does not mean … Continue reading →

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"Mon périple aux Etats-Unis : deux mois en centre de rétention"

Published on 2014-09-20 12:33:23.
Website: Accueil


rue89.nouvelobs.com: "Sophia, méconnaissant les règles de son autorisation de séjour, est arrêtée à la frontière mexico-américaine alors qu’elle tente de rentrer aux USA. Elle raconte le calvaire de ses deux mois de détention au Texas.

"Le 25 mai, alors que je regagne les Etats-Unis après une journée passée à Tijuana au Mexique, ma demande d’entrée sur le territoire au titre du Programme d’exemption de visa (VWP, « Visa Waiver Program ») se voit refusée à la frontière mexico-américaine.

"Effectivement, j’ai loué une voiture pour faire l’aller-retour Los Angeles-Tijuana dans la journée. J’avais fait de même depuis San Diego trois mois auparavant. Française voyageant en Amérique du Nord (Canada et Etats-Unis), je sors du territoire en croyant renouveler ainsi mon autorisation à voyager dans le cadre du VWP.

"Mon ignorance va me coûter cher."

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Link Tank 20/09

Published on 2014-09-20 02:15:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Avast, me hearties (a day late)

Young people need to stop worrying about their careers and get out more

What next for the burger?

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Bientôt des "Droits de l'Homme numériques ?"

Published on 2014-09-19 17:42:04.
Website: Accueil


ATS: "Lancement d'une déclaration des Droits de l'Homme numérique

"Un projet de déclaration des Droits de l'Homme numérique, qui veut protéger et encadrer l'utilisation des données personnelles sans entraver l'innovation et la recherche, a été dévoilé vendredi matin lors d'un colloque à Paris.

"Souhaitant s'inspirer de la Déclaration universelle des droits de l'Homme de 1789 et de la déclaration universelle sur le génome humain, adopté par l'Unesco en 1997, ce texte a été impulsé par le Forum d'Avignon, cercle de réflexion qui veut faire dialoguer les mondes de la culture et de l'économie.

"Rédigé en 5 langues -français, anglais, cantonais, mandarin et arabe- et composé de huit articles, ce court texte (disponible sur le site ddhn.org) aborde des thèmes comme le respect de la vie privée, la transparence des usages et l'utilisation "raisonnable" des données.

"C'est le fruit d'un an de travail et de réflexion. Nous l'avons voulu équilibré car il fallait protéger les données personnelles sans empêcher l'innovation et la recherche", a déclaré à l'AFP Laure Kaltenbach, directrice générale du Forum."

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No Winners

Published on 2014-09-19 17:09:47.
Website: Frank Davis


So the Scots voted No to independence by 55% to 45%. I very much doubt that will be the end of it. It’s going to rumble on and on. The United Kingdom isn’t quite as united as it was, now … Continue reading →

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Fog

Published on 2014-09-18 16:53:26.
Website: Frank Davis


According to the latest exit polls, the Scottish No vote won by 54% to 46%. But I’ve been thinking about the missing ‘atmosphere’ in pubs since the smoking ban. … When I was about 10 years old, my school was … Continue reading →

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You're Daft Because You're Not Like Us

Published on 2014-09-18 13:41:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Social media has been abuzz in the past week as the public health cabal circles its wagons and makes excuses for John Ashton's recent Twitter train wreck (see here, here and here).

The general consensus seems to be that it's a storm in a teacup, and what has it to do with bloody vapers anyway?


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Les cachotteries du Procureur de Genève dénoncées

Published on 2014-09-18 13:03:29.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: "Olivier Jornot refuse de rendre publiques les directives du Ministère public

"Malgré l’avis favorable du préposé cantonal à la transparence, le procureur général  estime que cette transparence pourrait inciter «à l’adoption de comportements illicites.»

"Dans une décision datant de mardi, le procureur général, Olivier Jornot (photo), refuse de rendre publiques les directives internes du Ministère public. C’est l’avocat Nils De Dardel, membre des juristes progressistes, qui le lui avait demandé au cours de la campagne électorale de ce printemps pour le poste de procureur général. Quelques mois plus tard, Me De Dardel insiste. Il veut encore et toujours savoir quels sont les barèmes qui permettent de condamner un prévenu pour infraction à la loi sur les étrangers (LEtr) par exemple ou pour infraction à la loi sur les stupéfiants.

"Ces barèmes sont utilisés par les procureurs lorsqu’ils sanctionnent directement un prévenu par ordonnance pénale (jusqu’à six mois) sans passer par la case procès."

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Calorie consumption revisited (part 1 of many)

Published on 2014-09-18 11:15:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) released new data on British food consumption today. Public health revisionists should look away now.

● Average energy intake based on all food and drink purchases has fallen 8.3% between 2001-02 and 2012.

● Energy intake from food and drink recorded as eating out fell 7.3% in 2012 and has fallen by 29% since 2001-02.

● There is a long term downward trend in energy intake since the early sixties (visible in all components of the chart). Combining year on year changes of estimates on like bases suggests that average energy intake per person is 31% lower in 2012 than in 1974.

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New Data from the UK Show that Despite Dramatic E-Cigarette Experimentation among Youth, There are Few Regular Users and Very Few Nonsmoking Regular U

Published on 2014-09-18 04:49:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Data released yesterday by Action on Smoking and Health (UK) show that although electronic cigarette use is widespread and increasing among youth, it has not resulted in regular use among a substantial proportion of youth and among nonsmokers, there are very few regular users.

Specifically, the survey of 2,000 11-18 year-olds in 2014 found that:

"Only 1.8% of children are regular users; 90% of regular or occasional users are young people who are already smokers or ex-smokers; 91% of young people have not tried an electronic cigarette even once; and this is despite the fact that over 80% of young people are now aware of e-cigarettes (up from under 70% in 2013)."

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Les recharges des e-cigarettes inquiètent les toxicologues

Published on 2014-09-17 19:14:16.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: "Les recharges liquides des cigarettes électroniques, surtout celles contenant de la nicotine, ne sont pas en odeur de sainteté dans les milieux médicaux.

"L'apparition et le succès de la cigarette électronique ont fait naître de nouvelles sources d'inquiétudes, surtout au niveau des enfants. Ces derniers ont en effet tendance à jouer avec les recharges liquides, dont certaines contiennent de la nicotine.

«Les cigarettes électroniques nous préoccupent beaucoup et ce sujet génère aussi chez les médecins son lot d'incertitudes», explique dans le Tages-Anzeiger du 17 septembre 2014 Hugo Kupferschmidt, directeur du Centre suisse d'information toxicologique (Tox)."

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Two Hat-Tips and an Oddity

Published on 2014-09-17 18:16:53.
Website: Frank Davis


H/T Harley for news that NYC’s smoking rates are moving back up. Via the Daily News, the increase in smokers has come about in part because while the city’s campaign was effective at getting heavy and long-term smokers to quit, … Continue reading →

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Anti-Smoking Groups Reveal Real Reason they Opposed Ban on E-Cig Sales to Minors: Money and Protection of Cigarette Sales

Published on 2014-09-17 04:10:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Last week, the Missouri legislature overturned a veto by Governor Jay Nixon of a bill to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. Ironically, the bill was vigorously opposed by anti-smoking groups, including Tobacco-Free Missouri and the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association.

The bill is quite simple. It classifies electronic cigarettes as a non-tobacco product and bans the sale of these products to minors.

The health groups opposed this legislation because it classified electronic cigarettes separately from real cigarettes and they wanted the two products classified exactly the same.

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Policy-Based Evidence-Making - A Video Guide

Published on 2014-09-16 11:35:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


An item from July popped up on one of my Twitter search streams yesterday which is quite revealing about the methods of the tobacco control industry and how they are applied to the pursuit of plain packs legislation.

You see, when it comes to smoking, tobacco controllers have descended into a comfort zone whereby they feel confident in saying just about anything amongst themselves, while politicians are being fed something completely different.

Note, for example, Debs Arnott's comments in the video below:

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Abus d'euthanasies par des étrangers: bientôt un permis de mourir ?

Published on 2014-09-16 06:18:48.
Website: Accueil


ATS: "Le succès du suicide assisté inquiète

"De plus en plus de malades choisissent le suicide assisté, selon une récente étude. Des chercheurs évoquent même un "tourisme de la mort". Le phénomène inquiète le Conseil fédéral.

De plus en plus de malades choisissent le suicide assisté, selon une étude du "Journal of Medical Ethics", parue début septembre 2014. Mais ce ne sont plus seulement des Suisses qui sont concernés puisque, au cours de l'année dernière, l'Institut médico-légal de Zurich a recensé 31 nationalités différentes parmi les patients, et le nombre de suicides assistés chez les non-résidents a été multiplié par 2 entre 2009 et 2013. Les chercheurs parlent même désormais de "tourisme de la mort". Le phénomène n'est pas nouveau, mais il inquiète de plus en plus le Conseil fédéral et les détracteurs du suicide assisté.

"Selon les chercheurs suisses et britanniques qui ont étudié les données de l'Institut médico-légal de Zurich, 611 étrangers ont bénéficié d'une aide au suicide depuis 2009. Parmi les demandes, 268 émanent d'Allemagne, 126 de Grande Bretagne et 66 de France. Cependant, certains pays connaissent des hausses particulièrement importantes: la France comptait 7 demandes en 2009 contre 19 en 2012; l'Italie est passée de 4 cas en 2009 à 22 cas en 2012."

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UK Professor and Government Health Adviser - An E-Cigarette Opponent - Steps Down After Crude Verbal Attacks on Vapers

Published on 2014-09-16 04:24:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Up until two days ago, Professor John Ashton was president of the Faculty of Public Health, an independent health advisory body which provides public health recommendations to health ministers and other UK government officials.

The Faculty of Public Health has been a strong opponent of e-cigarettes in the UK. In its policy statement, it recommends a complete ban on e-cigarette advertising. It also asserts that the tobacco industry is using e-cigarettes to promote cigarette smoking, that electronic cigarettes may be a gateway to smoking among youth, and that there is no solid evidence that e-cigarettes can help smokers quit. This despite its acknowledgment that there is no evidence for a gateway effect and that there is evidence that e-cigarettes are as effective as NRT for smoking cessation.

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Advertising in a Free Society

Published on 2014-09-16 02:58:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


 
The economist Julian Simon once wrote that ‘the economic study of advertising is not deserving of great attention’, ruefully adding that ‘this is not a congenial point at which to arrive after spending several years working on the subject’. Few economists dedicate as much time to advertising as Simon. Most ignore it altogether because its impact on a nation’s economy, though broadly beneficial, is not seen as being terribly important from their perspective. Advertising is certainly important to businesses because it helps decide how much of a given market is taken by each firm, but it does not typically increase the size of the market itself.

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Comment interdire la « fumée passive » des avions à réaction ?

Published on 2014-09-15 14:45:57.
Website: Accueil


TobakkoNacht: "Les efforts visant à interdire le bar fumeur à l'aéroport de Lambert-St Louis (Missouri) démontrent dans quels abysses de stupidité les Prohibitionnistes ont plongé. L'idée que des travailleurs ou des voyageurs puissent être exposés à une dose de fumée passive dangereuse s'échappant par les interstices d'une petite alcôve fermée et dotée d'une ventilation séparée, cela touche à l'absurde.

"Une dose de toxines dangereuse ? Dans un aéroport ? Un aéroport où chaque jour des centaines d'avions dégueulent des fumées de carburant pour avions à réaction. Oui, les orifices d'admission d'air du bar fumeur sont dotés de filtres mais les Prohibitionnistes nous racontent depuis si longtemps qu'ils ne suffisent prétendument pas à traiter les quelques grammes de feuilles de tabac qui brûlent lentement, emballées qu'elles sont dans du papier ultra-fin.

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Aghast From The Past

Published on 2014-09-15 14:19:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


It's been a tough old day at Puddlecote Inc and in Puddlecote Towers. Had our HR consultants in for a very long chat - and will soon be having their monthly direct debit out of our bank account for good (long story) - before being on the road for the rest of the day due to staff shortages. Whilst back home I've spent the evening setting up our new wireless printer - vital for the little Ps' homework in years 9 & 10 - to replace the one which had decided to be as reliable a piece of electronics as Yul Brynner in Westworld, only to find that the boy's PC has since come out on strike too. Only rains when it pours, eh?

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Euthanasie "à la carte" pour un criminel qui ne supporte pas la prison

Published on 2014-09-15 12:53:53.
Website: Accueil


20 Minutes: "«Je reste un être humain, donnez-moi l'euthanasie»

"Un délinquant sexuel belge interné depuis 30 ans, qui affirme subir des «souffrances psychiques insupportables» en prison, va pouvoir être euthanasié à l'hôpital comme il le souhaite depuis des années, selon son avocat.


"Frank Van Den Bleeken, 52 ans, qui remplit les conditions médicales et légales prévues par la loi belge de 2002 pour obtenir une euthanasie, va pouvoir quitter dans les prochains jours la prison de Bruges (nord-ouest) et intégrer un hôpital pour y être euthanasié, a expliqué sur les télévisions belges l'avocat, Jos Vander Velpen."

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Legends in their own lunchtime

Published on 2014-09-15 10:37:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I've started doing a spot of blogging at the Telegraph. Today, it's about a school banning packed lunches...

A new academic year at Milefield Primary School in Grimethorpe, South Yorkshire, gave authorities a fresh opportunity to override the will of parents in the name of heath. As reported in the Telegraph, a ban on packed lunches has so far led to six children being removed from the school by their parents, but the governing body remains unrepentant.

Justifying the new diktat, head teacher Paula Murray applied the newspeak of the public sector, saying that she was "taking a holistic approach to school meals". On the basis that what is not compulsory must be banned, she noted that there is "no requirement for the school to provide an area for children to consume packed lunches" and that the new policy would (in so many words) be based on the pretence that such facilities do not exist. Plenty of seats will be available for those who are prepared to eat school dinners, but they miraculously vanish when a child wants to eat a sandwich.

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“Stand Up To Cancer” Not Standing Up to Cigarette Promoters; Special Guest Commentary by Dr. Alan Blum

Published on 2014-09-15 04:18:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Tuscaloosa, AL, September 4, 2014--Several of the sponsors of this Friday’s “Stand Up To Cancer” national fundraising telethon are doing more to promote cigarette companies than to prevent or cure cancer, according to an analysis of the organization behind the event by a physician and veteran anti-cancer advocate at The University of Alabama.

“This effort to solicit money for cancer research is compromised by the inclusion of corporations and foundations closely allied with the manufacturers of cigarettes, the nation’s leading avoidable cause of cancer,” said Alan Blum, MD, professor of Family Medicine and Director of The University of Alabama Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society. “The National Cancer Institute attributes 40 percent of premature deaths from cancer to cigarette smoking,” noted Dr. Blum, “so a minimum standard for standing up to cancer ought to be not aiding and abetting the number one cause of cancer.”

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Faut-il interdire la pub et le sponsoring des cigarettiers ?

Published on 2014-09-14 17:39:59.
Website: Accueil


RTS - La Première - Forum: " Faut-il interdire la pub et le sponsoring des festivals par les cigarettiers? Le projet de loi sur le tabac, dont la période de consultation s'est achevée vendredi, ne va pas si loin. Et c'est bien ce que lui reprochent les associations de lutte contre le tabagisme, à l'instar de la Ligue pulmonaire. Le débat entre Filippo Lombardi (Photo), conseiller aux Etats PDC (TI) et Grégoire Vittoz, responsable de la prévention pour la Ligue pulmonaire vaudoise."



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Link Tank 13/09

Published on 2014-09-13 03:00:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Links a la carte.

The war on fat - a big, fat waste of time

The unintended consequences of plain cigarette packaging

The truth we won't admit: Drinking is healthy

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Langage interdit: : le "négrillon" ne passe pas la rampe...

Published on 2014-09-12 15:55:53.
Website: Accueil


ATS: " Un ministre bernois lâche "petit nègre" en présentant un centre de requérants.

"Le conseiller d'Etat bernois (PLR)en charge de la police et des affaires militaires Hans-Jürg Käser a déclaré jeudi lors de la présentation à la population d'un centre pour requérants d'asile que chaque "Negerbubli" (petit nègre) sait que la Suisse est un pays de cocagne. Cette formulation a été vivement critiquée par la présidente de la commission fédérale contre le racisme et sur les réseaux sociaux."

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An Investigation Into Whom?

Published on 2014-09-12 11:21:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


So here we are, 6 days after Professor John Ashton's bout of Saturday night Twitter rage (see here, here and here for background), and the Faculty of Public Health has today posted a statement on their website.

Click to enlargeInteresting to see that they're continuing to describe it as a Twitter "exchange" rather than a sinister trawling of vaper Twitter timelines followed by a series of insulting stand-alone tweets. The exchange of words only happened well after Ashton had begun his spiteful tirade. Still, at least they are taking it seriously.

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Gratitude, WHO Style

Published on 2014-09-11 13:50:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


As mentioned before, the documents being place online by the World Health Organisation in advance of their working holiday in Putin's Russia are very revealing.
51. The budget approved by the COP at its fourth session was US$ 14 902 000 (of which VAC accounted for US$ 9 107 000). This amount, however, should be adjusted by US$ 1 188 000, the amount that was identified as the extrabudgetary component of funds necessary  or convening the fifth session of the INB4 and which was met by the in-kind contribution of  the European Union (by covering the travel and conference service costs of the session). That's $1.188 million of your taxes being spent to prop up a movement which - as I've mentioned before - is incapable of living within its means.

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Yet more failure in Australia

Published on 2014-09-11 04:20:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


More awkward news for plain pack campaigners, this time from Cancer Council Queensland:

"New Queensland Health data has found a sharp increase in the prevalence of smoking among Queenslanders aged between 25 and 34 years old over the past two years.

"This trend defies the declines we have seen in other age groups, with 28 per cent of men in the 25-34 age bracket now smoking every day, compared with 19.8 per cent in 2012.

"Among women in the 25-34 age bracket, the rate of smoking has increased from 12.8 per cent to 16.7 per cent.

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Columbia Scientists Claim that E-Cigarettes May Be Gateway to Illicit Drug Use and Addiction

Published on 2014-09-11 03:57:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


According to a press release issued by Columbia University Medical Center, a team of researchers from Columbia University have concluded that electronic cigarettes may serve as a gateway not only to cigarette smoking, but also to illicit drug use and addiction, such as cocaine addiction.

According to the press release: "Like conventional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) may function as a “gateway drug”—a drug that lowers the threshold for addiction to other substances, such as marijuana and cocaine—according to the 120th Shattuck lecture, presented to the Massachusetts Medical Society by Columbia researchers Denise and Eric Kandel and published today in the online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine." ...

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