Misguidance

On May 6, 2020, the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) published an article by Brian Erkkila, Patricia Kovacevic, and Derek Yach titled, “Restricting Flavors in ENDS Could Have Repercussions Beyond Youths’ Use.” The authors review recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory guidance on electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), including plans to restrict […]

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The 2019 EVALI ‘Misinfodemic’

The 2019 EVALI ‘Misinfodemic’ Part One (of three):  Searching for ‘patient zero’ The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World recently commissioned an independent analysis of media coverage before, during, and after the 2019 US EVALI (e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury) outbreak. Our analysis covered over 18,000 news stories published by top-tier media outlets in […]

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Vaping Terminology is a Dangerous Muddle

The authors of a recent editorial published by a prestigious medical journal write, “most patients with EVALI had inhaled vapor from e-cigarette liquids containing THC.” [emphasis added] In this piece, I will explain why I used to consider the term ‘THC e-cigarettes’ a logical fallacy, and how I have come to believe this original conclusion […]

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COVID-19, Smoking, and Vaping: More Research Needed

David Hockney is not a scientist. He is one of the most important British painters of the twentieth century, best known for his contributions to the 1960s pop art movement. As an artist, his contrarian views on Vermeer’s possible use of a camera obscura should be taken seriously. As a contrarian on the subject of […]

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COVID-19 and Lung Health: Smoking and Vaping

COUNTRY Smoking (these data are preliminary) Nicotine Vaping CHINA26.6% smoke* 13 studies covering 5,960 hospitalized COVID-19 patients: 6.5% recorded as smokers (average) NO DATA US13.7% smoke* CDC data covering 7,162 COVID-19 patients:1.3% recorded as current smokers NO DATA GERMANY21% smoke* Peer-reviewed study of 50 hospitalized COVID-19 patients: 6% recorded as current smokers NO DATA FRANCE27% […]

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