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Buck Duke, roller skates, and cigarettes – how one machine transformed an entire industry

“Buck Duke will not be forgotten, a debt he owes in part to other forgotten men, ones not so adept at the American art of transformation by dint of desire.” 1 James Buchanan (Buck) Duke founded Duke University after a career spent revolutionizing the American tobacco industry. He famously created and then dominated the cigarette […]

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Smoking Cessation in the Workplace

The road to smoking cessation often entails multiple quit attempts, punctuated by the disappointment of relapse. For smokers navigating this difficult path, cessation support and services should be offered in the place that they spend most of their time—which, in many instances, is the workplace. In the United States, about 22.8% of men and 18.3% […]

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The CDC must take an integrated approach to understanding youth behaviors

Many habits—both healthy and unhealthy—are established during adolescence. For this reason, strong data regarding youth behaviors can be of immense value to health policymakers, as well as schools and parents. The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) seeks to gather precisely this type of data. Yet the survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control […]

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New Research Questions Link Between E-Cigarettes and Respiratory Disease

A quote from Plato’s work Phaedrus says, “Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.” This proverb is an apt description of some recent research on e-cigarettes and tobacco harm reduction, where first assumptions appear to be inaccurate based on […]

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Who is really co-opting harm reduction?

In his recent article, “Co-optation of harm reduction by Big Tobacco,” Timothy Dewhirst opens with a correct and critical message: ‍“Harm reduction is a respected public health strategy for managing addictive behaviours that pose severe health risks.” Yet, his further treatment of the topic aims to delegitimize the most vital harm reduction project of our […]

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