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The 2019 “Evali” Misinfodemic (Part 3)

Continued from Part Two: The misinfodemic spreads worldwide The first two parts of this series were based on an independent analysis of 18,000 news stories covering “EVALI” – an outbreak of lung injuries that occurred in the United States in 2019.  The probable cause of that outbreak is now clear:  An adulterant in unregulated illicit […]

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Menthol Bans and Social Justice: A Case Study

Last November, Massachusetts became the first US state to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes. And in February of this year, the House approved a bill to eliminate the sale of these cigarettes at the federal level. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has launched a campaign to enforce menthol bans in New York State under the […]

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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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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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Larry Fink’s Letter to CEOs – How it Pertains to Tobacco

In his annual letter to CEOs, Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, positions climate change as a defining factor in the fundamental reshaping of finance. He outlines several important facets of this shift, including sustainability investing, improved disclosure, advances in technology, not leaving developing markets behind, and ultimately the benefits and risks to the companies. These […]

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