Use of e-cigarettes in two different groups leads to….headlines

Unsurprisingly there has been yet another study published making a big song and dance about the “gateway” theory, claiming that “teens that use e-cigarettes are three times more likely to smoke” (taken from a headline), or that teens that use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke.

A quick Google news search for e-cigarettes gives you 92 articles, each with a variation of the same headline and all citing the same study, or to be more precise the same press release. Some of the journalists did seek comments from Cancer Research UK, but not it seems Professor Linda Bauld who has already criticised the study here, and Professor Kevin Fenton from Public Health England.

The hashtag #ecigarettes on Twitter is also full of the same articles. Disappointing, but not entirely unexpected. Continue reading “Use of e-cigarettes in two different groups leads to….headlines”

E-Cigarettes & Smoking Cessation, The Real World According to an Aeronautical Engineer

By now you’ve probably heard of, or seen the latest attempt from Stanton A. Glantz to discredit e-cigarettes as a viable method for cessation. He, and co-author Sara Kalkhoran performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of research published for a set period of time to try to identify if e-cigarettes are indeed a viable tool for cessation. So what did our illustrious aeronautical engineer come up with? Continue reading “E-Cigarettes & Smoking Cessation, The Real World According to an Aeronautical Engineer”

E-Cigarettes & Lung Health


Sometimes, I struggle to fathom the motives behind certain organisations. I truly do. Here we have a respectable organisation in the American Lung Association saying that e-cigarettes are a “new” tobacco product that have still largely unknown health effects. Then there’s a link to this page, which I wouldn’t click on if I were you; you’ll probably get asked to donate to them like the American Cancer Society (quick tip, don’t).

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Harm Reduction, Removing the Least Harmful Component

You’ll remember Shirley Cramer talking about “nicotine free” cigarettes at the E-Cigarette Summit and how, by some margin many of the general population (87% to be precise) think that nicotine is the harmful component of cigarettes. Well it turns out that there is a company out there trying to become the “world’s first manufacturer of cigarettes with the distinction ‘very low nicotine’“. Continue reading “Harm Reduction, Removing the Least Harmful Component”

Credulous or Cynical? Calling out Poor Reporting

You will of course remember the slew of scary sounding headlines between Christmas and the New Year, each one blindly repeating the same headline and the contents of a press release of a terrible study without any regard whether or not the press release relates to the study in any way shape or form. Continue reading “Credulous or Cynical? Calling out Poor Reporting”

Discussion: Attempt to Quit, or Quit by Accident

It doesn’t take much to spark some errant thinking and lengthy discussions. In this instance it was the release of the final quarter statistics of 2015 from the Smoking Toolkit Study which is of course performed by Professor Robert West. This survey is used, along with other evidence, to inform those that need to know how many folks are smoking, whether or not they quit smoking and how they quit.

I have used the STS statistics in a lot of correspondence to my MP and as evidence when responding to consultations, simply because the information contained in the STS is detailed, and above all asks the right questions. Continue reading “Discussion: Attempt to Quit, or Quit by Accident”