May 23

5 Respected Scientists Weigh In On Ecigs – ChurnMag

Picture 16Far too often, we are inundated by negative reports about electronic cigarettes. The good news is that there are some scientists and medical professionals out there that are willing to taking a stand for vaping and share some facts to help reverse the myths. These courageous scientists have a lot to lose and many of them could face cuts to their research funding just for offering public support to vaping. That’s why their opinions really stand out as important. Check out what these 5 respected scientists have said about ecigs and how they impact your health.Professor Peter HajekCredentials: Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine Tobacco Research Unit, Professor at the Queen Mary University of London“There are currently two products competing for smokers’ custom. One, the conventional cigarette, endangers users and bystanders and recruits new customers from among non-smoking children who try it.  The other, e-cigarette, is orders of magnitude safer, poses no risk to bystanders, and generates negligible rates of regular use among non-smoking children who try it.” Professor Linda BauldCredentials: Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, Professor of Public Health and Dean of Research at University of Stirling“E-cigarettes are currently unlicensed, but both the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and the Medicines Healthcare Regulatory Association acknowledge that their use is safer than continued smoking. This is not simply an opinion, it is an evidence-based statement, and one that is supported by tobacco control organizations in the UK. To imply otherwise is incorrect. This does not mean

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May 05

CDC is Running a Dishonest Campaign Against E-Cigarettes Which is Re-Normalizing Smoking

CDC SmallAlmost the Entire Tobacco Control Movement is Helping to Spread CDC’s Deception

In an ironic twist of devastating proportions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is running an enormous, dishonest campaign against electronic cigarettes that is being spread by almost the entire tobacco control movement and which is serving to re-normalize smoking and undermine decades of progress in educating the public about the hazards of cigarette smoking.The CDC’s campaign involves lying, dishonesty, and massive deception:Lying The CDC has been telling the public that its data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey provides evidence that e-cigarettes are a gateway to cigarette smoking among youth. The CDC misrepresented cross-sectional CDC survey data as conclusive evidence that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking. Specifically, CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden stated, in response to the 2011-2012 increase in youth e-cigarette use: “Use of e-cigarettes in youth doubled just in the past year, and many kids are starting out with e-cigarettes and then going on to smoke conventional cigarettes.” In addition, Dr. Frieden was quoted as stating that electronic cigarettes are “condemning many kids

Link The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary: CDC is Running a Dishonest Campaign Against E-Cigarettes Which is Re-Normalizing Smoking.

May 05

You May Be Using the Wrong Type of E-Cigarette to Quit Smoking – Bloomberg Business

Picture 20If you’re puffing on an e-cigarette to quit smoking, the type of device you use may make a difference.

Almost 28 percent of people who used refillable “tank” models every day to get their nicotine hit gave up smoking, compared with 11 percent of those using “cigalikes” that are disposable or use replaceable cartridges, according to a study by addiction scientists at King’s College London. Quitting rates for non-daily users of e-cigarettes were lower, though tank aficionados still came out ahead.

The findings, published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, may be significant for smokers trying to decide which type of e-cigarette to try. Tanks may deliver nicotine more effectively, and the devices allow users to adjust nicotine content and flavors, which along with price may be factors that lead to more success in quitting, the researchers said.

“Our research demonstrates the importance of distinguishing between different types of e-cigarettes and frequency of use when examining the association between e-cigarettes and quitting,” Sara Hitchman, a lecturer in the King’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience who led the study, said in a statement.

The research comes amid debate about the safety of the devices, the potential need for regulation and whether e-cigarettes may encourage people to start using the real thing. California health officials have expressed alarm that many young people are using e-cigarettes and may end up smoking as a result.

Link You May Be Using the Wrong Type of E-Cigarette to Quit Smoking – Bloomberg Business.

May 05

Experts Say E-Cigarettes Could Save Tens Of Thousands Of Lives Every Year – Business Insider

Picture 16Encouraging cigarette smokers to switch to electronic versions could be a public health ‘revolution’ and save tens of thousands of lives a year in Britain, a coalition of experts has said.The World Health Organisation is wrong to call for restrictions on e-cigarettes and instead should be promoting them as a way to quit smoking, it was argued.A group of leading experts in tobacco controlled have critiqued a report by the WHO on e-cigarettes and said it contained errors and misrepresentations of the evidence.It has been calculated that for every one million smokers who switch from cigarettes to electronic ones, which deliver nicotine but do not contain tobacco, then 6,000 premature deaths would be prevented every year.It could mean more than 50,000 lives a year could be saved in England if every smoker switched.The experts from the department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London, the National Addiction Centre at King’s College London and the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London, have published the rebuttal of the WHO report in the journal Addiction.They said the WHO report says e-cigarette use in the young is a major problem and could act as a gateway to smoking cigarettes where as in fact less than one per cent of children who have never smoked have tried them.

Link Experts Say E-Cigarettes Could Save Tens Of Thousands Of Lives Every Year – Business Insider.

May 05

Top scientists start to examine fiddled global warming figures – Telegraph

global_warming_hoaxLast month, we are told, the world enjoyed “its hottest March since records began in 1880”. This year, according to “US government scientists”, already bids to outrank 2014 as “the hottest ever”. The figures from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) were based, like all the other three official surface temperature records on which the world’s scientists and politicians rely, on data compiled from a network of weather stations by NOAA’s Global Historical Climate Network (GHCN).But here there is a puzzle. These temperature records are not the only ones with official status. The other two, Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) and the University of Alabama (UAH), are based on a quite different method of measuring temperature data, by satellites. And these, as they have increasingly done in recent years, give a strikingly different picture. Neither shows last month as anything like the hottest March on record, any more than they showed 2014 as “the hottest year ever”.

Link Top scientists start to examine fiddled global warming figures – Telegraph.

Apr 12

DHS Ordered to Explain Secret Plan to Shut Down Phone Service

1984-Big Brother ObamaThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is questioning the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to keep secret its plan to shut down mobile phone service during “critical emergencies.” The court originally sided with the federal government that the plan should not be disclosed under a Freedom of Information Act request, but has since revisited the ruling and has ordered the DHS to explain the secrecy.

According to Ars Technica, the Department of Homeland Security plan, known as Standing Operating Procedure 303, was created after mobile phones were used to detonate explosives in London.

Court documents explain that SOP 303 is a “unified voluntary process for the orderly shut-down and restoration of wireless devices during critical emergencies such as the threat of radio-activated improvised explosive devices.”

While there has been no documented instance of the Department of Homeland Security invoking SOP 303, the telecommunication companies have agreed to stop service if SOP 303 is invoked.

via DHS Ordered to Explain Secret Plan to Shut Down Phone Service.

Apr 12

Obama Administration Plotting Adult Vaccination Mandates

obama_hammer_and_sickle copyIn collaboration with Big Business and special interests, the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is plotting a new program to track Americans’ vaccination records, wage a massive propaganda campaign to “encourage” more inoculations, and foist more controversial vaccines on adults against their will. Federal bureaucrats and crony capitalists set to profit from the proposal claim the goal is to improve “public health,” and establishment media outlets have largely parroted that line so far. However, critics of the unconstitutional scheme, formally dubbed the “National Adult Immunization Plan” (NAIP), say the ultimate goal is to forcibly vaccinate all Americans and move toward a radical new healthcare paradigm in which medical “treatment” is delivered at gunpoint.The controversial plot was cooked up and unveiled by the Obama HHS National Vaccine Advisory Committee during its February meeting. If approved by federal bureaucrats, the executive-branch assault would, among other elements, enlist private businesses, churches, and non-profit organizations in a nationwide campaign to prod Americans into accepting the Obama administration’s perpetually expanding list of “recommended” vaccines. The scheme would also offer doctors and other vaccine providers “incentives” — read taxpayer-funded bribes — to shred patient privacy and feed private medical information into state and federal databases to track those who refuse to comply.

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Apr 05

Scientists Discover Bt Toxins Found In Monsanto Crops Damage Red Blood Cells | Collective-Evolution

monsanto tomato_AStudies are showing that Bt toxins found in Monsanto crops are harmful to mammalian blood by damaging red blood cells and more. RBC’s are responsible for delivering oxygen to the body tissues through blood flow.Bacillus thuringensis (Bt) is a bacterium commonly used as a biological pesticide. It is a microorganism that produces toxic chemicals. It occurs naturally in the environment, and is usually isolated from soil, insects and plant surfaces. Prior to this study, Bt was thought to be toxic only to insects,  but recent studies are proving otherwise.Dr. Mezzomo and his team of Scientists from the Department of Genetics and Morphology and the Institute of Biological Sciences, at University of Brasilia recently published a study that involved Bacillus thuringensis (Bt toxin) and its effects on mammalian blood. According to the study, the “Cry” toxins that are found in Monsanto’s GMO crops like corn and soy, are much more toxic to mammals than previously thought. The study was published in the Journal of Hematology and Thromboembolic Diseases(1).We do not support animal testing, and think it is unnecessary. It should really be a no brainer that GMO crops cause significant damage to human health. Studies that don’t require animal testing have already proven the dangers of GMO consumption. This study unfortunately required the use of Swiss Albino Mice if Bt was to be properly examined. At the same time, most of us know that the existence of GMOs is completely unnecessary.Advances in genetic engineering promise the expression of multiple Cry toxins in Bt-plants, known as gene pyramiding. Therefore, studies on non-target species are requirements of international protocols to verify the adverse effects of these toxins, ensuring human and environmental biosafety.

via Scientists Discover Bt Toxins Found In Monsanto Crops Damage Red Blood Cells | Collective-Evolution.

Apr 05

Toxicity levels in e-cigarettes 100 times lower | Radio New Zealand News

Picture 16New research shows the e-cigarettes being smoked in this country contain about 1 percent of the toxicants of ordinary cigarettes.Photo: 123rfThe study, released today in the New Zealand Medical Journal, looked at the levels of nicotine and harmful toxicants, such as aldehydes, produced by electronic cigarettes.The study found nicotine levels were half-to-two thirds that of a normal cigarette, but toxicity levels were 100 times lower.Across the e-cigarettes tested, on average they had 0.93 percent of the formaldehyde, 0.04 percent of the acetaldehyde and 0.43 percent of the acrolein of a normal, ”combustible” Marlboro king size filter cigarette.Author Murray Laugesen said the nicotine levels in e-cigarettes were sufficient to help people kick the habit.”This research is designed to reduce the risk of people being scared of e-cigarettes for no good reason,” he said.But e-cigarettes with nicotine could not be sold legally within New Zealand, even though they were readily available online.Dr Laugesen said it was time for that to change as it was blocking a pathway out of the smoking addiction, to help “get [smokers] on track to make some tough decisions and get rid of combustibles out of their lives”.

via Toxicity levels in e-cigarettes 100 times lower | Radio New Zealand News.

Mar 26

E-Cigarettes can provide significant public health benefits | Mark Pawsey

Picture 20E-cigarettes have the potential to provide significant public health benefits but are being ignored by the majority of public health professionals, according to experts speaking at an E-Cigarettes All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) meeting, which is Chaired by local MP Mark Pawsey, in Westminster last week.

Professor Riccardo Polosa, Director of the Institute for Internal Medicine and Clinical Immunology of the University of Catania in Italy explained that e-cigarettes not only provide harm reduction, but also harm reversal.

Dr Polosa said: “The scientific research I have undertaken is supportive of beneficial effects of e-cigarettes use in health and disease. I remain convinced that e-vapour products are at least 96% less harmful than conventional cigarettes.

“Research proves that e-cigarettes help make lungs less twitchy in those who have had asthma and in fact there was an improvement in 65% of asthmatics surveyed.

“The emerging evidence is that e-cigarettes use can reverse harm from tobacco smoking and should be taken into consideration by regulatory authorities seeking to adopt proportional measures for the category.”

Professor Gerry Stimson is Director of Knowledge-Action-Change, holds an Emeritus Chair at Imperial College and is Visiting Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has advised the UK Government, World Health Organization, UNAIDS, UNODC, World Bank and others on issues relating to drugs and addiction. He was a member of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence working group that recently prepared guidelines on tobacco harm reduction.

Professor Stimson believes that e-cigarettes are likely to have the biggest impact on smoking cessation in the UK and beyond.

He said: “E-cigarettes are going to have a far bigger impact on public health than any other tobacco control product ever produced and are a benefit to public health. Their potential impact is being much under-rated by public health professionals.

“It is wrong to overly focus on very small potential risks when we already know the huge public health benefits from replacing tobacco use with e-cigarettes.  Now we need strong and courageous public health leadership to seize the opportunity.”

The APPG is being run by Mark Pawsey MP (Rugby) and a group of 30 other MPs and Peers.

Mark Pawsey MP said: “I established the APPG along with a number of my Parliamentary colleagues as we all believe that this growing industry requires further analysis and scrutiny by law makers. We need to look at all sides of the argument and use the scientific evidence available to us to better understand what potential benefits these devices may have from a public health perspective.”

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