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.”

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

Mar 26

A new study verifies that e-cigarettes are orders of magnitude safer than tobacco cigarettes

By Dr Farsalinos

Picture 16A new study was published today in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health by our group, evaluating e-liquids for the presence of tobacco-derived toxins. Additionally, the accuracy of nicotine labelling was assessed. The study is novel because for the first time we assessed tobacco-flavored liquids for the presence of phenols and nitrate (known toxins in tobacco smoke), as well as nitrosamines. Moreover, we assessed a specific group of e-liquids (known as Natural Extracts of Tobacco – NETs), which are made by using cured tobacco leaves to extract the flavor. This is the first time that such liquids are specifically tested.The study verified that tobacco-derived toxins are lower by orders of magnitude in e-liquids compared to tobacco products. Characteristically, nitrosamines were 146-1447 times lower in e-liquids compared to tobacco products (in 1 mL liquid compared to 1 gram of tobacco), while nitrate was 1360 times lower. NET liquids contained somewhat higher levels of tobacco-derived toxins compared to conventional e-liquids, but the levels were still significantly lower compared to tobacco. Deviation from labelled nicotine content was on average 5.9% for conventional e-liquids and 1.5% for NETs, with maximum deviation being 22.1%. Interestingly, no difference between conventional liquids and NETs were observed, indicating that the flavor extraction process does not lead to extraction of nicotine from the tobacco leaves.The study adds to current evidence confirming the lower risk potential of e-cigarettes compared to tobacco. NET liquids contained more tobacco-derived toxins, but still much lower compared to tobacco.

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Mar 26

Would Ted Cruz Make a Good President?

newsNot bothering with an “exploratory committee,” Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has jumped with both feet into the 2016 presidential race.Cruz openly identifies with the Tea Party, and has done so since before his upset victory in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate in 2012, when he garnered big-name endorsements from then-Texas Congressman Ron Paul, Senator Rand Paul, former Senator Rick Santorum, and then-Senator Jim DeMint.In his speech anouncing his candidacy Monday at Liberty University in Virginia, Cruz offered the students and faculty of the conservative Christian college some red meat:Imagine abolishing the IRS…. Imagine a president that finally, finally, finally secures our borders … instead of a federal government that seeks to dictate school curriculum through Common Core. Imagine repealing every word of Common Core.ULINE Shipping SuppliesHuge Catalog! Over 29,000 Products. Same Day Shipping from 11 Locationswww.ULINE.comCruz’s law professor at Harvard, liberal Alan Dershowitz, has called his former student “off-the-charts” brilliant, and Cruz went on to clerk for Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist. He was educated in private Christian schools and spent much of his teen years as part of a group of students in the Free Market Education Foundation, who studied such libertarian-conservative icons as Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, Frederic Bastiat, and Ludwig von Mises.When Texas Governor George W. Bush was elected president in 2000, Cruz joined the administration in the Department of Justice. Despite this Bush connection (which understandably raises some eyebrows among conservatives who have suffered from this family for a generation now), Cruz later opposed the Bush administration, after he was no longer employed there. President Bush tried to force the state of Texas to honor a decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in the case. The Bush administration supported the ICJ in an effort to reopen the cases of 51 Mexican nationals who had been convicted of murder, and were on death row in the Lone Star State. The ICJ argued, and Bush agreed, that Texas had failed to allow Mexican nationals proper access to the Mexican consulate, but Cruz, acting as a lawyer for Texas, defeated the Bush administration before the U.S. Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision. The Court held that the ICJ simply did not have any jurisdiction over U.S. domestic law.

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Mar 25

As e-cigarette sales soar, critics eye regulations – CBS News

FrazzledCatThe Food and Drug Administration expects to publish its much-anticipated regulations for e-cigarettes in June, as the products are surging in popularity. In fact, sales are expanding so rapidly that some experts predict e-cigs will overtake sales of conventional smokes within the next decade.”From our perspective, the rules are long overdue,” said Erika Sward, assistant vice president of national advocacy at the American Lung Association, who noted the regulations have been in the works for about a year.The FDA already regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco. Under the 2009 Family Smoking and Tobacco Control Act, the FDA can “deem” additional tobacco products to be subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Among other things, firms would be required to register with the FDA and submit product and ingredient listings, and include health warnings and take steps to prevent sales to underage consumers.”To date, FDA has not been able to fully assess the public health impacts of unregulated tobacco products,” the FDA said in a statement sent to CBS MoneyWatch. “For example, some testing of e-cigarette cartridges has revealed significant variability in nicotine content and the presence of chemical constituents that raise concerns of toxicity.”Altria Group (MO) and Reynolds American (RAI), two of the biggest tobacco companies, are welcoming the FDA’s efforts, arguing that the patchwork of existing state regulations fails to protect consumers against defective products, some of which have even exploded. The companies are lobbying the FDA to treat e-cigarettes differently than conventional smokes.

via As e-cigarette sales soar, critics eye regulations – CBS News.

Mar 25

Voter ID | Wisconsin | Supreme Court

obama_logo_1In early October, 2014, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Voter I.D. law, as we reported at the time:

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Wisconsin’s new voter ID laws are constitutional, meaning that those heading to the polls in November will need to show ID before casting a vote….

Last month, the same panel of the 7th Circuit issued a short Order vacating the district court injunction staying enforcement of the law, and instead held that the voter ID laws would indeed be in effect for this November’s election. The court indicated that a full decision on the merits would be forthcoming.

Progressive activists in Wisconsin and across the country had a meltdown following the ruling

And they are not taking it well this time, either, via HuffPo:

“The Supreme Court’s decision is a huge step backward for our democracy,” Advancement Project Co-Director Penda D. Hair said in a statement Monday. “The 300,000 registered Wisconsin voters who lack the limited forms of photo ID needed to vote in Wisconsin — disproportionately African Americans and Latinos — deserve to have their voices heard in our political process. The values enshrined in our Constitution, and protected in the Voting Rights Act, are undermined when burdensome laws like photo ID requirements make the ballot box inaccessible to any eligible voters. Our elections should always be free, fair and accessible to all citizens. Under Wisconsin’s restrictive photo ID law, they simply are not.”

Who wins here?

In addition to voters who now can have more trust in the integrity of the system, the winner is Scott Walker, who once again has defeated the opposition against all odds.

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Mar 25

Greenpeace Founding Member: Climate Alarmism “Preposterous,” CO2 Emissions Saving Lives

al-gore-global-warming_250While Al Gore is suggesting that climate-change realists be punished and schoolchildren braved a snowstorm to hear a rapper give a “happy” climate-alarmism message, an environmentalist presented a truly happy message on the subject:Climate change isn’t caused by man, there’s been no significant warming for nearly two decades, and, even if there had been, it would probably be a good thing.Furthermore, he suggests that human CO2 emissions might have prevented disaster.Patrick Moore (shown) is no newcomer to environmentalism. Boasting a Ph.D. in ecology, he became a founding member of Greenpeace in 1971 and has been a leader in international environmentalism for more than four decades. And now he has penned an article entitled “Why I am a Climate Change Skeptic,” in which he says that while we’re told the “debate is over” and the “science is settled,” there’s actually “no scientific proof” of the Anthropogenic (man-caused) Global Warming thesis.

via Greenpeace Founding Member: Climate Alarmism “Preposterous,” CO2 Emissions Saving Lives.

Mar 25

Harvard-Smithsonian Physicist: Computer Models Used by U.N. Overstate Global Warming | CNS News

global_warming_hoax(CNSNews.com) – A scholarly paper explaining why predictions made by climate computer models used by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) tend to exaggerate global warming has ignited a political firestorm.Dr. Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon, a solar physicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, came under attack by environmentalists after co-authoring a peer-reviewed paper explaining “the widening discrepancy between prediction and observation” in climate change models, and members of Congress soon took sides.The scientific paper, entitled “Why Models Run Hot,” concludes that the computer models overstated the impact of CO2 on the climate: “The impact of anthropogenic global warming over the next century… may be no more than one-third to one-half of IPCC’s current projections.”The paper was published January 8 in China’s Science Bulletin, and has been downloaded more than any other paper in the publication’s history.The paper was co-authored by Lord Christopher Monckton, David Legates and William “Matt” Briggs.“The billion-dollar climate models that have so profitably predicted Thermageddon are hopelessly wrong,” Monckton said.

via Harvard-Smithsonian Physicist: Computer Models Used by U.N. Overstate Global Warming | CNS News.

Mar 13

Study Confirms That E-Cigarettes Generate Virtually No Toxins

newsAnti-smoking activists and public health officials who question the usefulness of electronic cigarettes in reducing tobacco-related disease often talk as if the content of the aerosol generated by these newfangled contraptions is utterly mysterious. While it may be plausible that the absence of combustion makes e-cigarettes safer than the conventional kind, they say, we can’t know for sure without more information about exactly what vapers are sucking into their lungs. That stance is misleading and disingenuous, since we already have a pretty good idea.A 2013 study reported in Tobacco Control, for example, looked at a dozen e-cigarette brands available in Poland and found that “the levels of potentially toxic compounds in e-cigarette vapor are 9–450-fold lower than those in the smoke from conventional cigarettes, and in many cases comparable with the trace amounts present in pharmaceutical preparations [of nicotine].” A new study of leading American and British brands, reported in Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, confirms this point, finding that the levels of potentially problematic substances in e-cigarette aerosol are about the same as those detected in ambient air.For their analysis the researchers picked three flavors of Blu eCigs, which account for about 50 percent of the U.S. market, and two flavors of SKYCIGS, which represent around 30 percent of the e-cigarettes sold in the U.K. They compared the output of these products with air samples and with the smoke generated by Marlboro Golds and two varieties of Lambert & Butler cigarettes. Here is what they found:Analysis of the smoke from conventional cigarettes showed that the mainstream cigarette smoke delivered approximately 1500 times more harmful and potentially harmful constituents (HPHCs) tested when compared to e-cigarette aerosol or to puffing room air. The deliveries of HPHCs tested for these e-cigarette products were similar to the study air blanks rather than to deliveries from conventional cigarettes; no significant contribution of cigarette smoke HPHCs from any of the compound classes tested was found for the e-cigarettes. Thus, the results of this study support previous researchers’ discussion of e-cigarette products’ potential for reduced exposure compared to cigarette smoke.

via Study Confirms That E-Cigarettes Generate Virtually No Toxins – Hit & Run : Reason.com.

Mar 11

Scientists Shocked After Testing Ecig Vapor in the Lab – ChurnMag

Picture 20Over and over again, we’ve heard public health officials argue that we simply do not have enough scientific data to be certain that electronic cigarettes are a safe alternative to tobacco. But the truth is that research is abundant and every month, we have new studies that point to the truth. The latest study to hit the scenes is shaming critics and shocking public health officials with undeniable evidence that vaping is safe and effective.The new study was published in “Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology” and showed what exactly is hiding in ecig vapor compared to the contents of cigarette smoke. Scientists ran tests on three flavors of Blu ecigs and two flavors of SKYCigs. They also tested Marlboro Golds and Lambert & Butler cigarettes. Finally, they tested the ordinary room air as a baseline to use as they compared the results.The researchers specifically looked for 8 toxins in this study: carbon monoxide, carbonyls, phenolics, volatiles, metals, tobacco-specific nitrosamines, polyaromatic amines, and polyaromatic hydrocarbons. It was no surprise that tobacco cigarette smoke was full of poisonous chemicals. But researchers were shocked to see that the toxins in ecigarette vapor were quite similar to the normal toxins found in regular room air. In fact, there was no major increase in toxins between normal air and ecig vapor.Instead of deadly toxins, the ecig vapor only contained propylene glycol, water, and small traces of flavoring and nicotine additives. In order to register any degree of toxicity, the scientists had to use 99 puffs of an ecig to get even the tiniest measurement of 0.18 milligrams of HPHC’s. To put that in perspective, a single puff of a Marlboro Gold cigarette measured 30.6 milligrams. In a puff-to-puff comparison, the cigarettes had 2000 times more toxins than the e-cigs.

via Scientists Shocked After Testing Ecig Vapor in the Lab – ChurnMag.

Mar 11

ATF kills Obama’s AR-15 ammo ban

California Lawmakers Push To Tax And Regulate Ammunition SalesIn response to intense pressure from majorities in the House and Senate as well as a huge membership in the NRA and GOA, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms abruptly reversed its decision to ban 5.56 M855 “green tip” ammo, commonly and popularly used for home protection and sporting firearms.The reversal is a short-term victory for gun owners.ATF Headquarters sent the following tweet: “You spoke, we listened. @ATFHQ plans more study on the proposed AP Ammo exemption framework. See more http://ow.ly/Ka7iQ”Gun owners argued the ATF had no legal or constitutional authority to ban the ammunition, and the Obama administration buckled under the more than 80,000 comments received. A majority in both the Senate and House – 52 senators, 238 House members – joined concerned citizens in opposing the Obama administration’s move.The ATF argued the bullets can pierce police armor under certain circumstances and therefore should be banned under a 1986 law aimed at protecting police, despite admissions the round has not historically posed a threat to law enforcement.As WND reported, the Second Amendment Foundation, the SAF, says the ploy is a backdoor attempt to do what the administration has failed to do through legislation — ban the AR-15.SAF general counsel Miko Tempski informed ATF Director B. Todd Jones, “This proposal is just an attempt to limit firearms rights because the president’s other such attempts have been blocked through constitutional checks and balances on his power.”Tempski’s letter notes the .223-caliber, M855 ball ammunition at the center of this controversy “is not armor piercing pursuant to the definition in the statute.”The technical definition of “armor piercing” is a bullet with a steel

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