An enthusiastic Montana "tobacco prevention specialist" got an education last Monday on how to prevent tobacco use for real, by vaping. Frank Rozan, a county health worker in Butte, Montana, found himself in Phillip Lish's vape store The Vaping Outlet when a customer produced a cloud of vapor from one of the shop's products.
There was further seismic activity Tuesday (26 August), and not in northern California, but in the world of vaping. A new declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) echoed the directional reversal of the American Heart Association (AHA) the day before.
The American Heart Association made a radical reversal of policy Monday in it's journal, Circulation. It may not sound like a statement of approval, couched as it is in warnings, and with insistence that it is a "last resort", still, the statement that clinicians may consider advising would-be quitters to try e-cigs, where other methods fail, amounts to a mind-boggling turnaround, given earlier opposition. Press coverage is already significant.
Given the whirlwind of debate around electronic cigarettes, it is difficult to know which data set to rely upon. Each point of view presents its own statistics, and headlines proclaim utterly divergent messages, proving either their complete safety or their dreadful dangers, or a wide variety of in-between positions.
Michael Siegel of Boston University's School of Public Health chides the chief of his former workplace, the Centers for Disease Control, Thomas Frieden, for making unjustified claims that e-cigarettes have been demonstrated to lead to smoking on the part of children and adults...