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Siegel to Frieden: No Data for Gateway
21 Aug 2014

Siegel to Frieden: No Data for Gateway

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...

Lonely pen-pal Konstantinos waits for WHO to reply
30 Jun 2014

Lonely pen-pal Konstantinos waits for WHO to reply

Konstantinos Farsalinos and WHO Chairperson Margaret Chan are getting to be regular pen pals, although the correspondence remains a bit one sided. Everybody's fave nicotine scientist, the Groovy Greek, one might say, has yet to hear back from his second letter to the object of his attentions...

An E-cig with Tobacco in it?!
27 Jun 2014

An E-cig with Tobacco in it?!

If you've been wondering when the other shoe was going to drop, when Phillip Morris was going to get into the e-cigarette act like all the other Big Tobacco companies, wonder no longer. The Virginia-owned international Marlboro maker is not to content to merely buy up an e-cig company...

What the L? Take the bus and vape while you wait!
12 Jun 2014

What the L? Take the bus and vape while you wait!

I look out my 10-th storey window at the "L" station a block away. The elevated train (the "L") run by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has just banned vaping at L stations, even the ones in the open air, like the red-line station above the Thai deli near my corner. I can see people walking around on the platform, waiting for the southbound train toward the Loop. Nobody vaping. Maybe I should leave my PV at home today...