Feeding Nicotine Addiction with E-Cigarettes

Under the guise of protecting public health, the pro-vaping lobby gets into some curious twists and turns. For example, there is an official-looking 2017 paper, Reshaping American Tobacco Policy. It is written by three people, one of whom, Clive Bates, oddly designates himself as ‘Director, Counterfactual’ (sic), evidently being unaware of what counterfactual means: pertaining […]

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A Complicated Way to Quit Smoking

In California there’s an organisation with the amusing name of ‘Ash Kickers’. It’s a six-session programme intended to cure you of smoking. Sounds interesting, but six sessions? And how do they do it? It’s based on the ‘trans-theoretical model of behaviour modification’. Pardon? They explain: [This] helps smokers travel through the various stages of quitting […]

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You’re Not Allowed to Cure the Patients the Wrong Way!

These words were spoken to me by the late Dr James Cyriax. He was lamenting the fact that he didn’t get the recognition he felt he deserved for his seminal work in diagnosing and treating the ubiquitous disorders of back pain, shoulder pain, etc. (https://www.nicotinemonkey.com/dr-cyriax-and-frozen-shoulder/) Even after his death in 1985 his work has been […]

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Promotion of E-Cigarettes: Misleading and Irresponsible

An organisation called Yorkshire Cancer Research has put out a video entitled Vape to Quit. This video, though well meant, shows everything that’s wrong with the current approach to quitting smoking. I’ll transcribe some of the speech and add my comments. ‘There’s (sic) various ways stop’ says Paul Lambert, Public Health Specialist of Leeds City […]

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Just One Cigarette…

Persons who deliberately inhale cigarette smoke into their lungs are known as smokers and those who use e-cigarettes are called vapers. But what about people who obtain their regular supply of nicotine from skin patches or chewing gum? Should we call them patchers and chewers, respectively? I propose, in order to simplify the terminology as […]

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It Hit Me Like a Wall of Bricks

There are, it must be admitted, other websites that claim to be able to cure smokers without nicotine, drugs or willpower. What these sites offer instead, are techniques. Now, don’t get me wrong. If smokers after working their way through a ten-day course to learn how to replace the word ‘cigarette’ in their minds with […]

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Trouble at North East

Thanks to the online Metro Radio publication (2 January 2018), we learn that in the NHS’s North East region of England, over 38,000 patients are admitted to hospitals every year as a result of smoking-related illnesses. Riding to the rescue of this deplorable situation is Dr Robert Allcock, a respiratory consultant at the Queen Elizabeth […]

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The Great E-Cigarette Confusion

Is  smoking a mental illness? The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) would seem to think so, since it has plunged into the debate about e-cigarettes. It takes a wonderfully fence-sitting position in its July 2017 submission to the ‘Inquiry into the use and marketing of electronic cigarettes and personal vaporisers in […]

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The Perfect ‘Product’ for Nicotine Addiction

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced it has awakened to the interesting idea that the way to help people quit smoking is for them to have a wider range of ‘products’ available in addition to so-called nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). The FDA recognises that NRT (nicotine-containing gum, patches and lozenges) is of […]

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How to Quit Smoking the Hard Way

I have written before about the American Cancer Society’s efforts to scare people into quitting smoking (29 April 2016 http://nicotinemonkey.com/?p=293). This august organisation appears again in connection with the so-called Great American Smokeout, an annual event in November. It’s worth looking at the current offering in a little more detail. There’s a film titled: ‘Smoking […]

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Big Tobacco Bashing

Tobacco company CEOs lying to the US Congress in 1994 that nicotine is not addictive For today’s post, let’s hear it from the Tobacco Action Committee of the American Thoracic Society (ATS). The Committee is charged with organizing and coordinating the [Society’s] tobacco control activities [which] will include…activities with the ultimate goal of minimizing the […]

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