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- a Guest Post by Steve K - Following e-cigarette news at Steve K's Vaping World, I see a lot of e-cigarette related news articles. By far, the most prevalent of those articles are ones that seem biased against the great potential of electronic cigarettes. Millions of people have stopped using deadly cigarettes already on their own. In many cases these are people who have attempted to quit using the "approved" methods multiple times with little success. Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable death worldwide. Scores of smokers spontaneously quitting should be greeted as the best thing since the...
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West et al published an analysis of the NHS SSS [1], the NHS smoking cessation programme, in the BMJ, in July. http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f4921 It provides an interesting analysis of performance over the 10 years examined. The three notable factors are: 1. The paper does not mention that the costs quoted are only around 50% of the actual costs. The NHS routinely attempts to hide the drug costs associated with smoking treatments, for some reason; and since these are about equal to the NHS costs, the 'costs' published by them can be more or less doubled to get the real figure: what...
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At long last we may be seeing some honesty creeping into public health policy governing smoking and related areas: State pulls smoking quitline funding In the USA, Washington State is ceasing the free supply of NRTs to residents, as State and CDC support for free smoking cessation drugs there is ending. Together with France removing varenicline (Chantix) from the market, it looks as if the previously-solid official support for virtually useless and arguably dangerous pharmacotherapies is now beginning to show signs of realism creeping in. There is no reason why taxpayers should support treatments with a 95% failure rate such...
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