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Quality, Quantity and the Value of Evidence

Quality, Quantity and the Value of Evidence

Some time ago I was blocked on Twitter by a fairly well accomplished breast cancer surgeon for daring to question his rather dogmatic insistence on denigrating the quality of evidence, particularly the “anecdotal” evidence of cessation and perceived health benefits that users of electronic cigarettes experience. This is a more lengthy reply to him, and may serve as an education for others in the medical communities who have an interest in the topic. For background, I am a practicing trauma…

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Yes Amy, ‘Vaping’ *is* the lesser of two evils!

Yes Amy, ‘Vaping’ *is* the lesser of two evils!

On Tuesday November 4, 2014 Amy H. Smith of the Rowan County Health Department penned the following article for the Salsbury Post [published in Salsbury NC]: ‘Vaping’ the lesser of two evils? This is my reply to the article, text from the original article is quoted in italics. “As of right now, the only information that we really have on e-cigarettes is coming from the big tobacco companies. Yes, e-products are less toxic than regular cigarettes, but less toxic definitely…

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Seriously!?

Seriously!?

I’ve been watching and reading the newsfeeds and publications again. Whew! What a wild couple of weeks it has been. Tobacco Companies support E-cig regulation… The largest tobacco companies on the planet want regulation of vapor products? They are the reason that e-cigarettes exist! First the surgeon general said smoking was bad, which is true. Smokers began trying to quit. When most weren’t able to cold-turkey we got “help” from Big Pharma with their version of nicotine replacement. Upping the…

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A Further Message to Public Health Professionals

A Further Message to Public Health Professionals

Clive Bates, in his latest blog entry has spelled out in no uncertain terms what really burns our toast. I commend reading it before continuing. I’ve worked of the front lines in healthcare for the last 10 years. Before that I spent 25 years as an engineer. Science is the key to doing both well. What I have found appalling is the complete lack of curiosity and rigor that comes from those who are charged with responsibility for Public Health…

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