Scientific honesty needed for e-cigarettes

February 03, 2015

New Surgeon General Should Prescribe Scientific Honesty On E-Cigarettes

"Early last week, the nation’s new Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, said health officials are “in desperate need of clarity” on electronic cigarettes to help guide policies...Dr. Murthy is right to ask for more evidence – though the fact that e-cigarette vapor contains no deadly tar is reason enough to encourage smokers to switch if other methods have failed them. But the most urgent need is for an honest discussion; this is nearly impossible as the drum beat of disinformation seems to be getting louder."

California DPH Report on E-Cigs is Heavily Biased; Cherrypicks Studies Like the Tobacco Industry Used to Do

"A newly-released report on electronic cigarettes from the California Department of Public Health purports to provide a scientific review of the topic. Today, I examine the information it presents about the efficacy of e-cigs for smoking cessation and the evidence upon which it bases its conclusion..."