Notes from the FDA e-cigarette workshop

Anti-THR Lies and related topics

by Carl V Phillips

I have several posts worth of material to cover on the themes presented here. I’ll see if I can get to them. In the meantime, some random thoughts about the third FDA Center for Tobacco Products workshop on e-cigarettes that took place on Monday and Tuesday of this week. As with the previous workshops, it was a mixed bag of good science from industry and a few others, sneaking in amidst the utter junk from the “public health” types. At this one, the mix was perhaps almost up to 50-50, which is a lot better than the previous ones. 

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INTERVIEW WITH DR. CARLOS GUTIERREZ.

Medical Organizations supporting Vaping and Electronic cigarettes

INTENSIVIST (CRITICAL CARE PHYSICIAN)

*****Doctor, why did you sign the MOVE statement?

There are several reasons why I signed, but among them are these two:
I resent the tortuous manipulations that are being applied to electronic cigarettes for purely financial reasons, and without the provision of any serious scientific study as a basis for the attacks and false information being used to confuse the public.
I am totally convinced that the vaporiser is not only an alternative to smoking, but is currently the most effective method for people to stop smoking permanently.

*****So, do you think that encouragement of the correct use of eCigs could be a definitive solution to the problem of smoking?

For now, and until we have something that exceeds eCigs in terms of effectiveness, I have no doubt. This is why eCigs are being overwhelmingly attacked – tobacco taxes are, for governments, a strong argument in…

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Questions for the International Music Managers Forum

The Trichordist

Billboard reports that the International Music Managers Forum has more than the usual helping of sanctimony about the terms of Spotify’s deal with Sony (and by inference all other major labels).  Curiously, Billboard doesn’t seem to question the credentials of managers to speak on behalf of all artists.  We do.

Ask yourself this–how many managers have screwed artists to the wall?  Want to talk about sunset clauses?  Commissioning income the manager had nothing to do with producing?  Expense charges for first class tickets to MIDEM and $1000 dinners that suddenly appear when the artist wants to leave the manager?  Charging cars for the manager’s mistress to the artist’s credit card so the wife doesn’t catch him?  Sure, there are plenty of great managers who would take a bullet for their artists or dangle an offending promoter out of a window, but let’s not pretend that managers as a class are…

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Stockholm Syndrome: Do DC and LA Insiders Really Think Artists Need to Demonstrate They Can Work With Google?

The Trichordist

We’ve now heard this rumor from multiple sources and we believe it to be accurate:

There is an idea going around in Washington DC (and LA) that somehow “the music industry” (whoever that is) needs to find a project to work on with Google to show congress that we can all get along.

Huh?

This is an idea that manages to be both hysterically funny (as a joke) and highly offensive (wait, you’re serious!?) at the same time.  It’s not like we performers and songwriters  are remotely capable of doing anything to a company with a market cap of $360 billion.  Especially Google which  seems to enjoy the complete political protection of the executive branch. Nor have we performers ever done anything to Google. Quite the opposite, any rational and sensible person would look at this situation and reasonably conclude that it is the performers and songwriters that are abused…

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The failures of peer review do not begin with the journal – more on the Popova-Ling fiasco

Anti-THR Lies and related topics

by Brian L Carter

[Editor’s note: This is a guest post by CASAA advisor Brian Carter, who is working with me on research on peer review. He took the lead on part of the behind-the-scenes effort to get the Popova and Ling article retracted, an effort whose failure (and the irony of that failure) I covered in the previous post. –CVP]

Those of us who admire the elegance and clarity of thought contained in good scientific reasoning no doubt found Popova and Ling’s report of a study on warning labels severely lacking. The article is here and Carl V Phillips’s and Clive Bates’s devastating critiques of it are hereherehere, and in comments attached to the article at the journal here. People who manage to publish worthless junk out of sheer scientific ignorance are worrisome enough. But special condemnation is called for when people manage to combine their…

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U.S. government declares that vaping is not addictive (nor is smoking)

Anti-THR Lies and related topics

by Carl V Phillips

Sorry for the blog silence. I have been immersed in working on papers, with some interruptions to give testimony and interviews. I happened to stumble across this page from the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) that addresses the question, “Is there a difference between physical dependence and addiction?” As my readers know, I have pointed out that the use of the word “addiction” in scientific analysis is completely inappropriate, given that the word has no accepted scientific definition and, indeed, it appears that no one can even propose a viable candidate for such a definition. Similarly, no policy debate — at least about tobacco products — should ever be allowed to depend on claims about “addiction” since those making such claims are usually implying they have scientific meaning, and even if not, there is not a shared interpretation of the term even in clinical or common…

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Chinglishization of CVP (utterly trivial)

Anti-THR Lies and related topics

by Carl V Phillips

I found myself laughing out loud at a series of alerts that showed up in my inbox. I think they are probably link-farm spam sites, though they might be touting e-cigarettes. It does not really matter. They were apparently working from a (presumably unauthorized) translation — into Chinese I am pretty sure — of a sentence that appeared in a mediocre article in Forbes:

“E-cigarettes are part of a larger phenomenon known as tobacco harm reduction,” says Carl Phillips, PhD, scientific director[*] of Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA)

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