Category: Michael Siegel

Combo Approach May Work Best for Smokers Looking to Quit

July 8th, 2014 in 2014, HealthDay News, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

Combining two anti-smoking approaches — the medication Chantix and nicotine patches — improves the odds you’ll quit smoking over the short term, a new industry-funded study suggests…

Expert quote:

“It provides some of the first information about the potential effectiveness of combining Chantix and nicotine replacement therapy.”

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E-cigarette market is on fire, survey shows

June 17th, 2014 in 2014, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, USA Today 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

The market for e-cigarettes is exploding, with an average of 10 new brands entering the market every month for the last two years, and more than 7,700 total flavors, a new Internet survey found…

Expert quote:

“It would be really hard to switch from a cherry e-cigarette to a Marlboro. In a way, the flavors are protective.”

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What underage drinkers drink when they binge drink

June 13th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health, Washington Post 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

Beggars can’t be choosers, but they can have strong, brand-driven alcoholic preferences.

A study undertaken by researchers with the Boston University School of Public Health and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that underage drinkers not only have a knack for drinking excessive amounts of alcohol—67% of all drinks consumed by youth aged 13 to 20 were done so as part of binge drinking episodes, according to the study—but they’re also pretty picky about which branded alcohols they down when they do over-drink—the study found that underage drinkers are more loyal to brand names than they are to anything else…

Expert quote:

“The most important finding is that the phenomenon of binge drinking among our youth is extremely brand specific. For the first time we’ve found the brands that are most responsible for binge drinking among our nation’s youth.”

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El Paso, Texas considers ban on E-cigarettes

June 10th, 2014 in 2014, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

The El Paso City Council is slated to hold a public hearing Tuesday to decide whether to treat e-cigarettes like tobacco products under the local smoking ban…

Expert quote:

“The rest of the story is that Glantz and colleagues are essentially calling for a ban on all existing electronic cigarettes. Why? Because every electronic cigarette contains flavors. In fact, the presence of flavors is the only distinguishing characteristic of different brands of e-liquids or cartridges.”

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E-Cigarettes Are Not a Threat, Say Top Scientists Around the World

May 30th, 2014 in 2014, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

The news: Fifty-three scientists have written to the UN’s World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan cautioning her not to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, which would then lead to stricter regulatory controls on the nascent industry…

Expert quote:

“There simply is no product on the market that’s more dangerous than tobacco cigarettes, and nobody in their right mind would argue that cigarette smoking is less hazardous or even equally hazardous to vaping.”

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Can E-Cigarettes Help You Quit Smoking?

May 21st, 2014 in 2014, HealthDay News, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

A new study by British researchers suggests that e-cigarettes can help people stop smoking. The study found that people who wanted to quit smoking were about 60 percent more likely to succeed if they used e-cigarettes compared to would-be quitters who tried an anti-smoking nicotine patch or gum…

Expert quote:

“It appears, at least for some people, e-cigarettes are a viable method of quitting that looks comparable to, if not better than, traditional nicotine replacement therapy.”

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Drunk driving crashes involving child deaths vary by state

May 5th, 2014 in 2014, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, Reuters, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

Many children die in alcohol-related car accidents each year and a new study suggests the majority are riding in the same car as the impaired driver. The exact rate of children’s deaths while riding with drunk drivers varies by state, researchers write…

Expert quote:

“You do see a pattern that does seem to correspond with the strength of their alcohol laws.”

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Challenge to plain tobacco packaging is crucial test for trade rules

May 5th, 2014 in 2014, AFP, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

A landmark challenge to Australia’s plain-packaging law for cigarettes and cigars at the WTO could have vast implications for how governments square the rules of trade with radical public health measures…

Expert quote:

“Resolution of this dispute is critical because it will go a long way toward indicating whether the WTO will allow countries to take reasonable actions that are intended to protect the public’s health in an equitable and non-discriminatory fashion.”

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Boston health chief urges FDA to be tougher on e-cigarettes

May 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

Boston’s public health chief joined health officials from 10 other cities in urging the US Food and Drug Administration Thursday to toughen the agency’s proposed regulations for electronic cigarettes…

Expert quote:

“We can’t draw conclusions on the absolute safety of e-cigarettes, but there’s no doubt that they deliver fewer carcinogens and have fewer risks than the real thing.”

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Will FDA Regulation Preserve Or Destroy The E-Cigarette Industry?

May 1st, 2014 in 2014, Forbes, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

The first time the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) moved to regulate electronic cigarettes, it tried to ban them. Last week it took a different approach that may ultimately have a similar effect. Much will depend on whether the FDA irrationally decides to treat e-cigarettes as a menace to public health or recognizes them as a lifesaving alternative to conventional cigarettes…

Expert quote:

“An electronic cigarette company cannot even inform consumers that the product does not produce smoke because such a claim would be considered a ‘reduced exposure’ claim.”

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