Category: Michael Siegel

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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FDA e-cigarette plan brings complaints from both sides

April 26th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

“Keep Calm and Vape On,” a sign behind the counter in David Bershad’s Newton electronic cigarette store proclaims. But proposed federal regulations for e-cigarettes have him fired up…

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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U.S. proposal would ban e-cigarette sales to minors, allow advertising

April 25th, 2014 in 2014, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, Reuters, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say attract children…

Expert quote:

“A ban on flavorings would have devastated the industry, as the flavors are a key aspect of what makes these products competitive with tobacco cigarettes.”

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FDA’s proposed e-cig rule: Too far or not far enough?

April 25th, 2014 in 2014, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

The federal government’s plan to regulate electronic cigarettes is drawing criticism from those who believe restrictions on the product will interfere with smokers’ efforts to switch to a less-harmful habit. But many public-health advocates fear the new rules don’t go far enough…

Expert quote:

“There’s no question in my mind that these products are safer than cigarettes. To not allow these companies to tell the truth doesn’t make any sense to me.”

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Tobacco Lobby Opens a New Playbook for E-Cigarettes

April 18th, 2014 in 2014, Michael Siegel, National Journal, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

One e-cigarette maker markets a flavor called “Congress,” with a website displaying a photo of the Capitol and describing the taste as “refined tobacco.”…

Expert quote:

“Essentially this is a big victory for the big tobacco companies. They can claim correctly that they comply with FDA standards. And it also detracts Congress from passing real regulation that would deal with tobacco.”

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J’adore this news: Canadian E-Cig Company Launches E-Cigs For Her

April 10th, 2014 in 2014, Examiner.com, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

A popular Canadian electronic cigarette company based in Calgary, AB, is pushing the envelope in a creative and unique fashion that proves they are leaders in the tobacco harm reduction movement…

Expert quote:

“While it is well-recognized that nicotine plays a role in smoking addiction, little attention has been given to the behavioral aspects of the addiction. These devices simulate the smoking experience, which appears to make them effective as a smoking cessation tool.”

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Do e-cigarettes help smokers quit?

March 31st, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

Electronic cigarettes are certainly trendy — look no further than the Vapefest in the nation’s capital last week — but whether inhaling nicotine vapors actually helps smokers quit traditional cigarettes remains a subject of fierce debate…

Expert quote:

“This means that we actually know for a fact that the majority of e-cigarette users in this study were not using these products as part of a quit attempt. Rather, it is a deliberate attempt on the part of the investigators to misuse data.”

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