I went looking today for information regarding whether higher taxes lower the smoking prevelance. The Antis also claim that smoking bans are a big factor in lowering smoking prevalence. It ain't necessarily so. I found this very informative page: Smokefree Women: Smoking in Your State: Data View
A state that’s doing everything "right" is New York. The state has the highest per-pack price for cigarettes at $8.97 and has all three types of smoking ban: work, bar, and restaurant.
I've been giving this some thought. The hardware is going to be tremendously difficult to regulate. Any modder can come up with improvements and sell the hardware separately from liquid as a novelty item.
The Tobacco Act seems to have been invented with the idea of putting up a gazillion roadblocks to making any product improvements, which is a big problem when the product you are dealing with isn't an agricutuaral product but rather a gadget. Technology changes much more rapidly
[QUOTE=Vocalek;4075673]Dr. Phillips is blogging about his experience at the European conference of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) in a Discussion area on the CASAA Facebook page.
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A few random observations:
We are all familiar with zealous anti-tobacco messages, and sketchy
Frankly, I'm getting sick (literally) of doctors and "public health experts" trotting out the "First, do no harm" adage as their justification for aiding and abetting the murder of millions of smokers.
"I can't prescribe something that's harmful." Oh, really? I'd venture to say that a large percentage of the medications listed in the Physician's Desk Reference are substances that often are harmful when used as directed, can be harmful if prescribed for
[NOTE: These comments were published in the medical journal Tobacco Control on 9 August 2010 as a response to an article by Adrienne B Mejia, Pamela M Ling, and Stanton A Glantz.
Quantifying the effects of promoting smokeless tobacco as a harm reduction strategy in the USA. Tob Control 2010;19:297-305.
Dr. Joel Nitzkin of the American Association of Public Health Physicians also commented. He described the article as reporting on "a number of Monte Carlo simulations