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Un hombre exhala durante el uso de un cigarrillo electrónico en Portland, Maine.

El presidente estadounidense Donald Trump anunció que buscará prohibir la mayoría de los cigarros electrónicos saborizados. Este anuncio tiene una buena intención —lo cual es raro en su administración— pero eso no hace que la idea sea menos estúpida.

Es razonable preocuparse por el aumento masivo en los últimos años de adolescentes que utilizan estos cigarros electrónicos o vaporizadores. El gobierno estadounidense, bajo la guía de Scott Gottlieb, el excomisionado de la Administración de Medicamentos y Alimentos (FDA por sus siglas en inglés), decidió correctamente al tomar medidas enérgicas contra las compañías de cigarros electrónicos que vendían productos ricos en nicotina a los adolescentes.…  Seguir leyendo »

A man exhales while using an e-cigarette in Portland, Maine. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

President Trump’s announcement Wednesday that he will seek to ban most flavored e-cigarettes comes from a good place — a rarity in this administration. But that doesn’t make a ban any less stupid.

It’s reasonable to be concerned about the massive surge in teen vapers over the past few years. The administration, led by former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb, was absolutely correct to crack down on e-cigarette companies marketing nicotine-rich products to teenagers. Keeping young people away from the addictive products and regulating them carefully is vital, given that teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to start smoking.…  Seguir leyendo »

Hacer que fumar deje de ser adictivo

Un fuerte impacto cimbró al mundo del tabaco el 28 de julio, cuando la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos de Estados Unidos (FDA, por su sigla en inglés) anunció un plan destinado a reducir la nicotina en los cigarrillos a un nivel no adictivo. En una hora, el valor de las acciones del tabaco a nivel mundial se desplomó, y con razón.

Scott Gottlieb, nuevo comisionado de la FDA, no se mordió la lengua cuando hizo el anuncio. Señaló que el tabaco sigue siendo la principal causa de muerte y de enfermedades prevenibles en Estados Unidos y que provoca cerca de medio millón de muertes al año.…  Seguir leyendo »

Debate over e-cigarettes — battery-powered cigarette look-alikes that heat liquid nicotine but emit a harmless vapor — is raging. New York City and Chicago are considering adding e-cigarettes to their bans on smoking in bars, restaurants and parks, and Los Angeles is moving to restrict e-cigarette sales, even though e-cigarettes don’t generate smoke and, while not proved to be entirely safe for users, are undoubtedly less hazardous than tobacco cigarettes.

The evidence, while still thin, suggests that many e-cigarette users, hoping to kick the habit, use e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to tobacco. Research also suggests that e-cigarettes may be better at helping to sustain smoking cessation than pharmaceutical products like nicotine patches or gums.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Patrick Bashman, the director of the Democracy Institute and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute (THE NEW YORK TIMES, 03/08/07):

ACCORDING to anti-smoking groups, the current Congressional attempt to give the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco is the most important piece of legislation since the surgeon general spoke out on the dangers of smoking 40 years ago. Surprisingly, it is not just the foes of Big Tobacco that support the proposed law, which was approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday.

Philip Morris, the world’s largest tobacco company, is also firmly behind the bill.…  Seguir leyendo »

Robert Weissman is director of Essential Action, a Washington-based corporate accountability group. Mary Assunta, a native of Malaysia, is chair of the Framework Convention Alliance, an international network that works for effective implementation of the global anti-tobacco treaty (THE WASHINGTON POST, 23/07/06):

U.S. cigarette sales fell more than 4 percent in 2005 and 20 percent in the past decade -- perhaps the greatest and most unsung public health achievement in the United States in recent years.

Unfortunately, the U.S. experience is not being replicated globally. Instead, thanks largely to the efforts of Philip Morris and the other global tobacco companies, smoking rates -- especially in the developing world and particularly in Asia -- are on the rise.…  Seguir leyendo »