The Voice of the American Council on Science and Health
A Sampling of ACSH’s Press and Internet Media Coverage: January 2012 — June 2012
Dr. Ross To NY Senate: Don’t Ban E-Cigarettes
June 20, 2012
peaking for The American Councilon Science and Health (ACSH, www.acsh.org), a consumer education
public health policy based on science, wemost strongly opposed any consideration of a ban on the sales/marketing of electroniccigarettes (e-cigarettes, or ENDS--electronic nicotine delivery systems) inthe State of New York. This proposal, bySen. Hannon (S07635), is not only NOT a
counter to it.On the other hand, ACSH fully supportsSenator Johnson’s bill, S02926B , whichwould bar sales of ENDS (e-cigarettes) tominors.Smokers are generally stronglyaddicted to this lethal habit--not only to thenicotine, but to the whole behavioral patternof smoking. Whereas the commonly-used,FDA-approved methods--patches, gums,medications--work only infrequently,e-cigarettes nearly replicate the behavior of smoking and supply nicotine as well.While the totality of the data are still beingaccumulated, clearly this technique has ahigh likelihood of truly helping addictedsmokers quit, before it’s too late. Concernshave been raised about “chemicals” and“carcinogens” in ENDS vapor, but thelevels of these detected do not pose ahealth threat and are in fact lower than can be found in nicotine patches, etc.And consider the alternative: e-cigs. areclearly far less toxic than cigarettes.Smoking cigarettes for 2 months is moreharmful than inhaling e-cigarette vapor for years.There is also no real basis for concernthat young people — who do not smoke — might decide to take up e-cigs; this isa phantasm raised by those with an agendaagainst e-cigs.Why ban a safe and useful product,while leaving the most dangerous product--cigarettes--available on every street corner and in every drug store? That would make
250,000 New Yorkers who used ENDS to become ex-smokers, to their fate — toxic,lethal cigarettes — which they will resortto if e-cigarettes are banned.Thank you.
By Jonathan (Josh) Bloom, Ph.D.
June 14, 2012
n 1985 Michael Hovey, an organic
cooked up a batch of 3-methylfentanyl,an illegal narcotic that is one hundredthousand times stronger than morphine, inhis lab, ushering in the modern era of so-called “designer drugs”.After that, things started to go poorly.Getting rid of the stuff, which had astreet value of $112 million, proved to bechallenging, as evidenced by the fact thathe tried to sell it to an undercover FBIagent. Later, out on bail and determinednot to go back to prison, Hovey committed“suicide by police.”If this sounds crazy, things have gottencrazier since.There have been many designer drugsmade in the last 80 years, but several yearsago, a new one started to become popular.It is called methylenedioxypyrovalerone
If the name sounds familiar, it’s because it has been in the news quite a bitlately. The consumption of “bath salts”has allegedly been responsible for a smallgroup of maniacs going around chewing on people’s faces, and other assorted violentattacks.For example, a couple of weeks ago,Miami police shot and killed a nakedman who was eating the face of another naked man on the MacArthur Causewayto Miami Beach. Had this happened a fewmiles further east, it could have possibly been called the South Beach Diet II. Therehave been at least two similar attacks--onemore in Florida and one in Louisiana--allattributed to bath salts.The name isn’t remotely accurate, since bath salts have nothing to do with bathing,and they are not salts. They are syntheticdrugs that have structural elements foundin both ecstasy and crystal meth, givingthem both hallucinogenic and stimulant properties. And in most places, they are perfectly legal--sold in convenience stores
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“The consumption of “bath salts” has allegedly been responsible for a small group of maniacsgoing around chewing on people’s faces, and otherassorted violent attacks.”