Editor’s note: This blog is the last one frequent contributor Dr. Glynn will write before his upcoming retirement. We wanted to thank him for his expertise and ability to break down a topic and offer insight, as well as his excellent writing. We offer him best wishes for a long, happy retirement.
In May 2011, I had the opportunity to write the first Expert Voices blog on what was then a new, but growing, public health concern – the emergence of e-cigarettes.
At that time, I wrote that “e-cigarettes have been described both as a miracle answer to the devastating effects of cigarette smoking and as a grave danger to the public health;” that they “are a source of controversy;” and that we need “to put science to work (and) obtain, solid, independent data” regarding e-cigarettes.
Now, 3 years later, more than 1,000 research papers, commentaries, and opinion pieces have been published about e-cigarettes. There’s been continuous public debate about and media attention paid to e-cigarettes, and there’s a proposed FDA rule regarding e-cigarette regulation.
Now, it is finally possible, at long last, to say that… e-cigarettes continue to be described both as a miracle answer to the devastating effects of cigarette smoking and as a grave danger to the public health; that they remain a source of controversy; and that more independent, objective data are needed.… Continue reading →