Launched in 2006, Champix (or Chantix as it’s marketed in the United States) is one of the most popular prescription-only smoking cessation drugs. Its active ingredient is varenicline, which is meant to stimulate the release of the pleasure-inducing chemical dopamine in order to lessen smoking cravings.
The five internationally respected health professionals profiled in a previous blog post have collectively done a great deal to advance a very important cause.
That cause is to have electronic cigarettes accepted and embraced by government health authorities and charitable organizations such as the Cancer Council – who have so far largely acted to discourage (and even ban!) the use of these revolutionary devices.
In my last blog post, I outlined the sinister relationships between government revenue via tobacco taxes, public health funding via Big Pharma donations, and the anti-electronic cigarette attitudes currently prevailing among most of our elected and public health officials.
Today, I’d like to recognise five influential scientists who are on the righteous side of the e-cigarette debate. These respected experts have the scientific and medical credentials to back up their support of electronic cigarettes - and they refuse to be swayed by anti-vaping ideology or corruption.
Have you ever wondered why “electronic cigarette bashing” is so popular in the media?
If you read the mainstream news, chances are you’ve come across more than one article casting e-cigarettes in a negative light, with accompanying quotes from anti-vaping politicians or consumer health advocates.
With the gruesome health warnings on cigarette packs and decades of terrifying anti-smoking TV ads, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone left in Australia who doesn’t know that smoking is bad for human health.
Yet many of us would still be surprised to learn that smoking is also extremely damaging to the health of the environment.
To commemorate Star Wars Day, and because I am a massive nerd, I decided to write this post about the negative aspects of electronic cigarettes – the Dark Side of Vaping, if you will.