New Meta-Analysis Shows Varenicline is Safe

By Gustavo Zabert

In July 2011, Singh et al. published a meta-analysis in the Canadian Medical Association Journal indicating an increase in serious cardiovascular events in patients taking varenicline for smoking cessation (1). This paper raised concern in the medical community and caused quite an impact in the media. In a careful reading of the paper, some details […]


Global Bridges and InterAmerican Heart Foundation Applaud Brazil’s Global Leadership in Passing New Tobacco Control Law

By Gustavo Zabert

On Dec. 15, 2011, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed a comprehensive tobacco control law that aligns with the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and will make Brazil the largest smoke-free country in the world. The law requires all enclosed workplaces and public places to be smoke-free, raises cigarette taxes, adds health […]


Nicotine Replacement Therapy Study: A Closer Look

By Richard Hurt

A report published online Jan. 10 in the journal Tobacco Control is receiving lots of publicity, with many headlines suggesting it shows nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to be ineffective for treating tobacco dependence. The study focused on relapse among people who had stopped smoking using NRT (with or without professional counseling) or without using NRT. […]


The Value of Networks

By Scott Leischow

Each of us engages in networking every day. When we’re in search of a piece of information or an answer to a question, we seek out the person we think is most likely to have it. There is actually a science to networking, and it’s possible to study how networks work and how to improve […]


Willpower Isn’t Enough: What it Takes to Quit Smoking

By J Taylor Hays

Can anyone who wants it badly enough simply quit smoking? Should most smokers be encouraged to try to quit without using medications? The answer to both questions is “no,” so let’s explore what actually influences a person to quit and the role of medications. Influences on quit attempts Recent evidence suggests that motivation and intent […]


Electronic Cigarettes: Miracle or Public Health Danger?

By Thomas Glynn

Editor’s note: This blog post was adapted with permission from the American Cancer Society’s Expert Voices blog. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it is taking steps to regulate electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) as tobacco products. Regulatory agencies in a number of other countries have taken similar steps. E-cigarettes resemble a standard […]


Do We Know Enough About Water Pipe Smoking?

By Omar El Shahawy

Is water pipe smoking more harmful than other forms of tobacco use? How much nicotine does it deliver? Do we need more evidence to start fighting it globally? These questions have been circling in the tobacco control arena for some time. The water pipe (also known as a shisha, goza or hubbly bubbly) is a […]


Cancer Awareness Workshop for the Media

By Global Bridges EMR

(Amman, Jordan) The Cancer Control Office (CCO) at King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) held a workshop entitled: Media and the Awareness about Cancer. Believing in media’s reach within the community and its integral role in cancer control, CCO held the workshop to strengthen the partnership and further communication with Jordanian media. The workshop also discussed […]


Global Smoke-free Worksite Challenge Debuts

By Global Bridges

“This is historic,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health Howard Koh.  “As a physician it is a source of anguish to see your patients suffering avoidable suffering, and dying avoidable deaths.” The Global Smoke-free Worksite Challenge, announced Wednesday at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, invites employers to protect their employees from the harms […]