California professor talks about e-cigarettes
Stanton Glantz, a professor and head of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco, has fought for smoking bans for more than 30 years.
During meeting Wednesday afternoon with the Courier & Press editorial board, Glantz took issue with a recently overturned smoking ban in Evansville, specifically the city’s reluctance to pass a comprehensive ban including its riverboat casino.
Glantz called claims that smoking bans adversely affected business for bars, restaurants and casinos as “bologna.” Even if the casino lost money under a smoking ban, he said, the amount saved in hospital visits and health care costs would outweigh the lost revenue.
In addition to talking about tobacco control, Glantz is addressing the growing trend of e-cigarettes.
“They’re not as bad as cigarettes,” Glantz said, however, he said that doesn’t mean he endorses the growing trend.
Users who inhale vapors are still getting a blast of fine particles in their lungs, just not as many as with cigarette smoke, which can lead to medical issues, he said.
E-cigarettes are often touted as a tool to quit smoking, but Glantz said studies show people who use e-cigarettes tend to keep smoking cigarettes.
Glantz also took issue what he said was “deeply unregulated marketing to kids” with e-cigarettes.
Glantz spoke about e-cigarettes at Ivy Tech’s Vectren Auditorium Wednesday night. He is scheduled to speak at the Spencer County 4-H Center at 7:30 a.m. Thursday and at noon at the Vincennes University Gibson County Campus in Fort Branch.