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Respiratory Medicine in the News
Editorial content written by Dr. Alan Kaplan, chair of the Respiratory Medicine SIFP Committee.
New York Times Magazine: Toxic Toking (Follow-up Article: Sweating it solved!)
Smoking anything, inhaling chemicals into your lungs can be bad for you in ways you do not know! People are looking for effect in unexpected ways, so remember to ask the unusual questions with interesting presentations. The only thing that should go into your lungs is AIR!
Time Magazine : Five things still unknown about e-cigarettes
There are at least two more things you should know!
1) Most e-cigarettes are sold by cigarette companies, hoping to get people hooked on the lifestyle of inhaling nicotine through e cigarettes instead of cigarettes. While not as harmful, addiction creation is a problem
2) Kids are encouraged to use these due to the flavoured vapours available; again a tool to get them hooked.
I use e cigarettes to help with smoking cessation and they DO help; but there may be societal costs we should appreciate in how they are distributed
Toronto Star : Canada on the Lookout for MERS cases
We have to be on the alert for the next potential epidemic. This coronavirus is significant but likely not infectious enough to cause widespread illness......but it is only potentially a mutation away from doing that. Careful with dealing with immunosuppressed patients returning from overseas, especially if they rode camels!
National Post : Insurers charge e-cigarettes users like smokers
One more thing to warn patients about as they work on smoking cessation.
CBC : U.S. proposes e-cigarette ban for minors
I could not agree more, and while in Canada we are supposedly only allowed nicotine free e-cigarette, the nicotine containing ones are here! Make this a medical device, not a social situation!
National Post : Victoria, B.C. prepares to ban virtually all forms of public smoking
The right move would to make smoking cigarettes illegal period; give a reasonable interval and LOTS of assistance for smoking cessation for these patients with addiction, then tighten this all up. The social and cost savings will be substantial and will help decrease smoking in our younger populations. Now what will they replace it with...?
Guidelines International Network Conference
20 - 23 August, 2014
The Ninth Greek Legal and Medical Conference
19 - 25 September, 2014
Costa Navarino, Greece
6–10 September 2014
MedicReS (Medical Research Support) 4th World Congress on 'Good Medical Research'
16–18 October, 2014
New York, USA
25–30 October 2014
13-15 November 2014
Québec City, Québec
13–16 November 2014
Ontario College of Family Physicians ASA 2014
November 27-29 2014
2014 World Indigenous Health Conference
Pullman Cairns International
15 - 17 December, 2014
AARC Congress 2014
9 – 12 December, 2014
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
2nd International Workshop on Lung Health, “COPD: From Guidelines to Real Life” – February 19-21, 2015 Valencia, Spain
Sleeping and Breathing Conference
The third international conference organised by the European Respiratory Society (ERS)
and the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS)
16 – 18 April, 2015
For more CME/CPD events in your area, please check the CFPC Calendar of Events.