Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor of community health sciences at Boston University, says the proposed [FDA] rules will not promote public health. “The deeming rule absurdly gives a free pass to regular cigarettes while requiring these incredibly stringent regulations for the much-safer electronic cigarettes, which, to me, makes absolutely no sense,” Siegel said. “If anything, it should be the other way around. Cigarettes should be much more tightly regulated, since we know they’re killing people, and the e-cigarettes should have more of a free ride.”
Nathan Makla, state government relations manager for The Heartland Institute, which publishes Budget & Tax News, says laws and regulatory agencies should acknowledge the big differences between e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes, treating them as the significantly different products they are.
But, he won’t pass the vape pen to Miley Cyrus? “It was kind of weird.I was sitting there and I was like 20 feet, 15 feet from Leonardo DiCaprio sitting there . . . He was hitting a vape pen,” Cyrus recounted. “There’s like an etiquacy,” said Cyrus on The Tonight Show, when explaining to Jimmy Fallon that DiCaprio failed to adhere to social norms at SNL40 by not letting her take a drag off his vape pen. “But here’s the thing, Miley. One, etiquacy is almost definitely not a word. Two, LEO DID NOT COME HERE TO VAPE WITH YOU.”
For one local pharmacist and quit coach, if vaping can stop people from smoking it’s a good thing. Brian Gray said there still haven’t been a lot of studies on the health effects of vaping, unlike countless studies to prove the safety and effectiveness of things like nicotine patches or pills. But it’s most likely a lot safer than a cigarette for delivering nicotine. A ban on using e-cigarettes in public space sand workplaces in Ontario, which was supposed to go into effect Jan. 1 was delayed by the province last month.
Last month, a lab research team at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System released the findings wherein the researchers prematurely concluded that e-cigarettes are “no better than regular cigarettes,” provoking criticism from doctors and other scientists. In response to the outcry against the study, the lead scientist issued a correction: “Contrary to what was stated or implied in much of the news coverage resulting from this news release, the lab experiments did not find that e-cigarette vapor was as harmful to cells as cigarette smoke. In fact, one phase of the experiments, not addressed in the news release, found that cigarette smoke did, in fact, kill cells at a much faster rate.
For any smoker in the UK looking to kick the habit, your favourite medical professional may soon prescribe you an e-cigarette. According to Reuters, British American Tobacco’s e-Voke recently became the first vaping device to be given a drug licence in the UK, meaning it’s officially recognised by the state-funded National Health Service as a “quit smoking medicine.”
DES MOINES, Iowa —Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller makes a surprising statement that is grabbing national attention. Miller is known for fighting with tobacco companies, but now says electronic cigarettes are safer than some people claim. The e-cigs can be a good tool. “About 13 million Americans are smokers who believe they’re equally harmful. If they thought there was a difference in harm and switch to e-cigarettes they would save their lives,” said Miller.
“Not Blowing Smoke is a nonprofit corporation formed in response to the California Department of Health’s misleading anti-vaping campaign, which to date, has spent upwards of $15 million dollars of taxpayer money. We are dedicated to providing the public and government officials with the truth about vaping. Not Blowing Smoke operates completely independent of industry influence, although we do receive limited funding from strategic partnerships”.
A Seahawks fan lets out a puff of vapor as he walks outside CenturyLink Field before the a game. A lawsuit protesting new rules in Pierce County that made e-cigarettes subject to the same restrictions state law places on smoking in public places was filed Tuesday in Thurston County Superior Court.
James Finch, a tattoo artist at Heroic Ink, said he’s used a vaporizer for the last two years, which helped him quit smoking cigarettes after having a pack-a-day habit for 18 years.“I can breathe a lot easier, my sense of taste has remarkably improved. I am generally satisfied with the transition away from cigarettes to vaping,” Finch said.
“Campaigns by anti-smoking groups have successfully fostered the perception that the risks of e-cigs are interchangeable from ordinary cigarettes, and the mainstream media has largely followed in step, with much of the reporting on e-cigs focused on the sensational (exploding devices!) and the apocalyptic (worse than tobacco!). What makes this all particularly confounding is that most American public health officials agree with the core claim of the British report: that puffing an e-cig is significantly less harmful than a tobacco cigarette.” Read more . . .
“I think we do need to be guided by the experts, we should look at the report from Public Health England. . . But it is promising to see more than a million are estimated to have used e-cigarettes to help them quit or have replaced smoking with e-cigarettes completely. . . So I think we should be making clear that this is a very legitimate path for many people to improve their health and therefore the health of the nation.” See full article
“Dr Emilia Crighton, NHS GGC’s director of public health, said: “It is clear from research carried out by Public Health England, ourselves and others, that e-cigarettes do have their place in the fight against tobacco and are being used effectively to help people stop smoking altogether.” See full article.
The review concludes E-Cig’s present a lower potential disease burden than Traditional Cig’s. The review finds: ECs contain less carcinogens produced by vapor than TC smoke; ECs do not cause an increase in total white blood cell count and have the potential to lower the risk of artherosclerosis and inflammation; ECs improve air quality in homes exposed to TC smoke and reduce second hand smoke exposure and thus has potential to decrease respiratory illness, middle ear disease, sudden infant death syndrome and more; and ECs have the potential to effectively allow TC smokers to quit or decrease TC. For more information, please see the review, published in The Laryngoscope.