E-Cig Snapshot – May 29, 2015

Vaper’s Vortex

May 29, 2015

“The proven harm of tobacco is currently getting less coverage than the much smaller and far less certain harm from electronic cigarettes. We owe it to smokers to provide them with accurate information.”

The amount of information regarding e-cigarettes that is published on a daily basis is remarkable. “E-Cig Snapshot” is an overview of events, research, editorials, blogs or anything else e-cig related that caught my eye. Ideas presented are offered as “talking points” for the e-cig discussion. Comments are always welcome in the Vortex.

Michigan Legislature Tries Again

Michigan’s Senate unanimously approved e-cigarette legislation outlawing sales to anyone under 18. The new bill is nearly identical to a previous bill vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder. Snyder has indicated that he opposes the new bill for the same reason he vetoed the first one – because it does not classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products. Senator Rick Jones:

“Maybe it’s time for an override.”

British Based Charity Action on Smoking and Health Reports an Increase of 500,000 E-cigarette Users

According to an analysis by researchers at Kings College London, vaping Brits have increased from 2.1 million in 2014 to 2.6 million today.

Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive, ASH

 “The number of ex-smokers who are staying off tobacco by using electronic cigarettes is growing, showing just what value they can have.”

Researchers also reported a 7% increase in the number of people who believe that e-cigarettes are as or even more harmful than traditional cigarettes.

“But the number of people who wrongly believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking is worrying.

“The growth of this false perception risks discouraging many smokers from using electronic cigarettes to quit and keep them smoking instead which would be bad for their health and the health of those around them.”

Dr. Leonie Brose, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London

“We must clearly communicate the relative safety of electronic cigarettes to smokers.

“The proven harm of tobacco is currently getting less coverage than the much smaller and far less certain harm from electronic cigarettes. We owe it to smokers to provide them with accurate information.”

Adding to the list of the latest findings of Kings College researchers:

  • Smoking cessation was the most frequent reason for switching to e-cigarettes (48%) followed by avoiding relapse back to smoking (38%).
  • Never smokers who vape are extremely rare (0.2%).
  • In 2014, cigalikes were the e-cigarette of choice for 55% of vapers. In 2015, 66% of vapors are vaping tank systems.
16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH), March 2015, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

NOTE: The UAE has banned the sale of all e-cigarettes.

Konstantinos Farsalinos, MD, Research Fellow, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, Athens, Greece (with 28 studies since 2012, one of the leading e-cigarette researchers in the world)

“It is a big problem. Not only is there a ban on a product that is less harmful than smoking, but smoking is available everywhere at a relatively low cost.

“I am not saying e-cigarettes are 100 per cent safe – they are not.

“But the toxic chemicals are a lot lower than in cigarettes.

“It is fair to ask why it is reasonable in the UAE to make cigarettes widely available and yet ban a product that has been proven to be a successful substitute.

“Trying to enforce restrictions on e-cigarettes is as good as promoting tobacco products.”

Referring to his online survey study of 19,441 participants:

“In fact, they quit smoking very easily within the first month of the e-cigarette use on average. That’s something you don’t see with any other method of smoking cessation.”

Margaret Chan, OBE MD, MPH, JP, Director General, World Health Organization

“Non-smoking is the norm and e-cigarettes will derail that normal thinking, because it will attract especially young people to take up smoking. So I do not support that.”

Jean-Francois Etter, Professor of Public Health, Geneva University (Internationally recognized expert on e-cigarettes with 18 years of research and more than 120 published papers on smoking prevention and cessation. He has been researching e-cigarettes since 2009.)

“E-cigarettes and nicotine and tobacco vaporizers should not be excessively regulated.”

This could “decrease the numbers of smokers who switch to these new products”, benefiting “only the big tobacco industry” whose leaders “will be able to survive in a tightly regulated environment”.

After calling WHO’s stance on e-cigarettes “political”, Etter went on to say:

“I think that the WHO people should know better than kill alternatives to smoking cigarettes.”

“Alternatives to smoking do not need to be 100 percent safe, they just need to be much safer than tobacco cigarettes. You choose the lesser of two evils.”

“They are a gateway out of smoking. [E-cigarettes provide] the same level of nicotine but people are less exposed to toxins … nicotine is not a health problem.”

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Dave Coggin has a Master’s Degree in business and spent 35 years in corporate America. He is a co-founder and partner in DIYELS. He has spent the last five years actively researching and following the evolution of the e-cigarette industry. He is a strong proponent of e-cigarettes as the most promising option currently known for tobacco harm reduction. He may be contacted directly at dave@diyels.com .

The opinions presented here are exclusively those of the author. Vaper’s Vortex is offered as a service to our customers and followers. Anyone considering e-cigarettes as an alternative to tobacco cigarettes should seek qualified advice from a medical professional.

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