Monthly Archives: July 2012

E-Cigarette Survey News

Legacy Foundation survey (conducted January-April, 2010) found that 3.4% of American adults (about 8 million) reported ever using an e-cigarette, that cigarette smokers were 22.8 times more likely to have used an e-cigarette than never smokers (11.4% vs .5%), that 2% of former smokers had used an e-cigarette (including some/many/most who may have quit smoking with e-cigarettes) and that e-cigarette users self-reported better health status.  The online survey also found that 1.22% (about 2.9 million) of respondents indicated using an e-cigarette in the past 30 days, including 4.1% of cigarette smokers, .5% of former smokers and .3% of never smokers.  The survey also found that 40% of American adults had heard of e-cigarettes (including 57% of smokers and 32.5% of never smokers), and that 70% (of those who had heard of e-cigarettes) believed them to be less harmful than cigarettes.
But Legacy survey authors again call for FDA to ban e-cigarette sales until the agency approves them for “safety and effectiveness” required for drugs and drug devices, which Judge Leon and the DC Court of Appeals struck down as unlawful, ruling that the FDA can only regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products that don’t require “safety and effectiveness” approval.
Legacy press release omits and misrepresents its key survey findings about e-cigarettes, repeats false and misleading fear mongering claims, urges smokers to not use e-cigarettes (but rather expensive, ineffective and/or high risk smoking cessation drugs), calls for FDA regulation of e-cigarettes (while failing to acknowledge that Section 910 of FSPTCA Chapter IX would ban sales of nearly all e-cigarette products).
Mike Siegel on Legacy e-cigarette survey and press release: New Article Calls for Removal of Electronic Cigarettes from Market With No Data to Substantiate Benefits of their Removal and Without Disclosure of Conflict of Interest of Study Author
ACSH: Legacy Foundation’s results on e-cig: It’s working, so don’t use it
Deal or Dud: Safecig – the electronic cigarette (NC)
FOX8′s On Your Side Consumer Reporter Melissa Painter puts the Safecig to the deal or dud test.
Do e-cigs help you quit smoking? (NE)
blu e-cigs national TV commercial
Article in pharmacy journal misrepresents actions and motives of Obama FDA appointees who unlawfully banned e-cigarette sales; mispresents scientific evidence on products, opposes e-cigarettes for smoking cessation.
Passaic (NJ) City Council bans e-cigarette use and smoking at parks and within 35 feet of city-owned building entrances. Mayor Alex Blanco claims “This will prevent kids from seeing people smoking”, and former NJ Health Commissioner Fred Jacobs claims “kids are influenced by the conduct of adults. A 100 percent smoke-free policy sends a clear message that smoking is never an acceptable norm.”   Ordinance promoted by e-cigarette prohibitionist Karen Blumenfeld’s GASP, whose goal is to enact similar bans in all of New Jersey’s 566 municipalities.
Herald News endorses Passaic’s outdoor ban on e-cigarette use and smoking, while failing to acknowledge unwarranted and unenforcable inclusion of e-cigarettes in law.
Marine City (MI) Commissioners consider banning e-cigarette use and smoking on public beach
E-cigarette prohibitionist Ellen Hahn makes more false and misleading claims about e-cigarettes, comments by dozens of readers correct Hahn’s misinformation.

Worldwide E-Cigarette News

Electronic cigarette supplier poised to recruit after sales grow 1,000% (Scotland)
Survey of 973 smokers in Prague finds that 86% had heard about e-cigarettes, 26% had tried using them at least once, and 7% (i.e. 27% of those who ever tried them) were using them regularly.
Peter Hajek’s letter to Addiction defends and supports e-cigarettes
JF Etter points out known and potential health benefits of, and common sense about, e-cigarettes
Legacy Foundation prohibitionists again misrepresent scientific evidence and urge FDA to protect cigarette markets and kill smokers by banning e-cigarettes (while keeping exponentially more hazardous cigarettes legal).
Don’t ban electronic cigarettes (ND)
WebMD article on e-cigarettes fails to reveal products have helped many smokers quit or sharply reduced cigarette consumption, or that drug companies heavily fund many e-cigarette prohibitionists and propagandists.
The Sun (UK) reveals that anti e-cigarette propaganda has confused some Brits, consumer comments correct and clarify.
UK Vapers website http://ukvapers.com/ shuts down after Totally Wicked CEO Jason Cropper threatens to sue those posting notes he considers libelous about TW products.
Times of Malta publishes letter by Scot containing false and misleading claims about e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco
After removing e-cigarette usage ban from proposed smoking ban, Mobile (AL) City Council rejects smoking ban.
Web-based electronic cigarette business ignites into storefront (NV)
First e-cigarette store in Menomonee Falls (WI) to open later this month, ALA’s Winisky falsely claims “they aren’t a safer cigarette” and that there is “no scientific evidence” showing e-cigarettes help people quit smoking.
New study suggests e-cigs less harmful than tobacco cigarettes
-Courtesy of Bill Godshall, Smokefree Pennsylvania

More E-Cigarette News – Worldwide

CBS News interviews smoker who quit by switching to e-cigarettes, exposes Polosa study finding e-cigarettes helped many smokers (who didn’t even want to quit) to quit and/or sharply reduce cigarette consumption. Drug industry funded ALA denies scientific evidence and health benefits of e-cigarettes, opposes smokers reducing lung disease risks by switching to smokefree alternatives, urges FDA to impose Chapter IX regulations that would destroy e-cigarette industry.
ALA also urged the FDA to ban these lifesaving products in 2009, which Obama appointees at FDA did while deceiving and scaring the public about the products, which 13 federal judges ruled was an unlawful action by the agency.
Norcross (GA) City Council unanimously repeals indoor/outdoor tobacco use ban (that included e-cigarettes) after constituents voice opposition, Councilman Charlie Riehm correctly states “I think the message is clear. We went too far.”
Mike Siegel: New study shows that emission of volatile organic compounds from electronic cigarettes is much lower than tobacco cigarettes
Local clinic performing e-cigarette study (CO)
Clive Bates, former head of ASH, writes on Big Pharma, snus and E-Cigs
E-cigarette hysteria causes chaos in UK 
What’s the etiquitte with e-cigarettes? 
Corrales (NM) fire officials blame noncombustible e-cigarette for starting wildfire, but fail to explain how that could occur.
Carl Phillips: Erasing the line between health-related news and entertainment (on claim that e-cigarette caused fire)
Isreal’s Health Ministry protects cigarette markets by urging smokers to keep smoking cigarettes instead of switching to far less hazardous smokefree e-cigarettes
Dragonite’s “Patent 944” that company recently sued 10 US e-cigarette companies for infringing upon  

CBS Interviews An E-Cigarette User

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Anti-Smoking Laws and Electronic Cigarettes

Some States within the US are currently creating and discussing laws regarding the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.  These usage bans on e-cigarettes are generally lumped in with bans on smoking tobacco cigarettes in workplaces, bars, and potentially any public places.  As of yet, Canada has not proposed any laws regarding the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.  This may be due to the fact that Health Canada has deemed any electronic cigarettes with nicotine banned based on no approval.  And as we discussed in our blog post, Are Electronic Cigarettes Illegal In Canada? since nicotine is a regulated substance, Health Canada is not budging on the issue until a licensed pharmaceutical company obtains the proper authorization. As for e-cigarettes with no nicotine, it is likely that Health Canada does not see it as a big enough issue to worry about their use in public places.

If you are unsure which side of the issue to fall on; vaping is ok in public or that it should be treated like smoking, remember these points:

  • Electronic cigarettes do not produce smoke.  The vapour they produce contains propylene glycol, glycerin, water, and flavoring.  These are all ingredients found in many foods and medicines.
  • Electronic cigarettes do not produce any vapour when they are not being inhaled upon, unlike cigarettes which obviously burn constantly once lit.
  • Banning the use of e-cigarette in public because they look like smoking is much the same as banning the use of a nasal inhalant medicine in public because it looks like the user is abusing illegal drugs.

It is our hope that any laws pertaining to electronic cigarettes are based on science and fact rather than fabrication and ignorance.  Before any activity is banned it is important to get the facts straight….for the good of personal freedoms and liberties.