The Good, The Bad, and The Junk Science About E-Cigarettes

MA legislative session ends without enactment of proposed e-cigarette tax or tobacco tax hikes
UK Health Minister Simon Burns protects cigarette markets and threatens public health by claiming e-cigarettes contain “potentially toxic substances” and pose “potential danger to consumers” without providing any evidence to justify his fear mongering claims demonizing the far less hazardous smokefree alternatives for smokers.
Study finds one third of Czech smokers have tried using e-cigarettes; Centre for Tobacco Addiction’s Eva Kvalikova says smokefree alternatives pose “almost zero risk”, says banning indoor use “doesn’t make sense”.
Study finds acute active and passive e-cigarette vapor exposure does not influence complete blood count (CBC) indices in smokers and never smokers, respectively.  In contrast, acute active and passive tobacco cigarette smoking increase the secondary proteins of acute inflammatory loadwhite blood cell, lymphocyte and granulocyte counts for at least one hour.
Wagner, Siegel and Borrelli respond to comments on e-cigarettes in Addiction
North Dakota e-cigarette opponents submit ballot initiative petitions with 21,000 signatures to ban e-cigarette use in all workplaces and ban smoking in several hundred, campaigners and news story fail to mention e-cigarettes.
Experts Question Legacy’s E-Cig Survey
Mike Siegel: American Legacy Foundation Takes More Money from Pfizer; Still Fails to Disclose Conflict of Interest on Electronic Cigarette Recommendations Disseminated to the Public
University of Auckland researchers recruiting 650 smokers for smoking cessation study using e-cigarettes
Mike Siegel critcizes Ellen Hahn and Kentucky Center for Smokefree Policy for misleading public about e-cigarettes
ACSH – A Kentucky nurse’s crusade against e-cigarettes: A celebration of junk science

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 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  

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.


Joyetech eGo-T and eGo-C

Joyetech is a leading manufacturer of electronic cigarettes.  They have many popular models including the Joyetech 510; which was there big entrance into the market and then the Joye eGo-T,  eGo-C and the eCab.  Each model can be customized in color, battery size and in some cases manual vs automatic.  Below is some info about each:

Joyetech 510

Pros: Smaller like a tobacco cigarette, easy to hold, carry, and use. Good for those who want to buy cartridges rather than refilling.Good vapour production.

Cons: Doesn’t have a lot of battery life (half to one full day of use), cartridges need to be refilled more often.

Joyetech eGo-T and eGo-C (difference: eGo-C uses a changeable atomizer system)

Pros: Long battery life, massive vapour production. The tank holds lots of e-liquid.

Cons: Bigger than a normal cigarette, only comes in manual push button)*

*Most vapers find a push button e-cigarette means more vapour.

Joyetech Website

Online retailer of Joyetech eGo-T in Canada

Prefilled Cartridges or Use E-Liquid?

Other than the many models, styles, and sizes of electronic cigarettes, there is also the question of whether to use already filled e-cig cartridges or to use e-liquid and fill your own cartridges.  Here are some pros and cons of both options:

Prefilled Cartridges:

Pros: convenient to use, less mess than filling with e-liquid, ensures cartridges are completely full

Cons: more expensive than filling your own cartridges

Using E-liquid to Fill Cartridges:

Pros: cheaper than buying new cartridges every time they run out, can try different e-liquids easily

Cons: can be messy until you have experience filling cartridges, chance of over/under filling which can damage your electronic cigarette

Both options for vaping your e-cigarette work much better than smoking tobacco cigarettes 😉 Make your decision and start using an electronic cigarette today! And remember, you can always start with prefilled cartridges to make life easier and move to filling your own cartridges at your leisure.

Electronic Cigarette News

Mike Siegel: FDA Warns Smokers Against Using Electronic Cigarettes Because Unlike Tobacco Cigarettes, Their Risks are Not Precisely Known
Mike Siegel: Further Analysis of FDA Warning on Electronic Cigarettes: What is the Agency Saying to Smokers Who Have Quit Using E-Cigs and Tried NRT Unscuccessfully in the Past?
CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA policy on e-cigarettes (as of June, 2011) protects cigarette and drug industry markets at expense of truth, human rights, consumer health and public health.
CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA policy on e-cigarettes (from April, 2010 to June, 2011) advocated banning e-cigarettes to prevent smokers from reducing cigarette disease risks, and opposed banning e-cigarette sales to minors.
Alaska Senate approves legislation (HB 224) banning the selling and giving of any product containing nicotine (including e-cigarettes, eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, cauliflower, green pepper, teas, herbs and spices, but not FDA approved NRT marketed by drug companies) to any minor under 19 years, sent to governor.
The Nicotine Content of Common Vegetables
Dietary Contributions to Nicotine Body Burden
European Food Safety Authority proposes limits on nicotine in teas, herbs and spices
Kansas legislation (HB 2324) to ban e-cigarette sales to minors amended and approved by Senate, House concurs, sent to governor.
Vermont legislation (H 747) to ban e-cigarette sales to minors and ban use of cigarette rolling machines for commercial purposes approved by Senate, sent to governor.
NY Assembly Codes Committee amends legislation (AB 9044) that would ban e-cigarette sales to minors.
NY Senate Health Committee amends legislation (SB 2926) that would ban e-cigarette sales to minors.
Note that SB 9044 and SB 2926 were identical before being amended, and are identical after being amended.
Mike Siegel: Cohasset (MA) May Ban Vaping in Public Places to Protect Kids from Seeing People Trying to Quit Smoking
Saugus (MA) Board of Health hears about proposed tobacco ban (that would also ban e-cigarette use in workplaces)

Are Electronic Cigarettes Harmful?

Good question.  The answer is; there is nothing that is harm free.  Cars are not safe for instance, but they are safer with seat belts and air bags.  Eating fast food can be harmful if you eat it often enough, but it is better if you don’t “super size it”.  So the question of harm with electronic cigarettes comes down to degrees.  And it should not be compared to absolute safety, but rather in comparison to it’s counterpart; tobacco cigarettes.

Burning tobacco creates over 4000 chemicals which are then inhaled into the lungs.  Electronic cigarette vapour consists of propylene glycol, glycerin, water, and flavoring.  If you google propylene glycol you will see various opinions about it’s harmfulness, but the truth is that it is approved for use in food, cosmetics, and prescription and over the counter drugs.  It seems unlikely that Health Canada or the FDA would approve the chemicals found in tobacco smoke for use in food.  Can you imagine if carbon monoxide was approved for use in your toothpaste?

So when deciding what is best for you, do the research and make an informed decision.  And remember, smoking kills about half of it’s users prematurely.  Electronic cigarettes have not killed anyone to date.  This is not a claim to it’s safety or efficacy, but it is a fact.