Friday, October 21, 2011

New Bedford, MA Call to Action (Indoor Use / Sales Restrictions)

IMPORTANT MESSAGE!


Comments will be accepted on this legislation until November 1, 2011.


Indoor Use Ban: http://www.scribd.com/doc/69364868/New-Bedford-MA-Health-Department-Proposed-Ban-on-E-Cigarette-Usage
Sales Restrictions: http://www.scribd.com/doc/69363347/New-Bedford-Health-Department-Final-Draft-Amended-Youth-Access-Regulation-for-Nicotine-Delivery-Products


These Ordinances would:
Ban the use of electronic cigarettes, regardless of whether or not they contain nicotine, in places where tobacco cigarette smoking is prohibited

Rightfully ban e-cigarette sales to minors, but enact vague regulations on the sale of 'nicotine delivery products' out of their original packaging.  





Read More: http://www.casaa.org/cta/article.asp?articleID=207&l=a&p=

Thursday, October 20, 2011

New England Journal of Medicine Promotes Failed Policies for Smoking Control

Interesting tobacco harm reduction post from the Tobacco Truth blog


The New England Journal of Medicine on September 29 published a commentary (here) promoting “total abstinence” with behavioral therapy and medicines, a strategy that has failed to help over 90% of smokers who tried to quit. The article, by Michael Fiore and Timothy Baker of the University of Wisconsin, reflects the nation’s dual obsession with smoking as a disease and nicotine- and tobacco-abstinence as the only cure....


Read full story: http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/

Cattaraugus Board Of Health Considers Regulating E-Cigarettes

Write the Cattaraugus County Board of Health and tell them how you feel about this!



By Rick Miller
Olean Times Herald
ALLEGANY — A leader in enforcing New York’s Clean Indoor Air Act, the Cattaraugus County Health Department is turning its sights to electronic cigarettes.
Dr. Kevin Watkins, Cattaraugus County public health director, recommended to the Board of Health Wednesday that they consider regulating the electronic cigarettes, which are not covered under the Clean Indoor Air Act. He also asked that herbal cigarettes be covered.
Dr. Watkins said the issues could be addressed at the same time Health Department officials are updating the county’s Sanitary Code.

3 Democrat Senators urge FDA to "swiftly" propose regulation to apply Chapter IX of FSPTCA to e-cigarettes and other products

Three Democrat Senators, who vehemently oppose tobacco harm reduction, sent a letter urging the FDA to "swiftly" expand tobacco regulations. They want the agency to apply Chapter IX of FSPTCA to all cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah/shisha, dissolvables, e-cigarettes, e-liquid and other tobacco products, criticize companies for marketing exponentially less hazardous smokefree alternatives to smokers, grossly misrepresent health risks/benefits and marketing of smokefree products. 

http://www.cspdigitals.com/tobaccoenews/tom-letter.pdf


Senators Send Letter to FDA on Other Tobacco Products



This is extremely important and it is a prime reason of why harm reduction advocates need to submit comments to the FDA and attend TPSAC meetings!

Survey: Should The Transportation Department Ban Electronic Cigarettes On Planes

Please take this simple, two-question survey on this issue. We'll send a detailed report of the survey directly to the DOT, and we'll report the results to you in our newsletter and here in on the Huffington Post. The survey will only take a minute or two of your time.



Augusta - Richmond County, GA Call to Action (Indoor Use Ban)

Public hearings have already took place on this proposed ordinance (and an e-cigarette user attended and spoke), so it is vital that e-mails are sent as soon as possible.


Text: http://www.scribd.com/doc/69513527/Augusta-GA-Proposed-Smoking-Ban-With-E-Cigarettes


This Ordinance would:
Ban the use of electronic cigarettes, regardless of whether or not they contain nicotine, in places where tobacco cigarette smoking is prohibited.


Read full Call to Action: 
http://www.casaa.org/CTA/article.asp?articleID=206&l=a&p=

Doctors favour junkies over smokers





Smokers should be so lucky as to have the political influence that heroin junkies clearly enjoy. When the Canadian government was pursuing its court challenge against Vancouver’s Insite safe injection clinic for heroin users—which it recently lost at the Supreme Court—dozens of doctors and scientists rose up to protest. Stephen Hwang, a top researcher at the University of Toronto, called the government’s hostility to Insite “an alarming example of a recent trend towards the increased politicization of science.”

Tobacco harm reduction is a much simpler matter than all that. You don’t even need clinics. What you do need is to acknowledge that there’s a stubborn portion of the population that—as above—is hard-core addicted to nicotine and that rather than writing them off or pretending that lecturing them will make them kick, our public health is better off by working to minimize the risks their addictions pose to their health and safety. And there are ways to do that. Promoting smokeless tobacco is a big one, since so much of the mortal danger that nicotine addicts risk comes from the carcinogens in smoking. E-cigarettes, or tobacco vapourizers, are another major improvement over smoking. And in Sweden, where millions of smokers have switched to a under-the-lip pouch of tobacco called snus, lung cancer rates and heart disease rates have fallen to some of the lowest in Europe. Just as with Insite, there is solid evidence showing that these lower risk products lead to increases in public health.

As a 2007 paper published in the International Journal of Drug Policy concluded: “Applying harm reduction principles to public health policies on tobacco/nicotine is more than simply a rational and humane policy…It has the potential to lead to one of the greatest public health breakthroughs in human history by fundamentally changing the forecast of a billion cigarette-caused deaths this century.”

Yet all of these products have been dismissed out of hand by numerous public health groups who have determined, with the same resolve and naivetŠ¹ as the War on Drug types, to wipe all tobacco off the face of the earth. The American Cancer Association, the American Heart Association, and even the American Lung Association have ruled out promoting Tobacco Harm Reduction through comparatively safer products. Since, they say, all these products may still potentially contain some health risk—no matter how vanishingly minimal—they are condemned as unsafe substitutes.

Link to full article:  http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/10/14/kevin-libin-doctors-favour-junkies-over-smokers/

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Electronic cigarettes help to reduce cigarette smoking


First clinical study on e cigarettes just presented at the International Meeting of SRNT in Antalya 

  
Researchers from the University of Catania (ITALY), presented the results of their study on electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco in AntalyaTurkey last week.  A report on the clinical trial results, which showed that switching to an e-cigarette may assist smokers to reduce or eliminate cigarette smoking in 55% of cases, will be published soon in BMC Public Health.

"Cigarette smoking is a tough addiction to break," said Professor Riccardo Polosa, the principal investigator of the study. "Therefore, improved approaches to smoking cessation are necessary. E-cigarettes may prove to be a safe alternative to traditional cigarette smoking. They provide a coping mechanism by replacing some of smoking gestures, to help smokers remain abstinent during their quit attempt or to reduce cigarette consumption."

Read Full Article: http://www.casaa.org/news/article.asp?articleID=197&l=a&p=

Share your story with 'The Doctors' TV show!

Former Smokers: Share your best quitting tips with The Doctors for a chance to be featured in USA Weekend magazine!


E-cigarettes were favorably reviewed by the television show, the Doctors, back in 2009 before all the controversy.

Now, the show is asking people who recently quit smoking to share what worked. If all the folks who posted a story in this sub-forum were to submit their story to the show, the sheer volume of numbers would guarantee that they would take another look at e-cigarettes and tell the story from the consumer's viewpoint instead of the viewpoint being promoted by those who want us to "quit or die" (e.g., AMA, FDA, ALA, AHA, ACS, CFTK, ASH, etc, etc.)

BTW: Even if you haven't fully quit smoking, if you have reduced the number of cigarettes per day by 50% or more, that's worth talking about, too, especially if you are working toward eventually reducing to zero cigarettes per day.

Recent research shows that reduction can be a step toward eventual complete quitting, and some folks just need more time than others.

Point & Click Activism

It's easy as 1-2-3 to get involved and make a difference!


Here are three ways you can help just by clicking a link and completing a form online.



Sign the Petition at Whitehouse.gov

Recognize electronic cigarettes as an effective alternative to smoking and support job creation in this new industry.


Electronic cigarettes have just begun to capture the attention of the American public, 24% of whom are regular cigarette smokers. This new technology has shown promise in reducing the adverse health effects associated with smoking, while delivering an experience that can satisfy the cravings which make quitting so difficult. It's no secret that smoking accounts for nearly $100 billion dollars in healthcare costs annually- not to mention the productivity lost when smokers fall ill or pass away due to smoking related diseases. The administration's support for this emerging technology would pave the way for reducing the societal costs of smoking, while creating jobs in a new sector which has grown significantly in the past two years. Support job creation and deficit reduction by signing now!



Join Popvox and OPPOSE the Bill to Raise Taxes on all Tobacco Products

What's your position on the Saving Lives by Lowering Tobacco Use Act?

Click OPPOSE

Please create an account at Popvox and OPPOSE this bill. It is a camouflaged attempt to increase the tax on safer alternatives to tobacco, including e-cigarettes, to the same as or more than cigarettes, and to increase that tax every year - inserted within a disabilities education Act amendment in order to hide it.

Please create an account - login - OPPOSE the Bill. Thank you.



Former Smokers: Share your best quitting tips with The Doctors for a chance to be featured in USA Weekend magazine!

E-cigarettes were favorably reviewed by the television show, the Doctors, back in 2009 before all the controversy.

Now, the show is asking people who recently quit smoking to share what worked. If all the folks who posted a story in this sub-forum were to submit their story to the show, the sheer volume of numbers would guarantee that they would take another look at e-cigarettes and tell the story from the consumer's viewpoint instead of the viewpoint being promoted by those who want us to "quit or die" (e.g., AMA, FDA, ALA, AHA, ACS, CFTK, ASH, etc, etc.)

BTW: Even if you haven't fully quit smoking, if you have reduced the number of cigarettes per day by 50% or more, that's worth talking about, too, especially if you are working toward eventually reducing to zero cigarettes per day.

Recent research shows that reduction can be a step toward eventual complete quitting, and some folks just need more time than others.

Sign the White House E-cigarette Petition!

Q: How many vapers does it take to get the attention of the White House?

A: 5,000!

On September 27th, Eric Swick, of Cohoes, NY, started an online petition through a website called, "We the People." You can read the petition in its entirety by clicking the link below, but its message is simple:

"We petition the Obama Administration to recognize electronic cigarettes as an effective alternative to smoking and support job creation in this new industry."

Q: Will you sign?

A: . . .

The organizations that want e-cigarettes regulated out of existence hope your answer is no. They hope you aren't paying attention. They hope you don't care enough to get involved.

We think they're wrong (as usual). We believe you will not only take a few minutes to sign the petition, but that you'll ask your family and friends to sign it, too. (They've witnessed the positive change e-cigarettes have brought into your life, after all, and you don't have to vape to sign!)

There are a number of things that make this petition unique:

1) The website is sponsored by the White House;

2) 5,000 signatures requires the White House to issue an official response; and

3) The petition started only three days before the required number of signatures for an official response was raised from 5,000 to 25,000--so this is our only chance to be recognized with at least 5,000 signatures.

Time is of the essence, though. We have only until October 27th to get the needed signatures.

Click this link to sign the petition now: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/recognize-electronic-cigarettes-effective-alternative-smoking-and-support-job-creation-new-industry/57vtB0QK

You have to register an account using a valid email address, and only one signature per email address is allowed. Some people have experienced minor difficulties with registration (e.g., the "captcha"), but please don't give up. In all, registration and signing won't take more than a few minutes.

Once you're registered, you can sign the e-cigarette petition and do searches for other petitions on any number of issues you care about. Incidentally, the privacy policy (which you can read on the website) states explicitly that individuals will not be identified or tracked by signing.

Even if this petition doesn't get our ideal response, our sheer numbers will send a message loud and clear to Washington that we fully expect our representatives to address our concerns; i.e., we want to keep our liquids, our nicotine strengths, our online sales, and our flavors.

Imagine the impact tens of thousands of signatures would have!

So, please, if you haven't signed the petition, do so now. If you have signed, ask others to do the same. CASAA members have already achieved so much. Together, we can achieve so much more.