Sunday, January 29, 2012

Smokers find ‘vaping’ electronic cigarettes beats tobacco version

Users say devices ‘more pure’ than smoking; lower cost also big factor in decision to take battery-powered puffs

Cumberland Times-News
by Kristin Harty Barkley
January 29, 2012

Frostburg, Ma — Kirk Valentine was smoking about two packs of cigarettes a day and wishing he could quit when he first learned about “vaping,” the term for using an electronic cigarette.

Now he’s a “vaper” instead of a smoker — a big improvement, Valentine and other e-cigarette advocates believe.

“It’s more pure. You’re not getting all that chemical,” said Sue Dicken, who with Valentine purchased supplies last week at The Vapor Room, a new e-cigarette store in Frostburg.

“The smell is gone,” Valentine said.

“You don’t feel so bad,” Dicken said.

“It’s cheaper,” said Valentine, 42, of McCoole. “We were probably spending $85 every two weeks on cigarettes.”

“We only spend about $50 a month buying this,” Dicken said.
“Big difference,” Valentine said.

Though controversial because of a lack of scientific studies on their health effects, electronic cigarettes are gaining steam among area smokers who like to smoke but don’t like all of the health problems associated with standard tobacco products.
...

The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association notes that while any product containing nicotine cannot be called 100 percent safe, studies strongly suggest that e-cigarettes are “magnitudes safer than tobacco cigarettes.” Harm reduction experts point to research that shows that switching from cigarettes to a smoke-free product will reduce health risks to less than 1 percent of smoking traditional cigarettes, according to CASAA.

Read full story >

Friday, January 27, 2012

Kentucky Call to Action (Ended)


An ACT prohibiting smoking in public places and places of employment


Link to HB 289


This bill would: 
Redefine smoking to include the use of electronic cigarettes, and prohibit their use anywhere smoking is prohibited.
The bill has been referred to the House Health and Welfare Committee, which meets on Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week.  It has yet to be added to the Committee's agenda.

Please call, write, or fax the members of the Health and Welfare Committee listed below.


What to say: 
1. You would like them to amend the bill to remove e-cigarette use, specifically Section 1 (10b) in the definition of smoke or smoking, "(b) The use of an e-cigarette which creates a vapor, in any manner or in any form;" should be deleted. 


2. Tell your story on how switching to an e-cigarette or smokeless tobacco has changed your life. 


3. Explain how smoking bans are enacted to protect the public from the harm of second-hand smoke, but electronic cigarettes have not been shown to cause harm to bystanders. In fact, all evidence to date shows that the low health risks associated with electronic cigarettes is comparable to other smokeless nicotine products. 


This is supported by research done by Dr. Siegel of Boston University, Dr. Eissenberg of Virginia Commonwealth and Dr. Laugesen of Health New Zealand and by the fact that the FDA testing, in spite of its press statement, failed to find harmful levels of carcinogens or toxic levels of any chemical in the vapor. 


4. Let them know that vapor does not behave in the same manner as smoke. There is no "side stream" vapor like the side stream smoke coming from the lit end of a cigarette and unlike cigarette smoke, The vapor is virtually odorless and dissipates quickly. There is also no ash or litter. With so little evidence of use, enforcing indoor use bans on electronic cigarettes would be nearly impossible. 


5. Inform them that the ability to use electronic cigarettes in public spaces will actually improve public health by inspiring other smokers to switch. Surveys of thousands of users indicate that the majority of those who switch very quickly completely replace tobacco cigarettes with the electronic cigarettes, reducing their health risks by 98-99%. 


So even if smokers think they are using electronic cigarettes just for indoor use, the chances are high that they will stop using tobacco cigarettes altogether 


6. Tell them that by switching to a smokeless product, you have greatly reduced your health risks. 


7. Direct them to the CASAA.org website for more information. 


Contact information: 


Rep. Thomas J. Burch DISTRICT 30 (D) Chair
4012 Lambert Ave, Louisville, KY 40218
HOME: (502)454-4002 ANNEX: (502)564-8100
Tom.Burch@lrc.ky.gov


Rep. Bob M. DeWeese DISTRICT 48 (R) Vice Chair
6206 Glenhill Rd, Louisville, KY 40222
CAPITOL: (502)564-5391 HOME: (502)426-5565
ANNEX: (502)564-4334
Bob.DeWeese@lrc.ky.gov


Rep. David Watkins DISTRICT 11 (D) Vice Chair
5600 Timberlane Drive, Henderson, KY 42420
HOME: (270)826-0952 HOME FAX: (270)826-3338
ANNEX: (502)564-8100
David.Watkins@lrc.ky.gov


Rep. Addia Wuchner DISTRICT 66 (R) Vice Chair
PO Box 911, Burlington, KY 41005
ANNEX: (502)564-8100 WORK: (859)525-6698
Addia.Wuchner@lrc.ky.gov


Rep. Julie Raque Adams DISTRICT 32 (R)
213 South Lyndon Lane, Louisville, KY 40222
HOME: (502)744-9264 ANNEX: (502)564-8100
Julie.Adams@lrc.ky.gov


Rep. John A. Arnold, Jr. DISTRICT 7 (D)
1301 North Lee PO Box 124, Sturgis, KY 42459
ANNEX: (502)564-8100 WORK: (270)333-4641
John.Arnold@lrc.ky.gov


Rep. Kelly M. Flood DISTRICT 75 (D)
121 Arcadia Park, Lexington, KY 40503
HOME: (859)221-3107 ANNEX: (502)564-8100
Kelly.Flood@lrc.ky.gov


Rep. Jim Glenn DISTRICT 13 (D)
PO Box 21562, Owensboro, KY 42304
HOME: (270)686-8760 ANNEX: (502)564-8100 
Jim.Glenn@lrc.ky.gov


Rep. David Brent Housman DISTRICT 3 (R)
2307 Jefferson Street, Paducah, KY 42001
HOME: (270)366-6611 HOME FAX: (270)442-6394
ANNEX: (502)564-8100
Brent.Housman@lrc.ky.gov


Rep. Joni L. Jenkins DISTRICT 44 (D)
2010 O'Brien Court, Shively, KY 40216
HOME: (502)447-4324 ANNEX: (502)564-8100
Joni.Jenkins@lrc.ky.gov


Rep. Mary Lou Marzian DISTRICT 34 (D)
2007 Tyler Ln, Louisville, KY 40205
HOME: (502)451-5032 ANNEX: (502)564-8100
MaryLou.Marzian@lrc.ky.gov


Rep. Tim Moore DISTRICT 26 (R)
417 Bates Rd, Elizabethtown, KY 42701
HOME: (270)769-5878 ANNEX: (502)564-8100
Tim.Moore@lrc.ky.gov


Rep. Darryl T. Owens DISTRICT 43 (D)
1018 S. 4th. St, Ste. 100, Louisville, KY 40203
HOME: (502)584-6341 ANNEX: (502)564-8100
Darryl.Owens@lrc.ky.gov


Rep. Ruth Ann Palumbo DISTRICT 76 (D)
10 Deepwood Dr, Lexington, KY 40505
HOME: (859)299-2597 ANNEX: (502)564-8100
RuthAnn.Palumbo@lrc.ky.gov


Rep. Ben Waide DISTRICT 10
P.O. Box 1795, Madisonville, KY 42431
ANNEX: (502)564-8100 WORK: (270)824-9227
WORK FAX: (270)824-9206
Ben.Waide@lrc.ky.gov


Rep. Susan Westrom DISTRICT 79
PO Box 22778, Lexington, KY 405222778
ANNEX: (502)564-8100 WORK: (859)266-7581
Susan.Westrom@lrc.ky.gov


Tom.Burch@lrc.ky.gov, Bob.DeWeese@lrc.ky.gov, David.Watkins@lrc.ky.gov, Addia.Wuchner@lrc.ky.gov, Julie.Adams@lrc.ky.gov, John.Arnold@lrc.ky.gov, Kelly.Flood@lrc.ky.gov, Jim.Glenn@lrc.ky.gov, Brent.Housman@lrc.ky.gov, Joni.Jenkins@lrc.ky.gov, MaryLou.Marzian@lrc.ky.gov, Tim.Moore@lrc.ky.gov, Darryl.Owens@lrc.ky.gov, RuthAnn.Palumbo@lrc.ky.gov, Ben.Waide@lrc.ky.gov, Susan.Westrom@lrc.ky.gov


Tom.Burch@lrc.ky.gov; Bob.DeWeese@lrc.ky.gov; David.Watkins@lrc.ky.gov; Addia.Wuchner@lrc.ky.gov; Julie.Adams@lrc.ky.gov; John.Arnold@lrc.ky.gov; Kelly.Flood@lrc.ky.gov; Jim.Glenn@lrc.ky.gov; Brent.Housman@lrc.ky.gov; Joni.Jenkins@lrc.ky.gov; MaryLou.Marzian@lrc.ky.gov; Tim.Moore@lrc.ky.gov; Darryl.Owens@lrc.ky.gov; RuthAnn.Palumbo@lrc.ky.gov; Ben.Waide@lrc.ky.gov; Susan.Westrom@lrc.ky.gov

New Jersey Call to Action!



An act prohibiting smoking in automobiles when children are present


Link to A1016

This bill would: 

Ban smoking and the use of e-cigarettes in cars if children 16 or under are present. A violation would carry a $100 fine.


The bill has been referred to the NJ Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee.


[Read more]

Thursday, January 26, 2012

British doc tells truth about e-cigarettes

Dr. Hilary Jones's surprisingly accurate and knowledgeable description of e-cigarettes on British morning television.

 

CASAA on VP Live

Watch interview about TPSAC with CASAA Director Greg Conley and CASAA advisor Dr. Carl Philips. Interview starts at 0:30:45.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

CASAA testifies at TPSAC and Utah House Government Operations Committee

CASAA directors were busy this past week or so testifying at two different venues. 

On January 19th, CASAA President Elaine Keller, CASAA Director Gregory Conley and CASAA advisors Bill Godshall and Dr. Carl Philips spoke before the FDA Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, advocating once again for tobacco harm reduction policies.

Photo Credit: Dr. Carl Philips
CASAA advisor Dr. Carl Philips
speaks at TPSAC


The
Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) is intended to advise the Commissioner or designee in discharging responsibilities as they relate to the regulation of tobacco products. As part of the TPSAC’s required report to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the committee heard public comments on issues related to "the nature and impact of the use of dissolvable tobacco products on the public health, including such use among children." It is CASAA's opinion that the committee is largely one-sided, as many committee members are known anti-tobacco and anti-nicotine prohibitionists and against tobacco harm reduction.

Listen to their speeches here: 
Video link to 1/19 TPSAC. Testimony from CASAA/harm reduction advocates starts about 5hr 22min mark.





View Elaine's presentation slides here: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/TobaccoProductsScientificAdvisoryCommittee/UCM288460.pdf

In other news, on January 25th, the Utah House Government Operations Committee listened to public comments regarding "HB0245 Amendment to Definition of Smoking in Utah Indoor Clean Air Act," which was an attempt to include hookah and electronic cigarette use in the state's definition of "smoking." CASAA Director Jacinda Ross, who has successfully testified in Utah previously, was there to advocate for electronic cigarette users.


To quote the Desert News article about the issue:

"Too many questions and concerns over a bill that would ban the smoking of e-cigarettes and hookah pipes in public places prompted a panel of lawmakers Monday to put the legislation on hold.... 
...some lawmakers said they had reservations about a bill that would effectively put hookah bars out of business when the data over health risks is unclear. Representatives of the Huka Bar and Grill in Murray said the bill would put 90 people out of work.
Other lawmakers said they needed more time to study the proposal.
Some opponents took issue with the bill treating e-cigarettes the same as hookah pipes.
 
[Jacinda] Ross, of West Jordan, said she was a cigarette smoker for many years but has quit thanks to e-cigarettes. "I've been smoke free since August 2010. I have no desire to smoke any more," Ross said."
Listen to testimony here: CASAA director Jacinda Ross speaks at Utah House Government Operations Committee. Click link #2 (Jacinda speaks at about 1:55:43.)

Monday, January 23, 2012

A note about CASAA's industry affiliations and Mission

Recently, there have been two questions raised that seemed to show a need for re-clarification on those issues.

Last week, CASAA received the following email message:

"Any company affiliated with ******* can walk off a cliff. All because a company is for not smoking doesn't make them pro their customers. As long as you do work along side a company who can't even provide a phone number for customer service, I will be unable to give you anymore donations. I've provided an alias but when the money stops coming you will know who you have lost and who is to blame (*******)"

Unfortunately, the email address the sender used bounced back to us, but we would like to reiterate that CASAA does 
not endorse any company. CASAA gratefully accepts donations from both consumer and industry sources, however CASAA does not offer nor give any compensation,  privileges, rights, benefits or otherwise special treatment to those who donate financially, link to our web site, volunteer their services/products or display our logo.

As per posted on each page of our web site:

"CASAA encourages the use of a link to the CASAA website as a means of providing accurate, unbiased information to consumers and the industry. Unless otherwise stated on casaa.org, CASAA does not have any affiliation with an organization, business, or individual that displays the CASAA logo or provides a link to the CASAA site."

Please do not misconstrue the presence of the CASAA logo on a merchant site or product display to be an endorsement of that merchant. All it means is that the merchant supports CASAA's mission. Note that CASAA's web site and social networking pages also do not advertise or endorse e-cigarette, tobacco or pharmaceutical merchants or product brands.


Secondly, this message was recently found posted on a consumer forum:

"The entire point in a CONSUMER advocacy group is that it be made up of CONSUMERS and not people with a vested interest in the commercial business side. But it seems to me that CASAA might be a little confused about their mission in general since they have been around since 2009 and I have yet to see them act as consumer advocates once. What CASAA does is industry lobbying, not consumer advocacy."

Unfortunately, some people are under the false impression that CASAA's mission is as a consumer protection organization against the industry and that is not and never has been CASAA's mission.


This is the CASAA Mission Statement, which has been posted on the CASAA web site since day one:

"Our mission is to ensure the availability of effective, affordable and reduced harm alternatives to smoking by increasing public awareness and education; to encourage the testing and development of products to achieve acceptable safety standards and reasonable regulation; and to promote the benefits of reduced harm alternatives."

January 19, 2012 - CASAA Director Greg Conley, 
once again advocating for smoke-free alternatives, 
at the FDA-TPSAC meeting in Maryland.


CASAA was born from the need for smokeless alternative users to have a collective voice against the anti-tobacco, anti-nicotine organizations calling for banning products from the market without any scientific evidence and spreading misinformation, lies and half-truths to the public and legislators. CASAA is 
a group of consumers, whose mission is to advocate for reduced harm or smoke-free alternatives, educate the public about the truth about smokeless alternatives and encourage the industry to promote testing and safety practices. CASAA's mission to protect the public comes by fighting for reasonable regulation of innovative, harm-reduction products and against unreasonable legislation. CASAA was not created to police industry business practices, as there are already consumer organizations and government offices set up for that purpose.

CASAA, again from day one, has been a loose co-operation between the industry and consumers, because it was understood that not only are a great number of e-cigarette businesses run by owners who are also consumers of and believe in the product that they sell, but that CASAA would not be able to accomplish it's goals efficiently without the involvement of the industry in advocating for their own products and for the consumers of those products. 
(CASAA was born in the e-cigarette community, but was ultimately formed as an overall tobacco harm reduction organization.) However, because it was obviously not in the best interests of the consumers for the industry to ever gain majority control over the board of directors, CASAA's bylaws strictly limit the number of directors with a vested interest in the e-cigarette, tobacco or pharmaceutical industry to just 25%. This ensures that consumers, and not any industry, will always have control of majority vote over CASAA's decisions and actions.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at board@casaa.org and we encourage people to attend our publicly-posted, bimonthly, online member meetings to learn more about who CASAA is and what we are doing to accomplish our mission.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

CASAA Member Meeting Sunday 1-22-12


This Webinar is held every 2 weeks on Sunday, from:
Jan 22, 2012 to Apr 1, 2012 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EASTERN TIME
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Friday, January 20, 2012

Melt-in-your-mouth tobacco on trial?

NewsWorks
Taunya English
NPR, WHYY and Kaiser Health News
January 20, 2012


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has gathered scientists and tobacco policy experts to study the potential health risks and benefits of dissolvable tobacco products.

The Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee is meeting this week and advocates from Pennsylvania and New Jeresy are among those lining up to make their pitch to the FDA panel.
...

Rutgers University Law student Gregory Conley was a smoker for eight years, but quit in August. The 24-year-old used electronic cigarettes — another smokeless product — to quit, and he says dissolvables suppress craving when he's in class. He likes the tobacco-dipped toothpicks and says they give him a satisfying nicotine tingle along with a hit of mint or java flavor.
"You just put it in your mouth and hold it as if you were holding a piece of straw between your teeth," Conley said.

He volunteers as a legal policy director for the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association and testified during the FDA's meeting this week. Conley says electronic cigarettes, dissolvables and other smokeless alternatives are powerful tools to help smokers avoid the most toxic aspects of cigarettes....

Read full story >

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

January Newsletter

The time to act is NOW!
Call to Action! 
Call to Action
 
 
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CASAA
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Join today!

CASAA is truly a grassroots organization and its success depends completely on the involvement of its members. If you currently use smokeless alternatives such as e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco, your access to these products is threatened. Please consider donating your time or money to help keep smokeless alternatives available, affordable and effective. 

CASAA News  
01-12-2012 14:59:00 PM
By Michelle Fay Cortez and Alex Nussbaum Bloomberg Businessweek Jan. 10 (Bloomberg) 

-- Nicotine-replacing gums and patches like those from GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Pfizer Inc. failed to help smokers who quit the habit stay off cigarettes, even when used with professional counseling, a study found. [Read more]...»

01-12-2012 14:39:00 PM
(Note: This article has quotes from a CASAA member and CASAA President Elaine Keller.) 
 By Arlene Satchell, Sun Sentinel 11:51 a.m. EST, January 12, 2012 

A growing number of smokers are now using electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes to try to kick their tobacco products habit, but cruise lines don't agree on where to ban and where to permit e-cigarettes at sea. Some lump them with traditional tobacco cigarette smokers, while others give them near free rein in new policies that recently took effect or will soon. The policies pose a quandary for anyone who wants to enjoy a cruise but is trying hard to stay smoke-free. "I know I'd cancel any plans of a cruise vacation if I thought my electronic cigarette wasn't welcome on board the cruise ship and I know I'm not alone," said Laurel O'Neill of Nokomis, Fla. [Read more]...»
01-12-2012 14:24:00 PM
UPDATE:  The Public Services Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Jan. 18 in the commission chamber at the municipal building for a special work session. Public hearings have already taken 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 could: Ban the use of electronic cigarettes, regardless of whether or not they contain nicotine, in places where tobacco cigarette smoking is prohibited. [Read more]...»
01-12-2012 14:16:00 PM
"Smoking in Public Places" Link to City Council Worshop Summary The North Myrtle Beach city council has stated publicly their intention to include electronic cigarettes in this ordinance, as they are concerned that people might not be able to distinguish an e-cigarette from a real cigarette in certain situations. The ordinance has yet to be published with the inclusion of e-cigarettes. This ordinance would presumably: Ban the use of electronic cigarettes in any public place where smoking is disallowed. The Council is meeting on Monday, January 23rd at 7:00 pm, to vote on the ordinance. Public comments will be allowed from any attendees wishing to speak. We strongly encourage local electronic cigarette users to attend and comment at the meeting. If you would like assistance with what to say, please contact us at board@casaa.org. [Read More]...»
01-12-2012 14:01:00 PM
"This is the first evidence that just one (e-cigarette) use can have acute physiologic effects," said lead researcher Constantine I. Vardavas, of the Center for Global Tobacco Control at the Harvard School of Public Health.For the new study, Vardavas and colleagues in Athens had 30 healthy smokers puff on an e-cigarette to see how it affected their airways. The researchers found that after five minutes, users showed signs of airway constriction -- as measured by several types of breathing tests -- and of inflammation.

Or so says this quote from a recent Reuters article. Of course, the anti-tobacco and nicotine crowd, along with some media outlets, have picked up on this as "proof" that e-cigarettes are not "safe." 

However, in a review by Dr. Michael Siegel of the published research paper, the study actually shows that "in contrast to both tobacco cigarette smoking and secondhand smoke exposure, which have been shown to cause acute impairment of lung function, electronic cigarettes have no acute effect on pulmonary function as measured by spirometry testing." 
"...»
01-07-2012 16:33:00 PM
This Webinar is held every 2 weeks on Sunday, from: Jan 8, 2012 to Apr 1, 2012 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EDT Register Now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/204379094 Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with information you need to join the Webinar. System Requirements PC-based attendees Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server Macintosh®-based attendees Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer ...»
01-04-2012 19:06:00 PM
A PROPOSAL FOR A GENERAL ORDINANCE amending Sec. 616 with respect to nonsmoking areas.

Link: http://www.indy.gov/egov/council/proposals/pages/home.aspx (#352) 

This ordinance would: Ban the use of electronic cigarettes in any public place where smoking is disallowed. ...»
01-02-2012 22:47:00 PM
Nicknamed the "Cassie," the annual CASAA "Butt-Head of the Year" awards are given to public health professionals and legislators "in recognition of the most creative truth-telling, incredible inaccuracy and exceptional fact-twisting in tobacco harm reduction." 

These are the winners of 2011: 

And the winner of the Cassie (with 56% of the vote) is... 
The White House 
The Twist: "E-cigarettes may contain ingredients that are known to be toxic to humans or otherwise harm public health -- for example, if they are attractive to young people and lead kids to try other tobacco products, including conventional cigarettes, which are known to cause disease and lead to premature death. Because clinical studies of these products have not been submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), consumers currently have no way of knowing what types or concentrations of potentially harmful chemicals are found in these products, or how much nicotine people inhale when they use these products. FDA is taking steps, as authorized by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, to include electronic cigarettes under the agency's regulatory authority....»
01-02-2012 20:41:00 PM
Jesse Kline National Post 
 To the uninitiated, walking into this suburban Toronto bar must look like a throwback to the 1980s. A cloud of what appears to be smoke can be seen hovering over a group at the far end of the establishment. 

But a quick check of the sense confirms that looks can be deceiving.The air is fresh, lacking the pungent aroma of burning tobacco; the eyes aren't watering with the sting of fresh smoke seeping into the sockets; and instead of ash trays and cigarette packs, the tables are full of small bottles of liquid and other pieces of equipment. ...»
12-27-2011 22:39:00 PM
Call to Action for Wisconsin RESIDENTS! LRB 1287/1 and 3573/1:AN ACT to renumber 101.123 (1) (h); and to create 101.123 (1) (h) 2m. of the statutes.

This bill specifies that the term "smoking," for purposes of the general prohibition against smoking in indoor locations, does not include holding, or inhaling or exhaling vapor or a vaporized solution from, an electronic device that does not contain tobacco. 

This bill would: Specifically exempt electronic cigarettes from the statewide indoor smoking ban. ...»
12-22-2011 16:00:00 PM
Abstract Introduction: Smoking cessation programs are useful in helping smokers to quit, but smoking is a very difficult addiction to break and the need for novel and effective approaches to smoking cessation interventions is unquestionable. The E-cigarette is a battery-powered electronic nicotine delivery device that may help smokers to remain abstinent during their quit attempt. We report for the first time objective measures of smoking cessation in smokers who experimented with the E-cigarette. Case presentation: Three Caucasian smokers (two men aged 47 and 65 years and one woman aged 38 years) with a documented history of recurring relapses were able to quit and to remain abstinent for at least six months after taking up a cigarette....»

12-19-2011 13:23:00 PM
This commentary appears today on Dr. Siegel's tobacco policy blog, at: http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2011/12/iom-report-on-modified-risk-tobacco.html. 

IOM Report on Modified Risk Tobacco Products Interprets Tobacco Act as Putting Insurmountable Barriers in the Way of Reduced Risk Tobacco Products

The Institute of Medicine last week released its long-awaited report on the scientific evidence required to support designation of tobacco products as modified risk products under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act [the Tobacco Act]. The report recommends that extensive scientific evidence, including findings from randomized controlled trials and longitudinal cohort studies, be required to show that potential reduced risk products will reduce individual health risks and improve the public's health on a population basis....»
12-17-2011 22:40:00 PM
Title: CASAA member Meeting Date: Sunday, December 18, 2011 Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EST After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. System Requirements: PC-based attendees Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server Macintosh®-based attendees Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/485125966 ...»
12-11-2011 16:52:00 PM
In the past few weeks, the CASAA Board of Directors has gratefully expanded with the addition of two new directors, welcoming Karen Carey (MA) and Michael Cozzi (IL). Along with determination and passion,  Mrs. Carey brings a background in accounting and experience running the New England Vapers group and Mr. Cozzi, brings extensive IT experience to CASAA as well as being a well-known figure in the e-cigarette review and tutorial video world. 

The newest board members join the other 2011 additions: Secretary Jacinda Ross (UT), who is a local e-cigarette activist and has also taken on the demanding role as "the face of CASAA" on several vaping-related online shows joined the Board in July and Treasurer Gregory Conley (NJ), a law student (often referred to as CASAA's new "rock star") who joined the Board in February and tirelessly follows tobacco harm reduction legislation for the organization and has already contributed invaluable media contacts, FOIA documents, public testimony and legal support for CASAA. 

Dorothy Taylor, who is an LPN and active e-cigarette advocate who contributes her medical expertise to the cause, also joined the board back in February. The current Board of Directors also consists of Ron Ward (MD), informally acting as CASAA legal director, who joined the board in August 2010 and founding directors President Elaine Keller (VA); Vice President Kristin Noll-Marsh; Thad Marney (OR); Drew Gliem (NJ) and medical director Theresa Witt (TX)....»
12-10-2011 17:56:00 PM
The Boston Globe published CASAA President Elaine Keller's Letter to the Editor, which is responding to the editorial that chided e-cigarette manufacturers for "resisiting FDA regulation". 

E-cigarette makers have devised smoking substitute that works THE DEC. 3 editorial "Banned in Boston, for now'' blames manufacturers of e-cigarettes for resisting "efforts at regulation by the federal Food and Drug Administration by labeling e-cigarettes as devices for smoking pleasure, not therapeutic devices for nicotine replacement.'' Why would the Globe want manufacturers to misrepresent the intended purpose of the products? 

Technically speaking, there is no such thing as a therapeutic product for nicotine replacement. Nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, and prescription inhalers should more properly be referred to as "nicotine weaning therapy'' products. Directions instruct consumers to use the products for a specified length of time, reduce the dosage of nicotine, and then discontinue use. 

Unfortunately, they don't work well. By the time treatment is completed, most consumers have already relapsed, and a year after treatment, 95 percent have resumed smoking. The idea behind e-cigarettes is to provide the nicotine that a smoker craves while eliminating nearly all of the smoking-related hazards.

Medicinal drugs and devices must undergo years of testing, costing as much as $800 million, and receive FDA approval before they can be sold for therapeutic purposes. E-cigarettes are intended to serve as a replacement for smoking, and they appear to work extremely well for this purpose. More than 90 percent of consumers who switch to e-cigarettes report better lung health, better markers of cardiovascular health, and improved stamina. In view of the fact that those who directly inhale the nicotine vapor are enjoying better health, how could the vapor they exhale, having been filtered through their lungs, be harmful to bystanders?

ELAINE KELLER President The Consumer Advocates for Smokefree Alternatives Association Springfield, Va....»
This email was sent to kristin.noll.marsh@gmail.com by board@casaa.org  
CASAA | 182 St. Francis St. | Suite 300 | Mobile | AL | 36602

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cruise lines tighten tobacco rules

Varying policy on e-cigarettes causing concern

Sun Sentinel
By Arlene Satchell
January 12, 2012

Florida--Several cruise lines have further limited smoking on ships, leaving a few designated areas as the last refuge to light up at sea.

Princess Cruises' guests won't be allowed to smoke in staterooms or on balconies starting with sailings on Monday. Three other lines recently tightened their smoking rules or will join Princess in doing so next week.
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These new smoking rules vary when it comes to a certain segment of guests — former smokers who now use electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, to try to kick their habit.

Some lump them with traditional cigarette smokers, but others give them near-free rein in their revamped policies.

The policies pose a quandary for anyone who wants to enjoy a cruise but is trying hard to stay smoke-free.

"I know I'd cancel any plans of a cruise vacation if I thought my electronic cigarette wasn't welcome on board the cruise ship, and I know I'm not alone," said Laurel O'Neill of Nokomis, Fla.

No official user data are available, but industry research indicates at least a million Americans are using them, Elaine Keller, president of the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association, said.

Princess will allow e-cigarette users, sometimes called "vapers," to smoke in staterooms and balconies but plans to ban traditional smoking in these areas when its new policy kicks in Monday.

That's as it should be, said Keller, a 45-year smoker until 2009. "It seems awfully silly to ban their use inside a cabin." With no tar or second-hand smoke residue, "there's no way a cruise line could tell if a guest has used one in a cabin," Keller added....

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Nicotine Patches, Gums Fail to Help Smokers Quit for Good

By Michelle Fay Cortez and Alex Nussbaum
Bloomberg Businessweek


Jan. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Nicotine-replacing gums and patches like those from GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Pfizer Inc. failed to help smokers who quit the habit stay off cigarettes, even when used with professional counseling, a study found.


Researchers surveying 781 former smokers found almost a third relapsed even after using nicotine replacement products. Scientists said the results cast doubt on the long-term benefit of products like Pfizer’s Nicotrol inhaler and GlaxoSmithKline’s NicoDerm CQ patch and Nicorette gum, leaders in a market worth $1.2 billion annually, according to IMS Health, a research firm.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should only approve products that have been shown to help smokers quit and stay off cigarettes for years, said researcher Gregory Connolly, director of the Center for Global Tobacco Control at Harvard School of Public Health, in a statement.


“Using nicotine replacement therapy is no more effective in helping people stop smoking cigarettes in the long-term than trying to quit on one’s own,” said lead author Hillel Alpert, a Harvard research scientist.


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Tighter tobacco rules on cruises worry e-smokers

(Note: This article has quotes from a CASAA member and CASAA President Elaine Keller.)


By Arlene Satchell, Sun Sentinel
11:51 a.m. EST, January 12, 2012

A growing number of smokers are now using electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes to try to kick their tobacco products habit, but cruise lines don't agree on where to ban and where to permit e-cigarettes at sea.

Some lump them with traditional tobacco cigarette smokers, while others give them near free rein in new policies that recently took effect or will soon.

The policies pose a quandary for anyone who wants to enjoy a cruise but is trying hard to stay smoke-free.

"I know I'd cancel any plans of a cruise vacation if I thought my electronic cigarette wasn't welcome on board the cruise ship and I know I'm not alone," said Laurel O'Neill of Nokomis, Fla.

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Augusta - Richmond County, GA Call to Action (UPDATE!)

UPDATE: 
The Public Services Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Jan. 18 in the commission chamber at the municipal building for a special work session.

Public hearings have already taken 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 could:
Ban the use of electronic cigarettes, regardless of whether or not they contain nicotine, in places where tobacco cigarette smoking is prohibited.


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North Myrtle Beach, SC Call to Action

"Smoking in Public Places"
Link to City Council Worshop Summary

The North Myrtle Beach city council has stated publicly their intention to include electronic cigarettes in this ordinance, as they are concerned that people might not be able to distinguish an e-cigarette from a real cigarette in certain situations. The ordinance has yet to be published with the inclusion of e-cigarettes.

This ordinance would presumably:
Ban the use of electronic cigarettes in any public place where smoking is disallowed.
The Council is meeting on Monday, January 23rd at 7:00 pm, to vote on the ordinance. Public comments will be allowed from any attendees wishing to speak. We strongly encourage local electronic cigarette users to attend and comment at the meeting. If you would like assistance with what to say, please contact us at board@casaa.org.

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Greek e-cigarette study called "amateur propaganda"

"This is the first evidence that just one (e-cigarette) use can have acute physiologic effects," said lead researcher Constantine I. Vardavas, of the Center for Global Tobacco Control at the Harvard School of Public Health.
For the new study, Vardavas and colleagues in Athens had 30 healthy smokers puff on an e-cigarette to see how it affected their airways. 
The researchers found that after five minutes, users showed signs of airway constriction -- as measured by several types of breathing tests -- and of inflammation.
Or so says this quote from a recent Reuters article. Of course, the anti-tobacco and nicotine crowd, along with some media outlets, have picked up on this as "proof" that e-cigarettes are not "safe."

However, in a review by Dr. Michael Siegel of the published research paper, the study actually shows that "in contrast to both tobacco cigarette smoking and secondhand smoke exposure, which have been shown to cause acute impairment of lung function, electronic cigarettes have no acute effect on pulmonary function as measured by spirometry testing."

"In contrast to what some are reporting, the study found no effect of e-cigarettes on lung function, as measured by spirometry. This is in contrast to tobacco smoking, which does have effects on lung function that can be measured using spirometric testing," Dr. Siegel reported.

"While previous research indicates that active smoking and even secondhand smoke exposure can affect acute lung function as measured by spirometry, the study demonstrated that electronic cigarette use led to no impairment of lung function detectable via spirometric testing."

"What the study did show was subclinical evidence of impaired lung function, meaning that the observed (measurable) lung function was unchanged, but that there was evidence of physiologic effects consistent with some bronchial inflammation. What is not known is whether this acute bronchial inflammation has any significance in the long-term. The presence of bronchial inflammation may be a result of propylene glycol having a respiratory irritant effect. But this does not necessarily mean that long-term exposure would lead to any adverse effect on lung function. More research is necessary to clarify that point," he wrote.

Dr. Siegel also criticized the study, because it "failed to compare the acute respiratory effects of electronic cigarette exposure with those of active smoking, which is the most important comparison that needs to be made."

Dr. Paul Bergen, a tobacco harm reduction researcher, agreed, writing that "since this is supposed to be addressing the viability of e-cigarettes as alternatives for smokers, how about doing the obvious and comparing the airway constriction effects on smokers after a smoke and after a vape."

The American Council on Science and Health called the study "amateur propaganda"  and ACSH's Dr. Josh Bloom stated, “The moment I saw that they didn't run the same experiment using actual cigarettes," he says, "I knew this was pure (and not even especially well done) junk — an agenda-based report clumsily masquerading as science.”

According to the ACSH commentary, "the study’s lead researcher recommends that, instead of trying e-cigarettes as a reduced-risk method to quit smoking, smokers should “stick to the methods that are known to work.”

But ACSH's Dr. Gilbert Ross criticized this recommendation. “He would have more accurately said, ‘stick to the methods that are known to not work,’ since those currently approved have a ‘success’ rate of only 5 to 10 percent," said Dr. Ross. "It’s the old ‘quit or die,’ abstinence-only agenda.”

Saturday, January 7, 2012

CASAA Member Meeting Sunday 1-08-12

This Webinar is held every 2 weeks on Sunday, from:
Jan 8, 2012 to Apr 1, 2012 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
Register Now at:
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/204379094
Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with information you need to join the Webinar.
System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Indianapolis-Marion County, IN Call to Action

A PROPOSAL FOR A GENERAL ORDINANCE amending Sec. 616 with respect to nonsmoking areas.



This ordinance would:
Ban the use of electronic cigarettes in any public place where smoking is disallowed.

There will be a public City-County Council meeting held on January 9th at 7:00 pm in the Public Assembly Room at the City-County Building, 200 E. Washington St., however, public comments will not be allowed. So it is extremely important to call and write! If you can, get a face-to-face meeting with your councilman to tell your story and demonstrate why e-cigarettes should NOT be included in the smoking ban. If you would like assistance with what to say, please contact us at board@casaa.org.



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