Tuesday, February 26, 2013

E-cigarettes: a safer alternative to smoking?

The following video and article features an interview with CASAA Science Director, Dr. Carl Phillips and members of the White Rose Vaper's Club.

by Trang Do
Fox43 Central Pennsylvania

Sales of electronic cigarettes are expected to reach $1 billion this year.

Though they’re increasing in popularity, they’re not without controversy.

“Finally, smokers have a real alternative,” a narrator says on a commercial for NJOY electronic cigarettes.

Some even have celebrity endorsements, like actor Stephen Dorff for Blu e-cigs.

“C’mon guys! Rise from the ashes,” Dorff says in one commercial.

These products are designed to look, feel and even taste like traditional cigarettes, but they’re battery-powered devices that convert doses of nicotine called juice, into a vapor that’s inhaled by the user.

It’s also called “vaping.”

There are an estimated 2.5 million e-cigarette users in the United States, and in increasing numbers, people are vaping as a way to quit smoking.

Dave Norris was a smoker for 25 years. At his worst, he smoked a pack-and-a-half a day.

“I knew I should quit and I tried many different ways to quit,” he said. “I tried cold turkey, I tried the patches, the gums, hypnosis, the prescriptions, all of that.”

But none of those things worked long-term for Norris, until he picked up an electronic cigarette about two years ago.

“For 25 years, I’ve had this hand to mouth oral fixation, and this satisfies that as well as the nicotine cravings,” Norris said.

He’s not alone. Every third Saturday of the month, the White Rose Vaper’s Club meets at Cobblestone’s Restaurant in York.

Around 40 to 50 people show up to socialize and try out different products with like-minded people.

“We’re kind of a social gathering, a support group for each other,” said Norris, who helps to organize the gatherings. “So that we’re all here together and we’re all going to keep each other from ever smoking again.”

At Lancaster General Health, smoking cessation experts say the jury is still out on whether these products are safe and effective, because the industry is largely unregulated.

“It’s the safety and the potency of the nicotine,” said Mary LeVasseur, manager of Lancaster General Health’s free smoking cessation program. “So those are the things when we’re talking about what we can recommend to patients. Again, we want to be recommending things that we know have been tested.”

The liquid products that go into electronic cigarettes are at the center of the debate.

The juices come in varying nicotine dosages, some have none at all, and a variety of flavors that would probably surprise you.

Through his role as science director of The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Assocation, or CASAA, Epidemiologist and health researcher Dr. Carl Phillips is working on summarizing all of the existing research on e-cigarettes.

Phillips said about a dozen studies have found e-cigarettes do not carry significant risks for users.

“Yes, there are trace amounts of harmful chemicals to be found in the liquid or the vapor. And by trace, I mean tiny,” Phillips said. “And you know what? There are trace amounts of harmful chemicals to be found in an apple, to be found in the air.”

In April 2011, the FDA announced plans to expand regulations of e-cigarettes under the Tobacco Control Act, but that has yet to happen.

As of now, several state and local governments have passed their own restrictions on the products.

Norris said whatever the research eventually shows, he’s okay with taking his chances.

“Can I sit here and tell you this will never have a long-term, ill health effect? No,” he said. “But, can I be absolutely comfortable in saying that this is a lot healthier for me than smoking? Without question.”

The FDA has an April 1 deadline to update Congress on its plans to expand regulation of e-cigarettes and other products containing nicotine.

Read more: http://fox43.com/2013/02/25/e-cigarettes-a-safer-alternative-to-smoking/#ixzz2M2fSKzLH


Laurie Carlson said...

This is FOX NEWS we're dealing with AGAIN!!! They are going to spin this in whatever way they want! They, to my knowledge, are the ONLY ones who KEEP investigating these!
We better watch out for FOX! You CANNOT TRUST FOX! IF they hear of ANYTHING negative, they take it and RUN WITH IT!

Kristin Noll-Marsh said...

To be fair, Laurie, this is not a typical FOX news story on e-cigarettes and this is actually not too bad in comparison to the coverage on other networks. I know a lot of people hate FOX, so it may surprise them to find out that, over the past 3 1/2 years, the vast majority of fair and balanced e-cigarette stories have actually been from FOX and its local affiliates. I still can remember the very first time I saw a news anchor actually question the scare mongering (rolled her eyes and said something about it should be compared to smoking) and it was a FOX network reporter. Conservative FOX personalities (Varney, Stossel, Ablow) have been early supporters of e-cigarettes, while more liberal talk personalities (Imus, Stern) have simply repeated ANTZ lies about e-cigarettes or even worse - made their own negative stuff up. The worst stories have been from NBC, CBS or ABC affiliates, because they gave little or no air time to supporters and just quote the horrible FDA press statement from 2009 or give all the air time to the opposition. If anything, FOX has been very supportive of e-cigarette users.

~ Kristin

Maria kins said...

Electronic Cigarettes do not burn Tobacco,it is actually made to shift the habit of Chain smoking using Tobacco towards smoking without the Tobacco.But the great fact is that its smoke style taste all are similar without consisting Tobacco.
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John - InternationalVaporGroup said...

Without doubt electronic cigarette is a safer alternative to smoking, it has been proven many times by various studies, this is the reason why this device is getting popular day by day.