Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Forbes: What Are Electronic Cigarettes And How Safe Are They?

Marijke Vroomen Durning, Contributor

If you haven’t seen the strangely-sleek barrel of an electronic cigarette yet, or its peculiar vapor cloud, chances are you will soon. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported earlier this year that the number of American adults who use electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes, rose from 10% in 2010 to 21% in 2011.
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Proponents for e-cigarettes believe that people who want the option of using the devices should be able to. “E-cigarettes are part of a larger phenomenon known as tobacco harm reduction,” says Carl Phillips, PhD, scientific director of Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA), a consumer and vendor* advocacy group that promotes the use of non-tobacco products. Phillips sees e-cigarettes as a desirable alternative to combustible cigarettes.
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If the point of the e-cigarette is to replace the combustible cigarette, not to use it as a smoking cessation tool, then it appears to be working. Phillips claims that people who switch to e-cigarettes and no longer smoke combustible cigarettes are former smokers. “The key part of that word there is “smoke,” and using e-cigarettes, just like using smokeless tobacco doesn't involve inhaling smoke.” This results in a very close to 100% quit-smoking rate by people who switch to e-cigarettes and they can legitimately call themselves former or ex-smokers, according to Phillips. Some argue that this is a question of semantics. For example, water-delivery methods of inhaling tobacco, such as hookahs, are considered to be smoking by the medical community.

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*NOTE: CASAA is a consumer advocacy group. Vendors are allowed to join, but CASAA has no financial or policy agreements with the electronic cigarette, tobacco or pharmaceutical industries. CASAA's bylaws strictly limit the number of retailers allowed on the board to 1/3 or less to prevent industry interests having a majority vote. 

2 comments:

Lewis N. Clark said...

If the point of the e-cigarette is to replace the combustible cigarette, not to use it as a smoking cessation tool, then it appears to be working. electronic cigarettes

Lewis n Clark said...

Proof that they were invented in 1963 by an American. When you click on the image and pull it up the original design is what we now call a cig-a-like, an ecig that is roughly the size and look of a realelectronic cigarettes