Skip to comments.New study counters health arguments against e-cigarettes
Posted on 11/23/2013 8:22:25 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
OKLAHOMA CITY A new paper from the R Street Institute, a national research group, aggressively defends e-cigarettes.
Dr. Joel Nitzkins analysis broadly counters attacks on e-cigarettes, which have mounted in recent months. Time will tell if the studys conclusions offset or ameliorate the impact of those attacks.
Nitzkin calls the e-cigs a tool in tobacco-harm reduction and pointed criticism at some of the most often-referenced events or studies assailing the safety of vapor devices.
Release of Nitzkins analysis for R Street Institute comes in the midst of discussion here in Oklahoma of e-cigarette bans in public settings, including parks. Such ordinances have passed in the communities of Ada and Shawnee, but a proposal in Tahlequah was pulled from the city council agenda last week.
A member of the Oklahoma City Council has asked for a report from the municipal lawyer as prelude to a likely anti-ESD ordinance.
E-cigarettes are currently the most prominent and promising THR option, Nitzkin writes in his new study. Unlike other smoke-free products, e-cigarettes do not carry mandated warnings about cancer or other diseases. They are also unique in terms of their skyrocketing sales.
Bonnie Herzog, a corporate managing director of research, projected e-cig sales of $1 billion in 2013, but recently increased that estimate to $2 billion. Nitzkins reported sales could reach $10 billion by 2017.
As recounted in the new study, consternation about the possible health impact of e-cigarettes increased after a July 22, 2009 press conference of the Food and Drug Administration, held a few weeks after passage of the Tobacco Control Act.
Nitzkin points out that officials at the FDA event did not point out that e-cigarette fluids, with the exception of the one showing a trace of diethylene glycol, showed the same trace carcinogens in about the same concentrations as the pharmaceutical … products approved by FDA (Nicorette, Commit, and others).
Over the past four years, public health advocates have embellished, exaggerated and distorted statements from that January 2009 press conference to suggest that e-cigarettes might be even more harmful than cigarettes. It simply is not so. FDA, for its part, continues to repeat statements from this conference, but is careful not to compare the hazard posed by e-cigarette vapor to the hazard posed by cigarette smoke, Dr. Nitzkin contends in his new report.
A prominent recent critique of electronic smoking devices came in September from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, a group which has been supporting efforts to lump e-cigarettes into anti-tobacco regulations.
Nitzkin, who has testified on tobacco-harm reduction strategies across America, has not received financial support from tobacco, e-cigarette or pharmaceutical enterprises, R Street said in a disclaimer at the end of the study, posted online Thursday.
Nitzkin, a senior fellow at R Street, has previously worked as a local health director, a state health director and leader or two national public health groups.
He was co-chair of the Tobacco Control Task Force of the American Association of Public Health Physicians and studied options for reducing tobacco-related illness.
R Street describes itself as a Washington-DC based think tank that respects the role of government in regulating industry to protect health and the environment, but strongly opposes undue governmental interference with market forces.
E-cigs: the gateway drug to . . . umm . . . more e-cigs?
Nanny State PING!
The PC police will just lie about them.
Thanks for the ping!
Puritans are deathly afraid someone might be having fun.
On its own, I think Nicotine is a great drug. I’d like to see it produced in extended release pill form to replace caffeine.
What’s unique about nicotine and what makes it so addictive is that it’s the only drug known that can pick you up and calm you down. A cig in the morning wakes you up and stimulates brain function. A cig at night or when you’re stressed calms you down.
I'm a non-smoker who has bought e-cigarets kits for four heavy smokersas in three packs a day for more than twenty yearsin the past three years. Each and every one of them is now a non-smoker, not even of e-cigarettes. That is why the tobacco industry is so scared of these things. . . terrified in fact.
There is a chemical called anatabine that looks a lot like nicotine. Its being tried for a whole mess of things. I’d like to see it researched for use in the brain (alzheimers.) E-smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!
Its not just the tobacco industry .... Ecigs aren’t taxed like tobacco products. They’re starting to hurt government income streams.
Did they intend to stop smoking using the e-cigs or was it just an unintended good consequence?
Which e-cig brand did you buy them?
It took some variations, but once we went into the ‘designer’ aspects of the industry, in less than two weeks, we were both tobacco smoke free.
When I mean the ‘designer’ end of the industry, I do not mean those Blu e-cigs you see in the market. Or anything that really looks like a cigarette. Our favorite devices of the moment are the iTaste boxes - more than enough power to handle multiple days of vaping, doesn't roll off the table, and handles whatever devices we decide to attach (not to mention charging our cell phones if needed as well.) Retailing about $70.
For liquids, our favorites come from Hoosierecig.com (5off is the discount code..) The smoketech trophy tank is an excellent device for using e-liquids, easy to open to fill, and the small atomizer modules are a couple bucks each and should be replaced about once a week or so (I typically replace mine ever two weeks.)
Flavors vary for both of us as to what we like. Most common for me right now is mojito, and my wife has been using bubble gum flavor for nearly a year. Hers has zero nicotine content. Strawberry Kiwi is another favorite. We had masses of tobacco like flavors for a while until we finally realized the beauty of the system - we could vape things that do not taste like tobacco.
And both of us were smokers for 25 years, with no intention of quitting. Yes, the tech aspect of the whole vaping culture was attractive, and probably the biggest ‘side effect’ of the whole venture was getting used to not having a lighter in our pockets. At more than one party people would ask us to light a candle, then realize, hey, they don't have lighters anymore.
We always ask if we can vape when we are in a location, and almost always the owner agrees. Occasionally some busy body employee will come stomping over and say ‘we do NOT allow smoking here!’ And get flustered when we thank them for letting us know.
We've also found it can be very very helpful to carry around an empty paper coffee cup, and exhale into that. Occasionally someone will figure it out and start laughing - one commented to his spouse ‘I was about to ask them where they got coffee cups that kept coffee that warm for so long.. they're vaping into their cups.’
So your wife is totally off nicotine now? And she was a chain smoker before? Gotta say, that’s pretty amazing. It makes you wonder what it is about cigarettes that’s really addicting. Is it really the nicotine or is it just the physical ritual or what?
How hard do you think it would be to come full circle and quit the e-cigs now?
The hand to mouth ritual of taking a puff is a powerful one; I know more than a few people who quit smoking 5 or more years ago who still suck on pens. I imagine it would be a tough jump for either of us to quit the vaporizers; we like them too much. :)
I got them the Joye Eco-T system. It can be found for under $50. The results were an unintended benefit on the first. It was an intended on my part on the final three, but I didn’t tell THEM that. GRIN.
> Its not just the tobacco industry .... Ecigs arent taxed like tobacco products. Theyre starting to hurt government income streams.
This is what its really about. The left calls you unhealthy and that you are a drag on the healthcare systems then you try to find a way to smoke that won’t hurt your lungs and they still want to bash your skull in for it. Face it, the left are control freaks and if the government’s not making money off of it, its evil to them. They want to legislate and regulate every aspect of the human condition until it’s a “sin” to be human.
I say this as a non-smoker too.
Three years ago, I got an e-cig and haven't touched tobacco since. I have gone to the lowest dose of nicotine and am now convinced ti is just a ritual and habit.