Electronic Cigarette Users Unite to Send a Powerful Message to MEPs

17 Jul

There is not much published scientific evidence that the devices are a viable method to quit cigarettes , says Linda Sarna, a professor at UCLA’s school of nursing and chair of the committee that recently enacted a campus-wide ban of cigarettes both traditional and electronic. For now, she says, that makes them “snake oil.” “If there is a product out there that can help smokers quit and is safe, we’re all for it,” adds Sarna. “We just need the evidence.” But some individual ex-smokers report that the personal vaporizer was the only way they finally managed to kick the butts. Gold, founder of the L.A. Vapers Club, started “vaping” at 36 milligrams of nicotine per milliliter of juice, and after one year was down to six. He soon plans to drop to zero.
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Electronic cigarettes: No smoking, but lots of fuming

It is therefore vital that e-cigarettes continue to be regulated as a consumer product. Ralf K an e-cigarette user from Germany said, “Many of us have tried numerous times to quit smoking using conventional nicotine replacement therapies and have failed, however with e-cigarettes we have all cut down our smoking or stopped completely. Without anyone in the professional public health field doing anything and without spending any public money, smokers like us have been quitting, switching, and cutting down through the use of e-cigarettes. This is something that should be celebrated not a cause for concern.” E-cigarettes are however not some form of more effective nicotine replacement therapy, they are totally different. E-cigarettes deliver clean nicotine — without the tar, carbon monoxide, and volatile hot gases of cigarettes — and as a way of taking nicotine they are pretty near harmless to health. In short, for people who switch from cigarettes, they hugely reduce risk, while satisfying their need for nicotine and some of the behavioural aspects of smoking.
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Electronic cigarettes could rekindle battles over smoking in public

The e-cigarette industry is promoting vaping as a hip, healthier alternative to smoking and as a way to quit. But while health experts largely agree that the vapor from e-cigarettes poses less of a threat to public health than tobacco cigarettes, some worry that welcoming the so-called clean nicotine could erode smoking bans, encourage smokers to trade one addiction for another and hook nonsmokers. Shifting entirely over to vaping from smoking would be a big public health plus, said Robert Proctor, a history of science professor at Stanford University. But the question of whether e-cigarettes are good or bad isnt that simple. Supplanting cigarettes?
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Citing danger, PMA urges e-cigarettes ban

Chin chin! British PM Cameron links to spoof Twitter account Reuters – 22 hours ago LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron fell victim to a Twitter spoof on Monday when he sent a message linked to a fake account that lampoons the government and portrays ministers as a privileged elite. Cameron once said that the trouble with the social networking service was its “instant-ness” and the risk of people making themselves look foolish by sending too many Tweets. On the day the government launched a controversial cap on welfare payments, Cameron sent this message: As glacier melts, secrets of lost military plane revealed Reuters – Wed, Jul 10, 2013 By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – An Alaska glacier is exposing remains from a military air tragedy six decades later. Relics from an Air Force cargo plane that slammed into a mountain in November 1952, killing all 52 servicemen on board, first emerged last summer on Colony Glacier, about 50 miles east of Anchorage.
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