Thursday, February 21, 2013

Latest Article on Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are still so new on most markets, many languages haven't yet decided what to call the users.

Should they be called "vapers," as some American smokers dub their colleagues who smoke smokeless cigarettes?

The word makes sense. If smokers are named after smoke, then "vapers" should be named after the nicotine vapor that electronic cigarettes emit instead.

Whatever one calls smokeless smokers, their number is growing rapidly.

A recent study by the British health campaigning charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) found that the number of people in that country who reported trying electronic cigarettes more than doubled, from 9 percent in 2010 to 22 percent in 2012.

Almost all the new users were people who already had smoked cigarettes and 40 percent of them hoped switching would free them from the usual hazards of smoking.

Those hazards include an increased risk of dying from cancer, mostly due to inhaling the tar and other toxins released by tobacco when it is burned.

How Much Safer?

But are electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, really safer than smoking?

Amanda Sandford, a research manager for ASH in London, says the only tobacco product the new devices contain is nicotine.

"Nicotine, compared to tobacco smoke, is relatively benign. It is the addictive component of tobacco, of course, and that is what keeps people coming back to smoking, but the harm [in smoking] comes largely from the inhaling of tobacco smoke," Sandford says.

"Nicotine itself, once it is isolated and extracted from tobacco and just used in its pure state, is relatively harmless."

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Latest Electronic Cigarette Article

Dothan, AL -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/13/2013 -- From the constant media to the next door neighbor that is an electronic cigarette user, these "Ecigs" are beginning to appear everywhere. Smokers are noticing the massive amounts of ecig users and they're interested. So the search for electronic cigarettes begins...
Smokers are flocking to the search engines and punching in non-stop search queries for electronic cigarettes. A simple "vaping" or "guide to vaping" is all it takes for a search to find large amounts of information, but it isn't stopping there.
"There are literally millions of people searching information about these devices everyday!" - says Blake, the owner of an electronic cigarette blog.
"Running a major electronic cigarette blog has been quite the experience. It has it's many advantages, but what fascinates me the most is watching this industry grow. I sit on the backend of the site and watch the different search terms pour in, and it satisfies me knowing that people are interested and wanting to learn about vaping."
The Keyword "Vaping" receives 135,000 global monthly searches, "Electronic Cigarette" receives 1,500,000 and even search terms such as "What Is A Ecig" receives more than 450,000 global monthly searches.
It's quite apparent that people are wanting to learn more about ecigs - and they're obviously getting the information they need to make a purchase, but where are they getting the information from and what exactly are they finding?
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Monday, February 11, 2013

Joel Nitzkin quote regarding E-Cigs

"Without question, e-cigarettes are safer than traditional tobacco cigarettes," said Joel Nitzkin, of the American Association of Public Health Physicians.

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Clinical Notes: Users Deem E-Cigs Safer

Most users of electronic cigarettes surveyed believe they're less dangerous than regular cigarettes and will help them stop smoking.
Some 80% of individuals who reported using so-called electronic cigarettes in a large survey said the products are safer than traditional cigarettes. Battery-powered e-cigs, also known as electronic delivery nicotine systems, heat and vaporize a solution containing nicotine, usually with flavorings added. Many are designed to resemble traditional tobacco cigarettes. Most e-cigarette users also said they buy the products to help them reduce or quit smoking, according to Richard O'Connor, PhD, of Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., and colleagues. The survey was conducted in nearly 6,000 current and former smokers in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Great Britain. About half of all respondents had heard of e-cigarettes, but only 3% reported current use of the products. About 40% of individuals who had ever tried them were current users, the researchers reported online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Visit for more info. 
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Clinical Notes: Users Deem E-Cigs Safer
By John Gever, Senior Editor, MedPage Today
Published: February 10, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013

Arizona Department of Health Services Quote

Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble said that smokers may need a variety of nicotine replacement options to kick the habit, including tobacco-free e-cigarettes.
“My attitude is, whatever works,” Humble said. “It is the tobacco that is killing people.”
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Health Concerns for Electronic Cigarettes

Proponents of electronic cigarettes often claim that electronic cigarettes deliver the experience of smoking while eliminating the smell and health risks associated with tobacco smoke. The base liquids - which include propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and sometimes polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG400) - have been widely used as a food additive, as a base solution for personal care products such as toothpaste, and in medical devices such as asthma inhalers. However, the health effects of inhaling nicotine vapor into lungs are a subject of uncertainty. The health effects of exhaled nicotine and other substances present in the vapor are also uncertain but seem likely to be far less harmful than tobacco smoke.

The fact that e-cigarettes may resemble real tobacco cigarettes has been noted by both supporters and detractors. While e-cigarettes may give nicotine addicts more or less the same amount of nicotine as a conventional cigarette, they do not produce the same toxic smoke that can cause lung disease and cancer when inhaled over time. Since there are no products of combustion to be inhaled, no tobacco toxins are inhaled besides nicotine.

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E-Liquid Variations

Liquid for producing vapor in electronic cigarettes, known as e-juice or e-liquid, is a solution of propylene glycol (PG) and/or vegetable glycerin (VG) and/or polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG400) mixed with concentrated flavors, and optionally, a variable percent of a liquid nicotine concentrate.They are often sold in a bottle or as pre-filled disposable cartridges. Many manufacturers offer dozens of flavors which resemble the taste of regular tobacco, menthol,vanilla, coffee, cola and various fruits, but nicotine concentrations vary by manufacturers. The standard notation "mg/ml" is often used in labeling, sometimes shortened to a simple "mg". Nicotine-free solutions are also common.Some electronic cigarette users opt to make their own e-juice in a form known as "DIY". 
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

It's All About the Nicotine

What is Nicotine?
Answer: Nicotine is an alkaloid found in the night shade family of plants. Common Night Shade Plants are Tomatoes, Potatoes, eggplant and of course Tobacco. Nicotine acts as a stimulant in Mammals and is the main factor responsible for the dependence forming properties. Nicotine is a poisonous substance we recommend that you keep your e liquid or cartridges locked away so that your family can not access it when you’re not around. Visit to find out more

Monday, February 4, 2013

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Friday, February 1, 2013

AAPHP Statement re State Regulation of E-cigarettes

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Here is the American Association of Public Health Physicians Statement Regarding Electronic Cigarettes.

AAPHP Statement re State Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Association of Public Health Physicians recommends the following State response to proposed legislation to ban or otherwise restrict the sale and use of nicotine vaporizers (commonly referred to as E-cigarettes or electronic cigarettes).

1. Sale to adults should be permitted.
2. Sale to minors should be banned.
3. AAPHP takes no stance on the question of whether E-cigarettes should be banned in no-smoking areas. (see explanation)

An E-cigarette is not a cigarette. It is a metal tube made to look like a cigarette, with a battery, heating element and cartridge containing the substance to be vaporized. The substance is usually a mixture of propylene glycol, glycerin, flavoring, and a specified quantity of nicotine. When the vaper (person using the E-cigarette) inhales, an LED lights up to make the device look more like a cigarette. When he or she exhales, there is a visible cloud of vapor that disappears within a few seconds. 

Neither I (Dr. Joel Nitzkin) nor the organization I represent (the American Association of Public Health Physicians) have received or anticipate receipt of any financial support from any E-cigarette, tobacco-related or pharmaceutical enterprise. 

AAPHP favors a permissive approach to E-cigarettes because the possibility exists to save the lives of four million of the eight million current adult American smokers who will otherwise die of a tobacco-related illness over the next twenty years. 

The only feasible way to achieve this remarkable public health benefit will be to inform smokers of the differences in risk posed by different categories of nicotine-delivery products. Conventional cigarettes account for about 80% of nicotine consumption in the United States, but more than 98% of the illness and death. This harm is not caused by the nicotine, but by toxic products of combustion. A cigarette smoker can reduce his or her risk of future tobacco-related death by 98% or better by switching to a low risk smokeless tobacco product. He or she could cut that risk by 99.9% or better by switching to a nicotine-only delivery product like one of the pharmaceutical products or E-cigarettes. 

Experience suggests that E-cigarettes may be more acceptable to smokers than the currently available pharmaceutical alternatives. A smoker can secure almost all the health benefits of quitting if he or she transitions to an E-cigarette. 

Quitting, of course, is best. About 3% of smokers succeed in quitting each year. Pharmaceutical smoking cessation products, when used as directed, can increase that to about 7%. Thus, the current pharmaceutical products fail 93% of those who try them, even with the best of health education and counseling. Long term use of an alternative nicotine delivery product can achieve almost all of the benefits of quitting for those unable or unwilling to quit. E-cigarettes can and should be marketed as a substitute for conventional cigarettes for smokers unable or unwilling to quit. 

State legislatures and, hopefully the FDA should see them in this light and regulate their marketing to reflect this purpose. Given the current lack of federal regulation, some, but not all, E-cigarette vendors adhere to this guideline. 

Sales to minors should be prohibited. If someone does not become addicted to nicotine as a minor, it is unlikely that he or she will ever become addicted.

E-cigarettes deliver the same nicotine found in the pharmaceutical products, with no more contamination by toxic substances than the pharmaceutical products already approved by FDA. Propylene glycol and glycerin are used as American Association of Public Health Physicians carriers of the nicotine. These cause the visible vapor. These substances are generally recognized as safe. They are
commonly used in theatrical fog machines, asthma inhalers and air fresheners. There is no smoke, and no products of combustion. All this creates a situation in which we can confidently state that the risk to others sharing an indoor environment with one or more vapers (E-cigarette users actively using this product) is almost sure to be much less than 1% the risk posed by environmental tobacco smoke. Pharmaceutical nicotine vaporizers have been in use for years, with no visible vapor, and no apparent concern about use in non-smoking areas. This having been said, we cannot rule out the possibility that some individuals who may be extremely sensitive to indoor air irritants or to miniscule concentrations of nicotine in indoor air might be adversely affected by E-cigarette (or pharmaceutical nicotine vaporizer) vapor.

Another issue is that of modeling. Some worry that sight of E-cigarettes in non-smoking areas will make smoking restrictions harder to enforce, or encourage minors to see smoking as a “normal” and acceptable behavior. It is important to note that, on second glance, E-cigarettes are easy to distinguish from tobacco cigarettes. Those seeing this as a major issue are inclined to ban use of E-cigarettesin non-smoking areas.

We therefore recommend that research be done to address these two issues (possible hazard to a very small number of highly sensitive individuals and modeling). The problem here is that, with end points so difficult to document, such research could cost millions of dollars and take many years to complete. For the reasons noted above, we do not offer a stance in favor of or against banning E-cigarettes in non-smoking areas.

For the data and analyses behind these recommendations, please go to the Tobacco Issues page on our website and download the two petitions to FDA (about 20 pages apiece). For yet additional information you can download other documents and the 303 pages of technical reference material relating to the petitions. I would also be happy to respond to any questions or concerns by E-mail.

The voice of public health physicians, guardians of the public’s health
Tobacco Control Task Force
Joel L. Nitzkin, MD, MPH, DPA – Chair, AAPHP TCTF
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