It has recently come to my attention via a forum post that the California Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE) has recently endorsed electronic cigarettes as an appropriate means of tobacco harm reduction. It is a small, but reassuring step forward that more organizations are beginning to recognize the importance of tobacco harm reduction strategies.
Below is the e-mail transcript from Jack Kearney, Professor of Human Services and Addiction Studies at Cypress College, Loyola Merrimount university, which sheds a positive light on e-cigarettes and THR.
I am pleased to announce that the California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE) has formally endorsed the use of THR and electronic cigarettes. To my knowledge this is the first major organization in the addiction treatment world to take such a stand, and I will send this on to other similar groups and ask them for similar support.
I believe it is a small but important step as this represents support from experts in the addiction profession rather than amateur opinions from groups who take money from the pharmaceutical industry and who seem to be more interested in fighting smoking than helping smokers.
The specific policy statement and description of CAADE is below.
(My original motion used the word “smoking” rather than “tobacco”, but to get it passed I had to accept a bit of a compromise.)
The California Association for Alcohol & Drug Educators (CAADE) supports efforts by the addiction treatment community to utilize its treatment expertise in developing tobacco cessation tools that include both abstinence-based and harm-reduction models including the use of electronic cigarettes.
CAADE accredits addiction studies programs in over 40 colleges and universities in California, Arizona and Nevada. It also issues the highest level of addiction counselor certification in California, and currently represents more than 6000 counselors, college faculty members and students.
Personally, I view this as a solid step forward in the acceptance of e-cigarettes as a legitimate tobacco harm reduction strategy. One can only hope that governments will begin to take notice and implement their own sane tobacco harm reduction policies at the benefit of consumers.
I recently came across an article on the European Society for Cardiology (ESC) which has found that electronic cigarettes do not damage the heart. As someone who believes in the policies of tobacco harm reduction, I feel that it is important for people to understand the benefits of switching from traditional cigarettes to electronic ones.
Smoking is the most preventable risk factor for cardiac and lung disease and is expected to cause 1 billion deaths during the 21st century. Electronic cigarettes have been marketed in recent years as a safer habit for smokers, with several millions of people already using them worldwide.
Electronic cigarettes simulate the effect of smoking by producing an inhaled vapor. The device consists of a battery, a cartridge containing liquid and a heating element which gets warm and evaporates the liquid. Laboratory analyses of the liquids show that they are less toxic than regular cigarettes. Most studies have found no nitrosamines, but even in studies where nitrosamines were found, the levels detected were 500-1400 times less than the amount present in one tobacco cigarette. This means that electronic cigarettes must be used daily for 4-12 months to get the amount of nitrosamines present in a single tobacco cigarette.
Since heart disease is the main cause of morbidity and mortality in smokers, with 40% of deaths in smokers due to coronary artery disease alone, the research team decided to perform the first clinical study of the acute effects of electronic cigarettes on cardiac function.
They decided to compare their results with the acute effects of regular cigarettes on cardiac function since electronic cigarettes are marketed to smokers only, as an alternative habit.
Previous studies from the research group and several others have shown that acute smoking inhalation produces significant defects in myocardial function. This indicates that subclinical dysfunction is already present in apparently healthy asymptomatic young people who smoke tobacco cigarettes. The goal was to evaluate whether these signs of preclinical disease appear in a similar population after using electronic cigarettes.
The researchers measured myocardial function in 20 healthy young daily smokers aged 25-45 years before and after smoking one tobacco cigarette and 22 daily electronic cigarette users of similar age before and after using the device for 7 minutes.
Experienced users of electronic cigarettes were studied because they use the device more intensively than first-time users. Although both groups were of equal age, users of electronic cigarettes had a 44% higher lifetime tobacco smoking exposure compared to current smokers.
For the electronic cigarettes, a commercially available liquid with a nicotine concentration of 11mg/ml was used (NOBACCO USA Mix). This was tested by an independent toxicology laboratory and found to contain no nitrosamines or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons…
You can read the rest of the report here on the ESC website.
It has recently come to my attention that Lorillard Inc, a major U.S tobacco retailer (the makers of popular cigarette brands including Kent and Newport) has purchased the e-cigarette brand Blu Cigs for the sum of $135 million dollars. I’m excited about this move, as I feel that with Lorillard’s resources the Blu Cigs brand will continue to improve in quality. I’m curious to see if other major tobacco companies will follow suit and purchase other e-cigarette companies.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – blu ecigs is extremely proud and excited to announce today our acquisition by one of the largest and oldest companies in America, Lorillard, Inc. Lorillard, through its Lorillard Tobacco Company subsidiary, is the third-largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the U.S and has a long and proud tradition that will complement the passion of blu ecigs in the emerging electronic cigarette category.
“This is a very exciting move for me and my team. I am particularly excited about what this means for the brand and our customers. It gives us access to the tremendously experienced team and resources at Lorillard and will allow us to move to the next level on our expansion and product development. I’m happy to say that now as part of Lorillard, blu ecigs will be able to deliver an even greater level of quality and innovation to its customers that they have come to expect from blu. I can’t wait to get started on this next phase and to see the response from our amazing customers.” Jason Healy, President and co-founder of blu.
In conjunction with this announcement everyone at blu would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our customers for their outstanding support and loyalty to a brand we are so proud to represent. We can’t wait to serve you in the future as we continue to grow and unveil new products and services.
From an operational point of view, it will be business as usual for our customers, retailers and other partners through a normal transitional period. Following this transition, we look forward to expanded distribution capabilities that will be communicated in the near future.
You can read the full article here.
It has recently come to my attention that the South Beach Smoke Deluxe personal charging case has become the hottest selling accessory on South Beach Smoke’s website. I’ve done some digging aruond, and the deluxe charging case appears to be quite similar to the 510 Smart PCC for the Joye
510. The case has a large advanced cell battery inside (which makes charging very safe), and can be recharged via a USB port located on the side of the case. On a full charge, the case is able to recharge your South Beach Smoke Deluxe e-cigarettes (including SuperMax batteries) up to four times, which makes it ideal for when you’re on the go and don’t have access to an outlet. The case also has a battery indicator to let you know when you need to recharge the PCC.
I really like the design of the case, as I find it looks quite classy and professional. It also comes with interior and exterior lights which can be illuminated to help you see better in low light environments. I look forward to writing a review on the case in the near future. If you’ve given the South Beach PCC a try, feel free to let me know what you think of it via the comments section!
It has recently come to my attention that a bill proposing a 70% tax on e-cigarettes has been amended, and the proposed tax will not come into effect in Hawaii. An e-mail statement I received from the Hawaiian-based Volcano E-Cigs claims that
The Senate had received more than 1,200 pieces of testimony on the issue and decided last friday to ENFORCE the part of the bill that restricted the use of ecigs to persons under 18 years of age BUT they amended the entire part that would tax the product.
I feel that this amended legislation is both a reasonable and responsible decision regarding e-cigarettes from the Hawaii senators. I don’t feel that minors should have access to any nicotine products. However, adults should have the freedom and right to choose a much better alternative to traditional cigarette smoking.
Don’t forget to support organizations such as CASAA either through volunteering or by sending a donation. CASAA is working hard to raise awareness of the benefits of e-cigarettes and other forms of nicotine replacement therapy, and can help policymakers introduce smart e-cigarettes legislation like in Hawaii.
I’ve recently learned that the e-Cigarette manufaturer Joyetech has recently released a new e-cigarette model called the Joye eGo-C. It uses a standard eGo battery, but from what I understand, the eGo-C’s atomizer uses a newly developed technology which separates the atomizer into two parts, the base and cover. The base of the eGo-C atomizer is designed to be easily unscrewed for easy washing or replacing.
I think that the new eGo-C will be a welcome improvement over the existing eGo-T. Many eGo-T atomizers (including some of mine) have had clogging issues, and it is very tough to clean them without being able to remove the atomizer from within the assembly. Replacements are also cheaper, since you only need to replace a small piece of the atomizer.
The new eGo-C is also compatible with both the eGo as well as the eGo-T. Stay tuned for a review here on E-Cig Central within the next few weeks!
I recently read this article in the National Post, and I felt the need to mention it here on E-Cig Central. The article is really well-written approaches the subject of tobacco harm reduction in a very positive light. For those of you unfamiliar with Canadian laws,
In 2009, Health Canada issued a warning on its website, saying that e-cigarettes fall under the Food and Drugs Act and must therefore be approved by the government for sale in Canada. But, so far, “no electronic smoking products have been granted a market authorization in Canada.”
As a Canadian citizen, this means that I have had a difficult time buying e-liquid from local distributors within Canada (although non-nicotine e-cigarettes can still be sold). In comparison to traditional cigarettes which contain more than 10,000 chemicals and 40 carcinogens, e-cigarette liquid (e-liquid) has not been found to contain more than trace elements of any of the carcinogens found in tobacco smoke.
The article leaves readers with an interesting end note to think about in regards to why the ban may be in place, claiming that
To figure out why the government would try to prohibit the use of these products, one simply has to follow the money. Between 2001 and 2008, the federal government collected $20.4-billion worth of tobacco taxes. Rather than implementing policies that are in the best interests of Canadians, it is the government that has become addicted to the lucrative tobacco industry.
I feel as a Canadian, now is the time for us to stand up and oppose the e-cigarette ban in Canada. Since I made the switch from traditional cigarettes to e-cigarettes over a year ago, I have personally felt much healthier and love how no one around me is bothered by the vapor (unlike regular cigarette smoke). I am going to be looking into starting a petition to bring the e-cigarette ban to light, so keep checking back for more information on the subject. I have high hopes, especially since last year a judge ruled that an FDA ban on e-cigarettes in the United States was unconstitutional.
As most U.S visitors know, Black Friday marks the kickoff of the holiday shopping season. This season, many E-Cigarette retailers have been offering some great deals on popular e-cigarette starter kit models. Below is a rundown of some of the ongoing sales and promos various retailers have started to offer for a limited time. If you’re in the market for an e-cigarette this holiday season, now may be a great time to take advantage of some super savings! I have linked the reviews of various models that I have tried in order for you to see which model is best for you (or for someone you know!).
Greensmoke is offering 15% off all products. Use the coupon code HOCUSPOCUS at checkout!
V2 is offering 15% off sitewide from Black Friday until Cyber Monday.
I’ll be posting more sales as I get word of them!
Today the New York Times published a very insightful and well-researched piece on e-cigarettes and their potential to reduce cigarette consumption. I highly recommend giving the article a read, as not only is it informative, but it also approaches the topic in an honest way rather than putting a negative spin on electric cigarettes like a number of newspapers have in the past.
In my experience, smoking e-cigarettes has drastically reduced my smoking. In the past month, I’ve only had a real cigarette once, when I was at a bar an my e-cigarette ran out of batteries. Next time I need to make sure that I have a smart PCC on me when I head out!
If you want a truly frustrating job in public health, try getting people to stop smoking. Even when researchers combine counseling and encouragement with nicotine patches and gum, few smokers quit.
Recently, though, experimenters in Italy had more success by doing less. A team led by Riccardo Polosa of the University of Catania recruited 40 hard-core smokers — ones who had turned down a free spot in a smoking-cessation program — and simply gave them a gadget already available in stores for $50. This electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, contains a small reservoir of liquid nicotine solution that is vaporized to form an aerosol mist.
The user “vapes,” or puffs on the vapor, to get a hit of the addictive nicotine (and the familiar sensation of bringing a cigarette to one’s mouth) without the noxious substances found in cigarette smoke.
After six months, more than half the subjects in Dr. Polosa’s experiment had cut their regular cigarette consumption by at least 50 percent. Nearly a quarter had stopped altogether. Though this was just a small pilot study, the results fit with other encouraging evidence and bolster hopes that these e-cigarettes could be the most effective tool yet for reducing the global death toll from smoking.
But there’s a powerful group working against this innovation — and it’s not Big Tobacco. It’s a coalition of government officials and antismoking groups who have been warning about the dangers of e-cigarettes and trying to ban their sale.
The controversy is part of a long-running philosophical debate about public health policy, but with an odd role reversal. In the past, conservatives have leaned toward “abstinence only” policies for dealing with problems like teenage pregnancy and heroin addiction, while liberals have been open to “harm reduction” strategies like encouraging birth control and dispensing methadone.
When it comes to nicotine, though, the abstinence forces tend to be more liberal, including Democratic officials at the state and national level who have been trying to stop the sale of e-cigarettes and ban their use in smoke-free places. They’ve argued that smokers who want an alternative source of nicotine should use only thoroughly tested products like Nicorette gum and prescription patches — and use them only briefly, as a way to get off nicotine altogether.
You can read the rest of article on the New York Times here.
Just today, the popular e-cigarette maker GreenSmoke has just released a new flavor choice for its customers. Known as Tobacco Gold, this new flavor combines a fine blend of Virginia, Oriental, and Burley tobacco flavors in order to create a new flavor that will run alongside the existing Red Label Tobacco cartridges.
GreenSmoke’s Tobacco Gold will be released only in their new FlavorMax format, which delivers even more vapor than their previous cartridges did. It is available now for purchase on the GreenSmoke website. I am looking forward to giving the Tobacco Gold cartidges a try, especially since I enjoyed the Red Label flavor.