California Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE) Endorses THR and E-cigarettes

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.