Smoke-Free E-Cigarettes Cause Alarm Among Health Officials

A new company is marketing electronic cigarettes as a healthier alternative to smoking and a way to quit; health professionals argue they may be addictive. Full Story
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Robert

United States

#1 Apr 1, 2009
I have been using the electronic cigarette for a couple of months now. I have nothing but good things to sat about it. I can breath much easier, I have more energy, and I have cut down to the blank cartridges recently so I am not inhaling any nicotine anymore! How safe is this to cigarettes would you think? Think of it like this, while I take a hot shower in the morning I am breathing steam and when I wash my hair the shampoo is vaporized and I breathe the chemicals in the shampoo that contain ammonia, aluminum sulfate, and other chemicals that I can not even spell.
My choices at this point are to quit all together which is now an option thanks to the electronic cigarette or go back to smoking cigarettes which I am sure my government would like me to do so that I can pay the new tobacco tax.
If anyone is interested in checking out these e-cigs I buy mine here: www.invisismoke.com

cheers
ComeOnAmerica

Saint Charles, IL

#2 Apr 1, 2009
Fda should stay out of this. As far as their concerns, please give us a break.

1. They contain Nicotine.

So what. So do regular cigarettes as do nicotine patches and gum. All can be purchased over the counter at your local drug store.

2. Nicotine my not be safe to inhale. Really, how do they think smokers get their nicotine now. Maybe by inhaling?

3. Propylene glycol may not be safe to inhale. Really, the tobacco comanies have published the ingredients they put IN cigarettes. One of them is Propylene Glycol.

4. No testing to prove they are safe? Not true there has been testing. Checkout the Netherlands lab testing you can read their reports on-line.

No smoke, no tar no cancer causing stuff. No second hand smoke and they still want them banned.

Even if everything they say was true e-cigs are still safer then real ones.

The real issue is no taxes collected on these. Pharm companies will lose money on their gum and patches. All bull crap.

Here is a idea FDA. Keep peanuts, pet food, baby food safe then worry about e-cigs.
ezra

Spokane, WA

#3 Apr 1, 2009
another case of the tobacco nazis dictating what others can and cannot do. any freedom loving american will recognize that e-cigarettes being pulled today means no big macs next week...what next, whole milk? everything is bad to some, and to all in excess. vitammins, milkshakes, tobacco and yes...big macs.
our government must see that not every citizen is a complete boob unable to make a decision on their own.
ESmokecraze

Saint Petersburg, FL

#5 Apr 1, 2009
Absolute on the money deal!!! The only people these are going to harm are the Pharm's the tobacco companies and the government..when americans are not buying as many cigarettes, there checks will shrink...
The kids might try it because it has flavors ???
So does nicorette, but the underneath of middle school desk are not lined with the stuff, and I dont see them trying to ban alcohol and it's 10,000 flavors which kills god knows how many people. Actually the government is killing our families since they wont ban alcohol...right GOVVIE??? Someday I hope WE THE PEOPLE stand up and FIGHT for OUR country and take it away from the bastards...
Steve Hartwell

Scarborough, Canada

#6 Apr 2, 2009
US Senator Lautenberg, the guy who kick started this global ambush on E-cigs a few weeks ago, by demanding the US FDA do what Health Canada has done. Let's expose the underside of that
Lautenberg turd and we find that Lautenberg is joined at the hip with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which is Johnson & Johnson's NGO, and the main source of funds for global anti-smoking, to the tune of over $ 440 MILLION so far, while of course it's 'parent' makes BILLIONS from their various anti-smoking products. Johnson & Johnson also owns Pfizer, the maker of the Nicotine Inhaler. Now - it turns out that Lautenberg has approved numerous gov't grants to RWJF over the years, and, received campaign donations from the same eople. Meaning - those most against the Electronic Cigarette are the very same people who will lose the most because of Electronic Cigarettes, and the very same people behind the global anti-smoking and anti-ecigs campaigns. What really pisses me off is that the global so-called news industry refuses to report these facts.- Steve Hartwell -
www.tobaccosmokersofcanada.ca - Toronto, Canada
Goerge

Chico, CA

#7 Apr 2, 2009
Gee, which is healthy... a person smoking pure vaporized nicotine... or smoking vaporized nicotine along with about 30 other chemicals included in the smoke.
Pragmatic1

Chino Hills, CA

#8 Apr 2, 2009
Are you kidding me? Electronic cigarettes are great. You get the nicotine, but without the 4000+ harmful chemicals that are in regular cigarettes! I can actually breathe now, and I can smoke anywhere regular cigarettes are banned. Sooooo, what's the downside? I found a site that reviews lots of different kinds of e-cigarettes, for anyone that wants to learn a little more about them:
http://www.greensmokesblog.com
And here are some videos explaining how various brands of e-cigarettes work:
http://www.youtube.com/healthysmokes
Pragmatic1

Chino Hills, CA

#9 Apr 2, 2009
Goerge wrote:
Gee, which is healthy... a person smoking pure vaporized nicotine... or smoking vaporized nicotine along with about 30 other chemicals included in the smoke.
Actually there are over 4,000 deadly chemicals and carcinogens in cigarette smoke. Electronic cigarettes contain only water, nicotine, flavoring, and propylene glycol (a safe food additive found in everything from ice cream, to food coloring, to cake mix)

For more info:
http://www.greensmokesblog.com
Autoevo

Washington, DC

#10 Apr 9, 2009
Even if there are some bad things about e-cigs, they are a hell of a lot better for a person than the 4,000 other chemicals in a regular cig. Anyway the FDA is controlled by the highest bidder. Who do you think has more money?
John S

Mound, MN

#11 Apr 20, 2009
You know, it appears to me that the powers that be would rather have us smoking overtaxed highly toxic tobacco cigarettes than just receiving the nicotine like the patch, gum or lozenge. I have cut down my tobacco consumption since buying an e-cig. OMG I am not paying enough sintax.

Since: Apr 09

Los Angeles, CA

#12 Apr 21, 2009
I got one. I like it. I still miss the real thing

“Just Say No to Smoking Bans”

Since: Jul 07

Location hidden

#14 Apr 28, 2009
Deathray wrote:
I got one. I like it. I still miss the real thing
Here's my theory. If you want the e cig to work, but you still want the real thing, have a couple of them each day. It works. I smoke anywhere from 3-6 real cigs per day (down from a pack a day) and use the e cig the rest of the time. You are more likely to succeed long term that way IMO

“Veritas Vincit. Pro Libertate”

Since: Jun 08

peoples republic of Madison

#16 Apr 28, 2009
Sheri wrote:
<quoted text>
Here's my theory. If you want the e cig to work, but you still want the real thing, have a couple of them each day. It works. I smoke anywhere from 3-6 real cigs per day (down from a pack a day) and use the e cig the rest of the time. You are more likely to succeed long term that way IMO
I broke down and bought one. Your in site was quite helpful thanks. I looked at reviews of various units and the one you suggested looked the best.

“Just Say No to Smoking Bans”

Since: Jul 07

Location hidden

#17 Apr 28, 2009
Free_America wrote:
<quoted text>I broke down and bought one. Your in site was quite helpful thanks. I looked at reviews of various units and the one you suggested looked the best.
Let me know how you like it or not and if you have questions.

“Veritas Vincit. Pro Libertate”

Since: Jun 08

peoples republic of Madison

#18 Apr 28, 2009
Sheri wrote:
<quoted text>
Let me know how you like it or not and if you have questions.
thanx
Duke 117

Hicksville, NY

#19 May 13, 2009
I used to smoke 2 1/2 packs a day, now 0 with my e-cig . It is a smoking alternative not a quitting device but if it helps you quit good for you.

“12oz libertarian”

Since: Dec 07

chi-town 'Inner City'

#20 May 13, 2009
ComeOnAmerica wrote:
Here is a idea FDA. Keep peanuts, pet food, baby food safe then worry about e-cigs.
Well said. For all practical purposes the FDA has become a 'rubber stamp' for Big Pharma and another marketing tool.
Consumer group estimates say at best less than 1% of our food supply is actually tested for safety.
76 Million cases of food poisoning every year in the US with close to 5000 deaths.
http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/f/food_poisonin...
Unlike SHS 'deaths' generated by computer models these are cases where you have a lab test confirming and a notation on the death certificate.

Oh and all this talk of regulating tobacco....
How bout an ingredient list, huh? You know, how much Ammonia is added to facilitate nicotine uptake, etc.
spiritwalker63

Little Rock, AR

#25 Aug 10, 2009
ComeOnAmerica wrote:
Fda should stay out of this. As far as their concerns, please give us a break.
1. They contain Nicotine.
So what. So do regular cigarettes as do nicotine patches and gum. All can be purchased over the counter at your local drug store.
2. Nicotine my not be safe to inhale. Really, how do they think smokers get their nicotine now. Maybe by inhaling?
3. Propylene glycol may not be safe to inhale. Really, the tobacco comanies have published the ingredients they put IN cigarettes. One of them is Propylene Glycol.
4. No testing to prove they are safe? Not true there has been testing. Checkout the Netherlands lab testing you can read their reports on-line.
No smoke, no tar no cancer causing stuff. No second hand smoke and they still want them banned.
Even if everything they say was true e-cigs are still safer then real ones.
The real issue is no taxes collected on these. Pharm companies will lose money on their gum and patches. All bull crap.
Here is a idea FDA. Keep peanuts, pet food, baby food safe then worry about e-cigs.
I agree totally with your assessment. I just recently started using a e-cig from Blu and due to all the bans, seizures, etc. it took 6 weeks to get the starter kit and it'll be that long to get more cartridges now. In addition to big pharma and the government losing tax dollars, the tobacco companies will also see a drop in revenue. I'm sure they are all bugging the FDA to find a reason to block the sales of e-cigs. Totally political. I'm going to jot down the ingredients in patches and nicotine gum and compare.
spiritwalker63

Little Rock, AR

#26 Aug 10, 2009
I guess I goofed cause I added my comments to the bottom of the above posting.

AS a long term smoker, who's quit numerous times, I think the e-cig is the best thing to ever come along. Getting over the nicotine addiction takes only 2-5 days, but the lifelong habit of smoking never goes away, so the e-cig does a great service in that you can "smoke" using non-nicotine cartridges, which I think would help a lot of people to stay away from regular cigarette smoking.

“Non smoking freedom loving vet”

Since: Apr 08

Chicago

#27 Aug 10, 2009
The primary danger they present is to to bottom line of the cessation manufacturing company that spent millions to get these bans in the first place, thereby defeating the entire purpose of smoking bans. Also, unlike Chantix, they have no mind altering drugs and can be safely used by airline pilots, railroad engineers, truck drivers, and others in jobs where public safety is an issue.

www.rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp...

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