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Study: E-Cigarette Benefits Outweigh Negatives

e-cigarette-studies-woman-in-lab-coatAs the international debate continues regarding how electronic cigarettes should be regulated, and what types of restrictions should be considered towards them, a study partially funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and published in the journal Addiction on July 30 advocates for less restrictions and a more open look at the benefits these products offer.

This study that was recently done by the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, and published by U.S. News has concluded that based on their evidence, strict regulations of electronic cigarettes are not warranted.

In addition to their own research, and reviewing 81 studies done prior, the team of researchers has stated that electronic cigarettes, when compared to traditional cigarettes, have the possibility of reducing tobacco-related illnesses and death. As these products are alternatives to traditional cigarettes, and they do not contain any tobacco, the study has concluded that the benefits to smokers  outnumber the potential harm. While long term effects remain unknown, as electronic cigarettes have been in use just over a decade internationally, no studies thus far, nor evidence have shown that the vapor produced from e-cigarettes is harmful to either the user or bystanders.

“Current evidence suggests that there is a potential for smokers to reduce their health risks if electronic cigarettes are used in place of tobacco cigarettes,” said researcher Thomas Eissenberg, who is the co-director of the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products, which was responsible for this study.

While electronic cigarette regulations that require users and purchasers to be legally adults are obviously for the better, restrictions that group e-cigarettes into the same category as tobacco, and call for even tighter restrictions do not make sense. Smokers who turn to vapor smoking are doing so in an effort to find an alternative; not a new method of smoking tobacco.

Only time will tell where the fate of electronic cigarette restrictions end up, however in the meantime, it is most definitely a shift in the right direction that a vast majority of e-cigarette research is offering a positive view on this controversial topic. For more information regarding electronic cigarette studies and restrictions, have a look at the different articles on the subject in our learning center.

Where the E-Cig Industry is Headed

558750_475283232573762_170760175_nElectronic cigarettes are growing in use and popularity, and as the market begins to transition from a niche to a more mainstream sector, there are a variety of factors playing into where the industry is headed. As a whole, the success has been exceptional, with millions of smokers having tried the products, and many having switched outright to using them over traditional cigarettes. While we have a very good understanding of where the market is headed, these are the factors that are currently playing the largest role in the future of electronic cigarettes.

Vaping in Public: there are restrictions in some places regarding vaping in public. Many nonsmokers and many people in the general public are not aware of e-cigarettes, how they work, and the fact that they produce no odor or smoke. Many business owners are still on the fence on how to regard electronic cigarettes, so they (unfortunately) prefer to group them into the same category as traditional cigarettes, because even though they are alternatives, they would rather avoid confusion or confrontation. Where this goes in the future remains to be seen, however certain cities, such as New York, have banned e-cigarettes from public use, just like traditional cigarettes. Hopefully other major cities do not follow suit in such an unjust way.

Public Health: The subject of e-cigarettes and public health has garnered a lot of attention as of late. A group of international scientists recently wrote an open letter to the World Health Organization citing electronic cigarettes as a valid alternative to tobacco cigarettes, especially in regards to public health, and how they can potentially save lives, from a scientific viewpoint. The subject of health remains one of the most poignant issues surrounding e-cigarettes, and we can certainly expect regulations that approach this topic.

FDA Rulings: The FDA recently set forth e-cigarette regulations that will prohibit them from being sold to minors, a move most companies hoped for, giving further credibility to the industry, as well as keeping products intended for adults out of the hands of those who are underage. The FDA has also began regulating standards of production, which also benefits the industry in a positive way.

Industry Concerns: Before the recent FDA rulings, many feared that the products would be limited drastically, even banned, leaving customers unable to purchase them. Fortunately, it seems that this sort of action will not be taking place, as the FDA and the e-cigarette industry will be working together in a cooperative manner.

E-Cigarette Marketing: There are rules for everything, and the FDA does not take lightly to how e-cigarettes are marketed. Online and in the tangible world, marketing language for e-cigarettes is very specific. E-cigarettes are strictly intended for use as an alternative to other products, and companies are prohibited from calling them an aid to quit smoking. In order to be considered as such, a product needs strict regulation and guidelines from the FDA.

The road of success is rarely a simple or obstacle-free one, however despite these circumstances, we are confident the industry will continue to flourish. In the meantime for e-cigarette users, one of the most important factors to keep in mind for their own personal benefit is to stay up to date with current  e-cigarette laws, which will inherently affect them as the industry grows and evolves.

Why We Need to Celebrate E-Cigs, Not Classify Them as Cigarettes!

eversmoke-vapor-e-cigarettesHuffington Post ran an article on electronic cigarettes this week harking up the positives of vaping, asking the public to stop attempting to equate electronic smoking with traditional smoking.

The author, Tony Newman, who also happens to be the director of media relations at Drug Policy Alliance, discusses his own experience with e-cigarettes, as well as how they have enabled him, as a former smoker, to choose a more enjoyable path, without tobacco.

Newman raises many valid points in his article, ranging from the obvious: vaping is not smoking, to the serious: smoking bans are a negative force when they include electronic smoking because it removes options from those who are not using tobacco, to the positive: when he touches on the fact that many top international scientists are proponents of electronic cigarette usage, and recently wrote to the World Health Organization declaring the merits and lifesaving opportunities e-cigarettes possess. He also goes into detail on the politics of e-cigarettes, and how detrimental imposing restrictions can be when e-cigarette regulations do not take into account how much they actually help those who use them. As a vaper himself, he sees the many positives these products have benefitted him with, and contributes leaving a cigarette habit behind to his e-cigarette use.

There are a great many reasons using e-cigarettes is an entirely different thing than smoking tobacco cigarettes. They produce no smoke, only emitting clean water vapor. They contain no tobacco whatsoever. They burn no substances when used, and do not produce combustion. When a person vapes, they do not leave themselves susceptible to tar accumulation, as electronic cigarettes do not leave behind anything when used. No tar, no residue, nothing. In fact, you cannot even smell them during, or after they are used.

A huge part of publicly limiting electronic cigarettes is causing a social stigma to be developed, and it is rather unfair. The world is slowly coming to terms with electronic smoking, and e-cigarettes as alternatives to tobacco. They were created as an option, and the majority of users use them, and view them in that manner. They have helped and benefitted millions, the time has come to embrace e-cigarette usage, not fear it.

Top Scientists Urge WHO to not Classify E-Cigarettes as Tobacco Products

scientistsIn the ongoing international debate over electronic cigarette research, the most recent news on this front has come from the World Health Organization, aka WHO, and the international group of renowned scientists who are urging the UN agency to avoid classifying the tobacco alternatives as “tobacco products.”

In an open letter to Margaret Chan, the Director General of WHO, scientists from across the world including Asia, Australia, North America, and Europe, stated that electronic cigarettes are a part of the answer, and that they are not the problem, in the fight against smoking. They also stated that they are low-risk products, and have the potential to drastically reduce the number of fatalities and illnesses associated with smoking. Considering that these are experts in the field of science, hopefully WHO will take into consideration their stance on the usefulness of the electronic alternatives.

WHO has continuously held a checkered relationship with the products, and has even gone so far as to consider them as a threat. However, as more and more research comes out in the international scope, top scientists are pushing for e-cigarettes to be viewed as positive, even citing them as very promising in the long run in the fight against tobacco and tobacco-related illnesses. It is general knowledge that tobacco is related to millions of deaths worldwide, and is one of the contributing factors behind increased risk of heart disease, many types of cancer, and serious respiratory illnesses.

“These products could be among the most significant health innovations of the 21st century – perhaps saving hundreds of millions of lives. The urge to control and suppress them as tobacco products should be resisted,” wrote the scientists.

As electronic cigarettes are still in their infancy, and research is being performed throughout the world, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for this burgeoning industry, especially in terms of international e-cigarette regulations. In the meantime, it is certainly a positive that many of the world’s top scientists are willing to support the cause in favor of electronic cigarettes, seeing their many benefits, and voicing their beliefs to a major force such as the World Health Organization.

E-Cig Friendly Airports

EuropeAirportTraveling with e-cigarettes is great, and certainly better than trying to do so with traditional cigarettes. However things can get tricky if you think every location stands by the same rules and perspective on electronic cigarettes. Some airports are fine with electronic alternatives, and others have strict policies that regard them as no different than tobacco cigarettes.

State and local laws regarding e-cigarettes are one thing, and traveling with them is another. Currently, you cannot use them in the airplane during any commercial flight, but certain airports are more lenient.

If you aren’t aware before you go, you could be in for a surprise when you at the airport expecting to be able to vape as you please. Here is a look at the different airports that are e-cigarette friendly, and those that are not.

The following is a list of the American airports that currently ban e-cigarettes, and require all users to smoke them, along with traditional tobacco cigarettes, in areas designated for smoking:

• Boston Logan International Airport
• Chicago Midway International Airport
• Chicago O’Hare International Airport
• Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
• Denver International Airport
• Detroit Metropolitan Airport
• George Bush Intercontinental Airport
• Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
• Los Angeles International Airport
• Orlando International Airport
• Philadelphia International Airport
• San Francisco International Airport
• Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

And the following is a list of the airports that do allow e-cigarettes to be used in their terminals:

• Charlotte Douglas International Airport
• Dulles International Airport
• McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)
• Miami International Airport
• Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
• Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport
• Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
• Tampa International Airport

As you may have noticed, none of the airports that serve the New York City area have been included on either list. They are, in any case, banned from use in any NYC airport terminal, and just to further this notion, with the Clean Air Act recently signed, using electronic cigarettes indoors in any public building in New York city is not allowed.

While traveling with electronic cigarettes is definitely the better option, especially compared to tobacco cigarettes, it’s quite important to know what you’re facing before you go! As with any trip, it’s always best to be as prepared as possible before you embark.

Electronic Cigarette Excise Taxes on the Horizon

States have begun limiting the sale of electronic cigarettes and where they can be used, and placing regulations on them similar to the strict regulations on tobacco cigarettes.

The governments rush to regulate electronic smoking devices probably has more to do with taxes than protecting public health.

According to WBUR media analyst John Carroll in a recent article, federal, state, and local government are tobacco-money addicts, which is why there’s a rush to regulate electronic cigarettes. Below outlines the money government receives from big tobacco:

  • Forty-six states receive approximately $10 billion annually from tobacco companies thanks to the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement
  • Extortionate federal and state excise taxes on every pack of cigarettes sold in the U.S. In 2007, states increased excise taxes on cigarettes by $1 billion
  • 2012 federal cigarette excise taxes equaled $14.8 billion out of a total of $43.3 billion in overall taxes and settlement payments on cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes aren’t a cash cow like traditional cigarettes because presently they’re subject only to state sales tax, but that’s about to change. USA Today reports that at least 30 states are contemplating excise taxes on electronic cigarettes.

The debate about electronic cigarette health hazards and regulation will undoubtedly continue, but one thing is certain: Government officials will soon be addicted to electronic smoking tax revenues.

Get Ready for Vapefest 2014!

c1bfa86935d27d4cc144b17fb43328b1It’s that time of year again, with e-cigarette smokers across the country getting ready for DC Vapefest 2014. 2013 proved to be very eventful, with a great turnout, and this year it’s expected to be even better. Happening from Friday, March 21, 2014 through Saturday, March 22, the event will be held at the Hyatt Dulles, in Herndon, VA, in the metro DC area. It’s one of the top events for vapers throughout the USA to connect with other vapers, experience the up and coming products, and sample different products from a multitude of brands that will be exhibiting.

There will be numerous courses occurring in subjects such as Beginners Basics, Advocacy and Activism, Battery Safety, and Legal and Political Education. However, the event is not all work and no play; there will also be social events and afterparties held on both nights, as well as a raffle with prizes exceeding over $2000. If you are considering getting involved, or attending as a guest or vendor, guest passes cost $25, and vendor passes cost $50.

If you have not yet heard of it, Vapefest is a fundraiser sponsored by the National Vapers Club. The event has been in existence since 2010, and was created to serve the national community of electronic cigarette users as a social gathering, trade show, educational convention, and event based on networking for those in the industry.

Vapefest also raises funds for vapor cigarette research, such as the IVAQS study that was published in 2012. It also raises funds that go towards public awareness and protecting the rights of vapers. Through the National Vapers Club, supporters and scientists have actively testified at hearings in support of pro-e-cigarette legislation, which has helped them to stay legal and available to users at the national, state, local, and federal levels.

Since it’s beginnings in 2010, Vapefest remains the single longest running event for e-cigarette users in America. It is in this light that the event continues, hosting events annually, funding additional beneficial research, educating people on the facts of electronic cigarettes, and fighting for the rights of vapers.