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The American Vaping Association is a nonprofit organization that advocates for all small- and medium-sized businesses in the rapidly growing vaping and electronic cigarette industry. We are dedicated to educating the public and government officials about public health benefits offered by vapor products, which are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine or nicotine-free solution and create an inhalable vapor.
The lead scientist on an e-cigarette study that sparked a wave of controversy has issued a correction clarifying the study did not find e-cigarette vapor was as harmful as cigarette smoke.
The study received a shower of criticism for not representing any real world e-cigarette use. The study’s own press release made clear that it “didn’t seek to mimicthe actual dose of vapor that an e-cigarette user would get.” But that didn’t stop major media outlets presenting the study’s findings as if they were. (RELATED: Media Are Distorting Dubious Study Claiming E-Cigarettes Can Cause Cancer)
In wake of hyperbolic media coverage and heavy criticism, Rodriguez wrote this correction which was added to the study’s press release:
Contrary to what was stated or implied in much of the news coverage resulting from this news release, the lab experiments did not find that e-cigarette vapor was as harmful to cells as cigarette smoke. In fact, one phase of the experiments, not addressed in the news release, found that cigarette smoke did, in fact, kill cells at a much faster rate.
However, because similar cell-damage mechanisms were observed as the result of both e-vapor and regular cigarette smoke, Dr. Wang-Rodriguez asserts, based on the evidence from the study, that e-cigarettes are not necessarily a healthier alternative to smoking regular cigarettes. As stated in the journal paper and the news release, further research is needed to better understand the actual long-term health effects of e-cigarettes in humans.
The correction is a substantial departure from the message given out in the original statement. One of Rodriguez’s more eye-catching comments in the release, which remains unaltered and was widely picked up by the media, was “I believe they (e-cigarettes) are no better than smoking regular cigarettes.”
Rodriguez’s opinion is way outside the medical mainstream and a host of public health professionals criticized her remarks.
Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health with 25 years of experience in the field of tobacco control, said, “not only is this conclusion baseless, but it is damaging to thepublic’s health. It undermines decades of public education about the severe hazards of cigarette smoking.
“To declare that smoking is no more hazardous than using e-cigarettes, a non-tobacco-containing product is a false and irresponsible claim.”
Nevertheless, her comments were seized on by elements of the media, most notably The Daily Telegraph’s science editor Sarah Knapton who ran with the headline: “E-cigarettes are no safer than smoking tobacco, scientists warn.”
Following the publication of Knapton’s piece, medical statistician Adam Jacobs, writing at Stats Guy, labeled Knapton’s piece the “most dangerous, irresponsible, and ill-informed piece of health journalism of 2015.”
Knapton’s piece came in for even harsher criticism after she tweeted that “all the latest evidence points to e-cig vapor being just as harmful as tobacco.” Rodriguez’s correction will be welcomed by many but the former Director of Action on Smoking and Health Clive Bates was unimpressed.
Celebrities who have replaced smoking for vaping
The potential health benefits of vaping have been well discussed, with newer blends being analysed via E liquid testing by El Science and others, while the depth of flavour and modifications has added an exciting edge to this new lifestyle choice.
It’s obviously reached the eyes and ears of prominent musicians, actors, presenters and…. people famous for being famous. Here are ten celebrities who are leading the vaping vanguard.
She’s not known for her restraint, but one of Hollywood’s real bad girls has been on the e-cigs for several years now, and was even featured vaping on the US entertainment programme Extra in 2011.
She kissed a girl and she liked it, and then moved on to the flavours of vaping last year. There’s debate over whether she was ever a smoker in the first place, although marrying Russell Brand would surely drive anyone to the habit.
Kate Moss once allegedly paid £2,000 to fly a particular favoured brand of e-cigarettes from London to Spain in desperation. A source at the time revealed that the model had become concerned about the ageing associated with smoking tobacco, and that she made £11.7m the year before so the flight was not going to cripple her financially.
Music mogul Cowell has swapped to vaping for health reasons after collapsing in 2012. Say what you want about him and the music he has inflicted on the world, but no-one will deny his work ethic, and changing to e-cigarettes is likely to give him a healthier lifestyle. The change was even picked up in blogs such as vaperanks.
Seacrest out… of cigarettes. Yes, the American Idol host was another convert in the earlier years of the decade. The TV and radio personality was once spotted with an e-cig at a Paris Hilton Halloween party.
The fashion model, actress and singer was notably seen puffing away at Madison Square Gardens in January 2014 as she enjoyed a New York Knicks game.
He disappeared from One Direction with a puff of smoke early in 2015 and the young heartthrob has been seen brandishing e-cigarettes in several photographs on his travels.
The Standard described it as one of the first big hits in the war on smoking: Milla Jovovich puffing on an e-cigarette in Cymbeline. The Shakespearean revamp did not receive great reviews, but as the picture in this AV Club piece shows, even if it’s not real life, it’s still a statement of intent.
The Hawaiian star swapped from lighting cigarettes (and grenades) to investing in NJOY electronic cigarettes, at least partially as a result of his mother passing away from a brain aneurysm. Mars pledged to drop tobacco and went further still by promising to become tobacco-free.
Another celeb who has invested in e-cigarettes, as the face of NicoSheen, a line of electronic cigarettes. There’s conjecture over whether the former star of Two and a Half Men has completely kicked tobacco into touch, but his endorsement surely gives out a powerful message.
Today, the American Vaping Association, a leading advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, praised the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Related Agencies for its approval of a spending bill that would prevent the FDA from regulating the vast majority of vapor products out of existence.
If enacted, the bill would make clear that the FDA Center for Tobacco products cannot require vapor products already on the market to go through a lengthy and potentially multimillion dollar Premarket Tobacco Review application process. This bill would not impact the FDA’s ability to regulate these products, including setting rigorous product and manufacturing standards.
Since the FDA regulation was proposed last April, industry and public health advocates have warned that the FDA’s insistence on retroactively applying the Premarket Tobacco Review requirements to already existing products would lead to over 99% of vapor products being banned. This would happen for no reason other than the inability of nearly all product manufacturers — other than those associated with large tobacco companies — to bear the associated costs.
In November, House leadership signaled that Congress could act on this issue if the FDA failed to do so. Speaker Rep. John Boehner, Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, and House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton sent a joint letter to the Secretary of Health & Human Services requesting that this change be implemented in the regulation.
“Without action by Congress, the FDA’s proposed regulations threaten to ban 99%-plus of vapor products currently available on the market. This would be a disaster not only for thousands of small businesses, but also public health.
“This proposal does not remove the FDA’s ability to regulate vapor products. The FDA will retain the authority to immediately move forward with science-based product standards, disclosure requirements, and many other measures. Anyone who claims that this bill would somehow render the FDA toothless is either not familiar with the law or not being forthright.
“We are thrilled to see movement on this issue. Clear evidence is emerging from around the world that vapor products are helping smokers quit. It is unconscionable to effectively ban the sale of tens of thousands of vapor products while leaving combustible cigarettes freely available.”
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In a rush to keep electronic cigarettes out of children’s hands while the federal government creeps forward with a proposed national ban for minors, experts say that many states are passing laws that could mean fewer restrictions on the nicotine devices later.
Lawmakers last month made Missouri the 41st state to outlaw selling e-cigarettes to minors. Age restrictions have wide support, but Gov. Jay Nixon and public health advocates opposed a piece of the legislation that prevents tobacco taxes or regulations from being imposed on the electronic devices, which heat liquid nicotine into an inhalable vapor.
E-cigarette makers have been in a tug-of-war with state and federal governments since the battery-powered devices first were sold in the U.S. in 2007.
A 2009 law gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate a number of aspects of tobacco marketing and manufacturing. It first said it planned to assert authority over e-cigarettes in 2011, but it hasn’t yet done so.
In April, the FDA for the first time proposed a set of regulations for e-cigarettes, including banning sales to minors and requiring health warning labels, as well as approving new products. The agency has said its proposal sets a foundation for regulating the products but the rules wouldn’t immediately ban the wide array of flavors of e-cigarettes or curb marketing on places like TV.
In the absence of regulation, members of Congress, state leaders and public health groups have raised concerns over e-cigarettes and questioned their marketing tactics. An FDA official said the agency has similar concerns and acknowledged that it has taken the agency too long to act.
“Part of what is driving those elected officials are public health concerns that we share about any aspect of the marketing of this emerging technology that is appealing to kids,” Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, said in a recent interview with The Associated Press at the agency’s sprawling campus in suburban Maryland. “It took us too long to get the proposed rule out and we don’t intend a repeat of that as we go from proposed to final.”
Zeller did not give a timeline for when the final regulations would be in place, but has said any rules will have to be grounded in scientific evidence.
Scientists haven’t finished much research on e-cigarettes, and the studies that have been done have been inconclusive. The government is pouring millions into research to supplement independent and company studies on the health risks of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products — as well as who uses them and why.
Most lawmakers, as well as e-cigarette manufacturers, agree that they don’t belong in children’s hands. Yet as states enact age restrictions, experts say lawmakers could also be making it more difficult to regulate and tax e-cigarettes down the road if the FDA determines they’re unhealthy.
Of the states that have banned e-cigarette sales to minors, 31 have specified that e-cigarettes are “alternative nicotine” or vapor devices, not traditional tobacco cigarettes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Some lawmakers say these definitions would prevent e-cigarettes from later being treated as a tobacco product, but others disagree. Missouri’s law apparently is the first to explicitly state that e-cigarettes can’t be regulated or taxed as a tobacco product, said Michael Eriksen, dean of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University.
Regulations that currently apply to tobacco would restrict where the electronic cigarettes can be used, and how and where they can be advertised, among other things. Such regulations also would likely end the use of candy-flavored nicotine solutions, Eriksen said.
Laws skirting those restrictions have the blessing of e-cigarette companies, which contend that the devices aren’t the same as regular paper-and-tobacco cigarettes and don’t pose the same public health risks, so taxing and regulating them the same way doesn’t make sense.
Just six states classify e-cigarettes as a tobacco product, the NCSL reports. Only two states, Minnesota and North Carolina, have approved taxes on e-cigarettes, while three others, Michigan, Ohio and New York, are considering it.
Instead of adding e-cigarettes to existing tobacco laws that ban smoking indoors or tax the products, lawmakers in Missouri and possibly other states will have to create new tax structures and write regulations from scratch, said Mark Gottlieb, executive director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston.
Electronic cigarettes are becoming big business. Users say the devices have helped them stop smoking traditional cigarettes and that “vaping” is safer than smoking tobacco.
But, the tiny devices haven’t been on the market long enough to have any long-term health studies conducted on the very vapor they send straight into the lungs of its users.
So, the ABC15 Investigators wanted to take a closer look at the contents of this vapor. We enlisted the help of a lab to test the vapor you’re breathing in each time you use an e-cigarette.
“VAPING IS A WAY OF LIFE”
Travis Saul started using electronic cigarettes a year ago. Now, he says, “Vaping is a way of life.”
He said he turned to e-cigarettes so he could quit smoking traditional ones. “If you want to quick smoking, vaping will work,” he said.
The father of two wanted to kick his 18-year-old habit for his family. “I’d have to go outside to smoke,” he said.
He didn’t want his kids to be around him while he was smoking.
“…second-hand is just as bad as the smoking,” he said.
Now, Saul owns his own company selling electronic cigarettes in stores and online. He says they are completely safe.
BREATHING IN ULTRA-FINE PARTICLES
Dr. Stanton Glantz is a professor at the University of California at San Francisco and one of the leading researchers on e-cigarettes.
He believes calling ‘vaping’ safe is a lot of smoke and mirrors.
“If you are around somebody who is using e-cigarettes, you are breathing in ultra-fine particles and you are breathing in nicotine,” he said.
You can buy e-cigarettes without nicotine in them, but most of them contain the addictive chemical.
“It heats up a mixture of nicotine, proplynegycal and other chemicals, and that heated mixture becomes an aerosol, which is inhaled deeply into your lungs to deliver the addictive drug nicotine,” Glantz said.
Current research shows there is detectable levels of nicotine in non-smokers who hang around people using e-cigarettes.
COPPER, NICKEL AND TIN FOUND
“I would say e-cigarettes are the cigarettes of the 21 st century,” according to scientist Dr. Prue Talbot. She and her team at the University of California Riverside are among the first in the country to analyze the vapor in e-cigarettes.
The ABC15 Investigators had her team test two brands of e-cigarettes using a smoking machine and a specialized microscope.
The first test was for Smoking Everywhere Platinum. It showed metals.
“There is quite a bit of tin. Most of this material is composed of tin,” said Dr. Talbot. “There is also some oxygen, some copper and some nickel.”
Smoking Everywhere Platinum had so much metal in the vapor that it created pellets.
The doctor continue to say that inhaling tin directly or even second-hand can be dangerous.
“Nanoparticles in general can be toxic,” she said. “In the case of e-cigarettes, the nanoparticles would tend to go deeper into the respiratory system.”
“These particles are so very small they go from your lungs straight into your blood stream, and carry the toxic chemicals into your blood, and then appear in various organs,” said Dr. Glantz.
The research team has tested many brands of e-cigarettes, and each one had a different result. But, keep in mind, each brand is manufactured differently.
For example, the second brand we had the lab test, Mistic, had no tin in the vapor. But, the lab found concentrations of copper.
Both Smoking Everywhere and Mistic are made in China. We contacted both companies, but we have not received a response.
THE FEDS WEIGH IN
There is currently no federal regulation of the products even though they use nicotine. However, Arizona has made it illegal to sell them to minors.
We asked the Food and Drug Administration about any future plans for possible regulation.
“Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated products that turn nicotine, which is highly addictive, and/or other chemicals into a vapor that is inhaled by the user. The FDA regulates electronic cigarettes that are marketed for therapeutic purposes as drugs or devices. The FDA intends to propose a regulation that would extend the agency’s ‘tobacco product’ authorities — which currently only apply to cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco — to other categories of tobacco products that meet the statutory definition of ‘tobacco product.’ Further research is needed to assess the potential public health benefits and risks of electronic cigarettes and other novel tobacco products,” the agency said in a statement.
It’s moderately sized meaning it can fit inside any pocket or purse, and can be held softly, ready for a puff at any given time. It’s just the right size for parties, going over to friends, and even hanging out with the in-laws (who of course, love the fact that you’ve switched over to e-cigs!).
This premium vaporizer can be refilled with e-liquid, kept optimally performing by replacing coils and tanks, and be conveniently charged using a USB port.
The Veppoccino will last you for years, provided you take care of her like the beautiful princess she is. Replace the parts, keep her well charged and she will never stop vaping for you.
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The Oxford English Dictionary declared “vape” its 2014 Word of the Year, and it’s not just men getting into vaping culture these days. Cristen and Caroline puff on how the rapidly growing e-cigarette industry is selling women on vaping and how it compares to how Big Tobacco lit up female smokers.
Honestly, I was getting worried, because what was I supposed to do with a unisex e-cigarette that doesn’t feature discotheque-purple and Monotype Corsiva script on the box? Bang it on the table? Make a sandwich with it? I don’t knowww.
Considering the female-geared advertising for cigarette brands like Virginia Slims a scant few decades ago, it’s pretty unsurprising that Vaping Vamps, the first electronic cigarette targeted specifically for women, went on the market earlier this month. The brand was created by Maria Verven, a lifelong non-smoker whose 18-year-old daughter was trying to quit. Verven was displeased when she searched for e-cigarettes on the Internet. “I couldn’t find any websites that truly connected with women, earned their trust and educated them on the benefits of vaping over smoking.”
So, who (theoretically) smokes these particular e-cigarettes? Let them explain it.
A Vaping Vamp is a mature, confident woman. She’s vital. Vibrant. Vivacious. Full of vim and vigor.
Whether out on the town at restaurants, theatres and events, working out at the local gym, cheering on her kids in sports or staying in to quilt, read or craft, a Vaping Vamp enjoys life.
A Vaping Vamp revels in her femininity. She’s not afraid to be who she is. She loves expressing herself in her clothing, hair and make-up.
The sentiment behind Vaping Vamps is admirable—it’s the first independent e-cigarette company targeted specifically to women, not to mention run by a woman, and it donates part of its proceeds to Dress For Success, a non-profit organization that helps financially-struggling women acquire professional attire for job interviews. However, aside from the packaging, it doesn’t look like the actual e-cigarette is tailored to suit the specific needs of women at all, who have a different quit process than men do and could undoubtedly benefit from a little innovation to make the device suit their needs specifically, rather than just include a number of “kissable” fruit flavors to vape with and such.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Vaping Association, a leading advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, is calling for a reexamination of U.S. views on vapor products following the issuance of a new expert report on the subject by Public Health England. The results of the groundbreaking 111-page government report are front page news in England today.
Key findings of the review include:
the current best estimate is that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking
nearly half the U.K. population (44.8%) don’t realise e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking
there is no evidence so far that e-cigarettes are acting as a route into smoking for children or non-smokers
e-cigarettes may be contributing to falling smoking rates among adults and young people
“My reading of the evidence is that smokers who switch to vaping remove almost all the risks smoking poses to their health,” said Professor Peter Hajek of Queen Mary University. Hajek co-authored the report with Professor Ann McNeill of King’s College London.
In light of this new report, the AVA is calling for U.S. organizations and government agencies like the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to reassess their views on vaping. Additionally, the AVA is calling on these groups to issue corrective statements clarifying prior misleading or inaccurate statements.
“This report represents a major win for public health. Smokers need to know that vapor products are far less hazardous than smoking and effective for quitting,” says Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association. “With over 42 million Americans still smoking cigarettes, there is no excuse for major public health organizations to continue to propagandize against these lifesaving products.”
Public Health England is not the first respected institution in the U.K. to come out in favor of vapor products. The Royal College of Physicians has declared that vapor products have the ability to “prevent many deaths and episodes of serious illness.” The country’s largest anti-smoking group, Action on Smoking & Health (ASH), has long argued against extending smoking bans to include vaping. On Monday, ASH released a report finding no evidence of a ‘gateway’ effect from vaping to smoking, with virtually all habitual usage being found in smokers and ex-smokers.
In contrast to the U.K., government agencies and mainstream public health organizations in the U.S. have been far less open to embracing vaping. For example, Dr. Michael Siegel, Professor of Public Health at the Boston University School of Public Health, has stated that the American Lung Association would rather smokers die than quit using e-cigarettes. The CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health, meanwhile, refuses to even admit that a smoker’s health benefits when he or she switches to vaping.
“For years, activists have sought to mislead smokers into believing that vaping may be as hazardous as smoking. These reckless tactics have undoubtedly discouraged many smokers from making quit attempts,” says Conley.
“As a matter of ethics, it is repugnant to intentionally confuse smokers about the risks of smoke-free nicotine products,” adds Conley. “This report should change the debate about vaping in the U.S. for the better. Only time will tell if scientific evidence, rather than hype and conjecture, will win out.