Tuesday, May 4, 2010
The guy that started this for me on the Mike Malloy show sent me a survey to fill out about my experience.
At the end of the survey Bob Alexander had this to post so I thought I would share it with you.
Reputable e-cigarette vendors do not describe an e-cig as a “smoking cessation device.” FDA approval is needed in order to say that. And I assume there are numerous hoops, hassles, and who knows what else to get FDA approval. That’s why e-cigs are marketed as an alternative to smoking.
But what I’ve noticed, in the friends and family members I’ve turned on to e-cigs, they’ve all used e-cigarettes to completely stop smoking. So even though e-cig vendors can’t say it … we can:
E-cigarettes are the most effective treatment method on the market for quitting tobacco smoking.
I didn’t say it. Dr Clifford Hulley of South Africa did.
E-ciggies help 45% smokers quit
Cape Town - Forty-five percent of South African smokers who used e-cigarettes were able to quit tobacco smoking within two months, a new SA study shows.
… When asked if an e-cigarette could act as an agent to overcome all the physical and psychological challenges to quit tobacco smoking, all doctors said "yes".
Prof Martin Veller, Head Vascular Surgeon at the University of the Witwatersrand, who also participated in the project, added that e-cigarettes have the appearance of normal tobacco cigarettes but are non-toxic.
Dr Clifford Hulley, one of the participating medical professionals in the survey, reported that "an e-cigarette is the most effective treatment method on the market for quitting tobacco smoking.”
(I think if they used a better model of e-cig they probably would have had a higher success rate.)
The bottom line here is Harm Reduction. E-cigarettes are “two to three orders of magnitude safer (100 to 1000 times safer) than a tobacco cigarette.”
We all know what the long-term effects of smoking cigarettes are.
We know from the New Zealand study, medical professionals, and from users, that e-cigs are essentially harmless.
So why is the FDA, and all these other groups trying to ban them?
The American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Cancer Society
Cancer Action Network
The American Heart Association
The American Legacy Foundation, develops programs that address the health effects of tobacco use.
The American Lung Association
The American Medical Association
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
and Public Citizen, Public Citizen has long been active before Congress, regulatory agencies, and the courts in matters relating to public health in general and regulation by the FDA in particular. Concerned about the severe health risk posed by tobacco products. Public Citizen has long advocated for increased regulation of these products and of the promotional efforts of the tobacco industry.
With your help … the results of this informal survey … I intend to find out.