Electronic Cigarette Users Unite to Send a Powerful Message to MEPs

Can electronic cigarettes help smokers kick the traditional habit?

David Dorn an e-cigarette user from the United Kingdom said, “E-cigarettes are not a medicinal product and as users we do not see ourselves as ill or in treatment; we are not. Users do however enjoy the benefits of using nicotine, and nicotine when not combined with cigarette smoke is relatively harmless. I hope that MEPs will vote this week to either remove e-cigarettes completely from the Tobacco Products Directive or that they will ask the Commission to go away and do a lot more research, fund some unbiased studies and come back in two or three years and report on the situation at that time. Policy makers will then have a lot more information at their fingertips to make a decision that is not going to result in 700,000 lives per year being terminated early because MEPs voted to effectively ban e-cigs as they currently are from the market in Europe.” The key health benefit of e-cigarettes is determined by how many smokers switch to them or use them as a staging post to quitting completely. It is therefore vital that e-cigarettes continue to be regulated as a consumer product.
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E-cigarettes gain fans and critics

“We just need the evidence.” But some individual ex-smokers report that the personal vaporizer was the only way they finally managed to kick the butts. Gold, founder of the L.A. Vapers Club, started “vaping” at 36 milligrams of nicotine per milliliter of juice, and after one year was down to six. He soon plans to drop to zero. “I’ll still get to enjoy the hobby, without the harm,” he says. The difference: Unlike chewing gum, sucking on a lozenge or slapping on a patch, the act of vaping feels like the act of smoking.
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He noted that no studies yet prove that e-cigarettes are healthier or helpful in quitting. A former smoker of 15 years, Strayer said quitting is about behavior change. This can be difficult to achieve when still reliant on smoking something, even if it is electronic. As far as being a healthier alternative, Strayer said the potential for harm is still there because a super-heated substance is being put into your lungs. E-cigarettes are not yet regulated by tobacco laws because they do not actually contain tobacco, just nicotine. Smoking bills generally have a hard time passing in the states General Assembly.
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