Rolling Stone, December 21, 2015: “E-Cigs’ Inconvenient Truth: It’s Much Safer to Vape. In applying the same tactics used to demonize tobacco, are anti-smoking advocates and regulators missing out on a chance to save millions of lives?” by David Amsden.
It may come as a surprise to learn that nicotine, when removed from cigarettes, is relatively benign. Though not free of risks — it can harm a fetus and may affect developing adolescent brains — it also has some benefits.
"Even the worst case scenario — that a current pack a day smoker replaces a single cigarette with an e-cig — is better than where we are right now," he says. "All conclusive evidence shows that these are safer, so why aren't we encouraging smokers to make the shift? If we did, we'd be saving millions of lives and talking about the greatest public health moment of our generation." Michael Siegel, a physician and professor at Boston University.
Newsweek, Vape Nation, April 24, 2016: “Vaping: Big Tobacco’s Big Gamble On The Future,” by
Tim Baker. Link: http://www.newsweek.com/vaping-big-tobacco-big-gamble-future-451074
By purchasing existing e-cigarette brands, Big Tobacco removes potential competitors while
gaining a foothold in what looks like the market of the future.
Whether it’s through their legions of lobbyists arguing for new rules and regulations or via a
crack team of engineers working on a new, innovative e-cigarette product the world can’t do
without, Big Tobacco knows nicotine consumption stands on the precipice of change. The
question is, will they hinder it or usher it in?
WSJ, April 11, 2016: Are E-Cigarettes a Healthy Way to Quit Smoking? (OpEd)
Quick Quotes from Dr. Jed Rose, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the
Duke Center for Smoking Cessation at Duke University:
Having worked my entire career to develop effective smoking-cessation treatments, I have
realized that current approaches are ineffective for the vast majority of smokers. Alternative
approaches are urgently needed. The World Health Organization predicts a billion deaths will be
attributable to smoking during the 21st century.
Electronic cigarettes have an unparalleled potential to reduce the public-health impact of smoking, by allowing smokers to replace the habit and nicotine of smoking without the toxic effects of combustion.
Winston-Salem Journal, April 19, 2016: “E-cigs, vaporizers, smokeless tobacco products may gain grandfather exemption from FDA rules,” by Richard Craver (tobacco beat writer). (The deeming date was amended on April 19, 2016, a first, but imperative step for the future of the vaping industry.)
Wells Fargo Securities analyst Bonnie Herzog predicts that e-cigs ($1.5 billion) and vaporizers ($2 billion) combined will exceed $3.5 billion in sales in 2015, and overtake traditional cigarette sales within the next 10 years.
Scott Ballin, a past chairman of the Coalition on Smoking or Health, said he was surprised by the margin of the approval. “I think that members of Congress are beginning to comprehend the idea of the continuum of risk that demonstrates that noncombustible products, including electronic nicotine delivery systems, are 95 percent lower in risk than the deadly cigarette and can help smokers quit their deadly habit.”
Reuters, August 19, 2015: “UK Study Endorses ‘Game-Changing’ E-Cigarettes For the First Time,” by Angus Berwick.
Health officials in Britain have for the first time endorsed e-cigarettes, saying they are 95 percent safer than tobacco equivalents and even suggesting doctors should be able to prescribe the "game-changing" devices to smokers trying to quit.
Forbes, August 27, 2015: “Wacky British Idea: Why Not Tell The Truth About E-Cigarettes?” by Jacob Sullum, Contributor.
"There is a need to publicise the current best estimate that using EC is around 95% safer than smoking,” the PHE report concludes. In this country, however, public health agencies and anti-smoking groups seem determined to obfuscate that crucial point,” Public Health of England.
The Daily Caller, April 14, 2016: "How The CDC Turned A Fall In Youth Smoking Into An Attack On E-Cigarettes,” by Guy Bentley
San Diego Union-Tribune, April 24, 2016: "Tobacco Control Experts Defend Vaping. E-cigs can help some smokers quit, researchers say, and regulators should tread carefully," by Bradley J. Fikes.
The Times of London, April 28, 2016: "Vaping Vindicated...Vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking…The evidence that vaping helps wean smokers off tobacco is overwhelming."
NY Times, April 27, 2016: British Medical Group Urges Smokers to Switch to E-Cigarettes
OC Register, July 8, 2016: "Legislature more dangerous than smoking," OC Editorial
As is typical, one of the justifications for such moves was that it was “for the children” because, advocates claimed, vaping serves as a gateway to smoking for young people. The trouble is, just as with similar claims aimed at marijuana in the “war on drugs,” the scientific evidence simply does not support it. Quite the contrary...
Winston-Salem Journal, August 1, 2016: "New FDA tobacco regulations stir help, harm debate," Richard Craver.
NY Times, Nov. 1, 2016: "Safer to Puff, E-Cigarettes Can’t Shake Their Reputation as a Menace," NYT Science Writer, Sabrina Tavernise.