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  • E-Cig Regulations: Unsupported Statements Accepted as Truth

    Hey everybody! We've been really busy over here at ecigExpress updating the website and preparing ourselves for the launch of a very exciting line of ALL NEW premium e-liquid: Immortal Fog. While we wait for the good stuff to come down the pipes, I thought it would be worth taking a moment to step back and remind ourselves why vaping is awesome.

    Lately, there has been a lot of news about states and cities attempting to ban, restrict, and tax electronic cigarettes as though they were the same as analog cigarettes. Obviously, that isn't the case.

    Sadly, what is the case is that public health organizations, academic researchers, and others, seem to be forced to act this way. In the UK's Spectator, former WHO Tobacco Control chief Derek Yack has recently discussed what he calls the toxic legacy of tobacco, noting that even though electronic cigarettes save lives by helping 38% of users stop smoking entirely, while over-the-counter Nicotine Replacement Therapy (like the patch) has only a 5% success rate.

    As Damian Thompson's blog post about this article reminds us, Yack is in agreement with the Royal College of Physicians in saying that "‘Switching completely from tobacco to e-cigarettes achieves much the same in health terms as does quitting smoking and all nicotine use completely." However, too many medical professionals endorse the view that vaping is somehow harmful, and it is these unsupported statements that all too often get accepted as truth.

    In the US context, Brad Rodu has recently challenged us to look at the NIH funding data to figure out why tobacco harm reduction research is so regularly stifled. As it turns out, that's because the NIH won't fund it. Moreover, the same academic critics who argue against tobacco harm reduction are likely doing so in order to keep their grants.

    On the federal level, it's easy to see where things have gone insane. As Gilbert Ross tells us in his blog post The Madness of the War on E-Cigs, it's actually the Center for Disease Control that's the most extreme advocate against them, more so than even the FDA, whose mandate it is to regulate them. And, of course, we have to think about all of those large pharmaceutical companies who stand to benefit from the marketing and sale of ineffective NRT products.

    As we move forward in vaping, developing ever more sophisticated e-liquids and hardware, we should always remember that we're doing the right thing, and we're doing it ahead of the curve. Just remember, it's smoking that kills, not nicotine.

    Happy Vaping!

  • FDA Friday, August 22

    Hello everybody, welcome to another edition of FDA Fridays – our weekly analysis of the discussions circulating about electronic cigarettes. This week, as we continue to recover from the rush to comment submission on August 8th, there’s been a rather interesting convergence of themes in e-cig related news and reports: the deleterious effects of nanny state zealots on public health.

    Although overbearing legislation and patronizing public officials are nothing new, but what’s really interesting here, as you shall see, is that there is no justifiable reason for overreacting to the recent popularity of the electronic cigarette.

    The FDA proposal about electronic cigarettes participates in a broader trend towards socially interventionist legislation that is in reality potentially more pernicious than it initially appears to be. Canada’s National Post reports that attempts to regulate electronic cigarettes divert consumer funds towards traditional cigarettes, noting that “some analysts — and e-cigarette business people — have wondered behind the scenes if opponents of such technology are getting paid by Big Tobacco.” This opinion seems altogether too reasonable to ignore.

    In a related article, the National Post reports that many municipal councillors claim that e-cig vapor contains “toxic chemicals.” As Jesse Klein notes in this piece, “there’s not a whole lot of evidence to support these fears, and a wealth of evidence that counters them.” Klein performs an excellent job of laying out the groundwork of scientific research on the subject, and also notes that other concerns, such as that of smoking in public parks, do not apply to e-cigarettes at all. As debates around electronic cigarettes continue to heat up, we should be wary of claims about second-hand e-cig vapor, which seem to be a signal that whoever is bringing it up does not understand the crux of the issues at hand.

    Said crux is, of course, public health. But, despite putative concerns about public health, it seems that too many advocates are willing to throw electronic cigarettes out and throw smokers to the dangers of big tobacco. As one recent article reminds us, the FDA was well aware of the fact that one of the consequences of its proposal was that “nearly all e-cigarette products would be driven out of the market.” How could this happen? The most significant reason, according to Andrew Allison, it’s because governments choose to ignore the growing body of scientific evidence in favor of electronic cigarettes.

    Needless to say, such an approach can be dangerous. Michael Marlow wrote a stunning exclusive for the Las Vegas Review-Journal arguing that “the FDA jeopardizes public health by not adequately assessing the costs of suppressing the e-cigarette market,” and in doing so is “unwittingly [promoting] tobacco use.” This is because the FDA dismisses harm-reduction theory, the public health approach that suggests, rightly, that the public good is best served when citizens are able to reduce their own exposure to health risks.

    As these articles suggest, the question worth asking right now as the e-cig debate continues is “who’s your nanny?” That is to say, the government is simply doing too much, and acting too blindly, in support of the interests of tobacco manufacturers and against public health, to entrust with such a recently-developed product such as electronic cigarettes. The evidence doesn’t show that vaping is bad. To the contrary, it shows that vaping is an effective way to quit, and that we all benefit when we do not put our own health at risk. Just because our nanny wrongly finds something distasteful, now we all have to forego it? I hope not!

  • FDA Friday, June 6th

    Hi everybody, and welcome to another FDA Friday, where we examine recent discussions that have arisen ever since the FDA decided to propose to deem e-cigs to be “tobacco products.” Last week, there was a bunch of bad news, bad opinions, and interesting food for thought. This week has been a bit slower, but it the news situation at least is looking better.

    On the legislative front, ECF member wv2win spoke at some length with Senator Isakson’s (GA) legislative assistant about the FDA’s deeming proposal. Senator Isakson, as it turns out, is opposed to the FDA action. Better yet, Isakson is also aware that nearly every vape shop in Georgia represents a small business employing between 5 and 15 people, and he seems to be deeply concerned about how an e-cig ban would affect employment. Isakson is among the senators whose friends have successfully been able to quit smoking with e-cigs, and his awareness of the benefits of vaping may continue to spread around Washington. Good job, wv2win!

    There have also been a couple of exciting reports coming from Canada:

    First, the Ottawa Citizen published an article by Mark Tyndall, Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, in which Tyndall comments on the relative lack of effectiveness that public anti-smoking campaigns have had. Tyndall suggests that Canadian policy is characterized by “too little focus on prevention,” reminds us that the negative health effects of smoking have “everything to do with the toxins inhaled through burning tobacco,” and argues that “E-cigarettes are the ultimate harm reduction intervention.”

    For this week’s Canadian content double-whammy, the CBC has reported about the letter a large number of public health experts sent last week to the WHO, noting that five Canadian scientists have signed the tobacco harm reduction statement. In an interview with the CBC, David Sweanor, a Law professor at the University of Ottawa, stated that e-cigarettes are a technology that has the ability to “make cigarettes obsolete.” The CBC report suggests that statements such as these may have a positive effect on public health regulations in Canada.

    More relevant to American readers, the CBC also notes that the WHO will be reviewing its tobacco recommendations at the next meeting, which will be in Moscow, October 13-18, 2014, so keep your eyes peeled when this happens, because in light of the recent UK study demonstrating that e-cigs are the most effective took for quitting smoking, it seems likely that good things may come of it.

    That’s all for this week. See you again soon!

  • Why Vape?

    Recently, we wrote an article comparing DIY vaping to pre-filled cartridges. However, one very good question to ask about this stuff is “why should I start vaping in the first place?”

    This is actually a better question than you might initially think. On one hand, cigarettes are legal, ubiquitous, and generally controlled. On the other hand, e-cigs are currently not subject to controls, uncommon, and comparatively complicated.

    Electronic cigarettes are a relatively new, but growing, market, worth about $3 billion worldwide, and it is estimated that 4 million Americans use them. Some vapers use e-cigarettes as a replacement for cigarettes, and some use them to try to quit. Whichever description best fits your situation, here are some reasons why you might want to consider switching.

    Lower Cost

    According to the American Lung Association, the average cost of a pack of cigarettes in the U.S. in 2013 was $5.51. For a pack-a-day habit, that means that the average American smoker should expect to spend over $2000 a year on cigarettes. By contrast, a package of 5 pre-filled electronic cigarette cartridges usually costs between $10 and $15, with each cartridge being good for about a day’s worth of vaping. At this cost, switching to electronic means a savings of about $1000 annually, or even more if you go DIY.

    No Mess

    Electronic cigarettes do not leave ash, butts, or smoke residue. Cleaning up is easier, and even if you vape in the same location habitually, you will find that you won’t have to clean yellow gunk from your walls, or from your teeth!

    Fewer Incidental Hazards

    Although it is possible to argue that electronic cigarettes are a risky habit to get in to, they are no more risky than smoking analog cigarettes. According to the American Lung Association, cigarette smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. In addition, many respiratory problems contracted by smokers are consequences of the method of smoking: setting a rolled tube of organic matter ablaze and inhaling what is produces. When you use an electronic cigarette, you will not be exposing yourself to the effects of smoke inhalation, because you are not inhaling any actual smoke.

    Adjustable Nicotine Levels

    E-cigarettes and e-liquids are available in a variety of nicotine strengths, and these strengths are almost always known at the time of purchase. Some e-liquids even contain 0% nicotine. If you want to wean yourself off of your nicotine addiction, all you have to do is gradually reduce your dose.

    Adjustable Flavor

    Sometime, cigarettes just taste…bad. Especially if you are trying a new brand and you are unfamiliar with the kind of tobacco it uses. Because e-cigarettes do not contain any tobacco, it is very easy to buy flavored e-liquids, and you won’t have to worry about how your breath smells when you’re done!

    If you’re not sure whether you want to try vaping DIY, or try with pre-filled cartridges, I think it’s still a good idea to pick one and try it out. Now that e-cigs across the country are working with a mature technology, there’s nothing to be afraid of, and I think you’ll enjoy the difference!

  • "Cancer risk in humans reduced by e-cigarettes"

    E-cigarettes reduce risk of cancer

     

    Smoking e-cigarettes instead of tobacco reduces the risk of cancer, according to Health New Zealand.

     

    Dr. Murray Laugesen, who heads the organization, argued that switching from tobacco to e-cigarettes reduces the risk of lung cancer. Citing previous research on smoking, Laugesen noted that nicotine consumption alone does not cause cancer.

     

    Think about the millions of people who have used nicotine gum or the patch. Have they developed cancer? To be sure, the use of traditional smoking cessation methods is not associated with cancer. Tobacco is associated with cancer (and a long list of other diseases) because of many of the other chemicals contained in cigarette smoke.

     

    In this light, it makes sense that switching to e-cigarettes might reduce the risk of cancer.

     

    Thanks for pointing this out, Health New Zealand!

  • Help your loved ones quit smoking this holiday season

     

     

    Live healthier with electronic cigarettes

     

    This holiday season, as you’re thinking about what to buy for the smokers in your life, why not consider an electronic cigarette?

     

    Let’s face it. We all hope to buy reasonably-priced gifts that will help others make positive changes to their lives. What’s better than helping your loved ones quit smoking tobacco?

     

    Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, are battery-operated devices that emit doses of nicotine. One advantage of the e-cigarette is that users can control the amount of nicotine they consume. Users can buy a variety of flavors, including those that mimic traditional cigarettes, or foods, such as strawberry or cheesecake.

     

    There is substantial evidence that e-cigarettes may be a useful smoking cessation method. For example, research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that two-thirds (66.8%) of the 222 smokers surveyed  smoked less after using e-cigarettes for six months, nearly half (48.8%) quit smoking cigarettes for a period of time, and almost a third (31%) quit smoking completely.

     

    E-cigarettes are also more effective than traditional smoking cessation tools (such as nicotine patches or gum) at helping people quit smoking tobacco cigarettes. Traditional smoking cessation programs tend to have dismal success rates, varying between 19 and 27 percent. According to the Surgeon General, nicotine gum has a success rate of 27 percent, followed by 25 percent with an inhaler, 23 percent with the nicotine patch, and 19 percent with nicotine gum (short-term use).

     

    E-cigarettes have become so popular in recent years because most users believe that they are safer alternatives to tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarettes, for example, do not emit the cancer-causing chemicals that tobacco cigarettes do, such as benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide.

     

    Most users report better breathing soon after switching from tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarettes.

     

    If you’re trying to helping someone quit smoking, try getting them an electronic cigarette. There’s a good chance that they will lead healthier, happier lives.

     

    Happy holidays from Ecigexpress

     

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  • Who can afford tobacco these days?

    Electronic cigarettes make the perfect gift

     

    Since the economic crisis began in 2008, American households have been forced to seriously evaluate their spending habits, with smokers having to make some tough decisions. For most of us, quitting tobacco creates the grim challenge of facing intolerable withdrawal symptoms.

     

    Then there are the costs. Because of America’s endless love affair with taxing tobacco products, the average pack of cigarettes is more than $6. If you live in places like New York City, you’ll spend about $10 a pack! This means that smoking a pack a day for one year would cost $3,650!

     

    The increased cost of smoking tobacco during a recession may partly explain why so many smokers have switched from tobacco to electronic cigarettes. In 2010, about 750,000 e-cigarettes were sold. In the following year, sales more than tripled to 2.5 million. So far in 2012, sales are closing in on 4 million units.

     

    While switching to electronic cigarettes can ease some of your financial woes, it may make you feel better, too. Smoking electronic cigarettes may be safer than smoking tobacco cigarettes because less nicotine is absorbed when smoking electronic cigarettes than tobacco cigarettes.

     

    Recent research concluded that smoking e-cigarettes does not affect heart function. There is also substantial anecdotal evidence from users that switching to electronic cigarettes improved their breathing, and some even report sleeping better.

     

    As the holiday season begins and you start thinking about gifts for family and friends, you might consider electronic cigarettes for the smokers in your life. It will keep some cash in their wallets, and it may even make them feel better.

     

    Save money with electronic cigarettes

  • Black Friday Sale

    Black Friday Sale for Electronic Cigarettes

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

    We are kicking off this holiday season with our annual Black Friday sale, so visit our site on November 23rd for the best electronic cigarette deals around! Electronic cigarettes make a perfect gift for someone who wants an alternative to tobacco cigarettes, so be sure to stock up for your friends, and don't forget about yourself !

     

    Happy Thanksgiving from Ecigexpress

  • Happy Halloween!

    Electronic Cigarette Store_Happy Halloween

     

    Happy Halloween from the staff at ecigexpress.com! Check out our October specials, and don't forget to stay up to date with our new ecig flavors and accessories!

     

     

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