In my effort to keep my quitting smoking saga updated, here’s the latest. Still vaping and have my supplies nailed down, so no ‘real cigs desperation smoking’ while waiting for the postman to arrive.
Designed a business card with info, web addresses, etc., to hand out to folks when I’m out and about (got tired of writing it down for every “I want to quit smoking” person who asked).
Thanks to the wonderful community at e-cigarette-forum, today I read a study published in Journal of Public Health Policy, 2010.
The following quote appears near the end of page 12 and beginning of page 13:
(This quote, IMHO, says it all)
In light of this evidence, it is unfortunate that in the United States, the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, American Heart Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Action on Smoking and Health, American Legacy Foundation, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence have all issued statements supporting FDA efforts to take them off the US market. In the United States, the courts will ultimately determine whether the FDA has the legal authority to do this, but we question the ethical and health policy merits of this approach.
If smoking, quitting smoking, public health or FDA power topics are on your list of “like to be in the know”, you will take time to read this report.
For me, it was a godsend- I started ‘vaping’ (using the electronic cigarette) in January of 2011. I have steadily decreased my nicotine intake since, even though popular propaganda outlets have inspired those who do not know me (passer-bys) to inform me they are useless in quitting smoking – I beg to differ. Last mix of e-juice got me down to 16mg of nicotine (from my starting level of 36) – not too shabby! Not sure I’ll make the 12/31/2011 goal of being nicotine free, but okay with that.
During these 8 months, I’ve also been instrumental in converting 4 friends from cigs to the electronic version – all are happy with their results. For the life of me, I had a hard time finding US based studies and reports – and really didn’t feel I needed them until about 3 months ago when, I swear, nearly everyone I knew started asking me if they were “safe”.
I can only surmise this questioning coincided with some media release by the FDA, touting their commitment to saving us from ourselves.
If you wonder about the safety, the use of and contents of the e-cig, I suggest you read this 16 page study. Don’t faint – it’s a quick easy read and many tables showing the stats – if you think you’re in for a long, boring, dry read, you’ll be very pleasantly surprised!