E-Cigs in the News, 2012 – Part 2

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In our first article, E-Cigs in the News, 2012 – Part 1, we covered newsworthy stories from January through June of 2012 regarding electronic cigarettes. We continue here with part two, covering e-cig news from July through November of 2012.

July

In Roanoke, Virginia, Station WDBJ ran a short segment about the use of e-cigs, interviewing clinical lung specialist, Moises Cossio, as well as a user of electronic cigarettes. When the doctor was asked about the safety of the e-cig compared with regular cigarette use, he replied, while making note there are no concrete studies as of yet on the e-cig, that “No question in my mind that whatever a person does as far as nicotine replacement, it’s better than smoking actual cigarettes.” The e-cig user, John Sawyer, noted he has cut his cigarette smoking in half with the use of the e-cigarette.

A report of a vapor coming from a man’s bag on the Megabus Preston to London caused the M6 Toll Road to be shut down and 48 passengers evacuated from the bus, as police with dogs, firefighters and bomb disposal experts searched for a bomb. Passengers were told to sit and not talk to each other while the search was conducted. While the report was true of a vaport, it ended up to be the vapor from a passenger’s electronic cigarette!

A spokeswoman for the force said, “We can now confirm that, whilst this was a genuine security alert, the significant concerns reported to us were unfounded.
“It’s important to state that no criminal offense has been committed and no passenger or any other member of the public is being treated as a suspect.
“We would like to apologize for any inconvenience and hope that the public understand that we have our duty to safeguard public safety.”

August

The Partnership at Drugfree.org, website referred to an important news article found on csnews.com, which stated that over the next decade, the e-cig could overtake the regular cigarette in consumption, according to Bonnie Herzog, the Managing Director of Beverage, Tobacco & Consumer Research at Wells Fargo Securities, LLC.

An article on the European Society of Cardiology website states that e-cigs do not cause damage to the heart. This is according to research that was presented at the ESC Congress 2012 press conference by Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos from Greece. Researchers studied regular smokers’ myocardial function after smoking a cigarette and e-cig users myocardial function after using an e-cigarette device for 7 minutes, using a liquid nicotine concentration of 11mg/ml. According to the article:

“The researchers found that smoking one tobacco cigarette led to significant acute myocardial dysfunction but electronic cigarettes had no acute adverse effects on cardiac function. Smoking a tobacco cigarette had important hemodynamic consequences, with significant increases in systolic and diastolic blood pressure and in heart rate. In contrast, electronic cigarettes produced only a slight elevation in diastolic blood pressure. Dr Farsalinos said: “This is an indication that although nicotine was present in the liquid used (11mg/ml), it is absorbed at a lower rate compared to regular cigarette smoking.”

According to redorbit.com on August 3, Blu Cig held its first Facebook event featuring Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health, where Dr. Siegel answered questions about the safety and use of the electronic cigarette.

According to an article in The Intelligencer, Wheeling News Register, e-cig personal trainer, Lorie McClung, and Smokefree Pennsylvania Executive Director, Bill Godshall, asked the Wheeling-Ohio Health Board to consider not including electronic cigarettes in its proposed expansion of its countywide smoking ban. “After 28 years of smoking … I hated it. I tried everything – gums, patches. … Nothing satisfied it – this does,” McClung said of her craving. “No one else is involved in this, just me. …I’ve been vaping all over the building,” McClung said, referring to the City-County Building where the meeting was held. “There is zero smoke. This vapor is not going anywhere, it’s going into me.” In the end, however, the Board decided to leave the electronic cigarette devices in the ban.

September

Boston, Massachusetts makes a proposal to ban the use of e-cigs in the workplace, including outdoor areas of restaurants, despite their own Dr. Siegel’s research on the e-cig.

Also in September, the FDA requested to be allowed to regulate non face to face (internet) sales, marketing and advertising of “other” tobacco products, which now includes the electronic cigarette.

October

The e-cigarette company, Revolver, teamed up with Backstage Artist Lounge, a celebrity merchandising outfit, to introduce musicians, their crew and their fans to the benefits of the electronic cigarette.

November

Actress Carrie Fisher appeared on the Today Show enjoying an electronic cigarette, which appeared to be Blu Cig.

With more than 650,000 people in the UK using the electronic cigarette, it’s becoming an issue as to whether or not they should be allowed in the workplace, according to an article in BBC News UK. Dr Vivienne Nathanson, head of science and ethics at the British Medical Association, states “They are designed to look like smoking so what they do is they renormalise the concept of smoking, just at a time when we’ve all got used to the fact that smoking in the workplace is not normal nor allowed.” On the other hand, the President of the Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association says “It should be regarded in exactly the same way as having a cup of coffee on your desk at work. If that is allowed in your workplace, then e-cigarettes should be allowed too.”

In an interview found on the Ashtray Blog, former Winston man, David Goerlitz, tells his beliefs about the tobacco industry, as well as the anti-smoking and e-cig industries. While he mentions he was first excited about the e-cig and its usefulness, he feels that the smokeless cigarettes companies, like the tobacco industry, are consumed with greed, concerned mainly about the number of sales, rather than working to keep the product on the market to help smokers kick the habit. In his words, Goerlitz says there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

Summary

That’s all for now. December has yet to come, so look for our report on December e-cig news in the not so distant future.

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