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Vaper VapingA study done by two University of Massachusetts tobacco and nicotine experts, Lois Biener PhD and J. Lee Hargraves, PhD, shows a strong association between intense use of e-cigarettes (vaping) and point-abstinence from smoking (meaning quitting cigarettes at the one-time they were surveyed). Those using e-cigs daily for at least 30 days had about double the quit-rate of those using e-cigs less frequently, or not at all.

The authors surveyed 1300+ smokers in 2011 concerning their use of novel tobacco products...

Vaping, NOT SmokingIn a multi-national survey of over 19,000 vapers (e-cigarette users) in Europe, among whom only 0.5 percent (88) were nonsmokers before starting to vape, complete cigarette cessation was reported by 81 percent, an astounding figure. Among those who had not become smoking-abstinent, cigarette consumption was reduced on average by over 75 percent (from 20 to 4 daily). The mean length of time e-cigs were used was 10 months, and the reasons given for vaping were to reduce both the harm of smoking, and the...

Despite the mounting data about the benefits of electronic cigarette use, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo must not be getting the memos.  In a move that can only be explained as pro-cancer, Governor Cuomo has decided to ban indoor vaping in restaurants, bars and places of employment - effectively treating such devices in the same fashion as combustible cigarettes.

If it is passive inhalation of toxins we are worried about, I have a suggestion for Governor Cuomo - perhaps he should move to a ranch in Wyoming.  Simply step out on any NYC sidewalk on any given day and you will find yourself immediately assaulted with a plethora of respiratory insults - from the rank smells of garbage, vehicle...

ByeBye-cigs-Hello-e-cigs-225x130Dr. Konstantin Farsalinos of the Onassis Cardiac Center in Athens and colleagues have published another in their ongoing studies of the physiological effects of vaping (using e-cigarettes), and comparing the effects of using e-cigarettes with those of regular cigarettes. The newly-published study appeared this week in BMC Cardiovascular Disorders.

Entitled Acute effects of using an electronic nicotine-delivery device (electronic cigarette) on myocardial function: comparison with the effects...

Vaping, NOT SmokingMillions (or is it billions?) of people worldwide will be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday evening, among whom will be many millions of smokers. Our nation alone has over 40 million of these troubled souls, most of whom want to quit, but can t, as only about one-in-twenty succeed in escaping the addictive pull of cigarettes. Still, the cold-turkey method quitting without medicinal help is more successful than the abysmally-ineffective FDA-approved drugs and NRT patches, which fail about 90 percent of the time. These depressing stats lead to this even more depressing...

richard-hortonThe latest issue of the British-based medical journal The Lancet has an editorial entitled, E-cigarettes aid to smoking cessation or smokescreen? Readers of this mindless repetition of anti-harm-reduction dogma will soon conclude that the ? at the end is not to be taken seriously: the editorialist has drawn his own conclusions based on his own pre-ordained beliefs.

I am pretty sure that the author is the journal s long-time editor-in-chief, Richard Horton. Long before he decided to take an axe to the concept...

Vaping-NOT-Smoking-225x148The Family Smoking Prevention Tobacco Control Act, passed in 2009, gave regulatory authority over tobacco products to the FDA. One of the law s edicts was that the agency had to figure out how to deal with novel (newer) products, especially including e-cigarettes. Earlier this year (April 25th), the FDA announced that henceforth, e-cigs were to be deemed a tobacco product even though they contain no tobacco and emit no smoke. Further, they determined that products introduced into the market after a grandfather date of 2/15/07 would have to apply to remain on the market via something...

A new laboratory analysis of secondhand smoke from electronic cigarettes (usually called vapor) is cutting the legs out from under one of the main arguments used by e-cigarette prohibitionists that we don t know what's in the vapor emitted by the devices.

Actually, we do, and there isn't much in there. The study published in the journal Inhalation Toxicology found that very few chemicals in very low concentrations were detected in the  vapor, with the only one of concern being formaldehyde. And the levels of formaldehyde were much less than in tobacco smoke.

ACSH adviser Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor...

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A pilot study of 60 subjects seems to show a distinct lack of adverse effects of e-cigarette use ("vaping" as its called) on coronary artery blood flow and vascular resistance, as well as on blood levels of carbon monoxide (CO), while regular cigarettes had significant adverse effects on all measured parameters. The report was presented at the European Society of Cardiology and has not yet been published.

Dr. Konstantin Farsalinos of the Onassis Surgery Center in...

She Loves to VapeA long article in Saturday s New York Times covered a lot of ground in the complex discussion ongoing about electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes, or e-cigs), but did not shed much light on the issue which is already subject to too much heated distraction.

The piece, cleverly (not) called The E-Cigarette Industry, Waiting to Exhale, gave a brief but satisfactory history of the...