Search Results For: E-Cigs

Time To Regulate E-Cigs?

Apr 18 2014 @ 10:35am

A group of Democratic lawmakers led by Dick Durbin has issued a report showing that, in the absence of regulations like those imposed on tobacco products, e-cigarettes are being openly marketed to young people:

The Gateway to Addiction report written by the lawmakers’ staff after surveying e-cig makers finds e-cigarette companies are using marketing tactics that appeal to young people, such as handing out samples at events like music festivals, social-media promotion and offering kid-friendly flavors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 1.78 million children and teens tried e-cigarettes in 2012. … According to the report, six of the surveyed e-cigarette companies support some regulation.

The report is the opening volley in a campaign to regulate vaping. Jason Koebler expects Congress to act soon:

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Customized E-Cigs

Oct 19 2013 @ 6:35pm

Meghan Neal records their rise:

Any self-respecting vaper has a PV (personal vaporizer), or Mod (personalized, or “modified” piece.) From there, you can customize basically every aspect of your vaping experience—the refillable cartridge or “tank,” atomizer or wick, nicotine level (samples at the Vaporium range from zero to 24 mg—the equivalent of a heavy smoker), mAhs (Milliamp per hour, an indicator of battery life), and the intensity of the TH (throat hit) when inhaling.

Then there’s the plethora of flavors of liquid, variously known as e-liquid, juice, e-juice, nic-juice, or ass juice if it tastes real nasty. You can vape a straight tobacco flavor, cotton candy, chocolate, or more stonerific varieties like “Hoops” and “The Dude.” Or DIY vapers will mix their own liquid recipes.

This is where vape shops come in. At first, these were places to sample flavors and try out equipment, then they brought couches and foosball tables and flatscreen TVs into the shops so you could vape in the comfort while perusing their products. Next came vape lounges with bars, cafe-style tables, juices, and snacks. And now, retail boutiques.

Economists are taking notice:

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Should We Treat E-Cigs Like Cigs?

Sep 10 2013 @ 3:40pm

Since e-cigarettes remain unregulated by the FDA, some health officials worry that more young people are getting hooked on nicotine:

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], believes that e-cigs could become a gateway into cigarette addiction. In an interview with the Times, Frieden argued that “the adolescent brain is more susceptible to nicotine, and that the trend of rising use could hook young people who might then move into more harmful products like conventional cigarettes.”

Kleiman puts the dangers in perspective. He writes that “the risks of nicotine are a tiny fraction – almost certainly less than 10%, arguably even lower than that – of the total health risks of smoking”:

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A Pack Of E-Cigs A Day, Ctd

Feb 4 2013 @ 7:32am

Jacob Sullum dismisses Eli Lake’s e-cig fears:

E-cigarettes indisputably deliver nicotine without the myriad toxins and carcinogens generated by burning tobacco. Whatever long-term risk propylene glycol vapor may pose is bound to pale in comparison with the well-established hazards of inhaling all of the chemicals you get from cigarettes (which, by the way, include propylene glycol). The bottom line is that Lake is much better off, in terms of the health risks he faces, for having switched from Marlboro Lights to e-cigarettes. Public health officials and anti-smoking activists who obscure that point are endangering smokers’ lives by discouraging them from switching to a much safer alternative.

A Pack Of E-Cigs A Day

Jan 31 2013 @ 6:41pm

Eli Lake recounts his love affair with electronic cigarettes:

I could smoke when I wanted and I didn’t have to destroy my lungs, sinuses and circulatory system in the process. My clothes wouldn’t smell like a dive bar. I found the loophole, cheated cancer and rediscovered the pleasure of martinis. The added bonus with electronic cigarettes was I could smoke them anywhere. On freezing days, there was no need to huddle outside the office for four minutes to suck down my dose. I smoked on airplanes, in meetings and at restaurants. It was like a time machine to the golden age of smoking when there were ashtrays on elevators and in movie theaters.

He’s less sure of them now that he’s looked into the medical research:

Besides the nicotine, the other active ingredient in my cigarettes is propylene glycol, a substance the FDA classifies as GRAS, or “generally recognized as safe.” But there’s a catch. Most research about propylene glycol is about its effect when it’s ingested as an additive in food. Less is known about the effects of inhaling it as a vapor—dozens and
dozens of times a day. … Dr. Lowell Dale, the medical director of the Mayo Clinic’s Tobacco Quitline, was far more incendiary. Propylene glycol as a liquid, he told me, is “similar to anti-freeze.”

He’s getting lots of pushback from defenders of e-cigs in the comments section.

E-Cigs Are Here To Stay, Ctd

Nov 30 2012 @ 11:03am

Public health professor Michael Siegel explains the why the FDA and seven national anti-smoking groups lost their case for the banning of e-cigarettes:

The FDA failed in its efforts because the courts ruled that its jurisdiction over these products falls under the Tobacco Act, not the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (in the absence of therapeutic or drug claims made by electronic cigarette companies). The anti-smoking organizations failed in their efforts because the state legislatures which considered bans on electronic cigarettes were swayed by an outpouring of protest from vapers who testified that they would most likely return to cigarette smoking if these devices were taken off the market.

Dr. Gilbert Ross points out that global bans on e-cigarettes are widespread:

Lethally addictive cigarettes remain available on every street corner in Brussels and Atlanta while authorities denounce e-cigarettes (the product is already banned in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand). And while, as of today, e-cigarettes remain available in the European Union, a new Tobacco Products Directive is expected this year to call for a ban on e-cigarettes (while tightening the existing proscription on the nearly harmless type of Swedish smokeless, snus). Such measures would leave addicted smokers with few reliable means of quitting.

He adds:

An important fact, rarely discussed by “public health” gurus, is that the patches, gums, and drugs they recommend as “safe and effective” are all-too-often neither. Among the 46 million smokers in the United States, well over half say they want to quit, and more than one-third attempt to do so each year — but less than one-tenth succeed. Despite those sorry statistics, those in charge at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, the World Health Organization, and the European Union health commission argue for sticking with currently approved cessation methods.

Earlier Dish on e-cigs here.

E-Cigs Are Here To Stay

Nov 30 2012 @ 8:00am


Brian Merchant says to "expect the sight of e-smokers puffing away on glowing e-sticks to become increasingly typical":

[T]heir market share is undoubtedly growing. They may be tacky and pose unknown health risks, or they might be the best thing that ever happened to smokers who can’t quit. Either way, the future of inhaling nicotine into your lungs increasingly belongs to smokeless delivery cartridges made in China.

(Chart from Euromonitor)

Should E-Cigs Be Banned?

Dec 13 2011 @ 9:32am


Cameron English finds the idea ridiculous: 

[P]erhaps the hollowest argument leveled at e-cigs, as voiced by experts in Australia, is precisely what makes the devices so innovative: they're similar to the real thing. "Because e-cigarettes mimics [sic] smoking in both design and use, the ACT Health Directorate does not support [their use].'' The technically advanced rebuttal to this assertion goes like this: so what? If the goal is to prevent diseases and deaths associated with tobacco consumption, who cares if the alternatives emulate cigarettes? What's more, the evidence indicates that this is what makes e-cigs so effective. Part of breaking the addiction is addressing the behavioral aspect, the actual act of smoking a cigarette. In e-cigs we have an effective replacement.

(Photo:  French director Xavier Beauvois smokes an electronic cigarette during the press conference of 'Des Hommes et des Dieux' (Of God and Men) presented in competition at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2010 in Cannes. By Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images.)

Does Vaping Lead To Smoking?

Mar 7 2014 @ 4:01pm

Meghan Neal flags a new study finding “that vaping makes adolescents more likely to start or continue smoking tobacco, and less likely to manage to quit”:

That’s after surveying 40,000 middle and high school students, first in 2011 and then again in 2012 to follow up. Researchers at the University of California San Francisco parsed the data and published their grim results in the journal JAMA Pediatrics [yesterday].

Highly publicized research claiming that e-smoking gets teenagers addicted to cigarettes deals a tough blow to e-cig advocates, who strongly believe that puffing on vaporized liquid is a healthier choice than inhaling burning tobacco, and that making the switch from analog to digital cigs can help wean smokers off the habit.

Sullum takes issue with the study:

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The Pull Of The Cigarette, Ctd

Dec 10 2013 @ 1:42pm

A reader writes:

When I quit smoking, my weight balloons. It doesn’t matter how much I watch what I eat or how much exercise I get, I gain a lot of weight. When I got about 70 pounds above my normal weight, I started smoking again. Within a year, I’m down to my normal weight. I eat because I need to – not because I want to. My Type II diabetes disappeared. Pains in my feet and joints went away. Yet, I am classified as practically a leper from non-smokers even though I do not smoke around them. I asked my family doctor for help regarding my appetite and metabolism, but he said he couldn’t provide anything like that because it’s so bad for you. For me, smoking was my least bad option. I will quit again by the end of this year. Then the cycle will continue.

Another writes:

What Kelly Quirino is describing is detoxing from a drug; she is also trying to cope with the triggers inherent in withdrawal from any substance – in this case, it is cigarettes. Oh no, she’s eating more! So what? A temporary gain in weight is hardly as risky for one’s health than an addiction to nicotine, which will increase the user’s risk to heart disease, cancer, COPD, diabetes, and so on. Even worse, her smoking hurts her children’s health, who are vulnerable to second hand smoke, and are also more likely to become smokers.

Nicotine is more addictive than heroin; 32% of those who try smoking become addicted, as opposed to approximately 23% of people who use heroin. Smoking and tobacco use are insidious addictions, partly because smokers rarely see themselves as what they are: addicts. And as addicts, smokers need to detox from nicotine, utilize medications to stop smoking, and treat their smoking cessation as seriously as one would any other addiction.

But there is one big drawback to the rehab approach:

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Medicalizing The E-Cig

Jun 24 2013 @ 9:26am

Christopher Snowdon protests the recent decision by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to regulate e-cigarettes as medicinal products:

The fledgling e-cigarette industry has no desire to move its tanks onto Big Pharma’s lawn. … If forced down the route of medical trials, a well-funded e-cigarette company could gather the empirical evidence to demonstrate their product’s efficacy as a smoking cessation aid and its relative safety as a consumer product. The question is how long that process would take and whether e-cigarette users would be pushed back on to tobacco in the meantime. As former ASH director Clive Bates has noted, if the regulatory obstacles can be overcome, the likely result will be that prices will rise, innovation will be stifled and the current, diverse crop of e-cigarettes will be replaced by ‘dull but perfectly safe medicalised products that no-one wants to use’. This dismal outcome is arguably the best-case scenario. The prohibitionists who are busy manufacturing myths about children using e-cigarettes as a ‘gateway’ to smoking may yet use medical regulation as a way of forcing a precautionary ban, as has happened in several other countries.

The Economist has an overview of the e-cig’s opponents. Previous Dish on the subject here.

The Weekly Wrap

Feb 8 2013 @ 11:30pm

Friday on the Dish, Andrew diagnosed the GOP with ongoing Dubya-denial, and urged Republicans to get over it for the sake of the party. Meanwhile, Chait chided the silent centrists in the GOP, Karl Rove reminded the foundering party of the “Buckley rule,” and we gave Chris Christie a pass on his weight. Elsewhere, we walked up to the brink of the sequester, Howard Gleckman bemoaned the state of tax reform, and Marin Cogan divulged an unexpected challenge for congressional reporters. Dexter Filkins reported the brute facts of our brutal drone war, Asher Kohn mapped out the ideal drone-proof town, and we scolded both liberals and conservative media on drone coverage in general.

Gwen Ifill remembered Rosa Parks on the woman’s 100th birthday while Jelani Cobb studied the social and racial significance of the late Essie Mae Washington-Williams, lovechild of Strom Thurmond. Also, Julia Ioffe informed us about the crackdown on homosexuals in Russia, Micah Cohen found some encouraging signs on Americans’ attitude toward immigration, and a hospital in Philadelphia got real with local kids about gun violence. Madeleine Schwartz calculated the expense of the government’s matrimonial campaign, and Razib Khan set the record straight on mystery-paternity.

In assorted coverage, we kept readers updated on the east coast’s blizzard, which led us straight to an intentional Poseur Alert here. We smurfed a new, unsavory definition of “smurf,” McArdle pointed out that the US beat the UK to the future, and a former cabbie answered the question you always wondered after stepping inside the taxi. A.N. Devers deconstructed the literary allusions buried in the NFL Ravens, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers commemorated the life of Elizabeth Bishop, and Luke Runyon reported on young readers enjoying the literal fruits of their learning in Colorado.

Antonio Casilli dished out some advice to the Vatican on its Twitter account, Tom Stafford rewrote your to-do list, and Angela Evancie pushed back against young poets’ achievement anxiety. Also, we compared the church coffer to the diner tip jar and Joshua Holland stuck up for the misunderstood dog breed.

Newtown resident Ross McDonald presented the letters flooding into his town hall as we caught sight of a Syrian woman and her battered child during the Face of the Day. Finally, we peered into the backyard in Essex Junction, Vermont for the VFYW and had to applaud the insane surfers in the MHB.


The rest of the week after the jump:

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The Daily Wrap

Feb 6 2013 @ 10:30pm


Today on the Dish, Andrew pondered how much longer America will trail her fellow democracies in delivering marriage equality and insisted that only fairness and equality will solve the Boy Scouts’ problems. He kept watch on the anti-prohibition bills in Congress, logged another day of self-sabotage for the right-wing media-industrial complex, and fired back at critics of the supposed oppressive regimes of Pret A Manger and TGI Friday’s. Elsewhere, Andrew mused on the life and legend of Shakespeare’s nastiest hero and England’s most infamous monarch, talked Catholics and conscience in today’s episode of Hitch & Sully, and explored the potential of television to blend further with independent projects found online.

In home news, he placed the Dish in the sweet spot between old and new media, updated readers on the first week of our independence, and continued to broadcast reader feedback on matters from the layout to potential merchandise.

On the political beat, Bouie disputed the openness of Silicon Valley, Brooklyn College’s chair of polisci gave his take on the BDS uproar, and Shafer brainstormed who might’ve slipped the DOJ white paper to the press. We discovered how far the government traveled to outsource torture, Nate Rawlings tallied up the bill for shipping our military gear back from Afghanistan, and Evan Osnos tracked the miscarriage of justice for China’s battered women.

While Catherine Rampell tried to pinpoint what kind of worker could take a hit from increased immigration, Michael Clemens argued that any reform hinges on making immigrants easier to hire in the first place, and Laura Entis nudged at the boundaries of the 8-hour work day. Meanwhile, Yglesias proposed a congestion charge for the metropolis, , Ambers assessed Hillary as quietly poised to pounce, and libertarians in Idaho tried to assign their state some dreary reading.

In assorted coverage, Jon Brodkin debunked the rumors of the coming universal Wifi-paradise while we learned how to send a text built to self-destruct, and wondered if e-cigs will lead to e-joints. America’s young readers discovered the fruits of curiosity as we found out what it’s like to proofread a genius. Aaron Carroll reexamined what makes healthy weight loss, Eric Zorn spotted the unique pitch of the ad-free Dish, and Reid Mitenbuler reported the life of Frederic Tudor, who kept the world chill as modernity took hold. Watched the sun set in Bigfork, Minnesota for the VFYW measured climate change on the skating rink and spun a hardcore record for the MHB.


The Unexpected Gateway

Feb 6 2013 @ 1:03pm

Kevin Charles Redmon points to new research indicating that “marijuana may be a ‘gateway drug’ to cigarettes”:

The recent [National Institute on Drug Abuse] study is important because it demonstrates that, even if THC doesn’t promote a neurochemical gateway for heroin and cocaine addiction, it does for nicotine.

The popularity of e-cigs may be changing that. And newly popular vaporizers to inhale THC act similarly: call them e-joints.

The Daily Wrap

Feb 5 2013 @ 10:30pm

Today on the Dish, Andrew challenged the president on his weak rhetoric on tax reform, sounded off on the DOJ white paper justifying extra-judicial killing, and took a closer look at what made ACT UP more than agitprop. He fumed at the Church’s ongoing sabotage of justice, vowed to stay diligent about the GOP’s schemes to skewer representative government, and sampled Washington’s reactions to the ACA’s new conciliation on contraception. Elsewhere, Andrew marked the passage of marriage equality in Britain’s House of Commons on contraception, spoke up in defense of America’s smiley service, despite Tim Noah’s objections, endorsed the e-cig counterculture.

Finally, Andrew, introduced readers to Patrick and Chris, the tireless stewards of the Dish, and took on readers’ praise and critique of the new, independent site before unveiling the transcript of an unreleased podcast with his old friend Christopher Hitchens.

In political coverage, Yglesias tried to steer us between overregulation and underregulation, Paul Campos warned of the oncoming higher-ed bubble, and Waldman honed in on the crucial steps toward gun control. Larison anticipated the GOP’s inadequate stand against Hagel’s confirmation while Mick Mulvaney struck a blow for fiscal sanity within the GOP. Corey Robin applauded the admin of Brooklyn College for hosting a BDS event, James Surowiecki spotted serious revenue in lifting the ban on sports gambling, and Fox News let Dick Morris back into the wild.

In assorted news and views, we wondered whether Netflix’s original series will incite a revolution in home entertainment, Andrew Leonard pointed out the company’s ever-expanding view into your personal tastes, and Ryan McGee requested smaller TV portions in general. Ann Friedman outlined her taxonomy of trolls, Maia Szalavitz spotted a drug for when you’ve had too much drugs, and Steve Benen caught the bright side of the Superbowl blackout.

Travis Waldron joined the mounting case against the football industry, Alyssa Rosenberg asked Alex Gibney what the Catholic Church’s crimes reveal about insulated institutions in general, and Michael Signorelli spotlighted St. Francis’s interaction with and toleration of Islam. We felt the breeze in Tucson, Arizona, watched a hitchhiker’s guide to heroism, and gawked as Gangham style leapt from the page in the MHB. Later, we dropped by a heavily-bearded Viking jamboree in the Face of the Day and followed the breadcrumbs to Sinzig, Germany in today’s VFYW contest (whose spinoff game you can now enjoy any time).