FDA Annoncement (U.S. Federal Drug Administration) eCigs now Tobacco Product
April 25th 2011 - After the most recent loss in the federal court of appeals the FDA made an announcement that electronic cigarettes will be regulated as a tobacco product. The good news is electronic cigarettes are now officially recognized by the United States government and is no longer banned for importation.
The new concern is that eCigs (electronic cigarette's) are not the same as tobacco products and should be regulated as a product lesser in health risks than tobacco cigarettes. In addition the FDA now also controls tobacco products and with the recent banning of flavored cigarettes the future is unknown for future regulation, taxation and restrictions.
FDA Pushed To Define Scope Line Between Drug And Tobacco Products
March 31st 2011 - A key Democratic lawmaker and a stakeholder group are urging FDA to close loopholes in the Tobacco Control Act that enable exemptions for certain tobacco goods, with the agency saying it is still considering its options for some tobacco-derived products as it defines the line between tobacco and drug products. FDA, citing current limitations in the law, recently said it could not to regulate dissolvable tobacco lozenges from a tobacco company, a decision that drew the ire of an anti-tobacco group, while a tobacco policy expert contends that drug companies could seize on the agency's conclusion to market their smoking-cessation goods without certain warnings or claims.
As part of this debate on how to draw FDA's jurisdictional lines for tobacco, some lawmakers are pressing the agency to expand the ban on clove cigarettes to cigars, which are not explicitly covered under the law. The issue also plays into how FDA will balance the interests of the drug and tobacco industries........................
Use of Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigs) not allowed on US flights?
Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer, On Friday February 11, 2011, 10:35 am EST RICHMOND, Va. (AP)
Transportation Dept: Use of electronic cigarettes prohibited on commercial airline flights
The U.S. Department of Transportation says the use of smokeless electronic cigarettes on airplanes is prohibited and plans to issue an official ban this spring, according to a letter from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood obtained by The Associated Press. In the letter to Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, LaHood said the department has been informing airlines and the public that it interprets smoking regulations to include e-cigarettes. Lautenberg, who wrote the 1987 law that banned smoking on airplanes, had asked transportation officials to clarify the rule. E-cigarettes are plastic and metal devices that heat.................... Click link below for full article
U.S. Court of Appeals again DENIES FDA (U.S. Federal Drug Administration)
January 26th 2011 - The fledgling electronic-cigarette industry scored another victory against the Food and Drug Administration in federal court Monday, potentially setting the stage for the battery-powered devices to be regulated like conventional tobacco products.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected the FDA's request to have the entire court review a December decision by a three-judge panel that went against the agency. The FDA, which contends that the products should be regulated as drug devices, now has the option of........... see WSJ website, link below
Daily Caller The biggest unfounded health scares of 2010
December 30th 2010 - Scare # 2 E-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes), which are an odorless and flameless clean nicotine delivery system, stand accused of containing “carcinogens” and of being as dangerous as real cigarettes. But e-cigarettes pose little or no harm compared to real cigarettes. What is harmful about traditional cigarette smoking is the products of combustion that are created when the smoker lights up. Nicotine, in itself, although highly addictive, isn’t particularly harmful its “toxicity” is about the same as caffeine. E-cigarettes give smokers the nicotine “fix” they want without the frightening chemical mix produced by the combustion in traditional cigarettes. So-called public health and anti-smoking groups who condemn the e-cigarettes as health hazards similar to traditional smoking are doing a great disservice to the tens of millions of addicted cigarette smokers in America. Click link below to Read more
Court Says FDA Authority Over Electronic Cigarettes aka eCigs Is Limited
December 7 2010 - In a United States federal appeals court a decision made found that as long as electronic cigarettes aren't marketed as a way to treat or cure a disease, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has no authority to block the importation of electronic cigarette products.
Bloomberg Report on Electronic Cigarettes (eCigs)Nicotine Vapor Stokes U.S. Regulators November 2nd 2010 - Electronic cigarettes are pitting regulators against anti-smoking forces on whether to allow sales now to speed efforts to help smokers quit or ban them until they are proven safe and effective.
Proponents of the battery-powered devices that produce a nicotine vapor instead of tobacco smoke urge the Food and Drug Administration to consider them a tool for smokers seeking a tobacco-free alternative. The American Lung Association wants sales suspended unless proven in clinical drug trials. read more by clicking link below
Washington Times FDA Smoke Screen on E-Cigarettes November 24th 2009 - Cigarette substitute produces no deadly smoke
By Elizabeth M. Whelan, Sc.D., M.P.H. Posted: Thursday, August 6, 2009 EDITORIAL Publication Date: August 6, 2009
This piece first appeared on August 6, 2009 in the Washington Times:
At a time when the government is ostensibly trying to cut health costs, why is it trying to ban something that might help people quit smoking tobacco, perhaps the most devastating health problem in the U.S.? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a press conference late last month to scare Americans about the so-called "e-cigarette" -- claiming it was loaded with harmful "toxins" and "carcinogens." The agency was implicitly saying: Stay away from these newfangled, untested cigarette substitutes -- better to stick with the real ones, the ones that we are more familiar with, the ones that cause over 450,000 deaths annually in the U.S. In making its distorted, incomplete and misleading statement, FDA--. read more by clicking link below
Phys.org.com Evidence suggests e-cigs safer than cigarettes, researcher claims
December 16th 2010
In a new report that bucks the concerns raised by the Food and Drug Administration, a Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) (sph.bu.edu) researcher concludes that electronic cigarettes are much safer than real cigarettes and show promise in the fight against tobacco-related diseases and death.
The review, which will be published online ahead of print this month in the Journal of Public Health Policy, is the first to comprehensively examine scientific evidence about the safety and effectiveness of electronic, also known as e-cigarettes, said Michael Siegel, professor of community health sciences at BUSPH. The battery-powered devices provide tobacco-less doses of nicotine in a vaporized solution.
"Few, if any, chemicals at levels detected in electronic cigarettes raise serious health concerns," the authors said. "Although the existing research does not warrant a conclusion that electronic cigarettes are safe in absolute terms and further clinical studies are needed to comprehensively assess the safety of electronic cigarettes, a preponderance of the available evidence shows them to be much safer than tobacco cigarettes and comparable in toxicity to conventional nicotine replacement products."
The report reviewed 16 laboratory studies that identified the components in electronic cigarette liquid and vapor. The authors found that carcinogen levels in electronic cigarettes are up to 1,000 times lower than in tobacco cigarettes.
"The FDA and major anti-smoking groups keep saying that we don't know anything about what is in electronic cigarettes," Siegel said. "The truth is, we know a lot more about what is in electronic cigarettes than regular cigarettes."
Since coming onto the market in the United States more than three years ago, electronic cigarettes have proven to be controversial. The FDA has threatened to ban the sell of e-cigarettes and six national anti-smoking groups – the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Legacy Foundation, and Action on Smoking and Health – have also called for the removal of electronic cigarettes from the market.
Their concerns are that the FDA has not evaluated any e-cigarettes for safety or effectiveness, that the devices contain dangerous chemicals, and that they are marketed toward children. In December, however, a federal appeals court ruled that the FDA should regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products rather than as drug-delivery devices, such as nicotine-replacement patches or gum. The latter undergo much more stringent FDA regulations.
"Taking these products off the market would force thousands of users to return to cigarette smoking," Siegel said. "Why would the FDA and the anti-smoking groups want to take an action that is going to seriously harm the public's health? The only ones who would be protected by a ban on e-cigarettes are the tobacco companies, as these new products represent the first real threat to their profits in decades."
The report also reviews preliminary evidence that electronic cigarettes can be effective in suppressing the urge to smoke, largely because they simulate the act of smoking a real cigarette. E-cigarettes might also offer an advantage over traditional nicotine delivery devices, the authors argue, because smoking-related stimuli alone have been found capable of suppressing tobacco abstinence symptoms for long periods of time.
Provided by Boston University Medical Center
American Lung Association (ALA) looks to ban ecigs State by State
Has the ALA forgotten their core objectives? This explains the recent up rise of proposed electronic cigarette bans in each state.
If you have made the change to ecigs you cannot imagine going back to tobacco cigarette's, this is why you need to take the time to help others in other states and in other countries. As smokers we have been the butt of restrictions and regulation in public and even in private, as we understand the harm of our habit we took it in stride but suffered for years. HOWEVER, with ecigs the story is different and we need to speak out. Please email when needed, sign petitions but most importantly take 5 minutes and call the government office that is planning to ban an ecig.
Every time a law, bill or ordinances against electronic cigarettes gets passed on any level of government it hurts you the ecig user as other states will follow suit. Ecig users are currently grateful to two recent events, a ruling on a legal ecig matter by a federal judge regarding the FDA (please see the FDA link on this site for more information) and the veto of the Governor in the State of California regarding an ecig ban in California. California has long lead the way in environmental bills / laws and a wide range of landmark bills / laws that other states soon adopted, this decision helped ecigs..
The rules are simple. If you get 100 emails in one day you skim the subjects and delete as necessary. If you get 100 phone calls the impact is much deeper. In a newer world of technology we go with the flow. On this matter you should also send an email but you must call.
Case in point. Illinois has long tried to pass a law that motorcyclists wear a helmet. Despite your personal opinion on this specific subject the bill has never passed for one reason. THE PEOPLE SPOKE OUT AND CALLED THIER REPRESENTATIVES. Pressure from the public does get results but you must apply this pressure either in person or by phone.
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