Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ineresting Facts About Electronic Cigarettes from CASAA

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A Historical Timeline of Electronic Cigarettes

2003: The electronic cigarette is first developed in Beijing, China by Hon Lik, a 52 year old pharmacist, inventor and smoker. He reportedly invents the device after his father, also a heavy smoker, dies of lung cancer. The company Lik worked for, Golden Dragon Holdings, developed the device and changed their name to Ruyan, which means "like smoke."

April 2006: Electronic cigarettes introduced to Europe

2006-2007: Electronic cigarettes introduced to the U.S.

September 2008: The World Health Organization proclaims that it does not consider the electronic cigarette to be a legitimate smoking cessation aid, and demand that marketers immediately remove from their materials any suggestions that the WHO considers electronic cigarettes safe and effective

October 2008: In a study funded by Ruyan, Health New Zealand conducts a detailed quantitative analysis and concludes that carcinogens and toxicants are present only below harmful levels. On the basis of the findings, the e-cigarette is rated several orders of magnitude (100 to 1000 times) less dangerous than smoking tobacco cigarettes. The nicotine dose is comparable to that of a medicinal nicotine inhaler. Overall, the product tested was deemed a "safe alternative to smoking." http://www.healthnz.co.nz/ecigarette.htm

January 2009: Australia bans the possession and sale of electronic cigarettes which contain nicotine, citing that "every form of nicotine except for replacement therapies and cigarettes are classified as a form of poison."

March 2009: FDA adds electronic cigarettes to Import Alert 66-41 and directed the USCBP to reject the entry of electronic cigarettes into the United States.

March 2009: Canada bans the sale, advertising and import of electronic cigarettes and Health Canada advises Canadians not to purchase or use them, claiming they contain a "known irritant" (Propylene Glycol)

March 2009: FDA notifies Smoking Everywhere that their shipments have been refused entry into the U.S. The FDA purports that electronic cigarettes "appears to be a combination drug-device product that requires preapproval, registration and listing with the FDA.

May 2009: Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) files a petition to the FDA, calling for FDA regulation of electronic cigarettes http://ash.org/ecigpetition

April 2009: Smoking Everywhere files a federal complaint seeking an injunction against the FDA with respect to the FDA's attempts to ban the import of Electronic Cigarettes. Smoking Everywhere contends that the FDA has no authority over electronic cigarettes, as they are a "tobacco product" and the FDA's attempt to regulate them infringes on Congress's intent to withhold FDA jurisdiction over tobacco products. They contend that electronic cigarettes are not "drugs," "drug delivery systems," or "drug device combinations" under 21 U.S.C 321(g). Smoking Everywhere Verified Complaint

May 2009: NJOY joins Smoking Everywhere lawsuit against FDA

May 2009: The Electronic Cigarette Association is formed. The ECA is a trade association made up of electronic cigarette producers, distributors and retailers, whose aim is to speak on behalf of the electronic cigarette industry, especially in response to health concerns, and to help institute industry standards. The group is headquartered in Washington, D.C. Its president and spokesman is former United States congressman Matt Salmon.

May 2009: FDA tests 2 brands of electronic cigarettes, NJOY & Smoking Everywhere. 18 cartridges are tested. Tests reveal trace amounts of cancer-causing nitrosamines. One cartridge contains 1% diethylene glycol, a toxic substance. Cartridges labeled as 0mg nicotine are shown to contain nicotine. FDA Evaluation of e-Cigarettes

June 2009: President Obama signs into law the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act 18, giving the FDA the power to regulate the tobacco industry. Although nicotine and cigarettes as a whole cannot be banned outright, flavoring such as fruit or mint can. Additionally, new tobacco products seeking to enter the market will be required to meet FDA pre-market standards, which could affect electronic cigarette regulation.

June 2009: Panama bans the importation, distribution and sale of electronic cigarettes.

July 2009: FDA files a supplemental brief, in the Smoking Everywhere lawsuit, referencing the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The FDA contends that it still has authority over electronic cigarettes and they stand behind the decision to label it a drug-device combination and that the "FDA found, after examining the product, the claims made in the product labeling, and information SE submitted to FDA, that SE's product met the definition of both a drug and device under the FDCA." http://www.fda.gov/

July 2009: Two months after testing, the FDA issues a press release discouraging the use of electronic cigarettes and repeating previously stated concerns that electronic cigarettes may be marketed to young people, lack appropriate health warnings and that they contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze. Electronic Cigarettes

July 2009:
FDA's May 2009 study is reviewed by scientific consulting firm Exponent, Inc., in a report commissioned by NJOY. Some of the criticisms in Exponent's report are poor standards of documentation and analysis and failure to perform relevant comparisons to FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapy products, which Exponent claims contain TSNA levels comparable to those of electronic cigarettes. The study concludes that the FDA's claims of potential adverse health effects were not supported by the study. http://www.njoythefreedom.com/

August 2009: The State of Oregon files two settlements that prevent two national travel store chains, Pilot Travel Centers and TA Operating, from selling NJOY electronic cigarettes. In addition, the company must give the Attorney General advance notice that they intend to sell electronic cigarettes in Oregon, provide copies of all electronic cigarette advertising, and provide copies of the scientific studies they maintain substantiates their claims. NJOY voluntarily stops all sales in Oregon. http://www.doj.state.or.us/releases/2009/rel073009.shtml

August 2009: Oregon Attorney General John Kroger files a lawsuit against Smoking Everywhere, alleging that the Florida-based "electronic cigarette" company made false health claims about its nicotine delivery device and targeted children with sweet flavors. Smoking everywhere refuses to settle.

September 2009:
California passes a bill to ban the sales of electronic cigarettes in the state. Governor Schwarzenegger vetoes the bill stating, "If adults want to purchase and consume these products with an understanding of the associated health risks, they should be able to do so unless and until federal law changes the legal status of these tobacco products."

October 2009: Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association forms and board members elected. The organization is made up of both consumers and retailers, with the mission to ensure the availability of effective, affordable and reduced harm alternatives to smoking by increasing public awareness and education; to encourage the testing and development of products to achieve acceptable safety standards and reasonable regulation; and to promote the benefits of reduced harm alternatives.

October 2009: UK ASH recognizes that products should be made available that deliver nicotine in a safe way, without the harmful components found in tobacco, but those attempting to quit should use conventional NRTs. http://www.ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_715.pdf

December 2009: New Jersey State legislators pass a bill including electronic cigarettes in the state's public smoking ban.

December 2009: NJOY announces it is discontinuing, in the U.S., the availability of all flavors except its traditional tobacco flavor and menthol. The move aligns the flavors offered by NJOY with those allowed for combustible tobacco cigarettes under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Pols Attempt to ReWrite the Dictionary

Leave it up to the politicians who would re-write the dictionary to further their own political deals.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Personal Charging Case (PPC) For Your Electric Cigarette

PCC aka Personal Charging Case, review, how to, and help for the electronic cigarette user.

N.B.: this is the last in a series of videos which introduce electronic cigarettes and offer a guide as to their selection, use, and maintenance so in order to start at the beginning, scroll down to the Episode 1. Thank You.

Electronic Cigarette Benefits

If you have a friend or family and can't really get your point across this video might help.

Troubleshooting Your Electronic Cigarette

This video looks into common issues and questions with a ecig and troubleshooting technics on a manual 510 series electronic cigarette. If your a newcomer to ecigs this video may be helpful.

Electronic Cigarette Atomizer and Rechargeable Battery Maintenance

This episode addresses how to clean an ecigarette, electronic cigarette atomizer and the rechargeable battery. As with any device, there is some maintenance involved.

The Pass Through Charger For You Electronic Cigarette

This video speaks about a Pass Through Charger known as a PTC. If you do not know what a PTC is and are looking at buying a ecig than this video is a must! Newbie's should watch this video because it tells you how to charge your electronic cigarette with the Pass Through Charger which you can plug into your USB port on your PC.

Inhaling Your Electronic Cigarette

This video is great for someone who is new or has never used an Electronic Cigarette! If you want to know more about E-Cigs and if it really works then this channel is for you.

Modifyingt Your Electronic Cigarette

In this episode Shawn talks about his personal modification of the electronic cigarettes or e-cigs (ecigs).

Health Concerns Associated With Electronic Cigarettes

In this episode Shawn addresses Health Concerns regarding the E-Cig. If you want to no more about E-Cigs and if it really works then this channel is for you. Do your own due diligence. Don't take Shawn's word for the benefits he derived from electric or electronic cigarettes.

E-Pipe or Electronic Pipe

In this episode Shawn gives his opinion of the E-pipe or electronic pipe.

Basics of E-Liquids Used in Electric Cigarettes

In this episode Shawn explains the basics of E-Liquid used for Electronic Cigarette's. If you want to know more about E-Cigs, e-smokes and electric cigarettes and if it really works then this channel is for you.

Shawn's First Week On Electric Cigraettes

Shawns first week! In this episode he talks about his health and even about Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRTs). None of these worked for my friend Jim. He tried them all and eventually died of lung cancer:

Nicotine Patch
Nicoderm CO ThinFlex
Nicotine Gum
Nicotine Inhaler
Nicotine Lozenges
Nicotine Nasal Spray
Smoke Cessation Aids

If electronic cigarettes had been invented before he developed lung cancer, he might have avoided getting cancer and would still be alive today to enjoy his grandkids. If you want to know more about E-Cigs and if it really works then this channel is for you.

Two More E-Cig Or Electronic Cigarette Models

This video talks about two more e-cig models. After 20 years of smoking Shawn is trying to kick his tobacco smoking habit which he knows can lead to lung cancer and perhaps even worse incurable maladies. The electronic cigarettes do not contain any tobacco so they produce no tobacco smoke and thus are very safe. You are just smoking water vapor or vaporing, not smoking.

Getting Rid of the Cancer Sticks After 20 Years

After 20 years of smoking tobacco filled cigarettes Shawn is now 24 hours into the ecig experience. He hopes that the electronic cigarettes will hlep him kick his analog smoking habit because who knows what all the additives they add to the tobacco leaf will do once they enter your body. We know they cause cancer. That's why they are called "cancer sticks".

Electronic Cigarettes Are Tried By Shawn for the First Time

This is Shawn's first time trying an E-cig better known as a Electronic Cigarette / ecigs; also called vaporing because there is no smoke involved, just water vapor. It really means you are smoking water or water vapor or as they say in the UK, vaper.

Last Part of Three Part Video on e-smokes Or e-cigs

Shawn decides to move from regular cigarettes to e-smokes. This is the last of a three part video. Also called electric cigarettes, e-cigs, and electronic cigarettes which have no smoke, just water vapor so you are really "smoking" water thus the name vaporing or vapering in the UK.

Moving From Regular Cigarettes To e-smokes

Shawn decides to move from regular cigarettes to e-smokes aka e-cigareyyes aka electronic cigarettes, ecigs. This first video is really long but he showcases why the move.