The Alternative Smoking Experience
From Bloombergs News on August 25, 2012:
Dennis Quaid quit smoking over a year ago. However, he is still using a SmokeStik as seen on the set of Beneath the Darkness recently.
We hear all the time from anti electronic cigarette people how they shouldn’t be used as there has not been any clinical studies done of them. Well, here’s one clinical study. Much more than I want to read, but if you’re interested:
BMC Public Health 2011 11::786.
November 7, 2011
You’ve spoken publicly in favor of electronic cigarettes, metal look-alikes that provide nicotine but are less harmful that tobacco-based products.
A. Here we have a product that is much safer than regular cigarettes and by anecdotal evidence at least is helping literally thousands of smokers to quit smoking. Another major benefit of e-cigarettes is there’s no secondhand smoke. In some ways, this is the product we’ve been looking for all these years, [though] certainly more research needs to be done on safety and effectiveness.
Q. But some anti-smoking advocates seem to hate these e-cigarettes.
A. Anti-smoking groups just have trouble saying something good about anything that looks like and acts like a cigarette. And every one of the groups that has come out against e-cigarettes has taken money from or partnered with pharmaceutical companies. If e-cigarettes are successful, they will take over the smoking cessation market from the pharmaceutical companies. It may be subconscious, but because a lot of [anti-smoking groups’] money and support comes from pharmaceutical companies, they are going to stand up and protect the interests of those companies.
You can see the remainder of the interview at: A Policy’s Smoke Screen
John Stossel’s take on the FDA and their policies towards electronic cigarettes:
John Tierney wrote a good article in the Science section of the NY Times about electronic cigarettes. Finally, somebody didn’t take the FDA’s press releases at face value but actually researched them and found out they were not based on science. Here’s his article:
Chantix (varenicline) is sold under the brand name Champix in England. Look what they have to say about this drug and its side effects. Yet the FDA continues to defend its use and at the same time tell us how dangerous electronic cigarettes are. Once again it shows me that FDA guidelines are driven more by money than safety.
Carrie Fisher went on the Today show to talk about her new book Shockoholic. She brought along her electronic cigarette. Check out her interview at:
New York Magazine has a brief article on electronic cigarettes and how they are becoming more popular: