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Electronic cigarettes need regulations

Marc Brodeur

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Imagine sitting in class and seeing a plume of smoke but not smelling fire; you look around and notice someone smoking an electronic cigarette or vapor pen.

This technology, created to help smokers quit, has been rapidly growing in popularity over the past decade. People can be seen smoking electronic cigarettes and vapor pens just about anywhere, including the occasional San Jose City College classroom.

“Willful or persistent smoking in any area where smoking has been prohibited by law or by regulation of the college or the district” is subject to suspension or even expulsion, according the SJCC Student Code of Conduct.

But if there is no smoke is it really considered smoking?

Inside electronic cigarettes and vapor pens, “a battery converts liquid nicotine and/or flavors into a fog machine-type vapor known as propylene glycol,” according to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Since the e-cigarettes emit a vapor, users argue that this technology should not be classified as smoking, and vapor should be permitted indoors and in various non-smoking areas.

These devices remain unregulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but they intend to “issue a proposed rule extending the FDA’s tobacco product authorities,” beyond cigarettes and tobacco, and “include other products like e-cigarettes.”

With the lack of regulation on these products, research on the long-term and second-hand vapor effects remain very minimal, as the chemical makeup varies from hundreds of suppliers.

While little is known about the effects of these products, the act of vaping is similar to that of smoking classic cigarettes. The user inhales a substance, and, in the act, produces a second-hand emission.

Until regulations are placed on electronic cigarettes and vapor pens, businesses and schools need to update smoking policies and define whether this new technology is considered the same as cigarettes.

Just as regulations, laws and restrictions were placed on cigarettes, we need to get with the times and do the same for electronic cigarettes and vapor pens.

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One Response to “Electronic cigarettes need regulations”

  1. Robert Copia on May 2nd, 2014 5:01 am

    The FDA proposed regulations on “Electronic Cigarettes” contains one true statement, page 19, “ e-cigs have surpassed in popularity nicotine replacement products that have been available for quite some time”. Nicotine gum, lozenges, prescription drugs, inhalers, etc. are sold by Pfizer and Glaxo. Business is down and they do not like it. Thus the “war on ecigs” waged by Pharma through the politicians and media sources that they control. Regulate and tax e-cigs out of existence and at the same time conduct a campaign of fear and misinformation aimed at those who still trust government, dissuading smokers from trying e-cigs. Keep smoking or use the pharma products, that have a low rate of success.
    A Freedom of Information request filed with the European Union provides correspondence between Sophie Crousse, the VP of European Affairs with Glaxo, and Dominik Schnichels, who is in charge of E-cig regulations for the EU. Put “SANCO correspondence with Industry lobbyists over TPD” into google and read them for yourself.
    Bearing in mind that e-cigs are competition for Glaxo and that in July, 2012, Glaxo plead guilty to criminal and civil charges from the U.S. Justice Dept and paid a 3 Billion dollar fine for illegally targeting children and adolescents, through their doctors to become users of dangerous anti-depressants, the relationship between Ms. Crousse and Mr. Schnichels seems quite strange.
    Ms. Crousse’s services were not necessary in the U.S., because in March 2013, Mitch Zeller was appointed Director of FDA Center For Tobacco Products. From 2002 until 2013 Mr. Zeller was an Executive at PinneyAssoc., who had the exclusive contact with GLAXO to provide consulting services on issues related to tobacco dependence.
    Thus begins a full scale attack on e-cigs and a fear campaign aimed at hopelessly addicted smokers dissuading them from trying a product that might save them from the “death sentence” of addiction to tobacco cigarettes.
    The “Gateway to Tobacco Addiction” comes right out of the Glaxo memos.
    The CDC reports that many youths are experimenting with e-cigs which was widely and constantly reported in the media. On 12/18/ 2013, Susan Liss, the exec. dir. of the Campaign For Tobacco Free Kids, was pleased to announce ,”2013 was the 3rd year in a row for significant declines in teen smoking”. One may conclude that the e-cig is the “Gateway” out of smoking.
    This received no coverage, it did not fit the agenda.
    There are two brave people in government not afraid to take on “big Pharma’
    Terrence Young proclaims,’it is time to hold Big Pharma to account for it’s unscrupulous and corrupt marketing practices”.
    Rona Ambrose introduced a bill which includes stiff fines , 5 million a day and jail time for Pharma executives who break the law”.
    Unfortunately they are not in the USA. Mr. Young is a member of parliament in Canada and Ms. Ambrose is the Canada Health Minister.
    In the USA, the FDA protects the Pharma companies and regulates the American people.

    FDA RECOMMENDED ‘ANTI-SMOKING PILLS” CHANTIX and ZYBAN MOTLEY FOOL INVESTMENT LETTER March 28, 2014  Chantix has seen sales top $700 million in the past, but the drug is now mired in controversy over potential suicides and cardiovascular risks. In fact, Pfizer had to dole out $273 million last year because of lawsuits stemming from suicides and other psychiatric problems.

    Smokers die after taking Zyban cure

    by RACHEL ELLIS, Mail on Sunday
    Eighteen smokers have died after taking Zyban – the new ‘wonder cure’ for nicotine addiction, The Mail on Sunday reveals today.
    The deaths, reported by GPs to the Department of Health, have occurred in the seven-and-a-half months since the drug was launched. Those who died were mainly in their 40s and 50s – although one was aged just 21.
    Health Department figures also show that 3,457 Zyban users have suffered a disturbing range of suspected side effects – from chest pains to fits, seizures and depression.

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