Done, mailed a tracking number off.
Done, mailed a tracking number off.
I just came from the new member's forum. I'm guessing there are 500 folks over there blissfully carrying on about how their newfound discovery of vaping has impacted their lives (as it has with all of us). I suspect most are still clueless about all this.
That said, why isn't this a sticky "over there" like the sticky for EFVI (European Free Vaping Initiative). I think in this home stretch we need every comment we can dredge up. Perhaps ECF can waive the 5 post requirement for new members if they provide their FDA comment "receipt". An administrative hassle probably but you get the idea.
Edit: Never mind! I just found "this" thread in the New Member's forum.
I would like to add that you can attach documents to the FDA comments - Given how the FDA is always saying "we just don't know anything about e-cigarettes" NOW is an excellent time to inform them! I urge everyone to download a pdf of a study on e-cigs that you feel strongly about and submit a comment with that attached you can simply write "please see the attached study" in the comment window if you want the study to speak for itself
Done, everyone needs to do this
Done with tracking number. It was quick and hassle free. Everyone needs to join in.
Done. Tracking number sent to CASAA. Took all of maybe 10 minutes, a small price to pay for our only chance to keep this activity viable for all.
Packed up all my other vaping gear and moved to REOville May 21, 2011.
Done. I have copy and pasted the comment I submitted. This may help someone get an idea of what they can share. This came in at 4959 characters.
To those looking to regulate electronic cigarettes,
Despite the known risks associated with smoking cigarettes, I smoked a pack a day for almost 20 years. Throughout that time I tried numerous times to quit using every FDA-approved product available - patches, gum, pills - and nothing worked. These products were not only prohibitively expensive, but also ineffective at curbing my desire for cigarettes.
About two years ago my smoking habit began to take a serious toll on not only my health, but my quality of life. I had trouble breathing after light physical activity. I was unable to play with my infant son or climb a flight of stairs without feeling winded. I developed sleep apnea and found myself unable to get a restful night’s sleep. My wife began sleeping on the couch because of my snoring. I found it difficult to enjoy life outdoors with friends and family because I would feel physically exhausted after walking short distances. I became depressed because, despite my efforts to quit smoking, I felt trapped by cigarettes.
Around that time a colleague of mine suggested I try “vaping” - using an electronic cigarette. He had smoked for several years and had trouble quitting as well, but he was finally able to kick the habit through vaping. I was skeptical at first, but being miserable in my own body and the fact that I’d already tried everything else pushed me toward taking his advice. I purchased a Blu e-cig starter pack and used it for several days, however it did not fulfill my needs - I still had horrible cravings for a “real” cigarette. I went back to my co-worker and shared my concerns / complaints about the product I’d purchased, and he agreed that Blu (and other “cig-a-like”) products were the bottom of the barrel when it came to e-cigarettes. Per his recommendation, I purchased a more advanced, refillable device and my own nicotine fluid (e-liquid).
Since the day I received the new device, I have not smoked a single cigarette. That was almost 18 months ago. After all of my trials and tribulations trying to quit smoking through the use of FDA-approved products I was able to instantaneously stop myself from using combustible tobacco with the help of these products. Since then the changes in my body have been nothing short of miraculous. I no longer experience shortness of breath after physical activity. In fact, I have begun a workout routine that has helped me to lose a substantial amount of weight. I can play with my son like a Father should. My sleep apnea has disappeared, as has my snoring. My wife is back in the bed and happier than ever with my physical fitness. Overall, my quality of life has increased tenfold simply because I began vaporizing organic, flavored e-liquid instead of inhaling poisonous tobacco smoke.
Not only have the products changed my physical health, but my loved ones no longer have to deal with hazardous second hand smoke when they’re around me. My clothes, breath, and fingers no longer smell. My teeth have whitened considerably. And, perhaps above all, I actually enjoy using the products far more than I did using traditional tobacco. The ability to switch from one flavor to another quickly and easily keeps things interesting - and me off cigarettes.
If the proposed changes go into effect as-is, the vast majority of effective e-cigarette products will removed from the market and thousands of small businesses across the country will be shut down. As a consumer of these products - and a primary stakeholder in their continued, legal availability - I consider the proposed regulations to be completely inappropriate in their current form. For the FDA to blindly consider banning products that have the potential to save millions of American lives is not only wrong, it is irresponsible.
If FDA regulations go into effect unchanged it will create a black market for quality e-cig products, and force many law-abiding American citizens - myself included - to break the law in order to continue using these potentially life saving products. If these products are going to be regulated for the benefit of the American public, the regulations need to be based on hard evidence founded in factual science - not hearsay and the desires of Big Tobacco. The proposed regulations will offer little benefit, and may have catastrophic consequences for a growing industry that employs tens of thousands of American people. I strongly encourage the FDA to perform adequate research on e-cigarettes before making an uninformed decision that will negatively impact the health and wellbeing of these Americans.
Please make the appropriate changes to the proposal. If you need additional information about the safety of these products, you can find many useful studies at the link I’ve provided below.
Thank you for taking the time to read my comment.
added mine to the list and sent number to CASAA.
I Only Listen to the 14 Little Voices in my Head,The Other Voices Aren't Real
Also, CASAA recommended submitting your reply as an attachment since the reply box has a character limit so that may be messing with the numbers some...I sent mine in last week.
Come on people!! *cheers on everyone else*