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    I sent a email with the link to your article kristan and also a link to this forum.

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    Doesn’t it seem ironic to have ALA in a section about „Organizations with the Ability to Listen“? But seriously, it’s great to great to see April in Autumn asking her questions.

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    Sorry if this is the wrong place but I'm feeling angry and wanted to vent. What is making me angry is people like Kathy Drea and other ALA lobbyists. To her our lives are nothing but statistics. I turned to vaping instead of smoking because of my own concerns with my own health. Kathy Drea, and the ALA have a very different agenda. They are concerned with "public health". They are concerned with big picture things like preventing teenagers from starting smoking, and with social engineering in the push to "denormalize" smoking. They're not concerned with our lives, they're concerned with the lives of people who have yet to try a cigarette. We've already been written off.

    The fact is, any of us dying from cancer would be seen as a benefit to the Kathy Drea's of the world, another statistic to use in the advancement of their agenda.

    Rant over!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheep View Post
    Sorry if this is the wrong place but I'm feeling angry and wanted to vent. What is making me angry is people like Kathy Drea and other ALA lobbyists. To her our lives are nothing but statistics. I turned to vaping instead of smoking because of my own concerns with my own health. Kathy Drea, and the ALA have a very different agenda. They are concerned with "public health". They are concerned with big picture things like preventing teenagers from starting smoking, and with social engineering in the push to "denormalize" smoking. They're not concerned with our lives, they're concerned with the lives of people who have yet to try a cigarette. We've already been written off.

    The fact is, any of us dying from cancer would be seen as a benefit to the Kathy Drea's of the world, another statistic to use in the advancement of their agenda.

    Rant over!
    Yes, the ALA and other "do-gooders" like them have but one purpose as far as tobacco use is concerned..."exterminate it" and anything that even resembles smoking, even if it is not harmful to the user or others. I don't believe that they are concerned with anyone's life, present or future, but it's power and control over others that is their objective.

    As far as I am concerned, the ALA should stick to the reason that it was founded, Tuberculosis, or go out of business.
    Last edited by JerryRM; 04-18-2010 at 06:14 PM.
    DON'T go back to smoking, no matter what the FDA does.
    Going back to smoking will be a huge loss for you, in more ways than one.

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    I am about to send this email. Any suggestions or input is appreciated.
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    I removed most of this post as the final version of the email appears below.
    Last edited by JoeD4; 04-20-2010 at 12:35 AM.
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    Sounds GREAT Joe! I hope others will send their testimonies and questions as well. Good for you!

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    Thanks for checking it out. Transmitting now...
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    I made some small changes to the email and sent it. It now reads thus:

    Dear Ms Sward,

    Thank you for taking the time to read this email. I just wanted to let you and the American Lung Association know that I have quit cigarettes for 90 days now. My lungs feel lighter, I am sleeping better, my clothes and hair don't stink, my breathing has improved, my voice is clearer, my singing voice is returning, I have more energy, and my smokers cough has all but vanished. My quality of life has improved! You may wonder what method I used. I have tried cold turkey, the patch, the gum, the lozenge, Chantix and Welbutrin. I have had nothing but short term (9 days or less) success with all of these methods. The miracle for me has been the e-cigarette. I understand that many are working toward banning these devices but please listen to my personal testimony. Looking back on my journey and why my quitting attempts in the past have failed I began to realize that while NRT provided me with nicotine it did not address the "pleasure" and habit of smoking. In my moments of failure I was not experiencing any intense withdrawal from nicotine so much as a CRAVING for the the sensation of smoke being inhaled into my lungs (sounds crazy I'm sure but that's how it is for many smokers). The E-cigarette addresses not only the physical nicotine addiction but also the psychological aspect as well. I get the nicotine my body craves AND the sensation of inhaling smoke. It is this combination of effects that has been the winning ticket for me. I originally purchased my e-cigarette as a "safer cigarette" with little hope of actually breaking the nicotine addiction. After my experience with it I now have hope that I can gradually wean off of the nicotine and then stop using the device all-together. Of course, I would want to keep the device around for those moments of weakness where I psychologically crave a cigarette. Using a nicotine free refill could satisfy the momentary urge WITHOUT reintroducing nicotine into my system. My wife has also had similar success using the e-cigarette as have many, many others.

    When I started smoking in 1988 at age 14, I didn't know what I was doing. I wish I could go back in time and change my decision. I absolutely hate cigarettes and what they have done to my body. Unfortunately, the vice-like grip of cigarette addiction had proven itself too powerful a force...until now. For the first time in 22 years I am not smoking and have REAL hope of freeing myself from nicotine addiction or, at the very least, reducing the harm I am doing to my body as compared to smoking 1.5 packs per day of deadly cigarettes for the rest of my life. I would like to kindly ask that you and the ALA re-examine your position on these potentially life saving devices. As an adult of legal smoking age (I am a 36 year old male) I understand that e-cigarettes are not yet proven to be safe in absolute terms but, as a smoker/nicotine addict, I would be grateful for ANY reduction in health risk, whether it be a small percentage or (as some studies claim) 2 or 3 orders of magnitude. Further research can and should be done to see what benefit these devices may have and if they can be made even more beneficial. As for me, I can feel the difference in my health. I breathe easier, sleep better and have more sustained energy. My smokers cough decreases a little each day. My quality of life has improved and continues to do so each day. I feel like I have a new lease on life and a hope for a bright future. Please do not take this away from me. I urge you to listen to the stories of ex-smokers like me who have tried all else and finally found something that works for us. It's a matter of life and breath.

    To learn about others like me please log on to www.e-cigarette-forum.com
    You will find a community of e-cigarette users from all walks of life, each with different stories, goals and measures of success. All are fighting or have fought a battle against the same deadly foe: cigarettes. We finally feel like we have a fighting chance at victory!

    Thank you again for taking the time to listen.

    Sincerest and hopeful thanks,
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    And then I signed it.
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    Great letter, Joe!!

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    Joe, please if you have the time, will you send your letter as a hard copy via post?

    It is sooo much more effective to send letters than emails, and since you have taken the time to write such an excellent letter, I think it deserves to be transferred to paper

    SJ

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