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Are you going to be interviewed about E-cigarettes?

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  1. Vocalek

    Vocalek CASAA Activist ECF Veteran

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    Apr 7, 2009
    Springfield, VA
    CASAA is often contacted by people who are going to be interviewed by a local newspaper or television station. Here, for handy reference is a list of the "homework" we assign:

    CASAA would be happy to work with you. We suggest that you contact the journalist to find out what his or her approach is going to be. What gave him or her the idea to do a story? How does this story fit in with other stories s/he is doing or has done? Bottom line is that journalists usually have some kind of preconceived idea about where they are going with a story. What kind of questions might be asked?

    If the reporter does not know about the concept of Tobacco Harm Reduction, you might need to provide that background. E-cigarettes are just one of the tools that can be used to reduce the harm caused by smoking. Modern smokeless tobacco products such as snus and dissolvable tobacco products (orbs, strips, sticks, etc.) are another tool, as is long-term use of pharmaceutical nicotine (patches, gum, lozenges, etc.) The methodology employed in Tobacco Harm Reduction is to switch to long-term replacement of nicotine from a safer source than inhaling smoke.

    See these pages about Tobacco Harm Reduction:
    Understanding Harm Reduction
    Smoking Alternatives
    Nicotine Effects

    Also, the FAQs on the Tobacco Harm Reduction organization’s site. (see links on the left side of the Home page):

    Researchers who at the time worked at the University of Alberta conducted a survey of e-cigarette users and there is some extremely useful demographic information on who uses e-cigarettes and for what purposes. It is posted online here:

    As far as specific facts about e-cigarettes, you might download the following documents from the CASAA web site:
    Medical Infograph:
    Tri-Fold Brochure, The Facts About Electronic Cigarettes:
    Myths about E-cigarettes:
    E-Cigarette Fact Sheet – 1 page Handout:
    Legislative Packet -

    The most important thing you can share with the reporter is your own personal experience. How long did you smoke? Did you experience any ill effects from smoking? What happened after you switched to using an e-cigarette?

    The reporter might be looking into the legal aspects of e-cigarettes in Canada and/or the U.S. Are you familiar with the court case that is being chronicled on ECF in the thread The really short version of the story is in this 2-response thread:

    Health Canada recommended against the use of e-cigarettes shortly after the FDA held its infamous press conference in July 2009, claiming that there are carcinogens and toxins in e-cigarettes. The FDA report is debunked in several of the CASAA documents that are cited above. Several foreign countries banned the sale of e-cigarettes, citing the FDA's "health concerns." Ironically, the FDA has been unable to ban sales in the US!

    Contact CASAA if you have specific questions or concerns not addressed in the above documentation. Good luck with your interview!

    P.S. When the interview is published, please post a link in this forum. :)
  2. mwa102464

    mwa102464 Resting In Peace ECF Veteran

    That answers the guys post from today , I recommended he write in to you and I'm really glad to see you took your time to post this Volcalek thank you !!!!
  3. Vocalek

    Vocalek CASAA Activist ECF Veteran

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    Apr 7, 2009
    Springfield, VA
    An after thought: Don't try to memorize all this. Read through it to get a feel for the subjet. You can't become an expert overnight. If you are asked a question that you don't know the answer to (or know but can't recall) it is OK to say, "I don't know, but I would be happy to find out for you." The odds are good that the reporter will find something else to ask you instead. But you can always follow up later by sending an email providing the information that you didn't not have on the tip of your tongue.
  4. TomCatt

    TomCatt Da Catt Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 8, 2011
    Upland, PA
    As usual, Thanks V!! [putting a shortcut on my desktop to this thread; just in case :)]
  5. markfm

    markfm Aussie Pup Wrangler Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Unfortunately, the body of your original post is hard to read using the Blackend motif -- it's dark blue on black background (the links show as orange, readable).
  6. Vocalek

    Vocalek CASAA Activist ECF Veteran

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    Apr 7, 2009
    Springfield, VA
    Actually, the links are the most important part of the post. If you're really curious about what I have to say about the links, you might want to print a copy of the post--or copy and paste the text into a document of your own and change the font color to whatever suits. Another approach is to turn on the screen reader. In the computer biz, we call these work-arounds.
  7. rothenbj

    rothenbj Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jul 23, 2009
    Green Lane, Pa
    LOL and still LOL but need 10 characters!
  8. fuzznut

    fuzznut Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 3, 2011
    CRTL+A might work
  9. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Also, CASAA tries to be available a "brainstorming" session with an interviewee via Skype - just ask! We met with Aaron and Jacinda prior to their radio interview in Utah, to help prepare them for possible questions they may not have considered and answers which would best represent the goals of the vaping community.

    One good strategy is to have common questions and claims on index cards with a prepared response, so you aren't caught off-guard. CASAA can help you determine those questions and answers ahead of time!
  10. Vocalek

    Vocalek CASAA Activist ECF Veteran

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    Apr 7, 2009
    Springfield, VA
    The followng might serve as a crash-course on e-cigarettes.

    What are Electronic Cigarettes?
    E-cigarettes are battery operated devices that vaporize a liquid solution consisting of 89-90% propylene glycol, water, flavoring, and optionally a small amount of nicotine. E-cigarette use mimics smoking; but, there nothing is burned, so the user inhales vapor, not smoke.

    What is their purpose?
    Even after watching his father die of smoking-related lung cancer, Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik was unable to stop smoking. He knew the tar, carbon monoxide, particulates, and thousands of chemicals in smoke cause 99% of tobacco-related diseases. He invented the electronic cigarette as a safer way of delivering nicotine by eliminating exposure to the harmful elements in smoke. E-cigarettes are a replacement for smoking.

    How well do they work?
    Surveys show that between 31% and 82% (depending on the timescale measured or the market sector questioned) of consumers are using electronic cigarettes as a complete replacement for smoked cigarettes. This compares quite favorably with the average 7% success rate (at the 6-month mark) of FDA-approved nicotine products.

    Who uses electronic cigarettes?
    Concerns that electronic cigarettes are marketed to children have proved to be unfounded. One survey found that 55% of users were between the ages of 31 and 50, and 32% were older than 50. All were previous smokers. Of the 90% who had tried to stop smoking before, 67% tried more than 4 times and 21% tried 10 times or more.

    Why are flavors offered?
    Most consumers initially choose a tobacco-like flavor when they first begin using an e-cigarette. However, within a short time, they begin to find the taste of tobacco unpalatable. This factor may explain why so many e-cigarette users report that they have lost all urges to smoke. Only 16.7% of regular users report that they have never tried a fruit, beverage and/or candy flavored liquid. Only 0.1% state they were drawn to e-cigarettes due to the tasty flavors available.

    Is there second-hand vapor that might be harmful to bystanders?
    The e-cigarette generates no side-stream smoke from its tip. The exhaled vapor of the e-cigarette is composed of propylene glycol, and contains almost no nicotine; and no carbon monoxide. Dr. Murray Laugesen of Health New Zealand tested one brand of e-cigarettes for over 50 smoke toxicants and none were found. Dr. Laugesen stated, “Lacking any active ingredient or any gaseous products of combustion, the PG mist or ‘smoke’ is not harmful to bystanders.”

    Are e-cigarettes approved by the FDA?
    In April 2009, Smoking Everywhere filed suit against the FDA seeking an injunction against FDA product seizures. Sottera, Inc. (dba NJOY) joined as an intervener plaintiff. In July 2009, the FDA held a press conference to announce results of testing the products of the two plaintiffs. The FDA used partial truths and inflammatory language to falsely portray electronic cigarettes as more dangerous than tobacco cigarette smoking.

    The FDA’s press release stated that the electronic cigarettes it tested contained “carcinogens.” But the FDA did not mention that the 8 nanograms of Tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs) detected in the “high” cartridges are no more likely to be carcinogenic than the 8 nanograms of TSNAs in an FDA-approved nicotine patch. The FDA also failed to point out that the 0.01 ml of diethylene glycol (DEG) found in one of the 18 cartridges is thousands of times below the toxic level. The FDA’s press release described DEG as “an ingredient in antifreeze,” presumably because antifreeze is more likely to evoke feelings of fear than some of the more common uses of the chemical such as solvent, lubricant, or humectant. No DEG was found in the vapor of the cartridges tested by FDA, and no other lab has ever detected DEG in e-cigarettes.

    In the case of Smoking Everywhere and Sottera (dba NJOY) versus the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, both the lower court and the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia have issued opinions that, as long as vendors make no claims that electronic cigarettes can cure or treat a disease, the FDA cannot regulate the products as a drug or drug-delivery device combination under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act.

    Are e-cigarettes harmful?
    The Honorable Richard J. Leon, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia stated that the FDA failed to provide any evidence that the products have harmed anyone. Since that opinion was issued, millions more of the products have been sold; and to date there have been zero reports of any serious adverse event. Side effects reported are no different from those reported with use of FDA-approved nicotine products. Over 90% are reporting health improvements citing improved breathing, less coughing, and better fitness.

    Questions have been raised that e-cigarettes might increase nicotine addiction. Dr. Laugesen’s testing determined that each puff of vapor delivers only 10% of the nicotine delivered in a puff of smoke, and this has been verified in clinical trials.

    Dr. Michael Siegel of Boston University School of Public Health reviewed the available evidence on the safety and effectiveness of e-cigarettes - including the testing conducted by the FDA - and concluded, “A preponderance of the available evidence shows them to be much safer than tobacco cigarettes and comparable in toxicity to conventional nicotine replacement products.” Journal of Public Health Policy - Electronic cigarettes as a harm reduction strategy for tobacco control: A step forward or a repeat of past mistakes[quest]

    Additional information

    Harm Reduction: - Harm Reduction
    Journal Articles:
    Lab Reports on E-cigarettes:


    Bullen, C., McRobbie, H., Thornley, S., Glover, M., Lin, R., & Laugesen, M. (2010). Effect of an electronic nicotine delivery device (e cigarette) on desire to smoke and withdrawal, user preferences and nicotine delivery: randomised cross-over trial. Tobacco Control. 2010 Apr;19(2):98-103. Effect of an electronic nicotine delivery device (... [Tob Control. 2010] - PubMed result

    Cahn, Z., & Siegel, M. (2010). Electronic cigarettes as a harm reduction strategy for tobacco control: A step forward or a repeat of past mistakes? Journal of Public Health Policy 32: 16-31. Palgrave Macmillan Journals

    Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (2011) CASAA Position Statement on Electronic Cigarettes.

    Etter, JF. (2010) Electronic cigarettes: a survey of users. BMC Public Health. 2010; 10: 231. Electronic cigarettes: a survey of users

    Garland, Kavanaugh, & Williams. United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Case: 10-5032 Document: 1281606 Filed: 12/07/2010.

    Health Canada. (2010). Diethylene glycol; classification with respect to acute toxicity. Date Modified: 2010-09-21. Diethylene glycol; classification with respect to acute toxicity - Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System - Health Canada

    Heavner, K., Dunworth, J., Bergen, P., Nissen ,C., & Phillips, CV. (11/26/2009) Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) as potential tobacco harm reduction products: Results of an online survey of e-cigarette users. Tobacco Harm Reduction 2010 Yearbook, Chapter 19. THR2010. (

    Laugesen, M. (2008). Safety Report on the Ruyan® e-cigarette Cartridge and Inhaled Aerosol. Health New Zealand.

    Laugesen, M. (2009). Ruyan® E-cigarette Bench-top tests. Poster 5-11 at Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Dublin, Updated 07 May, 2009.

    Leon, RJ. United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Order, Civil Case No. 09-771 (RJL). Filed 01/14/2010.

    Siegel, M. Letter to Members of the Health Committee of the New York State Assembly regarding Assembly Bill A01468 (01/23/2011).

    Trtchounian A., Williams M., & Talbot, P. (July 19, 2010) Conventional and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have different smoking characteristics. Nicotine & Tobacco Research Advance Access. Doi:10.1093/ntr/ntq114

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (5/4//09). Final Report: Evaluation of e-cigarettes.
  11. ctconline

    ctconline Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Oct 20, 2010
    SW Florida USA
  12. Stop Smoking

    Stop Smoking Full Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    Rio Rancho, nm
    A NEW YORK TIMES REQUEST FOR "Electronic cigarettes: Have you tried them? in preparation for an article. This was my email to a abiolchini @ gannett .com .

    I am a current user of e-cigarettes. I have smoked since I was 14 (now 55) and was exposed to nicotine in the womb and secondary and third hand smoke all during childhood as my parents smoked. On December 20, 2010 I received my first electronic cigarette and have been analogue free since that day. I have significantly decreased my use of nicotine over that time. I have tried Nicorette gum and it simply became a replacement, in fact it probably increased my nicotine use. I have been on Chantrix and became extremely depressed. I took Zyban and the side effects were intolerable. The patch did nothing except cause a severe rash.

    Vaping appears to address the behavioral component of smoking and the nicotine dependence. My physical health has dramatically improved with shortness of breath, morning cough and general energy levels enhanced. The only side effect from vaping is that the e-liquid has stained a couple shirts. I have quit for months at a time- but in retrospect those were times when I was chewing Nicorette.

    I have also become very active in e-cigarette support groups and vocal in many forums regarding this issue. I doubt that I have ever been nicotine free. I have ADHD and have been medicated for 15 or so years. Nicotine has several neurochemical effects that are positive (increased attention being one).

    Do I consider myself an ex-smoker, yes on most days. Do I plan to stop vaping, I’m not sure. Do I decrease my nicotine concentration in my vaping solutions, yes definitely.

    Vaping has been a life changing event for me.

    I can state that I have been part of an effort to remove from You Tube underage vaping videos and smoking videos. I strongly support the regulation of e-liquids for purity and lack of potential contamination by the 60 or so carcinogens known in tobacco smoke. I do not support its classification as a drug, it is a tobacco product. Vaping just frees me of the 4000 plus chemicals in tobacco that one ingests when smoking analogues. I also support bans on sales to minors.


    John Connell
    Albuquerque, N.M.

    In retrospect after reading the above probably clearing through CASAA would be a good idea. It is a brief version of my story and I read through the material associated with what to know and answer and feel confident, but will contact CASAA (0f which I am a member) should anything move forward. Words are powerful and must be clear.
  13. ECV's

    ECV's Unregistered Supplier

    Thank you! The Skype idea is pleasing! I have done interviews before on these, and having all this info is priceless! I will be scouring all the info before my next radio interview!!! For sure!
  14. dskarpus

    dskarpus Super Member ECF Veteran

  15. Catfishy

    Catfishy Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 4, 2011
    Kingwood, Texas
    A Friend on the ECF passed your information on to me because of an issue at work. The administration allowed vapeing for patients and not even 24 hours later they decided to revoke this RIGHT because "some of the products still contain tobacco." Thank you so much for your research and the time you took to put this all together. You are awesome!
    I will use your works and heed your advice to stay even tempered.
    Thank you so much!
  16. Brewlady

    Brewlady Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Please post back and let us know how this turns out. Obviously ecigs do not contain tobacco, but the anti-tobacco groups are more than willing to lie to advance their agenda. It would be interesting to know what gave the administration the impression that "some of the products still contain tobacco". The best way to educate people is to find out where they are getting this incorrect information. We have lots of good information that can disprove all of the "e-cigs are dangerous" garbage. If these people are really concerned about HEALTH they would never consider banning harm reduction products.
  17. potts_d

    potts_d Full Member Verified Member

    Sep 23, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Reading this info has made me realize how few countries have actually banned this technology.
    And the fact that my country, Canada, is one of the only ones is absolutely shameful.

    I like to think we're pretty progressive, but we have a lot of work to do.

    I plan on printing the tri-fold pamphlet and keeping it on me, so that I can randomly educate interested people.
    Thanks a lot for all the useful information.

    Keep on keeping on. :vapor:
  18. Vocalek

    Vocalek CASAA Activist ECF Veteran

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    Apr 7, 2009
    Springfield, VA
  19. Catfishy

    Catfishy Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 4, 2011
    Kingwood, Texas
    We are now back to allowing the patients using e-cigs! The information I got from the CASAA Web Page was more than helpful! I will continue the GREAT Fight!
  20. Koman

    Koman Moved On ECF Veteran

    Jan 7, 2010
    I would love to be interviewed on this topic.
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