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TBO.com : Moffitt researchers want to hear from e-cigarette users

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  1. BuGlen

    BuGlen Divergent ECF Veteran

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    Just saw this today and I'd like someone who knows more about the Moffitt Cancer Center and their affiliations to comment on whether or not this could be a good thing for our cause. In general, I've heard good things about the center, but I haven't done any research as to their ties to BP, ACA, ALA, or other organizations who have an agenda opposing e-cigs.

    Moffitt researchers want to hear from e-cigarette users | Breaking Tampa Bay, Florida and national news and weather from Tampa Bay Online and The Tampa Tribune | TBO.com
     
  2. calico21

    calico21 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Looks okay to start with, I don't know who the usf health org is. I'd look into that. They're wanting a perspective of why we chose pv's, which could be bad. If we say because we believe it's a healthy alternative have we opened the door for them to say it's a medicinal object giving the FDA more ammo?
     
  3. BuGlen

    BuGlen Divergent ECF Veteran

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    USF is the University of South Florida, a major college located here in Tampa. I've heard they have a really good medical program, but since I didn't go to school there, I can't say first hand.
     
  4. calico21

    calico21 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    taking survey now: This question bothers me
    In the past 30 days, have you used any of the following tobacco products? (Check all that apply)
    Chewing tobacco Cigarillos
    Snuff Pipe tobacco
    Snus Hookah
    Dissolvable tobacco Other:
    Cigars None

    [h=2] Do you read and/or participate in online forums that discuss e-cigarettes?
    [/h]
    • Yes
    • No

    [h=2] Would you also want assistance in helping you stop using e-cigarettes?

    [/h]
    • Yes, I would like assistance in quitting e-cigarettes
    • No, I would not like assistance in quitting e-cigarettes
    [h=2] Do you use your e-cigarette in any of the following places where smoking tobacco cigarettes is not allowed? (check all that apply)
    [/h]
    • Home
    • Work
    • Public places (e.g., restaurants, bars, casinos, airports, stores)
    • I do not use e-cigarettes any place where smoking is not allowed
    • Other:
      [h=2] Why did you start using e-cigarettes? (Check all that apply)
      [/h]
    • To use them when I can’t smoke cigarettes (e.g., inside a restaurant)
    • To help me quit smoking tobacco cigarettes
    • To help me cut down the amount of tobacco cigarettes I smoke
    • Because of health concerns associated with tobacco cigarettes
    • I was curious about them
    • Recommendations from family/friends
    • Other:
     
  5. BuGlen

    BuGlen Divergent ECF Veteran

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    I completed the survey and even volunteered for a weekend focus group. That particular question didn't bother me since I'm in the 'None' category, but I'm curious as to why it raised a flag with you.
     
  6. AgentAnia

    AgentAnia Resting In Peace ECF Veteran

    May 22, 2013
    Orbiting Sirius B
    FYI, here is Moffitt's home page: Home | Moffitt Cancer Center

    Research and clinical trials page: Research | moffitt.org

    Tobacco Research and Intervention Program: Tobacco Research and Intervention Program | moffitt.org

    On that last page they link to:

    Tobacco Related Resources
    •(ACS) American Cancer Society
    •(ALA) American Lung Association
    •Quitting Smoking, Smoking Prevention -from the National Cancer Institute
    Foundation for a Smokefree America -an anti-smoking organization
    •(NCI) National Cancer Institute
    •Florida Tobacco Prevention Program -links to other Florida-focused, tobacco-related Web sites
    •Tobacco Week -tobacco control news and information
    Tobacco-Free Kids -information about smoking and kids
    •Tobacco Information and Prevention Source -comprehensive tobacco site from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    The QuitNet -online quitting support and information
    •Virtual Office of the Surgeon General -Tobacco Cessation Guideline
     
  7. BuGlen

    BuGlen Divergent ECF Veteran

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    Just as a follow up, I did complete the survey and I didn't find any of the questions particularly leading, even if some didn't have sufficient response choices for those of us who know better. I would still like to get more opinions from others, especially from those who have insight into Moffitt and their potential association (current or history) with ANTZ or other e-cig opponents.
     
  8. calico21

    calico21 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    The first question if you type in e-cig in other spot are you implying you're using a tobacco product, which we are trying not to be lumped into. I also put none, but some may inadvertently type it in.

    Call me paranoid, I found a lot of it leading, because they are looking for something. It's the what I'm worried about.
     
  9. AgentAnia

    AgentAnia Resting In Peace ECF Veteran

    May 22, 2013
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    I won't be taking the survey; judging by the links they offer to ANTZ-like groups, I don't trust their motives. But you go, Bu! I would be *very* happy knowing you were participating in their focus group! :evil:
     
  10. BuGlen

    BuGlen Divergent ECF Veteran

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    I think that's a good first step to identifying potential malicious use of the data obtained by the survey, but is it really enough to condemn it? To me, it makes sense (being a cancer research center) that they would list most of those current resources as "additional information". I think it would be more telling to find out the financial ties between Moffitt and e-cig opponents.
     
  11. BuGlen

    BuGlen Divergent ECF Veteran

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    Thank you! I very much appreciate the vote of confidence. :D
     
  12. AgentAnia

    AgentAnia Resting In Peace ECF Veteran

    May 22, 2013
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    FYI Part deux:

    Annual Reports and Financial Information | moffitt.org
    Financial Information | moffitt.org

    I put this stuff out here "for your information" only, not to pass judgment (though have to admit I did add the bolding to those links... and I did say I didn't trust them.... so never mind... Mi judgment, however, may not be su judgment... going for a vape break now.... :vapor:
     
  13. BuGlen

    BuGlen Divergent ECF Veteran

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    From the links you provided, I couldn't find any funding source information, but my search continues. I did find a funding source that is suspect from the ACS, given some of the irrational statements they have made or supported about e-cigs:
    Moffitt ACS-IRG Program | moffitt.org

    Still don't know if this is condemning, but it does give cause for serious consideration.
     
  14. Orb Skewer

    Orb Skewer Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 19, 2011
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    From the website

    "..........Networking, team building and corporate days out on our flotilla of 'Douche-Canoes' are always praised"
     
  15. AgentAnia

    AgentAnia Resting In Peace ECF Veteran

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    ..... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
  16. DC2

    DC2 Tootie Puffer Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 21, 2009
    San Diego
    That article doesn't provide a link to the survey, it just notes the web address: www.moffitt.or/ecig
    I tried that and it didn't work for me.
     
  17. BuGlen

    BuGlen Divergent ECF Veteran

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    It's supposed to be www.moffitt.org/ecig, they misspelled the domain name.
     
  18. Grammie

    Grammie Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 18, 2009
    Virginia, Well Steeped
    If they would add some links to tobacco harm reduction and CASAA they might get more participation. Otherwise, with the list of links presented here they will get nothing from me ever.
     
  19. DC2

    DC2 Tootie Puffer Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 21, 2009
    San Diego
    How about sending them a message?

     
  20. Mike Sheda

    Mike Sheda Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 6, 2013
    Tampa, FL
    I just took the survey. Seemed to be worded fairly neutral. My GF works for the Moffitt Foundation (the money raising side to pay for research and treatment). My mother and sister also when through their medical side. My mother is a Breast Cancer survivor after a RM in 1999. My sister passed away 6 years ago from Cervical Cancer, but they found it too late. Overall I think Moffitt is a good organization that tries what they can for their patients. IF we can get them to come out in favor of E-Cigs, or as an approved method of NRT, it would really help us all.
     
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