Vaping quotes

Vaping quotes

This is a selection of some of the quotes from the world’s most renowned experts in public health and tobacco issues which were provided specially for world vaping day on the 19th September 2013:

 


“E-cigarettes are not just a huge public health breakthrough. They are one of the most impressive examples of People Power of recent times, and should be mentioned alongside the Arab Spring and Occupy. I worked for years to promote smokeless tobacco as an alternative to smoking, but outside of a few populations, it never reached critical mass. But e-cigarettes seem to have mobilized an unstoppable push-back against the failed “quit or die” approach that those in power are trying to impose on an unwilling population.

The story is still being written, with new smokeless nicotine products, including improved e-cigarettes, coming out every year, but it seems pretty clear how it will play out. Smokeless tobacco paved the way, and gave us evidence, including my lab’s calculation that it is about 99% less harmful than smoking. While it will be years before we know if vaping has risks that are quite that low, we can be quite confident it is pretty close, and when combined with the popularity, that makes it a public health miracle that has come despite the efforts of the “Public Health” community to stop it.”

- Prof Carl Phillips
2012-02-22

 


“E-cigarettes deliver the same nicotine found in the pharmaceutical products, with no more contamination by toxic substances than the pharmaceutical products already approved by FDA.”

- Dr Joel Nitzkin, Chair, Tobacco Control Task Force, AAPHP
American Association of Public Health Physicians
aaphp.org, 2010-04-02

http://www.aaphp.org/Resources/Documents/20100402AAPHPEcigLegisStatemnt.pdf

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“If we get all tobacco smokers to switch from regular cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, we would eventually reduce the US death toll from more than 400,000 a year to less than 4,000, maybe as low as 400.”

- Dr J Nitzkin, AAPHP

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“Three months of additional smoking poses a greater risk to someone’s health, on average, than a lifetime of using a low-risk alternative.”

- Prof Carl Phillips
January 2013

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“If all the smokers in Britain stopped smoking cigarettes and started smoking e-cigarettes we would save 5 million deaths in people who are alive today. It’s a massive potential public health prize.”

- Prof John Britton, Chair, Tobacco Advisory Group, Royal College of Physicians

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“E-cigarettes are already at least as good as NRT products.”

- Prof P Hajek, UKNSCC, 2013

 

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“ASH supports a harm reduction approach to tobacco, that is, we recognise that whilst efforts to help people stop smoking should remain a priority, many people either do not wish to stop smoking or find it very hard to do so. For this group, we believe that products should be made available that deliver nicotine in a safe way, without the harmful components found in tobacco. Most of the diseases associated with smoking are caused by inhaling smoke which contains thousands of toxic chemicals. By contrast, nicotine is relatively safe. Therefore, e-cigarettes, which deliver nicotine without the harmful toxins found in tobacco smoke, are likely to be a safer alternative to smoking. In addition, e-cigarettes reduce secondhand smoke exposure since they do not produce smoke.”

- ASH UK
2010-8, Electronic Cigarettes – Briefing

http://www.ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_715.pdf

 

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“They [people who use electronic cigarettes] are not going to die from an e-cigarette – but they could die tomorrow from a heart attack due to their smoking. The carcinogens that we have found [in e-cigarettes] are in very, very small quantities, just above the level of detection.”

“Switching to e-cigarettes with nicotine continued, can be expected to reduce lung cancer risk the same as altogether quitting cigarettes without e-cigarettes.”

- Dr Murray Laugesen
Health New Zealand

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“These e-cigarettes are at least 99.9 percent less deadly than cigarettes,” he said. “Let’s worry about the products that are actually killing people.”

- Bill Godshall, Smoke-Free Pennsylvania
2009-05-18, Baltimore Sun

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2009-05-18/news/0905170074_1_alternatives-to-smoking-cigarette-smoke-e-cigarettes/2

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E-Cigarettes are, “exactly what the tobacco companies have been afraid of all these years” – a tobacco-free cigarette alternative.

- J Kline / Prof David Sweanor JD
2012-01-03
www.nationalpost.com/opinion/smoke/5937955/story.html

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“AAPHP favors a permissive approach to e-cigarettes because the possibility exists to save the lives of four million of the eight million current adult American smokers who will otherwise die of a tobacco-related illness over the next twenty years.”

- Dr J Nitzkin, AAPHP
aaphp.org, 2010-04-02
www.aaphp.org/Resources/Documents/20100402AAPHPEcigLegisStatemnt.pdf

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“Someone asked a question about the safety of using e-cigarettes and NRT [together]. I think we now know these things are safe. There is a built-in safety valve, people get sick if you are overdosing on nicotine long before you can poison yourself or do any damage. You just experience nausea and you stop smoking or spit out the gum which was causing too much nicotine for you and no health damage can come about. So these things are safe.”

- Prof P Hajek, UKNSCC, 2013

http://www.uknscc.org/uknscc2013_presentation_200.php?show=archive

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“Smokers smoke because they are addicted to nicotine in cigarettes, but it is the smoke, not the nicotine, which causes a long list of diseases, including lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and emphysema.”

- Dr Richard Daines, New York State Health Commissioner
2008-01-28, NY State Health PR

http://www.health.ny.gov/press/releases/2008/2008-01-28_commissioner_petitions_fda_to_make_nicotine_

therapies_easy_to_buy.htm

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“Nicotine is the addictive ingredient in cigarettes that keeps smokers hooked, but it’s not the ingredient that harms smokers’ health,” emphasized Ursula Bauer, Ph.D., M.P.H, director of the state’s Tobacco Control Program. “With safe nicotine products, smokers can give up the smoke without giving up the nicotine.”

- Ursula Bauer, Ph.D., M.P.H, director of the New York State Tobacco Control Program
2008-01-28, NY State Health PR

http://www.health.ny.gov/press/releases/2008/2008-01-28_commissioner_petitions_fda_to_make_

nicotine_therapies_easy_to_buy.htm

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“Conventional cigarettes account for about 80% of nicotine consumption in the United States, but more than 98% of the illness and death. This harm is not caused by the nicotine, but by toxic products of combustion. A cigarette smoker can reduce his or her risk of future tobacco-related death ….. by 99.9% or better by switching to a nicotine-only delivery product like one of the pharmaceutical products or e-cigarettes.”

- Dr J Nitzkin, AAPHP
aaphp.org, 2010-04-02
www.aaphp.org/Resources/Documents/20100402AAPHPEcigLegisStatemnt.pdf

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“I’m not saying that e-cigarettes are safe, but those who have exaggerated the health/safety risks of e-cigarettes in an attempt to scare the public are far greater threats to public health than are e-cigarettes.”

- Bill Godshall, Smoke-Free Pennsylvania
2011-11-23, ECF

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“THR has been described as having “the potential to lead to one of the greatest public health breakthroughs in human history by fundamentally changing the forecast of a billion cigarette-caused deaths this century.”

- Prof Brad Rodu
2011-07-29, The Scientific Foundation for Tobacco Harm Reduction, 2006-2011
www.aaphp.org/Resources/Documents/20110729RoduReview.pdf

 

 

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Electronic cigarettes may prove to be the most promising solution for the reduction in the use of traditional cigarettes and their associated risk, with the positive features of these products clearly outweighing the negative features.

- Caponnetto P, Campagna D, Papale G, Russo C, Polosa R.
The Emerging Phenomenon of Electronic Cigarettes
Expert Reviews in Respiratory Medicine. 6(1), 63-74 (2012)

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Smokers should be aware of the variability among and within brands, so they won’t reject this cigarette alternative on the basis of one e-cigarette experience. Smokers should talk with consumers who have made the switch; learn about e-cigarette options and observations on the Internet; and try several products, if necessary, to find one that is satisfying.

- Prof Brad Rodu
2012-01-12
Tobacco Truth

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To adapt an analogy first made by Jacob Sullum, the anti-smoking ideologues would advise victims of a shipwreck not to use the lifeboats because they haven’t been fully tested to ensure their safety. And if thousands of victims of that shipwreck were successfully keeping afloat because of the lifeboats, the anti-smoking ideologues would advise them to abandon the lifeboats and stick to “government approved” survival methods [i.e. swimming].

- Dr. Michael Siegel
2012-01-18
The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

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E-cigarettes are cigarette substitutes. If they can take nicotine market share from cigarettes, and that is the big question, they will improve smoker and population health.

- Dr. Murray Laugesen
2009-04-30
Health New Zealand
RuyanR E-cigarette Bench-top tests, Poster 5-11
Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Dublin

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“If you’re one of the millions of people out there addicted to smoking, there may finally be some hope for you – the electronic cigarette. It gives you nicotine but it doesn’t give you any of the other 4000 chemicals that can cause cancer among other problems.”

- Dr. Travis Stork
from “The Doctors”

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“An electronic cigarette would have to be so toxic to even come close to what cigarettes do to you, I’m not sure what all the belly-aching is about….

The [FDA] analysis found that [some] of the cartridges contained detectable levels of nitrosamines. Detectable levels of nitrosamines. Yes, there are nitrosamines in tobacco.

Yes, we think nitrosamines – which you’re going to find in hot dogs and sausages – also might cause cancer – but not like cigarettes do!

They’re going to have to beat me over the head to say it’s anywhere near as dangerous as cigarettes….”

- Dr. Dean Edell, transcribed from radio
The Dr. Dean Edell Show
www.tji-java-ide.com/e-cigarette/edell.html

 




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