Dear Abby Got the Facts Wrong on E-Cigarette SafetyDear Abby is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Who doesn’t love hearing easy answers to other people’s problems?
But whoever is writing the Dear Abby column got it all wrong when it comes to e-cigarette safety. She forgot to do one, very important thing before she answered her reader: check her facts.
|Dear Abby got it only half right. E-cigarettes harm no one.|
Not the secondhand breather. Nor the vaper. She simply got her facts wrong.
Dear Abby: E-Cigarettes harm the smoker, but not secondhand breather
Published: Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 19:06 PM.
DEAR ABBY: I work in a small office with two former heavy smokers who have now transitioned to vapor/e-cigarettes. My concern is that they “smoke” their e-cigarettes in the office constantly, and I don’t know what chemicals I am now breathing secondhand. Both of them are senior to me in rank and age, and they pooh-pooh the notion that anything but water vapor is being exhaled. Am I making something out of nothing, or should I be worried about this? — CLEAN AIR
DEAR CLEAN AIR: You don’t have anything to worry about, but your co-workers may. In 2009, the FDA announced the findings from a laboratory analysis that indicated that electronic cigarettes expose users to harmful chemical ingredients, including carcinogens. However, those elements were not detected in exhaled vapor.
Here’s the response from Helping Addicted Smokers, the Facebook page by the American Council on Science and Health:
Dear Abby gets it half-right. . . While she's wrong about the "dangers" the vapers face, I guess she can be excused temporarily for listening to the persistent and pervasive FDA deception based on the fallacious unscientific and misleading analysis and press conference of 2009. I hope to convince the FDA to correct or at least pull off the web that disastrous allegation.
Here’s my comment to Dear Abby:
You're giving out incorrect information about e-cigarettes. Next time, please do your research and check www.CASAA.org (Consumer Advocates for Smokefree Alternatives) or www.ACSH.org (American Council on Science and Health) for the facts on e-cigarette safety. You could help women who are addicted to cigarettes to switch to a better, healthier alternative.
E-Cigarette Safety: The Undisputed Facts
The fact is that since 2007, over a million people have used the e-cigarette over a billion times without a single incidence of harm from an off-the-shelf e-cigarette product.
Here's our little videobite we created to help women understand the clear-cut facts about e-cigarettes and e-cigarette safety:
Here are a few more UNDISPUTED facts (Thank you, TVECA.org):
- Not one study has found a single chemical or toxin at harmful levels, out of the 20-odd e-cigarette scientific studies.
- The FDA’s own e-cigarette study found not a single incidence of harm. The FDA regulates the e-cigarette as a tobacco product because nicotine is derived from tobacco.
- FDA reports over 200 suicides and 1,500 attempted suicides from FDA-approved Chantix.
- Nicotine is NOT regarded as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). It’s a stimulant, like caffeine. Its bad reputation comes from the fact that it’s in cigarettes, which contain 4,000 chemicals and 57 known carcinogens.
- Several organizations, including the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, and Tobacco Free Kids are seeking to ban e-cigarettes, despite the fact that they, too, have not found a single incidence of harm. These organizations receive funding from Big Tobacco. (Think perhaps they’re a little biased?)
- E cigarette vapor was tested for over 50 cigarette smoke toxicants and none were found. (Laugesen 2009)
- “Lacking any active ingredient or any gaseous products of combustion, the PG mist or ‘smoke’ is not harmful to bystanders.” (Laugesen, 2008)
- Electronic cigarettes tested did not expose users to “measurable levels of nicotine or carbon monoxide, although both suppressed nicotine/tobacco abstinence symptom ratings.” (Eissenberg, 2010)