Doctors Back Vaping In Battle With FDA

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As mainstream support begins to grow for vaping, another group of doctors is calling for the FDA to acknowledge the benefits vaping has on smoking cessation.

Seven top international tobacco control experts have come together to release an article in the renown medical journal Addiction that outlines the advantages of vaping, with an aim at encouraging the regulators at the United States Food and Drug Administration to have an open mind when it comes to their proposed regulation of vape products. The group, led by David T. Levy, Ph.D. of Georgetown University, released the report earlier this week and has since been picked up by ScienceDaily and The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The group of tobacco experts found that through their data analysis, which covered the years since vaping was introduced to the public, found that vaping has drastically reduced the number of active smokers in the United States and worldwide. The findings, which were pooled together using various studies done since 2007, show that although smoking is still a significant problem, the introducing of vaping products has actually helped improved the numbers of smokers who quit smoking traditional cigarettes for good.

In an article posted on The Daily Caller, David Levy, who is a professor in the Oncology Department at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and lead expert on the study, released a statement that read in part, “We’re concerned the FDA, which has asserted its right to regulate e-cigarettes, will focus solely on the possibility that e-cigarettes and other vapor nicotine products might act as a gateway to cigarette use.”

The FDA has indeed taken control over the regulation of vaping products. However, earlier this month, the House Appropriations Committee, which has jurisdiction over the vaping industry matter, voted to amend the predicate date set for by the FDA to a more recent date, allowing vape companies and businesses to be grandfathered into the law that would see all new products to go through a pre-review process before hitting the marketplace.

This review process is expected to cost a million dollars for every new product, and with the former predicate date of February 15, 2007, would have rendered nearly every business on the market invalid, effectively shutting down the industry within the US.

However, as the House Appropriations Committee moves to have the amendment voted on the floor of both the House and the Senate, vaping advocates continue to push for the FDA and other public health agencies to discuss the positive effects vaping has had on the public, warning that by punishing the vape industry with strict regulations and high taxation is counter intuitive to the goal of eliminating smoking once and for all.

“Increasing e-cigarette prices by taxing them the same way as cigarettes will discourage youth VNP use, but also discourage use by smokers, especially those of lower socioeconomic status, who are trying to quit,” Levy said in the conclusion of the study.

Why is this study important? The study shows that a variety of international experts, including experts from Australia, Canada, and other countries, have come together to the same conclusion — that the vaping industry is in need of encouragement from medical organizations. Although much is still left to be learned about the effects of vaping, one thing is certain — dismissing it as a form of alternative treatment to smoking cessation is a dangerous tactic, and should be avoided at all costs.

Jimmy, lover, blogger, vaper and ex-smoker. I’ve been blogging about and supporting Vaping since 2009. They changed my life and I think history will show them as one of the most significant public health invention of the 21st century.

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7 Responses

  1. Michelle Hughes says:

    As a former 25+ year smoker diagnosed with COPD I can tell you first hand that VAPING was the only thing that helped me put down the habit that was killing me. This isn’t a game folks, and putting higher taxes on these products or regulating with a grandfather date is going to KILL smokers that might have a chance to leave by switching to vaping technology. I’m a former Respiratory Tech who now writes romance for a living, so believe me when I say I know what smoking does to your lungs. I can also tell you in the seven months I’ve been vaping I’ve been able to toss away my inhalers, have not suffered with bronchitis at all during that time, and can sing in the church choir again. All these things were impossible to do while smoking. So you tell me… does vaping work? Yes, it does!

    • Jason says:

      Sorry, but i find it pathetic that people have zero will power to make healthy decisions in their life. Why replace one bad habbit with another. Just quit. Not that hard. Not like it is like storming the beach at Normandy.

      • Tim Smith says:

        Who says vaping is a bad habit? I enjoy vaping very much. There is no smoke around me, no smoke odors in my house or car or my clothes. There are no cigarette burn marks anywhere (usually happens when someone accidentally drops a cigarette). And as far as we can tell, doesn’t cause cancer or other respiratory problems. Are the ingredients found in vaping liquids safe? I would say so, since one of the two principal ingredients is propylene glycol , which is found in 95% of asthma inhalers, for people with various lung diseases!d Propylene glycol also combats bacteria, and was used in hospitals for years to disinfect the air in the rooms of the hospital.

        The other principal ingredient is called vegetable glycerin, or “glycerol”. Glycerol (aka VG) is one of the most benign (harmless) organic liquids known to man. It is hyper-allergenic, non-carcinogenic, non teratogenic and non-mutagenic. It is metabolized quite easily by a process called beta-oxidation. This process results in the production of CO2 and H2O and is a quite normal, common, and natural catabolic process. VG can be found in many cosmetic, food, dental products and pet food. So, then, pardon me for vaping. (Many people also notice much fewer upper respiratory ailments once they start vaping! I certainly have; no more sinus infections!)

      • Warrior3995 says:

        Cigarettes like alcohol are a choice of a pleasurable pass time of peoples personal preference but highly addictive, anyone who says just quit has no understanding of addiction and does not realize that what works for some does not work for everyone. Vaping was created by a smoker looking for a better way or healthier way to receive his nicotine to supress his craving addiction since all conventional products were not working for him and then he decided to market and share his creation. This all done by a smoker and at no cost to the tax payer or any other government fund. His creation was not original and had been sitting around for anyone to find since the 1960’s when Herbert Spence I believe was his name created and patented the first vapour E-cig. The only real difference Hon Lik made was he added nicotine to the liquid to reduce cravings and brought it back at the right time in society. Yes E-cigs are a choice and an alternative to traditional cigarettes that work very well for many smokers and they are easily making the switch away from tobacco products to a product that shows NO HARMFUL EFFECTS TO DATE but is costing the corporate giants and our governments money in taxes and profits as people do make the switch and now they want to steal this technology for themselves and add taxes and inflate prices! Yes I said steal through corrupt politics and over regulation of an industry they did nothing to create, truly criminal!!! Tobacco was taxed due to proof of harm to health, but vaping proves to be HARMLESS so why should we have to pay for making the healthier switch, it is not our fault that a common smoker found the answer to the tobacco problem and it is not our fault that the greed of our governments use tobacco taxes to budget their spending!!! We have made a healthier choice and I say NO TAXATION OR REGULATION WITHOUT PROOF OF HARM!!!!!

  2. jj says:

    Vaping products should not be tightly regulated. We do want some for safety sake. IT SHOULD NOT be taxed. At least no more that caffeine products. Doing so will send the wrong message and stop smokers from trying them.
    I suffered from COPD. Used Advair and an inhaler. At the end, before I made the switch, there was times that I couldn’t walk a block without having to stop to gasp for breath. Soon after I made the switch, I was off both of them. I can now exercise with few problems except those of being in my late 60s.
    Listen to the vaping community and you will hear this same sort of story. Seven years I’ve vaped and IT WORKS.

  3. Warrior3995 says:

    Strange how now that TPD is pasted and coming into effect that the RCP suddenly speak out or is it so suddenly or more timely! The TPD is going to destroy most small vaping industry in the EU, but don’t fear for Big T and Pharma are ready to pick up the void with their E-cig products with the support of RCP now as well. I think we will start to see more reports as the two Corporate Giants take the industry over and as they wanted back in 2013 medicines regulation will follow just to make sure they have thoroughly crushed the free market! Yes I fear all part of the agenda to take control and make all the money, civil disobedience by us all looks like our only hope, negotiations have failed but no one wants to believe that but it is the truth sadly. Cigarettes are a choice of a pleasurable pass time of peoples personal preference but highly addictive, anyone who says just quit has no understanding of addiction and does not realize that what works for some does not work for everyone. Vaping was created by a smoker looking for a better way or healthier way to receive his nicotine to supress his craving addiction since all conventional products were not working for him and then he decided to market and share his creation. This all done by a smoker and at no cost to the tax payer or any other government fund. His creation was not original and had been sitting around for anyone to find since the 1960’s when Herbert Spence I believe was his name created and patented the first vapour E-cig. The only real difference Hon Lik made was he added nicotine to the liquid to reduce cravings and brought it back at the right time in society. Yes E-cigs are a choice and an alternative to traditional cigarettes that work very well for many smokers and they are easily making the switch away from HARMFUL tobacco products to a product that shows NO HARMFUL EFFECTS TO DATE IN OVER A DECADE ON A GLOBAL SCALE but is costing the corporate giants and our governments money in taxes and profits as people do make the switch and now they want to steal this technology for themselves and add taxes and inflate prices! Yes I said steal through corrupt politics and over regulation of an industry they did nothing to create, truly criminal!!! Tobacco was taxed due to proof of harm to health, but vaping proves to be HARMLESS so why should we have to pay for making the healthier switch, it is not our fault that a common smoker found the answer to the tobacco problem and it is not our fault that the greed of our governments use tobacco taxes to budget their spending!!! We have made a healthier choice and I say NO TAXATION OR REGULATION WITHOUT PROOF OF HARM!!!!!

  4. Melissa Novitski says:

    I have been a two and a half pack of newports smoker for over 25 years. My health began to decline, and my blood pressure was at stroke level. I have tried everything under the sun, from patches, to welbutrin, to gum, hard candy, you name it… NOTHING WORKED… until i found vaping. Now I have been smoke free since the day I picked up an ego and pro tank on Saturday, Sept 7th 2013, and I have never looked back. My blood pressure is back to normal, and my health is improving.

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