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Another Win for E Cigarettes In Delaware County


E-cigarette smokers have another victory under their belt in Indiana. Delaware County commissioners unanimously approved a smoking ban that excludes electronic cigarettes after a sometimes heated public hearing in which bar owners, medical professionals and cancer survivors spoke out.

The ban, which was proposed by the Tobacco-Free Coalition of Delaware County, includes bars, taverns and any other public building not included in the restaurant-smoking ban of 2006 and will go into effect 30 days after publication.

During the weeks leading up to the hearing,  the commissioners had received support as well as opposition from both residents and business owners of Delaware County and arguments from both sides where vehemently presented by citizens during the hour and 15 minutes of public debate that preceded the vote.

Originally, the smoking ban proposal drafted by the Tobacco-Free Coalition of Delaware County included electronic cigarettes, however, this section of the ordinance was removed last minute  after a discussion between several commissioners and coalition leaders.

During talks, Cecilia Williams, the Tobacco-Free coalition leader stated that the FDA had not yet regulated electronic cigarettes, but county commissioners spoke out to say they doubted the risks. Furthermore, one official, Commissioner Donati, even asked what electronic cigarettes were before the board  moved that they be exempted.

Although e-cigarettes had not been a point of contention during the debate, officials and citizens did not feel there were any substantiated health risks associated with the use of the electronic devices and the ordinance was modified accordingly. The e-cigs will be now allowed in places were tobacco smoking is not.

This is another significant victory for the e-cigarette industry, which in addition will serve to help educate the public on the use of  the electronic devices.  Tobacco products and electronic cigarettes should not be placed in the same category and, it seems that in Delaware County, Indiana, officials and residents agree.

Originally posted on the V2 Cigs Blog.

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Victory for Electronic Cigarette Advocates In Pierce County


Concerned citizens show up in support of electronic cigarettes.  Credit: Marques Hunter

Concerned citizens show up in support of electronic cigarettes. Photo Credit: Marques Hunter

While numerous States and Counties are actively participating in the banning of smoking in public places, some are now addressing the regulation of e‐cigarette use such as in Pierce County, Washington, where the Tacoma‐Pierce County Health Department ruled in favor of using the battery‐powered devices in certain places such as bars and workplaces. This is a small victory for the electronic cigarette industry but a huge step towards educating a public that seems to have so many pre‐conceived notions on the subject of e‐cigarettes.

In Pierce County, numerous people came before the board to provide their point of view on a proposal that would prohibit the sale of e‐cigarettes to minors and would regulate where the devices could be used by individuals. Initially, the proposal banned e‐cigarettes anywhere that state law prohibits the use of real cigarettes or cigars. Citizens protested the proposed ban and many turned up to speak.

JoAnne Barkley of Spanaway stated, “This e-cigarette has been the only thing I’ve tried that has helped me quit smoking cigarettes,” Barkley said. “It’s helping people. Don’t take this away from us.”

The proposal was revised in favor of a compromise and in the end, the board voted 0‐7 on the proposal and e‐cigarette use will be now be allowed in certain places.

Electronic cigarettes are at the center of an on‐going social and legal debate countrywide over whether they should be banned and regulated in the same manner as conventional cigarettes. Although widely different from cigarettes, e‐cigs are sometimes put in the same category as their tobacco counterparts by some states and counties because e‐cigs resemble cigarettes. State officials list confusion over the device’s similarities to cigarettes and concern to the public as their reasoning behind many proposed bans. However, e‐cigarettes do not burn and don’t give off smoke. They are battery-powered metal devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution in a cartridge, creating a water vapor that quickly dissipates.

Tacoma Pierce County electronic cigarette ban
Electronic cigarette supporters in Lakewood show up in support. Photo credit: Margues Hunter

The ruling of the Tacoma‐Pierce County Health Department shows there is progress being made towards educating people on the use of e‐cigs being a smokeless alternative to tobacco products, which also carries the possibility of lessened health risks. This small victory in an ensuing legal debate allows the e‐cigarette industry to remain cautiously optimistic that more states will follow in the steps of Tacoma‐Pierce County.

Originally posted on the V2 Cigs Blog.

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SmokeTip Electronic Cigarette Review


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When you visit the SmokeTip electronic cigarettes website, you quickly realize that they pride themselves in being affordable. Their website is plain and simple, just like their product, with no hype or flashy ads, because they want you to see only 3 things: their name, their starter kit, and their price.  In this case, the quality of the product at the exceptional price sells itself, and rightly so.

As soon as we received the package from SmokeTip we all gathered around to check it out.  Right out of the box you could see that, just like their website, the packaging and the ecigarette itself were also plain and simple.  It looked just like a typical tobacco cigarette.  While it was heavier than a regular analog cigarette, it was quite well-balanced when I held it between my fingers during the ‘practice’ puff.

Each kit comes with:

  • 2 rechargeable lithium batteries
  • 6 disposable flavor cartridges
  • 1 wall adapter
  • 1 usb charger
  • 1 instruction card
  • 1 gift box packaging

At this point, most ‘review sites’ are now done with their typical ‘review’, and you’re left with nothing but a ‘product description’ you could have gotten directly from the vendor’s website. But anyone that knows us here at Ecigs Today knows that we always test everything we review here first-hand. We, and you, want to know how it actually holds up to regular, everyday use, and how it compares to other brands, as well.

THE REVIEW:

After charging the battery fully, I gave it the obligatory 3 ‘quick puffs’ to get the atomizer properly heated, and on the first actual drag I got a very nice hit with a good amount of ‘smoke’.  By my third hit, the clouds of vapor were very near to that of a full-flavor tobacco cigarette.  The 2-piece atomizer cartridge allows for better air circulation that provides for a nice, easy drag, so each puff takes very little effort.

I’ve never much cared for menthol or ‘exotic’ flavors with my tobacco, so I reviewed this using the Cowboy (Marlboro) flavor at 16mg of nicotine. The flavor was not harsh in the least, unlike some of the cheaper-made brands, and was virtually identical to the taste of a ‘real’ cigarette. Again, I was extremely impressed. Even the throat hit was very close to an analog cigarette.

I used to smoke a pack a day of ‘regular’ cigarettes, but now my actual ‘vaping time’ is probably about half of that. In the first 24-hour period I used 2 of the SmokeTip cartomizers, and the battery lasted about a day and a half. Considering both the batteries are a short version, I found that to be quite remarkable in and of itself. I’m sure the new, longer ‘100-sized’ ecig batteries from SmokeTip are greatly appreciated by most vapers. More on that in just a bit…

PROS:

* Very Affordable – They only make one SmokeTip Electronic Cigarette starter kit, and it sells for only $59.95.

* Multiple Flavors – There are 19 flavors of SmokeTip ecigarettes in all,  including such ‘exotic’ flavors as almond, apple, banana, cherry, chocolate, cinnamon, clove, coffee, grape, orange, peach, pineapple, strawberry, vanilla and watermelon, as well as the typical Cowboy (tastes like Marlboro), menthol, and even a mild menthol. For those that may want to try each of them, they also offer a variety pack that includes one cartridge of each flavor.

* High Capacity Cartridges – According to their website, SmokeTip cartridges contain about the same amount of nicotine as is typically found in 25 tobacco cigarettes and will deliver about 250 puffs per unit, which is comparable to 1.25 packs of traditional cigarettes. Keep in mind, though, that this can vary greatly between each user regardless of brand for a number of reasons.

* Fresh Atomizer With Each Cartridge – You never need to replace the atomizer with SmokeTip ecigarettes because each cartridge has a new, fresh atomizer.  This not only makes the ecigarette more economical, but much more hygienic, as well.

* Cartridges are available in 16mg, 12mg, 6mg, and 0 mg of  Nicotine.

* 30-Day Money Back Guarantee – If you’re not happy with your SmokeTip electronic cigarette starter kit for any reason, you can return it within 30 days for a full refund.

* Lifetime Warranty – You read that right!  There is a 100% lifetime warranty for the rechargeable lithium batteries.

That by itself makes SmokeTip one of best deals on the planet. But it get’s even better! Why go through the hassle of getting an RMA and returning anything? Ever? Every time you purchase 3 or more 10 packs of cartridges (which is about a month’s supply for most people), you will receive one FREE BATTERY per order. Typically, the average battery life for any premium electronic cigarette is around 1 year, so this kit can easily pay for itself in less than a year. You will have so many spare batteries you won’t know what to do with them!

CONS:

Try as we might, none of us could find a single negative thing to say about SmokeTip’s electronic cigarette starter kit, nor could we find any disparaging comments whatsoever about them anywhere else on the internet.  It is, quite simply, an exceptional product at an excellent price.  We highly recommend it to anyone.  If this stands the test of time, this may well be my ecigarette of choice from this day forward.

THE BOTTOM LINE:

We have written dozens of electronic cigarette reviews over the last few years, and the SmokeTip ecigarette is by far the best value in both price and quality combined that we have found yet (all 4 of us are in agreement on this). In fact, once we all tried it over a period of time, it was obvious to us they simply offer the best deal out there, bar none. SmokeTip delivers a solid product and, in our opinion, definitely gives the most bang for the buck, regardless of budget.

If money isn’t an issue for you and you want the best right from the start, or you have a need for certain accessories, perhaps, then I would recommend either the V2 Ultimate Starter Kit or Green Smoke’s Ultimate Starter Kit only because a) the vapor production of both of these models is slightly better, and b) the longer batteries will obviously last longer between recharges.

To eliminate the battery problem altogether, however, SmokeTip does offer a 350mAh battery for an extra $24.95 that offers double the power and life of their standard battery, but it is a bit longer and a bit heavier.

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Anatomy of an E-Cigarette


Electronic, or e-cigarettes, are battery-operated devices that generally contain cartridges filled with nicotine, flavor and carrier chemicals. The contents of the cartridge are heated to a vapor, which the user inhales.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided in April not to challenge a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that e-cigarettes are not drugs or devices unless marketed as such, but can be regulated as tobacco products. That means the devices aren’t subject to the testing requirements of pharmaceuticals.

The FDA has done no formal, large-scale tests on the products, but did release a statement in 2009 saying it had analyzed the ingredients in a small sample of cartridges from two leading brands.
The analysis detected diethylene glycol in one sample – a chemical used in antifreeze that is considered toxic to humans – and detectable levels of carcinogens in several others.

“Because these products have not been submitted to the FDA for evaluation or approval, at this time the agency has no way of knowing, except for the limited testing it has performed, the levels of nicotine or the amounts or kinds of other chemicals that the various brands of these products deliver to the user,” the statement says.

The Electronic Cigarette Association, a group of private companies involved in the production and sale of the product, disputes the finding, saying in a statement on its website that the FDA’s analysis is “too narrow to reach any valid and reliable conclusions” and ignores efforts by member companies to ensure the products include health warnings and are marketed only as an alternative to smoking by current tobacco users over 18.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco smoke from regular cigarettes contains more than 7,000 chemicals and chemical compounds, including more than 70 that are known carcinogens.

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Going Smoke Free (Sort Of…)



Sean Morgan, above, exhales a cloud of propylene glycol while using his e-cigarette. The cloud is the same compound found in the vapor of smoke machines. (Mark Ylen/Democrat-Herald)

A Sweet Home, Oregon, man is promoting the use of e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to traditional smoking

SWEET HOME, OREGON — Sean Morgan is very clear: He’s not trying to promote smoking to nonsmokers, or to children, or to anyone else not already legally into the habit.

But for fellow smokers like himself, who enjoy cigarettes but not some of their side effects, the Sweet Home resident suggests giving an e-cigarette a try.

“I don’t want to quit smoking,” said Morgan, 39, who’s gone through about a pack and a half of cigarettes a day since age 18. “I like smoking. But I don’t like smoke.”

About the size of a ballpoint pen, electronic or e-cigarettes are battery-powered vaporizers that turn nicotine into a breathable vapor.

The Electronic Cigarettes Association, a group of product companies, backs the product as “an alternative to a known killer,” a stance the federal Food and Drug Administration doesn’t share. This past April, the FDA announced it intends to treat e-cigarettes the same as traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Morgan doesn’t believe the two should be considered equal, and has asked the Sweet Home School Board not to treat them so.

He’d like the board to allow the use of e-cigs on school property, as long as they aren’t being used during school-related events. He’s thinking specifically of the Oregon Jamboree, the country music festival that takes place on the grounds of Sweet Home High School, where he volunteers each summer.

Morgan’s request comes as several public entities across the U.S. have included e-cigs in their smoking bans, including agencies in Washington state.

At its regular meeting this Wednesday, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will consider a revised version of its proposed e-cigarette regulation to allow use in public places where minors are lawfully prohibited. It would also allow “vaping” in places of employment that aren’t public places.
Cigarettes, in Morgan’s view, are harmful because they contain tobacco and emit tobacco smoke, which in turn can cause harm to others. In contrast, the nicotine in e-cigs is drawn directly into one person’s body without the tar, ash or carbon monoxide that comes with tobacco.

The carrier substance in Morgan’s brand of e-cig is propylene glycol, a compound found in fake “smoke” used for concerts and firefighter trainings. “What comes out is basically just fog,” he said.
It’s possible there’s some harm in it, he acknowledges, although studies to date haven’t noted any if the compound is consumed in small amounts. A New Zealand study also found trace amounts of carcinogens from the distillation process.

Morgan was concerned about the health implications at first. After learning about e-cigs roughly two years ago, he researched the products for months, worrying about whether the switch would hurt him.

“Then I started thinking, what’s in a cigarette? Forty to 60 carcinogens?” Morgan laughed, shaking his head. “It’s a no-brainer.”

The jury’s still out on the threat posed by nicotine itself, without tobacco. Some studies have found the chemical itself to be strongly addicting and associate its stimulant properties with hypertension, breathing problems and sleep disorders. According to the Mayo Clinic, the risk of cancer associated with long-term nicotine replacement therapy appears to be minimal, although one study indicated long-term exposure to even low levels of nicotine could lead to increased risk of mouth cancer in certain individuals.

The lack of hard data on the safety of e-cigs for users and bystanders still prompted the same Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to craft its e-cigarette regulation.

From its press release: “We still believe there is a lack of hard data to assure the public that e-cigarettes are safe for the user and bystanders, but at the same time we acknowledge that there is a similar lack of data that they are in fact harmful.”

For Morgan, switching to e-cigarettes are a calculated risk; one he’s willing to take in the same way as the risks that come with consumption of caffeine.

“That’s kind of like how I view it, drinking coffee or Pepsi,” he said. “And I’m not going to stop eating red meat and eggs. I view this in the same light, I guess.”

In the meantime, he said, he doesn’t feel any of the side effects tobacco smoke produced. He’s stopped coughing. His sense of taste and smell have returned. He can sleep at night and feel energized when he wakes up. His coworkers prefer the scents of the vapor flavors (peach and espresso are among Morgan’s favorites) among to the smell of stale smoke.

He’s even saving money; spending roughly $40 a month on cartridges and replacement parts for the e-cigs compared with the $180 that used to support his habit of four cartons of cigarettes per month. (Most startup kits, according to the Electronic Cigarettes Association, are between $75 and $100.)

Some e-smokers use the devices to try to kick the habit altogether. Morgan isn’t one of those, but noted he might be able to do so more easily if he chooses.

At one point, his “e-juice” consumption dropped to just half a bottle a month, down from two bottles a month, which was roughly the equivalent in nicotine of the pack and a half of cigarettes he had been smoking before picking up the e-cigs. After more than 20 years of being hooked on cigarettes, being able to cut his use by three-quarters was a significant change.

“Now, I can go without smoking most of a day,” he said.

Morgan said he understands the Sweet Home School Board’s questions about the product and some members’ reluctance to seem soft on smoking.

“This is new and scary and like cigarettes,” he said. “My hope is someday this will be completely divorced from the concept of smoking cigarettes.”

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