E-cigarette- Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s advice

January 22 2016

The American Vaping Association has given insight into another perspective about e-cigarettes. The year 2016 is a critical year for e-cigarettes as many countries are taking different methods or either promoting, regulating, or banning vaporizers. Mixed views has created a crater between people supporting and people against vaping. The article below (article title: “Iowa AG Tells the Truth About E-Cigarettes”) shows the perspective of an attorney general in Iowa regarding e-cigarettes.
“DES MOINES, IA –Iowa smokers looking to ring in 2016 by kicking the habit shouldn’t be scared away from using electronic cigarettes. That’s according to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a longtime foe of the tobacco industry and Chairman of the anti-tobacco organization the Truth Campaign. In response, the American Vaping Association, a leading advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, is applauding Miller for becoming the first AG in the country to fight back against vaping misinformation.

In a statement released last week, Miller adds his voice to a growing chorus of public health advocates and researchers who agree that vaping is far less hazardous than smoking. He cites two estimates of the relative risk of vaping — 95% and 90-98% less hazardous than smoking. “But whatever number is correct, e-cigarettes are dramatically less harmful than combustible cigarettes,” writes Miller.

E-cigarette- Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s advice

As Miller explains, confusion about vapor products is growing and has the capacity to harm public health. “Polling indicates that 32% of Americans believe that combustible cigarettes and e-cigarettes are equally harmful,” writes Miller. “This means that as many as 13 million adult smokers believe them to be equally harmful, and are very unlikely to switch when switching may save their lives.”

Miller recognizes why many activists are so negative on vaping — a desire to keep youth from using the product — but expressed his discomfort with the strategy. “[A]dults misleading kids to get them to do what we want has always been a failed strategy.”

Miller also takes issue with “a misconception” that surrounds the debate about e-cigarette use by youth — the false idea that vaping once in a 30 day period makes someone a “regular user.” Miller advocates for looking closer at the numbers and judging both past month and habitual usage. ‘The numbers should be seen together — 13% used e-cigarettes once or more in the last 30 days; 2% have used an e-cigarette 20 or more days in the last 30 days.’” (American Vaping Association)
Incorrect information about e-cigarettes are completely undermining the potential that e-cigarettes have as an alternative to smoking. Like stated in the article, it leads people away from making the switch to vaping believing that smoking and vaping are similar. Correct information needs to be provided to the public to ensure the existence of e-cigarettes. If e-cigarettes are to be eradicated from society, it would mean than millions of smokers will lose one of the best alternatives to smoking.
By trying to promote public health by regulating and banning e-cigarettes, many are only doing the opposite. Smokers will begin to have a negative insight into e-cigarettes making them unwilling to make the switch and continue the usage of conventional cigarettes. Those who have been supporting vaping has constantly stated that though e-cigarettes may not be perfectly safe, it is still less hazardous than smoking. Would providing a safer alternative to smoking not be a good start to reduce the thousands of deaths occurring from smoking? Many seem intent on the problem of vaping but fail to mention the dire problems that arise from smoking. With a good overall view of both smoking and vaping, it is probable that majority of smokers will switch to vaping.

13 Comments

don pearce Posted on12:56 pm - Jan 22, 2016

I have smoked cigarettes since I was 16. I have tried patches and tablets and have always gone back to smoking I tried e cigarettes and found the answer I have not smoked for over 6 months but vaping regularly on 0 nicotine but use verious flavour

patti martus Posted on5:11 am - Jan 28, 2016

I smoked camel cigarettes for 48 years until my daughter (she was 38 yrs. old at the time) introduced me to an e-cig. Of course I was skeptical because I wanted to quit for my health but loved to smoke and addicted to nicotine.
But 1 puff felt like a puff off a real cigarette and I couldn’t believe it! It turned me around and I have never put a camel to my lips since then and its been 7 years coming May 2016.
I do use nicotine but slowly reduced it from 24mg. to only 5mg. I still get the pleasure from smoking and will eventually be rid of nicotine altogether.
Please have more research done to support e-cig so that health physicians know the benefits of an e-cig verses conventional cigarettes.. They have nothing to go on and categorize them as the same. It really irritates me when they look down at me when I try to tell them they are wrong!
kudos to you don pearce for 0mg.!!!

Julian Caine Posted on5:07 pm - Feb 5, 2016

The only reason some politicians are against e cigarettes is the revenue income from tax that they would lose, I applaud this politician for speaking out in favour of vaping as it will lead to a safer and healthier world and hon tak the inventor of the first e cigarette as we know it should be awarded a nobel peace prize for saving the health of billions of people. I also would like to commend innoking on a great and affordable range of e cigarettes and would love to see them come up with an e cigarette that has Bluetooth and downloadable updates and maybe an innokin app so that they could collate data from around the world and prove to all sceptics that e cigarettes are the best thing for this planet and its people. I also would love to be a product tester and reviewer for innokin too and was wondering how do i find out if this is possible. Regards Julian c caine Bolton, Manchester U.K.

Ian Posted on9:24 pm - Feb 9, 2016

Its are choice what we do to are selves

Ty Posted on6:28 am - Feb 12, 2016

We need more people like this to tell the public the truth. if that doesn’t happen who knows what will happen to vaping? Major props to Iowa’s attorney general for doing the right thing, Remember: Vaping is 90 to 99% less harmful than cigarettes.

Daniel Tremblay Posted on4:15 am - Feb 22, 2016

I’m from Montreal, Canada and I’m really deceived that the Quebec minister of Health want to impose the same law as for smokers, I’m not smoking, I’m vaping. I was a smoker for 47 years and the last 25 years at about 60 smokes a day, YES a day. I did start vaping 4 months ago and never touch a smoke since. Instead of putting new laws the minister should wait for serious studies to come out and put regulation in place to make sure that the products put on the market are safe because for sure I don’t want to vape anything who is not good to me. But I’m so happy that now my respiration is a lot better, I don’t wake up anymore in the middle of the night for a smoke or 2 and at the same time I do sleep better and rest.

Thank you
Daniel

    A. Juhasz Posted on8:25 pm - Mar 21, 2016

    Hi Daniel! are you Charlotte’s colleague?!

Vicki Alger Posted on2:37 am - Feb 27, 2016

I can’t believe how people are freaking out about a vapor containing around five ingredients. For decades, we have known cigarettes contain thousands of chemicals, and additives, including Hydrogen Cyanide, Arsenic, Ammonia, Benzene and DDT. This is a common sense thing people. I don’t need a whole lot of research to tell me vaping is better for me. My poor abused lungs are telling me everyday and I have only been cigarette free for a little over two weeks. I smoked cigarettes for over 40 years and I have tried all the various quitting aids to no avail. This works, its amazing, exciting and its saving lives. Society has been criticizing, taxing, regulating and pushing smokers out of buildings, cars etc, for years. You all want a smoke free society? This is the ticket

Chuck Dague Posted on6:17 pm - Mar 26, 2016

I have been vapeing and selling e cigs for about 11 years. I have over 3000 customers and most have quit smoking. They tell me how much better they feel and breathe much better.

Pinky pinkster Posted on7:55 pm - Jul 8, 2016

I smoked Salem menthol cigarettes for over 40 years and was in bad health. I am proud to say now I have been vaping for several years and as of June 16th 2014 I have been tobacco free . I can credit all this to using my vape, and my health has improved dramatically . My Dr. is so proud of me for this acomplishment!

Frank Posted on4:01 pm - Jul 11, 2016

I have been vaping for 2 yrs. I can breathe easy. No bad smells no lung problems. I think as long as you maintain your choice of mods pens etc also use a good Vape juice or make your own you will be fine. Regardless of agencies condemning them. Is purely so they can regulate and put a tax on them. Its clear the revenues lost are now in high tens of millions of dollars /pounds, Its a national disgrace really. I do think in the end a tax or levy will forced. I will try not to pay it by buying abroad / China etc

Frank Posted on4:16 am - Jul 19, 2016

It’s clear when government’s want to regulate it’s because they want a piece of the pie, ghost tax. Nothing to do with health. In uk about 70% is tax on tabbaco products. It means the revenue lost to valine is probably hundreds of millions of pounds per year. The thing is valine is not a tabbaco product. The hardware is not the juice is not. So it will have to be a licence that’s charged for from imports or domestic companies. This will make vaping more expensive. The thing is if you can purchase the components separately you could make your own mod

robert Posted on11:01 am - Oct 5, 2016

I have been Smoking since I was 12, I’m 69 now, I have Emphysema, I tried patches, And champix tablet`s, But still could not give up, Then I tried Vaping, The best thing that happened to me, I was on 24 mg Tobbaco, But now on 0.3mg Bannana milk, Love it, Happy Vaping, Ps , My Breathing, smell and taste are all back,