GOP lawmaker: E-cigs could ‘very well save my life’

December 22 2015

By Tim Devaney


Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) on Monday fired back at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over her opposition to electronic cigarettes, writing in a letter that they could “very well save my life.”

“Yes, I vape — as do millions of other Americans,” Hunter wrote in a letter to Pelosi. “And why do I vape? It is because it prevents me from smoking the real thing.”

In the letter, Hunter criticized Pelosi for her efforts to restrict the availability of e-cigarettes. Last week, she sent a letter to fellow lawmakers noting that Democrats killed a policy rider in the government spending bill that would’ve provided for greater access to e-cigarettes.
Hunter also detailed his own struggle with tobacco products, dating back to his time as a Marine.

“E-cigarettes are a suitable alternative to cigarettes, and they could very well save my life, as well as the lives of so many Americans who are making their best effort to quit cigarettes,” Hunter wrote.

“Ironically, by not supporting the commercial availability of e-cigarettes, with all their advancements in recent years, you are giving your support — whether intended or not — to traditional cigarettes and other products,” he added.



Tom Grant Posted on1:23 am - Dec 28, 2015

I was smoking two packs of Marlboro’s a day and getting COPD and after a year my Doctor states my lung capacity is great.

    walter pitts Posted on1:19 am - May 29, 2016

    My name is walter pitts,I served in the military and now retired.I smoked for 43 years,I”ve tried to quit even hypnotized,laser treatment.My wife suggested i try an e-cig.I was completely surprised i went back to the store and bought a vape pen 14 nic.after about a week of that i bought my first starter kit w/tank that was feb5th and i still have 3 full cartons in the freezer. that first pen i knew there was more than hope i have”nt wanted a cig since.I can work in the yard now and the only thing i hurt is my muscls .I”ve got a cabinet in my office now filled with my favorites to vape.With that being said also came knowledge a couple of bad decisions on mods until i tried innokin i still have what they call a starter kit w/4.5 tank thank you Innokin for unique designs,I will now only buy Innokin modes.My lungs are healing breathing is getting better each day O’yea I did weigh 196.lbs feb 5 th today may 28th I weigh 165 flat thanks Innokin you are my supplier from here on out. KEEP IT CLOUDY

Valerie Posted on5:18 am - Jan 17, 2016

I don’t understand my own country on so many issues. This one however really hits home. I was a pack a day smoker for 40 yrs. tried to quit a few times… was soooo…I can’t find the words to tell you how horrible the DT’S I went through and would always go back to smoking knowing how bad they were for my health and willing to die smoking then going through that again. There would always be those people that would say ” All you need is will power- I’m telling you I just decided to quit and I quit cold turkey —or the pill they keep pushing that’s worse than cold turkey and lets not leave out the patch” or the ones ” your killing yourself those things stink” I know they were all well meaning and are happy for them, but honestly at times wondered what was wrong with me . I am hear today to say with wonder I QUIT SMOKING!! yes I VAPE!! And In a country that support so many contradicting…….
…….(ITEMS) (I’m not picking on anyone or anything just to make that clear) I just can not believe the ones in office that can make a difference here– are so few. With 7,000 different- lets call them particles – in a regular smoke so many are still harping on nicotine. THAT is NOT MY biggest problem. Here’s the bottom line ——–
———–Vapor or vaping has 4 – lets call them particles- Anyone can lookup what the particles are in either. GOOD FOR YOU REP. DUNCAN HUNTER thanks

kitty Posted on2:05 am - Jan 30, 2016


I VAPE. Since 2011. My Dr, who is a professor and LUNG DOCTOR has been doing studies for years on vaping. They have not found any issues with ejuice accept for 2 ingredients 1. Diacetyl, 2. A ingredient i cannot remember. These ingredients have only been found in buttery orcustard flavors at hight temp vaping. I USED TO HAVE ASTHMA, CHRONIC BRONCHITIS……..havnt had it in 6 years now. On the xrays, my lungs are at 100 % clear. YOU PEOPLE WHO WASTE OUR MONEY SQUABBLING ABOUT THIS NEED TO SHUT UP. I would rather make my ejuice with 4 ingredients….PG AND VG, nicotine and foodflavoring., than to smoke over 5000 ingredients in cigarettes. This game you play is a joke. You want to tax us and make money iff cigarettes rather than save lives. Before you make judgements, educate yourself about what you preach. I buy good quaLity MODS, GOOD QUALITY TANKS, AND AS MOST EXPIERENCED VAPERS DO THEY MAKE THERE OWN JUUCE. Granted, buying cheap dinky ecigs from the gas station, and juice made in god knows where, u Dont know what you are getting. ALL THAT IS IN EJUICE IS…… PG, VG, NICOTINE, AND FOOD FLAVORING. Stop killing our citizens. Support vaping.

Kym Posted on2:24 am - Mar 17, 2016

I am really miffed at how uneducated the politicians we voted into office want to jump on the ban vaping bandwagon. Vaping is NOTHING like analog cigarettes and the only reason they were introduced to the world as electronic cigarettes are so people would know these devices are an option to help you do what EVERYONE tells you to do, quit smoking. If there is one lawmaker that brings forth a Bill to ban electronic cigarettes, or only allow what the tobacco companies provide, one of two things are happening, either they are being paid by big tobacco or they really don’t care about our health. How can you tell us to quit smoking but take away or so severely restrict the one product that is actually helping millions of people kick the habit? It truly makes me question your intentions

paul Posted on12:31 pm - Apr 9, 2016

I’ve tried stopping smoking for 30yrs .just acquired a Vape machine a month ago .I love it .and feel so much healthier all ready.

marc logue Posted on11:11 pm - Jul 16, 2016

i started vaping to quit smoking and i feel much better i smoked 2 1/2 a day and was coughing a lot when i started vaping it went away and i feel so much better and i dont smell like a ash tray any more as far as it goes vaping is much better i think it does help that people have the chose from a lot of flavors than just two and it does help having the flavors other than tobacco or menthol and the flavor smells much better to

William king Posted on4:49 am - Jul 29, 2016

I will once again say that vaping is saving my life and Not smoking cigarettes anymore I Don’t have to rely on oxygen and inhalers anymore so are the fda saying that they are going to make it harder for you or me to use vaping materials I do believe that the youth should have to wait until they are 18 yrs or older to use because yes the is still nicotine in e juice but not the constriction of the heart and lungs. Please FDA. Let us continue to be able to do it for our health! !#