By MATT RICHTEL
Published: October 26, 2013
Geoff Vuleta was in the crowd at a Rolling Stones concert last year when Keith Richards lit up a cigarette on stage, the arena’s no-smoking policy be damned. Feeling inspired, Mr. Vuleta, a longtime smoker, reached into his pocket and pulled one out himself. People seated nearby shot him scolding glances as he inhaled. So he withdrew the cigarette from his mouth and pressed the glowing end to his cheek.
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Sales of electronic cigarettes have risen dramatically in recent years. Whether you see that development as an opportunity or a threat depends on whether you view the matter rationally or through a fog of prejudice that makes anything resembling a cigarette look sinister, regardless of the risks it actually poses.
The Food and Drug Administration is expected to propose regulations for e-cigarettes by the end of this month. If unreasoning fear carries the day, those regulations will restrict information about and access to a potentially lifesaving product, thereby increasing smoking-related illness and death in the name of public health and consumer protection.
A few years ago, ignoring that danger, the FDA sought to ban e-cigarettes as unapproved pharmaceutical products. After that effort was blocked by a federal judge and an appeals court, the agency announced that it would instead regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products.
That approach was blessed by the courts, which noted that the nicotine in e-cigarettes is derived from tobacco. But the “tobacco product” label does not really fit either, because e-cigarettes do not contain any tobacco, delivering nicotine in a propylene glycol vapor instead of burning dried vegetable matter.
That difference is crucial for smokers contemplating a switch to vaping, because it means they can avoid the myriad toxins and carcinogens generated by tobacco combustion, thereby dramatically reducing the health hazards they face. There is no serious scientific dispute on this point, although people who should know better often pretend otherwise.
For instance, Maria Azzarelli, coordinator of the Southern Nevada Health District’s tobacco control program, recently told the Las Vegas Sun that “no one can say right now whether e-cigarettes are a healthier alternative to cigarettes.” Really? No one can say whether inhaling vapor containing nicotine, flavoring and propylene glycol, which the FDA has approved as an ingredient in food and medicine, is safer than inhaling smoke?
Even the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recently cited increased consumption of e-cigarettes while urging the FDA to regulate them, concedes that “e-cigarettes appear to have far fewer of the toxins found in smoke compared to traditional cigarettes.” Boston University public-health professor Michael Siegel, who supports vaping as a harm-reducing alternative to smoking, notes that “we actually have a much better idea what is in electronic cigarette vapor than what is in tobacco smoke.”
So why the strange resistance to e-cigarettes, which contain no tobacco and generate no smoke, among people concerned about the health hazards of tobacco and smoking? Like other activists and some politicians, Azzarelli claims to be worried that e-cigarettes will make the conventional variety seem glamorous again. “We’re very concerned that what [was] becoming passé — smoking — is now coming back,” she says.
In other words, Azzarelli and her fellow activists worry that a product whose main selling point is avoiding the scary hazards and offensive stench of smoking somehow will make smoking more appealing. That fear seems implausible, to say the least, and there is no evidence to support it.
E-cigarette alarmists like to cite CDC survey data indicating that “e-cigarette use among students doubled in the last year,” as 40 state attorneys general noted last month in a letter to the FDA. But that increase was in the number of students reporting any use in the previous month, which may reflect nothing more than experimentation.
The survey provides no evidence that such experimentation leads to smoking. To the contrary, as Siegel points out, nine out of 10 teenagers who tried e-cigarettes were already smokers, meaning the trend that the attorneys general consider a public-health emergency may instead portend successful harm reduction. Likewise with adults: Survey data indicate that e-cigarette use is overwhelmingly concentrated about current and former smokers.
It’s in the shift from the former category to the latter that the disease-reducing potential of e-cigarettes lies. Impeding that transition by imposing arbitrary restrictions on e-cigarette advertising, sales and flavors would be a literally fatal error.
This is one slick looking tank. It’s definitely got the art style my fancy ass is looking for and the specs:
- Stainless Steel Build
- Quartz Reservoir Tank
- Protective Top Cap
- Dual/Single Coil Capabilities
- Air Flow Control
- 510 Connections
- 22mm Outside Diameter
- 15mm Inside Diameter
- 2.8mm Wick Holes
- 2.5ml Capacity
Ashes FREAKING everywhere! I sit at my computer and smoke.
I have an ashtray right beside me. But yet, I seem to always ash on my keyboard, around my desk, even behind my monitor! I don’t do it out of spite or rage for my electronics or the shit particle board my desk is made out of, but it seems no matter what I do or how hard I attempt to hit the ashtray when needed it simply drops all around the unintended places! Then I’m stuck blowing ashes onto the floor or trying to shovel them into the ashtray via my hand which isn’t a pleasant experience by any means.
My white walls are YELLOW!
My entire apartment (like most), came in the standard white. I’m not a painter, but yet… I’ve seemed to have done a great job creating a nice yellow atmosphere on each wall. It seems only a darker color or a new paint job could fix this problem. Just another reason why I’ve decided to switch from smoking cigarettes to vapor machine a.k.a e-cigs, which seem to produce no awesome yellow paint job on my clean white walls.
Butts everywhere! (And not the good kind!)
All over the place, butts, butts, BUTTS! This isn’t a college frat party or a swingers convention, it’s my own DAMN HOUSE! (Backyard & front yard included!) So many butts they even spill outside! My dog eats them! My vacuum hates them! They’re just useless leftovers from a horrible decision that I’ve made many times over! The damn things are more rampant than cockroaches. Only when I go to Home Depot; there isn’t a spray to get rid of these fuckin’ bastards. Lucky vapor products don’t seem to have these problems. The problems they do come with can’t possibly be as bad as BUTTS EVERY-DAMN WHERE!
Drinking! They go hand in hand!
It seems even if I quit (or think I quit) for a week or more, as soon as I crack open my first beer the next thing I’m looking for is a cigarette! And, of course, that always leads to my head hurting from a hangover mixed with my mouth tasting like an ashtray! If anything, I can get rid of at least one of those two devils. Bumming a cigarette (when loaded) is hell! It’s a horrible maneuver! Just like a blind man attempting to complete a Rubik’s cube; it just wasn’t meant to be. With the vapor, I seem to always have enough to last through the night and I wake up with the headache, but not wanting to eat a bar of soap just to cleanse my mouth!
Burning! There ain’t nothing like a cherry getting busted…
I don’t know about the rest of you perfect people, but my dog’s walked into my cigarette more times than I can count! (Stupid dog and his friggin’ tail!) I’ve also dropped them onto my clothes so many times it’s like a entire colony of moths has taken up residence in my closet. I can’t seem to keep a shirt hole-free for more than a week! Now-a-days the cost of a wardrobe and that of few packs of cigarettes mount up to the point where I need the last name Rockefeller just to keep up with the cost! It seems that sites like Pennyvaper, are the only way to go when it comes to trimming the budget and getting that smoke I so desperately desire.
I am now promoting http://www.pennyvaper.com more than anything I have before. These e-cigs solve alot of these problems I’ve mentioned above and I really don’t have to give up much. In fact, I’m saving more than I thought I would! Plus cigarettes never came in any of the flavors the vaper gives me. My lungs don’t hurt, my house dosen’t smell and my dog want’s nothing to do with eating my machines. My yards doing better, my walls are whiter (well not getting darker) and I’m all around just a more happy mother fucker. Plus, my dog loves me more because I don’t burn is fur off!
Since I’ve been noticing a rise in the use of e-cigs and vapor machines or vaporizers (whatever you want to call them) I’ve been doing some research. I ran across a new web site for that shows me the cheapest prices for vapor related items called penny vapor ( www.pennyvaper.com ), so far I’ve been able to get a good set up and a few vapor items I have no idea what to do with yet for some pretty damned reasonable prices, all without having to go and check every vapor / e-cig site on my own. They have video reviews for each of the vapor products listed on each page so you can get a good idea of what it is your about to purchase before blowing your money on something that might not be for the vape newbie. I suggest anyone interested in quiting cigarettes and moving onto something safer like vapor / e-cigs check them out:
Once I get it in the mail, I’ll write up a review on it. Here’s the discription they give:
Kanger Unitank Clearomizer is the newest product from Kanger. It’s the most innovated ego series version. It has all the great feature as Kanger protank series, removable drip tip for convenience, brass metal part for the great feeling and highest quality. Furthermore, the most important improvement is that you have a bottom coil but can fill liquid at top.
P2PU asked which text editor I used for coding, my answer was Adobe Dreamweaver. I began using HTML-Kit for a fully fleshed out editor a long time ago, but now I have grown to love Dreamweaver from Adobe. It’s a good companion and always on hand since it comes with the suite.
Ope Badge from Mozilla is a great idea, I hope both Khan Academy & Codecademy take full advantage of this as soon as possible.
Here is one of my first exercises on P2PU, the classic “Hello World”:
I can’t remember where I first read about this sand bowl idea, but it seems like a pretty awesome one. We’re looking to give it a shot.
- Turn bowl upside down
- Poor glue/sand mixture onto bowl
- Let dry
Sounds easy enough–though I have a strange feeling our attempt isn’t going to turn out so well. If anyone gives this a shot send us your results!
Sorry for the lack of updates on the Florida fresh homemade soap page. Crystal took a spill and ended up fracturing her tailbone, so we paused the handmade soap making for a bit. Before her spill we recorded our second “learn while we learn” video–and Ive been attempting to edit it using Adobe Premiere, I’ve been having no luck. This machine I’m working on is a bit older and doesn’t quite have the ummph to make editing using Premiere really an option. So I’m heading back to the limited but reliable (on this machine) Windows Movie Maker. If everything goes according to plan our next video should be available on our Youtube channel sometime tonight.