FDA wants your comments on ecigs!

UPDATE: The FDA is no longer accepting comments for this hearing, however you can still sign this White House petition until February 13, 2013.

If you haven’t yet heard, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced its intention to regulate e-cigarettes under the Tobacco Control Act. The FDA held a public hearing on Section 918 of the Tobacco Act on December 17, 2012. Many tobacco harm reduction (THR) advocates testified. The FDA has extended the comment period for the notice of public hearing. The FDA will use the testimony that was given at the hearing and written comments for a report to Congress required by the Tobacco Act.

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The Smoker’s Flu and new vapers

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Vaping veterans – do you remember when you first switched from smoking analogs to using electronic cigarettes? How did it feel? Some people feel sick and have flu-like symptoms for the first few weeks after making the switch. Both people who quit smoking tobacco cigarettes altogether and those who alternatively use e-cigs can feel these symptoms. This is commonly called the “Smoker’s Flu”.

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Brief history of the Great American Smokeout and statewide bans

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Today marks the 37th annual Great American Smokeout, which was created on November 18, 1976 by the California Division of the American Cancer Society. Close to one million smokers quit for the day. The Great American Smokeout takes place every year on the third Thursday of November, one week before Thanksgiving. Vapor4Life celebrated the day last year by having a “Trade a Pack” event in their Smokeless Lounge. Smokers were invited to come in to trade their pack of smokes for an e-cigarette starter kit.

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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

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COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease which is a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. Chronic tobacco smoking is the leading cause of COPD. November is COPD Awareness Month, sponsored by the US COPD Coalition. In addition to the month-long educational campaign, the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease organizes World COPD Day annually to improve awareness of the disease around the world. This year it falls on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 around the theme “It’s Not Too Late.” Health care professionals, educators, and patient groups organize activities to help educate the public and offer ways to manage COPD.

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Lighting Up In Airport Smoking Lounges

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It’s summertime and for many that means time for a vacation! If your destination requires travel by plane then you already know what you can and can’t bring, that liquids must be in sealed plastic bags, that you can bring aboard a suitcase, and a purse or backpack. You know to skip the belt and wear slip-on shoes to get through the security gates quicker.

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CASAA – Consumer Advocates for a Smoke-free Alternatives Association

CASAA stands for Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association. The non-profit group was formed in 2009 by consumers and industry professionals to work together to educate the public about alternatives to smoking. Their goal is to publicize research and support harm reduction technologies, as well as offer and support political and legal causes that preserve consumer freedom.

World Vaping Day

This is a guest post written by Keyzygirl from Key West, Florida. Laid back and vaping in paradise.

It’s amazing how far we have come as vapers. Just a few short years ago nobody knew what an electronic cigarette was. Now when you vape in public, people come up and ask about ecigs, and they have heard about them or seen them on TV. Ecigs are becoming acceptable to the public.

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Just The Facts

This is a guest post written by Keyzygirl from Key West, Florida. Laid back and vaping in paradise.

When I was out the other day I noticed someone watching me vape. He seemed to be amazed by it. He finally came over and asked what I was smoking. I went through the spiel of how I am not smoking and no smoke is involved. I explained about ecigs and vapor and how much better I feel since I started. He seemed interested so I gave him a V4L card. His friend doubted the whole thing. While she puffed her cigarette she suggested that ecigs could be dangerous.

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World Vaping Day is March 22

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The very first World Vaping Day is coming up next Thursday, March 22. This is a global celebration of electronic cigarette use, and encourages smokers to switch from smoking cigarettes to using e-cigarettes.

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Smoking Inside Allowed Again?

In less than two weeks from now, the Springfield Illinois Legislature will make a decision on bill HB 4012. If passed, it would allow some businesses to apply for smoking licenses that would allow their patrons to smoke in their establishments. Eligible establishments include bars, casinos, adult entertainment night clubs, and any establishment hosting a convention or exposition for selling cigars, pipes, tobacco and related smoking devices and accessories.

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In order to take part, businesses would be required to apply for and get a license through a local liquor control commission. It would require the establishment to let all employees know that smoking is allowed on the premises, install an air filtration system, and post a sign in a prominent place notifying the public that it has been designated as a smoking establishment.

The bill would be an amendment to the Smoke Free Illinois Act. Smoking in all indoor public places was banned in Illinois beginning January 1, 2008. State Representative Anthony DeLuca has proposed the bill after introducing a similar one last year. That one passed the committee but never made it to the floor for debate.

View the bill in its entirety here.

What do you think about this proposed legislation?