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Thread: "How e-cigarettes could save lives" Psychiatrist specialising in Addiction writes

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    "How e-cigarettes could save lives" Psychiatrist specialising in Addiction writes

    So many great quotes by Sally Satel and Brad Rodu. Definitely worth a read.

    How e-cigarettes could save lives - The Washington Post

    "Yes, we still need research on the long-term health and behavioral impacts of e-cigarettes. Brad Rodu, a pathologist at the University of Louisville, offers an apt analogy between electronic cigarettes and cellphones. When cellphones became popular in the late 90s, there were no data on their long-term safety. As it turns out, the risk of a brain tumor with prolonged cellphone use is not zero, but it is very small and of uncertain health significance."

    "We should make e-cigarettes accessible to smokers by eschewing hefty taxes, if we tax them at all, and offering free samples and starter kits. Those kits, which contain a battery, a charger and nicotine-liquid cartridges, typically run between $30 and $90. To reduce the hurdle to initiation, any payer of smoking-related costs health insurers, Veterans Affairs medical centers, companies that offer smoking-cessation programs for their employees, Medicare, Medicaid should make the starter kits available gratis. Users should have to pay for their own replacement cartridges, but those are much cheaper than cigarette packs."
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    I think Brad Rodu is absolutely right.

    However, when comparing cell phones and ecigs, it is more about the the long term impacts on the health of individuals.

    The fear by most anti-ecig tobacco controllers like SC is that it might affect the long term progress of the "public's health". That is, they fear that vaping will normalise smoking and keep the general population smoking, or that it might spout a new generation of nicotine addicts. SC rarely ever comments on the effects on individuals. Its always about Population health to him.

    But in essence, I reject that notion. I think if it help individuals, then it helps the population. Whats good for the goose, is good for the gander.
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    "“Few, if any, chemicals at levels detected in electronic cigarettes raise serious health concerns,” a 2011 study in the Journal of Health Policy determined."
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    Thanks for the post donna, very strange to read something that actually supports e-cigarettes, as apposed to simple minded people assuming its worse than smoking.
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    I may have planted a tree, and from trees grow forests,

    from the news article.

    "we should allow and welcome public vaping in adult environments such as bars, restaurants and workplaces. Vapers would serve as visual prompts for smokers to ask about vaping and, ideally, ditch traditional cigarettes and take up electronic ones instead"

    This guy pulls up beside me at the traffic lights, I blow large plumes from my Provari, I look across and he has a WTF look on his face, I quickly say it's my PV followed by electronic cigarette, which is a recognisable word,
    I then say to him I haven't had a ciggie in three years, I can breath properly, my lung function has returned, no cough, etc, I ask if he is a smoker, he says yes, lights are changing to green, last communication is a thumbs up as we drive away.

    I feel quite satisfied that there may be a future convert.
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    Thanks for posting this Donna, it has made my day to see such a positive article about vaping, and one that is in a popular and well known media source, rather than some obscure journal that few people would read.
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    Most positive and truthful MSM article I've read, to date.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Dog View Post
    Most positive and truthful MSM article I've read, to date.
    Hey Old Dog, I think you and Sally would get on famously. Have a look at this.....
    Sally Satel, M.D., Author of PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine

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