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Reconsidering Electronic Cigarettes: A Story

When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, my husband redoubled his efforts to quit smoking. His smoking had always been a point of contention in our marriage. I wanted him to quit. He wanted to quit too. But he also didn’t. He tried to explain to me that he hated smoking but he also loved it.

But with a baby on the way he knew he had to do whatever it took.

He smoked his first cigarette in second grade. His first quit attempt was in sixth grade. I can’t tell you how many quit attempts he made during our marriage. A lot, that’s for sure. But he was determined to make it work this time. Read More

Smokers are Horrible People, but Don’t Worry, They’ll Die Soon

How the electronic cigarette debate reveals lack of concern for the lives of smokers

Fifty years ago the Surgeon General issued a report revealing the extreme dangers of smoking. Since that time, the smoking rate in the US has been cut in half. Public health officials and anti-tobacco activists have fought tirelessly to reduce smoking related death and disease, and to keep kids from becoming trapped in a lifetime of addiction to deadly cigarettes. Unfortunately, after years of hard fought battles against smoking, many have become unable to differentiate between fighting against smoking and fighting against smokers. Smokers have become the enemy. Read More


“If we could get all of those people [who smoke] to completely switch all of their cigarettes to noncombustible cigarettes, it would be good for public health”

-Mitch Zeller, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products

“Stick to stick, [electronic cigarettes] are almost certainly less toxic than cigarettes”

-Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

FDA Extension Request Letter

Re: Docket No FDA-2014-N-0189, Request for Extension of Comment Period


Dear Mr. Zeller:

On April 25, 2014 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the Proposed Rule Deeming Tobacco Products to be Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as amended by the Family Smoking and Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (the Proposed Rule) and subsequent 75 day comment period. I am writing as an individual to request that the comment period be extended for an additional 105 days, from its current 75-day period, to 180 days.


I am not writing as a consumer of any product affected by the Proposed Rule. I have never used any tobacco product and do not use electronic cigarettes. However, I am a stakeholder as a member of the society that will bear the public health ramifications of the final rulemaking.

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On Research Studies: A Word to Vapers

While reading through the comments on a recent Gizmodo article announcing the findings of a soon to be published study on e-cigarettes, I became disturbed by the attitude of some tobacco harm reduction advocates. The article reported that researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo found that in certain conditions electronic cigarettes could produce formaldehyde in concentrations that rival those found in tobacco smoke.

As the study has not yet been published there was no way to evaluate the methods used or whether the data found warranted the conclusions. Since then, a researcher involved with the peer review of the study has shared some information about the study, but that was not available at the time. Read More