Here is the rest of it:
• The average cost of a pack of cigarettes is $6 in US, a 200 percent increase over the last decade. Since 1998, 44 states have increased cigarette taxes 90 times, and the federal government has increased cigarette taxes multiple times.
• If a person smokes one pack of tobacco cigarettes per day for 50 years (average age 13) they will spend $109,500 on cigarettes compared with $122,220 on groceries during the same period.
• The consumption of a tobacco cigarette delivers about 1-1.5mg of nicotine. With the average US smoker consuming 13.9 cigarettes per day, they consume 14-21mg of nicotine daily. Depending on the smoking cessation product, labeling suggests consumption of six to 48mg of nicotine per day.
• By comparison, and ecig produces 0 to 16mg of nicotine when fully consumed after approx 300 puffs. The average ecig user takes 62.8 puffs per day. This suggests that the average ecig smoker is consuming 3.36 mg of nicotine per day- far less than the amounts for cigarette or smoking cessation products.
• Nicotine properties in stand- alone form, separated from tobacco, does not promote the development of cancer in healthy tissue and has no mutagenic properties. The Royal College of Physicians, as well as a study by the National Institutes of Health, indicates that there are no grounds to suspect appreciable long-term adverse effects on health from the long term use of nicotine.
• If smokers switched to ecigs, the US death toll from 400,000 a year could decrease to 4,000 or maybe as low as 400.
• Nicotine is probably the second most used drug after caffeine. Amazingly, no one thinks of caffeine as a harmful drug. Nor should they. The possible dangers of nicotine are dwarfed by the dangers associated with tobacco. Pure nicotine has not been associated with the risk of cancer.
• Telling smokers they may not use an Ecig until it’s FDA approved is like telling a floundering swimmer not to climb aboard a raft because it might have a leak!
• Combustible tobacco products are the least regulated and nicotine products are the most highly regulated???
• Royal college of Physicians “ There are no grounds to suspect appreciable long –term adverse effects on health from the long term use of nicotine replacement therapy.
• Ecigs are not harmful to bystanders because it does not have a lit flame or produce combustion of tobacco smoke.
• There are campaigns by pharmaceuticals who are asking the FDA to ban electronic cigarettes (Big pharmaceuticals generate more than $3 billion in smoking cessation product sales)
After reading this article and seeing that we have a huge fight ahead of us to save ecigs, I just became a member of CASAA.
Here is some of the info from their printable material:
• Cessation Products fail 95% of the time
• Ecigs first introduced 2005 in china. Took US by storm in 2007. This year, the industry forecasts $100 million in sales, with more than half a million consumers in the U.S. alone
• In the five years that ecigs have been on the market, there have been no known adverse health reactions or complaints. On the other hand, approximately 440,000 people die every year from traditional tobacco smoking.
• There are 45.3 million (20.8 percent) tobacco smokers in the US and 1.1 billion smokers worldwide and expected to be 1.6 billion by 2025.
• The US ranks 5th among countries with highest rate of tobacco smokers.
• Approximately 10 million cigarettes are purchased per minute worldwide. 15 billion cigarettes are sold each day, and 5 trillion cigarettes are produced and used annually
• More than 360 billion Cigarettes were smoked in the US in 2007, creating 135,000,000 pounds of discarded butts. Cigarette butts make up 38% of litter worldwide and are considered the leading litter problem in the US
• Approx. 1,095 people die daily from tobacco cigarettes and about 45 deaths per hour
• Cigarettes have around 4,000 chemical compounds, 60 of which are known or suspected to cause cancer.
• Tobacco kills more Americans than AIDS, drugs, homicides, fires, and auto accidents combined
• Every year it costs the US more than 6 Billion from cigarette fire damages, about 2,500 injuries and over 1000 deaths. One in four fires is caused by tobacco cigarettes.
• It takes a person an average of six to eight attempts to successfully quit smoking. Each year 45 percent of smokers will quit for one day, however, the average success rate is less than 3 percent.
• Tobacco smoking costs the US more than $97 billion annually in lost productivity “smoking breaks” and more than $96 Billion in health care expenses.
• Consumers spent $3 billion worldwide in 2008 on smoking cessation products, an increase from 1.4 billion in 2002, still smoking cessation products are known to be about 5% ffective, and 80 percent of smoking cessation products are sold to habitual nicotine users.
Eileen. I did alot of testing of ecigs to see which ones people prefer over others. None of them wanted the candy looking ones that you get from the store because they said that those didn't satisfy. The ones with the bigger batteries and the tanks are the ones that have satisfied the most. You can try them for $5.95 if you just pay shipping and then send it back if you don't like it. Let me know if you're interested. I will try to help you.
I am an oxygen nurse. I have never smoked a cigarette in my life. I bought some of these for patients because my father has lung cancer and I didn't want to be exposed to this in peoples' homes. Just since March I have had a patient get off of oxygen and others the doctors are telling them their lungs have shown improvement with their COPD.
As a nurse I am ashamed to see that the Pharmaceuticals are pressuring the FDA into trying to stop the sale of ecigs. We all know why...the billions of dollars they are making in smoking cessation products, which by the way fail 95% of the time, are losing money.
45 people die per hour from tobacco cigarettes. How many have died from Electronic Vapor?
It's just like the vapor from a nebulizer which patients inhale all of the time.
This just makes me sick. As a nurse, seeing all of the failed attempts to help my patients, there is finally something that is helping them and we have to walk on egg shells?
9 out of the 10 patients I know whom have tried Chantix told me that it made them go insane. Ask an E-cigger if they have gone nuts from an ecig and I'll bet they say NO!
So, if their doctors are telling me their lungs are improving and they are not offending me while I am in their home, and they are saving money...not to mention saving billions in litter and air pollution...WHY AGAIN IS THIS NOT BETTER?
This article should be taken down immediately, in my opinion so that it does not discourage these poor people who have no hope!
We would never just tap a heroin addict on the back and say "you just need to quit" and yet we expect cigarette smokers, who used to be told by their doctors (by the way) that it was healthy to smoke, just quit LIKE THAT!
I am sick to my stomach after reading this!
When my patients ask their doctors if it's okay, MOST ARE THRILLED! The ones who aren't are uninformed!
I have them bring in a pamphlet from online resources with the facts about ecigs.
Next time you think the FDA is on your side, just take a look at shelves and all of the poor people standing in line to get their 4,000 chemicals found in each cig that is literally killing this country!
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